Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Romance Book Review: Will of Steel

Author: Diana Palmer
Miniseries: The Men of Medicine Ridge

ISBN: 9780373730674
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Western
Publisher: Silhouette Desire

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There are two versions of this book available. One includes just Will of Steel. The other includes a bonus book, Reluctant Father, a previous book from Diana Palmer.

In Will of Steel we meet Chief of Police Theodore "Ted" Graves and Jillian "Jake" Sanders. Ted and Jake's uncles were partners and owned a beautiful piece of land. When the two died the uncles left a will that said that in order to keep from selling the land, Ted and Jake needed to marry.

Jake isn't all that sure that she is ready to get married. There is still something she hasn't told Ted about her past that makes her wonder if she is marriage material.

This book is basic formula for Diana Palmer, but for the difference that the hero isn't one of her insecure older men who has a problem with younger women or women in general. Ted and Jake have known each all Jake's life. He likes her as a person. In the beginning it isn't an undying passionate love, but it is a love that grows over time.

Ted is patient and waits for Jake to tell him her story, when she does he is kind and understanding. She's made mistakes in the past and he doesn't give her any insecure flack about it.

There is a little suspense added to the mix as Jake's past comes back to haunt them. All around a fairly good installment to the series. The only objection I had was there is a bit of too much what I call the author's chatter. Too much history and facts written in the dialog. One of the best books by the author in a while.

Follow New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer to Medicine Ridge, Montana, and meet Police Chief Theodore Graves—a man as rugged as the land he passionately wants to claim as his own. Only one thing stands in his way, a feisty woman who is prepared to meet his challenge. Sparks fly as they go toe-to-toe, but can the man with a will of steel finally learn what it means to bend?

Also available in some editions of this book:
Reluctant Father
Once shy, the now famous writer has returned home—and to the man who had cruelly pushed her away. But could their rekindled passion melt his heart of ice?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Romance Book Review: Roxie's Protectors-Leif's Surrender

Author: Marisa Chenery
Series Connection: Roxie's Protectors
ISBN:  978-1-59578-772-9
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter/ Werewolf
Publisher:  Liquid Silver Books

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In continuation of her Roxie's Protector series, Marisa Chenery tells brother-in-arms story Leif. In previous stories we learn that Roxie is the foretold one who would be stronger than all the werewolves and leader of all the packs. The Protectors have spent one thousand years training to be her protectors when she is found.

Leif has watched two of his brothers and his sister-in-arms find their mate. He long ago decided he would never claim his mate if he found her. He was too easily bored with the women he met in the past. Another couple of thousand years was too long to live without a mate.

That was before a simple trip to the grocery store to find Roxie some ice cream changed everything when the checker turned out to be his mate.

Jaden is alone in life. The only family she had, her mother, died years ago. She lives her quiet life as best she can with a low paying job. Leif wants to take her away from all that. She won't have to work at the job that she really doesn't like any more and she can move in with him and his family in a big mansion. If all that wasn't enough she truly had fallen for the handsome man.

But will she be able to live with who and what Leif is? Life is just full of surprises for Jaden.

Leif's Surrender is the third book in the Roxie's Protectors series and then their were five books in the Wulf's Den series that started the whole story line from the beginning. I like the series, but this book basically follows the same path as the two before it, including how the women in the Protectors series all come to the aide of their mates in the end.

Other than that this is a nicely written book with some really hot sex scenes and a great twist at the end leaving readers wondering where the author will take the characters on the next book.

Jaden notices the sexy hunk in her cashier’s line. But she knows, with her plain looks and glasses, he'd never notice her. So when he returns to the grocery store the next day and kisses her senseless in front of everyone, she can only hope she'll see him again.

Leif swears he will never be permanently mated, but when he feels his mate at a grocery store while buying pregnant Roxie ice cream, his world turns upside down. Drawn to his would-be mate, he finds fighting his mating urge is harder than he expects. If he can only hold out long enough to let nature run its course, he can get on with his life. But resisting her is impossible, and he needs to claim her as his.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Romance Byte: No Fantasy Required

Author: Cristal Ryder
Digital ISBN: 978-1-61650-213-3
Genre: Erotica/ Romance/ Manege/ MFF
Publisher: Lyrical Press

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A threesome isn't only a man's fantasy....

Ever been tempted to fulfill your fantasy and experience something taboo? Brian and Kelly have…and they do just that when they escape to a mountain resort to de-stress and enjoy their favorite pastime – sex. There, they meet mysterious Tauni.

One hot man and two sexy women heat up the mountain air that leaves no fantasy required.

Content warning; Explicit sex/language, f/m/f and f/f sex scenes

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"Part of this journey to becoming a published author is learning to share things about myself. I think it’s harder than writing! I’ve loved telling stories for most of my life and to create worlds I could escape into, living life as my characters do.  I’m so thrilled to have my debut novel, No Fantasy Required, being released as an ebook by Lyrical Press this November.

The first romance novel I read was at age twelve. I woke up Christmas morning to find Taylor Caldwell’s Ceremony of the Innocent in my stocking.  I devoured it and my passion for reading began, followed on its heels by a longing to write.

Everyone has moments in their life that test them and I’m no different. Here I am today living my dream of becoming a published author and ready to experience all life has to offer.

I hope I can tempt and carry you along on a journey of passion to vivid locations with squirm in your seat plots and characters that will come to life for you, so you too can escape into another world.

When I’m not writing or the ideas are not percolating around in my head, I love to travel, spend time on a patio, preferably overlooking the water with a yummy cocktail in hand or lounged in a steamy hot tub, which could include a glass of red wine. I’m a single mom of two college-aged sons, one back at home after giving it a go in the big wide world. I’m tucked away in a small town outside Toronto with my faithful old Chocolate Lab and share my ideas and inspiration with the special man in my life."

Romance Book Review: Blood Moons

Author: Alianne Donnelly
Series Connection: Blood
ISBN 978-1-59578-763-7

Genre: Sci-fi/ Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing

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Introducing readers to a whole new world, Alianne Donnelly does a great job of developing her descriptive environment. The year is 3028 and earth as we know it is over crowded. New planets have been explored and prisons are located far away from Earth.

Dara is an untrained telepath, who doesn't really want any thing to do with her so called gift. When she sees a murder through the murderer's mind she doesn't know what to do but go to the police. Unfortunately for her, the world doesn't believe in telepaths and everyone assumes she has something to do with the crimes. She is quickly charged and convicted of the murder.

Now on a prison planet, Dara is forced to watch every move she makes as she is thrown in with a bunch of hard core men. Their thoughts and dreams being transmitted at her is almost more than she can stand. On the upside she is given a telepath for a roommate. For some reason Tristan takes to protecting Dara from the other inmates and begins to teach her how to handle her gift.

Tristan has his own problems. The prisons of the future use the prisoners to conduct experiments on. Over a year ago, Tristan was given drugs that the scientists thought would allow him to shift into a tiger. When nothing happened they assumed it was a failure and moved on.

Suddenly with Dara there to protect, animal instincts start to take control of Tristan and he needs to learn how to control his animal before it either kills him or he kills everyone around him, maybe even Dara.

This is a long story with a lot of descriptive passages and combining romance and suspense. The author combines both science fiction and paranormal genre into the story.

They say no good deed ever goes unpunished, a sentiment Dara understands fully now that she is paying for a crime she didn't commit. It was stupid to call in a murder she didn't really see. But how could Dara have kept silent? Now a stunning -- scratch that, a dangerous -- man with a frightening secret of his own is telling her he can help. Yeah, right. A telepath knows better than to trust mere words.

The last decade of Tristan's life has been penance. All that time spent among the worst dregs of society might have made him begin to question his humanity, but he’s never felt so much like an animal as he does around this timid, delicate female. Her very presence stirs the beast within him; Tristan can feel it growing stronger every day. Any more time with Dara, and it might overpower him completely. But without her, he stands no chance at all...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Romance Book Review: Midnight Secrets

Author: Wendy Ely
Digital ISBN: 978-1-61650-203-4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press

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Allison has lived in the same town all her life. As an unwed mother she has endured the whispers and the comments behind her back. Today her life is much different. She keeps to herself taking care of her mother and her children and doing her job as a waitress/manager of the local diner.

When the diner comes up for sale she takes all her savings she was going to use to get out of the rat hole she lives in and move into a new home to purchase the diner, knowing in the long run it would be the better choice for her and her children. There are people, however, who don't want to see her succeed and they will do anything to close her new business down.

Miguel falls in love at first sight when he meets Allison. Against his and her better judgement he pursues her. Having been burned before he knows it is dangerous to let her steal his heart, but he believes she is worth it. He'll keep their encounters secret for a while, but not forever.

Allison has a decision to make, trust in Miguel or to set him free...

Nicely written story featuring an older woman and younger man scenario, as well as two people with ethnic differences. Well written suspenseful plot offering good conflict and a realistic drama.

Will Miguel’s whispered midnight promises ever see the light of day?

Content with her job as small town waitress and roll of single mom, Allison believes she's better off without a man. In her opinion, all they bring is chaos - and that includes the father of her child. So why has Miguel’s arrival shaken her so badly?

It's not easy for Allison to keep Miguel a secret with someone set on shutting down her bakery and the local sheriff believing she harbors a vendetta against the town because of her tormented past.

Keeping her secrets and clearing her name just might be harder than Allison ever imagined.

Content warning; This book contains cold family situations during the day and hot nights.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Romance Book Review: The Falcon Prince

Author: Karen Kelley
Series Connection: Princes of Symtaria
ISBN: 978-0758238382
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Brava

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Since Ria has always been a little strange to the people of her small town no one believes her when she tells folks that a strange naked man in the woods tells her that he is an alien and that she's one too and needs to come back with him to their planet.

To make matters worse people in the town are just falling all over themselves to be friendly with the man.

Kristor doesn't understand Ria at all. She should be happy to leave with him and go where she belongs. He also knows that there are also those on earth currently searching for her and others like her to kill her. Kristor needs to convince her to leave with him before it is too late.

Quirky story that is filled with fun-loving characters and a crazy plot.

Come Fly With Me...

Rhianna Lancaster has always been “different”-and not in that quirky, small-town Texas way. Nope, Ria’s unique qualities are downright bizarre, which is why she tries to keep them to herself, thank you very much. So maybe she should be glad when, out for a run, she encounters a guy even weirder than she is-not to mention naked as a jaybird…

What Ria learns from this “Prince Kristor” person is that he’s an alien sent to help her get in touch with her powers and rescue her from a mortally unfulfilling life here on earth. Good to know. Also good to know the local law enforcement, whom Ria calls after macing Good Prince Naked and running for her life. Problem is, she can’t stop thinking about him-or his story, which may not be quite so crazy as it sounds…

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The Wolf Prince
Author: Karen Kelly
Series Connection: Princes of Symtaria
ISBN: 978-0758238405
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Brava

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Darcey is used to being a man magnet - for men who want her money. But when a hot hunk named Surlok saves her from a wolf attack, she can't help but think he's different from the rest. So what if he's broke - and claims to be a prince from another planet? All he needs is a little grooming...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Love Inspired of the Month: Thanksgiving Groom

Author: Brenda Minton
Series Connection: Alaskan Bride Rush
ISBN: 9780373876327
Genre: Inspirational Romance/ Christian Romance
Publisher: Steeple Hill/Love Inspired

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Heiress Penelope needs to get away from her father who is trying to find her a groom. She needs to get away from him now before she finds herself with a man just like her father.

When she reads the article about Treasure Creek in a magazine she decides that this sounds like a place she can really find herself. After seeing a copy of a treasure map that has the whole town hoping, she decides she can really help the town by finding the treasure. The only problem is her car gets thrown off the road and all she finds is herself lost in the woods of Alaska.

Tucker Lawson has been missing from Treasure Creek since his plane went down several months earlier. He has taken refuse with an older couple in a lodge in the woods a few days walk from Treasure Creek. He has always known he needed to go back. He didn't realize just how hard his friends were searching for him, until he meets Penelope in the woods and hears about the rescue attempts.

The only problem is Tucker isn't ready to go back yet. He hasn't made his peace with himself yet, but when there are signs that Penelope might be in danger he has to get the heiress back and face his own demons.

A little slow to the start, this book features a good story on what happened to the missing Tucker and introduces a new character that shows the warmth of the season.

Heiress Penelope Lear came to Treasure Creek, Alaska, in search of adventure. And to prove to everyone she's more than just a pretty face. But when she gets lost in the middle of the wilderness—in chilly November—Penelope needs help. Her rescuer? The mysterious man who's been missing from town for months.

Tucker Lawson, a handsome former lawyer, is now a man of the land—and doesn't want to be found. As Thanksgiving approaches, he promises to lead Penelope back to Treasure Creek.

But will he go as her groom?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Romance Book Review: A Wicked Wolf

Author: Brenda Williamson
ISBN: 9781603105590
Genre: Erotic Paranormal/ Werewolf/ Shifter
Publisher: Red Sage

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Well written rough, carnal and very erotic, this book is not for the faint of heart. This book is really one explosive sex scene after another until it ends with a big bang of action and suspense.

Randi is set to try to make the real estate transaction of her life. All she has to do is convince the recluse who lives on top of the mountain to sell of some of his property. Unfortunately on her way to try and convince the man, she runs into a few problems.

Nick is alone on his mountain for a reason, he doesn't want to spend anytime with anyone especially a female who wants to get him to sell his property. Randi couldn't have come at a worse time. Between the full moon and the fact that Randi is close to her heat his primitive nature isn't going to let him get away from her fast enough.

Despite his better judgement he takes her and hopes for the best, knowing that when she finally finds out exactly who and what he is, she won't be able to get off his mountain quick enough.

Real Estate agent Randi Brown works the rich crowd, selling high-priced homes.  With her parents dead it’s up to her to financially support two teenage siblings and she wants to spread her wings by negotiating a billion dollar land deal. Only the landowner, a business mogul no one has seen in years isn’t interested in selling his mountain to a development corporation, and Randi sets out to change his mind any way possible, even if that means sleeping with the reclusive billionaire.

After two years, since his wife’s brutal murder, Nicholas Wolfe prefers to mourn her than get involved in business. So he lives cut off from society on Wolfe Mountain. Through his attorney, he’s offered billions, but no one knows to what extent the value of the land is more than the inhabitants—the Lycans, human wolf-like animal shifters.

When Randi shows up on the mountain one rainy night, Nick tires to fight the desires of the wolf in him to take a mate. Unfortunately, nature has made it impossible to resist the animalistic urges strengthened by the influence of a full moon and the power of lust in this woman’s eyes. Can love know no bounds?

Randi has no idea of where this torrid affair can lead until she learns the gruesome details of a woman’s murder by a creature not quite human. Then she becomes the next target and she discovers how falling in love can lead to a fatal attack from a Lycan.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More Books, again, from the Bookshelf

Title: Poison Kissed
Author: Erica Hayes
Series Connection: The Shadowfae Chronicles
ISBN: 978-0312624705
Genre: Paranormal/ Fae
Publisher: St. Martins

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Beyond the veil of magic, a fairy otherworld pulses with glamour and dark beauty... It's a place where passions run deep and dark — and death is just one kiss away...

Mina is a banshee whose greatest power lies in her siren song. She's beholden to her boss Joey, a snake-shifter who once saved her life and now employs her as a gang enforcer. She refuses to upset the fragile balance between them by admitting that she longs for him, that his embrace is the only thing she craves more than revenge for her mother's death...

When Mina learns that Joey may have been involved in her mother's murder, fury threatens to spill out of her, note by vicious note. She and Joey have always trusted each other to stay alive, but now she's not sure what to believe. The evidence stacked against him — or the one man who haunts her dreams and burns in her blood...

Romance Byte: More Books from the Bookshelf

Title: The Mists of Time
Author: Susan Squires
Series Connection: Da Vinci
ISBN-13: 978-0312943554
Genre: Science Fiction/ Time Travel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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If Her Desire For Revenge Doesn’t Backfire...

Diana Dearborn knows all about romance, at least in the books she writes. But passion eludes her in real life—until she’s offered the chance to travel back in time to Camelot. The world of King Arthur and Guinevere is nothing like she pictured, neither is the knight she encounters on her return to San Francisco: Gawain, the hero of her current project. He’s complicated, mysterious, and sexier than anything her imagination could conjure. And he’s been waiting for her...

Now, joined together in a desperate race, Diana and Gawain must prevent an ancient, evil force from wreaking mayhem in the all-too-real present. Diana must learn to trust Gawain—even while she encounters secrets about her own past. But even if their mission succeeds, does Diana’s destiny lie with this man from another time—and will their love alter history forever?

Title: Scoundrel
Author: Zoe Archer
Series Connection: The Blades of the Rose
ISBN: 978-1420106800
Genre: Action and Adventure/ Romance
Publisher: Zebra

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The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous—and they can’t always protect their own…

London Harcourt’s father is bent on subjugating the world’s magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn’t bothered to tell her so. He’s said only that he’s leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity—unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.

Bennett is a ladies’ man, when he’s not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London’s father. Sometimes, he’s a ladies’ man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again—but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart…

Romance Bytes: Books from the shelf

Title: Damage Control
Author: Amy J. Fetzer
ISBN-13: 978-0758231390
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Brava

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Explosives expert Sebastian Fontenot has patience in spades - whether he's deactivating bombs or gritting out three days beneath a pile of rubble. But when the hard-bodied operative learns his oldest friend is in trouble, he flies into action - and ends up on the Arctic Circle, where a sexy scientist holds clues that threaten his mission - and her life...

Olivia Corrigan can handle men. But Sebastian Fontenot is like no other she's encountered: hot as hell and in danger of thinking he can order her around with that delicious drawl of his. Lucky for her, the mesmerizing mercenary is on her side. And it's a good thing, too. Once they stumble onto a horrifying international cover up, it's up to Olivia and Sebastian to keep their hands off each other just long enough to keep a dangerous power from falling into the wrong hands.

Title: Next Time You See Me
Author: Katia Lief
ISBN-13: 978-0061809040
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Avon

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Three years after a harrowing escape from the serial killer who took the lives of her husband and daughter, Karin Schaeffer is married to her former partner Mac MacLeary and they are living in Brooklyn with their young son Ben. Karin is finally pursuing a college degree, studying forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. Mac, now a retired detective, has just been made a senior executive at Quest Security and an announcement has appeared in the newspaper...triggering a series of events that catapults their lives into perilous territory.

When Mac's beloved parents are murdered in what appears to be a botched home invasion, he sinks into despair and soon disappears. Two weeks later a car he rented turns up in the Long Island Sound with his shoe wedged beneath a seat. But Karen cannot accept his presumed suicide without a body. She is plagued by the wishful thinking of a reluctant second-time widow. And then, suddenly, her world is upended once again when she believes she sees Mac at an airport. She hires a private detective to confirm or refute her sighting, and the information he turns up leads her to journey into the heart of darkness to rescue Mac.

Along the way, nothing is quite as it has seemed:

Her husband has a dark past she had never imagined, including a revelation that shocks everyone.

Enemies become heroes.

Friends reveal secret identities.

And Karin, as always impulsive to a fault, learns that even she has limits.

In a story that travels from a comfortable family life in Brooklyn to the glossy artifice of South Beach Miami to the lawlessness of drug-embattled Mexico to the gray isolation of Cape Cod in winter, Karin Schaeffer must first identify the enemy and then face him down in order to save her family.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Romance Byte: The Christmas Brides

Author: Linda Lael Miller
Anthology: A McKettrick Christmas \ A Creed County Christmas
ISBN:  9780373775026

Genre: Family & Everyday Life: Holidays & Celebrations/ Romance: Historical/ Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Harlequin

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A McKettrick Christmas
Lizzie McKettrick is on a homebound train with a Christmas Eve surprise for her family—a special young man, Whitley Carson. He might seem a little too interested in the McKettrick money, but Lizzie’s certain Whitley cares for her deep down. But fate has a surprise for Lizzie—Dr. Morgan Shane. When their train is stranded by a massive avalanche on Christmas Eve the handsome doctor takes charge—with Lizzie by his side. Time’s running out for the passengers. But with faith, hard work and some unexpected help, it just might be a joyous McKettrick family Christmas after all...

A Creed Country Christmas
In the Montana wilderness of 1910, Lincoln Creed is up against more than rustlers, wolves and winter storms. His young daughter, Gracie, has needs beyond the beans and bacon he can barely cook. The widowed rancher must find Gracie a suitable governess who won’t set her sights on him. Disowned for her refusal to marry, the young schoolteacher Juliana Mitchell seems like a perfect fit in the Creed home. As she gets to know Lincoln and Gracie, Juliana suddenly doesn’t feel so strongly against marriage after all. In the season of miracles, Providence just might find a way to bring these souls together in a wonderful Christmas blessing.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Author: Jenna Mills
ISBN-13: 978-0373716593 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin

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As part of the Harlequin Ambassador Program I receive some books in the mail that they ask me to read and give them my opinion on. Sometimes they are books that aren't published yet and sometimes they are books like This Time For Keeps that were just recently released.

After reading This Time For Keeps I decided to recommend the book to others and write up a review, which I don't normally do. This is one of those tough story lines. This isn't a book you read to make yourself laugh, but one that might just bring tears to your eyes.

Meg and her husband Russell are happily married until the day they lose their unborn child and Meg happy life is shattered. She doesn't know what to do with herself, she becomes distant and Russell doesn't know how to reach her.

Then Russell leaves on a business trip that is only suppose to take a few weeks and doesn't return for two years and then only to clear up his sister's estate.

When Russell's sister dies in a car accident she leaves her baby with Meg to take care of. Meg loves the baby. This is her chance to have the baby she has always wanted and she's doing a good job of taking care of her. Suddenly Russell's back as well as the baby's father and she might have to give another child up.

Can Meg and Russell come to terms with the past and move forward is the underlying question?

Well written, but sad and uneasy book.

When Russell and Megan Montgomery said I do, they never imagined a few short years later their marriage would be torn apart by personal tragedy. Now, with divorce papers ready to be signed, a new tragedy brings Russell back into Meg’s life. With the future of a young child hanging in the balance, they must discover if life they once dreamed of is still within their reach…this time for keeps.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Romance Book Review: Storm Warnings

Author: Toni Anderson
ISBN: 9781426890642
Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Paranormal/ Ghosts
Publisher: Carnia Press

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The trail of his partner's killers leads American DEA agent, Ben, to the coast of Scotland. Although deathly afraid of the ocean, Ben isn't going to let anything get in the way of finding out who betrayed his partner to drug dealers. That includes the his number one suspect, Sorcha. Ben knows that Sorcha is hiding something, but everything about the beautiful woman is telling him she isn't a drug dealer.

Sorcha is seeing ghosts and hearing voices. She has to wonder if she is going crazy or if her father, who died years earlier is haunting her because she really did curse him like everyone said leading him to his death.

When Sorcha meets Ben she doesn't trust him. He always shows up just when she needs him and for some reason she seems to need him a lot lately because it seems to Ben someone is trying to kill her.

Action packed and filled with haunting scenes and lush scenery of Scotland. Toni Anderson does a great job in building the suspense in the moment and her descriptive writings of the location of her story is well done.

Sorcha Logan is looking for peace.

Recently returned to her hometown on Scotland's craggy coast, Sorcha wants to tame the spirits that made her flee. When she finds a corpse in the surf, however, she can't suppress the memory of discovering her father's body. Nor can she suppress the ghosts that haunt her—or the town's conviction that she's dangerous, and a witch.

Ben Foley is looking for a killer.

An American DEA agent, Ben is in town to investigate the suspicious death of his partner. He's sure that Sorcha knows more than she's letting on—but the more time he spends with the sexy suspect, the less he can fight their illicit attraction. And the less certain he is she's involved with a drug cartel.

But can Ben protect Sorcha from being set up? Or worse—killed?

Romance Byte: Burn for Me

Author: Jan Springer
ISBN: 9781419930041

Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Wrapped in red-hot lust for revenge, Avery plans to murder the man responsible for the death of her son. Her plan is tragically destroyed when her ex-husband kidnaps her, taking her to the rustic Canadian cabin where they once honeymooned.

Mason is fighting for Avery with everything he’s got. Armed with whipped cream, handcuffs and his undying love, Mason vows he’ll make her love again.

With one searing touch, Mason crashes through the icy walls of Avery’s heart, melting her defenses and making her burn with sinful sensations. But if their son’s killer gets his way, Mason and Avery’s newfound happiness will be over before it’ barely begun.

Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published elsewhere under the title The Biker & the Bride and has been revised for Ellora’s Cave.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Romance Byte: Jeweled

Author: Anya Bast
ISBN-10: 0425236862
ISBN-13: 978-0425236864

Genre: Paranormal/ Erotic romance
Publisher: Berkley Heat

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Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.

In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.

They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.

Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge in pleasure without limits.

About Anya from her Website:
Anya Bast is the author of numerous works of romantic fiction, mostly all paranormal and mostly all scorching hot. She lives in the country with her husband, daughter, eight cats, a dog, and an odd assortment of rescued animals.

She grew up in Minnesota and still favors the colder climates. After high school she moved to the southeast United States where she attended college. While in graduate school she sold her first book and decide to pursue her lifelong dream of writing instead of a career in psychology.

Somewhat reclusive by nature, she can be drawn out with a good bottle of red wine, classic movies, or good music. When she’s not writing, she can be found trying to grow organic vegetables, shopping in thrift stores for that perfect piece of clothing, or dreaming about travel to some faraway country.

She’s hard at work on a brand new series for Berkley Sensation right now, while winding up her national bestselling Elemental Witches quartet.

If you're in Kentucky this month:
Anya will be at:
November 13th 9 to 4:30 p.m. -- Kentucky Book Fair
November 20th 2-4 p.m. -- Multi-author Book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Romance Book Review: Second Chances

Author: Lauren Dane
ISBN: 9781426890697

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, BDSM
Publisher: Carina Press

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After moving back to her home town, Rori learns a whole new side of herself. As a teenager, Rori was overweight and over looked by everyone in town. Now she's back home a completely different woman. No one can quite recognize her now that she's lost weight, gotten rid of her glasses and gained some confidence in herself.

Suddenly all the men are after her. Especially the bad boy of the town, Jude. After screwing up royally with Rori, Jude wants her back. Before he realizes it though, Rori has met Zach. Zach is everything that Jude wasn't. Rori becomes the center of his world and Rori and Zach fall madly in love, leaving Jude to wonder what it would have been like if he hadn't acted so bad in the first place.

This is a very erotic romance featuring several bondage scenes. I love the way Rori feels out her sensuality with the courage to go after what she wants.

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she’s back, older, stronger and finally loving herself—and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams…and her adult fantasies.

Jude can’t believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She’s gotten under his skin like no other woman has…and brings out secret desires he can’t resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.

Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she’s in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he’s lost his chance forever…

Monday, November 1, 2010

Romance Book Review: Motor City Witch

Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Series Connection: Urban Arcana
eISBN: 9781426890628
Genre: Fae/ Witch/ Paranormal Romance/ Shifters
Publisher: Carina Press

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It has been five years since Elise has seen Aidan, a lord of the Fae. When Aidan sees her with a young girl with his identical green eyes he is convinced the child is his, but Elise knows different. Still after she tells him her story he helps her get her daughter back when she is kidnapped by rogues.

This is a continuation of a series, but still can be read on its own. There are a lot of characters in the book and at times a little hard to keep track of all of them, but interesting just the same.

She'd left magic behind

Once upon a time, Elise Sutton had been a powerful witch and paranormal enforcer. Once she'd been madly in love with Fae lord Aidan Greene. But when Aidan had considered his duties more important than their relationship, the love affair ended badly. Shortly after, while on the hunt for a rogue demon, Elise was brutalized and almost killed. Months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. To protect her child—and her heart—Elise decided to live a nonmagical life.

Until she meets Aidan again, and he assumes Dina is his daughter. When Dina is kidnapped by a racial purity movement, Elise turns to Aidan for help. The icy facade she has built around herself shatters at Aidan's touch. Together they have to hunt through the human and faery worlds to find Dina...and to discover whether or not they have any kind of chance at a happily ever after.