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Shades of Desire

Shades of Desire

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by Virna DePaul

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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 failing vision.

Special Agent Liam "Mac" McKenzie has scars of his own. But despite his efforts to ignore the

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Shades of Desire 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Virna DePaul never disappoints! This story is filled with emotion, danger, and passion. The bad guys are layered and complex, and the hero and heroine have realistic issues to overcome before they can be together. Fast paced but slows down in all right places.
Addicted2readin More than 1 year ago
In this story you meet Natalie and Liam. Natalie was a famous photojournalist. She had been all over the world until she began loosing her sight due to an eye disease that quickly eats away at her sight. Because of this, Natalie doesn't really like to go out in public anymore, and when she is brutally attacked in her own home for an unknown reason she is terrified. Enter Liam "Mac" McKenzie Mac is an agent and leader of a special investigations group that works all over the state solving horrific cases. When he hears of the attack on Natalie, Mac and his partner go and question her. He needs Natalie's help identifying the criminal, only he isn't aware that Natalie is going blind and actually wasn't able to see the criminal, something that she failed to mention at the initial interview with local police. After the interview Mac's partner points out Natalie's blindness. Together, Natalie and Mac figure out that some pictures she had taken recently could hold the clues to the criminal and crime. The chemistry between Natalie and Mac is there from the beginning but neither of them want to act upon it. Natalie wants her space and is convinced she doesn't need help, and Mac just doesn't want a serious relationship and is focused on his job. It was nice to see they didn't just jump into bed right from the get go. The book had that believableness (yes i made that word up but you know what i mean *lol*) to it. You got to read from the villains point of view and you just weren't sure who it was at first. It was suspenseful but not frustrating suspense. It's worth picking up and reading and I am looking forward to the next installment of this series
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
Natalie has been racing the hands of time and her time has finally run out. Her vision is now gone. Natalie is trying to learn how to best cope with her new life, which is not easy. But Natalie is a fighter. She may lock herself away from the world, but she will not give up. She will not be like her mom. Natalie needs that fighting spirit when she is attacked in her own home and almost killed by a mad man. Liam “Mac” McKenzie, has seen many thing in his long career as a cop. So this murder case was nothing new to him until he see a picture of the mad man’s latest victim. A victim that survived. A victim that could have seen something that will help them. Only problem is that Natalie is blind. Natalie and Mac are a great team. Both are stubborn, independent and very protective. This was a good romantic suspense books with so many layers of who done. If you like romantic suspenses you need to pick up a copy of Shades of Desire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These two should not be together. The heroine is rediculously stubborn and the hero is just simply an ass. Skip it.
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
3 STARS It was a good story. The characters all had flaws, some worse than others. Thier was too much sex in the book for me. Natalie Jones was going blind. She new for years that she was like her mom had inheired the desease that ended in blindness Natalie was a photographer. When she came home one day she heard someone in her house and he attacked her. She was able to get to a different room and lock herself in and call 911. Her attacker left behind somthing from a girl who's body had just been found. He also left fingerprints and he had a record. Lindsay the dead girl had runnaway from her home a year ago. Because her family had politcal power she got a special favors her case special agents CA. Department of Justice. Jase Tyler and Liam McKenzie drove two hours to interview Natalie and see if she new Lindsay or new anything to help them. Liam was attracted to Natalie even before he met her and did not notice at first that she was blind. Natalie just wants to be left alone. She does not know who or why someone was in her home and attacked her. She doesn't want to need anyone. Natalie just wants to be normal and she pushes everyone a way before anyone can let her down again. Liam is divorced mainly becuase he put his job ahead of his wife. He does not want to get serious with anyone. You know pretty soon who some of the bad guys are. But the cops don't know for awhile. It is entertaining book for a few hours. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 05/22/2012 PUB HarlequinHQN
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I liked this one and am looking forward to the rest of the SIG series. SIG is a special branch of the Department of Justice investigative offices in California. Mac is a detective who works on this five (I think that's the right number) person team. The book starts with him commiserating the fact that relationships are impossible in their line of work. The job they do requires these men and women to put the job first and that leaves very little time, real or emotional, for a significant other. Mac has one failed marriage under his belt and knows that he'll never even try to have a relationship again. Natalie is a professional photographer. At the beginning of the book, she is walking around a farmers market taking photos through her VERY shadowy eyesight. Natalie has been losing her vision for the last 20 years to the point where life around her is just shadows and blobs of color, but on this day, the final veil comes down and Natalie is shattered to lose it all. Eight weeks later, these two are brought together when Natalie is attacked in her home. She manages to fight the attacker off, but the clues show that he is someone of interest in a murder case of a 16 yo girl that Mac is working. When Natalie's name comes across his desk, he does a search on her and is immediately drawn to both the woman and the art of her photography, but he doesn't realize she's now blind. So that's the set-up, but there is so much to this story. Natalie is mentally in a really scary place right now as she's trying to adjust to her blindness. She has learned over her lifetime to count on no one but herself, but that's basically impossible as she's trying to learn to cope. To complicate an already impossible situation, now she's being attacked by a man she can't see coming. She's scared and stubborn and trying to keep some semblance of her pride intact. Mac feels the draw to her and doesn't want to have anything to do with it so he's incredibly harsh with her. It's a defense mechanism, but *gah*...this man does not handle the situation well at all. Jase, his partner, on the case keeps trying to reign him in, but Mac is pretty stubborn too. But you know, this is a romance....there is no keeping these two apart. I have to admit, as a reader, it was painful to watch these two lash out at each other. They each are doing it to try to build protective walls, but each of them say some incredibly hurtful things and that was the one thing that hurt this book for me. I understood it and why they did it, but once those things are out there, there is no taking them back. There was so much though that I did really love about this book. *the chemistry between Mac and Natalie is HOT....OMG, is it hot! *I loved the photography aspect of the story. Natalie can't see any longer, but she still visualizes and that makes this book extremely descriptive in its imagery. It was really a wonderful aspect to the story. *I loved SIG and cannot wait for Jase and Carrie's story. We got to see glimpses of them in this one and I liked what I saw. Overall this was a good book and a wonderful addition to the Romantic Suspense genre. I can't wait to read more from this series!