REVIEW: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

Sunday, April 19, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Suddenly Last Summer (O’Neil Brothers, Book 2) by Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by HQN 24 Jun 14

They’re both gorgeous and tormented in their own unique way. He’s a rich, successful, and dedicated doctor. She’s a beautiful, renowned, and sexy chef. Their chemistry is off the charts and one night it all came to a head and they indulged in a hot and frenzied encounter. That should have been the end of it, since neither one does long term or relationships, but the memories of that one night continue to haunt both of them months after the deed. Dear Reader, let me assure you that this buildup definitely makes for a very satisfying read between the covers. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

Saturday, April 18, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Never Surrender (Shadow Warriors, Book 6) by Lindsay McKenna
Contemporary Romance published by HQN 24 Jun 14

Ms. McKenna paints what I believe is a very realistic picture of the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the day-to-day dangers that our troops face. This is the sequel to the original story where Gabe and Bay fell in love. Now Gabe is assigned stateside, while Bay is deployed back to Afghanistan. Thousands of miles away, Gabe continues to monitor Bay’s safety, along with his SEAL brothers who deployed in her vicinity. Yet all the vigilance is not enough to keep Bay safe from the long reach of the Taliban. This sequel to their story is torturous dark and not for the faint of heart.
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REVIEW: The Marriage Game A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

Friday, April 17, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
Biographical Historical Fiction published by Ballantine Books 10 Feb 15

It’s no secret that I like history and history books, and that I like historical accuracy in my historical fiction. On the other hand, I find a definite difference between books written to educate and books written to entertain. While some factual history books can be just as gripping as novels, I feel that novels need to be written in a very different style in order to grip the reader, especially one who already knows much of the background to a particular set of historical characters and events. It takes a particular sort of writer to produce both factual and fictional writing on the same subject – as I’ve learned in my own writing, and so I approached this novel by an expert on the Tudor period with both confidence that the facts would be right and a certain amount of trepidation that the book might be stashed with a few too many facts for the average romance reader.

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REVIEW: The Liar by Nora Roberts

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 23:01
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Sandy M’s review of The Liar by Nora Roberts
Romantic Suspense published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons 14 Apr 15

Since 1998 when I read my first Nora Roberts book, (Sea Swept in the Chesapeake Bay series), not once has she let me down when it comes to compelling stories and romance that satisfies the reader in me. Over the last few years, her romantic suspense books have been just as compelling, blending mystery and action with love and family. The Liar is no exception and is even more so, because family is a huge part of the life of the heroine when she discovers her entire world is nothing like she thought.

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REVIEW: Darkness Eternal by Alexander Ivy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Darkness Eternal (Guardians of Eternity, Book 7.6) by Alexander Ivy
Paranormal Romance published by Zebra 01 Apr 15

This is a cameo featuring lesser known characters in the Guardian of Eternity series, bringing new depth and breadth to the overall story line. I personally like these short cameos that allow authors to tell us additional stories that are popping up in their heads which don’t lend themselves to being included as chapters in an existing story.

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REVIEW: Deeper Than Desire by Shiloh Walker

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Deeper Than Desire (Secrets & Shadows, Book 6) by Shiloh Walker
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 3 Mar 15

This is the final book in the Secrets & Shadows series, and things don’t slow down one bit as we discover more and more of what has been going on in Madison for generations – horrible, insidious evil that has affected, first, the children of the town and now the town itself since most everything has been revealed. David has been hiding in plain sight since the night he decided to leave his life and the evil behind, a night when more secrets began.

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REVIEW: The Enticement by Tara Sue Me

Monday, April 13, 2015 0:00
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Book Cover Veena’s review of The Enticement (Submissive Series, Book 4) by Tara Sue Me
Erotic Romance published by Nal 07 Apr 15

The ever popular Submissive series continues Abby’s and Nathaniel’s story and takes us into their life as a family: a married couple with two young children. How does a dominant/submissive couple balance the needs of a growing family with their needs as a master/slave couple?  I have thoroughly enjoyed the series as I have walked with the characters, particularly Abby in her path from her first meeting  and her desire to be trained to a collared slave to beloved wife to a mother balancing her family needs both private and social with the demands of a dominant husband.

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Review: Sun God Seeks…Surrogate? by Mimi Jean Pamfilloff

Sunday, April 12, 2015 0:00
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Book Cover Veena’s review of Sun God Seeks…Surrogate? (Accidentally Yours, Book 3) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Fantasy Romance published by Forever 05 Mar 13

It was the title of this book that first snared me and then it was the fact Ms. Pamfiloff is another new author to add to may arsenal of new and different. This is an ongoing series featuring Gods and vampires and all manner of paranormal creatures, both known and unknown. The story properly ends on a cliff hanger and leaves the reader ready for the next chapter in the series, but…
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REVIEW: Bite Me by Robyn Bachar

Saturday, April 11, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Bite Me by Robyn Bachar
LGBT Multicultural Urban Fantasy published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 17 Mar 15

Normally I shy away from urban fantasies in which either vampires or werewolves are the main protagonists, but the blurb of this one with its promise of both lesbian and multi-ethnic central characters made the book sound too enticing to pass up. I was also heartened by the indications given in various places on the web that the novel is a stand-alone story rather than the first in a new series. And really, who wants to miss out on watching the zombie apocalypse? From a safe distance, obviously.

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REVIEW: Visions in Silver by Anne Bishop

Friday, April 10, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Visions in Silver (Courtyards of the Others, Book 3) by Anne Bishop
Urban Fantasy  published by Roc 03 Mar 13 

This is the third book in the “Others” series by fantasy writer Anne Bishop where she introduces us to her version of vampires, weres, and seers. I have read each book with bated breath as she unveils a world which is familiar and yet so very different. I  sense the world around me very differently than I did before my exposure to the deep hidden layers in the world as presented by an author, who is one of the best at world building. This series has gripped my imagination and I just can’t seem to get enough of it.

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REVIEW: A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper

Thursday, April 9, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Deadly Web (Bishop Files, Book 2) by Kay Hooper
Paranormal Romance published by Jove Books 07 Apr 15

I have been a fan of Ms. Hooper since the time she wrote unforgettable love stories for Loveswept.  I have continued to be a fan even as  the stories took on more of a dark thriller aspect. This one, however, is so cryptic that it left me at a loss with regard to how I should classify the story. No doubt this plot will eventually reveal itself in all its evil glory, but, until then, it left me quite disappointed.

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REVIEW: A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Sinful Deception (Breconridge Brothers, Book 2) by Isabella Bradford
Historical Romance published by Ballantine Books 24 Feb 15

This is a delightful regency romance with a touch of mystery deftly woven into it.  The characters are well developed and the story flows at a great pace.  Serena and Geoffrey both have ties to India at different levels, and this is actually the factor that brings them together and contributes very nicely to the intrigue flavored with some Hindi phrases and love words to add a flair to the story. It’s a nice touch, but, unfortunately, it is the one that turned me off because the grammar is wrong and the author constantly refers to the Indian people as Hindi. Even given for ignorance of the times, I feel that if one is going to use cultural nuances and language, then they should be correct. Hindi is a language, Hindu is a religious affiliation, and the people are Indian since India is a melting pot of many different religious and cultural flavors of which Hinduism, while predominant, is still only one.  Perhaps other readers won’t find this an irritant and they will get the maximum enjoyment from this story.

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REVIEW: A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 0:02
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
Contemporary Romance and Historical Mystery published by Sourcebooks Landmark 07 Apr 15

I love timeslip novels – where two or more interlocking stories are told across different periods of history – but they can be fiendishly difficult to categorise. This book, for example, contains two romances set three centuries apart as well as a mystery that both heroines have to solve and a series of other, often dangerous, adventures for the historical heroine to face as she journeys across Europe and attempts to make sense of everything in her diary while keeping that diary safe and secret from supposed friends and potential enemies alike.

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REVIEW: The Three Fates of Ryan Love by Erin Quinn

Monday, April 6, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The Three Fates of Ryan Love (Beyond, Book 2) by Erin Quinn
Paranormal Romance published by Pocket Books 27 Jan 2015

Irritates me I took so long to read this book! Erin Quinn is an absolute favorite of mine, and I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished reading The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love, the first book in the series. But sometimes between everyday life and other obligations, things don’t go as you want, and, unfortunately, this book kept being pushed back a little at a time. However, the time finally arrived that I sat down and entered the Beyond once again with Ms. Quinn and her amazing talent.

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REVIEW: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Sunday, April 5, 2015 0:22
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Veena’s review of Rock Courtship (Rock Kiss, Book 2) by Nalini Singh
Contemporary Romance published by TKA Distribution 30 Sep 14

This short story is the second in Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series and features David and Thea, whom we first met and rooted for in Rock Addiction. Ms. Singh does a great job of delving into Thea’s past that holds her back from wholeheartedly embracing a future with David and bringing the two together. Usually short stories by necessity end up a bit rushed, but this one definitely doesn’t feel that way.

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