REVIEW: Dressed to Kiss By Madeline Hunter, Caroline Linden, Megan Frampton & Myretta Robens

Book CoverSammy’s review of Dressed To Kiss by Madeline Hunter, Caroline Linden, Megan Frampton & Myretta Robens
Historical Romance anthology published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 08 Sep 16

I love short stories. I personally think it’s a great way to find new authors to read. They work well because they’re not too long and it doesn’t take much time to read, especially for the very busy lifestyles we all lead. I would like to thank a very evil Duckie at the pond for pimping this anthology out to me. Enough of my rambling, let’s get to the good parts!

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REVIEW: The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell

Book CoverDinca’s review of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell
Women’s Fiction published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 6 Sept 2016

If you want a little magic and not be overrun with it, here is your story – wishes floating in the air waiting to be read and a town that captures all the lost things wished away and the secrets that bind them into a sound future.

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Kaki Warner Winner!

winner isHuge thanks to Kaki Warner for celebrating her latest release, Texas Tall, with us here at The Pond!

I don’t know about y’all, but I enjoy this day and age of technology that allows us to get to know our favorite authors better than ever before. It’s a treat when you discover they really as nice as you always thought they were after finishing reading one of their books. Kaki is at the top of that list for me, that’s for sure. And I bet our winner of a copy of Texas Tall thinks the same thing!

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REVIEW: The White Spell by Lynn Kurland

Book CoverVeena’s review of The White Spell (Nine Kingdoms,Book 10) by Lynn Kurland
Romantic Fantasy published by Berkley 04 Oct 16

Gair of Ceangail and his dark deeds have dominated the Nine Kingdoms series.  If you’ve been following the series, then you know that all his children by the witchwoman of Fas are all dark, a fact that has been underlined through several incidents when they’ve been on stage previously.  Like me, I’m sure you find the choice of Acair as the hero in this book a bit surprising, raising the question of whether there is enough white magic in the Nine Kingdoms to white wash him.  Read on to see if Ms. Kurland delivers on the promise and how it all comes about.

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REVIEW: Promise Me by Cora Brent

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Promise Me by Cora Brent
Contemporary Romance published by Cora Brent 10 Apr 14

This is an older book by Cora Brent, but after the great reading experience that was the Gentry Boys bundle and the fact that the heroine of  Draw has a sister who is the heroine of Promise Me, I figured this would be a book I’d equally enjoy

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REVIEW: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Book CoverTabs’ review of A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles, Book 1) by Amanda Bouchet
Fantasy Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 02 Aug 16

This new fantasy romance series featuring a magical heroine, a bulldozing hero, and a mountain of romantic banter-fighting is a great deal of fun. Cat is playing at fortune telling and trying to keep her head down as a member of a traveling circus troop, when she catches the eye of a powerful warlord and is promptly kidnapped. Griffin, the aforementioned warlord, has been watching Cat for longer than she realizes, and when he figures out that she is a powerful magic user who can tell truth from lies, he becomes determined to keep her.

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REVIEW: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
Contemporary Romance published by William Morrow 9 Aug 16

This is one of those stories that truly makes you think about how life has turned out after decisions, mistakes, incidents, and accidents. A what-if scenario, a second chance to change the way things were and make them – better? Easier? Maybe. It’s definitely a story that is emotional as well as delightful. And it makes you think.

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REVIEW: Her Renegade Rancher by Jennifer Ryan

Book CoverDinca’s review of Her Renegade Rancher (Montana Men, Book 5) by Jennifer Ryan
Contemporary Romance published by Avon 20 Sept 2016

Another good read from Jennifer Ryan. I love the one I am with, but reading keeps the falling-in-love bug alive. You will definitely fall in love with Colt and Luna’s story. This is part of the Mountain Men series, which I have not had the privilege of reading from the beginning.

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REVIEW: A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray

Book CoverVeena’s review of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray
Historical Romance published by Berkley 04 Oct 16

I have enjoyed some of Ms. Gray’s more traditional romances, so I was quite looking forward to reading this book. The book has action, adventure, suspense with, in my opinion, little or no true romance. As I neared the end of the book, I had as many questions, if not more, than I started with. read more…

EXCERPT: The Exposure by Tara Sue Me

Book CoverThis book blends together all the elements that make this series so readable. A woman who’s conflicted between her desires and a blackmailer’s demands. The Meagan Bishop who we’ve met as Abby’s boss is very different from the true woman revealed here. Can she reach out and grasp all she desires and hold on to it?


She’s ready for her close-up. . . .

Meagan Bishop gave up modeling after an ill-fated tryst with a sexy photographer left her career and heart in shambles. When that same sexy shutterbug makes a titillating offer to do a BDSM spread for his new photography book, she’s determined to refuse—until an anonymous blackmailer entices her to accept. Now her body is again at the whim of the man who broke her heart, and she’s finding his strong direction undeniably intriguing. . . .

Meagan is the muse Luke needs to make his shoot something special, even if it means keeping his hands off her. But each new erotic scene they capture makes it harder to ignore his need to command her in the bedroom as well as in the studio.

As their sexual tension explodes, Meagan’s arrangement with her extortionist becomes more perilous, putting in danger her darkest secrets and the fragile passion between Luke and her. . . .

Moving quickly, Meagan splashed water on her face and then applied light makeup, doing her best to ignore the way her hands trembled. Stupid nerves. She decided to leave her hair down, but brushed it until it snapped with electricity and fell softly around her shoulders. Something about the process of getting ready for Luke to photograph her, reminded her of getting ready for a scene with a Dom and the ritual of it eased her anxiety, leaving only excitement behind. By the time she slipped the short lacy gown over her head and stepped into the tiny panties, she felt calmer.

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