Title:Trapped by a Song
Series: Beyond Fairytales
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
Reviewer Name: Luna
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If Detective Jori Anzoli has to do one more telepathic reading for the Las Vegas Police Department, her para-capabilities may fry out. That doesn’t matter when she’s called in to help find eight men who mysteriously went missing. The case escalates quickly. Clairvoyants in the department are scared to touch it, her brother becomes the ninth missing man, and the Paranormal Investigative Agency (PIA) sends a distractingly handsome agent who hassles her every step of the way.
Agent Del Moore is on a mission to find the PIA’s missing biomedical weapons engineer. A retro-cognizant, Del is used to avoiding human contact unless the job demands it. The less intrusive knowledge he has about others, the better. But a brush with the aloof Detective Jori may change his mind. He can’t ignore her warm essence, especially when she impossibly summons him into her dream.
As mounting clues lead Jori and Del to go deep undercover into a Nevada brothel, an ancient succubus preys on every living soul within, placing Jori and Del on separate hallucinogenic paths of destruction. Will they learn the truth behind the brothel and their mission before succumbing to an ulterior plan neither of them wishes to see?
I love when I can figure out why an author decided on a title for a story. Sometimes the choice is way too subtle and my mind gnaws at trying to find the logic and detracts from my enjoyment of the tale. But Nicole Pouchet’s Trapped by a Song was perfectly named and a wonderful read. I loved the ah-ha moment when I realized the why. That isn’t the only thing I enjoyed about this story. I loved the characters. Jori was a strong independent female character who was more than a figurehead. She fought to be respected by her fellow cops and she wasn’t going to allow Del to detract from that. But Del had no desire to take anything away from Jori and her accomplishments. I loved that Jori and Del began at odds but in spite of that managed to work together and learn to trust in each other. When the chips were down, they understood the meaning of loyalty and both were willing to fight to protect what they were building. I enjoyed the world that Ms. Pouchet was building with this story, even if it appeared a bit bleak for people with psychic abilities. I hope that she will build upon it and brighten up their prospects. This is my first time reading her work but it will definitely not be the last. This story was well written and fully developed even if it was a quick read.
Four Shooting Stars