Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review: Jana Richards' "Flawless"

                                         Book Review


In 2010, the Crimson Rose Senior Editor of the Wild Rose Press put out a submissions call for a new series called “Jewels of the Night”. The first ‘jewel’ would be a blue diamond. Author Jana Richards responded to the call with Flawless, a tale of war, treachery, love, and loss that will keep you turning every one of its 152 pages as fast as you can read—and want more.

Hunter Smith, convicted jewel thief and unwilling undercover operative for British special operations, is an unlikely hero. Dropped into France, he must work with the French Resistance, to retrieve le Coeur Bleu before it is used to finance victory for the Nazis. Unfortunately, his partner in the effort, Madeleine, has reason to hate him. General Klaus Dietrich, now occupying the grand de Maisoneuve chateau where the diamond lies waiting for good or evil purposes, believes in his right to the spoils of war, Madeleine among them.

The reader is skillfully transported to 1942 occupied France with pertinently placed descriptions of the countryside and will fall in love with the old chateau and its architectural secrets. Hunter’s and Madeleine’s back stories are woven seamlessly into the present action and explain who they are—and why. General Dietrich comes off as a very believable villain—the man you love to hate and want to see get his just desserts!

Whether or not a reader is familiar with (or even interested in) this particular historical era, she will find Flawless a terrific read both for suspense and romance.

Flawless is a 40K+ eBook priced at $4.50, available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, and Digi Books Café.

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Excerpt
  France, 1942.  The world is at war. The Nazis have stolen the infamous blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu, intending to barter it for weapons that will destroy the Allies. Jewel thief Hunter Smith is given a choice; help the French Resistance steal back the diamond and avenge the death of his best friend, or stay locked up in an English prison. He chooses revenge.
     Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand’s husband died when he was betrayed by Hunter Smith. How can she now pretend to be married to the arrogant American? How can she betray Jean Philippe’s memory by her passionate response to Hunter’s kisses? Neither is prepared for the maelstrom of attraction that erupts between them. To survive they must uncover the mysteries of the past and conquer the dangers of the present. But first Madeleine must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband and the Resistance or with the greatest love of her life.  
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1 comment:

Jana Richards said...

Judy, thank you so much for the great review. I'm so pleased you enjoy "Flawless".

Jana