Review and Sweepstakes: Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the Epiphany tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  Man, oh man did I enjoy this read and am pleased to share my review and an event-wide sweepstakes with you all today.  If you would like to check out the rest of the stops on this tour, feel free to do so by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

Title: Epiphany Author:  Christina Jean Michaels Release: July 19, 2012 Age Group: New Adult/Adult Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com/
Title: Epiphany
Author: Christina Jean Michaels
Release: July 19, 2012
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

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Synopsis:

“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.

Source: Author for a fair and honest review

Rating: 4½/5 stars

My Review: 

For most of her life, Mackenzie Hill has dreamt of the most terrible and horrifying things; she sees blood and terror, things no one should ever have to experience in their dreams and certainly not in real life.  But Mackenzie can’t stop the dreams from coming any more than she stop the events she dreams of from happening.  As if to balance the brutal, the universe has also provided Mackenzie with dreams of a beautiful man with haunting eyes.  Though these dreams are significantly better than the nightmares, the man, like the nightmares haunt Mackenzie’s waking hours.  For as long as she has dreamt of the mystery man she has also drawn him as she sees him never, ever expecting him to be actual flesh and blood.  And then he walks into her bar.

Mackenzie’s life in Watcher’s Point is meant to be her do-over, her escape from her strained relationship with her mother and from a series of tragic events with her ex-boyfriend she would just as soon put behind her.  Mackenzie lives in a crappy little apartment but it is hers and she has neighbor (and co-worker) Six to keep her company at all times of the day and night.  Though she knows she can’t totally erase the past, life in Watcher’s Point is normal enough that Mackenzie begins to believe she can have a normal and possibly even a good life.  HA!!  That’s what you get for thinking!

Turns out, Watcher’s Point is nowhere close to normal but is home to a vicious and sadistic serial killer whose MO looks eerily like that of another serial killer who dropped out of sight more than a year ago.  Turns out, Watcher’s Point is also home to Aidan Payne, the man from Mackenzie’s dreams and the widower of one of the serial killer’s victims.  When girls begin disappearing in Watcher’s Point, Mackenzie and Aidan are drawn together out of both physical attraction and a desire to bring a madman to justice.  With Aidan’s extensive knowledge about the previous killings and Mackenzie’s increasingly informative dreams, the two are more determined than ever to discover the identity of the killer.

Aidan and Mackenzie’s path to bringing down a killer is dramatic, suspenseful, sometimes sexy, turbulent, emotional, and fraught with danger.  The search for the killer’s identity quite unexpectedly forces the two to confront their individual pasts and families.  For both, the prospect of facing a serial killer is more inviting than facing their respective families.  Aidan’s family and especially his father take dysfunctional to a whole new level while Mackenzie’s family is mostly weird with a matriarch who is more interested in what others think than supporting her children.  Believe me, dear reader, this is only the tip of iceberg!!

The Bottom Line: WOW!!  Epiphany is one of those reads that you had better have a lot of time for because you aren’t going to want to put it down.  There is so much going on in this novel with the serial killer, Aidan and Mackenzie and, their respective pasts that one could easily get lost or totally frustrated if Michaels were a less talented writer.  Thank goodness she’s  very good at what she does because this book is a roller coaster ride that takes off quickly sails through all the hills and valleys and brings you screaming in to a full stop right at the very last second.  Some of the twists and turns Michael’s has thrown into the mix are gruesome and disturbing but I didn’t care!!  I had to keep reading and so will you!!  The added bonus?  Michael’s is not done with this series 🙂 BAM!!!!

About the author and where to find her:

author - C.J. MichaelsChristina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can’t imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Link to find/buy Epiphany    Amazon

Event Sweepstakes:

Up for grabs are four (4) signed print copies of Epiphany (US only) and three (3) eCopies of Epiphany (via Amazon).  If you would like to read all the FTC mumbo jumbo just check out the sweepstakes terms and conditions.  To enter for your chance to win just click the Rafflecopter link below and good luck 🙂

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