TGIF!!! and another review – hey all you paranormal romance fans… Soulless by Toni Hofman!
Fairfield Detective Alexis (Alex) Martinez is in pursuit of a killer so brutal, he holds an entire city in the grip of terror. His victims are picked at random; their torture and mutilation, unspeakable. As the body count rises, Alex’s investigation puts her among the hunted-not by the serial, but by a much greater threat: a secret society with members imbedded inside world governments, law enforcement and every walk of life. Their prime objective is to avert discovery, and when her investigation comes too close to revealing their existence, Alex becomes a target. The only one that can save her is the trained assassin they’ve sent to kill her; someone who has already infiltrated her heart and mind, and who may be the monster she’s been chasing all along.
David Jason Sawyer is a predator with the face of an angel, his mind a weapon as equally formidable as his body, prince of a powerful hidden society believed to represent the next step in man’s evolution: Family. Their physiology has evolved to consume bio-energy directly. They’re stronger. They age at an incredibly decelerated rate. With their extraordinary ability to heal, they’re close to invincible. And they feed on humans to survive.
Since childhood, Sawyer has been trained to manipulate and entrap on reflex, to put emotion second and Family first; yet one moment of weakness, sparing the very detective that hunts him, the woman he has grown to love, makes him a dangerous threat his people cannot tolerate.
Now, light must join forces with darkness as Alex and David struggle to stay one step ahead of an invisible army out to silence them both.
Truthfully I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I picked up this novel. It sounded like an interesting concept and Toni Hofman absolutely lived up to the intrigue.
From the moment I picked up this novel I was drawn in. I thought the idea of the story was an original and creative one and I found the characters to be relatable; the one thing I loved was that the man female character, Detective Alex Martinez was a strong woman with a backbone.
Detective Martinez is on the hunt for a serial killer and when David shows up at more than one of the murder sites, he is automatically on her list of suspects. What she doesn’t understand are the urges she has toward him.
David, or Jason as some call him, is a torn individual. He is a member of the Family, a higher “level” of being. With Alex’s digging into the murders, she puts Family at risk and in turn her own life. David, in his love for her will do anything to protect her, even turn on his own kind.
The novel involves a lot of characters; I wouldn’t call it confusing at times, more, you have to pay attention. The story was thrilling and had more than one surprising moment; there was nothing about this book that screamed obvious which made it that much more of an enjoyable read.
Hofman writes a gripping tale with a unique spin on the world of paranormal.
About the Author:
Toni Hofman has been writing romances since she was thirteen years old and loving every minute of it. She is the recipient of a B.A. in English from Florida State University, a M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a previous participant in UIC’s Program for Writers. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a proposal writer and manager, focused on helping employers and clients win multi-million dollar federal and state contracts. Soulless is her debut novel and first foray into publishing. She lives in Southern California with her family.
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