Book Review-Courting Carolina

Book Review-Courting CarolinaCourting Carolina by Janet Chapman
Also in this series: Spellbound Falls, Charmed by His Love, The Highlander Next Door, Call It Magic
Series: Spellbound Falls #3
Published by Jove on August 28th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, Mythology
Pages: 274
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0515151068
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While building a wilderness trail for a new five-star resort in Spellbound Falls, underachieving playboy Alec MacKeage rescues a beautiful woman who is being chased by kidnappers and agrees to let her hide out with him for a few days. But when those days stretch past a week, Alec finds himself fighting his attraction to the mysterious Jane Smith—despite knowing the woman isn’t who she claims to be. Then again, neither is he… On the run from her own life, Jane is really Carolina Oceanus—and she’ll do anything to avoid the six ancient-minded men her father has brought to Maine to vie for her hand in marriage. But as the maddening competition heats up, Carolina realizes that she’ll have to come clean to Alec, the seductive loner who’s managed to capture her heart…

My Review
When Alec rescues a stranger from two brutes, he has no idea who she really is, since she claims to be a Jane Smith, which is obviously not her real name. When he takes her to his camp  to recover he reluctantly agrees to keep her for a few days. Carolina (aka Jane) has just escaped from her kidnappers with the help of Alec. For two years Carolina has managed to live a free life, free from her over bearing father, in hopes of finding true love, but has yet to find it. Then she comes across Alec Mackeage who treats her like a normal person. In all of her life, she has been treated like a priceless object, but for the first time in her life she is treated as if she really matters. As a few days turn into a week, she starts to have some deep feelings for Alec, but also knows that they may never have a future together. As her father is the king and leader of Atlantis, she knows she can never have what she truly desires…to be normal and to have a chance at a normal life, with a man she loves at her side.

The Hero (Alec Mackeage)
Alec is here in Spellbound Falls to work on the trail in the woods. Alec also has a past that he has had to keep from everyone, including his family. Alec knows he can never be able to love someone fully, so he knows having a family is not in his future. When he hears a woman screaming for help, he leaps to her aid, and takes her to safety. He offers her shelter for a few days, and even though he finds himself starting to care for her, he also knows he has no real future to offer her.

The  Heroine (Carolina Oceanus)
For most of her life, Carolina has felt boxed in, with no control over her life. She loves her parents, however she needs a life of her own. For the past two years she has managed to escape her fathers clutches, in search of a normal life. When she gets kidnapped, she knows she is deeper trouble, she barely manages to escape with the help of a stranger who awakens every sense she has. She has always wanted to find love and passion, but never thought she would find it in Alec.

My Thoughts 
Courting Carolina is the third in the series, which is Carolina’s story. After seeing her in the past two books, I was very much looking forward to reading  her story. It starts off with a very exciting scene, that only entices the reader for more. I really enjoyed this story, probably more than the last one. It didn’t have as much magic in this one as the other did though, so I would consider it more under the contemporary style. Although there is a fun dose of magic to liven things up. I really liked Alec, he is the certain type of hero you want to hold close to your heart. Alec has gone through a hard time, and doesn’t believe in love in the beginning. But I just loved seeing how he fought for Carolina, in very creative ways too. I think I was just cheering him on for trying to prove himself. Carolina has always been sheltered, at times too much, and wants freedom. And I loved how she fought to stay at Alec’s side and show how strong she really was. I loved the charm, the witty humor, and the tender romance that blossoms, it seemed to me to be a exciting yet magical love story that will bring a tear to your eye! If you haven’t yet read this author, you are missing out on some amazing works!!!

About Janet Chapman

Janet Chapman is the author of twenty-two contemporary and magical romance novels, all of which are set in her beautiful state of Maine. She lives in a cozy log home on a beautiful lake with her husband, surrounded by an eclectic assortment of wildlife that she finds both entertaining and inspiring. Probably best known for her Highlander Series (a saga of twelfth century warriors rebuilding their clans in modern-day Maine that now spans three generations), Janet also has two spin-off magical series (Midnight Bay & Spellbound Falls) and several contemporary family series set on the coast and in the mountains. With over three million books printed in six languages, her stories regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller’s lists.

When she’s not writing (well, when she should to be writing but isn’t), Janet and her husband are traveling the state in their camper throughout all four seasons; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and generally rubbing elbows with Mother Nature while always keeping an eye out for colorful new characters—human and beast—to put in her stories.

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