Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the Air Tonight by Stephanie Tyler

Title:  In the Air Tonight
Author: Stephanie Tyler
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Shadow Forces #3
Main Characters: Mace & Paige
Release Date: August 2011


Publisher: Dell
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
With danger closing in, all they have is each other. 
Haunted by a mission he barely survived, Delta Force operative Mace Stevens still carries a soldier’s burden. Running a small bar in upstate New York, he remains a stone-cold warrior who guards dangerous secrets and stays ready for anything. Anything except beautiful, vulnerable Paige Grayson, who shows up at his door, demanding answers about her heroic stepbrother’s death under his command.
Paige bears burdens, too. She’s plagued by demons unleashed by an older brother who committed mass murder before her eyes. But here in this snowy haven with Mace, she almost feels safe from the menacing promises of her insane sibling. As a nurse whose hands can read the deepest thoughts of anyone she touches, Paige knows that Mace needs her as desperately as she needs Mace. And when a faceless killer begins unleashing fresh terror, Mace proves just how far he will go to save the woman who means everything to him.

My Review:
This novel features several characters with a LOT of emotional trauma that they are dealing well as a LOT of current danger and stress. There is a lot happening in this book with these poor characters that really could use a break.

Mace & Cael are on leave from their time with the Delta forces. They have just come back from a mission where they were captured and tortured. This was the same mission where Paige's brother, Gray, was killed. Cael is dealing with amnesia from the incident and no one really knows what happened with him. They need him to get his memory back, but no one is sure if that recollection will actually turn out to be a good thing when clues start to indicate that he may have been drugged to the point where he hurt some of the team members, including the murder of Gray. Lots of prolonged stress and nightmares for all involved in this.

Then there is Paige. She grew up with an evil brother who murdered her friends in a huge school shooting when she was in high school. She has been dealing with his evil her entire life, but now he is currently in a psychiatric prison. Paige also has psychometric hands...if she touches a person or certain objects, she can read their history.

There are also several additional characters that run along the periphery of the story. Vivi, the girl that Cael loves, but doesn't remember. She has decided not to wait for him any longer so has come to him in upstate NY. There is also the additional team members of the Delta team, Kell & Reid, who all pop in and out of the story as they are also dealing with the stress from the mission that went completely wrong. Then there are Dylan & Zane (Cael's brothers) and Cam & Noah and Keagen, the bartender with the motorcycle gang past

EVERYONE at the bar is dealing with all of this...along with a string of mysterious murders, a rogue motorcycle gang, and just the daily stresses of running a bar in upstate NY in the dead of winter when most people are getting a little stir-crazy.

There is so MUCH going on in this story, that it seems like the main story would get lost in the shuffle and confusion, but Stephanie makes it work. Her stories always seem to feature sub-plots, but wow, this one had a lot. Nevertheless, the book flows really well and it doesn't seem like too much until after the book when you start to reflect on all the different aspects of the book. LOL! She pulls it off and pulls it off really well. I loved all the different characters, the different story lines, the different aspects to the suspense lines. It was all really good. Fantastic, riveting reading. Another great installment to this fantastic series.


Pearl said...

I love all Stephanie's books nd though this one is not my fave (some things did'nt quite work for me) I enjoyed the romances and the intricacy of bringing all the plots and storylines together!

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Yeah, I know, another series I need to check out! :-( Blah on your good reviews! Ok, not really, I LOVE your reviews...but my TBR list just keeps expanding. :-D

*Side note* Sub-plots...that's the word I should be using when talking about the LOTU series! Gena is a lot like Stephanie in that she has TONS of sub plots occuring but they some how never overshadow the main plot of the hero and heroine coming together. I love books that have tons going on that you can enjoy and understand everything. So next review = sub plots instead of side stories! :-D