REVIEW: Hot Point by M. L. Buchman

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Hot Point (Firehawks, Book 10) by M.L. Buchman
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 04 Aug 15

I have mixed emotions how this book seems to span two distinct stories under one cover. I suppose I should just think of it as a bonus featuring a great couple and two exciting stories, but…

Anyhow, Vern and Denise make a great couple with their romance kicking off almost from the beginning, with the relationship getting hotter and spicier as the story progresses. The thrills and chills add a nice element to make this an eminently readable story.

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REVIEW: Desired by Anna Jeffrey

Monday, August 3, 2015 0:16
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Sandy M’s review of Desired (Miranda’s Chronicles, Book 1) by Anna Jeffrey
Contemporary Romance published by Anna Jeffrey Books 4 Aug 15

Normally I stay away from the new rage of serial writing that’s the thing lately. I’m not sure why, because though I moan and groan over a weekly television show that makes me wait seven long days to find out what happens next, I live with it. Guess ’cause I have to. Such is the case with the romance serial. So when I moaned and groaned at the end of this first book of Anna Jeffrey’s Miranda’s Chronicles, I hope the wait between stories isn’t an inordinate amount of time. I want to know what happens to Tack and Miranda!

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REVIEW: The Rebel Prince by Justine Davis

Sunday, August 2, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Rebel Prince (Coalition Rebellion, Book 4) by Justine Davis
Space Opera published by Bell Bridge Books 30 Jan 14

This is the much awaited finale of a series that I accidentally stumbled upon a few years ago.  I read Lord of the Storm, the first book in the series, and fell in love with Dare and Shaylah and their indomitable courage which won them their day.  Fast forward to this new story featuring their son Lyon, who has grown up under their loving guidance to become a formidable force in himself, along with his friend and playmate Shaina, daughter of the legendary flashbow warrior, right hand to Dare, now King of Trios, as they take their standard against the dreaded coalition which would subjugate and destroy the planets that dare to stand against them.   Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Saturday, August 1, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of In His Keeping (Slow Burn, Book 2) by Maya Banks
Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance published by Avon Books 27 Jan 15

Ms. Banks definitely steps up the intensity in this the second book in her Slow Burn series.  Ari is a strong telekinetic who’s been kept in a protective cocoon all her life, but, thanks to cell phones and social media, her secrets go viral when she’s forced to use her powers in public to protect herself.

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REVIEW: It Started At Waterloo by Lynne Connolly

Friday, July 31, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of It Started At Waterloo by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 16 Jun 15

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo has given some of my favourite historical romance authors the opportunity to write something about the run up to the battle as well as events taking place in its aftermath. Not to be outdone, Lynne Connolly has written two novellas about those events, and this was the first of those that I read. As I’ve come to expect from this author, we got a very thoughtful hero and heroine and lots of details around attitudes, expectations, and ‘common knowledge’ of the time.

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REVIEW: Caged by Lorelei James

Thursday, July 30, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Caged (Mastered, Book 4) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by NAL 14 Jul 15

I have to admit while reading the first few books in this series, I was so taken with Ronin and Amery that I didn’t process as much about the secondary characters who are now getting their own stories. Ronin’s rope tying and his Japanese ancestry is what fascinated me most, so I wasn’t sure how I would react to the books that would eventually turn to the rough, hard-edged  MMA fighting than the beauty of an ages-old way of life. Of course, I also have to admit my doubts should have never come into play, because it is Lorelei James we’re talking about here.

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REVIEW: Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Thrill Me (Fool’s Gold, Book 18) by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 01 Aug 15

Maya Farlow reconnected with Fool’s Gold in the last romance featuring her best friend Phoebe and her stepbrother Zane, and now she’s back working for Mayor Marsha in promoting the town as the destination for romance. The mayor, as we know, is omnipotent as is evidenced in her pairing Maya with Del Mitchell, Maya’s one-time heartthrob, giving them a second chance at love. This story follows the formula for Fool’s Gold HEAs in the ebb and flow of the romance, aided and abetted by the various activities that occur around town, especially the girls who all hang together and are there for each other, when the inevitable happens and the hero turns stupid…

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REVIEW: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
Contemporary Romance/Family Saga published by NAL 28 Jul 15

For those of you who are fans of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, be warned before you begin reading this book – it is entirely, completely different. No gimmicks with dialogue, no cheesiness. Aside from the hero trying to right all his wrongs to be with the woman he loves, what I like most about this book is we get three other main stories and a few minor ones all in one place. Some readers may not care for that, but I’ve always been a fan of the secondary romance in any books I read, so this family arc is right up my alley. Ms. Ward pulled me in and kept me in place until the last word was read.

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REVIEW: Playing Dirty by Helen Kay Dimon

Monday, July 27, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover, Book 1)by Helen Kay Dimon
Contemporary Romance published by Avon 27 Jan 15

I did enjoy this James Bond-like super-spy thriller with intrigue and treachery around every corner. Ford is definitely the epitome of the debonair secret agent who flies in and out in his cover of computer geek troubleshooter to do the super-spy things like torture, escape out of burning buildings, and commandeer private airplanes expected of his super-spy persona.

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REVIEW: Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton

Sunday, July 26, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Lethal Consequences (Aegis Series, Book 2) by Elisabeth Naughton
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 20 Jan 15

This is a well-paced action adventure story.  Landon Miller is a Black Ops assassin, who is temporarily working with a security agency called Aegis while he recovers from a mission gone bad. During his time with Aegis, he rescues shy school teacher Olivia Wolfe, who develops a serious case of hero worship for him – so much so that she surprises him at the tail end of his last assignment for Aegis. Unfortunately, the surprise is on her when she’s kidnapped by the most dangerous terrorist organization in Europe.  The story just takes off from there and the excitement keeps building to a climatic crescendo. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Broken Bonds by Karen Harper

Saturday, July 25, 2015 1:13
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Veena’s review of Broken Bonds (Cold Creek, Book 3) by Karen Harper
Romantic Suspense published by  Harlequin MIRA 30 Dec 14

I like a good suspense story as a part of the love story. This cover suggested to me that I would find both in this story, even though I had not read the earlier two books in the series. I am glad that my instincts did not fail me, because this is an extremely well-written suspense book, but I definitely feel, in retrospect, that this story will definitely be even better if you do read the series in order.

The natural beauty of the area, the isolation of the families who live in that region, and the natural distrust they have for different ways and outsiders comes alive in word pictures. I could almost picture the desolation of the beautiful landscape from the fracking and the cold clear river with its beaver dams all serve as an incredible backdrop to murder and suspense.

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REVIEW: Cherry Lane by Rochelle Alers

Friday, July 24, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Cherry Lane (A Cavanaugh Island, Book 5) by Rochelle Alers
Contemporary Romance published by Forever Yours 26 May 15

This is my first story by Rochelle Alers in a series that’s already five deep in couples. Cavanaugh Island sounds like a beautiful place in the deep south with a lot of wonderful insights into local food and culture. What seems to be a fairly simple story about two people who feel an instant connection from their first meeting has layers of possibilities, including threats of violence that elevate the story out of the norm and make it one that I definitely enjoyed and trust that you will too.

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REVIEW: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles

Thursday, July 23, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Gay Historical Paranormal Romance published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 16 Jun 15

I’m a great fan of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, along with others of their ilk, and pastiches there-of, not to mention the novels of Denis Wheatley, so I was very keen to read this collection of sequential casebook stories that come complete with a heavy dose of the occult and a healthy side-order of gay romance. Of course, all that anticipation meant that the book had a lot to live up to, but it certainly succeeded.

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REVIEW: Warrior of Ice by Michelle Willingham

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Warrior of Ice (Warriors of Ireland, Book 1) by Michelle Willingham
Historical Romance published by Harlequin Historical 19 Jun 15

The story turned out not quite what I expected but was, nevertheless, quite enjoyable. Killian is a true alpha hero who rises from the ashes of the terrible hand that fate has dealt him. A born warrior and leader of men, he deals with adversity on a daily basis, his loyalty given only to the one person who loves him for himself. When danger comes knocking, he’s willing to step up to the plate and put his life on the line, if needed, to protect those he loves. The story is a nice period piece bringing to life Ireland on the cusp of change with a king who’s trying to unite the feuding tribes in an attempt to stand against the Norman invaders who want to take over and rule.

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REVIEW: Ever After by Jude Deveraux

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Ever After (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, Book 3) by Jude Deveraux
Contemporary Romance published by Ballantine Books 23 Jun 15

We’re back on Nantucket Island with two entirely new characters whom we haven’t met before, but with a smorgasbord of  new Montgomerys and Taggarts that I hope to see featured in forthcoming stories. This is an emotionally rich and satisfying story featuring James Taggart (a twin) and Hallie Hartwell (only child), with a stepsister from hell who come together to find healing and love. The story is rife with characters from earlier stories in the series, time travelers, ghosts and other benign things that go bump in the night that are such a trademark of Ms. Deveraux’s writing. This is a not-to-be-missed entry in the Montgomery/Taggart stories, especially since I feel and hope that it’s a set-up book for a host of new ones to come.

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