Friday, December 16, 2011
Book Review of Under His Spell by Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee
Author: Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Type of book: Romance, adult, corporate, 2011, hypnosis
Year it was published: 2010
Nicky Taylor is a driven executive. A total control freak. And magician Jimmy Ray has loved her forever. When he spots her in the audience, he realizes he finally has a chance to fulfil his own lifelong fantasy. With a little help from Dr. Mesmer, that is...
Who'd have guessed that a little hypnotism would unleash Nicky's wildly sexual nature? Or that Jimmy's powers of persuasion would encourage her to burn up the bedsheets with him that night...and the nights after. She's the perfect woman.
Unfortunately Jimmy's pretty sure Nicky's still under his spell. And he has to change that. Because he's quickly falling under hers...
Nicky is a workaholic and over-achiever when it comes to everything. (I am honestly surprised that when younger the characters mentioned she was very different than now.) It would have been interesting to explore why even in high school she felt such a crushing need to achieve everything. At the end though, we get to see a vulnerability to her character, that she often feels whatever she does is not good enough. This book, unlike others, explore more of her problems rather than her male counterpart. There is not much to say about Jimmy Ray. I think his problem would be reconciling his past and present together but the author didn't spend enough time exploring that aspect.
I think this novel and character are created to help over-achieving women feel better about themselves. Even in this day and age, women believe that they have to hide themselves or try to appear more modest or not as accomplished. (Many times when people complimented me, I often felt undeserving of compliments or tried to be modest. I bet if one compliments a man, then most times he won't be modest.)
While there was plot going on, it seemed to be hidden underneath the fantasies or *ahem* under the coupling. It is written in third person narrative, from Nicky's and Jimmy Ray's points of view. It's a sweet story tends to be a fantasy fulfillment.
Kathy Lyons is a USA TODAY bestselling author...under a different name. As Jade Lee, she writes sexy historical romances. But Kathy Lyons is younger, hipper and a lot more fun than her history-loving counterpart. Kathy writes funny, contemporary books hotter than a cover model's hello! If you want to share which name is the better writer, please e-mail her at email@example.com. Or, if you insist, you can e-mail that other woman at firstname.lastname@example.org
I've won this book by accident. I've been looking for a way to thank my favorite author, Jade Lee, for writing AM/WF stories (She wrote the Tigress stories.) So I come to a Blaze blog and leave a message of basically thanking her for writing stories. (I didn't care for the book.) I used a different name and forgot about it. Next day I come in and see that someone won. Few days later, I got a nagging feeling to check the site again and when I check it, I see my message and that my name has won! Anyways, now that the tidbit is out of the way, this book doesn't focus a lot on character growth but instead treats it as "afterwards" so to speak. Throughout the novel I had hoped to see character growth, but it's only when I get to the very we are finally treated to the character growth of Nicky.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)