Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Book Review of #2 Seduce and Rescue by Jillian Burns
Author: Jillian Burns
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of a Series: Las Vegas Trilogy; prequel; Let it Ride, sequel; Night Maneuvers
Type of book: 2010, Romance, Blaze, adult
Year it was published: 2010
Lieutenant Colonel Ethan Grady is having his very first massage with a rather eccentric but smokin'-hot redhead, Lily Langford. But her touch isn't so much calming as it is very distracting. When he accidentally sets Lily's business and home ablaze, Ethan can't tell if the smoldering is from the fire...or their attraction to each other!
But now Ethan's condo is invaded by the free-spirited Lily, who's convinced that he's the one who really needs to be rescued. And Lily's methods? Well, they're not so traditional. Still, Ethan can't remember having his chakras aligned so...er, intensely. But will this be rescue-or retreat?
Like Ethan Grady, Lily's character positively captivated me because she's so...unique, different and unexpected. She's New Age, bouncy and very positive. I've read lots of books and this is one of the first times that I saw a character like that. Ethan is complete opposite; a repressed and extremely strict individual who suffers from tunnel-vision. When I learned a little of his childhood, I felt very sad for him. The characters of Alex and Mitch and Jordan and Cole also make an appearance, although I felt that Jordan and Cole are flat in the novel, while Alex and Mitch still sparkle. Unfortunately, not much pranks are played in the book.
One has to trust in love.
This is from third person point of view, from Lily's and Ethan's. To understand a few things, such as the bet, I think it is necessary to read Let It Ride, and to also get a sense for Mitch, Alex and the slight portrayal of Ethan. But still an entertaining and unusual read with a great heroine who helps a hero out.
Jillian Burns has always read romance, and spent her teens immersed in the worlds of Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett. She lives in Texas with her husband of twenty years and their three active kids. Jillian likes to think her emotional nature-sometimes referred to as moodiness- has found the perfect outlet in writing stories filled with passion and romance. She believes romance novels have the power to change lives with their message of eternal love and hope.
Although I loved this book, especially the unique character of Lily which made it a joy to read, I couldn't really understand the problem Ethan had with his mother. With his father its understandable, but mother? I couldn't understand. There is humor in the book as the characters take the time to get to know one another and one thing I liked is that instead of yelling or shouting, all Lily did was look sad or whatnot and Ethan gave in to her. Although there is realism to Ethan Grady resolving his problems, I felt that not enough time was devoted to Lily overcoming hers.
4 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.)