REVIEW: A Haunting is Brewing by Juliet Blackwell

Friday, October 31, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of A Haunting is Brewing (Haunted Home Renovation Series and Witchcraft Mystery Novella) by Juliet Blackwell
Paranormal cosy mystery published by InterMix 21 Oct 14

One of the problems with discovering prolific new-to-me authors who’ve written two or more similar series is knowing where to start: which series to sample first, and whether it would be better to start at the beginning or with the most recent, and possibly more mature, story in a given series. Fortunately, some authors have come up with a helpful solution in the form of one-off stories where the characters from two series meet up in a plot that could fit well into either of their worlds. Such is the case with A Haunting is Brewing, a seasonal novella featuring two of the author’s heroines showing off their individual talents in order to solve a Halloween mystery.

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REVIEW: Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery

Thursday, October 30, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Yours For Christmas (Fool’s Gold, Book 15.5) by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin HQN 28 Oct 14

From the moment Chloe Voss walked into his office and asked Kenny Scott for helping in tying knots, he was lost. But even more so I was lost. I couldn’t wait for his romance with Bailey Voss to become official. Well, it’s finally here and it’s everything that a reader could wish for, just in time to spend another holiday season at Fool’s Gold with its thanksgiving parade and its nativity featuring elephants and goats and, above all, featuring the warmth and love of friends and family.

 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Blood Magick (Cousins O’Dwyer, Book 3) by Nora Roberts
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 28 Oct 14

Since the beginning of this trilogy, I have loved Finbar Burke. As tragic as the entire story of the Dark Witch and her descendants is, as much as they’ve endured over the centuries at the hand of evil, it’s Fin who has captured my heart – and he’s the one who bears the mark of that same evil that has triumphed over and over again. Despite the pull that evil has on the man, Fin stays true to himself, his friends, and his love.

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EXCERPT: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 15:00
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New York is slowly rebuilding and healing after the war with Lijuan. Raphael sustains the illusion of well being through aerial displays of strength and might, when it comes to light that Lijuan might have left behind – an evil legacy that has the potential to bring the city to its knees one more time. Janvier and Ashwini, tower vampire and guild hunter, are teamed up to get to the bottom of this and ensure that Raphael’s efforts are not derailed. The two discover each other in sweet, intimate ways while they hunt down lethal vampires and race the clock to keep their city safe. Ashwini’s unique genetic history has her convinced that there is no happy future in store for her, but can Javier convince her otherwise as they spend happy and bittersweet moments with friends and family?

This book is a must read for fans of the series, since it answers a lot of questions from the previous books and yet keeps alive the mystery that will bring a reader back to new books in this series for even more answers.

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DUCK CHAT: Nalini Singh is Here!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 13:00
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Nalini Singh

It would amaze me beyond imagination if there’s a reader out there who doesn’t like any of Nalini Singh‘s books.

We’re happy to have a chat with Nalini today to celebrate the release of the seventh book in her Guild Hunter series. We also have a review of Archangel’s Shadows today, as well as an excerpt.

So take a few minutes to chat with Nalini and then check out the other goodies we have for you!

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REVIEW: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter, Book 7) by Nalini Singh
Urban Fantasy published by Jove 28 Oct 14

Ms. Singh is an incredible writer and I feel blessed to have her novels be a part of my reading life. This novel, though, in my opinion, needs to be savored slowly to get the most out of it. I actually had to read it twice before I picked up all the nuances. While the author gives us a deeper look into many of the characters who’ve been introduced along the way, we still have more questions than answers, and I, for one, am looking forward to learning a lot more, especially about Aodhan and Nasir’s back stories as the series continues. Janvier and Ashwini, who kicked off the series in the prequel novella, Angels Pawn, finally have their story, and it definitely lives up in every way to the promise from so long ago. Each pairing in the series is incredible, and these two definitely hold their own as they deal with their dark pasts and forge a future together.

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REVIEW: Only by HelenKay Dimon

Monday, October 27, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Only (Holton Woods, Book 2) by HelenKay Dimon
Erotic Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 7 Oct 14

When I pick up a book by a favorite author, I don’t usually read the back cover blurb. I just want to get started reading. So I was very pleasantly surprised to find this story is part of the Holton Woods series, Sebastian’s and Kyra’s book. I really love Bast, the little-bit-nerdy lawyer with glasses who has that sexy, demanding side to him. And Kyra? At first I wasn’t sure she was going to work for me because of her age, but the girl lets nothing slide, calls it like she sees it, and doesn’t let Bast get away with a thing.

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REVIEW: Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

Sunday, October 26, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Searching for Perfect (Searching For, Book 2) by Jennifer Probst
Contemporary Romance published by Pocket Books 29 Apr 14

The three owners of the up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections are making quite a name for themselves in helping their clients find forever. It’s almost like they bring a touch of magic when it comes to facilitating these connections. Now that Kate has found her own forever, it’s Kennedy’s turn to use her talents, much like Professor Higgins did in Pygmalion, to transform nerdy Nate Drunkle into a handsome young man who oozes sex appeal. So she takes to her project with the best will in the world building a  new Nate from the inside out starting with massage, exercise, hair, contacts and that perfect wardrobe. But now why does she have a pang in her heart as she tries to set him up with a right match from her database of candidates? Can she possibly be the best candidate for him?  She’s a good-time girl just looking to scratch an itch now and again! She and Nate are definitely not a match made in heaven. Or are they?  Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

Saturday, October 25, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Three Weeks with Lady X (Desperate Duchesses, Book 7) by Eloisa James
Historical Romance published by Avon 25 Mar 14

The Duke of Villiers is one of my favorite characters in this author’s series about dukes and duchesses and their rocky paths to romance. I am pleased to see that she has moved on to the sons and heirs of the current dukes, since it seems all of those dukes are now taken. Thorn Daughtry, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Villiers, is the first on deck for this continued series. That means, of course, we get to see the parents as well, which is a great bonus. Regardless of the circumstances of his birth and his early upbringing, Thorn has thoroughly remade himself with his fine education and a huge fortune. Yet when it comes time to present his suit to his future bride and her parents, it seems he’s going to need some help. Thankfully he’s able to hire the services of Lady X, fixer extraordinaire, who’s going to wave her magic wand and smooth out all his rough edges. But then again he wasn’t actually thankful to meet her that first time … Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Friday, October 24, 2014 0:00
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Burn for MeLiviania’s review of Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews
Urban fantasy published by Avon 28 Oct 2014

I will read anything by husband-and-wife team Ilona Andrews.  I love the Kate Daniels series, which seems to just keep getting better. The Edge books have provided some of my favorite romances in recent years. Andrews knows how to build sizzling tension between a heroine and hero, and how to situate that tension in an intriguing, well-designed world.  In the Hidden Legacy series, magic is hereditary, with strong magic users breeding to create stronger magic users. The strongest of all are known as Primes, and they come from the select families who rule. When one Prime goes rogue and threatens to burn down Houston, Nevada Baylor is chosen for the job because she’s expendable. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland

Thursday, October 23, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Dreams of Lilacs (Di Piagets, Book 16) by Lynn Kurland
Historical Romance published by Jove 29 Apr 14 

I discovered Ms. Kurland when I read The Mage’s Daughter in the Nine Kingdoms series. Since then I have been a fan of the books written in that series. I am not sure why I never picked up any of her other romances, other than the fact that they were advertised as time travel romances and I am not a great fan of that genre.  This book ended up in my TBR pile by a very fortunate accident and I found it to be a delightful historical romance with no time travel whatsoever, featuring two characters that I related to very well and look forward to meeting again between the pages of future books by the author.  The writing style of  the story reminded me a lot about the Nine Kingdom series sans the magic, which might have added to my enjoyment of this story. I will definitely venture into read the stories featuring the other characters that I met here and hopefully will enjoy them as much as this one, time travel notwithstanding.

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REVIEW: The Chalet by Tara Sue Me

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Chalet (Submissive Series, Book 3.5) by Tara Sue Me
Erotic Romance published by Intermix 21 Oct 14

So haven’t you often wondered what happens to the characters when the curtain is drawn at the happily ever after?Occasionally you get to see some of your favorite characters again if their story forms a part of a series. The new trend, however, seems to be for never writing “the end” to a story but continuing to milk the reader’s love affair with certain characters until both author and reader are exhausted. The Submissive Trilogy introduced us to Nathaniel West and his submissive Abby as they went through their paces as Dominant and submissive to form a perfect couple. In this novella the author continues their story into the wedding and honeymoon and will soon take us into the married life of a D/s couple.  I do confess that I enjoyed this sequel to the trilogy.
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REVIEW: Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Change of Heart (Edilean, Book 9) by Jude Deveraux
Contemporary Romance published by Pocket Books 21 Oct 14

I thoroughly enjoyed the original Montgomery/Taggert stories and one of my personal favorites is the novella in a Christmas Anthology where two teenagers acted as matchmakers. For a while I wondered if they would ever get their own story, but then time and distance got in the way and I lost track of future works by Ms. Deveraux, as well as the teenagers. Those wonderful old feelings all came back when I read the  back blurb for this book and that rekindled all those forgotten feelings.

Eli and Chelsea’s love story remains faithful to the original promise, but I have to admit I am somewhat disappointed that it is shorter than I expected.  The original short story is included in its entirety as the first part of this novel, which is followed by Eli and Chelsea all grown up.  Clearly it is refreshing that I could revisit the original story without having to search for my archives, but I do feel cheated to get a novella instead of a full-length novel as the packaging promised.

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Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley

Monday, October 20, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Rules of a Proper Governess (Highland Pleasures, Book 7) by Jennifer Ashley
Historical Romance published by Berkley 7 Oct 14

This Highland Pleasures series is one of very few lately that hasn’t disappointed me, especially considering how many books there are so far. I had a terrific time with Sinclair McBride and his thief cum governess Bertie. This lively young woman is exactly what Sinclair needs – a good kick in the kilt to begin seeing and living life again. The surprises she gives him keep coming and soon he can’t imagine his life without her.

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REVIEW: Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates & Joss Woods

Sunday, October 19, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates & Joss Woods
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Anthologies 30 Sep 14

Is it time for Christmas already? It’s hard to believe that the year is moving rapidly to a close and all these heartwarming stories are here to ring in the holidays. Clearly, it makes it a better holiday if you’re rich? Or does it?

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