Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts
Series: Born in Trilogy #1
Published by Berkley on September 3rd 2013
FINAL DECISION: This book is a great introduction to one of my favorite trilogies. Maggie is difficult to understand and get to know, but that reflects her closed off nature. The story of how she opens up and learns to trust is wonderful and fulfilling.
THE STORY: Maggie Concannon is the eldest sister and a glass artist. When her father dies, family secrets are revealed. Strong and independent, Maggie wants to control her career. Rogan Sweeney a renowned gallery owner who wants to help promote Maggie’s career. As the two stubborn and determined Maggie and Rogan fight against one another, a deep passion arises between them, Maggie struggles with the scars from her family which have taught her to rely only upon herself.
OPINION: This is, at its heart, the story of a family and the lasting damage that the pain and secrets in that family can have on the next generation. Maggie is a woman who has learned from her parents’ dysfunctional marriage to keep herself apart. She especially will not open herself up to love and trust. This prickly independent woman must open herself up to find love. As she finds the man perfect for her, the question is whether or not she is willing to risk herself.
The characters in this story are so bold and well-defined that they are the centerpiece of a book that has a lot packed into it. Maggie’s artistic drive, stubborn will and intense fear. Rogan’s determination to win Maggie as an artist and as a woman. The best part of this book is the connection between Maggie and Rogan. The two battle and argue and work their way into a love that can last.
I loved the characters in this story and the quiet personal nature of the conflicts here. As the secrets in this story are revealed, this novel sets up the rest of the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is one of the best Nora Roberts’ trilogy. She has written other trilogies set in Ireland after this one, but I think this is my favorite of them.
CONNECTED BOOKS: BORN IN FIRE is the first book of the Born In Trilogy.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy, #2) by Nora Roberts
Series: The Guardians Trilogy #2
Published by Berkley on June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
FINAL DECISION: I enjoyed this book but it felt like the middle book it is. It is dependent upon knowing what happened in the first book including the relationships which developed there and in the end the story feels incomplete because there is another book left to go.
THE STORY: This book begins right after the events of Book 1 of the Trilogy. After acquiring the first star in their quest, the band of six have moved on to the search for the second star. Annika, the mermaid, has a special role to play here in the search for the water star. Granted legs for only a few months, Annika enjoys her life on land and her flirtation with Sawyer King. Sawyer is the traveler with control of a compass which can take one through space and time. Sawyer is attracted to Annika but worries about getting involved with the lovely mermaid who will only be on land for such a short time. As Sawyer and Annika along with their friends search for the star, danger lurks with the reappearance of their enemy. She has a new minion to threaten the six as the danger increases.
OPINION: I really wanted to like this book. I had been looking forward to the story of the mermaid because it had ready made angst involved since she was only given legs for a limited amount of time. What disappointed me most in this book was the resolution or lack thereof of that impediment. I have hopes that the issues might yet be resolved in the final book, but as a story, I was disappointed in the poor version of a happy ending that Annika and Sawyer have to endure.
I also thought that their romance was given short shrift here. The romance seemed expected and neither fought too hard. The drama in the story came from the plot regarding the stars.
On the other hand, I thought that this was a good continuation of the first book in the series and set up the final book in a way that made me highly anticipate it. The story was action packed and I love the relationship that has developed between the six. The book would have been more highly rated by me except for my disappointment with the resolution of Annika and Sawyer’s story.
WORTH MENTIONING: I want to read the final book about the immortal and the werewolf more than I wanted to read this one.
CONNECTED BOOKS: BAY OF SIGHS is the second book in the Guardians Trilogy. This book relies heavily on having read the first book in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.
Brotherhood in Death (In Death, #42) by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #42
Published by Berkley on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Futuristic, Mystery
Dennis Mira is Adorable
“Time doesn’t heal, whatever they say. It’s how we use the time that can heal.”
FINAL DECISION; Perfectly adequate, this book is best in its character moments. Eve and Dennis Mira’s relationship develops here. Also, Eve and Roarke continue to deepen their relationship. The mystery had too many players to interest me as much as the personal stories.
THE STORY: Dennis Mira goes to confront his cousin over the house they inherited together when Dennis gets hit over the head but not before he sees his cousin tied up. When he awakens, his cousin is gone. He calls for Eve to help investigate. Eve has always had a soft spot for Dennis Mira and she is determined to find out what happened. This leads her to look into the expensive real estate that the cousins were bickering about but then something else happens that turns Eve’s investigation in a new direction.
OPINION: This book revisits a little of the angst of Eve’s personal journey. I appreciate that while she has largely resolved her personal issues regarding her past, she still has moments where the past wells up in her. This book is largely about the past and how a person can choose to heal and move on or dwell endlessly in the past and thus be subsumed by it. For me, the books in this series work best where there is overlap between Eve’s personal journey and the crime she is investigating. I read these book because of the characters — not because of the mysteries. This book allows both Eve and the reader to see how far Eve and traveled and what can happen when one does not allow time to heal.
WORTH MENTIONING: As a sign of how Eve has changed, she is now wearing a silly knit hat because it was given to her as a gift.
CONNECTED BOOKS: BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH is the 42nd book in the In Death series. It can be read as a standalone although there are long running characters developments that transcend the one book.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.