I enjoy reading Janet Chapman books because the romance has a bit of magic thrown in. Her stories never disappoint and I always seem to loose myself in the story and fall in love with the characters. This latest book from her Spellbound Falls series is an exciting mélange of romance, magic and real life that adds up to a memorable read.
We first met Julia Campbell as the best friend of Peg MacKeage in book #2, Charmed by His Love. It was obvious way back then that the spunky gal was carrying around some serious baggage. I can't say exactly what the problem is ...just that she's got the world on her shoulders. It seemed to be that what she needed was a hero to make everything all right. And as luck would have it, one just happened to be close at hand.
Nicholas is the Atlantean warrior who came to Maine hot on the heels of Princess Carolina last year. He is no longer needed as the royal bodyguard since his charge is now in the capable hands of Alec MacKeage. Impressed by the beauty of the area and the resiliency of the locals, Nicholas left Atlantis to make his home in Spellbound Falls. Now he works for Mac and Olivia Oceanus as the director of security at Nova Mare and makes an occasional rescue mission back in time. He is surprised at being notified that one of the resorts employees is being harassed and can't stop himself from getting involved in the family dispute he notices going down in the parking lot. He's even more surprised when the stubborn female that he's trying to help refuses his aid. But Nicholas isn't a man who takes no for an answer and things really start to get entertaining when he makes his romantic interest known to a prickly Julia.
I felt that the lead characters were very compelling in this story. Nicholas was a prime example of a hero. He was loyal, trustworthy, and had the kind of honor that women dream about. The romance between him and Julia was true to life. The chemistry between them may have sizzled but Julia had been hurt before and tried to push Nicholas away. But Nicholas was patient and waged a relentless campaign to win her heart. Now, as a veteran romance reader (35 yrs. proud), even I had a few doubts as the stubborn Julia seemed determined to keep Nicholas at arm’s length. But just like a corked bottle that keeps being shaken....eventually it's going to explode.
The Heart of a Hero was a bit different from other Janet Chapman books. In this one, the mysterious origins of Nicholas had the story drifting away from the druids that have featured so heavily in her other books and instead explored some Norse mythology.
Even those who have not read any of the other books in the series will enjoy this one as it works quite well as a standalone read. But if you haven't read the other three books then I’d suggest that you do. I promise you won't regret it. It also helps because this is one author who faithfully keeps her readers updated about some of our old friends who still feature prominently in the new stories. This book (and the series itself) is a must read for urban fantasy fans as well as those devoted Janet Chapman fans. I loved it and I'm sure it's one I'll be reading many more times.
New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman welcomes her fans back to Spellbound Falls, where no one is immune to the magical powers of love…
Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. Fully embracing his life in the twenty-first century, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee, and is determined to keep her safe.
The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome and imposing as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. But strange things have been happening at the resort—and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems—and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart…