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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:30

Review: Fever

Written by Jennifer Porter

Fever.w.quotes“Fever” by Joan Swan (romantic suspense w/paranormal elements, Kensington, February 2012, $14.00, 352pp)

 

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Series: Phoenix Rising

  1. “Fever” – Dr. Alyssa Foster & Teague Creek
  2. “Blaze” – Luke Ransom & Keira O’Shay (out in later 2012)

 

Monday, 27 February 2012 15:15

Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

Written by Jennifer Porter

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

 

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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”).

 

Sunday, 26 February 2012 14:55

Review: Lust in the Library

Written by Jennifer Porter

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.

 

Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:45

Review: Angels' Flight

Written by Jennifer Porter

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)

 

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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

 

Sunday, 19 February 2012 17:33

Review: Nightfire

Written by Jennifer Porter

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

 

Review:
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.

 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:22

Review: Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel

Written by Jennifer Porter

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.

 

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:55

Review: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

Written by Jennifer Porter

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

 

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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

 

Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:32

Review: Intimate Exposure

Written by Jennifer Porter

intimateexposure_300h“Intimate Exposure” by Portia Da Costa (erotic, Carina, February 2012, $3.99, 40,000 words)

 

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Review:
In “Intimate Exposure,” Portia Da Costa’s latest erotic romance, Vicki Renard is an executive at a company that has recently been sold to a mysterious new owner, F.W. Shanley. Red Webster is a photographer working to create a company profile as part of the management transition. Red likes to tease the oh-so serious and proper Vicki. However on one visit, he playfully takes Vicki’s ereader and sees that she is reading “The Story of O,” a tale about one woman’s submissive journey. Suspecting that Vicki’s reading choice spoke to her sexual desires, Red intensifies his pursuit of her.

 

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:13

Review: Not Wicked Enough

Written by Jennifer Porter

nwe_h“Not Wicked Enough” by Carolyn Jewel (historical, Berkley, February 2012, $7.99, 320pp)

 

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Series: Seducing the Scoundrels

  1. “Not Wicked Enough” – Lily & Mountjoy
  2. “Not Proper Enough” – Ginny & Fenrith (to be released in September of 2012)

 

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 19:18

Review: The Rogue Pirate's Bride

Written by Jennifer Porter

rogue-pirate-200“The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” by Shana Galen (historical, Sourcebooks, February 2012, $6.99, 352pp)

 

Series: Sons of Revolution

  1. “The Making of a Duchess” – Julien Harcourt, Duc de Valere & Sarah Smith
  2. “The Making of a Gentleman” – Armand Harcourt, Comte de Valere & Felcity Bennett
  3. “The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” – Sebastien Harcourt, Marquis de Valere & Raeven Russell

 

Review:
“The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” by Shana Galen is the last of three books about the Harcourts, a family of French aristocrats that was pulled apart and devastated by the French Revolution. This one is the story of Sebastien Harcourt, a man who made his way in the world by becoming a privateer on the open ocean. Known as Captain Cutlass, Bastien has spent his life trying to forget his past and making a notorious name for himself. But, he meets his match in Raeven Russell, the daughter of an admiral in the British navy. Raised at sea, Raeven is no debutante. She is a woman on a mission – a mission to make Captain Cutlass pay for his sins.

 

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