Lying Eyes was like reading a madcap, action-adventure story featuring the Fortunes of Las Vegas led by the slipperyLying Eyes...They’re watching You.
Lying Eyes was like reading a madcap, action-adventure story featuring the Fortunes of Las Vegas led by the slippery and elusive magician, master of disguise and patriarch Cosmo Fortune. He was at the epicentre of all things good and bad happening in this book.
Iris Fortune, jewellery designer by trade, is the calm, cool and collected eldest daughter of Cosmo Fortune. But she's kinda written off dear ole dad, who’s never really been a part of her life...until he turns up missing. Next thing you know she‘s got a hot, petty jewel thief sticking to her like glue, two previously unknown young women who turn out to be her new half sisters and 10 million dollars in missing gems. Now bad people are after Cosmo and the gems he‘s supposed to have in his possession and if they have to go through Iris and her new found sisters to get to him - well then that’s what they’ll do. Ohh Daddy Dearest this latest escapade you’re embroiled in could get somebody dead...in a hurry!
Lying Eyes had a humorous, light, fun feel to it. Even though it’s a romantic suspense and lives were threatened numerous times, I never felt anyone was ever really in danger. I know you’re not supposed to like the bad guys, but the bumbling, buffoon henchman Jock and Pebbles provided a lot of comic relief (they reminded me of the bad guys in Home Alone getting bested by Macaulay Culkin). And who names a goon Pebbles? He was nothing but a big ole simpleton oaf with a soft spot for animals - especially the magician’s 20 lb white rabbit Edgar who always seemed to have his little twitching nose right in the thick of things. Try pulling that rabbit out of your hat O-O!
What I liked best about Lying Eyes was the love story between Iris and her scruffy, petty thief with the swashbuckling grin she can’t stop thinking about...ohhhh Mickey you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind. Hey Mickey! Hey Mickey! We all know he’s not really a thief out to kill her dad or steal the jewels, but it takes Iris a lot longer to figure him out and unmask the undercover agent.
Mickey’s great at playing the part of a thief, but his feelings for Iris are real and true. Their relationship is cute, fun, flirty and sexy and for most of the book - she has no idea who he really is. At one point when things were looking pretty grim for Mickey and Iris he comes out with this line:
“Who’s joking?” He lifted his face, his gaze roaming over her. “If this is my last night on this Earth, I sure as hell want to spend it with you.” Ohhhh Mickey *heart melts*.
If you want a fast-paced, madcap, sexy romp then you can’t go wrong with Lying Eyes. I really enjoyed it - Fortune family drama, Russian royalty, missing gems, rabbit and all! ...more
When I saw HelenKay Dimon tweet about her latest book Risqué Business, I immediately went to Amazon to check it out. I’m a big fan of her writing andWhen I saw HelenKay Dimon tweet about her latest book Risqué Business, I immediately went to Amazon to check it out. I’m a big fan of her writing and the price was right - hello! .99 cents.
Risqué business in the office place can be risky business!
If Kari Reynolds, the Human Resources specialist Coleman Engineering hired to hold seminars about workplace ethics knew the inappropriate thoughts Matt Bradford had been having for the past three weeks about her and that sexy string of pearls of hers while she’d been pie-charting and writing up company policy - he may be the Boss, but he’d be written up for sure. So Matt was keeping his hands and his thoughts to himself since there was no way he was risking his job or career for a little risqué business with the hired help.
Well technically Matt’s not Kari’s boss since she is a hired consultant and you know what they say, the devil’s in the details. Besides technically she made the first move.
So after a little bathroom confrontation and then a little desk gymnastics, these two are quickly burning up the sheets. When Matt discovers Kari may have had her own agenda to get him into bed whether it’s the truth or not - he’s pissed. Men! Always jumping to the wrong conclusions without all the facts.
This was a cute, fast, little afternoon delight for an afternoon workout. I’m really liking these shorter stories that can hold my attention and keep me occupied while working out and I can finish in one trip to the gym. I’ve even found myself on more than one occasion actually working out a bit longer if necessary just to finish the book. It wasn’t required in the case of Risqué Business as I finished it in just under 40 minutes....more
I don’t like spiders and snakes! And there are lots of them, especially the aforementioned spiders in Abducted. I started this book at the gym, in broI don’t like spiders and snakes! And there are lots of them, especially the aforementioned spiders in Abducted. I started this book at the gym, in broad daylight, surrounded by people and I got the willies when I wasn’t even very far into the story. I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep reading, knew for sure I would not be reading it at home, alone and before bed (especially if I didn‘t want to have nightmares), but I was interested enough in the story and setup that I persisted and tried not to let the creepy-crawlies continue to creep me out.
A sicko serial killer dubbed “Spiderman” abducted young girls, torments and tortures them (see spiders above) and then dumps their bodies when he’s through “playing” with them and they cease to hold his interest. Fourteen years ago a teenaged Lizzy Gardner was taken and somehow she was the one who got away, but not without a lot of emotional scarring.
Spiderman was supposedly caught and incarcerated or at least someone confessed to being Spiderman...not! And now he’s back and he’s got an older Lizzy in his sights once again. He starts abducting girls, sending Lizzy messages and contacting her on the phone. Now everything Spiderman does is directly related to getting a reaction out of Lizzy. And he wants her in his possession again.
For .99 cents on Amazon this was an excellent, cheap thrill a minute, suspense, physiological read. It was more than worth the price. It reminded me a lot of a couple other authors who write this genre of books...two of my favorite authors Karen Rose and Lisa Gardner (Ragan admits to be a Gardner fan also and even gifted her heroine with the same last name).
I’d recently read another book by T.R. Ragan’s alter ego Theresa Ragan called Taming Mad Max, a cute, funny, sports themed contemporary...Abducted was nothing like that...intense, scary and a killer whose identity wasn’t revealed to the very end. It sure kept my attention.
You really should try Abducted even if you are a big weenie like me and hate spiders. ...more
This was quick. Really just a teaser, a taste to wet your whistle. I get the feeling "ex-Navy SEAL" Jack and para-legal Charlotte will make an appearaThis was quick. Really just a teaser, a taste to wet your whistle. I get the feeling "ex-Navy SEAL" Jack and para-legal Charlotte will make an appearance in a future book since the ending leaves the door open. I can sure see them meeting up in the future again.
If you're a fan of Laura Griffin then Surrender at Dawn will give you a little Griffin fix and tide you over until her next full length novel Snapped comes out later this year....more
I am so glad Joyce Lamb decided to release her earlier works in e-book. This is the second one I've read lately and throughly enjoyed. And for .99 onI am so glad Joyce Lamb decided to release her earlier works in e-book. This is the second one I've read lately and throughly enjoyed. And for .99 on Amazon - what a steal! ...more
The Game of Love was ACES and scored a Touchdown with me! Sports themed books are one of my favorite’s to read. As seems to be the norm for me now theThe Game of Love was ACES and scored a Touchdown with me! Sports themed books are one of my favorite’s to read. As seems to be the norm for me now these days, I saw some of my Goodreads peeps taking about this book and quickly added it to my TBR list. A tennis player heroine? SOLD! Lots of sports books feature mostly hockey and football jocks...but no one hardly ever writes about a tennis player. As a big fan of both watching and playing tennis - I knew I had to read it...now.
Christina seemed like a hard nut to crack at first, full of attitude and with a huge chip on her shoulder. Ex tennis pro, retired after only a few years on the pro circuit, never ranked higher than 25 in the world and fresh off a break-up with her abusive hockey player boyfriend she’s trying to make a go at a normal life as a teacher and coach of the girl’s tennis team. The last thing she needs or wants is a relationship with the boy’s football coach Brett “The Wall” Wallace, an ex NFL football player. Christina vowed never to get involved with an athlete again. But then again she’s never met anyone like Brett.
A Game for Love was sweet, funny and I fell in love with Brett right along with Christina. He was pretty much perfect *sigh*. What a sweetheart. And his “grand gesture” at the end...perfect for a tennis player.
Like sports with your romance - then you will love The Game of Love. Don’t care about sports with your romance...you’re still going to enjoy this book.
Short and sexy! Made my hour of cardio at the gym fly by.
A breakdown in commnication between two hard working, career oriented individuals leaves theShort and sexy! Made my hour of cardio at the gym fly by.
A breakdown in commnication between two hard working, career oriented individuals leaves the marriage of Scott and Natalie in doubt. But a little game of hide-n-seek helps them both remember the good and sexy times they once had in their marriage.
Another great story from Ann Calhoun (Liberating Lacey was one of my top ten reads in 2010). And for .99 from Amazon you can't go wrong! ...more
Great book! I stayed up waaaay to late one night reading Deadly Descent but once I got involved in the action in this story - I just couldn'4.5 stars!
Great book! I stayed up waaaay to late one night reading Deadly Descent but once I got involved in the action in this story - I just couldn't put it down until I knew Cam and Dev were safe (even thou I knew they were). The edge of your seat suspense was top notch. There was much to like about Deadly Descent with a wonderful love story, great secondary charcaters who I am glad I found out will be getting their own stories and pulse pounding action. ...more
Great little sexy and steamy short story from the alter ego of Kaylea Cross. I recently discovered Ms. Cross and have read 2 of her military romanticGreat little sexy and steamy short story from the alter ego of Kaylea Cross. I recently discovered Ms. Cross and have read 2 of her military romantic suspense titles and really enjoyed them, so when I discovered she had an erotic alter ego I knew I had to give Deacon's Touch a try.
I really enjoyed Deacon's Touch and look forward to getting caught up on Kaylea Cross's backlist and any new titles under all her author names. ...more
A sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was aA sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was a nice change that the heroine of Out Of Her League, Christa Bailey was the actual sports star. It doesn’t happen often that the female is the sports personality in a book. And I like it!
I had just finished reading Kaylea Cross’s Deadly Descent and really enjoyed it. So when I checked out her backlist and noticed all her previous books had gotten really terrific reviews I decided I needed to read more by this author. The icing on the cake for Out Of Her League was the sports tie-in.
Christa Bailey is an Olympic softball hopeful, runs her own landscaping business and is the focus of a stalker who threatens every aspect of her life and seriously jeopardizes her chance at making the Olympic team. Good times...not. Good thing Christa’s got a protector in Rayne Hutchinson and ERT police officer who she‘s acquainted through mutual friends and has kind of a little crush on.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Cross’s backlist. I understand that each book only gets better.
I also just discovered that Cross also writes a steamier brand of romance under the name of Callie Croix. I will be checking out her latest under that pen name, Deacon’s Touch soon. ...more
There was a lot of buzz about Because of You before it’s release since it’s the 1st new release of the revitalized Loveswept line and I was 3.5 Stars
There was a lot of buzz about Because of You before it’s release since it’s the 1st new release of the revitalized Loveswept line and I was really looking forward to reading this. I was a big fan of the Loveswept line of books back in the day and I’m glad they’re making a comeback.
I found this book to be quite a heavy, angst-filled book. I personally wouldn’t recommend reading it if you are looking for a light, fun-filled story or if you are feeling even slightly depressed.
There is some comic relief in the book in the character of Vic Carponti, but even all his antics seemed liked a defence mechanism to hide from the pain he was experiencing. But the naming of his penis TC and what that stands for made me laugh out loud.
I will admit to being intrigued by the heroine Jen St. James and her physical handicap. I found it very realistic and not usually something you read about in romance novels. Jen’s been through her own hardships with her health, so she knows a little something about having experienced a massive low point in her life. It makes her the perfect person to be right by Shane’s side for his recovery and rehab when he returns home from the war - barely alive, his body broken and his spirits hanging on by a thread. His whole identity is so closely tied to who he is as a military leader and now he’s the last person who can be there for his men.
I’m not going to lie - I found this story to be a bit depressing, but maybe that was because it hit too close to the truth...about the pain and suffering men (and women) returning home from war go through.
There is a second book in the series Back to You and I will probably read it because of the set up for Trent and Laura’s story- I do want to see how it gets resolved. ...more
I actually started this book a couple of days ago again due to all the recent buzz here on Goodreads. It's not like I don't have a couple hundred bookI actually started this book a couple of days ago again due to all the recent buzz here on Goodreads. It's not like I don't have a couple hundred books on the TBR but once I got this book - I just had to read it even though it's written in first person (which is my least favorite). Also I think this is the first time I have read a book where we see the story from both the hero and heroine in first person.
Very emotional, kids you can't help but love and an ex-wife and smary ex-fiance you can't help but hate. Neil and Maggie were a great couple together.
I really enjoyed Who Needs a Hero and am glad I bumped it up to the top of the TBR....more