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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Reunion Game by Jan Scarbrough

The Reunion Game by Jan Scarbrough
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary,
Length: Short Story (86 Pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Fennel

Thirty-three-year-old Jane Smith's biological clock is ticking. But pickings are slim in Legend, Tennessee, until the fifteen year high school reunion gives Jane a second chance. Graham Winchester will be back in town.

In high school, Jane's shyness has stopped her from taking action. Now she's older, wiser and no longer afraid. Graham has moved to the big city and won't stick around after the reunion. He's a confirmed bachelor and happily-ever-after is not in his makeup. Yet, Jane must exorcise the demon Graham has become so she can get on with her life.

Switching places with her glamorous twin sister is just what she needs to get Mr. Most Likely to Succeed into bed and out of her heart.

When you come across a book that is part of a series and you’ve missed the previous ones are you tempted to skip it? If so, make an exception in the case of The Reunion Game as it is not a book to miss out on.

This may be the fourth in the series, but stands alone for those who come to the series backwards. As always the author creates powerful characters with real problems and dilemmas. It is how the author weaves those intricacies and solutions through the book that snares her readers back time and time again.

Think the ‘twin-thing’ is done to death? Then think again. The author gets into the heads of her twins creating believable reasons and reality behind the heroine, Jane Smith’s, actions.

Graham Winchester epitomises everything that success means to those who think they don’t have it, and yet the hero is deeply flawed with lessons and misconceptions to deal with.

The author skilfully weaves Dawn Smith, Jane’s twin, and a pivotal secondary character, in and out of the present, and backstory.

Ms. Scarbrough invites her readers into her settings and plots and captures their interest with her fluent and gentle style. The development of her secondary characters is masterly, and their strength will charm and frustrate in equal measures. Her distinctive writing style ensures that while the reader may cringe at the antics Jane gets up to, they will root for her from the first to the final page.

Graham’s reactions to Jane’s behavior shows his true caring and strong character, and his progress towards laying the ghosts of his past.

This is definitely a book to curl up with when you are in need of some ‘feel-good-factor’.