A Deadly Whisper

The Watchers: Book One

SUMMARY: (blurb taken from author's site)

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.

*WARNING: Explicit sex between a sassy Watcher and a sexy Seeker, and a ceremony that will certainly raise eyebrows!

TEASER:

Paxtyn’s hands closed around the chair as she prepared herself for what she was about to see. Her visions of the past always came the same. She knew what the outcome would be and it wouldn’t be a good one.

FAVORITE LINE:

She leaned up to kiss his lips, but before they met she said, “I never make promises I can’t keep.”

PLOT:

A Deadly Whisper is the first book in The Watcher Series and is an earlier book from Ms. Kennedy. While not her best work, she did a good job of creating a story that was very imaginative and downright scary at times. My kind of paranormal! The plot was interesting and very fast paced and kept me guessing along the way. I loved the back story to the Seekers and Watchers society. The author has a real talent at writing in religion and creating a believable story with it. On that note, A Deadly Whisper was sprinkled with little nuggets of information I did not realize were based on actual historical facts until I spoke with the author about them.

While the world building was strong throughout the book and secondary characters well thought out, I did have a problem following the romance and the main conflict. I didn't see the real basis of the conflict between the hero and heroine when it could have been resolved with a simple conversation between the two characters. For over half the book I wanted to reach in and shake Paxtyn and tell her to get over herself. I found that when the hero and heroine did resolve their troubles, all the build up to the moment fell flat with no real emotions backing it up. Without giving away the ending of the book I will say that all story questions were answered, but the romance left me wanting.

SETTING:

A Deadly Whisper starts out in Cincinnati and quickly moves on to Arizona where the compound for the Seekers and Watchers is located. Not to long after arriving, the action kicks up and Paxtyn soon finds herself in Baton Rouge hot on the tail of a murderous demon prince.

WRITING:

As I said earlier, A deadly Whisper is an earlier work and not as polished as I have grown to expect from Ms. Kennedy. A Deadly Whisper was written between the hero's point of view and the heroine's instead of mainly sticking to one or the other. With the multiple times the author switches back and forth or head hops, I found it hard to follow along at times. I've been reassured though that the second book in The Watcher series is not written in this style. I'm anxious to dive in to see for myself!

CHARACTERS:

Paxtyn was a difficult heroine for me to understand and accept. I like a kick butt heroine and wouldn't expect anything less from Ms. Kennedy, but Paxtyn fell a little short and just came off as pushy and irritating at times. In the opening, her character was of a heroine that I could easily be drawn to, however after she meets the hero her reactions to him left me somewhat confused as to her character. I understood her angst against having her life uprooted and placed in the middle of a fight she had no idea she belonged to, but it didn't explain or support how strongly she lashed out at the hero. So I asked. After hearing how the author described her I was able to see deeper into the character of Paxtyn and come to an understanding of why she behaved as she did. While I still do not agree with how Paxtyn handled herself, I can at least appreciate the reasons behind them and yes, I agree with the authors description, she is very much in her own mind and very much stubborn...even to a fault. She is a unique heroine for sure.

Knox, the hero of the story and very much alpha, was given a run for his money against the very persuasive and determined Paxtyn. Paxton and Knox spend a good portion of the book bumping heads and fighting against the connection they feel. The one thing I liked about Knox was his ability to step back and allow Paxtyn to be herself but always there to catch her when she fell.

LAST THOUGHTS:

While I did not completely agree with or understand some elements in A Deadly Whisper, I did enjoy the action story and paranormal elements. Ms. Kennedy has grown as an author since this book was released and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future!


Book Blurb for A Deadly Whisper

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.


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 3.50