REVIEW: No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan

Monday, December 22, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan
Contemporary Holiday Romance published by Zebra Books 07 Oct 14

An all-too-common trope in stories set at this time of year is the visit by a stranger, who shows our hero or heroine ‘the true meaning of Christmas.’ Admittedly, it’s a popular, tried-and-tested theme that’s been used for well over a century, and some authors still manage to put a new gloss onto the basic story concept. However, it’s all too easy for tropes to either become clichés, or for the author’s attempt to put a new twist on the theme to fare badly in the execution.

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REVIEW: Ignited by J Kenner

Sunday, December 21, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Ignited (A Most Wanted Novel) by J Kenner
Erotic Romance published by Bantam 9 Sep 14

Three men who skirt the law and live in a grey world, which is a perfect blend of legal and illegal based on their individual appetites.  Cole is perhaps the most hard core of the three, and, therefore, it is fitting in the conclusion of this trilogy he has a woman who will match him perfectly. Certainly the attraction between Kat and Cole has been simmering, but Cole perceives Kat to be an innocent whom he needs to protect, regardless of his desires. Kat disagrees and, like the feisty take-charge woman she is, decides to take the bull by the horns, beard him on his own turf and force him to dive in with her. I’ve read the book, I’m writing a review and quite frankly I’m still not totally sure how I feel about it.

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REVIEW: Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine

Saturday, December 20, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate, Book 3) by Chelsea Fine
Contemporary New Adult Romance published by Piatkus 02 Sep 14

I loved the first two books in this series, and was sad to learn that there will only be three books in total. Still, that means there’s one more couple with difficulties to overcome, before we have to say goodbye to the characters, their town, and the inn where a number of them work. Based on the blurb, I had high hopes for more of the same mix of angst and humour that we were treated to in the previous books.

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REVIEW: I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force

Friday, December 19, 2014 1:44
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Sandy M’s review of I Saw Her Standing There (Green Mountain, Book 3) by Marie Force
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 4 Nov 14

I’ve never really thought of myself as a mood reader. Especially when it comes to a favorite author. But when I began reading this book, something just wasn’t clicking for me. I was a bit amazed, because I’ve loved every Marie Force book I’ve read, albeit those are just a few at this point. So instead of continuing, I laid the book down and went on to something else. Then I picked this one up again about a week later. Am I ever so glad I did.

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REVIEW: In Bed with a Spy by Alyssa Alexander

Thursday, December 18, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of In Bed With A Spy (Spy in The Ton, Book 2) by Alyssa Alexander
Historical Romance published by Berkley 02 Dec 14

Their eyes had first met across the battlefield of Waterloo. Now two years later their eyes meet again across the battlefield of the ton.  Fortunately, this time they’ll actually be able to meet in person and see what lies beyond the chemistry of the eyes.  This is Ms. Alexander’s second book which I find much more compelling and well crafted. It’s like she’s found her groove.

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REVIEW: The Christmas Train by Rexanne Becnel

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Christmas Train by Rexanne Becnel
Contemporary Holiday Fiction published by Pocket Star 17 Nov 14

I’ve ranted elsewhere about my dislike of overused tropes being used in Christmas stories – especially when nothing new is added by the author to enhance the reading experience. However, I must admit to really enjoying seeing an old trope taken and made new, especially in a compact story, where the trope can become a form of shorthand, filling in some of the gaps that would otherwise require a much higher word count.

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REVIEW: Sanctuary by Eden Bradley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Sanctuary (San Francisco Doms, Book 1) by Eden Bradley
Erotic Romance novella published by Samhain Publishing 02 Dec 14

Reading this book on my most recent flight from Chicago to Los Angeles was definitely not the best choice,  particularly since it was a very full flight. This is a hard-core BDSM story about a woman who doesn’t know what she’s missing until she visits a club with her girlfriend and is enthralled upon viewing a flogging scene in the center stage. Since she also catches the eye of the Dom who is wielding the flogger. She can have everything she wants, if only she has the courage to grab it and hold on. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Broken by Laura Wright

Monday, December 15, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Broken (Cavanaugh Brothers, Book 2) by Laura Wright
Contemporary Western Romance published by Signet 7 Oct 14

While the first book in this series had its ups and downs for me, I did enjoy this second time around with the Cavanaugh brothers a bit more. I was intrigued by the first meeting between James and Sheridan in Branded. They each have their issues to overcome and they’re so very different in the lives they lead. What I like the most between them is how upfront they are about everything. Well, everything except perhaps their hearts.

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REVIEW: Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde

Sunday, December 14, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Reaper’s Stand (Reapers MC, Book 4) by Joanna Wylde
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 07 Oct 14

Of the various biker romances I’ve read lately, so far this series has come closest to matching all the things I love about television bikers. The previous book featured a woman who knew her own mind and wasn’t afraid to act in her own interests, even when that meant standing up to her father and the rest of his motorcycle club. However, what I really wanted was to see slightly older characters negotiating work, relationships and the club. So knowing that the next book was about the previous heroine’s father and a woman of a similar age to him made me all the more keen to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed.

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REVIEW: Scared Scriptless by Allison Sweeney

Saturday, December 13, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney
Women’s Fiction published by Hyperion 03 Jun 14

I didn’t know until I went to look for the author’s website that Ms. Sweeney has more claim to fame than her writing. I totally get how she gives us such an insightful in-depth view into TV land behind the camera and talks tongue in cheek about an actor’s rating on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). She’s in the top 5000, by the way, if I Googled it correctly.

Maddy Carson is a great character for whom  black is black and white is white with her fears of coloring outside the lines. A modern girl, even with all those fears, has got to know that a man who gives her pecks on the cheek or busses her lips is not the long-term answer to romance, especially not in today’s world where a couple gets to third base after a couple of dates at the most. She actually holds out hope. even after she takes him home and her mom thinks he’s “slick.”

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REVIEW: Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward

Friday, December 12, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Christmas at Seashell Cottage (Jewell Cove Book 1.5) by Donna Alward
Contemporary Holiday Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 07 Oct 14

I don’t tend to read Christmas stories before December, so I was a little concerned when this repeat, and seasonal, visit to Jewell Cove appeared in October – especially since it was billed as number 1.5 in the series and the second full-length novel was due out soon after (and I’ve since read and reviewed that one). All was not lost, however – this in-between story probably fits better into the sequence if read after the other two – and works very well as a standalone too, since the focus is very much on two characters we haven’t really met before, backed up by a couple of members of the supporting cast from the other stories.

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Breeder by K.B. Hoyle

Thursday, December 11, 2014 13:00
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Breeder introduces a dystopian world where the masses eke out a grim life which is very different from the privileged life led by Seventeen and others of her ilk, who are culled from the herd and pampered.  Go to your nearest bookstore and get a copy of your own so you can join Pria on her journey to self-discovery as she seeks to overthrow the current leadership to restore a life of equal opportunity for the masses.

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Summary:

Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder in the Unified World Order. But all that changes when she meets a rogue Enforcer named Pax, who infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program. Pax seems to know a little too much about her, and he plants dangerous doubts in her mind that accuse Sanctuary of hiding a dark secret, and that cause Seventeen to question everything she’s ever known.

When Seventeen’s life is threatened, she has little choice but to run away from Sanctuary with Pax. But for Breeders, contact with men is forbidden by law, and even the simple act of taking Pax’s hand is treason.

Mired in confusion, Seventeen travels with Pax to the outside world and takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood. But she is far from certain she’s made the right decision when they discover an entire community of people who should no longer exist.
Seventeen, now Pria, is thrust into a position as a key player in a dangerous bid to bring down the Unified World Order. Meanwhile, Pax’s attachment to her and her growing attraction to him contribute to the ever-growing mysteries in her life.

Pria’s journey from a sheltered, naïve Breeder to a rebel agent requires not only external transformation but self-discovery. As her world crumbles, Pria must decide who she is and what she really believes.

But the truth comes at a cost, and uncovering it will require a greater treason than she could ever have imagined.

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REVIEW: Breeder by K.B. Hoyle

Thursday, December 11, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Breeder (The Breeder Cycle, Book 1) by K.B. Hoyle
Adult Dystopia published by The Writers Coffee Shop 11 Dec 14

This is an incredibly moving story about a young woman and her journey to find herself. It takes only one incident to dissolve the façade around B17 and bring to light the true ugliness that surrounds her. With the help of Pax, a fellow traveler, she finds herself learning to survive and growing into the young woman called Pria. This is my first book by K.B. Hoyle, but this world and the characters have captured my imagination and I will be waiting with bated breath for their story to continue to unfold.

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REVIEW: Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures by Lillian Marek

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures (Victorian Adventures, Book 1) by Lillian Marek
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 04 Nov 14

I love stories about women who found semi-respectable ways to defy the conventions of their times, and Victorian adventurer heroines certainly fall into that category. Lady Elinor Tremaine and her mother are determined to explore the ruins of Italy as fully as possible and so design scandalously practical clothes in which to do so. Accompanying the Tremaine family on their travels is Harry, Viscount Tunbury, a long-standing friend of Elinor and her brother, whose parents are far less loving than Elinor’s and have scandalised society for decades – his father by his drinking and his mother by her affairs. Consequently, Harry feels that he will never be good enough to propose to Elinor, no matter how strong his feelings for her. Of course, Elinor has her own ideas regarding their situation.

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REVIEW: Full Blaze by M.L.Buchman

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Full Blaze (Firehawks, Book 2) by M.L.Buchman
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 02 Dec 14

Cal Johnson has grown up to prize two things – fighting fires and taking one-of-a-kind photographs around fires and firefighters. The last time he barely survived and he moved from actively fighting fires to taking pictures. This time around when Jeannie Clark airlifts him out of a near-certain death situation and he takes stock of his options, he’s forced into considering a possible relationship as a part of his life’s priorities. Of course, his path is aided and abetted by the good Samaritans around them. This is a great story that takes the reader into the heart of the blaze in more ways than one, as two people face their past to forge a beautiful future together.

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