Title: Tough Karma: A Race Against Time (Karma Series #2)
Author: Laura Simmons
“This book floored me. It was well-written and
thought out, but so much more too.” Goodreads Review
A chilling tale of loss, tragedy, psychic warfare, and eternal love.
Amber Macklin’s world is cruelly shattered when she loses her baby girl three months after her husband’s sudden death. Her cousin, Bryce, comes to her rescue, moving her into his home for fear she will kill herself from the grief. He provides solace and a shoulder to cry on, and he has loved her as more than a cousin for a long time. Amber and Bryce soon discover they are not blood relatives, which opens the door for romance as he pulls her through her darkest hours. When Mike, a college friend of Bryce’s, stops by to visit, Amber senses a deadly secret behind his nice guy persona. She has a frightening dream that Mike is trying to kill her and recurring sleepwalking episodes where she draws detailed pictures of him torturing her. Deeply troubled, Bryce uses his ability to astral travel to investigate Mike and uncover his terrifying past. Mike has had his eye on Amber for some time, and when he learns that Bryce and Amber have become lovers, he is furious. Mike abducts Amber and takes her to his rural Georgia hideaway, and Bryce must rely on his astral abilities to track her down. But will he be too late?
Tough Karma is a stand alone novel. The astral adventures continue in Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance.
So, I think this has got to be the first time traveler romance that I’ve read, and I have to say, I was intrigued! When the idea of fate and Karma came into the story, it added an interesting paranormal twist to an otherwise ordinary world.
This is the second book in the series, and although I didn’t read the first one, I have a gist of what happened before this book. When it opens, we meet Amber who is going through a tough time in her life. She decides to move in with her cousin for support, and it’s soon after this that Amber’s world begins to change. There’s something different about one of Bryce’s friends, something dangerous.
The mix of paranormal and thriller made this a definite page turner. There are things such as astral projection among other paranormal phenomenon. As already mentioned, not a type of book I come across often, but this book really opened me up to the genre.