Monday, May 16, 2011

Review of Blackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne


Blackberry Summer Book One of the Hope’s Crossing series
RaeAnne Thayne
Harlequin – Publish date May 24, 2011
ISBN 13: 97780373775934
384 pages
Claire Bradford doesn’t expect her business, String Fever to be robbed, she doesn’t expect the vandals to have trashed the place but it happened now she needs the cops and another unexpected occurrence is that the new Chief would personally answer the call,  the new chief who just happens to be the younger brother of her best friend who growing up gave them no rest from his jokes and tricks.
Riley McKnight, Hope’s Crossing Colorado’s new police chief has come back home after spending years undercover and seeing the worst of the worst he’s ready for something a little more kinder and gentler, but as he starts his new career in his hometown it’s a season of burglaries and vandalism and not everyone is glad to see him home, some residents have long memories of the reckless boy he was. Thrown together by a terrible tragedy Claire and Riley reconnect as friends, when sparks start to fly the only thing obvious to each of them is why this can’t work. But what if it can, what if all it takes is one  “Blackberry Summer”.
This is my first experience with Ms. Thayne, but I assure you it won’t be my last and once you give her a try you’ll see where I’m coming from.
She starts with an excellent plot, one of suspense, of tragedy and of hope, then she sweetens the pot with great flowing dialogue that will give vision to the tale and ignite further the readers need to keep turning pages. Then we get the icing on the cake which is her characters and not just the hero and heroine who we’ll examine in a moment, but all of the characters are important and each deserve their own story and it’s nice to know they’ll get it. The hero Riley is portrayed perfectly and her readers will see the reckless youth turned responsible lawman. And the heroine Claire who’s had her dreams come true and fall apart more than once and the audience will empathize and sympathize with her. The romance has a price and it’s up to the players if they’re willing to pay it, the price of giving up some of their independence, the sharing of their souls. The love scenes are without actual physical intimacy but with the promise of it to come, so it would offend no reader and yet those of us who look forward to sheet tearing will not be disappointed either.
If this is your first taste of RaeAnne Thayne I know like me you’ll be a return customer. If you have read and loved her you will love her more.  I look forward to the rest of the series as well.
Thank you Ms. Thayne for a great experience.
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