Veiled by Karina Halle
Published by Indie
Published on: July 27, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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It's something that Ada Palomino has always known so well, having grown up in a house of horrors, surrounded by a family plagued by ghosts and demons and things that go bump in the night.
But after the sudden and tragic death of her mother two years ago, death has never felt so personal.
Or so close.
Now eighteen, Ada is trying to move on with her life and the last month of summer holds nothing but sunshine and promises with her first year at a Portland design school just around the bend.
That is until her increasingly violent and realistic dreams, dreams of other worlds, of portals and veils where her mother is tortured and souls bleed for mercy, start to blend into reality. Ada has to lean on her older sister, Perry, to try and make sense of it all but even then, she's never felt more alone.
Then there's Jay. Tall, handsome and deeply mysterious, Jay would be just another stranger, a familiar face on the bus, if it wasn't for the fact that Ada has met him before.
In every single dream.
And the more that Ada is drawn to him in both worlds, the more she's in danger of losing everything.
Including her heart.
And her very soul.
Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series still ranks among my top ten favorite series, and the relationship between Perry and Dex is still one of my favorite romances-ever. Throughout that series, which has ended, Perry’s kid sister, Ada, was part of the story in most of the installments. Dubbed “Little Fifteen” by Dex, Ada at fifteen had her own sucessful fashion blog, her own wonderful sense of style, and oh yes, her family’s ability to see ghosts. However, this is not an installment of the Experiment in Terror series, and is a standalone. It also happens to be a book I have been looking forward to, for a long time.
Now eighteen, Ada is getting ready to go to fashion school when the summer is over. She still lives with her father, a fairly new widower. She’s now using Perry’s old room and things aren’t looking good for the closet in the room, to say the least. This room was the place where so many supernatural things happened to Perry, and now it’s Ada’s turn. In her place, I would never open my closet-ever. Or sleep in there for that matter. And that’s because this room is creepy and what happens to Ada there is downright scary at times. Ada’s dreams are weird to say the least, and at times real. When she meets the man she keeps dreaming of, Jay, in her bedroom one night after a horrible dream, she is understandably scared. And when he disappears shortly after, the creep factor ramps up considerably. But Jay is real and they have a connection that transcends the earthly world. He is her protector, but the question is-who is he really, and is he even alive?
Ms. Halle is known for her romances, ones that usually feature flawed characters, and now with this book, she has written a paranormal romance that is off the charts with both chemistry between the two main characters, combined with amazingly sensual sex scenes, all the while being surrounded by the supernatural of the horror sort. Bringing in Perry and Dex as peripheral characters was genius for those of us that loved Halle’s Experiment in Terror books. And for fans of her Devil’s Duology books(me included), she brought in the main characters from those books as well, Sage and Dawn. All of these characters share having had a supernatural past, or present for that matter.
I am not going deeper into the story due to spoilers. I will say that at times I had to put the book down while reading as it was scaring me before bedtime(yes, I am a wuss). Having said that, I loved the romance between Jay and Ada, and the almost slow burn that got us to that point, complete with major sexual tension. The author created such depth in the main characters and their pasts, that I felt that I knew them personally. The two find in each other a kindred spirit, one that has been ravaged way too many times by the paranormal.
I highly recommend this to adult paranormal romance readers, as well as fans of the EIT and The Devil’s Duology books. It’s not necessary to read those books before reading this one to enjoy this story and I want to stress that. However, I was personally glad I had read those books as it just added to what has been an ongoing story for me. I also want to thank Karina Halle for giving us Ada’s story. It was everything I was hoping for and more!