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Review: Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Jewels of the Sun

Review: Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
by Nora Roberts
Series: The Gallaghers of Ardmore #1
Published by Berkley
on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 334
Format: Print
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Book Depository
Rating: 3 Stars

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Blurb:

In Gallagher’s Pub, where the fire is burning low and the pints are waiting, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has a story to tell…

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish folklore and discovering hope for the future of the magical past.

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country’s haunting myths. Although he’s devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his eyes—and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her—while they create a passionate history of their own.

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Confession: I actually crave Nora Roberts’ books. Her books are such a treat to read and I love reading about the close friendships that are quintessential in her stories. So, I always pick up one of her books when I have some down time. However, I found that Jewels of the Sun was missing the charm that I was looking for. Read the rest of my review below.

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Jude was probably my least favorite character from a Nora Roberts book that I’ve read so far.

She was lacking something. Maybe because she annoyed the heck out of me.  I understood that her character was super analytical. I just didn’t like her inner monologue. Seriously, she was shocked to find that the cottage did not have an electrical can opener. I mean really? Boo-hoo.

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Okay, I did feel bad for her on occasion. Especially how her husband betrayed her and broke her heart. Or did he? Is she devastated? or just cool as a cucumber about it? It takes her forever to gain a semblance of an emotion.

At least she acknowledges the fact that she is like that. Her grandmother is her lifeline.

“Jude, darling, you always get right to the edge of your heart’s desire. Why is it you can never take that last step over?”

Stubbornness, that’s why.

I had to let out a “FINALLY!” when Jude got her breakthrough, way towards the end and even then she back tracked a bit.

“Why can’t I do something I love without putting restrictions on it? Why can’t I live somewhere that’s so much more home than anywhere else? Who’s in charge of my life,” she said on baffled laugh, “if I”m not?”

Speaking of stubborn…

Besides our stubborn heroine, our equally as stubborn hero, Aidan had the makings of a good book boyfriend but really fell short towards the end. Being a jerk and commanding Jude to marrying him, kind of disgusted me. Say I love you man, maybe she would have said yes. Ugh.

Now, besides that there were some nice things about this story. I loved the paranormal aspect and the fairy tales. There is a ghost and of course it wouldn’t be a Nora Roberts book without the ghost needing something from the main characters. The supporting characters were more interesting than the main ones and I was more interested in their lives. However, I’m not sure if I will continue this series. Only if curiosity gets the best of me…

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