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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 19:46

Book Picks for the Week of November 26, 2012

when-the-duke-found-loveIsabella Bradford’s “When the Duke Found Love” (Ballantine) Buy from Amazon
I haven’t had a chance to read any of the books in Isabella Bradford’s historical trilogy, but I want to. All three books appeal, especially this one which features a rake who is determined to save the heroine from an arranged marriage.


Celeste Bradley’s “Fallen” (St. Martins) Buy from Amazon
This historical romance has a hero who mistakenly falls into the heroine’s bed, ruining her in the eyes of society. This is a must read scenario for me.


Kresley Cole’s “Shadow’s Claim” (Pocket) Buy from Amazon
I adore Kresley Cole’s paranormal books. Her Immortals After Dark series is fantastic. It is brutal, filled with violence and emotional upheaval. I cannot wait to read this book which is an IAD spinoff.


ImportanceWickedTitle: “The Importance of Being Wicked”
Author: Miranda Neville
Series: The Wild Quartet, book 1
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Price: $7.99 bk / $4.99 e
Page Count: 384
Genre: historical


Read our Review


Monday, 26 November 2012 20:13

Review: The Importance of Being Wicked

ImportanceWicked“The Importance of Being Wicked” by Miranda Neville (historical, Avon, December 2012, $7.99, 384pp)




Series: Wild Quartert, book 1


The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love....


“Leave Me Breathless” by Cherrie Lynn (ebook)
Twitter friends were talking about this book and the hero’s pierced penis. I had to read it. And Seth knows how to wield his pierced member. This is a very hot book. I enjoyed the romance as well. I went and bought the other books in this series after reading this one.


“Edge of Dawn” by Lara Adrian (ebook, review copy, edelweiss)
This book won’t be until February 26, 2013, so no review until then. But I will say I loved it!


“The Boss’s Daughter” by Jasmine Haynes (ebook)
This is the latest book in a series about hotwifing (don’t Google this word unless you are prepared). I’m a bit horrified by the series, but also addicted to it. I didn’t really care for the subject matter in the first book, but I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know what happened next. In this story, I didn’t really care for the heroine who seemed to treat the hero like crap.


Sunday, 25 November 2012 13:56

What Makes a Romance Hero?

Several weeks ago, I read Madeline Sheehan’s “Undeniable” (see review), a book which features a very unlikeable, un-heroic and criminal hero named Deuce. It isn’t a pleasant or fun story. It contains cheating, violence (so much violence, but the hero is violent toward the heroine), unlikeable characters and so much more. But it is a romance, in that it features two main protagonists who fall in love and get a happily ever after (although readers may or may not buy into it, but this can be true of any romance).


Several days later, Jane at Dear Author posted her review of this book. As is often the case, this review garnered lots of comments. I followed the thread with acute interest, especially when some of the commenters objected to the fact that “Undeniable” was considered a romance at all. One commenter in particular, pamela, asked “Why do books we read have to contain only main characters with noble motives and actions?” (comment #30). I was struck by this and even got into a great conversation on Twitter about this very question.


Sunday, 25 November 2012 12:01

Review: Secret Sins

SecretSins“Secret Sins” by Lora Leigh (romantic suspense, St. Martins, December 2012, $7.99, 384pp)


Series: The Callahans, book 3


Sheriff Archer Tobias has watched the Callahan family struggle to find peace and acceptance in the community—despite the murders that continue to haunt them. But his darkest suspicions grow worse when Anna Corbin, a member of one of the country's most influential families, becomes the next target…


Anna knows she’s in danger. She knows she’s on a trail of secrets and lies that could lead to a dead end. But no matter what, she’s determined to learn the identity of the killer—even if it’s someone she loves…


Friday, 23 November 2012 19:19

Review: Lord's Fall

lords fall-186x300“Lord’s Fall” by Thea Harrison (paranormal, Berkley, November 2012, $7.99, 304pp)


Series: Elder Races, book 5


In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…


Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.


KingsBlackDragonTitle: “The King’s Black Dragon”
Author: Martha Murray Moore
Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: September 13, 2012
Price: $9.85p/$2.99e
Page Count: 258
Genre: historical romance, Medieval


The Earl of Kenloch is the king's Black Dragon, his fiercest, most loyal knight. When Kenloch is ordered to marry the daughter of a baron, he seethes, but is forced to obey. However, he chooses the baron's dark-haired older daughter Johanna instead of the vain, selfish golden Juliana. It is a love match from the beginning, but they constantly fight the king's demands that Kenloch leave his growing family and return to court -- to play and dance attendance on the spoiled king. Life is hard and dangerous for Johanna,  as Kenloch is forced again and again to court.  How will she finally convince the king to let Kenloch come home and not lose the king's favor?


Life is hard in those days but Johanna is clever enough to thwart covetous neighbors and outwit dangerous visitors. 


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Thursday, 22 November 2012 21:58

Feel Like Cake?

cakeI hope that all who celebrate had a very Happy Thanksgiving!


This year, I was responsible for dessert at Thanksgiving dinner. I have no idea how I decided what to bring. I think a vision of cake and chocolate-covered strawberries came to me in a dream, and I went from there. The end result is the picture to the left. As I shared my dessert making experience on Twitter, I got several requests for the recipe. So, here is a description of how I made the cake. I like to wing it when I cook which means that I didn’t follow a recipe.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:55

Review: The Prince

princeCover“The Prince” by Tiffany Reisz (erotic fiction, Mira, November 2012, $13.95, 416pp)




Series: Book 3 of the Original Sinners


Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin and, whichever one she chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make. Unless someone makes it for her…


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