REVIEW: Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:00
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Sandy M’s review of Truly Madly Montana (Medicine River, Book 2) by Fiona Lowe
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 7 Jul 15

Fiona Lowe keeps the charm and fun alive in Bear Paw, Montana in this second book in her Medicine River series. This time around it’s Will and Millie front and center. We met them both as minor characters in the first book. Millie had decided to go to medical school, and now she’s home on a break where she’ll be the “best man” at her best friends’ wedding – Josh and Katrina from Actually Montana – and also to bone up on her emergency medicine through the local hospital. What she’s not expecting is Will showing up at the last minute to be the best man as was originally planned.

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REVIEW: Earthbound by Christine Feehan

Monday, July 13, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Earthbound (Sisters Of The Heart, Book 4) by Christine Feehan
Contemporary Romance published by Jove Books 07 July 15

I really enjoy this series because it appeals to a totally different side of my brain than the usual paranormal stories. Lexi as a character with her elemental connection to the earth and her secret pain reached out to me in earlier books such that I was eagerly awaiting her book.  I am disappointed, however, that this story, which had all the makings of a great one, falls short of my expectations.

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REVIEW: Her Grave Secrets & Walking on Her Grave by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh

Sunday, July 12, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverBook CoverVeena’s review of Her Grave Secrets & Walking on Her Grave (Rogue River, Books 3 & 4) by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 14 Nov 14 and 18 Nov 14

I really enjoyed these four novellas set in small-town America.  Ms. Elliott and Ms. Leigh’s voices blended seamlessly from one novella to the next as we switch from one sister to the other. Drugs and murder are plaguing a small town in Oregon, which is plunged into notoriety when all they want is to keep their children safe and alive. As Stevie Taylor and Zane Duncan investigate, secrets spill out into the open and the town will never be the same again. I definitely recommend this series, and please read the four books in order since each novella builds upon the last.

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REVIEW: The Time Weaver by Shana Abe

Saturday, July 11, 2015 0:00
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Book Cover Sandy M’s review of The Time Weaver (Drakon, Book 5) by Shana Abe
Paranormal Romance published by Bantam 20 May 2010

It’s obviously been a while since I’ve kept up with Shana Abe’s Drakon series. I’m not sure why I didn’t read this book back in 2010 when it hit the shelves, because I am a fan of the series. I’m glad, however, I finally got to it, and I definitely missed both her storytelling and her dragons. I like that these Drakon all have different powers aside from shifting into such beautiful and dangerous creatures. Honor Carlisle is most intriguing yet among the dragons, with Alexandru a close second. Ms. Abe’s imagination is amazing and spectacular, as readers discover with each book in this incredible world. Read the rest of this entry »

EXCERPT: A Sword for His Lady by Mary Wine

Friday, July 10, 2015 13:00
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Ramon De Segrave is definitely not pleased to be sent to the wilds of England to woo and win a bride instead of going on crusade with his king.  His bleak outlook however goes through an immediate sea change when Isabel herself opens the doors of her keep when he comes knocking. Her abrasive and independent attitude sets his teeth on edge and other parts of his body stirring.

Get ready for a rollicking ride as the two work their way towards each other in the face of enemies and danger.

Summary:

He’d defend her keep…

After proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable

warrior on his latest Crusade, the king assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task—woo and win the Lady of Thistle Keep.

If only she’d yield her heart…

Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate. She’s fought long and hard for her independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it. She will not yield…even if she does find the powerful knight’s heated embrace impossible to ignore. But when her land is threatened, Isabel reluctantly agrees to allow Ramon and his army to defend the keep—knowing that the price may very well be her heart.

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REVIEW: A Sword For His Lady by Mary Wine

Friday, July 10, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of A Sword For His Lady (Courtly Love, Book 1) by Mary Wine
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 07 Jul 15

Ms. Wine paints a realistic picture of England during the rule of absentee King Richard under the stewardship of John.  Ramon de Segrave has faithfully served his King on crusade to be awarded lands of his own near the Welsh border, as well as the hand of the widow whose lands border his in reward for his loyalty and service. Ramon is not ready for marriage, but the lady is definitely not happy when the arrogant baron comes knocking on her door. She’s a challenge that Ramon definitely cannot resist. Soon his men are camping on her land and he’s made himself at home in her castle with his captains. And just as soon, the sparks are flying between the two of them, but it seems that he’s not alone and there are others who covet the beauteous widow and her rich lands. The story line is not unique or new, but what makes it enjoyable is the authenticity of the times and the chemistry between the two protagonists and the great cast of supporting characters.

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REVIEW: Under Fire by Beth Cornelison

Thursday, July 9, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Under Fire by Beth Cornelison
Contemporary Romantic Suspense published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 17 Mar 15

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a good long while, and its reissue gave me the perfect excuse. The idea of a firefighter heroine paired with a scientist hero really appealed to me, and I had high hopes for the rest of the plot elements too. For the most part, the heroine doesn’t disappoint.

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REVIEW: Home by Morning by Kaki Warner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Home by Morning (Heroes of Heartbreak Creek, Book 3) by Kaki Warner
Historical Romance published by Berkley 7 Jul 15

Fans of this series have been waiting forever for Thomas’ and Pru’s story. We met them way back in the Runaway Brides series and have watched them dance around each other ever since. They come from different worlds, suffer some of the same prejudices, and they love each other fiercely. It’s the timing that’s off for them; Thomas wanting and needing his open land in Colorado and Pru wanting and needing to help her people become free. Though we know they’ll make it to happily ever after, Kaki Warner makes them go through plenty of hell on their way there.

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Collar by Tara Sue Me

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 13:00
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 Dena and Jeff sparked my imagination from the time I met them in previous books in The Submissive series. While they were not together, it’s been clear that they once shared something as earth shattering as Julie and her Daniel and Abby and Nathaniel. We finally learn their back story and get a chance to be a part of their second chance in this beautifully written, deeply emotional story.

For a chance to win a signed copy of one of Tara Sue Me’s books, use the following Rafflecopter link. The giveaway runs through July 17. https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/984c05ae24/

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REVIEW: The Collar by Tara Sue Me

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Collar (Submissive Series, Book 7) by Tara Sue Me
Erotic Romance published by NAL 07 Jul 15

I’ve enjoyed the progression of Nathaniel and Abby’s story and the evolution of their relationship. This stand-alone story about a couple we’ve met and speculated about in the past stories makes for a refreshing change of pace.  In some ways this story feels like a clearing of the palate before the next course of Nathaniel and Abby in the continuous evolution of their story.   I find this book a deeply satisfying emotional feast for the senses with the edge of danger and suspense that runs through the reconnection and baring of baggage.

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REVIEW: Million Dollar Road by Amy Conner

Monday, July 6, 2015 1:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Million Dollar Road by Amy Conner
Contemporary Women’s Fiction published by Kensington 26 May 15

Sometimes one small careless act can have huge unforeseen consequences on a number of very disparate people. So it is with one uncharacteristically rash decision by the otherwise cautious and self-assured, mature for her years, Lireinne Hooten. All the characters are onstage long before that event, however: Lireinne working her menial job at the alligator farm, Con the former hotshot lawyer who now wheels and deals on behalf of the farm’s owners, Con’s ex-wife Emma who sells organic vegetables at the farmers’ market to supplement her alimony while she recovers from the mess Con made of her life, and Lizzie who gave up her own career for Con but now finds herself dissatisfied as a childless homemaker. These four touch on each other’s lives and on the people around them in ways that are sometimes sad, but often uplifting.

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REVIEW: Tears of The Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday, July 5, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverVeena’s review of Tears Of The Rose (Twelve Kingdoms, Book 2) by Jeffe Kennedy
Romantic Fantasy published by Kensington Books 25 Nov 14

Amelia starts the series as a  shallow, selfish character obsessed with her beauty such that I couldn’t see myself warming up to her and consequently had very low expectations for her story.  On the contrary, her story is even more compelling than the first book in the series, as she transforms herself into a formidable character.  This book lays out what I believe will be a thrilling conclusion to the series.  If you enjoy fantasy with a touch of whimsy and action, then this story is definitely for you.

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REVIEW: Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, July 4, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Maybe This Christmas (O’Neil Brothers, Book 3) by Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by HQN 28 Oct 14

This is the delightful conclusion to the O’Neil Brothers trilogy as the entire family bands together to bring Tyler and Brenna together happily ever after.  Apparently everyone but Tyler knows that Brenna loves him  and has loved him since high school. Interestingly, Tyler. with his playboy ways and reputation, values their friendship so highly that he’s resisted temptation and never even kissed her, despite his intense attraction to her.  But now that his two brothers have found their own happiness, Tyler is in trouble because his entire family, including his daughter, have decided to take a hand in bringing them together.  What will happen to their relationship once the kissing starts?  Well, isn’t Christmas a season for miracles?
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REVIEW: Soul Scorched by Donna Grant

Friday, July 3, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Soul Scorched (Dragon Kings, Book 6) by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance published by St. Martins Paperbacks 30 Jun 15

Each new book in this series inches the story a little further, keeping  readers on the edge of their seat, waiting to see what comes next. As new truths are revealed, the suspense kicks up another notch as well.  In an interesting twist, the readers know some of the facts while the kings know other facts, keeping both sides guessing about what to expect and keeping the stories rich and alive. A lot of new characters are being introduced into the series as the sleeping dragon kings are awakened to help deal with the threatening danger, and with all the various threads that are in play at this moment, it’s sometimes hard to keep everything straight, though Ms. Grant does a great job of giving us background and history as necessary. Central to this story are Darcy and Warwick, who are both brand new characters we’ve never met before.

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REVIEW: My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield

Thursday, July 2, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield
Contemporary Gay Romance published by Intermix 16 June 15

I don’t normally read a lot of gay romance, mostly because what I have read has left me disappointed. There are very few authors who can pull me in and keep me interested with either story or characters, leaving real love and romance at the door. Z.A. Maxfield is a new author to me, and I really enjoyed this story. I love the hero, Ryder Dent. I’m glad he finally finds the happiness he deserves.

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