Friday, July 8, 2011

Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman

An eleventh-century lass with a stubborn streak unleashes the red-hot hero inside her modern lover in bestselling author Janet Chapman's irresistible new Midnight Bay adventure.

Trace Huntsman's peaceful life has headed to hell in a hand-basket ever since stunningly beautiful Fiona Gregor moved into the vacant apartment above his house. Kidnapped centuries earlier and transformed into a red-tail hawk, Fiona is human once more and must learn how to be a modern woman. But damned if Trace is going to be the one to teach her. Not when her mere presence ignites a fiery passion deep within his cautious heart.

Fiona longs to overcome the painful memories of her tragic past—to let down her guard and become a mother again. But so far her handsome landlord is not exactly thrilled with the stray animals—and suitors—that keep following her home. When the wizard Maximilian Oceanus shows up, Trace reaches the end of his rope. Weird things happen when Mac is around—raging storms, snarling demons—but this time, Midnight Bay is at the center of a fierce battle, and Fiona is the primary target. Only Trace can save her, but first, the lovers must set aside their fears . . . and open up their hearts.

I find this review particularly hard to write because there were so many things I liked about this book. The characters are fun, their personalities are great, as usual the shenanigans they all get into are hilarious. But. Oh the dreaded but.

I didn't like the repeated 'women want to get married and have children' mantra. It just got to be too much for me. Every half second, and yes I realize the book focuses on 2 women from the past, I was being beat over the head with it and finally I just didn't want to hear it anymore! Can't Fiona just fall in love with Trace? Can't it just happen naturally (as naturally as it can with her past) and let them figure it out? Don't tell me that intrinsically women are going 'yearn' to be wives and mothers. I hate that. And it ruins the fantasy of my HEA moment.

The other part that bugged me about this book is definitely personal preference. I'm not going to lie that from Janet Chapman I've come to expect and enjoy very lighthearted reads. Because of that I was taken aback by the darker storyline of Fiona's past. I'm not saying kidnap and rape aren't realities or things that should be represented in some romance stories due to that, but I am saying that I was looking for a lighthearted read and more time than not I spent being horrified as more and more of her ordeal was revealed to the reader.

I consider this book one of those stories you use your own judgement on. It's nice to have further peaks in the lives of characters I've come to really like, but it's definitely not my favorite in the series. 

Overall Feeling - Eh.

Series - 1) Moonlight Warrior 2) Dragon Warrior 3) Mystical Warrior