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May 28, 2008

Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

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Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole

I love the Immortals After Dark series so I was excited to read Kresley Cole latest installment with Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. Her characters are a mix of different types of mythical creatures such as vampires, Valkyrie, and demons. They are all part of The Lore and must often times work together, even if they are enemies, to reach their goals.

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Review: Rescue Me by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, and Cindy Gerard

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Rescue Me by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, Cindy Gerard

For me, anthologies are the best! Getting to read three or four short stories from several authors, usually tied around a central theme, gives me more bang for my buck. And in today’s economy, I need to save every dollar I can. Rescue Me by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, and Cindy Gerard provides three hot and sensual novellas all tied around the heroine needing rescue from the hero. Each of these authors pens a great story on their own, so I thought this was a well thought out ensemble for an anthology novel.

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Review: By Appointment Only by Janice Maynard

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By Appointment Only by Janice Maynard

When I received “By Appointment Only” by Janice Maynard, I was looking forward to a frothy, steamy read. There was certainly steam but not so much froth! According to the back cover blurb, the premise revolves around a couple taking pre-marital sex therapy. What I actually found was a book that took a quick look at marriage and commitment and what that means to different people.

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Review: Blind Instinct by Fiona Brand

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Blind Instinct by Fiona Brand

Sara Fischer liked her simple life as a librarian in Louisiana. But one day, while cleaning out her father’s attic, she finds a Nazi codebook from World War II. Fiona Brand’s Blind Instinct starts out with a bang and just doesn’t stop! This book combines suspense, history and a bit of the paranormal, all against a healthy backdrop of romance.

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May 20, 2008

Review: Angel of Mercy by Toni Andrews

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Angel of Mercy by Toni Andrews

Have you ever wished you had the power to control others? Just tell them what to do, and they instantly comply without hesitation? In Toni Andrews new book, Angel of Mercy, Mercy Hollings has that talent. This is an awesome power, and has such great possibilities for an incredible story. I love the paranormal genre so I thought this book would be right up my alley. However, I ended up being disappointed in the execution of the idea.

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Review: False Colours by Georgette Heyer

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False Colours by Georgette Heyer

When I picked up False Colours by Georgette Heyer, I knew to expect a well written regency romance filled with laugh out loud humor and well developed characters. This is a fast-paced book of misunderstandings and mistaken identities that kept my interest until the last page.

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May 19, 2008

Review: Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer

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Fridays Child by Georgette Heyer

Another re-release from Georgette Heyer that was first published in 1944, “Friday’s Child” seemed to answer a public outcry for more light-hearted regency fair. As Ms. Heyer herself wrote about this novel, “I think myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense, but it’s questionably good escapist literature and I think I should rather like it if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter, or recovering from flu. Its period detail is good; my husband says it’s witty—and without going to these lengths, I will say that it is very good fun.” (From the book “The Private World of Georgette Heyer” by Jane Aiken Hodge; Random House, APR06)

This was written during a time of deprivation and war in London and Heyer’s fans were looking for a way to escape from their tense situation. The humor and comedic banter in her novels provided them a way to retreat, at least mentally, to a happier place and enjoy the antics and bumble broths of her well-written characters.

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Review: The Charm School by Susan Wiggs

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The Charm School by Susan Wiggs

What a wonderful story about love and transformation Susan Wiggs has penned in “The Charm School”. It combines the lure of “Pygmalion” with the fairy tale of “The Ugly Duckling” and even throws in a dash of anti-slavery activism. And it all comes together beautifully in a story that validates hopes and dreams of love and freedom. This is a reissue of a 1999 release.

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Review: SEALed with a Kiss by Mary Margret Daughtridge

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SEALed with a Kiss by Mary Margret Daughtridge

What an incredibly powerful book! I confess I’d heard positive buzz on a few Internet sites about this book, but I wasn’t prepared for the read I got. Stories about SEALs and other elite military forces are very popular these days. I confess that I don’t usually run out to buy these; primarily because many of them tend to pass over the incredible sacrifices these men and women make everyday. In “SEALed with a Kiss,” Mary Margret Daughtridge has done a stellar job writing a realistic romance without trying to sugarcoat the difficulties inherent in any military relationship.

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Review: Lover’s Bite by Maggie Shayne

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Lover's Bite by Maggie Shayne

I love to sink my teeth into a paranormal romance. I am a sucker for the dark, dangerous, sexy characters, and the life (undead or not) that they live. I believe as a fellow paranormal romance junkie, we demand a well written world of vampires and shape-shifters. Weave in some well placed magic and we are instantly intrigued. Between the well written characters and intriguing storyline, Lover’s Bite by Maggie Shayne delivers on all accounts.

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Review: Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

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Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

When I was asked to read and review Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, I don’t read a lot of regency romances, so I was intrigued and somewhat worried about reading it. Now I am glad that I have had the opportunity to read this delightful novel as I may not have ever given her novels a chance otherwise. Although this book has some very romantic moments, it is really a book about family, propriety and everything else in between. The dynamics between the characters are not only heartfelt, but humorous as well.

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May 16, 2008

Review: Twisted by Andrea Kane

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Twisted by Andrea Kane

The first thing that you should know about “Twisted” by Andrea Kane is that I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a romance novel. Sure, there’s a romantic relationship between two of the main characters. But I felt the romance was a secondary element to the story – it happened in the midst of all this other action and the relationship development was not the primary focus of the story. I don’t mean to make that sound like a bad thing, because I don’t think it is, but I do think you should be aware of that going in.

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Review: Red-Hot and Royal by Susanna Carr

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Red-Hot and Royal by Susanna Carr

It’s always fascinating to read intertwined stories and “Red-Hot and Royal” by Susanna Carr is a delightful offering of three red-hot princes who each find the perfect woman in the most unexpected places. Ms. Carr does a grand job of providing each of her characters with distinct personalities. No cookie-cutter heroes here. Her heroines are also unusual in true fairytale manner as none of them fit the generic princess mold.

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May 15, 2008

Review: Nights in Black Leather by Noelle Mack

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Nights in Black Leather by Noelle Mack

When I started Nights in Black Leather by Noelle Mack, I noticed that my house was pretty cool inside. So, I bundled up in my favorite quilt and started to read. As I continued to get into the story the house became quite warm, so kicked off the quilt and turned down the air conditioner. When my husband came home, he immediately started complaining about how freezing the house was. I never noticed. That, to me, means I have just read a very HOT book! A steamy relationship, some suspense and a smart hero and heroine in my opinion is the definition of a good read. Nights in Black Leather is the total package.

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May 14, 2008

Review: Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

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Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

When I had the opportunity to read and review Anne Stuart’s latest novel Fire and Ice, I jumped at the chance! The one thing I know I can count on with any of Anne Stuart’s novels is a lot of action, suspense and the chemistry between the hero and heroine is always smoking hot! Fire and Ice is all that and a bag of chips! Turn down the air conditioner and get a large glass of iced tea, y’all, because you are in for a wild ride!

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