Monday, 27 February 2012 15:15

Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

RogueByAnyOtherName1“A Rogue by Any Other Name” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)



There are books I like, books I love, books I hate, books I enjoy, books that move me, etc. Then, there are those books with which I connect on such an intense level that they are destined to hold positions of honor on my exalted shelf of romance-novel favorites. I can’t even pretend that Sarah MacLean’s “A Rogue by Any Other Name” isn’t already firmly ensconced on that shelf. From the moment that Bourne, its hero, appeared (on page 1, I believe), I was captivated. I know that I mentioned on Twitter the first time I read this book that Bourne had conquered my heart and that he was vying for the title of favorite hero with Han Solo (from “Star Wars”), Devil Cynster (from Stephanie Laurens’ “Devil’s Bride”) and James Mallory (from Johanna Lindsey’s “Gentle Rogue”).


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RNNREad2-3“About That Night” by Julie James (review copy)
This book isn’t out until April 3, 2012 – review to come


“The Reins of Love” by Tara Buckley (ebook)
This novella is a prequel or sorts to “The Realm of You” and is the story of Tolo and his wife Beatriz. This is one of those times that I SO wanted a much longer story. Tolo is a rather fascinating character. He fell in love with Beatriz immediately and seduced her into his extremely kinky lifestyle. I just felt as if there is so much more to the story than we got here.


“Learning Curve” by Diana Hunter (ebook)
I think I read the previously published version of this one (from Ellora’s Cave). It is a good story about two students (one a dominant) starting a new relationship. There is a sweetness and romantic feel to this story that I really liked.


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Sunday, 26 February 2012 14:55

Review: Lust in the Library

LustLibrary“Lust in the Library” by Amelia Fayer (erotic, Avon Red, February 2012, $0.99, 96pp): First off, I was intrigued by the title of this book. As a librarian, I can’t help but be interested in books that feature libraries or librarians. It is a bit of a compulsion. So, I didn’t bother to actually read a description of this one before I requested an e-ARC. I mention this because “Lust in the Library” was not what I was expecting it to be. It actually has two separate although related stories, and in my opinion is much closer to erotica than erotic romance. While I do read erotica, I much prefer erotic romance – and generally don’t review erotica. This all makes me a bit uncomfortable or unsure about how to discuss my reaction to these two stories, especially since this one didn't work so well for me.


The first story is “Necking in Nonfiction” and explores the blossoming sexual relationship between Sara, the librarian, and William, a researcher. Sara and William are attracted to each other, but neither have been able to make a move – until Sara tracks William down in the stacks one day. This leads to a hot and heavy necking session that is followed by some oral sex in the elevator, some solo action in the stacks and the big finish in Sarah’s office behind the circulation desk.


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Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:45

Review: Angels' Flight

angels_flight“Angels' Flight” by Nalini Singh – anthology including “Angels' Pawn,” “Angels' Judgment,” “Angel's Wolf,” and “Angel's Dance” (paranormal, Berkley, February 2012, $7.99, 368pp)




Giveaway: Berkley is giving away one copy of this book to a US resident who comments on this review. Contest is open until Monday, February 28, 2012 at Noon EST. Winner will be chosen at random.


Series: Guild Hunters

  1. “Angels' Blood” – Raphael and Elena
  2. “Archangel’s Kiss” – Raphael and Elena
  3. “Archangel’s Consort” – Raphael and Elena
  4. “Archangel’s Blade” – Dmitri and Honor


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“A Desperate Wife” by Brienne Jolie (ebook)
In this one, a wife suspects that her husband is cheating on her. It is a very short read that shows the husband and wife reconnecting one day when the husband takes a day off from work. The story is hot, but there is little development – and I wasn’t actually convinced that any problems were solved.


“Lust Becomes You” by Desiree Holt (ebook)
This is a short, erotic romance in which lovers are reunited on a snowy Valentine’s Day. It is a very quick read. I liked the characters and the BDSM elements work very well.


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Sunday, 19 February 2012 17:33

Review: Nightfire

Nightfire1-199x300“Nightfire” by Lisa Marie Rice (erotic, romantic suspense, Avon Red, February 2012, $13.99, 320pp)


Series: The Protectors

  1. “Into the Crossfire” – Sam Reston & Nicole Pearce
  2. “Hotter than Wildfire” – Harry Bolt & Eve
  3. “Nightfire” – Mike Keilor & Chloe Mason


Lisa Marie Rice has romanticizing action and adventure stories down to a science. In “Nightfire,” readers get an emotionally-charged tale of a sister finding her long-lost family, of a fragile woman and a tortured man finding true love and of good guys taking down a nasty group of Russian, pedophiliac sex slavers. The story kept me on the edge of my seat, like most of Rice’s novels do.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:22

Review: Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel

MissHillarySchools“Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel” by Samantha Grace (historical, Sourcebooks, February 2012, $6.99, 412pp): How do I talk about “Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel,” Samantha Grace’s debut historical romance? I don’t really know. I had a very difficult time reading this book. While it had a strong setup and characters I thought were great together (well, at first), the central source of conflict between the hero and the heroine was The Big Misunderstanding – ok, really The Big Misunderstandings that happened again and again and again. The story showed such promise but that promise was not realized.


Miss Lana Hillary is in her second season – and is still unwed. Her mother is obsessively worried that Lana has no prospects and is pushing less than desirable men at her daughter. Lana catches the attention of Lord Andrew Forest, a younger son of a duke who is rake, scoundrel and pleasure seeker. Yet, something about Lana calls to Drew, so much so that he cannot stay away from her – despite his brother’s explicit order to leave the innocent woman alone.


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Monday, 13 February 2012 21:11

Thoughts on e-shorts

With the prevalence of ebooks and self-publishing, book lengths have changed dramatically. The ebook market is flooded with short stories (under 7500 words), novelettes (7500 to 17,500 words), novellas (17,500 to 40,000 words), etc – stories that are shorter than novels (over 40,000 words). It takes a while to get used to checking prices against word counts in order to be sure of exactly what one is buying. I think that I’ve got a handle on this now and very rarely buy a book without be very aware it its length.


However, I’m noticing something new-ish (at least to me) in digital publishing: e-shorts that are prequels, bridge stories or introductions to full-length books that are being released in both print and paper. I’ve read three of these e-shorts recently, and I’m having trouble with the concept.


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“Karma” by Carly Phillips (review copy)
This is the first book that I have read by Carly Phillips, but it won’t be the last. I actually started reading this after the Patriots loss in the Superbowl because I needed something to cheer me up. I choose this one because Phillips is a fellow Patriots’ fan. A full review to come closer to this one’s May 1, 2012 release date.


RNNREad2-3“Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples” anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (book)
This anthology contains a great collection of erotic stories featuring couples rediscovering their relationships through passionate fantasies – in all sorts of varied situations. I thought of all of the stories excellent, but particularly enjoyed Kate Pearce’s military-themed contribution titled “Warrior,” Karenna Colcroft’s “Out of Control” in which the dominant Reyn pushes Alia to accept her masturbatory urges,  and Justine Elyot’s D/s’ story “The Netherlands.” Oh, and I read without my husband – so I guess this isn’t just for couples (I find this subtitle strange).


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Monday, 13 February 2012 13:55

Review: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

EARLfrontcoversmaller“The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” by Stephanie Laurens (historical, Avon, January 2012, $7.99, 496pp)




Series: The Cynster Sisters’ Trilogy & 18th Cynster book

  1. “Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue” – Heather Cynster & Viscount Breckenridge
  2. In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster” – Eliza Cynster & Jeremy Carling
  3. “The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” – Angelica Cynster & the Earl of Glencrae


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