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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Out Of Sight by Stella Cameron

Out of Sight by Stella Cameron
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (394 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Powerful, seductive—and fated to bring pain.

Psychic master talent Sykes Millet can vanish at will, read minds and control others with hypnosis. What Sykes cannot do is escape his destiny—an ancient curse foretelling the misery his dark beauty may bring to everyone he loves.

Poppy Fortune knows all too well the burden of having paranormal talent. The supernatural world has fractured her entire family—now it’s keeping at bay the one man she wants more than life.

Driven by hatred for the Millets, a killing force has attacked New Orleans. The evil Embran race has no conscience and intends to terrorize the city into submission. Sykes and Poppy must set aside old distrust and use their bonded talents to save their families, themselves...and New Orleans.

The exotic-feeling French Quarter of New Orleans teems with life. Easy-going tolerance of eccentricities is the norm, but the encroachment of shape-shifting Embrans threatens that unique society. Scary, horrible things begin to happen. The paranormal families cannot escape. They must meet and beat their long-time foes. Sykes Millet and Poppy Fortunes are caught up in the struggle. (If you read Out of Mind, you know these two are bewitching characters.)

A touch sends a tingle making both Sykes and Poppy’s bodies hum with an edgy sensation bordering on pain that turns to pleasure. The pheromones clog the air around these two at times. Yet, Poppy fears rejection if Sykes knows the truth about what she has done.

Weaving their way through a tangle of family members meddling in their relationship, an assortment of paranormal abilities they possess, and finding the secrets needed to defeat the Embrans is difficult as these things interfere with their personal agendas. All of these things make Out Of Sight exciting, humorous, and scary; but the best part is the love that emerges. The love scenes sizzle and their intensity is breathtaking. WOW!

Gorgeous, dark-haired, blue-eyed Sykes, fearing he is cursed with a 300-year-old curse. He is reluctant to take over the leadership of the family that his Uncle Pascal has handled in his stead for 20 years. He likes his life as a successful sculptor.

Poppy, the little sister of three protective big brothers, has not been encouraged to hone her paranormal skills and feels weak compared to others as a paranormal. The reader gets to share the journey she makes to come into her own and to find the redemption she seeks.

The secondary characters enrich the conflicts, enhance the humor, and create some gruesome scenes. Of course, the little dog, Mario, does his special kind of magic in the Court of Angels that leads the characters on a true treasure hunt.

Stella Cameron keeps the reader totally engaged in the action-packed novel. She entertains and makes the mundane seem far away as she makes scary chills and lovemaking thrills seem real. This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would certainly recommend.