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Friday, February 26, 2010

Common Grounds by Michelle Levigne

Common Grounds: A Tabor Heights Novel by Michelle Levigne
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short (149 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Hannah Blake had given up on more than partnership with Xander Finley -- in their legal clinic. Resistance from a local judge and another lawyer, and finding the body of the 3rd victim of a serial killer complicated the move to a second office in Tabor Heights.

When the killer appeared to have chosen Hannah as his next 'true love', Xander's attentions became warmer and more personal. Hannah knew better than to hope it would last beyond the crisis. Foxhole love wasn't any more real than foxhole religion. Xander, on the other hand, was glad his eyes had finally been opened. The problem was convincing Hannah that he was for real. It was time to pray for more than her safety.

This may be rated ‘sweet’ and in the terms of the heat rating, and this is accurate, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is all sugar and spice and all things nice. This is a hard-hitting, fast-paced story that grabs you from the first to the last page.

Paralegal Hannah Blake finds herself up close and personal with a murderous situation, and finds she's playing the lead role of intended victim.

Once again we meet many of the citizens of Tabor Heights and are taken into the psyche of the hero and heroine in a way only Michelle Levigne can manage. There are more twists and turns in this story than you’ll find on a mountainous switchback road.

Through it all the two main characters rebuild their faith in their God and gratefully accept the power of the prayer circles in their church community.

When the path to true love stalls their friends protect, support, guide, plot and scheme to bring Hannah and Xander together but in the heat of all the action, can they succeed?

Once again Ms. Levigne's ability to create characters you may meet anytime in real life strengthens the connection between her readers and her characters. Her cast, major and minor, all have depth that ensures you care about them, and laugh and cry with them, or you hate them and wish that like her characters, you can remember you should not be wishing your enemies to perdition.

Every story in the Tabor Heights series is a story worth reading, but for me this is the best in the series so far. This one is a keeper, and if you enjoy heart-warming relationships, gut wrenching suspense, angst and revenge, all wrapped up in the daily lives of a small community, then this is definitely a book for you.