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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Sensual, emotionally charged, and well-sizzled up, Stockholm Diaries, Melanie by Rebecca Hunter is a spellbinding novel that features two compelling characters whose hearts are locked together by a spell. Biographer Melanie’s father left her when she was just four years old, an incident that has haunted her over the years. Now an adult, he passes away, leaving her with a cottage in Stockholm. Could this gesture be of any significance? What does her father want to tell her about it?
When Mel sets out for Stockholm, all she wants are answers to the questions she has lived with over the years, but what awaits her is more than answers. What awaits her is a handsome, irresistible handyman called Henrik. Melanie needs him to help translate material she’s found in her father’s cottage and to dig for answers, but as they work together, something powerful begins to happen - they can’t resist each other. But can they stay together after the steamy experience, after this “type of intimacy that reached beyond the intense pleasures of sex”?
Rebecca Hunter has a great flair for poetry, too. Hear this:
The relentless tick, tick, tick,
that holds a man together
when hope shutters its doors for good.
Stockholm Diaries, Melanie is a hot read and the author has the gift of getting out emotions, of unveiling complex layers of her characters in ways that are intriguing and subtle, leaving readers surprised as they connect with the characters. The writing is gorgeous, arresting, and seductive. The setting is designed like a beautiful canvas and the characters play out naturally in it. The story starts with a powerful hook, and the reader immediately gets connected with Melanie’s consciousness, her worries, and the reason she is visiting the cabin in Stockholm: “Yes, this place would help her capture the elusive pieces of her father’s life.” Fans of romance will find delight in these pages, in the memorable characters, and in the gripping, well-paced plot.