REVIEW: Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean

Friday, October 10, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean
Historical Romance published by Entangled: Scandalous 09 Jun 14

I do like twentieth century stories set in decades when women were finding ways to explore their newfound freedoms – the 1920s being a prime example. Of course, if we’re talking stories set in the US, then that also means the era of Prohibition, which brings with it a whole host of sources of danger and conflict for our heroines. This story has plenty of both.

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REVIEW: Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

Thursday, October 9, 2014 2:13
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Veena’s review of Perfect Mate (X-OPS, Book 1) by Paige Tyler
Paranormal Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 06 May 14

In many ways this book reminds me of one of the books in Lora Leigh’s popular Breeds series. Ivy, however, is not manufactured in a Lab using genetics. She is a naturally occurring breed, though I’m not sure I understood how that phenomenon came to pass.  Landon, her new partner, is definitely human. He’s a special forces soldier who’s been matched to her through a computer program.  I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Ivy and Landon and the thrilling action adventures that they get into in and out of the job.
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REVIEW: The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman
Historical Literary Fiction published by Berkley 02 Sep 14

I’m a huge fan of novels that centre on women’s roles in the first and second world wars, particularly those with a high level of action and suspense. Although I’ve previously read books set in wartime Italy, I think this is the first I’ve picked up that takes the Italian resistance as its focus, rather than looking at the work of the allies in liberating Italy. So how does this story hold up against others I’ve read?

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EXCERPT: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 15:00
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You’re going to want to take the next few minutes to read this excerpt from Keep Me Safe, the first book in Maya Banks‘ new Slow Burn trilogy.

Especially if you’re a paranormal fan. Especially if you’re a romantic suspense fan. Ms. Banks has blended the two genres seamlessly to keep you engrossed in Caleb’s and Ramie’s story. Ramie is the one with the psychic gift. Caleb is the one who forces her to use that gift, which hurts her more than he can ever imagine.

So sit back and visit with them, see what’s in store for them, and then head to your favorite book seller to grab your own copy. You’re going to be so very glad you did.

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DUCK CHAT: Slow Burning with Maya Banks!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 13:00
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Today we welcome Maya Banks to The Pond to celebrate the first book in her new Slow Burn trilogy.

We meet the Devereaux family in Keep Me Safe – Caleb, Beau, Quinn, and Tori. Caleb is frantic to find Ramie St. Claire, who formerly assisted police find kidnap victims with her psychic gift. In hiding after her last case which nearly did her in, Ramie’s life is about to change even more, running from a stalker who has a special connection to her. It’s Caleb she turns to, to help keep her safe.

Ms. Banks has combined the paranormal and romantic suspense to give readers a fast-paced read that keeps the pages turning late into the night. And wait until you meet the villain in this story. One scary piece of work. I’m only a few days past finishing this book and already I want the next in hand.

Summary:
When Caleb Devereaux’s younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot. While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will do risk everything to protect her— including his heart. . .

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REVIEW: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn Trilogy, Book 1)  by Maya Banks
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by Avon 7 Oct 14

I held my breath as I started reading this latest from Maya Banks, cautiously optimistic that the books I’ve come to expect from one of my favorite authors are back on track. With this new release, I can breathe a sigh of relief and let you know that good stories are here again.

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REVIEW: Of Shadows and Ash by Dana Marie Bell

Monday, October 6, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie’s Grove, Book 3) by Dana Marie Bell
Paranormal Romance published by Carina Press 13 Oct 14

When I first read about this series, I wasn’t too sure if it was my cup of tea, but now three deep I have to admit that I am enjoying the way the series is unfolding and feel this story might be the best book in this series so far.  Each book continues to build upon the previous, introducing us to more characters in the town. It’s almost like moving into a new neighborhood and then slowly meeting and making new friends on the block. Of course, there’s plenty of excitement since the town is recovering from an attack that has left various townspeople still paralyzed and sick. I know it’s all building to an eventual crescendo, and I absolutely can’t wait to get there.

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REVIEW: Heated by J. Kenner

Sunday, October 5, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Heated (Most Wanted, Book 2) by J. Kenner
Erotic Romance published by Bantam Books 03 Jun 14

From the starting page J. Kenner baits the hook and reels the reader into this story as surely as Sloane appears to hook Tyler – or is it vice versa? Sloane is a police officer on leave searching for her CI’s sister, an exotic dancer who’s disappeared without a trace from a club owned by Tyler and his partners. Despite the fact that these guys are members of Chicago’s business elite and publicly feted, Sloane’s gut and her inside track through the FBI tells her that these guys are dirty and she’s just the gal to prove it.
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REVIEW: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan

Saturday, October 4, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Dark Blood (Dark Series, Book 26) by Christine Feehan
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 02 Sep 14

This is the concluding chapter in the special trilogy featuring some of my favorite characters in the series: the two dragonseeker women who have recently been freed from their imprisonment in the ice caves and Dimitri and Skyler. The attraction between Zev and Broni, forbidden as it might be, has simmered since the beginning of this trilogy. Broni, while not ready for commitment, has tied her life force to Zev to keep him alive when his grievous injuries should have killed him. Zev wants to give her a chance at freedom before mating with her in the Carpathian way, but really! Isn’t she the one who took his choices away? The whole discussion about freedom and choices is a bit irritating, but, nevertheless, the story keeps the reader engaged, especially with all the surprises the author pulls out during the story.
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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott

Friday, October 3, 2014 13:00
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Sir Walter Scott – and, no, he is not the famous Scottish writer and poet of the same name – has just become laird upon the loss of his beloved father. Out on a walk to come to terms with his loss and change in status, he rescues a young maiden – in a distinct state of undress – being hunted by dogs. All his chivalrous instincts awaken as he rescues her and brings her back to his castle, only to find that she is his neighbor’s daughter and his father’s choice as a bride for him.  Despite being nowhere near ready to wed, Molly awakens way more than protective feelings in Walter.  As I once told my cousin, you can’t play in the family backyard because those sins come home to roost, our hero finds that’s very true as Molly quickly becomes friends with his sisters and forges ties within his family and clan.

 Amanda Scott writes Scottish romance that brings alive the period and the people such that it is very easy to believe that you’ve time traveled and stepped into the past.

Ten copies of Moonlight Raider is up for grabs, so be sure to head over to the Rafflecopter giveaway to be entered.

Summary:

A MAN OF HIS WORD
Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man’s arms.

A RUNAWAY BRIDE
Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.

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REVIEW: Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott

Friday, October 3, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Moonlight Raider (Border Nights, Book 1) by Amanda Scott
Historical Romance published by Forever 30 Sep 14 

I have long enjoyed these stories set during the turbulent times when the borders between England and Scotland were fluid and loyalties changed sides frequently.  I like Ms. Scott’s characters and her depiction of Scotland, especially the borders, so I was quite pleased to find this upcoming book and even more pleased when I found that this is the story of Sir Walter Scott and Lady Meg from Border Wedding‘s grandson Walter.  I am sad to say that I do not remember much of the original characters from the series, though we definitely get to meet many of them in this book.

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REVIEW: An Heiress For His Empire by Lucy Monroe

Thursday, October 2, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of An Heiress For His Empire (Ruthless Russians, Book 1) by Lucy Monroe
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents Oct 1 14

This story starts off with a bang. A newspaper expose by her best friend leaves Madison reeling, especially since it’s all a lie designed to grab media attention for her so-called best friend. Poor Maddie, the rest of the day isn’t going much better when she knuckles down to ask for her father’s help, only to find that he’s got his own plan in action to control his daughter. Perhaps her father’s right-hand man will take her side? But then Vik isn’t exactly altruistic, since she’s his vehicle to taking over her father’s company. Poor little rich girl or is she really a very lucky girl?

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REVIEW: A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Very Levet Christmas (Guardians of Eternity, Book 11.5) by Alexandra Ivy
Paranormal Romance published by Zebra Books 30 Sep 14

This is a short story featuring the gargoyle Levet, who allies with a Christmas fairy to help a were called Damon find Christmas cheer and happiness while learning a few life lessons himself along the way.
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REVIEW: Christmas Brides by Enoch, Hawkins, Essex & Bowman

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 0:00
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Book Cover Sandy M’s review of Christmas Brides by Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, Elizabeth Essex & Valerie Bowman
Historical Romance anthology published by St. Martin’s 30 Sep 14

This is one of those rare anthologies in which every novella actually works for me. That doesn’t happen very often, because there’s usually one or two that just aren’t up to par with the rest. But these four historical authors are at the top of their craft and have done everything right with these stories and their characters. Read the rest of this entry »

BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT: Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte

Monday, September 29, 2014 13:00
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Sourcebooks Casablanca is sponsoring a Blog Tour with Marie Harte to celebrate her upcoming release, Ruining Mr. Perfect, the third book in her McCauley Brothers series.

A complete set of the series will be given away, so be sure to head on over for the Rafflecopter giveaway. Don’t miss any chance at all to get your hands on this series. The giveaway is open to those readers in the U.S. and Canada only.

In the meantime, we have an exclusive excerpt for you from Ruining Mr. Perfect.

Summary:

IT’S NOT EASY BEING RIGHT

Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She’s fit, successful…and decidedly lonely. She can’t stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He’s just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.

…BUT SOMEONE’S GOT TO DO IT

Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too much. She’s a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.

A past disagreement has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?

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