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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Extrasensory by Desiree Holt

Extrasensory by Desiree Holt
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (217 pages)
Other: M/F, anal play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation

Mia is skeptical about her precognitive skills, but her visions about Carpenter Techtronics are so vivid, she resorts to sending anonymous emails to the company. She’s also having visions of a gorgeous man who arouses her so badly, she’s satisfying herself just to get some relief. She’s shocked when the man shows up in her office, sending her silent erotic messages.

Dan is helping his friend track down the person threatening his company. When he meets Mia, he has a hard time thinking about anything but indulging in off-the-charts sex with the intriguing woman—until bodies begin falling. As Mia’s visions escalate, so does the explosive sex between her and Dan, as well as an unexpected emotional connection. When Mia is almost killed, Dan and his team must race to find the culprits before they can strike again—or put Mia down for good.

Publisher’s Note: You just can’t keep a good story down. Previously published as Visions of Darkness with The Lotus Circle and then Cerridwen Press, this book has been revised and the bedroom door opened for Ellora’s Cave.

Imagine you are a psychic accustomed to having visions and the psi attributes that go with them. Probably most people think that you're a fake or a nut. Imagine that suddenly you have very vivid visions of a hot, sexy naked man who keeps telling you what he wants to do to you... visions that burn you with erotic intensity and a physical power that you cannot control.

That is what happens to Mia Fleming, assistant curator at a San Antonio art museum. When the persistent visions that are plaguing Mia at all times of the day and night become urgent and frightening in tone, she researches the content of them herself, using the Internet and current newspapers. Certain words and images in the visions lead her to Carpenter Techtronics, a local company scheduled soon to unveil a new robot with such revolutionary functioning that it will be of limitless value to world. Someone is planning a theft and sale of that product into the hands of unscrupulous mercenaries.

Mia decides to warn the company by sending anonymous emails and phone calls. Chase Carpenter, head of the company, has sent an invitation to the Phoenix Agency to attend the high profile event. Phoenix is a private security and intelligence/military style, elite operations unit located in Phoenix, Arizona. When Chase begins to get the mysterious messages from Mia, he asks Dan Romeo, head of Phoenix to investigate.

Dan, a consummate professional, traces the messages to Mia and surprises her at her desk at the museum with an unannounced visit. Mia is floored that her email and phone calls were tracked and more shocked to find that the sexy man in her erotic visions is sitting in front of her. The effect the handsome, powerful man has in person is no less intense than in her visions. She is overcome with desire as she is overwhelmed by his presence.

From here the tale heads thundering into a suspenseful, enthralling cat and mouse crime thriller filled with danger and intrigue as well as an exciting, raging-hot sexual adventure that becomes a deeply moving love story. Mia and Dan's romance and the unusual journey that lead to it are unique and fascinating. I was impressed with the perfect and 'fated' match between the main characters. The use of psychic ability in this series is superb. Ms. Holt's engaging development of their explosively sudden and deeply emotional relationship is exciting with it's multi-level connections. It is also beautiful in the tenderness and devotion that the two lovers come to possess for each other. I love how Dan is transformed emotionally by his immediate love and affection for Mia. He sees the value in their relationship and she becomes the highest priority in his life.

This absorbing and exciting story has everything I want in a great read. It is a heart-pounding, exciting adventure as well as a sensitive and complete tear-jerker romance. The only reason that I didn't give it the highest rating were a few errors in editing. However, I do not hesitate to recommend, Extrasensory to everyone who enjoys a scorching hot romance and an exciting adventure.

Extrasensory is the second installment in the Phoenix Agency series, and an excellent stand-alone read. I must say that this is an extraordinary series and I'm eagerly beginning book three in the series tonight! Ms. Holt's superior writing and story telling just keeps getting better and I hope she continues on with this excellent series.

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