Mind Waves (Mind Hackers, #1) by Amanda Uhl
ABOUT THE BOOK
The mind is powerful…but the heart is stronger.
If he can control her mind…
Government operative David Jenkins is skilled at controlling his emotions. Feelings are lethal when your job is to infiltrate minds, erase and implant thoughts, and guard the nation’s intellectual capital. But even he can’t fight his strange attraction to Grace Woznisky. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from a madman intent on possessing both their minds. Neither suspect their dangerous enemy has a larger motive, and David may be Grace’s only chance for survival.
Can he control her heart?
All freelance artist Grace wants is steady-paying work and to see her flighty sister to the altar. But after David offers her a job, she finds herself in the middle of a mental tug of war—one that has her reeling from nightmares and fighting for her life. She must decide: Are her growing feelings for her new boss authentic, or is she a victim of his mind-altering abilities?
I’ve pretty much read every type of romance you can think of, so when I saw a romance with mind-melding, it intrigued me. I mean how can you trust someone who can read your thoughts? Read this book and be prepared to have your “mind blown” with a new take on second chances.
David seems a little creepy and stalker-like at the beginning, but he has good intentions towards Grace. He’s a man who holds his feelings close to his vest; partly, because of his dangerous job with the U.S. government’s Cognitive Mind Unit (CMU), and partly, because he feels responsible for the loss of someone very dear to him years ago. But the very attractive and brave Grace Woznisky has unexpectedly captured his heart and he intends to protect her in every way possible even if it means invading her thoughts. However, her knowing about his gifts puts her in danger and he has to take drastic measures to make sure his enemy does not get that information from her.
Grace is a brave and determined artist working hard to find a job to pay her bills, so when she has two men invading her dreams–one doing harm, and one trying to protect her–my heart went out to her. How terrifying would it be to have your mind controlled and having parts of your memory erased? No wonder Grace thought she was going mad.
David seems a bit controlling, but Grace has her ways of bringing him down a peg or two. They do make a good couple, and there are a few LOL moments. I was also engrossed in the unique second chance aspect of their relationship. The various supporting characters including David and Grace’s family and friends are a great addition to the story and I look forward to seeing them in future books in the series. As for the antagonist, he is evil incarnate and gets his just desserts in the end.
Overall, I was wonderstruck with the depth of this story. It wasn’t what I was expecting, and I was completely engrossed with the author’s attention to detail and captivating storyline. If you enjoy romantic paranormal suspense at its finest, give this book a try.
Thank you to Ms. Uhl for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Uhl is an award-winning author of fast-paced, romantic suspense novels with a paranormal twist and humorous, big city contemporary romance with small-town heart. Amanda holds a bachelor of fine arts in theatre and a master’s degree in marketing. Over the past twenty years, she has worked as an admissions representative and graphic designer, owned her own freelance writing company, and managed communications for several Fortune 500 companies. Amanda is an avid reader and tea connoisseur and lives with her husband and three children in Cleveland, Ohio. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her gathering beach glass on the Lake Erie shoreline or biking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.