Innocent Prey (Brown & de Luca #3) by Maggie Shayne

InnocentPreyTo save innocent lives, they’ll have to risk their own.

Self-help superstar Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown have finally given in to their overwhelming attraction to each other, but neither of them is ready to let physical passion turn into full-blown romance, so they carefully maintain an emotional distance. Then a judge’s daughter disappears, and Mason has a terrible sense that it’s connected to the most recent case they solved together: the abduction of Rachel’s assistant.

The discovery of a string of missing women—all young, all troubled—seems like a promising lead. But there’s no clear connection between the missing girls and the high-profile young woman Mason is trying to find. He realizes that once again he’ll have to rely on his own well-honed instincts and Rachel’s uncanny capacity to see through people’s lies in order to catch a predator and rescue his captives. But can they do it before Rachel becomes his next victim?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Brown & de Luca is quickly turning into one of my favorite suspense series. There’s just so much to love. Rachel de Luca is not what you would expect from a self-help guru, especially when she doesn’t believe the crap she dishes out…. or does she? Mason Brown is a good cop that did a very bad thing for the right reasons…. together these two are perfect. I love the bantering between the two of them. The self doubt that they both harbor and the total devotion that they have toward each other, even though they don’t want to reveal it. At least not quite yet. Yeah, I’m kinda sorta in love with these two.

Innocent Prey brought Rachel to a new realization. Her ‘power’ wasn’t a fluke and it wasn’t isolated. I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t started the series yet, so I can’t say too much more. This series isn’t necessarily paranormal, but it does have a paranormal aspect. Her take on the whole thing was hilarious and she had me cracking up more than once. (Her label for what she is – or isn’t – so fits this character’s personality.) That was a nice diversion because a lot of not so funny stuff took place in this book. Kidnapping, murder, political cover-ups and more. This series is definitely not for the faint of heart.

I can honestly say that even though I had an idea early in this book about who some of the bad guys might be, I was still taken by surprise. The story was woven around several characters and even if you figure out who, the why is still a little blurry… and then things twist back around.

I’ve loved every single book in this series so far, but this one is my favorite. The supporting characters are getting even more developed, the romance between Rachel and Mason is heating up (even though I thought that Rachel was going to blow it… she’s now forgiven…. almost) and the story arc is becoming more intense. Innocent Prey had me on the edge of my seat, yelling at the characters (and the author) more than once, laughing and in tears. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these characters next.



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