Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Alison Kent's BEYOND A SHADOW!

Most of you know how much I admire Alison Kent, her riotous sense of humor and her work. There's never a dull moment at her blog; it's one of the first stops I make in my online ventures every day. November and December will bring the release of two new AK books - INFATUATION and BEYOND A SHADOW, respectively. I'll no doubt talk about INFATUATION in a later post, but this one belongs to Ezra.

BEYOND A SHADOW is Ezra Moore's story. Finally. This is the one that most of Alison's loyal readers have been (patiently?) waiting for. Trust me, it is worth the wait. I'm just one of the AK fans who have anticipated each and every book in the SG-5 series, and I know I'm not alone in that I dread that dark day when I read the final page of the very last one.

Ezra Moore made a major impact, albeit in a minor role, in several of the SG-5 books, his actions and motives questionable at times, but he has practically screamed for a woman and a story of his own. Thank heavens Alison heard him! This is my review for BEYOND A SHADOW:

When Ezra Moore shows up in the quiet little harbor town of Comfort Bay, it is under the guise of a Caribbean school teacher on hiatus, and he quickly takes on the temporary job of handyman at the local B&B. The job couldn’t have turned up at a more convenient time. While Ezra appears to have stopped there for rest and relaxation, he is on a deadly mission, one that could be his last, and he soon regrets that it will be played out in the friendly and peaceful Comfort Bay. Ezra is immediately drawn to Alexa Counsel, local school teacher and close friend of the family who owns the B&B, and keeping her safe quickly becomes one of his biggest concerns.
Alexa Counsel is suspicious of Ezra Moore and his dark, dangerous looks, from the moment she first sets eyes on him. She questions his school teacher alibi, and can’t quite picture him in front of a classroom full of children, most likely because he dresses and carries himself like a mercenary, always aware of everyone and everything around him. Alexa tries to ignore the attraction to Ezra that tugs at her very core, warming her with feelings and desires that she hasn’t felt since before her divorce a few years prior. Soon the two of them are lovers; each finding soothing comfort in the arms of the other. But neither Alexa nor the townspeople could begin to imagine or predict the danger that was headed their way.
I think that I have used every descriptive possible in reviewing and talking about Alison Kent’s books. Intelligent, witty, deep, edgy, gritty, savvy and intriguing are just a few, and all remain applicable when talking about BEYOND A SHADOW. When Ezra first appeared several SG-5 books back, he appeared very dangerous, deadly even, definitely unsalvageable. Alison has been softening her readers up to Ezra so that now, when he finally has her telling his story, they are guaranteed to love him and will continue to think about him after the book has been closed. The secondary characters and their loves, families and relationships can only be considered a wonderful bonus to the story of Ezra and Alexa, as is the appearance of previous SG-5 heroes.
BEYOND A SHADOW releases in December, I can think of no better time to treat yourself to an excellent book!! Here's a link to Amazon if you'd like to skip on over and pre-order:




Judy F said...

Oh I can't wait for this book. Great review Laurie

Laurie D. said...

It's worth waiting for, Judy! You won't be disappointed!

Jill said...

I haven't been able to get a copy of this one but I've loved all her books.