REVIEW: Energized by Mary Behre

Posted August 31st, 2015 by in Blog, HJ Top Pick!, Paranormal Romance, Review / 6 comments


In Energized (Tidewater #3) by Mary Behre, Hannah Halloran knew there was Energizedsomething special about her connection with Niall Graham after their one steamy night of love. She was hoping the universe would give her a sign that they were destined to be together, but her Marine never called her afterwards. So when Hannah travels to Tidewater to find her sisters, she’s happily surprised to find Niall lives in town. But as they rekindle their romance, she becomes tangled up in finding a serial killer through her gift of psychometric visions, or psychic touch, putting them both in danger.

‘…[He] pushed to his feet in one fluid move that made her wonder what his muscles looked like when he did that naked. Niall naked was a sight to behold. Niall naked and doing calisthenics might just set her ovaries on fire.’

It figures the first woman Niall fell for after his time in the Marines would be into magic and artsy stuff. He already has to deal with that in his hometown. But Hannah stays on his mind even months after he’s stateside, trying to get his family’s restaurant back in good shape. Niall never dreamed Hannah would find him again. Now that she’s here, he plans to see where their impressive chemistry takes them. Soon, though, he’ll have to stay alert to keep her, his brother and employees from harm while they battle a murderer in their midst.

‘But damn, now he had two women working for him and claiming to be in touch with the other side or some other woo-woo shit. He should have stayed home.’

Energized had everything I look for in a paranormal romance: a cool psychic gift, an alpha hero, a loving-yet-fierce heroine, yummy romance, and lots of suspense. So. Good.

‘She might have originally come to Tidewater to find Jules and Shelley but the universe had bigger plans for her. Bigger even than helping Niall and Ross. She needed to find the killer.’

I don’t even know where to being here, there was so much going on in Energized. Mary Behre did a fantabulous job with both the well-defined characters and with the ever twisting plot. I have to say that all of the characters, main and secondary, were absolutely integral to the storyline and were so very well thought out. And even though there ended up being a large cast, it was pretty easy to keep everyone straight, as they were unique in their own right.

Because I read so much, I tend to pick out who the killer/culprit is in most books fairly early. But I was left in the dark until quite late in this story which was fantastic. The shocking reveal of who the Construction Site Killer was, for me, one of those moments where you shake your head ‘no’ but then think back through the book and start looking at the clues all over again. Be forewarned, though, the scenes where Hannah was psychically connected to the mind of the killer were grisly and not for the faint of heart.

I couldn’t help but love both Niall and Hannah. He was such a tortured soul after his harrowing time in the Marines, while she was his ‘fairy queen’, following the signs from the universe along her path to fulfilling her life. It was such an interesting juxtaposition combining two totally different people who had so much love to offer each other. As you probably figured out, their romantic scenes were off the charts hot. Plus they had conversations that kept me laughing as well as made me want to give them a hug over their situation.

Filled with pulse-pounding action, family dramatics, whimsy and passion, Energized is sure to please the most discerning paranormal romance readers out there.


Book Info:

04.5SPublication: Published August 4th 2015 | by Berkley | Tidewater #3

In the new Tidewater novel by the author of Guarded, a kiss between strangers draws both into unexpected danger and unforgettable desire…

She’s searching for a sign…

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy Marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder…

He’s ready to show her…

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed…



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