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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Storm's Interlude by Vonnie Davis

Storm's Interlude by Vonnie Davis
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (316 Pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Jasmine

Nurse Rachel Dennison comes to Texas determined to prepare her new patient for a second round of chemo. What she isn’t counting on is her patient’s twin brother, Storm Masterson. Despite her initial attraction, Storm has two things Rachel can’t abide: a domineering personality and a fiancĂ©e.

Half Native American, with the ability to have "vision dreams," Storm dreams about Rachel for three nights before her arrival. Both are unprepared for the firestorm of emotions their first encounter ignites.

Ultimately, it is Rachel’s past—and abusive, maniacal ex-boyfriend—that threatens to keep them apart…and Storm’s dreams that bring them together again.

If you were driving along, out in the middle of nowhere, and found a hot man walking down the road wearing nothing but some cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, would you stop? If he was as hot as Storm Masterson then I know I would!

First, let me say that Texas is not a state that I've ever really had much of a desire to visit (no offense, Texans). It is hot and dry and has really big spiders. Ms. Davis, however, described Texas, its hill country and beautiful sunsets so vividly that I have now added it to my list of places to go before I die.

Rachel is a funny, vibrant character with a very caring heart who puts others' needs ahead of herself, even when in peril. Storm is a sexy man who loves his family, which just makes him all the sexier. The relationship between all of the characters in this book is so real, I loved it. It was like peeking into a close family and seeing how it all ticks. Even the father, who has passed away, is a real character. Noella, the housekeeper slash cook slash stand-in mother, is absolutely hilarious and a delightful secondary character. The relationship between Storm and Sunny as brother and sister is heartwarming. Storm is the older brother that every girl would want.

The scene where Storm realizes that Rachel is his sister's nurse is laugh out loud funny, and the scene is so vivid that it was like watching a movie. This was probably my favorite scene in the whole book because it is so real.

On a personal note, the whole concept of Rachel's job moved me. With a friend who has terminal cancer, the ideas that Rachel had, while fiction, really got me thinking about my friend and what I could possibly research that might help her in some way. I hope, for the sake of cancer patients out there everywhere, that there is someone like Rachel in reality.

This book has easily found its place on my keeper shelf and has become one of my personal favorites. If I could pull these characters from the pages and make them real I would. This is a family that I would want to be friends with and hang out with on a Friday night at a barbecue. I will revisit them again in the future and I very much look forward to it. I would recommend it to any one of my personal friends and I highly recommend anyone reading this to check it out.


Vonnie Davis said...

Jasmine, I am beyond thrilled that you enjoyed my debut book. Thank you for taking the time to review it. These characters charmed their way into my heart, as well.

I'm saddened to hear of your friend's illness and, yes, I too hope she finds a Rachel to give her a measure of hope.

Again, thank you for a marvelous review.

Barbara Weitz said...

Vonnie...this is a well-deserved review. Congratulations.

Maeve said...

Storm's Interlude is definitely on my MUST READ shelf. I love a combination of romance, comedy and maybe just a teensy bit of danger. Can't wait to read it! Congratulations, Vonnie and here's wishing you much success.