- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 258 KB
- Publisher: Carina Press (6 Dec. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004CJ815G
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nine Lights Over Edinburgh Kindle Edition
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This story doesn't have a lot of romance, but it still grabbed me right away and didn't let go. James and Toby were made for one another and what better mate for a cop than someone else whose job is dangerous.
Toby is (or was) Mossad and James a Detective Inspector, so both are very used to danger. Toby lost his last partner, and lover, on the job and he and James meet when Toby is on special assignment during the internal investigation of what went down on his last Mossad op.
James and Toby save each other in many ways and when they finally come together it is explosive. Very hot. And very sweet.
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
I love Harper Fox’s writing, and this is definitely her style, with something about it that’s a bit more grounded. Her fantastic handle on language is here, in full force, but it’s more accessible, not as dreamlike as some of her other works.
This one takes some time to work its way but every word is just so wonderfully enjoyable. Set in Edinburgh (I mean, c’mon, that’s a winner right there) and some of its magical qualities, real or imagined, are a constant companion to the characters.
Speaking of which, we’re talking mature, seen-a lot-of-life people in this story. We’re talking diversity in terms of country of origin, religious experience, and life experience in general. The exception to all of this is that both James, our local guy, and Tobias, one of the Israeli agents part of the group protecting the visiting ambassador, know how to handle themselves in the line of duty. What comes from that is something so lovely and honest and, well, magical.
I think that’s a key to enjoying this story, at least it was for me. There is a need to suspend your disbelief to a certain level. For as gritty and realistic and challenging the situations for these characters are, all of those are set against that magical element that is both a part of Edinburgh and Fox’s writing style.
There are unexpected turns, very well done supporting characters, humorous dialogue and incredibly tense moments. I literally found myself leaning forward while reading the closer I got to the end. You may just find yourself pulling for all of the right people and wanting to hock a loogie at the bad guys. I was oh so very tempted. I had some fantastically fun and strong reactions to this story and these characters and I really can’t ask for much more than that.
I couldn’t find fault. Simple as that. I love.
James and Tobias deserve to have a full length story with so much possibility between them and for their future. What’dya say, Ms. Fox? ;)
Harper Fox brings the bright and seedy sides of Edinburgh to life in Nine Lights Over Edinburgh. The vividness of Ms. Fox's prose was a delight to read. Yet, there's so much going on in Nine Lights Over Edinburgh that the story feels a bit too jam packed and perhaps would have benefitted from a longer format. I felt like I never had the time to fully appreciate any aspect of the story.
What I like about Ms. Fox's work is that she isn't afraid of creating hardened characters and McBride is definitely on the gritty side. He isn't likeable, per se, which made becoming invested in his story a bit difficult, but he isn't uninteresting. The story is much more about McBride than it is about him and Toby as a pair. This is a pity, for Toby seemed to have real possibility and I would have liked to have seen him fleshed out a bit more, which also would have helped the romance aspect of the story. All in all, Nine Lights Over Edinburgh was a bit too much in too short a space. I wanted to love it, and perhaps if it had been a full-length novel I might have enjoyed it more.
Note: Nine Lights Over Edinburgh is also available in the His for the Holidays anthology.
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Detective Inspector James McBride's life is a mess and he doesn't know how to fix it. He's forty years old, divorced and not quite at peace with his sexuality. On the professional front, things don't look good either: his current undercover assignment has him pretending to be an alcoholic and gambling addict in order to infiltrate and bust a human-trafficking ring, but not all the drinking he's been doing lately is exactly necessary to do his job. Needless to say, he ends up blowing his cover and is taken off the case.
Reassigned to look after the visiting Israeli ambassador, which is a constable's job and thus unworthy of his rank, McBride feels an instant connection with Tobias Leitner, the leader of the Israeli security team. McBride should know better than to get involved with Toby, who's still recovering from the death of his partner and lover, but fate, in the form of an unexpected brush with death and the kidnapping of McBride's daughter Gracie, conspires to get them together. Can they rescue Gracie, defeat the bad guys, survive to tell the story, and heal one another's heart in the process?
Phew, this was not a light read! The story had a dark tone and none of the characters was particularly nice. I didn't like McBride, I didn't get to know Toby well enough to either like or dislike him, and as a result, I didn't care about their relationship. I liked the action scenes, but I don't read romances for them.
The plot was too complex to fit the constraints of a novella, and that affected the development of McBride and Toby's romance. In fact, I felt that the focus of the story was McBride's downfall and recovery, and his relationship with Toby was just an afterthought. If I had to classify this book following the rules I know, I'd have to create a new genre: women's fiction with a male character as protagonist. As I'm not a fan of women's fiction and having a man as protagonist makes no difference to me, this book failed to grab me.
It doesn't happen very often that I can really really picture the places where a book takes place. In this case, it happened: I've loved Edinburgh when I visited and the author took me there. This isn't a light read, it's about a lost man, a detective who has denied himself his sexuality and he's not whole anymore. He's divorced and he's an alcoholic who's drowning himself in his work, while every aspect of his personal life is deteriorating. He's imprisoned in himself. The only person he is able to reach out to is an Israeli secret agent, Toby, who is facing the loss of his lover and an investigation on his job. The two men click and they help each other through the most difficult time of their life.
There's so much happening in this book that at the end you have to wonder how the author managed to get it done, it's just amazing. This is not your typical Christmas read, because it's not fun, not jolly, not merry, it's a test in endurance, but you'll be rewarded at the end.
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