REVIEW: Turner’s Vision by Suzanne Ferrell

Monday, March 30, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Turner’s Vision by Suzanne Ferrell
Historical Paranormal Romance published by Suzanne Ferrell Productions 4 Mar 15

I love it in romance when a heroine doesn’t do what’s expected of her. That’s especially so in historical romance, since bygone times never allowed women to do much of anything, let alone on their own. So Claudia Davis in this story made reading a lot more fun for me. She takes no flak, negotiates, refuses to give in, and is not about to let love get away.

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REVIEW: When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan

Sunday, March 29, 2015 3:05
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Veena’s review of When You Are Mine (The Bennets, Book 1) by Kennedy Ryan
Contemporary Romance published by Forever Yours 17 Jun 14

This is an extremely well-crafted novel, making it hard to believe that it’s Ms. Ryan’s debut book. Relationships are definitely complicated things and nowhere have I seen this better illustrated than in this book with its maze of interconnecting relationships and good intentions that definitely don’t lead to heaven. The one thing that I am deeply unhappy about is the skidding halt right at the edge of a cliff…
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REVIEW: Midnight Heat by Sarah Grimm

Friday, March 27, 2015 23:51
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Sandy M’s review of Midnight Heat (Black Phoenix, Book 2) by Sarah Grimm
Contemporary Romance published by Sarah Grimm 2 Dec 14

This is not a book I received for review, but once I read it, I had to let you know about it. From the beginning the pacing and the emotion are quite high. I’ve not read Sarah Grimm before, but now I’d definitely like to try more of her books.

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REVIEW: Princess’s Secret Baby by Carol Marinelli

Friday, March 27, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Princess’s Secret Baby by Carol Marinelli
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 17 Feb 15

Leila wanted to make a statement and she did by having a drink in the bar of the hotel and hooking up with a handsome guy she met in the bar. Little did she know that her one act of rebellion would leave her pregnant and estranged from her family. Fortunately for her, or fortunate that James Chatsfield is willing to own up and take responsibility for the child. Secret this baby definitely is not, since it’s splashed on the front page of all the newspapers, but it still remains to be seen if this is good news or…

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REVIEW: Coral-600 by Roxy Mews

Thursday, March 26, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Coral-600 (The DMA Files, Book 1) by Roxy Mews
Science Fiction Romance published by Samhain 24 Feb 15

I firmly believe that lots of well-used tropes could be freshened by the addition of robots (at least as many as could be improved by the addition of dragons, or by setting an already excellent series in space!). I also have more than a passing fascination with prostheses and futuristic assistive technology, so any story featuring both an artificial being with near-human levels of understanding and adaptability, and also a human with multiple high-tech assistive enhancements was bound to appeal. Now I learn this is just the first part of a series; colour me highly intrigued…

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REVIEW: Tamed by Stacey Kennedy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Tamed (Club Sin, Book 5) by Stacey Kennedy
Erotic Romance published by Love Swept 10 Mar 15

This book is six deep in the series, but the first that I’ve read. While there are many references to previous romances, it does not keep me from enjoying Porter’s and Kenzie’s story.  Kenzie’s dilemma with the Russian mob adds a nice touch of suspense and keeps the reader engaged. It’s clear from page one that Kenzie needs strong levels of physical pain to deal with her emotional pain, but it is the transformation that Porter effects in offering her the true freedom to be found in submission that makes this story so compelling.

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REVIEW: Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 0:22
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Sandy M’s review of Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover, Book 1) by HelenKay Dimon
Romantic Suspense published by Avon 27 Jan 15

There are some authors out there that no matter what I tell myself, I’m going to read their next book soon. Very soon. But then I don’t, for one reason or another. Then there are those authors whose books I won’t miss for anything. HelenKay Dimon is one of those very few authors for me. I may get a bit behind in reading everything she releases, as in this case, but, goshdarnit, I’m going get the next read book, doesn’t matter when. And I’m always so glad I do that. This book is no different. I love everything about it.

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REVIEW: The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn

Monday, March 23, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn
Family Saga published by NAL 03 Mar 15

A common complaint about historical novels is that they either lack a proper anchor into the time and place of their setting or they rely on overused tropes – the sinking of the Titanic being one such – to hammer the setting into the reader’s head. This book falls into neither trap, using the search for Agatha Christie following her infamous disappearance to paint a vivid picture of the setting, the era, and the book’s central themes of overcoming family or relationship difficulties and finding a place to call home. However, I do feel that the most interesting members of the family are pushed into a background role in favour of those who have the strongest ties to their long-term home.

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REVIEW: Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

Sunday, March 22, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Slow Burn (Driven, Book 5) by K. Bromberg
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by Signet 24 Feb 15

Considering the serious and horrible circumstances the heroine of this book has gone through and will go through, I wanted to like her more than I do. The illness she has to combat puts fear into every woman out there, and it has inundated her family, extending the fear further than most would be able to handle. Haddie just gets off on the wrong foot with me, tripping my nitpick buttons from the beginning, and handling that fear in a way that just doesn’t work well.

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REVIEW: The Farther I Fall by Lisa Nicholas

Saturday, March 21, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Farther I Fall by Lisa Nicholas
Contemporary Romantic Suspense published by Intermix 20 Jan 15

I love it when an author takes one or more well-used tropes and turns them completely on their heads; I’m particularly impressed when I see this kind of behaviour in a debut novel. That being the case, my eye was instantly drawn to the blurb for this novel, which takes the familiar scenario of ex-military bodyguard paired with an off-the-rails rock star and then switches the genders around. And that’s just the start of our journey into Wonderland (or should it be Through the Looking Glass?).

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REVIEW: The Warlord’s Wife by Sandra Lake

Friday, March 20, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Warlord’s Wife (Sons Of The North Romance, Book 1) by Sandra Lake
Historical Romance published by Intermix 17 Mar 15 

Ms. Lake takes us on a Viking adventure in her debut novel, except the Viking chief is looking for a woman to bear him sons instead of the typical loot and pillage that we’re familiar with. Lida is scooped from her home, along with her daughter, to find herself wedded, bedded, and on a long boat on her way to Jarl Magnus’s stronghold before she can say Jack Robinson.  Needless to say, this small, courageous woman has no qualms about making her displeasure felt at the public display of lust he exhibits in front of her child and his men. Poor Magnus, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that this marriage is as far from a business transaction he envisioned as it is possible to be.  It’s sweet to watch this hardened warrior succumb to love for his beautiful wife and her equally brave and beautiful child.

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REVIEW: Playing Knotty by Elia Winters

Thursday, March 19, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Playing Knotty by Elia Winters
Erotic Romance published by Pocket Star 16 Mar 15

I love the play on words with the title of this book, but the true gem here is the beautiful contemporary romance that enjoy a slow buildup toward full commitment. This is not a BDSM story from a purist perspective, since the only element at play here is rope and the detailed description of the various knots and harnesses. Emma, of course, discovers the freedom that comes from being tied up, while Ian truly never claims to be a practitioner of BDSM in the conventional sense, since he’s as happy being tied up as he is tying up a partner. Together they explore an attraction that has been simmering between them since high school, which they never had the confidence to explore until Emma’s need for funds and a sick model gave them the chance.

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REVIEW: Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years that Changed England by Catherine Bailey

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years that Changed England by Catherine Bailey
Biography published by Penguin Books 30 Dec 14

I’m a massive fan of twentieth century history, whether fiction, fact, or speculation pieced together from extensive research, and I’m particularly fond of narratives set in parts of the UK other than those of the major cities that are most popular with the current crop of historical romance novelists. So I’m very pleased that Catherine Bailey’s book about the Fitzwilliam family of Yorkshire has finally been given a US release, especially as that pushed me to finally read it (something I’ve been promising I’d do since its original UK release). I enjoyed The Secret Rooms, even if I didn’t agree with all Bailey’s theories as to who did what and why, so I was keen to see the treatment she gave to another set of mysterious happenings up in my part of the world.

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TEASER TOUR EXCERPT: A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 13:00
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Sourcebooks Landmark is offering ten of our readers the chance to attend a LIVE online event with Susanna Kearsley, a new innovative way to celebrate her upcoming release, A Desperate Fortune. To enter, read the excerpt below and break the code: 14.8. Email the correct word to publicity@sourcebooks.com. Winners will be announced on March 20th!

Good luck!

Summary:

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has lain unread. Now, amateur code breaker Sara Thomas has been sent to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing—for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary’s gripping tale is revealed, Sara is faced with challenges that will require letting go of everything she thought she knew—about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women will be united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the coincidences of fate.

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REVIEW: Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful, Book 1) by Tessa Bailey
Contemporary Romance published by Avon Impulse 17 Mar 15

This is the start of a new series featuring three girls who become roommates in New York City. First up is Roxy Cumberland, an aspiring actress, who’s estranged from her family for having the courage to pursue her dreams. As a struggling artist on her way to her big break, she delivers singing telegrams, which leads her to knock on the door of gorgeous playboy Louis McNally’s brownstone dressed as a pink rabbit.  Without any visible way of getting in touch with her, ingenious Louis hires her to deliver another telegram to himself.  This definitely does not make a promising start to a romance, but…

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