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October 9, 2008

Review: Snowy Night with a Stranger by Jane Feather, Sabrina Jeffries, and Julia London

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Snowy Night with a Stranger by Jane Feather, Sabrina Jeffries, and Julia London

Ah, the joys of Christmas! Spending meaningful time and making memories with the ones that mean the most to you. But not everyone gets this picture-perfect Christmas. In “Snowy Night with a Stranger,” all three historical stories are written about individuals who end up spending Christmas somewhere they never expected to be. But thanks to the magic of romance, our ‘strandees’ find their perfect love in unexpected places. I can only imagine what wonderful stories these characters would have to tell their grandkids!



September 7, 2008

Review: Tempted by the Night by Elizabeth Boyle

Tempted by the Night by Elizabeth Boyle

If you had a magic ring and could make one wish, what would it be? Now imagine you are a typical regency miss secretly in love with a dashing rogue of a Lord and you get the wish…what now? Well, that’s pretty much the plot of “Tempted By The Night” by Elizabeth Boyle. This is her second book in the ‘Marlow’ series about a family who comes into possession of a magic ring that grants the holder one wish…then forces events to cause the wish to come to fruition. An interesting twist on a ‘genie-type’ theme.


August 2, 2008

Review: Mystic Rider by Patricia Rice

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Mystic Rider by Patricia Rice

Opening the cover of a newly released book by a favored author is always an exciting moment. Comfy chair? Check. Chilled beverage (or hot if it’s winter)? Check. Kids and hubby otherwise occupied? Check. Here we go! So I just jumped at the chance to read “Mystic Rider,” the second book in Patricia Rice’s new ‘Mystic Isle’ series. It’s a romance, it’s an historical, and it has magic! I get goose bumps just thinking about it!!! Mystic Isle is an invisible island that is home to a race of people with special talents. They chose to separate themselves from the Outside World in an effort to create a Utopia. But recently, ‘things’ have been happening that seem to be drawing some of their people out to the other world, the most recent being Ian, their Sky Rider, who is the leader of their Council.


July 16, 2008

Review: Scandalous by Night by Barbara Pierce

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Scandalous by Night by Barbara Pierce

After an extended bout of reading erotica and paranormal titles, I was looking forward to taking a break and heading back in time with “Scandalous by Night” by Barbara Pierce, a historical romance from St. Martin’s Press. This is certainly a passionate novel for a historical, set in the early 1800s in England. It’s a tale of wickedness, villainy, and revenge. A young man seduced and betrayed by his own loved ones and a young woman, alone and easily deceived. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately for me, the ‘hero’ wasn’t very heroic and if I had been the heroine, I’d have kicked his butt from England to the Continent and never allowed his return.


July 14, 2008

Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

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Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

It has been years since I have read a Lisa Kleypas novel. I admittedly get stuck on a certain type of genre at times and honestly stopped reading historical novels for a while. When I had the opportunity to read Seduce Me at Sunrise I jumped at the chance. Knowing that I have loved Lisa’s books in the past, I wondered if the magic was still there. It is. I had forgotten the lyrical way she tells a story. I forgot her addictive storylines and her unbelievably tortured, sexy heroes. What was wrong with me? I am so glad I read this book. I simply loved every moment of it.


July 6, 2008

Review: Twice Loved by Lori Copeland

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Twice Loved by Lori Copeland

I haven’t read a novel written by Lori Copeland in a long time. I have always enjoyed the historical novels she had written years ago. When I heard she was writing more Christian-based romances, I thought I would eventually give them a try. Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of this kind of romance but when I was offered to read Twice Loved (Belles of Timber Creek), I immediately jumped at the chance. I wanted to see if I would get as involved with the characters as I had with her novels written prior to this genre. I wasn’t disappointed. Once again, Lori has written a story with very human characters that are easy to relate to and care about.


July 5, 2008

Review: Magic in His Kiss by Shari Anton

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Magic in His Kiss by Shari Anton

I was really anxious to read Magic in His Kiss. Lately, I have been pining to read a really good medieval romance. I do have difficulty getting into these types of romances because they can be slower-paced for me and I sometimes lose interest in them quickly. I can honestly say that Magic in His Kiss by Shari Anton grabbed my interest from the first page and held it until the last. Filled with adventure, passion, and romance, I quickly read this book and was very sorry for it to end!


May 19, 2008

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.


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.


May 9, 2008

Review: Wild – The Pack of St. James by Noelle Mack

Wild by Noelle Mack

Have you ever read a book you wanted to be great, but it just missed it’s mark? Wild – The Pack of St. James by Noelle Mack has been that book for me. First, let me say that although I didn’t love the book, I did like it. I know that Ms. Mack needed to set up the plot line for her continuing series with Kyril’s brothers, but unfortunately for me it was at Kyril’s and Vivienne’s expense.

As soon as the novel starts, we are in what feels like the middle of Kyril’s and Vivienne’s relationship. I felt like I had started in the middle of the book, and that I had missed something important; like why they connected, and why their feelings were as strong as they were. Honestly, I felt kind of cheated when I read about them throughout the book. One moment they are thinking about consummating their relationship, the next they are in love, then they don’t see one another for a long period of time. What made them connect? What drove their attraction to one another? Why didn’t they communicate better with one another?


April 29, 2008

Review: Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke

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Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke

I am going to be really honest here. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. As a general rule, I don’t read many medieval romances. It’s not that I don’t like them, because I do. I just don’t seek them out. Well, after reading Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke, I am going to give the genre some serious reconsideration from now on!

Our story starts in the year 1059 at Jubb Prison, Viseu, Iberia. Rohan de Luc, the bastard son of a Norse nobleman, and his men are imprisoned and are close to death. They are shackled, starved and tortured. Just as they are about to be executed, they are saved by a mysterious old woman. Before the weary men can thank her, she cuts them all on the chin and claims that the blood on the dagger unites them. She calls them the Knights of the Blood Sword and states that their seed will only be fertile with the women destined to bear them sons. But, it comes with the high price of spilling the blood of her kin. Seven years later, the Saxon and the Norse are fighting to rule England. Rowan, and his men known as the Black Swords, have earned the reputation of being fierce and ruthless.


April 10, 2008

Review: Soul of a Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

Soul of a Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

What woman hasn’t ever dreamed of a handsome highland lover who sweeps her off her feet? Why are so many of us so fascinated with these brawny heroes? I don’t know, and I really don’t care, but I sure love to read about them! “Soul of a Highlander” is the third offering in Ms. Mayhue’s magical Highland series, preceded by “Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband” and “Highland Guardian”. This series features 13th century hunky Scots (and Scottesses!), modern women, magic, and faeries good and bad. If you are a fan of Lynn Kurland, Karen Marie Moning’s earlier works, or Janet Chapman, do yourself a favor and check out Melissa Mayhue’s books.

Her latest features two secondary characters from earlier in the series. First up is Mairi MacKiernan, who was saved by magic from death in the year 1272 and brought forward into the 21st century. Our heroine feels out of place and she’s sure that the faerie magic heritage of true-love for her will never come to pass as she’s ‘out’ of her time. Although she appreciates all the conveniences of the century she now finds herself in, she misses her 13th century aunt dearly. While reading about her family’s past, she discovers that her Aunt Rosalyn’s daughter was killed at a young age and decides to travel to the past and save her for her beloved aunt. Mairi boldly challenges the Faerie Prince Pol to grant her the powers she needs to complete this mission. But bargains with the Fae never turn out quite like one intended…


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