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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield



Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield
Publisher: Westside Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (370 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Caitlyn, 15, a Paranormal, is on the run with her mom, trying to stay one step ahead of the ParaTroopers who would enslave her just like anyone who has powerful psychic abilities. Attempting to have somewhat of a normal life, Caitlyn and her mom hide in plain sight, living in a seedy hotel in a big city, where Caitlyn hopes to blend in by enrolling at the local high school. She secretly fights back against government oppression by blogging about equal rights for all Paras, protecting herself by signing them Teen Para.

When she discovers her long ago kidnapped brother Daniel at school she s elated, but is saddened to find he s controlled by the government ParaTroopers as a Para-slave.

As Para Cleansing Day nears, increasing numbers of Paras are turned in to the authorities and things grow tenser and more dangerous, especially at school. When a group robs a bank and threatens Normals, the shadow of guilt is cast on Teen Para. A killer, the Para Reaper, secretly goes hunting for Paras to drain the life out of them. Despite everything, Caitlyn befriends a Normal girl, Rachel, who is a Para sympathizer, and falls for a cute classmate, Alex, also a Normal, who always makes her feel so good whenever he is around. But it's not safe for Paras to date Normals, and it would put Caitlyn in grave danger of being discovered.

When ParaTroopers crack down at school after several Paras are discovered, Caitlyn finds herself under increasing scrutiny. Fearing for Caitlyn, her mom is anxious to pack up and bolt, but Caitlyn's growing attachments make her reluctant to leave. Will she evade capture, or will she be caught and turned into a Para Slave? And just who is trying to frame her? A tautly written, suspenseful thrill ride, Hunted will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Welcome to a world where you have to hide what you are; if they find out you have paranormal powers, they will make you a slave!

One of my worst nightmares is about hiding from someone trying to get me. I have them over and over again with different circumstances each time. That was why I had to request this book for review. And it certainly didn’t disappoint me.

Caitlyn and her mother have been in hiding for a long time. Her father was killed by Para Troopers and her little brother was taken away during the melee. She and her Mom are afraid he’s dead. He’s not, and that’s where their troubles begin…

This is an exciting, very busy story. Her new school has two normals in it she would like to befriend, but she instinctively knows (or at least believes) they would betray her. All normals fear her kind and it’s best if she just stays to herself. The author does not avoid issues that some might find offensive. Caitlyn’s love interest is black (she’s white) and her normal girlfriend is a lesbian. These issues don’t stand out and none of the main characters let this bother them, but you’re forewarned in case it’s an issue with you.

The conflict between Caitlyn and her brother Daniel is heartrending. It’s also deadly. She loves him, but he has become her enemy. And he’s not hesitant about hurting those she loves to get her power.

The author writes a strong story with an interesting theme. Why is it we always hate those who are different from us? And how could a world like the one portrayed in this story exist? Yet, it’s not beyond belief.

If you like fast moving stories with characters that face a lot of challenges, this is an excellent read for you. It’s geared for young adults, but I enjoyed the read. Why don’t you get a copy and see what you think?



Husband Material by Annette M. Irby



Husband Material by Annette M. Irby
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (37 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Azalea

Wyatt Hansen has no fears about commitment, but only three years have passed since his beloved wife died, and he can't bring himself to break their annual dinner date-that is until he meets restaurant owner, Lara Farr. Lara doesn't have time for romance; she has a business to run. At least that's what she tells herself so she doesn't have to admit that commitment scares her. But Lara's business is failing, and it just may take a miracle-or marketing analyst, Wyatt Hansen-to save it. Can Wyatt rescue Lara's restaurant, help her overcome her fears, and prove he is good husband material?

Husband Material is a delightful read.

Lara Farr inherits her grandparents' restaurant. Business is okay but could be better. However, when Wyatt Hansen stops at his usual table at The Blue Hyacinth on Valentine's Day, Lara finds herself attracted to the lonely widower. On learning that Wyatt's business is turning failing businesses into successful ones, she knows he's the man to help her. But can she agree to his terms when her rule is to not mix business with pleasure?

Lara first spots Wyatt in the supermarket looking sort of stunned at the big Valentine's display. At once she sees his pain and asks if he needs help. Then later, when he reserves her best table at the restaurant, she forces herself to be nice, even though she's puzzled that a grieving man would occupy the choice location when she has a line of patrons waiting for seats. At her break she visits the table and is astonished to feel an attraction to the handsome widower. She learns his line of work involves bringing businesses back from the brink of destruction and she asks if he'd be interested in helping hers.

While it's often difficult to flesh out characters in a short story, author Irby has done a remarkable job of creating two hurting, but likable people who might be ready to take the next step forward. The faith aspect of the story fits well into who each character is; in fact it endears both of them to this reader. Though the plot is light, it comprises all the hopes and fears of a much longer book and made this reviewer wish it had gone on for many more pages.

Ms. Irby captured my attention with a strong story and believable characters. I felt Wyatt's pain and his struggle to move forward with his life. I sympathized with Lara's wariness after a long relationship with a man who couldn't commit. Ms. Irby has created a winner.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Playboy’s Gift by Teresa Carpenter



The Playboy’s Gift by Teresa Carpenter
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Book Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed By Dianthus

An orphan baby wasn't on playboy Rett Sullivan's Christmas list, but as the holidays approach, he finds himself drowning in a sea of bottles, nappies and toys!

Skye Miller was shocked to learn her late brother and sister-in-law left their little daughter in the care of Rett, her brother's best friend…and Skye's first love.

The only way to protect her heart is to help the novice daddy and baby bond, then make a graceful exit. But the sight of Rett's strong arms cradling the baby makes Skye weak at the knees.…

Rett Sullivan, world renowned jeweler and city wide playboy, never expected to see his old love Skye Miller again, especially after hearing that both her brother Aiden and his wife Cassie died just months apart. Rett wants to be there for Skye, but is sure that she will just continue to push him away. After the rocky past that they have together, hoping for her to come back is a lot to ask for. But with it being Christmas and the two of them needing each other more than ever, maybe this time he can wish for Santa to make her his again and forever?

Skye Miller is just trying to survive another day. All she wants is for all of this heartache and pain to be nothing more than a dream and when she wakes up for it all to be over. But so far, the dream isn’t ending, and her brother, her sister-in-law, and her baby are all dead. Can the reading of a will really change her life? Will the custody of a small child help to bring Skye back to the land of the living? Will the idea of being thrown back together with the one person she swore never to see again be the best idea of the season or will it cause nothing but more pain and heartache?

With deaths in the family, and a young Ryann hanging in the balance, can Rett and Skye come together to try and forge a family over scars of the past for the prospect of a future together?

This was truly a wonderful read that kept me guessing throughout the pages if the two main characters, Rett and Skye, would get together in the end. The additional of the small child, Ryann, added to the family aspect of the whole story and also made the stakes that much higher for the main characters to find a way to make the relationship work. With an HEA pretty much a given, Teresa Carpenter kept the "how" a secret until the very end. Her characters were complex yet normal, and the story that she wove for them was a read that let me wanting more from this family of characters. Teresa Carpenter is an author to watch for, and her work is something you will not regret buying this holiday season.





True Surrender by Tracey Cramer-Kelly



True Surrender by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Publisher: Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (272 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

When Major Aaron Bricewick is rescued from Afghanistan terrorists, he thinks the worst is over. But his personal journey is just beginning…

The first surprise is the amputation of one of his legs.

The second is the woman he left behind, now a widow with a 4-year-old son – and his new prosthetist (artificial limb maker).

He vows that losing his leg won’t derail his career. But maintaining his outward appearance as a got-it-together officer becomes increasingly difficult as he faces one personal demon after another – and sees his career aspirations slipping away. And though he has no intention of expanding his life to include a woman, his heart has other ideas – and he finds himself questioning the very foundation of his personal beliefs.

When violence – and unexpected redemption – touch his life again, Aaron must make a stand. Which will he choose: duty or love?

A man tormented by nightmares and the after affects of a capture, and a woman who has lost so much, but still feels blessed. These two amazing people have met and loved each other before, but now are brought face to face again. True Surrender is Aaron and Holly's story, and along the way are some powerful scenarios and deep, emotional conflict that needs resolving.

Aaron Bricewick wakes up in a strange place after being imprisoned by terrorists. His memories are of bad, disturbing things and he can't shake those feelings away. But Aaron is now home in America, free, and he's in for a long ride ahead because he has to adapt to his new life.

A major in the Army, a man like Aaron is used to being independent, strong, and capable. Now he's not so sure, and his desire to not allow anyone in to help deal with his pain is slowly eating away at him. My heart went out to this man, and though he's only a character in a book, there are many men like him out in the real world that could be and possibly are going through the same thing that Aaron did. That's what makes him such a character to relate to, and his strong emotions pulled me into this book and never let go.

Holly Rossiter is a widowed mother of a wonderful little boy. What Holly doesn't expect when she goes into work one day is to come face to face with a man from her past, and have to deliver some startling news to him. She loved Aaron long ago, but their different paths in life caused the pair to drifted apart. What matters now is Holly is here for Aaron, and wants to see him through this difficult time. Not many could go through such a traumatic experience only to meet up again with someone they never thought he'd see again. This is a new beginning for Holly and Aaron, along with Holly's young son, Nick.

True Surrender has an outstanding plot that holds on tightly to the readers emotions, strong characters that you won't be able to forget, and intense situations that will either make or break it for this couple. It's a contemporary romance with light inspirational aspects. Aaron must come to terms with life and God and accept what has become of him even thought he fails to understand why. And Holly, despite the things she's lost, embraces life as a blessing. As light and dark join forces, it's only a matter of time before love finds its way into their lives once again.

I enjoyed this book and was glad to be able to read it. The author takes a story that could be part of someone's real life and keeps the reader engaged the whole while. Readers, if you're looking for a sensual contemporary story to captivate you, then rush on out and get a copy of True Surrender, and I no time, you'll surrender your heart to these inspiring characters.



Hot Zone by Catherine Mann



Hot Zone by Catherine Mann
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (316 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia



HE'LL TAKE ANY MISSION, THE RISKIER THE BETTER...

The haunted eyes of pararescueman Hugh Franco should have been her first clue that deep pain roiled beneath the surface. But if Amelia couldn't see the damage, how could she be expected to know he'd break her heart?

SHE'LL PROVE TO BE HIS BIGGEST RISK YET...

Amelia Bailey's not the kind of girl who usually needs rescuing...but there are anything but usual circumstances.

Strong characters that never falter in their determination to serve “that others may live” make Hot Zone an adrenaline-pumping journey through hellish experiences and emotional upheavals.

Amelia Bailey, a tough, no-holds-barred county prosecutor, entombed under a collapsed hotel, tamps down hysteria and claustrophobia. By wiggling her arm through a small hole, she can touch thirteen-month-old Joshua, her adopted nephew whom she had told her brother and sister-in-law she would take care of. She vows to do whatever it takes to keep him alive until help arrives. The ensuing dangers that Amelia meets and overcomes are hair-raising, yet read as if they are late-breaking news.

Master Sergeant Hugh Franco, a pararescueman, truly does serve “that others may live”. He has found no other reason to live since the death of his wife and daughter. He seems to work at the most dangerous assigns as if they are getting him one day closer to joining them.

When his involvement with Amelia and Joshua doesn’t end when he rescues them from the rubble, Hugh has a personal battle to fight. He balks again and again at the long-dormant emotions coming alive and making him vulnerable, making him care, maybe even love. He is somewhat of a Superman at rescues, but afraid of caring emotions.

The earthquake demolished city, the looting and crimes, the human trafficking, the jungle dangers, and human depravity keep the reader in a breath-holding mode much of the time. Amelia, so out of her depth and dependent on Hugh, creates an anxiety that keeps the reader turning pages to see how in the world they escape the many perils.

The secondary characters like three-time divorced Major Liam McCabe and the rescue dog handler Rachel Flores should have a book all their own. They are a unique couple that deals with the horrors of their jobs in ways that give the reader insight into two complex personalities that have a special connection.

Other characters that struggle with personal problems are Amelia’s brother Dr. Aiden Bailey and his nurse wife Lizabeth. They help save as many as they can in the make-shift hospital, as they look for and inquire about Amelia and Joshua in their down time from doing surgeries. But the family issue they much come to terms with threatens to derail their marriage.

Of course, the antagonists, especially the Guardian and crew are a despicable lot that ramps up the action to the max. How their twisted minds justify human trafficking is abhorrent.

The sex scenes to “decompress” and the sex scenes with love create a wrinkle in time. They help block out the horrors and terrors of that has happened. These scenes also enhance connections that help get the characters on the road back to normalcy and to a life with hope for happy-ever-afters.

Catherine Mann’s powerful writing style sweeps the reader into pulse-pounding dangers, gripping suspense, and spine-tingling passion. Moreover, she creates super heroes that send the heart racing. The women she creates have their share of flaws but are strong, intelligent, passionate and worthy of love. Hot Zone assails the senses, offers up an-off-beat sort of humor, and stirs emotions from the very depths of one’s being—a transporting read.





Monday, November 28, 2011

Certainly Sensible by Pamela Woods-Jackson



Certainly Sensible by Pamela Woods-Jackson
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Womens Lit.
Length: Full Length (196 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Sensible Caroline, the eldest Benedict daughter, is determined to help make ends meet. But in order to do that, she must consider leaving not only the job she loves, but the man who has her heart—a man engaged to someone else. Her mother Susan, whose social skills and volunteer work helped make her husband rich and successful, is booted out of the family home when her ex's trophy wife wants the social status the address will bring her. Caroline's two younger sisters, Megan, the artist and Alison, the musician, are yanked from their private schools when Daddy pulls the financial plug.

All four women doubt their ability to make the transitions necessary to enter successfully into their new life-style, but deep within each lies a well of strength only adversity can uncover.

Money, like a crippling disease, had stymied the maturation of the four intelligent and talented Benedict women. Susan and her three daughters had played their parts well in her ex-husband Daniel’s rise to success—success that proved to a stumbling block for the whole family. Of course, the stumbling block was manipulated by the new wife Sharlene.

Susan, married at twenty-two years of age, had never had a “real” job. Even though she had a teaching degree, she’d chosen to support Daniel in his ambitious climb to success. She’d organized and helped with charity events, did volunteer work, gave perfect dinner parties for Daniel’s business associates, and seen to their three daughters having the best schools and rearing of any of the children in the upscale Belford society—none of these endeavors earned a salary. Daniel had provided the money. Now, three years after the divorce he is taking away the Belford estate and the generous allowances for each of them.

Susan and the daughters: Caroline, Allison, and Megan must vacate the big beautiful home, find alternate housing, and manage on what Susan can earn, child support for Megan, and tuition for state school for Megan and Allison—no more expensive private schools.

How the four cope with their change in social status and life style is much like a “rite of passage” long delayed.

The smart, “I-will-fix-it”, and supposedly sensible Caroline with a marketing degree works for a minuscule salary to stay close to Richard, the love of her life, who is engaged to Misty, his childhood friend. Caroline’s angst over his upcoming wedding and her need to earn a wage to support herself is a stress-filled sub-plot that forces her to “grow up”.

Allison, so talented, has pursued her music education in the prestigious private Bryce Anthony Music Conservatory in Chicago. Her temperament, that got her labeled “drama queen” early on in her life, makes her an unsympathetic character at times. Her blindness to see anything but what she wants gets her into a heartbreaking situation. Yet, hope waits in the wings for her to “grow up” and see the admirable worthiness of others.

The youngest, Megan, still in the prestigious, private Willowby Preparatory school, is an artist who wants to be an architect. However, she has neglected to keep her grades up and she acts out in an effort to get her dad’s attention. At one time he had lavished attention her—before Sharlene. Megan is a miserable, self-centered, spoiled teenager. Her adjustment makes for some heartbreaking reading.

The male characters recede into the background most of the time, even though they are instrumental in the “growing up” of the four Benedict women. None of the men seem to have that modern, polished alpha male quality, yet a couple of them are quiet, gentle heroes to be admired.

While I longed for a more in-depth development of the characters, and more romance, Certainly Sensible kept my attention—not in a breath-holding, page-turning way but in a wanting-to-know way—wanting to know how the Benedict women overcome such a devastating change of fortune. Getting to see all four women find an inner strength, a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and self-worth is most satisfying.



Demon Bait by Moira Rogers



Demon Bait by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (87 Pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Foxglove

His mark could bind her forever—or finally set her free.

Children of the Undying, Book 1

Fifty years after a demon apocalypse devastated the world, summoners still bear the bulk of the blame. Marci lives in secret, hiding the gifts that could cost her a secure spot in one of humanity’s underground cities, and access to their virtual world. After all, her chances of avoiding the genetic-testing lotto are better than her chances of surviving topside.

The bastard son of a terrifying incubus, lust heats Gabe’s blood and sex fuels his magic. Innate charm and charisma help him navigate the cultural gap between the outcast town he calls home and the human settlements he infiltrates for trade. His latest mission nets him an unexpected asset—a summoner strong enough to soothe his darkest needs.

Trust a half demon, especially one who uses a lockdown to trap them together? Not in this lifetime. Yet Marci can’t resist Gabe’s offer to see her safely to a selective outcast settlement where she can live without fear. The journey alone is as dangerous as the way Gabe makes her heart race, but it could be her one hope of a real life.

If only she could be sure Gabe’s telling her the whole truth…

Moira Rogers has created a dark and dangerous world, filled with demons and ruined cities.

The demon Armageddon has created chaos in the world. Fifty years later, life is lived in virtual reality, and in underground cities. Summoners, those who aren’t quite human, are being blamed for it all still, all these years later. Marci has been hiding in plain sight, a summoner passing as human in Gold Mills. She is a net tech, working in the virtual reality field.

The authorities have started a genetic testing lottery, searching for those who may be other than human. When a new face shows up, he focuses on Marci. Gabe is handsome and sexy, and there is a side of him that is drawn to Marci: his demon side. Gabe is a halfblood, part demon, part human, but all male. When the system goes down, Marci and Gabe have only seconds to get to a secure area. When Gabe tells Marci about a place where she can live openly, without fear of discovery, she wants to believe him. But she is also worried that, as part demon, he has tricked her. Gabe is determined to save Marci, from the demons and humanity, but can he earn her trust and love without using his gifts? Can Marci accept Gabe and what he offers? Or will she strike out on her own once she is free?

The world for this story is the ruin of Minneapolis, and the underground cities humanity has created to be safe. I love the world, and the characters that inhabit it. There is a sense of urgency and danger around every corner, and the fear of reprisal and attack is very prevalent in this.

Marci is a strong and very intelligent woman. She is a summoner, but has been able to stay under the notice of the city authorities so far. But with the new genetic lottery, she realizes it is just a matter of time before her secret is revealed. She is willing to keep the status quo, until Gabe enters her life and turns it all upside down. I like Marci, and her determination to live her life her way once she is offered the opportunity.

Gabe is hot and sexy, and definitely nothing that Marci has seen before. He is determined to keep her safe, and not influence her decisions where he is concerned. But he forgets to be completely honest with her, and this could end up working to his disadvantage in the future. I liked Gabe, and his attempts to not use his demon magic to bind Marci to him. He is determined to allow her free will, and the ability to make her own choices, even if they don’t include him in her future.

This is a very interesting start to Moira Rogers’ newest series, and there is a lot of world building in it. I enjoyed meeting the people who inhabit this world, and look forward to meeting more of them as the series progresses. The secondary characters are all well crafted, but Marci and Gabe are the stars in this one. There is a bit of danger, a harrowing escape, and lots of steamy romance in this, and there is a happy ever after for Gabe and Marci after a few tense moments. I recommend this to anyone who likes romance with an edge.





Friday, November 25, 2011

Blood And Bone by Dawn Brown



Blood And Bone by Dawn Brown
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (337 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

The deeper they dig into the past, the closer they come to a killer.

Crime writer Shayne Reynolds is looking for the next book that’ll get her out of her parents’ basement and on track to rebuilding her life. She’s found it in Robert Anderson, a confessed murderer who’s out on parole. Something’s never added up about that case.

From the moment she sets foot in Dark Water, nothing goes as planned. Anderson’s family wants her to drop the story—especially surviving son Des. A man who ignites sizzling heat even as he stands firmly in her way.

Laboring under his father’s crushing legacy and his grandmother’s iron resolve to get rid of the nosy writer at any cost, Des struggles to save the self-destructive sister who once saved him. There’s something honest and forthright about Shayne, though, that tempts him to help her get to the truth. Even if it means double-crossing his powerful grandmother.

Despite their resolve to keep it strictly business, sexual sparks quickly set fire to tangled emotions. And threads of a fragile bond that someone with a vendetta could use to weave their death shroud…

Some families have dark pasts. They have secrets that they want to stay buried. For a family in a town called Dark Water, they have plenty to keep hidden. And some will kill for it to stay just that way.

Shayne Reynolds is a crime writer. She's received warnings, but she will stop at nothing to find the truth. She'll get the truth, one way or another. From mishaps to blunt threats, the unwelcome committee is in full swing for Shayne's arrival.

Des Anderson was a part of that fateful night, though he was young. He's nothing like his family. His grandmother has been making his life hell for years. Dark Water is the last place he wants to be. Despite who Shayne is to him, he's strangely attracted to this woman. He's not sure whether he should help her or get her out of there, but one thing is for sure, he doesn't want anyone hurting this woman.

Blood and Bone is a spine chilling romantic suspense. There are many twists and turns throughout this plot, so it leaves the reader guessing until the very end. The connection between Shayne and Des creates and outrage with other members of the family, bringing forth lots of conflict and tension. Ms. Brown does an amazing job with this story, keeping me interested right from the start, and held my attention until the very climatic ending that I never saw coming.

Readers, if you enjoy a romantic suspense that won't let you down, then don't wait! Get a copy of Blood and Bone today.





Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Cowboy’s Pride by Charlene Sands



The Cowboy’s Pride by Charlene Sands
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (221 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle



He'd been ready to move on, to marry a woman who'd provide him with heirs. But a year of separation hasn't slaked rancher Clayton Worth's raging desire for his soon-to-be ex-wife. And Trish is as unpredictable as ever. Her mysterious reluctance to have kids was what drove them apart. Now Trish is back in Red Ridge, mother to a baby girl. The irony is maddening.

Trish urgently needs to finalize their divorce before Clayton's irresistible charm can melt her resolve. Because his touch awakens a consuming hunger that hasn't died. They'd thought it was all over between them…but their hearts have other ideas.

“And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now”...Taylor Swift could have been singing on the soundtrack for Charlene Sand’s second book in this wonderful trilogy of the Worth family.

Clay and Trish are married but only for a few more weeks. As soon as Trish organizes the fund raising gala for their joint charity, Penny’s Song, she’ll sign the paperwork and that will be the end of that. Life and some timely miscommunication have a way of creating havoc in an otherwise loving relationship.

Can love be rekindled from tragedy? Well, we have a cowboy with almost as much pride as he does money, we have an estranged wife that brings home a “little” surprise and we have a love that never really went away. Sounds like Ms. Sands has all the right elements for an amazing Harlequin romance.

We first met Clay in Tagg and Camilla’s story, Carrying the Rancher’s Heir. As the oldest of the Worth brother’s he has the most responsibility and manages to drive off the one woman who can not only help him shoulder that responsibility but challenge him in a way that keeps their relationship fresh and exciting.

Ms. Sands does a beautiful job of creating two characters that practically sizzle the pages with their tangible chemistry. It’s obvious early on that both Clay and Trish are still attracted to one another. When they finally give into a “pre-divorce fling” readers will understand why they begin to question their motives for separating in the first place. Ms. Sands brings the reader right into the scene and I can tell you everyone walks away satisfied.

As I mentioned, this is the second in this trilogy of the Worth sons. Jackson’s story has yet to be told and this reviewer can’t wait. Jackson seems to be the playboy of the three brothers so I’ll be interested in seeing who will tame him.

If you happen to read the books out of order it won’t hurt the overall story even though it’s obvious that Clay and Trish’s story picks up about a week or so after Tagg and Camilla’s story. They each read just fine as a stand-alone. If you crave the intensity of the love that shines through in a Harlequin novel you will not want to miss this terrific story teller or the family she’s created. Ms. Sands is an auto buy for this reviewer and shouldn’t be missed by anyone who appreciates clean writing and a story that carries the reader on amazing and heart felt journey.





Dating 911 by Kathleen Grieve



Dating 911 by Kathleen Grieve
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Full Length (177 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Emergency room nurse, Roxanne Carter is a loser-magnet wishing she could enjoy her single life. Commiserating with girlfriends over butterscotch martinis creates the idea of The Dating Manifesto—a not so scientific research project which promises to point the way to dating success. While gathering data to find the most suitable single men available, she wades through a series of unsavory, stale dates, which literally places her back at ground zero. Just when she is ready to give up, sin personified in the form of sexy firefighter Jett Avery, arrives tainting all of her previous data.

A traumatic warehouse fire, in which firefighter Jett Avery's closest friend dies, has him suffering from Posttraumtic Stress Disorder. Attempting to stave off the worst of his depression, he decides to use his brand of therapy...Sex. The remedy has lost luster until he encounters ER nurse Roxanne Carter.

The first thing that called to me about this story was its delicious cover. I’m not much of a fan of men in uniform but the sexy torso of the fire fighter in the cover piqued my interest. Once I read the blurb I knew I just had to give Dating 911 a try.

I loved the fun idea of The Dating Manifesto. Currently single, I wished I had one of those to help me out and tell me what sort of men I should be spending time with. But what I really loved was the messy situation into which Roxanne, the female protagonist, gets herself into.

With an over compassionate nature I sometimes found her a tad bit annoying and at other times endearing. Jett on the other hand is pure hot masculine arrogance and yet, the fact that he’s fighting his inner demons gives him that touch of vulnerability that made him entirely human and a perfect fit for Roxanne.

This author definitely knows how to build sexual tension. From the first moment Jett and Roxanne meet I was already wishing they’d get down and dirty, but Ms. Grieve dragged the moment on and on until I was on the edge of my seat almost begging them to give in… and they finally did. Her control of the tempo in the story is masterful.

Unfortunately, though the ending was happy, the appearance of that ghost in the final chapter was something I found unnecessary and silly. However, the rest of the story with its humorous moments, hot sex and sweet cinnamon sugar scents makes up for that slip.

Overall, Dating 911, has a perfect dose of sweetness, hot tantalizing sex and love to make it a very worthwhile read for any moment.





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Forever Kind Of Guy by Barbara Meyers



A Forever Kind Of Guy by Barbara Meyers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (370 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Is he the real deal, or just another regret waiting to happen?

The Braddock Brotherhood, Book 2

First on Hayley Christopher’s list to get her train-wreck life back on track: stay away from men. Especially the ones who cause a ripple effect of bad decisions.

Still reeling from a high-profile divorce, the college dropout and former pro cheerleader is stumbling through yet another challenge—temporary custody of her nephew, Fletcher. No one knows better than Hayley that she’s not mother material. When she opens the door to her new landlord and old flame, she wonders just how many more past mistakes she is destined to pay for.

After the death of his wife, Ray Braddock is still putting the pieces back together. Hayley—and the silent little boy at her side—both bristle with emotional barriers so high, it appears no one but him can see that together, three broken people just might make a whole family.

As she watches Fletcher respond to Ray’s patient care, Hayley’s determination to hold on to her heart begins to soften. But just when she begins to think that Ray is one opportunity she shouldn’t let slip by, Fletcher’s gang-connected father threatens to make her pay for the one good choice she ever made…

There are plenty of people that live by a plan. And as most people know, plans can change at the drop of a hat, whether it's from a surprise in life, or changing your mind. Hayley Christopher has had plenty of changes in her plan, and she's as determined as ever to stick to her newest plan, no matter what life throws at her. Could she really walk away from what is about to become her future?

Hayley is an absolute mess. Can't blame her, though. She's been through a very public divorce, she's lost a member of her family she was very close to, and now she's got a mute child in her care that she hardly knows, but swore she'd do everything to keep him safe. Yeah, I'd say that's a lot of adjusting. She's got every right to be a wreck. Despite all of that, Hayley is strong willed and yes, at times stubborn. She's doing the best she can with what she's got. Hayley is a character that goes through a lot of changes in A Forever Kind Of Guy. Though she tried to keep her neighbor at a safe distance, her heart begins to slowly open for Ray.

Ray's a somewhat tortured hero with plenty of baggage and conflict of his own. He doesn't really need the added stress, but something draws him to Hayley. Deep down, despite the fear and worry the two have, a deeper connection forms. Ray is just as strong willed and stubborn as Hayley, and they make a perfect fit in that aspect. Both are afraid to love again. Neither of them want to be lonely forever. Both have a love for Hayley's nephew, and the child has taken a shine to Ray in the meantime.

Built on a platform of past regrets, this emotional story has full power to draw the reader in. With characters that are complex, believable, and likable, this is both a plot and character driven story. There are so many touches of real life situations that it's hard not to somehow relate to one of the characters situations. Hayley and Ray have a long way to go in putting their fears and pasts behind them, but the journey towards that goal is one not to be missed.

What's not to like about a happily ever after for two people that have been through hell and back, but yet manage to stay strong in the meantime? If you still believe in forever, then don't miss this gut wrenching, intense book about life, loss, and love in A Forever Kind of Guy.