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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Review: The Watcher

The Watcher
By J.J. Keller

Museum curator, Emily Lucent, specializes in ancient Scottish swords. When she hears a Highland voice calling to her, she falls in love with the disembodied spirit seven days before her wedding.

Part of the Guardian Angel squad, Netzach is her watcher. He loves Emily desperately, and defies his deities to have her.

Her fiancĂ©, Dr. Jon Hart, serves evil. He spouts words of love until Emily agrees to marry him. She wanted out of the engagement, he wouldn’t release her. Vengeance and anger took him to Scotland.

Will Emily survive Jon’s sharp blade and be reunited with her watcher?

I liked the idea of Zach as Emily’s “watcher;” he’s not only a hot guy, but a passionate one, overcome by love for her. I really liked the fact that he is not satisfied with watching and protecting Emily, however; he wants more. Meanwhile, Emily’s dissatisfaction with her own life leads her to consult a psychic, and when she discovers who Zach is, the stage is set for a grand romance between two people caught in different times. Whenever they have a chance to interact, it’s magic, and we really believe Zach and Emily are meant to be together.

One small problem with this story comes close to the ending. At the climax, the author inserts a series of flashbacks and memories meant to explain most of Emily and Zach’s prior relationship. For me, though, that took away from the tension and movement at the story’s most emotional point. However, the way in which Emily and Zach are reunited at the very end is touching and well done.

The writing here is solid, if not outstanding. One minor editing glitch in the opening chapter: Emily first has pale blonde hair, then light brown hair, then blonde hair again. Overall, “The Watcher” is a satisfying and romantic read, with the timeless message that love can conquer all…even if you have to wait a few centuries!


Reviewed by Dandelion