If you love sensual romance within a thrilling and suspenseful plot, I recommend THUNDER AND ROSES. I enjoyed the setting in a Welsh mining communityIf you love sensual romance within a thrilling and suspenseful plot, I recommend THUNDER AND ROSES. I enjoyed the setting in a Welsh mining community and the glimpses of Rom culture.
Nicolas Davies is caught between two worlds -- the rigid society of his aristocratic father and the free and open culture of his mother's gypsy kin. The victim of a cruel betrayal and vicious rumors, he has sworn never to marry again.
When a series of disasters strikes the local mine, the preacher’s daughter, Clare Morgan, confronts the Demon Earl – demanding he do something to improve safety. Intrigued by the stern schoolmistress, he challenges her to live with him – and risk her reputation – for three months. If she can stick it out, he’ll do what he can for the village.
Mary Jo Putney weaves a wonderful tale about two people who never felt quite at home in their own lives. Their challenge pushes the boundaries for both of them. Nicolas helps Clare loosen up, and she helps him to see that responsibility isn't bound in chains. Putney surrounds them with wonderful friends in the village and at the earl's home. She also creates a pair of vile villains that will threaten Nicolas and Clare's lives and happiness.
Nicolas is one of a group known as the Fallen Angels, young handsome men with devil-may-care attitudes, and this is the first in a series about them. I look forward to reading them all.
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Mary Jo Putney never fails to please. I just finished reading an advance copy of "Not Always a Saint" and as always, Putney has given us a richly layeMary Jo Putney never fails to please. I just finished reading an advance copy of "Not Always a Saint" and as always, Putney has given us a richly layered story with a compelling plot and fascinating characters.
Dr. Daniel Herbert hasn't made time for romance since he lost his betrothed years ago. Beautiful widow Jessie Kelham doesn't want a husband, but she needs one to protect her young daughter from a relative who's after her inheritance. They have an instant attraction that they both try to fight, until they have no choice but to move forward together.
I raced through this book, because the characters were so interesting and I really wanted to see how they would resolve their various problems. Both Daniel and Jessie are dealing with major changes in their lives, and their pasts make them a little wary of trusting and giving to each other completely.
This is the seventh in Putney's "Lost Lords" series, but it's not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one. Of course, you will likely want to read them after you turn the last page.
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I thought that "No Ordinary Mistress" was a really good mystery with chilling thrills. The plot was excellent. The heroine, Emma, is more developed thI thought that "No Ordinary Mistress" was a really good mystery with chilling thrills. The plot was excellent. The heroine, Emma, is more developed than Remy, the hero; her back story is quite intriguing. We don't learn anything about Remy's history and how he ended up in the spy game.
My greatest criticism is that Ms. DeHart has too much story here for a novella. I want a little more set-up for the hero and a little more time to develop the romance. To me, some aspects seem very abrupt and rushed. I look forward to reading Ms. DeHart's full-length works.
A lesser point - I found some parts to be a little repetitious, primarily when the POV shifts, which works great if you can only read a few pages at a time, but is a bit annoying when you're reading great chunks in a sitting.
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Hank Phillippi Ryan made her novelist name with the Charlotte McNally Mysteries, starting with “Prime Time” in 2009. Those were taut, well-plotted mysHank Phillippi Ryan made her novelist name with the Charlotte McNally Mysteries, starting with “Prime Time” in 2009. Those were taut, well-plotted mysteries in a short form.
Now, she’s digging in and deepening the plots for long-form novels. The first Jane Ryland mystery is “The Other Woman” published in hardcover in 2012, and now out in paperback.
Jane is a reporter, a star of the Channel 11 news until a businessman denied her report that he was seeing a prostitute and took her to court. When “The Other Woman” begins, she’s starting a new job at a newspaper, the Boston Register. She doesn’t want to rock the boat in her first 90 days, but when she’s assigned to profile the candidates in the upcoming senate race, her investigative journalist skills kick in.
Who is the woman in the red coat at all the rallies and fundraisers? Could she be a candidate’s mistress, in an affair suspected (off the record) by his wife?
At the same time, Jane’s friend – and source – Boston police detective Jake Brogan is investigating a series of murders. The bodies of young woman are turning up under area bridges. The media is already branding the murderer “the bridge killer” – but Jake’s not convinced the killings are linked.
As Jane develops her story and Jake investigates the mounting murder cases, they begin to ask the same question: Are the killings connected to the political race? With the election looming, time to unravel the mystery is running out.
I started figuring out what was going on about two-thirds of the way through, but even so, it was still very suspenseful until the last few scenes. By then, the denouement seemed a bit over-the-top melodramatic and drawn out. Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book.
“The Other Woman” is a fantastic murder mystery. The intricately woven plots keep you guessing, and Ryan’s knack for ending her fast-paced chapters on a cliffhanger make the book next to impossible to put down. Ryan is a detail-oriented writer – the settings are easy to picture, every character has a unique voice, and the action is all believable. It’s easy to see why she’s won (or at least been nominated for) all the top mystery-writing awards.
This novel is very suspenseful, but the descriptions never get explicit or gruesome. Jane and Jake have some serious sexual tension, but these books don’t have anything I’d be embarrassed about showing my mother or a teenager. I recommend this for anyone who loves a good mystery. ...more
I loved "The Emperor's Conspiracy" from start to finish. The characters are clever and well-drawn, and the plot is carefully thought out. I highly recI loved "The Emperor's Conspiracy" from start to finish. The characters are clever and well-drawn, and the plot is carefully thought out. I highly recommend it. I have a more in-depth review posted at Fresh Fiction...more
A telling look at how NBC suits and creatives developed and nurtured series like "Cheers", "Seinfeld", "Friends" and "Will & Grace". If you enjoyeA telling look at how NBC suits and creatives developed and nurtured series like "Cheers", "Seinfeld", "Friends" and "Will & Grace". If you enjoyed TV in the '80s an '90s, if you're a writer, or if you hope to someday be a TV network executive, you should read this book. ...more