Friday, November 16, 2007

Down and Dirty

Down and Dirty, by Sandra Hill
$7.99 at
ISBN: 978-0-425-21793-1
Yes, Hans is reviewing a romance novel. 
Like science fiction (which I also enjoy), romance can be fun to read once in a while. I skimmed dozens of novels in the romance section of my local Barnes & Noble before finally settling on this one, which is quite good.
The hero is US Navy SEAL Zach "Pretty Boy" Floyd.
He's a bit of a macho hot-shot. While on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he unwittingly fathers a precocious young boy named Sammy, whom he brings with him back to the states.
 Sammy is a delightful little scamp who causes one headache after another for Zach. Their exchanges are very funny, and kept the story upbeat. 
You don't see enough comedy in romance novels.
As punishment for his indiscretion, Zach is re-assigned to train female soldiers. It is here that he meets Britta, our leading lady.
She is a Viking warrior. Think Xena, warrior princess. After being condemned to spend the rest of her life in a convent, she escapes 
and somehow winds up traveling to the 21st century. How this happens is a little sketchy. The details about the time-travel are not important.
What's important is, Britta is 1000 years away from her own time, and yet still can see right through Zach's playboy crap. And she's used to medieval combat, so she's a born soldier in our time. Just what a swaggering jock like Zach needs.
What surprised me the most was how much military action there is: the parts about Britta's SEAL training were really interesting. Think GI Jane!
Alongside there are a few steamy, sexual scenes, but it's never smutty. Just the right amount.
Overall, I've got to give Sandra Hill credit. The story is engaging, and the characters had remarkable chemistry.  Down and Dirty is full of depth, humor, and excitement.
This isn't just a good dime-store romance novel. This is good fiction.


b2655 said...

You never cease to amaze. A romance novel, yet! One of the reasons I come back to this blog again and again is that it is unique -- I never know what will be next. The broad spectrum of subjects covered reveals that you must be one of the most interesting people out there, as well. Do you have any kindred spirits who live in DC? By the way, I hope you keep up the ELEMENTS feature, as well.

Hansisgreat said...

Why, b2655, you're making me blush!

Whenever one does something creative like this, it's deeply rewarding to hear that other people enjoy it. Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment.

It's very flattering to be called "one of the most interesting people out there". I believe reading helps make a person interesting and well-rounded. The books don't need to be especially deep or scholarly. The point is to use one's mind and learn new ideas. Almost any book has that potential.

I regret that I do not know anyone in DC, and haven't been there in many years. I'd like to visit soon. Good dinosaur exhibit in the Museum of Natural History, right?

Thanks for visiting, b2655

Good night.