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Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf
Author: Rebecca Graf
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Publication Date: August 2012
Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone’s blood.
“A stand out story for me because of Ms. Graf’s ability to bring not only the story but the characters to life. She easily allowed me to feel the emotions that the characters felt, from the tension between Eaton and Slaton, to the jolt Brenna felt when Slaton touched her. Because of the mystery and suspense the plot moved along at a brisk pace, and the ending has me anxious for the next book in the series! Ms. Graf weaves together, mystery, suspense, romance along with a paranormal twist which makes for a page turning read!” – Brenda Castro on Goodreads
“Deep Connections is a riveting romantic suspense thriller that will captivate you from the beginning and hold you captive until the end. If you like a scary novel with a twist of paranormal and romance in the mix, then this is the book for you. This is the first book in a series, and the end will leave you hanging and wanting more, only to make you wait for it to be continued in the next book of the series, Dark Connections.” – Kathleen Higgins-Anderson on Goodreads
“Graf has a true talent. The plot was amazing and the writing was great, it just kept on flowing and was easy to read on and on and get wrapped up in the book and lose track of time while reading. The characters made this book too. They were very well developed and thought out by Graf. She made them seem so real to the reader.” – Angela Krause on Goodreads
About the Author:
Rebecca Graf is a transplanted Southerner living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, three children, two cats, and two dogs. Life keeps her pretty busy with taking care of the family, writing, and running several online businesses including Silver Tongue Press. To keep sane, she reads and crochets as she plots her next story. She has also written How to Write a Book Review and two Christian children’s books: A Gift for a Mouse and The Nightingale in the Garden.
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Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”
She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!
The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.
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Deep Connections follows the story of Brenna she is a schoolteacher and lives in a small town. Not much is known about Brenna’s life prior to her arriving in Whitewater, from the details given, it appears that she is alone, no family or friends. So not too long after arriving in town, she begins a friendship and casual dating (nothing serious in Brenna’s mind) relationship with one of Whitewater’s officers, Eaton Somerfield and she is also pretty much adopted by the large and loving Lightfoot family. Things go well for Brenna, she has carved out a life for herself, but soon all that begins to change, when Brenna begins to be stalked by someone that appears obsessed with her; calling, following her, hiding in the shadows, breaking into her apartment. Although she does attempt to continue her life and go about her daily routine, believing it to be a prank; she soon discovers that it is not a prank and those that surround her and loves her convinces her to move out to the Lightfoot’s land where she can be guarded. Soon things heat up between her and Slayton the oldest of the Lightfoot sons, where there had been a friendship before, evolves into something greater that has the hint of destiny attached. But the one stalking Brenna will not be ignored and soon she and all those she loves are fighting for their lives.
I had read the reviews of Deep Connections and knew this was a book that I wanted to read very much. Not only due to the many positive reviews it warranted, but I was intrigued by the subject matter that involved the wolves and shadings of Native American lore. I knew this would be a good fit or at least that was my belief when opening the book. And I was right.
The book was even better than I believed. I enjoyed the clean, clear writing style of Rebecca Graf. The pace was steady and the energy was continuous, any rest periods between action scenes was interspersed with story details that move the book forward, never taking away or becoming dull and losing the reader.
My favorite parts were when the Native legends, and spiritual aspects were intermixed, I enjoyed seeing Slayton and Brenna’s relationship evolved, although there was the supernatural element of destiny attached to their love, there was a friendship first, so the couple had a believable aspect about them. Both characters were likable I enjoyed Slayton; handsome, at times cocky, protective at all cost towards Brenna. But also gentle, he had it all.
Brenna displayed strength, because I will say that if I had a stalker that seems to defy all natural laws, able to be anywhere and almost do anything, yes, I would probably find somewhere to become scarce. But Brenna held on attempting to remain in her apartment, at her job and to go about her daily to the bitter end, when she had absolutely no choice. She reflected a strength of character that I admire, a down to earth level headed way of thinking, that is sometimes missing in characters. I liked Brenna, as well as the other characters in the book. I felt bad for Eaton, such a good guy but basically admitting to his feelings a little too late, my hope will be he will also find someone and not be left in the lurch.
I do not wish to give anything away, but the action scenes had me biting my nails wondering okay HOW are they all going to get out of this, but it was a satisfying ending although there is a teaser letting you know that the story is not over.
I fully enjoyed Deep Connections and cannot wait to read the next book Dark Connections! I recommend this book for any that enjoy Paranormal/Fantasy titles. I will say do to a reference regarding Rape, this book is for older teens and adults