Innocent Prey (A Brown and De Luca Novel, Book #3) by Maggie Shayne
Format: eBook via Netgalley
From the Publisher:
To save innocent lives, they'll have to risk their own.
Self-help superstar Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown have finally given in to their overwhelming attraction to each other, but neither of them is ready to let physical passion turn into full-blown romance, so they carefully maintain an emotional distance. Then a judge's daughter disappears, and Mason has a terrible sense that it's connected to the most recent case they solved together: the abduction of Rachel's assistant.
The discovery of a string of missing women—all young, all troubled—seems like a promising lead. But there's no clear connection between the missing girls and the high-profile young woman Mason is trying to find. He realizes that once again he'll have to rely on his own well-honed instincts and Rachel's uncanny capacity to see through people's lies in order to catch a predator and rescue his captives. But can they do it before Rachel becomes his next victim?
It's no secret and no surprise that I am a huge fan of Maggie Shayne. I have been reading her books for years, and have no intention of stopping; I can only hope the same goes for her.
Here's the thing, she never disappoints!
Innocent Prey is the third book of the Brown and De Luca series (the fourth installment, thanks to the brilliant novella Dream of Danger.) While I do strongly recommend that you read the whole series in order (really, it's exciting, and thrilling and the character development is phenomenal) the book could certainly stand on its own two feet.
Rachel De Luca was blind for 20 years, but thanks to a corneal transplant she can see; and boy does she see more than she bargained for (seriously read the first book). But, she does not have ESP (at least according to her...) Mason Brown is a wonderful hero. He is handsome, smart, good at his job, honorable, loyal, and he can handle Rachel's snap and snark. Together they make a mean team, and you do not want to mess with them; they will find you out!
The story involves the disappearance of a judge's daughter, this ties in with the novella Dream of Danger, and uncovers so much more. There is twist and turns, surprises, laughs and gasps, but also some lovely moments along the way. Maggie Shayne is a gifted storyteller; this book is a thrilling ride, I did not want to put it down.
Maggie is a brilliant author, she is also quite a well rounded knowledgeable person. She really puts a lot of herself into her books; I like to think that Rachel's snappy and sarcastic wit is really Maggie shining through.
Can we have the next one now please?
Innocent Prey, and the complete Brown and De Luca series is available for purchase on amazon.com, and on amazon.ca as well as other book retailers.
(The next book, Deadly Obsession is available for pre-order!)