Dream of Danger (Brown & De Luca #1.5) by Maggie Shayne

DreamOfDangerShe didn’t want to need him.

Murder brought self-help guru Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown together. Their shared secrets drove them apart. But now they’re together again in this riveting novella that begins where New York Timesbestselling author Maggie Shayne’s Sleep with the Lights On ended.

She may have been blind for twenty years, but Rachel’s always had an uncanny gift for seeing through people—and she distrusts her assistant’s new boyfriend at first sight. Amy isn’t interested in Rachel’s misgivings, though. She’s too eager to celebrate Thanksgiving by introducing her family to the new man in her life.

Then Amy doesn’t show up for the holiday….

Desperate to find her missing friend, Rachel has no choice but to turn to Mason. Their investigation into Amy’s disappearance takes them ever deeper into danger—and reignites the attraction that they’ve both sworn to resist. Now it’s a race against time as these reluctant partners fight to stave off passion and save a life.

I’m really liking this series. I think what I like most is Rachel’s personality. She is just real. I’m not sure if it’s her sharp, opinionated tongue. Her love of color – everywhere. The way she dotes over her dog or the way she doesn’t think she just acts, especially when it comes to loving and protecting her friends. The combination that makes Rachel who she is definitely works. I love her relationship with the other characters too and not just the heat that is palpable every time her and Mason are in the same room together. The banter between her and Amy is great. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that the characters make this series.

This little novella was a great holiday treat and a perfect taste to keep readers happy until the next book in the Brown & De Luca book is released later this month. Just because this one was short doesn’t mean it was lacking though. A lot happened in Dream of Danger. There was humor, danger, mystery and a fair amount of ignored heat between Mason and Rachel. I can’t wait to see how they handle being around each other in Wake to Darkness. Things are bound to get interesting. 😉

DragonFlyGreen4-5I received Dream of Danger as a free download from Amazon on November 1, 2013.

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