Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Romance Book Review: Rapture Untamed

Author: Pamela Palmer
Series Connection: Book 4 in the Feral Warriors series
ISBN-13: 978-0061794704
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter/ Mage/ Demon
Publisher: Avon

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For those who are fans of Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors, she's back with a story about Jag. The only word for Jag so far in the series has been "combative". He's the first to instigate fights with his fellow Feral Warriors and offer up rude commentary. In Rapture Untamed fans finally get to see the man behind Feral.

Each of the Feral have long histories, living sometimes three to four centuries, and have been through a lot in that amount of time. Jag is not different.

While the mage threaten to bring back the feared Satanan, the Ferals do their best to stop them. They've called in reinforcements from the Therian British Guard. Leader of the guard, Olivia, has interested Jag since he first met her. He's desperate to have her for his own, but Olivia has a secret and if any of the Ferals or the guard find out it will mean her life. So while it is important to keep up with her goal to rid the world of Daemons and the possessed mage, she also must stay below the radar. That is going to be hard to do when she has a Feral on her tail.

I wasn't sure I was going to like the book on Jag. Frankly he wasn't a character I appreciated in the past, but Pamela Palmer has done an excellent job to bringing out the character and explaining why he acts the way he does and letting the heroine, Olivia, help to change him. By the end of the book I just wanted to continue reading, but unfortunately we're all going to have to wait until Febuarary when the next novel comes out.

The most combative - and tormented - of all the Ferals, Jag is a predator who hunts alone - until daemons terrorize the human population. To stop them, he partners with Olivia, a flame-haired Therian temptress as strong as she is beautiful. But Olivia is no ordinary immortal. The survivor of a vicious supernatural attack, she possesses a deadly and forbidden skill - one that must remain hidden, especially from the powerful Feral Warriors.

As Jag and Olivia's sensual dance of dominance and seduction gets wilder and hotter, a dark force sets its sights on Olivia, threatening to destroy everything she has vowed to protect. And the only one who can save her soul is the arrogant jaguar shifter she lusts for but dares not love.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Avon Romance has moved to a new site

Avon Romance is an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing. Avon has been publishing books since 1941 and is recognized as pioneering the historical romance category. The imprint prints everything from historical romance, to contemporary to paranormal romance.

Avon is expanding their ebook collection. By reading their new blog you find out how to get ebooks from their authors including: Christine Feehan, Sandra Hill, Marjorie Liu, Lynsay Sands and Katie Macalister.  All authors we've featured here on RBS

Their events page will show readers where to go of their favorite authors book signings and webcasts. 

The editor's corner page has blog posts from Avon's editors, giving little insights into the people who run the show over at Avon.

Their links page gives web address for all of the Avon authors. And don't forget to check out their sweepstakes page with all their current author sweepstakes.

June Releases:
Tempting a Proper Lady by Debra Mullins

I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long

The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens

One Night by Debbie Macomber (reissue)

My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley

The Duke's Captive by Adele Ashwork

Rapture Untamed by Pamela Palmer

Claimed by A Scottish Lord by Melody Thomas

Here are just some of the books coming out in July:

July 27, 2010
A Kiss At Midnight by Eloisa James
July 27, 2010
Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
July 27, 2010
Last Night's Scandal by Loretta Chase
July 27, 2010
Seventh Heaven by Chatherine Anderson
July 27, 2010
A Highland Duchess by Karen Ranney

July 27, 2010
Swept Away by a Kiss by Katharine Ashe
July 27, 2010
Green Eyes by Karen Robards (reissue)
July 27, 2010
Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane (paperback release)

For more information check out Avon Romance's Blog at:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Romance Book Review: Her Heart's Divide

Author: Kathleen Dienne
ISBN: 9781426890246
Genre: Erotica/ Ménage/ Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Carina Press


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Short tale about a happily married woman, Lila, who's boss, Jack, shows up at her house one day claiming to be her husband. For some reason he suddenly believes that she married him several years before instead of his best friend, Ryan.

When Ryan hears the tale and begins to believe it, Lila doesn't know what to think.

This is a fast, well written fun read. It is told in the first person, but it is easy to understand the feelings and motivations of the other characters in the book. I only wish it could be a little longer so that readers can hear what happens a little more into the future.

Lila was a faithful, loyal wife.

Ryan was her sexy, loving husband.

And so was Jack...?

Jack, however, was her boss, not her husband—why was he claiming her as his own? Lila had been passionately happy with Ryan for more than seven years. Yes, there'd been a moment when she'd first been attracted to Jack, but then she'd met his best friend, Ryan. They'd fallen in love and married. Jack claimed that in his world, their attraction had led to the altar.

And now she was caught between two men—two husbands—in the wildest situation Lila could ever have imagined. But what she wasn't imagining were the two men touching her, pleasing her, caressing her...

About the Author from the back of her book:
Kathleen Dienne has been a reporter, a theatrical stage manager, a ghostwriter, a sloganeer, a video game consultant and a marketing analyst. Fiction seems to be the most honest stuff that she's written.

She is very lucky to have the enthusiastic support of a brilliant husband, a delightful toddler and several elderly beagles. When she isn't writing, she's reading, and if she's not reading, she's taking photographs of the husband/toddler/beagles and making elaborate scrapbooks. Secretly, she practices Italian with those "speak and learn" CDs in hopes of someday moving to Tuscany. So far, the only person picking up Italian with any fluency is the toddler.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Romance Book Review: Sanctuary Unbound

Author: Moira Rogers
Series Connection: Red Rock Pass #4
ISBN: 978-1-60928-046-8
Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolf/ Vampire/ Witches
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

Purchase Sanctuary Unbound: Red Rock Pass, Book 4 here.


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While this book is part of a series it can be read and understood separately, but I would recommend starting from the beginning. Previous characters from the other books play a large role in this book.

After dealing with the threat of a vampire, alpha of the Red Rock Werewolves, Gavin, contacts an old friend whom he thing can help his pack win the war and protect the sanctuary he has built in Red Rock.

Adam has kept much to himself for the past 80 year in the woods of New England. He would have never have left the security of his home unless Gavin had contacted him. He owned so much to Gavin in helping him take care of a mess Adam had gotten into years before.

When he arrives in Red Rock he meets the town doctor, Cindy, and can't help but be drawn to her power and her blood. As a century old vampire he can control his urges. He doesn't need to feed from Cindy in order to survive, but when they come up against some problems and she sees how drained Adam has become she insists. Now the woman everyone at Red Rock wants him to stay away from is the only one he can think of.

Cindy isn't looking for anything long termed especially with a vampire that has a life thousands of miles away, but she can't help but be intrigued by Adam. She wants to have an affair with him and is counting on their attraction staying just sexual, but she soon realizes that isn't about to happen.

Before Cindy and Adam can even talk about making anything permanent they had to fight a pack of wolves who are being controlled by a vicious vampire and hope that they both make it out in one piece.

Interesting and well written take in the paranormal world were there are all different paranormals involved. I liked the authors imagination and her use of magic as the underlining power in all the beings involved.

New England is ideal for vampire Adam Dubois. His cozy home in the Great North Woods reminds him of a happier time when werewolves and witches were stuff of legends, and he was a simple lumberjack.

Hiding from past failures has worked for over eighty years, but a life debt owed to the Red Rock alpha has forced him to leave his retreat--and come face to face with a woman who challenges and tempts him on every level.

Hiding secrets is a lonely business, and Cindy Shepherd is lonely with a capital L. Red Rock isn't exactly crawling with available men, but her interest in the mystery-shrouded new vampire in town seems mutual. After all, it's only sex--there's no danger he'll dig deep enough to unleash the demons of her past.

Casual flirtation turns deadly serious when Adam discovers that the vampire plaguing Red Rock is using his mistakes as a road map. When it comes to his life, he knows Cindy has his back. But in order to secure the future, they both must trust each other with more--even if it means sacrificing themselves to save everything they hold dear.

Freebees related to the Red Rock Series:
Becoming- Red Rock Pass #0
This story takes place forty years before Cry Sanctuary the first book in the Red Rock Series.

The Little Things- Red Rock Pass #1.5

These stories can be found at:

Coming up next:
A new related series starts next month with A Safe Harbor Building Sanctuary #1 comes out July 13th. This is the story of Joan who is introduced as part of vampire Adam's history.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Romance Byte: Death Echo

Author: Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0061629754
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: William Morrow, Hardcover

Purchase Death Echo here.

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a new edge in suspense with this thrilling tale of passion, danger, and international intrigue in which a pair of former operatives must stop a deadly plot that threatens a major American city—and ultimately the world

When she joined St. Kilda's, the elite security consulting firm, Emma Cross thought she'd left behind the blood, the guilt, and the tribal wars that defined her life at the CIA. Yet, trading spying for investigating yacht thefts didn't alleviate the danger—or melt away her professional paranoia. Now, the same good instincts that got her into trouble at the agency might be what will help her survive her latest case.

With some arm-twisting, St. Kilda and Emma are tracking a yacht named Blackbird, a dead ringer for another ship that went missing somewhere between Vladivostok and Portland a year earlier. Emma knows the boat's intended cargo is lethal. What she needs to find out is whether it's biological, chemical, or fissionable. And she's only got seven days to uncover the truth . . . or a major American city will be lost.

Fortunately, she's working with a new partner as menacing and distrustful as the worst enemy she's ever faced—and as deadly. A honed killer, MacKenzie Durand led a special ops team that was deployed to some of the world's nastiest places. But five years ago everything went to hell in Afghanistan, when bad intel hung his team out to dry. The only survivor, Mac walked away and never looked back, preferring to make money sailing high-end boats like Blackbird.

But Emma and Mac aren't the only eyes watching Blackbird. Taras Demidov, an expert in extortion and execution in the pay of the oligarchs running the former Soviet Union, is also waiting in the shadows, determined to intercept a fearsomely powerful arms dealer with the money, weaponry, and connections to alter the geopolitical balance.

Thrown together by an organization of enemies with global ties more dangerous than either of them realize, Mac and Emma must put aside their growing attraction for each other to save more than just their own lives. In a deadly game where the rules change without warning and the line between friend and foe is blurred, the pair must find answers fast—or watch as innocent civilians are sacrificed in a cold-blooded grab for power and supremacy. And even Mac and Emma aren't sure just who will get to the finish line alive. . . .

About the author from her publisher's website:
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a razor-sharp new edge in romantic suspense with Death Echo, a thrilling tale of passion, danger, and international intrigue. A breakneck-paced novel that unites a beautiful former CIA agent with a tough and haunted ex-Special Forces operative, Death Echo is a top-rank thriller in the vein of Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Gardner—and a dazzling example of the superior storytelling that inspired author Jayne Ann Krentz to declare, “I’ll buy anything with Elizabeth Lowell’s name on it.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Romance Byte: Lust Bites

Author: Kristina Lloyd, Portia Da Costa, Mathilde Madden
ISBN-13: 978-0352341532
Genre: Paranormal/ Vampire
Publisher: Virgin Black Lace

Purchase Lust Bites here.

Three novellas—all with a vampire theme—by three of black Lace’s finest authors.

From Kristina Lloyd:   Zachary Trevelyan is a vampire, doomed to roam alone for eternity, but a mishap involving kisses and necks leads him to fall in love with his best friend, Teresa. And not only that, he really wants to bite her.

From Portia da Costa:   For centuries, Billy has been yearning for the woman he accidentally killed when he was a novice vampire. Now she’s back, reborn as Esther, and Billy must battle his lust to devour her all over again.

From Mathilde Madden:   The only way Merle Cobalt can save her father’s life is to spend twenty-five days living with vampire Darius Cole. Because vampires are known for their mind-controlling powers, her free will may become a thing of the past.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Currently Reading: Cry Sanctuary

Download Cry Sanctuary--Book 1 of Red Rock Pass series by Moira Rogers for Nook or Kindle June 15 - June 28.

Anyone willing to sign up with an account at Amazon or Barnes & Noble can download the first book in the Red Rock Pass series for free!

The author, Moira Rogers, says this does not mean that only those with a Nook or Kindle can read it, though.  Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer a variety of ways to read the ebooks you download through their websites.

Here is how to get a copy depending on your format:
Barnes & Noble and the Nook

Amazon and the Kindle

For more information, check the author's website at:

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 This week we're giving away Anna Campbell's My Reckless Surrender included in a gift basket of Amari Seduction lotions and colognes spray. Check out the details below on how to enter.

My Reckless Surrender
Author: Anna Campbell
ISBN: 978-0061684319
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon

Headlong into sin...
A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women - and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick’s brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover! But it is neither Diana’s boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so - it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask.

Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft - never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching,  his caress intoxicating - and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft’s dark allure.

Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape…except surrender.

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Romance Book Review: Jacob’s Ladder

Author: Z. A. Maxfield
Series Connection: St. Nacho’s
ISBN: 978-1-60737-806-8
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ M-M/ Gay Romance
Publisher: Loose-id


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It isn't often that a book will touch so many cords when reading it, but Jacob's Ladder did for me. There were so many sides to this story. First the emotional angle of a man going through the worst few days of his life. Then the scenes of getting to know his hero older brother again and finally moving on to a new stage in his life.

Jacob (Yasha) can normally take care of himself. As an ex-solider he is strong. He's had arguments with his live-in lover before, but this one day he is sick with the flu and his lover to high on steroids. After receiving the beating of his life, Jacob heads to visit with his brother. With the threat of a flu epidemic, members of the bus he's on become worried to see Jacob's increasing worsening flu syptoms and make him get off leaving him at a motel in a small town.

The residents take Jacob into their fold and give him someplace to call home. When he meets J.T., Jacob assumes he's gay, only to realize that J.T. is conflicted about his sexual preference and dates a different woman every night. Still J.T. wants Jacob and comes to him in secret.

The story takes a turn to the hilarious when Jacob's brother comes to town. Dan has been subdued over the past several years, and so unlike the hero image Jacob has had of his brother. Now on the verge of divorce, Jacob is seeing the man he always remembered.

This story hits a many topics including domestic violence, men dealing with their sexual preferences, the Jewish religion and friendship. Be prepared for anything as you turn to the next page. Bravo to the author.

Jacob “Yasha”” Livingston is having a bad day. First there is the head cold. Then the orgy, the fight, and the hospital. Between that and the bus driver who ejects him — after accusing him of transmitting the Swine Flu — the rest of his day seems fairly vague. Now he’s stuck in a small town called Santo Ignacio and he has a whole lot of thinking to do.

One thing is, when fate speaks in the form of an EMT, maybe it’s time to listen. One man in particular, EMT, Jason “J.T.” Lents, with his shy smile and jade green eyes, seems more like an angel than a paramedic. But Jason has a date with a newer, prettier girl every night, despite the fact that he seems to return Yasha’s interest.

What will make J.T. happy? If J.T. is afraid of his feelings it might be Yasha’s chance to heal the healer. For this couple to find their way, it’s up to Jacob, his new friends, and the magic of St. Nacho’s… in St. Nacho’s 3 — Jacob’s Ladder.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Romance Byte: The Irish Warrior

Author: Kris Kennedy
ISBN-13: 978-1420106534

Genre: Historical
Publisher: Zebra

Purchase The Irish Warrior here.

Winner of the 2008 Golden Heart winning manuscript

Inhibited, accountant-minded Senna de Valery comes to Ireland to finalize a deal that will save her faltering wool business. What she gets instead is a cunning English lord with dangerous ulterior motives.

Forced to rely on her wits, not her ledgers, Senna frees an Irish warrior chained in the prisons, and together they flee across the war-torn land of medieval Ireland.  But Finian O’Melaghlin is much more than a charming, roguish warrior.  He is councilor to his king, on a grave mission to recover military secrets, and has a dangerous agenda of his own.

Neither is prepared for the powerful forces arrayed against them …

Neither can resist the fiery passion igniting between them …

Neither can imagine the sacrifices they will face, nor the choices they will be forced to make …

King and outlaws, weapons and war: Can love indeed triumph over all?

About the author from her website: 
I love writing. I can feel my fingers actually move towards the keyboard. I love everything about it, except the times when I’m dying inside because I can’t make it work. And later, when it passes, I love even that, for its raw, despairing intensity. I love wondering how to put in 'cliffhangers' and red herrings into my stories. I love trying to figure out whose point of view a scene should be in. I love developing tortured characters. Poor things, to be stuck in my psyche. :-) I love figuring out who has the most to lose, then making them lose it. I love punctuation.

I know, it's sick.

For more information on Kris Kennedy check out her website at:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Love Inspired of the Month: Return to Rosewood

Author: Bonnie K. Winn
ISBN: 9780373876020 
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Publication

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Long ago Sam left Bret behind to explore her career, while he came home to take care of his parents and their business. When Sam has an accident and is confined to a wheel chair she decides to come home. During her stay in her small home town, Sam begins to learn that it isn't always important to be so headstrong and independent and it is important to lean on family and friends when you need help.

Well written inspirational book for those who need a reminder of family, friendship and love.

After an accident left big-city gal Samantha Harrison in a wheelchair, she returned to her hometown a changed woman. But Bret Conway, her former fiancé, whose heart she broke when she left, insists she's the same girl he loved and lost. And that, with his help and some Texas determination, she will walk again. But Samantha is afraid to believe in anything—herself, her caring community…or a second chance with the handsome man who's still not ready to forgive her. Until Samantha surprises them both in the most wonderful way of all.

About the author from the publisher's webiste:
Bonnie K. Winn is the author of twenty-five published novels, most of which have been translated into over twenty languages. Fourteen-million copies of her books are in print. Currently, Bonnie is one of the top ten bestselling authors in Harlequin’s highly successful Steeple Hill/Love Inspired inspirational fiction program.

Named as one of the top ten romance authors in America by Affaire de Coeur, Bonnie K. Winn began her career with the launch of her Wildflower series in the early 1990s. Her first novel, Summer Rose, climbed to the top of three national bestseller lists. Her historical novel, Forbidden Fire, won Affaire De Coeur's Best Overall Historical Romance of 1994. That same year, she was named Utah Writer of the Year. Newlywed Game, lauded by Romantic Times as "a great talent making a smashing contemporary debut," was her first Harlequin American romance book. The Accidental Mrs. MacKenzie, which hit number one on the Walden Books and B. Dalton romance bestsellers lists, was nominated by Romantic Times for best contemporary romance of 1999. Her first Silhouette Intimate Moments release, The Hijacked Wife, appeared on numerous bestseller lists as well.

Besides writing novels, Bonnie also lends her talents to screenwriting, and her screenplay Heroes placed as a finalist at the Sundance U.S. Film Festival. Formerly a public relations executive, Bonnie devotes her time exclusively to writing. She resides in the foothills of the Rockies with her husband and dog, and with her grown son nearby.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Romance Book Review: Devlin And Garrick

Author: Cameron Dane
Series Connection: Seeking Redemption
ISBN 978-1-59578-708-8
Genre: Erotic Romance/ Gay Romance/ M-M

Publisher: Liquid Silver

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Another emotionally charged romance by Cameron Dane from the Redemption series. In this story, readers get to get a better look at Devlin, Aiden's brother from the first book. Devlin takes a trip to San Francisco with the express goal of checking out a man. He meets Gradyn and falls in love with him in one weekend.

Throughout the book the author does flash backs of the weekend Devlin and Gradyn spend together exploring the emotional attachment the two develop together. Both know they time has to come to an end at the end of the weekend, but years later the two men can't forget each other. When Graydon lands into to trouble his first thought is to go to Devlin.

The only problem is Gradyn must remain dead to the rest of the world. His appearance completely different from the way Devlin remembered him, Gradyn isn't sure Devlin will even recognize him or if he will even want to see Gradyn, especially after the way Gradyn ended things.

For those who like romance books filled with conflict, emotions, gay romance and a great love story this book, and this series so far, have all of that. I'll be interested where the author takes this series next.

Devlin Morgan and Gradyn Connell have one thing on their minds when they meet in a bar one Friday night in San Francisco. One good, hard fuck.

After the hell he’s been through, Gradyn knows the young man sitting at the end of the bar--with his sweet nervousness and beautiful face--is just what he needs. And Gradyn has absolutely no problem getting up to say hello.

Devlin knows inviting muscle-bound, tattooed Gradyn to his motel room is the riskiest thing he’s ever done, but there’s something in the man’s warm green eyes that tells Devlin everything will be all right.

One explosive encounter in Devlin’s motel room is the plan. Only, it turns out one hot fuck isn’t enough for either man. Dinner afterward leads to another round in bed, and what follows is a weekend together that stirs more emotions than either Devlin or Gradyn ever expected to feel.

Fast forward five years. Devlin has never forgotten Gradyn but he has moved on with his life. That is, until he walks into his sister’s workplace and comes face to face with the man from his wild weekend in San Francisco.

Except, this man is calling himself Garrick Langley. This man is a shell of the man Devlin remembers and hardly looks like the same person. And the biggest kick in Devlin’s gut? This Garrick Langley pretends he doesn’t know Devlin at all.

Devlin doesn’t care what this man looks like or that he has a new name. Garrick Langley is Gradyn Connell, and they both know it. Devlin is a lot more secure in his own skin now, and he wants answers. This Garrick had better look out because Devlin won’t stop until he uncovers every one of Gradyn’s secrets.

Note: This title contains male/male acts of loving, including oral, anal and rimming. Also includes scene with mild bondage and spanking.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Romance Book Review: Kissed by the Sun

Author: Catrina Calloway
ISBN: 978-1-60735-052-1

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Menage M-F-M
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

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Some quirky dialog, but fun and interesting tale of a poultry heiress who comes home to take over the family business only to find out she is the target for murder from someone who wants what she now has. Carlee really doesn't have any interest in the poultry business, but in order to fulfill her aunt's last wish she must take over the family business to keep up her art classes.

When she gets home she runs into the two men she once loved, Ben and Dan, but could never have. As Indians from the local tribe, turned police detectives. Ben and Dan know they have to keep Carlee safe. They also know that to keep the tribe council happy they shouldn't form a personal relationship with Carlee. The only problem is she is their dream girl. The one the two of them have always wanted. Can they protect her and keep their hands off of her?
Carlee Davis is a free spirit, an artist of Native American drawings. She creates beautiful sketches of her secret loves - two Native American Indians she's known since childhood, Ben and Dan.  When the matriarch of Carlee's family dies, she places the reigns of the family business in Carlee's reluctant hands.  Carlee has other plans for her life, but so does someone else - someone who is jealous that Carlee is now in charge of the family fortune.

Someone who wants Carlee dead.

It's a double dose of desire for Ben Strong and Dan Swift, the two Montauk Indians of Carlee's dreams.  Montauk means 'uncertain' in Ben and Dan's language, but they've always been certain of one thing: Carlee is the one woman for them - and they don't mind sharing.
Now Carlee's back in town, and a threat on her life stirs old feelings, new desires, and heats their blood.  Sometimes, it feels like she's been...

Kissed by the sun.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Romance Book Review: Stick Shift

Author: Lissa Matthews
ISBN: 978-1607375845
Genre: BBW/ Erotic/ Contemporary
Publisher: Loose-id

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As a true stock car racing fan, I was delighted to find Lissa Matthews book Stick Shift. This isn't one of the sanctioned NASCAR books, but it read as well as some of the others I've read over the past few years. There was just one main different. This one is definitely more erotic than those that Harlequin Romance puts out.

Lily loves stock car racing and when her friend asks her to come house sit while she is on a trip to Italy, Lily can't refuse, especially when he friend throws in some tickets to a race in the mix.

While at one of the pre-race days, Lily meets race car driver, Cam. Cam is instantly attracted to Lily and does a little flirting. Lily, while she thinks Cam is one handsome driver, sees him as too young for her and instantly conflicted. Cam does everything he can to change her mind though.

This book is filled with race car track action, some cars hitting the wall and lots of bedroom action. Race car fans will enjoy the track scenes. Those who like hot bedroom scenes and seeing those big beautiful woman get the younger hot sexy guys will also love this book.

An orchestra musician, a private music teacher, and a homebody, Lily’s a full-figured, quiet woman who lives a fairly simple and solitary life. Aside from music, she has one big passion: stock car racing. She’s been a fan for as long as she can remember and makes the yearly pilgrimage to Daytona as often as she can. When she’s offered a chance to get away to North Carolina and attend two weeks of races, she jumps at it. Little does she know what that chance has in store for her…

Cam Carter is one of the most successful young drivers in the top tier of the stock car racing circuit. All over the country, he’s well known to racing fans, loved by some, respected by a few, and hated by others. He’s arrogant, strong willed, and a consistent winner. What he doesn’t have is balance…until he meets a pretty, very curvaceous, and unassuming fan named Lily.

Lily fears the difference in lifestyles, ages, and personalities while Cam in turn, embraces them. Can they find a way to cross the finish line and take the checkered flag together or will the obstacles push against them until they crash and burn?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Romance Book Review: Roan's Fall

Author: Marisa Chenery
Series Connection: Wulf's Den/ Roxie's Protectors
ISBN 978-1-59578-625-8

Genre: Paranormal/Werewolf
Publisher: Liquid Silver

Purchase Roan's Fall here

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Roan's Fall is a novella that goes along with the Wulf's Den series. After doing several of the Wulf's Den series, Marisa Chenery changed over to Roxie's Protectors, still using several of the same characters from the Wulf's Den series and adding a few more.

In Wulf's Den you meets Roxie, the "chosen one" who is now in charge of all the packs. Roan and his brothers and sister in arms have trained for 1,000 years to protect Roxie. In Roan's Fall, Roan finds his mate when he is protecting Roxie. Roxie, going about her routine, goes to the hairstylist to get her hair done. When Roan sees Ansley, Roxie's hairstylist, he knows he has meet his mate.

Like the other werewolves around him, Roan doesn't know how to tell Ansley he is a werewolf. What will happen when she finds out.

This series really should be read completely. Marisa Chenery is still working on this series. The next one is due out next month and is called Jager's Mate.

As a hair stylist, Ansley has seen and cut a lot of people's hair, but when Roxie shows up for her appointment with a very large, gorgeous man, Ansley can't take her eyes off him. Nor can she stop her body's reaction to Roan when Roxie asks her to cut his hair as well. But things seem to go steadily downhill when Ansley's curse, her ability to say the first thing that comes to mind when around a man she is attracted to, rears its ugly head. When Roan growls at her to hurry up, Ansley knows her mouth has done it to her again.

Even through the harsh chemical smells in the hair salon, Ansley's scent is like a punch in the gut to Roan. Knowing she is his mate, and a mortal, has him fighting the urge to claim her as his own. Hoping to ease into telling her he is a werewolf, Roan prays he has the control to take things slow. But when it comes to Ansley, he must fight the wolf inside him or risk scaring away the one woman that was meant for him.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Romance Book Review: Fired Up and Burning Lamp

Fired Up
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Arcane Society
ISBN: 978-0399155963
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal
Publisher: Putnam Adult

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Just finished both of Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick)'s new editions to her Arcane Society series. This series is unique because the author is writing books in both her contemporary persona, Krentz, and her historical persona, Quick. The series is about a special society that deals with the paranormal psychic population of the world in both time eras. Since the government doesn't choose to acknowledge the psychics of the world a group known as the Arcane Society was established during the Victorian Era and works to keep all the psychics in line. The group still exists today working to keep the evil psychic from hurting the rest of the world with their psychic ability.

In every book in the series there is a different hero and heroine, with the common consistancy the J&J Agency. Fired Up and Burning Lamp are not only books 7 & 8 of the Arcane Series but they are also the first two books in the Dreamlight Trilogy.

I was surprised by those who reviewed these two books and said that they saw little of Jayne Ann Krentz's usual style and characters, when I saw her using very much the same characters as she has used in the previous books in the series. I thought both books were well written, it not a little too descriptive. Fired Up seemed to relate a lot of the history of the first Winters' experiments, as does the Burning Lamp, so it seemed a little repetitive when you read them close together. I didn't mind though.

In Fired Up readers get to spend more time with the modern day Jones from the J&J Agency—Fallon. Fallon's character is more defined in Fired Up and he seems more disorganized than he has in previous books. I'm hoping we'll see a book for him soon.

It seem the books a little backwards where Fired Up, book 7, is the modern day version. Readers meet Jack Winter a decedent of the Nicholas Winter who created the Burning Lamp. A devise that the first Winter would hope would amp up his psychic powers, but ultimately made him go mad. Suddenly strange things are happening to Jack Winter and he is worried his is cursed as his ancestor was believed to be. So he goes to Chloe Harper, a Dream Psychic whom, Jack believes can save him before he goes insane.

Chloe is a private investigator. She is worried that Jack isn't going to get the helps he thinks from her, but she is the one Harper who isn't exploitive like the rest of her con-artist family and can't help but want to do what ever she can for Jack. Together they work against the clock to save Jack and also keep one step ahead to the evil group who wants to used both Jack and Chloe for their own gain.

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.

Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts—just the beginning, he believes—of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can't do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp's dreamlight.

Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talents for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but their sudden and powerful sexual pull threatens to overwhelm them both. Danger surrounds them, and it doesn't take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force. 

Burning Lamp
Author: Amanda Quick
Series Connection: Arcane Society
ISBN: 978-0399156465
Genre: Historical Paranormal
Publisher: Putnam Adult

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The Burning Lamp, takes readers back a century in time where they meet Griffin Winters and Adelaide Pyne. Griffin is the only other Winters who has need to use the lamp. He knows the legend of Nicholas Winters and how the lamp is suppose to help him from going insane. He also knows he needs the help of a Dream Psychic to make the lamp work.

Adelaide is a social reformer and someone that Griffin would not normal associate himself with, but Adelaide is in possession of the lamp and he soon realizes that she is the only one who can help him before it is too late.

As with modern time, there are forces that don't want Griffin and Adelaide to come together on this project. They too need to race against time to safe not only Griffin but once Adelaide is enlisted to help she is no in danger as well.

The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents. Winters’ efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.

Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he has been struck with the Winters Curse. And the instincts that have helped him survive the streets and rise to power are now drawing him toward Adelaide Pyne, the bothersome social reformer. But even as he arranges a meeting with the mysterious woman, he has no idea how closely their fates are bound, for Adelaide holds the Burning Lamp in her possession.

A dreamlight reader, Adelaide should be able to manipulate the Lamp’s light to save both Griffin’s sanity and his life. But their dangerous psychical experiment makes them the target of forces both inside and outside of the Arcane Society. And though desire strengthens their power their different lives will keep them apart—if death doesn’t take them together.

Below are a list of books in the series.

By Amanda Quick
Purchase Book 1 here
SETTING: Late Victorian England

By Jayne Ann Krentz
Purchase Book 2 here
SETTING: Stone Canyon, Arizona, 21st. Century

By Jayne Ann Krentz
Purchase Book 3 here
SETTING: Oriana, Washington, 21st Century
By Amanda Quick
Purchase Book 4 here
SETTING: Late Victorian England

By Jayne Ann Krentz
Purchase Book 5 here
SETTING: Hawaii, 21st Century
By Amanda Quick
Purchase Book 6 Here
SETTING: Late Victorian England

By Jayne Ann Krentz
Purchase Book 7 here
SETTING: Seattle and Las Vegas, 21st Century

By Amanda Quick
Purchase Book 8 here
SETTING: Late Victorian England