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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beyond Wild Imaginings

Beyond Wild Imaginings by Brieanna Robertson
Publisher: Forbidden Publications
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Sweet
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Xeranth

Kelly’s outlook on life is bleak. A bad car accident and having her boyfriend of three years walk out on her has left her anything but optimistic. The only comfort she has is her writing, but even her muse seems to be MIA. Her controlling sister’s driving her crazy and she keeps having strange dreams about a sexy, winged man that seems familiar to her.

A flock of rogue pigeons, a nursery rhyme, an unknown savior and one superstitious, metrosexual friend later, Kelly finds her entire life turned upside down. She’s plummeted head first into the extraordinary and suddenly finds herself saddled with a see-through imaginary man she had created when she was a child… Only she doesn’t remember him ever being so completely irresistible...

Kelly hadn’t planned on falling in love, especially with an imaginary being, but her heart had other ideas. Can she figure out a way to keep him, to prove that magic and fantasy can exist in real life? Or will he be torn from her forever by the self-centered world’s lack of belief?

Beyond Wild Imaginings taps into the secret fantasies I bet we all had when we were young, but takes it one step further by asking "what if your belief was strong enough to make something happen?” This story is an amazing accomplishment of humor and hope and showcases the incredible power belief and love can have on a person.

Kelly is a romance writer with a fertile imagination. She’s hit a major road block and at first it seems pretty straightforward until she almost makes a disastrous decision. If you can remember when you’ve been down in the dumps and things seem pretty hopeless, then Kelly’s thoughts and actions are believable and easy to relate to. Another thing that really hit home was Kelly’s view of herself through the eyes of others. Because she loves them, they have the power to hurt her but never does she suspect how deeply that pain speared her. Until a miracle happened, she never truly spread her wings to bask in the person she is.

There is one person, however, that knows the deepest and most intimate part of her and yearns to set her free. Garren is a character that drew many a sigh from me and a few chuckles too. He’s a very special person in Kelly’s life but they’d lost touch years ago. He swoops back into her life just when she needs him the most and helps her discover what it was they used to have. That journey, that emotional epiphany has to be one of the most romantic and touching moments in this romance.

The secondary characters are vital to this story. They provide the catalyst for much of the forward movement in this book. Rachael is Kelly’s sister and their relationship is filled with love and exasperation. The growth pangs they experience during this story had me both hating and tearing up for Rachael and totally wanting to hug Kelly through it. Good thing Garren is oh so capable of some very drool worthy hugging.

Chad is Kelly’s metro-sexual friend and he made me laugh and groan in so many places. What a fun character to play off of Kelly. I loved his total acceptance of her dreams and other unusual things, which makes sense because Chad certainly is unusual. He is also a little whacky. I mean one of his suggestions for Kelly had my jaw dropping. “He didn’t! He did! He’s serious?” If my eyes could bug out of my head, they would have right then. After that scene I figure Kelly and Chad are best friends for a reason…they’re both goofy --which only made me enjoy this story all the more.

The conflict of Beyond Wild Imaginings is mostly internal made external. Sure, that sounds ambiguous but after you read this book, it will make perfect sense. Its resolution requires being totally silly yet totally serious as Dorothy was in the Wizard of Oz when she had to tap together her ruby slippers and chant “There’s no place like home,” or when you had to clap your hands so Tinkerbell in Peter Pan would live. That belief and yearning is crucial to this book’s success.

Kelly and Garren’s relationship is passionate and sweet with enough emotion to grip the romantic in all of us. Their dialogue flowed naturally and there were many humorous moments throughout that made this a well rounded and delightful story. The happily ever after brought happy tears to my eyes and a strong desire to see some of Garren’s buddies get their own HEA’s. Oh, I’m not going to tell you about them. You will have to read this story to understand my very fervent wish that Ms. Robertson bring us another story, preferably with Eamon next. Eamon is a very dear friend of Garren’s but Kelly knows him too. And speaking of Kelly, part of their HEA is a very special surprise that gave me the warm and fuzzies all over.

If you are looking for a romance story that touches your heartstrings, that can have you smile through tears of happiness and snort in humorous surprise, then Beyond Wild Imaginings is a book not to be missed. As for me? It’s going on my keeper shelf.