Lines of Sight, by Wolf Specter & Clara Coyle
Series: Covert Investigations, Book One
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Buy Link: Amazon
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Russ Callahan may not be Seattle’s worst private investigator, but he’s likely its poorest. Since he blew the whistle on his last employer, the former military contractor has had to keep a low profile, living under an assumed identity. When a big case lands on his doorstep, he can’t refuse—unless he wants his next meal at a soup kitchen.
Daniel Langston is far more than he appears. For starters, he’s not really a geneticist. Second, he can read minds. Things at Accelera aren’t as they seem, but how is a psychic supposed to prove it? Daniel needs Russ Callahan on his side to document the evidence. But he’s got to be careful.
He knows the truth about Accelera’s clinical trial, but no one can know how he knows.
Two men with mysterious pasts, an intriguing mystery, and a slow burn romance? Okay, you convinced me! Throw in a touch of paranormal in the form of a sexy, psychic geek? SOLD!
This book was ridiculously fun to read. It’s a mystery and an action novel, so the plot is fast-paced and the tension keeps you on the edge of your seat. Coyle and Specter did a great job of tying together the mystery, and of writing two fascinating men who must work together to keep themselves and others from dying. And while the romance takes a back-seat to the action, this is clearly the first book in a series, so I expect to see more of Russ and Dan’s relationship form.
As interesting as Dan was– the psychic vigilante working to expose the criminals in suits– it was Russ who really stole the show for me. He’s in Witness Protection after reporting his previous employer to the feds, but even the consequences of those actions aren’t enough to keep him from doing what he believes is right. I love characters with good hearts, but who are still flawed and human!
Someday, he’d look in a mirror and the lean, dark-haired, perpetually-stubbled shade of himself that looked back would feel real.
Until then, he wore Russ Callahan with the same awkward drape as his cheap grey suit. It just didn’t fit quite right.
However, the pacing was a bit off for me. The novel divides into three parts, from what I saw, which made it read a bit awkwardly. I also felt like I could see where the authors traded off writing scenes, which kept the narrative from flowing as seamlessly as it might have.
But I am definitely caught, and can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Now that Russ and Dan have been established, I’m really looking forward to what comes next, both in their romantic relationship as well as in their work partnership!