REVIEW: Caron High News by Annabelle Jay

Friday, August 28, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Caron High News by Annabelle Jay
Young Adult Lesbian Romance published by Prizm Books 28 Jul 15

One of the aspects of Young Adult fiction I particularly love is the opportunities it gives authors to experiment with narrative structure and plotting conventions. So here we get the story told from the point of view of alternately the heroine and someone who, while strictly speaking not the antagonist, certainly comes across as not having the heroine’s best interests at heart. This is also a romance in which the route to true love and commitment (or at least what passes for a long-term relationship in the frenetic lives of a bunch of teenagers) isn’t particularly obvious from the outset. So I’m not going to tell who ends up with whom, although I may be tempted to hint a little…

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REVIEW: Cold Hearts by Sharon Sala

Thursday, August 27, 2015 0:19
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Veena’s review of Cold Hearts (Secrets and Lies, Book 2) by Sharon Sala
Romantic Suspense published by Mira 25 Aug 15

The second book in the series picks up from where the first one leaves off to deliver a pulse-pounding suspense story teamed with yet another second chance at romance. Lissa and Mack, once childhood sweethearts, are brought together at the scene of a grisly murder, where her car was used as the instrument to kill his father. What is the trigger that’s led to a second murder in so many weeks and Sheriff Trey’s mother is possibly the next person who is the cross hairs of a killer. Make sure you have the time to read the book cover to cover, because I assure you won’t want to put it down until it’s done.

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REVIEW: Nightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 0:23
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Veena’s review of Nightwalker (World of the Nightwalkers, Book 5) by Jacquelyn Frank
Paranormal Romance  published by Loveswept 25 Aug 15 

I have had trouble with the World of Nightwalkers series from the beginning. I almost abandoned it early on, but then it seemed to pick up steam and I was caught and stayed involved.  This is the conclusion that brings together all the Nightwalkers from both the series to face a demon god that has the potential to destroy the Nightwalkers and humans. While I enjoyed meeting many of the characters from the original series, this story has none of the blood, guts, and glory I expected from a finale.

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REVIEW: Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
Romantic Suspense published by MIRA 28 Jul 15 

I picked this book up believing it to be a romantic thriller, based on the back blurb. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a family drama showcasing the good, bad and ugly in relationships.  The suspense element doesn’t kick in until half way through the book and that part of the story, as it unfolds, is almost anticlimactic, in my opinion. The redeeming light in the story is the character of the little girl who’s been blind since birth.

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REVIEW: Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek

Monday, August 24, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey (Victorian Adventures, Book 2) by Lillian Marek
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 04 Aug 15

I enjoyed the first book in this series and was greatly looking forward to more Victorian adventuring with heroines who aren’t afraid to defy the conventions of their times and explore the wider world beyond the safety of their drawing rooms. This time we got to reacquaint ourselves with two young ladies from the first book, as well as the parents of that story’s heroine, as they all travelled even further afield than previously in search of historical treasures.

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REVIEW: Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna

Sunday, August 23, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Taking Fire (Shadow Warriors, Book 7) by Lindsay McKenna
Military Romance published by HQN 24 Feb 15

As a woman a huge plus in this series is the strong women role models. Khat Shinwari is an interesting multi-cultural mix. Born and brought up in the US of an Afghan father, she’s feels guilty for her life of ease while her brethren are in such dire straits.  She joins the military and the shadow warrior program in her desire to do more for her people and becomes embedded amongst the locals in the Hindu Kush mountains. I don’t totally agree with her rationale, but I admire her for taking a stand and basking in the love her father’s family offers her while providing valuable intelligence to the US military.  The author does a superb job in building her and Mike’s back stories, as well as pulling in characters from previous stories, as she demonstrates that romance can flourish anywhere, including the grim realities of a terrible war.

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REVIEW: As Lost As I Get by Lisa Nicholas

Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:34
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of As Lost As I Get by Lisa Nicholas
Contemporary Romantic Suspense published by InterMix 18 Aug 15

I was blown away by this author’s debut novel and very excited to get my hands on its sequel, albeit with a little trepidation as to how well the second would live up to the standards set by the first. While this book doesn’t completely reverse any tropes in the manner of its predecessor, it does have a heroine with far more gumption and ability to look after herself than the average woman in the world of romantic suspense. Not that Zoe’s without her issues, of course, and nor for that matter is Lee, the twin brother of the previous story’s hero, without his fair share of flaws.

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REVIEW: Temptation Has Green Eyes by Lynne Connolly

Friday, August 21, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Temptation Has Green Eyes (Emperors of London, Book 2) by Lynne Connolly
 Historical Romance published by Kensington 03 Feb 15

History is more than just the dull recounting of facts, and Ms. Connolly delivers in her latest historical romance by bringing alive a period of English history that is almost forgotten under the weight of the more popular Tudor and Elizabethan times as featured through films and television.  She brings alive the people, the costumes, and mannerisms with Max and Sophie and the rest of her cast of characters.

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REVIEW: Long Time Gone by Lorelei James

Thursday, August 20, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Long Time Gone (Rough Riders, Book 16.5) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Romance published by LJLA 13 Jun 15

I’m a bit behind in reading this latest book in the Rough Riders series. Makes me wish I haven’t quite read all the books to date, because each time I revisit these characters and realize the series is nearly at an end, I’d still like to have a few stories to go so I can enjoy this family that much longer. With this novella we follow Cal and Kimi McCay through their unusual courtship.

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REVIEW: The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, Book 1) by Sabrina Jefferies
Historical Romance published by Pocket Books 21 Jul 15

This is the first book in a new series, but, in reality, it takes off right where the last book in the Dukes Men series ends. Jeffery Keane is a rich American with family in the English nobility. He’s trying to run away from his problems by hiding beneath his art. Lady Yvette, sister to the duke of Blakeborough, calls to something deep within his psyche. Will painting his masterpiece finally exorcise his past and free him to lead a happy, productive life?

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REVIEW: Friction by Sandra Brown

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Friction by Sandra Brown
Romantic Suspense published by Grand Central 18 Aug 15

Like I’ve recently decided with Nora Roberts’ books, I’m going to make a huge effort to read every new release Sandra Brown has from here on out. I’ve always enjoyed her books, but she gets better and better with each one. Friction is full of action and suspense, all written around a romance that throws conflict in every direction. I also like that it takes place within in the legal industry, my former career. Though I didn’t spend that much time in the courtroom, I still got my fill of judges, attorneys, and how one person’s decision can impact our lives so thoroughly.

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REVIEW: Summer on Lovers’ Island by Donna Alward

Monday, August 17, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Summer on Lovers’ Island (Jewell Cove, Book 3) by Donna Alward
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 05 May 15

I was charmed by the first book in this series and had high hopes for the following stories, although to date none have quite lived up to my expectations. While I love the town of Jewell Cove, I’ve found at times that life there is a little too idyllic on the surface for my liking, and the problems bubbling underneath often turn out to have simpler solutions than I might expect. On the other hand, Josh has appeared in every story so far, and I felt it was about time he got his own central role.

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REVIEW: At the Count’s Bidding by Caitlin Crews

Sunday, August 16, 2015 0:17
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Veena’s review of At The Count’s Bidding by Caitlin Crews
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 17 Feb 15

My son once told me that a movie trailer showcases all the best scenes in a movie.  That statement holds true for this book where the back cover is all the story there is. The rest is just scenes of passion that complete the book. The end is what makes the book worth reading as Giancarlo finally hears what Paige is telling him and asks the questions that he should have asked ten years ago…

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REVIEW: First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, August 15, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of First Time In Forever (Puffin Island, Book 1) by Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 24 Feb 15

Ms. Morgan consistently delivers heart warmingly romantic stories that touch the heart. The sparkling wit,  clever repartee, and well-developed characters simply give me no choice but to put them first on my reading list every time I see a new book release.  Tortured Emily Donovan, with her deep-seated fears and her need to do the right thing, despite the price she has to pay, grabbed a piece of my heart from the moment I met her on the ferry crossing to Puffin Island.  It is so uplifting to see her face down every single bogeyman and come out on top.

 

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REVIEW: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Friday, August 14, 2015 0:00
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C2’s review of Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling, Book 14) by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 2 Jun 15

*slinks in and sticks a tentative toe in The Pond* Surprise, faithful reader! You thought I had dropped off the edge of the Earth, didn’t you? HA! Instead I only fell into a pit of despair horrible, terrible SLUMP. You know what it takes to snap a slump – temporarily, at least? An awesome book! Let’s do this… (Oh, HERE BE SPOILERS, if you aren’t up-to-date with the series.)

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