Friday, August 5, 2016

Very Brief Thoughts: Dream of Danger (novella)

Dream of Danger

by Maggie Shayne
Book 1.5 of Brown and de Luca

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Rating:  2.5 Stars

She didn't want to need him.

Murder brought self-help guru Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown together.  Their shared secrets drove them apart.  But now they're together again in this riveting novella that begins where New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne's Sleep with the Lights On ended.

She may have been blind for twenty years, but Rachel's always had an uncanny gift for seeing through people—and she distrusts her assistant's new boyfriend at first sight.  Amy isn't interested in Rachel's misgivings, though.  She's too eager to celebrate Thanksgiving by introducing her family to the new man in her life.

Then Amy doesn't show up for the holiday...

Desperate to find her missing friend, Rachel has no choice but to turn to Mason.  Their investigation into Amy's disappearance takes them ever deeper into danger—and reignites the attraction that they've both sworn to resist.  Now it's a race against time as these reluctant partners fight to stave off passion and save a life.

This short novella was enjoyable, but felt kind of pointless and open-ended, like it would have been better off as a full-length novel with more material.  That being said, I DID still enjoy it if only because I'm kind of in love with Rachel's voice and narration, and I'm kind of in love with Myrtle, the adorable blind bulldog.  The mystery/suspense/thriller part was a little 'meh'.  And Mason really just did not even feel present.

There are hints that there might be more to Amy's kidnapping, which I suspect may be addressed in a later book.

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