by Mary Behre
Series: Tidewater #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
In the new Tidewater novel by the author of Guarded, a kiss between strangers draws both into unexpected danger and unforgettable desire... She’s searching for a sign... Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder... He’s ready to show her... All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed...
I love the Tidewater series by Mary Behre and totally recommend them. Energized the third novel was one of my favorites. Behre delivered suspense, a second chance romance and took us into the mind of a killer. If you like romantic suspense with paranormal elements the Tidewater series offers lovable characters and suspenseful tales.
Hannah Halloran can touch metal objects and read the thoughts of the person who handled the object. She is working in her parents bar when a sexy Marine sits down for a drink and it ends up turning into an unforgettable night. Much to her disappointment her Marine never calls her. Niall Graham is trying to battle the lingering side effects of war and has just returned to Tidewater. Late at night, he often thinks about Hannah and the bogus phone number she gave him. Call it fate or destiny but when a chance to find her sisters takes Hannah to Tidewater, their paths will cross again.
I love second chance romances and the chemistry between Niall and Hannah was electric. Things start out rocky, but as Hannah begins getting visions concerning a twisted killer it brings them closer together. I love how realistic their emotions and reactions were giving us those awkward, shy, butterflies and heat moments that come with a new romance. It was not easy and began a little rough in part because of the phone number and Niall’s not so magical conversation skills.
“Hey, Marine?” She closed the short distance between them. In her bare feet, she had to tip her head way back to look at him. It made him feel too big. Her, too small. “You plan to get undressed anytime soon? Or do you just plan to drop trou and do it with your boots on. ’Cause hot as that sounds, I was kind of hoping for something that would last a little longer than fifteen seconds.”
Secondary characters from the bumbling detectives to Hannah’s sisters and their significant others reunited us with previous characters. It was exciting to see the sisters united. Although the stories central focus was the killer and the romance. I really liked the thread about Niall’s brother Ryan and OMG I want to read the full story of him and Ian.
The suspense in Energized was off the chart as Behre took us into the mind of a killer, laid out red herrings and provided a twist that was brilliant. Through Hannah’s ability, we see flashbacks into the killer’s mind and it was downright chilling. Behre did not stop there because she also gave us a POV from the killer and it notched up the suspense. She created the type of urgency that had me completely engaged. I have been impressed with all the crime threads in this series and Behre has quickly become a favorite in the romantic suspense genre.
Some may be disappointed that we did not get to spend more time with the three sisters and their reunion. However, I appreciated that Energized focus was directed at the killer and romance. Behre does a great job of balancing the main threads allowing readers to enjoy a well-developed story. All of her characters even the secondary are memorable, so much so, that I can recall all of their names without pulling out the book.
Energized and the Tidewater series delivers all the elements I love when reading romantic suspense. The added twist of paranormal woo-woo makes them a favorite on my bookshelf.
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