Thanks to NetGalley and BookLogix for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Recurring dreams have plagued Katie Hammond since childhood, forcing her to keep an open mind to the paranormal. But when Katie is compelled to follow a forest path during her trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she stumbles into a forgotten life–one she’s not sure she wants to remember–and an enthralling man who shouldn’t exist.
At the end of the path is Marcus Hillyerd, a man with a life-changing secret and mysterious golden eyes. After his uncle is killed in a suspicious accident, Marcus travels to the mountains to re-inherit the Hillyerd Estate. But Marcus is met with a new challenge and must come to terms with sharing his secrets when he comes face-to-face with the only woman he’s ever loved. The only problem–she doesn’t remember him.
Then evil from Marcus’s past emerges and attempts to destroy everything he holds sacred. Needing reinforcement, Marcus calls upon Marcel Enterprises, his network of paranormal beings dedicated to helping victims of corruption. Together, they must risk their lives to keep Katie safe and protect the empire that took Marcus more than a century to build.
Is that or is that not a lovely cover? I’m putting the blame for me jumping and requesting Eyes Of Autumn before discovering that it’s the second book in a series squarely on that cover! Thankfully everything worked out because this can definitely be read as a standalone. I have to admit when I first started reading I found the pace a little slow and the writing a bit awkward. There are these huge chunks of dialogue with very little descriptive sentences to break them apart, but after the third chapter this thankfully stopped. The other problem I ran into was with Katie who came across as a little too passive and accepting. I liked her but for someone who previously had no inkling of reincarnation, she’s a little too accepting of Marcus and his explanations. Through much of the book I found myself wishing for some more emotion from her and less passivity. Marcus and the rest of the team more than make up for that though. Marcus is definitely an alpha male, but he has quite a few sweet moments with Katie so his fierceness never gets overwhelming. The secondary characters are equally interesting and endearing and I found myself just as emotionally invested in them. The story itself had so much going on with all the different supernatural/paranormal aspects but it was tightly written and maintened its fast pace right up until the cliffhanger ending. To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this book despite the couple of issues I had, as soon as I finished I went on Amazon and bought the first book in the series, Portrait Of Rage. I highly recommend Eyes Of Autumn to fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It has me looking forward to seeing what the third book will hold.