I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Entranced by Nora Roberts
Series: Donovan Legacy #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on 11/01/2008
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance
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Obviously psychic Sebastian Donovan was a fraud, but fiercely protective Mary Ellen Sutherland was desperate to find a missing baby and had run out of leads. So, reluctantly, the skeptical private investigator agreed to enlist Sebastian's help. Soon she had to admit - grudgingly - that this man had some pretty remarkable gifts. Especially his extraordinary ability to penetrate her tough facade and awaken her heart.
I’m not entirely sure how to review this without fangirling all over MacLeod Andrews….but I’ma give it my best damn shot. Like Captivated, I first read Entranced by Nora Roberts a little more than a decade ago. I absolutely love Roberts’ paranormal romances. They feature strong, independent women, and men who are just sensitive enough to make you swoon, but not so overly sensitive that you want to roll your eyes backwards into your brain. Basically, she writes the kind of men I’d bang (if I wasn’t married and stuff – I love you, honey, please don’t divorce me). Whilst Captivated featured Morgana’s story, Entranced focuses on her sexy older cousin, Sebastian, who is a bit of a psychic, but much more than that. Morgana’s gift was true witchcraft; Sebastian’s is being able to see someone’s future, and tracking things by their psychic imprint (or something like that, because it’s never really explained, it’s just accepted that he can find people from things). Where Morgana uses her gift as an entrepreneur, Sebastian uses his to aid law enforcement in finding missing persons and/or criminals. Let me take a moment here to say, I really love how she makes the Donovans humble, good-hearted people who use their gifts to harm none. Okay, just kidding, Sebastian isn’t really so humble. But he’s not an asshole, he’s instead confident AND caring. In some ways, I like Sebastian’s story more than Morgana’s. Now I’m familiar with the family and frankly, Sebastian sets my loins on fire, so there’s that, too. But more than those things, he’s strong without being overbearing, and he’s mysterious. She makes you want to get to know him. And when he meets Mary Ellen, aka Mel, there are fireworks! Mel is a PI in the Monterey area and has taken on the case of her friend Rose, whose little boy has gone missing. She’s a cynic, much like Nash was in Captivated, and it’s hard for her to accept that things are not always as she was told. So when Rose wants to meet the psychic to see if he can tell where her son was taken, Mel is derisive and insulted. But because she’s a good person, she does it for her friend anyway. The sparks fly between Sebastian and Mel immediately. He wants to prove to her his ability but it chaps his ass that he should need to prove anything, so he’s reigning himself in. She wants him to go kick rocks, but she’s stupidly attracted to him, and since there are no better leads than this “psychic business”, she decides to work with him. Er, let him work with her, being a strong woman who don’t need no man, and all that. And thus begins an uncomfortable and charming romance that sweeps them both unexpectedly from their feet. I really loved the verbal sparring and sexual tension between them. Just another Nora novel to sink into on the beach or during a lazy weekend when you want to get that HEA!
Wow, see, so I managed to not spew my love of MacLeod Andrews’ voice all over this review… until now. I cannot begin to tell you how sexy his voice is. It should be criminal. Will I listen to more audios by him? What a stupid question. I’m going to go out of my way to find more of his work, and stare at his picture. And just be a creep in general.