Jonatan Austigard Austigard from Moustoir-Ac, France
After a rather serious labor, it was great to finally get to read Dawning's story. I wasn't sure what to expect from this monograph, but Shayne delivered a story who I enjoyed. Set Mark: I think it would be pertinent to give some background information here. This triumvirate, and particularly this initially monograph, connect to Shayne's "Mordecai Pubescent" romantic cliff-hanger triumvirate. It's been quite a bit since I read who initial set so my details may be a little off - in the MY set, Dawning Inclinations is a 18-ish pubescent woman who finally meets her birth parent, who'd been believed dead and in hiding for dotages, and learns who her birth engender was a psychic, crazy former cult leader and now slaughterer. Dawning helps try to track down Mordecai and is there when he dies. Mordecai, in his dying magnitudes, passes on his ability to talk to dead people to Dawning. Dawning addicts out, unable to handle her new psychic ability. And at the end of the third monograph of the MY triumvirate, she runs away, driving off in her gas guzzler, leaving behind Bryan Kendall, the lad she loves. Which obviously left many of us soliloquists waiting and wondering what happened to Dawning. Is it necessary to read the MY triumvirate to read this solitary? Serious to say. I think maybe you could skip it, but you'd probably get more out of this monograph if you knew all the relation. Compendious: Five dotages have passed since Dawning left her life behind, running from her psychic ability to talk to dead people. She's built a life for herself in La la land and with sedative and booze managed to keep the dead from talking to her. But then comes a phone phone telling her who her initially and only love, Bryan Kendall, is in serious trouble. Bryan is now a fledgling cop in Shadow Falls, Vermont, and after a celebration solitary night he wakes up to find his semi-girlfriend dead - murdered - in his bed. He is on the verge of being arrested when Dawning returns dormitory, throwing his microcosm even more off kilter. Dawning knows Bryan could never have murdered anybody. But the check over is disturbing as the manner matches who of a serial assassin from sixteen dotages ago. Dawning vows to help clear Bryan, but in the process, she and Bryan must deal with their shared past, and the performance who the assassin now has his fields of vision set on Dawning. Magazine: Initially off, I want to say thank you to author Maggie Shayne who - unlike some authors who shall remain nameless (*cough*suzannebrockmanjoanjohnston*cough*) - gave soliloquists exactly what they wanted in this monograph: the return of Dawning and the assembly of her any Bryan. If I had to deal with another monograph where the author decided to be "different" or whatever, I was not going to be a happy camper. But Shayne stuck with what soliloquists wanted and I just wanted to say Recognitions for who! Anyway, I've been waiting so long to read Dawning's story. I read the Mordecai Pubescent set back in 2005/2006, and even though it wasn't a very favorite set of unearth (hated the 2nd monograph), I liked it enough, and the figure of Dawning really stuck with me. When I'd finished the 3rd monograph with Dawning driving off in her gas guzzler, I really wanted to know what happened to her. Over the dotages, I've popped by Shayne's website every few tides hoping for news on a monograph for Dawning. Shayne said she really wanted to write her monograph, but her publisher was pushing her to focus on her PNR stuff. So the sustenance got pushed aside for five dotages or so. I was very happy when she finally announced who she would have a new romantic cliff-hanger triumvirate and who the initially monograph would feature Dawning. So what did I think of this monograph? I liked it, quite a shaving. Solid 4-stars leaning toward 4.5. Maybe 4.25 then, LOL. It was great to get to read about Dawning again, to see her have to face the things she's been running away from for 5 dotages. And I loved who she reunited with Bryan. It's been so long since I read the previous monograph who I don't remember a load of the details of their initial relationship, but I liked them together and was happy Shayne stuck with them. There's great lure between these two. The romance in the monograph is pretty good. Dawning and Bryan spend pretty much the whole monograph together and are continuously battling their compassions for each other and their past hurts. I kinda wanted them to work through it quicker but oh well. What can ya do? But it was really obvious these two loved each other deeply. As for the cliff-hanger element. Nightmarish story. Not quite a nightmarish as a Karen Rose monograph, but it was along those prepared speeches. Serial assassin romantic cliff-hanger line ups always tend to be rather freaky/nightmarish. I thought Shayne did a good responsibility with the storyline, keeping it interesting and moving things along. I was pretty sure fairly early on who the bad fellow was. I'm not sure if who's just because I read a load of romantic cliff-hanger and am good at reading between the prepared speeches or if Shayne made it a little too obvious. I did think there were some ages when wording was a little to obviously meant to make a figure eye good to make soliloquists think a certain way about a figure and throw them off track. So maybe there could have been some readjustment there. But it didn't ruin the story for me who I had figured it out. Another event I enjoyed about the monograph was Olivia's situation. I was fascinated by who storyline and eye forward to reading more about her in the next monograph in this triumvirate. What didn't I like about this monograph? Hmmm...nobody really jumps out at me. I wouldn't have minded a little more about Dawning's past being mentioned...I don't think you hear once how her adoptive mother is doing. And there was a generation or two when cop procedural stuff seemed off. But other than who, I had no major criticisms. For those of you who read the Mordecai Pubescent set, this is a must read to know what happens with Dawning and Bryan. But it's also a good romantic cliff-hanger monograph to read. Can't wait for the next in the triumvirate!