Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Manituw

Title: The Manituw
Author: Lisbeth Jenkins
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-60272-730-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Action, Adventure, Interracial
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

July Cyr’s life has been anything but easy. His mixed blood seems to trigger resentment of those around him as much as his parentage. July has learned to make life comfortable aboard his tugboat, the Manituw. Having his boat chartered by the British oceanographer came at a crucial moment. However, July gains more than a pay check when he needed it the most; he also gains someone to love.

Researcher Robert Silsbury arrives in Bonnenuit, Newfoundland and discovers his boat captain in jail. The man he spies behind bars is unlike what he anticipated and soon Robert realizes he’s never felt this way about any man. As the research progresses, so does their relationship. Both men are hiding secrets and willing to do anything to protect the other. Will they find a way to keep their romance or will it end when Robert flies back to England?

Lisbeth Jenkins’ The Manituw takes us into the lives of Robert and July. Their painful pasts have molded their lives to some degree and shapes how they view their current situation. While they handled the pain differently, it still has a way of surfacing even after years of lying dormant. Robert saw similarities in July’s situation that reminded him of someone he loved dearly. I could see his protective side come out, ready to defend and protect what was dear to his heart. July’s brand of protection was quite different. He thought keeping Robert safe depended on keeping him at arm’s length.

I wasn’t sure how the story would end, but will say that I was pleased with the conclusion. The setting for this story is beautiful and left me mesmerized. Ms. Jenkins includes enough information on both character’s occupations to make the story believable without overburdening the story with too much detail. Those who enjoy a romance brewing on icy waves and with fierce storms as a backdrop will love The Manituw.

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