REVIEW: Triple the Fun by Maureen Child

Friday, May 22, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Triple The Fun (Billionaires and Babies, Book 7) by Maureen Child
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Desire 05 May 15

I found this story very cute and refreshingly different.  Do you remember that comedy with this guy who was a sperm donor in his youth, causing him to be a father of hundreds of children? In this case it was only the one time that yields triplets and they’re thirteen months old by the time the legal paperwork for child support catches up with the father. Connor King is not happy and definitely not willing to pay child support, but he does want his children, much to the dismay of their legal guardian and aunt Dina. It’s pretty clear where this story is going to go, but, nevertheless, it’s an enjoyable and sometimes emotional ride.

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REVIEW: Glimmer By Beth Kery

Thursday, May 21, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Glimmer by Beth Kery
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by Berkley 05 May 15

Starting with the cover, this book captivated and ensnared me with its eclectic mix of sweet innocence, erotic sensuality, and brooding menace.  The gulf between prickly innocent Alice Reed and sophisticated billionaire Dylan Fall should be insurmountable and yet she forges an instant connection with him as electricity surges between them.

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REVIEW: Thrill-Kinky by Teresa Noelle Roberts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Thrill-Kinky (Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1) by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Science Fiction Romance published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 12 May 15

I love a good bit of space opera, particularly one where it’s not always easy to tell just who the good guys are (or to quote one of the creators of Blakes 7 “There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.”). Sure, the crew of the space freighter Malcolm are morally on the side of good, but their methods don’t always follow the letter of the law, particularly when they encounter someone in need of rescue. And that’s what makes for a thrilling adventure series.

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REVIEW: Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
Family Saga published by Thomas Dunne Books 26 May 15

As I’ve mentioned a few times lately, I love time-slip stories, and I’m really enjoying the rash of WWI and II stories that are coming out at the moment. Combine the two, adding in a story partly told in old letters, and you may be able to produce my perfect book, especially given that WWII is close enough to now for the characters in that story to get a second chance at what fixing what went wrong before.

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REVIEW: Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler

Monday, May 18, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Her Wild Hero (X-Ops, Book 3) by Paige Tyler
Paranormal Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 05 May 15

This is an action-packed story in an exciting series. Kendra is itching to get out in the field instead of always monitoring the action remotely from her lab.  She finally gets her wish on what should have been a simple training exercise, except it quickly turns sideways.  The adrenaline starts pumping right from the beginning as their mission is sabotaged and they come under heavy fire. The attack is too well coordinated to be simply coincidence, suggesting that there’s a traitor in their midst.  The heat from the red-hot chemistry and the chills from encounters with the enemy kept me awake and feverishly reading through the night.

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REVIEW: Hot Zone by Jayne Castle

Sunday, May 17, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Hot Zone (Rain Shadow, Book 3) by Jayne Castle
Futuristic Paranormal Romance published by Jove 26 Aug 14

I have been feeling disenchanted with this series for some time. Where I couldn’t wait to get the next book in this futuristic series, I now feel that I could close my eyes and substitute dust bunnies and heroes and heroines. Yes, there are some interesting special effects to be found in the catacombs, some of them even new, but I am very sorry to say that they are just not enough to engage me and keep me vested in the series.
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REVIEW: Deserves To Die by Lisa Jackson

Saturday, May 16, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Deserves to Die (Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli, Book 6) by Lisa Jackson
Thriller/Suspense published by Zebra 29 Jul 14

This is a great book for readers who enjoy a well-crafted murder mystery with a surprise unveiling at the end. Unfortunately, there are so many threads that I as a reader tugged during my reading, only to find new ones unraveling that I finally got dizzy and lost interest. All through my reading of the book, I viewed it as Jessica’s story, but, as it turns out, the central characters in the story are the two detectives….. apparently this is the sixth book in an ongoing series. Now that is a surprise I was just not prepared for!
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REVIEW: Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy

Friday, May 15, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy
Historical Western Romance published by Lyrical Press 3 Feb 15

While I like the American history in this book – a history I’ve learned more about the last few years due to my new-found genealogical passion – I feel let down with nearly every other aspect of this story. The biggest problem is the writing. Ms. Kennedy just doesn’t have the finish, the polish it takes to draw a reader in and keep them turning pages.

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REVIEW: Too Dangerous for a Lady by Jo Beverly

Thursday, May 14, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Too Dangerous for a Lady (Company of Rogues, Book 16) by Jo Beverly
Regency Romance published by Signet 07 Apr 15

I’ve enjoyed the novels featuring the Company of the Rogues, though this one is so loosely connected that it almost feels fabricated. It was good, though, to catch up with a few of the rogues as they play their part in bringing their wealth and influence into the endgame.

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REVIEW: Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Trust the Focus (In Focus, Book 1) by Megan Erickson
Gay New Adult Romance published by InterMix 17 Mar 15

I have a certain affection for road trip stories, particularly those in which characters learn about themselves and each other along the way. So on the surface, this post-college story ought to have been exactly my thing. Justin has been in love with his gay best friend Landry for years, but has had multiple reasons not to come out, not even to Landry. I can understand his reasons: his mother is a conservative politician, his father was mostly absent for his teenage years and then died just when Justin most needed a more supportive parent, and the macho world of sports teams gave Justin fulfilment that he couldn’t get from his studies, but also kept him closeted. Now that college and sports are in the past, photography and his inherited Winnebago are the two ways that Justin can still feel close to his father, so he and Landry set off on a post-graduation trip to scatter Justin’s father’s ashes at twelve of his father’s favourite photography locations. So far, so good…

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REVIEW: The One in My Heart by Sherry Thomas

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The One in my Heart by Sherry Thomas
Contemporary Romance published by Sherry Thomas 21 Apr 15

I have to admit, as much as I love reading historical romance, I haven’t read many of Sherry Thomas’ books in the genre. No reason, it just hasn’t happened. But I can tell you that if she continues to publish contemporary romance, I’m the first in line. I love everything about this book, even though the heroine does hit a couple of nitpicks. Doesn’t matter, because for once I can let a pet peeve go and still be very happy with the story.

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REVIEW: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

Monday, May 11, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St James. Book 3) by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance published by Avon 28 Apr 15

As I picked up this book to read, the refrain from Chris De Burg’s lady in red was playing in my ears. The picture of a woman standing on a street in New York with her dress blowing around her was in front of my eyes.  It’s no surprise that the very jaded Duke of Avendale is bowled over by his first sight of the mystery woman in a red gown. What should have been a simple tryst, because he doesn’t do relationships, turns into a whole lot more.  I do enjoy the emotional impact of Ms. Heath’s stories, but she simply bowled me over with the richness of this one, especially the relationship and care that this cold and jaded man brings to his relationship with Rose’s brother Harry.

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REVIEW: The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

Sunday, May 10, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Best Kind of Trouble (Hurley Boys, Book 1) by Lauren Dane
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin HQN 26 Aug 14

I like the way Ms. Dane reels her readers in by starting a series and then bridging the one series into a new series and so on. In her last couple of books she brought in three of her series when she introduced Damien from the Sweet Hollow Ranch band at a Brown sibling wedding and gave him one of her characters from Bainbridge to sweetheart and now she’s launching a whole new series with Damien’s brothers and fellow band members. Delicious!
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REVIEW: Starling by Virginia Taylor

Saturday, May 9, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Starling (South Landers, Book 1) by Virginia Taylor
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 14 Apr 15

I’m always pleased to see new historical novels set in the 19th Century but in countries other than the UK and the US, and involving residents of the country in question rather than visitors from locations more popular with authors. On the other hand, being set somewhere different, even if written by a native of that country, doesn’t guarantee that I’m going to enjoy the story, no matter how well researched or richly detailed the setting.

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Historical Romance: The Real Thing vs. Imagination

Friday, May 8, 2015 13:00

Love the rugged landscape of the West? This post is for you! Historical Western authors Jo Goodman, Jacqui Nelson, Kaki Warner, Rosanne Bittner, E.E. Burke, and Linda Broday share the iconic landmarks of the west that you’ll find in their books!

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