Swept Away by Robyn Carr Release Date: August 1, 2016 (Originally released as Runaway Mistress on 5/1/05) Publisher: MIRA Contemporary Romance/Suspense M/F Standalone Number of Pages: 352 Kindle Edition Source: Borrowed from MCL Rating: NC-17 Read 2/1/17
It was quite a surprise to me to find out this was a re-release of a title that was published over 15 years ago. Usually there are more holes in the story, mostly due to technology, that make it obvious if a story is over 10 years old. I guess that explains why Louise had to teach Jennifer how to use her computer!
Whenever I read a book by Robyn Carr I feel like I’m being wrapped in a nice warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. Even though this book has mystery and suspense, she weaves such wonderful characters and tales I couldn’t help but feel that welcoming warmth from the town of Boulder City, Nevada. One of my favorite things about this authors stories is she fleshes out her side characters just as much as her main characters without it feeling too wordy.
Meeting Jennifer at the beginning of this book, there is quite the chance she could be unlikable. Because Ms. Carr gives details and reasoning to Jennifer’s life choices it helps the reader see her as a person and not just a bimbo. I don’t necessarily agree with the direction she was taking her life, but I understand why it went that way. This is so important because very quickly the reader has to be on Jennifer’s side rooting for her. She’s so warm and generous that really isn’t hard to do.
Oddly enough, my first impression of Alex is not so kind. He wasn’t a jerk really, but he also wasn’t friendly or warm. But once Alex and Jennifer meet up outside the diner, purely accidentally, the heat is on. I absolutely LOVE the scene when they finally have a conversation in the park and their trip back home after. So fun and whimsical and sweet.
There are so many small stories that interplay with Jennifer and her story and they’re all wonderful. It wasn’t long before I was as much invested in Hedda and Rose and Alice and Louise as I was in Jennifer and Alex. Actually, the culmination of Jennifer’s problems with Nick was my least favorite part of the book, although it didn’t take up much time it seemed a bit slow to me. The true magic of this book is in the town of Boulder City.