This is a series of books with number 1 being Incandescently and number 2 is Apprehension. The 3rd book is Exposure.
I am reviewing all 3 books here.
Book 1: Incandescently
This is a series of romances with a touch of fantasy set in the French Canadian boonies with (real) French spoken by the characters. (and translated in end of chapter notes for those that need it)
We start with a set of boys sent at an early age – some only 4 – to a Swiss Boarding School. These boys form a very close pack as even though their parents were very wealthy and very entitled (often literally), they were effectively abandoned by them and thus in need of comfort and affection.
When Liam joins the school, there are now 6 in the pack and he unites them even more by telling them stories of magic and adventure in a fantastical land. This book is Liam’s story of how he grows up to become a famous writer because of the stories he told in school.
I liked the writing style, it was fluid and linked the stories nicely. This book 1 is the scene setter.
Book 2: Apprehension
This is Zac’s tale. Zac, the risk taker, who ignores signs and then falls hard for a girl.
Zac is restless and cannot settle on a career until he discovers obstetrics through Liam’s wife and her twins.
And his home in the magical forest of Laure.
A nice tale but we are now into a more ‘normal’ romance story as the magic was woven into the storyline in book 1.
Thus whilst a nice story, it is not as unique as book 1.
Book 3: Exposure
Geeks in love are delicious – mostly they do not compute.
“I’m waitng for the right girl. All I need is a sine”.
A great romance series with the odd touch of ‘Spock’.
I thought it was good to have a heroine with a disability and to suggest ways to help technically, though personally, I would still be in favour of the Hearing Dog.
And guys – use those very large brains of yours. Buy a cafetiere! All you need is hot water and ground coffee – replaces the instant after a 3 minute wait.
A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.
An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.
Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.
In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at www.sylvieparizeau.com