Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Every Breath She Takes by Norah Wilson

Title:  Every Breath She Takes
Author: Norah Wilson
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Main Characters: Lauren and Cal
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Montlake
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

Veterinarian Lauren Townsend has good reason for hiding her psychic ability. Not only did her “freakishness” earn her pariah status in the small town where she grew up, it cost her a fiancé and her faith in love. When Lauren foresees a murder — through the killer’s eyes — she traces the victim to a sprawling ranch, never guessing what waits for her…
Cal Taggart’s rugged ranch life doesn’t need any more complications. His stubborn determination cost him his marriage, and now may cost him his livelihood. But then beautiful Lauren enters his corral…with danger close behind. And Cal wants nothing more than to protect her. They can’t deny their intense attraction. Nor do they want to. What begins as a fling with no strings becomes a fight for survival — and for true love.

My Review:
I honestly and truly loved this book. Lauren is trying to prevent a murder from happening...one that she only knows about because of her visions seen through the murderers eyes before it happens. The slight clues she has lead her to a floundering ranch where they are taking in guests to help supplement the ranch's income. Cal is the owner of that ranch and a former pro rodeo bull-rider.

There is a lot of story to this book and Cal's ranch...
*there's his ex-wife who's there to hide out from a loan shark and in the meantime she's doing drugs and every cowboy she can.
*There's the relationship between Cal and his dad that is beyond bad. Cal ran away at 16 and never went back, but Dad shows up at the ranch and Cal honestly doesn't know what to do with him.
*There's the contentious relationship between Cal and his neighbor who's trying to buy him out at the same time he's buying up every other property in the area.
*There's Cal who's trying to save his ranch, although housing guests is not his idea of a good time.
*There are cattle dying from unknown causes that threaten the viability of the ranch.
*There's the contentious relationship between one of Cal's ranch hands and his neighbor, who raised the hand as his son, only to disown him completely later.

Then there is Cal's relationship with Lauren. They both go into the relationship knowing that she is only there for 3 weeks. She has her vet practice on the east coast and that isn't going to change, but things start to change between the two of them, although neither will admit it. I liked that this was a hero who's real. He's most definitely an alpha, but he's at the lowest point in his life and has a vulnerability because of it. I love that he turns to Lauren for support and that she sees what he needs. They have a truly honest relationship....which is odd to say when there are so many secrets between them, but they see the other's true person and I loved that.

I liked how strong Lauren was. What she sees and feels through her visions is horrific, but she continues to put herself in harms way to keep others safe. The ending in this book and her actions were just amazing. I couldn't read fast enough to keep up with the suspense of it all....so good! I really loved this one.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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