Thursday, March 13, 2008

To Love a Hero

Book Title: To Love a Hero
ISBN: 9781419913686
Author: Mona Risk
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
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ISBN: 9781419913686
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Chemist Cecile Lornier is a Project Manager, sent to revamp a dilapidated scientific laboratory in Belarus. Soon after she lands at Minsk International Airport, she falls, in more ways than one, for national hero Major General Sergei Fedorin. Belarus is highly chauvinistic, and Cecile is determined to handle the project, and her life, without asking for male support.

Sergei has pledged to clean his country of the pollution left by the Chernobyl disaster. His wife succumbed five years earlier to cancer, caused by the reactor’s chemicals. His father-in-law, Colonel Oleg Roussov, is jealous of his popularity. Roussov is director of National Security and his tactics are reminiscent of those of the KGB.

The physical and emotional connection between the two main characters is strong.

Cecile battles her sense of duty to her job and the idea that marriage would mean giving up her freedom and control to live in Sergei’s shadow. His life is filled with duty to his country and extreme patriotism. Is there room for Cecile?

Pretty driver and translator Tania, Cecile’s ex-fiancé Rob, and her friend Paul are interesting supporting characters. John Gordon, Contract Director of the Chemical Division of the Department of Defense, is there to audit her work. His personality seems to change over the course of the story, which was a bit confusing.

Many Russian words and phrases are scattered through the story, but I still got little sense of place. A broken airport escalator was one of the few specific references to the country’s poverty. There were more stylish women and clothing shops than I would have expected.

A fistfight at a fancy reception and Roussov’s truly nasty nature contribute to this erotic romance of foreign affairs. Author Risk has presented an interesting tale of passion and politics.

1 comment:

Mona Risk said...

Dear Sphinx Minx,

Thank you for reviewing my book TO LOVE A HERO. I am glad you enjoyed it and greatly appreciate the score and comments. I will put your suggestions to good use in my next book.

Mona Risk