Some Enchanted Season by Patricia Burroughs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a revised version of an old favorite… The story of Kevyn, an artist with a difficult limitation, and Rusty, a football player nearing the end of a surprisingly mediocre career. They meet when she’s seeking a god, a man to model for her latest cover illustration, and he’s half killing himself, trying to win a bet.
Sparks fly almost immediately, when she kidnaps him (or rescues him from his foolishness, depending on your point of view). They part, but can’t forget one another.
Each seems courageous in the lives they’ve chosen. But to be together, each must reach beyond the boundaries of their comfort zones and risk never being the same again.
I love this book. Not surprising – I love everything Burroughs writes!
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The Lost Night by Jayne Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I liked this. Prolific series authors have formulas, and Castle (Krentz) is no exception. But I almost always just sink into her books like they’re the comfortable reading chair in the corner of my room. I know I’ll encounter likeable characters, interesting problems (often with a paranormal edge), fun secondary characters (sometimes non-human), and a well-earned HEA.
The reason this book didn’t get five stars, though, was that, in the beginning, it felt way too much like its predecessor, the first in the series, crossed with the opening of another, older story. I even checked the publication date, just to be sure I hadn’t picked up the wrong book! But that aside, once it got going, I had a great time reading it.
I’ll always buy a Castle/Krentz/Quick novel the day it comes out. And the reason for that is I love her writing, I adore her characters, and I know exactly what I’m going to get. After all, I’ve been reading her since “The Gentle Pirate”, a gazillion years ago! And I’ve loved every word!
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When I buy a Nora Roberts book, I have certain expectations. I know her heroes and heroines. I know the basic plotlines.
Basically, I’m looking for a comfortable read from a master storyteller. And that’s not exactly what I got this time.
The masterful storytelling was still there. And yet, her characters weren’t variations on the same (awesome) theme. The heroine reads a bit like Temperance Brennan in Bones sounds. Brilliant, literal, a bit beyond socially awkward.
Her growth in this, from frightened girl to ever-vigilant fugitive to, finally, secure and loving woman, is deftly shown and entirely believable. The hero, a bit lower-key than the normal Roberts hero, but definitely as strong, is the perfect mate for her.
The writing in this one wasn’t quite as smooth as always, but Roberts was trying something new. And she succeeded very well. (My one criticism – as is often the case – is that the editing is not wonderful. I really wish that publishers would take spelling as seriously as they do their bottom lines.)
All in all, I heartily recommend the book, and I commend Nora Roberts for taking the risk of deviating from a proven formula. She did it very well, indeed.