26 October 2007

Marilyn Rondeau's review of Riding the Thunder

MacGillivray Steps up the STEAM !, October 25, 2007
By M. Rondeau (West Springfield, MA United States)

In the second stand-alone book of Deborah MacGillivray's - Sisters of Colford Hall series, this top selling author turns up the flame in keeping up the sensual stimulation she ignited with the first book THE INVASION OF FALGANNON ISLAND. While his elder brother Desmond is launching a takeover attempt on Falgannon Island as revenge and ruination on the Montgomerie family's empire, Jago Mershan is sent to the other side of the pond to launch the takeover on the Montgomerie's assets in Kentucky. All seemed simple enough until Jago got an up close and personal look at the very sleek and unbelievably sexy Asha Montgomerie. Nope -- not even the spooky paranormal happenings at Asha's Windmill Cafe were going to scare him off - for after one look Jago was primed and ready. Ready to take Asha for the ride of a lifetime in which both would feel the thunder of an exciting sensual journey.

*** For those of us who grew up in the 60's this very hot and sensual read is going to be a phenomenal treat as the memories and the music of my teen years all came rushing back. MacGillivray's story of the present day passionate love affair between Asha and Jago, set against the backdrop of the ghostly lovers, Tommy Grant and Laura Valmont making their afterlife home at the Windmill Café emotionally poignant. Having Asha experiencing flashbacks to the other couple's tragic love story and murder; along with the ghostly antics of her decades old Wurlitzer continuously playing the romantic ballad, "Tell Laura I Love Her"... complete with other tunes from the 60's was a truly clever strategy. Peppering the story with a set of quirky and lovable secondary characters (including a mischievous cat) plus humorous and titillating dialogs kept the pace lively to continue reading into the wee hours of the morning.

In essence, Ms. MacGillivray not only writes her stories hot and steamy but treats readers to a gifted lyrical voice. Impeccably written, her characters spring to life bringing the reader ringside to feel all the intrigue, passion, and love. Book two in this entertaining Sisters of Colford Hall series is definitely stand-alone but I guarantee it will have the new reader scurrying about for book one and anxiously awaiting the next in this series. Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization

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