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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PreView by Alanna Coca

PreView by Alanna Coca
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (108 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

At night, Ryann Phillips becomes an open psychic channel, her dreams flooded with random snapshots of strangers’ lives. Few of her premonitions make sense, or even cause her to lose much sleep. Until now. The vicious murder scene she envisions is so terrifying—and so vivid—she has no choice but to somehow warn the victim.

When she spots Victoria Joyce in a coffee shop, Ryann prepares to run up against a wall of skepticism. Yet convincing the no-nonsense attorney she’s in danger proves easier than convincing her divorce lawyer. The arrogant—and devastatingly sexy—Trevor Kearney.

Trevor never thought his client would stoop so low as to hire a fake psychic to prove her soon-to-be ex is out to kill her. Yet sassy, red-headed Ryann holds up under questioning designed to blow the tightest of alibis. Before the night is over, she has his apology. And he has her phone number.

Ryann can live with Trevor’s doubts about her sixth sense, yet she can’t ignore the way her body responds when he kisses her senseless. But as they seek to untangle a growing web of mystery, the heat they generate could put them in the path of a killer…

If you like a book to have enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat while engaging all your senses in a dangerous, flirty romance, then PreView is for you.

Ryann has the dubious honor of being able to see events before they happen. How she deals with them and what she does or doesn’t do about them signals a fascinating glimpse into her character and personality. She’s not a drama queen; she's pragmatic yet torn, courageous and cautious. With good reason, because the circumstances of her premonitions this go-round are going to have far reaching affects even she could not predict. Some are truly horrific and others are just yummy. Of course, no relationship starts off like a smooth confection. Remember, chocolate is at first quite bitter on the tongue until certain ingredients are added.

Trevor, the male lead, is what I’d call extremely bitter dark chocolate in the beginning. And like that treat, I didn’t like him either. But Ms. Coca added some interesting aspects to his character and a few delicious insights which end up making Trevor a man who grows on a reader and absolutely inspires a healthy dose of lustful thinking and contemplative musings. He’s a strong personality and a skeptic. His willingness to listen to Ryann’s side of the story and his actions from then on make their growing relationship a pleasure to watch unfold.

The nemesis of the story is the premonition. It’s a race against time and no one truly knows where the attack is going to happen. There were clues early on but with the clever telling of the tale, it’s obscured with rich detail and fascinating developments. I had no idea how it would unfold and although it was shocking in a way, it was definitely attention grabbing and effective.

I enjoyed the author’s voice and writing style. I was completely engrossed in the plot and how the characters interacted. I thought they were enhanced by excellent dialogue and descriptions and I truly had no idea how the premonition was going to play out. I got a kick out of the wrap-up HEA – it was adorable. I could visualize all those nuts and bolts. Too funny. I was thoroughly entertained by PreView and would recommend this book to any fan of romantic suspense.