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“My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
When Dez Lincoln is seriously injured while saving a child from a horrible predator, her boss, Taylor Jones cannot get the gruesome images out of his mind. Although he is as cold as they come, inside Taylor is a wreck - trying to control a situation that is beyond his reach. The fear of losing Dez pushes Taylor to act out his inner-most desires and makes Dez’s fantasies come true. Until the next day... When Taylor does the unthinkable and orders Dez on a mandatory leave of absence. Dez knows that he’s doing it to put distance between the two so Taylor can rebuild his walls. But Dez isn’t going to take it and walks.
Fast forward fourteen months. Dez is working free-lance and overwhelmed with the spirits of those that have passed. Taylor is making his annual visit home to pay tribute to his baby sister, who was abducted when she was six. Both individuals are near their breaking points when they find each other again. Now they have to work together to unscramble cryptic clues left by the ghosts of French Lick, Indiana before someone else is murdered.
The Departed is a gripping, suspenseful story. I was immediately drawn in by Ms. Walker’s talented storytelling and could not put the book down until the very last stone was turned. There were several twists and turns, but never did the volume of clues or characters become overwhelming. Nothing felt contrived. I was guessing what would come next, who was behind what, and how the story would be resolved though out the story.
Although this story is about solving a series of crimes, there is much more at stake than the lives of the citizens of French Lick. At the heart of this story is the fragile existence of two fiercely independent and strong individuals. Both Dez and Taylor are flawed, and doing the best that they can, even when confronted with horrible situations. Both are close to the end of their respective ropes, and in Taylor’s case, maybe even close to taking his own life.
Dez and Taylor fit together perfectly. Ms. Walker creates a couple that needed each other, but were not needy. They are able to get past the rough edges (and there are a lot) to find a way to heal and be whole. They complement one another so well. I was cheering whole-heartedly for Dez and Taylor, and they held my heart in their hands. I cheered their successes and I shed tears in their pain. I love a story that can evoke a wide range of emotions within me.
Although this book is the second in the FBI Psychics Series, I did not read the first, and it is not necessary. This book can be read and appreciated as a stand alone. However, after enjoying this book so very much, I’m adding more of Ms. Walker’s books to my wish list. The Departed has that perfect mix of spectacular plot line, engaging characters and a wide-ranging emotional impact.
“The Departed by Shiloh Walker
Paranormal Romance –Jan. 3rd, 2012
The Departed is a strong new contemporary paranormal which is the second in a series about paranormal investigators who work for the government. This first book in the series was called The Missing. It is not necessary to have read Missing to enjoy this well-written story.
Agent Taylor Jones works for the FBI and has the unique ability to gather those with very special talents to work with him. Although he knows it is wrong, he craves one of his subordinates, Desiree Lincoln. Dez can commune with the dead. She works tirelessly to help them 'depart' after their deaths when they cannot leave due to an often violent end. However, their latest assignment nearly kills her and as a result Taylor tries to protect her. They have a night of wild passion but Taylor locks her out and tells her it can never happens again. But Dez wants Taylor and her independence and quits the team. Taylor realizes how much he misses Dez and hunts her down but finds Dez investigating a suspicious death.
Dez is being haunted by the ghost of a high school jock who died violently. He tells Dez that he was murdered by his friends when he protested the killing of a young girl. But one of these young men has a powerful and influential father. Dez must stop them since they plan to kill the girl on Halloween and it is fast approaching that time. Can Dez save the girl and prevents more deaths before it is too late?
This was quick read that caught my instant attention. The sexual tension between Taylor and Dez is steaming HOT. I also loved the mystery and the murderous characters who were so twisted and evil that I wanted them brought to justice. Since Dez can talk with the ghost many times, she already knows what has happened. It is proving what she knows and how she fights against the deviousness characters who are trying to hide their murder which makes this story so interesting.
Strong characters and scorching hot romance make this story a guaranteed winner!
Reviewed by Steph from Bookaholics Book Club