Monday, December 15, 2014

Review & Giveaway:Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows

A psychic DEA agent works to unravel the mystery of a cursed lighthouse and falls in love with it’s keeper.

 is the first in the brand new 
D.I.E. Squadron romantic suspense series
 and will be released December 1, 2014. 

Fans of Christine Feehan's Ghost Walker series, or Rebecca Zanetti's FORGOTTEN SINS, will love this new series from Tonya Burrows!  

VISION OF DARKNESS is now available at Amazon.


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.

What I thought about Vision of Darkness
Alex is running from an undercover job gone bad only to find himself in the creepy little town of Three Churchs. There he runs into Pru at the local diner and although he's been warned away by multiple people, he finds himself wanting Pru and decides to stay in town.

Then the fun starts. Well not really fun because people are missing and dying. At the heart of the story is a ghost tale at the lighthouse where Pru lives that seems to have something to do with the accidents, murders and missing persons.

When one of the locals dies, Alex becomes a suspect and he has to complicate his relationship with Pru by lying about his real identity. Some of the townsfolk don't want him messing around with Pru and then there's his schrizophrenic brother warning him away from the lighthouse and the woman he's s falling in love with. Alex doesn't believe in ghosts and he determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious occurrences at the light house, although it seemed like his friend Nick did most of the sleuthing to figure out the ghost story.

There's alot going on here and I really liked that about Vision of Darkness. Alex was an interesting character, especially his refusal to recognize his own psychic skills. When his friends show up to help, it's clear that they have some special skills too.

But in spite of so much going on, I found the story a bit slow for the first 2/3 of the book. And even thought the pacing is slow, there's still more suspense than romance. I liked Pru and thought her and Alex made a good couple but they didn't connect at a level that had me believing in them outside of the ghostly connections. Maybe that's what the author intended, but  I like more romance in my romantic suspense reads.

I did find the D.I.E. squadron an interesting concept and would read more in this series because of it.

So overall, an interesting start to the series.  More suspense and paranormal than romance.

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Tonya Burrows


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.
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