Waking Nightmare by Kylie Brant
Berkley Sensation: August 28, 2009
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Library
Waking Nightmare is Brant’s first novel in her Mindhunter series. This is a series that revolves around a private company that assists the police with investigations that can’t be handled with local resources. The purpose and set up of this company is a little foggy, but it ultimately has little to do with the larger plot. The main focus of Waking Nightmare is one of those “mindhunters” landing in Savannah to assist the local police with the profile of a serial rapist terrorizing the city.
Abbie Phillips is used to animosity from the local police. She’s a profiler, and as an outside in most investigations she’s not always welcome. However, Abbie is going to do her job and that means delving into the mind of a disturbed individual who is assaulting woman and forcing them to live through their worst nightmares. Ryne Robel is the local cop who is leading the task force in tracking down the rapist. He’s not convinced that Abbie is what his team needs, but he reluctantly comes around when she starts to prove her worth. It doesn’t hurt that he also thinks she’s hot.
With Waking Nightmare you’ve got the basic set up for the romantic suspense genre. There’s a mystery and there’s romance. For the most part, I thought both elements were done fairly well. While reading, I was very much reminded of Laura Griffin’s Tracers series because of the types of characters used as well as the concept of a private company becoming involved in the investigation. Griffin has the Delphi Center, Brant has Raiker Forensics (known as the Mindhunters). If you’re a fan of Griffin’s series, Mindhunters is a must read.
In terms of romance, I liked Waking Nightmare. The dynamic between Ryne and Abbie was great. It started off confrontational and slowly developed into something more. Both characters had stuff in their past that held them back in the relationship and I liked that these elements were not easily brushed aside. That said, I think I would have liked a closer look at each character’s individual issues. Both Abbie and Ryne were dealing with some pretty heavy duty stuff and I don’t know that it ever really got resolved at the end, just acknowledged. The mystery took precedence when it came to the personal, which makes sense in reality, in romancelandia, well, I was looking for more.
Ultimately, I finished Waking Nightmare invested in the series. I liked the combination of procedural details with the interpersonal. I liked it so much that I’ve already started book two, Waking Evil. If you’re a fan of Laura Griffin, this is the series for you.
Obviously read Laura Griffin’s Tracers series if you haven’t already. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the books in order, but if you’ve got to start, why not start at the beginning. Book one is Untraceable.
I’m working on reading more romantic suspense so that I can make recommendations. I’d welcome any essential romantic suspense titles that I should be reading!