53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
I honestly and truly loved this book. Lauren is trying to prevent a murder from happening...one that she only knows about because of her visions seen through the murderers eyes before it happens. The slight clues she has lead her to a floundering ranch where they are taking in guests to help supplement the ranch's income. Cal is the owner of that ranch and a former pro rodeo bull-rider.
There is a lot of story to this book and Cal's ranch...
*there's his ex-wife who's there to hide out from a loan shark and in the meantime she's doing drugs and every cowboy she can.
*There's the relationship between Cal and his dad that is beyond bad. Cal ran away at 16 and never went back, but Dad shows up at the ranch and Cal honestly doesn't know what to do with him.
*There's the contentious relationship between Cal and his neighbor who's trying to buy him out at the same time he's buying up every other property in the area.
*There's Cal who's trying to save his ranch, although housing guests is not his idea of a good time.
*There are cattle dying from unknown causes that threaten the viability of the ranch.
*There's the contentious relationship between one of Cal's ranch hands and his neighbor, who raised the hand as his son, only to disown him completely later.
Then there is Cal's relationship with Lauren. They both go into the relationship knowing that she is only there for 3 weeks. She has her vet practice on the east coast and that isn't going to change, but things start to change between the two of them, although neither will admit it. I liked that this was a hero who's real. He's most definitely an alpha, but he's at the lowest point in his life and has a vulnerability because of it. I love that he turns to Lauren for support and that she sees what he needs. They have a truly honest relationship....which is odd to say when there are so many secrets between them, but they see the other's true person and I loved that.
I liked how strong Lauren was. What she sees and feels through her visions is horrific, but she continues to put herself in harms way to keep others safe. The ending in this book and her actions were just amazing. I couldn't read fast enough to keep up with the suspense of it all....so good! I really loved this one.
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2011
When I first saw Lauren's Eyes by Norah Wilson, the book failed to catch my eye. Maybe because the book cover that depicted a couple of horses didn't stir my pick-this-book-up-immediately-radar. But once I read The Merzetti Effect and became drawn towards Norah's style and the way she presents a story to the reader, I knew I needed to get my hands on every romance that she has published to-date.
The new glossy cover toting man-candy certainly whetted my appetite for more and Lauren's Eyes made its way to my massive TBR, time and yet again to be bumped up because the story seemed to call something deep inside of me. And now, having read the book from start to finish and having loved every minute of the journey, I have just got to say, Kudos Norah, for a story that hits ALL the right spots head on!
Callum Taggart (Cal) is a rancher who has hit hard times and has resigned himself to taking in tourists to turn his business around. Cal is a man who has so much pain deep inside of him, which he hides from the rest of the world so effectively that even Cal himself doesn't realize that he hurts for things that he cannot seem to voice. A childhood that had taught Cal the lesson never to depend on anyone else but himself and later on a marriage that had failed miserably has Cal shouldering each and every responsibility without flinching, never trusting anyone else and never really understanding his own worth until Lauren comes into his life and turns everything around.
Lauren Townsend is a 30 year old veterinarian, a gift that makes her susceptible towards the behavior and emotions of animals that makes her very good at what she does. Lauren's psychic ability makes her sensitive to visions that shows her homicides that until now Lauren has been unable to stop. Her changeling nature has made her a bit of a loner, the past relationships in her life a testament to the fact.
It is Lauren's psychic visions that brings her to the Foothills Guest Ranch where she meets Cal Taggart, whose silver gaze makes her think of the swirling depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and makes her want to lose every single inhibition she has and say yes to the fire that smolders in Cal's eyes, promising her a world of pleasure that Lauren has not yet known.
What starts out merely as Lauren's attempt to save a woman's life turns into something much bigger and complex as her growing attraction towards Cal makes her want and yearn for much more than the straightforward sexual affair that Cal is ready to offer. For both Cal and Lauren, the desire that they feel for each other that burns hotter and more out of control with each and every encounter slowly chips away their resistance towards letting their hearts get involved.
As trouble continues to mount at the ranch and unexpected guests arrive, it is Lauren that proves at each and every turn that in her Cal has finally found someone he can completely rely on and place his trust in, because in her arms, Cal finally feels as if he has come home.
I started Lauren's Eyes thinking that I would be getting an enjoyable romantic suspense with a heroine who has psychic abilities posing the usual conflicts that such characters bring to the stories. But, with Norah, I have come to realise that she always has a way of far exceeding my expectations. Reading Lauren's Eyes was like unwrapping a gift with hidden compartments, each layer that unfolded making the story that much more irresistible.
Cal's inner tortured nature makes him such a worthy hero to sigh over, his mere presence devastating to the senses. Cal is the type of hero that I can't get enough of, the type of hero that I wish authors would write more of! Even now, a couple of hours after finishing the book, I find myself thinking of Cal at odd times, thinking of those heady moments he shares with Lauren filled with such raw desire and want that one can't help but want more of the same. Norah certainly ups the heat in this novel and for those who love blistering heat and passion of the toe curling variety in their romantic suspense, I guarantee that Lauren's Eyes provides that in spades!
I have identified with the fact that Norah has an innate ability to create heroines who don't do much fluttering around, wringing their hands bemoaning the fates for putting them in the path of the hero. And true to Norah's style, Lauren turned out to be such a fantastic heroine, someone that I loved right from the very beginning. Her need to comfort Cal right from the very beginning made her land in my favorite heroines shelf for now & always!
The ending when it came, had me with tears in my eyes, something that yet again Norah seems to do to me so effortlessly to with her novels.
As I said before, there are so many elements to the story that makes the book what it is, that one needs to read this to uncover and appreciate it for. The characters, the setting and the romance all make for a fantastic read, one I cannot recommend highly enough and cannot applaud Norah enough!
Reviewed by MBR
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
After reading almost all of Nora Wilson's books I reluctantly purchased this one based soley on how much I liked some of the others. I normally wouldn't want anything to do with a paranormally themed romance but I have to admit that this book is my favorite from this author. It has so much more than a psychic twist to it. The ranch, the romance, the character development, and the mystery were all great and I found that I enjoyed this book even more than her others from the Protect and Serve series. Lauren was a great strong female character and Cal was just enough bad boy and good man to make their romance believable. If you are on the fence of purchasing this book, just do it. Even if you don't love it as much I did, you won't regret reading it!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Well since about 99% of what I read is PNR/UF this one just barely qualifies. Lauren has visions .... violent murderous visions and they come true .... all of them.
This leads her to try to stop one of them for once in her life she wants to get ahead of the murder she knows is coming and so we have our plot. The plot takes a side road when she meets ranch owner Cal Taggert in a bit subdued version of the "love at first sight" scenario.
This novel quickly turns into a combination of a cowboy romance and murder mystery "who dunnit" although since this IS still PNR the murder has not happened yet. The author leads you through all kinds of possible suspects and red herrings but does not bore you. All the while the romance angle keeps heating up and in what seems to me a weird combination of borderline dominance and plain old lust, it keep getting warmer and warmer while the two participants keep trying to come up with good reasons to not like each other.
This type book usually bores me but this one was done well enough it not only kept my interest but it kept me up late trying to get to the ending and the answer to the mystery (which was also done very well).
Bottom Line: This is one of those books you need to get and read it now or keep it for later, the HEA was exceptional and the story engaging. I should mention the first 60% or so was about a 3.5/5 but the last 30% things get to moving a bit quicker and the entertainment factor comes closer to a 4.5/5 so overall I rated this book as a 4+ and highly recommend it for those times you really want to read something that is not syrupy sweet but ends exactly the way you want it to end and you leave with that warm feeling a really good book can give you. Excellent stand alone novel to read while you wait for that next big "shiny" book to arrive ....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I cannot say enough good things about Norah Wilson, Author. We have had a few reviewers read her submissions and write wonderful reviews for her books. I have been secretly reading them as well on my own, just for me. I decided for this submission, I wanted to finish off 2012 with reading and reviewing one as well; and I think I was certainly a winner. Every Breath She Takes is one of the most exciting romance stories/thrillers/mysteries I have read all year! And with how much I read, that is saying a lot!
Lauren Townsend is a Veterinarian. She has a small practice and lives alone with her two dogs. From what we learn, Lauren has always been a loner, has made herself so, because of what she is. Lauren sees visions that come true.
It began when she was a young girl and the trauma that affected her life because of it, as she called it `her freakishness', becoming more and more aloof. During college she finally met a young man Garret, they fell in love and he asked her to marry him. It all fell apart when she shared her `other' with him. Hence, the empty life and the two dogs.
Lauren has been having this new vision for a while now. Today she leaves work pretending a migraine and gets home just in time to have the tingly feeling take over. She is `seeing' the murder of this pretty woman through the eyes of the killer. It is very disconcerting to watch a man's arms strangling the life out of the woman in front of her, but this last time she forces herself to try and remember the scenery. As she is in this trance like state, the killer reaches for a cigarette and she sees the matchbook cover that reads Foot Hills Guest Ranch. Lauren Googles the ranch and it is on the other side of the country, but she decides she can take a few weeks off to save a life--if she can.
We meet the owner of the ranch, Cal Taggert. He is an ex Rodeo star, a bull rider. He was used to have all the buckle bunnies at his beck and call for sex whenever he wanted, and then he got married to the beautiful and sexy head of the bunnies, Marlena. Now divorced and up to his ears in problems, he needs nothing complicated. This is a meeting of two so very different people, from two very different worlds becoming unlikely lovers, thrown into a whirlwind of lust, murder and mystery and might even end up with the L word.
Okay, Ms Wilson sure knows how to write `em. A sexy, handsome cowboy with baggage too much to count. A fashionista, a doctor from the city who can ride and give as much as she gets. The two are like moths to a flame, once the spark ignites they cannot stay away from each other. The other players are paraded for us to meet, `their baggage' is opened one piece at a time as we learn about Lauren and Cal as they learn about each other. We follow the wonderful twists and turns of the mystery as the author drops crumbs for us, and we hope the killer can be thwarted. The scenery is outstanding, as this author gives us the pink sunsets and beautiful rolling hills and majestic mountain views...I was there, I felt it, I rode horses and ate wonderful meals in the dining room. The pictures were so vivid!
Lauren and Cal started the relationship as a fling, and each one is afraid to say it now was more. Will Lauren be afraid to bare her secret? Will Cal admit he needs her? Will they together stop the killer? Oh Norah what you have wrought? I as one reviewer can answer that...The book is sexy, full of suspense, thrilling, horrifying, and utterly spellbinding. A must read !!!
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
The story starts off intriguing enough with the heroine Lauren Townsend, who is a vet who owns her own practice, having a vision of a woman being murdered. Lauren has had these types of visions since she was a small child but she had rarely been able to save the person in her visions. This time she is determined to save this woman. Through clues in her vision it leads her to a guest ranch in Canada. She decides to take a 3 week vacation and go to Canada and see if for once she can be in time to prevent a death.
Once Lauren gets there the story goes more main stream and there is so much going on. She becomes attracted to the owner of the ranch, Cal, and not long after finds out that it is his ex-wife who is currently confined to the ranch due to a loan shark being after her that her visions are about.
There have also been strange things going on at the ranch and they keep escalating till there is a anthrax scare on one of his animals. We know that a nearby rancher has been trying to buy Cal's ranch which he refuses to sell. Could he be the one killing his animals and trying to destroy is guest ranch business?
There is also Cal's father who he has been estranged from for most of his life who suddenly show back up and seems to be there to stay.
There are a few more stories going on at the same time too. The ending was pretty climatic on who the killer was and edge of your seat on if Lauren would be able to save Cal's ex. I didnt dislike this book but I kept wanting to give up on it and would put it down only to end up going back to it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
I am a huge Norah Wilson fan so about a month ago when I bought EVERY BREATH SHE TAKES I was excited to start reading simple because honestly I was familiar with the author and I really loved how different the premise was. It totally captured my attention and I just know this book was going to be one of those all nighters. So good, you just can't put it down. And boy, she did not disappoint!!
I had no idea that this was a reissue of Norah's award winning Lauren's Eyes when I pick this book from Amazon but no matter because this story is just so damn fascinating.
Lauren is such a character and is so disturbed emotionally and even physically with her visions that she takes off from her Vet practice to try and save the life of a woman she has never met before. She knows that she is going to be murdered, she has seen in through the eyes of her. Quite literally scaring the crap out of her. On her mission to figure this all out and hopefully save a life she makes up this ridiculous story to cover all her questioning from her hot as sin rancher and host Cal. He is one hot, hot cowboy who just oozes sexy, raw, wild man and he is making eyes at her.
As Cal and Lauren light up the pages there is a mystery to be solved. Especially when the victim of her visions is the ex wife of the object of her affection. Not just that but his saucy woman is here creating all kinds of new problems for Cal and even Lauren at times.
With his ranch in the balance and the fate now in the hands of a killer, who has yet to reveal himself, the plot thickens and gets more and more sticky with every page. Who is poisoning Cal's cattle? Why is his ex determined to mess around with anything that has two legs, even if it is his enemy.
What I loved best about this book was the mix of characters and all the storyline come together to create this cohesive story that will definitely keep you on your toes. Lauren is so vulnerable and raw with her ability to see these visions. They have cost her a lot. Her family and relationships for one and now it might cost her Cal and his trust. Cal on the other hand is falling just as hard for Lauren and all her strange idiosyncrasies. Which puts him in a vulnerable spot since he swore he wound't ever put himself out there again. His ranch and saving it is #1 for him and day by day with all the mishaps and mysteries that dream seems to be slipping through his fingers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
This was a standard boy meets girl story with a purported mystery thrown in. I basically knew the whole story after the first chapter as it was crystal clear who the villain was. Sex scenes were good. Good for a weekend read but not gripping - at times was a bit of a slog.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
This was an interesting mystery-romance by Nora Wilson involving veterinarian Lauren Townsend, who has psychic dreams or blackouts of people in danger. She was not able to assist the people in danger in the past, but when she begins to have images of a murder which has not occurred yet, she starts to investigate, and discovers the murder is to take place on a ranch thousands of miles away. She takes vacation from her practice and travels to the ranch, where she meets Cal Taggart, the owner of the place. She keeps her true identity from the handsome cowboy Cal, and others at the ranch, since no one looks like the victim in the vision. And, honestly, if she said anything to anyone, how would she know who is the murderer, or how could she prevent the murder from happening in the first place? Lauren and Cal are immediately attracted to each other, but soon Lauren is reminded of her reason for the "vacation" when her "victim" appears on the ranch, in the form of Cal's ex-wife! This book is so well written, it is a pleasure to read. Some of the plot lines might seem a bit far-fetched, but Ms. Wilson writes so well it is easy to suspend disbelief and get swallowed up in the mystery, suspense and the sexy romance. You will thoroughly enjoy this story, and expand your romantic horizons to include tall, muscular cowboys and smart, sexy veterinarians!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
I really like Noah Wilson's work (as long as it's not YA). This book had a good story with a stubborn, but handsome leading man with many flaws. Most of them were not his fault, but he was determined to blame himself and close himself off from everyone who cared for him. In comes the woman who is strong and willing to take risks for what she wants. The story takes place at a guest ranch Call owns and the sparks fly when Lauren shows up. Her "visions" have brought her to the ranch, but she finds it difficult to ignore this sexy cowboy. There is mystery and danger along with a growing love story. As much as I loved Norah's vampire romance books, this was just a good read, not great. I won't give up on her, however, and do not regret buying this book. Give it a try, just don't expect earth-shattering.