Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Book Review: Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell

Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty–one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing–eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn’t even know she had.

Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning?

Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child—an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence.

Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

My Review:
*I received this book from the author through Paranormal and Horror Lovers in exchange for an honest review*

Sarah is attacked by an evil creature and barely escapes, helped by the mysterious Evan. Strange things happen around them, and when they are together a powerful force seems to be at work between them. Sarah is forced to face her destiny, that she is a target for soul eating skinwalkers who want to devour her special aura.

It was a pleasant change to find a paranormal story with a few different elements to it. Evil warlocks who use dark magic to invade others bodies to steal souls are the big bad guys in this book and there is a nice Native American mythology throughout this book which I enjoyed. Skinwalkers are certainly underused in urban fantasy and paranormal novels so I enjoyed them being the stars of this book. There are also paranormal elements where Sarah and Evan discover certain powers they have that need to be controlled and harnessed when needed.

The characters were well written. Sarah has the ability to sense moods and feelings but she still comes across as being normal enough to relate to. I didn't really have any connection to Evan as I'd decided from the start that he was dodgy in some way, and I was waiting for him to show his true colours! The side characters were interesting, especially those from the reservation. The sex scenes were pretty well written with none of those cringeworthy descriptions that you dread reading. It was descriptive without being too graphic.

I wasn't fully engaged in the romance but that is more about my reading tastes than any fault of the author. There were a couple of times when Sarah did something stupid and I'd get frustrated with her ie in the hotel scene when Sarah is looking at the laptop. She must be seriously dumb not to understand what she is reading on screen! For someone who runs her own company, she wasn't always firing in the brain department! Still, you get plot niggles in most books so this is hardly a negative.

This was an entertaining paranormal tale that keeps you interested in what is going to happen next. The story flows well and isn't over-descriptive. There is sexual content and the book will be suitable for NA and adult readers who like paranormal romance and paranormal fiction.

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