Nora Roberts






Harlequin Silhouettes, Re-Release
First Published 1992
Reviewed by Joy Calderwood

Screenwriter Nash Kirkland wants to write another movie about the supernatural, this time about witches. For research, he has an appointment in Monterey to meet Morgana Donovan, who has quite a reputation as a witch. He doesnít believe in the supernatural, but it makes great movies, and Nash is good at writing them.

Interviewing a genuine witch stirs up Nashís smug disbelief. Morgana finds it infuriating to feel this much attraction to a man who always has a scientific, if farfetched, explanation for her magic; but she surrenders to the love her magic tells her is inevitable. Nash, in spite of his skepticism, comes to the conclusion that he has been "too busy falling for her to be practical." When Morgana finally manages to puncture Nashís preconceived ideas and they meet on her own ground, it seems their affair is heaven. If only she hadnít seen what comes next for their future.

Throughout CAPTIVATED, Morgana enthuses about all the ways in which Nash is wonderful. I canít agree with her. He is physically attractive, smart, creative, and head over heels about her, but he is also mistrustful of anything emotional or spiritual. He thinks she creates her witch effects by cheating. He will imagine any horrible story that gives him a reason to avoid love. Personally, I think Morgana made a rotten choice of partner. BUT, this opinion is only hindsight. While I was reading, the sweeping poetry of Robertsí writing would not let me react logically. Morgana and Nashís romance was what Roberts wanted it to be. Inescapably.

Reviewer friends have raved to me about Nora Robertsí books for years. She is indeed one of the most poetic romance writers I have ever read. Robertsí poetry doesnít fly off into the clouds in a hazy whirl from which there is no rescue. Her poetry captures us inside the characters and moves us to share their hazy whirl, or their blazing fury, or their flaring hope. We are in, for however long it takes. Reason is difficult to combine with romance, especially when Nora Roberts is controlling the romance.

I am impressed that Roberts doesnít talk down to her readers. It isnít often you find an author using the word "gelid," which means "icy cold". Iím not sure Iíve ever seen it used in a romance before. Robertsí way is to choose exactly the right word, whether it is common usage or not. She has obviously been choosing a lot of the right words, because she is a very prolific and popular author

CAPTIVATED is the first book of the Donovan Legacy trilogy, which is now being re-released by Harlequin. The others are coming out in quick succession: ENTRANCED, about Morganaís clairvoyant cousin Sebastian, is on store shelves now, and CHARMED, about her nurturing cousin Anastasia, is due in September 2004.

June 2004 Review


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