"an irresistible read"
Janushka "Jana" Jasper was an unusual child; highly
imaginative, loving and unable to speak. Being a member of
an old and distinguished political family, they have
instilled in her the responsibility of public service. It
concerns her that she has been a problem to her family,
and she is determined not to cause them any more worry.
When one evening nine year-old Jana sees a glowing boy
stuck in the tree outside her window, she sneaks outside
and rescues him. She is unable to tell anyone but her
sister Evie about her magic boy, her "Peter." Believing
him to be an imaginary friend, Evie advises Jana to ask
for three wishes. She meets with him, and they share
friendship and an innocent kiss. He leaves but not before
giving her a most precious gift, the gift of gab.
Twenty years later, Jana had used her gift of gab so well
that she was elected the youngest state senator in
California history. Now at age 32, she wished that she was
as successful in love as she was in politics. Though she
was close to making a commitment a couple of times, her
relationships never seem to have that "magic" she is
looking for. When Jana's hard line environmental and
import policies step on the wrong toes, she and her family
are thrust into the political spotlight with accusations
of corruption. Her grandfather, a beloved ex-senator,
advises her to keep a low profile until the scandal blows
over. Stopping at the grocery store on the way home for
some much needed ice cream, Jana encounters a handsome
hunk in futuristic military gear that looks like he just
stepped out of a sci-fi movie. He asks Jana to "take me to
your leader" and has a wild story of how the earth is
slated to be "acquired" by coalition forces. As if her day
had not been weird enough!
Cavin of Far Star is a Prime Major in the coalition
forces, and he also happens to be Jana's magical boy,
Peter. Having met Jana 23 years ago while with his father
on a scientific mission to Earth, Cavin never forgot her.
Now he is here to save her and the people of Earth from
the imminent invasion. Cavin has a couple of obstacles
standing in the way of his mission; convincing Jana that
her magical boy is flesh and blood, and trying to avoid
being eliminated by a REEF; an intergalactic hit-man bent
on his destruction. Now he and Jana are on the run, trying
to save the Earth and breaking more than a few laws in the
process; what a way to lay low, Grandpa would be proud!
I absolutely loved this book! It is exciting, heartwarming
and funny. The story is populated with the warm and
wonderful characters that fans of Ms. Grant of have come
expect. Cavin and Jana are made for one another and
readers will root for them to overcome the obstacles that
threaten their happiness. Readers will fall in love with
the entire Jasper family; thank goodness there will be two
more books in the series, I miss them already! The
author's wonderfully witty humor, strong and intelligent
heroine and trademark sexy alpha hero with a heart of
gold, make this an irresistible read. Beyond the obvious
appeal of the "stranger in a strange land" plot, this is a
feel good story that touches the reader on many levels;
having the strength to believe in yourself and to do what
is right, even when it is not easy, and that love and
happiness can be achieved with courage, heart, and maybe
just a little magic. This book is a keeper!
Review date: July 19, 2006
Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted November 2, 2006
**2006 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE
Think the grocery store is a great place to meet men?
Hunky interstellar fugitive, aisle 5.
With outrageously false accusations piling up against her famous political family and an ex-fiancÚ in hot water determined to take her down with him, the last thing Jana Jasper needs is more trouble--especially man trouble. But when she heads to the grocery store for an ice cream fix, not only does the muscled hunk in the frozen foods section ranting about spaceships and invasions look crazy, he looks... familiar.
Cavin of Far Star has never forgotten the girl he met during his weeks spent on that quaint little world, planet Earth, the girl who didn't believe he was real. And now he'll risk his future to save her. All she has to do is take him to her leader. Simple enough plan--although Jana isn't so easily convinced. Hell-bent on charming his way past her defenses, he's determined to stay one step ahead of the galaxy's most feared assassin--and may just capture his favorite Earthling's heart in the process.