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Perfect Heroes #1
Nothing extraordinary has ever happened to Maggie O’Brien until the day she plays a fantasy game called Tolemac Wars. When something goes awry, Maggie finds herself a slave in a very frightening world engulfed in war. How can she escape this strange place where men carry swords and others perform magic? When Kered comes to Maggie’s rescue, she cannot fight the attraction she feels for him. He casts a spell over her heart that has nothing to do with magic, and when she falls in love, she realizes she must choose...his world or hers.
Originally published May 1999 by Dorchester/Love Spell.
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Lawrence sweeps you--along with her modern day
heroine--into a world of virile warriors and
daring quests where love is the most dangerous
reality of all. Imaginative, stirring, fun,
and oh, so, sexy."
PICK OF THE MONTH (5/99) 4 1/2 STARS !!
--Kathleen Nance, MORE
THAN MAGIC (3-'99)
". . . Ms.
Lawrence captures the reader on the first page
with her clever use of names and scenery. Brilliantly
done, VIRTUAL HEAVEN is a must for fans of fantasy
and recommended for anyone else seeking something
new and exciting."
--Anne Black, Romantic
HEAVEN by Ann Lawrence is an incomparable
debut novel that shatters the soul and touches
the heart with passion and high adventure.
Author of ANOTHER DAWN (1-'99)
Lawrence sweeps you--along with her modern day heroine--into
a world of virile warriors and daring quests where
love is the most dangerous reality of all. Imaginative,
stirring, fun, and oh, so, sexy."
--Kathleen Nance, MORE THAN MAGIC (3-'99)
is a debut novel that will have you cheering for
Ms. Lawrence's fantastic imagination that only gets
better with the sequel VIRTUAL DESIRE; dynamic Vad's
exciting adventure that will leave you craving more
and more stories. Both books are full of electrifying
passion that will send lighting bolts throughout
your system! Wow, these books belong on your keeper
shelf if you like an intriguing fantasy story you'll
want to bring out to reread many times. I know I
hope there are many more books in this romantic
dream fantasy that will have you spellbound in no
time at all as you travel across the icefields to
the enchanting and dangerous land of the Tolemac
Suzanne "Have Gun, Will
Travel to Fight for My Warrior in the Tolemac Wars.
Hoping Ms. Lawrence Comes Up With a Warrior Especially
Designed for Dealing with an Older Woman? I'm in
Trouble Now!" Coleburn
"Ann Lawrence's debut
book VIRTUAL HEAVEN sent me soaring to heaven in
a burst of red hot flames of love and desire to
praise her phenomenal talent as an imaginative writer
whose ideas are certainly fresh and captivating.
Brava for her great New World; Aldous Huxley move
--Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
Lawrence has written a delightful story. It is a
mixture of fantasy, adventure and love. The characters
are complex and fascinating. The depth of their
feelings is touching and real. Ms. Lawrence has
also included a puzzle of her own that is threaded
throughout the story. This is a book that will stay
with you for a long time after you've read the last
page. I look forward, with anticipation, to reading
her next book.
--Rita Hyatt, Writers Club Romance Group on AOL Review
onto the scene with her debut book, Ms. Lawrence
brings us a hero to die for! One of the books that
will launch the new PERFECT HEROES line for Dorchester
Publishing, VIRTUAL HEAVEN combines a truly compelling
story with a sensual romance that will make you
hunger for more. This is time travel fantasy at
--The Speaking Tree Online Magazine
HEAVEN is a perfect choice to launch Love Spell's
Perfect Heroes line. Kered is a hero in every
sense of the word, and Maggie compliments him perfectly.
Ann Lawrence has created a spellbinding read full
of colorful imagery and emotion, and characters
you won't want to let go of."
--Lisa Ramaglia, Romance Industry Newsletter
Lawrence does an amazing job of fleshing out her
characters so the reader not only gets to know the
hero and heroine, but also to like and love them.
I read this book until three am and loved every
word of it, even going so far as to re-read some
of my favorite scenes. I could imagine everything
being played out as I read. This would make a wonderful
movie. I truly loved VIRTUAL HEAVEN!"
--Terry McDermott, Old Book Barn
. . . one stunning story. Ms. Lawrence is without
doubt one writer on the way to the top. Splendid!"
--Donita Lawrence, Bell, Book
Lawrence has, indeed, created a perfect hero, or
as near as matters. Physically breathtaking, and
blessed with natural leadership and enviable fairness,
Kered looms larger than life.
Ann Lawrence is a breath of
fresh air to this reader. She has woven together
bits and pieces from the familiar and the fantastic
to create a rousing computer game of a romance novel.
But take heart, ye technophobes, the love between
Maggie and Kered is firmly based in reality."
--Hilary H. Catron, Compuserve
Highly Recommended "A
great book, a great love story in a well realized
world, VIRTUAL HEAVEN made me sigh, smile, and choke
up a little. The characters are likeable, the plot
has enough twists and turns to make a top dizzy,
and the setting is wonderful. I enjoyed every word."
--Patricia White, Under the Covers
novels are, by their very nature, full of hopes
and dreams. VIRTUAL HEAVEN displays a mastery of
the storytelling craft that foretells a fulfillment
of those hopes and dreams. Ann Lawrence has a very
bright future as a spinner of fantastic tales. This
is definitely a winner!"
--Geena Rizzo, Romance Communications
HEAVEN, the debut novel of Ann Lawrence is a definite
read if you are a fan of romance with a touch of
fantasy or science fiction."
--Susan Caraballo, Bookaholics
Hearts "Lawrence has . . . set up a multi-layered
plot that kept this reader turning the pages. .
. Lawrence does a good job of creating an alternative
reality, a fantasy world with its own beliefs, institutions,
and mores . . . But I think any reader who enjoys
a well written, action-packed romance that can steam
up the windows will appreciate Lawrence's debut
--Jean Mason, The Romance Reader