Image of By the Book (Jamesville)


Image of By the Book (Jamesville)

Although fans of the Jamesville series will like this tale, the dialogue is very slow, even mundane, and the characters are boring. Touted as a contemporary romantic suspense novel, it’s better suited to the erotica category, except the “sensual” parts read more like a how-to manual.

An antiquarian who deals in rare books, Amanda Barrington comes to Jamesville to start a new life. Her mentor has passed away and she wants a fresh start in a new town. Jonah Sutter is back in Jamesville after 15 years in the Army’s Special Forces, and has no idea that he’s about to meet a woman who’ll engage him in every way. The calm and down-to-earth Amanda is left completely tongue-tied when the sexiest man she’s ever seen comes into her shop to fix the faulty wiring. Jonah, working as an electrician, isn’t into long-term relationships, but when a break-in occurs at Amanda’s house and she receives threatening phone calls, he’s unable to leave the curvy redhead’s side. Worse, he’s falling in love with her while trying to solve a mystery and stop a potential killer. (SAMHAIN, Sep. ‘10, 212 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Amy Lignor