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A Vision is Time is the second book in this series by new author B.A. Dillon and is definitely not a stand-alone novel; it’s a continuation of the stories of the people we first “met” in Tethered Through Time. I read and reviewed this first book in this series a few months ago (Tethered through Time) and loved it. (If you haven’t read it, please go back to the blog’s home page and look up that book’s review and please read that book first! You won’t be sorry, it’s so very good!).
Neither of these books were written by any sort of standard formula that, let’s face it, many romance books tend to be – these books are unique in that they’re their own unique genre: Both of these books are an interesting crossover of romance plus crime/police/suspense drama plus also have a supernatural element. When I say crime/police drama, I don’t mean shoot ‘em up, bloody, nitty-gritty crime drama at all. These are not books similar to popular crime novelists; there are several members of the local (Tampa, Florida) police force plus a couple of FBI characters intimately involved with the storyline. Their parts in this story added an element that made the story feel all the more real which was interesting and at times, made the story very suspenseful and drew me in. And the supernatural element…it’s the type of element where we as humans have as times tapped into something a bit extra…We know something “bad” is about to happen or we know not to get into that elevator with that stranger or we know in our hearts when someone we love is hurt or needs our help. Tethered through Time needed a bit of an open mind from the reader; A Vision is Time needs the same.
Because this book (and its predecessor) is its own unique genre, it gives me pause about how to review it. Here at Rave and Rant about Raunch, we like our sexy romance stories. This book has that too, but although the sexy scenes don’t fade to black, they’re definitely steamy and good, no worries. But this book is a lot more than about being sexy too; it’s about the uniqueness of the human spirit and its connection to special others in this world.
We first met Isaac in Tethered through Time; he worked with the guys in the Street Crimes Unit and had recently been promoted to the Cyber Crimes Unit. He spent a fair amount of time at the school (where Emma and Mia are teachers) keeping an eye on Emma to keep her safe; but really, he was more than happy to “bodyguard” Emma since she had a pretty and sweet friend named Mia whom was often around and he had developed quite a crush on her. Emma had encouraged him to make his move, saying she wouldn’t be available forever but he was a bit shy about making that happen. He managed to get her out for coffee a couple of times, which for Mia, was enough for her to start to lust after him and become very “aware” of him when he was around.
And Mia; Mia is a school-teacher and also a single mother. She has a very supportive mom who has been there for her and for her two girls but things are changing on that front…her mom is losing her vision and so her priorities are her daughters and her mom. She thought maybe something more might happen with Isaac but she hasn’t heard from him in a while and figured maybe she read more into their flirting than he had. Once the excitement had relaxed from Luke’s brush with death, this group of friends decided to have a get-together to celebrate his life being saved and the bad guys going down. Of course, Mia was there since her visions saved Luke and she’s one of Emma’s best friends, and Isaac was there because he’s been part of the street crimes unit but…
One look into Isaac’s green and gold flecked irises spikes my blood pressure, sends my heart racing, and puts me into a tumultuous cycle of lust. Crap! Two dates. Two simple meetings for coffee was all it took to send me spiraling out of control. But then the calls stopped, and he claimed work was to blame. Saturday he called me babe and held me like I was something special. But here we again, tip-toeing around like we barely know each other…
As the party progresses, Mia is carrying a platter into the kitchen when….
…I feel his arms come around me. Before I know it, his mouth captures mine with a deep and frantic kiss. Just when I’m about to lose myself in his kiss, I remember my children, my mother, and my closest friends are less than twenty-five feet away. “Isaac! What are you doing?” “If you have to ask, then I’m doing it wrong,” he chuckles against my neck. “I’ve wanted to do that since Saturday. We need to talk. We have so much to talk about, but I’m hoping talking will lead to more. Actually, let’s start with more first…Without thinking about the eleven people in the living room, I pull myself closer to his body, needing his touch. When I feel him begin to pull away, I nearly whimper. Barely audible I whisper, “Isaac, I…I need to…” “I know what you need, beautiful….
But this book involves much more than the two of these people and getting them together.
Mia has a gift. She sees things before they happen or as they happen; her mother has the same gift and as it develops in Mia, her mother is there to help her learn how to work with this ability. When young girls begin disappearing in the Tampa area, Isaac is involved in the case (since using computers is how these predators find their victims); and as a mom and teacher, Mia begins to get a feeling for what is happening and talks with Isaac about it. (Isaac has already seen Mia as she experienced some of her visions and knows they helped save his friend Luke’s life; and as a result he’s open to what she’s seeing and works with her to help save these young women and girls).
In the meantime, Isaac and Mia begin to see each other romantically. Although they originally agree to keep things casual, Isaac finds he begins to develop strong feelings for Mia as well as for her two daughters. And Mia, who has had a lot of issues with trust, slowly begins to trust Isaac too…
“I don’t trust words. I trust actions, and your actions speak volumes. Right now I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I want you to know everything. I think my story might shed a little light on why I struggle to trust. But I believe in you, and I’m beginning to believe in us. I trust you, Isaac.”
Because this book is a suspenseful novel, I don’t want to give too much away about what is going on around these people. What I do want to say is that I loved how they banded together, in a very new but awesome extended family who supported one another and had each other’s backs. There was none of the female pettiness that can make you crazy to read. These people felt real, they felt like anyone you or I might know, living their lives and loving the friends and family around them. The visions are believable and not over the top. The crime doesn’t take over and make the whole story about that but it does figure prominently but in a way that feels like what we’d see on the news. The relationships are what makes this book so very good…
Trailing my finger around his lips, my eyes lift slowly and find comfort in his gaze. He loves me. He loves my children. My voice is timid, but clear. “For the first time, I really feel everything there is to feel. I know now why I never gave anyone else my whole heart. I was waiting for you.”
And in the world of books, does it really get better than that