Athena Daniels

The only man who can save her, is the one she swore she’d never see again…

Rachel Sommers and her two best friends don’t believe anything will happen when they sneak onto a haunted shipwreck in the middle of the night. Why would they? Ghosts don’t actually exist… right?

But Rachel and her friends disturb something that night. Something demonic. Something that lured Rachel to the ship. And now one of her friends is dead, the other is missing, and Rachel’s memory of the night is gone. There’s only one thing she knows for sure: whatever killed her friend has followed her home.

Over a century ago, an act of bitter jealousy and revenge tainted a crystal ball with an unstoppable evil. And when the deadly object eerily turns up in her bedroom, Rachel’s nightmare really begins.

Ex-Special Forces detective Daniel Smith takes the case the moment Rachel’s name appears on his screen. Rachel is the only woman he’s ever loved, but despite their explosive chemistry, she’s determined to keep him at a distance.

With Rachel’s life on the line, the disturbing truth about her ancestry and the cursed object she has inherited must be uncovered. But is it already too late? Daniel will risk everything to save the woman he loves, but how can he win this lethal game of cat and mouse against a killer that is not flesh and blood?

Author Bio

Daniels is the #1 international bestselling author of the award-winning Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series and the romantic thriller Desperate.

In 2016, Athena was nominated for Author of the Year and Best New Author in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Her novel Girl Unseen won the Silver Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite® International Book Awards and was awarded a Silver Medal in the 2017 Literary Titan Book Awards. Girl Unseen was an “Official Selection” in the New Apple Literary Awards, and was also nominated for 2017 Book of the Year in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

The Seer’s Daughter was the solo Medalist Winner in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

The Seer’s Daughter was also a finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in Suspense and in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite® International Book Awards. Additionally, The Seer’s Daughter was nominated for 2016 Book of the Year and 2016 Cover of the Year in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Girl Unseen and The Seer’s Daughter are both 5-star Top Picks at The Romance Reviews.

Athena has a natural curiosity about the “more” there is in life and holds several qualifications in metaphysics and natural therapies. She is a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, life coach, and feng shui specialist.

Athena lives on the northern beaches of sunny Western Australia.

Connect with Athena on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, and Bookbub!

  • Critic Score:89/100

    Our Review Ranking:

    A Great Read

 

Our Review

Cover:

Beautiful, professsional cover. Well balanced, great typography. At first glance, I didn't really get the paranormal vibe, but I definitely picked up on the romance genre. 

Book Blurb:

Great blurb...hits on all the musts! Introduces the main characters, supports genre, both romance and paranormal, and give the reader just enough info to pique their curiosity and make them eager to start reading chapter one.

Formatting :

Great formatting. No issues. I liked the character flourishes.

Grammar & Spelling:

<p>Such a joy to read a book that has been professionally edited. I did not notice a single spelling or grammar mistake. Thank you to the author and her editors!&nbsp;</p>

Character Development:

Had I read the first three books, I suspect I would have given this category a ten. I like the characters, found enough development and description to make them feel three-dimensional, and found myself genuinely rooting for them. Neither character was overly complex, but again, I wonder if they would have felt fuller had I read the other three books. There was great chemistry between the two main characters and their motivations and actions felt genuine and authentic. Fantastic spoken and internal dialogue really helps the reader to "hear" and feel these characters. I appreciate that Rachel isn't the stereotypical "damsel in distress" and even though Daniel gets to still be her "white knight," there is a nice balance of strength between the two of them.

 

Plot & Structure:

For the fourth novel in a series, this book sufficiently stood on its own. Even knowning that this was the final book in a series, I might have liked to have had a bit more character and setting description, but I love that this book is pushed forward with great dialogue and lots of action. 

Structurally, there were a couple of places things were standard to the genre, but any "predicatability" was soon forgotten with some of the great twists and turns. This book didn't contain many subplots, but all of the moving pieces of the main plot were carefully and skillfully woven together in a way that kept me reading and interested. I liked the back and forth close 3rd person POV between Rachel and Daniel. It was nice to have not only the action, but a bit of their internal dialogue as well. It helped to inhance their connection to each other and gave great perspective to the action. And the romance was nice, good tension, tasteful bedroom scenes.

Pacing:

Excellent pacing. Action and dialogue kept things moving. I might have liked just a bit more back story, but will concede that there was enough to give me a decent sense of the characters and feel engaged.

Use of Language:

This felt like a quick read, even thought it is a full length novel. Pacing had a big impact on that, but also the authors great use of simple, but meaningful language. Sentence structure was very modern and clean and there wasn't a bunch of purple prose to get tripped up in. When I think about the language usage in this book, I think clear, brisk, and suffient.

Originality:

I liked the twists and turns presented in this book. Rachel's connection to the scry, the haunted ship and its captain, and the aftermath of the intial visit to Anna-Marie were great, unique aspects of this story. I think the only reason I didn't give this book in this category is because I felt, at times, the romance and paranomal aspects competed just a bit. I think a bit more focus on Rachel's connection to the scry and her abilities would have made it feel a bit more rooted in the genre.

Overall Readability:

This was a good story. Good connection between the characters, interesting story line, steamy romance, and satisfying conclusion. I will absolutely check out other books by this author.

A Note From the Critic:

Thanks to the author and Sage's Book Tours for the opportunity to read this book. l love a good romance, and if you toss in a strong female lead and some magic or paranormal, I'm sold. This author is a pro and I really am looking forward to reading the rest of the series so I can have the entire Beyond the Grave experience.

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