EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Collar by Tara Sue Me

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 13:00
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 Dena and Jeff sparked my imagination from the time I met them in previous books in The Submissive series. While they were not together, it’s been clear that they once shared something as earth shattering as Julie and her Daniel and Abby and Nathaniel. We finally learn their back story and get a chance to be a part of their second chance in this beautifully written, deeply emotional story.

For a chance to win a signed copy of one of Tara Sue Me’s books, use the following Rafflecopter link. The giveaway runs through July 17. https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/984c05ae24/

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REVIEW: The Collar by Tara Sue Me

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Collar (Submissive Series, Book 7) by Tara Sue Me
Erotic Romance published by NAL 07 Jul 15

I’ve enjoyed the progression of Nathaniel and Abby’s story and the evolution of their relationship. This stand-alone story about a couple we’ve met and speculated about in the past stories makes for a refreshing change of pace.  In some ways this story feels like a clearing of the palate before the next course of Nathaniel and Abby in the continuous evolution of their story.   I find this book a deeply satisfying emotional feast for the senses with the edge of danger and suspense that runs through the reconnection and baring of baggage.

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REVIEW: Million Dollar Road by Amy Conner

Monday, July 6, 2015 1:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Million Dollar Road by Amy Conner
Contemporary Women’s Fiction published by Kensington 26 May 15

Sometimes one small careless act can have huge unforeseen consequences on a number of very disparate people. So it is with one uncharacteristically rash decision by the otherwise cautious and self-assured, mature for her years, Lireinne Hooten. All the characters are onstage long before that event, however: Lireinne working her menial job at the alligator farm, Con the former hotshot lawyer who now wheels and deals on behalf of the farm’s owners, Con’s ex-wife Emma who sells organic vegetables at the farmers’ market to supplement her alimony while she recovers from the mess Con made of her life, and Lizzie who gave up her own career for Con but now finds herself dissatisfied as a childless homemaker. These four touch on each other’s lives and on the people around them in ways that are sometimes sad, but often uplifting.

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REVIEW: Tears of The Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday, July 5, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverVeena’s review of Tears Of The Rose (Twelve Kingdoms, Book 2) by Jeffe Kennedy
Romantic Fantasy published by Kensington Books 25 Nov 14

Amelia starts the series as a  shallow, selfish character obsessed with her beauty such that I couldn’t see myself warming up to her and consequently had very low expectations for her story.  On the contrary, her story is even more compelling than the first book in the series, as she transforms herself into a formidable character.  This book lays out what I believe will be a thrilling conclusion to the series.  If you enjoy fantasy with a touch of whimsy and action, then this story is definitely for you.

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REVIEW: Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, July 4, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Maybe This Christmas (O’Neil Brothers, Book 3) by Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by HQN 28 Oct 14

This is the delightful conclusion to the O’Neil Brothers trilogy as the entire family bands together to bring Tyler and Brenna together happily ever after.  Apparently everyone but Tyler knows that Brenna loves him  and has loved him since high school. Interestingly, Tyler. with his playboy ways and reputation, values their friendship so highly that he’s resisted temptation and never even kissed her, despite his intense attraction to her.  But now that his two brothers have found their own happiness, Tyler is in trouble because his entire family, including his daughter, have decided to take a hand in bringing them together.  What will happen to their relationship once the kissing starts?  Well, isn’t Christmas a season for miracles?
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REVIEW: Soul Scorched by Donna Grant

Friday, July 3, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Soul Scorched (Dragon Kings, Book 6) by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance published by St. Martins Paperbacks 30 Jun 15

Each new book in this series inches the story a little further, keeping  readers on the edge of their seat, waiting to see what comes next. As new truths are revealed, the suspense kicks up another notch as well.  In an interesting twist, the readers know some of the facts while the kings know other facts, keeping both sides guessing about what to expect and keeping the stories rich and alive. A lot of new characters are being introduced into the series as the sleeping dragon kings are awakened to help deal with the threatening danger, and with all the various threads that are in play at this moment, it’s sometimes hard to keep everything straight, though Ms. Grant does a great job of giving us background and history as necessary. Central to this story are Darcy and Warwick, who are both brand new characters we’ve never met before.

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REVIEW: My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield

Thursday, July 2, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield
Contemporary Gay Romance published by Intermix 16 June 15

I don’t normally read a lot of gay romance, mostly because what I have read has left me disappointed. There are very few authors who can pull me in and keep me interested with either story or characters, leaving real love and romance at the door. Z.A. Maxfield is a new author to me, and I really enjoyed this story. I love the hero, Ryder Dent. I’m glad he finally finds the happiness he deserves.

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REVIEW: Dark Tides by Celia Ashley

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Dark Tides by Celia Ashley
Contemporary Paranormal Romantic Suspense published by Lyrical Press 12 May 15

Cross-genre books can be a bit of a risky proposition, although when they work the blend can add a little freshness to both genres. Bearing in mind that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with romantic suspense: I like the mystery and drama but feel that much of it puts the heroine into the damsel-in-distress role and, in my opinion, robs her of agency in order to make the hero look stronger. I took quite a chance on this one. But, for the most part, I was rewarded; the heroine in this story is very capable of taking care of herself.

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REVIEW: A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Duke But No Gentleman (Masters of Seduction, Book 1) by Alexandra Hawkins
Regency Romance published by St. Martins Paperbacks 30 Jun 15

While this is a catchy title and certainly our hero the Duke is definitely a rake before he meets and falls in love, as is typical of most of the male protagonists in these romances, I wonder if a different title might not have been better for this story.

For all that Imogene is a beautiful, innocent debutante in her first season,  she is not the typical virginal miss, making her a refreshing change and the subject of my pondering.  I definitely enjoyed the story and the evolution of the dissolute nobleman into a tender force to be reckoned with in the future.  His handling of the toughest situation that one might be called upon to handle is so tender and poignant that it made the story squee worthy for me. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Safe at Last by Maya Banks

Monday, June 29, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Safe at Last (Slow Burn, Book 3) by Maya Banks
Paranormal Romance published  by Avon 23 June 15

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, so waiting for this third story amped my anticipation over the top. While the tenor of the series – psychic abilities and those who want that power for their own – is still the best part, and finding a long-lost love is always a favorite of mine, one of my all-time nitpicks – and one that also appeared in Ms. Banks’ KGI series – has crept into place here and intervened with my total enjoyment of this book.

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REVIEW: ‘Til Dragons Do Us Part by Lorenda Christensen

Sunday, June 28, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of ‘Til Dragons Do Us Part (Never Deal With Dragons, Book 3) by Lorenda Christensen
Paranormal Romance published by Carina Press 27 Oct 14

I am a sucker for books that deal with the future, plus this title really appealed to me. Unfortunately, the story itself does not deliver on the promise of the title, for me anyway. If you put aside Savannah’s ability to morph into a dragon, then the book is a somewhat predictable story about a group of art thieves who give it up for love and family.

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REVIEW: Soulfire by Juliette Cross

Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:54
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Veena’s review of Soulfire (Nightwing, Book 1) by Juliette Cross
Fantasy Romance published by Lyrical Press 20 Oct 14

This is a Romeo and Juliet style short story set in a fantasy world where the Cades and Nightwings are deadly enemies. Considering that they both lived in different parts of the town where social norms were designed to keep them apart, Jessen and Cade should never have met, but fate, in the shape of an author’s imagination, takes a hand and Jessen ventures into the forbidden and Lucius is forced to come to her rescue.

Lucius is a fantasy dragon-like creature who has wings and breathes fire, while Jessen is human. Considering the state of enmity between their families and the fact that Jessen is promised to a candidate chosen by her father, the reader fears this is not going to end well. Fortunately, this is a romance, so it definitely ends better than the original Romeo and Juliet.
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REVIEW: Bengal’s Quest by Lora Leigh

Friday, June 26, 2015 0:37
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Veena’s review of Bengal’s Quest (Breeds, Book 30) by Lora Leigh
Paranormal Romance published by Berkeley 23 Jun 15

Since Ms. Leigh has brought the breeds to Window Rock, Arizona and mixed in the Indian council and Bureau of Breeds Affairs, a  new energy has been breathed into what had felt like a tired series ready for retirement . Gideon/Graeme has been a sinister character  suspected to be one of the children who escaped long ago from the clutches of the genetic council with invaluable research, three of whom were rescued by the local Indian shamans and given new lives within their community, their breed genetics suppressed.  Gideon finally emerges from the shadows that have cloaked his identity, as the well-known and well-respected Graeme who holds markers from a lot of the movers and shakers in the breed and Indian shamanic world. It’s finally time for him to surrender to the mating heat and forge an indelible bond with his feline mate Claire, who is as determined to resist and shun him as he has her for so many years.  The cut and thrust of their mating dance and bonding makes for a compelling story, revealing long-hidden truths that have been shrouded in mystery

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REVIEW: The Traitor’s Daughter by Barbara Kyle

Thursday, June 25, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Traitor’s Daughter (Thornleigh, Book 7) by Barbara Kyle
Historical Fiction published by Kensington 26 May 15

Having been entranced by the previous book in the Thornleigh saga, I’m sorry to say that house renovations, amongst other things, have prevented me from going back and reading all the books from the beginning. However, seeing the next in the series waiting to be snapped up for review was too good an opportunity to be missed, and, once again, I was swept up into an Elizabethan adventure with a group of characters who all feel very fresh in spite of this being book number seven.

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REVIEW: Chain of Command by HelenKay Dimon

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Chain of Command (Greenway Range, Book 1) by HelenKay Dimon
Contemporary Romance published by Carina Press 9 Mar 15

Lately HelenKay Dimon has been the dream author all of us romance readers wish for – she’s had books releasing left and right. She’s releasing them faster than this reviewer can read them. Definitely something to look forward to. That’s especially so with the start of a new series, Greenway Range, which has already one fan in me with this first book where we meet Sawyer and Hailey. Coming from the same issue from different sides, all amid an attraction that is fierce and hot and isn’t about to go away any time soon.

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