"Jackie's last theft was Rory's heart"
I've read three of the fairy tale books so far: Big Bad
Wolf, Someone's Been Sleeping in my Bed, and now JACKIE AND
THE GIANT, all by Linda Jones. And I liked the story in
Jackie and the Giant the best. All the stories have been
good. But it didn't take the hero as long to accept that
he loved the heroine in this one and I like that. But this
one did have part of the fairy tale in it like the others.
Like in the fairy tale the giant had a great sense of smell
(the heroine wore lavender and the giant loved lavender
scent). And of course it had the three "magic" beans.
Like I said this is my favorite one so far.
JACKIE AND THE GIANT is a Faerie Tale Romance. Jacqueline
(Jackie) Beresford is a thief and a con artist. She
doesn't know who her parents were or when she was born.
She was raised by a sleaze named Luther who used her to
help pull his cons. He kept her in the same room with him,
even though she was a child, while he had women in his bed,
and once while he raped a woman. She thinks she was about
13 when Luther decided she could warm his bed and he would
teach her what to do so she could earn money that way.
Jackie ran before Luther could touch her and made her
living stealing and conning. But she never sold her body
and she was scared of men, thanks to Luther.
Jackie wanted to leave her life of crime. So she decided
she was going to pull one last theft, Rory Donovan's (a
giant of a man) Faberge egg. The problem is Jackie got
caught. Rory has a distinct sense of smell so we get "Fe
Fi Fo Fum, I Smell The Blood of an Englishwoman". Rory's
six year old son Kevin can't keep a governess. So Rory's
punishment for Jackie (who he has met under other
circumstances and believes she needs money to return home
to England) is to become Kevin's governess.
Rory has been hurt bad by his late wife's infidelity and
his daughter's death. He doesn't want anyone close enough
to hurt him again, including Kevin. As he watches the
changes that Jackie brings about in Kevin, slowly he lets
down his guard and comes to love Kevin and Jackie. There
are some incredibly heartwarming family scenes with the
three of them.
As Jackie and Rory grow to love each other and Kevin, Rory
teaches Jackie not to fear him as a man although he is
big. She knows that he won't hurt her. But Jackie fears
if Rory knew the full truth about her life as a con artist
he would stop loving her. Of course that's not true. So
with the help of three "magic" beans (who's only magic is
the power of love) and a precious little boy Rory and
Jackie find love and make a family.
This is my favorite Faerie Tale Romance so far. They voice
their love earlier in the book than in the others and work
to make a family. I loved it and I think it was
heartwarming and I like the way the Fairy Tale was
interwoven in the story.
Sheila Bragg © Copyright October 1999
for eBOOKISLE.com & ParaNormal
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 15, 2002