Dazzled by Jennifer Schmidlin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, suspense/mystery
Length: Full Length (174 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 2.5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur
Magic? Death by fornication?
Josie Melbourne is not a superstitious woman, but when she is given a blue, heart-shaped hunk of glass from an eighty-two-year-old woman, her life drastically changes. Is it coincidental that moments after she receives the gift, she seduces the elderly woman's son? And in a bathroom of all places?
Travis Bramble has loved Josie for months, but she barely tolerates his presence. A prudish deameanor often accompanied her to the rest home during visiting hours, but the evening she rubs her cute little behind against his groin, things begin changing…for his benefit.
Visiting her mother in the nursing home is stressful enough for Josie Melbourne but to add to it her mom’s roommate seems neglected sitting there in her tattered clothes and slippers while her son Travis Bramble visits her wearing impeccable ensembles, she’s irritated yes, but also intrigued because he’s one handsome devil so much so that she finds herself Dazzled.
Jennifer Schmidlin brings us a tale of suspense and romance of treachery and love. She does it with a storyline that could easily appear on the front page of your local newspaper but with more chance of it ending up on a tabloid and after a slow start it picks up the pace, but it lacks the believability that her audience needs to feel as they get deeper into the tale. She brings it with everyday dialogue that’s easy to understand, but sometimes without the continuity it needs to make it flow easily for her readers. I also think the editing left much to be desired.
Her characters are what stand out in her novel as they are likeable and believable and developed to make the reader enjoy the story from the heros to the villains. Her hero Travis and heroine Josie are two unlikely candidates for HEA until you get to see under their skin and find each one yearning for what the other can give. The romance is very fast paced and sometimes seems too much so and the author also repeatedly allows the characters to practice un-safe sex, which is a bit of a turn off for many readers today. The love scenes are hot, sexy and sensual and leave very little to the imagination.
The novel left me wanting for more in many ways but it also was an enjoyable enough that I had to find out what happened next and felt that way all the way to the finish. I enjoyed the finished product but felt that it could have been with a little more effort so much more than it was.