Monday, September 29, 2014

INNOCENT PREY by Maggie Shayne

(Brown & De Luca #3)
by Maggie Shayne
ARC Review
Release: September 30, 2014, Harlequin MIRA

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️

"To save innocent lives, they'll have to risk their own.

Self-help superstar Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown have finally given in to their overwhelming attraction to each other, but neither of them is ready to let physical passion turn into full-blown romance, so they carefully maintain an emotional distance. Then a judge's daughter disappears, and Mason has a terrible sense that it's connected to the most recent case they solved together: the abduction of Rachel's assistant.

The discovery of a string of missing women—all young, all troubled—seems like a promising lead. But there's no clear connection between the missing girls and the high-profile young woman Mason is trying to find. He realizes that once again he'll have to rely on his own well-honed instincts and Rachel's uncanny capacity to see through people's lies in order to catch a predator and rescue his captives. But can they do it before Rachel becomes his next victim?"


I adore this Brown & De Luca series by Maggie Shayne!! Absolutely phenomenal blend of eerie suspense, sardonic humor and almost reluctant romance.

After spending the bulk of her life blind and managing to build a successful career as a motivational writer, Rachel de Luca is gifted with vision through the organ donation of a serial killer. Mason Brown is the detective who started hunting a killer and ended up facing off with his mentally disturbed brother responsible. That is how Brown and De Luca were introduced.

Since, Mason has taken responsibility for his dead brother's two son's and he and Rachel have tentatively started an as yet undefined physical relationship. Mason's work and Rachel's unexplainable 'insights' continue to throw them back together and pull Rachel into Mason's active investigations, despite her misgivings. The pragmatic Rachel is not quite sure what to make of her extreme sensitivity to nonverbal signals and disturbingly accurate intimate knowledge of the victims. Mason isn't much clearer on what is going on, but has full confidence in Rachel. They make quite a formidable team.

Although both continue to be a little gunshy calling a spade a spade when it comes to their relationship, and while not much is necessarily verbalized, Mason and Rachel make significant strides toward a clearer joint future.

A fascinating and highly addictive series by Maggie Shayne that I will follow till the last word is written. Very highly recommended, but read the entire series, despite the fact that each book is a story in itself - it makes for a better reading experience.

✨Grins, spins, thrills and chills with Brown & De Luca....✨

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