Series: Deep Connections 1
Format: Paperback (from Rebecca)
Release Date: August 31, 2012
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Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.
DEEP CONNECTIONS is about the fulfillment of a prophecy. Brenna is the prophesied "carrier" of great power and when the stars align, she'll be ripe for the picking. Which explains her demon stalker, He wants to possess Brenna so he can carry out his vow of vengeance and the power he'll reap from claiming Brenna will basically make him invincible. Brenna's knight is Slaton, a real gorgeous Native American werewolf who is incidentally Brenna's soulmate. The conundrum is Brenna's "power" or magic can only be "harnessed" by the man who'll take her virginity.
They had no idea what they were up against. Brenna was his and nothing was going to stop that. not even death. he couldn't play around anymore. He had to have her and soon. Time not on his side. [The Stalker].
DEEP CONNECTIONS by Rebecca Graf took me for a spin! From the blurb it sounds like a romantic suspense kind of story and I'm really into those now so I was eager to start the book. Well color me surprised, it is romantic suspense but it's the SUPERNATURAL kind. Not that I mind really, good thing the supes were a bunch of hunky Native American werewolves (Jacob Black!) but it caught me off guard so it skewed my mind-set completely. So my very subjective (so take this review with a grain of salt) review will then have to be split between the writing and the story.
THE STORY: It's a little typical with the virgin sacrificial lamb and prophesies but the stalker element RGraf wrote in was really creepy and made DEEP CONNECTIONS engaging to an extent. She inserted the stalkers POV in between chapters to make the threat more foreboding and dangerous keeping the conflict consistent and ever present. Brenna would go through minor personal invasions, so subtle it messed up her mind and sense of security and I empathized with her to that extent. The love story is there but it wasn't as powerful and as consuming as I thought it's be. The debate about giving up her virginity to Slaton was funny and a little awkward to me. Like Brenna, I too would questions whether or not Slaton is really into her or if he's after the power he can gain from sleeping with Brenna .
The pace too felt awkward, the supernatural facet was brought a little late which really confused me for a bit because again I thought this was a contemporary novel so I had to do multiple double takes just to make sure I'm reading the right book. I wish RGRaf brought in the werewolves early on in the story instead of those subtle wolf sightings and telepathic convos Slaton was having with his mom. It would've changed and electrified the whole dynamic of the story. Bringing it late in the game made that arc of the story rushed dulling the effect.
THE WRITING: RGraf is too safe, too polite and too clean. Nothing wrong with that but as a reader (again being subjective here) it didn't shatter that "trans-dimensional" feel. I didn't really connect with the story because to me it felt like RGraf was too conscious of what she's writing instead of letting the story tell itself. The dialogue feels too formal, as if the characters were living in a different era or a carefully rehearsed script, it didn't feel Urban. It also got me confused as to the genre of the story. Due to its "cleanliness" it can be YA but it has a feel of UF/PNR but it's not "dirty" enough. So for me, DEEP CONNECTIONS is in the middle which is OK, genre blending is good but I wish it were more definitive.
So this explains my ambivalent rating. I liked the book but my confused state got in the way of me fully appreciating the story.
Rebecca Graf is a wife and mother of three when she is not writing. From writing online for various companies to book reviews to her own novels, Rebecca spends most of her days reading and writing.She worked as an accountant for 20 years before taking a chance and trying to make it as a writer. She has been published on sites such as BellaOnline.com, HubPages, and Natural Family Today. She also freelances where she writes for several different companies.She is an avid reader and has found a love of writing all types of genres. She self-published her first children’s book, A Gift for a Mouse two years ago. Since then, she has started her own publishing company with a friend. Deep Connections is their first publication.
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