Raintree: Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones, Silouette Nocturne, book #2 in Nocturne series, published June 1, 2007 with 288 pages. Raintree: Haunted features Gideon Raintree, a member of the Royal Raintree family. The reader is told that each Raintree member has a specific gift. When the story opens we learn that Gideon’s gifts include controlling electrical energy and talking with the dead.
The story is set in Wilmington, North Carolina and opens with a brutal murder of a young woman. Raintree is immediately assigned the case since he’s the only homicide detective there. We learn that the victim was a roommate of Gideon’s cousin, Echo Raintree. She may have been the intended target. So off she goes to spend quality time with family or friends, without thinking twice about it. Smart girl. Meanwhile, Hope Malory shows up at the crime scene for introductions. She’s Gideon’s new partner. Gideon doesn’t take the news well since he’s been working alone for the past 5 months. So there you have most of your conflict.
As readers, you want the couple the author pairs up together to belong together. That wasn’t the case here. Their first meeting, there was nothing memorable about it. No chemistry, no spark, no sizzle. The two seem to only annoy each other. The author starts doling out bits of information on character that had me shaking my head. Starting with Hope, we learn that she’s moved to Wilmington because her mom had a nasty fall. Being the good daughter, she wanted to be nearby. I groaned inwardly at the rest: zero luck with men, mistrustful of men, always picks a stinker and her past contains a painful relationship. Sigh.
Then the author starts spinning some really weird logic straight out of the Twilight Zone. Shortly after Hope first meets Gideon, she suspects he’s a dirty cop who probably played some role in the crimes that he’s solved. WTF? Simply because he lives in a nice house. The reader is subjected to the character’s contradictory musings:
“She [Hope] knew in her gut that Raintree was a liar. Of course he lied on a regular basis:he had a penis. The question was, how deep did the lies go?”
That thought popped up after meeting Gideon for all of five minutes. Yet, Hope is attracted to him despite his being a dirty cop:
“Did she want to believe he was a straight arrow because he was charming and good-looking as well as infuriating? She didn’t want to be that shallow; she didn’t want to be like those women who judged men by their looks and well-planned words, without ever looking inside to find what was real.”
Right. Let’s not forget Gideon. Outside of the nicely trimmed mustache and goatee, he wasn’t a winner either. The author loves to remind us that he’s a good cop. Well respected. Good looking. Not looking for love, marriage or kids. However, he has “bad dreams” of a little girl named Emma who calls him Daddy. Poor Emma. Anyway, Gideon has no discretion when he uses his “gift” of speaking to the dead at crime scenes. He’s always within earshot of other people who hear him whisper or talk out loud to himself. They must think he’s crazy but as long as he solves cases, who cares.
What made me close the book for good was when Gideon decides to get rid of his partner by sexually harassing her. He brings her to orgasm with his gift: his control over electrical energy. He pretty much tells her that no one will believe her if she cries sexual harassment. He thinks that her only option is to leave. Of course this doesn’t generate the result that Gideon was going for because the whole experience has left Hope baffled and confused and curious to know where this leads…[laugh]
Brief word about the bad guy: comical. Motive behind the killing: cliched and ridiculous. Romance: wasn’t much of one for me. The rest of the book: disjointed, poor plotting, bad dialogue—didn’t finish. I think I was halfway finished before that scene popped up to make me say: I’ve got other books to read. DNF. You may have better luck. Note: I find the five star rating at Amazon.com deceptive as there is not one review of this book up—yet.
[tags] Paranormal Romance, Linda Winstead Jones, Homicide detectives, Nocturne Series[/tags]