Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: The Unwanted by Shiloh Walker

The Unwanted

The Unwanted (FBI Psychics Novella #3.5) by Shiloh Walker
Paranormal Romance
E book, 143 pages
July 30, 12013
Samhain Publishing

Favorite Quote: “All I knew was that you were leaving me...leaving me and breaking my heart.“

She doesn’t want him. He doesn’t need her. Like hell…

Destin Mortin’s psychic gift comes with an ugly twist—she excels at tracking down violent rapists. But it’s rough on relationships. Once, her partner Caleb was her everything: filter, shield, rescuer, lover. The only man who didn’t think her a freak. Then he walked away.

Destin turned her back on the FBI to work for a private agency, but now a particularly horrendous case has come up, and her boss wants her paired with only the best.

For Caleb Durand, leaving Destin was an act of self-preservation. Every time she flung herself headlong into dangerous situations, every time he nursed her through soul-crushing visions, he’d died a little more inside.

Now they are forced to work together one last time. Tragedy has changed them both, but Caleb knows if he lowers his shields for an instant, he won’t have an icicle’s chance in hell of resisting the temptation to lose himself in her wild power.

But to catch the rapist, it’s exactly what he’ll have to do. (Goodreads)

I thoroughly enjoy Shiloh Walker’s FBI Psychics series. An intensely sensual and intriguing dark paranormal series that addresses the choices one makes when battling evil with shocking gifts that can often work against the owner.  The Unwanted is a novella that helps to forge the link between the FBI group and a private investigative group.  Though part of the series, it can be read as a stand alone. The Unwanted is a shockingly seductive psychological thriller that hooked me from page one. Shiloh Walker has a wonderful writing style that draws you into her characters’ emotional pathways and lets you feel with them what they are experiencing. Romance and taut suspense go hand in hand as we follow a gritty and dark well plotted storyline down a twisting path of deception, betrayal, and madness.

Destin Mortin has a gift that gives as well as receives. A fact that her ex boyfriend and partner, Caleb Durand, struggled to cope with until he was forced to leave her to save his own sanity. When Destin’s boss hands her a case on some unsolved college rapes, Destin is dismayed to find she will be partnered with Caleb. Destin has never understood or forgave caleb for abandoning her. Caleb loved Destin unconditionally but her gift and her refusal to learn control over it killed his soul a little everyday. As Destin and Caleb investigate their case, they learn some interesting information that suggests that this case strikes closer to home then they could ever imagine.

The romance between them is hot yet bittersweet. The chemistry between them smolders heavy in the background as they struggle to get past the hurt and pain they left each other with. It’s a strong part of the storyline and complements the main conflict. Their physical scenes are tasteful and satisfying. It was very easy to get caught up in the emotional currents of these two star crossed lovers as try to find their second chance.

The secondary characters are bold, viable additions to the story as they add layers to the suspense and mystery. Each one is a piece in the puzzle; they make up a solid foundation for our storyline to build upon. As with any good thriller, there are multipe sub plots running through the main storyline and each one is a key to the final outcome. Ms. Walker does a fabulous job of maintaining these separate entities without overburdening us with unnecessary information or complicated scenarios. When it all comes together in the end, we are treated to an astounding finale that ties it all together.

The Unwanted is a worthy addition to this series and a must read for those readers who love their paranormal romances to be wrapped in dark emotional suspense and intrigue. I am looking forward to the release of her next full length novel in the series, The Protected, set to release September 3, 2013, by Berkley Trade.

Pick up your copy of Shiloh Walker’s The Unwanted today!


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