REVIEW: Night’s End by Yasmine Galenorn

Friday, November 28, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Night’s End (Indigo Court Novel) Book 5) by Yasmine Galenorn
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 01 Jul 14

This is my first book by Yasmine Galenorn. Not sure why, with my love for paranormal romance, I just never picked up one of her books before.  There is a lot going on in this book, especially with it being a conclusion to a five-book series.  The series appears to be a cross between a paranormal and urban fantasy being set in Washington state but peopled with a plethora of supernatural and magical beings.  Based on my experience, I would definitely urge readers to be sure to read the series in order, because I was often lost and puzzled, which took away from my enjoyment in the story.

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REVIEW: The Other Side of the Bridge by Katherine Swartz

Thursday, November 27, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Other Side of the Bridge by Katherine Swartz
Contemporary Women’s Fiction published by Tule Publishing Group 14 Jul 14

I’m a great fan of novels that follow the parallels in the lives of two or more members of the same family across the generations, and I can certainly sympathise with the situation that the modern-day heroine finds herself in when she decides to take on a house in serious need of renovation. Having not been to Greece since my teens (and even then visiting more of the islands than the mainland), I also appreciate reading a story set in a country to which I would love to return. Our heroine’s initial impressions, however, are much less positive.

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REVIEW: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Captivated by You (Crossfire, Book 4) by Sylvia Day
Erotic Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 18 Nov 14

As broken as they each are, as intense their relationship is as they try to make it work, I could read about Gideon and Eva for quite some time to come. I know some folks aren’t happy with the original two-book story being lengthened out to five books, but as damaged as they are, I’m of the mind that two books would have been too rushed to really get all their issues worked out satisfactorily. We also get to know them so much better over the long haul this way, good and bad. Getting to know them is as intense as their lives, and Sylvia Day makes you feel every instant of it.

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REVIEW: Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Illona Andrews, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 25 Nov 14

I read this book because I’m interested in Ms. Singh’s Secrets at Midnight, which turned out to be as delightful as expected and brought the leopard world alive for me, fangs and claws and all. Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane are completely new to me, so these stories are my introduction to them. I have enjoyed Ms. Andrews books before, but these characters and series is also new to me.  The verdict is…

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REVIEW: Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Monday, November 24, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Only Enchanting (Survivors’ Club, Book 4) by Mary Balogh
Historical Romance published by Signet 28 Oct 14

I’m one who normally doesn’t like to read a series out of order. Unfortunately, this is the first book I’ve read in this particular series. But recently when every book I picked up didn’t appeal to me and I was in the mood for an historical story, lucky for me it was Mary Balogh who I ended up with. Fascinating characters in difficult circumstances, who make the best of every day give readers a wonderful story.

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REVIEW: All Of You by Christina Lee

Sunday, November 23, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of All Of You (Between Breaths, Book 1) by Christina Lee
Young Adult Romance published by Intermix 17 Sep 13

I am not a fan of young adult romance, but this book ended up in my TBR pile by accident, so I decided to broaden my horizons and give it a try. Unfortunately, I just did not warm up to the story and eventually ended up abandoning it mid-way. One good thing that’s come out of this experience is that I’ve proven to myself that I don’t like this genre and I can avoid it moving forward.

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REVIEW: Overexposed by Stephanie Julian

Saturday, November 22, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Over Exposed (Salon Games, Book 3) by Stephanie Julian
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 01 July 14

In a disappointing weekend full of books that I abandoned after reading a few chapters, this particular one shone like a beacon of bright light. Even though the plot isn’t necessarily fresh, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this story.  I haven’t read the earlier books in the series, so while it is clear that the Salon is a BDSM-themed playroom, we do not actually get to participate in any activity there. I would definitely classify this book as a romance with some hot and explicit scenes.

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REVIEW: Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland

Friday, November 21, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Dreams of Lilacs (Di Piagets, Book 16) by Lynn Kurland
Historical Romance published by Jove 29 Apr 14 

I wasn’t sure I was going to like a book in this series with no time traveling. I mean, I’m a huge time travel romance fan. But I’m also a huge historical fan and a huge Lynn Kurland fan. So no idea where my doubt came from. Ms. Kurland taught me a well-learned lesson.

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REVIEW: Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Thursday, November 20, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverVeena’s review of Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels, Book 4) by Sarah Maclean
Historical Romance published by Avon 25 Nov 14

Being a woman I am completely on board with a woman who can achieve anything she sets her heart on. The character of Chase being a woman? Now that one I definitely did not see coming, and while I haven’t gone back and reread the earlier books in the series, I believe Sarah MacLean has done a great job of keeping the readers guessing and hasn’t dropped any veiled hints, especially with the other surprise yet to come between the pages of this book that I refuse to reveal, because I want readers to get the same kick as I did when I discovered it. It’s somewhat ironic that Chase is the secret keeper, considering the magnitude of his – or should that be her – own secrets.   With a few minor pinpricks, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series as each of the scoundrels has moved out of the shadows to find happiness.

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REVIEW: Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Treasure on Lilac Lane (Jewell Cove, Book 2) by Donna Alward
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 28 Oct 14

I loved the town of Jewell Cove and its inhabitants we met in the first book, so I was greatly looking forward to the arrival of the next book in the series, along with the chance to learn more about the place and the people. This time, the focus moves away from Abby and Tom of the House on Blackberry Hill and on to Abby’s new friend Jess – as well as Jess and Tom’s long-time friend Rick. So how does their romance compare to that of Abby and Tom?

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REVIEW: A Virgin For His Prize by Lucy Monroe

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Virgin For His Price (Ruthless Russians, Book 2) by Lucy Monroe
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 Nov 14

Maxwell Black is allergic to love, but Romi Grayson strikes a chord within him.  She walked away from him once when he couldn’t commit to a relationship with her, but now she’s heiress to a business he wants his hands on. So he’s willing to compromise his principles and commit to the long term. Well, Max might have a few lessons to learn on the way to the altar…

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REVIEW: Once the Clouds Have Gone by KE Payne

Monday, November 17, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Once the Clouds Have Gone by KE Payne
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 13 Oct 14

There are times when I really appreciate stories about ordinary people in relatively ordinary situations – a setup that seems to occur more in books by British authors than in their US counterparts (or maybe I just find it easier to relate to the ordinariness of the British characters and situations). KE Payne may just turn into a go-to author for me on the occasions when I don’t want extraordinary characters in improbable situations; even when she’s writing about television stars, they’re very down-to-earth types from ordinary family backgrounds. This time, however, she’s turned her keyboard to writing about rural Scotland, and I can very much relate to the problems her characters find themselves facing.

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REVIEW: Engaged at the Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne

Sunday, November 16, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Engaged at the Chatsfield (The Chatsfield, Book 0.5) by Melanie Milburne
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 May 14

So I read the first book in the series and couldn’t resist picking this one up as well. The concept is very cute. Intimidated by her friends, Juliet pretends to be engaged, only to find one very fake, very gorgeous fiancée behind her shoulder, glowering at her for the tall tales she can’t stop spinning.
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REVIEW: Rough and Tumble by Crystal Green

Saturday, November 15, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Rough and Tumble (Rough and Tumble, Book 1) by Crystal Green
Contemporary Romance published by Intermix 15 Jul 14

I’m not a huge fan of the “I’ll never love again,” “no more women/men for me,” and other similar tropes in my romance anymore. I’ve just read too much of that and there doesn’t seem to be any surprises left anymore. Our hero has decided love and a good life are not for him after his one love experience when he was nineteen. He’s led a just-getting-by existence ever since, so there’s a lot of wasted years behind him. It’s a good thing our heroine comes along when she does, for both him and me. Though it all works out better for him, at least I was curious enough to keep reading.

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REVIEW: His For A Price by Caitlin Crews

Friday, November 14, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of His For A Price (Vows of Convenience, Book 1) by Caitlin Crews
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 Oct 14

The mega-rich Greek who grew up dirt poor and earned his billions through sheer grit and hard work is a somewhat stereotypical Harlequin hero. The beautiful, rich heiress is not so typical, nor is the fact that she manages to evade his attempts at seduction and marriage for ten years before being cornered and brought to heel. This story has just too much dominating and too little soft romance to fulfill the reason why I read Harlequin books for it to appeal to me.

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