Friday, August 31, 2012
E-Reading: Book Review of #1 No Risk Refused by Cara Summers
Author: Cara Summers
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of a Series: Forbidden Fantasies
Type of book: Mystery, supernatural, 1812, 2012, New York, romance, adult
Year it was published: 2012
From Newly Wedded magazine: "This castle in upstate New York is the stuff of fantasies! And a kiss under the arch might make your love-or lust-last forever..." Indulging a family request, CIA agent Cam Sutherland has returned to Castle MacPherson for the first time in years to investigate a decades-old theft. But more importantly, it's the place where-in a brief moment-Cam very nearly lost his heart and soul to wedding planner Adair MacPherson. And Adair is still as bewitching as ever. When Cam finds a seven-year-old erotic story written by her-and starring him-his blood damn near boils over. The only solution? To prove to Adair that fantasies are best made into realities...and the best magic happens between the sheets! Forbidden Fantasies
The character of Adair is best described as strong, determined and sensitive. Shortly after she was dumped and fired, she began the idea of using the castle for marriage as well as the legendary arch. She is also opportunistic and knows how to take advantage of various opportunities, such as capitalizing on the legned that ran in the newspaper about the arch and true love. Cam is sensitive and resourceful, and can best be described as a good teammate. He is also loyal to his family and takes care of them. I would have liked to see more interactions between Cam and his family members. Just a quick question, but are Cam and his brothers identical or fraternal triplets?
True love and second chances are possible.
This is written from third person narrative from both Adair's and Cam's points of views. I think its because I read previous Cara Summers novels, but a number of phrases got repeated from them. I think I would have liked to see more of the aunt's romance and more family interactions between Cam and his family, as well as Adair and her younger sisters. Romance-wise, I would have liked for the novel to be more believable, I felt that it was not believable in some cases unfortunately. (Was Cam slow to pick up on when he liked Adair from seven years ago?)
Was Cara Summers born with the dream of becoming a published romance novelist? No. But now that she is, she still feels her dreams has come true. She loves writing for the Blaze line because it allows her to create strong, determined women and seriously sexy men who will risk everything to achieve their dreams. Cara has written more than thirty-five books for Harlequin Books, and when she isn't working on new stories, she teachers in the Writing Program at Syracuse University and at a community college near her home.
The story is enjoyable and really written, and for some odd reason I couldn't help but wonder if it has some similarity to Ms. Summers' DeAngelis Brothers. In some ways yes because of the three sisters and three brothers scenario, as well as the plot where the girls' mother passed away and the aunt raises them (In DeAngelis it was same thing; mother has died and the aunt looked after the brothers.) As far as I know, while one mystery so far isn't solved, it doesn't revolve around the single weekend. I think also there are a lot of repeated phrases that seem to get on my nerves (blaming smartbitchestrashybooks site for that...) Perhaps also its me, but I couldn't feel the characters' personalities during the novel, and would have wished there would be more focus on the aunt's romance as well.
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.)