Monday, August 19, 2013

Step by Cindy Paterson

Title: Step
Author:  Cindy Paterson
Series:  The Senses #2
Published:  Smashwords (first published November 4th 2012)
Page Count:  339
Genre:  Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★ (+ a few for good measure)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘Only her love can restore his trust—only with his trust can she win her battle.’

Kilter, an immortal Senses Visionary, excels at being rude and crass with little hope of finding peace after being betrayed and tortured by his brother more than a hundred years ago. Reckless and stubborn he has alienated everyone—just the way he likes it. Until the day he meets Rayne and emotions he buried long ago are reawakened.

Rayne suffers from Anorexia Nervosa. Trapped by debilitating thoughts and a false sense of control, Rayne is slowly dying. Her husband has kept her secluded and alone for years, causing her to withdraw into an emotionless shell. But Rayne’s outward behavior is deceiving for beneath her delicate existence is a woman with strength. The trouble is—can she find that part of herself that has been driven away? Or has her cruel husband broken her fragile existence?

The two tortured souls are brought together only to be torn apart and forced to relive their horrific pasts in order to find salvation. But Rayne’s past has more significance than the Senses realize and their enemies will do anything in order to get her back.

The Senses are in for one hell of a fight as Waleron is forced to make the hardest decision of his life—Damien is tortured beyond his emotional capability by the witch Abigail—and Delara is drawn into a vampire’s arms only to have him use her darkest secret against her.

My Review:

The Senses return with a vengeance with this novel, the 2nd instalment in Paterson’s Senses series. Her fluid writing draws you in right from the get-go and doesn’t loosen its grip until you’ve hit the last page. Paterson writes with such a natural use of the English language and such eloquent descriptions that you feel like you’re watching a movie rather than reading a novel.

I really appreciate how Paterson develops the various supernatural races, species, and being throughout the novel. They are extremely well developed throughout while keeping up with this fast paced novel. I also like how Paterson presents eating disorders within this novel. She tackles a very difficult and troublesome topic with tact and grace. There is a great deal of information on the topic worked into the story and Paterson goes a long way to show how one can approach the subject.

The characters that Paterson has developed for this novel, and for the series as a whole, are phenomenal. Not only is each character individually developed, be they the main character of the novel or simply part of the Talde, but they are also loveable in their own right. Paterson has brought for a very diverse cast that has something for everyone to enjoy. I love the fact that the characters names are short, unique, to the point, and fit each character perfectly.

Overall, this was a phenomenal read that I couldn’t put down, even for a second. It was a phenomenal follow up to Jump, and although this novel could definitely be read as a standalone, I’d suggest reading Jump first as it contains some relevant background information. Also, have a copy of Fall on hand when you finish because you won’t want to let these characters go.

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