Caresse Aldana is chosen to persuade Psyche’s dangerously handsome editor-in-chief, Graham Sheridan, to feature an article on the Mason Community Center. She tells herself it’s just business.
She thought her heart wasn’t in jeopardy, but she clearly underestimated Graham’s charm, and his determination to win her heart. As their passion intensifies, disturbing mishaps at the Center place Caresse’s life in danger.
The highly anticipated Mason Ball fundraiser is in peril. Can Graham decipher the evidence, finger the culprits, and save Caresse before it’s too late?
Author - Angeline M. Bishop
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Posted by Barb Babbage on 25th Nov 2011
For a woman to find the courage to leave the familiarity of a turbulent relationship is not easy. To pick up the pieces and start over after a failed marriage is an arduous task. Letting down your guard, learning to trust and the idea of risking your heart again is terrifying.
Angeline Bishop’s debut novel tackles these and other social issues facing women in the twenty-first century with finesse and compassion. You can’t help but admire Caresse’s strength, conviction, independent spirit, and determination to protect her daughters at all cost. Hero Graham Sheridan, a handsome, debonair, publishing executive is a man accustomed to getting what he wants, but is he up to the challenge? Facing a true test of wills, this modern-day, knight-in-shinning armor is determined to show Caresse that new love is possible with the right man.
In this beautifully crafted, sensual novel, Ms. Bishop’s characters, both primary and secondary, spring to life. Vibrant dialog, gripping scenes and a well-paced plot, laced with a few twists of intrigue and suspense to keep you guessing, make this story about love, faith, family and new beginnings a must read. Captivated from page one, this reader looks forward to Bishop’s work in the future and can’t wait to see what she has in store for Book 2 of the Sheridan series.
Posted by Ns on 23rd Nov 2011
In North Star two people find love but need to learn to trust and believe before they can make it work. The story has an ease that makes it easy to catch on to and whose characters are personable and relatable. Caresse Aldana is too busy with life for love but she can't help her attraction to Graham Sheridan. Being a true gentleman he doesn't make it easy for her to walk away and forget him. He cherishes her in ways that makes her feel like Cinderella but it's going to take time for her to open her heart to him.
What I like best about Caresse is that as strong and independent as she is, a previous bad relationship has left her insecure and vulnerable. Caresse is a mother to two young children instead of babies, which I like and found refreshing. Even though Caresse's and Graham's pasts are alluded to often, I did feel left out in the dark and wanted to learn more. She is confused about Graham's motives and even less sure about what she wants. Graham is ever patient and assertive about his feelings which is just what Caresse needs. She pushes away and he pulls closer. The relationship develops realistically but also in a dreamy, perhaps too good to be true way with the things Graham does to win her love. The issues they face; learning to trust and compromise are believable and relevant. Although, Caresse's insecurities doesn't make it easy for Graham, it does give him a chance to prove himself worthy and more importantly for her to overcome them. There were some instances I wished she opened herself more because I was also putting myself in Graham's shoes. He was a likeable hero; open, honest but still interesting.
There is a small element of suspense that I wanted to be developed more, but which didn't take the spotlight off the couple. The story is truly about Caresse and Graham's relationship. Their families and friends have a strong presence in the story, which makes a great foundation for future stories about the Sheridans.
Posted by Ken Gordon on 22nd Nov 2011
I came across North Star while doing a routine search for a new book to read on a upcoming cross country flight. The cover was compelling, though I am not at all a romance novel reader, as I have read less than 5 in my life. I generally stick to novels that are more action oriented and less sappy. However, I decided to give this one a try and WOW! am I glad I did!!!
The author did a fantastic job of creating a riveting, unpredictable, classy, novel, that had romance and a positive, though not at all expected ending!
Without giving away the particulars, I will tell you that the novel is full of suspense and is action packed, from the time you start reading Chapter 1.
Ms. Bishop is clearly a talented writer that could easily move from romance, to action, to children's novels, if she wanted.
I was so impressed with the book that I told all my friends. Ms. Bishop did a phenomenal job of crafting each and every character, thoroughly, completley and carefully. I felt like I knew each one and could actually visualize exactly how each looked and how their attitude and personality made them behave.
I am so impressed withe this entertaining and uplifting novel. The novel taught you to love yourself, not to settle for someone who doesn't want you for the right reasons, not to be superficial and to love family.
Though Ms. Bishop is clearly incredibly talented and loquacious, I am not, so the best I can say is 2 Thumbs up and WOW!!!
I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to some of the characters. Honestly, I am already trying to figure it out!
Posted by Ann Montclair on 20th Nov 2011
North Star by Angeline M. Bishop is a well-wrought contemporary romantic story set in modern day urban New Jersey. From the moment we meet the heroine, Caresse, we see she is steeped in today’s fast-paced and demanding lifestyle, but her desire for a traditional relationship is intact and provides motivation for the fast-paced romantic plot. Caresse wants it all: to maintain her hard won emotional and financial independence, as well as achieve a lifetime partnership that uplifts, respects and supports each member as individual. When we meet Graham Sheridan, the hero, we meet a man who can deliver everything she wants (and very passionately!). He’s smart, wealthy, oh-so-sexy, and he wants Caresse despite her coolness—maybe even because of it. As Caresse begins to soften and accept Graham’s love, the reader shares her struggle to balance what was with what could be.
North Star is about faith and family as much as it’s about romance, and the many popular-culture references make this timeless tale seem very current. I especially admired the attention Bishop rendered the minor players in the novel. My guess is the richness of their characterizations will play out in subsequent books: this is Book 1 of The Sheridan Series, after all, and that’s great news because I’d love to read a story about Laila Sheridan or Jaiden Sheridan, the hero’s siblings.
North Star is a compelling read, rife with romance and rich realism. If you want to read a sexy story about a strong modern woman who still makes room for love, I highly recommend this book!