ARC Review: Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul

Posted May 22, 2012 by Angela in Reviews / 10 Comments

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ARC Review: Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul
Shades of Desire
by Virna DePaul

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 22, 2012
Series: Special Investigations Group (SIG) #1
Published by HQN Books
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
 

 

 
Natalie Jones, an accomplished photographer is now partially blind due to a degenerative eye disease. But with an abused past and the progression of her disease, she is left fighting a dichotomy of weak and being strong willed. Though she continues battling this disease and copes well enough, she has become recluse. To make it worse, she was physically attacked in the safety of her own home. And to put cherry on the top, same man is now stalking her with a chance that he has murdered just recently. Protection from this sick-o will be a definite need.Liam McKenzie aka Mac from the Special Investigations Group (SIG) is assigned to handle Natalie’s case. He is well known for what he does and very good at his job. With his past of failed relationships, Mac has set his mind concentrating on his career and having a relationship is just unthinkable, until he meets her.

I love how Ms. DePaul was able to bring an alpha male in current time story. Mac is over protective, possessive, upfront with his desires and very comfortable with his sexuality. Rawr! And Natalie, as a disabled heroine, IMO is still a strong leading lady. Despite her disability, she is trying her best to cope with everything that has gone wrong in her life.

Mac and Natalie’s attraction for each other was real and palpable. Even the suspense part of the story is just too believable, as I know it can happen in real life. I enjoyed the multiple points of views, especially the POV of the perp(s) of the story. Reading what was going on in his mind was a bit disturbing. I remember learning in college about certain mental illness that can lead to committing certain crimes. Scary sh*t!

I’m new to Romantic suspense genre but I felt that this book had just the right amount of suspense and romance. I have yet to read Ms. DePaul’s Para Op series but this one is an auto follow for me as well as Ms. DePaul’s vamp series, Beyond Human Novellas.

 

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About Virna DePaul

A former prosecutor, Virna DePaul writes "heat, heart, & HEA" for Harlequin and Random House. She is also a bestselling Indie author, with Bedding The Wrong Brother being a top 100 contemporary romance on Amazon with over 150 5* reviews.

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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.
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Thank you for reviewing Shades Of Desire! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!!

Maria D.
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Maria D.

I am waiting on my copy of this to arrive today from Amazon…glad you enjoyed it. Can’t wait to read this.

Suzie
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Suzie

Sounds like another great read, cannot wait to read it!

Virna DePaul
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Virna DePaul

Maria D. and Suzie, Thank you! I hope you enjoy the story!!! 🙂

Under the Covers
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Totally enjoyed it!!!
Mac and Natalie are awesome!

Timitra
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Timitra

Ooooh I love the sound of this…adding to my wishlist!!!

Laurie
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Laurie

I have some of the ParaOps, but haven’t had time to read, so, more for the TBR list!

erin
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erin

Thanks for a great review! I definitely need to go and check out this book!

Barbara
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Barbara

Great review…this sounds like a book I would totally love!!

Jen B.
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Jen B.

I love how you describe the attraction as real and palpable. That’s what I love about Virna DePaul’s writing!