Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review - Lovers Of Paranormal - Soulless by Toni Hofman

Fairfield Detective Alexis (Alex) Martinez is in pursuit of a killer so brutal, he holds an entire city in the grip of terror. His victims are picked at random; their torture and mutilation, unspeakable. As the body count rises, Alex's investigation puts her among the hunted-not by the serial, but by a much greater threat: a secret society with members imbedded inside world governments, law enforcement and every walk of life. Their prime objective is to avert discovery, and when her investigation comes too close to revealing their existence, Alex becomes a target. The only one that can save her is the trained assassin they've sent to kill her; someone who has already infiltrated her heart and mind, and who may be the monster she's been chasing all along.

David Jason Sawyer is a predator with the face of an angel, his mind a weapon as equally formidable as his body, prince of a powerful hidden society believed to represent the next step in man's evolution: Family. Their physiology has evolved to consume bio-energy directly. They're stronger. They age at an incredibly decelerated rate. With their extraordinary ability to heal, they're close to invincible. And they feed on humans to survive.

Since childhood, Sawyer has been trained to manipulate and entrap on reflex, to put emotion second and Family first; yet one moment of weakness, sparing the very detective that hunts him, the woman he has grown to love, makes him a dangerous threat his people cannot tolerate.

Now, light must join forces with darkness as Alex and David struggle to stay one step ahead of an invisible army out to silence them both.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Lovers of Paranormal Group.

Let me start by saying that I was transported back to my first love, Crime Drama Detective novels. I found my love of reading books like that when I stumbled upon Neon Mirage by Max Allan Collins when I was fourteen. It was a huge change from my regular Shakespeare obsession at that age. Literature had always been a favorite subject and discovering more than Shakespeare, Poe, Bronte, Austen, Twain, Judy Blume and Sweet Valley High was magnificent and it broadened my horizons considerably. I enjoy the grittiness and texture of these stories.

Soulless starts on fire and barrels forward keeping you captivated the entire way through.

Alexis Martinez is a detective with a no nonsense attitude and she is on the run until Jason, the man who's more than a mortal man,  she's come to love, wipes her slate clean for her own safety.

Back on the beat the attractive detective is hot on the trail of a gruesome killer. This is where the grittiness gets its texture... People are turning up dead and gruesomely so. Alex gets inadvertently pulled back into Jason's life and he starts to worry about her again. Things go upside down and you are hooked into the mystery and ride the intrigue to the books climax at a steady pace.

The story twists, turns and grips you, sinking its suspense in your mind urging you to push forward and read on.

The Plot - There's depth in this story that go pretty deep and the paranormal element is delightfully unique. You never know what will happen next and I love that. I also like that just when you think you've got it all figured out the plot thickens. It had a great pace and it was captivating the entire way.

The Characters - From the sassy detective Alex herself and the brooding and somewhat lost, Jason to the little old lady Myrtle each character is well developed. All playing their part not leaving you to wonder. Alexis and Jason were my favorites but Mark, Grace, Frank, Joe, Colin, Bastian, Ray, Hattie and even Drew were well written. Each one making an appearance in my imagination without hesitation.

The Writing - I actually love the writing. If this is the authors first publication she has a brilliant career ahead of her. It was flawless in my book and nothing was lacking as far as I am concerned. I love that my two favorite things came together so effortlessly. A Detective Crime Drama and Paranormal Romance in a delicate and well balanced combination that left me satisfied.

I recommend this book highly. If you love Paranormal and you, like me, are sucker for a good Crime Drama with a dose of steamy swoonidge this is most certainly the book for you!

Soulless, Toni Hofman, paranormal, romance, book
Toni Hofman has been writing romances since she was thirteen years old and loving every minute of it. She is the recipient of a B.A. in English from Florida State University, a M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a previous participant in UIC’s Program for Writers. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a proposal writer and manager, focused on helping employers and clients win multi-million dollar federal and state contracts. Soulless is her debut novel and first foray into publishing. She lives in Southern California with her family.


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