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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Superstition by Samantha Wright



Superstition by Samantha Wright
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (185 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

When Jessica and her mother, Lillian, inherit a house in Louisiana from a long-lost relative, they are overjoyed, believing their fortunes have changed for the better. The house is full of dark secrets and unexpected dangers, however; and even the seemingly idyllic town is not what it seems. Unbeknownst to Jessica and her mother, they have stepped back into a centuries’ old mystery that they must solve before it is too late and the sinister history of the house and town repeats itself all over again.

When Jessica and her mother inherit an estate in Louisiana, they find much more than a dilapidated mansion waiting for them.

Jessica and her mother have never had good luck. Jessica’s father has been out of the picture since before she was born, and Lillian, her mother, has had to struggle on her own ever since. All that changes when Lillian gets a phone call informing her that she has come into a great inheritance that includes a mansion in Gilgamesh, Louisiana. Bored with life in their tiny apartment, Jessica and Lillian pack up and head south.

When they arrive in the small town, Jessica finds the whole place creepy. The people seem friendly, but she senses something sinister beneath the surface. The mansion is in terrible disrepair on the outside, but the inside is lovely. As Jessica explores the various rooms of the mansion, she feels as though she’s being watched. Her apprehension increases when she starts hearing things and having disturbing dreams.

The only thing that makes life in Gilgamesh bearable is the mysterious boy named Edward. He only comes to visit her at night. Jessica finds herself looking forward to her next meeting with the strange boy. Even though she’s only known Edward for a little while, Jessica feels a strong connection to him. Soon she realizes that she’s fallen head over heels in love with him. However, not everyone in Gilgamesh is happy about Jessica’s connection with Edward and they will do anything to tear the young lovers apart. As dark forces gather against her, Jessica must soon decide who she can trust in the fight against evil.

Jessica is an interesting heroine. She is up for adventure, but also a cautious and practical person. She is an old soul and at times seems more mature then her mother. She desperately tries to find logical explanations for the strange things that she experiences in her new home. Eventually she’s going to have to learn to come to terms with the paranormal and trust a boy she’s only known for a short while. Lillian, Jessica’s mother, is the polar opposite of Jessica. She more readily believes in the paranormal, especially since her sister is a psychic. Despite their differences, Jessica and Lillian make a good team as they prepare to face the unknown.

When I picked Superstition up, I was looking for a good paranormal read, and Ms. Wright certainly delivers. From the ghostly happenings at the mansion to the seemingly perfect town, Gilgamesh, the world that Ms. Wright has created is certainly creepy -- “Agatha was dressed in a white polyester pantsuit, and her hair was cut short and dyed shoe-polish black. She wore cat-eye glasses, heavy make-up, and gaudy rings on every finger. She seemed friendly, but when she smiled, her eyes were cold and unblinking, reptilian.” -- is just one of the examples of how Ms. Wright makes good use of descriptive language in order to convey that not everything in Gilgamesh is as it seems.

I did have a couple minor issues with the story. First, I would have liked to explore the romance between Jessica and Edward a bit more. While it is clear that the two have fallen in love at first sight, I would have liked to have seen them interact a bit more as their connection deepened. I would also have liked to know more about Edward’s character in general. Beyond the fact that he loves, Jessica, I didn’t really learn much more about him as the story progressed.

I also thought that the ending of the story was a bit abrupt. The whole story seemed to be building up to a big show down between good and evil. Yet, when it was all over, I was left with some unanswered questions. What happened to the evil forces that had inhabited the town? How were the forces of good able to banish the bad guys?

Despite these minor issues, I truly enjoyed reading Superstition. It is a good paranormal read sure to make the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.

Yesterday's Promise by Delia Latham



Yesterday's Promise by Delia Latham
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary
Length: Full (198 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

A whirlwind romance amidst the natural splendor of Yosemite National Park.

A spur-of-the-moment wedding near Bridalveil Fall.

A young bride who awakens the morning after to find her new husband gone with the mountain wind.

Songbird Hannah Johns supports the child born of that ill-fated union by singing in a dinner lounge. Her dream of someday owning the elite establishment and turning it into a venue more suited to her Christian values is shattered when an unexpected transaction places it in the hands of Brock Ellis, the handsome biker who abandoned her in their honeymoon suite.

Ensuing sparks fly high, revealing buried secrets and forgotten pasts. Seeking to find peace with her painful past, Hannah returns to Yosemite, and Brock follows hard on her heels. Back where it all began, she finds herself in danger of losing her heart yet again to the man who shattered it the first time around.

This is a book I’ll be recommending to everyone I know.

Hannah Johns is the type of a young Christian woman who always did the right thing and prayed before she acted. Then she meets Brock Ellis and takes a leap. It ends in such a disaster she wonders if it was God's will after all.

Brock Ellis is confident and successful with kind gray eyes. He walks back into Hannah’s life four years later, bringing Hannah anger and confusion at Brock’s behavior. He was her one indiscretion, but it’s also how she got her son, Davey. Brock is the father of Hannah's child but he doesn't know it and he doesn't even react as if he recalls their marriage.

Yesterday’s Promise is a reunion love story, my favorite kind. Lovely readable style that captures you within the first few pages. I must comment on the flashback sequences. Most authors love to include these kinds of scenes and more often than not, they are unnecessary and slow down the flow of the story. The flashback scenes in this book were done with such poignancy and beauty that I couldn’t imagine the story without them. Very well done.

This is the kind of book to curl up with and continue reading all afternoon. I absolutely loved it. The characters, the writing—all beautifully done. Such an emotional tale tenderly told. Tell your friends, tell your family. They will want to read this book.

More Than A Playboy by Monique DeVere



More Than A Playboy by Monique DeVere
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (70 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

She has a shield...he has one too...and they’re both hiding secrets.

Serious-minded Sandy Donovan has one unbreakable rule—never fall for a rich playboy. Falling for a playboy destroyed her mother and ruined Sandy’s childhood. She’s determined never to let the same thing happen to her. Unfortunately, the only man to make her hormones sit up and take notice is a playboy who doesn’t know the first thing about taking life seriously.

A lonely, miserable childhood taught Cameron Berkeley-Scott to hide his feelings in humour, but his comic nature is pushing away the one woman he wants to draw near. She thinks he’s a playboy—a title he has no desire to have—and ignores his outrageous flirting.

Now it’s time for Cameron to show Sandy he isn’t the irresponsible pleasure-seeker she thinks—but will she run when she finds out who he really is?

A woman whose childhood was destroyed by a playboy can’t possibly be attracted to one... can she?

Sandy is a focused career woman who brushes off the constant flirtations by wealthy playboy Cameron. After all, his reputation has preceded him – she’s heard women talk about the “extra services” he provides them as one of the “fathers” for hire at the firm she works for.

Cameron, though, won’t give up. It’s been three years, and he’s determined to win Sandy’s heart no matter what it takes. So what if he’s hiding something about himself ... he wants her to love him as a man first and foremost.

I have to admit to falling a little in love with Cameron the moment I met him. He’s sweet, funny, caring and so earnest. Throw sexy into the mix and you have the perfect man. Sandy was certainly stronger than I would have been, resisting his advances for three solid years. Truly, Cameron was almost too good to be true.

Sandy carried a huge amount of baggage, however. She had a built-in distrust of any man who was wealthy and handsome, so it was no wonder she wouldn’t give Cameron the time of day. Still, I struggled to believe that, after three years she wouldn’t have gotten to know him at least a little better – enough to recognize his sincerity. I also had a hard time believing that his big secret hadn’t been revealed a lot sooner – surely the paparazzi over the pond is as rabid as it is here? Someone would have given Cameron’s secret away.

Still, I was able to suspend my belief and simply enjoy this simple, sweet and very touching story. Once Cameron started to make inroads on his quest to win Sandy’s heart I just smiled as I turned the pages. The conflict was mostly in the backstory, wasn’t truly significant by the time we join the story, and it was fairly easy to overcome, but it didn’t make this romance any less pleasurable.

If you enjoy a sweet romance that tugs at the heart strings and has a real Disney-esque happy ever after, then I know you’ll like More Than A Playboy.

All Hours Trading by Mary Jo Burke



All Hours Trading by Mary Jo Burke
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (117 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

I’m Ann Milton, financial planner for the undead and supernaturally challenged. Vampire Lance Cheron is my most important client. I think he sat at the Round Table with King Arthur and they didn’t play bridge. Our lives are complicated.

First, a cute stockbroker sits beside me on the train. If only he'd pay for his own ticket. Then Lance's age-old enemy reappears: a dried-up hag after his money. If she’s Guinevere, I’ll croak. These challenges are nothing compared to my dream: a baby. Undead procreation is impossible. Or is it? Paging Dr. Merlin?

Working for a vampire sucks. At least that’s what Ann Milton, financial advisor to the undead, tells herself. Apparently, the perks aren’t half bad though when said vampire takes just enough blood to make her orgasm fourteen times in one night!

One of my favorite lines form the book gives a great visual. This is Lance talking to Ann as he gets dressed, “Your body vibrates as soon as I touch you. You’re grabbing the sheets, slapping the bed, and thrashing before I finish sealing your wound.” Like I said, the perks aren’t half bad. Did I mention he reads French poetry in bed and readily admits to loving Ann all in the first chapter?

If I’ve gotten your attention, let me encourage you to pick up a copy of Mary Jo Burke’s All Hours Trading. Ms. Burke has penned a very sensual and spicy love story between the very human Ann and her dark-haired, dark-eyed undead lover of ten years, Lancelot Cheron. Ann describes herself as a “financial planner for the undead and supernaturally underserved”. Lance just calls her Angel.

Be forewarned: this short story is written in first person. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it at first but the witty dialogue and original and engaging plot won me over. Without giving too much away, there is a blast from Lance’s past that adds some excitement to Ann’s life and brings with it answers to who Lance really is and where he came from. You won’t want to miss the twist!

This was my first introduction to Ms. Burke’s writings but it certainly won’t be my last.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Marquis' Mystical Witch by Rachel McNeely



The Marquis' Mystical Witch by Rachel McNeely
Publisher: BookStrand
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (269 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Marriage of Convenience

Cursed and scarred, Ulric (Wulf) Hamlin, the Marquis of Radford, becomes a recluse after his wife’s death. When he returns to London, after five years, he meets Althea Beckett at his sister’s coming out ball. Used to seeing revulsion in women’s faces, Althea instead touches him and soothes his pain.

Wulf’s family curse causes him to shape shift into a werewolf at each full moon. But Althea and her sister have their own hidden powers. Wulf's family strongly encourages him to wed and produce an heir, and Althea faces a marriage with a repulsive man she fears.

Wulf and Althea agree to marry for their mutual benefit, but both keep their secrets to themselves. Wulf hopes to hide his family curse from Althea until he finds a cure, but she suspects something is not right. They must face their own demons, find a way to break the curse and trust enough to love.

Ulrich Hamlin, the Marquis of Radford has sworn not to marry again or produce an heir. His resolution falters when he meets Althea Beckett.

Ulrich has a dark secret and after the suspicious death of his first wife he refuses to endanger any other woman. His imposing exterior hides a caring heart, but he knows he will gradually stop caring about others.

Thea and her sister Elvie have recently lost their parents. Thea also has a secret which would put her life in danger if it was discovered. The girls’ uncle has inherited the title and estate and he treats them like poor relations. For reasons best known to himself he is forcing Thea into marriage with a man who strikes fear into her heart.

The Marquis helps Thea but the two fight to stay as individuals rather than become a couple. Ulrich turns to his dark side while Thea tries to bridge the gap between them. In the background is the skullduggery (don’t you just love that word) of the uncle and the man he wants to force Thea to marry.

For lovers of regency romance be warned - this is a regency with a difference. When reading romances of this period I tend to silently beg the hero and heroine to talk to one another and solve their problems. I didn’t feel I needed to do this with Ulrich and Thea. They have very valid and frightening reasons for not revealing their secrets. This in turn makes them both afraid to express their true feelings for each other.

This is the first regency I have read in a long time that kept my attention and forced me to keep reading. The story has many hidden facets and even the end of the book held totally unexpected surprises. Instead of floating along with a delightful but unexciting storyline, this book grabbed my interest and didn’t let go until the last page.

I recommend The Marquis’ Mystical Witch to regency readers who would like that little bit extra in their books. It’s also a book guaranteed to catch the interest of lovers of the paranormal or anyone who loves a good romance.

Boot Hill Bride by Lauri Robinson



Boot Hill Bride by Lauri Robinson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (270 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

The Quinter Brides Book Three

Howard (Hog) Quinter is hell bent on getting The Majestic, the finest hotel and restaurant west of the Mississippi, open by May 1st. The last thing he needs is interference from his family, but that’s exactly what he gets when Ma Quinter strikes one brisk morning. Sound asleep, Howard rolls over to discover a lovely young woman lying beside him, however, standing at the foot of the bed are his mother, the girl's father, and a blubbering preacher reading wedding nuptials.

Randilynn Fulton runs from a forced marriage to her aunt in Dodge City, only to discover Aunt Corrine is one of Danny J’s brothel girls. If she stays, Randi may become one as well, which would damage her father's chance at running for the Governor’s seat. But it gets worse when she finds herself in the middle of what she ran from—a shotgun wedding, and she’s the bride.

Waking up naked in a strangers’ bed and being forced to marry him may not seem like the ideal way to begin a relationship, but that was before Randi got to know Hog Quinter and his mama!

In this, the third book of the Quinter Brides series, we get to know Howard “Hog” Quinter. If you read either of the first two books in the series you’ll remember that Hog doesn’t just know how to cook but really enjoys it. To that end his family has talked him into building a massive and palatial hotel and restaurant in Dodge City.

The courtship between Hog and Randilynn Fulton is so sweet. I say courtship, even though they are married, because they take several weeks to get to know each other before they ever consummate the marriage. Hog has concern’s regarding his assumed association with Randi’s politically-minded father but he’s so charmed by Randi’s genuine innocence that he works to overcome his reservations. Likewise, Randi is convinced that she can only bring problems to the marriage. Her struggle and personal growth in the book is touching and heart-warming.

Will Randi and Hog be able to overcome their doubts and misgivings about their unconventional marriage? Of course they will! This is a true romance after all. But, you’ll have to read the book to see how they find their HEA.

Because this is a series you’ll be pleased to catch up with Hog’s brothers and their brides. Kid and Jessie as well as Skeeter and Lila join Ma, Snake and Bug to help Hog finish the hotel and welcome Randi to the family as only the Quinter clan can. Ms. Robinson has created a terrific and close knit family with the Quinters. Their love and loyalty to each other and to their “chosen” brides is powerful and endearing. I look forward to seeing who she has in store for younger brothers Snake and Bug.

Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr



Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (408 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Professionally successful, but romantically a “loser”, Cassie is lonely and her biological clock is ticking. She wants the husband she pictures in her mind and actively looks for him. However, her courage and determination wane after an assault and near-rape that is thwarted by a big, hairy biker with a naked woman tattoo on his arm. She abandons her search for a husband and considers having a baby using a sperm bank.

A good listener and easy-going, Walt ,the biker, eases into a friendly relationship with Cassie when she comes by the Harley place to thank him for rescuing her from that bad situation. After meeting for coffee and talk and finally a dinner, he takes Cassie on her first of many motorcycle rides into the beautiful Sonoma area. A new, exciting, non-threatening, fun friendship grows between them while Cassie comes to realize that his intimidating physical appearance belies his nurturing, trustworthy nature. The reader gets to share a courtship that touches the heart and soul.

While Cassie and Walt’s story is never far from the reader’s attention, the stories of Cassie’s friends, Julie, Marty, and Beth intertwine to create a story replete with struggles, heartaches, fears, and loves — loves that withstand lots of hard knocks. The reader is pulled into this circle of friends and the men in their lives as these four young women give each other unfailing support in good and bad times.

Robyn Carr creates vibrant characters that bring to the fore conflicts and issues that plague modern society. The reader is privy to the traumas and the struggles to work through life-changing events that the characters experience as they face their fears and brave the possibilities of rejection as they strive to resolve conflicts, solve problems, and overcome tremendous odds. Trust, patience, and communication bring fantastic results.

Summer in Sonoma is a journey from loneliness to feeling worshipped for Cassie. For Julie, it is a journey from despair and hopelessness to hope, confidence, and reaffirmed love. For Marty, it is a journey from fear of failure to understanding and rekindled love and for Beth, it is a journey from fear of death alone to a joy for life with a man who loves and wants her just like she is. This is a heartwarming story that is beautifully told by Robyn Carr.


The Whisper by Carla Neggers



The Whisper by Carla Neggers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (333 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

It was meant to be an adventure—a night alone on a remote Irish island. Archaeologist Sophie Malone never expected to find Celtic treasure or to end up in a fight for her life in a dark, desolate cave. Now, a year later, she's convinced answers to the mysteries of that night lie in Boston. Is the recent violence there connected to her night of terror? Who has the priceless gold artifacts that disappeared from the cave…and who is responsible for the whispers she heard in the dark?

Nearly killed in an explosion a month ago, Boston detective Cyrus "Scoop" Wisdom has recovered from his injuries. He's after the bomber—and he thinks it's another cop. But when Sophie unknowingly leads him to a retired officer’s body amid symbols of ritual sacrifice, it's clear nobody's safe, and everyone's a suspect.

Tough and stubborn, Scoop is the best on the force at detecting lies…except maybe those of Sophie Malone. Together Sophie and Scoop face the greatest challenge of their lives: someone is using ancient rituals to commit modern-day murder—and the killing has only just begun.

Whether love-at-first-sight, fairy dust, or whatever; it changes Scoop Wisdom’s life, when Sophie Malone appears at the old ruins in Ireland where Scoop lingers. They both feel a connection that has nothing to do with a mutual acquaintance that had a near-death experience at the ruins.

The Whisper switches from Ireland to Boston repeatedly as Scoop and Sophie dodge would-be assailants and work to solve the mystery of the terrifying night Sophie spent in a cave on a small Irish island. They need to find out how it ties to theft, arson, and murder.

Amid an abundance of secondary characters, Scoop, a detective for internal affairs for the Boston Police Department, and Sophie, an archaeologist, tiptoe around their emerging love as they search for answers. Tension runs high at times. They are both at a crossroads in their lives.

Two of the secondary characters Myles Fletcher and Josie create their own heated love story as they help Scoop and Sophie unravel a tangle of events that are fueled by greed.

Even though the secondary are somewhat distracting at times, Carla Neggers enhances The Whisper with beautiful description and subtle humor while creating twists and turns that keep the reader eagerly turning pages.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley



Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (326 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender



Bryton Haruk sets out on a suicide mission to stop the bloodthirsty Skullmen from terrorizing the war-weary Land of Eldwyn. Consumed by guilt over the death of his wife, Bryton seeks revenge and reunion in the afterlife with his lost love. His purpose is determined, his bravery unmatched, until the queen casts a spell to save Bryton from himself.

Salome is that spell. A bird-shifter, she can harness the earth's breeze and take the form of a beautiful, innocent woman. Her challenge is to harness Bryton's pain and guide him to peace. She entrances and irritates him, tempting Bryton from his mission. Even as he gives in to the passion between them, Bryton insists on mounting a solo attack on the brigands' compound, and Salome fears her love won't be enough to save him...

Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley is the sequel to Myla by Moonlight, but can stand alone. I read the first book and loved it so much that I knew I had to check out this second book in the series. I had high expectations, due to the first book, and I was not disappointed.

The setting is a Medieval-type world steeped in legend and magic, a kingdom of old with its hero, the king's captain, Bryton. Bryton is great. He's funny, sarcastic, brave, and complex, and sadly, he's a widower with a small child in this book. He's just so real that you can't help but to know him and to admire him for his integrity, honor and courage.

Salome is a magic spell, cast by the queen, sent to help Bryton find peace even as he plans his revenge against the criminals who killed his wife. She's innocent and adorable. Her talents make for some entertaining scenes as well. These two have quite the adventure.

The story presentation is memorable. Inez Kelley is an artist with words. The book unfolds like poetry with its gorgeously written lines. It is a colorful tapestry with words that invoke pure beauty.

The tension is carried throughout as Bryton prepares for the revenge that is sure to cost him his life, but dashes of humor are mixed throughout the telling of the tale, often drawing a smile with witty dialogue and charming banter. Within the tension, one will find utterly adorable scenes as well. The steamy love scenes are written out with excellence.

The emotions are tender and passionate, reaching deep within the characters' hearts. When Bryton comes face-to-face with the guilt of not being able to save his wife, he begins to understand and heal. It's a rewarding scene to read.

I also liked when he spoke to his wife, Kat's ghost. Even though he grew to love Salome, he still loved his wife, making this very realistic. I love this line from the book: “Love never dies, it just changes form.”

The way Bryton is pushed toward finding peace is written in an authentic way. He's a warrior, and there are some bloody scenes throughout, but it's all tied in to the superb plot. As with Myla by Moonlight, Salome by Sunrise is a top-notch story, touching and so beautifully written that I'd highly recommend it.

Angel's Share by Clare Austin



Angel's Share by Clare Austin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (275 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

The Fadó Trilogy

Doctor Aidan Kennedy thought he’d left his past behind in the troubled streets of Belfast, but revenge is a hard habit to break. Time and distance have not quenched his thirst to avenge his brother’s murder, nor have they been able to extinguish the image of the beautiful Galway woman who stole his heart one night in a Dublin pub.

Kerry Sloane, the “voice” of the Irish music group Fadá½¹, has fought to overcome devastating loss and grief to start a new life in America and succeed in her career. Now living in Boston, she's on the verge of national recognition.

Tracked by a ruthless killer from Aidan’s past, has she underestimated the price of fame? Four years ago vengeance tore them from one another’s arms. Will it be the catalyst to once again spark the flames of love? Or will Kerry pay the ultimate price of Aidan’s vow to see that his brother’s killer is unmasked?

Kerry Sloane gave Dr. Aidan Kennedy the most precious things she owned—her love and virginity. She broke her vow to God in doing so and now carries the guilt to prove it. Moreover, Aidan chose revenge over her.

She leaves her beloved Ireland to make a new life in Boston. In Boston, she gains success with her music that is as much a part of her as breathing. Surrounded by loving family and friends, she makes a life for herself but grief is her “always” companion. When Aidan shows up in Boston after four years, Kerry must make major decisions.

Aidan’s reality has always been “Trouble”. He feels he has to live his heritage and seeks justice for his dead brother Finn. Moreover, he wants to find out the truth—having no idea what that “truth” will do to his long-held beliefs.

Aidan has seen more violence and human misery than anyone should have to see. He wants to be in the circle of peace and love he sees around Kerry, but he cannot hope for a place there until he does one last thing to put Finn’s memory to rest. He, unknowingly, puts Kerry at risk in his single-minded mission.

The secondary characters influence Aidan and Kerry’s journey while creating subplots of their own. Carolyn Campbell and Jack Tripp work together and love together as they try to solve a twenty-year-old case, often at the expense of Kerry and Aidan. The antagonists from Aidan’s past in Ireland reveal other subplots that are compelling in themselves as well as impacting events in Boston.

Clare Austin makes Mallory, one of the antagonists, come to life with her special descriptions. He is evil personified to the point that it makes one shudder in revulsion.

Of course, many of the characters found in the first book of The Fado Trilogy, BUTTERFLY, contribute to the unfolding of Angel's Share (the title has its own special story—not to be missed).

Clare Austen brings the magic, legends, and lore of the Irish to life in this story. She also reveals the lingering hate and violence of war that kept Ireland in turmoil for so long. The imagery, character development, well-paced action, and a touch of humor make Angel's Share a joy to read. But, the very BEST is the spellbinding love story that runs the gamut of emotions and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that both terrifies and exhilarates.

Angel's Share is a memorable tale of a hero and heroine’s journey through conflicts and grief to find a happy-ever-after.

The Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary



The Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (306 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Drawn to a force he can’t resist…
Former police officer Kevin Hennessey is running from his past—choosing to battle smugglers instead of dealing with his personal demons. When a desperate, rain-drenched American woman appears on his doorstep with wild tales of danger, Kevin is drawn to helping her, despite his reservations...

She never saw him coming…
Amber O’Neill knew without a doubt that her brother was in mortal danger. Rushing heedlessly to the rocky shores of Ireland, Amber was stunned to find her rescue mission derailed by a gorgeous, but deeply flawed Irishman...

The tumultuous sea, the intertwined fates of the coastal villagers, and unearthly tales of a hidden selkie prince bring Kevin and Amber together in a connection of mind, body, and soul that neither can deny...

The Wild Irish Sea is a captivating story that snares the reader, captures the interest, and steals the heart. Author Loucinda McGary has written a book that is so unique and unforgettable that once you start reading, you will be unable to stop.

Amber O’Neil rushes to the aid of her brother, Parker, when she receives a mental distress call that travels from Ireland to the United States. This particular message is unique as their ability to communicate with one another (they are twins) usually doesn’t carry so far away, and she is able to identify not only his terror, but that he is harmed. When she arrives at the place Parker visited to get in touch with his cultural roots, she seeks out the first person she is told can help her. Half conscious and exhausted, she soon finds herself in the arms of a gruff and handsome Irishman.

Kevin Hennessy was once a decent policeman, husband, and soon to be father. That all changed on a tragic night that all but ruined his life. Now, he’s struggling to stay sober and keep his head afloat. When Amber arrives at his home, banging on the door, he’s shocked and intrigued by her. She’s beautiful and intelligent -- if not a little strange. When she informs him she’s here to find her missing brother, he vows to stay out of it. Unfortunately, tuning Amber out isn’t as easy as he thinks.

From the moment our hero and heroine meet, you’ll sense their connection. Both have been harmed by events in the past, yet can’t deny their attraction to one another. I loved the slow burn and chemistry that strengthened along with the story and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The supporting cast is also fantastic and added so much to the plot and overall development of the work. Fantastical elements aside, this is a book about people, relationships, and hope, and Ms. McGary never allows you to forget that.

Well written and fast paced -- with tons of action, steam, and suspense -- you’ll soar through The Wild Irish Sea and finish before you’re ready. This is definitely a book for the revered TBR list.