Title: Eye of the Eagle (Hotel LaBelle Series Book 3)
Author: Sharon Buchbinder
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Diverse Romance
One soars like an eagle. One strikes like a thunderbird. But forboth hearts, revenge can be deadly when it's nourished.
Anomaly Defense Director and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman--not in this lifetime.
Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough.
When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help--and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child--and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head.
On the wings of eagles, love calls to Bert and Phoebe. Both have been hurt in the past and each has dark secrets neither wants to share but with Bert’s niece kidnapping and the clock is ticking, their attraction goes from a few sparks to an inferno. As they inch closer to the kidnapper, Phoebe is captured, and the stakes ratchet higher than expected. Will Bert be able to save both his niece and Phoebe in time or will Bert’s hidden enemy wreak his revenge after all these years?
Never have I read such an incredibly diverse romantic suspense. Not only is Bert an injured soldier who’s confined to a wheelchair but Phoebe is a deaf empath. The disabilities don’t hold these two back but gives them immense strength. I found myself cheering them on as they battled their attraction for each other.
The suspense part of Eye of the Eagle is an abduction of a child from her bed. Sharon Buchbinder describes with great accuracy what is involved with a child abduction, everything from law enforcement efforts to corralling a search party to the emotional trauma loved one feel. One lead is a dead end and the next one appears, it makes for a heart-pounding read. I raced through the action with staggered breath, hoping they’d find the child (and Phoebe) in time.
The characters, though, are what makes this a must-read. Each one is fully fleshed out and you get a feel for what their motivation is for every action. Even the minor characters add to the depth of the story.
Even though this is book three in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous books but will after reading this one.
If you’re looking for a romance with equal parts suspense and paranormal, pick up Eye of the Eagle today!
My Rating: 5 stars
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After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all--a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to "come on back" to writing fiction. Much like Heather Graham, her spicy multicultural romantic paranormal suspense stories are set in small towns in rural, exotic locales, with strong female heroines, sexy male heroes, secret government agencies, undercover agents, shape-shifters, werewolves, weretigers, ghosts, jinnis (genies), telekinesis, teleportation, remote viewing, and other things that go bump in the night and keep her up thinking of new stories. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, walking her dogs, fishing, cooking, dining, and laughing with family and friends, or writing in Baltimore, Maryland or Punta Gorda, Florida.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N