Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island #2) by Nora Roberts

April 16, 2013 3.5 Stars, contemporary, fantasy romance, paperback, prickly pear heroine, Romance, series, spunky spitfire heroine, witches 0

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Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff’s deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them—which, lately, isn’t all that often. She’s perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her—and though she tries hard to hide them, she can’t get them under control…

Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke—a researcher who’s come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there’s something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. It’s not just her blazing green eyes and her sultry smile. There’s something else. Something he can detect, but she’ll never admit. Fascinated by her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is—and find the courage to open her heart.

But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For Three Sisters shelters centuries of secrets—and a legacy of danger that plagues them still…

This is a pretty good book! I haven’t read book 1 (on purpose, contemporary romances have not been sitting well with me lately) and I wasn’t really expecting to like this one either. Strangely enough, I enjoyed it! Silly me, this is a Nora Roberts.

There are parts that didn’t sit too well with me – I didn’t care for Ripley’s (the heroine) characterization too much. She’s angry and sarcastic and rude…often for no real reason. She has a thing about being challenged that…reminded me of Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Accuse her of being scared and she’s there, with bells on. I would think that a trained witch and a police officer would have worked to tame something so obvious.

Other than that…I enjoyed it quite a bit.

And yeah, I did mention witches. The story has quite a bit of paranormal activity (no vampires or zombies or elves, oh my!) and the main female character(s) of each book are witches. Not Shakespeare’s “bubble, bubble, boil and trouble” kind but the “Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill – an ye harm none, do what ye will” kind. Very fun. Recommended! And I’m going to pick up book 3. Oh, BTW…if you plan to read the whole series, don’t skip. Each following book will spoil the previous.

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