Today I have a treat for you. I am reviewing a book by Linn B. Halton called The Quintessential Gemini. This was a fun read that was both comical and fun. This is the second book I have reviewed for Linn and I can’t say enough about what a great writer she is. I can’t wait to read the next by her. For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.
For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced. With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She’s ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on the new, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope. When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle Surprise’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store
When Katherine Dale’s life is turned upside down by losing her job she immediately consults her horoscope to help give her an idea of what do. It is at the same time that Mark Ainsley-Thomas, world renowned astrologer, takes on some help with the daily horoscopes due to his new intense schedule. When James Kingman takes over the daily horoscopes for Mark he doesn’t realize that criticism that will come with it. When Katherine notices her horoscopes start not making as much sense she decides to email Mark and soon discovers the reason her horoscopes are different is because now James is writing them. What Katherine and James don’t realize at first is they have already met and didn’t really like each other. As James and Katherine communicate they find they like each other. While James and Katherine’s relationship is growing, Mark soon comes into Katherine’s life and with a meddlesome reporter twisting every little thing the three are thrust into a scandal that will reach across the sea into America.
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and very clever. I thought it was very interesting bringing in the astrology portion of the story. Personally, I enjoy astrology and found its presence in this book interesting. The three characters were very well written. I liked how each chapter had a characters point of view. Katherine and James had a very naturally developed love story that just grew. The addition of Mark was important for the story to move forward and his insight into both characters was great. Overall, I really enjoyed this unique story told in only a way Linn can do it. This was definitely a breath of fresh air with many of the cookie cutter love stories out there. I can’t wait to read what Linn comes out with next.