Series: The Watchers #1
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Published by: Cobblestone Press on July 30, 2010
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Will destiny be enough to break her free of a lifetime of secrets?
Knox, the Seeker, has waited two hundred years for his Watcher and now he's found her. Paxtyn, however, is unwilling to join him. The more he tries to prove himself to her, the more she pushes him away.
Paxtyn has spent a lifetime keeping her secret hidden from the world, but now, she must confront these deadly visions head on. When a string of murders brings her into New Orleans, she must come to terms with her personal demons and use her gift to communicate with spirits to discover who has ended their lives.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A DEADLY WHISPER, the first book in The Watchers series, introduces us to a world of Watchers and Seekers. Also known as Nephilim, born from fallen angels and humans, they are warriors created to battle against the evil demons plaguing the earth. Together the Watchers and Seekers hunt and capture the demons, banishing them back to the darkness.
Paxtyn has the unique ability to witness people’s death first-hand and communicate with the dead’s spirits. Wanting to hide what she considers a curse, she tries to live life as normal as she can, even hiding her secret from her best friend and roommate Tate. On a night out she meets Knox, a sexy, mysterious man who captivates her from their first glance and who seems to know more than he should about her well kept secret. What she sees as a casual encounter with Knox soon leads to a life changing revelation for not only Paxtyn but for Tate, as these two are thrown into a world of danger and given a responsibility greater than they ever imagined.
While I had a hard time becoming fully invested in Pax as the heroine, especially when it comes to her relationship with Knox, I did enjoy her spitfire personality. She hasn’t had the easiest life with her “gift” and has succeeded in being pretty “normal” which is pretty admirable but I think it’s her insecurities that are her downfall as a character. While I wasn’t completely taken by Paxtyn, I have to admit that the sexual tension between her and Knox had me biting my nails in anticipation! Stacey Kennedy is magnificent at sizzling chemistry and Pax and Knox are no exception.
Knox is just as insecure as Paxtyn when it comes to matters of the heart which can become a bit frustrating, but when they finally get their act together it’s magic! He is a bit of a tortured hero but is the sexy Alpha hero we crave in paranormal romance. Knox really gets more than he bargained for with Paxtyn’s fiesty personality, learning that he can’t shelter her from the dangers they face and that he must see her as an equal if their relationship is going to truly work. Seeing the strong Alpha being told what to do by his woman is always a great thing in my book and Pax and Knox did not disappoint.
The second man in Paxtyn’s life (after she meets Knox), the BFF Tate, is quite entertaining and full of charisma. We get to see the bad-ass cop who enjoys women in this book but there is also an endearing side to him that you get small glimpses of here and there, especially in his friendship with Paxtyn. He’s one character I’d like to get to know more of. And lastly are Knox’s brothers and the other female Watcher Daleyn, who are briefly introduced and who left me wanting more, I really hope we get to know more about them throughout the series.
The world building in this book is quite imaginative and a real fresh take on angels and demons. Ms. Kennedy has a knack for reinventing the paranormal and making you fall in love with the genre all over again! A little shorter than I would have wanted, but full of action, romance and danger that will pull you in and make it hard to say goodbye. A DEADLY WHISPER is a great introduction to this dark, yet sexy world of The Watchers series that is sure to be another hit for this gifted author!