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Dream Eyes (Dark Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – January 7, 2014
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“Full of witty quips, harrowing chases and sizzling sex scenes, Dream Eyes takes off like a rocket and doesn’t slow down.”—The Seattle Times
“Another perfect fusion of suspense and romance from an author at the top of her game.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A solid story with charming characters, wit and romance.”—The (Bend, OR) Bulletin
“Exciting, intriguing…Krentz’s writing is crisp, filled with imagery, solid writing and a lovely twist to the story.”—US Daily Review
“Romantic suspense with a psychic twist—or, a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in wonderful.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Krentz] is on a roll.” —The Seattle Times
"The master storyteller once again creates authentic, well-drawn characters, a quick-paced, engrossing plot . . . a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in wonderful."—Kirkus, starred review
"With her signature sharp wit, Krentz flawlessly juggles a richly imaginative, paranormal-tinged plot . . . and an engaging pair of protagonists whose combustible sexual chemistry threatens to permanently singe readers' fingers. The end result is another perfect fusion of suspense and romance from an author at the top of her game."—Booklist, starred review
"With walk-off-the-page characters, crackling sexual tension, swift pacing, and the author's trademark sassy humor, this wonderfully inventive high-stakes adventure will whet fans' appetites for more."—Library Journal
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I finished the book, but it took me weeks to read it. Nothing compelled me turn the page - dialogue was flat, the situation was so complicated that I couldn't recall from one page to the next what was going on and who the bad guys were or might be, and by the time I got near ending #2, I didn't even remember who the Bad Guy for THAT ending was in the story. I mean, c'mon... there are 'red herrings', and then there are dead herrings which just stink when you finally discover them at the bottom of the trash bin.
And, as at least one other reviewer mentioned, the ending just dragged ON and ON and ON and ON... By the time I read the last actual page, I could barely recall what the point of the book was.
SO BORING! (Good sleep aid, though!)
Sidenote: One of my recent criticisms of JAK's books has been the repeated recycling of material and plot points that I thought was done without much of thought and that recycling overwhelmed a basically weak or re-hashed story. I'll warn like minded readers- there is a lot of recycling in this book. HOWEVER, I think this book shows how recycling of material can be done well. If you want a completely original and innovative book- don't read JAK. She sticks to familiar territories and writes a lot of books in the same universe so a lot of elements do get shared. But, if you read and like JAK, this isn't necessarily a problem. For me, I want a good story that at least tries to be original and well-crafted. Here, JAK has taken several familiar plot points and elements but has finessed them- they are not the whole of this story. They are mostly minor points and they do not overwhelm the central story of this book. A story that I liked and enjoyed. Also, I enjoyed some of her recycling because it wasn't actually central to the plot- they were like little JAK presents peppered throughout the story for her long-time fans (the mirror engine, the cult, the geode- it wasn't all that relevant to the central story so their presence was just a little fun.)
My biggest compliment goes to the central mystery of this book- it was exceedingly well-crafted (for a JAK book) with several layers and offshoots that actually gelled together nicely. I'll try not to spoil anything but the book revolves around the murder of the heroine's friend. And that is connected to mysterious doings concerning the heroine two years before. Which is connected to... and so on. The investigation into the mystery was decently paced and the clues were handled fairly well for a psychic mystery. I appreciated that the psychic's had limits on their abilities and their abilities did not just expand to cover whatever the plot needed. The points of the mystery were actually well plotted and the author presented a reasonable investigation with leads and issues. The hero and heroine were brought to together in a reasonable manner- two degrees of separation between friends/family. The hero's back-story mystery was pretty minor and mostly irrelevant to the central story (which I like because you just shouldn't tie every thing together just because you can!) His back-story was used more as a vehicle to gauge the hero's growing emotional attachment to the heroine- the more of his back-story he gave to the heroine, the more he trusted her and respected her. The mystery neatly roped in one of the best secondary character's in this book in a believable side story (which seemed to have some nice fore-shadowing for the next book, perhaps?) And, then all the pieces started to fit together and there was more than one actual surprise at the end of the book that I didn't see coming. (I will say that some parts of the mystery were easy to solve- this isn't a hard book.)
I thought the heroine was a real plus. She wasn't plucky so much as she just came off as pretty mature and had a lot of self-possession. I liked her a lot because she was just so grown-up. She was scared but never mindlessly scared. She never defied the hero just because he told her what to do. She admitted to vulnerability without it being about her being insecure or whiny. She wasn't perfect. It was like one of those JAK-trademarked plucky, independent, loud-mouthed heroines at age 40 or so. She had mellowed and didn't have to prove so much to anyone. And, she had an interesting back-story that, I hope, foreshadows where this series will head next.
The hero was fine. Truly. Maybe I'm overloaded on Alpha males but this guy also came off as pretty mature. While he had the worst pick-up line I can ever recall in a book, he wasn't some growly alpha dude who is forever thinking about how possessive he is of the heroine. His most remarkable moment is when he took his father's suggestion about showing a woman you admire and respect their abilities and talents. That was nicely and neatly done.
For JAK's fans- if you, like me, got tired of all that Arcane romance stuff- then this book is worth a shot. JAK actually builds the romance rather than just having the leads' auras resonating = true love. They are obviously attracted to each other but neither is all that inclined to start a relationship. The romance is just fine. Again, it is not her very best, or hottest, or most charming (but, then, she has written an awful lot of awesome romances.) But, it was fine and was not a flaw for me.
I was really pleased with the return of JAK's trademark offbeat secondary characters! They are one of the best perk of her books. Here, Gwen and Abby's friend Nick is showcased- in all his suspicious, sneaky, insecure cat burglar glory. Please, please, please give us more Nick in the next book? I liked the heckling ghosts. I liked Nicole the deranged florist. I liked the hippie wind chime witch. I liked Thor the reality t.v. producer. I liked how everyone just despised the cat. They don't need to have a particularly big role so long as each secondary contributes something positive to the story's progression and they are memorable. And, here they all did. It was fun.
Overall, I think her readers will enjoy this book. Yes, it is nothing new or earth-shattering. But, I thought it was a really nice entry to my JAK collection. I genuinely liked it and was totally and pleasantly surprised by all my JAK nostalgia. I'm going to re-read Copper Beach. When I was reading it, I was constantly thinking about the story, itself, rather than thinking about all the other books she has written. She really did a great job on this book.
THE STORY: Judson Coppersmith is doing a favor for his brother by helping out Gwen Fraiser who has found a friend dead and needs help. Both Judson and Gwen have psychic talents and both are keeping secrets about them. When it appears that a killer has returned from the grave to kill again, Gwen wants to know who is continuing the killer's work. Someone appears to be using psychic means to commit murders that look like natural deaths and Gwen may be next on the killer's list.
OPINION: This is a story that really hinges on the suspense story. In that, the story does not disappoint. The story is twisty and has some surprising turns. The characters of Gwen and Judson really need the suspense story to keep the book going because they don't have much tension between them. Things are resolved quickly as a matter of romance and the emphasis here is on the suspense rather than personal obstacles between the couple. A good solid romantic suspense with some paranormal elements.
WORTH MENTIONING: Fans of Krentz's Arcane series will have a surprise toward the end of the book.
FINAL DECISION: This book is pushed along by two interesting characters who are both in need at the beginning of the book and a twisty suspense story that keeps surprising.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DREAM EYES is the second book in the Dark Legacy series. It can be read as a standalone although there is overlap with the first book.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
two books are incomplete. We need the other histories the sister and the gay brother do not count? What a shame.
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And, great characters BTW.