So, recently I read Nina Bruhns'
The Rebel Prince, a Silhouette Romantic Suspense (how much am I hating the lines' name changes, btw?). And, yes, I know I need to update my sidebar...shut up.
The book was okay - not outstanding or anything but not a waste of time. But there were some issues that gave me some problems. The blurb, from eHarlequin
:Serenity Woodsen rushed to Charleston to send a con man packing. But the man who'd charmed her favorite aunt was nothing like she expected. Carch Sunstryker's regal bearing and blatant sex appeal were, well, out of this world. And practical Seri found her heart in danger of believing the impossible….
Prince Carch had come to Earth to save his family's throne. Revealing his identity to a human was strictly forbidden, and falling for one—that would be a disaster. But when Carch's enemies endangered Seri, nothing in the universe could keep him from her side.
So, that sounds fine, right? The tone was a little uneven - adventure? Star-crossed love? Woman dealing with her past? The language was a little old-fashioned. But the main problem for me was this - as I was reading along, I ran across the name of Carch's planet - Galifrax - and was yanked completely
out of the story! Why, you ask? Well, I believe I mentioned that I have recently become a fan of Doctor Who
and, as any faithful viewer knows, The Doctor is from Gallifrey. Let me repeat that, Gallifrey
! So, every time I ran across a reference to Galifrax, my brain started circling around the whole name thing. Was it a tribute/nod/wink to DW? No mention in the acknowledgements. Is Ms. Bruhns a fan of the show? (I checked her website - no mention of Doctor Who.) Perhaps she has a brainstorming partner (who is a fan of the show) who gave her a name for Carch's planet without filling her in on the reference? Who knows? But, help me out peeps - the names are too close to be a coincidence, don't you think??
I started watching Doctor Who because of the Torchwood
connection but I quickly came to appreciate it on its own merits. But why, you might be wondering, have I suddenly become a DW fan? Is it the galloping good stories, filled with adventure and fun? Yes! Is it the TARDIS
Yes, that too (I would like one of my own, please).
Any other reasons?? Well, I can't really think of anything else...
Nope, nothing else is coming to mind...
It's just a really fun show to watch. ;-)
As far as any connection to The Rebel Prince, I guess it will remain a mystery. *sigh*
Anyone else ever had a small detail just drive them batty and pull them out of a story every time it's mentioned?
Labels: book stuff, pondering, tv