REVIEW: Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison

Friday, September 19, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Night’s Honor (Elder Races, Book 7) by Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 02 Sep 14

The vampires are my least favorite species in Ms. Harrison’s elder races, and, in fact, I contemplated actually skipping this book, especially since the first encounter with Julian and Xavier does not endear them to me at all. This book, however, sheds a completely different light on vampires as a whole, and Julian and Xavier specifically, such that my entire perception about them did a complete 180. The author does a great job with the heroine, Tess, and her fears of the Vampire race, and then Xavier with his wonderful old-fashioned charm and polish just charmed the pants off me. This story is a delightful, not-to-be-missed addition to the Elder Race series.
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REVIEW: Rogue in Red Velvet by Lynne Connolly

Thursday, September 18, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Rogue in Red Velvet (Emperors of London, Book 1) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 04 Aug 14

Disclaimer: I actually read and enjoyed an early draft of this novel, back when some of the characters were going by different names and not all the subplots were in place. I’ve also had email discussions with Lynne Connolly about her plans to write one or more novels set around the time of the Jacobites. So when I realised that the novel that I’d offered to review actually contained elements of both, I was very keen to see how well she’d pulled the two together.

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REVIEW: Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Contemporary Romance published by William Morrow 26 Aug 14

Ms. Phillips has been a long-time favorite author. This story, unfortunately, did not suck me in and enthrall me from the get-go, but, like Theo, the story grew on me and totally changed my opinion about it by the end. The one constant that captured my imagination from the beginning is Annie’s puppets. I like how the author uses conversations between Annie and her various puppets and later between Theo and the puppets as a great way to carry the story forward and give us insights into what each one is thinking and feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Honor’s Price by Alexis Morgan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Honor’s Price (Warriors Of The Mist, Book 3) by Alexis Morgan
 Fantasy Romance published by Penguin 02 Sep 14

I have probably complained as loudly as anyone out there when an author recaps the previous books such that it takes up a quarter of a new book, but I have the opposite peeve here. This book starts off as though it’s the next chapter from the previous book and since it’s been some time since I read the earlier books, I was quite lost with some of the relationships and references. So a word of advice to readers – make sure you refresh yourself on the earlier books before starting this one.
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REVIEW: The Arrow by Monica McCarty

Monday, September 15, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Arrow (Highland Guard, Book 9) by Monica McCarty
Historical Romance published by Ballantine Books 26 Aug 14

The Arrow is the next book in Ms. McCarty’s continuing saga of the Highland Guard and Robert the Bruce’s battle to gain the throne of Scotland. Set during a period when the tide is turning in favor of Bruce, this story is not as compelling as some of the others in the series, though we do get to see the man behind the fame who builds a tower of stones to mark each life that he is forced to take and keeps the plate in the overflowing in penance for the same. As his story begins, the famed archer, for the first time in his history, misses his shot, to the shock of his fellow brethren. What could be causing his distraction? And what is the cure?
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REVIEW: At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart

Sunday, September 14, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of At the River’s Edge (Chesapeake Diaries, Book 7) by Mariah Stewart
Contemporary Romance published by Ballantine Books 28 Jan 14

This series has been a hit or miss for me in that I’ve read some and missed others. The series is set in a seaside town in the Chesapeake where various residents find their true love and settle happily to foster the next generation. This story is about two people who come here to create a future for themselves. Interestingly, they both build their future around a piece of land – or should I say the same piece of land – unbeknownst to each other. Clearly conflict and fireworks will happen when the truth comes out, especially since only one of them can win the land. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Fearless by K. M. Fawcett

Saturday, September 13, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Fearless (Survival Race, Book 2) by K.M. Fawcett
Sci-Fi Romance published by Forever Yours 07 Jan 14

The beauty of this genre is that the author’s imagination is the only limiting factor to the story. My image of the genre has been created by Star Trek or the recently released Hunger Games. Unfortunately, while Ms. Fawcett has incorporated some very interesting elements in mind-propelled water craft or empathetic healing, this story does not fit my image of the genre. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Something Sweeter by Candis Terry

Friday, September 12, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Something Sweeter (Sweet, Texas, Book 3) by Candis Terry
Contemporary Romance published by Avon 24 Jun 14

When I wrote my review for Sweetest Mistake just a week or so ago, knowing this book was already on the shelves, I wanted to revisit Sweet, Texas again right then. So I did. And am very glad I made it. I enjoy these Wilder brothers something fierce. Jesse has a special place in my heart, because his family has a special place in his. So much so he puts everyone before his own happiness. Which leads him to the greatest lesson of all…

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REVIEW: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

Thursday, September 11, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, Book 5) by Dianne Duvall
Paranormal Romance published by Zebra Books 2 Sep 14

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far and appreciate how Ms. Duvall uses the license given by the paranormal genre and her own imagination to paint her world a bit differently from the norm defined by other authors’ vampires and other paranormal creatures prevalent in this genre. This series is like a never-ending story where each book in the series continues the story featuring a new couple finding their happily ever after as the center focus, with the rest of the characters as the supporting cast. The beauty of this model is that it allows us to see the progression in the lives of these characters as though the curtain never dropped at the end of their own story. I like this because it keeps the readers vested in the lives of her characters.
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REVIEW: Wild Ride by Juliette Jones

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Wild Ride by Juliette Jones
Erotic Contemporary Romance published by Juliette Jones 21 Feb 14

The idea of this story is a good one. There’s something, however, keeping me from being fully invested in the characters. I think that number one reason is the length of the book. More is needed to flesh out each of the characters a bit more to make them really come alive.

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REVIEW: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, Book 1) by Nalini Singh
Contemporary Romance published by TKA Distribution 09 Sep 14

It’s so easy to forget in the action and adventure of her currently running series how strong a talent Ms. Singh has in creating rich three-dimensional characters and building emotional relationships not just between the main protagonists but also all the secondary characters in her stories. While this story has its share of angst, it is essentially a beautiful love story between two characters who have their share of baggage but who come from two very different places: one who lives his life in the media and one who hides away in the shadows – as far away from the media as possible. Can they face their private nemesis and find their way to building a rock solid relationship? Will their love flourish in the bright lights of the world that Fox lives in? I fell in love with Fox and Molly and their friends and family and can’t wait to see them each find their very own romance.
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REVIEW: The Color of Hope by Julianne MacLean

Monday, September 8, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The Color of Hope (Color of Heaven, Book 3) by Julianne MacLean
Contemporary Romance audiobook published by Julianne MacLean 24 Jun 14

I was just a little hesitant to listen to this audiobook, because my first book by Julianne MacLean, one of her Scottish historicals, that I reviewed some time ago didn’t work for me very well. But I’m into audiobooks when I drive long distances, so I decided to give this one a try. I’m very glad I did. Ms. MacLean’s contemporary romances totally work for me, no question about it.

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REVIEW: Forged in the Desert Heat by Maisey Yates

Sunday, September 7, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Forged in the Desert Heat by Maisey Yates
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 Jan 14

I read Harlequin Presents as an escape where I don’t have to think and so long as they have the requisite formula and happy ending, I am conten. But this one is definitely better than the run of the mill and I quite enjoyed it. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey

Saturday, September 6, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Second Chance Bride (Great Wedding Giveaway, Book 2) by Trish Morey
Contemporary Romance published by Tule Publishing Group 6 Apr 14

I’ve obviously had this book since April. It somehow got lost in the shuffle and I’ve just now read it. Little ticked at myself I waited so long to get to it, because I had a blast with Scarlett and Mitch as they whoop it up in Australia.

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REVIEW: Mastered: Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender by Carew, da Costa, Ellis, Harte, Hill, Michaels, Pearce, Ryan, White, Davis & Leeland

Friday, September 5, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Mastered: Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender by Opal Carew, Portia Da Costa, Madelynne Ellis, Marie Harte, Joey Hill, T.J. Michaels, Kate Pearce, Carrie Ann Ryan, Sasha White, Emily Ryan Davis & Jennifer Leeland
Erotic Romance  published by Amazon Digital Services 21 Jul 14

So I have to admit that I’m not really a fan of short stories. I only picked this one up to read because Ms. Hill’s contribution to this anthology titled The Scientific Method features the story of two of my favorite supporting characters from her Vampire Queen series. This story for a price of 99 cents is a steal by itself, but when teamed up with all the others it’s a not-too-miss anthology for people who are interested in the latest craze of BDSM and erotic stories. From the very short to a more reasonable length, there are many new characters and authors that I might want to add to my overflowing TBR pile.
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