Vision of Darkness

Vision of Darkness

A beacon of light...Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting famili...

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Title:Vision of Darkness
Author:Tonya Burrows
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Vision of Darkness Reviews

  • Karie

    **ARC provided by the author for an honest review**

    Wow! I honestly didn't see that one coming. VoD kept me on the edge of my seat! The characters, both main and secondary were well written and balanced. I loved the ones I was supposed to and had total distance for the others. I did find myself pleasantly surprised by the P.I. Now to wait to see everyone's fate in the next book. I feel like a kid... is the next one out yet?? Definitely a 5 star in my mind.

  • Sophia

    I know that I've put it off a bit late when it comes to trying this author's books since I adore military heroes and romantic suspense, but hey, I got around to it now. This one was a bit different and right up my alley. I love romantic suspense blended with the paranormal and this book was no exception. I was into it from the start. Ghosts, murder, creepy inexplicable stuff, wounded ex-military hero, tough heroine starting over, small town atmosphere...joys to the world, right?

    This was the star

    I know that I've put it off a bit late when it comes to trying this author's books since I adore military heroes and romantic suspense, but hey, I got around to it now. This one was a bit different and right up my alley. I love romantic suspense blended with the paranormal and this book was no exception. I was into it from the start. Ghosts, murder, creepy inexplicable stuff, wounded ex-military hero, tough heroine starting over, small town atmosphere...joys to the world, right?

    This was the start of a new series which I assume will tell the tale of each man in a band of brotherhood that was once an elite military spec ops team. Elite doesn't even cover it because each of these guys doesn't just possess skills; they each come full-loaded with a gift option- a psychic gift.

    The first book begins with lost and world-weary Alex Brennan following a weird instinct he gets at times that makes him head north to a little town in Maine he has never heard of before during his forced leave of absence from the DEA. Alex will accept that he has a dead-on instinct, but he rejects all things psychic and inexplicable. So when he is confronted by ghost boats, haunted lighthouses, odd visions of the past, seances, disappearances, and dire predictions from his brother, he gets stubborn and mad. That being said, he knows something is hinky about the Three Churches community and the lighthouse where the attractive Pru Maddox lives. She is lovely and fragile from a past trauma and he just wants to protect her though she shies away from anything that smacks of deeper feelings and commitment.

    Pru knows she's damaged goods after what she has been through particularly when her ex left her. She is attracted to the stranger, Alex, and she enjoys that he accepts her as she is and she feels safe with him, but there is a small part of her that wonders what burdens he is carrying to put that expression in his eyes. A few of the locals want to pin the recent troubles on Alex and the timing fits, but she trusts him. If only he wouldn't refuse to believe about the ghosts and his own abilities. When things escalate, Pru finds that Alex has some powerful, lethal friends to help him and her.

    While in the shadows, lurking, there are more than one group watching Alex and Pru. One to cover up a crime and the other on a crusade to eradicate the gifted types like Alex who doesn't even take the threat seriously because he doesn't believe he is different.

    Alrighty, this was one incredible ride. There was so much awesomeness going on that my head was spinning in a good way. At first, I couldn't make heads or tails about what was really going on beneath the surface and I really felt like I was dropped right into the middle of a story the way things were left until later for the explanations. I still am a bit foggy about the D.I.E. Squad and the gifts stuff. I'm going to put a marker in that and assume it gets teased out as the series progresses since it is part of the series story arc.

    I really have only praise for this book. The atmosphere was just spine-tingling goodness. I was definitely on the edge of my seat for what came next a lot of times in this book. With the ghosts and psychic stuff being real, but yet a bunch of human baddies roaming around too, I had a lot of people to keep an eye on. The twists near the end bringing things into full focus revealing who was behind what was just eye popping. I was so wrong with a few of my guesses and that's not a bad thing.

    Now the romance did do some stutter-stepping between all the nutso stuff going on around it. It was there and it was progressing at a reasonable rate for two people who had some serious issues. The passion was hot and I groaned a few times like I was the one left wanting when they would get interrupted for the next crisis. I got to where I would hold my breath when they'd get up to their sexy times because I just knew that was the signal for trouble.

    The two main characters were very likable and I loved following along with their narrations of the story. They both tended to be really cautious about reaching out for more than the physical and it was a little tough to know they were that bruised up from their former situations. Alex's pain goes all the way back to his childhood of abuse and then his soul-sucking work for the military and DEA. Pru had a strong case of PTSD and was deserted by her husband when she needed him the most.

    Side characters were good too especially the brothers in Alex's old unit. The situation with Alex's brother, Theo was so sad because as a reader I was able to understand what Alex didn't- Theo didn't deserve to be locked away in an institution. I just really wanted Alex to arrive at the truth sooner rather than later. The story was left open enough to lead into the next story in the series that will probably feature one of Alex's comrades. There was a mild cliffhanger that I can't wait to see how its resolved.

    All in all, this was a powerful first book in a new series and I recommend it to those who enjoy the blend of Romantic Suspense and Paranormal.

    My thanks to Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jonetta

    DEA Agent Alex Brennan was undercover for a long while and then forced to take some time off after an unfortunate incident. He's inexplicably drawn to the town of Three Churches, Maine and is confronted with some ghostly paranormal events. But, Alex doesn't believe in these kinds of things, even when the attractive Pru Maddox tries to convince him otherwise.

    The story is fairly complex because there are multiple situations in play that are complicated separately and when

    DEA Agent Alex Brennan was undercover for a long while and then forced to take some time off after an unfortunate incident. He's inexplicably drawn to the town of Three Churches, Maine and is confronted with some ghostly paranormal events. But, Alex doesn't believe in these kinds of things, even when the attractive Pru Maddox tries to convince him otherwise.

    The story is fairly complex because there are multiple situations in play that are complicated separately and when considered as a whole. You know eventually there will be some connection but it's pretty gnarly to unravel and piece together. Alex also formerly served in the Marines and members of his squadron play significant roles here. They have unique skills that are compelling and I know there'll be future stories about them, which I'm looking forward to reading. Alex and Pru's relationship took time to form, even though there was instant lust between them. The story's climax was pretty exciting with a very odd turn at the end that has me hooked.

    As mentioned, the complexity I enjoyed also created some frustrations as it took time to set up the various stages. I knew it would get there (it did) but maybe it took a smidgen too long to develop and the romance was slightly impacted as my attention was drawn away from them.

    This is a strong start to the series and its concept is quite interesting, with some clever aspects that I'm anxious to explore. Now that the foundation is firmly in place, I expect the next stories to be a bit nimbler, though I really enjoyed where this one landed. 3.5 stars

    (I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review)

  • Nicola

    is a promising opener to Tonya Burrows

    series and whilst not as intimate as her previous offerings, she weaves romance, mystery, suspense and the paranormal into the story.

    When Alex Brennan finds himself in Three Churches, Maine, little does he realise what lies in store for him in this small coastal town. Inexplicably guided by his dreams toward the town's lighthouse, he soon falls for its resident, Pru Maddox. Her family has been riddled by tragedy, she pins

    is a promising opener to Tonya Burrows

    series and whilst not as intimate as her previous offerings, she weaves romance, mystery, suspense and the paranormal into the story.

    When Alex Brennan finds himself in Three Churches, Maine, little does he realise what lies in store for him in this small coastal town. Inexplicably guided by his dreams toward the town's lighthouse, he soon falls for its resident, Pru Maddox. Her family has been riddled by tragedy, she pins it on the curse of the

    who haunts her home, only Alex doesn't buy it and begins to search for a logical explanation.

    I found the first half of the book steady; it was enjoyable but the story seemed to be going nowhere particular fast; I needed that little bit more to keep me gripped. That said, Tonya laid solid foundations for subsequent books, introducing us to a plethora of characters and making them memorable to the reader. Each person plays a pivotal part and brings value to the story and once I passed the halfway mark, the pace quickened, things started to come together and there were surprises I hadn't anticipated.

    Whilst the blossoming romance between Alex and Pru is a constant throughout, the intrigue and mystery are equally as important to their story. And, with a slight cliffhanger of an epilogue (don't worry, it doesn't involve Alex and Pru), the ending has left me intrigued as to whose story will be next, but I can certainly say when the time comes, I shall be reading.

    3.5 stars.

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews.

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  • Georgia Foulds

    If you like the paranormal, murders, great romance and secret organizations this is a great book for that. Alex Brennan a latent psychic gets messed up in a world of paranormal he doesn't believe in and falls in love with Pru. But Pru and Alex have people coming to kill them. The past comes to light and no one is safe. A big mystery and visions await you.

  • Megan

    *ARC provided by Author in exchange of honest review*

    If you haven’t picked up a paranormal book before, then I suggest you start with this book.

    Honestly, at first I thought the book was kinda slow. I even put it down for a few days. But after you get past the first few chapters, the book picks up.

    I loved her other books. So, I figured I would like this one to, and I did. What got my attention was the synopsis. It being about a haunted light house and having former military men starring in it. Ye

    *ARC provided by Author in exchange of honest review*

    If you haven’t picked up a paranormal book before, then I suggest you start with this book.

    Honestly, at first I thought the book was kinda slow. I even put it down for a few days. But after you get past the first few chapters, the book picks up.

    I loved her other books. So, I figured I would like this one to, and I did. What got my attention was the synopsis. It being about a haunted light house and having former military men starring in it. Yeah, that had me sold. Well I just couldn’t pass it up.

    I really enjoyed it. At times Pru was a little airheaded, but I still found her enjoyable. Alex, well I enjoyed him too. I actually liked all of the characters and I’m excited to get the rest of the guy’s stories.

    If you like paranormal ghost stories then I really think you should give this book a try.

  • Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    3.5 Stars

    Vision of Darkness is a not what I expected at all. Honestly, I jump on this book on the merit of who wrote it. I’ve read Tonya Burrows’ Hornet series and loved it. Obviously, I had to give this a chance. It’s not my favorite read from this author but it’s a great start to a new series.

    Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan is forced to take a leave after a mishap on a mission. The unfortunate event had brought him a series of nightmares that lands him in a small town in Maine. There he wil

    3.5 Stars

    Vision of Darkness is a not what I expected at all. Honestly, I jump on this book on the merit of who wrote it. I’ve read Tonya Burrows’ Hornet series and loved it. Obviously, I had to give this a chance. It’s not my favorite read from this author but it’s a great start to a new series.

    Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan is forced to take a leave after a mishap on a mission. The unfortunate event had brought him a series of nightmares that lands him in a small town in Maine. There he will meet Pru Maddox who is plagued with a family curse aka ghost that is set to seek revenge. Strange things are happening around them. Fortunately, Alex’s ability to sense ghosts will help them solve the problem. They will also get help from Alex’s friends who share similar abilities. Wait til uou meet them.

    I enjoyed the twist of paranormal Burrows added to this Romantic Suspense story. I’m not one to enjoy ghost stories but Burrows did a great job with incorporating the two subgenres into one. I also enjoyed the banter between Alex and his friends. The mystery of why, how, who and WTf of the story was also well done. My only qualm is that there was a bit of insta-love between Alex and Pru. I wish they had more time to get to know each other.

    Vision of Darkness was a fun and quick read. I cant wait to read more.

    *ARC provided by author

  • Mihaela

    This story was a little bit too confusing for my tastes.

    Alex is an undercover agent who will find himself in the middle of a world of paranormal he doesn’t believe in.

    Pru’s family has been the victim of misfortune because of a curse and now she has to rely on Alex to stay alive.

    I don’t know how to explain but all the time I felt there was something missing.

    First of all, Pru falls for Alex too quickly especially since he’s a suspect in her cousin’s murder. I understand strong chemistry but in

    This story was a little bit too confusing for my tastes.

    Alex is an undercover agent who will find himself in the middle of a world of paranormal he doesn’t believe in.

    Pru’s family has been the victim of misfortune because of a curse and now she has to rely on Alex to stay alive.

    I don’t know how to explain but all the time I felt there was something missing.

    First of all, Pru falls for Alex too quickly especially since he’s a suspect in her cousin’s murder. I understand strong chemistry but in these circumstances she comes across as careless.

    Then, there’s the fact that we are introduced to way too many characters and the story is told from different points of view, which makes it confusing and hard to keep up with sometimes.

    Alex’s partner, Nick, is another story altogether. That guy made me want to beat the crap out of him or beat my head against a wall. How many stupid decisions can one person make? Let me tell you - A LOT.

    And it’s not only Nick, it’s all of them. Some situations are just stupid because they could be easily solved and our heroes seem clueless.

    Tonya writes beautifully so maybe it was just me. I really couldn’t connect with nor understand these characters.

    Nonetheless, this book deserves a chance. There are murder mysteries to be solved, a ghost and a lot of suspense.

    3.5 stars

    Happy Reading!

  • Claire Robinson

    3 -

    Stars.

    I am a big fan of Tonya Burrows’ books, everyone that I have read in the past has pulled me in, put me through the emotional wringer and not let me go until its very end.

    I think that is why it was a bit of a shock to me that I found myself struggling with

    It is not a bad book by any stretch, and Tonya as always has managed to give the reader a cast of interesting, unique and engaging characters. The storyline

    3 -

    Stars.

    I am a big fan of Tonya Burrows’ books, everyone that I have read in the past has pulled me in, put me through the emotional wringer and not let me go until its very end.

    I think that is why it was a bit of a shock to me that I found myself struggling with

    It is not a bad book by any stretch, and Tonya as always has managed to give the reader a cast of interesting, unique and engaging characters. The storyline is complex and the scale and depth of its development, as well as the involvement of a large amount of what you initially assume are secondary characters make it a book that opens what will be a series with plenty of scope and potential for future releases.

    Pru and Alex are a pretty likeable couple, both of them are a little odd and the town of Three Churches, Maine definitely plays up to and pretty much embraces their oddities. What with a haunted lighthouse, people disappearing and accidents and unexplainable occurrences abound it all adds up to a varied read, with a few little surprises thrown in along the way.

    So why am I not giving it 5 stars then? Quite simply because I had to read well over 60% of the book before I actually felt like the story was going anywhere. Yes there is a lot of scene setting going on, as well as the establishment of the characters and their places in the story, and this has been the case in the past with Tonya’s

    series as an example, but something was missing from

    I didn’t have the buildup of anticipation that I would expect with a book from this author, and the plot twists when they came, lost their shock and surprise value because it took so long to get to them.

    We do get a pretty kick-ass ending, and I would be interested to see where Tonya decides to take the series as a whole, it’s just unfortunate that I wasn’t 100% blown away on this occasion. It certainly won’t stop me from one-clicking each and every one of Tonya’s future releases that’s for sure!

    ARC generously provided by the author, in exchange for the above honest review.

  • Sarah

    I'm a huge fan of

    , I've read and enjoyed all four of her previous stories and I know she writes great hot alpha men so to say I was excited about

    is an understatement. Especially when I heard it was her first paranormal romantic suspense and it was compared to Christine Feehan's GhostWalkers series because I love those books. Unfortunately I think I went in with my expectations too high and I ended up feeling a little disappointed.

    I think my problem started with

    I'm a huge fan of

    , I've read and enjoyed all four of her previous stories and I know she writes great hot alpha men so to say I was excited about

    is an understatement. Especially when I heard it was her first paranormal romantic suspense and it was compared to Christine Feehan's GhostWalkers series because I love those books. Unfortunately I think I went in with my expectations too high and I ended up feeling a little disappointed.

    I think my problem started with how quickly things develop between Alex and Pru, they've known each other for a couple of days when he is accused of murdering her cousin and she doesn't even consider the fact that he might be guilty. I get standing by your man but wouldn't you have a few seconds of doubt when it comes to someone you've just met? Especially when you're grief stricken over the death of someone who is practically a brother to you? It took a long time for me to actually feel any chemistry between them but by the time I did they were practically glued at the hip and it all came a little too late for me to feel fully invested in their romance. The fact that Alex lies to Pru (and everyone else) about his identity for absolutely no reason didn't help, I could understand his caution but not why he didn't at least talk to her about it.

    Although the romance happened overly quickly I found this was a very slow book, we are introduced to a lot of characters and get to see things from a lot of different points of view which made it slow to read and harder to connect to. A lot of the POVs are from very minor characters so it gives you a good insight into who is up to no good from a very early point in the story - why else would we need to hear from them? - but we also got a half-hearted romance between Pru's friend and another relative that seemed completely pointless considering how it was left hanging and just added unneeded page time to the story.

    On top of that both Alex, Pru and Alex's friend and fellow D.I.E. Squadron member Nick all make some ridiculously stupid decisions that consistently put Pru in harm's way and left me wanting to bang my head against the nearest wall. The worst was when Alex realises that he's been set up to drive 5 hours out of town to get him out of the way. Does he call Nick and Pru to warn them that they could be in danger? No, he just turns around and starts the 5 hour drive to get back to them. It's not like this is a historical story in the time before mobile phones & just one little phone call could have alerted Nick to the potential danger and saved a whole lot of trouble for Pru. That's only one example of the idiotic behaviour on display but I can come up with several more without even having to think too hard about it.

    Now, I've mentioned a lot of things that I didn't like about this story and perhaps I'm being overcritical because I know how much I love

    other stories but

    wasn't all bad and there were things I liked about it. The ghost was creepy, there were parts of the mystery that it took me a while to figure out and on the whole I liked most of the characters when they weren't being idiots. I'm intrigued by the idea of the D.I. E. Squadron and definitely want to know more about their abilities. The ending also left me desperately wanting to find out what happens next for one character in particular so I'm definitely planning on picking up the next book in the series. I am hopeful that the series will just go from strength to strength now that some of the world building is in place and I still have a lot of confidence in this author's ability to draw me into her stories.

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