Raintree Oracle

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Expected Release Date: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Nocturne
Author’s Website: http://www.lindawinsteadjones.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Raintree Series
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but might work well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Low Chemistry
Favorite Tropes: Psychic Town, Enemies to Lovers

Official Blurb:

When prophecies turn deadly, all will be revealed in the final captivating book in the New York Times bestselling Raintree series! 

For years, Echo Raintree has battled against the uncontrollable visions of disaster that sweep over her. Now she’s determined to vanquish them — and there’s only one man who can help her. But not just a man, Ryder Duncan is a fearsome wizard, determined to protect those he loves against all who threaten them…no matter the personal cost. 

When Echo arrives in the remote Irish village seeking help, she finds herself drawn into the center of a brewing battle. And as her dreams and her life continue to spin out of her control, so do her feelings for the enigmatic Rye. The closer they become, the more her past, and Rye’s dark secret threaten their future, their love — and even her sanity…

I have to start this review by saying I loved this series when it first came out back in 2007, with this author’s installment being my favorite.  So when I saw that there was a new book in the series, I jumped on it.

Echo Raintree has been working as the keeper of the psychic Raintree family’s Sanctuary until the next generation is ready to take over. The problem is, Echo’s psychic abilities have become so unstable that she’s becoming overwhelmed by uncontrollable visions that take away her ability to function.  There’s one man who can help her — Ryder Duncan, resident wizard of a remote village in Ireland. However, when Echo arrives in the village of Cloughban, she finds that not only is Rye reluctant to step back into the role he once held as teacher of other powerful psychics, but the entire village itself is full of secrets and a hidden darkness.

While I think that this book would be best appreciated by fans of the series, the author did a great job of making this story work well as a standalone.  Fans of the series will be thrilled to see old favorites such as Gideon and his wife, Hope, as well as the familiar rivalry between the presumed-decimated Ansara and the Raintree clan.  Newcomers will be able to enjoy not only the main narrative of Echo and Rye, as well as the other residents of Cloughban, but that the villains of the story, while connected to the older installments of the series, are woven into this story in a way that makes it easy to follow.

My biggest issue with this installment was that I didn’t feel the chemistry between Rye and Echo that I’ve come to expect from this author.  Instead, I found myself skimming through the love scenes to get back to the main narrative. It’s possible that my discontent comes with how distant Rye continued to be as the story progressed, and what a jerk he was to Echo, while she continuously wavered between being heartbroken by his rejection, and throwing herself at him.   Keeping in mind that the volume that I read for this review was an Advanced Review Copy, and therefore did not necessarily have the benefit of the same level of editing that the final published version will have, I can’t be certain if this was an editing issue or if it’s simply the way the author intended for the narrative to develop.

Another important note is that this story features a child as a main character, and while I tend to shy away from stories with children, I enjoyed the part that Cassidy played.

I especially loved the small Irish village filled with psychic misfits of sorts, and many of the side characters were just as interesting as the main protagonists.

Overall, while the lack of chemistry did take away from my enjoyment a bit, this was a great ending to a wonderful series.  Echo and Rye’s relationship itself may not have been my favorite part, but the residents of Cloughban stole my heart, and I especially loved the ending.

Recommended for fans of psychic towns, tortured heroes, and stubborn heroines.

04stars4/5 Stars