REVIEW: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Someone to Hold (Westcott Novels, Book 2) by Mary Balogh
Historical Romance published by Berkley 07 Feb 17

I love the concept behind this latest series from Mary Balogh: the Earl of Riverdale died without, so far as his family knew, leaving a will. But then a will turned up, along with evidence of a previous marriage – rendering the three children of his acknowledged marriage illegitimate – and also a daughter of that first marriage: heir to all properties not automatically inherited by the new heir to the Earldom. In the first book, we followed the rags-to-riches story of that unexpected heir; now we follow the riches-to-not-quite-rags tale of the eldest daughter of the second, bigamous marriage between the Earl and his supposed, now discounted, Countess.

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REVIEW: Wild Lavender by Lynne Connolly

Book CoverVeena’s review of Wild Lavender (Emperors of London, Book 7) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 28 Mar 17

Even though the Dankworths are bitter enemies of her family, it was love at first sight between Helena and Tom.  As the series has progressed, Lynne Connolly has been slowly but surely redeeming Alconbury into a friend of the emperors so it’s only fitting that Helena, our empress, should be the one to bridge the divide. Get ready to be blown away as long-hidden secrets are revealed, bringing the series to a conclusion which will leave fans begging for more. read more…

REVIEW: Dirty Stranger by Cassie-Ann L. Miller

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Dirty Stranger (Dirty Suburbs, Book 3) by Cassie-Ann L. Miller
Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 22 Feb 17

My ebook TBR pile is getting out of control now.  I’m forgetting where and why I’m getting more and more of the books I’m reading.  But however I got this one, I hope lightning strikes again, because it was real pleasant surprise. read more…

REVIEW: Desert Eden by Patricia Grasso

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Desert Eden (Devereaux, Book 3) by Patricia Grasso
Historical Romance published by Lachesis Publishing 28 Feb 17

A few times lately I’ve asked myself if I would still enjoy reading those books I cut my romance teeth on back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. I remember the early bodice rippers and I also remember devouring them as a teenager. This is mainly why I don’t usually reread any books that I really liked from way back then, the thought that it’s not going to be quite what I recall. Or that my tastes have changed so much since those years that many of those books just may not be my cuppa any longer. Desert Eden was originally published in 1993…

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REVIEW: Roger’s Bride by Sarah Hegger

Book CoverVeena’s review of Roger’s Bride (Sir Arthur’s Legacy, Book 4) by Sarah Hegger
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 20 Dec 16

Ms. Hegger sweeps her readers into medieval England where barons reign supreme on their lands and have almost an arm’s length relationship with the King in London.  Anglesea thrives under the rule of Sir Arthur, who is a just and kind man revered by his children and his people. Roger is the eldest son and heir to Anglesea, well trained in martial and courtly skills and is ready to take a bride, settle down, and step into his father’s shoes. With marvelous charm and wit, the author weaves the tale of Roger’s journey to winning his true love, bringing history alive through the words and actions of the rich cast of characters who play their supporting roles in this story. read more…

REVIEW: In This Life by Christine Brae

Book CoverSandy M’s review of In This Life by Christine Brae
Contemporary Romance published by Vesuvian Books 15 Nov 16

This is one of those stories that will hit you in the solar plexis and double you over. Even if you haven’t experienced life-changing events as these characters do. The emotion they go through, from sheer joy to loss and devastation, especially when it’s thought maybe this time life will change for the better, is raw and intense. Then there’s the secrets and their subsequent revelations…

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REVIEW: Bound Together by Christine Feehan

Book CoverVeena’s review of Bound Together (Sisters of the Heart, Book 6) by Christine Feehan
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 21 Mar 17

Many readers have been speculating for some time that the mysterious man in Blythe’s past is none other than the eldest Prakenskii brother, which was finally confirmed in the last book.  In this ending book of the series, Ms. Feehan ties in the lose threads from the Drake sister series with the grand reunion of Blythe and Viktor, plus, as an extra bonus, introduces us to a host of new characters who will doubtless get to star in her next spin-off.

There are a lot of difficult-to-read scenes featuring rape, torture, and abuse as the back stories of the horrific childhood that Viktor and his fellow survivors of the brutal Russian school is brought to light.  This is a difficult and dark subject matter, so please proceed at your own peril. read more…

REVIEW: Stormchaser by Cherry Adair

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Stormchaser (Cutter Cay, Book 4) by Cherry Adair
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 7 Mar 17

I’m not one to who doesn’t finish a book very often. So I was caught a bit off guard when the beginning of this new book in Ms. Adair’s Cutter Cay series wasn’t quite working for me; it’s much too slow going for the start of a book. However, I am very glad I decided to soldier on.

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REVIEW: Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

Book CoverVeena’s review of Wake A Sleeping Tiger (Breeds, Book 30) by Lora Leigh
Paranormal Fantasy Romance published by Berkley 21 Mar 17

Cullen’s long recessed breed senses awaken when Chelsea gives him her resignation.  A kiss activates the mating hormone sealing their fate.  Why are his breed genetics finely coming to life after so many years? His brother Gideon, the mad scientist, has a theory.

I like that this book actually has a story that goes beyond a mating kiss followed by lots of hot and horizontal action, which becomes a bit repetitive in the telling when you are so many books deep in the series.

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REVIEW: Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Brighter Than the Sun (KGI, Book 11) by Maya Banks
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 7 Mar 17

I am so heartbroken after reading this book. I’ve loved the Kelly boys since the debut of the series, and now I think it’s time I let them go. I’ve let a couple of other series by Maya Banks go in the past year too. My hope that the old Maya I have so enjoyed over the years will make a comeback has finally been squashed.

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