I've wanted to read the Greywalker books for a decent amount of time now. I received the first one from an exchange a whiles back, and I have the th I've wanted to read the Greywalker books for a decent amount of time now. I received the first one from an exchange a whiles back, and I have the third one as well. My edition of the second one seems to have disappeared sadly, but I sorted that out quickly enough. All that rambling means is that I enjoyed the book quite a lot and can't wait for more.
Harper is...different. She doesn't take things on face value and she can multi-task really well. Her death, because she did truly die for a bit there, opened her up to a whole new level of life that she probably wished stayed hidden, but that she deals with admirably. The 'Grey' is our reality, but not quite. Like The Outer Limits or Twilight Zone, the Grey happens all around us, but for the most part no one has any idea about it. And how people are tuned into the Grey differs from person to person, talent to talent. About halfway through the book I was feeling as sick as Harper anytime she slipped through the Grey quite honestly.
The cast of characters surrounding Harper are equally intriguing--from Quinton (freelance troubleshooter) to Will (antiques auctioneer), they manage to balance out Harper's bluntness. The Danzigers--Ben and Mara--were the most interesting to me. They're in similar fields of study, that is of the paranormal, but have entirely different approaches to it. Ben is more about the science of the unexplained, getting to know the grit and details of what makes the Grey work so to speak. Mara is a witch, she's got firsthand experience with the Grey and what it can do if you're not careful. They butt heads on occasion throughout the book, with a culminating heated discussion near the end involving just how differently they view things.
Harper handles 2 primary cases--the disappearance of college kid Cameron and finding a lost heirloom for a mysterious client. At first both seem pretty routine, but as they unfold it becomes obvious that its just as well that Harper is becoming acclimated to the Grey. Her transition isn't easy, she doesn't just accept that suddenly hey ghosts and vampires and witches really exist; she fights it. She fights it until it makes her sick and then keeps trying to fight it some more. She never wanted to be 'special', she was happy with an ordinary life. ...more
Something about The Greek's Forced Bride made me want to read it when I read the short review of it. I haven't even read this author before to use asSomething about The Greek's Forced Bride made me want to read it when I read the short review of it. I haven't even read this author before to use as an excuse. And I really hate the title of the book (and the serial its a part of 'Bedded for Blackmail'? So gothic!). It didn't stop me from thinking that at any moment a werewolf or vampire or witch or even a ghost would pop up and make this story seem more familiar. Is it a sad state of affairs that I can relate to those ghoulish fantasies more then a grounded romance?
I did enjoy the book. I read it over about a two and half hour stint, with one break and found it easy and enjoyable. Nothing deep is happening, but then I never expect that from Harlequin titles (most of the time at least) and I definately wanted to smack Leo a few dozen times. Also a few quick smacks to Natasha's head wouldn't have felt out of place either.
Leo and Natasha are of course the most fleshed out characters, with a surprising amount of fleshing given to Leo's ex-wife as well. In fact we might have learned more meaningful things about why she acted the way she did then seemed necessary. Leo and Natasha's romance...actually I'm not sure you can call it that. This book, despite the fact I did enjoy it (I need to stress that because this review might sound critical), reminded me why I don't read contemporary romances dated after about 1992.
I don't really want to be reminded that sex becomes such a necessary part of a relationship--especially in this case since Leo's answer to everything was to just get back into bed together and work out their problems through sex. I Hate You! To the bed! You slept with your ex-wife! To the bed! It just seemed like an endless litany of reasons for them to go to bed together. In a paranormal at least there's some other reason; vamp has to feed, werewolf is in heat, ghost is horny after years of celibacy--something! So to see the characters in and out of bed is more rationalized in my head. Pathetic as that sounds.
Then there is also the matter of despite this being written 23 years after The Olive Tree, and an entirely different writer (though both oddly are about British gals falling for Greek rich boys) the same template seemed to be used for the chick's response. Guy is all masculine and aggressively sexual, she resists, he convinces, she succombs and hates herself for it--only now with added sex to really make the girl hate herself! ...more