REVIEW: Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare

Book CoverSammy’s review of Tempting Fate (Colorado High Country, Book 4) by Pamela Clare
Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 28 Jun 17

In this fourth installment we get to dive into Chaska’s story. Let me just say upfront that this is probably my favorite book written by Pamela Clare. Don’t get me wrong, I love those I-Team books, but this book is really special. Every single character brought something to the table. The Native American traditions and how they view the world is eye opening and I just couldn’t put this book down. The fact that the author has an enormous amount of experience and history with the different Nations added to the authenticity. I hope there are more books coming (hint hint, Win’s book) because the story and the background was so intriguing and I feel we can all take a moment to truly understand their values and their way of life. I for one am forever changed. Thank you, Ms. Clare.

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REVIEW: New Life by Jan Gayle

Book CoverStevie‘s review of New Life by Jan Gayle
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 16 May 17

Lots of romance novels use the birth, or imminent birth, of a new baby as shorthand for a couple living happily ever after, although cynical me has always wondered whether that’s truly the case for all our protagonists, and if indeed some of them would be happier to grow together a little more before adding an extra human to the mix. The trope always assumes that the new or expectant parents are as happy as each other about the baby’s arrival too, so it was quite a refreshing change to read a blurb in which a planned pregnancy isn’t filling both halves of a couple with equal joy.

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REVIEW: A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

Book CoverKristie J’s review of A Sure Thing (Donnigans, Book 1) by Marie Harte
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 1 Nov 16

Ms. Harte writes a lot of series books.  I would love to get and read them all, but, unfortunately, some are pretty expensive for ebooks, so I just give them the puppy dog eyes when I see them on Amazon.  But A Sure Thing is only $1.11, so I was all over it when I saw that price.

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REVIEW: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Book CoverVeena’s review of Spellbinder (Moonshadow, Book 2) by Thea Harrison
Romantic Fantasy published by Amazon Digital Services 19 Jul 17 

This story is as spellbinding as the title with its eclectic mix of Arthurian legends and Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring characters like Oberon, Isabeau, Morgan Le Fae, Mordred, and Puck in interestingly different characters. Sidonie Martel is human with no discernable magic, except she makes music that make the Gods weep. Read on to see what happens when a human decides to take a stand against magic.

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REVIEW: When I Need You by Lorelei James

Book CoverSandy M’s review of When I Need You (Need You, Book 4) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Romance published by Berkely 25 Jul 17

Almost as much as I love the connection between hero and heroine when it happens in romance, I also love when the hero falls for his new lady’s child. When I see father and young son at the park, walking along the sidewalk hand in hand, just having fun no matter what, my heart melts. So while Jensen Lund has his rules he’s determined to stick by when he meets Rowan for the first time, no such rules exist for him when it comes to her son. Yes, my heart melted every time Jensen’s did interacting with Calder.

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REVIEW: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Book CoverVeena’s review of Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin HQN 11 Jul 17

Susan Mallery is one of my go-to authors.  I enjoy her light, refreshing romances, but I wait for her insightful human relationship stories that delve into a woman’s soul. There is no more tangled a web than human relationships, which is what the book blurb promised. But while this is an interesting tale, it didn’t quite fulfill the potential that I had expected.  read more…

REVIEW: The Reluctant Highlander by Amanda Scott

Book CoverVeena’s review of The Reluctant Highlander by Amanda Scott
Historical Romance published by Open Road Media Romance 13 Jun 17

I don’t believe I’ve missed a book by Ms. Scott.  As my tastes have moved away from historical romance and some of the authors I once read have dropped away, Ms. Scott still remains on my list of authors I enjoy reading.  Against a backdrop of warring highland clans and alliances made and broken, she brings us a tender romance between a highland man and a lowland lass. read more…

REVIEW: Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 19 Jan 16

I’m not sure what brought this book to my attention.  I have a feeling I saw it mentioned in a tweet.  Although I have a couple other books by this author, I haven’t read them yet but decided to give this one a try.

Warning though, this is very tough subject matter so it may not be for everyone and it may be a trigger for some.

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REVIEW: On Point by Annabeth Albert

Book CoverStevie‘s review of On Point (Out of Uniform, Book 3) by Annabeth Albert
Gay Military Romance published by Carina Press 01 Jun 17

Annabeth Albert’s military romance series has enchanted and delighted me even more than did the Gaymers series from which it was spun off. Having been introduced to the various members of the community living around the base in the first two books, this time we get to visit a pair who featured prominently in the second book, though always as slightly angsty friends rather than as a couple.

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REVIEW: The Silk Weaver’s Wife by Debbie Rix

Book CoverVeena’s review of The Silk Weaver’s Wife by Debbie Rix
Women’s Fiction published by Bookouture 19 Jul 17

I expected to enjoy this book when I requested it from NetGalley. What  I did not expect was to be half the night in the middle of my work week reading the book from cover to cover.  The two women who span centuries could not be more different and yet each one fascinated me in her own unique way.

I enjoyed the detailed background and research almost as much I enjoyed the story itself.  Like many of you out there, I thought China dominated the silk industry, only to learn all about Italy and England and the mark they left on silk-weaving techniques and designs. read more…

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