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Thursday, 21 March 2013 18:01

The Anatomy of a DNF

aftershock 300Reading is a very personal experience, and there are an infinite number of ways that people can react to the same book. When readers have negative reactions to books, we might choose to abandon the book and not finish it (DNF). I admit that it is rare for me to give up on a book. I think in 2012, I DNF’d only 2 books. Admittedly, I’m up to 3 already in 2013, but still it isn’t something I like to do. In cases where I’ve bought a book, I feel compelled to try and finish. I might start reading at lightning speed, hoping to catch the salient highlights or I might make myself keep going in hope that it ends on a more positive note, but sometimes I do have to give up on a book – often to keep my sanity.

 

There are many reasons for a DNF, and they are probably different for every reader. During the fall of 2012, I had to stop reading Suzanne Enoch’s “Rules for a Devilish Duke.” Now, I am a very big fan of Suzanne Enoch and her historicals (“England’s Perfect Hero” is one of my all-time favorite books), but haven’t been as invested in her latest series. However, I wasn’t tempted to put any of them down either. But the hero of “Rules for Devilish Duke” drove me batty from page one. He’s a duke who needs to marry by his thirtieth birthday and have an heir by his thirty first or lose his inheritance.

 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:12

Book Picks for the Week of March 18, 2013

HighlanderMostWantedMaya Banks’ “Highlander Most Wanted” (Ballantine) Buy from Amazon
I am huge fan of Banks’ historical romances. In this one, Bowen Montgomery falls in love with Genevieve McInnis, who has been the victim of years of heinous abuse. Her story broke my heart – several times over. But Bowen champions Genevieve, and helps her get a spectactular happily ever after.

 

Sara Brookes’ “No Turning Back” (Ellora’s Cave)
This is part of a new series by Brookes called Geek Kink. I knew I would buy this from that alone. It is the heroine Allison who is the geek here. I cannot wait to read it.

 

HelenKay Dimon’s “No Turning Back” (InterMix) Buy from Amazon
This book is the start of a new, contemporary series about three brothers, living with a legacy of shame from their con-man father. Declan, and his brothers, head to Sweetwater, Oregon, to see the house their grandmother left them. Declan is immediately blindsided by Leah, the daughter of a man who was conned by his father. The two battle intensely, their attraction a bit of the fiery variety. This is a solid romance. The Hanover brothers are strong characters – and I’m totally hooked on this series.

noturningback 200Romance Novel News is pleased to host HelenKay Dimon to talk about her latest release, "No Turning Back" a book which features a hero and heroine who spend almost as much time battling each other as they do anything else. Read on to find out how to win a copy from the author.

 

"No Turning Back"

Thank you for having me here today to talk about my new release NO TURNING BACK. I'm extra excited to be here since today is release day.

 

The book centers on the sons of a notorious con man, Charlie Hanover. They are smart, difficult, tough and slightly estranged when the book starts. The hero, Declan, has been in the Army and concentrating on his life there, but now he's out and is dealing with his father's victims and the mess the man made of a lot of peoples' lives.

 

slow surrender 224x300“Slow Surrender” by Cecilia Tan (ebook, review copy, NetGalley) Buy from Amazon
A review of this is to come. However, I enjoyed this erotic romance tremendously – with the caveat that this is part of a trilogy and that this part has a cliffhanger ending. Tan explores the psychological aspects of BDSM in this story, something that makes this one stand out in a sea full of romances featuring billionaire Doms.

 

“Spellfire” by Jessica Andersen (review copy) Buy from Amazon
This is the final installment of Jessica Andersen’s Nightkeepers series, a paranormal series that I adore. This final book is the story of Rabbit and Myrrine – and when the Maya end date finally arrives. The Nightkeepers must save the world with their own brand of magic. Andersen ended the series very well, although I did wish that Anna had a full romance rather than the hint of a HEA to come later.

 

Sunday, 17 March 2013 14:43

Review: Beyond Control

beyondcontrol-400“Beyond Control” by Kit Rocha (erotic, dystopian, self-published, March 2013, $4.99, 400pp)

 

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Series: O’Kanes, book 2

 

Summary:
She refuses to be owned.

Saturday, 16 March 2013 15:05

Review: Bonds of Need

BondsOfNeed“Bonds of Need” By Lynda Aicher (erotic, Carina, March 2013, $2.99, 212pp)

 

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Series: Wicked Play, book 2

 

Summary:
When Kendra Morgan attends a party at an exclusive sex club, she's not driven by mere curiosity. Hoping to prove she's put the past behind her, Kendra must instead face up to needs she's denied for too long. Despite her lingering fears, she can't resist the temptation to play…

 

Friday, 15 March 2013 10:06

Romance Crack: Falling for Sir

FallingForSir“Falling for Sir” by Cat Kelly (erotic, Evernight, February 2013, $5.99, 172pp)

 

Summary:
Marianne's just started a promising new job in an exciting new city, but she's finding that there's nothing new or promising about the men in her lackluster social life. One thing remains the same—her Neglected Clitoris Predicament.

After confessing to friends at happy hour that she's never had an orgasm, she finds a card left on her chair at work. It leads her to an exclusive club where she's about to find out exactly what it takes to make her tick. And who.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:43

Review: Uncommon Pleasure

Uncommon Pleasure“Uncommon Pleasure” by Anne Calhoun (erotic, anthology, Berkley, March 2013, $15.00, 304pp)

 

Summary:
In “Over the Edge,” after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty, he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about—until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.

Monday, 11 March 2013 13:25

Review: Staging Murder

StagingMurder“Staging Murder” by Nora LeDuc (romantic suspense, Wild Rose Press, October 2012, $12.99, 254pp)

 

Summary:
Ava Ray returns home to put aside family grudges, never expecting to be swept into the mystery surrounding her stepmother's murder and the sinister fires lighting up the city's night skies. Now the murderer is obsessing over Ava and sending her gifts. The police believe the killer and the arsonist are the same person and focus their attempts to capture the criminal around Ava. But how can she trust head detective Ben "Mac" McNamara, her ex-love, when he treats her as a suspect? Mac fought his way through the foster system to become a respected member of the police force. When evidence points to Ava as the murderer, he's torn between believing in her innocence and fearing her guilt. Soon their past mistakes ignite emotions hotter than the arsonist's fires, forcing Mac to choose--protect a vulnerable Ava? Or arrest her as a cold, calculating killer?

 

HerLuckyLove72“The Fetish Box: Part Two” by Nicole Camden (ebook, review copy, edelweiss)
Review to come

 

“The Fetish Box: Part Three” by Nicole Camden (ebook, review copy, edelweiss)
Review to come

 

“Her Lucky Love” by Carrie Ann Ryan (ebook, review copy)
See review

 

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