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Book CoverVeena’s review of I Dream of Dange (Ghost Ops, Book 2) by Lisa Marie Rice
Paranormal Romance published by Avon Red 02 Jul 13

We met Nick Ross in the previous book in the story arc and it was clear that he grieving for his lost love.  Nick, like many of the author’s male protagonists, has had a rough start in life but is rescued by a fairy princess by the name of Elle Thomason. Circumstances in the form of an overprotective father and an overdeveloped sense of honor prevent the relationship between the two from developing into a love story from the get-go. Does this story line sound familiar to fans of the author? It should because it’s been used before.

Elle is the female protagonist in the story and she has some extraordinary paranormal abilities that she doesn’t recognize herself. She thinks that she dreams about Nick and his exploits after he leaves her at the insistence of her father. She seems to be a girl with the whole world laid out in front of her for her taking and so honorable Nick walks away from her life.

Years later things have changed. Nick is a successful special ops soldier and Elle’s family is impoverished due to her father’s illness. Nick sweeps back into Elle’s life and they finally admit to their feelings about each other, but before Nick can affirm his commitment he’s called away and Elle feels abandoned once again.

Determined to forge her own life she leaves behind her childhood, changes her name, and becomes a successful scientist. Due to the change in name, Nick, for all his trying, is unable to find her, hence his deep sadness at losing his beloved. Suddenly out of the blue Elle calls out for help in Nick’s mind. With the assistance of his fellow ghost ops team, he is able to reach her in time to rescue her and bring her to their haven.

From then on I feel that the book becomes quite predictable, following along the lines of the earlier story as they execute their strategy to rescue Elle’s fellow scientists using Elle’s abilities to help facilitate the rescue. The role that Charles Lee plays in both books is quite interesting, as well as seeing how his obsession spikes. It does appear that the next book in the trilogy will be just as interesting as the team tries to cure all the people infected by the virus.

I am a huge fan of Ms. Rice and have her on my auto-buy list, but I have been disappointed in the last couple of books. I hope to see this trend reversed.

Grade: C+


They are the Ghost Ops: a covert squad of super-elite soldiers. After their team was betrayed and massacred, the three surviving members went underground and built Haven, a community of misfits and geniuses. Now they’re at a crossroads, facing a new threat capable of destroying everything they hold dear.

When Nick Ross disappears from Elle Thomason’s life, she is certain she’ll never see the man she loves again—except in her dreams. Ten years later, as a respected researcher breaking new ground in psychic phenomena, she sends a desperate call for Nick’s help. One by one, her colleagues have started disappearing . . . and Elle knows she’s next. An elite soldier, Nick never meant to hurt Elle, duty kept him away—and then she vanished. Now troubled by unusually vivid, disturbing dreams of Elle in danger, Nick will rescue the only woman he’s ever wanted and bring her back with him to Haven.

Though powerful men are after Elle and her special abilities, Nick will die before leaving her side again.

Read an excerpt.

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