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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REVIEW: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Saturday, November 8, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
Contemporary Romance published by Kensington 28 Oct 14

It seems hard to believe that the practice of child marriages still exists, but I suppose it is plausible in some of the villages of India far from civilization where life goes on at a feudal pace. Mili is four years old when she’s married in a group ceremony. For twenty years she’s been living with her grandmother, preparing herself to be a suitable wife for her no-show husband. Fortunately some of these actions have involved an excellent education and now she’s on a scholarship in Michigan living on a shoestring budget.  I realize this is a debut novel and I definitely want to encourage the author, but I feel as though the scripts of several Bollywood movies and/or television serials have been melded together in way that creates some level of continuity.   Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: The Story of Fester Cat by Paul Magrs

Friday, November 7, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Story of Fester Cat by Paul Magrs
Memoir published by Berkley 04 Nov 14

I like cats, as my icon can attest, and I generally enjoy memoirs as a glimpse into other lives. I know Manchester reasonably well, so at first glance this book seems made for me, especially as the author has written other books that also sound like my kind of thing. But, and this is quite a big but, books written from the animal’s point of view either work really well for me or they don’t. So which category did this book fall into?

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REVIEW: I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force

Thursday, November 6, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of I Saw Her Standing There (Green Mountain, Book 3) by Marie Force
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 4 Nov 14

From the first book in the series I fell in love with Vermont ala Marie Force, as well as the adorable Abbott family.  I am disappointed to report that Colton’s story, which I was so looking forward to, misses the high mark set by the earlier two stories in the series. Perhaps Hannah’s book set the bar so high it’s a hard act to follow, and even in this one the scenes with Hannah and Nolan and their wedding day make me tear up…

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REVIEW: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Kraken King (The Iron Seas, Book 4) by Meljean Brook
Stempunk Romance published by Berkley 04 Nov 14

I’ve been meaning to read Meljean Brook, and especially her Iron Seas series, for far too long, so when I spotted that a new serial novel was coming out set in that universe, back at the beginning of the summer, I snapped up all the episodes, intending to read them one at a time as the author envisioned. But then life happened, and so I found myself reading all eight of the installments back-to-back. Which meant that I was finished just in time to write my review the week before the whole lot comes out as one novel. Now the verdict’s in, am I going to catch up with all the books in this fascinating world that have so far eluded me? You bet. But first, my thoughts on the tales of the Kraken King… Read the rest of this entry »

EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 13:00
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If you haven’t read any of the New Adult that’s the rage these days, I think Caged in Winter is the place to start.

Winter and Cade are total opposites, though their immediate future goals are the same. Their angst is different because of their circumstances and they’re each doing the best they can. She fascinates him and he scares her. But Cade perseveres, and they begin a happy and fun relationship, even though Winter goes through doubts now and again.

Brighton Walsh has done a terrific job giving readers an engaging couple who have had to learn young about how difficult life can be, but they also learn to appreciate those perfect moments it can be peppered with.

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Summary:

In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…

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REVIEW: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh
Contemporary Romance published by Penguin Group 4 Nov 14

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like Winter in this story. She’s very hard and rough around the edges. But the more I got to know her, the more I began to understand her. Instead, she’s determined. She’s focused. She’s had a difficult life and she’s going to now succeed, with college graduation only a number of months away. Life, however, has a different view of what’s going to happen for Winter.

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EXCERPT: The Sweet Seduction of Janet Buchanan

Monday, November 3, 2014 15:00
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Book CoverPaula Quinn brings alive the Scottish Highlands with her continuing series featuring the MacGregors and their kin. Janet Buchanan is a feisty Scottish lass determined to forge her own future, even if her brother has to hold off a siege to his castle to protect her from a disgruntled suitor.

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REVIEW: The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan by Paula Quinn

Monday, November 3, 2014 13:00
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Veena’s review of The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, Book 1.5) by Paula Quinn
Historical Romance published by Forever Yours 07 Oct 14

This is a short story in the new series by the author Paula Quinn that takes the reader back to the world of the MacGregor of Camlochin.  Darach is a womanizer who never takes the same woman to bed two nights in a row, except he’s been felled by dreams of the one woman he hasn’t had yet. Try as he might to run away from her, fate takes him right back to the castle where she makes her home, putting him in the place of becoming her protector. The rest, as they say, is history…

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd by Paula Quinn

Monday, November 3, 2014 10:00
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Ms. Quinn takes us back to the Highlands and the lives of the MacGregors with their children all grown and ready for their own stories. Caitrina Grant has grown up in the bosom of her family with an education in both book learning and warfare or at least she definitely knows how to protect herself and more. Yet her adventurous spirit chafes at the restriction of being boxed in on the island and her parents’ conventional desire for her to marry and settle down. When swashbuckling pirate Alexander Kidd visits her family home in search of a treasure map, she seizes the opportunity with both hands and sets sail on his ship in search of the adventure her soul craves. Perhaps she might have bitten off more than she can chew as the following excerpt might suggest.

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REVIEW: The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd by Paula Quinn

Monday, November 3, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, Book 3) by Paula Quinn
Historical Romance published by Forever 28 Oct 14  

I haven’t read a  swashbuckling pirate adventure complete with a treasure map and bounty hunters in forever, so this one came as a very refreshing change.  Alexander Kidd is a full-fledged, card-carrying pirate complete with treasure map, ship, villainous crew, and beautiful stowaway.  Hmmmm. Feels like old times with the right amount of adventure and romance.

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REVIEW: Moonlight On My Mind by Jennifer McQuiston

Sunday, November 2, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Moonlight on My Mind (Second Sons, Book 3) by Jennifer McQuiston
Historical Romance published by Avon 25 Mar 14

I was disappointed in the first book I read by Ms. McQuiston, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I requested this one to review. But I definitely wanted to give an author I had heard such good things about another try. I am glad I did, since this book brought back many fond memories of romances that I’ve enjoyed through the years in its mix of mystery, suspense, and young innocent romance. The author definitely knows how to keep a secret. I was as caught by surprise as the protagonists at the identity of the villain when it was revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Redemption of the Duke by Gayle Callen

Saturday, November 1, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Redemption of the Duke (Brides of Redemption, Book 3) by Gayle Callen
Historical Romance published by Avon 29 Apr 14

This book is the third in an ongoing series about three officers who return from India, determined to make reparation for men who were killed under their command as a result of a poor judgment call they made. Adam Chamberlin, the Duke of Rothford, draws Faith Cameron as his penance. I was a bit lost in the beginning, not realizing that this book is part of a series of which I have actually read one, about why he wants to help her, especially since his desire to help borders on stalking. He devises stratagems to insinuate himself in her life in multiple ways, including inserting her into his household and ultimately making her his duchess. I really wanted to like this book, but there are too many angles and too many contradictions that just get in the way.
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REVIEW: A Haunting is Brewing by Juliet Blackwell

Friday, October 31, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of A Haunting is Brewing (Haunted Home Renovation Series and Witchcraft Mystery Novella) by Juliet Blackwell
Paranormal cosy mystery published by InterMix 21 Oct 14

One of the problems with discovering prolific new-to-me authors who’ve written two or more similar series is knowing where to start: which series to sample first, and whether it would be better to start at the beginning or with the most recent, and possibly more mature, story in a given series. Fortunately, some authors have come up with a helpful solution in the form of one-off stories where the characters from two series meet up in a plot that could fit well into either of their worlds. Such is the case with A Haunting is Brewing, a seasonal novella featuring two of the author’s heroines showing off their individual talents in order to solve a Halloween mystery.

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REVIEW: Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery

Thursday, October 30, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Yours For Christmas (Fool’s Gold, Book 15.5) by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin HQN 28 Oct 14

From the moment Chloe Voss walked into his office and asked Kenny Scott for helping in tying knots, he was lost. But even more so I was lost. I couldn’t wait for his romance with Bailey Voss to become official. Well, it’s finally here and it’s everything that a reader could wish for, just in time to spend another holiday season at Fool’s Gold with its thanksgiving parade and its nativity featuring elephants and goats and, above all, featuring the warmth and love of friends and family.

 

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