REVIEW: Through Her Eyes by Beth KeryFriday, July 17, 2009 1:00
This is Ms. Kery’s first published book and she’s reworked it a bit to have it republished by Ellora’s Cave. If she has any unpublished works sitting in the back of a closet or desk drawer or under her bed like a lot of authors do, she should get them out and rework them. If that’s all it takes to make a story better than before, she can get them published in no time at all.
The complexity of dreams and life in this book are terrific. Claire can see the future in her dreams and lately she’s seen a man sitting in the library of the home she just inherited from her late aunt. She’s able to interact with him, amazed that he can see her and knows who she is, and she ends up having the best sex of her life with his man who is so hungry for her, but it’s his sadness and guilt she feels emanating from him that haunt her, especially since she’s never met him.
Imagine her surprise, her incredulity when the next day she answers a knock on the front door and there stands that same man, alive, not a product of her dreams, and oh-so-handsome and sexy. He lives down the street and knew her aunt, but he knows more about Claire herself from his visits with her Aunt Isabelle and from the picture of her in a bikini that Isabelle proudly displayed on the piano in her music room. That picture had been the impetus for a lot of loss of control over the years for Des.
Des is an undercover FBI agent, but he has to hide that fact from Claire for the time being in order to keep her safe from the killer he’s pursuing. Taking her to his bed is the fastest way of doing that, since he’s been ordered off this particular case. But he has too much invested to just walk away, especially when his prime suspect is Claire’s own cousin.
The way Claire’s dreams are woven into the story, along with the reality of the past and the future for her to interpret and figure out is intriguing and it keeps you turning the pages. Of course, so does the sizzling sex between Des and Claire. Des is dominant in bed and demands Claire’s submission, which she freely gives, and the resulting scenes are some of Ms. Kery’s best.
The details from Claire’s dreams are interesting clues that the reader needs to figure out the connection between the events of the past and how they cause the events of the present and the future. You have to pay attention! Which is sometimes hard to do after reading one of those sex-with-Des scenes. The man is hot, hot, hot. I digress. But, damn, he’s one fine man and one fine lover.
For a first published book, even reworked, Through Her Eyes is one of Ms. Kery’s best, which is a long list, but it deserves to be right near the top.
Claire despises her ability to see into the future, but when her dreams include a heated encounter with a gorgeous, dominant, mysterious lover — and a spine-chilling foretelling of danger to her own life — she knows she has to make a choice between the safety of denial and the seductive passion that that seems to go hand-in-hand with her own death. Having had a taste of the wild hunger that flares between them, it’s not much of a choice at all.
He’s not psychic, but Des knows things Claire’s power can’t reveal. He knows about a psychopathic madman who’s set his sights on her, and the fact that her brainy, rational exterior hides a deeply sensual, uninhibited woman. Des also knows something else — that he will claim Claire as his.
If he can keep her alive, that is.
Read an excerpt.