Monday, August 25, 2014

(76)Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The last place in the world  Ventriloquist Annie Hewitt wants to be is Peregrine Island in the middle of a blizzard, yet here she is stuck in her little Kia. Annie has less than fond memories of the island, but she is broke, unemployed, and out of options.  According to the terms of an agreement her recently deceased mother made long ago, Annie must spend sixty days on the island with never leaving. Leaving means they forfeit and the cottage reverts back to the Harp estate and that bully, Theo Harp. As much as Annie despises the island, she thinks it will take the full sixty days to find the thing her dying  mother said would bring her great riches.  Even though that insufferable Theo Harp won't leave her alone and someone keeps breaking into the cottage,  Annie desperately needs the money and isn't going anywhere until she finds it.

Heroes Are My Weakness was a fun read.  Take an isolated island off the coast of Maine, mix in a feisty heroine, and add one handsome, brooding hero and you have a recipe for a steamy romance!  I loved the setting of Peregrine Island for this book, especially since it is set in the Winter.  Most "island" books are set in the Summer, so this was a definite change.   Annie is definitely a feisty character.  The one summer she spent on the island as a teen she was basically ruthlessly tortured by Theo, so it is no wonder that she is dreading the thought of being on the island again with him so close by.  Even though the puppets are of her own creation and their words are her own, they really seem to be the parts of herself that Annie is afraid to let be heard. I loved their different personality traits and I loved how Scamp was an integral part in dealing with her friend's daughter, Livie.  Theo was such an interesting character, too.  Dark and brooding, yet with a softer side, too.  Who would have thought the horror novelist would enjoy making fairy castles?   He was a good match for Annie and even though I understand it was a defense mechanism, I found myself annoyed at the way Annie talked to Theo early on in the book.    Romance novels, by pure definition, tend to be a bit predictable and Heroes Are My Weakness is no different, but the path to the end was fun and romantic.

Bottom line, I have been reading Susan Elisabeth Phillips novels for nearly three decades now.  Her characters are always fun, feisty, entertaining, and always find themselves in an interesting pickle.  Heroes Are My Weakness is a fun read in an interesting setting and has love story that will make your heart melt.  If you are looking for a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon,  add Heroes Are My Weakness to your list!

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