by Annette McCleave

September 2009
ISBN: 978-0-451-22780-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Hunky Lachlan MacGregor, impersonating a priest, is serving his penance by battling demons for the souls of the newly deceased. He’s been serving his penance for some four-hundred years and has about another one hundred years to go. His artist neighbor, Rachel, has a teen-aged daughter, Emily, that Lachlan has been instructed to look after, as well. Apparently Emily has some superpowers that Lachlan has a couple of problems with this. The first problem is he has no one to help him protect Emily and the second is he has no protection against Rachel.

Rachel keeps wondering what in the world is she going to do with Emily. When Rachel discovers that Emily has a new “boyfriend”, she decides that asking her neighbor for advice can’t hurt – he is a priest, after all. While Lachlan gives her some good advice, she’s now wondering how she can be attracted to a “man of the cloth”…or is he? Lachlan is less than happy when he discovers that Emily’s new boyfriend is an age-old enemy of his.

Drawn Into Darkness, book one is Annette McCleave’s Soul Gatherer series, is a “good vs. evil” novel that had its high points and its low points – the lowest point being Emily and her nasty behavior. I understand that the point was to save Emily, due to her “powers”, but to be blunt, the child wasn’t worth the effort! Rachel and Lachlan were solid characters but I couldn’t even sympathize with Rachel over Emily’s behavior. I guess the older I get, the less sympathy I have for parents with bratty children.

Drawn Into Darkness was a good paranormal and I did enjoy Rachel, Lachlan and the good vs. evil, since the evil was bone-chilling evil. Enjoy!

Reviewed in May 2011 by PamL.

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