Author: Rebecca Graf
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Publication Date: August 2012
Genre: Paranormal/ Suspense/ Romance
Synopsis: 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.
Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared in his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”
She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in he eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!
The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.
“A stand out story for me because of Ms. Graf’s ability to bring not only the story but the characters to life. She easily allowed me to feel the emotions that the characters felt, from the tension between Eaton and Slaton, to the jolt Brenna felt when Slaton touched her. Because of the mystery and suspense the plot moved along at a brisk pace, and the ending has me anxious for the next book in the series! Ms. Graf weaves together, mystery, suspense, romance along with a paranormal twist which makes for a page turning read!” – Brenda Castro on Goodreads
Deep Connections is a riveting romantic suspense thriller that will captivate you from the beginning and hold you captive until the end. If you like a scary novel with a twist of paranormal and romance in the mix, then this is the book for you. This is the first book in a series, and the end will leave you hanging and wanting more, only to make you wait for it to be continued in the next book of the series, Dark Connections.
– Kathleen Higgins-Anderson on Goodreads
Graf has a true talent. The plot was amazing and the writing was great, it just kept on flowing and was easy to read on and on and get wrapped up in the book and lose track of time while reading. The characters made this book too. They were very well developed and thought out by Graf. She made them seem so real to the reader. – Angela Krause on Goodreads
Graf had me on the edge of my seat with the Prologue, and then shortly thereafter, falling in love with Slaton. I’m so glad that I agreed to review this as part of this blog tour, because honestly I’m not sure if I would have otherwise picked up this book. The cover put me off a little. There’s something about the drawing that said “Middle School” to me. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, though. I wanted to put that out there in the event that the cover was turning anyone else away.
The book had a nice flowing pace throughout – not too fast, not too slow. Brenna has two men interested in her. The first being Eaton, who she’s been seeing a lot of as a friend, but he wants to change that status. The second being Slaton, who Brenna has a hard time denying her feelings for. It’s safe to say that Eaton and Slaton do not care for each other. The only thing they agree on is keeping Brenna safe from a crazy stalker.
Graf sucked me right on in with chapter one and the introduction of Slaton. I love that Slaton is always so sure of himself. Brenna needs that with all of her insecurities. But, besides being confident, he’s hot, intelligent, and extremely respectful of his family. I LOVE the relationship he has with his mother, Tahnee. I’ll also have to admit that she’s my favorite character of the story. She’s full of wisdom and witty stories, and she carried the story for me when I started to feel like the dialogue was forced in a few places.
There were a couple times that I thought things didn’t play out as they would have in the real world, but this didn’t take too much away from the story. For instance, I didn’t feel it was realistic for Brenna to even consider going back to the school she taught at after it was beyond obvious a killer was after her. Who would put the children at risk? I didn’t even feel like it fit Brenna’s character to do that. Slaton put his foot down, though, and it never happened.
On the topic of the killer, let me say that there are some gruesome scenes, and worse for me, a near rape. While the rape doesn’t fully take place, it was a VERY close call. Plus, it’s described in detail that leaves you feeling sick to your stomach. If a rape scene isn’t a deterrent for you, let me say that her giving me the absolute creeps says a lot about Graf’s writing ability!
Overall, I’d rate this a very high and strong 3 stars! While there were the few things I mentioned that bugged me, the plot was still very intriguing. With great characters like Slaton and Tahnee, how could I not go back for more? I’m definitely following up with Book 2!!
About the Author:
Rebecca Graf is a transplanted Southerner living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, three children, two cats, and two dogs. Life keeps her pretty busy with taking care of the family, writing, and running several online businesses including Silver Tongue Press. To keep sane, she reads and crochets as she plots her next story. She has also written How to Write a Book Review and two Christian children’s books: A Gift for a Mouse and The Nightingale in the Garden.
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