Series: Visitation 1
Debut: August 1, 2003
Joe Winston has a routine with women: he exists, they swoon, roll credits. With his smoldering looks, macho style, and irrepressible charm, Joe can have any woman -- except the one he really wants. Secretly, Luna Clark may lust after Joe, but she's made it clear that she's too smart to fall for him. He can just keep holding his breath, thank you very much. But now, Luna's inherited two kids who need more than she alone can give, in a small town that seems hell-bent on driving them away. She needs someone to help out... someone who can't be intimidated... someone just like Joe. Becoming an instant family wasn't exactly what Joe had in mind, but hey, it's a start, and you can't blame a guy for trying every angle. After all, where there's a Joe, there's a way... straight into a woman's heart.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 15
After the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, Lori Foster has proven herself to me, thus I just had to grab something else written by her. Good for me that there's enough to chose from, but I just picked up the first I came across. I'm sure I'll make my way through all her works eventually, though. ^.^
My first thought was that Visitation was a very odd name for a series, because it didn't ring a bell. Then I found out it's actually the name of that town they move to, and when I read the end of the book I was perfectly fine with that choice. Seriously, I'm looking forward to having more stories wind around their lake. I'm such a water person. x)
Now, onto the main topic, which would be the story in itself, and the main characters Joe and Luna. Joe is definitvely swoon worthy in his bluntness, but I was mainly absolutely for him since he started out beaten and bruised. No, I didn't pity him, I was curious and impressed, so instantly hooked on him. Luna is perfectly to my tastes, too. She is cautious, yet taking risks and stepping over her own shadow if she has to, in this case in the question of bringing Joe along. She did what she thought best, although she might not have been a fan of the idea. I'm glad it unfolded like it did and eventually turned out just like that. 😉
The kids were cool, too. Very special characters who I hope to meet again along this series, so I thought the story, although at some parts a lot confusing, was good in regard to romance and conflicts. I loved that Luna and Joe had to force themselves to stay away from each other at first, for several reasons; then they were hiding that they were finally together for the sake of the kids. I really love reading this kind of sitting-between-the-chairs stuff, although it would be interesting to maybe not find a happy ending at each and everyone of them. BUT, I in like the endings in general, and since I also like the characters, I only want the best for them. Just sometimes... I'd be nice to break the habit, you know?
Anyways, the story was very good. It had several layers of seriousness, and involved a lot of people, and it was definitvely puzzling enough to hold the interest til the very end, although the style didn't leave your nerve endings raw like a good thriller, since this surely wasn't really the intent. Then, the intent of some smut was clearly there, and I thought it was in a good balance with the story, and the end did Joe actually justice. 😉
Area Scan: Style: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Drama: 3.5/5 -- Smut 4/5
Discovered: 5 Hoods
Sights: In Her Shoes #11