Title: All The Broken Places (The Healing Edge #1)
Author: Anise Eden
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 16, 2016
All of Cate’s problems are in her head. That may be her greatest strength.
Cate Duncan is a promising young therapist, dedicated to her work. But after her mother’s suicide, she is seized by a paralyzing depression. To save her job, Cate agrees to enter a program with Dr. Angeline MacGregor, run by her stern son, Ben, and housed in a repurposed church. Cate doesn’t quite understand what the program entails, but she soon learns that the skills she will develop there may not only help her learn how to cope with her own problems but will also lead her to a much greater purpose.
The MacGregor Group is a collection of alternative healers whose unconventional approaches include crystals, aura reading, and psychics. They know that their life’s work invites skepticism, and welcome the chance to prove naysayers wrong. But they need the unique abilities that Cate can bring, and as she slides ever closer to her own abyss, they will do everything in their power to protect Cate from those who wish her harm―including herself.
A powerful novel of suspense and a wildly inventive start to this paranormal romance series, ALL THE BROKEN PLACES engages readers with its striking blend of the supernatural and the psychological.
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As we worked our way from front to back, the two-seater revealed itself to be a masterpiece of restoration. The sweeping curves, the gleaming wire wheels…simply stunning. When we finished, Ben put the folded canvas in the back of the Land Rover. “I normally keep the Jag in the garage at home when it rains,” he explained, “but that storm the other day caught me by surprise.”
I didn’t even try to hide my admiration. Ben beamed. “Would you like to sit inside?”
I must not have heard him correctly. “What?”
“Sit. In the car.” He pointed at the right-hand seat where the steering wheel was located, British-style. “Driver’s side, of course.”
“Really?” As many car shows as I’d been to, no one had ever offered to let me get inside.
“Really.” He walked around and opened the door for me. “Go ahead.”
“Okay.” Tentatively, I slid onto the seat. Ben shut the door behind me, then walked around and got into the passenger seat. All at once, I recognized the combination of scents that I’d noticed the first time I’d met Ben: old leather, cotton, and wool. Now the leather part made sense.
Ben seemed to be enjoying my reactions. I let myself relax a little. My hand hovered tentatively over the steering wheel. “May I…?”
I rested one hand on the wheel and ran the other along the side of my seat, which was tan and as soft as butter. I practically moaned, “My god, this leather…”
“Yeah, that took some work.”
“What do you mean?”
Ben stroked the dashboard. “When I found this car, she was on blocks in a barn outside of Lancaster, covered with nothing but a tarp and a bunch of hay bales.” He shook his head. “The body was in bad shape, but the chrome was savable.”
My eyes widened. “You mean you restored it?”
He nodded. “Not by myself, of course. I put the word out online that I needed parts, and about fifty Marines sourced them for me from around the globe.” He pointed to the speedometer. “That’s from Melbourne. The wheels came from four different countries.”
As Ben continued giving me the inventory of various car parts and their origins, his whole demeanor changed. His expression brightened and he relaxed, managerial stiffness giving way to boyish enthusiasm. I felt my own spirits lifting as I got caught up in his animated description of the invisible web of people who had worked to save the neglected Jaguar.
As he spoke, Ben rested his hand next to mine on the steering wheel, close enough that I could feel the heat of his skin. I inhaled deeply as the whispering warmth of attraction was once again ignited, tickling my hand and flowing up my arm….I cursed inwardly. So it hadn’t been a tai chi anomaly after all. It’s okay, I reassured myself, you can handle this. Just back away slowly. I slid my hand off of the steering wheel and sank back into my seat.
Another author surprises me with an awesome paranormal romance. True, it is not a “true” romance but the seeds are planted and I can’t wait to watch them grow in the next installment. This is a paranormal that’s NOT a paranormal. In other words, there are no supernatural characters at all. This deals with auras, crystals, seeing through to someone’s soul, etc.
Why did I pick this book to read? Actually, it was the cover and I really thought the blurb was kind of a thriller. Well, I was wrong on the thriller part but there are some excellent parts that I just went WOW and WHOA! This is a great book to a beginning of series.
The world building is great. Not too wordy and telly. Ms. Eden shows us the church, the characters and the action between the pages. There really wasn’t a character that I didn’t like or want to slap. My secondary standouts are Pete and Kai. And no, I won’t spoil it by telling you about them. You need to read the book to find out.
Ben and Cate are a dream couple. There is a lot of push and pull with these two and that is what is going to make the next book so special. Their relationship will grow and still have the banter and conflict that goes along with it. I didn’t get Ben at first but once I got to know him…I fell in love. Silent, strong and fighting feelings for Cate are all there.
Cate just cracked me up with her inner thoughts and how she dealt with everything that she was doing and had to do. Ms. Eden does a superior job with her descriptions of mental health and methods to help the community. Ms. Eden gives us a lot of information for us to digest and decide for ourselves, just like Cate, on what to believe or not.
Again, I can’t wait for the next installment of this series. Well written with characters that I care about and miss already.
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