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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:32

Book Thoughts - Seduction of a Highland Lass

seduction_highland_lass“Seduction of a Highland Lass” by Maya Banks (historical, Ballantine, October 2011, $7.99, 352pp)




“Seduction of a Highland Lass” is the second book in Maya Banks’ McCabe trilogy. Set in Scotland, the story follows Ewan McCabe's brother Alaric as he sets out to a neighboring clan to sacrifice himself on the altar of matrimony in order to solidify plans for an alliance. But something happens to Alaric on his way to meet his intended which changes the course of this life.


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Sunday, 04 September 2011 09:56

Book Thoughts - Sweet Justice

sweet_justice“Sweet Justice” by Christy Reece (romantic suspense, Ballantine, September 2011, $7.99, 400pp): In a new book set in the Last Chance Rescue world, Christy Reece tells a tale of reunited lovers trying to save a young woman who has been kidnapped. With a plot that centers on a cult which “recruits” new female members by stealing them off random college campuses, Reece’s “Sweet Justice” is an intensely scary suspense that is supported by a sexy and engaging romance.


Seth Cavanaugh is a driven police officer who gives up his career and his new-found love in order to go undercover in order to destroy a dangerous drug lord. Honor Stone, rising FBI agent, is the woman that gets left behind when Seth goes undercover and has to convince the whole world that he has turned into a drug lord’s right hand man.


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Thursday, 25 August 2011 17:50

Book Thoughts - In Bed with a Highlander

In_Bed_Highlander“In Bed with the Highlander” by Maya Banks (historical, Ballantine, September 2011, $7.99, 368pp)




I was only a couple of pages into “In Bed with the Highlander” before I knew that I was reading a book that was destined to become one of my all-time favorites. The strange part is that my ARC of it had been sitting around for a while, and I wasn’t sure about whether or not I would read it. Maya Banks has been one of my favorite authors for years, but that opinion was based upon her contemporaries, erotic contemporaries and romantic suspense stories. I was unsure about her switch to historical romance. When a copy of the second book in the trilogy arrived on my doorstop, I went and found my copy of “In Bed with a Highlander” figuring that I needed to give Banks the benefit of the doubt.


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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:36

Book Thoughts - The Sinner Who Seduced Me

SinnerWhoSeducedMe“The Sinner Who Seduced Me” by Stefanie Sloane (historical, July 2011, Ballantine, $7.99, 280 pp): At the end of the second book in Stefanie Sloane’s Regency Rogues’ series, “The Angel in My Arms,” James Marlowe, one of the Young Corinthians was hurt, believed to be a traitor and deeply undercover in a Napoleonic organization known as Les Moines. I was a bit stunned by James’ situation and the setup of the third book. I felt quite bad for James, but was also hesitant about reading his story. But read it, I did.


James, in his undercover role in Les Moines, journeys to France to help force a painter to return to London to paint a portrait of a young Canadian debutante. But what does he find in the painter’s studio? Lady Clarissa Collins, the love of his life. Clarissa and James ended their relationship several years previously when Clarissa’s father was accused of infidelity. Clarissa had wanted James to condemn her father, but he had refused. Shortly thereafter, Clarissa and her mother had fled to Paris where Clarissa eventually studied painting.


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Sunday, 03 July 2011 19:59

Book Thoughts - The Angel in My Arms

theangelinmyarms-200x326“The Angel in My Arms” by Stefanie Sloane (historical, Ballantine, July 2011, $7.99, 304pp)




One of my favorite things about reading is finding new authors – especially those writing Regencies which is my favorite time period. I was in heaven when I read Stefanie Sloane’s debut book, “The Devil in Disguise,” and was really curious to read her sophomore release “The Angel in My Arms.” Would I enjoy it as much? Would it live up to the expectations set in the first? Would Stefanie Sloane become one of my “must-buy” authors? Fortunately, it didn’t take more than a few pages for me to realize that Stefanie Sloane was not a one hit wonder.


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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 18:15

Book Thoughts - Seduce Me in Dreams

seduce-me-in-dreams“Seduce Me in Dreams” by Jacquelyn Frank (paranormal, Ballantine, April 2011, $7.99, 352 pp):  I often have some trouble with paranormal/futuristic romances set in space because I find the worlds’ difficult to understand. And yes, I get the irony that I find it way easier to accept worlds with vampires, shifters, angels, immortals and the like. I just have a difficult time suspending my disbelief enough to get into the story. And this was the case with “Seduce Me in Dreams.” I kept getting distracted by other books.


But Bronse and Ravenna’s story finally did pique my interest – and helped to make the space theme less problematic for me. Bronse and Ravenna have a special connection, one that runs deep despite the fact that they haven’t even met. They communicate telepathically through their dreams. Bronse is a soldier – fighting for a planetary federation - and he has just discovered that a traitor in his organization wants him and his team dead. Ravenna is a high priestess of the Chosen Ones – a group of people with paranormal abilities who help others. Ravenna’s talent allows her to see people’s past, present and future and is one that puts her and her family in danger.


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Monday, 21 March 2011 13:42

Book Thoughts - Breaking the Rules

Breaking_the_rules“Breaking the Rules” by Suzanne Brockmann (romantic suspense, Ballantine, March 2011, $26.00, 528pp): What to say about Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters’ series? The books in this series have been on my “Must Buy” list since I read the first book, “The Unsung Hero,” in 2000. What is not to love about sexy Navy SEALs taking on bad guys and finding true love? There have been some truly unforgettable characters along the way; the kind that have remained in my consciousness well after I’ve finished reading about them. While I am still not quite over the hero/heroine pairings in “Dark of Night,” I’ve come to think of all of the other Troubleshooters’ characters as friends.


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Friday, 20 August 2010 07:36

Book Review - Home Again

home_againRomance falls flat in this tale of second chances


“Home Again” (Contemporary, Ballantine/DelRey, 451 pages, $7.99), by Mariah Stewart: Hollywood movie star Dallas MacGregor needs to get out of L.A. after her soon-to-be-ex-husband is exposed in a sex scandal.  Worried about shielding her son, Cody, from the gossip and nasty press sure to ensue, she secretly flees to St. Dennis, a sleepy town on the Chesapeake Bay where she spent idyllic summers as a child.


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TTBAR_coverRNNREad2-3A scarred man is healed by the love of an innkeeper


“Twice Tempted by a Rogue” (Historical, Ballantine, 374 pages, $7.99), by Tessa Dare: As the newest Lord Ashworth, Rhys St Maur has a lot to make up for.  After 14 years – with most of those years waging war on the battlefield - Rhys returns home to assess his inheritance, including the family estate at Nethermoor Hall.  It is where he suffered relentless abuse as a child and the scene of a devastating stable fire that destroyed the property and almost killed him.


Upon entering the Three Hounds, a local inn run by the widow Meredith Maddox, he is taken by both her boldness and beauty.  He discovers she is the daughter of George Lane, the stable manager who saved his life from the fire.


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