by Christina Jean Michaels
Series: Legacy of Payne #1
Published by Createspace Release date : July 19 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, New Adult, Romantic Suspense
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“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”
For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.
Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.
Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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After participating the cover reveal for Epiphany a few months ago, I knew this was a book I *had* to have. Mystery/Thrillers are steadily climbing up the ladder on my favorites and this one just screams awesome. It did not disappoint. It’s suspense kept me on edge, the killers MO had been terrified for everyone and the twist and turns had me reeling. However.. *dun dun duuuun* There was one part of the book that I just didn’t care for. And it’s a huge part. The start of the romance.
This book is craaaaaazy. My heart was pounding from the first page and hardly let up. Christina, whew girl, you really know how to hook a reader in with that suspense.
A serial killer. A horrific, sadistic person, that has put more than one town in fear. The pacing was perfect, giving us clues and then backing off and the right time for room to think. The execution of those small clues and seeded doubts was so subtle, I was changing my mind on who the killer was and going over the tiniest of details, in hopes that I didn’t miss anything. I had my suspects narrowed down to two, about midway. I was right but only because there was ONE scene that kept popping back into my mind. Something was just OFF and it stuck. Still; I was questioning myself and pointing fingers at everyone. Which goes to show to trust your gut!
I loved the aspect of the dreams. There was fascinating to read and I found myself reading into every small detail to find some clues. The dreams are random, showing us things from the past and the future. We started to get a little bit more elaboration towards the end on WHY she has this ability (FREAKY TWIST) But I am OK with the explanation “because it just is”.
Mackenzie has a rough couple of months. After a traumatic event, betrayal of her boyfriend and discovering a HUGE lie from her Mother, she just wants to start over and put it all behind her. Things obviously change for her, after meeting Aiden, a man whom she has dreamed about for years. And the sudden, horrific dreams of women being raped, tortured and killed. Good grief, could you even imagine? She’s shy but forward, lonely and scared, yet determined to stop the killer and protect Aiden. Her reactions and fears were realistic. She went into shock, cried and more or less flipped out. It isn’t that she’s week; this makes her more real because not EVERYONE is immune or strong, ya know? Poor girl couldn’t catch a break.
As for Aiden. Well. He was an A-whole in the beginning. Standoff-ish, rude and ungrateful. It was really difficult for me to see past that but eventually, I did. He hasn’t had the best of it either, having skeletons of his own and is actually closer to the case that what he initially lets on. I felt bad for the guy and I completely understood his motivations. He’s strong, protective and yes I admit, sexy.
Which now, brings me to the Romance. I fear spoilers coming, so this may be pretty damn vague.
It felt like insta love to me. It was difficult for me to buy their relationship and their feelings. Quite honestly, I was thinking what Mackenzie was about his intentions. I just feel that if there was more.. depth to their relationship, I would have cared a little bit more at first. Eventually, I started to like them together and appreciate what they HAD, especially since both their relationships prior didn’t…. end well. THEN; after that GINORMOUS twist was thrown in.. O_O I was completely baffled. I was really curious to see how Christina would handle the situation. I was really hoping it would be explained and wrapped up nicely, which is was. Kudos for that.
I thought the ending was well done. There is defiantly more to the story and more going on than what we think. I feel like the calm just came in after a nasty storm and shit is fixin to hit the fan. Small cliffhanger, with enough mystery to have me desperate for the next book.
Overall– I freaking LOVED IT. Full of suspense, heart pounding action and twists you never see coming. I highly recommend! I can’t wait for book 2! Bring it Christina… BRING IT 😛
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