Author: Jenny Brown ISBN: 9780061976056 10/2010 HISTORICAL Publisher: AVON
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
I like LORD LIGHTNING for its crafty intellect alone. It is a smart, well thought out read that by showing such interest in astrology and acting, takes on a whole new avenue of historical romance.
While at times I find it over the top and reminiscent of a soap opera, LORD LIGHTNING has several appealing elements that propel it to being a blessed original. Sure, the hero's play-acting at times is eerily similar to a Jon Lovitz skit in Saturday Night Live where he proclaims "I was acting!", but the hero also possesses an ideal, alpha male mentality. The plot is brilliant with its use of astrology and fortune telling, even though when used on the hero, the heroine becomes slightly addle-pated. She does much better when she speaks to or simply stares into the hero's eyes and acts like a psychiatrist.
Some of the fire I like in a romance may not be between the pages of LORD LIGHTNING, but dirty secrets, unpalatable characters, and ingenuity most certainly is.