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Swann’s Revenge by Shira Anthony
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Dreamspun Desires (Book 51)
About the Author
I’ve always been a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after. But at some point I remember thinking, “What comes after the happily part?” I think that’s why I’ve always been drawn to stories that focus on what happens after the two main characters realize they love each other. How do they make it work? How do they stay together? Why do they stay together? Those are some of the questions that inspired me to write the Blue Notes Series.
Each Blue Notes Series novel is a relationship-driven story that seeks to answer the question of how real men make relationships work. Each story can be read independently of the others and in any order, but all of the characters inhabit the same, classical music universe and connect in ways that are often surprising. There’s a little bit of me in each of these novels, and many of the storylines are inspired by my own experiences as a classical musician (violinist and opera singer).
If you’re looking for a change of pace from contemporary romance, you might want to check out my high fantasy, sexy pirate shifter/mermen trilogy, The Mermen of Ea. The series is complete, although I’m considering a follow-up story about two of my favorite secondary characters. -Shira
February 06, 2018
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Can a swan make peace with his ugly duckling past?
Chubby geek Jimmy Zebulon’s heart broke the day his high school crush, Danny Parker, looked on as his teammates tormented Jimmy. Fifteen years later, Jimmy is long gone, and from his ashes has risen Graham Swann, a movie-star-handsome law firm owner. Graham thinks Jimmy and his past are long forgotten—until attorney Dan Parker shows up for his first day of work.
Getting injured playing college ball was the best thing that ever happened to Dan. It turned his future in a better direction and allowed him to emerge from the closet that trapped him.
Graham wants to believe his childhood dream can come true, but he can’t bring himself to tell Dan who he really is—and their pasts might ruin any chance for a happily ever after….
Ugly Duckling Makes Good
I’m coming to love Shira Anthony’s take on tropes, and Swann’s Revenge is another prime example of why. The chubby high school band member loner is falling hard for the tall, handsome, popular quarterback. But one moment of extreme mortification from the bullies that plague him is the last straw, and when quarterback Danny Parker does nothing but stand by, the spell is broken, as is the spirit of Jimmy Zebulon.
This is a beautiful and fairly low angst ugly duckling story taking place fifteen years after their last memorable meeting. Jimmy Zebulon moved away with his mom and new stepdad, and in taking the man’s name, became J. Graham Swann. A few significant changes in biology mean he no longer even remotely resembles the boy he left behind.
Dan Parker’s changes are fairly significant, as well. Now out and proud, he is the father of a four year old daughter. A desire to spend more time with her prompts a change of venue.
The way that Anthony built their original world leaves just enough blur to allow the reader to remember their own high school days. There isn’t much building around the pair’s current, instead focusing so intently on the duo that you can lose track of where you are and how much time is passing. This affects the pacing somewhat, as well, as weeks or months would pass with the turn of a page. However, each scene flowed into the next very smoothly.
Both MCs are dynamic and engaging, and even as Graham is reserved, you are drawn to him. The pain from his past is highlighted, but it serves as a jumping off point rather than something to hold him down and create unnecessary issues. Dan’s ability to roll with the flow was a great counterpoint to Graham’s occasional stiltedness.
As far as secondary characters, they are very few, but Graham’s best friend Terri plays an integral part for both characters, and then there is Lacey, Dan’s daughter. This character really drives the book forward, creating opportunity after opportunity for the two men to spend time together. She’s a delight, and didn’t detract from the love story at all, rather enhancing it.
This is a lovely addition to the Dreamspun Desires series. A solid four star rating means that I definitely recommend this lighthearted, sweet love story.
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