Waking the Dead by Kylie Brant

The Mindhunters, Book 3

Berkley Sensation

Sensual Suspense

ISBN: 978-0-425-23114-2

Reviewed by Nannette




When seven sets of skeletal remains are found in a cave in Oregon, model turned forensic anthropologist, Caitlin Fleming is flown in to uncover the mystery of who they are and what happened to them. Zach Sharper is an outdoor guide selected by the town sheriff to help Cait as she investigates the forest around the cave. Cait may be the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, but Zach still doesn't want to play chauffeur for her. Zach is skeptical that the woman who graced most teenage boy's walls, including his own, could be capable of handling this case, but Cait proves quickly that she has as much brains as beauty. Identifying the bodies and discovering the killer is going to be difficult though. As Cait works toward that goal, the killer is getting anxious and decides that Cait needs to be dealt with before she reveals the secrets they've tried hard to hide.

There is something special about Zach and Cait. Even in the beginning when Zach is growling at Cait and Cait is aloof towards Zach, there is an immediate and intense sexual tension between them that rapidly grows into admiration and respect.   Zach's draw to and desire for Cait is all the more appealing because he's a love 'em and leave' em kind of guy. It's fun to watch him fall for her.  Cait is gorgeous, and she certainly could use her looks, but she uses her mind to get what she wants.  There's a part of Cait that is reserved and a bit lonely also. Because of who they are and what they've been through, the intimacy between Zach and Cait is really meaningful.  Zach's urgency and Cait throwing caution to the wind, are out of character for them, proving the intense and undeniable chemistry between them.  The Mindhunters series gets better and better with each novel. Waking The Dead's intricate mystery and the thrilling and surprising twists at the end, along with it's poignant and sensual romance kept me riveted to every page.  Kylie Brant has become one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I canít wait to read what she comes up with next!


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