Mariah Hunter is a thief and an adventurer, but she gets more than she bargains for when she steals a fire opal out from under her old partner and lovMariah Hunter is a thief and an adventurer, but she gets more than she bargains for when she steals a fire opal out from under her old partner and lover’s nose. Ben tries to warn her, but she flees the scene and soon finds herself being hunted by one man and travelling with another who popped into her hotel room out of thin air.
It has been years since I read the first two books in the Phantom series so when I originally started this book I had to stop and go back and reread the first two to refresh my memory. I am glad I did because it gave me a chance to rekindle my attachment to a lot of the characters.
This third book is definitely my favorite. I love Mariah’s spirit and her tough outer shell. I loved reading about her and Rafe and watching him page by page melt her icy heart. The heat between the two is incredible and their lead up to happily ever after realistic and exciting. They both have a past with baggage that adds to paths they select when dealing with each other, emotionally, it gave the story depth and added a layer of believability to their relationship.
I really enjoy the magic and the glimpses of the old Romani Village, Valoren, that Rafe and his family come from. If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, I strongly suggest you do so. They are all connected and characters appear and reappear in each book. Had I not read them I really feel like I would have felt a little lost or at least like I was missing out while reading this one.
Some things were left up in the air at the end of this book, and I find myself wishing I had a book four in my hands. I don’t feel like I have all the closure I need to have with some of the other characters like Ben and Cat, Gemma and Paxton and finally Rogan and Sarina. I would love for another book in this series, and the sooner the better - tomorrow would be great!
Cherise Everhard, December 2012 This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 stars Maddie O’Hare was born in a brothel and forced to turn tricks at a very early age. She has only recently escaped that life and often reverts4.5 stars Maddie O’Hare was born in a brothel and forced to turn tricks at a very early age. She has only recently escaped that life and often reverts back to her former way of coping by mentally checking out when things get too tough.
Caden Miller is also no stranger to hard times and he has a tendre towards Maddie he isn’t quite comfortable with. Lately his friends have been marrying and that is something he has no interest in. But when Maddie gets captured by a rival Caden finds himself on the wrong side of a shotgun and standing in front of a preacher alongside of Maddie. He’s convinced she has betrayed him, but can’t help all the feelings that she inspires.
I haven’t read the previous books in this series so I was worried I would feel like I was missing something while reading this book. Happily that wasn’t the case. The author has written this book so you get enough background information from the previous books but still feel like you are reading a standalone romance book.
I happened to read the reviews AFTER I ordered this book and found quite a few people upset by how Caden treats Maddie. I was afraid I was going to agree with those reviews and I felt it would probably ruin the story for me if I didn’t like Caden. Luckily, I didn’t agree with those reviewers. I found everything that he said and did concerning Maddie to be very human and realistic. Was he always nice? No, but when is anyone? He said things in the heat of the moment that were cruel, but nothing different from what Maddie hadn’t already said about herself. And he feels guilty after he spews his nastiness and he apologizes. It really brought a lot of emotion to the story and made it all the more believable.
Their romance isn’t always sweet and easy but I think I loved their characters because of their struggles and flaws. Their happily ever after was deserved. I really liked this historical romance and it makes me want to read the ones that came before it and the ones that will come after it.
Cherise Everhard, November 2012 Reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
Cody was Sugar Springs’ teenaged bad boy. Bounced from foster care home to foster care home he didn’t have a positive upbringing or much hope for theCody was Sugar Springs’ teenaged bad boy. Bounced from foster care home to foster care home he didn’t have a positive upbringing or much hope for the future. Lee Ann always saw the good in her best friend, Cody. She was the one person who ever truly loved and cared for him and when their friendship blossomed into a romance Lee Ann began dreaming and planning for their future – only to have it all end abruptly and painfully.
Fast forward almost 14 years later and Lee Ann is still in Sugar Springs, raising her deceased sister’s twin 13 year old girls. Cody is the last person she wants and expects to see come back into town. He broke her heart all those years ago and she hasn’t forgotten and she isn’t ready to forgive. Cody has plans of his own and getting Lee Ann to forgive him is tops on his list.
Cody and Lee Ann’s relationship is heartbreaking and frustrating and I am quite sure that only in romantic fiction would things end the way they do here. I do so love make believe. So much of their past with and without each other is plagued with betrayal and bad decisions and hard lessons. This book could have easily been depressing. Thankfully, the author knew how to weave enough love and light into the story to make the bad times bearable. We got to watch Cody and Lee Ann work through the ugly to get to their happily ever after.
I love the small town atmosphere of Sugar Springs and I love stories about lovers reunited. This book had a lot of depth and emotion rolled in with all the romantic sparks and sizzle. The story hints at the promise of a series and I will happily read more.
Cherise Everhard, November 2012 Reviewed for Amazon's Vine Program...more
Ceejay Lovejoy has spent her life in the town of Perfect waiting for the day when she could finally leave it all behind her. But when her boyfriend stCeejay Lovejoy has spent her life in the town of Perfect waiting for the day when she could finally leave it all behind her. But when her boyfriend steals her car, all her money and leaves her alone and pregnant at the age of 19 those plans to leave her hometown get put on hold.
Fast forward five years and Noah Langford has survived a war and returned home with PTSD and missing a leg. He soon discovers his stepbrother abandoned his pregnant girlfriend years ago and Noah decides to head to Perfect and het to know the woman who is raising his niece or nephew.
This book really tugs at the heartstrings. Emotionally it took me through all the ups and downs of these two people. Noah and Ceejay are deeply scarred individuals but somehow they find a way to overcome the past and be just what the other needs.
This is a warm story with a very happy ending. But I have to say some of the bumps along the way to happily ever after had me sobbing big ugly tears. There were some really painful moments and one in particular involving Ceejay’s Aunt Jenny hit a little too close to home for me. Those were tough pages to get through.
The characters are wonderful and it looks like this is the first book in a series. It looks like Noah’s baby sister is going to star in the second book and this is one reader who will be anxiously waiting that publication date. I was really quite captivated.
Cherise Everhard, November 2012 Booked received from the Amazon Vine Program...more
Abby Langford is known for her role on a popular soap opera. Her character on that show is conniving, aggressive and sleeps with whoever is handy. AbbAbby Langford is known for her role on a popular soap opera. Her character on that show is conniving, aggressive and sleeps with whoever is handy. Abby is just the opposite in real life. She and her husband have just divorced and the tabloids have slaughtered Abby in the press. Accusing her of multiple affairs and behavior her character on her soap would be proud of.
Abby is honest and loving and a great mother and friend. After the divorce she moves her daughter back to her hometown in Minnesota wanting her daughter to have an upbringing away from the Hollywood hype and publicity. Abby purchases the house she always wanted as a child and slowly begins to refurbish it while taking on her new career as a mystery writer. When she finds a knife hidden in a wall and begins getting hate mail at the house Josh, the police chief, comes out to investigate. He has his own ideas about Abby and what is really going on, but soon finds it hard to believe what his cynical mind is telling him.
I really liked this story. It is a good romantic suspense, and kept me guessing until the end. You really don’t know if Abby’s knife, dreams and stalker are tied together or separate. There is so much going on that the book is never boring. The romance between Josh and Abby is hot and believable and also made the book hard to set down.
The story is filled with side characters you love like Abby’s surrogate family, her daughter and Josh’s sister. And then there are the characters in the story you want to stab like Heather and Colin. I have never read two characters more instantly dislikeable! It was making me laugh at myself how much they were aggravating me. I got a little wrapped up in the story.
I love a good romantic suspense novel and this one definitely is – I would recommend to anyone wanting a little mystery in between all the snogging. This is my first time reading this author but it has inspired me to be on the lookout for other books.
Cherise Everhard, November 2012 Amazon Vine book review...more
Abbie Marshall leads a pretty vanilla life outside of her dangerous reporting career. She’s the daughter of wealthy paJack Winter, I think I love you!
Abbie Marshall leads a pretty vanilla life outside of her dangerous reporting career. She’s the daughter of wealthy parents and the fiancée of a perfectly boring man.
Jack Winter leads the opposite of a vanilla lifestyle. He’s a Hollywood bad boy with a secret sexual side. He enjoys being the dominant in BDSM sex with submissive partners. That sort of lifestyle isn’t exactly accepted in the mainstream, so he keeps that part of his life private. When Abbie hitches a ride on his plane and they crash in a rainforest the two forge a bond that lasts long after they are rescued and has Abbie rethinking her life and what she really wants out of a partner. Jack is all she can think about.
Jack introduces Abbie to the ins and outs of a Dom/Sub relationship and through that he and Abbie’s relationship grows.
What I loved most about this story, I mean besides the incredible hurts so good sex scenes, was that Jack and Abbie’s relationship, from the start, was so much more than the passion the two evoked. There is that invisible connection that keeps pulling them together and the reader has a front row seat to all of it. Too many times in erotic fiction authors sacrifice plot, storyline, and character development for pages filled with screwing. I need story and emotion with my bedroom game books. This book had plenty of everything.
But, back to the sex…my Goddess, the sex. Sexcapades delivered with a bit o’ pain by a beautiful Irishman. Yum! Everyone should roll around a bit in the Pleasures of Winter. Wickedly Delicious!
Cherise Everhard, November 2012 (I received this book via NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for honest review) ...more