Book Review: Enchanted (Nora Roberts)

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Plot: Lovely, guileless Rowan Murray felt drawn to brooding Liam Donovan with a power she’d never imagined possible. And his breathtaking kisses convinced her he felt the same. But she soon realized her darkly enigmatic neighbor was as elusive as the mysterious wolf she’d seen lurking about her cabin. Liam was tormented by indecision. He understood he had no right to love Rowan, knowing what lay ahead. But the allure of her beguiling innocence overpowered his will until he could resist no longer. And he knew, if he was ever to make Rowan his, he had no chance but to reveal his incredible secret.

Rating: 6.5/10

The books in the Donovan series ran at the same pace basically. One had a villain, one had a child, this one contained animals and the first one I have yet to read so I will get back to you on it. They have pros and cons but at the end of the day they are all marginally good reads and neither better nor worse than the others.

Truthfully, this book gave me a few ERMMM moments. Rowan unwillingly meets Liam all the time when he is in wolf form, but she doesn’t know it, and he gets to comfort her and see her naked when she takes a bath. So ONE: Who lets wild wolves into their homes? Is this habitual? Am I missing something? Why not invite a Cheetah next time? TWO: It is stalkery. Did Stephanie Meyer read this book? I think so, because Liam sits and watches Rowan sleep at night – SOUND FAMILIAR? THREE: The book comes uncomfortably close to bestiality. It is extreme to say this because what Roberts attempts is NOT the nookie with animals (both illegal and disgusting), but Rowan has all these fantasies of the wolf turning into Liam before she knows what he is. It’s freakish.

Okay, I’m done with random uppercase letters for now. The book had its very weird moments, but it also manages the best buildup between the characters of all the books. Entranced is pure romance – no villains, no other important love interests, no particular other passions. Liam Donovan is the typecast for brooding hero – arrogant, short tempered, darkly beautiful, a dime a dozen in books but not as much in real life. Rowan had her spine removed before the book started, because that girl had zero courage or attitude. It grows in time but she is still pretty wimpy at the end of it.

I’m not gonna lie – the convenient nature of Rowan’s lineage was so lame. Like, really? You know what is romantic? Edward, Prince of Wales, abdicating to marry Wallis Simpson. THAT’s romantic – not finding out the girl you like is part fae and now you can stay heir supreme to the fairy world. But anyhow, let’s believe he would have chosen her without the fairy blood and all that.

Okay, now that I’m done listing my irritations, the book worked, just ignore the wolf loving and the blood-supremacy. It’s an easy and quick read and ends the series off well.

Book Review: Entranced (Nora Roberts)

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Plot: Obviously psychic Sebastian Donovan was a fraud, but fiercely protective Mary Ellen Sutherland was desperate to find a missing baby and had run out of leads. So, reluctantly, the skeptical private investigator agreed to enlist Sebastian’s help. Soon she had to admit – grudgingly – that this man had some pretty remarkable gifts. Especially his extraordinary ability to penetrate her tough facade and awaken her heart. (via Goodreads)

Rating: 6.5/10

I’ve read the Donovan series out of sequence, but who cares if it was fun right? Anyway, these books aren’t a continuation on each other, they are just about the same family who all have magical abilities. Nora Roberts loves a few things: trilogies, romance (duh), Ireland and witches. Throw them together? I think she passes out from happiness.

This book is not particularly groundbreaking or earth shattering – it is the same old story of woman meets very attractive man with great power. Initially she refuses to believe in his powers (romantically and magically), but soon she yields because he is hotcakes.

But, it was fun. Roberts is a good author and although some of her themes are explored to exhaustion, she does what she does extremely well.

I liked the characters – Mary Ellen was sort of a hard ass and as I am one myself, I appreciated it. I thought her traumatic childhood was not explored at all, and could have caused some interesting chapters. Sebastian was the typical hero in the book – handsome, talented and sure of himself. He is pretty much the expected love interest – very Bella Swan-ish because where you could virtually imagine any girl as Bella Swan because she’s so vague you can imagine any man as Sebastian Donovan.

Entranced is a bit higher than the other books in the series because it contains some villainy. Sure, it serves as an introduction for Mel and Sebastian to meet, but it was fun seeing them hunt down a baby snatching ring. It was kept to a very polite villainy level, no blood or gore, but it turned the slightly stagnant story into an adventure.

If it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book, I did. It was fun, sexy, entertaining. I can only handle basic literature at this point – way too much drama in my life to add any more to it through a book, and this certainly fits the bill. Definitely a good read if you are looking for basic entertainment!