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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    There's Nothing Like The Power Of Redemption

    (Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars)<BR/><BR/>An intriguing collection of three different, yet equally compelling stories, all united by one common factor: Zara Benjamin. A flighty, self-centered ne'er do well, Zara prematurely leaves this earth after a sudden tragic accident ends her brief life - but her departure soon proves to be short-lived. Relegated to the confines of spiritual limbo, she is given a series of difficult assignments by her appointed angelic handlers, and her ultimate redemption in the eyes of her Creator depends on her completion of the challenging tasks.<BR/><BR/>In "Zack And The Dark Shaft," Zara finds her disembodied spirit able to occupy the person of her twin brother, Zack. The reason for her reincarnation? To win the heart of the successful and sexy Quincy Powers, for whom she's always carried a fierce flame - but who also just happens to be Zack's object of affection. As badly as she wants Quincy all to herself, Zara must contend with the fact that Zack wants him just as much, and the ultimate test of her love for her beloved twin brother may just prove too much for her to handle...<BR/><BR/>In "Ingenue's Choice," Zara finds herself playing spiritual matchmaker for the most unlikely of couples: Keir Monroe, a humble bartender by night and undiscovered creative genius by day, and Patryk Andrews, a workaholic accountant from the far opposite side of the tracks. In addition to their obvious differences, Zara's task is made even more difficult by both Patryk's past and present: his heart has still not healed from being shattered before, and his snooty family - for obvious reasons - would never approve of his coupling with Keir. Somehow, Zara must find a way to get the men to break down the barriers impeding their shared destiny...<BR/><BR/>Lastly, in "Bouncer's Folly," Zara awakens in the body of Trevor Carmichael, drug-addicted party-hopper and all-around bad boy. When Trevor OD's on the bathroom floor of a popular nightspot one evening, he's resuscitated by luscious hunk of a bouncer Ramsey Logan - only his spirit has forever departed his body, and Zara's is its new occupant. As Zara and Ramsey grow closer, she has the chance to show the world that Trevor can reform his old ways and strive to repair the considerable damage left in the wake of his self-destructive past - a lesson that, for Zara, hits quite a bit close to home...<BR/><BR/>Gracie C. McKeever undauntedly tackles the issue of closeted homosexuality, compelling the reader to experience the ultimate freedom and liberation embraced by her eclectic assortment of characters. With Zara serving as a not-so-innocent bystander, each of the men are brought face-to-face with their deepest fears, as well as the enduring pain that keeps them shut off to the world. Parallel to her own stint in spiritual limbo, the depths of their emotional limbo are finally exposed, and they are presented with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to break the chains of their literal and figurative oppression.<BR/><BR/>McKeever presents each character in three-dimensional fashion, allowing the reader to confront his or her own personal prejudices regarding the often-miscast world of homosexuality. By presenting the men in the universal light of humanity, McKeever does justice to them and their ongoing struggles, which are no different than anyone else's. Furthermore, her emphasis on the redeeming power of love is a reassuring theme sure to touch the hearts of readers from every ethnic

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