Spotlight & Review: Dark Prophecy by Ann Gimpel

Posted 17/12/2014 by Isabelle MBTL in review / 1 Comment

Spotlight & Review: Dark Prophecy by Ann Gimpel

I received this book for free from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spotlight & Review: Dark Prophecy by Ann GimpelDark Prophecy by Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Storm #1
Published by Dream Shadow Press on December 11, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 354
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
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three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Dr. Lara McInnis reads auras and flirts with an elusive ability to foretell the future. Ambivalent about the magic within her, she’s done a fine job ignoring other aspects of her power—until now. After several patients—and a student or two—describe the same cataclysmic dream, she uncovers ancient evil intent on draining her power. Lara knows next to nothing about her psychic side, but it will destroy her if she can’t come to terms with it.

Trevor Denoble has secrets, but he shields them well with a stunning body and a boatload of British charm. The airline he works for folds because there’s no fuel for the planes, and Lara’s changing into someone he barely recognizes. Though he doesn’t know it yet, the rest of his carefully crafted life is about to come crashing down too. 

Living in a world teetering on the edge of anarchy, Trevor and Lara are faced with a series of painful decisions. Is the love between them enough for Trevor to swallow his distrust of Lara’s burgeoning paranormal ability? Will their personal demons tear them apart in a world gone mad, as shortages of everything from electricity to food escalate?

When the dream world spills its murky contents, everyone’s worst nightmares run free

 

Book Trailer

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Lara McInnis is a therapist with paranormal abilities, engaged with Trevor that may not be ready to see these unusual abilities of his fiancee. Together, they will face several major problems such as global warming. Will they still be together at the end of it all?

Ms. Gimpel has created good characters within this very complex plot. Her writing is without any flaws that I can remember, and the book is very well-written.

I’m a character lover type of reader, that will enjoy a book with a so-so plot if the characters are good enough to hook me in. I’ve really enjoyed Trevor and Lara, they are really cute together. I have enjoy this book, but I raise a few questions about the plot in general.

Ms. Gimpel’s research is extensive and she tries to explain everything really well, which it became a bit tiring at some points.

I got confused at times with all the things going on, like the therapist part of the female characters + all the mythology world and other things.

Even though I like the couple, I’m not sure they were always on the same vibe. Sometimes they considered each other married, sometimes, engaged, sometimes girlfriend and boyfriend. I know, this is part of relationships, but I guess in the middle of too much information, that increases my confusion.

Saying all that, this book has also a weird effect on me… I was getting really confused, sometimes I even went back to reread a few things, but I was hooked! I couldn’t stop reading it and trying to understand it all at my head. I must read what will comes next, because I love puzzles, and I have to understand this all.

Yes, I would recommend this book!

You MAY read this book if you are a paranormal fan; you SHOULD read this book if you like multi-dimensional plots that at some points seems like a big confusion until you can be awed; but you MUST read this book if you enjoys a real life problems with a huge twist of fiction involved!

Excerpt:

…Hours later, Lara let herself out of her office, reached back in to activate the alarm, and then locked the door behind her. Arabel had gone home at six. Normally her receptionist left a note if there was something she needed to communicate. Tonight there hadn’t been any notes because there weren’t any patients she needed to call. But there had been a few zucchinis from Arabel’s lovingly-tended garden. Lara was grateful, both for the organic produce and for the lack of patient-related affairs to attend to. She was tired and hoped nobody had a crisis that evening.

She double-checked the pager that lived clipped to her belt. As she moved away from the front door of her building, she stumbled. The outside light was out—when had that happened?—and it was very dark in the shadows of the cavernous front porch. She made a grab for the railing to steady herself and took a tentative step toward the street.

“Stop right there,” a familiar harsh voice boomed from behind her.

“Mr. Beauchamp. That is you, isn’t it?” Alarm ricocheted through her, but she knew intuitively it was important to hide her fear. “What do you want?” Though she aimed for nonchalance, her voice sounded thin and shaky. Is it Ken? Aw, Jesus, who else could it be? She closed her eyes, gathering data from an unseen realm she knew well. Once her energies were focused, she discerned his twisted energy field throbbing against the darkness. Better the devil you know flashed through her mind. Not necessarily came close on its heels, as she realized, with a sinking feeling, that Ken Beauchamp really was dangerous. She’d known it the first time he walked into her office, but drawn in by his wife’s soft helplessness, she’d ignored her concerns, compassion overriding common sense.

“I want to talk. No, don’t turn around.” The man’s voice held menace as it sliced into her tumbling thoughts.

“What do you want to talk about, Mr. Beauchamp?” With effort, she kept her voice steady. “Surely whatever it is can wait until tomorrow. You really do need to call my office and make an appointment.” There, that seems like about the right amount of bravado.

“What did you tell my wife today? When you were in the bathroom. You’d better tell me the truth.”

“Are you threatening me? Because if you are, I’ll call the cops and have you thrown off my property.” Anger was rapidly displacing her fear—or at least coexisting with it. She reached a hand into her bag in search of her phone.

“That wouldn’t be smart, Doc, not very smart at all. Take your hand out of that purse.”

Ken Beauchamp’s voice was mild, but an ominous undertone chilled her. Sweat gathered in her armpits and dripped down her sides. Think! she commanded herself. There’s got to be a way out of this.

“Well, Doctor?” Ken’s voice oozed sarcasm, with undercurrents of something darker and far more primal. “I asked you a simple question. Answer it and we can both go home.”

What was he doing? Lara dug deeper with her hyper-honed senses. His breathing seemed…uneven. Was he getting off by intimidating her?

Something clicked ominously. The snick of a gun’s safety mechanism? What else could that cold metallic snapping sound possibly be? Fighting fear that threatened to paralyze her, Lara asked, “How’s Bethany, Mr. Beauchamp? She’s all right isn’t she?” Despite her concerns for herself, Lara was suddenly frantic about Bethany.

“That’s none of your business anymore. We won’t be back. I just want to know what you told her today.”

“Why is that important to you?”

“I ask the questions around here.” Yes, Lara thought as she listened intently, he was practically panting. Oh shit, this guy’s a pervert on top of all his other less-than-stellar attributes. She flirted with flying down the porch steps and trying to outrun him, except she had dress shoes on and her heavy shoulder bag. What if he really did have a gun? She hadn’t heard the metal click again.

A car pulled to the curb in front of her building and she started, heart beating like a mad thing. Christ, is it one of his henchmen come to help out? Practically moaning aloud, she wondered what Ken Beauchamp had in mind for her…

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three-half-stars

About Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 20 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

Rating Report
Addictiveness
four-stars
Character
four-stars
Cover
three-stars
Freshness
one-star
Plot
five-stars
Romance
four-stars
Overall: three-half-stars
  • Ann Gimpel

    Thanks so much for hosting me. One of the best parts of these blog tours is all the wonderful blogs I discover along the way. I’m glad the book hooked you in.