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Calling All Hearts Paperback – April 8, 2010
About the Author
Emjae considers herself a professional romantic, but don't call her work romantic fiction. Like everyone else around Inknbeans, she prefers the term contemporary relationship fiction. She started writing fiction for her grandmother more than twenty years ago, and only recently decided to pick up quill and ink and begin again, after toiling far too long as a technical writer. She lives in a little castle on a hilltop in Southern California with the demanding and indifferent Lord Mogwollen, her collection of tea pots, crochet hooks and coffees from around the world. She is the last living Dodgers fan.
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Here's my review:
Okay, We have Lane and Scotty. Lane has a heart condition and isnt expected to live much longer, I know, I know its a sad start to a book and frankly I was kinda leery to read this- I didnt know if it would have a HEA (Happy Ever After) or not. But good news it does :D (I dont think that was a spoiler) His father is Scotty's boss (he's chief of police) and Scotty calls him Uncle because he had once been her father's police partner. He invites her to his house one weekend when Lane will be there. They agree to have a marriage of convenience of sorts and conceive a child as those were things he wanted before he died, they are together for a couple weeks but jealousy and an evil witch named Marjean influence Lane into doing something horrible...
I love this author's heroines (for the most part), and her Heros are AMAZING, they'll make you sigh or swoon. I love how she writes the Hero's. You can tell Lane was falling in love with Scotty, just like in her other writing- the affection just doesnt come out of nowhere like in some books. I LOVED Lane (except when he dressed Scotty like Marjean- THE JERK! ;)) Again this is something Ive found in her books her Heros are all great- I have fallen for EACH one.
Like I said before this and her other books are so packed full with emotion. My heart BROKE during the "non consensual physical contact" and the act wasnt what bothered me. What broke my heart was when he tore her wedding rings off and threw them across the room *tear* For me that was the worst part, I felt like I had been gut punched, but I honestly think that was my favorite scene in the book (That might make me warped-but thats me) If you are thinking of turning this down because theres a rape scene, I urge you to think again. The scene isnt even that detailed, and it makes the story better.
Now as much as I LOVED this book I have some gripes:
1. There's a lot of periods of nothing. The first period is seven months, I wish there had been something, even if its just a paragraph, that said what was going on with the two. Then theres a period of six months, I would have liked to know how Scotty was coping after the last time she saw Lane, or how Lane was doing. So I just wish there was some filler in between them times.
2. Was Lane intimate with Marjean during his and Scotty's seperation? Was he seeing her after he and Scotty seperated? Trent says that his confrontation with Marjean was the end of Marjean and Lane. And their confrontation was about six months AFTER Lane and Scotty seperated. To me, that implied that they had been seeing each other.
3. This book was TOO SHORT! I didnt want to quit reading about them : )
I would (and will) recommend this to everyone I know. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.
Every once in awhile Emjae amazes us with a turn of phrase that stuns us. We have to go back and read it again. For example: "Johnny Mathis' Chances Are melted out of the speaker."
For this, and many other good reasons which you will discover when you read the book, I give this a huge "thumbs-up!"
Calling All Hearts is an old-fashioned romance, with misunderstandings, a villain, a marriage, a lot at stake, and some seemingly impossible situations that you just hope will get resolved - all the ingredients you'd expect from a romance, and on top of that, the likeable heroine is an NYPD police officer.