Book Review: The Missing by: Shiloh Walker

The Missing (Berkley Sensation)

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Publish Date: 6 July 2010

Origins: Blog Tour

Format: Paperback


As a teenager, Taige Branch was able to do things with her psychic gift that others couldn’t understand—except for Cullen Morgan, the boy her stole her heart. He did his best to accept her abilities, until his mother was brutally murdered—and he couldn’t forgive Taige for not preventing her death.


Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. But what brings her back into his life is another tragic event. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her.


Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can’t help but wonder whether—if they find his daughter in time—it isn’t too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them…

Review in 5: Sexy, Sad, Serious, Sensual, and Depressing

Review: I seriously twitter stalk Shiloh Walker, I love her, and I love other works by her but this one did not do it for me the way I wanted it to. It was ok, in my opinion. I think this book didn't work for me because it felt  so depressing to me, and I understand that it is a romantic suspense but I just could not get into the action with all the doom and gloom feelings I kept having.

There are a few things that I did enjoy about this book. The awesome opportunity to review it early, I feel super special. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and like most other readers, I do judge books by covers. The characters are amazing and unique. They are well written and have true personality; I also enjoyed the sensuality and magnetism that Taige and Cullen have (love the names too).

For true hard core romantic suspense readers this book would probably be for you, just was to depressing for my personal tastes.

Excerpt From the Book!!!

Cullen didn’t waste his breath asking who. He knew in his gut. The pad of his thumb stroked across her cheek bone. “Look at me, Taige.”
It was as though she hadn’t heard him. Lids hanging low over her eyes, she whispered, “There’s gas. I smell it. Damn, it’s hot.”
A fine sweat broke out over her skin. For a second, the air stopped smelling of the heat, the sand, and the Gulf, and the sickly sweet stink of gasoline filled the air. A hot breeze kicked up over the water, and the smell faded. Or maybe he hadn’t really smelled the gas to begin with. At that point, Cullen didn’t know. She shivered, and Cullen rubbed a hand up and down her back, trying to warm her. Cuddling into him, Taige rubbed her cheek against his chest.
He kept talking to her, but nothing he said got through. Finally, he just wrapped his arms around her and held her as close as he could. One hand rubbed up and down her naked back. Her breasts were bare against his chest, but Cullen could honestly say he didn’t have one lascivious thought. Amazing how terror could wipe out an all-consuming lust so easily.
It ended as suddenly as it came on. One moment, Taige was cuddling into him and holding on like he was some teddy bear warding off the boogeyman, and in the next, she was stiff in his arms and sucking in air like a drowning woman. Her body shuddered, and then she pushed against his arms. “You’re going to crush me, Cullen.”
He pressed a kiss to her forehead. “Damn it, you keep scaring me like that, I’m going to die of a heart attack before I turn forty.” But he did let go, slowly, reluctantly. She tried to stand up, but her legs wobbled, and Cullen had a feeling she wouldn’t make it ten feet without hitting the sand. Pushing to his feet, he gathered up her clothes. After tucking them into her arms, he lifted her. “You need to lie down.” 

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  1. Sorry it didn't work better for you, but thanks for the review and for doing the book tour.

  2. Aww, depressing? I'm not sure if it would appeal to me but I might try. Thanks for the review!

  3. Hi Monica
    I enjoyed your review. I did enjoy this book more than you did (it's one of my faves) but I love the deeply emotional, make my chest hurt, make me sigh, aspect of it.
    I like that you say it's not for
    you but you didn't trash it like some reviewers would with a book that didn't work for them. I respect that so much. Love your site & I'll be back.

  4. Having read only one other book by Shiloh Walker (Broken), I still consider myself a newbie to her work. What are some of your favorite books by her?


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