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Mystical Warrior

Janet Chapman

Pocket Star

Mass Market

978‑1439159903

*****

 

Fiona Gregor endured a hellish ordeal a thousand years ago, then died in childbirth. After a time as a red‑tailed hawk, where she reveled in her freedom, she is turned back into a human woman, but this time in twenty‑first century Midnight Bay, Maine. It will be a challenge to adjust to the modern world, especially because Fiona is terrified of men, and that fear has caused her to hide from the world. Now her family has pushed her out of the nest, giving her an apartment and five hundred dollars.

            Her landlord is Trace Huntsman, an Afghanistan vet who has his own issues. He lives in near squalor in his portion of the house and doesn't want a woman cleaning his stuff. As Fiona slowly learns to navigate modern life (and to grasp that men don't have to be feared and kowtowed to), Trace discovers an inconvenient attraction to his tenant, an attraction she reciprocates though she doesn't know how to handle it.

            The amazing Janet Chapman strikes again! Both Fiona and Trace have horrors in their pasts, but their story is joyful and frequently hilarious. Ms. Chapman adeptly reveals her characters' emotional states‑‑the scene where Fiona gets her dog is particularly heart‑tugging. This third tale in the "Midnight Bay" series is an absolute must read.

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Heather Nordahl Files

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Dragon Warrior

by Janet Chapman
Pocket Star
Mass Market
978-1439159897
****½
Paranormal

     Not too long ago, William Killkenny was a dragon. As a man, he lived in Ireland centuries ago, but as a dragon he landed in twenty first century Maine and, with a little magic, became a man again. He is severely out of step with modern rules of behavior. The first time he kisses Maddy Kimble, he has long, wild hair and a bushy beard and he's naked. Understandably, Maddy is put off by this wild man and wants him to stay away from her.
     Maddy's home life is flying out of control. Her ex husband is marrying the teenager he impregnated (in an eerie echo of Maddy's own wedding), forcing her young daughter to endure cruel taunts from other children; and the brother she helped raise is often drunk and violent. In a life that seems to allow no time for herself, she needs William, who is stunningly gorgeous under that caveman exterior, to help her rediscover herself.
     A Janet Chapman novel is always a fantastic read. Her latest is often side splittingly funny, especially the scenes where William is learning to drive. The secondary characters are wonderful, particularly the seniors at the nursing home where Maddy works. This is part of a series, and while longtime readers will get the most out of it, newcomers will enjoy the tale as well, then seek out Ms. Chapman's stellar backlist.

Heather Nordahl Files


Tempt Me if You Can

by Janet Chapman
Pocket Star
Mass Market
978-1416595441 
*****
Contemporary

     When Ben Sinclair learns he has a teenage son, he drops everything and goes to northern Maine to meet him. Michael was conceived when Ben was a teenager, right before tragedy struck in the town of Medicine Gore. He is not remembered fondly there, so he uses an assumed name to stay at Medicine Creek Camps. Still, locals are unhappy with his "tree hugger" looks, and he is beaten badly before Emma Sands can pick him up.
     Emma has spent ten years caring for her precocious and wise nephew. She immediately recognizes Ben as her sister's lover and her own teenage crush, no matter what he calls himself, and she's afraid he's here to take Mike from her. But the town could quickly become a powder keg with sentiment running high against the environmentalists. If the townsfolk recognize Ben, he may get another beating at the least. She's always fended for herself, but now Ben is trying to protect her, and when he finally claims his son, he hopes to claim Emma as well.
     Janet Chapman has a magic touch that makes all her books must-read masterpieces, be they contemporary or paranormal. This tale's magic is in the characters, major and minor, including a lovesick moose and a very special dog, and the Maine setting is a character in itself. The conflict between loggers and environmentalists is a solid one that resonates within the majestic setting.

Heather Nordahl Files


Moonlight Warrior

by Janet Chapman
Pocket
Mass Market
978-1416594871 
*****

     Kenzie Gregor has moved to the Maine coast to establish a sanctuary for shapeshifted animals, giving them a protected place until they can become human again. His main responsibility is William, a ninth-century man changed into a dragon by a curse. The responsibility is onerous, as William isn't always interested in hiding from the local townspeople. Kenzie buys a house and land on the coast, only to learn to his dismay that he's putting an ailing woman and her hardworking daughter out of a home.
     Eve Anderson is worried about a lot of things. Her rat of an ex-husband left her nearly destitute, and when she moved in with her mother, Mabel, she discovered Mabel is nearly broke, too. Now they're losing their home at a time when they cannot afford to move. Kenzie offers to camp out until they can find a new home, then offers them a joint housekeeping position. This chivalrous, old-fashioned gentleman must be too good to be true. But during a night of a supernatural storm, Eve finally succumbs to Kenzie's charms. She thinks it's a dream, but the consequences are the least of what she must learn to accept and believe in.
     Janet Chapman's limitless imagination once again takes flight in this first of a new series that is connected to her beloved Highlander books. Many people are facing a situation like the one Eve faces with her mother, and the situation is realistically portrayed with compassion and grace. The letter from the author may even bring a tear to your eye.

Heather Nordahl Files