Singh's Psy-Changeling series is quite possibly the best paranormal/romance out there right now. With two in the series and one on the way (Caressed bSingh's Psy-Changeling series is quite possibly the best paranormal/romance out there right now. With two in the series and one on the way (Caressed by Ice), it's fresh with an exciting futuristic world that little others have touched on. A world of the Extra Sensory Perception and Changlings (otherwise known as the "Were"), so incorporated into normal life, it has it's own set of rules to govern it.
In Visions of Heat, we have an off the scale Future Seeing Psy named Faith who can predict the future with amazing accuracy. A member of the Psy race, she's not supposed to feel- emotions have been shut down under the cloak of the Silence- but when she starts having visions of death she can't help but feel the suffering about to come down . In anguish not only from the visions but also for fear of her mental stability she decides to take control.
Before the governing council of the Psy shut her down- permanently- she leaves her secluded compound to seek out Sascha Duncan- a female member of the Psy race who dropped out of the PsyNet (Whose story is in Slave to Sensation), something unheard of up until now. Sascha is now part of the Changlings, mated with a wereleopard and alpha to the DarkRiver pack.
Before she finds Sascha, Faith meets Vaughn, a steely Werepanther from Sascha's pack, who begins to make her feel other things that at first is difficult for her to process. He leads her to Sascha and it doesn't take them long to discover a new menace is on the scene- one created from the same sickness that has infiltrated the PsyNet that created the menacing serial killer that once hunted the changlings in Slave to Sensation.
As they get closer to the new menace, Vaughn and Faith find themselves becoming closer as well. When Faith is finally able to realize that the people she trusted all her life are not quite what they seem, she makes a final break that brings her into a new world she never imagined possible.
Full of action and steamy sensuality, Visions of Heat is a page turner that grabs you and doesn't let go until the end.
VOH also gives more explanation into Singh's world so be sure you don't miss this one if you're starting this series. ...more
The Wild Child is surprisingly “out of the box” from what we normally get with historical romance. Oh we’ve seen the hero before- a sexy but wastrel rThe Wild Child is surprisingly “out of the box” from what we normally get with historical romance. Oh we’ve seen the hero before- a sexy but wastrel rake who isn’t as much of a wastrel as what we first believe- but the heroine in The Wild Child is all together different.
The story begins for us when the heroine’s uncles come to India to collect her after a viscous uprising kills her parents and everyone around her. Meriel has retreated into a world of her own, unresponsive except to the flowers and animals she keeps close to her. Years later, back in England- she is still in that same world.
Becoming something of a legend she has not left Warfield, her enclosed home and sanctuary, for all this time. Her uncles could not bare the thought of her in an insane asylum but by allowing her to run wild and do as she has pleases for so long, she has yet to overcome her past. In her stubbornness, she has remained safely ensconced in her own little world, fey, beautiful and mute.
But one Uncle is determined to secure her safety and has set up an arranged bethrothel with Lord Maxwell, with the one caveat- that she must accept him.
Kyle, has set in his mind that he will indeed marry her, but there is one thing he must do before he does so. So when an arranged time is set up for he and Meriel to get to know each other better at Warfield … he sends his identical twin brother Dominic instead.
Dominic is appalled at his brother’s suggestion. The second son, he has been living a life of parties and nights on the town even though his heart is to manage his father’s property- property that will go to the real Heir, Lord Maxwell. He and Kyle have long been estranged, ever since his father separated them as children, sending them to different schools. But he cannot resist his normally cold brother’s heated plea for help this one last time.
When Dominic arrives at Warfield, Meriel is the only one to realize that Dominic is not the same man who came to visit before. She senses this man is far more dangerous despite the fact he exudes a peaceful strength, unlike the man who came before him. Dangerous because she knows this one will be the one who to tear down the walls that’s kept her safe for so long …
Even though this has been out for almost ten years, TWC has more to offer than many of the newer historical romances coming out of late At first I couldn’t see how on earth Putney could pair this heroine with a hero in any kind of sexual way because of Meriel's seeming lost child innocence. But she does so and makes it believable! (The scene where Meriel paints mendhi on Dominic’s upper body is so sensual it caught my breath.)
The Secondary plot involving the cause of the battle that destroyed Meriel's loved ones as well as her sanity fits well into the story and I found the resolution worked well.
The next layer of the plot that Putney throws into the mix involving Dominic’s twin Kyle, was a good set up for the next novel, The China Bride, without being obtrusive and I'm looking forward to reading it!
TWC is fresh and different enough to remain so for some time, imo....more
**spoiler alert** So I picked this one off the book exchange bookshelf we have in the locker room at work. It's an old Connie Mason romance called The**spoiler alert** So I picked this one off the book exchange bookshelf we have in the locker room at work. It's an old Connie Mason romance called The Outlaws – Sam. (Book three in the Outlaws trilogy.)
Jesus God what a nightmare. I do believe it had everything I hate about historicals in it. A bare-chested buffoon on the cover, A TSTL stubbornly obtuse heroine, a clueless hero who put up with her crap because he was sooooo in lust, a secret baby revealed on page 2, and a lackluster villain. I will say that I didn’t put it down till the last page, but I skimmed so much it took me only two hours to get thru this 400 page good for nothing but toilet paper excuse of a book.
You'd think the $1.99 price sticker would have warned me off, right? To be honest, I would have never picked it up, even for $1.99, but it was free. No harm, no foul. (Now tell my retinas that!)
STUPID ASS BOOK.
::sigh:: okay, got that off my chest.
I then picked up Lora Leigh’s Jacob’s Faith for a quick reread. Infinitely more satisfying, despite the fact it’s pretty much the same as all her other earlier Breed entries.
I reread Dream Man by Linda Howard as well in the last couple days, always a good choice if you ask me, especially after picking up a stinker like this one....more
Halfway through and I don’t even care anymore. I’ll read the synopsis for the rest. If I want to read about shiftless rich people and their drunken maHalfway through and I don’t even care anymore. I’ll read the synopsis for the rest. If I want to read about shiftless rich people and their drunken machinations, I'll read the Hollywood Reporter or TMZ.
Characters were less than engaging- I could give two cents for any of them. All right, maybe five cents for Nick Carraway, the narrator, but that's about it. Ultimately, depressing and boring.
Why this is still required reading, I simply can't fathom......more
I was given this series which I'm grateful for because I woulda been upset if I had actually shelled out money for it.
Promises Prevail was a dnf for mI was given this series which I'm grateful for because I woulda been upset if I had actually shelled out money for it.
Promises Prevail was a dnf for me although, like the others in the seris, in the beginning I really liked the Hero and Heroine. But, like the previous, the author quickly lost me.
In this one too, I ended up being completely annoyed with the heroine. She questioned her weight all the time. I get enough of that in real life, after the first couple times of Jenna mentioning it, and Clint obviously being not one bit turned off, it needed to be dropped. I believe the author was shooting for vulnerable, but she never bothered to give Jenna much strength (despite the hero constantly telling her-and us- that she was.), which completely ruins a female protag for me. You can be both you know ... believe me, I was raised with women who had intestinal fortitude beyond belief, but were completely feminine! We needed a little bit more showing and less telling to believe it of Jenna.
The problem I had with this entire series were the women. The men were fine, although not as alpha as SM tried to make them- a man who gives funky butt luvin does not an Alpha make, m’kay?
Fantastic time travel hist-rom. This is one of those books that you fall into as soon as you crack the spine. I picked it up thinking I’d on4.5 stars.
Fantastic time travel hist-rom. This is one of those books that you fall into as soon as you crack the spine. I picked it up thinking I’d only read a couple chapters till I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore and ended up staying up till the wee hours of the morning finishing it in one sitting.
Ryan Burke is on her fist assignment as an anthropologist at Little Big Horn when she encounters a mystery. Things are going missing from the dig and it looks the man who hired her is the guilty party. It will take a holy man, a sacred tipi and a courageous heart to solve the mystery by laying a trap in the past- right before Custer’s last stand.
This book totally surprised me. I loved the characters- even with Ryan being more of a starry eyed innocent while in the past, then the strong capable woman she was in our time. (But she did manage to show some backbone when the opportunity presented itself so I was cool with it.) The Hero- okay okay, I get the romanticizing of the Native American culture is so yesterday its almost wince-worthy- heck even the author acknowledged that thru the heroes inner thoughts-but she seemed to know her stuff. Every bit of the Lakota Cheyenne culture portrayed here felt genuine and had a certain amount of depth, both now and in the past. (I’m wondering if this book came out during Dances With Wolves heyday because I thought of the movie often while reading it.)
The love story is magical and sensual and made my romantic heart heave a dreamy sigh. Srsly, if you like this genre- it’s a must read. ...more
Re-read for review purposes. (Oh, who am I kiddin, I frakkin love this series, and re-read it all the time.)
Second in Johansen’s 90’s romance series tRe-read for review purposes. (Oh, who am I kiddin, I frakkin love this series, and re-read it all the time.)
Second in Johansen’s 90’s romance series titled, "Winder Dancer", Storm Winds brings the Wind Dancer statue to revolutionary France. The Andreas family are the original owners of the statue that some say, he who possess is granted power. Power which leads every army to victory. Now in the hands of French royalty, Jean Marc Andreas will stop at nothing to get it back for his ailing father.
Juliette de Clement, raised in the shadow of Marie Antoinette as well as the Wind Dancer, knows the reputed statue's where-abouts, and knows how to get it. Jean Marc will use her to do so but not before stormy passion arises between them.
But war and a deed witnessed so horrific, it haunts her still, impede the way of true love...as well as their path to The Wind Dancer.
Sigh. Le amor. Again too young heroine… but whatevs. The angst and Andreas's obsessive lust for her consumed me as much as their consuming passion for each other. The setting once again makes this hist-rom the very best.
They just don’t write ‘em like this anymore....more
This was bizarre one. Written in the mid 80's- and early on in the author's career- I guess I should've expected some bad writing. But usually IJ's olThis was bizarre one. Written in the mid 80's- and early on in the author's career- I guess I should've expected some bad writing. But usually IJ's oldies have heroes so overwhelming and un-pc, I feel guilty for loving them so much. Because I do- love them so much, that is!
With The Forever Dream, it seems she tried to make the hero so not, it became creepy. Honestly I couldnt even finish it right.
Tania Orlinav is a celebrated ballerina escaped from the Soviet Union. Jared Ryker is a genius recluse with a secret so deadly- that people would kidnap and murder to keep him working on it, rather than destroy him.
When he sees Tania for the first time, dancing like no other, he becomes instantly obsessed by her. The men assigned by the government to protect him and keep him working, notice the obsession and to keep him satisfied, they kidnap her for his pleasure.
Only he's not so pleased with their guerrilla tactics. Still, it doesnt stop him from keeping her with him.
At first, as determined to escape Jared as she was her former homeland, Tania makes frequent attempts to flee- strong, cleaver attempts. But soon she realizes she wants to stay because something about the lonely, brilliant Jared Ryker draws her. Especially when they both realize he's as trapped as she is.
Despite the beginning which you think is going one, over the top, way (ala Secret Fire by another golden oldie author Johanna Lindsey), the book veers off into even weirder, and yes, creepy territory with the author assuring us that it's all the bad guys and not the hero who are obsessive and controlling. Something that should make a reader feel reassured, however, I gave up trying to care about these two long before he finally takes her to bed- which believe me couldnt have been more boring and stupid. That scene effectively ended my patience for the story:
"Im a virgin but Im scared to be dominated."
"Its ok, You're not being dominated, no one is going to lead and no one is going to follow. We're just traveling along this road together."
(I paraphrased her part but his? Pretty much word for word.)
After that hot mess, I found myself throwing up in my mouth a little... and skimming to the end. ick.
Okay, this was one of IJ's earliest full length novels so she gets the beni- still. Hot. Mess. Avoid at all costs... unless you're a diehard collector like me. ;)
Re-read 2015 Despite the cheesy 80’s title and cover, this is one of my go-to’s. (The original unrevised version). It’s an old category romance, but I’Re-read 2015 Despite the cheesy 80’s title and cover, this is one of my go-to’s. (The original unrevised version). It’s an old category romance, but I’ve re-read it hundreds of times and it never disappoints. (Often a snippet of it will come to mind and I find myself helpless to go to it yet again. I’m serious, it has that much a pull on me.)
Ricardo Lazaro , poet and rebel leader is looking to bring democracy to his tiny country. But the regime in charge have caught and imprisoned him to stop it. Enter Lara Clavel.
At first, Lara could care less about Lazaro’s political leanings- but her brother, the only family left to her, is willing to follow him into hell. To prevent her injured and convalescing brother from doing just that, she embroils herself in a plot to help the legendary leader escape.
Though determined to stay aloof, she too cannot resist the pull of this magnetic man. And right there, in the midst of captivity with him- she finds herself surrendering to the passion blooming between them. Little did she know she will one day find herself willing to follow him anywhere too- or die trying to keep him safe.
Much of the this book happens in an imprisonment setting- how the author manages to make us feel safe and threatened for the characters both at the same time surprises me, yet she does it. You'll also be surprised with where she leads you by the end.
Some of H/h's moments together are incredibly erotic despite how tame it is relatively- even now- and the romance is top notch. If I could get some new romance readers to try this, I will have felt as though I’ve accomplished something for romancelandia! ;)...more
The second book in this two part series, The Bronzed Hawk, went a long way in toning down the domineering ways of the first. Oh, Nick O’Brian, the herThe second book in this two part series, The Bronzed Hawk, went a long way in toning down the domineering ways of the first. Oh, Nick O’Brian, the hero, was still a tad overbearing, but at least the heroine, Kelly, could hold her own (Unlike the heroine in The Reluctanct Lark).
Nick and Kelly are made for each other. Adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies- from the time Kelly enters his life, and apartment, Nick’s a goner. He agrees to her request for a ride-along interview- something the inventor/genius Nick O'Brien doesn’t ever do. I suspected from the get go he’s got it all figured out on how to snag her, with his photographic memory and brilliant mind. And I was right.
He takes her with him on a balloon ride of all things, to test not only the new fuel he’s created, but to test her worthiness as well. While on the ride, the balloon catches fire and from the time she agrees to jump out of the balloon with him- sans parachute for her- he decides he’s never going to let her go.
While trying to make their way out of Mexico where they ended up- Kelly tries to hold him off as long as she can but is as helpless to their mutual heat as he is. Before she sneaks off back home, she has no doubt of her love for him- but great deal of doubt of his. Possessive and mad as hell, he follows her home to give her exactly what she wants- The love she’s always desired of course!
Brilliant Doctor Lauren Young has an unusual job- she is a "handler" for a group of men called the Paladins, a band of immortal men who fight along aBrilliant Doctor Lauren Young has an unusual job- she is a "handler" for a group of men called the Paladins, a band of immortal men who fight along a barrier that separates us from the evil "Others". Although immortal, the handsome, rangy warriors can die- and as their physician, it's her job to bring them back.
Devlin Bane is one of the oldest of the Paladins and he knows he only has a certain number of deaths left in him before he turns "Other". But when Lauren revives him after his latest brush with death, he realizes he has more to fear about turning into one of his hated enemies than ever before. Not only was it NOT an Other who killed him this last time, but something about the pretty doctor has awakened his humanity- as well as emotions he hasn't felt for a long time.
An unholy alliance has arisen between the Others and humans and someone will stop at nothing to keep Devlin from discovering the truth- including using Lauren to get to him.
Whereas I found Morgan's Dark Protector to be an entertaining read, I wouldn't place it high among my favorite paranormal romances right now. Still it has an interesting hook and is the beginning to a well-established paranormal romance series. I am definitely going to continue on in the series to see what more the author has to recommend us to her!...more