The Soul Series, book 3
Julia Rachel Barrett
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His boss may be the woman of his dreams but ranch manager, Lucas Jennings, thinks Dr. Sidney Blake is few cans short of a six pack. She insists he’s someone else-- her lover, this mysterious Wolf fellow who magically appeared in a blizzard, got her pregnant and vanished without a trace.
If Lucas was smart he’d head back to Nebraska, but every damn time Sydney turns those big brown eyes on him, he’s hooked. He might be able to hide his attraction to her, but he’s not about to leave her on her own to run a ranch during calving season.
What’s really driving Lucas crazy is that the longer he stays, the more he remembers. He’s not Wolf. He’s not the baby’s father. Then why does he know Sydney’s body inside and out? Why does he remember the taste of her? When he looks in the mirror, why does the man named Wolf look back?
Stay is Book Three of the Souls Series.
(Stay (The Soul Series) at Amazon)
It was a pleasure to read Julia's latest entry in this paranormal romance series involving humans and god-like beings who come to earth and fall in love. I admit to friendship bias, but I can honestly say this is Julia's best work. She has grown and progressed as a writer and STAY shows it.
Every line of dialogue rings true. Julia is a real "Cowgirl" who goes on cattle drives so she knows whereof she writes. Her work, even her earlier work, has a lot of heart. "Story" is at the root of her writing. Information dumping is virtually non-existent, and her descriptive writing has surged forward. There are some points where I wanted to slap the male love interest upside the head for density, thinking, "just get over it already!" In the end, I could well imagine his long and muscular frame on a big horse.
Lucas is the cowboy every adolescent girl (of my era anyway) wanted to ride off into the sunset with. Here's a great quote I got off Julia's website:
He laughed. “It worked out fine. She’d always dreamed of marrying a cowboy.”“Every little girl dreams of marrying a cowboy,” she said.Lucas teased her. “I thought every little girl dreamed of riding a horse.”“Well, why do you think we want to marry cowboys?”
So there's humor, angst, pathos, danger and a little loving too. Julia writes intimacy nicely. The book has one very emotional, pregnant doctor who insists Lucas is someone else. An important theme is learning to give the space someone needs to come to grips with change and understand a fluid concept of time. And, it is the third book. It's best read with at least IN THE FLESH, but throw in INCORPOREAL for the complete set.
It's not a long book so I am not going to go on and on reviewing it. The upshot is that STAY is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED