Expected Release Date: July 12, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random HThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 12, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Delacorte Press Author’s Website: http://www.marybalogh.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Dudley Series Book 3 (Prequel) Series Best Read In Order: No, this book is a prequel. Worked well as a standalone. Steam Level: Warm
Official Blurb: While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely.
Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty, respect, and decorum. But arriving in London to take his seat in the House of Lords, he is derailed by Angeline, an exquisite bird of paradise seemingly devoted to sending his predictable life into chaos.
From the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics, Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward. And yet a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him. Naturally, being a gentleman, he does the right thing after compromising a lady: He offers marriage.
Angeline knows that Edward’s proposal is born of duty, not love. But denying something so provocative and passionate is easier said than done. Deep down, Angeline believes that Edward’s dedication to convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a husband’s secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.
I don’t typically care for prequels, but I gave this one a shot simply because I had not read the other two books in the series, so for me it was no different than picking up the first book in a trilogy. While the blurb felt misleading, as it seemed to indicate to me the presence of a marriage of convenience, the writing flowed wonderfully and made me care not only about the main characters but about everyone else in the story as well.
While I didn’t quite care for the secondary romances (as technically there are two), I fell in love with Angeline and Heyward from the very beginning, and loved how they balanced each other.
Recommended for fans of hoyden heroines suffering from unrequited love, of stuffy heroes trying to behave, and of finding the ever-important balance in all things. A very cheerful 4/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random HThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Ballantine Books Author’s Website: http://www.jacquelynfrank.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, The Three Worlds series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Official Blurb: ICY RECEPTION Ambrea Vas Allay is the rightful heir to the throne of Allay. But when she is summoned home from exile, she discovers that her father, who had executed her mother, has died. Her young half-brother, controlled by their uncle, has taken power. Ambrea is torn by an impossible choice: renounce the crown or waste away in prison. The last thing she expects is to be liberated by a huge, tattooed Tarian—or to feel a searing passion for her mysterious rescuer.
SMOLDERING DECEPTION Rush “Ender” Blakely loves being part of the elite force of the Interplanetary Militia and the mission to save the princess Allay. But the tough Tarian hides a fiery secret—a blazing power that makes him literally too hot to handle. He must be crazy to carry a torch for this strong, beautiful princess—when any intimacy between them is bound to be explosive.
BLAZING INSURRECTION As Ambrea steels herself to take back the throne, does she dare entrust this scorching stranger with the fate of an empire—and, even more so, with her heart?
While I wasn't too thrilled with the speed of Rush and Ambrea's relationship, I definitely enjoyed not only the intrigue and politics involved but also Rush's awesome powers. I don't often get to read stories where a character can manipulate fire (unless they're a dragon-shifter or something), so that was a lot of fun. Plus, it was great watching Rush learn to trust again after that horrible incident in his childhood.
I was also happy to see that this book worked well as a standalone. Previous readers will likely enjoy the large role the hero and heroine from the first novel play in this one, but even without that background I was still able to follow along without feeling as though something was missing.
The love scenes were sizzling (sometimes literally), there was plenty of action to keep your adrenaline pumping, and tons of political scheming and intrigues that kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Add to that Rush's increasingly powerful ability and Ambrea's determination to make him see it as a gift rather than a curse, and you end up with a delightfully gratifying read. 4/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: July 13, 2010 Publisher: Omnilit Publishing ImpThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: July 13, 2010 Publisher: Omnilit Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://jenniferlanebooks.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, CONduct Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Overall, despite its flaws, this book was highly entertaining. With romance, family drama, the struggle to reintegrate with society after spenigng time behind bars, and having to face tough personal issues in order to grow as a person, I found that I couldn’t put it down.
It’s unusual to have both the hero and heroine of a romance novel be ex-convicts, but Ms. Lane pulled it off beautifully. She illustrated not only the struggles that those with felony convictions face when reentering the “real world”, but also took two very broken people and allowed them an enormous amount of personal growth over the course of the novel.
Her ability to make the reader care for even the minor characters is what kept me turning the pages, despite the daunting word count, and I was practically cheering for Sophie and Grant by the time the closing chapter rolled around.
While certainly not without its issues, I am definitely looking forward to Bad Behavior, which continues the story of Sophie and Grant, and I would definitely recommend this book to fans of tortured heroes and heroines, of intense character building, and of fresh takes on contemporary romance novels.
A solid 4/5 Stars, and I’m looking forward to reading more about Grant and Sophie, as well as the rest of the characters I’ve grown to love....more
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2001 (Reprinted September 1, 2010) (AvailThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2001 (Reprinted September 1, 2010) (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Jove Author’s Website: http://www.ameliagrey.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Mirabella Whittingham is engaged to be married. Unfortunately, her would-be husband has been gone for six long years, making his fortune in the Americas. An arranged betrothal, she’s never actually met her wayward fiance, but overheard him speaking to her father years ago, saying that he would return for her when he was “old and gray”.
Mirabella’s best friend and cousin has quietly taken her own life after discovering that the man she thought she loved had discarded her and left her not only ruined, but also with child. Determined to find the vile man, Mirabella sets out on a personal quest to discover his identity. The only clue she has, however, is that the man in question has a thick scar on the right side of his neck — a part of a man’s body that no proper miss would ever have the opportunity to observe outside of marriage.
Having resigned herself to the fact that she will never have a chance to marry, especially not for love, she has little care for her reputation, and seeks out the culprit in the only way she knows how — by narrowing down a list of possible suspects based on clues from her friend’s diary, and allowing these gentlemen to kiss her in the garden. These chaste and occasionally distasteful kisses allow her to discreetly slip her finger inside of their cravats to see if they have the scar in question.
Meanwhile, her missing fiance finally returns to England. While initially intending to break off the match, Camden soon realizes that his family’s financial situation gives him little choice but to continue on as planned and marry the chit. Resigned to his fate, he approaches Mirabella’s uncle at a ball and request an introduction. Unfortunately, Camden’s timing could not be worse, for Mirabella is in the gardens with yet another suspected seducer, and is caught in a passionate embrace.
Disgusted by her behavior, Camden initially berates her, but Mirabella is unapologetic — after all, Camden has exposed her to gossip and ridicule for six long years with his absence, so if anyone should be explaining their behavior, it would be him.
The two soon agree to continue the pretense of a legitimate engagement, for not only would her reputation suffer if her engagement was broken so soon after Cam’s return to England, but his family is in debt and cannot risk having creditors panic with the realization that the money from Mirabella’s dowry will never materialize.
Undaunted, Mirabella vows to stop kissing gentlemen in gardens out of respect for Camden’s reputation, but refuses to stop her secret investigation into the man behind her friend’s suicide. But when she soon finds herself falling for Camden’s heated glances and delicious kisses, will the cost of her investigation finally be too much?
Overall, I found this one quite enjoyable. While it was a bit predictable at times, and honestly, Mirabella needed to be locked into her room for her own good on occasion, I couldn’t help but admire both her spirit and her courage. I also liked that Camden was willing to own up to his own mistakes, despite a bit of occasional arrogant male blustering, as well as the fact that both were willing to make sacrifices for their families.
In then end, this was a fast, fun, and tasty read, and I would highly suggest that fans of regency romances snag this one while it’s still free on Kindle.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Self Published Author’s WThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Self Published Author’s Website: http://kaitnolan.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1.5 Mirus Series Best Read In Order: Yes, but would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Warm
I hate myself a little right now. You see, I bought this short story in December, when it was a new release, and somehow it got shoved to the back of my TBR pile on my Kindle and I just now realized I hadn’t read it.
What a fool I was.
Devil’s Eye is book 1.5 in the Mirus series, which started with Forsaken By Shadow (which was a 4-star book by itself, actually), and continues to flesh out the world of the Mirus. That said, it has been quite a while since I’ve read Forsaken by Shadow, and I still felt that I had all of the pertinent information without having to review the previous book.
Mick is the wolf-shifter owner of Le Loup Garou (literally, “The Werewolf”), a bar in New Orleans where both humans and Mirus mix without the humans ever being aware of the Mirus’ existence. In the middle of a “Hurricane Party”, with the storm raging outside, he realizes that one of his waitresses, Liza, never showed up for work.
Before Mick can further investigate Liza’s whereabouts, he’s interrupted by the lovely Sophie, a gorgeous stranger who not only emanates a sense of power, but who is also asking questions about Liza. When he discovers that she’s a member of the IED — the Investigation and Enforcement Division whose job it is to make sure that humans never become aware of the Mirus’ existence — he immediately goes on the defensive, because human or not, Liza is Pack.
I had (ashamedly) forgotten just how much I enjoy Kait Nolan’s writing. She has a way of taking “the same old same old” of paranormal romance and completely setting it on its head, and I adore her for it.
While I would suggest reading Forsaken By Shadow first (and c’mon, it’s only $2.99 at Amazon, and free on her website if you want to read the serialization there) simply because the Mirus world is so entertaining, I do think that Devil’s Eye works beautifully as a standalone.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. While I wish that it had been a full-length novel, simply so that I would know what was to become of Nick and Sophie, it ended at a good stopping point and didn’t feel like a complete cliff-hanger which I liked. Given the space constraint of a $0.99 novella, however, I think Ms. Nolan did an absolutely fantastic job of keeping the action going, of creating characters that a reader could care about, and the beginnings of what I would imagine will be a beautiful relationship. I sincerely hope any PNR fans reading this will pick this one up in support of a fantastic indie author; a very solid 4/5 Stars...more
3.5/5 - Review held for now at the request of the publisher. This book is being re-edited and has been rescheduled for a December release, and I will3.5/5 - Review held for now at the request of the publisher. This book is being re-edited and has been rescheduled for a December release, and I will likely read the new version when it is available.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Jove AuthThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Jove Author’s Website: http://madelinehunter.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Rarest Blooms Series Best Read In Order: Yes, but would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Anyone who has read Madeline Hunter's Rarest Blooms series has to be captivated by the Duke of Castleford. A Rake with a Capital R, he's one of the rare true hedonists in historical romance -- he is constantly drunk (except on Tuesdays, when he does all of his business), he is such a man-ho that he's even writing a tourist's guide to the brothels in London, and as a duke, he's more than used to everyone catering to him and bending to his whim.
When a hated relative leaves him some minor properties, he's intrigued. When he learns that the will asks that he continue to allow the tenants of these properties to continue to live there at very nominal rent, he's determined to discover the cause. As anyone familiar with Castleford knows, one of the most dangerous things in the world is to have Castleford be curious, because once his interest is piqued, he will stop at nothing to discover your secrets.
Daphne has been a total mystery since the beginning of the series. As the "head" so to speak of The Rarest Blooms, a combination greenhouse/flower-shop/woman's shelter, she has a strict policy of not digging into the pasts of others, because she more than most people how dangerous a past really can be.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. While Daphne wasn't as strong of a character as I'd anticipated based on earlier novels, Castleford was everything I'd hoped for and more. I loved the way they both danced around each other, and the several twists and turns that the novel took. While I wish that one particular twist had either been left out or revealed much sooner, I did really enjoy the ending, and was very glad to see them get their HEA. A cheerfully solid 4/5 Stars ...more
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin ImprintThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Nocturne Author’s Website: http://jillmonroe.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Book 2, Royal House of Shadows Continuation Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Book 2 of the Royal House of Shadows Continuation, which began with Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, and will be followed with Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen and Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh, this installment follows Princess Breena after her parents’ magic thrust her far away from the Kingdom of Elden with only the compulsion to survive and avenge planted deep within her mind.
Reinterpreting the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Breena stumbels upon an abandoned cottage, her survival instinct kicks in and she partakes of the food she finds there, and crawls in to bed to get some very much needed rest. Her slumber is interrupted, however, when the three inhabitants of the cabin return to discover that someone has eaten their porridge, broken one of their chairs, and is now sleeping in one of their beds!
Osborn is a berserker, a man who can channel the ferocious spirit of the bear to become a warrior without equal in his rage. When his entire clan is wiped out with the exception of his two younger brothers by a band of vampires from the empire of Elden, he turns his back on the teachings of his childhood and hires out his sword in order to earn a living that will feed, clothe, and protect his brothers, all while planning to someday avenge his clan by destroying the people of Elden.
When the golden-haired princess is discovered in his house, Osborn is stunned — this is the very maiden who has long captivated him in his dreams. Breena’s ability to dreamwalk has long been a diversion from her very proper (and very boring) life as a princess, and when she awakens in the cabin to discover her dream lover in the flesh, she’s ecstatic. Her joy soon turns to disappointment, however, when she realizes her Prince Charming is not so charming after all, and that he wants absolutely nothing to do with her quest to avenge her parents’ murder.
Determined to resist aiding the princess, he cannot help but be drawn in by her beautiful innocence and her determination, and yet Breena is hiding something — the very fact that she is the princess of the people who destroyed Osborn’s clan.
While a few elements of Breena’s magic didn’t really appeal to me as much as I’d hoped, I did enjoy the fact both Breena and Osborn were looking for vengeance of their own. Breena’s transformation from pampered princess to fierce leader was gradual enough to be believable, but was also fast enough that readers weren’t bogged down with the tedious nature of training, which I appreciated.
Overall, this was a great installment in the Royal House of Shadows Continuation. Recommended for fans of fairy tales revisited, fearsome heroes learning to temper their ferocity, and of heroines realizing their own strength.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Historical Author’s Website: http://www.margueritekaye.com/ My Source for This Book: eHarlequin.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Princes of the Desert Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I have a confession to make: I adore Sheikh stories. They’re a total guilty pleasure of mine. I also happen to love historicals, so when I saw that this was not only a Sheikh story but an historical Sheikh story, I knew I had to snag it.
Luckily for me, it quite lived up to my expectations. Having several of my favorite (and guilty pleasure) tropes, there was plenty of drama and angst, but also wonderful sensuality and of course the lovely exotic backdrop of a Middle Eastern country that is a main reason to read Sheikh stories.
Celia was a strong heroine, without being blatantly “modern” — she was uncomfortable at first in the native garb of pants and a tunic and the idea of no corset, and she was appalled at the idea of being installed into a harem, or even bathing in front of other women. Ramiz, as well, was “progressive” without completely ignoring the traditional male roles of the period. He was astonished at the idea of sharing political conversations with a female, and while he was strongly attracted to Celia, I think it was a while before he truly saw her as more than just a “woman”.
While I do wish it had been a bit longer, and perhaps had been a tiny bit more realistic ending, overall I greatly enjoyed this story. A very solid 4/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.jamie-craig.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
During World War I, demonic looking creatures appeared on Earth. Fighting them back through the rift they had entered through, a group of soldiers disappeared along with the creatures. Now, a hundred years later, a new rift has opened in Antarctica, and small secret group of elite soldiers is charged with keeping these creatures from invading Earth.
Captain Charlie Weller is one of these elite soldiers, and thrives on the challenge of fighting these massive creatures while still protecting her teammates. After felling one of the monsters, she is stunned to see a man crawl out of the rift onto the ice, half dead. Taking him back to base, she helps a teammate warm him back up and then is amazed when he introduces himself as Lysander Davies, a descendant of one of the missing soldiers who had gone missing during the first world war. Lysander's claims that not only is he from a place called Ilyria, the world on the other side of the rift, but that the giant monsters Charlie's team has been battling are actually gentle, sentient beings who have been captured by an enemy called the Yellow Cross.
Skeptical, her team is both amazed and thrilled when they discover that Lysander is telling the truth, and the possibility begins to form of using these creatures to help battle the real enemy to protect the people of earth.
It soon becomes obvious, however, that the only way to close the rift is to send Lysander back to Ilyria, but even knowing that their time together will soon come to an end, Charlie cannot help but give into the feelings growing so rapidly between them.
As I was preparing my review, I was very pleased to realize that Jamie Craig also wrote a m/m sci-fi favorite of mine, Outcast Mine. This book has the same easy, fast-paced style as well as the same delicious intensity and forbidden elements to the romance that I'd come to love from them.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Being that it was sci-fi based, it is easier to suspend your disbelief at times, especially in regards to alien creatures and technology, which I think made it easier to swallow some of the details. The open ending makes me hopeful that there will be a sequel, as well as possibly another romance from Charlie's team.
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EntanglThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://rosalielario.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, DEMONS OF INFERNUM Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Brynn Meyers has always known that she's different. Able to read an object's history just by touching it, and to defend herself by draining energy from others through touch, she has tried to live quietly and has established an art gallery using the money left to her after her parents' death. Her quiet life is shattered, one day, when a drop-dead gorgeous Keegan enters her gallery and knocks her out before kidnapping her. Waking in a strange room, she's horrified to discover that her powers don't work on him.
Keegan is a demon. However, demons are not inherently evil, nor do they all conform to the physical characteristics that humans have liked to categorize them with. Instead, demons are merely creatures from other dimensions, and just like humans, span a wide spectrum of good vs evil.
Desperate to shake off the legacy of hatred and pain that his father attempted to bestow on him and his three half-brothers, Keegan will do anything to prevent Mammon from succeeding in his latest plan to unearth the Book of the Dead. Capable of raising massive armies of the deceased, the Book of the Dead can only be wielded by an ancestor of the ancient Egyptian priest who created it.
Unfortunately for Brynn, she is the only living ancestor, and therefore the one human that Mammon will do anything to control. Knowing his duty is to protect Brynn from Mammon if possible, Keegan and his brothers have also sworn to execute her if necessary to keep the world safe. But when Keegan begins to fall for Brynn, he will have to learn to embrace the darker, deadlier side of him that he's tried so hard to suppress.
I admit, the first few chapters seemed to be missing something. I never was quite able to put my finger on it, but I'm very happy to say that as the story progressed, things either righted themselves or I merely stopped noticing, because this shaped up to be an absolutely incredible introduction into the Demons of Infernum series.
Keegan and his brothers are all smokin' hot, and I really enjoyed the whole Big Brother Protector vibe that Keegan had throughout the story. There's just something about a broody alpha male that makes me all mushy for some reason. *dreamy sigh*
While I wish that Brynn's cool "power draining" ability had come into greater play, I admit that I enjoyed her character as a whole, despite her tendency to be a wee bit pigheaded. Having been able to protect herself for her entire life, it was rather understandable that she would on occasion ignore some of the danger she was in, simply because she's not used to truly being vulnerable.
The love scenes were deliciously intense, and the whole "forbidden romance" aspect helped to ratchet up the tension admirably.
Overall, I really enjoyed it, and think it's going to make a hell of a series (pun intended) ;) 4/5 Stars ...more
Expected Release Date: April 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-PuThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.tiphaniethomas.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Eight years ago, movie star Randall Rowe returned to his small hometown for his mother’s birthday. When circumstances lead him to cross paths with Kayla Denton, a 16-year old runaway, he immediately steps in to help her, and ultimately convinces his parents to take her under their wings. Over the following years, he’s treated her a bit as a little sister, but his self-centered playboy persona has really hurt their relationship. Kayla, charmed by both his handsome appearance and his kindness towards her in her time of need, developed a crush on him that she’s tried to hide for the duration of their relationship. When his thoughtless actions forced her to realize just how little he valued their friendship, she tried to bury her feelings, and was mostly successful.
Now, eight years later, Kayla is a school teacher, and also has a wonderful talent for interior design. When Randall moves back to town after some disappointments in Hollywood, he wants to hire Kayla to decorate his house — both because he truly appreciates her talent, and because he’s reached a point in his life where he realizes that it’s time to rebuild some bridges he may have burned in the past. For Kayla, however, this is a nightmare, because she knows that if she lets Randall charm her, she’s going to be hurt again, and yet she can’t help but fall for him a little more each day. In Randall’s case, the “little sister” that his family took in so many years ago has developed into a beautiful, capable woman — one that he cannot help but be attracted to.
Determined to show Kayla that he’s a changed man, he sets out to charm her and thinks he may have succeeded, but when he gets an unexpected big break in Hollywood, the fast, glitzy lifestyle he’s so recently chosen to abandon may be more than Kayla can handle.
While neither a positive or negative point, readers should be aware that there is a distinct Christian air to some parts this novel. While by no means what I would consider to be in the “Inspirational Romance” category, Randall is the son of a preacher, and G-d and religion factor greatly into the daily lives of both of his parents. While I personally enjoyed this, I know that some readers prefer to avoid novels containing devout Christian characters (even minor ones), so definitely be aware of this.
Overall, however, it was a very enjoyable story. While I really felt that Kayla’s tendency to stomp off in a huff over the smallest things was greatly to her detriment as a heroine, Randall more than made up for it. His true desire to make up for the wrongs he’d dealt in the past, coupled with his willingness to take responsibility for his actions made him a wonderful hero in my mind. The love scenes were great, and the side plot involving Randall’s parents really helped round things out.
In the end, I would call this one a fun summer read, with just enough angst to keep things interesting while still being light enough for a pool-side read.
Recommended for fans of unrequited love, playboy heroes having to prove themselves to make up for their past, and taking chances for a love that might just be worth the risk.
I actually enjoyed the whole series, though I read them in backwards order, so some of it was a bit disorienting to me.
The heroine's a bit of a barefI actually enjoyed the whole series, though I read them in backwards order, so some of it was a bit disorienting to me.
The heroine's a bit of a barefooted hippie (complete with a bit of a "free love" attitude, despite her innocence), the hero (thinks he) is in love with another (married) woman, there's a whisper of magic (not really enough to make me classify it as "paranormal", but definitely there), and there's enough lighthearted angst (if there truly is such a thing) to fill a bathtub.
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.carolinelinden.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Truth About The Duke Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.carolinelinden.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Truth About The Duke Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
A bargain that was all business . . . and pure passion.
Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London’s top solicitor for that. But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himself must champion her case . . . if only she can melt the dashing lord’s stony heart.
Edward has reason to be guarded, though. London’s tabloids have just exposed a secret that could ruin his entire family. When Francesca offers a unique chance to undo the damage, Edward is forced to agree to a partnership . . . and now, each moment together feeds the flames of his scandalous longing for the passionate widow. But when Georgina disappears, fate will test them both . . . and leave their love hanging in the balance.
For once, I’m not including my own summary because the official blurb states it much more clearly than I could do otherwise.
This was one of the more satisfying romances I’ve read in a very long time. Both Francesca and Edward truly needed each other for balance — she pulled him out of his serious ways and he managed to keep her calm when it was important. Plus, the love scenes were wonderfully hot, which as you should know by now, is a big bonus for me.
I admit, I am greatly looking forward to the rest of the trilogy as well.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harelquin Desire Author’s Website: http://mayabanks.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Pregnancy & Passion Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Bryony Morgan has come to New York to confront the lowlife businessman who lied to her, seduced her, and then abandoned her, leaving her pregnant with his child. Spotting him at a social event, she's prepared for anything -- except for the cad to pretend that they've never met!
Rafe de Luca has been suffering from selective amnesia ever since his private plane crashed returning to New York after landing the business deal of the year. Unable to remember a month-long period of his life, his doctors are baffled, and insist that there is a psychological reason behind his amnesia rather than a physical one, but regardless of the cause, he can't let investors get wind of his condition without risking their support.
When he spots the lovely Bryony at a party for his investors, he tries out his most charming smile on her, only to receive a punch in the face for his efforts!
Now faced with a woman who claims not only did he promise that he would not develop the island property he purchased from her -- an action that is so out of character that it might as well be impossible, but that he is also the father of her unborn baby!
Determined to get to the bottom of his seemingly inexplicable behavior, Rafe accompanies Bryony to the island in question to see if anything can spark his memory, but that's not the only thing sparking between him. Unable to resist the crackling chemistry between her and the man she still loves -- the man who claims to remember nothing about their time together -- Bryony is determined that even if Rafe never regains his memory, she will make him fall in love with her again...
While a bit short for my tastes, this book had several of my favorite things in category romance -- amnesia, a forgotten woman whom the hero got pregnant during the time he's forgotten, betrayal, and of course, incredible chemistry.
Rafe also makes a wonderful groveling hero, and his grand gesture was not to be missed.
Overall, this one was definitely a solid entry into the Harlequin Desire line. With just the right amount of angst and sensuality, this book would be a perfect fast read for those in need of a quick love story.
It all started for me when I was poking around the other day on CatherinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
It all started for me when I was poking around the other day on Catherine Anderson’s website and stumbled across the excerpt for this story (which can be found here for those interested). I had never heard of such a thing as “miniature guide horses”, and so after reading the excerpt, and performing a bit of Googlefu on the subject, I knew I had to read this one.
n the end, I enjoyed this novel, but wasn’t completely blown away. I thoroughly enjoyed the animals, as well as Mandy’s dysfunctional relationship with her brother, but was a bit put off by a few of Ms. Anderson’s “trends”. However, to be fair, there were several twists that I hadn’t been expecting, and at least one occasion where I was actually surprised because I was expecting a certain cliche to result and quite the opposite happened.
Overall, a very solid read, recommended especially to animal lovers, readers who enjoy heroines with an abused past, and fans of heroes who want a more committed relationship than the heroine.
Lighthearted, with an occasionally TSTL heroine, a hard-headed(but sweet) hero, just a pinch of heat, lots of hijinks, with enough heartache and angstLighthearted, with an occasionally TSTL heroine, a hard-headed(but sweet) hero, just a pinch of heat, lots of hijinks, with enough heartache and angst to keep things interesting.
Expected Release Date: November 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EntaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://rosalielario.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Demons of Infernum Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
After months of no work, interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who’s using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with the possibility of being forced to return to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin and his brothers will stop at nothing to take out the incubus and anyone else involved—even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart, then nearly his life, during the most mind-blowing hour of his existence.
Night after night, Amara and her fellow succubi are forced to extract special abilities from the strongest Otherworlders for their psychotic master’s growing collection. When the gorgeous angel-demon hybrid she believed to be dead captures her, Amara is both stunned and elated. But the happily ever after she’s dreamed of will have to wait.
Together, they must bring down the madman hellbent on destroying them… and become each other’s salvation in the process.
Half demon, half angel, Ronin Meyers has literally lived through hell. Now, after having battled alongside his brothers and defeating his evil father, Ronin finds himself bored. As an interdimensional bounty hunter, his permission to stay on Earth is dependent on the work he does — but with so few assignments coming his way, Ronin fears that soon he may be called back to Infernum to work for the council there.
When a sexy demon, Amara, almost kills Ronin with seduction, he’s embarrassed and angry, and more than that, he seems to have lost his ability to calm enemies — an ability inherited from his angel mother, and one that he’s come to rely on in battle.
When an order from the Council comes down to capture an incubus who is up to no good, Ronin is shocked to discover that the sexy she-devil who almost killed him is working with the demon in question. Capturing her to use as leverage against her master, Ronin soon discovers that there is so much more to Amara than her succubus nature. It’s impossible for anyone but another sex demon to be with a succubus without her killing them, however, so no matter how strong the chemistry, or how much they begin to care for each other, there can be no happily ever after… Or can there?
I love the entire Demons of Infernum series, which began with Blood of a Demon, followed by Mark of the Sylph, and now including this novel, Touch of the Angel. While I do suggest that new readers invest in the entire series, if for nothing else than the fact that the books are excellent, I think that for the most part, this book works just fine as a standalone. New readers may not get all of the nuances of the previously established relationships, but all of the background imperative to this particular plot line is included.
The thing that kept this from being a 5-Star story for me was the promiscuity of the heroine. Now, I fully understand that it was in no way her fault (she’s a succubus, and quite literally requires sex to survive), but even so, a past like hers is simply not something that’s easy for me to accept in a heroine. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Amara — a lot. She was intelligent, sweet, loyal, and despised being a succubus. In the end, however, it was still hard for me to recover from my initial dislike of a succubus heroine, which did affect my overall enjoyment of the book.
In the end, this was a solid entry to the series, and I think that both newcomers and fans of the previous novels will highly enjoy it for its heat, angst, and action.
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Historical Author’s Website: http://www.jeannielin.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: In the same world as Butterfly Swords Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Official Blurb: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALL…
Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone—until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away….
Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell—yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend…
With just the right amount of sensuality to blend with the delicious tapestry of love, lust, deceit, and betrayal, The Dragon and the Pearl is a wonderful addition to the Harlequin Historical line.
The political maneuvering, while occasionally exhausting, definitely added a high level of suspense to the novel, and the forbidden aspect of the romance between Li Tao and Ling was wonderful.
Overall, while not a light read by any means, the richness of the world painted by Ms. Lin combined with the political storm and strong characters definitely made this one worth reading.
Recommended for fans of Ancient China, forbidden romance with stolen moments, and of complicated political schemes. 4/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: March 29, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: MacmillaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: March 29, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Macmillan Imprint: St. Martin's Paperbacks Author’s Website: http://www.janelledenison.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Reliance Group Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Nathan Fox is a former Marine, and a washed-up vice cop. Having lost everything, including his fiance, after his last case went sour, he's now a recovering alcoholic leading the security team for the Onyx Casino in Las Vegas. Behind the scenes, however, he works for the Reliance Group, a private organization that utilizes the unique skills of its team to accomplish things that sometimes law enforcement simply can't get done.
When a new case comes along that bears startling similarities to the case that ended Nathan's career as a vice cop, he knows that no matter how reluctant he may be to revisit the ghosts of his past, he's the only thing standing between a young girl and a life of forced depravity.
Things get complicated, however, when pushy reporter Nicole Hutton also goes undercover to bust Preston Sloane, a seemingly untouchable pedophile and member of the illegal skin-trade -- the same man responsible for the disappearance of the girl Nathan is searching for.
Knowing that he has no choice but to work with her lest she expose his true identity, Nathan is determined to keep Nicole out of harm's way. But Nicole has personal reasons to expose Sloane, and nothing, not even the explosive chemistry between her and Nathan is going to keep her from doing everything she can to prevent Sloane's girls from living a life that was once almost her own.
To be honest, this one started off pretty slow for me. While Nathan was interesting to me, with his undercover work for the Reliance Group, his history as a vice-cop, and his devastation over a girl he couldn't save, which had led to alcoholism and the loss of his fiance.
Nicole, on the other hand, didn't really appeal to me. She was a strong, confident, modern woman, who was also an ambitious reporter, willing to bend the rules on occasion to get out of the rut of "fluff pieces" for her paper and move on to something bigger. However, she felt more.. obnoxious to me rather than interesting. I don't know if it was her overtly aggressive sexuality (which truly just isn't my thing), or the fact that she was pushy, conceited, and frankly a bit dishonest that made her unappealing at first.
Definitely don't let that put you off, however, because only a few chapters in, Nicole's facade begins to crack, and you begin to glimpse the woman she really is -- one who has worked so hard to rebuild her life after literally almost losing everything, and who hides behind her strong, independent persona.
There's also no denying that this book was incredibly hot, and the tension between Nathan and Nicole was absolutely decadent. The love scenes were plentiful without taking away from the rescue mission, and I for one absolutely adored the ending.
There was also a slight touch of the paranormal, as one of the female members of the Reliance Group has psychic powers, but they were severely downplayed and seemed more to be included as a setup for future books than a major part of the plot for this one.
In the end, I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would at first. The villain is believable, the suspense involved in undercover work jacked up the tension all around, and the romance was steamy and satisfying.
A perfect introduction into the Reliance Group series as a whole, this book was a perfect blend of sex and suspense. Recommended for fans of realistic (yet incredibly hot) heroes trying to claw their way back into the action after a horrible incident, of heroines forced to break down the walls that have served as protection for almost a lifetime, and of pulse-pounding suspense, all doused liberally with delicious chemistry and some wonderfully hot lovemaking.
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: GranThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceacholic.
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://larissaione.com/ My Source for This Book: Won in a contest/Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Lords of Deliverance (a spin-off of the Demonica series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I was so incredibly torn with this book when trying to come up with a final rating. On one hand, it’s a favorite series of mine, so of course the underlying plot grabbed my by the privates and wouldn’t let me go. I also enjoyed Limos with all of her different faces — innocent, loving and loyal sister, warrior, liar, manipulator, and woman. Erik was wonderful as well, with not only his strength in refusing to break under torture but also his desire for revenge, and how he came to care for Limos despite his disappointment and anger with her. Then of course, there’s the byplay with Reaver and Harvester (and c’mon, I can’t be the only sick puppy who sincerely hopes they end up together in the end, can I?), and Reseph/Pestilence and the possibly futile hope that there may be a way to bring him back. The delicious sexual tension between two other characters was deliciously hot, and there was plenty of angst to be had.
On the other hand, there was the rape of a major character (though to be fair some readers may feel it was more of a case of “dubious consent”) — something that I truly want to rant about for several paragraphs but cannot without giving away spoilers. There was very little chemistry and sexual tension between Limos and Erik until the very end of the story. There was so much gore and horror and action and torture that I found myself becoming bored with major injuries instead of sympathetic or concerned for the characters in question.
So in the end, this was not a 5-star book for me, no matter how much I adore the series as a whole and am in love with Ms. Ione’s writing style and world-building. However, so much of the book’s positive points are a large collection of small things that I cannot mention them all without actually retelling the story or giving major spoilers. While it may, at first glance, appear that there are more negative points in my review than positive, that’s certainly not the case. The book absolutely sucked me in, chewed me up, and spit me out, leaving me begging for more. Despite any misgivings I may have had about a few points in this story, I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel, Lethal Rider, due out in late spring of 2012.
A great introduction to the series, this book was very hot, yet surprised me with the amount of romance. There was just enough angst to keep things inA great introduction to the series, this book was very hot, yet surprised me with the amount of romance. There was just enough angst to keep things interesting, with the heroine doubting Wolf's motives, and Wolf's knowledge that with the prejudices of the day, keeping her as his bride could prove dangerous to them both.
I was also interested in Wolf's brothers, and hope to read their stories someday soon.
The details of the rape of a minor character (not by one of the leads) could have been left out completely in my opinion, and the brutal nature of the enemies could've been illustrated well enough without it.
Other than that, however, I definitely enjoyed it, and it was wonderfully hot while still managing to have an interesting plot.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://josswarebooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
Picking up where Abandon the Night left off, Theo has been shot and apparently left for dead. Discovered by some locals, he’s brought to Selena so that she can care for him as he dies. Known as The Death Lady, Selena has the ability to foretell a person’s death, and to ease their transition into the next world.
I do believe that this book would not stand very well on its own. While a lot of the concepts were very well reiterated without feeling like infodump, there is so much information that was presented in the first three books that it would’ve been impossible to include every single thing of import without rehashing the entire series. As such, I would strongly urge readers to start from the beginning to understand everything they can about the gangas, the Strangers, Bounty Hunters, the Change, Envy, and the Resistance, as well as to get used to some of the newer slang.
Overall, I did enjoy it. It was a nice change to have an older heroine with all the baggage that comes from having lived a full life past your early 20′s. Theo is delicious as always, and I loved the new tidbits about the overall story arc.
Recommended for previous fans of the series, those who love post-apocalyptic dystopian tales, and fans of age differences in their romances. 4/5 Stars...more