The Winston Brothers


Say No to Joe? (Visitation, Book 1)




The Secret Life of Bryan (Visitation, Book 2)

When Bruce Met Cyn (Visitation, Book 3)





Just a Hint--Clint (Visitation, Book 4)

Jamie (Visitation, Book 5)





A while back, I posted a list of how you can tell that a sequel is in the works.  Well, here’s another way — naming a town "Visitation."  You just know everyone and their brother is going to find their way there.  In the case of Lori Foster, she makes it all okay.  I love the Visitation series.  I especially like that it’s a spin-off of another series.  I don’t know why — probably it’s that the characters are very loveable.

It all started with the indescribably yummy Winston brothers [Rule #1: the hero/heroine has lots of close friends/relatives who figure prominently in the story ] of Thomasville, Kan-tuck-ee.  Whoo, that lot!  The oldest brother Cole makes shyness quite sexy.  The second brother Chase is into mild domination — scarves and being extra bossy — very softcore.  The third brother, Zane, is a total man-whore — until he gets his own book.  The youngest brother Mack is, to hear him tell it, spilling out of his g-string big time.  So they have this cousin, Joe, and he shows up in Zane’s story.  He meets Zane’s wife’s best friend Luna, thereby fulfilling sequel clue #6: F/Rs of hero/heroine are thrown together.  Zane’s story has a very flexible, downright stretchy, brand of logic.  But the characters are so likeable you really don’t mind so much.  Zane is mouthwatering, and his brothers continue to be so as well. 

VNC series starts with Luna going to Joe for help with some relatives who live in Visitation.  Foster describes Joe in mouthwatering terms.  Well done!  So in Visitation, Joe teams up with Adonis twin Bryan on a case.  Joe’s sister comes to town and immediately becomes a thorn in the side of the sheriff — clue #6 again. Then Bryan comes to town again to hide out and protect a "prostitute".  Their story is like something out of As You Like It — the hero and heroine pretending to be someone vastly different from who they really are.  Then Bryan’s twin Bruce shows up and Bryan’s woman accidentally exchanges tonsils with him. 

So that’s about where the family angle ends, but Foster picks up the two loose ends — Julie Rose, the schoolmarm and Jamie the buff psychic. Julie falls for a ruthless detective, Clint Evans, who probably has Krohn’s Disease, and psychic mountain man Jamie (I really don’t like that name for a man. To my ears, it’s too foo-foo.  It’s a name for a kid, not a man.)  meets up with a woman who knew him before he went into hiding.  She’s been biding her time to establish a connection with him.

Foster likes using families — brothers — as a canvas.  She does it often, and well.  There’s the 4 "Buckhorn" Brothers — 4 brothers, 3 last names, 1 son, 2 of them married to sisters. Then the 4 Winstons, then the Adonis twins Bryan and Bruce.  Familial constructs work well because the audience is built in, captive even. Dialogue and body language between family members is more riveting and drives a story more interestingly than standard narrative exposition.  The Winston brothers and Buckhorn brothers are the polar opposites of Lora Leigh’s August brothers.  If you need a break from the non-stop sturm und drang of Leigh’s books, Foster’s books are relaxing and happy and funny and ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that.

Fantasy (Sommers Sisters)Shay’s sister has her own story.  This takes place way before the Visitation series. :: :: :: :: ::



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