Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

5 Stars!

Lucy's trembling fingers came to his lips, caressing them gently. "Are you sure? How do you know it's not just about sex?"
"It's about with your mind, sex with your soul, sex with the color of your eyes, the smell of your skin. I want to sleep in your bed. I want you to be the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I see at night. I love you the way I thought I could never love someone."


Well, she did it again. Lisa Kleypas has struck gold with the first book of her new series, Rainshadow Road. How does she do it every time? Once I started this book I wasn't able to put it down....but that happens every time I read a Klyepas book. I’m beginning to feel envious of Lisa and I'm not even a writer, nor do I have aspirations to be one! Her work is fantastic every single time! Can she even write a bad book? The imagery she paints sets you right in the story without anything missing. Amazing! As always, Lisa Kleypas does not disappoint. You'll be drawn by the magical colors, infectious humor and the love two people can share. This is surely another wonderful book to add to my Lisa Kleypas collection. Easily one of my favorites!

Lucy and her sister, Alice, grew up in a strict household. The girls always followed the rules and never spoke out…always behaving as told…until everything changes when Alice falls ill with Meningitis. Forced to go to the neighbor’s house while Alice is at a doctor appointment, Lucy discovers the beauty of art glass. She is mesmerized by the changing of colors and shapes it can yield....setting in motion her fate. Once Alice is better and released from a stay at a hospital, she is granted whatever she wants. It's all about Alice now. Doing what she wants when she wants, with Lucy's parents constantly telling her, “not now Lucy”, leaving Lucy vying for her parents’ attention.

Fast forward to Lucy's early twenties. Lucy never gave up on her love of glass. She knew as a young child what she wanted. Sometimes all you need is a little magic and belief in yourself. Lucy is now making a steady career with her passion of art glass. She has been in a relationship with Kevin for two years now and even though Lucy has some trust issues, she feels like she has made progress with Kevin, not to mention she loves him. They bought a house together and he's taught her so much in life making her wonder how she can be so fascinated with him. It's the little things he does that bring her joy. Her life is great, that is, until Kevin drops the bomb that he wants to separate. He has been seeing and sleeping with her sister, Alice. To Lucy, not only is this a complete and utter shock, but just another way of Alice getting her way. Lucy has helped Alice countless times over the years with whatever she has needed. But this time Alice has crossed the line and Lucy cannot forgive either of them for what they have done to her. Do you blame her?

Immediately after Kevin ended their relationship, he told Lucy she must leave so that her sister could move in. With no plans of anywhere to stay, she learned that her friends had a vacancy in their bed and breakfast home. While out one night having drinks, her fortune finally takes a turn for the better when she runs into a man she met a few weeks earlier along the shoreline. Coincidentally, he happens to be friends with Lucy's friends who own the home she has been staying in. The sparks that were left simmering slowly start to ignite, just like they did that one rainy night.

While Lucy is trying to keep a platonic relationship with Sam, an unexpected accident leaves Lucy in Sam’s care. Lucy is noticing what an honest caring man Sam is. He's intelligent, makes her laugh, and he's hot to boot! But there's one little problem: Sam is not a family man and he wants to stay a bachelor for the rest of his life! However, he too finds magic between them that is too hard to fight. Will Sam resist his feelings for Lucy? Or will he take a chance on what could be the love of a lifetime?

"Let me have you," he had whispered, resting his forehead on hers. "Let me make love to you all night. I want to wake up with you again. Just tell me what you need, Lucy, and I'll do it." -Sam to Lucy

Colors are a big part in this book, so you'll need to let your imagination run wild with them.

"The early evening had turned the sky a dark purple, with an overlay of clouds like the silvery wax bloom on a plum."

The colors are absolutely beautiful! That was probably one of my favorite parts too; reading the description of the colors. Whether it'd be the sky, the glass Lucy made, the ocean, a glass window, it was! So vibrant! But it had to be done just right too because of Lucy's passion for art, and naturally it was. I would love to see where Lisa got her ideas for this book. I've always been big on colors so this was a fantastic read for me.

As ever, Lisa is well versed in writing her books. Whether it be her historicals or contemporaries, you can tell she did her homework and checked it repeatedly. This woman doesn't miss a beat! As readers, we want the book cover to match what the book is about. And I have to say, I couldn't have chosen a better book cover for this book. It was what the book was about and of course with stunning colors. Really, Lisa, you are amazing!

Here are some of my favorite parts of the book:

"Some distraction would be nice."
Lucy looked down at the periodic table that covered the front of her shirt. "Where is glass?" she asked, trying to read the chemical elements upside down.
"Not on the periodic table. Glass is a compound. It's mostly silica, which is....crap, I can't think straight. It's SiO2. Here..." He touched the Si, which happened to be located high on the right side of her chest. "And here." The pad of his thumb brushed the O on her left side, close to the tip of her breast.
"Glass also has sodium carbonate," she said.
"I think that's...." Sam paused, struggling to concentrate. "...Na2CO3." He studied to front of her shirt and shook his head. I can't show you the sodium carbonate. Dangerous territory."
"What about calcium oxide?" His gaze scanned the shirt until he found it. He shook his head. "I'd have you on your back in about five seconds."

Pushing away from her, Sam went to a tall stool and sat negligently. "Apparently, Kevin and Alice think the solution is to set you up with someone. They want some guy to romance you until you're so full of endorphines, you won't have a problem with them getting married anymore."
"And you're suppose to be that guy?" she asked incredulously. "Mr. Endorphins?"

"I look like a geek," Lucy said. "I smell like a brewery. And I need a bra."
"My dream date."

"I don't trust my instincts where men are concerned," Lucy said. "It's like this article I read the other day about the decline of the firefly population. One of the reasons they're disappearing is because of modern artificial lighting. Fireflies can't find the signals of their mates, because they're so distracted by porch lights, street lamps, illuminated sign letters..."
"Poor things," Zoe said.
"Exactly," Lucy said. "You think you've found the perfect mate and you head for him, blinking as fast as you can, and then you find out he's a BIC lighters. I just can't handle that again."

In defense of geeks," Justine said, "they're great in bed. They fantasize a lot, so they're really creative. And they love to play with gadgets." As the two started laughing, Justine handed them a glass of wine. "Here. Whatever else you may say about Sam, he makes fantastic wine."

"I don't love you. Tell me you feel the same way."

A big thank you to St. Martin's press for sending me this advanced copy. I loved every minute of it.

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