Thursday, May 24, 2012

Direct Strike by Lorelei Buckley




Title:  Direct Strike
Author: Lorelei Buckley
My Rating: A


Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Zoey
Release Date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781616503673
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
There's no rest for the haunted.

If someone had asked Zoey Hawthorne eighteen months ago to describe her life she would have said it couldn't be better. Perfect marriage, booming business, and best of all, her son was alive. Today she's divorced, unemployed, and pissed at the universe for taking her child, a loss that's cracked her soul in half. To date, she's addicted to pain meds and anger, with no intention of turning back.

When Zoey inherits a ranch in rural Colorado from an estranged great uncle, she leaves Chicago behind to self-destruct in peace. But lightning changes her plans. Zoey is struck and left with an extrasensory gift that lets her see one more problem on her hands: vengeful spirits haunting her land. To stop the cycle of death rampant on her property, Zoey must solve a fifty-year-old mass murder while keeping her hot lover from melting her armor. She's tough enough for the task--provided she isn't killed in the process.

WARNING: This title contains adult language and explicit sex.

My Review:
Honestly, this book is like nothing I've ever read before. I don't think I've ever read a book where the heroine is so completely unlikable as Zoey is at the beginning of this book. She's mean. She's harsh. She's completely unfeeling to others. She's unapologetically addicted to prescription drugs and is honestly suicidal. She's very aware that she's sunk to a really bad place. She just doesn't know how to dig herself out. 

Eighteen months ago, she watched while her 10 yo son died on a malfunctioning ferris wheel. Every night since, she has the nightmare where she watches it happen over and over again...every. single. night. The only thing she's found that even makes a dent in her never-ending pain is the drugs which she takes like candy. 

When she inherits a ranch, she figures living there is no worse than living in her empty place in Chicago so she moves. The first night there, she is high when she sees a toddler out in the woods. When she goes to help, she's struck by lightening. That lightening does several things to her. First of all, it doesn't kill her which everyone medically finds shocking, but it does take away the nightmares. It also leaves her with an ability to hear spirits. And that's truly the beginning of her transition back into life.

There are three men in Zoey's life who are all wonderful characters in this book:
1. Mitch- her ex-husband who honestly still loves her, but can't stand to watch her drug her life away. He lost his child too and is still hurting from that also. Mitch broke my heart. Even though he still loves Zoey, he's tried to move on and has a girlfriend in Sterling (I loved Sterling! She has her own set of psychic gifts and I love the way that she and Zoey connected over them.) Mitch is always there for Zoey to pick her up when she needs it. She abuses him horribly, but she is also aware that he's really her foundation whether they are together or not.

2. Lance- the hot young stud of a boyfriend. She picked up this motorcycle, tattooed guy in a bar, but OMG, he's perfect for her. He absolutely accepts her at the same time that he helps to anchor and build her up. When no one believes her about the voices, he just accepts it and does whatever he can to help her. I love what he did for Zoey. He's young. He's hot. He provides Zoey with an escape and complete acceptance that she needs to find her place in the world again.

3. Zane- the older gentlemen who lives next door. He has a ten year old daughter who's the same age as Zoey's son when he died. Zane's wife died suddenly in an automobile accident so he understands her profound and devastating loss. They have a connection through that.

In the midst of all that are the ghosts who were murdered. They want justice for their murders and plan to use Zoey to get that. 

Like I said, it's a really interesting story and I found it completely fresh in the way that it was written. The ghosts offer some suspense and intrigue to the story and through Zoey you find tons of emotional layers. I really enjoyed it.  The ending was a complete surprise, but I'm thrilled that this looks like it may be part of an ongoing series. I certainly hope so. I'd LOVE to read more Zoey...and Lance...and Zane....and Mitch....and Sterling. This was just a really good book!

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