REVIEW: Once A Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Once A Soldier (Rogues Redeemed, Book 1) by Mary Jo Putney
Historical Romance published by Zebra 28 Jun 16

I’m not a great fan of contemporary royal romance (except where lesbian princesses feature), or of stories set in fictional European micro-states, but I have a fondness for Ruritanian romances in the true classical sense: historical heroes and heroines joining forces with the residents of an obscure principality in order to overthrow dictators and restore the rightful rulers. So this tale of a tiny kingdom held to ransom by remnants of the French Army following Napoleon’s first great defeat, and harking back to the earlier Peninsular Wars, was bound to appeal, especially since it also provides the set-up for a new series by an author I only recently discovered.

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REVIEW: Awakened by Kate Douglas

Book CoverVeena’s review of Awakened (Intimate Relations, Book 3) by Kate Douglas
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 28 Jun 16

The Marc Reed revealed in this book is very different from the confident billionaire we’ve met in the series so far. He’s a tormented young man who has nightmares of blood and murder.  Are these dreams a manifestation of a truth that he’s suppressed? Is he a killer? Once the euphoria of becoming a millionaire notch on a groupie’s bedpost is over, these nightmares have kept him from a fulfilled life of his own, until circumstances lead him to room with Mandy Monroe. Once she learns his truth, she’s determined to help him find peace and love, hopefully in her arms.

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REVIEW: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

Book CoverKristie J’s review of The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
Contemporary Romance published by BCherry Books 25 Sep 15

This is a bit of an older book.  It came up as rec due to some of the other books I’ve been reading lately. I checked the storyline, which was pretty sketchy, and some reviews were very good. So I thought I’d give it a read.  And, wowzers, what an emotional read it was!

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REVIEW: Winning Her Over by Alexa Rowan

Book CoverShannon C’s review of Winning Her Over by Alexa Rowan
Contemporary Romance published by Jasmine Press on 9 May 16

I can’t remember why I picked this book up. Maybe it was on sale. Maybe someone rec’ed it. I do know that when I sat down to read it, I wanted a book about smart and competent people that was low on the angst and would leave me smiling. I’m happy to report that I got exactly what I wanted, and I’d like more of it, please and thank you.
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REVIEW: Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Book CoverVeena’s review of Shadow Rider (Shadow Series, Book1) by Christine Feehan
Romantic Fantasy published by Jove 28 Jun 16

Ms. Feehan kicks off her new series with brand new, exciting characters who have some very intriguing psychic traits. The Ferraro siblings are shadow riders in that they can literally ride the shadows to travel from one place to another hidden in plain sight.  Chapter one is electrifying as Stefano Ferraro puts his stamp of ownership on Francesca Capella at first meeting. So how does it all turn out from there? read more…

REVIEW: The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn
Young Adult Romantic Mystery published by Kensington 28 Jun 16

Losing a parent has to be one of the most devastating events that can impact a teenager. However, losing a parent in combination with the revelation that everything you believed about them was apparently a lie has to be many times worse. That’s the situation Cecelia finds herself in as she prepares to enter her senior year of high school. Her mother has been found dead – in what everyone believes to have been a suicide – shortly after a male student, a promising football player, reported that he was in a relationship with her. Now, Cecelia must force herself to carry on as normal while her father is barely functioning in his parental role and her paternal grandmother – a professional poker player – has moved into the family home to take care of them both. If all that wasn’t enough to cope with, Cecelia has to deal with hostility from her classmates, and from those members of the football team yet to move on to college or who are attending college in their home town. Fortunately, at least one member of her class seems to be on her side.

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REVIEW: Wicked Sexy by J.T. Geissinger

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Wicked Sexy (Wicked Games, Book 2) by J.T. Geissinger
Contemporary Romance published by Jack’s House Publishing 19 Jul 16

Whenever I read a new author and I like that first book in a series, I’m always a bit wary when I begin to read the next one – mostly because sometimes a followup is never as good as the first that blew you away. Just like the second movie in a series, that sophomore try never seems to live up to the excitement and fun of the first. My hesitation in this case was I didn’t want Tabby to turn out to be so much like her boss in Wicked Beautiful that it would take me just as long to warm up to her as happened with Victoria.

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REVIEW: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Book CoverTabs’ review of Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley, Book 2) by Alice Clayton
Contemporary Romance published by Gallery Books 12 Jul 16

Alice Clayton returns to Hudson Valley for more raunchy romantic comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, Nuts, so I was totally ready for big-city advertising executive Natalie and taciturn country dairy farmer Oscar to get their turn at bat. And what a great turn it is. read more…

REVIEW: Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Griffin 12 Apr 16

This is my first book by Anita Hughes. Between the cover and the blurb, there was something that pulled at me to read this story. Soothing and calm beaches and one of the world’s most beautiful cities as a backdrop to broken hearts and finding love again. Unfortunately, that doesn’t even come close to what I got.

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REVIEW: Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Book CoverVeena’s review of Best of My Love (Fool’s Gold, Book 20) by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin HQN 26 Apr 16

This series is like chocolate. It brings a smile to my face every time I get to bite into a new release. I couldn’t wait to see how Ms. Mallery spins her newest romance, especially since it’s a sure bet there is no platonic romance between a man and a woman.

Shelby is happy with her life and making new friends in Fool’s Gold but still has a long way to go before she’s going to trust her body and heart to a man.  Aidan, on the other hand, has no problems jumping in and out of bed with a host of different females without making a commitment of any kind. Can the two of them come together as friends and help each other heal and move on toward their very own happily ever after?

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