Book & A Movie: Van Alen Legacy + Casablanca

Schuyler has been on the run since the whole Rio Silver Blood fiasco. She heads to Paris to ask for help from the European Conclave. Of course, nothing goes as planned. But tall, not so dark and handsome comes walking through the doors looking for her. No time for a reunion, because the bad guys are trashing the place. She gets separated from Jack in the tunnels beneath Paris. He finds her, but she isn’t sure if it is really him.

In answer, he took her in his arms, lifting her up and against the wall. He pressed his lips against hers, and with each kiss she could see into his mind, into his soul. She saw the year of hate…saw him alone, alienated, hurt. She had lied to him and had left him. With every kiss he made her see, made her feel…every emotion, every dream he had of her…every ounce of his wanting and his need…and his love…his all-consuming, life-affirming love for her. In the darkness they found each other again…and she kissed him back, so greedily and hungrily, she never wanted to stop kissing him…to feel his heart against hers, the two of them intertwined together, his hands in her hair, then down the small of her back. She wanted to cry from the overwhelming emotion that engulfed the two of them…  —pg 186

Are your knees weak? They should be. The poor love birds keep being torn apart. If you haven’t read this book in the series, it isn’t all happy days after their awesome kiss. Yes, more drama. So a fitting movie comparison is Casablanca. Bogart and Bergman found love in Paris, but WWII splits them up. Bogart felt betrayed by Bergman, not knowing why she stood him up. Then one day she comes walking into his bar in Morocco of all places. He finds out the reason for her abandonment, but it doesn’t lessen the hurt. Even more heart-wrenching, is when he has to send her away for her own safety, the cause and because it loves her. WEEP. If you haven’t watched this movie, you need to. It is classic and the quotable one liners are fabulous.

Schuyler & Jack will always have Paris and Venice.

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