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ARC Review: Hurricane Lily by Rebecca Rogers Maher

Submitted by Doll Believer on April 5, 2013 – 4:30 amNo Comment



Lily Sawyer flees her controlling, wealthy family in New York City for a solitary existence on Cape Cod. Three months later, a mounting anxiety binds her to the house she can no longer leave.

With hurricane season approaching, Lily hires Cliff Buckley—an angry carpenter with an immediate disgust for his elitist employer—to storm-proof her house.

Cliff soon discovers they have more in common than he thinks, as well as a raging spark between them could either destroy—or save—everything they care about. The question is, can either of them survive Hurricane Lily?


This short novel is an ode to liberal, university educated angst. Warfare played out between the sheets as  the wealthy but fragile Lily attempts to tame her anger by mis-directing it at equally angry  Cliff, the Vassar educated handy-man who longs to write for a living. The sex is steamy and the concept intriguing. Lily, a shy damaged woman overwhelmed with anxiety caused by the suicide of her mother and her father’s neglect seeks refuge in the childhood vacation home she shared with her mother. She distracts herself by stock piling supplies with the hope that enough stock piles will keep her from having to interact with the world outside her bungalow.  An agoraphobic’s heaven steeped in childhood memories and isolated from her family and friends.

Cliff is the righteous contractor who disdains the wealthy summer residents that are the mainstay of his business. Simmering under his angry exterior is the niggling thought that he may have more in common with the rich clients he holds in contempt than he does with the blue collar island regulars he employs.

The story is short. The sex scenes are hot. The story line of wealth and privilege as certain means to bankrupt morality and greed are just a bit much. The characters are quite content to complain about society’s ills without any attempt to eradicate them.  These moments are the weakest in the story and leave me to wonder what could have been achieved with a defter touch.  After all, this is a classic theme in literature – opposites attract and love over comes all. But does anyone really buy into the idea that an Ivy League  educated contractor with his own company is really a bad boy from the other side of the tracks?

This novella hits the stands on April 14th and  is currently priced at $1.99.

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read story books. She devoured them because they were full of magical possibilities with every turn of the page. Then the little girl grew up and school work occupied more and more of her time. Eventually the little girl graduated from school, trading in poets & prose for business management & autobiographies. Magic was left behind in her quest for the top and the world became a place filled with “paradigm shifts”, ROI & financial reports. Before she knew it, the girl was a woman who felt out of touch with the world’s magic until she met Birth and her sister Death. While Birth filled her with wonder & happiness; Death filled her with sadness & loss. And so one day she set aside the management books and instead picked up a paperback story filled with vampires, shifters & telepaths. Lo and behold, her passion for these stories blossomed and the woman became a believer in the magic of reading, again. My name is Believer9200 and I believe in the magic of stories because they give me hope.
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