A new beginning…from this day on Jakob Nilsson has tried to keep his distance from Amy. Like a forbidden temptation, he’s always known his weakness where she’s concerned. Then an unexpected weekend brings them together. Despite the torture of being so close to her, Jakob is glad he’s there…especially when the opening of a time capsule reveals a confession that upends Amy’s world. Nothing is the way it was.
But that revelation also means the barriers between Jakob and Amy are gone. Finally he’s free to pursue the woman who has always fascinated him. The challenge now is to convince her to look beyond their past. And to consider a future that includes him.
I had no idea how the author was going to handle this theme, but Janice Kay Johnson is one of Harlequin’s best writers, and if anyone could do it, I figured it was her.
How do you handle the theme of former stepbrother and stepsister falling in love? How do you handle it especially when they originally thought they were biological brother and sister? How do you manage all of this in a book line rather popular with conservative readers?
I thought I’d give it a go and see, and I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed this book. The heroine, Amy Nilsson, didn’t have a very happy childhood, with a mother who hadn’t wanted to be pregnant to a father who wasn’t really her father (a fact she didn’t know until well into adulthood) to an older ‘brother’ who treated her dreadfully. For Jakob Nilsson’s part, making Amy hate him was a coping mechanism for the inappropriate feelings he had started to develop for his ‘sister’.
I think a number of factors made this book work for me, the major one being that Amy and Jakob hardly saw each other after they were children. The family relationship didn’t feel too close for comfort.
The Superromance books vary a bit in how many characters they focus on, and this one didn’t shift the attention that far from the two main characters. I think that worked for me, because they had a lot to work through.
I’ve read quite a few of Janice Kay Johnson’s books, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.