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Beyond the Norm

Guest Author - Elizabeth Darrach

Hello, and welcome back! I just got an enormous box of review books last night, so I'm set for this extended deep freeze--so much for the extended forecast of several days ago. There's been soup simmering on the stove quite a lot lately, and water for hot chocolate on regularly. And a towering stack of reading material, thank goodness.

First up is Barbara Freethy's latest, Golden Lies
Golden Lies
(Signet). This time out, Riley McAllister is determined to protect his grandmother from being ripped off when it turns out that an old dragon she found in her house is worth a small fortune. Paige Hathaway is none too pleased that he's so suspicious of her renowned family's antique shop and her father. But when her father's attacked and the dragon goes missing, they have to work together to find it and the reason for the attack, and their search leads them down roads they never thought possible. I liked this one, though not as much as her last. The mystery isn't really such a mystery, and the bad guy not so bad. I'm borrowing only three and a half of Cupid's five arrows for this one.

Next is Sandra Landry's The Wishing Chalice
The Wishing Chalice
(Berkley), a time travel! We don't see nearly enough of those anymore, darn it. Isabel has retreated to her late grandfather's home to nurse her wounds--a failed marriage and lost baby. Finding a magic chalice on the lakeshore is nice, but when it sends her into the past--into another woman's body--it doesn't seem so wonderful. Hunter is frustrated nearly to his limit with his new bride Detra, who's managed to delay consummating their marriage for two weeks now. When she holds his mother's magic chalice and then collapses, he fears for her life. Worse, when she wakens, she knows nothing about her past, including him. Little does he know she's no longer the same woman. It's a difficult line for an author, setting a story this way. Robin Schone managed it beautifully in her first book, and Ms. Landry manages it quite well here, too. It would be difficult enough for someone shifted from the present to several hundred years in the past, but more difficult if they found themselves in another's body. A keeper for time travel fans. I'm giving it four arrows.

Finally, I have the new one from Christine Feehan, Wild Rain
Wild Rain
(Jove). Rachael is on the run for her life, far from her cushy home in Florida to a sultry rain forest where still the killer stalks her. She can't trust anyone. Except for Rio, whose home she takes over while he's away. When she's attacked by one of his leopards, Rio is forced to care for her there, and Rachael sees him become a cat--though she believes it was just her fever causing delirium. I'm not a big Feehan fan, as some of you know, aside from her ongoing witch sisters series, but I liked this one far better than previous books I've read by her. Rio is a very sexy man. Perhaps it's just the frigid weather here, but the rain forest was very believable, and the characters well-drawn. I'm giving this one three and a half arrows as well.

Until next time, happy reading!

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