Series: Brown and De Luca #1
Published by Harlequin Mira on September 24, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Through the eyes of a killer
Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders crimes she soon learns are all too real.
Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.
A scarecrow shaped as a guy in skinny jeans–God, I hated skinny jeans on men. Of all the sights I’ve seen since getting my vision back, that one’s in my bottom 10.
I have two words for you – Rachel De Luca. Or is that three? Whatever. It doesn’t matter. These are the only words you need to know, the only reason you need to read this book. She’s Shayne’s dynamic, bitchy, super intelligent, heroine of the romantic suspense thriller, Sleep with the Lights On. The synopsis tells you what you need to know but the short of it is that De Luca is blind and has been for a long time. She’s suddenly presented with the opportunity for a corneal transplant and goes for it. All of a sudden she can see but her sight comes with a price. Enter Mason Brown, celebrated detective heading the hunt for a killer. Mason has a secret of his own that he is desperate to hide. Great, suspenseful premise with an otherworldly twist, and coupled with wonderful chemistry between Brown and De Luca.
The POVs switch mainly between Brown and De Luca and I always, always, always found myself wanting to get back into De Luca’s head. Where this structure fell flat was in the POV of the Rat, the killer. For me, this POV wasn’t necessary and felt a little…over the top or cliché maybe. It just didn’t work. I much preferred seeing events unfold through Brown and De Luca’s POVs.
Also, there were moments I wished the suspense had been ratcheted up just a little more. There was a lot of time spent arguing over the possibility of it all when I think acceptance and action would have been more entertaining.
Regardless, I really enjoyed Sleep with the Lights On, my first foray into romantic suspense. It’s an unsettling book with one of the most entertaining, unrepentantly flawed, laugh-out-loud heroines I’ve come across in a very long time. 3.5 howls!
FYI…a Brown and De Luca novella is currently free on Amazon Kindle. This one takes place right after the ending of Sleep with the Lights On.