Reviewed By Aethena Drake
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This story is a wonderful vacation. I feel like I took a trip to Northumberland and met Jonty and Devan. I could smell the ocean air, I stayed at the hotel where Jonty is employed, and I had a brief moment of panic when we ventured into frigid coastal waters. I still want to smack a couple of the antagonists. Yes, there is more than one.
The cover of this book does a wonderful job of showing the reader what is waiting for them on the inside. The story of a lovely young man set in a hauntingly beautiful coastal town. As with previous books, Barbara Elsborg has created a complicated, angst filled, past for the main characters, and they are trying to survive the experience with a measure of sanity and humor still intact. Jonty’s journey isn’t going to be easy, but his story might offer some hope and guidance. His snarky comments and optimistic approach to life bring a bit of joy to the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed every page. There may or may not have been a few tears. There were definitely a few laughs. Jonty mentions maths at some very interesting moments, and his cooking skills are … exceptional. I didn’t want to reach the end.
This book has so many of the things I look for in a great story: dynamic characters, artfully crafted settings, an interesting plot, enough action to keep me flipping to the next page even though the cookies are about to burn, and the added bonus of an incredibly flexible surfer. The Making of Jonty Bloom is already on my frequent reread list, and I have high hopes that another book in this series will be too