Today, we’re going for the creep factor with a look at the new urban fantasy by Amanda Stevens, The Restorer. I’d like to welcome guest reviewer, paranormal romance author Shona Husk, who has been kind enough to step in for some guest reviews here at Preternatura. Be sure and read about Shona’s books below–and, of course, enter the contest to win a copy of The Restorer!
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.It started with the discovery of a young woman’s brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I’ve been hired to restore. The clues to the killer—and to his other victims—lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
SHONA’S THOUGHTS: In three words—compelling and creepy. The Restorer is an edge-of-your-seat paranormal suspense without a vampire or werewolf in sight. The hero (Devlin, a detective) and heroine (Amelia, a graveyard restorer) are both human. The paranormal element is the ghosts Amelia sees and which haunt Devlin—and they are not your average ghosts. There are rules Amelia should obey, rules that her father gave her to keep her safe so she doesn’t become haunted.
But when a corpse is found in the graveyard she is working on, those rules become harder to obey. As more bodies are unearthed it become obvious a serial killer is at work. But with secret societies and old money and older families all trying to keep the facts hidden nothing is easy and no one can be trusted. Not even Devlin.
The attraction between Amelia and Devlin is intense and yet restrained as they both fight against it. Be prepared for a Happy-For-How rather than a Happily-Ever-After at the end, but since this is the first of a series I thought it was enough—but I’m looking forward to book two, The Kingdom.
This is an edge-of-your-seat read. If you don’t like the dark, confined spaces or spiders there will be places where you will be reading fast just to get out, but I wasn’t able to put the book down.
Thanks, Shona! Uh, I am a claustrophobic spider-hater, so I might be squirming through this one.
ABOUT SHONA HUSK: A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold–sometimes literally. With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. The first in her new goblin series, The Goblin King, will be released by Sourcebooks in October. You can visit Shona online HERE and even check out her free reads!