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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REVIEW: Stranded With A Millionaire by Jessica Clare

Saturday, October 18, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Stranded With A Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club, Book 1) by Jessica Clare
Contemporary Romance published by Headline Eternal 13 Mar 14

This is a fairly typical billionaire meets poor girl, falls head over heels and tries to figure out how to buy her affection until he’s able to go through the learning curve to discover that money can’t buy love.  Their first meeting, stranded in the middle of a raging hurricane, is definitely novel, though the rest of the book follows a fairly predictable story line.

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REVIEW: Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys

Friday, October 17, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Vampire Trouble (Dead In The City, Book 2) by Sara Humphreys
Paranormal Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 01 Jul 14

This is my first by Sara Humphreys in this series. It came during a time when I was seeking to step outside my box to expand my reading horizon.  Interesting as this tale is, with its mix of gypsies and magic, vampires, and werewolves, it just does not make me a fan.  I suppose that’s why I forgot all about raving or ranting about it on the site for so long. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Make Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry

Thursday, October 16, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Make Believe Wedding (Great Wedding Giveaway, Book 9) by Sarah Mayberry
Contemporary Romance published by Tule Publishing Group 28 Jul 14

I apparently couldn’t wait to get back to Marietta, Montana that I skipped over books two through eight. But that’s okay. The characters in Marietta are unforgettable, so I have no problem remembering them each time they show in any book in this series.

Andie has always loved her brother’s best friend, Heath. Suddenly she’s in a mess where her fantasy about him is concerned, and it’s Heath himself who comes to her rescue.

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PRE-RELEASE EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 13:00
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I really enjoy it when a sexy hero pulls off an unhero-like profession. As much as I love SEALs and all military heroes and other “manly” types in my romance, give me a hero in the kitchen and I’m happy any day of the week.

Add to that his protectiveness, sweetness, gentleness, and willingness not to judge, then I’ll be glued to the pages for the long haul. Thus is the hero we get with Cade Maxwell in Brighton Walsh‘s new book, Caged in Winter. He comes to our heroine’s rescue, but what he gets is exactly what he doesn’t expect for his effort.

That’s because Winter Jacobson is her own protection. She learned early to keep to herself, get through the days, and survive the best she can. Good thing for her Cade doesn’t back down. He wheedles his way into her life inch by inch, taking what Winter’s willing to give, filling both their lives with long-awaited happiness and…love?

So take a minute to read a quick excerpt from this emotional new book by Ms. Walsh. Then hop on over to Amazon to pre-order your copy. This is a story you’ll be glad to finally have in hand come November 4.

Summary:

In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…

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REVIEW: The Governess Club: Louisa by Ellie Macdonald

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Governess Club: Louisa (The Governess Club, Book 4) by Ellie Macdonald
Historical Romance published by Avon Impulse 07 Oct 14

This is a series that has improved with each book, at least in so far as it mirrors my taste for independent heroines. We hadn’t seen much of Louisa in the first two books, although she made quite an impression in the third, Sara’s story, with her actions at the end greatly influencing the finale to Sara’s bid for independence. Louisa’s story opens some time later, and it’s not immediately apparent what has happened to her in the meantime, or what led to her sudden departure from the Governess Club’s home. But never fear, all is gradually revealed as Louisa settles into the latest in a long series of new homes for her.

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EXCERPT: What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 15:00
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Book CoverGet ready to celebrate a white Christmas in October, complete with garlands of mistletoe, Christmas pudding, and even its very own holiday miracle in this latest romance from Grace Burrowes. Lady Joan definitely needs rescuing and Mr. Hartwell is in the right place at the right time to play knight errant.

Fate also lends a hand by putting them at the same holiday party in the wilds of Scotland, so that events can continue to proceed in the right direction. A wonderful cast of characters, some of whose stories have already been told in this series to date, with a bunch of really cute and precocious kids and a pair of multiplying rabbits. You won’t want to miss this delightful story, so head down to your nearest bookstore to get yourself your own copy of Christmas cheer.

Summary:

Lady Joan Flynn needs a husband—any husband—if she’s not to find scandal and mischief under her Christmas tree; Scottish wool magnate Dante “Hard-hearted” Hartwell needs an aristocratic wife to gain access to the financing that will keep his wool mills secure. Can holiday magic spin an expedient match into true love, and wary differences into trust?

Time to have some fun with Dante and Lady Joan…

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GUEST BLOG: What Inspired My Characters? by Grace Burrowes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 0:00
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Grace BurrowesWhen I think over the Christmas stories that get to me, two stand out. The first is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running television Christmas special ever there was. The second is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Every time I think about the misfit toys watching Santa’s sleigh pass them by again, every time I hear Linus giving his speech, and see the forlorn little tree transformed by love and good will, I choke up.

Every. Time. And don’t get me started on the Bumble’s toothache.

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REVIEW: What A Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of What a Lady Needs For Christmas (MacGregors, Book 5) by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 07 Oct 14

I live in Southern California, so the weather never quite supports the fantasy of a white Christmas with cheerful fires burning in fireplaces, but reading this book in early October in near 100-degree weather is something else.  Nevertheless, the story definitely spreads joy and bonhomie and comes complete with its very own holiday miracle.

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REVIEW: How The Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jefferies

Monday, October 13, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of How the Scoundrel Seduces (Duke’s Men, Book 3) by Sabrina Jeffries
Historical Romance published by Pocket Books 19 Aug 14

This series, prior to this book, had failed to capture my imagination and I was ready to throw in the towel but couldn’t resist reading this last one, because Tristan, with his passionate bad-boy attitude, has appealed to me from the first book. I am glad that I stuck with it because I definitely enjoyed Tristan and Zoe’s unconventional love story. Read the rest of this entry »