REVIEW: At the Count’s Bidding by Caitlin Crews

Sunday, August 16, 2015 0:17
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Veena’s review of At The Count’s Bidding by Caitlin Crews
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 17 Feb 15

My son once told me that a movie trailer showcases all the best scenes in a movie.  That statement holds true for this book where the back cover is all the story there is. The rest is just scenes of passion that complete the book. The end is what makes the book worth reading as Giancarlo finally hears what Paige is telling him and asks the questions that he should have asked ten years ago…

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REVIEW: First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, August 15, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of First Time In Forever (Puffin Island, Book 1) by Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 24 Feb 15

Ms. Morgan consistently delivers heart warmingly romantic stories that touch the heart. The sparkling wit,  clever repartee, and well-developed characters simply give me no choice but to put them first on my reading list every time I see a new book release.  Tortured Emily Donovan, with her deep-seated fears and her need to do the right thing, despite the price she has to pay, grabbed a piece of my heart from the moment I met her on the ferry crossing to Puffin Island.  It is so uplifting to see her face down every single bogeyman and come out on top.

 

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REVIEW: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Friday, August 14, 2015 0:00
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C2’s review of Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling, Book 14) by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 2 Jun 15

*slinks in and sticks a tentative toe in The Pond* Surprise, faithful reader! You thought I had dropped off the edge of the Earth, didn’t you? HA! Instead I only fell into a pit of despair horrible, terrible SLUMP. You know what it takes to snap a slump – temporarily, at least? An awesome book! Let’s do this… (Oh, HERE BE SPOILERS, if you aren’t up-to-date with the series.)

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REVIEW: Stay by Victor Gischler

Thursday, August 13, 2015 0:00
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SBook Coverandy M’s review of Stay by Victor Gischler
Contemporary Suspense published by Thomas Dunne Books 2 Jun 15 

I just happened across this book, stopped to look closer when glancing at the cover. It intrigued me enough to read the blurb. That intrigued me even further. And when I started reading? Good heavens, for a stay-at-home dad, David Sparrow’s life is full of fast-paced suspense and action. He barely leaves a reader the time to breathe between chapters.

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REVIEW: Danger Wears White by Lynne Connolly

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Danger Wears White (Emperors of London, Book 3) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 07 Jul 15

This series just keeps getting better as the politics and intrigue are ramped up with each new revelation. The romance plots aren’t half bad either, as we meet more of the Emperors of the series’ title and each of them gets paired off. This time it’s the turn of Antonius, better known as Tony, and his match is probably my favourite heroine of the series so far, helped by her love for a house that is based closely on one that is also very dear to me.

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REVIEW: London From My Windows by Mary Carter

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of London From My Windows by Mary Carter
Literary Fiction published by Kensington Books 28 Jul 15

It was the book cover which first captured my imagination and then the back blurb seemed to seal it, and I just had to read the book.  Mary Carter brings visibility to agoraphobia, the invisible disability, in a way that is both compassionate and yet funny and endearing.  I definitely joined team Ava during the reading of this book, as did so many of the characters that she made a connection with during the telling of the story.

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REVIEW: The Earl Claims A Bride by Amelia Grey

Monday, August 10, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Earl Claims A Bride (Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels, Book 2) by Amelia Grey
Historical Romance published by St Martin’s Paperbacks 04 Aug 15

Harrison Thornwick has cut a swathe through London society, and not in a good way, to finally retire his inner bad boy when he inherits the earldom that was never supposed to be his. Determined to turn over a new leaf  and become a respectable landowner, the last thing this rule breaker needs is Miss Rule handpicked by the prince regent to be the new countess at his side.  Ready to be a fire-breathing dragon and blow the fine lady out of his way, he’s the one to be blown right out of his orbit when he finds the chit he’s lusting after is none other than his proposed bride – and to add salt to his wounds, she’s in love with someone else. Talk about being hoisted with one’s own petard.  This definitely sets the stage for a delightful regency romp with a very unusual heroine.

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REVIEW: Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

Sunday, August 9, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Secrets Of A Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
Historical Literature published by Nal 03 Feb 15

I knew intellectually that London was bombed by the Nazi’s in World War II, but this book brought forth London and the fate of its people during the blitz in vivid emotional detail. I actually felt like I lived it.  The writing is superb such that it took me a while to surface once I got sucked into 1940 London as Isobel McFarland began to speak.  I felt Emmy’s emotions as she rebelled against being treated like a child and her burning desire to fuel her ambitions at any cost.  I wanted to call  out and warn Emmy as she and Julia boarded the train to London on that fateful day, unknowing of how that it would change their lives forever.  I read feverishly into the dark as I couldn’t bear to put the book down, thankful that I was reading it on Kindle so I didn’t need to stop to turn the lights on.

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REVIEW: Eagle’s Honor: Banished by Sandra Schwab

Saturday, August 8, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Eagle’s Honor: Banished by Sandra Schwab
Historical Romance published by Sandra Schwab 5 Jun 15

With this latest book from Sandra Schwab, I find myself in that situation I’ve mentioned in a number of other reviews of whether or not I’m being fair when I compare a current read to an author’s older work that I thoroughly enjoyed. In this case, Ms. Schwab’s early books kept going through my head as I read this one, and while I like this story, it does fall a bit short in my remembrance of those from years ago.

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REVIEW: Twice in a Lifetime by Dorothy Garlock

Friday, August 7, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Twice in a Lifetime by Dorothy Garlock
Historical Romance published by Grand Central Publishing 07 Jul 15

While I like books with motor racing heroes, I’m always a little cautious about picking them up unless I know the author – mostly for the same reason that I’m cautious about reading rock star romances. I’m a little concerned by characters who fall in love with the constantly-moving outsider or outright rebel – and then proceed to domesticate the wanderlust and rebellion right out of them. On the other hand, some wanderers do eventually decide to settle down while rebels can mellow with age, and in those cases I’m very happy for them to find the right person that they can make a home for themselves with.

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REVIEW: Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 23:55
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Veena’s review of Wolf Trouble (SWAT, Book 2) by Paige Tyler
Urban Fantasy published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 04 Aug 15

I thought I was an expert on wolfology until I read Ms. Tyler’s SWAT series. Apparently we all have the wolf gene and under extreme conditions we could turn into a werewolf.  I have visions of werewolves multiplying and running around the world, given all the doom and gloom that I hear on the news.  This is a great series so far with a lot of hunkalicious men whose ranks have now been invaded by the first woman. Gage, from Book 1, found his One in the human ranks, but could Khaki be THE ONE  for one of the men on the team or will she just slow her team down? Being a woman, I love how she shows them up, especially the yoga session where she gets them to twist like pretzels.

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REVIEW: Celia’s House by D.E. Stevenson

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Celia’s House by D.E. Stevenson
Classic Family Saga published by Sourcebooks Landmark 07 Jul 15

I’m really appreciating the number of lesser known classic books that are being rereleased as e-books at the moment; while a fair few are also available in limited edition from specialist British publishers, those books are pricey as well as pretty, so it’s good to be able to sample new-to-me authors in a less expensive way first. I’ve reviewed D.E Stevenson here before, but this was quite a different sort of book from The Young Clementina, especially as it has a more conventional narrative style.

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REVIEW: Hot Point by M. L. Buchman

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Hot Point (Firehawks, Book 10) by M.L. Buchman
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 04 Aug 15

I have mixed emotions how this book seems to span two distinct stories under one cover. I suppose I should just think of it as a bonus featuring a great couple and two exciting stories, but…

Anyhow, Vern and Denise make a great couple with their romance kicking off almost from the beginning, with the relationship getting hotter and spicier as the story progresses. The thrills and chills add a nice element to make this an eminently readable story.

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REVIEW: Desired by Anna Jeffrey

Monday, August 3, 2015 0:16
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Sandy M’s review of Desired (Miranda’s Chronicles, Book 1) by Anna Jeffrey
Contemporary Romance published by Anna Jeffrey Books 4 Aug 15

Normally I stay away from the new rage of serial writing that’s the thing lately. I’m not sure why, because though I moan and groan over a weekly television show that makes me wait seven long days to find out what happens next, I live with it. Guess ’cause I have to. Such is the case with the romance serial. So when I moaned and groaned at the end of this first book of Anna Jeffrey’s Miranda’s Chronicles, I hope the wait between stories isn’t an inordinate amount of time. I want to know what happens to Tack and Miranda!

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REVIEW: The Rebel Prince by Justine Davis

Sunday, August 2, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Rebel Prince (Coalition Rebellion, Book 4) by Justine Davis
Space Opera published by Bell Bridge Books 30 Jan 14

This is the much awaited finale of a series that I accidentally stumbled upon a few years ago.  I read Lord of the Storm, the first book in the series, and fell in love with Dare and Shaylah and their indomitable courage which won them their day.  Fast forward to this new story featuring their son Lyon, who has grown up under their loving guidance to become a formidable force in himself, along with his friend and playmate Shaina, daughter of the legendary flashbow warrior, right hand to Dare, now King of Trios, as they take their standard against the dreaded coalition which would subjugate and destroy the planets that dare to stand against them.   Read the rest of this entry »