"outrageously funny paranormal romance"

When Maryellen woke up in the morning, it should have been another routine day for the workaholic graphic artist. Instead, Sub-commander Targon made his presence known as a disembodied voice coming from inside her. This turns out to be just the beginning of Maryellen's life changing experiences.

Ur Targon is certain that his cohorts placed him into Marellens' body as a practical joke; but he is not laughing. On a top secret, urgent mission to save the US President, Targon needs a body of his own.

From cab accidents with police cars to group therapy in pyramids (with Trekies and Star Wars fans) OUT OF THE BLUE has a little bit of everything. Katherine Deauxville hardly gives the reader time to recover from one shocker (that has you groaning in mortification) before she makes you laugh out loud again. I especially liked the results of going hunting for an appropriate body. Gads, that was a hoot! (Am I tempting you to read the book yet?)

While I greatly enjoyed this story, I had some issues with several things. Maryellen's sister Felicia drove me nuts! I think she was very sweet at the same time but it was like she never listened to her sister. Rather than noticing typographical errors etc, I noticed a couple of inconsistencies with Maryellen herself (was she a virgin or not? Sorry, but this really confused me!). I also thought Maryellen and Felicia were a little pretentious. As I've never read a book by Ms Deauxville before, I don't know if it is just the characters, or her writing style. Despite how this paragraph might sound, I did like Maryellen who was resourceful, even if she was out of her league dealing with Targon.

I do like the way Ms Deauxville alternates between the primary characters, the secondary characters Wolf Madder from the FFI, and then the therapy group. It gave the story a feeling of knowing what is going on for all three parties at the same time without overloading the reader. I thought this was really well done.

While Targon is certainly overbearing and a pain in Maryellen's life, he is a hoot! He has the capability of taking a semi-solid form only for short periods of time. During this time he glows kind of like a thousand watt light-bulb, which is a problem in it's own. He has a "guide book" of Earth culture that adds to the humor; "invents" a great drink in champagne and orange juice - which has funny results. And lastly, I think the body he ends up finding actually matched his personality in a way!

As this is a romance, the characters are intimate, but the scenes are insinuated rather than graphically written out. (Which I can respect.)

All in all, OUT OF THE BLUE is outrageously funny and if you have the chance to read the story, it's a great contemporary romance that I would recommend.

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted May 19, 2004


Maryellen isn't sure whether to call the Men in Black or the men in white coats--all she knows is that she is having an incredibly alien experience. The voice that comes out of her mouth isn't hers (she certainly wouldn't swear like that!) and though the hand exploring her breast is her own, she's never had the urge to do that before. Her sister says Manhattan is finally getting to her. She claims Ur Targon is simply the last alarm bell of Maryellen's biological clock. But how can either of them deny a golden god who promises to make her see stars? Maryellen has to get Targon out of her body and heart. If he needs her enough, he can find his own way back in.


Out of the Blue
by Katherine Deauxville

Love Spell (Leisure)
February 1, 2002
ISBN #0505524694
EAN #9780505524690
352 pages
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