I don’t know about the rest of you, but the last couple of weeks have been very hectic, with little time for any indulgences, much less guilty ones- so I was really glad that I got to escape for awhile with Nikki Duncan. When T and the girls were talking about Nikki’s Sensory Ops series, I was somewhat skeptical. I just wasn’t sure how long she could keep my attention with a series focused on characters who had certain limited, and certain heightened, sensory abilities. Well, I was wrong, big time, and anyone who knows me, knows that doesn’t happen (or at least I don’t admit it) often. I was immediately hooked on Sounds to Die By. Seriously, by page 10, I had to find out what happened to these women that were being kidnapped and whether FBI Agent Kieralyn Beckett and NSA “listener” Ian Cabrera would end up together. I found myself intrigued by this overwhelming world of sound that Duncan paints. To think that one could learn so much from the nuances of sound, whether the sounds of fabric rubbing against fabric which can indicate where someone is carrying a gun or the sounds of passion when a lover’s heart beats fast with anticipation. Rather than pity him, you almost want to be Cabera and have that world open to you too. I was also drawn to the characters right away. I wanted to find out how Ian was blinded and scarred, who his father really was and what was happening to these poor kidnapped women, especially Kieralyn’s best friend Lena. It was an excellent blend of suspense and romance. I loved everything but the ugly cheesy cover. Sorry, but the two models are not nearly as attractive as the characters were in my imagination! I give this first book in the series 4 and a half chocolate dipped strawberries.