Title: The Gypsy Ribbon: Suit of Wands
Internationally known wild child James Kelly is a filthy rich rock star, devilishly handsome, with silicone beauties aplenty to grace both his arm and his bed. He has it all. Or does he? What he wants most is a real woman to tell him no once in a while…and thanks to his inherited precognition, he knows her when he meets her. But the vision of his future is shrouded in darkness and shadows.
Tarot reader Lisbeth Vargo works at the local renaissance faire. She’s still stinging from her last bad relationship when her best friend marries James Kelly’s brother. After being paired up in the wedding party, sparks fly between Lisbeth and James. Even her tarot cards tell her he’s the one, but is the interest of a “bad boy” something she can take seriously?
Sometimes falling in love takes a leap of faith. Occasionally it needs a push off the cliff. James is more than happy to give Lisbeth that needed shove, but will his love save her…or get her killed?
CONTENT WARNING: Irish mischief, smokin’ sex, creative uses for ice cream and bad gypsy accents.
Author: Shannon MacLeod
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Rogue on the Rollaway
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: 2 December, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Starting with a Tarot reading that steals James’ breath away, we are introduced to the devil-may care rock star early on. A few fast forward jumps to a wedding of a bandmate, with Irish accents and patois flowing freely James finally meets Lisbeth and sparks fly. He’s a rock star though, with all that entails: and very used to keeping the women at arm’s length, or around for the moment.
Lisbeth is a card reader, but feels she can’t stand up to her friend in looks or figure. While her looks intrigue, and her standoffish manner keeps him intrigued, even more so because being told NO is exactly what he wants from a woman.
He’s drawn to the ordinary life she leads, and often prone to commenting about the fact he never felt she’d agree to go out with him. That is the point where his charm and underlying loneliness shows through, and the man behind the persona shines. For her part, Lisbeth appears comfortable and happy in the friend zone, it’s when she thinks of more that she stiffens up. And soon his charm wears her down, laser focused he teaches her to see herself through his eyes.
Throughout the story, there are frequent appearances from many characters, all somehow related to the band, couple hood is in the air throughout James’ band, even as the distance and schedule makes it more challenging. When he takes a break for them to spend some ordinary time together, rumours fly and Lisbeth becomes the band’s Yoko. When James goes to rescue her, he and his brother Ian have a moment of precognition, and fear the worst. Throughout the story, Lisbeth and James both have such a fun banter and solid feel to their relationship that it’s hard not to root for their own happy ever after.
A fun read that had enough laughs and characters moving throughout the story to show a relationship developing in a logical and solid way. Conversations are cleverly worded, and including Irish mysticism mixing with the bits of renaissance fair feel are unique and brighten the background with a touch of wonder.