REVIEW: All Of You by Christina Lee

Sunday, November 23, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of All Of You (Between Breaths, Book 1) by Christina Lee
Young Adult Romance published by Intermix 17 Sep 13

I am not a fan of young adult romance, but this book ended up in my TBR pile by accident, so I decided to broaden my horizons and give it a try. Unfortunately, I just did not warm up to the story and eventually ended up abandoning it mid-way. One good thing that’s come out of this experience is that I’ve proven to myself that I don’t like this genre and I can avoid it moving forward.

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REVIEW: Overexposed by Stephanie Julian

Saturday, November 22, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Over Exposed (Salon Games, Book 3) by Stephanie Julian
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 01 July 14

In a disappointing weekend full of books that I abandoned after reading a few chapters, this particular one shone like a beacon of bright light. Even though the plot isn’t necessarily fresh, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this story.  I haven’t read the earlier books in the series, so while it is clear that the Salon is a BDSM-themed playroom, we do not actually get to participate in any activity there. I would definitely classify this book as a romance with some hot and explicit scenes.

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REVIEW: Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland

Friday, November 21, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Dreams of Lilacs (Di Piagets, Book 16) by Lynn Kurland
Historical Romance published by Jove 29 Apr 14 

I wasn’t sure I was going to like a book in this series with no time traveling. I mean, I’m a huge time travel romance fan. But I’m also a huge historical fan and a huge Lynn Kurland fan. So no idea where my doubt came from. Ms. Kurland taught me a well-learned lesson.

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REVIEW: Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Thursday, November 20, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverVeena’s review of Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels, Book 4) by Sarah Maclean
Historical Romance published by Avon 25 Nov 14

Being a woman I am completely on board with a woman who can achieve anything she sets her heart on. The character of Chase being a woman? Now that one I definitely did not see coming, and while I haven’t gone back and reread the earlier books in the series, I believe Sarah MacLean has done a great job of keeping the readers guessing and hasn’t dropped any veiled hints, especially with the other surprise yet to come between the pages of this book that I refuse to reveal, because I want readers to get the same kick as I did when I discovered it. It’s somewhat ironic that Chase is the secret keeper, considering the magnitude of his – or should that be her – own secrets.   With a few minor pinpricks, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series as each of the scoundrels has moved out of the shadows to find happiness.

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REVIEW: Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Treasure on Lilac Lane (Jewell Cove, Book 2) by Donna Alward
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 28 Oct 14

I loved the town of Jewell Cove and its inhabitants we met in the first book, so I was greatly looking forward to the arrival of the next book in the series, along with the chance to learn more about the place and the people. This time, the focus moves away from Abby and Tom of the House on Blackberry Hill and on to Abby’s new friend Jess – as well as Jess and Tom’s long-time friend Rick. So how does their romance compare to that of Abby and Tom?

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REVIEW: A Virgin For His Prize by Lucy Monroe

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Virgin For His Price (Ruthless Russians, Book 2) by Lucy Monroe
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 Nov 14

Maxwell Black is allergic to love, but Romi Grayson strikes a chord within him.  She walked away from him once when he couldn’t commit to a relationship with her, but now she’s heiress to a business he wants his hands on. So he’s willing to compromise his principles and commit to the long term. Well, Max might have a few lessons to learn on the way to the altar…

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REVIEW: Once the Clouds Have Gone by KE Payne

Monday, November 17, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Once the Clouds Have Gone by KE Payne
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 13 Oct 14

There are times when I really appreciate stories about ordinary people in relatively ordinary situations – a setup that seems to occur more in books by British authors than in their US counterparts (or maybe I just find it easier to relate to the ordinariness of the British characters and situations). KE Payne may just turn into a go-to author for me on the occasions when I don’t want extraordinary characters in improbable situations; even when she’s writing about television stars, they’re very down-to-earth types from ordinary family backgrounds. This time, however, she’s turned her keyboard to writing about rural Scotland, and I can very much relate to the problems her characters find themselves facing.

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REVIEW: Engaged at the Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne

Sunday, November 16, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Engaged at the Chatsfield (The Chatsfield, Book 0.5) by Melanie Milburne
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 May 14

So I read the first book in the series and couldn’t resist picking this one up as well. The concept is very cute. Intimidated by her friends, Juliet pretends to be engaged, only to find one very fake, very gorgeous fiancée behind her shoulder, glowering at her for the tall tales she can’t stop spinning.
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REVIEW: Rough and Tumble by Crystal Green

Saturday, November 15, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Rough and Tumble (Rough and Tumble, Book 1) by Crystal Green
Contemporary Romance published by Intermix 15 Jul 14

I’m not a huge fan of the “I’ll never love again,” “no more women/men for me,” and other similar tropes in my romance anymore. I’ve just read too much of that and there doesn’t seem to be any surprises left anymore. Our hero has decided love and a good life are not for him after his one love experience when he was nineteen. He’s led a just-getting-by existence ever since, so there’s a lot of wasted years behind him. It’s a good thing our heroine comes along when she does, for both him and me. Though it all works out better for him, at least I was curious enough to keep reading.

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REVIEW: His For A Price by Caitlin Crews

Friday, November 14, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of His For A Price (Vows of Convenience, Book 1) by Caitlin Crews
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 01 Oct 14

The mega-rich Greek who grew up dirt poor and earned his billions through sheer grit and hard work is a somewhat stereotypical Harlequin hero. The beautiful, rich heiress is not so typical, nor is the fact that she manages to evade his attempts at seduction and marriage for ten years before being cornered and brought to heel. This story has just too much dominating and too little soft romance to fulfill the reason why I read Harlequin books for it to appeal to me.

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REVIEW: The Chalet by Tara Sue Me

Thursday, November 13, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The Chalet (Submission Series, Book 3.5) by Tara Sue Me
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by InterMix 21 Oct 14

I’m so thrilled we get this little glance inside Nathaniel’s and Abby’s world as they marry and truly begin life together. If you’ve not begun reading this series yet, you should start now. The journey with this couple is packed with every emotion under the sun, and catching up with them to see their growth is extra icing on the wedding cake.

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REVIEW: To Defy A Sheikh by Maisey Yates

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of To Defy A Sheikh  by  Maisey Yates
Contemporary Romance  published by Harlequin Presents 01 Nov 14

This story is different from the norm of stories based in the oil-rich desert kingdoms with their playboy sheikhs who lust for beautiful white women.  The heroine, Samarah, is middle Eastern and yet very definitely a modern woman.  When her birthright is taken from her, she rises to the challenge and survives against all odds.  She trained as an assassin to be able to avenge her father’s murder, and yet her hand falters at the final step and she’s overpowered by her target.  Ferran is the sophisticated ruler of his rich desert kingdom and yet, given the circumstances of his youth, he is definitely not a playboy.  Can they build something on the foundation of their past?
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REVIEW: Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Contemporary Romance published by Tracey Garvis-Graves

With her debut book, Tracey Garvis-Graves became one of my favorite authors. She keeps the reader glued to the page, puts them through a gamut of emotions, and never gives anything away until the very last minute. She’s one of those rare finds amid the too-common books we have to wade through much too often.

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REVIEW: All He Desires by C.C. Gibbs

Monday, November 10, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of All He Desires (All or Nothing, Book 3) by C.C. Gibbs
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by Forever Publishing 04 Nov 14

After all the hype surrounding this series, I definitely wanted to get my hands on it. In retrospect, I can’t understand  why or what has people so hyped. There is absolutely no story, and, as far as erotic romance is concerned, I believe this falls far below the bar. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha

Sunday, November 9, 2014 1:04
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Veena’s review of Beyond Solitude (Beyond, Book 4.5) by Kit Rocha
Dystopian Erotic Romance published by Amazon Digital 30 Apr 14

I stumbled upon Kit Rocha and this series by accident. I wasn’t sure what to make of this brave new dystopian world that the author has created at first, but slowly and surely the series has grown on me. This short novella takes us back into Sector Four and rubs in how it is different from the other sectors in the importance and equality that they grant to their women. Dallas and Lex have a leadership style that brings out the best in their people, allowing them to shine on their own merits. In addition to the camaraderie, there’s the fighting and sexual orgies that keep things interesting and continuously simmering.
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