*I received a free copy of Closer from Selfpublished via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Closer by Dannika Dark
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Published by Selfpublished on 10 November 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 3h 34m
Source: Tantor Media
Time is running out...
Kane never believed in things like fate or karma. Not until the night he took a life.
A secret society of immortals lives within the human world. Kane is one of them--a Sensor who experiences emotional energy through touch. But despite his good looks and easy-going personality, Kane lives a solitary life. Unlike other Sensors, he is unnaturally hypersensitive.
Touch brings pain.
Fate throws a curveball when a woman's life is placed in his hands. Kane is suddenly faced with making a choice, and each comes with a consequence that will wreck him forever. Time is not on his side.
Will she be his salvation, or his ruination?
Even if Closer is set in the Mageri universe, which I know and love, it took me a while to invest with the story, since most of it happened over the span of just a few hours, and Kane and Caroline were the only characters.
Closer is a strange little story, where most of the action happens inside of Caroline’s head, while she is unconscious. She’s not hallucinating, either, what happens is actually as reals as can be. Kane was on his way home, just needing the paper before he brought his beers home, when a stranger brushed by him and made him lose his last quarter. As a sensor, Kane could feel the man’s emotions, and also feel some of his memories. What he saw and felt made his blood freeze, that man was a serial killer! Even if one of the worst things breed can do in the Mageri world is killing a human, that is exactly what Kane does. He will not let a serial killer continue his bad work.
In order to not be caught and put in breed jail for the next 100 years, Kane swiftly lifted the dead man’s wallet and car keys, then drove to his house. Only when he arrived there did he realize that there was someone in the trunk – and that was the unconscious Caroline. After putting her on a bed, he touched her, and somehow entered her sub conscience, and she was not happy to see him. For the next several hours, they hang out in Caroline’s head, getting to know each other, falling in love and all that. What I had some trouble with was when they started saying things like ‘It’s always been you’… for all of the four hours they knew each other? I’m all for suspending disbelief, and I can even get the paranormals who fall in love more or less instantly. But saying things like always – and meaning in the past up until now – that threw me.
I would have enjoyed this more if less time was spent inside of Caroline’s head, because then getting to know them would have felt quite a bit more realistic. The story is well told, though, and of course, Poole narrated it to perfection! If you’re a Mageri fan, you will probably enjoy this short trip into that universe.
Kane wondered if any man in her life had really noticed how beautiful she was.
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