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Deadly Sight – Cindy Dees

on December 29, 2012

Deadly SightDeadly Sight
Cindy Dees
Harlequin
2012, 288p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Grayson Pierce is a man living on bargains and borrowed time. Ever since his wife and children were brutally slaughtered and he arrived home to find their bodies, he’s been balanced on a knife edge.  When his old college friend calls and asks a favour of him, Grayson can hardly say no. After all, the man has gone above and beyond in Grayson’s time of need, doing everything he can to keep him alive and sane. It seems like a small favour, Grayson is to help employee Sam Jessup investigate a strange cult.

Sam is deeply loyal to her boss and even though she’s going in to this operation without all the facts, she’s determined to give it her best. She knew she’d be working with Grayson Pierce but she goes in not knowing anything about his tragic past. She sees a haunted guilt in this man’s eyes and knows that under his intelligent, capable, obviously-secretive-government-employee persona, he’s a man that has experienced something utterly horrific. As they need to pose as a couple in order to infiltrate a conservative, technology-free community, she does a little digging into Grayson’s past and is utterly sickened by what she finds.

Grayson also knows that there’s more to this than meets the eye and he’s curious about the appearance of Sam, until he learns that Sam has taken part in a deeply secretive genetic engineering experiment. Her eyes have been altered to give her the type of vision that has to be seen to be believed. She can see sharply and clearly for up to a mile, including in the dark. That comes in handy for snooping around a heavily patrolled compound where they can’t get close. The downfall is her eyes are incredibly sensitive and normal daylight is incredibly painful for her unless she takes strict precautions. Her eyes are also bright gold and in public she must tone them down with specially created contacts.

Grayson and Sam really get into their cover story – the attraction is there between them but Grayson is also dealing with his guilt over feeling something for a woman other than his wife. He throws himself into finding out what is going on in this small town behind the locked gates of the compound. Grayson is taking life one agonising day at a time, bargaining with himself that if he doesn’t feel better in 30 days, then he has permission to end his own life. His work gives him a purpose but Sam just might give him something to live for.

Deadly Sight is from Harlequin’s romantic suspense line and I’ve been loving the romantic suspense novels that I’ve been reading recently – it’s become one of my favourite genres (or sub-genres, I’m hopeless at categorising correctly!). I requested this one from NetGalley as a holiday read and although I found it quite easy to read and zip through in a single sitting, I didn’t really love it.

Grayson is a male lead that is damaged almost beyond repair. He’s suffered through something so incredibly horrible, it’s almost unimaginable and he’s still standing and still functioning although sometimes it seems that he doesn’t know how, nor does he want to be. His guilt is all consuming and he suffers from terrible nightmares, reliving the moment he discovered the mutilated bodies of his wife and children over and over again.  He’s expecting a man named Sam to work with and the Sam he gets is definitely not what he was expecting. The fact that an attraction is stirring in him for her only makes him somewhat more difficult with her, because it adds to his guilt. There are times where it seems that Grayson forgets himself and actually relaxes around Sam, or is playful with her or allows himself to enjoy a kiss or a moment with her in the name of their cover. But he’s also incredibly overprotective, unable to bear the thought that he may let someone else in his life down, just as he let down his wife and children by not being there when danger came.

Sam is intrigued by Grayson and she snoops around in his past to find out what bothers him, even though the idea of Grayson knowing her past is abhorrent to her, which was something that I found a little difficult to understand. Grayson’s past is far more painful than Sam’s (I’m aware that she didn’t know what she was going to find when she went looking, but she knew he worked for a 3-letter organisation and she knew that he was harbouring a deep pain and guilt, so she knew that whatever she did find was going to be bad) but yet she doesn’t want him to really know anything about it even though she holds an unfair advantage over him.

Apparently this is the second novel in the Code X series, which I didn’t know when I read it. I did get the feeling as I was reading that I was missing a few things and I checked Goodreads but it wasn’t listed as being part of a series and the author had a backlist I had to wade through in order to find the first one. I’d say I might’ve enjoyed this one a little more if I’d realised what I was reading was part of a series and if I’d read the first novel in it, which probably explained more about the secret genetic engineering that’s going on. That was a huge chunk of the story that I didn’t really “get”. The other thing I had trouble buying was Grayson’s about face at the end, which felt really abrupt. I understand that he began to see that he didn’t need to end his life and that things might slowly get better for him, but he just seemed to go from desperate to in love with Sam and everything was fine now.

6/10

Book #283 of 2012

 


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