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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Claiming the Legend by Janet Eaves

Claiming the Legend by Janet Eaves
A Ladies of Legend Novella
Publisher: Turquoise Morning, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (87 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

For Lilly Peach, staying alive means keeping a low profile, blending in, not being noticed. When she fears having been found by those contracted to kill her, Lilly is sent to a new "safe house" in Legend, Tennessee.

The pristine old fashioned streets and genteel southern hospitality of the town's folks eventually lull Lilly into believing, maybe, just maybe, she can settle in and make a safe and quiet life for herself. But when Legend's nationally famous high school football coach decides to make her his lady, Lilly is thrown into the spotlight as well, giving those seeking to find and destroy her, another chance to fulfill their contract.

What a wonderful phrase “She would get to this oasis in the belly of the south…” And this book is full of them. The writing is alive, and Ms. Eaves characters almost jump off the page.

Ms. Eaves captures her readers from her opening line and then drops in one mystery after another. Why? Who? How and what? They’re all there and captivate the reader immediately. I mean, what on earth happened that Lilly Peach had to run from those she loved?

Jim Hood had a dream and this year it was within his grasp and he’d let nothing get in its way. Or so he thought, until Lilly Peach arrived in Legend. When things come to a crunch he finds his choice is no choice at all.

Ms Eaves offers an action packed story form the first page to the last that is beautifully balanced with the emotional impact of every event. The pace set by the author makes this a difficult book to review, simply because the reader falls headlong into the story and is rooting for the characters all the way. I sometimes forgot I wasn't simply reading for pure enjoyment.

Her characters, main and secondary all have a part and play their part to the hilt. You can’t help but fall in love with all of them, even Mrs. Hertz. Well, perhaps there are few you can’t love, but their presence is equally pivotal and all encompassing… and real.

The story swings from highs to lows in a heartbeat, from joy to sorrow and back to hope, taking the reader every inch of the way.

Here is a story about love and loyalty, family and betrayal, all of which are skilfully woven together and makes Claiming the Legend a keeper you will want to read often.