||November 9, 2007
Believe , ISBN: 978-1-60088-189-3, November 9, 2007
Magic is, believing in the impossible.
Mikhail Romanasky has the gift of second sight. When her latest vision is of a kidnapped child, she reluctantly approaches the Chicago Police Force, endeavoring to prevent the crime.
Detective Jensen Palmer doesn't believe in the ability to foretell the future. But when his nephew is targeted, he is forced to trust his only source of information, the ever-so-attractive Amazing Mikhail. To do his job, he has to believe in the impossible.
Neither is looking for love. Both are looking for a criminal.
Jensen ran his hands over the surface of the credenza. She envied the authentic Kingwood, she wanted him to run his fingers over her as he did the exotic floral-designed inlay. Would he realize she was authentic also?
One amazingly detailed bronze statue of Pan and a crystal ball held court on the marble tabletop. Jensen lifted the statue and examined all ten inches of it.
“Pan, half-man, half-goat, is a symbol for male virility and sexuality. While seated on the boulder, he’s holding a musical instrument, a syrinx. His eyes are focused on the nymph at the other end.” She lifted her gaze to meet his, connected, and then half lowered her lids. “The nymph is Echo, a great singer and dancer who scorned the love of any man. Her long flowing hair encases her shoulders. Her mouth’s open in song. As you can see, one of her delicate, muscular legs is raised above her head. A seductive look is in her eyes.”
Jensen had a similar pained expression on his face to Pan’s as he lowered the statue. Her heart beat with a fast cadence to match Aphrodite’s tail thumping against the floor. The crystal ball glowed, while it absorbed the first revitalizing light of the day. His fingers ran over the surface of the clear glass orb.
“You’re slyly courting the unknown. Do you want to see what is hidden in the depths of the oracle?”
His unsteady fingers lost their grip on the globe and it tittered, rolling back and forth on its dark wooden base. As if in a trance, she watched it wobble from side to side. He moved with athletic grace to catch it as it went over the edge of the base.
He pushed her aside, while catching his foot on the table leg. They both tumbled to the floor. She landed face up beneath him. Her body heat raised several degrees higher. Like Pan, Jensen’s long muscular legs connected with hers, and she wanted to sing a song. Entice him to kiss her.
He dragged the orb up over her head and showed her. “Look, it didn’t hit the floor.”
“Yes, I see.” She forced a droll response. Her heart rocked against her breast. Her hand rested under his jacket, against his chest, and near his shoulder holster. Within inches of his weapon.
“Huh, look, Mikhail, I can see two figures inside. They’re kissing. Let’s make this vision a reality.” He placed the crystal ball on the floor beside her and repositioned his legs, so their bodies aligned. And he kissed her.
His powerful all-consuming kiss made her seek more. She lifted her chest to touch his, wishing she didn’t have layers of cloth between them. He increased the pressure of his lips, and she flicked her tongue to meet his. The merging of their lips, the depth, and intimacy surpassed her dreams. For the past several days she couldn’t get him out of her thoughts. His beautiful hair slid between her fingers, as silky as she had imagined. In her dreams, she kissed the cleft underneath his lip. Did she dare act on that thought? She broke contact with his luscious lips, kissed the groove, and then the side of his lips. It was all she had predicted and more. He locked his lips onto hers and she lost herself in the intimacy. And now, she wanted more. She needed more from him.
jj Keller, writing fantasies with spice and humor.
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Melody Haney sings like an angel, but has put that part of her life to rest. Buried and in her past, like the tragic passing of her young son. Accepting an invitation to sing for cancer-stricken children, she is suddenly thrust into the role of "Person of Interest" when expensive cancer medication suddenly shows up missing. Now she's on a quest to find the thieves, return the needed medication to the children, and to clear her name. Beside her is the very hunky Dr. Devon Siegal, pediatric oncologist, who believes in Melody even though the circumstances paint her as guilty.
This is a very romantic story, having an underlying sweetness that enhanced the idea of bruised innocence but did nothing to dilute the air of mystery threaded through the story. One of the best points MELODY'S SONG makes is that no matter your circumstances, no matter your lot in life, you needn't loose your self-respect. More, you can rise above all challenges if you believe enough in yourself and are willing to risk all to make that change. This is a point that we should always remember and never forget. Too many times does life drag us down to the mude. It's only through faith and courage do we step free and I congratualte J.J. Keller for portraying this struggle so believably with Melody Haney. Very, very well done. Recommended.
Four and a half Mystique Moons. (Excellent)
Class Four sensuality. (Standard Romance)
Rachel Nail, Reviewer
Reviewer: Karen Haas
Heat Level: H
One member in every generation of Mikhail Romanasky’s family is always named Mikhail. Additionally, one member in every generation of receives the gift of future sight. This time around, Mikhail received the privilege of both and she is developing further gifts she wished she didn’t have. She’s having precognitive visions of children kidnapped by a man so evil, so vile it makes her skin crawl. Mikhail takes her information to the police to save a local child. Detective Jensen Palmer couldn’t help suspecting that a gypsy who makes her living telling fortunes must be using him to further some confidence scheme. Mikhail knows that to save Jensen’s beloved five year old nephew, Jensen will have to learn to believe.
What a great book! I enjoyed this one from beginning to end and wanted more. Even those who don’t usually enjoy books with a paranormal theme will enjoy this one. Ms. Keller surmounted every preconceived notion I’ve ever had. I had no choice but to Believe. The character development is superlative. Mikhail and Jensen are utterly alive and on occasion, I almost felt they discussed the case with me personally; they were that realistic. Jensen’s partner, Jack, is a delightful addition to the team and adds a touch of humor to the mix. He knows Jensen so well he is able to play on Jensen’s angst for both his own and our amusement. Jensen’s sister and nephew, as well as Mikhail’s father and mother, are important secondary characters who help to move the plot along so it never lags. The pace is constant and fast, often relieved only by the wholly unwanted, but nevertheless, tremendous sexual tension between Jensen and Mikhail. The consummation is worth days of fantasizing fodder. The suspense is necessarily high as well. Believe is everything I love in a book. I recommend this one for everybody.
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