REVIEW: Lake of Dreams By Linda Howard

Book CoverVeena’s review of Lake Of Dreams by Linda Howard
Contemporary Romance published by Pocket Star 02 May 16

The back blurb on this book seemed familiar, but it wasn’t until I was reading the first few pages that I knew for sure this is a previously published story. The plot line deals with reincarnation where lovers meet but are unable to sustain a meaningful long-term connection.  In this lifetime they have another chance. How will it work out?

The story is extremely short and I feel cheated not once but twice, because I recalled wishing the author had fleshed out the story a little more to develop the characters and the story when I read it originally.  This story has the potential to be so much more that a string of sexual encounters and fear. read more…

REVIEW: The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman

Book CoverSandy M’s review of The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman
Historical Western Romance published by Berkley 03 May 16

Jo Goodman is one of those authors who can’t write fast enough for me. If I were a stalker, I’d be after her to “Write faster! Write faster!” But I know wonderful stories like those she writes take time. I’m always rewarded for my forced patience. Characters who intrigue the heck out of me, who are written just like I imagine they would have lived during the era that she has down pat in every book.

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REVIEW: Flash of Fire by M.L. Buchman

Book CoverVeena’s review of Flash Of Fire (Firehawks, Book 14) by M.L. Buchman
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 03 May 16

I’ve learned a lot about fighting fire as well as the different classes of helicopters and drones that are used by the elite fire fighting Mount Hood Aviation team during the reading of this series. Kudos to the author that these technical facts are delivered in a way that builds the story rather than distracting the reader from the main event. Robin Harrow is one of the more interesting characters in the series, and I so enjoyed seeing her find her feet – or should I say her seat – in the MHA while she slowly but surely figures out the secrets of love and success. read more…

DDS REVIEW: Naughty Wishes, Parts I through IV by Joey W. Hill

Veena’s Duckies Do Series review of Naughty Wishes, Parts I through IV  by Joey W. Hill
Erotic Romance published by Intermix 19 Jan 16 through 19 Apr 16

Ms. Hill has an uncanny ability to get to the heart of a relationship and squeeze every ounce of emotion from her characters.  In this new series Sam, Geoff and Chris are friends and room mates who want more from their relationship. Each one of them has hidden desires that they’ve never openly admitted in some instances even to themselves.  This series gives the reader a wonderful insight into the dynamics of their relationships as they move through the dynamics of becoming a single unit.

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REVIEW: If She Dares by Tanya Michaels

Book CoverSandy M’s review of If She Dares by Tanya Michaels
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Blaze 15 Sep 15

This is my third Tanya MIchaels book in the last several months, and I’m definitely going to be reading more of her books in the future. I’ve had fun with each story so far, and that says quite a bit to me that more fun, along with charming characters, is definitely in store in If She Dares. I love being right.

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REVIEW: Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

Book CoverVeena’s review of Ain’t She Sweet (Green Mountain Romance, Book 6) by Marie Force
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 26 Apr 16

As I started this book I couldn’t recall Charley and where she fit in with her other siblings. She did not make much of an impression on me as a reader in the earlier books and, to be honest, neither did Tyler, if he’s made more than a very brief appearance in the series to date. The series, of course, has become a “MUST READ” and as a reader the greatest tribute I can offer the writer is the emotional investment I have in the Abbotts. I don’t know of any other series where I’ve laughed and cried so hard.  Does the author deliver the same emotional punch in this book?

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REVIEW: Dirty by Kylie Scott

Book CoverTabs’ review of Dirty (Dive Bar, Book 1) by Kylie Scott
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Griffin 19 Apr 16

This spin-off from Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive Series throws together a runaway bride and a down-on-his-luck rocker. Lydia Green thought she’d found a place to grow roots and a nice stable husband, until some last-minute revelations send her fleeing before the ceremony. Vaughn Hewson thought he’d come home for a bit, mend his hemorrhaging bank account, and get back on the rock bandwagon. He’s pretty shocked to find a weeping woman in a wedding dress in his tub, but she has great tits and is obviously having a moment, so he rolls with it.

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REVIEW: Fire Bound by Christine Feehan

Book CoverVeena’s review of Fire Bound (Sisters Of The Heart, Book 5) by Christine Feehan
Contemporary Romance published by Jove 26 Apr 2016

As each of the sisters bonds with a Prakenskii who comes calling, the stories were becoming a bit too predictable and I hesitated over picking this one up to read. Lisa, one of the two single sisters, definitely wants to keep any remaining Prakenskii far from her and is determined to travel away from the farm and remove herself to Europe. Unfortunately for Lisa, her fate has already been foretold by an author who plotted and created a Prakenskii specifically meant for her. Fortunately for the reader, the story is a nice departure from the others in this series and has enough twists and turns to keep you engaged through the telling.   read more…

REVIEW: The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath

Book CoverSandy M’s review of The Earl Takes All (Hellions of Havisham, Book 2) by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance published by Avon 26 Apr 16

This! This is how a romance should be written. The reader should care about the main characters immediately, so pulled into their lives you feel their pain, their joy, their love, their every emotion. Those characters should be so very likable while at the same time are sympathetic. Their conflict should be so great that you just know there is no way out for them, but then they – and the reader- realize it’s their love that will pull them through, give them everything to live for, so that happily ever after isn’t so elusive after all. Lorraine Heath, with her immeasurable talent, does this for readers every single time she releases a book.

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DDS REVIEW: The Edge Series by Megan Crane

Duckies Do SeriesTabs’ Duckies Do Series review of The Edge Series by Megan Crane
Post-Apocalyptic Romance published by Swerve Jan – Apr 2016

This series is set in a harsh post-apocalyptic world where the seas have risen and dry land is scarce. If you sometimes find yourself craving old-school viking romances but wishing that the women had more agency and the sex was erotic, then this series may be right up your alley. The heroes are straight-up domineering assholes. The sex is suuuuuuper dirty. The women have inner lives and their own agendas. The incredibly misogynistic world they inhabit doesn’t often let them have many choices, so they’re fierce about getting to choose what they can.

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