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Woven Dreams by N. J. Walters

Posted by Jenn on July 5, 2007

Woven Dreams NJ Walters

Woven Dreams by N.J. Walters

Book Three in the Tapestries Series from Ellora’s Cave

In Javara, women are scarce and brothers must share a woman, although only one can claim her as a wife. Scarred and maimed from a battle fought almost a year ago, Jarmon Bakra is afraid chances are slim that he and his twin brother, Garrik, will find a bride.

While on a hunting trip, the brothers stumble upon a woman in the forest claiming to be a tapestry bride. Now that fate has dropped a beautiful, courageous woman in their path, they will both use all their sexual skills separately and together to convince her to stay.

But Genny has secrets of her own and they have only three days to uncover the truth.

I have to admit that I was very suprised yesterday when NJ Walters emailed me an advance copy of this book that releases July 11th at Ellora’s Cave. I’ve known NJ for over three years now and I can say without prejudice that she is a kind and genuinely nice person.

*I may have mentioned in my contest entry for this particular book that my Birthday was coming and poof NJ comes through with the best gift ever.*

I also admit freely that I’m a Big NJ Fan, her writing is always hot, always emotional and her world building is phenominal. I have thought this from the very beginning and being her friend now hasn’t changed that.

So what about this next installment of the tapestry series, does it live up to the two previous books? I would have to say yes and  then some. I recently reread Christina’s Tapestry and Bakra Bride since I got them in the Print Duo “Tapestry Dreams”  from EC last week. I think that whenever you can read the previous books in a series before reading the next one it’s always a good idea. Trust me when you read as much as I do, you can tend to forget pertinent information.

In this book Jarmon and Garrick finally get there shot at a bride and I’d been wondering for sometime how NJ would tackle the rules she had created for the arrival of a Tapestry Bride. In this as well as previous books she writes that a bride arrives once in every generation. She does however admit that it has occured more than once in the past.

First up is our heroine Genny. She is suprisingly different from Christina and Jane, but just as likable and real. She has suffered and just like the previous heroine’s has nothing to lose and everything to gain by staying with the brothers, but of the three she is the one I felt the most emotion for. I’m not in anyway belittling Jane and Christina and what they experienced before beoming a Tapestry Bride, but OMG the things Genny  had to endure. I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Aside from her pain she has still managed to survive. She is strong and brave  yet she can be fearful and is very much in need of love.

Our Heros (Lucky Genny) are the remaining two Bakra Brothers. Garrick is the older of the twins by a few minutes and since the battle with the Craddock brothers he has been supporting and trying to reconnect with his twin.He is described by Jarmon as the Handsome and Whole brother. Outside he may not be scarred like his twin, but down deep he is riddled with them. Aside from suffering the near death of his self described other half, he has also had to stand by and watch as Jarmon struggled and worked his way back from injuries that should have left him crippled and weak. He has assumed the mantle of making his brothers smile and has worked side by side with Jarmon to make him better and stronger than before his injuries. He is very real and likable. I felt the urge to huge him and to give him comfort.

Jarmon on the other hand is the Bakra brother who has to overcome the biggest challenges. After his sword fight with Leon Craddock he now bares scars and walks with a limp. His recovery is one that is amazing and had my heart bleeding for him. He had come to terms with the fact that if he and his brother every did find a bride that she would choose Garrick as her husband. He is convinced no woman would choose him over his twin. Jarmon is that type of hero romance fans love, scarred and tortured yet so deserving of love that you wish you could be the one to do it.  He reminds me a JR Ward’s Zsadist from Lover Awakened and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Zarek  from Dance with the Devil. I have always been a Marc fan in this series, but Jarmon is seriously fighting for the top spot.

As the story unravels and Genny’s secrets are revealed I found myself falling a little more in love with Jarmon after every page. He may be marred on the outside, but inside is a heart so big and full that just thinking about him makes me a little teary. Typical to NJ’s writing style she had me weepy and sad, but then I expect that from her. The story is fast paced and vivid in it’s descriptions and interestingly takes place mostly in the wilds of Javara. It allows the reading to learn even more about the world in which these characters dwell.

Toward the end she had me guessing as to how the story would end. The final scenes were rich with detail and had me holding my breath. I felt a deep satisfaction at it’s conclusion and also wondering if other Javarain men may be getting books in the future. I can’t say to much as I would be giving key plot points away, but dang it NJ I have to know? Do you the you know who guys get a book too and what about MARC?

All in all this was a very enjoyable book, one I would reccommend to anyone interesting in far off lands full of sexy warriors. I would also like to know where I can get a Tapestry of my own and then I could go claim Marc for my own, but alas only NJ has that power I’m afraid.

So run don’t walk or in this case Surf the Net to EC on July 11th and buy this book, you won’t regret it.

Lastly, a great big thanks to NJ for the gift, it really did mean a lot.

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5 Responses to “Woven Dreams by N. J. Walters”

  1. Mad said

    Already on my shopping list! 🙂

  2. This book sounds so awesome! It’s going on my to buy list. 🙂

  3. NJ Walters said

    Thank you Mad and Christine!

    And thank you, Jenn, for the wonderful review of Woven Dreams and for the lovely compliments! Hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

    Hugs
    NJ

  4. Rhiannon said

    i just wanted to say that this review really helped me alot with whether i should spend money on this ebook..i have never like menage a trois books, they always make me want to scratch my skin after reading it and i cant understand why you would share someone you love with another..but before i buy this book i was wondering if you could tell me what happens at the end..does she marry a brother because she fell in love with him and not the other and only has an intimate relationship with only him or does she marry one because she loves both and continues to have sex with both. i know this is a spoiler but i really need to know.

  5. Rayna said

    That is the hottest cover I have ever seen. I want one. ( the man that is)

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