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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: Vision of Darkness (D.I.E. Squadron #1) by Tonya Burrows

A beacon of light...

Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.
A whisper of memory…

Deadly misfortune has long plagued Pru’s family, the result of a curse “The Green Lady” placed on the lighthouse. Skeptical, Alex searches for less ghostly explanations, though he can’t deny that the town has had more than its fair share of disappearances, suicides, and accidents. As their passion simmers, Alex digs deeper, and his dreams turn violent, frightening, and very real.

A vision of darkness...

To keep Pru safe, Alex must embrace his abilities and unravel the lighthouse’s mystery. Except someone—or something—wants the past to stay buried...and will do anything to keep it that way.

As I started Vision of Darkness, I was intrigued. Pru Maddox, the lighthouse keeper, was a beautiful woman who seemed to be followed by accidents. Alex Brennan, an undercover DEA agent, finds her instantly attractive and doesn’t believe they’re accidents. Drawn in by his attraction to Pru, and his need to take care of her, he becomes her protector. With a nice bit of romance promised, I settled down to read.

However, as I reached the halfway point in the book, I still didn’t find myself invested in the story. Was it the characters, the writing or the book itself? What I finally decided was, it was the amount of things all going on at once. I am all for lots of subplots. I believe they only improve a book. They add interest and move the story forward, but they should work together. In this case, it felt like the subplots were fighting each other. This left me feeling like none of the storylines were developed properly.

Did the author fix the problem by the end of the book? I can’t say, since I found myself unable to finish. What I can say is this book just wasn’t for me.


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Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in 8th grade and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she’s currently soaking up the sun as a Florida girl. She suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, her two dogs and ginormous cat are excellent travel buddies.

When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can be found at a bookstore or the dog park. She also enjoys painting, watching movies, and her daily barre workouts. A geek at heart, she pledges her TV fandom to Supernatural and Dr. Who. 

1 comment:

  1. Aw that sucks. I love her books. I haven't read this one yet though but so far have really enjoyed her other series.