Thursday, October 1, 2009

Review: The Forbidden Enchantment by Nina Bruhns

Title: The Forbidden Enchantment
Author: Nina Bruhns

Read copy: eBook
Published: February 1, 2007
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1552548848
ISBN-13: 9781552548844

A passionate kiss was the last thing Elizabeth Hamilton expected to share with Magnolia Cove's fire chief—minutes after meeting him! And that was before she suspected the mysterious man was really none other than Sullivan Fouquet, legendary eighteenth-century pirate, back from the dead and bent on vengeance.

Sully had returned to his old haunts with one goal—to witness the completion of a centuries-old voodoo curse upon his sworn enemy. But then Elizabeth asked for his help in a serious family matter.

Could Sully give up his chance for revenge...and instead take his chance at the love of a lifetime?

My rating:

Waking up after two hundred years in a body that is not yours is disconcerting. Even more disconcerting is finding a woman who is a dead ringer for your long dead fiancée. She smells the same, she tastes the same, she responds to you the same, only your reaction is much more potent.

Well, that's what happened to Captain Sullivan Fouquet when he opened his eyes in the hospital. He learned from his best friend that up until three months ago has been a ghost, that the man, Fire Chief Andre Sullivan, who's body he now owned was actually dead and Sully was back to witness the two-hundred-year-old curse come to an end, by seeing the last descendant of Lord Henry Sullivan die.

Well, it won't be easy, since Elizabeth Hamilton, the woman that looks just like another Elizabeth, the woman Sully loved with all his heart in his previous life, was in town to convince Andre Sullivan to donate his bone marrow to her adopted brother Caleb...Lord Henry Sullivan's last descendant.

Add to it a crazy descendant of a pirate desperately wanting to learn a voudou curse that would make him immortal, Sully's gut-wrenching reaction to Elizabeth, his discovery that the other Elizabeth has probably betrayed him, and the fact the new Elizabeth doesn't believe he truly is Captain Sullivan Fouquet, and Sully is definitely in deep trouble.

I'm all for ghost stories, reincarnation, voodoo, and all other "woo-woo" stuff, but this story somehow wasn't my cup of tea. The characters were too bland, the pacing slow, the story completely out there, the villain didn't seem to know what he wanted...But what grated most of all was the fact the hero himself got on my nerves.

I simply couldn't stand the man. And since I couldn't stand him, I couldn't truly immerse myself in his story and his predicament. He was mercurial, obtuse, vengeful (which I liked, but knew he wouldn't see it through), and sometimes plain stupid.

I just wanted for the story to be over, which, with the whopping page count, wasn't soon enough.



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