Extrasensory Agents Book 1: Cold Sight by Leslie Parrish
Released: July 2010
Category: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Price: $7.19 ppb USD / $6.99 USD Ebook (B&N / Amazon)
*I received this book from the author for review
Small towns are never what they seem. It will take the stubbornness of one reporter and a special Agent to open the eyes of all the towns people to the hell residing behind closed doors.
SUMMARY (author's website):
After being made a scapegoat in a botched investigation that led to a child's death, Aidan McConnell became a recluse. Still, as a favor to an old friend, Aidan will help on the occasional XI case. But under his handsome, rugged facade, he keeps his emotions in check--for fear of being burned again.
Reporter Lexie Nolan has a nose for news--and she believes a serial killer has been targeting teen girls around Savannah. But no one believes her. So she turns to the new paranormal detective agency and the sexy, mysterious Aidan for help.
But just as the two begin forging a relationship, the case turns eerily personal for Lexie--and Aidan discovers that maybe he hasn't lost the ability to feel after all...
Until last night, nobody had ever read Vonnie Jackson a bedtime story.
I found the plot to be solid, holding the book together from beginning to end. I loved the intricate web that Ms. Parrish expertly weaved. The romance thread fit with the suspense thread, making the read smooth and seamless. It is hard to find an author that can meld the two together.
I am very fond of books placed in the south, so I thought is a nice surprise to find that Cold Sight set in a small town in Georgia. I consider the detail and description of the surroundings very well thought out, adding good taste to the writing style.
I liked how the author glided between the hero's point of view and the heroines in a matter of a simple gesture or thought. I found no need to stop and re-read for verification of which head I was in at any one moment.
I always wonder what the antagonist is thinking or feeling - find out what makes him tick. Ms. Parrish did not let me down. The story thread created for the antagonist was exceptionally detailed and delivered in a professional writing style true to the character's feelings and thoughts, making him believable.
This is the interesting part.
This series is based on characters that have abilities beyond what normal humans have, yet they are fully human, make no mistake. While I love the romance genre and all the sub-genres that fall under this category, paranormal is my favorite. As I ventured deeper into the story, the surprising twists within the paranormal category, such as Ms. Parrish's characters provided, was really a treat.
Cold Sight focuses on Aiden and Lexie. They are both strong characters that play well off of each other. The heroine pulled me in the moment she stepped onto the page and I loved the connection I made with her. Even though she is a reporter, her humanity over ruled any goal she felt towards getting the next big story. Her upbeat, never-going-to-keep-me-down personality worked perfectly with the plot and made me want to be a bit more like her. Aiden, with his take-no-bullshit demeanor went a long way to prove he deserved to be with Lexie, in my opinion. As I stated before, the antagonist was equally developed. His back story pulled me in and made me feel for him. Even when I thought I couldn't.
The emotions were thick throughout the entire book. A roller-coaster ride raging from loving and sweet to terrifying and infuriating. I love when a good book can make me step out of my ordinary day to day life and make me feel-make me see a world beyond my own living room. In this case, that is exactly what happened. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romantic suspense with a touch of the paranormal. I can't wait for the next book in this series!
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