Review: Energized (Tidewater #3) by Mary Behre

August 13, 2015 Review 1

Review: Energized (Tidewater #3) by Mary BehreEnergized by Mary Behre
Series: Tidewater #3
Published by Penguin on August 4th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Romantic, Suspense
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
4 Stars

In the new Tidewater novel by the author of Guarded, a kiss between strangers draws both into unexpected danger and unforgettable desire . . .

She’s searching for a sign . . .

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder . . .

He’s ready to show her . . .

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed . . .

ENERGIZED is a well paced romantic thriller with just enough twists and supernatural flair to make it stand out.

Romantic thrillers are typically pretty formulaic. He has a military background and problems expressing his feelings. She has a shady past or a dark secret. They typically have sex super early on, then meet up again later on and it's a bit awkward but sparks fly. ENERGIZED manages to hit all those bases, but has enough original additions that helped me devour it.

Hannah's gift helps her get into the minds and lives of the people around her, but when she accidentally relives the latest murder of a serial killer, she needs to figure out whose memories she relived before the psycho kills again. It was great to get the point of view of the killer without revealing who it was.

Niall, an ex-Marine, was convincingly alpha, and his PTSD made him interesting to get to know. He was also able to help Hannah when her gift starts to endanger her, which I really liked.

My only annoyance with the book was how quickly the characters revealed their powers to nearly everyone. Considering some of the negative reactions, you'd think they'd play their cards a bit closer to their chest.

Even with that quirk, ENERGIZED was super entertaining, and was easy to get into even though I hadn't read the first two books; in fact, the previous heroes and heroines were gracefully introduced and never felt like they overpowered the story.

I would recommend this book for lovers of urban fantasy and vanilla romantic thrillers alike. It's grounded enough to appeal to the later, with just enough fantasy to keep it weird.

Series Titles:
  1. Spirited
  2. Guarded
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