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Dragonfly Dreams by Joy Netzel


Dragonfly Dreams cover art Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Dragonfly Dreams
Author: Joy Netzel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Short Story)
ISBN: e-Book
Release Date: December 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Christmastime, Present Day
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Joy's Website: www.staceyjoynetzel.com

Jake Coburn is a sucker for blue eyes. Not just any blue eyes, but the ones on Loral Evans. When she shows up at his antique store, he knows itís only because she needs money. His business is doing poorly and the last thing he can afford is to give her the cash she needs, but he does it anyway. One piece of jewelry she has is a dragonfly brooch. She is insulted when Jake tries to offer more than she thinks itís worth. After getting the cash she needs, she flees his shop and his pity and ends up missing her bus.

Jake closes shop and sees her waiting at the bus stop while a major snowstorm is starting. He forces her to let him take her home. When an accident leaves his car totaled, he walks her the rest of the way home and is forced to spend the night. Itís the stuff fantasies are made of. Heís waited over a year to have more than a professional relationship with Loral, but can he move forward?

A heartwarming Christmas story filled with hope and love. As Jake tries to move their relationship deeper, Loral fights him every step of the way. This short story has a lot of depth to it and manages to give a complete story with the depth you get in a full length novel in a condensed form. Jake and Loral are two spunky folks who both have more pride than sense. Watching them circle each other like fighters in a ring will bring you a smile.

Jakeís turn of heart about the pawn of the dragonfly had me as angry as Loralís mom. However, some things arenít what they seem and surprise after surprise takes the reader to the end of the story. A wonderful love story with enough sensual edge to keep you wanting more.


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