Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Sight Unseen by Hunter Raines

Sight Unseen by Hunter Raines
Carina Press
Novel: 68,000wrds
4 Pants Off

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...

I am surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. I was intrigued because it had ghosts and a blind man, but surprisingly it also delivered a solid story, which sadly got a bit effed up in the end. Which really brought down my rating because eye roll numerous was out and I was not happy.

Daniel Van Doren lost his sight in the same crash that killed his lover. A writer on his way to big success, everything was lost the same night he lot his sight. The only thing Daniel can see clearly are ghosts and they come to him for help. How is a blind man supposed to help ghosts? Well Daniel always finds a way, willing to go to the most unsavoury of places. This skill garners a whole lot of attention, attention Daniel doesn't want or need. He just wants to be left alone, and spend his nights in peace and quiet. Until Logan Riley walks into his life offering a ton of money to let him write his autobiography. The money would help Daniel out in many ways but it would also mean spending time with a stranger.

Logan Riley has ulterior motives; he wants to expose Daniel for the fraud that he is. No one can see ghosts and for a blind man especially. Logan finds himself attracted to the man but he knows not to mix business with pleasure. Yet, keeping it separate is becoming hard because Daniel calls to him like no man before. He is just really having a hard time believing in the ghost mumbo jumbo until drink glasses and furniture start moving by itself. Seems Daniel is somehow apart of his past and is quickly becoming his entire future.

I really liked how the book started; it had me completely riveted. Suddenly I am in love with Daniel too and looking forward to his ghostly adventures. The conflict with the poltergeist added some good plot and was entertaining. It’s the getting rid of the poltergeist part that left me feeling "meh". The whole spiritual take over was just too much and I was not happy about that. The upside, I was surprised by it because I thought the author would have taken different route (sex causing lots of energy that would have led to ghost overload).

I liked the slow build up of Daniel and Logan's relationship. It was very insta love, but with enough development to make it believable. So yes, I did enjoy this one and Hunter Raines is now on my radar. The ending made it lose a few points but I still enjoyed it. Good stuff!

*Copy courtesy of Netgalley*
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