PreView by Alanna Coca

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: Sent

Architect Ryann Phillips lives a normal life—except for her psychic dreams. Few of her premonitions make sense, or even cause her to lose sleep, until she dreams about a vicious murder and is compelled to warn the would-be victim. 

Attorney Trevor Kearney doesn’t believe it when Ryann claims his client’s ex wants her dead. Nevertheless, he’s intrigued by her ability to hold up to his questioning, and by the unexpected attraction he feels for the beautiful woman. He reluctantly agrees to work together to keep his client safe…and to spend more time with Ryann. 

Ryann hasn’t met anyone who infuriates and arouses her like Trevor does. He may question her psychic visions, but there’s no doubting their sexual chemistry. But as they grow closer, their relationship could put them in the path of a killer and inadvertently set the course of events in motion….

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Having premonitions isn’t something Ryann tells just anyone. When she has one that involves a murder though she sets out to track the woman down and try to save her life. When she finally tracks her down she also meets her associate, Trevor, who sends all kinds of delicious shivers through Ryanns body. Trevor doesn’t believe Ryann for one second that she can actually have visions, but he agrees to help her keep his associate, Victoria safe from harm. In doing so he also has to keep tabs on Ryann and that might involve some pretty close quarters.

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PreView is a romantic suspense book with some paranormal elements in the form of Ryann’s premonitions. The book opens with Ryann experiencing a vision which is slightly different then any other vision that she has had. In it she watches a woman be shot and fall into a open elevator after muttering the words “it was you all along”. With this vision being different then all others it spurs Ryann into trying to find the woman, though knowing virtually nothing about her.

She then runs into this nameless woman at her local coffee shop and finds out her name is Victoria and she is a lawyer at a firm right down the street from her own office building. Knowing she has to warn her she immediately introduces herself to the woman and tells her of the vision. The womans associate, Trevor, also an attorney, sits in and while he doesn’t believe Ryann capable of having premonitions, it’s obvious that Victoria does.

My biggest problem with the beginning of the book was only in that Victoria happens to be in the same town as Ryann and only a few doors down from her own building. Obviously that is incredibly convenient and I found it also unbelievable. I mean, I’m sure they had to meet but I felt it could have been at least a bit harder for Ryann to locate this woman. Maybe a clue in her premonition or something else, but to simply run into the woman at a local coffee shop seemed far fetched.

From this point in the book on its mainly a story about Ryann and Trevor. I thought that while the premonition is the main story line that for this to be considered a suspense that more should have happen that was suspenseful. Ryann is very back and forth the majority of the book about her feelings for Trevor. She constantly tries to convince herself that she doesn’t like him and yet at every opportunity is kissing him then acting enraged over it. For his part Trevor just is downright mean at times. Not to mention calls Ryann immature then proceeds to blow her phone up every 5 minutes for hours on end when she refuses to take his call. I think Coca was trying to make Trevor alpha but instead it came across as condescending and rude.  Once they are both on the same page though and the miscommunications are cleared up, I tended to like him much more.

As far as the villain is concerned there were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Though after I was done, and looking back I wondered how I didn’t see it. The bad guy is definitely unstable mentally. There is clue after clue and while I never liked the bad guy I also never put two and two together.

Coca’s writing is strong and I did enjoy her ability to draw you into a story. She lets you get into the characters heads and you never feel like you’re an outsider looking in. It feels as if you are there. While I had a few issues with the actual story line, the writing itself was well done. I think I would classify this more as a contemporary romance with a few suspenseful moments.

I give PreView by Alanna Coca 3.50 stars!

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