by Tricia McGill

May 2005
ISBN: 1-59088-405-1
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When I saw the nameShrinking Violet, I thought okay, we have a woman that will cry or ask for help at a drop of a hat. Well, that is not the case at all. Violet is one very strong, independent, caring, and determined lady. She definitely is not a shrinking violet in any terms whatsoever. Violet is also a landscape artist and has been hired, so she thought, by one Sean Russel, with one L, to bring his garden back to life. Only that wasnít the case at all.

Sean Russel thought his garden was just fine and didnít want anything done to it. Well, it turns out that Seanís sister, Sadie, hired Violet. Oops, I forgot to say the Violet is also stubborn as she doesnít leave but stands up to Sean when he tells her to leave. Sean as Violet puts it has chocolate eyes. Can you imagine looking into someone with their eyes the color of chocolate, especially when they get the melted, smoldering look of desire?

Violet wanted to learn more about Sean as she liked him at first sight and she wanted to see the inside of his house as well. She got her wish on both accounts and a lot more than she bargained for as well. Oh, by the way, Sean is a PI and well; letís just say it seemed to follow him home.

Violet seemed to become involved in one or two of Seanís cases in the span of a couple of days. She doesnít quite know how it happened. She does know that Sean is a great kisser and she is falling in love with him, but she doesnít realize it yet. She does know that he is her hero.

Shrinking Violet is not about a shrinking violet at all but about a woman with a tendency to bounce back from whatever is thrown at her. And let me tell you, Violet had a lot thrown at her. The story involves a stalker and kidnappers and a surprise near the end that I did not see coming at all. I didnít realize until the very end when I read the authors comments that it was in first person. With the action going on I didnít realize this at all there was so much happening that you donít realize you are only reading about Violet and what she is thinking and feeling. If you are looking for a fast paced read that will have you turning the pages to see what will happen next then pick up Shrinking Violet you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Pam.

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