I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Charmed by Nora Roberts
Narrator: Cristina Panfilio
Series: Donovan Legacy #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on 3/15/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
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Anastasia Donovan knew that her gift marked her as different, special - perhaps even dangerous. She had spent years hiding herself from the world, terrified about the consequences of revealing what she really was. When Boone Sawyer came into her life, he is bent on finding out the truth about her.
It’s always nice to return to old favorites, and revisiting Nora Roberts’ Donovan Legacy leaves no disappointments.
I won’t be spending a lot of time rehashing Charmed. But when you sit down to read a Nora novel, you are guaranteeing a happily ever after. Sometimes I need one of these to reset myself. Her formula is damn near perfect: strong woman meets man, there are internal struggles, they work it out, the end. But it’s how they get through all that, that makes is sweet and lovely.
Sometimes a door closes so another can open. Ana has had her heart broken, but she chose the other door and came out of it stronger. Now she lives alone, near her cousins Morgana and Sebastian, tends to her gardens and generally enjoys her life. She isn’t lonely, because she is self-sufficient in her activities and happiness. In fact, I really liked that she was happy before Boone Sawyer came into her life. She didn’t need him and that made me like how they were together even more. The sum is greater than its parts, and all that.
Boone is widowed and while he has successfully moved on from his wife’s passing, he does realize something is missing. I think he would have been fine without ever having met Ana, but it was nice to seem him find a new, better happiness. Boone’s daughter Jessi is delightful and charismatic, much like her father. She takes to Ana with the enthusiasm of all five-year-olds and Ana relishes their time together.
When you hold a deep, dark secret within yourself, it is understandable that you might have a hard time letting someone in, and this is the struggle for both Ana and Boone. When circumstances occur where you are forced to show your hand, it’s scary and real. Since Ana is a witch, she expects to be treated like she’s crazy when Boone finds out. Because who wouldn’t think she was crazy?
Sometimes Ana was a bit too Pollyanna for my liking. She is so inherently good that it became a little tiring to continually read on her positive outlook on life. But perhaps that’s because I’m a little snarky and cynical by nature. Although, those brief moments where she bites back were positively delightful and fun.
Charmed by Nora Roberts is the perfect book for your happy ever after addiction on a warm summer’s day at the beach.
I weirdly don’t remember much about this narrator besides the fact that she did a child’s voice perfectly. Nothing negative stood out, so I would listen to her again.