Review: Epiphany (Legacy of Payne #1) by Christina Jean Michaels

August 19, 2013 Review 1

Review: Epiphany  (Legacy of Payne #1) by Christina Jean Michaels

“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.

Title: Epiphany
Author: Christina Jean Michaels
Series: Legacy of Payne #1
Published by Createspace, Self
Source: Author
Published: July 19, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 261
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Stars: five-stars

I have not read a Romantic Suspense for a long time. I usually read PNR and while this does have a little bit of the paranormal it is not the main focus, it is just an addition to the storyline.

I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing for me and kept me guessing for a while as to who the serial killer was. I was able to figure it out before it was revealed but it did take a while. There was several twists and turns to the plot that I was not expecting also. There was some family drama that I am glad I do not have to deal with.

I liked that the two main characters families both came from the same small town that they are now living in. I also enjoyed trying to figure out what all was going on in both sets of the parents past. I would not want to be at this families Christmas get together. The sexual tension as well as the romance between the two main characters was very well written.

The details of the crimes and the past of several of the characters were very detailed. The author did not spare the details and while I liked this in the book, it would not be for everyone. There was abuse, rape and torture in the story.

I am looking back on all I read and I can’t think of anything that I can honestly say I did not like in this book. The killer was very well written with flashes into his life before he became a killer. I liked the ending of the story it wrapped everything up without making everything seem to perfect. The whole story seemed very real and possible.

At the end I was left very curious about Hamilton Payne and what role he is going to play in the next books. He is the father and also the CEO of Payne-Davis. He seems to be very controlling but he also has some sort of power also. I am not sure if it would be psychic or not but I am curious if he is going to be a bad guy or a good guy for Mackenzie and Aidan.



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