Seeing Redby Sidney Halston
Series: Seeing Red #1
Published on February 13, 2013 by Createspace
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
There's the old adage: 'Two heads are better than one'. But when it comes to lovers - it doesn't really work so well. Actually, it’s kind of creepy. Especially when the two heads belong to twin brothers. That’s one of the many dilemma’s Jillian Stone is facing in her non-existent love life. As if Jillian Stone's life didn’t just become complicated enough, considering that she’s also psychic, her seductively mysterious professor starts relentlessly and inappropriately courting her too.
Raised on a deserted island for twelve years after a plane crash. Jillian Stone, AKA ‘Red’ is reunited with her twins, Alexander and Oliver Jacobs, who lived with her on the island all those years. Now twenty-two years old, these childhood friends may not stay ‘just friends’ when Red realizes these twins have returned to her life in all their gorgeous and protective alpha-male glory. Jillian, a law student, an introvert, and a closeted psychic, is torn between the sexy-bad boy Alexander, and Oliver, the loyal and dedicated confidante. And just in case there weren’t enough men in her life, Paul Black, her professor, comes along and begins relentlessly and inappropriately pursuing her. Meanwhile, her psychic visions begin to get more frequent as visions of a red-haired man begin haunting her daily. Someone closer than she knows is looking for her—and not for good reasons.
One woman, three men. Whatever happens - someone's going to lose.
Upon finishing Seeing Red, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I enjoyed the novel itself. It’s an enjoyable read and has memorable characters. From the beginning with a deserted island and the plane that crashed there–and the three children grown-up at the time of the novel’s start–to the complexity of their lives and the friendship binding them to each other, Halston weaves a delicate tale of love and mystery that I found intriguing and well written. But while the writing was beautiful and the story itself easy to get through, I got caught on Jillian’s romances, of which I wasn’t as much a fan of.
If you’ve read my other recent reviews, you’d notice that I’m not a fan of love triangles. It wasn’t until the past year or so that then began to annoy me more than not. Jillian and the brothers were no exception (not to mention her third man, Professor Black). Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book and all the romance that came along with it but I wanted to smack Jillian upside the head a number of times. Indecisive protagonists, while adding conflict to the story, also irritate me to no end. Just pick one already! Now I will say this, I’m a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich in which Stephanie is torn between two guys for nineteen books, and I still love to read them. Seeing Red irritated me as much as it kept me wanting more.
This novel is great for fans of real characters, passionate romances, and the unraveling past they all share. The storyline alone will keep you reading, even if (like me) you aren’t a fan of the way Jillian handles her “interested parties.” At the end, you’ll be wondering why there’s no series name listed next to the book title on Goodreads–what a cliffhanger. I’ll be looking forward to more from Sidney Halston, and more on Jillian and her way of attracting all sorts of interesting characters.