Authors: Melanie Jackson
“Jackson amazingly weaves the present-day world with her alternate reality.”
“This tale isn't your everyday, lighthearted romance. . . . Melanie Jackson takes an interesting approach to this tale, using historical figures with mysterious lives.”
âRomance Reviews Today
“Jackson pens a sumptuous modern gothic. . . . Fans of solid love stories . . . will enjoy Jackson's tale, which readers will devour in one sitting, then wait hungrily for the next installment.”
“Once again, Jackson uses her truly awe-inspiring imagination to tell a story that's fascinating from beginning to end.”
“This visit to the âWildside' is wonderfully imaginative and action-packed. . . . [A] fascinating tale.”
“Readers who have come to expect wonderful things from Jackson will not be disappointed. Her ability to create a complicated world is astounding with this installment, which includes heartwarming moments, suspense and mystery sprinkled with humor. An excellent read.”
“The latest walk on the âWildside' is a wonderful romantic fantasy that adds new elements that brilliantly fit and enhance the existing Jackson mythos. . . . action-packed.”
âThe Midwest Book Review
“The author's imagination and untouchable world-building continue to shine. . . . [An] outstanding and involved novel.”
“Melanie Jackson is a talent to watch. She deftly combines romance with fantasy and paranormal elements to create a spellbinding adventure.”
“Jackson often pushes the boundaries of paranormal romance, and this, the first of her Wildside series, is no exception.”
“Part fantasy, part dream and wholly bewitching,
. . . [blends] whimsy and folklore into a sensual tale of love and magic.”
“An unusual romance for those with a yen for something different.”
“I recommend this as a very strong romance, with time travel, history and magic.”
âAll About Romance
Rory did not answer her in words. Instead he cupped a palm beneath her chin and lowered his head.
For one moment, Chloe stared in confusion and then incredulity, but the moment his lips brushed over hers she relaxed and allowed the unexpected to happen. With a soft sigh, she closed her eyes and permitted her lips to experience the moment. Around her, the lilacs applauded softly as though pleased with her decision.
Rory didn't invade her mouth, not even after she parted her lips. The kiss remained almost chaste. But for all its lightness and brevity, Chloe felt a strong magic all the way to her curling toes, and it was a moment after the kiss ended before she was able to refocus on the twilit garden.
“You Patrick men are dangerous,” she said softly, shaking her head.
Rory's white teeth gleamed briefly.
“Not me, sugar, I'm absolutely harmless.”
Harmless? How he lied!
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WRIT ON WATER
THIS GRAVE CONTAINS
ALL THAT WAS MORTAL OF
A YOUNG ENGLISH POET WHO
ON HIS DEATH-BED
IN THE BITTERNESS OF HIS HEART
at the malicious power of his enemies
desired these words to be engraved
on his tombstone
"HERE LIES ONE WHOSE NAME
WAS WRIT IN WATER"
FEB 24, 1821
âA self-composed epitaph from the
tombstone of the poet John Keats, commissioned
by his friend Joseph Severn after his death
This book is for all of us who know
that our names are writ on water.
Try this quiz. I scored 5âno, I won't tell you how I got 5 points!âbut think I should get extra credit for being named Chloe and spending the summer working in Virginia. Also, I almost got arrested at a protest march in college and I have lots and lots of parking tickets. Doesn't that count?
I'll write as soon as I arrive at Riverview. Don't worry. I don't plan on seeing Gran.
WHO SHOULD SING THE BLUES?
For every “no” in this section, give yourself 1 point. For every “yes,” subtract 1 point.
Do you know how many pairs of shoes you own?
Â Â Â Yes
Â Â Â No
Â Â Â Yes, but I had to think about it
Do you have a subscription to
Town & Country
, a credit card, or an Audubon Field Guide?
Â Â Â Yes
Â Â Â No