April 18, 2012

Book Review: Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul

Title: Shades of Desire
Author: Virna DePaul
Publication Date: May 29th 2012
Publisher: HQN (Harlequin)
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley

Natalie Jones is the lucky survivor of an elusive killer who preys on young women and then disappears from view. And since her harrowing ordeal, the once gutsy photojournalist has remained isolated in her home, paralyzed by fear and her failing vision. Special Agent Liam "Mac" McKenzie has scars of his own. But despite his efforts to ignore the attraction that simmers between him and Natalie, he needs her help to catch a predator. Soon, they will forge a tentative alliance-charged with desire. Through a soft-focus lens, Natalie dares to envision a future with Mac beyond the investigation...never guessing that the clues hidden within her photographs are drawing them into an explosive confrontation with a madman.

My Thoughts

This isn't actually a bad story.
The writing is smooth and unhurried and the storyline is intriguing.
I especially liked the fact that the MC has lost her sight and is dealing, or in her case, not dealing with the changes that her condition is forcing her to make.
Add into the mix a psycho attacker on her tail and the need for some sexy police protection and you've got yourself a winner...or have you?

The initial attraction between Natalie and Mac is very heated, but as the story progressed I didn't feel that every advantage of their attraction was addressed as well as it could of been.
They danced around each other a lot and all that simmering lust just kind of tapered off. 
I felt like the author was all geared up to give us an absolute scorcher of a coming together and at the last minute, second guessed herself and doused the flames.
However, the overall storyline was good and I did enjoy trying to unravel the whodunit element.

Like I said, not a bad read but I did feel let down in the end, especially after the great build up in the beginning.
An enjoyable 3 Star read :]

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