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Book Review #3

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Night  Tales #2- Nightshade by NoraRoberts

DeborahO’Roarke was already introduced in the earlier book, Night Shift, which dealt with the story of CillaO’Roarke, her  elder sister. In Night Shift, Deborah was still a student of law. This book deals with her story. Its a tale that tells us how an Assistant District Attorney (Yea! She’s the ADA) works to bust a gang of smugglers.

Deborah is a bold and headstrong ADA. She thinks that justice should prevail whatever be the circumstances. One night, while returning to her car after carrying out the required research for the case she’s working on, she is cornered by a thief. The thief wants to take complete advantage of the silent night and the beautiful company but before he can make a move comes Nemesis, the shadow that walks and protects the dark streets of Urbana. He saves Deb from the thief and disappears. Being a crime fighter herself, Deborah is intrigued by Nemesis’ way of work.

Within a few days, she meets the handsome, rich and a former cop, Gage Guthrie. Gage is bewitched by Deborah and makes advances towards her. Deborah, who is getting weak in the knees under Gage’s sophisticated charms, can not quite decide whether it is Nemesis she wants or Gage. It is only after another encounter with Nemesis that she finally makes up her mind.

The story is about Deborah’s fight against a drug dealer, EnricoMontega who wants Deborah dead. Enrico is also being chased by Gage who wanted to get even with him. It was Enrico that had killed Gage’s partner and injured him severely while he was working as a cop and it was that event that led Gage to leave the police duty and take law in his own hand.

Meanwhile, as Deborah spends time with Gage, she starts to fall in love with him. She also moves in with him as the gang attacks are getting closer and more dangerous than before. During the stay at Gage’s mansion, she discovers that when Gage was in coma, he was blessed by a super-human ability (discussing this will leak out an important secret, but then again, if the reader is smart then they can connect the dots).

In the climax, Enrico kidnaps Deb’s friend and Deborah is summoned to meet Enrico and hand in the evidences against him in return for the life of her friend. Its at the meeting point where the entire story unfurls and all the twists and turns are straightened to reveal a shocking truth. And since it is a ‘romantic’ thriller, its obvious Deborah is rescued in the end by Nemesis as expected.

The plot is good enough, but the idea of having a super-power while getting out of coma is a little out of the way. I also do not fancy stories that centre on a girl who can’t decide between 2 men. There are a few things that are not up to the mark and hence this book is not entirely as enjoyable as other Roberts’ books, but a passable read nonetheless.

My Rating: 3/5

Next Review: Night Tales #3- Nightshade by NoraRoberts

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Book Review #1

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Brighter Than The Sun by Julia Quinn

First of all, writing a review for this book was a bit difficult for me because I am a fan of Judith Mcnaught’s writing. I simply love the way she writes and brings the characters to life in her books. “Brighter Than The Sun” being a book telling the tale based in the early 1800s, I couldn’t help but compare the book with Mcnaught’s books which deal with the same time frame. But then I realized that I was killing the fun by doing that and so got prejudice out of my head so that I could enjoy the book.

The story revolves around a young girl, Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Lyndon and Charles Wycombe, the Earl of Billington. Charles falls at the feet of Ellie, literally, from a tree and that is how they meet. Charles is a handsome, dashing and incorrigible guy whereas Ellie is a heard strong, smart mouthed and intelligent girl. Charles proposes her the same day itself. Not out of “love at first sight” but because he has to get married before he turns 30 or he’ll lose his fortune. And the damsel in distress, considers the offer and accepts it so that she can get rid of her father’s fiance who wants to get her married to hideous men or keep her as slave.

As Ellie and Charles begin their married life, Ellie tries to participate in the household but all her efforts backfire and turn into life threatening accidents including a fire in the kitchen. Ellie is convinced that someone from the family is not happy that Charles chose her as his bride but no one believes her, not even Charles. It is only after Ellie gets severely hurt during a mishap, that the culprit surfaces and confesses their crime.

The story moves on Charles and Ellie finally profess their love for each other. They think that things well be fine again, but will they really? Ellie suffers a bout of food poisoning, the saddle of Charles’ horse is tampered with and they finally realize something terrible is happening when Charles disappears. There is someone very evil who is scheming to get Charles and Ellie out of the way.

You can almost guess who is the mastermind here. Of course Charles is rescued in the end and they live happily ever after. But the way the suspense at the end unfurls is, in a way, disappointing. It lacked action and as compared to the length of the book, occupied very little of the story. It didn’t seem quite exciting because it was introduced and rounded up in a jiffy. A greater portion of the 2nd half of the book could have been used to introduce this suspense and let it grow. It would have kept the readers engrossed along with the crazy banters that Charles and Ellie have.

Nonetheless, it is a good book and the main characters are thoroughly entertaining thanks to the peculiar habits that they seem to have. I am a softie when it comes to romance so my view might have been biased. But die hard romantics can always read and enjoy this book because a love story, no matter how it is told and whom it is between, it is always a love story and manages to reach the heart.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Next Review: Night Tales by Nora Roberts