Saturday, 29 November 2008

Jamesville 6 - By The Book - N.J. Walters

Taking the chance of a lifetime, single and starting a business in a new  town, antiquarian Amanda Barrington gets down to business trying to sort out the mess that is her house and home.

Before she’s even had a chance to unpack the coffee pot, her first customer was at the door. Excited at the prospect of digging into her passion she opens the door to a man who’s all man and promptly forgot everything else.

Ex-military and not very trusting, Jonah Sutter, having just come back to small town Jamesville, finds himself instantly attracted to the new business owner who stood on the other side of the door to him. Helping out family he hardly expects to find romance at the beginning of the day.

With the temperature sizzling between them, they are brought back to earth when Amanda realizes she needs Jonah for more than just overhauling her electrical system – but also to protect her from the unknown danger that has just entered her life.

Jonah is not big on commitment, but when someone dares touch Amanda he breaks all his rules and sets out to protect her – little did he know that his heart was more at risk than he even realized.

It’s always a pleasure returning to Jamesville and on this our sixth visit with Ms. Walters; we are treated to nothing less than same small town madness, pettiness and downright vindictiveness. Amanda and Jonah are classic Walters’s creation, two people not ready to commit but who have little or no power to stop the emotional rollercoaster - love.

Amanda and Jonah are both likable protagonist, they are compatible in so many ways, but with life experience and challenges, one wants to embrace the unfamiliar and have someone to call her own, while the other has move around and on to the next thing for so long it’s second nature to him and he can’t imagine anything else.

BY THE BOOK is a thrilling read with some of the usual suspects making an entrance and new people are introduced to us from the Jamesville community. Ms. Walters’s fictional community is a wonderful town to which I am always eager to return.

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