Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Review: Knight in Blue Jeans by Evelyn Vaughn

Title: Knight in Blue Jeans
Series: The Blade Keepers
Author: Evelyn Vaughn
Read copy: eBook
Published: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426834691
ISBN-13: 9781426834691

When he quit a powerful secret society, Smith Donnell lost his fortune—and walked away from love. Beautiful heiress Arden Leigh deserved a man who could give her everything. Not a high-society outcast with nothing to his name and a bull's-eye on his back.

But when Arden's curiosity made her the society's new target, Smith had to protect her—and win back her trust. Convincing Arden to let him back into her life would take a miracle. But Smith would do anything to keep her safe, even though he'd already sacrificed his heart—and this time, the price might be his life.

My rating:

Prologue. A cave under Mount Vernon. A secret meeting of a secret society. Four young men square against their elders. Smith Donnell decides to walk away from the society. Two of his buddies follow. They lose their fortunes, their fathers (also in the secret society) denounce them, they lose their jobs (since the secret society is all-powerful no one wants to give them references), and Smith dumps his girlfriend to protect her.

Fast forward to one year later. Arden Leigh is threatened at knife-point in her garden, because she’ trying to uncover the truth about a secret society, the Comitatus. One of the Comitatus holds his long knife to her, but a knight in blue jeans comes to her rescue brandishing a tree branch. It’s Smith Donnell. The guy who broke her heart by drunkenly dumping her over the phone. The guy who suddenly appears everywhere. The guy harboring deep secrets, but unable to tell them because of the vow to secrecy. The guy who keeps protecting her even when she doesn’t want him to. The guy she still has the hots for. Blah, blah, blah.

This story was all over the place, with a couple of star-crossed lovers (the southern belle, former beauty queen heroine just rubbed me wrong), a super secret and highly corrupt society, an "enchanted" sword forged by Hephaestus, a strange informant, an almost blind old lady, a highly protective younger brother, and two evil fathers prepared to kill their own offspring to keep their secrets.

Rearrange all these elements just right and you might get a pretty decent story, but unfortunately the author obviously flunked Story Element Rearrangement 101 so this particular book tanked. But not entirely, thanks to the awesome sword-fighting action scene toward the end. 2 stars for the effort.


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