Thursday, August 13, 2009

5 Hearts For Murphy's Law!

Brenda Talley at The Romance Studio took on the first of the award-winning Damaged Heroes -- Murphy's Law. My thanks to her for this beautiful 5 Heart review!

Here's what Brenda had to say:

Sandy James

Contemporary romance

Available from Siren-Bookstrand

ISBN: 1-60601-270-3

Seth Remington, heir to the Remington Computer empire, was engaged to Kristen Scott. The engagement wasn’t high on his list of priorities—it was just expected to happen someday. He was too busy being a playboy, wrecking several expensive cars and racking up insurmountable tickets and fines. Sterling Remington, out of time trying to force his son to grow up, rewrote his will in a very unconventional way.

Kathleen Murphy, Katie to her friends, couldn’t understand why she was required to be present when Sterling Remington’s will was read. Her only connection to Sterling was their mutual love of race horses. Murphy’s Law proved new meaning when she found that she had inherited Seth as a lowly groom for an entire racing season. The will was ironclad and neither Seth nor Katie could break it. Otherwise, Seth would automatically lose his entire fortune.

I have been impressed with what I’ve previously read by Ms. Sandy James. This book, however, gave more depth to her characters. This proved her abilities to delve into a plot and create a masterpiece. The main characters were, of course, attracted to each other (it’s a romance). They were so opposite that it was amusing. The entire cast of her characters was realistic, endearing (or aggravating) and so believable I was totally absorbed in her story-telling.

There were many individuals in this book which could have been confusing. It wasn’t! James’s writing ability was exemplified through the basic storyline as well as several “side” actions going on. I love her ability to make readers (me!) forget everything except what is happening at the time. There was a sensual undertone but the sexual activity was minimal.

I loved how the book flowed and I did not see how the book would bring about its happily-ever-after. The tension and happenings were surprising. I cannot imagine a better conclusion. I highly recommend this book to anyone whether or not you love horses and racing. Finding out at the end that there is a sequel was an added bonus. Ms. James has found a place on my must-read list.

Overall rating: 5 Hearts

Sensuality rating: Very sensual
Reviewer: Brenda Talley

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