Tuesday, April 9, 2013
VBT: Giveaway and Review ~ Soul Sucker by Kate Pearce
Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people's heads. The job fills her mind with others' nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn't pair off with a mate of the government's choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.
The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another partner, but helping Ella track down an empath killer might be his only chance to save his career.
Naturally, the government decides to throw them together.
They resist at first, but they can't deny the simmering heat between them. As the killer's strikes grow closer to home, their bond gets tighter. And when the murderer finally traps Ella, her developing link with Vadim might be the only thing that can save her.
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Here's an excerpt:
Feehan bumped into her and Ella jumped. “You okay?”
“I’m good,” she managed. “Are we going up?”
“Yes, I’ve already cleared it with the necessary authorities.”
She rode the elevator up to the eleventh floor in silence while Feehan yakked into his cell phone. She didn’t like elevators and she didn’t like the vibe she was getting at all. There was a sense of immense psychic power laced with a triumphant glee that made her want to puke. Whatever had murdered the woman wasn’t quite human. She wasn’t surprised that someone had picked up on it and called for help. Despite the government officially failing to recognize the SBLE, most first responders were more than willing to pass the difficult cases over to them.
As usual, the crime scene was busy. Ella stood back and viewed the setting as objectively as she could. The victim was sprawled naked on the couch, arms thrown out, her expression fixed in a grimace that could have been either horror or extreme pleasure. Or both.
One of the cops started talking to Feehan. Apparently, there were no obvious wounds on the body apart from a little blood coming from the woman’s ears, nose and mouth. She’d been drinking, and there were no signs of an intruder.
The older female cop lowered her voice. “I’m the one who called you guys.” She shivered. “I just got a real bad feeling about this. I’ve learned to listen to my gut.”
Text Copyright © 2012 by Kate Pearce
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About the author:
Award winning author, Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to 'get with the program', she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.
A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write her first romance novel. Kate is published by Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora's Cave, Carina Press, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek. You can find her at:
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In Soul Sucker I found a mix of paranormal characters that was both pleasing and surprising. Mostly it focused on Fae characters and empaths (humans with the ability to remove people's thoughts hence the name soul sucker). I found it surprising that there weren't any vampires.
The mystery and suspense started almost immediately and held a steady pace through out the book. There were some hot and steamy scenes and even more scenes with Ella (the empath) and Vadim (a Fae hunk) verbally sparring. :-)
The underlying focus was trying to solve a slew of empath murders and stop a serial killer before he kills more of them. Ella is one of the main investigators on the team. Vadim gets called in to help because he has experience with a similar case that may have the same killer. Sparks fly between the two almost immediately.
I liked that the mystery wasn't solved early on and the two of them didn't find themselves instantly in love either. I really hope that we see more of these characters. I'd like to know more about how Liz and Doug got together. I'd also like to see more of Ella and Vadim, and I need to know if Alexei is really friend or foe.
That said, if there aren't already more books planned there should be!
I recommend this book to those who like some suspense in their paranormal books. This one won't disappoint!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly liked it and I am begging Kate to give us more!
In this story empaths were more or less feared because of what they could do.
How do you think you would feel?
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