Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it’s not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn’t it? As an empath, she senses other people’s emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.
There’s no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.
Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her … and Samantha is surrounded by death.
Dark, gritty, and mind-trippy, Feeling Death seduces the reader into the mind and mixed emotional state of an empath struggling with her own feelings because the world she knows is built on lies and death.
While the summary covers some of the plot, it only captures half of the story, which I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you because I don’t want to give it away. Even though I had inkling on what was happening, I still fluctuated between certainty and doubt. The author did such a great job with the delivery that I didn’t know which way was up and down until the climax, and even then, I was anticipating another twist. I didn’t know who to trust and who was more right. Like the female protagonist, Samantha Bevans, I was at war with myself until the reveal, and still, I was antsy, fighting what I wanted and what my high-strung emotions craved. Maybe not because of the same reasons as Sam—I’m not an empath, and I definitely don’t yearn for the feel of death and the euphoria it brought her—but the sensations were the same:
Tension. Anticipation. Need. Lust—of varying degrees and for so many different things. An end, a release, peace, answers, two different men for disparate reasons.
The storyline is a bit complicated, with the narration jumping between past and present, and it isn’t clear until halfway through which is which. Feeling Death is a quick read, but it’s not a mindless one. You have to pay attention, and you can’t skim.
There is a very dramatic love triangle, but in this case, it worked. Again, I can’t tell you more without giving the story away, but I can say I struggled with who I liked more. Each man had their faults, but both were inherently good, with very genuine emotions and understandable intentions while offering various fulfillment of needs. The sex was deliciously naughty yet tastefully and sensually done, too.
The only big issue I had was when things began to repeat in the second half of the book, in which case I did want to do the horrifying: skim. But in the end, the attention to detail was worth it. The repetition of events cemented reality, the relationships, and the story ideas. And though, I wish there was more central world-building or explanations (details on the secret agency, its purpose, history, and dynamics in relation to our world, plus the agents’ and the villain’s in the overall concept), this is the first book of a trilogy, and my OCD, dying-to-know-everything-so-I-can-get-it-all-straight side is satisfied with this installment’s ending.
My curiosity is more than piqued. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book and can’t imagine what D.T. Dyllin will hit us with next; Feeling Death is original and stunning with its dark twist on empaths and group of other gifted individuals. Recommended for Paranormal Romance fans who have a taste for naughty Erotica and slight mind-f*cks.
eARC provided by the author via GCR Promotions.
Her Website | Twitter | Facebook | GoodreadsCynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Romance Junkie. Self-imposed Insomniac. Animal Lover. Writer. D.T. Dyllin was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) And now she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.
Two (2) eBook copies of Feeling Death, gifted via Amazon