Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sight Unseen by Hunter Raines


Daniel Van Doren was once a renowned writer, until he was blinded in the car accident that killed his lover. Now, all he sees are ghosts in need of help. They follow him everywhere, and the only way to be rid of his ethereal visitors is to help them resolve their unfinished business here on earth so their spirits can find peace.

Ghostwriter Logan Riley is assigned to pen Daniel's biography. He plans to reveal him as a fraud, but when they meet he's struck by Danny's quiet sincerity—and a growing attraction. Which makes sticking close to Danny to find out the truth more than a little distracting.

When they are attacked by a violent poltergeist Logan begins to believe Danny's not just telling the truth, he's in grave danger. A spirit has learned how to harness the energy of the living to break through the barrier between worlds to harm Danny. And Logan may be the one to blame…

 Reviewer: Fashionta

Wow! How interesting for a blind man to have the ability to see spirits even when he can’t see anything else. To even imagine that being the only sight you’ll see day after day for the rest of your life? It’s haunting. To never be allowed rest; for as soon as you’ve helped one spirit another shows up to takes its place, never ending. As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to read it. Just the idea alone is too fascinating to pass up! 

Danny Van Doren may be blind, but he can still see and help the spirits that manage to find him. Never a moment’s rest for Danny; he's been helping the spirits find peace since the car accident two years ago that left him blind and only able to see ghostly images of dead people. It seems like such a lonely way to spend one’s days: watching the spirits, yet not being able to communicate with them and having to guess what they need or want in order to help them pass over. 

Even working with the Phoenix P.D. is proving to be draining; Danny has worked grudgingly a few times with his ex brother-in-law Nick who is a Detective. Even though they both seem rather reluctant to work together and even a bit annoyed with each other, you can still see that deep down they care for each other, as there is history between them as well as Elena and Isy, Danny's sister and niece. I really liked all the side characters within this story, they felt real and tangible. You are able to connect with them, and feel their own individual emotions. 

Logan Reily firmly believes Danny is a hoax, a fake, no way is he psychic since there is no such thing as psychic's – right? So when his boss asks him to expose him for the phony he is he jumps at it, convinced he’ll even be able to get the manuscript handed in early! Smug bastard! Ha ha! During the first meeting between Logan and Danny where Logan try to entice Danny to let him write his biography, a mix of feelings comes into play. Logan can't help but feel that maybe Danny isn't a con man out to fool people into believing he's a psychic. Then there is Logan's ghostly friend that seems to be just a bit possessive of him ... his ex-wife Sophie. 

I really wanted to hate Logan at first—so badly too. The way he was planning to discredit Danny, essentially making him a laughing stock—a well paid one, but still; just the idea that he loved to go around and take people’s lives and dig up what they have hidden away in their closets, so he could “give everyone the truth”—how does that not make him a con man? He gives them the hope of creating a biography of their lives, then does nothing but spill their secrets. Oh, how I wanted to hate him! But I couldn't. With all the little hints into his own background, you can understand how Logan became who he is, and why he acts the way he does. 

Danny is a magnet that draws people to him, and Logan is no exception! There is an undeniable attraction simmering between them. It's heavy in the air. Both are hesitant though, not fully trusting the other with the circumstances that have brought them together. The emotions played between them are strong and real. I can completely understand what they are feeling, even sympathize. Even with every obstacle thrown in their path, whether by each other or others or even by Sophie, something keeps pulling them back together; they crave to be around each other. 

Sophie's attack on Danny brings about a chain of events that leaves Danny in the hospital once more. Logan is unsure of what to think about Danny being able to see Sophie and he’s sure it's just Danny's way to find a weakness in him, especially when Logan finds out that's it's because of Sophie that Danny lost his sight. Add the current ghost that has been hanging around Danny, who actually turns out to be a man who was in a coma, and has woken up! This man also remembers Danny, and remembers the woman, Sophie, that haunts Logan. 

Sophie is getting more and more aggressive.

And the attacks don't end there! Oh man! when Sophie get pissed ... she gets vicious! She doesn't hesitant to cause damage either, whether it's to objects or even her ex-husband. She can't stand seeing them together. In fact if she can't have Logan, she damn will isn't going to let ANYONE have him. A psychopathic ghost – scary. I'd definitely run in the other direction, and fast! But man, she just doesn't get it. She may be trying to break them apart, but the opposite is happening; they are only getting closer. I think Sophie believed she loved Logan, but, in all honesty, I don't think she understood love or she'd have never treated Logan the way she did. 

I loved this story from the first page to the last. I loved Danny and Logan, they have many things between them that are similar, yet so opposite and perfect for each other. I want more. I never wanted the story to end, just thinking of the many adventures that could fall into their paths. Together they would be able to handle anything! I was a bit sad we only really got one small part with Danny's niece Isy; we learn about her in the very beginning, but only get to meet her at the end! 

I give this a 5 stars. It was an absolute pleasure reading this! How about a sequel into their ghostly adventures? I'm willing to beg here! Ha ha! Either way, I highly recommend!

 Publisher: Carina Press                                                                                

Source:  Net Galley  



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