Natalie Jones, famed photojournalist and thrill seeker, is
coping with the biggest challenge of her life, adjusting to
the loss of her vision to progressive retinal degeneration.
After a sudden and dramatic decline in her remaining
vision, Natalie manages by leading a quiet and structured
life in quaint Plainville, California. Her peace is
shattered when an intruder nearly kills her in her own home.
The identity of the intruder brings Natalie to the
attention of Special Agent Liam "Mac" McKenzie who is on the
hunt for a killer.
Mac, homicide investigator for the California Department of
Justice's elite Special Investigations Group, is looking
into the murder of Lindsay Monroe, the daughter of the
governor's former college roommate. Evidence suggests that
the man who killed Lindsay is the same man who attacked
Natalie so he makes the trip to Plainville to question her.
Mac is intrigued by Natalie before he even meets her and the
attraction that flares between them is instantaneous. But
Mac has his own issues, and neither feels like they have
anything to give in a relationship. Will the alliance they
form for find a killer before he strikes again be enough to
overcome their reservations?
SHADES OF DESIRE is intense, emotionally charged, and
thrilling. This first book in Ms. DePaul's Special
Investigations Groups series contains all that fans look for
in romantic suspense...chilling suspense, intriguing
characters, and sexual tension. Natalie and Mac are
independent and strong individuals each battling their own
demons. Ms. Paul artfully depicts the challenges and fears,
big and small, Natalie faces with the loss of her vision.
Mac, divorced and a recovering alcoholic, can be just a
little abrasive in a way that makes him seem real. The plot
is well thought out, with the events behind Lindsay's death
and how it intersected with Natalie unfolding gradually and
logically. I absolutely look forward to reading the next
books in this series.
Natalie Jones is the lucky survivor of an elusive killer who
preys on young women and then disappears from view. And
since her harrowing ordeal, the once gutsy photojournalist
has remained isolated in her home, paralyzed by fear and her
Special Agent Liam “Mac” McKenzie has scars of his own. But
despite his efforts to ignore the attraction that simmers
between him and Natalie, he needs her help to catch a
predator. Soon, they will forge a tentative alliance—charged
with desire. Through a soft-focus lens, Natalie dares to
envision a future with Mac beyond the investigation...never
guessing that the clues hidden within her photographs are
drawing them into an explosive confrontation with a madman.