Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger's research studies including Gwen. And though she survived while two others didn't, Gwen knows that Ballinger's death is related.

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception, and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist. . . .

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I can't say that Jayne Ann Krentz is getting different with time but hey - she never disappoints me either. Dream Eyes is another great novel featuring interesting characters, a familiar paranormal element, and a surprise villain (surprise for me anyway). Initially Gwen's just looking for help investigating a friend's death but when Judson ends up being the man sent out for the job sparks quickly find their way into the conversation. Both of them have pasts that haunt them, though Gwen being a psychic counselor she's a little more prepared to deal with her own feelings. This particular story placed more importance on Judson refusing to be seen as a client/patient by Gwen, which I think makes sense for a man who is personally centered by his own protective instincts.

The suspense/murder subplot was well done and I definitely didn't realize in the beginning how everything was going to end up. I guess you could say there are only so many characters introduced so it had to be someone but I still had to back track and think a bit to make sure I understood all the twists and turns thrown in. I didn't read Copper Beach but since I liked everyone introduce here (and can't wait to see who ends up being the focus in the next book) I think I'll backtrack with the help of my local library :).

Overall Feeling - B+

Series - 1) Copper Beach 2) Dream Eyes

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