Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Review – Sandeflay © Linda Mooney

SANDEFLAY

Author: Linda Mooney

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Genre: Romance Fantasy

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Miranda Sayers’s only friend is her wheelchair. It has been her refuge and her escape mechanism for most of her twenty-six years. But the time has come when her grandmother can no longer help take care of her. Now Randi is faced with having to survive on her own, and unfortunately that future doesn’t look promising. Collin First’s job on Earth is to find the Ducts between his world and this one. As an Extinguisher, he has to eliminate those passageways before any of the dangerous creatures from Sandeflay can pass through and harm any humans. The last thing he expected when he took the assignment was to find the beautiful, crippled woman living one floor below his apartment. Before either of them can contend with the impossibility of their relationship, Randi and Collin are thrown together, seeking each other’s love and help. And when circumstances force Randi to follow Collin to Sandeflay, the greatest miracle of all awaits them both.

Miranda Sayers was different, but not because of her handicap. Collin had dealt with many people who had lost the use of a limb or an eye. In his line of work, it wasn’t unusual for an Extinguisher to suffer severe, sometimes critical wounds. Only if the injury prevented him from resuming his job was an Extinguisher taken out and replaced before being reassigned to another position out of the field.

But there was something about Randi that defied explanation or description. It was as if there was another woman hiding inside the pale, thin shell—a stronger, more vibrant woman. An identical twin, trapped inside a beautiful but useless body.

What he couldn’t understand was why he felt such an overwhelming need to protect her.
At first he had entertained the thought that maybe she was like a little sister. Collin was an only child, but he had always wished he had grown up with another sibling. Maybe he felt this way because he wanted to think of her as a helpless little sister. After all, she couldn’t be more than twenty. Twenty-two at the most. And now that her grandmother was no longer able to take care of her, that left her in an even more dire situation.

Randi had no idea he had scoped out the apartment when she had gone back into the bedroom to fix her makeup. A few random quick checks had shown him that the electricity was out. Shut off. The kitchen held little food in the pantry and none in the warm refrigerator. The end of the month was still six days away. So how was she expecting to cope between now and the next disability check?

Collin glanced down at the figure bundled up in an old cable-knit sweater and a thin blanket as he pushed the wheelchair down the sidewalk. The woman had been invading his dreams for the past three months. Now that he knew her better, now that he knew her circumstances, it would only get worse.

Damn him for starting to fall in love with her.

The moon-glow face glanced up at him. She wore a dazzling smile. “You’re taking me to Roxanna’s, aren’t you?”

“What gave me away?”

“It’s the only decent place to eat in this direction. Besides, it specializes in midday brunches and high tea.” She flashed him another smile, one that added a grateful shine to her blue eyes. “I’ve never been to Roxanna’s before.”

“You haven’t? Well, then, just you wait. You’re in for a treat.” He tried to act surprised although he wasn’t. He would have to be careful how he asked about her life and how she came to be a paraplegic. If he was to gain and keep her trust, he needed Randi to believe he honestly cared about her. And about her future. That shouldn’t be too difficult considering he was already at that point.

In the back of his mind he was also starting to argue with himself. Where is all this leading, old boy? Let’s say you start to fall even more in love with the woman. For what purpose? Were you planning on giving up being an Extinguisher so you could trot around town, pushing her wheelchair?

Crap! The voice of reason could be such a mean son of a bitch! On one hand he admitted he wanted to be here with Randi, wheelchair or no. Yet, on the other hand, he knew he had to get away from the claustrophobic feelings she evoked in him. It was the only thing that reined him in, knowing that if he attached himself to her, she would inevitably become an anchor dangling around his neck. Pulling him down. Dragging him down. Slowing him down until he either suffocated or drowned.

Sweet heavens, what am I going to do?

Sandeflay © Linda Mooney

 

Review

Sandeflay is a parallel planet to earth, where the inhabitants fall into two categories: the creatures your nightmares are made of that come through the duct that forms between the two worlds, and the “Extinguishers” who deal with these creatures and close the ducts.

Collin, one of Sandeflay’s finest, has exceeded the time that an “Extinguisher” stays in service. Along with his pet tygren, he lives simply and is up most nights dealing with closing ducts and the monsters that come through them. Dedicated to the job, he has no time for the paraplegic that lives one floor below. When she literally falls into his arms, he takes on board more than he bargains for.

Miranda has always felt that she can deal with anything life throws at her, and painfully aware of her limitations, she keeps her hopes realistic. When she is helped by the handsome stranger from upstairs, she accepts it at face value and is determined not to get flustered by his display of interest.

Collin is instantly attracted to Miranda, and although she thinks it’s out of pity, he must convince her that what he feels is the real thing. When things go wrong in their building, he has no choice but to return to Sandeflay. Perilously injured and not sure of his survival, he begs the powers that be to bring Miranda to him.

From the moment Miranda arrives on Sandeflay, she knows she has limited time to have everything she has always desired with the man of her dreams. When unexpected miracles happen and new revelations are made, can Collin and Miranda’s love be third-time-lucky for two people who will do anything to be together?

SANDEFLAY is an absolutely stunning read by Ms. Mooney; her characters are endearing and her fictional world of Sandeflay is a place I would be delighted to visit.

I went through a whole range of emotions while reading this book including love for the characters and the world of Sandeflay, empathy for Miranda and her limitation along with the seemingly unwinnable situation between Collin and herself, respect for the sacrifices that Collin has made for his planet, his job and his pet, and heartbreak when the plot took some nail biting twists and turns.

The love that Collin and Miranda have for each other is so strong, it is a thing of beauty. Ms. Mooney has surpassed all expectations with SANDEFLAY.

6 Speak To Me:

Chris on 27 April 2010 at 08:07 said...

Well, if I was reading m/f, this would definitely intrigue me!

MarthaE on 27 April 2010 at 12:40 said...

Hi E.H. - Thanks for this interesting review. This got my attention and made me want to check out the book and author.

Erotic Horizon on 27 April 2010 at 13:26 said...

@Chrs.

This is a wonderful book - A definite must read...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 27 April 2010 at 13:27 said...

@Martha..

Ms. Mooney is a firm favourite of mine... Hope she works for you..

E.H>

Smokinhotbooks on 27 April 2010 at 20:06 said...

I must have this one!

Great review EH.

Erotic Horizon on 30 April 2010 at 23:30 said...

@KC

I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did..

E.H>