Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Christopher Vincent is desperate enough for a job that he accepts an offer to entertain as a psychic in a friend’s nightclub. Jackson Whitman, one of the club’s co-owners, is less than thrilled by the new act. To him, psychics are ridiculous and a liability. But when they come face-to-face, attraction flares to life between them.
Someone is watching Jack and Chris from the shadows. What starts as a series of creepy encounters leads to deadly attacks.
Jack and Chris must set aside their differences and work together to survive a homicidal stalker. But can they survive their explosive connection?
What a great story! Suspenseful, sexy, romantic with tones of the paranormal to spice things up! Extrasensual Perception by Rayna Vause has it all and then some. A first book for me by this author, I fell immediately under this writer’s spell when she opened up her story with a chapter that is scary, haunting and ends on a note of uncertainty. Boom, I’m hers. I had to double check…is this really a Dreamspun Desires story? Yes indeed it is but with a tilt more towards the Gothic novels I loved as well.
Christopher Vincent’s mother is famous as a medium but she’s had a stroke. With mounting medical bills (and his mouth without a filter that’s cost him his job), they’ve had to close up her Fortune Telling store. She’s in a slow recovery and rehab and Chris needs a job. On top of that? There are these terrible nightmares he’s been living with.
Vause slowly builds up her characters, and their relationships that are closely intertwined with one another, her settings, until she has a beautiful tapestry of lives and complicated personal dynamics waiting to be sorted out as a murderer stalks them all. Its a crazy wonderful mixture of old lovers reuniting, a brother and sister trying to live their lives with the legacy of a toxic father, a mother and son truly gifted with sight, and a crazed killer on the loose. Vause pulls it all together and makes magic.
Every character here is a layered human being. I love watching Jack go from disbelief over Chris’ gift to full on acknowledgement of his ability to “see” events that will happen, feel things (made all the more real by Vause’s vivid descriptions). And Chris? I fell for him immediately. Someone who doesn’t want to use his gifts, unlike his mother, but who is pulled by forces and the need to protect his friends into using every gift he’s tried so hard to reject.
We also get flashes of pov from the stalker’s/killer. Yes, that definitely ramps up the action and suspense while not taking you out of the narrative.
Yet there is still a terrific lovers reunited storyline here. Not buried like you may think, but woven in as part of the whole. I loved that too.
This ends as it should, a HFN. I would love to see everyone here reunited in a sequel. This is just too superb a couple (and secondary characters) to see them languish with just one book. I hope this author is listening. I highly recommend this book. Grab it up and get started!
Cover art by Paul Richmond is just as terrific as the novel.
ebook, 208 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634776828 (ISBN13: 9781634776820)