Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Review: The Abandoned Bride

Author: Jane Toombs
Title: The Abandoned Bride
Publisher: Silhouette Shadows
Publish Date: September 1995
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: The moment of truth.
All the guests had arrived at St. John's Church. The wedding gown had been donned. The organ music swelled. Lucy Maguire's big day had finally arrived. All she had to do was walk down the aisle....

Until a mysterious man burst through the door -- and her groom-to-be fled....
Max Ryder certainly had a way of making an entrance into a woman's life. But if it hadn't been for him, she would have made the biggest mistake ever. Obviously Lucy wasn't great at picking husbands -- and now she was falling in love with a stranger....

Review: This Shadows read like a very old gothic romance, only it was set in more modern times (the 90s). You are almost halfway through the book before you really get an idea of who, or rather what Dooley is, a psychic vampire. What? No, this vamp, doesn't feed on blood, it feeds on the spirit, or at least that's how I interpreted it.

Max, whose appearance caused Dooley to vanish from his nupitals, is a P.I. out to get him for killing his twin sister, Olivia.

Then there's the cat Persy.

Can this get any more confusing?

I think not.

Oh and Lucy has visions that are attached to the moonstone necklace that her grandmother left to her. It is because of her powers that Dooley wants her for his bride..that and she's a virgin. (Really?)

This story had a lot of potential because the characters were different, but in the end it read like a book written in the late 60s or early 70s.  Lucy was spunky but there was no explanation of why she was attracted to Max and vice versa, so their romance just fell flat.  This wasn't one of the better Shadows novels.

Rating: 3 flowers


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