Title: Reason to Believe
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
My Rating: B
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Bullet Catchers #?
Main Characters: Arianna and Chase
Release Date: January 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Arianna Killian is an engaging TV psychic and hostess of the popular show Closure where she is able to give guests one last conversation with a lost loved one. When she starts to have vivid visions of a brutal murder, Arianna believes she’s vulnerable to a killer who fears her clairvoyance, so she seeks protection from the elite security firm The Bullet Catchers.
Chase Ryker is well equipped to guard Arianna, as long as this pragmatic man of science isn't expected to believe his client is anything more than a sophisticated guesser with a clever party skill. Regardless of who’s right about what’s real, Chase and Arianna battle a surprising magnetism that proves that opposites indeed attract. While they do, they must also adjust everything they believe about themselves and each other in order to stop a killer who will do anything to ensure Arianna doesn't receive the truth from the other side.
This book has something that you normally don't see in Roxanne St. Claire's worlds...a touch of paranormal. But that's done in a completely believable way.
Arianna is a television psychic. Chase has been hired to protect her since it appears that she has a stalker. What he doesn't realize going into it is that it's not the physical threats she's been receiving that worry her...it's the psychic visions. Chase is a scientist. He doesn't believe in all that woo-woo paranormal stuff, so this is pushing his abilities to believe. And the story moves on from there.
This is a quick read, but the story doesn't feel rushed. While Chase is drawn to Arianna, he's not so sure he can believe what she's trying to tell him. For Arianna, she's been there-done that with dating someone who doesn't believe in her abilities. She has no desire to do it again.
The romance is set against the two of them running for their lives and trying to figure out exactly what's going on. It's not easy to write a satisfying romantic suspense story within a small word count like this novella has, but Roxanne St. Claire accomplishes it...and gives her hero/heroine a good story, too.
I enjoyed reading it.
Note: this is a rerelease of a novella that originally came out in an anthology in 2008. The novella is set within the overall BulletCatchers universe, but that series is complete now. Regardless, the novella easily works as a quick, stand-alone read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.