This Magic Moment
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About the Author
Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Excerpt from the back of the book:
"Abracadabra! For this one moment, Ryan Swan, you will believe in magic... If only she could. But how was Ryan ever to know if the love of mysterious magician Pierce Atkins was real enough to last a lifetime or just an illusion she'd conjured up herself? She'd just have to read the message in his eyes...
Pierce had a lot of tricks up his sleeve-and he needed all his skill in magic to get his message across to skeptical Ryan. But a message of love has a powerful magic all its own..."
Only to find the poor little rich girl, who is NOT the spoilt brat. It's very appealing that they do not have him making the mistake of thinking that she is just a spoilt brat. Insted, they both click on to each other's vulnerabilities and are drawn despite both having some impressively high walls built up.
It's unusual because the hero 'feels' like he is the most isolated, but as you read you realize that it is hte heroine who has truly carved out a lonely life for herself.
It is quiet, but sly. The humor peeks out at you, unexpected among these two somber souls, but giving you these delightful hints of what they could be if their walls were erected.
Then of course Nora also uses one of my favorites, forcing the hero reject and then suffer the full extent of his arrogance in thinking that he can turn down love in order to keep his life safe.
I'm not giving the story away, but there are a host of delightful side characters, a truly irrepressible raven and a big lug who will tug at you.
It's been on my shelf for 20 years and will never get thrown away.
I set my expectations too high and came crashing down to an all-time disappointment. A great start with strong sense of atmosphere and characterization. Then half way through, the story shifted to where they kept hopping into bed with each other, letting the plot pretty much disappear around page 100. I didn't expect much from a semi-decent plot line but to fill up space in this way was sacrilege. Then the ending slightly bombed. They were in love with each other but neither of them talked or worked out anything as a couple. Pretty much, Pierce said, "I want it my way." Ryan answered, "Why won't you see it from my perspective?" Pierce: "My way or I'm not doing it." Ryan: "Fine!" This type of conversation occurred over and over to point you wonder why Ryan bother asking anymore. I felt no pity for Ryan. Ryan was strong but kept unerringly, falling back on her 'poor me' attitude. She struggled to get her father's approval and then expected all men to fail her anyways. Her weak backbone was the bane of this book's existence. Pierce was definitely mysterious, but your basic alpha and I love the fact he was a successful magician since this isn't really a job that is used often in romances. The side characters were the highlight with the array of emotions and down-to-earth personas that you can't help but relate to. Without them lighting up the darkness, this book would've been a major drudge to get through.
This was definitely not Nora Roberts' best. If you like Silhouette Desire or love lots of passion with no real plot, this is definitely for you. Weak plot line, weak heroine, dominating hero made this a miss for everyone else.