Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Published: May 23rd, 2014 by Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count: 99,000
Genre: NA Crime, Suspense, Romance
Content Warning: Graphic violence, sexual themes including assault, adult language, and drug usage
Recommended Age: 18+
Synopsis: At first glance, twenty-two-year-old Brianna’s life seems perfect. But she harbors a deadly secret—her father is the leader of a ruthless drug cartel. Brianna struggles to find her place in a world her father meticulously controls, and believes she is nothing but a pawn in her father’s deadly games.
After graduating from college with an enormous debt, Dominic finds himself lured by money and power into a job that appears too good to be true. He doesn’t realize he works for a drug cartel until he’s in too deep. Trying to keep his family safe, he takes a deal offered by Brianna’s father and agrees to marry Brianna while continuing to work for the cartel.
Brianna and Dominic must rely on one another as their lives become further entwined in the lethal drug world. When Dominic discovers a deadly secret, he begins to question everything and turns to Brianna for support. However, Brianna’s heart belongs to another man—an undercover DEA agent.
The DEA closes in on the drug cartel, forcing Brianna and Dominic to choose sides, igniting a battle between family loyalty, love, and survival. Brianna soon realizes that she may be the only person capable of bringing down her father’s empire—if she can find a way to outsmart the master manipulator, without losing herself, and her heart, in the process.
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Different from Jennifer Anne Davis' True Reign series, The Power to See is an engaging read which is set in modern day California. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. The main characters include Brianna, the daughter of drug lord Salazar, Dominic, who is a recent college graduate, and Matt, an undercover DEA agent. I thought the pacing was very good, with a lot of suspenseful moments. I also thought it had some plot twists that I wasn't expecting. Overall, I really liked this book, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel to find out what happens to all of the characters.
Once again, I was struck by how well developed all of the characters were. Brianna quickly became one of my favorite characters. As I read and got a glimpse into her thoughts, I could understand how frustrated and trapped she felt being the daughter of the leader of a drug cartel. As for as Salazar himself.... Wow. He was someone I came to dislike intensely, and I wanted to slap him several times. Given what he was though, the actions he took in establishing his control over everything and everyone under him felt authentic...manipulating people and events like a master at the game of chess.
It was also fascinating to see the shift in Dominic from the start of the novel to the end, and the transformation he underwent as he fell deeper into Salazar's web. That's one of the things that stood out the most after I finished the book and had time to reflect on it a bit. Matt was also a fascinating character, and I grew to like him quite a bit. I found myself rooting for him more and more as the story progressed.
Definitely recommend this book to anyone who like suspenseful contemporary fiction with a bit of romance. My rating is 5/5 platypires.
There was a soft knock on her door. Matt popped his head in, making her flush. As much as she fought against it, Brianna had to admit, Matt was hot. She hadn’t seen him since their dinner the other night. There was something different about him from other men she’d known. She liked that Matt was intelligent and highly sought after in the law field. Even though he was confident, he wasn’t cocky, and there was something gentle about him. She couldn’t put her finger on it, but she liked that he seemed interested in getting to know her. It was a refreshing change. Of course, it was also nice that Matt was untouched by her father.
“Do you have any plans for the weekend?” he asked, giving her a half smile.
“Nothing too exciting. I have a lot to do before we meet with the judge on Monday.”
“Well, you can’t work all weekend, so I have a proposition for you.” Matt walked in and sat on the edge of Brianna’s desk, pulling two tickets from his shirt pocket. “I’m taking you to a baseball game Saturday night.”
Did he just ask her out? Was Matt interested in her? This wasn’t good. Why couldn’t Matt be married or unattractive? Why did she have to meet him now? “I don’t know,” she managed to say.
“You owe me a dinner,” Matt reminded her, the dimple in his cheek showing.
“I can’t.” She really wanted to, but her father would never approve.
Matt raised his eyebrows. “I’m not asking you out on a date, so don’t get all defensive. I’m simply asking you to a baseball game, and it’s work related if that makes you feel any better.” He leaned in close, smiling like they shared a secret.
Why did he have to keep looking at her like that? “Work related how?” she asked. Perhaps there was a way to get her father’s approval.
“The firm has a box. So, technically it’s a work function.”
“Is anyone else going?”
“No,” he whispered.
Brianna wanted to be alone with Matt, but she wasn’t sure she could control herself around him. Salazar’s plan was very direct and specific, and Matt was definitely not a part of the plan. She couldn’t afford to lose focus now. But the way Matt sat on the desk, his smile, those eyes—she was drawn to him. She closed her eyes, smelling his musky scent. Not once in Brianna’s life had Salazar ever asked her what she wanted. Everything was planned and she was expected to go along with it. Against her better judgment, she agreed to go to the game.
“I’ll pick you up at six.” Matt smiled. He slid from her desk and strolled to the door.
About the Author
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
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