REVIEW: Jealous Lover by Brandi MichaelsMonday, December 14, 2009 1:00
Limecello’s review of Jealous Lover by Brandi Michaels
Contemporary romance released by Samhain Publishing 16 Jun 09
I haven’t read a Samhain book in a while, and this was a cute, fast read. I’ve heard of Brandi Michaels, but this is the first book by her that I’ve read. I’ll definitely look into her back list – and see if she has any stories connected to this one.
Crystal Moran is a nice heroine. She’s smart, rational, and likable. She stands up for herself, and doesn’t fall into too many stereotypes. I like that she left Demetrius originally – although she does “take one for the team” and agree to er, be with him, for money – but it’s for charity! Anyway, more importantly, Crystal, after finding “damning evidence” does something about it. Sure, there are a few melodramatic moments, but then she pulls on her big girl pants, and confronts the issue. I was pleased, and impressed.
Demetrius is a great hero. He’s… amusing, almost, in how arrogant and overbearing he is – but you like him. He’s not an asshat- just… very Greek, and you find yourself charmed by his character. He’s obviously also very attached to Crystal, and does have a brain. Demetrius just isn’t very good at cooperating so much as asserting his will. I liked that he actually was rational, and regretted his harsh actions. It was nice to see a hero admit fault and show remorse- and before the “big reveal” even.
I thought of this book as an X-rated Harlequin Presents (…until I read another HP book- and was surprised as to the content) on fast forward. I liked that the hero was Greek and certain aspects of his personality reflected that, but overall, I didn’t think it mattered. Yes, Ms. Michaels did her research, and I’m sure the Greek she uses was correct. (After all, she asked Tony and Lori Karayianni.) Nevertheless, as very few people in her audience likely understand Greek, everything Demetrius says is repeated in English. This bogs down the story and makes it repetitive. The Greek becomes a distraction, rather than a part of his character.
There were some basic misunderstandings, but nothing that annoyed me. In fact, the book pleasantly surprised me, because I thought it might become mired or be trapped by one of the pitfalls available- but it doesn’t! The characters are relatively rational and intelligent, though it’s somewhat crazy everything takes place in basically 24 hours. (Hence the “fast forward” aspect.) What also makes this story different is the er… techy underwear Demetrius brings for Crystal. Seemingly unnecessary kink, but hey – to each his or her own.
If you’re looking for a cute, smart, and short story – I’d recommend this one. I’ll probably re-read it when I want something quick, and entertaining.
Once burned, twice shy-until the passion reignites.
Three years ago, heiress Crystal Moran gave her heart to a man, only to have it crushed by his accusations of infidelity. Miserable, she picked up the pieces and returned to the United States to run her family-s non-profit corporation. Now, just as she-s got her life in order, he shows up at her big fundraiser. He thinks making a sizeable donation will win back her good graces.
Greek millionaire Demetrius Vartolas knows his money can-t turn back the clock, but it just might buy him enough time to convince Crystal she belongs in his life. And his bed.
The reunion of bodies leaves them both begging for more. Rebuilding lost trust won-t be so easy-unless she can prove her innocence to him once and for all…
Read an excerpt here.