Friday, October 2, 2009

Royal Target - Review

I recently read Royal Target by Traci Hunter Abramson.
Back cover blurb:
When CIA agent Janessa Rogers meets the royal family of Meridia on assignment, she expects to use her skills in linguistics and security detail to protect and serve, but she doesn't expect to find herself engaged to Prince Garrett Fortier, Meridia's most eligible bachelor, as part of the security plan. And she certainly doesn't expect to fall in love with him.
Janessa resists her feelings, fearing conflicts in her personal and professional life, yet when the Prince admits his feigned affection has become genuine she can no longer pretend. Matters of security, society, and spirituality make their unlikely romance even more complex, and escalating political intrigue gives Janessa an excuse to ignore the questions in her heart. But when a terrorist plot against the royal family endangers them both, Janessa and Garrett must face the challenges of loyalty to family, to country, to God — and to love.
My thoughts:
It was a cute royalty falls for commoner story. Ms. Abramson is a talented writer. I've enjoyed her other books, but I had a hard time suspending disbelief throughout this tale. I kept questioning the characters and their motivation. Have you ever read a story where you enjoyed the story-telling and characters, but didn't quite fall for the plot?


  1. I find a lot of LDS fiction (especially the suspense genre) to have this problem. They're still fun but most of the time I can't really believe the crazy situations these people get into.

  2. It's hard, because you want your book to be unique, but yet it still has to be believable. Fine line for an author to walk. I hope I didn't sound too negative, because I really did enjoy the book.

  3. I understand and I hope I didn't sound too negative either. I think we really have to suspend belief in most books we read, I just find it harder to do that with LDS fiction. I identify with the characters so much that it is hard to imagine them getting into and out of the predicaments they find themselves in, especially with the criminal element. I need to remember that we are much more diverse than it sometimes seems in my little ward in Happy Valley.

  4. I hadn't thought about the fact that the people seem too close to home. Great way of looking at it. I have to be careful because I expect them to suspend disbelief when they read my stories! That's what I need to do is learn how I can be more effective with my own writing.
    Thanks for the comment,


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