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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Orb World by Andrea Gale

Orb World by Andrea Gale
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi Fantasy
Length: Full (326 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Ylana is dead. So what is she doing in a strange village on an even stranger world full of leather-clad warriors, slave to a handsome, dark-eyed master, on the eve of embarking on a dangerous quest for a powerful Orb, to save a village, avert a war, and rescue her own future?

Who would not enjoy waking up to an alpha male carrying you into another world especially if you are supposed to be dead? Brought over to a whole other world and a brand new beginning with a chance to start over. Who could say no to that?

Can Ylana accept her slave status and her master Ryall? Will she be able to live in this new world and learn to enjoy it? Ylana must help save her village and stop an impending war. With Ryall at her side they will fight for and even against each other until they can find peace.

This story has it all from romance to action and adventure. I was intrigued from the first chapter of this story. With Ylanas fiery spirit and Ryalls brooding nature it made for lots of fireworks between the two of them. The blossoming of the love they shared was beautiful to read. As they learned about each other and themselves Ryall and Ylana must deal with treachery and war. Dealing with things being thrown at them from every direction they must try and find their own way as well. It was interesting to see the many sides of Ryall from soft to hard, a cute scene with the children of the palace showing his soft side and many fighting scenes showing his hard side.

Orb World is full of action and adventure with a good dose of romance thrown in. Andrea Gale weaves a great story and immerses the reader into a wonderful world full of lush imagery. This book is a page-turner and not to be missed. The characters are all full of depth and emotions. You will be cheering on Ylana and Ryall hoping that they get their happy ever after. Of course I cannot leave out all the other players in this story. Everybody was great, but I just loved the character of Jermayo! He was a hoot with his friendly yet sarcastic banter. I firmly believe that this story will grab you and keep you to the very end.

Ashton’s Secret by Liana Laverentz

Ashton’s Secret by Liana Laverentz
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full (260 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

From the moment he’d caught her snooping on his property, Meghan Edwards knew Nicholas Hawkinson was the man she’d been looking for. But would this dark, secretive stranger help her solve the mystery of her sister's death?

Nicholas Hawkinson wanted nothing to do with the city-girl photographer who asked too many questions. Five years ago the people of Ashton had been all too quick to accuse him of murder. They still considered him the town’s black sheep, a bad boy at best and a killer who got away with it at most. The smartest thing for both of them would be to never mention Heather again.

Her sister was dead, and Meghan knew it wasn't suicide. So did Nick. Whether he liked it or not, Ashton’s most dangerous man was the only one who could help her now. And Meghan wasn't leaving until she'd unraveled this sleepy little town's secret--or died trying.

‘Ashton’s Secret’ blends romance and mystery with exceptional skill.

Meghan, our leading lady, is intent uncovering the truth about her sister Heather’s death, years earlier. Her sister had been an apparent suicide, but when Meghan discovers an old letter, she begins to have doubts about the official findings.

Meghan travels to the little, one-stoplight town and close-knit community of Ashton, where no one wants to talk about her sister. The only person that will pay her any attention at all is none-other than Nick Hawkinson…black sheep of the town, and quite possibly a killer.

Their first meeting is tense-–but a certain, subtle humor is apparent, as well. This occasional dash of humor lightens certain situations throughout, the way a brighter accent brings life to a painting. Nick is suspicious of Meghan, and she can hardly be blamed for doubts about him! These doubts are soon strengthened, as she learns some of the townies suspect him of Heather’s actual murder--if anyone wanted to admit it to be a murder, that is.

There is no accounting for the decisions of the heart though and, deadly or not, Meghan feels drawn to this possibly dangerous man.

The strength of their feelings, from doubts to love, are easy to sympathize with and understand. Characters throughout this story are wonderful, deep and believable people.

Although Ashton’s Secret has all the earmarks of a typical mystery, the importance of the romance blending with some other, hard to define quality lend it a certain, heartfelt or perhaps heartwarming aura. We, as readers, have hopes and expectations. We feel Meghan’s frustration, and we wait for some resolution. We keep reading, looking for more than one resolution in fact, but throughout this novel are odd touches, where doubt changes to trust, or where fear is apparent even in a some well-meaning act. These give the story an evocative depth that is hard to define, but delightful to experience.

I will look for Laverentz’ other books straightaway: this one has made me a fan.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Salvaged by J.S. Marlo

Salvaged by J.S. Marlo
Publisher: Sapphire Blue Publishing, LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (259 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Star Fisher refuses to let the scar marring her face dictate her choices or the dreams haunting her nights affect her life. A skilled underwater investigator, she is hired as a scuba diver in an underwater salvage operation.

Captivated by the feisty young woman who shares little resemblance with his glamorous conquests, captain Hauk Ludvikson struggles against his attraction as they explore a century-old relic linked to the unsolved disappearance of a rich heiress.

With danger lurking under and above the water line, Star fights for her future—a future she may not salvage twice.

What links the mystery disappearance of a Model T Ford almost a century ago, an eighteen year old murder of a family of four and attacks on a salvage boat and crew?

When Star Fisher accepts a diving job with salvage skipper Hauk Ludvikson she finds herself pitchforked into danger and the mystery of an old murder investigation.

Hauk Ludvikson feels Star is too young to have gathered the experience he needs in a diver, but he decides to give her a chance.

Initially Star has to deal with the crew who are unhappy that such a young person has replaced their injured diver. Slowly she wins them over as she proves she is more than capable of doing the job. Her interaction with Hauk is tense to say the least, but he tries to protect her from the danger that seems to shadow her. As the story unfolds Star finds her past unravels as she finds everything she's believed is questionable. She tries to go it alone fighting danger and trying to solve the horror of the nightmares which haunt her, but eventually she asks Hauk for help.

The mystery, suspense and intrigue involving the salvage of Model T and the investigation of an eighteen year old murder, keep the story moving at a steady pace. Two seemingly separate incidents separated by many decades, are linked by the salvage team and the attacks made on their boat and crew. It becomes evident that the attacks are centered on Star, and the crew close ranks to protect her.

Sabotage, explosions, kidnapping, savage dogs, this story has it all, plus moment of pure romance which slot in quite naturally. The hero and heroine's aspects on what is happening is supplemented by the attackers point of view so the reader gets the whole story, but without any spoilers to give the game away.

Hauk knows exactly how he feels about Star, but he's unsure of her feelings for him. Star keeps her emotions under strict control and even manages to hide her injuries when she's attacked. This makes it very difficult for Hauk to show Star that he really cares for her.

I found this book captivating and although daily life forced me to stop reading at times, I couldn't wait to get back to the story. The whole book made me feel I was there, taking part in an event which actually happened. The characters came across as real people who interacted in a natural, if explosive way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes intrigue, romance and mystery. The author has amalgamated all three seamlessly to provide the reader with a fascinating book which is a pleasure to read.

Outcast by C. L. Talmadge

Outcast: Book Four of Green Stone Healing Series by C. L. Talmadge
Publisher: HealingStone Books
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (257 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Beware of treachery from false allies.

Exiled from the luxury of her father’s estates to avert potential civil war, Helen Andros takes shelter in mountainous Southern Alta Province with the Altairs, the family of her true love. Helen develops a close bond with her beloved’s mother, Marlin, and cares for his father, Jason during the man’s final days. After Jason's funeral, Maguari the Mist-Weaver warns that the life of Helen’s father also could be cut short if he does not take steps to avert disaster.

Concerns about betrayal prompt another move for Helen to a remote hunting lodge. There she finds and takes in the homeless children of the Sin-Eater and makes friends with their father.

Together, Helen and the Sin-Eater learn from Maguari life-altering advanced skills in energy-manipulation. The otherworldly alien mentor also teaches Helen how to use the green stone and chain together for more rapid and powerful healing and self-protection. Although Helen does not yet know it, her newfound abilities could change the balance of power in Azgard.

Helen's father faces ever more strident political opposition while a false ally advances a plot to slay him as the first step in usurping the Kingship. The second in command of the state-supported Temple of Kronos, learns about the Andros family's hidden royal ancestry, and hatches a scheme to abduct Helen after paying for information about her true hiding place.

As Book Four concludes, the plot against Lord James reaches its tragic climax. At the same time, unknown assailants arrive at the lodge. Helen and the Sin-Eater use their newly acquired spiritual powers to fend them off and flee with the children, uncertain if help from Orlando will reach them in time.

Her hiding place no longer secret, Helen faces the dangerous prospect of returning to live among those who would slay her and others who will betray her. Now, however, she can and will defend herself in ways her enemies find unimaginable and unbelievable.

OUTCAST, like the eye of a storm, grants Helen Andros a temporary respite from the savagery of those who would use her to gain power. Yet, she is ever mindful it is near and will find her in time.

While the unrest and cruelties are on the periphery of her isolated hill country hideaway, Helen has time to recognize her spirit gifts and become more amenable to Maguari’s instructions. A gentler side of her character emerges as Deborah, Jeriko, and Obediah become part of her life. To them she gives love without reservation, while others who love her give her protect from a distance but with vigilantes.

Lord James does not heed Judith’s warning when she says, “If you don’t use your office you’ll leave the nation to civil war”. He is unable to bend his definition of honor and loyalty. His failure to act lets the rebellious storm build while Malachi, Seti, and Enoch clandestinely pursue their individual agendas to whip the political storm into a fury.

As the storm begins to rage out of control, it hits Helen full force. She is once again a prime target. She flees her sanctuary taking Deborah, Jeriko, and Major with her—running to those who have kept her safe before.

Her newfound spirit-strength, her better understanding of self-judgment, and self-trust give the reader a ray of hope. Her powerful spirit-strength, her resourcefulness, and her still indomitable but more mature personality give one the hope that she will not become the helpless victim she has been in the past.

C. L. Talmadge continues to weave this intriguing tapestry of a tale that shows many facets of human nature. The design, woven with dark and light, vivid and subdued tones with varying shades of color mingled in, captivates the imagination, heart, and mind of the reader.

I am eager for Book Five of this series. I expect the more mature and wiser Helen to bring a new dimension to the saga that will influence the outcome of the nation of Azgard and avenge some past wrongs.

This fantasy is an enthralling, vicarious adventure that lingers in the mind and touches deep emotions.

One Night in Memphis by Allie Boniface

One Night in Memphis by Allie Boniface
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (207 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Wild Plum

Can anything really change in twenty-four hours? Can everything?

What if a woman, tired of bad choices and broken hearts, traveled a thousand miles to the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, and spent a night forgetting her past in the blues clubs of Beale Street? What if a man who lost his wife to cancer ventured to Beale Street’s social scene for the first time in over a year? And what if they met and realized love was still possible for them both?

Both Dakota James and Ethan Meriweather have given up on finding happiness in a relationship. When they meet in downtown Memphis, neither has romance on the brain. But as the evening unfolds, and small talk turns to the stuff of hopes, dreams, and shared loss, a kinship grows that neither expects.

Before the night is over, though, Dakota’s past will catch up with her in the form of a violent ex-boyfriend. As dawn approaches and tragedy threatens to tear Dakota and Ethan apart, both will have to make a snap decision that could change their lives—forever.

Allie Boniface has given us another terrific read. I thought One Night in Napa was a great read, but One Night In Memphis was exceptional. I got so lost in this story with the characters and the plot and the scenery. The emotion really tugged at me and drew me deep into the story.

Dakota and Ethan are both strong and independent and willful. They both have a specific outlook on life and they know what they want. But what happens when they want each other, but Dakota’s past catches up with her? Will Ethan stand by her side and fight for her? I really fell in love with these well-written characters. Dakota, as a woman, was easy to relate to her. You can feel what she feels, see what she sees. You want the best for these characters because by the end of the story you start to care about them. Ms. Boniface took a storyline and made it into a work of art.

She’s definitely an author you must read. And this is a book -- and a series -- you’ll want to read over and over again.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Crossing The Line by Ann Wayne

Crossing The Line by Ann Wayne
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (102 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

After a messy divorce, Steven doesn't trust anyone except his best friend Kendra. Friends since childhood she’s got his back, helping him pick up the pieces of his life and learn to love again. But when his thoughts of friendship turn to romance will Kendra still be there for him?

Kendra knows letting Steven stay with her for a little while is a bad idea, but he's her best friend. She suddenly finds herself attracted to him, wanting more than the friendship they've always shared. Does she dare risk her heart and cross the line?

The opening scene of a wife’s betrayal in the family bed sets the scene and mood for this story. Steven has two women in his life, his wife Shanna and his life-long friend Kendra. And when his life falls apart he turns to his life-long friend.

Ms Wayne examines and plays with the intricacies of emotions when family ties break down. We learn about Steven’s work and his goals for the future. We watch as his ex wife transforms as the story develops, but it is the interactions between Steven and Kendra that take centre stage.

Even allowing for the devastation Steven experiences as he lives through his divorce, I failed to find that spark that would allow me to bond with him as Ms. Wayne depicted Steven as being a whisker away from becoming an alcoholic.

Her depiction of Kendra as she faced an unpalatable choice of speaking her mind, telling the truth, and losing the best friend she’d relied on all her life was very well drawn. Kendra is flawed in a way that most readers will relate to and understand. Her reactions to circumstances are gutsy and realistic. Kendra lacks tolerance and doesn’t understand the wall-flower mentality, so when she’s placed in an unfamiliar situation, she does what she does best. She faces the situation head-on.

What situation? And with what results? Read this story to find out.

Waiting for Revenge by Autumn Piper

Waiting for Revenge by Autumn Piper
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (179 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Wild Plum

One good heartbreak deserves another.

Mandy plans to leave her husband the minute their month of counseling is over. How can she forgive his outrageous affair? It would almost be funny if the consequences weren't so harsh. They've got kids, and families with strong -- and warped -- opinions on marriage.

Her aunt thinks she should take a page from the black widow spider. Her brother's begging to avenge her broken heart, and their marriage counselor offers to play the willing victim in some payback sex.

While her clueless husband launches a campaign to win her back, Mandy meets Adam, the perfect shoulder to cry on. Will perfect justice prove just how sweet revenge can be when you wait for it?

This story was interesting, but it wasn’t at all what I expected and I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing or not. The story plot was strong, the characters even stronger. I can understand Mandy wanted to get revenge on her husband. Being cheated on can be a very hurtful thing. Who wouldn’t? But a part of me still sees what she did wrong as well which made it difficult for me to truly like the heroine.

Putting that aside, the story was full of emotion and feelings from the characters. The author did a wonderful job of pulling this reader into the midst of what was going on and keeping my attention until the very end. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and was driven to find out the outcome of the marriage and what the happily ever after was going to be.

Perhaps your feelings on the heroine's behavior will be far different than mine. If so, this will be a story you will very much enjoy because the author's writing talent is superb and the story itself very well written.

Shadows in the Fog by Dorris Jean

Shadows in the Fog by Dorris Jean
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (28 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Primrose

Amanda yearns for adventure--to drive an automobile or ride in a flying machine--but her parents expect her to marry well. When she won’t cooperate, they order her to a mountain spa to cure her 'nervous disorder.' Unhappy and alone, Amanda watches out her window every day as a solitary stranger appears at the foot of the mountain like a shadow in the fog. Amanda knows nothing about him except she must meet him.

Iaon has his own scars from The Great War and believes he has nothing left to offer anyone. In each other, they glimpse the happiness missing from both their lives. Can they let go of the past and make a future together?

Shadows in the Fog is about two people who want to escape their pasts and find refuge in love.

Amanda has been sent to a spa for her "nervous disorder," a condition that she does not actually have, after she expresses interest in a man with no money. Her parents are more consumed with politics and advancing socially than in the best interests of their daughter.

Ioan has been scarred by war, both physically and emotionally. Meeting as strangers within the shadows of a fog, the two become friends and quickly fall in love. But can Amanda find the strength to stand up to her domineering father and do what she wants for once?

Ms. Jean knows how to tell a sweet love story. The story is well written and the historical setting was aptly described. Ioan was a fascinating character: his emotional scars were realistically portrayed, and I would have liked to have learned even more about him. Shadows in the Fog is a quick read, pleasant in parts, but it isn’t perfect.

I couldn’t help but feel that the story was too short, and that we didn’t learn enough about the main characters. I would have liked to have seen more of the lovers’ conversations, to see their progression from friendship to love. I also can’t help but wonder if Amanda longed for freedom more than she loved Ioan. Seeing more of the lovers could have disproved this. Even with these shortcomings, Shadows in the Fog is an enjoyable short read that romance readers will enjoy.

Friday, September 25, 2009

2000 Kisses by Christina Skye

2000 Kisses by Christina Skye
Publisher: Random House (Island Books)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full (374 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

A year 2000 computer glitch got her $1 million and a cowboy-and the wildest adventure of her life . . .

P.R. whiz Tess O'Mara is burned out. She's looking for a change. Something wild and crazy. The year 2000 has arrived. And that's when the trouble begins. A computer glitch has deposited one million dollars into her bank account. Problem is, it's somebody else's money, somebody who's willing to kill to find it-and Tess has already spent a big chunk of it on a new wardrobe and a powder-blue Mercedes convertible. Suddenly Tess is running for her life, as fast and as far as she can go . . .

. . . until she reaches the sleepy desert town of Almost, Arizona. Sheriff Jake McCall, a dead ringer for Mel Gibson, is there to catch her as she careens into town and collapses from heatstroke in his arms. Jake's prepared for anything-except the spoiled city slicker with trouble in her wake. The last thing he expects is to fall for her. But as danger tracks Tess to her door, something unexpected happens that will transform two very different people, and one dusty, dead-end town, forever . . .

2000 Kisses is a book that has re-readability even though the new millennium has come and gone – romance lives forever. This story has the best of everything.

Tess’s character is a whirlwind of controlled chaos and is prone to rushing at challenges head-on. She’s spunky, funny, and has a heart of gold – when she has time to remember. Everyone wonders what they’d do if they ever hit the lottery. Tess gets to find out. Even though she questions it, the euphoria of being able to “DO” instead of dream would tip the scales in anyone’s rational judgment and she’s no exception.

When she does stop, she reaches out to her brother. And his advice sends her on a life changing and saving journey. She’s almost like a Polly Anna, with attitude. She doesn’t just make people around her happy, she makes it work for them. And her biggest challenge is the book’s hero. No, wait, making meatloaf is. You’ll see when you read that part. But yes, Tessa is more than a match for Sheriff McCall.

T.J. is a man with a past who refuses to acknowledge its continued power over him. However, not everyone will let him close himself off and he has to face that fact. He’s got it good, down there in Almost, but a man like him needs more than work, more than a badge. He needs someone by his side. Not that he’ll admit to that and I very much enjoy reading about a man who has to come to grips with a woman who gets under his skin. I enjoyed reading how his restraint was sort of painful, if you know what I mean. I loved how being honorable was a slow and sensual torture while he fought his attraction to Tess. I would definitely swoon over a man that a woman can count on. You know, when he uses his brains and brawn and a few good shots from his trusty weapon. He’s got a few good quips to share too which made me chuckle. The scene where his badge gets stuck is pretty darned funny. What is even funnier is the town folk’s interpretation of said scene. When T.J. finally succumbs it’s passionate and alpha and he’s still being stubborn. That is my favorite kind of hero – the kind that is so slow to admit to love; it means it’s the real deal because when he finally does? He embraces it from the follicles on his sexy head all the way to his manly big toe. And the fact that he’s a professional protector? Is icing on my cake.

Secondary characters provide flavor and humor. There is one, Miguel, which the author uses to give a reader a hint of something “other”. It never truly materializes but this reader got a sense of a mystical component that made me wonder and want to know more. It’s a technique this author has used before and sometimes I’m not sure if I like the tease. It’s that sense of ‘maybe’ that keeps you hooked though. I guess she leaves it up to the reader to decide. I want Miguel to be special, so that makes him so.

As for the conflict and villains, they are on the peripheral. They do show up but they are not the focus, just the vehicle which brings the hero and heroine together. When action happens it happens fast and it takes you by surprise. It’s that culmination of threads, bringing it all to critical mass with tight and vivid writing that makes this all work. The fear, the determination and the bravery all make for a great climatic ending.

As for the happily ever after, it’s a perfect wrap-up. Sure T.J and Tess get together but it’s the epilogue that had me closing the book with a smile. There is no ‘almost’ about it. 2000 Kisses is a romance that delivers what we all look for and it does it in style. This book is on my keeper shelf and will remain there.

Hidden Visions by Jennifer Robins

Hidden Visions by Jennifer Robins
Publisher: Hearts on Fire Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (49 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Psychometry is a psychic power which allows one to divine from holding or touching items. Visions of the past, present and some times the future are laid out before them.

Kevin has this power but hesitates to use it. He meets Candace and falls in love with her just before he starts his career as a policeman with hope of becoming a detective in homicide—his gift the motivating factor. When it comes to a crime against Candace, he must use his gift to save her from great harm or even death by the hand of a killer who wants revenge against Kevin.

Hidden Visions is a charming short story about a man who has the incredible psychic power of psychometry. The talent of psychometry allows a person who has this gift to receive visions of the past, present and future when holding or touching a physical item. Anyone who has seen the show “Dead Zone” will be familiar with this type of psychic gift.

The hero of the story, a young man named Kevin, has this gift and decides to become a policeman, knowing that he could put his abilities to use and be an effective crime-fighter.

The idea is quite intriguing and drew me to this story in the first place, as I expected some interesting adventures to unfold. It was fun to read and watch as the likeable Kevin went on the job and used his gift. He meets a woman named Candace and falls in love.

Because of putting away a murderer with the use of his special ability, Kevin finds himself in a troubling situation. The criminal escapes and kidnaps Candace.

The plot of this tale is interesting, and the characters charming. I liked the idea of the story. My problem was in its execution. Point of view is everywhere, transitions are missing throughout, and it is distancing to the reader with its telling and not showing presentation, very “on the surface.”

However, it is a quick read, and if you do not mind technical issues, you’ll probably enjoy it and learn a little about an interesting phenomenon.

Jewels of the Sun by Kiss Carson

Jewels of the Sun by Kiss Carson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (296 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Born on the mysterious island of Ambrosia and whisked away to mainland Australia when only a few days old, Selena Lewis grows up hearing tales of unimaginable treasures and a floating island, trapped in the nineteenth century, which only appears every 25 years.

Now, the island has returned and Selena is determined to prove to the treasure hunting community that the island exists, as does the treasure. Kidnapped and blindfolded, she's held hostage by virile pirate captain, Saxon Ambrose, who piques her curiosity both sexually and emotionally.

Drawn into the very depths of Ambrosia, Selena finds the Jewels of the Sun, the diamond pillars that allow the island to survive, and the treasure she's waited all her life to find. However, the Jewels are dying, and so is Ambrosia. Her love for Saxon is the key but is it stronger than her struggle for treasure hunting fame? In the end, will love conquer all?

The saying “Love makes the world go around” came to mind as I read this story.

JEWELS OF THE SUN is an unusual type of fantasy that pulls the reader in with both modern and long-ago settings that serve to bring pre-destined lovers together.

An undercurrent of perverse humor flows through the story as the spoiled, ambitious Selena Lewis finds herself a captive of a pirate prince, the rebellious Saxon, Crown Prince of Ambrosia. Her partner and long-time friend Brian and her long-time enemy Tony are rescued and end up on Ambrosia. In time, they all become entangled with Duke Kingsley Lambert, the childhood friend and now rival of Prince Saxon.

Selena is “self-reliant, resilient, assertive, and totally dedicated to getting to Ambrosia, a floating island where she was born twenty-five years ago. She wants to find the legendary jewel cache that she learned about from her parents. Its discovery would make her famous in the world of archeology—an honor she covets.

Never amenable to the stately, boring life of a prince, Saxon had done some very unorthodox things over the years that his mother, Queen Ann, has aided and abetted. However, he has reached the age that his royal obligations must be attended. He must marry.

When Selena comes on the scene, Queen Ann sees her as a foreigner and a “nobody” that has caught Saxon’s eye. Immediately, the Queen invites Marie; a childhood friend of Saxon’s to come for a visit with the intentions of their being married.

While mother and son are at odds with the rift between them getting bigger all the time, King Michael and Brian, through research and undercover work, bring to light important historical facts s well as an immediate plot for assassination. The Queen’s plans are derailed but events have already set Ambrosia on a course of destruction. Only one thing can save it.

Kiss Carson’s writing has an undertow that sucks the reader into a tantalizing tale. A few scenes and settings take the reader away from the main plot and a few coincidences pop up to detract but the exciting and “just-have-to-know” feelings get the story back on track and move it along beautifully.

JEWELS OF THE SUN sparkles with life and love that will not be denied. If Selena and Saxon get to their happy-ever-after, their future promises to be exciting and joyous while they fulfill a prophecy about Ambrosia’s jewels and true love.