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Selene has had a crush on her friend Maggie's father Brandon for years. When the handsome Brandon deliberately uses Selene's gift to communicate his interest to her, Selene is surprised and delighted.
Selene doesn't get much time to float on the clouds and sigh in wonder. When her house burns to the ground, arson is suspected.
If Selene can't solve the crime in time, arson could escalate. To murder.
Simone Beaudelaire's Watching Over the Watcher is an entertaining romantic suspense. Ms. Beaudelaire also offers some deeper themes, including racism, stereotypes, and prejudice.
PROS: The Author has a nice writing style. It was a cohesive story, and well-written. A good plot and sexual scenes made it a quick and easy read.
CONS: The Paranormal aspect could have been highlighted more. The Romance could have had more chemistry. The police type mystery scenario could have had more action and suspense. And although the characters were developed well, I thought that the good guys were a tad too good and the bad guys were not quite bad enough.
I've rounded up to 4 Stars because overall, I enjoyed it. It was not a book that I couldn't put down, but it was still a decent read. I would not hesitate to read more from this Author.
Other reviewers belabored the fact there was a 12 year age difference between Selene and Brandon. And that the romance happened too fast. My husband and I were 12 years apart and we also had a fast romance. We were together 30 years before he passed away. That’s where the age difference rears its ugly head.
As for the story itself, I’ve always wanted some type of paranormal ability. But, being able to read a person’s thoughts and feelings with just a touch would suck big time. So, yes, I felt for Selene. It may be a gift but a curse as well.
There is also a mystery entwined in the story. It’s not an edge of your seat type of thriller, but it kept my attention. Selene is being stalked, harassed and threatened. Is it someone she previously put behind bars? I did understand the perp’s motivation, but I thought he was missing some depth. He felt more like an add-on.
Between the mystery, the romance, and the interaction between Selene and her fellow cops, I found it an enjoyable read. I give it 4 feathers.
Watching Over the Watcher is not your typical romance novel. You know what I'm talking about, those stories you see at the grocery store with the ripped cowboy on the cover. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure those are great books if you're into that sort of thing, but I'm a guy. I walk by those, and I think to myself "barf!" I can tell you, from a male reader's perspective, Watching Over the Watcher has a zero barf factor. It's hot. There are some steamy scenes, but trust me, those won't just appeal to women. Men will be like "wow!" I'm actually going to ask my wife to read the story. It might spice things up if you know what I mean.
So anyway, back to the story. You'll find steamy, you'll find sexy, but you'll also find a really good thrilling plot in this story. The characters have tons of layers which are slowly peeled back over the course of the book. You feel a connection with them right off the bat, and you want to know more. The main character, Selene, is a cop with a mysterious gift. Brandon is her rock, strong but with a hint of vulnerability. Maggie is Selene's reliable friend and confidant. I found the dialogue to be very well written, very realistic. The author writes with excellent descriptiveness, painting a vivid picture for the reader. The reader sees and feels the character's terror, tension, lust, and triumph. The story feels right, never awkward, a credit to the author and the editor.
Be advised, this is not some cookie-cutter love story. The story contains crime, serious police subject-matter, and dark twists. Oh, and there's a stalker too. Creepy. That's what kept me reading. That's why this book can be appreciated by both sexes. I'd really like to see this turned into a film. Check it out, read it, and let me know which actors you think would be awesome if this were turned into a movie.
I would also like to say the book cover is excellent.