I scored an review copy of Jane Tara’s second book, Trouble Brewing, from Momentum Books and decided I had better get my hands on the first in the series – FORECAST. I am so glad I did – what a wonderful feel good romance it is. The hero is a bad boy – a love them and leave them type of guy – but ready to find ‘the one’, he is a scientist and deals with what is known to predict what could be. Rowie (Rowan) is also looking for ‘the one’ but she is not scientific, the elements tell her what is going to happen, so you just know these two are destined for each other. The fun part is finding out how Jane Tara is going to do it! There are lots of back-stories that all help to propel the main plot forward – ghosts, magic, new loves, past love, conniving wenches and a battle with cancer. Jane Tara captured the New Age world completely and was not afraid to include characters that think it is all bunkum. I also enjoyed the behind the scenes look at TV news and weather forecasting and how what you see may not be what is happening. Science versus magic, man versus woman FORECAST is a jam-packed funny story full of great characters. Looking forwards to reading the second in the series.
I really had a good time reading this book. It was funny, sexy and occasionally a bit sad.
This is the second book in the series and I didn’t realize that until I sat down to write the review. I did think, at one point, that the author was dumping a lot of backstory, but I thought there was just a lot of history she needed to relate. But, TROUBLE BREWING totally stands on its own.
I love how one of the Shakespeare women said she was glad to be born in a time when witches were ignored and not burned at the stake. Ugh.
I like the unique idea behind this book as the gorgeous Calypso mixes cocktails that magically cure people of emotional, psychological and sometimes physical issues. She come from a witchy family, and witchy books are my first love (since I was like 7). Calypso is a free spirit except she’s running from the past. If she outruns love then she can’t get hurt, right? While Tara includes some plot that feels extraneous (but which may be tying up loose ends from FORECAST, the first book in the series) she does a great job making that emotional conflict real. And, I really felt for the guy that gets pushed away. But as odd as Calypso’s love interest is it evolves naturally.
Calypso also believes she has had her great love, the love of her life. She may be missing something though if she gets stuck in her own mythology. How do you know when you have met the love of your life?
Jane Tara’s voice is edgy and honest, modern and sexy.
Witch-Doctor cure thyself! If only people would take their own advice and talk about things. But then the entire romance book industry would fail because most plots rely on poor communication to get going.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series; and I may even go back to find the first. I can honestly recommend this as a great book to read this summer.