REVIEW: Too Dangerous for a Lady by Jo Beverly

Thursday, May 14, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Too Dangerous for a Lady (Company of Rogues, Book 16) by Jo Beverly
Regency Romance published by Signet 07 Apr 15

I’ve enjoyed the novels featuring the Company of the Rogues, though this one is so loosely connected that it almost feels fabricated. It was good, though, to catch up with a few of the rogues as they play their part in bringing their wealth and influence into the endgame.

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REVIEW: Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Trust the Focus (In Focus, Book 1) by Megan Erickson
Gay New Adult Romance published by InterMix 17 Mar 15

I have a certain affection for road trip stories, particularly those in which characters learn about themselves and each other along the way. So on the surface, this post-college story ought to have been exactly my thing. Justin has been in love with his gay best friend Landry for years, but has had multiple reasons not to come out, not even to Landry. I can understand his reasons: his mother is a conservative politician, his father was mostly absent for his teenage years and then died just when Justin most needed a more supportive parent, and the macho world of sports teams gave Justin fulfilment that he couldn’t get from his studies, but also kept him closeted. Now that college and sports are in the past, photography and his inherited Winnebago are the two ways that Justin can still feel close to his father, so he and Landry set off on a post-graduation trip to scatter Justin’s father’s ashes at twelve of his father’s favourite photography locations. So far, so good…

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REVIEW: The One in My Heart by Sherry Thomas

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of The One in my Heart by Sherry Thomas
Contemporary Romance published by Sherry Thomas 21 Apr 15

I have to admit, as much as I love reading historical romance, I haven’t read many of Sherry Thomas’ books in the genre. No reason, it just hasn’t happened. But I can tell you that if she continues to publish contemporary romance, I’m the first in line. I love everything about this book, even though the heroine does hit a couple of nitpicks. Doesn’t matter, because for once I can let a pet peeve go and still be very happy with the story.

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REVIEW: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

Monday, May 11, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St James. Book 3) by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance published by Avon 28 Apr 15

As I picked up this book to read, the refrain from Chris De Burg’s lady in red was playing in my ears. The picture of a woman standing on a street in New York with her dress blowing around her was in front of my eyes.  It’s no surprise that the very jaded Duke of Avendale is bowled over by his first sight of the mystery woman in a red gown. What should have been a simple tryst, because he doesn’t do relationships, turns into a whole lot more.  I do enjoy the emotional impact of Ms. Heath’s stories, but she simply bowled me over with the richness of this one, especially the relationship and care that this cold and jaded man brings to his relationship with Rose’s brother Harry.

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REVIEW: The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

Sunday, May 10, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Best Kind of Trouble (Hurley Boys, Book 1) by Lauren Dane
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin HQN 26 Aug 14

I like the way Ms. Dane reels her readers in by starting a series and then bridging the one series into a new series and so on. In her last couple of books she brought in three of her series when she introduced Damien from the Sweet Hollow Ranch band at a Brown sibling wedding and gave him one of her characters from Bainbridge to sweetheart and now she’s launching a whole new series with Damien’s brothers and fellow band members. Delicious!
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REVIEW: Starling by Virginia Taylor

Saturday, May 9, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Starling (South Landers, Book 1) by Virginia Taylor
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 14 Apr 15

I’m always pleased to see new historical novels set in the 19th Century but in countries other than the UK and the US, and involving residents of the country in question rather than visitors from locations more popular with authors. On the other hand, being set somewhere different, even if written by a native of that country, doesn’t guarantee that I’m going to enjoy the story, no matter how well researched or richly detailed the setting.

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Historical Romance: The Real Thing vs. Imagination

Friday, May 8, 2015 13:00

Love the rugged landscape of the West? This post is for you! Historical Western authors Jo Goodman, Jacqui Nelson, Kaki Warner, Rosanne Bittner, E.E. Burke, and Linda Broday share the iconic landmarks of the west that you’ll find in their books!

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REVIEW: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Friday, May 8, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court, Book 1) by Elizabeth Moss
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 05 May 15

This is a sensuous and seductive historical romance that sizzles with red-hot passion as the author skillfully interweaves steamy love scenes with tender romance against a backdrop of  intrigue and authentic historical drama that sweeps the reader back to Tudor England and the evil machinations of King Henry VIII’s court.

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REVIEW: Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Thursday, May 7, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas
Young Adult Paranormal Romance published by Entangled: Teen 28 Apr 15

One of the great freedoms of young adult novels is the lack of need for explanations, which is why I’m far more trusting of shifter stories in the genre than I am in paranormal romances aimed at older audiences. I’ve been burned once too often by stories that give impossible ‘scientific’ explanations for were-whatevers, while I’ll happily accept that such things ‘just are’ in the universe I’ve been plunged into upon opening the book. Fortunately this rip-roaring adventure (pardon the pun) explains away were-dragons and their abilities from a very teenage point of view: people have tried to explain how shifting works, but our heroine isn’t interested.

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REVIEW: Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Midnight’s Kiss (The Elder Races, Book 8) by Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance published by Berkeley 05 May 15

Ever since I read the first book in this series, I have been fascinated with the wonderful characters and stories that have come from the author’s pen.  Julian, however, was not one of the characters who captured my imagination, and yet the author has totally reversed my opinion of him. He’s a crusty character, having been turned late in a hard life lived as a slave.  As he handles each challenge that comes his way with a rare grace and wit, he won me over such that he’s become one of my favorite characters.  The female characters in the series are admirable, and Melisandre definitely lives up to all the other heroines who have come before her as she uses her wits and charm to win the day.

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REVIEW: Cat’s Lair by Christine Feehan

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:43
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Veena’s review of Cat’s Lair (Leopard Series, Book 7) by Christine Feehan
Paranormal Romance published by Jove 05 May 15

Ms. Feehan’s books have always been steamy,  but this one takes the heat up even more than usual. Not only do we have frequent and inventive sexual encounters between the protagonists, we also have restraints and spanking a la Fifty Shades.  Cat is a female leopard shifter in denial of her leopard, which is on the cusp of emerging for the first time. Between the demands of her new mate and the constant training to hone herself into a weapon capable of defending herself from the nasty who’s after her, Cat’s not sure she has the time to fall in love.  The sexual interactions are just a biological imperative from the mating cycle or ???????

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REVIEW: Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives

Monday, May 4, 2015 1:05
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Wicked, My Love (Wicked Little Secrets, Book 2) by Susanna Ives
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 03 Mar 15

Gentle humour in historical fiction is wonderfully endearing when it works, but there’s always a danger of it falling flat, especially where politics is involved. I felt that Ives pulled off the humour perfectly in the previous novel of hers that I read, Rakes and Radishes, and so picked this one up eagerly, in spite of its being the second in a series.

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe

Sunday, May 3, 2015 13:00
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An aircraft dipping through turbulence while coming in to land brings three passengers together.

Kitty is grateful for the little boy who takes her mind off the turbulence in her own heart as she comes back home to the small village that she left behind her several years ago. Isn’t life strange? As a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, she couldn’t wait to live life in an exciting city, and now, a shell of herself, she’s come back home to the joys of living life in a small town where everyone is your friend and everyone knows your business. Kitty soon discovers how little life has changed since she left except for her relationship with her childhood sweetheart which has been fundamentally altered since her marriage and return. Can she win back the friendship and even love that she once took for granted?

Read Lucy Monroe’s Wild Heat to find out more about life in beautiful Alaska, and we’ll help you along with a Rafflecopter giveaway for a copy of the book. In the meantime, we have an excerpt for you to meet Kitty and Tack…

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REVIEW: Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe

Sunday, May 3, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Wild Heat (Northern Fire, Book 1) by Lucy Monroe
Contemporary Romance published by Hachette Book Club 28 Apr 15

Ms. Monroe has been a long-time favorite author and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into her new contemporary second chance at romance set in Alaska. Tack has been in love with Kitty all his life, starting from when they were in kindergarten together, but she broke his heart when she moved on and married someone else.  Now she’s newly divorced, looks traumatized, and is back in his hometown. Is there a second chance for their romance? More importantly, does Tack even want the second chance?

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REVIEW: Matched To A Billionaire by Kat Cantrell

Saturday, May 2, 2015 0:48
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Veena’s review of Matched To A Billionaire (Happily Ever After Inc., Book 1) by Kat Cantrell
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Desire 01 Jul 14

When I first read the synopsis for this book, I imagined a wizened old woman going door to door of the homes of the young and eligible, negotiating suitable marriage deals. Fortunately this is a very modern Cinderella story, minus the glass slipper but definitely with a fairy godmother disguised as a business venture that grooms young women to become professional wives to the rich and famous. Read the rest of this entry »