As you know by now, I’m putting myself to the A to Z Challenge for blogging for the month of April.
For these posts, I’ll be giving an I Love Romance Blog score, not an official review, for books currently on my shelf at home (I know readers must wonder what books inspires us as authors) or ones that are on my TBR list (what I want to read so bad I can’t stand it!). For each book, I will give the blurb, a few lines from the text, then why I liked the book or why I’d want to read it. And for fun, I’ll give a heart rating! ♥
This is my scoring system:
I hope these A to Z Challenge suggestions will help you find a new favorite author, or further cement your love for one, if that’s the case.
Let’s jump into our next book, shall we?
Elsewhere by Linda Lee Williams
Genre: Paranormal Romance
When Errol Fleming moves in across the hall from Andie McNaughton, her life takes another unforeseen and perilous turn. Sweet, shy, and a bit reclusive, Andie has enough phobias to confirm that she’s “crazy.” Beautiful but imperfect, Errol bears his own disability. Despite the challenges their relationship faces, they decide to take a chance on each other.
Their future is threatened, however, when Andie hears a voice and dreams about “Noah.” She begins having visions of the handsome stranger and traveling in her mind to a mystical tropical island. Errol’s haunting dreams about the island and Noah’s obsession with Andie only add to the mystery of what’s happening…
Is Noah a figment of Andie’s imagination? Or does he exist in an alternate reality? More important, can Errol save Andie from the idyllic world she’s escaped to? Or will he lose her to her phantom lover?
A few choice lines from the book:
He leaned over to kiss her lips. They were dry and cool, not at all the way he remembered them. Her fair skin, which normally blushed at the slightest provocation, was colorless, as if the life had already been drained out of her, and her spirit wasn’t far behind. It made the deep bronze hair that framed her face seem even darker.
“Andie,” he whispered, close to her ear. “Andie, please hear me.”
Errol sighed in frustration. He had to find the right words. Words that could break through the barrier of the other world she had escaped to in her mind. Something he could say that would convince her she belonged here, not there.
His grip tightened on her arm, as if willing her to pay attention. “Andie, wherever you are, wake up. Wake up and listen to me. You can’t leave me, Andie. You can’t. I need you, more than you ever needed me. I know I’m not perfect, like he is…but I’m real, and what we have together is real.”
For a moment, he thought he detected movement behind her eyelids. He kissed her lips again, more firmly. “I’m here, Andie, and I love you. I love you, just the way you are. You’ve heard voices in your head before. Damn it, hear mine.”
This book is in my collection as well. I had the opportunity to read this novel a few years ago, and it wasn’t disappointing in the least. With a unique set of characters paired with unusual circumstances, this story is worth every penny. I loved Andie and Errol. I rooted for them despite every obstacle they faced. I kept wondering if Andie would choose her dream lover or stay in the present with Errol.
I have to credit Linda Lee Williams not only for her imaginative spin on the typical love triangle, but also for making me truly believe in damaged characters, that the most unlikely heroes are the best ones. Five hearts all the way for this stunning romance! 😀