Monday, 18 April 2011 14:12
“It Happened One Bite” by Lydia Dare (paranormal, historical, Sourcebooks, March 2011, $7.99, 416 pp): For several years, I’ve avoided historical romances with paranormal elements. I’m not entirely sure why; it might have to do with the fact that historical romance are my favorite sub-genre – and I like them the way they are. But Lydia Dare is almost single-handedly responsible for changing my opinion. Her series about English lords who just happen to be Lycans and a band of powerful and Scottish witches has really captivated me. When I read that the author would be introducing vampires into the world, I was quite intrigued.
In “It Happened One Night,” Blaire Lindsay, one of the aforementioned witches, journeys to Briarcraig Castle with her brother – who just happens to have inherited said castle. Little does she know that her arrival wakes a sleeping beast in the castle’s dungeon. Blair frees the prisoner, James Maitland, Lord Kettering, unaware that he had been deliberately imprisoned – and certainly not realizing that he is a vampyre. James, meanwhile, wants revenge against the coven of witches who captured him and took his magic signet ring.
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:42
“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.
Sunday, 13 March 2011 14:45
"A Lady's Wish" by Katharine Ashe (historical, Avon Impulse, March 2011, $1.99): When presented with the opportunity earlier this week to read Avon Impulse’s first e-novella release, “A Lady’s Wish” by Katharine Ashe, I jumped at the chance. I followed the link in my email immediately and went right to NetGalley to download the story and load it on my Kobo reader. After all, the new line launches on Tuesday, and I admit to being very curious about the venture, its stories, etc. So on Saturday morning, I stayed cuddled up in bed. With the sun streaming through my windows and e-reader in hand, I ventured into Katharine Ashe’s world. And I can say that “A Lady’s Wish” was the perfect way to wake up!
Sunday, 06 February 2011 13:14
“Invitation to Ruin” by Bronwen Evans (historical, Brava, March 2011, $14.00, 320 pp): While plotting an assignation with a beautiful young widow, Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, finds himself in the wrong bedchamber and mistakenly ruins the virginal Miss Melissa Goodly. When caught, Melissa and Anthony are forced to wed.
The problem is that Anthony has vowed never to marry or sire children. His father was a cruel and merciless man who made his fortune in the slave trade and groomed Anthony to do the same. Anthony, as the heir, was taken from his mother and twin brother and forced to live according to his father’s cold and abusive dictates. Anthony quickly learned that if he showed any weakness his father would exploit it to hurt anyone about whom Anthony cared.
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 20:22
“Rogue Oracle” by Alayna Williams (urban fantasy, Pocket, March 2011, $7.99, 368 pp): As a reviewer, I get lots of books - far too many for me to actually read. I love, however, that when I’m in a reading slump or that I’m in the mood for something different, I can just rummage about my house for something new and intriguing to read. This is how I ended up reading Alayna Williams’ “Rogue Oracle” – an urban fantasy novel that is the second installment in Williams’ Delphic Oracle series.
To start, I haven’t read the first book in the series, “Dark Oracle.” I don’t think that readers will have trouble starting the series with the second book. I have purchased the first because, as a romance novel addict, I want to read about how the main characters met and got together. I also think there may be some valuable information about the heroine and her back story in the first book.
Monday, 07 March 2011 18:22
“The Spy Who Loved Her” by Melissa Schroeder (historical, Samhain, March 2011, $5.50, novel length): I love historical romances and I can’t resist stories with heroines who are in love with their older brothers’ best friends. Since Melissa Schroeder’s “The Spy Who Loved Her,” fit into both of those categories, I was very anxious to read it – and extremely excited to get a review copy from the author. I devoured the story in almost one sitting as soon as a copy hit my inbox.
For years, Lady Anna Ward has dedicated herself to working with orphaned children, forsaking the more traditional aims of marriage and family. She blames herself for her part in a plot that endangered her cousin’s life (events from a previous book in the series). Her family is very worried about the way that she shuns almost all social contact. In hopes of marrying her off, Anna’s mother demands her re-entrance into the social whirl. On her first evening out, Lady Anna comes face to face with Daniel, the Earl of Bridgerton.
Friday, 04 March 2011 14:29
“An Unlikely Countess” (Historical, Signet, $7.99) by Jo Beverley: Catesby Burgoyne has cultivated a reputation as the scandalous second son of the Earl of Malzard. After being kicked out of the service, (he was forced to sell his commission) he returns home to an icy welcome. He is cut out of the family after a nasty fight with his older brother, who is now earl.
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 09:15
“A Lot Like Love” (Contemporary, Berkley, $7.99) by Julie James
People can say what they will about Jordan Rhodes, the daughter to billionaire Grey Rhodes. Her family has been the topic of media scrutiny and public fascination for years due to her father’s profitable business ventures.
Jordan has gotten to where she is today all on her own merits - owning one of Chicago’s top wine stores. When her brother Kyle is sentenced to prison and is tormented by other inmates, she’ll do anything to see him set free.
Nick McCall is a top undercover agent and his next assignment will thrust him out of his “average Joe” comfort zone and into the posh lifestyle of the rich and noteworthy.
Sunday, 27 February 2011 20:22
“The Heiress” by Lynsay Sands (historical, Avon, March 2011, $7.99, 322 pp): Lynsay Sands does something unique with her latest two books: “The Countess” and “The Heiress” – she tells the same story (or much of the same story) from two different points of view. The general story revolves around three sisters who must find a way to help their father raise funds to pay off a manufactured gambling debt. All three girls have substantial dowries, but they must marry in order to have access to their funds. Christiana, the oldest and heroine of “The Countess,” married a man who wasn’t the true Richard Fairgrave (Earl of Radnor) and who tightly controlled her money. Suzette, the middle sister and heroine of “The Heiress,” has come up with a daring plan. She plans to find a gentleman in dire need of funds and propose to him. She hopes to entice said man by offering him two-thirds of her dowry. The death and resurrection of Richard, which is the focus of “The Countess,” complicates Suzette’s matrimonial machinations.