Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: Deadly Designs by Dale Mayer

Deadly Designs (Design #2) by Dale Mayer
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Drawing is her world...but when she's banished to a deadly new world and needs help, it's his world too.

Her... Storey Dalton wants to go home - but something goes terrifyingly wrong and she ends up in her worst nightmare. There's no escape...not without Eric or her stylus. Then she finds someone who needs rescuing even more than she does...

Him... Eric Jordan races to save Storey, only to realize a close family member has betrayed them both. Now the enemy is closing in on him. When he meets up with Storey, he knows her plans are a bad idea, but she won't be dissuaded...and it could be their only way of staying alive.

It... The stylus, now bonded to Storey's artistic soul, is determined to survive this new chaos - against all odds. But damaged from a prolonged separation, he can't help Story or Eric - without making things worse.

Them... Storey is determined to make things right. Eric is determined to help her. Neither counts the personal cost, until their very lives are in danger.
My Thoughts: Just so y'all know, Dale Mayer delights in leaving her characters in heart-stopping danger. Don't get me wrong, she gives us a satisfactory ending to the book's arc. She doesn't leave us hanging in that respect. However, poor Storey isn't out of the woods yet and she's going to have to fight to get where she needs to be. Metaphorically. Although I guess it could be literally, too. I don't know. The point is, there's a cliffhanger and it's a doozy.

I have to admit that the world here intrigues me. It's alternately high-tech and not-so-high-tech (with some oddly advanced powers) depending on which dimension they're in. Oh, and then there's the everyday, normal dimension that Storey's from. Only it's not so everyday now, is it? It will be interesting to see how *that* gets resolved because it feels like something pretty major and it's one of those things that has the potential to get very bad before it gets better. (Yes, I'm being intentionally vague. You're welcome.)

Storey and Eric are pretty sweet together. I love the way Eric sees her, too. In his world, she's a force of nature. She isn't held back by their way of thinking and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. She fascinates him because of this. Storey's drawn to Eric because he sees her in a way that no one else ever has. Like I said, they're just so sweet together.

Backstabbing, psychic attacks, danger, and cheese all combine to make this a fun and interesting read. Yes, Storey's left in danger at the end, but that just means we get to anticipate her next book all the more. The idea behind the portals and the worlds that have been created here are so engrossing that they'll keep you entertained until the bitter end. Not that the ending's bitter, mind you... you know what? Good book. That's what I have to say about it.

Books in this series
1. Dangerous Designs
2. Deadly Designs - Kindle

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Deadly Designs was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Your intentionally vague is better than my intentionally vague.

    "THINGS HAPPEN!" is always my phrase. THINGS!!! HAPPEN!!! (or, things will happen? whatever.)

  2. A cliffie? NOOOOOOO!

    Actually, this does sounds really good and is probably going on my shelf :) Danger--I like Danger!