Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance (June 30, 2009)
Glass artist Shona Blackwood has lost her ability to create, but instead of panic, all she feels is apathy. Her detachment is shaken when she narrowly avoids being mugged, thanks to a timely rescue by a man who makes all her senses come roaring to life.
Logan Andrews is a magical troubleshooter assigned to protect Shona from an unseen enemy. Shona is unaware that magic actually exists and Logan is under orders not to tell her, but it isn't long before he finds his loyalty torn between his people and the passionate woman he is guarding.
He thought this would be a straightforward job, but Logan quickly realizes that in an edgy contest between magic and passion, love is destined to win.
With so much already out there in the paranormal genre Patti O’Shea took me by surprise with her Light Warrior series. When I had the chance to review EDGE OF DAWN I was more than ready to enter the world again of Troubleshooters, the Gineal leaders, magic and mayhem. Who I met were Logan Andrews and Shona Blackwood, two characters who differ from Maia Frasier and Creed Blackwood in the previous In Twilight’s Shadow, like day does from night.
Logan understands women stemming from the fact he grew up around plenty of them. There is sensitivity to him that Shona needs at times but there is also an integral part of him that is all male, virile, strong, stubborn, capable and charming. He a duality of the gentleman and the tortured hero and though he didn’t push all my personal buttons I very much liked the chemistry he created with Shona.
Now Shona is the only child with protective parents. She has been a mediocre kid growing up but found her creative passion in glass blowing. Socially a bit awkward and quirks to live with she is as endearing and at moments as recognizable as heroines can come. I caught up with her when her best friend stood her up at a club and a single event turns her life upside down and asks of her to rise to the occasion.
Logan and Shona both have problems they struggle with when they meet each other. At the surface it all seems random but it is with each chapter that Edge Of Dawn becomes more intriguing and pushed it towards a dynamic ending. It is a story of growth and coming in to your own while much of the mystery revolves around Shona. With the protection of Logan their lives get entangled on various levels and the burgeoning romance was fueled by smoldering passion that was waiting to be released. Because of Shona’s social skills and insecurities Logan had to work for her trust. It created an amorous romance that took the lead with underlying suspense and tension that kept it all at an pleasant pace.
Though I enjoyed the romance something is bugging me at the edges of my comprehension in this reading experience. I can’t quite grasp the essence of why Shona and Logan didn’t fully work for me. They have a wonderful sizzle together, both in dialogues as in body language. I cared for them and they were compelling and charming in both their individualities and as a couple but it didn’t rock my boat. Perhaps I think what disconnected me at times was that Shona was a bit too socially awkward and Logan a bit too understanding and an all around nice guy. The duality rules big time and borders on ‘just liking them’ and ‘truly falling for them’ when it comes to their characterization. Yet they learn, change and grow in to a couple whom in the end makes me feel their love from head to toes.
The plot was initiated from page one where a fight unfurls itself between Logan and a Bouda demon. It was where strange things occur with repercussions that immediately set the tone and kept me puzzled for quite some time. Now if I think about the plot and Logan it equals to his twin brother Kel and he made me sit up and pay attention. Slivers of information were dropped that screamed for elaboration and I wish with all my heart that his story is next. He is a man who doesn’t say much but by the sheer presence he exudes dark secrets which I can’t wait to unravel, I want to find out what makes him tick, what made him the man he is today. Another key character for the plot is Farran, Shona’s best friend; she spiced up the plot, kept the stakes high and the mysteries intriguing. There are not many secondary characters but those who are work their magic in their overall purpose.
All in all Edge Of Dawn is a story where the romance and plot builds gradually and is released in an emotionally gratifying way. It adds a new edition to the Light Warrior series which intriguingly expands upon each new release. Patti O’Shea has a gift to draw me in a world that is both enigmatic and a provider of a well rounded plot with a romantic conclusion. With her alternate worlds theory she has a whole universe to play with and I look forward to what her imagination will come up with next!
You really don’t have to feel awkward with me, though. I was just as aroused as you were.”
Shona clasped the filmy fabric of her skirt and rubbed it between her thumb and forefinger. “You’re a guy; you don’t understand.”
“I understand more than you give me credit for. You’re either embarrassed because A – you were the aggressor. B – It was our second date. C – I watched you come. Or D – the attraction we share went from simmering to boiling over in a split second and you don’t like the loss of self-command.”
“Try option E.”
“All of the above.”