by Dara Joy

August 2000
ISBN: 0-843-94747-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

If there was an Academy Awards ceremony for hottest cover on a romance novel, this guy would get my vote, hands down!! If you can't be seduced into reading this book by a man with those come-hither-and-let-me- touch-you eyes, then you need to check for a pulse!!

Luckily, the novel itself is wonderful too! Tyber Evans, physicist extraordinaire, and Zanita Masterson, the love of his life, are about to stumble into another wild and wacky adventure. Dara Joy uses her native Massachusetts as background for this story, taking Tyber and Zanita to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in the depths of winter - bleak places at that time of year, yet possessing a unique charm all their own.

Also possessing a unique charm are the characters involved in this tale of psychic mayhem and spiritual manifestations. The owner of a Vineyard inn is being plagued by ghostly happenings and Tyber and Zanita combine a winter vacation with an investigation. While Zanita is convinced that there are paranormal forces at work and her investigation will probably result in an award-winning article, Tyber is very conscious of the fact that Zanita hasn't quite married him yet, so his emphasis is on seducing her into his life permanently without her realizing it! The merry dance between these two perfectly- matched lovers is enthralling, and Dara has added the spice of some eccentric and fascinating secondary characters to her cooking pot!

Blooey is again in attendance as Tyber's general factotum (although he's convinced he's first mate on "Captain" Tyber's pirate ship!). Their uncanny cat never misses an adventure, although almost takes second billing to the "guest cat" Hippolito who has a role of his own to play in this plot! Zanita's incredible great-Aunt barges in as well, adding her particular brand of bourbon-seasoned humor, along with Mills, Zanita's best friend, who is being pursued with limited success by Tyber's friend Gregor and his wunderkind son Cody. Many of these characters were introduced in High Energy, so it's unsurprising that I suggest you read that book first, just to familiarize yourself with these wonderful dotty maniacs. Both stories are well-written and funny, and full of the best kinds of romance - I recommend them without hesitation. I hope Ms. Joy is thinking about giving us a treat by telling us the tale of Mills' and Gregor's romance some time soon.

Reviewed in November 2001 by Celia.

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