June 21, 2013

Braine Reviews: Feeling Death by D.T. Dyllin + Giveaway

Series: The Death Trilogy 1
Format:  Digital ARC
Release Date: May 27, 2013
Publisher: Dragon Fairy Press
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance 
Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it's not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn't it? As an empath, she senses other people's emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There's no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death.

FEELING DEATH by D.T. Dyllin is sexy. It's mysterious. It's sinful. It's filled with intrigue. It's a story about love and revenge. And the characters are a hot mess! The blurb is actually an understatement because of the multitude of issues threaded through and the depth of the conflicts. Samantha Bevans isn't Samantha Bevans, she has a past and now it's finally caught up with her. The most powerful reminder is of Austin, this mysterious man who's literally mind fucking her and it consumes Sam to the point that it permeates her reality, messing up her relationship with her husband, Nixon, the stress and confusion extending to her job and daily life. Her latest case opened Pandora's Box and finally Sam remembers who she truly is and her connection to this serial killer is more than random, in fact she's connected to him and she's crucial to his grand master plan.
I'm going to leave my mark on this world. I'm going to make this world a better place -- one bloodstain at a time.
Let me start with the plot and the concept of the story. FEELING DEATH is provocative and forbidding. The layers of the story are rich, sinful and has a guilty pleasure feel to it. We have a woman tortured with erotic and transcendent thoughts of this man, Austin, who she can't stop daydreaming about and let me tell you, those fantasies are corporeal for lack of a better word. It's like Austin in haunting her, even when Sam is with Nixon, she sees Austin, can only get off when Austin is in her mind. Naturally this confusing state is making Sam go a little crazy because she's having an affair with an imaginary person and it definitely put cracks in her relationship with Nixon.

On the other spectrum is Sam the empath investigating murder cases, feeling how the victims died, enabling her to get clues to help solve the murders. Dyllin creeped me out over these death scenes, putting myself in Sam's shoes it must feel so surreal experiencing these people's last minutes alive, feeling the violence of their deaths, the terror they must've felt and other fleeting emotions going through them. It was all too vivid in my head. I have to applaud Dyllin's writing on these parts because she effectively put me in Sam's position and it's not pleasant.
I don't care about anything more than loving you and keeping you safe. The rest of the world can be damned.
My contention lies on the romance part of FEELING DEATH. First off, the bed scenes are so hot I don't know why Sam didn't combust! As an empath, when Sam has sex she's fucking her dudes on different levels. Not only does she get off on what she feels but she also feeds on her partner's thoughts and feelings, multiplying the sensation a hundred-fold. What threw me off were the overlapping relationships in the story. Don't get me wrong, I am an advocate of fictional forbidden romances, I love the idea of fatalistic relationships, destiny, and all that crap. I love how it adds dimension to the story, how the tension would build up and the urgency of the situation and the agony of not being with the one you love. 

What got me feeling a little pissed is the lack of remorse from Sam and her lover. From the start, they've had this great attraction but as the dude was involved with someone, Sam refused to be in a relationship with him but can't fight his lustful advances. To even up the playing field, she hooked up with his bestfriend, Nixon, and would still carry on with her affair, doing their trysts down the hall from where their respective partners are. When things were laid out in the open, Sam gave half-hearted apologies, she was defensive and clearly she wasn't sorry about betraying Nixon. I felt bad for the dude being cuckolded by his bestfriend and his girl, discovering that he was nothing but a pawn in their game. As for the other girlfriend, it just blows my mind how Sam felt indignant and acted like she's in the right. And even after everything blew over and Sam found a new life with Nixon, she would continue to disrespect the dude and reject him constantly, snapping at the guy and embarrassing him in form of his coworkers. A little contrary to being an empath IMHO. Now Nixon is involved in some suspicious stuff concerning Sam along the lines of treachery and I might change my mind about the dude later on but as for now, I'm on his side as far as this matter is concerned.
We're perfect for each other. Perfectly flawed.
Still these character flaws made FEELING DEATH an interesting read. I enjoyed the world Dyllin created, to me it felt more sci-fi/fantasy than paranormal with all these characters having superhuman brain powers. There is a constant feeling of danger and the urgency of catching the serial killer is intense. And though I obviously have issues with the romance, I must say I appreciate all the gray areas Dyllin made. I love stories that not only elicit strong emotions and reactions from me but would take me out of my comfort zone and have me questioning things and arguing with the characters. Sam may not be my favorite heroine but I sure am curious on bearing witness to her journey. Hopefully she'll manage to win me over in the future.

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  1. Fiction or non-fiction book everyone should take the time to read: I’m going to sound like a complete science dork but I think everyone should read The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. Whether or not you’re into science and whatever your level of science comprehension is, I think the book serves as a great way to get you to start thinking about things. It was written to explain more complicated science type subject matter to the “common person”. Personally, I think it helps to feed the imagination. You might read it and be inspired to write a kick ass Sci-fi book or maybe you’ll look up into the expansive night sky and feel both tiny and huge at the same time. Or maybe you’ll find you’re next favorite coffee table coaster. *shrugs * lol
  2. Last book read and what did you think of it? The last book I read was a re-read… A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole… I think the fact that it was a re-read says it all. 
  3. Beauty product you swear by? Classic Cherry Chapstick. I have about fifty of them stashed everywhere. It’s an addiction of sorts really. 
  4. What is a Nashville must-see? The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Besides the fact that I used to bartend there, well it has a crap load of awesome craft beers. It’s in an old train depot and well…it’s just awesome…trust me. Oh and it’s haunted too. I’m not kidding. So is the hotel next store. Personally, I think that’s a reason to visit it alone. ;) 
  5. Most outrageous review/feedback you've ever gotten for your books: There is one that sticks out in my mind… I had someone a few months ago message me with a suggestion… If I took out the romance aspect in Hidden Gates it would be a much better book with a wider appeal etc. That’s right, you read correctly…she thought I should take the romance out of my romance novel. Hmmm… I’ll let you ponder that one. LMAO
  6. I'm addicted to chocolate. (I seriously can NOT go a day without having it or I get really…really cranky.) 
  7. Fellow author you're dying to meet (alive): I don’t take direction well, so I’m still picking one that’s dead anyways. Jane Austin. 
  8. Guiltiest guilty pleasure: Okay this is kind of embarrassing, but I like to watch Bridezillas. It started a few years ago when I was in Italy. What can I say? It was the only thing in English on TV and somehow I became enthralled in the way that you have to stare at a train wreck. 
  9. Next author appearance, signing, or conference: I’m going to be at The Romance Novel Convention in Vegas August 7-11th. I’m super excited and I want to take the opportunity to pimp out the event and let people know it’s not too late to book your trip! I mean Vegas + Romance Books + hot guys+ other assorted awesome-ness (including a costume ball) = An Epic Event. Here’s the link: Go check it out! It’s hosted by Jimmy Thomas, who you might have seen on a few romance covers…maybe. Lol

Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer . . . are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

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  1. An empath.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Feeling Death has very very interesting story, thank you for the giveaway!

    An empath
    Raffle name: Artemis


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