Friday, October 14, 2011

Star-Crossed Seduction by Jenny Brown

Amanda Quick has her talents and her special powers --

Jenny Brown has her horoscope.

This is the second book where Jenny Brown puts horoscope and zodiac readings on center stage -- it is as much a part of the story as the characters.

Trev and Temperance have a hard time trusting people -- true to their Scorpio natures, they are always ready to sting whoever is foolish enough to get too close to them.

They are attracted to each other but they hurt each other with the half-truths and lies that surround their lives. They cannot decide if they want to stay together or go their separate ways.

They reluctantly try to stay together and promise each other that they would be honest with one another.

Their vow is threatened by a conspiracy that involves the king -- Trev thought Temperance betrayed him and Temperance felt that Trev's love for her was too shallow and faltered at the first trial.

Lady Hartwood, the heroine of Brown's debut novel, Lord Lightning plays a pivotal role in bringing these two wary souls together -- she reads their charts and offers guidance and wisdom -- but, as Lady Hartwood says in the book, as Scorpios, their natures are too strong to be directed by anyone else -- they need to make the decision themselves.

Jenny Brown has a very unique writing style and the infusion of horoscope is a fresh perspective in romance novels. I wonder, though, how other people would perceive it -- Brown is very thorough and some parts of her novel border on the esoteric --

But this one was a page-turner and a keeper.

I'm looking forward to her next book. ^_^



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