Violet Among the Roses

Author: Cricket Starr

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Release Date: October, 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4


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Narcissus is being punished by the gods.  Centuries ago, he made the colossal blunder of rejecting a nymph who was favored by Aphrodite.  He was cursed to fall in love with his own reflection, a curse which persisted even after his death.  His soul was captured in a sculpture and he is doomed to stare at his reflection in a pool for all eternity.  After centuries of punishment, Narcissus wants another chance.  A woman has been visiting his pool since she was a child, sharing her secrets, her hopes, and her broken dreams.  Her life hasn’t often been a happy one.  Narcissus wants to erase her sorrow and fill her life with joy.

Things have not been going well for Violet Jones.  She’s just lost her job, and her no-good boyfriend isn’t interested in her anymore.  He never even cared about Violet, just the lifestyle her money was providing for him.  Violet has always turned to her good friend Nick when she needed a shoulder to cry on.  Well, maybe it wasn’t exactly a shoulder and he wasn’t exactly a person, but ever since she was a child there has always been something comforting about confiding all of her troubles in her favorite statue in the park.

Narcissus – Nick – wants to comfort Violet.  He tries to convince Aphrodite that the centuries of reflection have changed him.  He isn’t the same selfish Narcissus anymore; he wants to help Violet.  His deepest desire is to show Violet that she deserves love and happiness, while he learns about the true meaning of love.  Aphrodite agrees, but he has only one day and two nights.  When his time is up, he’ll be a statue once again for all eternity.  Will it be enough time?  His path is filled with obstacles, and his time is short.  And he must make a choice that might allow him to stay alive, but could very well cost him his reason for living – Violet.

VIOLET AMONG THE ROSES offers a unique twist to an old myth.  It’s a story of second chances, of learning about love by giving it unselfishly.  There are plenty of steamy scenes between two people who are falling in love.  It’s a sweet love story, following Nick as he stumbles through the confusing 21st century, hoping to find a way to share his life with the woman he loves.  Violet has had so many bad breaks in her life that it’s wonderful to see someone who just wants to make her happy and show her that she is worthy of love.  I highly recommend this book to fans of mythology and paranormal romance, and people who love beautiful, romantic stories.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Alane

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