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4 Stars for this paranormal romance tale of intrigue
Most people who know me, know that I’m a big fan of the paranormal and all things that go bump in the night...and cryptids are no exception ;-)
I’m fascinated by the unknown and a believer in Big Foot, despite my husband’s skepticism.
After reading the blurb on this book, I knew I wanted to grab it!
Eye Shine starts interestingly enough in a Big Foot “hotspot” in the Cascadia National Park in Oregon as Carson Campbell is contemplating his current relationship situation with Arden Forsythe, his fiance, whom he’s starting to discover isn’t the right one for him. Soon, he realizes that the two of them are not alone and captures some unique footage of a creature unfamiliar to him.
Upon finding out that Carson kept this information from her, Arden is furious and a fight erupts, ending an already precarious relationship, and Carson leaves to go to his friend Colt’s cabin.
Next comes, Macy, Arden’s little sister, and what ensues begins a complicated love triangle before Macy hits it off with Carson’s best friend, Colton MacCaffrey, all the while, looms the interesting encounters with this mysterious creature. Carson, amid his melodramatic love affairs, finally finds what seems to be a potential relationship with Shanda, Macy’s employee, before Arden is found “murdered” under unexplainable circumstances, seemingly by the creature. And Carson is once again back in the field to investigate and gets to witness, firsthand, the truth.
This was an entertaining and engaging read as the tale wove around this mysterious creature and budding romances.
At first, I had a hard time connecting with the lead female character, Macy. I mean who runs after their sister’s fiance? And just after he was dumped by her? SMH. (Stage 4 clinger alert!) She’s supposedly secretly loved the man for a decade now, but once she finds out he’s possibly “married” it’s like, boom, crush over, and she’s moving on to Carson’s BFF, Colt. She came off as desperate and flighty. Buuttt...then her relationship with Colton turns out to be genuine--not an act to get Carson jealous--which was what I assumed at first. And I found myself enjoying these two and their love for one another. I also felt bad for Carson, who despite his broody disposition, has been totally unlucky in the love department and was done wrong by both Abel and Kathryn, I mean- what a witch with a capital B, then ran over and emasculated by the overpowering Arden. I’m glad he and Shanda found one another and after Arden’s death, my heart really went out to him and I was glad she was there for him, despite her own insecurities. It was endearing.
I also enjoyed the angst of this novella, the fear that Trisha incited with her descriptions of the encounters with the creature. I loved that in the epilogue, there was a POV from Tor, completely unexpected and unique.
All in all, this book had drama, angst, action and romance and I would recommend it for a good summer night’s camping trip read...but beware, there’s something in the woods... and you don’t wanna be its next victim ;-)
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna that thrills, chills and warms her heart...and gets it pounding, and this one did!