REVIEW: Gilded Lily by Dephine Dryden

Sunday, December 7, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Gilded Lily (Steam and Seduction, Book 3) by Delphine Dryden
Steampunk Romance published by Berkley 01 Jul 14

Delphine Dryden’s imagination conjures an alternate reality of eighteenth-century England complete with steamy miracles that falls just a wee bit short in my jaded twenty-first century eyes.  Freddie is an intrepid heroine who is born out of her time with her love for adventure and talent for mechanical engineering.  On the contrary, Barney is very true to his time period but finds himself following Freddie’s lead abandoning his gentlemanly norms.  The story of their adventures is well crafted, but it does not enthrall me with the power of a limitless imagination that I’ve experienced in other books of this genre.

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REVIEW: Vipers Run by Stephanie Tyler

Saturday, December 6, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Vipers Run (Skulls Creek, Book 1) by Stephanie Tyler
Contemporary Romance published by Signet 01 Jul 14

This story starts off in proper dramatic fashion, with the heroine answering two potentially life-changing phone calls, although it’s not immediately apparent to the reader which will be the more important to the plot. Calla’s first call, received on her own cell phone, is from her billionaire father, informing her that her half-brother is threatening to cause trouble again. However, it’s the second call, which she answers on behalf of her absent private investigator boss, that immediately turns Calla’s life upside down. The man on the other end, Cage, tells Calla that he’s dying and it transpires that both she and her boss are now in danger from the same people who attacked him. And so the adventure begins.

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REVIEW: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton

Friday, December 5, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Holiday on Ice (Play By Play, Book 8.5) by Jaci Burton
Contemporary Romance published by Intermix 18 Nov 14

Trick and Stella are both players and content to keep it light on the relationship front, while they’re hot and heavy on the sexual front. Their busy careers and schedules come in between and their relationship, such as it might have been, dies a natural death.  Now, almost a year later, they run into each other in a bar and pick up the threads again. Seeing friends around him finding their happily after, Trick is no longer just looking for a good time. He wants a long-term relationship, and it seems that Stella is perfect for him. Stella, on the other hand…

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REVIEW: Only For You by Beth Kery

Thursday, December 4, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Only For You (One Night of Passion, Book 3) by Beth Kery
Erotic Romance published by Berkley 02 Dec 14

When I first discovered Ms. Kery’s books, she rapidly climbed to my top shelf and auto-buy lists. I really enjoyed the emotional connection she forges, along with the wickedly erotic flair, that reels in her readers and keeps them coming back for more. This particular series has been a personal favorite, and I was very excited when I saw that Seth Hightower finally has his story and that he’s destined to be felled by a famous actress. I couldn’t wait, but…

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REVIEW: The Changing Season by Sharon Shinn

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The Changing Season (Shifting Circle, Book 3) by Sharon Shinn
Paranormal Romance published by Ace 4 Nov 14

This Shifting Circle series from Sharon Shinn still continues to intrigue me. While we get to see the everyday goings-on of a shape-changer, along with their shifting lives and how they handle it all, we also get twists and turns that you never see coming. I also really like the connections, subtle as they may be, between characters so far from book to book.

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EXCERPT: Full Throttle by Julie Anne Walker

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 15:00
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With our spotlight on Julie Ann Walker today, we thought we’d give you a little teaser from her latest release in the Black Knights, Inc., series, Full Throttle.

Heart-pounding action in the wild jungles of Malaysia should take care of those cold winter doldrums!

Summary:

She Needs a Hero…

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue…

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved-who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him… for the second time?

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GUEST BLOG: Getting Hot and Steamy This Holiday Season! by Julie Ann Walker

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 13:00
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With the onset of winter’s ice, wind, and snow, I can’t think of a better way to spend those few extra holiday reading hours than curled up in front of the fire with a good book that whisks me away to tropical climates, steamy rainforests, and romance so hot it lights my eReader on fire. Which is why I set Full Throttle, the seventh book in the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series, in the jungles of Malaysia.

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REVIEW: Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Full Throttle (Black Knights, Inc., Book 7) by Julie Ann Walker
Contemporary Romantic Suspense published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 02 Dec 14

I’ve loved this series since the moment I jumped into it with Book 5, and although I’m still going to go back and read the earlier books, I’m still having no problems keeping all the team members and the overall team dynamic straight in my head. On the other hand, there are a number of continuing themes and overarching plot-threads linking together the different books in the series, so it helps to have some knowledge of previous stories if only to enjoy the various in-jokes that are rolled out again here.

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REVIEW: Schooled by Lorelei James

Monday, December 1, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Schooled (Mastered, Book 2.5) by Lorelei James
Erotic Contemporary Romance published by InterMix 2 Dec 14

I have no idea how many books Lorelei James has planned in this new series, but I hope it doesn’t surprise her that her fans will be clamoring for more, more, more. I’m definitely included in that group. Ms. James can only write cowboys? Yeah, right. A relationship that thrives on love and Japanese rope binding should intrigue anyone to pick up the books in this series. Then you’ll definitely discover you get so much more than that.

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REVIEW: Come To Me Softly by A.L.Jackson

Sunday, November 30, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Come To Me Softly (The Closer to You, Book 3) by A.L. Jackson
New Adult Romance published by NAL 24 Jun 14

Apparently this is the continuation of Jared and Aly’s story from an earlier book, a fact that I actually did not realize until I went to grab the covers for the other books in the series for this review.  Jared is a train wreck, thanks to actions with far-reaching consequences from when he was a teenager. Aly is his salvation, but he definitely sends her close to the edge, including leaving her pregnant as he runs off to deals with his own demons.  The style of this book does not appeal to me with the really short paragraph-like pages, and the repetition of Jared’s anguish and what he’s dealing with totally made me batty and I ended up abandoning the book after a few chapters.

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REVIEW: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Saturday, November 29, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Black Rook (Cornerstone, Book 1) by Kelly Meade
Paranormal Romance published by InterMix 15 Jul 14

I like the concept of this series and its shapeshifters, of which I am a huge fan. Ms. Meade has given these wolves a few extra powers and things that make it all different from the norm. But then she’s also taken liberty with other things that don’t work for me when it comes to shifters. I realize there’s other paranormal components to the book, but it’s the wolves and their abilities that called to me to read their story.
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REVIEW: Night’s End by Yasmine Galenorn

Friday, November 28, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Night’s End (Indigo Court Novel) Book 5) by Yasmine Galenorn
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 01 Jul 14

This is my first book by Yasmine Galenorn. Not sure why, with my love for paranormal romance, I just never picked up one of her books before.  There is a lot going on in this book, especially with it being a conclusion to a five-book series.  The series appears to be a cross between a paranormal and urban fantasy being set in Washington state but peopled with a plethora of supernatural and magical beings.  Based on my experience, I would definitely urge readers to be sure to read the series in order, because I was often lost and puzzled, which took away from my enjoyment in the story.

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REVIEW: The Other Side of the Bridge by Katherine Swartz

Thursday, November 27, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Other Side of the Bridge by Katherine Swartz
Contemporary Women’s Fiction published by Tule Publishing Group 14 Jul 14

I’m a great fan of novels that follow the parallels in the lives of two or more members of the same family across the generations, and I can certainly sympathise with the situation that the modern-day heroine finds herself in when she decides to take on a house in serious need of renovation. Having not been to Greece since my teens (and even then visiting more of the islands than the mainland), I also appreciate reading a story set in a country to which I would love to return. Our heroine’s initial impressions, however, are much less positive.

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REVIEW: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Captivated by You (Crossfire, Book 4) by Sylvia Day
Erotic Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 18 Nov 14

As broken as they each are, as intense their relationship is as they try to make it work, I could read about Gideon and Eva for quite some time to come. I know some folks aren’t happy with the original two-book story being lengthened out to five books, but as damaged as they are, I’m of the mind that two books would have been too rushed to really get all their issues worked out satisfactorily. We also get to know them so much better over the long haul this way, good and bad. Getting to know them is as intense as their lives, and Sylvia Day makes you feel every instant of it.

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REVIEW: Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Illona Andrews, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 25 Nov 14

I read this book because I’m interested in Ms. Singh’s Secrets at Midnight, which turned out to be as delightful as expected and brought the leopard world alive for me, fangs and claws and all. Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane are completely new to me, so these stories are my introduction to them. I have enjoyed Ms. Andrews books before, but these characters and series is also new to me.  The verdict is…

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