It’s been a while since I’ve dipped into one of Delphine Dryden’s books. Not because I’ve disliked them, but because shiny new authors caught my attention. I was excited to learn that she had a kinky contemporary western out this month and was eager to step back into her world.
Sometimes I get myself in a bit of a quandary by making assumptions when I shouldn’t and not following up by, say, reading the blurb on the book I’m about to begin. While I’m probably not the only one who assumed this book would be about Edward, the oldest Bradford child, my assuming was definitely wrong. Other folks are still referring to the ’80’s style nighttime soap operas to describe this series, but so far the only thing that I find it has in common with those decades-old TV shows it follows the same characters through the current story arc and the fact you never know what is going to happen until the last page and you can’t wait for the next meet-up with it all. Thus, what occurs in this book doesn’t follow your typical romance novel. Hang on to your hats, romance fans, this is more than a bumpy ride!
I’m not a great fan of contemporary royal romance (except where lesbian princesses feature), or of stories set in fictional European micro-states, but I have a fondness for Ruritanian romances in the true classical sense: historical heroes and heroines joining forces with the residents of an obscure principality in order to overthrow dictators and restore the rightful rulers. So this tale of a tiny kingdom held to ransom by remnants of the French Army following Napoleon’s first great defeat, and harking back to the earlier Peninsular Wars, was bound to appeal, especially since it also provides the set-up for a new series by an author I only recently discovered.
The Marc Reed revealed in this book is very different from the confident billionaire we’ve met in the series so far. He’s a tormented young man who has nightmares of blood and murder. Are these dreams a manifestation of a truth that he’s suppressed? Is he a killer? Once the euphoria of becoming a millionaire notch on a groupie’s bedpost is over, these nightmares have kept him from a fulfilled life of his own, until circumstances lead him to room with Mandy Monroe. Once she learns his truth, she’s determined to help him find peace and love, hopefully in her arms.
This is a bit of an older book. It came up as rec due to some of the other books I’ve been reading lately. I checked the storyline, which was pretty sketchy, and some reviews were very good. So I thought I’d give it a read. And, wowzers, what an emotional read it was!
I can’t remember why I picked this book up. Maybe it was on sale. Maybe someone rec’ed it. I do know that when I sat down to read it, I wanted a book about smart and competent people that was low on the angst and would leave me smiling. I’m happy to report that I got exactly what I wanted, and I’d like more of it, please and thank you.
Veena’s review of Shadow Rider (Shadow Series, Book1) by Christine Feehan
Romantic Fantasy published by Jove 28 Jun 16
Ms. Feehan kicks off her new series with brand new, exciting characters who have some very intriguing psychic traits. The Ferraro siblings are shadow riders in that they can literally ride the shadows to travel from one place to another hidden in plain sight. Chapter one is electrifying as Stefano Ferraro puts his stamp of ownership on Francesca Capella at first meeting. So how does it all turn out from there? read more…
Losing a parent has to be one of the most devastating events that can impact a teenager. However, losing a parent in combination with the revelation that everything you believed about them was apparently a lie has to be many times worse. That’s the situation Cecelia finds herself in as she prepares to enter her senior year of high school. Her mother has been found dead – in what everyone believes to have been a suicide – shortly after a male student, a promising football player, reported that he was in a relationship with her. Now, Cecelia must force herself to carry on as normal while her father is barely functioning in his parental role and her paternal grandmother – a professional poker player – has moved into the family home to take care of them both. If all that wasn’t enough to cope with, Cecelia has to deal with hostility from her classmates, and from those members of the football team yet to move on to college or who are attending college in their home town. Fortunately, at least one member of her class seems to be on her side.
Whenever I read a new author and I like that first book in a series, I’m always a bit wary when I begin to read the next one – mostly because sometimes a followup is never as good as the first that blew you away. Just like the second movie in a series, that sophomore try never seems to live up to the excitement and fun of the first. My hesitation in this case was I didn’t want Tabby to turn out to be so much like her boss in Wicked Beautiful that it would take me just as long to warm up to her as happened with Victoria.
Alice Clayton returns to Hudson Valley for more raunchy romantic comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, Nuts, so I was totally ready for big-city advertising executive Natalie and taciturn country dairy farmer Oscar to get their turn at bat. And what a great turn it is. read more…