Thursday, April 19, 2012
"The Lure of Song and Magic" by Patricia Rice
Time & Setting: California, United States, present day.
Plot: Dylan Oswyn (Oz) has been looking non-stop for his 5 year old son, Donal, who was kidnapped. A cryptic online tip from someone he only knows as the "Librarian" tells him to find Syrenne, a former teen singing idol, who supposedly is now working in a daycare center. When he finds her, she certainly doesn't look at all like what he was expecting.
Pippa (short for Philippa Seraphina Malcolm James Henderson) voluntarily retired from her very successful singing career as Syrenne, after some rather tragic events and a very public meltdown. She lives a peaceful life, by choice, and enjoys working with the small children in the daycare center.
When Oz finds her and suggests that she basically come back to the spotlight, she outright declines. However, once she finds out the reason why Oz wants to bring her out, she feels that she has no choice as the life of a little boy is in the line.
Characters: Oz and Pippa, the main characters, proved to be hard to resist (at least to me). The book is basically a contemporary with paranormal elements, so I was not particularly enthused about it when I bought it, but seemed interesting based on reviews I read about it in other blogs. I went in not expecting a lot, but I got "hooked" by the characters, and then the story, from the very first chapter. Oz has a type A personality which makes him seem a bit assoholic at times, but it didn't put me off. I also liked Pippa, despite the fact that she was very scared about herself and her "abilities", for very good reasons. Pippa is someone that has known a lot of emotional suffering, yet she has managed to survive. Headbutting was to be expected, but thankfully, I wasn't put off by it. Oz also had certain abilities, and I guess that made him less of an ass as would have been expected under different circumstances.
I know that I have at least one other book by Patricia Rice, but I don't think I've read it, plus it is a historical romance, so I am placing her in my "author new to me" category. I would love to see more books following this one, hopefully involving Oz's brothers, who intrigued me. I guess we will have to wait and see.
I felt that the book flowed smoothly, I didn't find anything that threw me and the pace was quick. The mystery surrounding Dylan's kidnapping/disappearance unraveled adequately and it was rather interesting to follow the unraveling of that mystery, while watching Oz and Pippa fall for one another.
I definitely recommend this title to lovers of both paranormal and contemporary romance. I will try and read the historical romance shortly, to see how it compares.