Review: Embraced – Rebecca Royce
There were ghosts in the neighborhood and they were disrupting life in the community as they knew it. When the task of exorcising those demons falls upon Benedicte Lavelle’s shoulders, he wonders just how he’ll make things happen. Through normal channels the prospect of getting rid of the hauntings seem unlikely until his brother suggests he take the most unexpected route possible.
Acquiring the services of a Conditioned named Seven-Two-Four, Benedicte is assured that she’ll help him in putting the ghosts to rest. Her abilities allow her the opportunity to see the entity’s residual signatures which she’ll then use to her advantage in hopes of sending the ghosts on their way. This task, unfortunately, is not as easy as it sounds. Should anything go wrong in the process, Seven runs the risk of being incapacitated completely for the rest of her life.
With no other choice but place his trust within Seven’s hands, Ben prays fervently that she’ll be able to do what she’s been sent to do and fast. Dodging attempts on their very lives, Ben begins to wonder just what he’s gotten himself into. Yet his determination strengthens as he becomes intent on discovering just what is going and what Seven has to do with everything in the first place. As the two set out to vanquish the evil coming at them from every side, they stumble upon a plot they never saw coming – one that may end up being their very end if they’re not careful.
I ended up starting the series on this second book but found that it wasn’t really necessary to read the first book before this one. Rebecca provides the reader with just enough insight as to what the events were in the first one that allows this second book to act as a standalone novel, so to speak. The intrigue and suspense is just enough that the reader will find him/herself caught up and wanting to know what happens next. I absolutely loved the story and look forward to the next book in the series.
Benedicte Lavelle is a single father raising two small daughters. When his neighbors put him in charge of handling the haunting that plagues their neighborhood, he has no choice but to use disreputable means in order to bring in a Conditioned ghost hunter to help with their problem. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the young woman who arrives at his house in chains. He doesn’t expect to have his entire life thrown into upheaval when she is snatched away.
Conditioned prisoner Seven-Two-Four has never had a name. She cannot read, and is scheduled to die as soon as she is returned to the Institution. The Conditioned are not considered human, but Seven can see ghost energy and she can love Ben like no one ever has before.
When fate takes Seven from Ben’s arms, can he move on and find a new purpose in life or will he be forever trapped by the need to rescue those like his lost love?
About The Author:
As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.
I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. We live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
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