As a fan of the romance mass market industry one the reasons it is so popular is the vast variety in sub-genres; there is something for everyone and almost every month. As both reader and reviewer I enjoy mostly Historicals set in Scotland or with a Scottish hero/heroine. However, not a great fan of Americana historical books, I especially shy away from any book with a Texas setting or hero; over the top seems to be the accepted norm. Well you can imagine my delight/dismay to find both in Geralyn Dawson's exceptional new romp, SIZZLE ALL DAY. Never one to back away from a challenge I plunged into this sequel to SIMMER ALL NIGHT and I am so very glad I did.
Jake Delaney wants his own life. His sister is married to his best friend and when he has found one of the few remaining copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence, his life will at last be his own. He wants to travel and experience all the world has to offer a carefree single man. His mother's trip to England, her place of birth, has afforded him the opportunity to do just this when it is rumored a copy of this document is to be found in Scotland. Escaping to Scotland has an added benefit: a chance to escape his mother's constant attempt at matchmaking. His only companion in the wilds of Scotland is the wee pup affectionately named, Scooter, who has lost the use of it's hind legs.
Gillian Ross and her family at Rowanclere Castle in Scotland are struggling to find a way out of their financial woes. It is Gillian's responsibility now that her one love affair has gone sour, her twin sister is married and very pregnant, a younger sister and an aging uncle depend on her for care. Much to her regret it seems only sensible to sell the castle, the only stable home since her parents death. The problem is the only one perspective buyer desires the castle but only if comes with it's own resident ghost. Much to her dismay it seems theirs is surely the only one in Scotland that doesn't have one. So what is lass to do: create one with results sure to have the reader in stitches.
Jake arrives at Rowanclere Castle under the false pretense of doing research. Through this research he plans to get the document and be on his way. However, his arrival seems the perfect opportunity for Gillian to set her ghostly plan into motion. As luck would have it, certainly the special kind of luck brilliantly created by Ms Dawson, both Jake and Gillian have the tables turned on them with delightfully humorous and intensely sensual results. But all these antics take on a curious twist when Jake's mother turns up at the castle as the special friend of the expected buyer. Each is disturbed by the outcome of this arrival with results that will test them to the limit much to the delight of the reader.
There will be much laughter for the reader in this tale but even more poignant scenes sure to bring on the reader's tears, so have the tissues ready. What works so well for this delightful romp is the strong sense of duty both Jake and Gillian have to others at the risk of their own desires. This is made possible by the excellent care with which Ms Dawson has researched and developed the plot: she blends the brashness of a Texan with the age old steadfast stubbornness of a Scottish lass effortlessly. Add this to the incredibly sensual stirrings each feels for the other as they struggle to find a way to have what is their heart's desire. One can only wonder what their offspring might be like.
As this very special journey moves toward its climax one gets a strong yet unexpected sense of a "Gift of the Magi" scenario unfolding as Gillian and Jake each tries to give the other their heart's desire even when it means their own will be devastated by the loss. Ms Dawson, a seasoned storyteller, knows readers expect a "happily ever after", but she makes both her couple and ultimately the reader work for it. Being in touch with reader's expectations is what sets a Geralyn Dawson romance apart. Ultimately because of these unique talents, she is able to provide a tale so overwhelmingly special it will be found on many of this year's "best of " lists.
SIZZLE ALL DAY is sure to charm readers as the mists of the Scotland are bewitchingly pierced by the twang of a most seductive Texan. However, run don't walk to your book seller because SIZZLE ALL DAY along with SIMMER ALL NIGHT are sure to fly off the shelves and you don't want to be left without your copy when the dust clears.
Jody Allen, Romancing the Celtic Soul