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Avg. Rating: 3.96
The fun is in the details...
To those who aren't Nora Roberts fans, but are interested in picking up one of her books: this is a thoroughly entertaining book. It's got romance, intrigue, engaging characters, and an interesting plot. Be careful, though, because it's the first book of a trilogy, and you could easily get pulled into buying two more books. It might not be literature, it might not be art, but it sure is a lot of fun.
Now on to the bulk of my review, which is aimed at those who are already Nora fans: in a way, you've read this before. The characters are mixes of earlier characters, and some are not even mixes: Dana Steele is rather a lot like Ripley Todd, for instance. You can pretty much guess what's going to happen both in this book and in the next two. For that reason, I'd really rather give it 4.5 stars instead of 5. In other words, it's not quite perfect.
However, it's the same Nora Roberts we know and love. Just because you have a good idea of where you're going doesn't mean you can't enjoy the trip. What sets this book apart, and makes it so enjoyable, is its details. The plot is intriguing, and at times exciting. Even though it has parts to it that are reminiscent of earlier trilogies (especially the Three Sisters and the Irish trilogies), it has fresh and interesting twists to it. The characters are as loveable as always, and their details set them apart from previous characters: Dana's books (she's a reference librarian, which I love), for example, and Flynn's dog. And there are a few scenes that I thought topped anything NR's written before.
In short, read it. It's good. :-)
Another Wonderful Winner!
I have read EVERY book Nora Roberts has ever written and wait anxiously for each new one to "hit the stands". I was at the store the first day this book came out and read it cover to cover that very day. I truly enjoyed it from start to finish. The ending was of course evident, since this is a trilogy, but it doesn't detract from the story at all. Malory has a life plan, which starts to change drastically when she calls her boss's new wife a bimbo and spills a latte on her suit. Fortunately the $25,000 she gets for trying to find the key will hold her over for a while since she inevitably loses her job. As Malory sticks to her commitment to find her key she experiences more changes in her life in the way of Dana's brother Flynn. Is someone playing with her mind or is how she feels about him real. Although she hardly knows Zoe and Dana, she feels connected to them. Their methods for finding clues may be obscure, but then how much detail do we really need to make the story fun. The farther into the puzzle of finding her key, the more Malory sees how things could be. She makes some very hard choices, but nothing about the way Robert's writes the story can be called ordinary or predictable. The future pairing of Brad and Zoe and Jordan and Dana is fun to anticipate. The sparks are already flying. We know that Zoe and Dana will get their turns at finding a key and the prelude in this first book about what lies ahead for them makes you want November to be here today. Since the story line is set, and the preliminaries out of the way, the next two can only get better. Better than a great book, that's something!
Couldn't Put It Down!
I loved this book I read it a few months ago and just started reading the second book today and I'm almost done! I find this series to be wonderful. The only downside to this series would be that it's somewhat hard to get into at first. Give it time though, and you'll be glad you did!
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