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Sam Chase is a US foreign agent with a secret, she has a voice in her head that tells her what do. No, she's not a schizophrenic. She's a psychic. A secret that she's managed to keep hidden from everyone around her...at least she thinks she has until she is recruited to join a group of psychic women who work for CIA.
When the body of a US war hero goes missing the government have reason to believe that there may be something supernatural involved. The sisterhood are called in to investigate and Sam is teamed up with Bear, a forensic investigator. Soon Sam finds herself falling for Bear but can they survive the evil that is threatening them? And will Bear ever be able to accept Sam when he finds out about her abilities?
This book was so bad that I don't know where to start. Russe seems to be attempting to write a supernatural horror mystery romance novel but in her attempt to write something that includes all four genre's she fails to write any of them well. In part the reason why this book is so bad is because she does try to put in a little bit of everything and the book just isn't long enough to do all of them justice.
There's the romance element of the novel which is by far the worst part. I only include it because on the side of the book it states that it is a paranormal romance and the back of the book also suggests that it is a romance novel. If I had just read this book without seeing the cover or being told anything about it I never would have placed in the romance genre. There is very little interaction between Bear and Sam and certainly not enough to develop a believable relationship. This book contains one of the most unerotic sex scenes that I've ever read and it's very difficult to believe that Bear and Sam are actually attracted to each other and that they could possibly form a lasting relationship.
The mystery part is done slightly better, but only slightly. To start with I was intrigued about who was behind the crime and their motives for committing the crime but this part of the story becomes so complicated that it becomes close to impossible to follow. Perhaps if the entire book was focused on the crime and solving the mystery it might have been easier to follow but the book jumps so much between the crime, the romance and the formation of the new sisterhood that I didn't really have time to take everything in. There are a lot of names thrown around and by the end of the book I couldn't remember who was who so when I did find out who the mastermind was it had no impact.
There are a few really horrific scenes in this book containing a lot of blood and gore and this was not at all to my taste. I'm sure there are some people who would list this as a positive part of the book but it wasn't for me. Russe seems to have substituted building suspense with blood and gratuitous violence.
In this book Russe has attempted to throw in just about anything paranormal that she can...witchcraft, spirits, voodoo, familiars, psychometry, telepathy....you name it, it's in there. This wasn't really a good thing. It just felt like there were no limits to what the women could do, they were constantly discovering new abilities without having to do anything to develop them and it made the whole thing completely unbelievable. Of course it's not realistic, it's a paranormal novel but I think there should at least be boundaries and limits.
The dedication in this book is for the men and women of America's armed forces. I knew at that point that it was going to be a very patriotic book and being neither American or patriotic I knew it wouldn't be quite to my taste. What I didn't expect was for it to be quite so xenophobic. The best way to spot one of the bad guys in this book is to look out for anyone who is not American. That's not a spoiler because non-American characters are never portrayed as potentially being on the good side. From the minute they enter the book you know they're on the bad side.
Character development is poor but Russe did at least make me want to know more about the characters. As this is the first book in a series I assume that she will be focusing on the other members of the sisterhood, she manages to build up an interest in these characters, but she does so at the expense of the main characters in this novel.
I would not recommend this novel.