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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Worth Her Wait



Worth Her Wait by Layne Blacque
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Snapdragon

After the suspicious death of her husband Jackson, Belinda Ashbury, mother of twin girls, struggled with life and a ten-year-old secret. Blackmailed into a loveless marriage, she gave up the only man she truly loved – Jackson's younger brother, Matt. When he walked back into her life, Belinda prepared herself for a drastic change.

Matt Ashbury returned home after receiving a mysterious note about his brother's death. But the note is not all that drew him back home, he yearned to see Belinda, the woman who broke his heart. Keeping his cool while being near her would be difficult. Will they keep their distance, or will old embers flame making their reunion worth the wait?

"Worth Her Wait" is more than worthy of a read. Blacque offers us a main character that seems familiar, but brings a unique perspective. The heroine, Belinda Scott Ashbury, is a sweet charming lady and mother of two. She enjoys her daughters and has a great relationship with her sister, Ruth, who also seems her best friend. Belinda is not an entirely admirable character, but she is entirely believable. Her world may seem part of the American experience, but is also a deeply personal experience. Belinda’s life and love have not been what she felt the fates had in store. As events transpire, it seems her own emotions will always be put aside.

Zippy dialogue peppered with some strong colloquialisms moves the tale forward quickly. There are a number of surprising twists, and even a little threat, blended with a puzzle. There is a lot of action and emotion packed into this one story.

The style is perky, even breezy, sometimes in contrast to events. The style itself throws some measure unease into the story, especially given that (because of a specific past event) there are also moments of melancholy. The lightness of the writing seems to imply all sorts of things about the personality of Belinda. The tone adds a certain measure of whimsy, which contrasts mightily with some of the action, as the story is quite intense. Layne Blacque is bringing a unique voice and perspective to the world or romance writing; This reader is hoping that she has a full-length novel underway.

Do yourself a favor, and don’t miss adding this one to your bookshelf.

When the Past Came Back



When the Past Came Back by Carol Braswell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Cholla

A successful attorney, Danielle Ward, is kidnapped by her ex-fiancé, Dakota Davis and whisked away to a secluded island, somewhere in the Caribbean. She encounters a web of secret government agencies that are pursuing a high-powered drug cartel in South America. This headstrong woman is determined to find the underlying reason why her ex betrayed her then eighteen months later suddenly re-enters her life. In order to learn the truth, she must take on a very evil drug dealer and his army of assassins.

Enter the world of a suspenseful, action packed adventure with love thrown in as a motivating factor.

Full of twists and turns and a great plot, When the Past Came Back drew me in immediately and hooked me into the story. You never stop wanting to know what is going to happen next, nor do you have long to wait!

The story is fast paced and the characters believable. Despite having a scene or two that was a bit predictable, the story line carries you through and throws you for a loop now and again to make up for those few bits of predictability. Dani Ward sticks to her guns and keeps her promises without being whiny or overbearing while Cody Davis maintains the alpha-male role without becoming domineering or arrogant.

A completely refreshing mix of characters and a wonderfully surprising story. Do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Between the Lines



Between the Lines by Kathy Otten
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Snapdragon

Anxious to escape the confines of her loving, but overprotective family, Meg Greyson travels to Wyoming Territory to marry the man of her dreams. Only she discovers Brendan Kelly is nothing like the gentleman rancher who penned her beautiful letters. As she comes to know this intimidating, yet tacit man, Meg finds herself constantly having to rationalize away his dark and dangerous side in order to conform him to her image of the perfect man who wrote her letters.

Brendan knows he should tell her the truth, but once he does, she will leave him forever. So he keeps pretending and every time she says, “I love you,” he dies a little more inside, for he knows he will never be the man she wants him to be.

Between the Lines introduces spunky spitfire Meg Grayson, just as she steps off the stagecoach to a whole new life. She's kept up a lively correspondence with a surprisingly sensitive, and even insightful, rancher but has a better grasp of what his ranch looks like than him. Although it seems a high risk move, lovely Meg takes the plunge and journeys out from New York City to a whole new life.
However, red-headed Mister Brendan Kelly is not what she expected -almost a whole different person than the one she imagined. And, we have to assume that she must indeed be a far cry from the person he envisioned, or did he have some other motivation in mind?

A plethora of questions assail the reader at this point. Is Kelly unscrupulous and conniving? Or a hard-working rancher that doesn’t express his emotions as well in person as he does on paper? And... is he the biggest man Meg has ever seen? She's not easily intimidated though; if she has to stand on a bucket to have a shot at looking him in the eye, then that is exactly what she does.

The plot may sound familiar (a la mail-order bride) but this tale is one surprise after another. Dialogue is quick, sometimes quirky, but always revealing. Meg is fun, lively and has a quick mind (and temper). Once or twice, we do wonder how she manages not to simply flounce off in a huff (and more than once, you will want her to).

Kelly is the classic tragic-hero, whose past permanently colors his character. He seems, all at once, unsympathetic and annoying, but also admirable and incredibly tough. He never denies the powerful physical attraction he has for Meg, although he has a stern hold on his own feelings.

Old-west characters, the general store, saloon, and dusty road to the ranch all offer some local, real cowboy flavor to the background. Fans of westerns will definitely not be disappointed. Occasionally, meandering descriptions slow what would otherwise be a thoroughly fast paced affair. But make no mistake, through all the confusion, mistrust and mutual attraction, the two strong-minded characters keep you guessing, from beginning to end. From light and quirky, to sensual and strong-- Otten's western romance guarantees to delight.

Night Huntress



Night Huntress by Yvette A. Lynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Review by Bittersweet

Raven hunted down and destroyed the man who killed her family and made her a vampire, giving her the hated name of Night Huntress. Since then, she roams the night, feeding on the homeless as well as protecting them from those who would hurt them. Now, after one hundred years, all she wants is someone to love.

Unfortunately, she just cursed Zach to the same fate, and he wants payback. And he'll get it as soon as he enjoys her body. Too bad no one told him ahead of time that once a vampire mates, their fate is sealed. All he'll think about from now on is blood and Raven. Beautiful, sweet Raven.

I must admit that though it took me a while to get into the story “The Night Huntress”, it finally found the way to pry into my mind. Once it did, no other word but “intense” could describe this short story. Life and death situations, love, hate, anger, fights, danger, all take place in a short space of time and through the eyes and mind of some truly lovable characters. To begin with, our night huntress: Raven, with her dark clothes, miserable life and morose attitude which anyone can easily relate to, for haven’t we all felt sad and down in the dumps at times? That our life is really worth nothing?

But just like that something bright comes into our pathetic existence and our world is changed completely. In this case, it was Zach. Zach with his midnight eyes, long hair (Ms. Lynn, totally had me captivated here for I love my men with long hair) and love for life. Together they create an explosive vampire mix of love and hate, of “I can’t live with you but I want you so much”. Their love story is captivating on its own, and it is for this reason, that such elements like the two men from a gang pursuing them, or the ending of the story (which becomes a bit too exaggerated and surreal for my taste) seem totally out of place.

Finally, secondary characters like Jerry are also well portrayed and give the story that little touch of humanity and friendship that make “The Night Huntress” more than your usual Vampire tale.

Up In Smoke



Up In Smoke by Katie MacAlister
Publisher: New American Library
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Review by Hibiscus

Though May Northcott's heart belongs to Gabriel Tauhou, leader of the silver dragons, being stuck in Abaddon has significantly cooled down her love life--especially since a demon lord is trying to woo her. So far, May has resisted his efforts, but it's getting increasingly harder to thwart disaster.

So May is shocked when Gabriel encourages her to give in to the demon prince. But her fire-breathing boyfriend has an ulterior motive. Since May was created in the mortal world, her surrender would give her master access to that world, where he would lose most of his powers.

It looks as though May will have to barter to gain her freedom and fulfill her destiny by Gabriel's side. But will a deal with the devil make life heaven or hell?

I just loved this second story of the silver dragons. There are demons, dragons and a doppelganger along with guardians, naiads and Neptune. There are so many things going on in this story including murder, I was unable to put the book down until I was done. This is the sixth book in the Aisling Grey/Dragon Series. You don't have to read previous books to understand the story but after enjoying this one, a reader may want to savor previous stories.

May Northcott is a doppelganger and the sensible twin sister of Cyrene who is a naiad. I really like the character of May. She isn't afraid to say what she is thinking and is very protective of her sister. May was forced to remain with Magoth in Abbadon after going debunk in the last book but wants to be with her mate Gabriel. They are able to figure out a plan for May to get out but they release Magoth on the earth. I felt that this was no real big deal at the beginning of the story as there are things more dangerous going on. I love how May becomes the Northcott Phylactery. I could feel her struggle to accept what has happened to her and her fight to gain control of everything. It is cute how the joke of burning down hotels is carried from the last book and continues throughout this story.

Gabriel Tauhou is one sexy silver dragon. He is the healer and his talents are used throughout this book. I thought it was great when Gabriel was trying to help Aisling when she had a pain and Drake was jealous of him and kept saying Gabriel could not deliver the baby, even though Aisling was not having the baby. It reminded me of an I Love Lucy episode when everyone wants to help but no one is doing anything. I could see how much Gabriel loved May in everything he did for her-- from when he helped find a way to have her with him at the beginning to every touch he gave her. The love between them burned not only places in the books but I could feel the heat sizzling on the pages of the story.

There are dragon septs being taken over, and supposed dead dragons are possibly alive. Two red dragon heads, two blue dragon heads and even a white? There is so much action going on in the different septs and I loved reading every piece I could about them. A few new characters are introduced and I hope to read more about them in later books.

Ms. MacAlister writes an action filled romance that takes place on earth, in Abbadon and even the shadow world. Once again, there is a cliffhanger on the end and I am left with so many unanswered questions about my favorite characters. I can only hope that many more books about the dragons and Aisling are coming soon. I loved reading Up In Smoke and highly recommend it for everyone.

Letters from David



Letters from David by Eve Paludan
Publisher: Lulu
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Review by Sunflower

In the tradition of novels driven by love letters...

A Midwestern woman faces devastating changes in midlife, loses her home and the love of her life, moves cross country to the ocean, finds a lover, and discovers the truths of life and love within the pages of letters.

Losing her husband in a freak hunting accident was bad enough, but when a tornado destroys her home, Claire Meade is seriously ready to start over somewhere new. Letters from David is the story of her journey and the healing that follows. Once she settles on the coast of Virginia, in a small town called Cape St. Marie, Claire slowly goes about the business of finding her place. After acquiring a rambling but dilapidated house, known to be haunted, she starts an interior design company. Later on, she dips a toe into the warm and inviting ocean of an intimate friendship with her next-door neighbor Noah. Her family, drawn by Claire’s love and acceptance, eventually join with her and add their own measure of joy, along with some surprises.

This book traces the inspirational journey of a forty-something widow with two grown children. Ms. Paludan sketches word pictures of thoughtful beauty as she brings the rhythm of a small coastal town to life. Her dialogue is less successful--sometimes even a little cumbersome, as the characters strive to say all the feelings and exposition she has given them to communicate. Nevertheless, the story moves forward convincingly as Claire comes to terms with the awful circumstances surrounding her husband’s death. She finally lays her own ghosts to rest, just as she helps the lonely spirit of her new home to find peace.

On the whole, I found this book to be a satisfying read, and one which I would recommend to anyone facing a difficult patch in their life.

Erato’s Tears



Erato’s Tears by Reece Herring
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Fantasy
Length: Short
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Snapdragon

A powerful love is cut tragically short. Beyond Hades domain their destiny burns eternally bright. Two lost souls search through time to discover their hidden passion. In Delphi, Mathias, an outcast Spartan finds a reason at last to abandon his wanderlust in the vulnerable Ambrosia. With the unseen aid of Erato, he tries desperately to conquer her hatred of warriors and bring peace to his unsettled soul. A tenuous hold on love develops, but will their untried bond endure? Can the Muse of Love overcome the destructive power of one god's revenge, and right the wrongs of history? Only ERATOS TEARS will determine.

Reece Herring’s “Erato’s Tears” in Song of the Muses series is notable for its thorough use of imagery, and near-poetic descriptions. At times, readers will find themselves visualizing the finest of Greco-Roman artistry; indeed you will feel that you have slipped into life in one of the paintings. The fantasy and fantastical quality throughout never get in the way of a simply super romantic tale.
In “Erato’s Tears,” the never-ending quality of love is explored, even celebrated. Through the struggles of mere mortals, Mathias and Ambrosia, the impact, power and belief of the gods is exposed. Apollo may be bent of revenge, but Aphrodite will never give up the fight for love.

The two main characters are quite human. Mathias is who he is: Spartan, warrior, and a determined protector of women. Lovely Ambrosia is no wilting flower, and neither needs nor wants the help of such as Mathias. Having such spitfire as the female lead here is certainly a surprise – and makes Ambrosia pivotal throughout. The relationship of the two will be tempestuous… and likely they both would have preferred to have avoided the interest of a certain god and goddess. Ambrosia’s grief threatens to engulf her whole personality, but she is a far deeper character than might at first be imagined. In fact, all the main characters prove interesting and multi-faceted.

Although some descriptions slow the storyline, beautifully written historic and architectural details enhance the feeling and setting of this story: “The city of Delphi was sculpted on multiple plateau-terraces along the slope of Mount Parnassus. Huge stone pillars sat far up onto the mountain where the stadiums and Temples of Apollo resided. Other structures of different heights and widths all linked together to form homes and places of business, creating a gleaming majestic display. It was a city worthy of Apollo and Hestia…”

Those who select this story because of the setting will thoroughly enjoy the descriptions, while romance lovers will find that the quality of the descriptions enhance the evocative quality of the tale. Very enjoyable.

Relationship Rescue



Relationship Rescue by Cindy K. Green
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Black-eyed Susan



Two blind dates--one was stood up and the other one wishes she was. Have they both been set up in more ways than one?

After Mitchell Regan and Robynn Hartley broke off their engagement, they remained friends and continued attending the same church. They've attempted to keep their unhappiness a secret from each other and everyone else but they can't fool their close friends, Marina and Chad Anthony, who decide enough is enough. It's time for a Relationship Rescue.

In this wonderful short story Cindy Green gives us a glimpse into a world where neighbors and friends care too much to keep their noses out of someone else's business.

Chad and Marina Anthony are very concerned about their young friends Mitch and Robynn. Mitch and Robynn had been in love and had been engaged. They'd seemed so happy! Then it all fell apart and they broke up. Now they have to deal regularly with the discomfort of living in the same town, having the same friends, and going to the same church. Ms. Green paints a vivid picture of their subsequent unhappiness - an unhappiness that has been duly noted by the Anthonys - an unhappiness that the Anthonys set out to rectify in a sneaky and most satisfying manner.

Will their interference bring peace to Mitch and Robynn, or will it just increase their discomfort? All this reviewer is going to say is fix yourself a nice cup of tea and sit down for a short and pleasant read. You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Pirate Lord



The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Hibiscus

A Splendid Opportunity

A shipload of women—theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn't be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on an uncharted island paradise. And the women will surely be grateful for rescue from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New South Wales… Lord, he's so clever!

A Splendid Passion

Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn't be more appalled. First she demands proper courting—at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord gives them a week. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women—Gideon demands her kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions—and soon Sara can't remember just why she's fighting the devilishly seductive captain so hard…

The Pirate Lord is a re-issue of Sabrina Jeffries’ 1998 book and I have to say I enjoyed this light historical romance. I do not know if any parts were re-written or if scenes were added but I felt that the story was perfect just the way it is in this book.

I loved the character of Sara Willis. She was a reformer determined to move mountains in order to bring justice to those who are downtrodden. I could see how her brother would give in to her demands to go on the prison ship since he knew she would just go somehow without his approval. She was a very headstrong person who schemed to get her way. The changing terms of surrender I feel were great reading. I believe Sara cares for not only the women but the pirates, too, as well as their town. I could see this as she fought to save the town not once but twice. Her love for Gideon is obvious not only when she is with him but even when she was in London; she was motivated by her love for him all through her search.

Captain Gideon Horn is a man who no longer wants to be a pirate. He just wants to settle down in paradise, take a wife and raise a family. I could see that he fell for Sara from the start. He gives in to several of her demands including letting the women pick their husbands. When Sara picks another man, I could see the devastation on Gideon's face. That is when I felt things really being to get interesting in the story. I could see his love for Sara as he kept moving the deadlines for the women. Gideon had a tragic childhood and I just wanted to cuddle him in my arms and try to make him feel better which is what Sara had the luck to be able to do.

Ms Jeffries writes fantastic dialog that is also very funny, which I feel is her strong suit. When Sara goes toe to toe with Gideon and hammers out the terms of surrender, I just smiled the whole time. This does not mean that this book is lacking in heat. On the contrary, the sexual tension that exists between Sara and Gideon is so thick, I could it with cut a knife. I could feel the heat rolling off the pages of the book as I read it. The mind can supply so much when the writer pens the words just right. I am glad that The Pirate Lord was re-issued as it gave me a chance to read this humorous love story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance.

Starquest



Starquest by Hywela Lyn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Sci-Fi
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Snapdragon



When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…

A love that will carry the heroine across the galaxy; a challenge that will threaten her life. Starquest by Hywela Lyn leaps into the deep end of galaxy right from the start, as the Jaii-onboard-computer announces a calamity that is but moments away. The navigational corrections are not enough, the starship’s drive is compromised; prepare to abandon ship…

Starquest kicks off with a literal bang, and you will feel your heart thumping at the race to abandon ship. The heroine, Jestine Darnell, is setting off on a desperate quest and does not quite know why. Her personal trajectory is impossible to predict, as she soon finds herself in the hands of telepaths – who are telepaths and more. Unsought friendships emerge, but can she trust them? And can that sort of reliance (no matter how good a navigator she is) come to matter among a large starship crew? It doesn’t help that she has to start off with a lie, then wonders if they can see through it.

The Destiny’s crew find her competent, but they have reservations. Kerry and Jon acknowledge her competence, and you will find yourself hoping against hope that they will give her the benefit of the doubt. It is a troubled time; from the Union’s stranglehold on Earth, to the dangerous Grakk spies lurking all over the universe. Even as we hope for her to be accepted, you will feel a thread of doubt yourself. In an amazing way, Lyn will make you identify – even if just a little bit – with almost every character.

Some emotions, like a somewhat shared sense of longing, are common among these people that cannot help but remember, a little sadly, the Earth home they left, long ago. What seems like a minor emotion – a loneliness or regret, becomes surprisingly evocative in this tale.

Ms. Lyn does a great job making surprise characters, like Jaii and other ships’ computers, seem ordinary. And, it’s refreshing that various characters share a sense of pride and enthusiasm in their ships’ capabilities.

Dialogue tends to be to the point and believable. Events become more and more unpredictable as the story moves forward. The backdrop is a universe – a beautifully envisioned universe. It seems rare to find a story with a science fiction bent so beautifully described. Read a little slice:

“… watching the rapidly unfolding vista of stars, like shimmering jewels in the black velvet backcloth that was deep space. There was something about the sheer immensity of the Universe that made her feel very insignificant and, at the same time, very tranquil.”

The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and – for all the science fiction trappings – is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wild Fires



Wild Fires by Lisa Dawn MacDonald
The Wild Rose Press
Contemporary Romance
Full length, Spicy
Review by Camellia

Sam Knight works behind a desk for the Forest Service, but dreams of digging trenches and battling the flames of a raging wildfire. The Montana forest is withering under the relentless summer sun, and reinforcements are needed in the field. Sam finally has the opportunity to put her degree to use and she's determined to do the job. However…

Mitch Carter, the fire boss, doesn't believe the wisp of a woman, who hasn't seen action anywhere but the supply depot, can do the job. Hell, her equipment pack weighs more than she does. He'd give her one chance before sending her back to Missoula. She's more likely to be a distraction. It would be best for him and his teams to have her out of his little house that serves as headquarters for the remote camp of forest firefighters. Shouldn't take more than a couple days.

Mitch knows how to fight fires, but can he control the intense flames of desire Samantha incites before they become out-of-control Wild Fires?

Samantha Knight and Mitch Carter strike sparks off each other from the minute she arrived at the firefighters’ camp. After three years of waiting and working behind a desk, Samantha gets her first change to go out in the field and fight forest fires in the mountains of Montana. Though fully qualified, she is not well received by the men.

Mitch, the fire boss, hates that he is attracted to her, but is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. Embittered by past experiences with women, he allows the men to harass her, telling himself she has to fight her own battles to be accepted; besides, he doesn't want her there either--at least not to fight fires.

Lisa Dawn MacDonald takes the reader where danger is the norm, where the unpredictable storms and winds set and encourage raging blazes that the firefighters pit their wits and strength against. It is also a place where the male firefighters are determined to make Samantha’s life a torment until she leaves. “Good ole boy” chauvinism flourishes or maybe it’s the male of the species trying to protect the female of the species.

Samantha, realizing she represents change, tolerates the verbal abuse and finally gets to fight a fire. But when she finally admits she is in love with Mitch who continues to allow his men to harass her, she feels defeated.

Ms. MacDonald creates important secondary characters that propel the story along.

Wild Fires takes some unusual and tense twists and turns to finally get the reader to a happy-ever-after -- an exciting story.

Watching You



Watching You by Lynette Rees
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Camellia

Upon the reading of her father’s will, Angeline Hamilton is devastated to discover that not only has she lost her inheritance, but she has lost Tarrington Manor -- her beloved family home. When a reckless decision results in her working for the new owner, Sebastian Tremaine, she finds herself hopelessly attracted to the very man she should resent.

But her confusion over the unexpected romance soon gives way to fear. Someone wants her dead. Soon she’s embroiled in secrets, seduction and a simmering love affair.

Stalked by evil, Angeline and Sebastian try desperately to hold onto their new found love…and their lives.

Love tiptoes in while Angeline Hamilton and Sebastian Tremaine grapple with life-changing events. Angeline, while still reeling from her father’s death and learning her vast inheritance was gone, gets a condolence card that seems to be a threat.

Sebastian bought Tarrington Manor, Angeline’s ancestral home, through an agent and has no idea of what a game of revenge he has bought into. He is struggling with his own emotional and physical upheavals from a wreck that killed his wife and child, but soon finds himself involved with Angeline’s struggles.

The antagonist, though mentally deranged, has engineered a complex and long-range plan to make Angeline suffer for what he believes she did to him in the past. The clues are such that the reader knows who he is before the story is very far along.

Watching You is a story with an alpha male hero and a dependent heroine who has moments of showing strong emotions and resolve but who ultimately must be rescued by the hero. The abruptness of some new elements introduced into the story disconcerts at times. However, they always moved the plot along.

Watching You, an attention-grabbing suspense-mystery, becomes a happy-ever-after love story amid all the confusion created as the “Avenger” sets the last part of his plan in motion.