• Lydia Chelsea

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Sometimes I step away from romance and delve into other genres. Right now, I'm loving Dean Koontz's Nameless series. Book one, In the Heart of the Fire, introduces us to Nameless, our protagonist without a name. He doesn't remember who he is but suspects he prefers it that way. Following the orders of the mysterious Ace of Diamonds, his benefactor and boss, Nameless leads us on a mysterious mission of revenge against an arrogant psychopathic sheriff. What Koontz does well in this book is gives us a villain we want to see gruesomely vanquished. The ending was a bit anti-climactic for those familiar with Koontz' work, but not enough so that I don't wish to move on to the next book, Photographing the Dead. These novellas are clear stand need to go on. No cliffhangers. But you'll want to find out where Nameless goes next, if only to find out more of his story.

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  • Lydia Chelsea

I love reading holiday books during the holidays!

Currently on my Kindle: A Little Christmas Magic by Sylvie Kurtz , a "Grinch" tale.

This book follows single mom Beth's developing relationship with her new Grinch-y neighbor, Logan Ward. Logan's sour attitude about Christmas stems from the pain of loss. His heart is broken, and Beth is determined to fix it! It is a delightful combination of two of my favorite tropes: "single parent" and "wounded hero".

Logan lost his daughter in a horrific accident and blames himself. Beth's son, Jamie, gives him flashbacks of happier times. The pain reminds him to keep his distance from Beth and her son. He doesn't want to love again. He can't. It hurts too much. Beth, a widow, feels as though her attraction to Logan betrays her late husband, Jim's, love.

The emotional tale is satisfying both in its romantic plot and its Christmas coziness. Late in the book there is some steam between Logan and Beth, so it is not a "clean" romance. Those who object to "open door" sex are duly forewarned! If I were giving book stars, I'd give it four. I can't give it five because the ending (which I won't spoil) includes a clichéd plot device. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone after a nice Christmas read.

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