REVIEW: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Saturday, June 20, 2015 0:06
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Veena’s review of Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn, Book 1) by Maya Banks
Romantic Suspense published by Avon 07 Oct 14

Lately I’ve come across several books that are very dark in nature. While I enjoy a good story that I can sink my teeth into, I read romances for the escape they offer from day-to-day reality. Don’t get me wrong, because this is definitely a love story and it does have a happily ever after, yet the path to true romance is very dark and torturous, featuring a serial killer and rapist who’s out to get our heroine and definitely doesn’t care who he destroys along the way.

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REVIEW: Talon of The Hawk: The Twelve Kingdoms by Jeffe Kennedy

Friday, June 19, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Talon Of The Hawk: The Twelve Kingdoms by Jeffe Kennedy
Fantasy Romance published by Kensington 26 May 15

This is a series that I accidentally stumbled upon and have enjoyed every moment of.  From the very first book, serious Ursula captured my imagination and I have been anxiously waiting for her story, which, I am glad to report, meets all my expectations and more. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Back To You by Lauren Dane

Thursday, June 18, 2015 2:31
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Veena’s review of Back To You (Hurley Brothers, Book 3) by Lauren Dane
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 26 May 15

This series has appealed to me on a deeper emotional level such that I have been fully engaged throughout each of the books.  Vaughn appealed to me as a romantic little boy lost and somewhat pampered as the youngest of the Hurley brothers.  His pain is obvious as his brothers find their significant others and he’s left looking in from the outside.  There are hints in the earlier books that there may be lingering feelings between him and Kelly, even though she seems ready to move on and settle down with someone else. This book totally floored me in the emotional depth as they both reach out for each other and try to create a new together that’s stronger and more lasting  because of the lessons they’ve taken to heart.

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REVIEW: Sworn to Love by Karin Tabke

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Sworn to Love (Hot Cops, Book 5) by Karin Tabke
Contemporary Romance published by Pocket Star 3 Mar 2015

Being married to a cop has given Karin Tabke that specific insight needed to write such realistic books when it comes to her Hot Cops. The love and romance is definitely there, but she makes her characters work for it. Big time. To the point you wonder if they will get the happily ever after we crave as romance readers. They get there all right, but be prepared to go through hell with them on the way.

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REVIEW: Home Sweet Home by Candis Terry

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Home Sweet Home (Sweet, Texas, Book 4.5)  by Candis Terry
Contemporary Romance novella published by Avon Impulse 19 May 15

I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Candis Terry’s books since I discovered her debut, Second Chance at the Sugar Shack, back in 2011. Her characters are down to earth, fun, loyal, and you wish you were friends with each of them. Her little town of Sweet, Texas is the perfect small-town America place for love and romance. If you’ve not read any of her books, you’re missing out, believe me.

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REVIEW: The Iron Princess by Sandra Lake

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Iron Princess (A Sons Of The North, Book 2) by Sandra Lake
Historical Romance published by Intermix 16 Jun 15

I loved Ms. Lake’s debut book, The Warlord’s Wife, and have been looking forward to the sequel, especially since it features Katia, the delightful young girl who the warlord adopts as his daughter and loves unconditionally. Katia, however, does not live up to her earlier promise, having grown into a very privileged and spoiled princess who is definitely used to getting her own way without caring whom she tramples. While this makes for a cute plot and creates a lot of conflict and adventures for the author to write about, her character gets a bit tiresome.

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REVIEW: To Love A King by Shona Husk

Monday, June 15, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of To Love A King (Court of Anwyn, Book 3) by Shona Husk
Paranormal Romance published by Source Books Casablanca 07 Oct 14

You definitely need to read this series in order, otherwise you’ll be completely lost. Each book is like a building block leading the reader deeper and deeper into the heart of the story. Prince Felan Ap Gwynn has been building his alliances and getting things ready for the day when he will take over the faerie court. Unfortunately for him, his plans on bringing his rightful love to be his queen have taken a giant setback, but he’s not willing to compromise and will stake all on the outcome that he desires…

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REVIEW: Hard To Forget by Incy Black

Saturday, June 13, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Hard To Forget by Incy Black
Romantic Thriller published by Entangled Ignite 06 Oct 14

Lowry Fisk knows the unit of the British Secret Service for which she works is compromised. but she can’t get anyone to believe her. When she takes matters into her own hands and goes rogue, her attempt to expose the mole fails spectacularly and ends up with her being raped, shot, and dishonorably discharged. If you think this is the story, let me tell you that this is just Chapter One and the pace doesn’t get any slower as the book progresses.

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REVIEW: Consumed by Fire by Anne Stuart

Friday, June 12, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Consumed By Fire (The Fire Series, Book 1) by Anne Stuart
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 26 May 15

This book wasn’t quite what I expected from the cover and the back blurb. The story is actually far more complex and exciting than I expected. I enjoy romantic suspense and this one had just enough chill to make me shiver.  When James and Evangeline first met in the little old church in Tuscany and he protected her from his partner who did not want to leave any witnesses to their perfect crime, I expected James was a black hat looking for redemption. But even I did not expect the interesting twists and turns the story takes as it moves on from the church or the scintillating conversation over dinner at their hotel later…

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REVIEW: Highlander Redeemed by Lauren Wittig

Thursday, June 11, 2015 0:20
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Veena’s review of Highlander Redeemed (Guardians Of The Targe, Book 4) by Lauren Wittig
Historical Romance  published by Montlake Romance  12 May 15

This is a beautiful, passionate story set in the Scottish Highlands aflame with the ambition of Edward King of England, the hammer of the Scots, and a young girl on the threshold of womanhood who seeks vengeance against the English for the crimes against her people.  Poor Scotia, all her good intentions lead to disasters that her clan pays for, including with their lives. After the last one, her entire clan shuns her – except for Duncan, who’s adored her and looked out for her since childhood. Can he teach her the control and focus she needs to become the warrior the clan needs to stand against the English?

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REVIEW: Shards Of Hope by Nalini Singh

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 0:13
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Veena’s review of Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling, Book 14) by Nalini Singh
Urban Fantasy published by Berkley 02 Jun 15

This series offers readers passionate romance set in the midst of intense political maneuvering  in a fantasy world that seems familiar and yet alien. When we first started the series, I never imagined that the love stories of Kaleb, Vasic or Aden would rank amongst my favorites, and yet Ms. Singh has outdone herself in the emotional richness of these love stories that thrive in a wasteland of emotions that refuse to die, despite the severity of the actions taken to eliminate them.  Zaira and Aden reflect the conflict that rages amongst the Psy with the fall of Silence. For some like Zaira, it’s been a safety blanket providing the control necessary to keep a lid on their power.  While she whole heartedly buys into Aden’s dream, will she ever develop the trust necessary to lower her shields and allow him inside the deepest, darkest part of her?

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REVIEW: The Gilded Cage by Lauren Smith

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Gilded Cage (Surrender, Book 2) by Lauren Smith
Romantic Suspense published by Forever Your Books 09 Jun 15

I was first introduced to Lauren Smith when I read the earlier book in this series. In The Gilded Cuff Sophie and Emery find that Emery’s twin Fenn, long believed dead, is actually still alive, though in danger from the original kidnapper who wants both of them dead.  In fact, the twin bond between the two kicks in just as Fenn is about to ride a particularly vicious bull, putting him in unintended danger but in a position to be rescued by beautiful siren Hayden Thorne.  Can Hayden and her brother Wes convince Fenn that he’s the long-lost Lockwood heir and take him back to New York to be reunited with his twin and parents? Can they keep him safe and alive in the face of the danger that is stalking him? Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Midnight Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

Monday, June 8, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Midnight Secrets (Midnight Series, Book 6) by Lisa Marie Rice
Romantic Suspense published by Carina Press 08 Jun 15

Lately Ms. Rice’s stories have been a mixed bag for me, but this one definitely hits the right spot in both in romance and  suspense.  Joe Harris is a typical strong-and-silent Rice male protagonist. He might be great with girls, but when it really counts he can’t unstick his tongue from his mouth long enough to make conversation with his next door neighbor.  This is a fast-paced interesting story with enough suspense and chills to keep the adrenaline pumping through out.

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REVIEW: The Billionaire’s Ink Mistress by Joely Sue Burkhart

Sunday, June 7, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Billionaire’s Ink Mistress (Billionaires in Bondage, Book 2) by Joely Sue Burkhart
Contemporary Romance published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 07 Apr 15

April seems to have been a month for me to jump into series at book two. This time I had no excuse, as the first in the series has been sitting on my e-reader since the book’s release week. Being short of time, however, I decided to read the latest instalment first and go back to the previous one at a point when I have more reading time. While the books do follow on from each other, I had no problem picking up on who the characters were and how they fitted into the plot.

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REVIEW: Forged By Desire by Bec McMasters

Saturday, June 6, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Forged By Desire (London Steampunk, Book 4) by Bec McMasters
Steampunk Romance published by Source Books Casablanca 02 Sep 14

I was a bit skeptical that this genre would be my cup of tea, but, in retrospect, I am so glad that I reached out and picked up the first book in this fabulous series. Instead of viewing history through a distorted lens, I like the alternative reality of Victorian London spawned by the author’s imagination. Bec McMasters takes a fabulous tongue-in-cheek approach to the division between blue-blooded aristocrats and the common people, liberally using paranormal elements like vampires, werewolves, etc. to add additional depth.
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