REVIEW: The Dimitrakos Proposition by Lynne Graham

Sunday, August 17, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Dimitrakos Proposition by Lynne Graham
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Present 01 Jan 14

A Harlequin romance is supposed to be an escape and this one definitely is with its interestingly different twist on the Greek billionaire with the virginal English miss. Acheron Dimitrakos is being forced into a corner and spitfire Tabby’s need provides him with the perfect solution.

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REVIEW: Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim

Saturday, August 16, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Foolish Games (Out of Bounds, Book  2) by Tracy Solheim
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 03 Dec 13

Lately I’ve felt that I’ve been getting a bit jaded with the same author/same theme syndrome, so I  picked this book as a part of my personal initiative to discover new authors whom I enjoy.  I am glad to report that this author and series definitely get a thumbs up.  The story starts off with a bang when pro-footballer Will Connelly is called to Capitol Hill to meet with a US Senator who is heading up a senate committee on irregularities in professional football, but, instead of  football allegations, he is hit with a paternity allegation.  Right then,  I knew this was going to be one helluva ball game — uh, I mean book!
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REVIEW: Trapped At The Altar by Jane Feather

Friday, August 15, 2014 0:00
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Book Cover Veena’s review of Trapped At The Altar by Jane Feather
Historical Romance published by Pocket Books 22 Jul 14

The time period when Charles Stuart is restored to the throne of England is very interesting, especially with the great religious divide between Catholics and Protestants. Ari and Ivor, one catholic and one protestant ,have been raised together by her grandfather with the objective that they will one day marry and take their places at court and help restore both families to prestige and power. Ari, however, is neither ready nor willing to fall in line, because in the meantime she’s fallen love with a gentle poet who is very different from the rough and tumble men of her clan. This time period and this synopsis definitely peaked my interest, but, unfortunately, the romance falls far short of its promise. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Branded by Laura Wright

Thursday, August 14, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Branded (Cavanaugh Brothers, Book 1) by Laura Wright
Contemporary Western Romance published by Signet 3 Jun 14

I love reading about brothers, so any chance I get, I go for it. In the case of the Cavanaugh brothers, they’re also cowboys when they finally come home. So that’s a double whammy for me; I love cowboys just as much as I love brothers. Deacon is the oldest and he’s on a rampage. His chance has finally come to destroy the one place he and his siblings ran from when tragedy struck, the place their father turned on them.

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REVIEW: Rogue in Red Velvet by Lynne Connolly

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Rogue in Red Velvet (Emperors of London, Book 1) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 04 Aug 14

I have been a part of this pond for almost two years now and I’m sad to report that it’s taken me this long to read the first of what I hope will be a lot of books by Ms. Connolly. On that note, please stay tuned since I hope to post at least two more reviews on her books, that I currently have in my TBR pile, in very short order.

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REVIEW: Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei James

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Hillbilly Rockstar (Blacktop Cowboys, Book 6) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by NAL 5 August 14

I absolutely love it when an author brings two very opposite people together, people who wouldn’t even look at each other twice if circumstances didn’t get in the way. Such is the case with Liberty Masterson and Devin McClain. He’s a super popular country singer on tour and she’s fresh out of the military now working security in all shapes and forms. Bodyguard is her next assignment, throwing her smack dab in the path of the man who draws women in droves. She shouldn’t have any problems keeping her mind on the job.

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REVIEW: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Monday, August 11, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
Epic Fantasy Romance published by Avon 29 Jul 14

I was very pleased to get my hands on this long-awaited book from Ms. Wilson and even more pleased to discover that she hasn’t lost her touch. The story takes off with a bang as Wynter, King of Winter Craig, is betrayed and ingests the power of the ice heart in order to fuel his revenge. Shortly after, he marches through the gates of Summerlea’s capital as a conquering hero, determined to gain back the wife and heir that he lost at the hands of the summer prince. Summerlea’s king, however, manages to turn the tables on him by substituting his half-wild hated daughter instead the of the beautiful beloved daughter whom Wynter requests. Their marriage might have been forged in deceit, but there’s no stopping the stormy passion that flares between them and warms not just Wynter’s icy heart but also raises readers’ temperatures.
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REVIEW: The Burlington Manor Affair by Saskia Walker

Sunday, August 10, 2014 0:00
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 Wendy the Super Librarian‘s review of The Burlington Manor Affair by Saskia Walker
Contemporary erotic romance ebook published by HQN 01 May 14

You can probably chalk it up to reading too many Gothics as an impressionable teenager, but I love a good house story.  I also have a pretty good track record with stories written by Saskia Walker.  Unfortunately while I love the house aspect of the story, and there is some groveling payoff at the end, this story reminds me of too many annoying aspects that one can traditionally find in a subpar Harlequin Presents.  Which is to say a controlling hero that the author is trying to convince me, and the heroine, is really just “protective.”

Oh honey, know he’s not.  He’s simply a douchebag.  Run!  Run as fast as you can!

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REVIEW: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

Saturday, August 9, 2014 0:19
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SidekickLiviania’s review of Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
Superhero action/adventure romance published by Harlequin Escape 1 June 14

I absolutely love superheroes.  Some of my first reviews for TGTBTU were of Jennifer Estep’s Bigtime series: Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx.  The summary of Sidekick made me instantly think of that series.  I was looking for a light-hearted, upbeat, and campy read.  I did get most of what I was looking for, but I had a few serious issues with Sidekick. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Lord Of The Storm by Justine Davis

Friday, August 8, 2014 0:39
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Veena’s review of Lord Of The Storm (Coalition, Book 1) by Justine Davis
Futuristic Romance re-issued by Bell Books 20 Jun 14

The first thing that caught my eye about this book is the mysterious man in a hood with the terrific abs on the cover and then my heart began racing when I saw the battle cruiser in the background. When Shaylah Graymist, victorious fighter pilot for the intergalactic coalition, is presented with a golden pleasure slave called Wolf within the first chapter, I knew this was going to be a great read. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Lost by Laura K. Curtis

Thursday, August 7, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Lost (Dobbs Hollow Book 2) by Laura K. Curtis
Romantic Suspense published by InterMix 30 May 14

Generally I like series in the various mystery-plus-romance subgenres. I like to see the growth of a relationship between the lead characters as they solve each mystery and move on to the next, not to mention the various other types of relationships that develop amongst the rest of their team – whether that team is official or informal. On the other hand, sequels and series only work for me if subsequent books take the elements I like from the first book and build on them, and where mystery-themed fiction is concerned that means that the initial team – or elements of it, since some of the series I like have a habit of killing off one or more team members – is the same team that investigates each mystery. So, given all that, I was rather surprised to find that Lost is a sequel to Twisted, which I reviewed back in March and which seemed to have wrapped up all its loose ends in a way that suggested the hero and heroine wouldn’t be working on any other cases together. Nonetheless, I gave this sequel a good chance at impressing me.

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REVIEW: Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Fast Track (Buchanan/FBI, Book 12) by Julie Garwood
Romantic Suspense published by Dutton Adult 29 Jul 14

Ms. Garwood has long been a favorite author, but her last few books have left me wanting. Don’t get me wrong – she still has a strong story line and some very enjoyable characters, but the story just doesn’t keep up the level of intensity which turns good characters and plot line into an unforgettable, compelling story. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Taking It All by Maya Banks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:54
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Sandy M’s review of Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy, Book 3) by Maya Banks
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by Berkley 5 Aug 14

We’ve been teased with the problems between Tate and Chessy throughout this trilogy, and I have to say that I was mightily intrigued what would really make a Dom leave behind the lifestyle along with his sub. I’ve been thinking all kinds of things along the way, intrigued with what Ms. Banks would finally give us in this last book of the series. Of all the things that it could have been, what’s actually happened between these two characters is not quite what I expected.

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REVIEW: Cruise: A Thriller by Suzanne Vermeer

Monday, August 4, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Cruise: A Thriller by Suzanne Vermeer
Suspense/Thriller published by A.W. Bruna 13 May 14

The tricky thing with reviewing a book originally published in a different language is differentiating between issues with the original story and issues that creep in when the words are translated. With this novel, I spent about two thirds of my reading time trying to decide whether it was a good story let down by a less than stellar translation or an average story that’s held together by the mostly adequately translation.

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REVIEW: Brandon’s Bride by Lisa Gardener

Sunday, August 3, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Brandon’s Bride (Family Secrets, Book 3) by Lisa Gardner
Romantic Suspense published by Signet 03 Dec 13

This is the concluding book in a series about three siblings as they search for the truth behind their father’s disappearance, and it also marks another new author to add to my growing count.  Ms. Gardner does a terrific job of describing what a “Hotshot” does during these wild fires, and, of course, how she weaves an actual wild fire occurrence in the story totally captures my imagination and contributes to the rating that I gave this book. I thoroughly appreciate what these brave men and women do to keep us safe in the face of a wild fire, and, as this book so aptly illustrates, it takes equal parts of courage, physical fitness, and brains to be successful.  Read the rest of this entry »