Three years ago, antiquarian book hunter James Winter lost everything when a scandal his employer caused brought him down with it. Now James is stuck working at Barnes and Noble and only disreputable clients will hire him, clients like Mr. Stephanopoulos. Mr. S has a lead on a previously unpublished book by Charles Dickens and he wants James to get it before its owner, chemistry professor Sedgwick Crisparkle, puts the book up for auction. Mr. S doesn’t care how James convinces the good professor to sell him the book, so long as James doesn’t reveal that Stephanopoulos is the buyer. James needs the paycheck, but more than that, the prospect of holding a previously-unheard of Dickens story in his hands tempts him like nothing else…except, perhaps, the book’s owner. Sedgwick Crisparkle looks more like a bookish angel than a nutty professor, and the attraction between book hunter and book owner is too much for either to resist. But when Sedgwick discovers who James’s employer is, it’ll take a Christmas miracle like Dickens would write to keep these two men together.
The Dickens with Love is a book lover’s dream, filled as it is with hope, love, and, of course, an unpublished Christmas novella by Charles Dickens. Josh Lanyon has an unparalleled ability to write a romance that is incredibly sweet without being cloying. Both James and Sedgwick are interesting, intelligent men that have that everyman scholar appeal plus a little something extra. I was drawn to them, without being able to put my finger on why, other than Mr. Lanyon’s talent for creating endearing, memorable characters. Like all of Mr. Lanyon’s stories, The Dickens with Love is engaging, tender, and irresistibly sexy. It also has an extra dash of forgiveness and the joy of new beginnings, making The Dickens with Love a holiday treat that can and should be enjoyed all year long. Like the Stardust martinis James and Sedgwick so enjoy, The Dickens with Love simply sparkles....more
Greyson Cole is going to kill his sister. All Grey wants to do is escape Raleigh and the pandemic of love and romance which has spread through it. With that thought in mind, Grey heads to his cabin to spend two weeks in solitude, only to be confronted by over six feet of dripping wet, nearly naked male. According to the stranger, Grey’s twin, Kelsie, lent him the use of Grey’s cabin while his own was being repaired. And said stranger, Sirus Wilder, is definitely Not. Grey’s. Type. Grey will keep repeating that to himself until he believes it. Grey doesn’t do relationships, and no amount of lusting for the gorgeous, intelligent Sirus is going to change that.
Sirus adores Kelsie; her twin is another matter entirely. Sirus is grateful Grey lets him stay in the cabin while the plumbing is fixed on his own, but Grey has to be the coldest, most withdrawn person he has ever met. Yet there’s something about Grey, flashes of vulnerability which draw him to the seemingly aloof stranger. Sirus has been burned by love in the past and doesn’t want to risk his heart again, especially by falling for a man who flat-out tells him he doesn’t have the ability to love.
When the desire for one another becomes too tempting to resist, Grey and Sirus agree to embark on a two week affair with no strings attached. Too bad for them love has other plans. Grey and Sirus are about to find out that sometimes destiny takes charge and gives you a chance at happiness you never could have imagined; you just have to be brave enough to take it.
Grey’s Awakening is like a thunderstorm – powerful, glorious, and seemingly alive with raw emotion. Cameron Dane has written an enthralling story that no words can do justice to (though I will try) with two heroes that will wrap themselves around your heart and not let go.
Sirus is a romantic at heart, which was utterly lovely to see from such a strong, powerful male. His willingness to put himself out there, even in the face of past hurts, makes him the perfect match for Grey. And no man needs an open, accepting heart to love him more than Grey. For all his controlled demeanor, Grey is a tumultuous blend of old wounds, fear, and hesitant hope. With his cool confidence at the forefront, even I, a reader who got to see the inner workings of Grey’s mind, found myself sucker-punched by the pain in Grey’s past. He broke my heart, but his healing, opening up, and falling in love put it back together again. Their love story was as touching as is it was spellbindingly erotic.
While Grey’s Awakening is the second book in the Cabin Fever series, it does stand on its own. Kelsie and John (Grey’s sister and best friend) of The Sweetest Tattoo do make a brief appearance in Grey’s Awakening and fans of the first story will remember Sirus having a cameo in that tale. Neither book should be missed, for Cameron Dane is a wonderfully talented writer whose stories are as unique and diverse as the characters in them. And since I cannot say more about Grey’s Awakening without overtly gushing, I will leave with saying that I Joyfully Recommend this incredible book!...more
Is it possible for a house to possess a heart and soul? One strong enough to bring two men together? For two years, Colin Baxter has dreamed of a beautiful house and the man who lives in it. Colin knows the faceless stranger whose troubled soul calls out to him is his destiny, but he has no idea where to find him. Fate lends a hand when Colin travels to Fiji for his best friend’s wedding. On a tour of the islands Colin spots the house of his dreams…but neither the house nor its owner are what he expected.
His house in Fiji has given Marek Donovan the solitude he’s wished for ever since the death of the man he loved. Wracked with guilt over his past, the last thing Marek wants is a man showing up on his doorstep; especially if it’s Colin Baxter. Marek may believe Colin’s crazy story about dreaming of him and his home, but that doesn’t mean Marek is open to giving Colin what the man wants from him. Yet, something about Colin calls to him and Marek finds he can’t quite return to the half-life he was living. It’s up to Marek to decide if he can take a chance on Colin and risk his heart for the chance at a life and a love that could last forever.
Heart-wrenching despair mixes with happiness and hope in the stunning Dreaming in Color. Cameron Dane is a master at creating characters who grab your heart in such a way that you cannot stop reading until they find happiness. Marek is a man deeply tormented by his past. His life, such as it is, seems to have been frozen at the state of his loss and it takes Colin’s arrival, and his opening himself to Colin, to bring Marek fully back to life. I loved every minute of reading about his journey. Colin, in turn, is impossible not to love. He’s passionate, determined, and full of hope, all of which are beautiful traits in a hero. Colin and Marek’s path to happily ever after is tumultuous, but also intensely erotic and filled with unexpected moments of pure joy.
Quite simply, I loved Dreaming in Color. All of the characters come to life on the page, giving them a realistic feel and making the story all the more compelling. I admit, given the teasers in Dreaming in Color about how Colin’s best friend, Jordan, fell in love with her husband, I am desperately hoping Cameron Dane writes Jordan and Tag’s story. Still, until that wish is realized (if ever it is), I am more than happy to curl up with Marek and Colin’s romance again and again. Dreaming in Color is everything I have come to expect from one of Cameron Dane’s books. In short, it’s perfect....more
It’s been two years since Rhone Quinn realized he was in love with Adam Reyes. Their relationship has gone through many changes over the years. They met when Rhone caught Adam trying to pick his pocket and since that fateful first meeting when Rhone offered Adam a job instead of turning him over to the police, Adam has become his business partner, best friend, and, to both their surprises, the love of the previously heterosexual Rhone’s life.
Now Rhone and Adam are in Vermont to get married, but everything is going exactly opposite to what the men had planned. A feuding soon-to-be-wed couple and a troubled hotel employee first prick Adam’s curiosity, then start wrecking havoc with his and Rhone’s relationship. They also force Adam to face his long-held fear: that of losing Rhone to a woman one day. Adam and Rhone have overcome a multitude of obstacles to wind up where they are, but will the ones they face now trip them up before they can walk down the aisle?
The chaos that always seems to surround weddings is amplified by intrigue and unvoiced fears in the fantastic Saying I Do. Cameron Dane shows readers what the after in “happily ever after” entails when the heroes from Finding Home do their best to make it to the altar in one piece. Having fallen in love with Adam and Rhone in Finding Home, I highly recommend reading that story before Saying I Do to feel the full emotional impact of the story, even though the author provides the necessary details to follow along in this book.
Adam and Rhone are both heroes that are easy to adore. They’re intelligent, protective, and deeply in love with one another. What I loved about Saying I Do was seeing that Adam didn’t just take Rhone’s newfound bisexuality for granted. Until just two years before, both men believed Rhone to be strictly heterosexual. The fact that Adam had fears of losing Rhone felt realistic to me, and I loved watching the heroes address his concerns and work it out to make their relationship all the stronger.
The subplots of Saying I Do were every bit as fascinating as the main storyline. However, I don’t want to spoil the book by giving away the details, so I’ll leave it to readers to be captivated as I was. I will say that Cameron Dane ended Saying I Do with a huge tease for the next Quinn Security book and left me desperately hoping that the next couple’s story is coming soon. All in all, Saying I Do was a wonderful, sexy tale that will make you sigh, blush, and beg for more from this phenomenal author....more
As a young man, there was nothing Raul Montenga wanted more than to get out of his small hometown and the life his parents had mapped out for him. Twelve years later he has finally returned home for good and what a surprise there is to greet him. He wakes up one morning to find an eleven year old on his doorstep, claiming to be his daughter. Chloe Gibson is the daughter of Penelope, town doctor and the woman who used to be hopelessly in love with Raul. But how could Chloe be his daughter if he and Penelope were never together? Unless the dreams he’s been having the past twelve years of making love to Penelope were actually memories…
Penelope Gibson was crushed after a drunken mistake at a wedding between her and Raul ends with him not only not remembering, but leaving town without saying goodbye. The one bright spot of the situation was the daughter she had. But when Chloe brings Raul back into Penelope’s life, Penelope’s torn between wanting to protect her and her daughter’s heart and wanting to fall back into the arms of the man she has loved for so long. Raul will have his work cut out for him if he wants to regain the trust and love he lost long ago.
Dee Tenorio has definitely delivered a burning hot reunion romance with Burn for Me. Penelope is a heroine you have to love. She’s smart, hardworking, loving, and does her absolute best to care for and protect Chloe. Raul, while he may have once taken Penelope for granted, does a fabulous job of proving that he’s in for the long haul in his quest to win Penelope’s heart. Chloe is a wonderfully entertaining child with intelligence and cunning that keeps her parents constantly on their toes.
While there are no black-hatted villains in Burn for Me, Penelope does face some pretty harsh prejudice from a character I won’t name for spoiler reasons. I was interested to see how Ms. Tenorio would get Raul and Penelope to their happily ever after and I will only say that I was glad of how things worked out.
All in all I adored Burn for Me. It’s both sexy and romantic – what more could you ask for? This is the first book of Ms. Tenorio’s that I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last. Though each book in her Rancho Del Cielo series stands on its own, I will be racing to read the first two stories in the series, Betting Hearts and Love Me Tomorrow....more
When Krista James walks into her fiancé’s office to see his assistant in a less-than-innocent position, she leaves her engagement ring and walks out. She and David Ellison may have a contract, but their somewhat unromantic approach to marriage isn’t enough for her, especially not now.
David has everything going for him…until he shows up late to his lunch date with Krista and discovers her gone and his assistant looking very guilty. David wastes no time going after Krista to explain, but she’s traded their honeymoon tickets for a one-woman trip to Tahiti. Krista may buy his explanation of what she saw, but to win his fiancée back he’ll have to show her that what they have is more than just a simple contract. That she ties him up in knots as much as he does her. But Krista’s not going to make it easy on him and both have a lot to learn if they want to make it down the aisle.
Love isn’t always orderly, but the chaos sure is fun in Love Me Knots. What I loved about this story was that both David and Krista had growing to do in their relationship. Each is partly at fault for the lack of communication between them, and I eagerly read along as they worked through the obstacles on their journey to happily ever after. David and Krista are likeable people and they complement one another in more ways than one. Their romance is filled with steamy encounters and tender moments, making Love Me Knots an enchanting read....more
Everyone in the town of Rancho del Cielo knows that when Miranda McTiernan and Josh Whittaker are in the same room, sparks are sure to strike. The two can’t seem to stop arguing, nor can they stay away from one another. But after the tragic death of a friend, Miranda decides that now’s the time to get what she’s been longing for: a baby. She wants Josh to be the father, but he’s dead set against the idea. He also doesn’t want any other man touching her either. The two are at an impasse until it becomes clear that a serial arsonist is in town and dead set on eliminating everyone and everything Josh loves. Now Josh is determined to protect Miranda at any cost, even if that means risking his well-guarded secrets and opening himself up to a relationship he’s always wanted but would never let himself have.
Danger, stubbornness, love, and a longing all blend together for one heck of a read in Love Me Tomorrow. Dee Tenorio has created two characters that are absolutely perfect for one another, if only the hero would go for his destiny as he should. It takes a series of shocks to get Josh and Miranda together, but that’s part of what made Love Me Tomorrow compelling. While Josh was stubborn in his refusal to enter into a relationship with Miranda, I never wanted to shake him over it, as I usually would with such a character. Ms. Tenorio didn’t overplay his fears and I adored Josh so much for his protectiveness, honor, and the love he felt for those he let in his heart that I understood why Miranda could not help but wait for him to come around. However, don’t think that Miranda just sits by the phone waiting for Josh to call. She’s every bit an intelligent, independent woman. She knows what she wants, goes after it, and takes the consequences for her actions like an adult.
While each Rancho Del Cielo book stands on its own, supporting characters from the series add light to the story, including the hero and heroine of the third book, Burn for Me. In addition, the arsonist targeting Josh adds an element of peril to Love Me Tomorrow, keeping the story moving at a fast pace. I’ve come to expect solidly entertaining romances from Ms. Tenorio and Love Me Tomorrow doesn’t disappoint. It’s sensual, gripping, and has a happily ever after that was well worth every bump in the road Josh and Miranda had to face to get there. Simply wonderful!...more
It’s two weeks until she marries the perfect man and Katie Ray couldn’t be happier. Or could she? Throwing up every time you think about walking down the aisle just means she’s nervous, right? And flushing her $8,000 engagement ring down the toilet was just an accident, wasn’t it? Neither of those could possibly be a sign the wedding should be called off. But perhaps Katie’s wedding planner being murdered and finding herself locked in a storage room with a sexy private investigator might be…
After receiving a nervous call from a wedding planner worried someone is murdering her brides, Carl Hades is stunned when he’s trapped by the murderer. Even more surprising to Carl is the woman he’s trapped with. Katie is everything he’s ever avoided. The beautiful redhead is sweet, alluring, and good. When Katie’s engagement goes by way of her ring, Carl can’t resist the temptation she presents. And when it appears the murderer is after Katie, it’s up to Carl to stop him before something terrible happens to the one woman who can make the commitment-phobic P.I. want to say “I do.”
There aren’t enough words in the world to describe how happy Weddings Can Be Murder made me. From the very first sentence, Christie Craig captured my attention, and never let go after that. I was charmed by how Ms. Craig deftly blended love, humor, danger, friendship, and romance to create a story filled with memorable characters and scenes that I have read and re-read over and over, to my everlasting delight.
What I love about Weddings Can Be Murder are the individual quirks Ms. Craig gives each character to make them feel real. From Katie and Carl to their friends and family, every person in the story seemed to come to life right off the page, making the book feel truly original. I loved Katie and her innate goodness, her desire to make those she loved happy. I equally adored Carl, not just because he was incredibly sexy, but that for all his machismo, he had an incredibly soft heart.
It should also be mentioned that Weddings Can Be Murder treats readers to not just one romance, but two. Katie’s best friend, Les, plays a huge role in the story. It’d hate to give away any plot spoilers, so I will just say that I grew every bit as fond of Les and her hero as I did Katie and Carl. One of the many reasons I couldn’t put the book down was because I was rooting for each couple to find happiness, though circumstances, confusion, and their own fear of falling in love threw up major roadblocks in each couple’s way.
Weddings Can Be Murder was the first book of Ms. Craig’s I have ever read, and I can already say it wasn’t the last. Her writing style is absolutely fantastic, and, in addition to making me sigh over the book’s romantic elements, Ms. Craig’s humor genuinely made me laugh out loud, something I assure you almost never happens when I read. Weddings Can Be Murder sparkles with wit and charm and is now on the list of my absolutely favorite books. Joyfully Recommended!...more