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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446618381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446618380
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Depth, heat, emotion, suspense - this one has it all! An astonishing talent, a book not to be missed New York TIMES This fast-paced adventure provides all the action, romance and thrills a reader could ask for Romantic TIMES MAGAZINE

About the Author

This is Samantha Graves' first book.

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SIGHT UNSEEN has the right combo of suspense and romance.
J. Kaye Oldner
Raven Callahan is blessed (or cursed) with the gift of psychometry--that is, she can read the history of an object by touching it.
D. K. Stokes
As her first foray into comtemporary romance this book was a home-run!
Romance, Romance, & nothing but Romance!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Romance, Romance, & nothing but Romance! on March 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sight Unseen represents a new direction for author Samantha Graves who also writes futuristc romance under the name C.J. Barry.

The book is listed as a romantic suspense but it has a paranormal twist! As her first foray into comtemporary romance this book was a home-run! The plot is excellent - and believable, which can be hard to do when the heroine has a psychic power. The suspense is gripping... and the romantic connection between the hero/heroine was very well done! The perfect balance of attraction and wary interest.

Since there is no description on this listing here's the blurb from the back cover:

CLUES ONLY THIS PSYCHIC CAN SEE
Can an art theif earn an honest living? Raven Callahan does, with the help of a rare psychic power that lets her read the emotions locked inside ancient objects. But when her partner is kidnapped and Raven is forced to steal a priceless masterpiece to save heim, ESP takes a backseat to quick wits, steely nerves, and the lethal skills she needs to survive.

A KILLER ONLY HTIS COP CAN CATCH
Ex-cop Dax Maddox made just one mistake on th ejob, but it took a young rookie's life and cost Dax his ability to see color. Now stalking a killer brings Raven into his life - and floods his gray world with vivid and conflicting emotions: anger and lust, suspicion and awe. Are the criminals they seek one and the same? If so, Dax and Raven's growing need for each other could inspire a madman's terrifying scheme for the ultimate revenge...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RJ McGill VINE VOICE on April 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After her award winning series as CJ Barry, Samantha Graves had established herself as an excellent Romance author. With Sight Unseen she has raised the bar and changed the rules of the romance genre. To lable this book simply a Romance title, would be a grave injustice, Sight Unseen goes much deeper than that.

The adventure begins as Samantha takes the reader to the bottom of the ocean, to retrieve a medallion that was worn by 'King Pacal Votan the Great'. Raven Callahan is a modern day treasure hunter of sorts, with a special gift that allows her to authenticate the items, with a simple touch. She and her sister, Jillian receive information from inanimate objects. The stronger the emotion of the person that owned or touched the object, the more intensely it is felt by Raven. Working for API, she recovers priceless pieces for private collectors, as well as, museums that have been lost or stolen.

Dax Maddox is rugged and attractive, with loneliness and haunting anger in his eyes. Once a respected detective in Miami, he now had only one goal - to catch a killer! The night, Nick, his rookie partner was murdered, he had been imprisoned in a world filled only with shades of gray. He left the force to pursue a cop killer, to exact revenge and get justice for Nick. Which lead him to the art auction, at 'Matador's Auction House, in Miami. Bringing him face to face with the Vassalo painting and the beautiful woman he knew was a thief.

The chemistry between these two characters, Raven and Dax, is palpable. From the moment he forces her into a closet at the auction, to the swirling intensity of their first kiss, the reader is swept up into the story, like a leaf in a tornado!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on February 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two of my most favorite genres are thrillers and romance. Romantic suspense is a combo of the two. The downside to some I've read is there isn't enough of the suspense. This sub-genre, in my opinion, should be a thriller with hot sex scenes and at the end, the guy gets the girl. SIGHT UNSEEN was just that. This book started with danger from the very beginning and didn't end until the next to the last chapter.

Raven Callahan is an honest thief with a rare psychic ability. She's able to read the emotions people left behind from objects. She works for the Antiquities Preservation Institute to recover stolen objects. This ability comes in handy as she is able to authenticate her findings.

Twice she has met Dax Maddox. The first time was as a cop and he suspected she was a thief. The second time is where this story blossoms. He's quit the force and now on the trail of his partner's killer. When the killer kidnaps Raven's partner, they must team up in order to catch him. Both have a dark past and with a strong attraction towards the other.

SIGHT UNSEEN has the right combo of suspense and romance. What an outstandingly balanced book! Her next book, OUT OF TIME, has Raven's sister, Jillian, as the main character. I look forward to continue on with this series.
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STORY BRIEF:
Raven has a psychic power that lets her read emotions inside ancient objects. She works for Antiques Preservation Institute. Her primary job is to locate and retrieve stolen art objects from thieves. Her father was a thief, and she inherited that talent from him. Raven's boss sends her and Walter to an art auction to purchase a painting. Someone overbids them and buys the painting. Then Walter is kidnapped. Raven receives a phone call telling her she must steal the painting from the new owner in order to save Walter's life.

Dax was a cop whose partner was killed while investigating a burglary. The police couldn't solve the mystery, so he quit the force to spend full time searching for the killer. He believes Raven may be connected to the killer. He follows Raven when she discovers Walter is missing. Against her wishes he stays with her, and together they steal the painting to give to the kidnapper.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
The characters were flat, too typical, nothing special. The conversations were ordinary. There wasn't enough romantic relationship development for me. It was more about solving a mystery than developing a romance. There was a victim quality to the story. Things just got worse and worse for the hero and heroine as they were being set up, framed and put in no-win situations. For me, it was lacking, I wanted it to be over. It wasn't worth the high price of $19.99 for a paperback book. Maybe mystery lovers would appreciate it more.

DATA:
Story length: 302 pages. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 9. Setting: current day Miami, New York City, Baltimore, Cuba, and Yucatan Peninsula. Copyright: 2007.
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More About the Author

Samantha Graves grew up reading science fiction novels, comic books, and her brother's Cracked magazines.

In high school, a creative writing teacher told her she should be a writer, but she decided to go to college instead. In college, a writing professor told her she should be a writer, but she decided to be a computer programmer instead. A husband, a cat and two kids later, an adult education teacher told her she should be a writer.

She finally gave in, and after selling the first novel she ever wrote, decided that all those teachers were right. Seven novels later, she continues to bring her unique blend of high adventure and sizzling romance to her romantic suspense novels.

Samantha has won numerous awards for her novels, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Kiss of Death chapter.

By day, she works as a technical writer. By night, she co-hosts a weekly writing podcast, pens the books she was destined to write, and dreams up adventures.

You can find her award-winning futuristic romances at her C.J. Barry website www.cjbarry.com