Book 3 review = The US Review of Books

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“‘YOU-BEAR-YOU?’ I accused again. Robbye confessed, ‘YES. ME BEAR.’ Yes I’m the bear. I asked, ‘FOR-FOR, YOU THROW-ME?’ Why did you throw me?”

The saga of the O’Connor sisters concludes in this story, with the youngest, Olli Rose, having her life abruptly altered forever. Living in her granduncle’s garage while she creates renowned art, the deaf and pregnant Olli Rose is surprised one day to see strange gangsters in her home. Grazed by their bullets during her escape, she quickly finds herself in the protective custody of the FBI. Transported against her will away from Kansas to a small Pacific Northwest island, Olli Rose not only has to try and adapt to a situation she is thrust in while waiting for her half-sister to testify, but she has new problems while in custody. With her life in danger as she waits, Olli Rose may come away from the experience a changed woman for the better after falling in love with the FBI agent who saved her life in the shootout.

A lot of care and detail goes into the exchanges that take place in this book, both spoken aloud and through American Sign Language. Formatting differences allow the reader to see the literal words signed in conversation as well as how they would translate into spoken English. As Olli Rose and Robbye learn to communicate more fluidly and fluently, those differences fade into the background, and the protagonist’s deafness becomes just another character detail. The entire situation is treated with the realism and respect that one would expect from an author educated in American Sign Language. That angle aside, this story moves hummingly along, landmarked with stretches of action, romance, and drama as Olli Rose has to rebuild a life out of her circumstances and take control of her situation. Sensitive and interesting, this story deftly entertains and keeps the reader unable to put the book down as it charges forward.

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The US Review of Books – Book 2

Love Behind the Mask
by Raj Lowenstein
Trafford Publishing

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“Even under all those prosthetics, that mask we insisted you wear, you ooze sensuality.”

Esperanza Ricardo Maria O’Connor, the twin sister of A-List movie star Cat Conners, is an accomplished woman in her way; a master pianist and singer, she also owns a handful of multi-million dollar businesses. When Cat runs into trouble, Esperanza is disguised as a man named Ricky and put into protective custody by the FBI in the home of retired agent Kyle Moran. With a new name, voice, and body, Esperanza must do her best to lay low and get along with Agent Moran without revealing her identity to him. But as Esperanza and Moran adapt to the situation at hand, they find themselves dangerously drawn to each other.

Full of sass and tension, this opposites-attract romance novel hits all the right notes as the protagonists overcome each other’s emotional barriers. Esperanza is a strong woman, thrown into a situation completely new and scary, and she does her best to respond with kindness. Moran, too, is kind, but only after a few rough starts. The magnetism between the two slowly starts to become apparent once Moran sees “Ricky” as a friend and not an assignment. All of the author’s main characters are full of heart, adding warmth to a situation as cold as the Minnesota winter Esperanza and the agents must brave. The supporting cast of Agent Villareal and Fine, as well as Father Moran, provide guidance and encouragement to Esperanza as she waits out her custody. Although this is the second book of a trilogy, the reader needs no previous knowledge of the first book to enjoy this one.

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