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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Take a Chance by Eve Langlais

Take a Chance by Eve Langlais
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (228 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Shy librarian Samantha longs to find her one true love, but in today’s modern world, finding a dashing hero seems to be an impossible to task. So Chance decides to step in and what follows is pure adventure as Samantha finds herself magically teleported to a tropical island where she meets a hunky wizard in need of rescuing.

Sinclair, is a wizard of the high council, cursed to live alone on a tropical island with little hope of rescue, that is 'til a luscious librarian is dropped onto his beach. Having been betrayed by love once, he’s leery of trusting again, but as he and Samantha overcome the magical obstacles set in their way, they discover that true love awaits them if only they Take A Chance.

What wonderful fun! Getting to vicariously share librarian Samantha’s life change from the lonely, dull, monotony of eking out a living in Canada to living beyond the “Boundary” on an island in the “Realm” is engaging.

Wizard Sinclair Griffonaire who was cursed by an evil, deceitful sorceress Melisante, lives on the island in accord with the little green half-humanoid creatures who inhabit the place. He helps them and they work as servants in his castle. When he finds a dripping-wet Samantha on the beach, his mission to find a way to get out of the bubble that encircles the island takes on new life. If she got in surely there is a way out.

Needless to say, the curvy Samantha awakens a need in Sinclair, who has been on the island without human companionship for three years. This sets off some delightful interaction between the experienced wizard and the librarian with only vicarious experience from “tawdry romances” she has read.

Samantha, even though confused, cannot find fault with life on the unique island. With happy, willing servants, good food, a comfortable, big bed, pretty clothes, and best of all, a delectable, drop-dead gorgeous wizard that treats her like a princess, she is living as if she were a heroine in one of those “romances”. At times, her thoughts seem to not fit, but they are flitting, letting the story move right along.

Loneliness is no longer an issue for Sinclair or Samantha. As the high-ranking wizard of the Realm and the librarian with low self-esteem get to know each other, secondary characters function to augment the love that slips in among all the other happenings. Of all the secondary characters, the little catter Chance, a winsome, dedicated little darling that plays a big role in the plot, is my favorite.

Eve Langlais, with exquisite descriptions, builds a fascinating world for Sinclair and Samantha to enjoy, then subtly builds in an ominous, life-threatening presence that thwarts every love scene. The foreshadowing and clues give the reader a glimpse of future conflicts and of how the curse will be broken, making the anticipation delicious. Ms. Langlais’ play on the word “Chance” is terrific.

Take a Chance is an enchanting escape from the mundane. Good entertainment!