Thursday, 6 August 2009

Review – The Missing – Shiloh Walker

 

 

 

 

 

Back of The Book

Her psychic gift drove away the man she loved— and years later has drawn him back to her…

As a teenager, Taige Branch hated her psychic gift. No one could understand—except for Cullen Morgan, the boy who stole her heart. He did his best to accept her, until his mother was brutally murdered—and he couldn’t forgive Taige for not preventing it.

Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. But what brings her back into his life is another tragedy. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her. Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can’t help but wonder whether—if they find his daughter in time—it isn’t too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them…

 

“You push yourself too hard,” he murmured as he leaned down and pushed a few wayward strands of hair back from her face.

His voice had changed over the years, deepening just a little. His face had changed some, too, but he was still just as beautiful to her now than he had been when she was sixteen and he had come running to her side the night Joey and Lee had tried to rape her.

She didn’t know where Cullen came from, just that one second she was alone and then she wasn’t. They were outside and Taige was still lying on the hammock with Cullen standing over her and staring at her with dark, unhappy eyes.

In some part of her mind, she panicked. She knew that she’d fallen asleep and now he was here. Now she’d have to face him, face the memories she tried to so hard to bury, and the longings that had never faded. But the rest of her? The rest of her was so happy to see him, she figured that if he crooked his finger at her, she would willingly strip herself naked and plant her butt in his lap.

The idea had a lot of merit, but Cullen seemed more interested scowling at her than making love to her.

“Figures,” she muttered. “Even in my dreams, you’re going to be a pain in the ass.”

“You’re one to talk.” He glared at her and Taige had a feeling he wasn’t impressed with what he saw, somebody far too skinny, far too tired, and now scarred to boot. The midriff tank and low rising shorts she had pulled on earlier didn’t cover the ugly scar low on her belly. It had faded some, no longer the angry red it had been a few years ago. The scar tissue was darker than rest of her skin, calling attention to it and belatedly, she tried to cover it.

But Cullen wouldn’t let her. He crouched down by her side and wrapped his fingers around her wrist, pulling her hand away so he could press his lips to it. A shiver raced through her. “You worry me,” he whispered, his breath dancing across her skin like a faint, teasing caress. “You don’t eat. You hardly sleep. You drink too much.”

Tensing, she tried to move away from him. Cullen wouldn’t let her, though. He ended up crawling into the hammock with her, cradling her up against him. He made it seem easy and Taige lay there wishing the damn thing would flip them out onto their butts. “I eat enough. And I drink because I don’t want to dream. I hardly sleep because I don’t want to dream. You don’t like it, then stop showing up in my dreams.”

He sighed and when she looked up at him, she saw that familiar look of frustration, worry and want. It hurt to see that look on his face. He was just like the ghost of Rose Taige had conjured up out of her loneliness. Nothing more than a figment of her imagination and the love she thought she saw on his face was nonexistent.

These dreams weren’t any more real than his love for her had been. She knew that, so seeing him looking at her like she was the center of his world was like plunging tiny, needle sharp shards of glass into her skin.

 

Review

As a child nothing was right in Taige Branch world – from how she lived to who she lived with, It all boiled to a nightmare with only brief patches of colour in her world. That is until she met Cullen Morgan and his family one summer and then she lived only for the summers.

Taige had a gift, but as a teenager it felt more like a curse and she was not equipped to handle it. Cullen accepted her – HER – gift and all and he made life bearable – that is, until she was not able to save someone important to him.

Years later, Cullen is years older and wiser,  but it takes a tragedy to bring him back into Taige’s life. She was the only one he trusted enough to deal with finding the most important person in his life – his daughter - she had been kidnapped. Cullen had never forgotten about Taige and as much as he has not seen her or spoken to her in about a decade – he has kept tabs on her and knew all that she has accomplished.

Taige on the other hand has never truly let Cullen out of her life and he has a starring role in her dreams nightly. With tragedy bringing them together not only does Cullen needs Taige help in finding his daughter but he needs Taige back in his life - permanently.

I found this book from one of Cecile’s (All I Want And More) major buying spree at Borders and thought I would give it a try. Shiloh Walker’s style is one that I love. There is no on the fence with her books- you either love them or hate  them and I most certainly am loving THE MISSING.

Taige is a psychic and has been ever since childhood. With a whole lot going wrong for her growing up – there was really only two right’s going for her - her guardian angels that watched over her and Cullen Morgan – the boy from her summer.

Morgan was unlike all the other boys of summer who wanted only to get into her pants – he made a space for Taige in his life and there wasn’t a time when she was not at the forefront of his mind. When an unimaginable horror happens in Cullen’s  life he lashes out and pushes Taige away from him.

Gone but not forgotten is Cullen’s litany years later when he has to literally outrace the authorities to get to Taige – because Taige is the only person that can make sense of  what's happening and the only person he can trust to find his precious daughter. Both Cullen and Taige have to work together and with the history they have – it soon became the battle of wills to get through each day without falling into each others arms, especially when one isn’t playing fair.

I found the setting and the pace of this book not only remarkable but quite a balance – with  psychic related books, the pace can fluctuate depending on where the plot of the book takes them. With THE MISSING it was really edge of your seat stuff, I read this in one go – because I was not going to miss out on a word due to something as simply as sleep…

The support cast are positively all over the place – from the kind hearted guardian angels, the handler who felt it was his duty to corral all the psychic talent he could find,  to the spawn of the devil who was evil personified.

I must admit as much as I love Ms. Walkers books – they are not easy reads, they deal with something's we probably would rather not think exist as well as her protags are known to have to walk through the fire so to speak and Cullen and Taige are sorely tested in THE MISSING.

There was a good amount of smut in this book – but very low keyed – with a lot of innuendo between the protags. I was truly caught up in this book – the loving, the hating, the wanting, the sacrifices and the redemption. Everything came full circle in this book  and as much as this was an emotional ride for me – I came out on the other side with a healthy respect for Ms. Walkers writing.

 

6 Speak To Me:

TheChicGeek on 6 August 2009 at 20:36 said...

LOL...I lost your commenter again! You are making us work to leave you a message....LOL

Great review! I like this one. It sounds really good. I am adding it to my list! :D

Nice to visit you E>H>....you always make me smile!

Blodeuedd on 6 August 2009 at 20:47 said...

Hi EH,
She has great shopping sprees, lol.

Sounds like a good book, and it does deal with a lot. But why am I still then unsure...just don't know

Shiloh Walker on 6 August 2009 at 22:10 said...

Glad you liked THE MISSING! thanks for the review~

Erotic Horizon on 6 August 2009 at 22:16 said...

Hey Kell's

I really need to sort that box out ....

Thank for taking a peak at this one - I think you'll like it..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 August 2009 at 22:22 said...

Blodeuedd...

I am always amazed at the stuff Cecile buys at Borders - .

THE MISSING is not a read everyone will love - it does deal with a whole lot of issues - and i love the whole thing...

I hope you do try one of Ms. Walkers book - she is good.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 August 2009 at 22:23 said...

@Shiloh..

Thanks for stopping by - THE MISSING was brilliant...

E.H>