How does one take a battered and abused woman and teach her to love? The answer is: very slowly and with as little magic as possible. Thing is, that’s hard to do when she’s stuck in a magical world as a slave and the master is a psychotic magic wielding elf with fits of paranoia. But Drystan wouldn’t be the hero he is if he didn’t try. And that is only one of the amazing journeys that a reader experiences on this final wild ride in a world where England is riddled with Fey power plays.
That’s been the overall story arc throughout this amazing series by the talented Ms. Kennedy – to free England from the elves’ maniacal rule. It’s been a long struggle with many great warriors dying for the cause and this story is no different. There are some very unexpected fatalities that occur and although they weren’t English, they were noble and honorable just the same – in their own way. But I get ahead of myself.
Even though there is a hero and heroine, Drystan Hawkes is the man who made the most impact on me. Whereas the heroine, Camille, has been in the magical part of England all her life, the hero has not. His experience is so unusual because he’s magically affected, even so far away. There’s a reason for that but I’m not saying how. Because of it and the fact that he’s in the small non-magical part of England, he ended up being a victim of prejudice and fear. It’s isolated him from society and he’s practically lived his life vicariously through books. How then can a man of limited actual experience jump into the middle of an active rebellion and expect to defeat the demented elf, save the girl and free England? Sounds complicated and it is which is why I’m so impressed with Ms. Kennedy’s writing. She kept a tight rein on all the plot threads while thoroughly entertaining me.
Give Camille her due, she’s had a horrific life. She’s truly been abused mentally, physically and socially. In a way, she reminded me of that Shirley Temple movie way back when the rich little girl was pampered and well treated but as soon as it was thought she was a pauper and orphaned, bad, nasty things happened until her daddy was found alive and she was rescued. Camille wasn’t as fortunate because her rescue will come years and years after her secure world was ripped from her. What I admired about her was her determination to rise above slave status. It took sheer guts to get knocked back as many times as she was only to get up and start over again. That kind of strength of character deserves to be rewarded and it is, with Drystan.
Drystan has an in as to what special handling Camille needs and that is where the romance begins. It’s a slow dance of trust building peppered with small gestures of respect and kindness. He shows the heroine admiration and gives her back honor and a sense of self worth. Does she trust it? No. That provides plenty of character driven conflict that kept me turning the pages.
The external conflict is varied. It bounces between secondary characters of ill intent and the main Fey lunatic, Lord Roden. There are magic battles, sword battles and lots of other kinds of action to keep a reader enthralled. There is a good support cast too which really rounded out the book.
Then there are the moments when fledgling love leads to tentative touches and soft caresses. I enjoyed that writing immensely. Again, Ms. Kennedy captured the emotions of her characters and shared it with readers with effective dialogue, descriptions and action, making the scenes come alive. When Camille finally allows herself to express her love to Drystan, it was beautiful, passionate and dare I say, quite inventive. The part with the Arabian Nights was deliciously naughty and I loved every word because it was so sexy and sensual.
The big climactic battle did not disappoint. It was hectic, frenetic and desperate. All the important characters came together from the previous books in the series to help out. There are tears, suspense and ultimately, jubilation. What happens to the elves wasn’t what I expected at all. But, the author proved once again that they just aren’t human. The comment about the scepters gave me pause and I’m filled with speculation. I am also very curious as to how England is going to look, sound and feel post-elf. I hope Ms. Kennedy has some secret plans to visit once again. Something that was said leads me to hope for the possibility.
The Lord of Illusion is sensory nirvana. I totally enjoyed Drystan’s idea of romantic ambiance and found it dreamy and delightful. I loved the descriptions and the author’s ability to capture emotions and translate into words just how much the hero loved the heroine. Some of them were truly poetic. When the action started and the swords started swinging, again, Ms. Kennedy made me feel like I was in the thick of it. The happily ever after was everything I could have hoped for and it ended the series on a solid note of hope, joy and optimism for the future. I’m going to miss this mad, magical world of England and I thank Ms. Kennedy for a wonderful reading experience....more
Carla has been taking care of the ranch since her parents’ deaths and can’t believe that her brother would be so dumb. He bet his half of the ranch with a gambler in town and lost it!
Mr. Greenwood writes a well-paced story with lots of action, a smoldering romance, cultural differences and a good look at western history. There is enough in this book to hold your interest until the end.
Carla is a strong young woman fighting for acknowledgement and acceptance in a world of men. They don’t think she should be running a ranch by herself and most men want to marry her for her land. She’s a strong, opinionated woman who has a good head and knows she will most likely have to marry. She’s holding out for love, but there aren’t many choices in her town.
Ivan is Polish and an impoverished prince who has agreed to stay on gambler’s property for one year. According to the contract he signed, the property will become his at the end of the year and he can then sell it and return to Poland with enough money to resume his princely status.
As soon as Ivan shows up at the ranch, Carla’s hackles are up. She wants no man to take over half the ranch and she’s going to fight the contract. Ivan is patient and he thinks she’s pretty, so he makes camp and waits for Carla to come to terms with the contract.
The main characters find a mutual attraction, but there are too many things going on for them to pursue it actively. You have men coming in to stay on the gambler’s land to hunt Mexicans and bring back stolen cattle. Carla and Ivan’s dance of love has sparks not only from the romance. The gambler isn’t really gone.
The author works the various facets of his plot together in a seamless style that reads easily and enjoyable. Why not take a trip through Texas with a few grins and a few guns and see how the story works out? Mr. Greenwood is a word master at this type of story. You’ll have fun reading it.
Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Everyone does that at some point in their life. Walking in on something you may not want to see, a conversation you'd rather have not heard. But imagine seeing something that will change your life, and send you on he run, a wild goose chase, and fear for your life. That's the case with Beth Venable, and this is her story.
She lived a rather normal life in Los Angeles. She's got a job she enjoys, and keeps mainly to herself. She's just another face in a sea of people that live there. Until one night. She happens to witness something that's shocking and horrifying- and now she needs to be kept safe until the person is caught and can be put away. Imagine being thrust into a life on the run, where everywhere you turn, you don't feel safe. Beth doesn't have a choice anymore. The less anyone knows about her location, the better.
The tension is thick right from the start. It only gets more intense as the story goes on. We know the inevitable is going to happen, it's just a matter or where, when, and how. Ms. Sala creates an atmosphere of suspense, and a mix of emotions as Beth is reunited with family she was yanked away from years ago. She's also face to face with her high school sweet heart, the only man she's ever loved.
Ryal is swoonworthy. He's the type of hero that every girl longs for. Loyal, noble, and a fierce protector. His feelings for Beth haven't changed one bit, so how could he turn down a chance to help her? Their first few encounters are tense, as both were deceived years ago, and they needed answers that hadn't been available until now.
Next of Kin sets the stage for a fast paced read. I couldn't tear myself away from the story. Ms. Sala's characters are so well created that there were knots in my stomach, tears in my eyes, and a smile on my face. It's a story of second chances, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time might lead one back to something they once had. Beth and Ryal's adventure en route to the happily ever after is going to take some teamwork to stay ahead of the danger. Hold on to the reigns tightly, because this is one crazy ride.
If you're a fan of romantic suspense and need some excitement, here's your chance. Grab yourself a copy of Next of Kin, but be warned- you may not leave your seat for awhile. This is a read in one sitting kind of book!
Michelle Hallam is an Englishwoman with secrets. She has taken over her Uncle’s consulting firm after his death. The new man in her life has no idea just how dangerous she is…
This author immediately throws her main female character into action in the first few pages and keeps you glued to the story from there on out. Michelle has odd talents; an exceptional talent for self-defense, an intelligence that her Uncle has expanded by sharing knowledge, and a talent for making enemies.
The story begins on the French Riviera where she meets Dr. Daniel Reiner, her love interest. She has no time for him, no time for love, and wants him to go away. Every time she turns around, he’s there again. He’s even following her around the countryside. He is a bit handy in her investigation, but she doesn’t need him. Or does she?
Intrigue, espionage, murder and more litter the trail that this author wends her characters down. Michelle is trying to find out if a woman’s husband really died or if it was a hoax and he’s still alive. The fact that he had a life his wife didn’t know about doesn’t help her task.
Ms. Seewald writes a busy story with lots of twist and turns. I enjoyed the pace of the story as well as the bantering between the two main characters. This story will draw you in and keep your attention to the end. The author knows how to make her words dance across the page.
If you’re looking for an exciting mystery/thriller, this book will work fine for you. Why not grab a copy and walk through the fog of mystery with Michelle?
Roland has fallen about as far as angel can; he’s now a vampire. He’s still a Paladin Warrior, but they will have nothing to do with him. In fact, they’d be willing to kill him. But they have something he wants…
Ms. Hilaire has written a fast paced story about good and evil and the gray parts in between. All her characters are strong in mind and body, and she makes the love interest very real and very challenging. I especially liked the fact that while the Paladins could not interact with Roland because he was fallen, he still had friends who helped him when times got tough. We all need friends like that.
Roland is happy living in the safety of his home and avoiding the sun. He works hard on containing his blood lust. Then his Paladin buddy shows up with a woman he wants him to protect. Roland wants no part of it. He also finds that he’s very attracted to her and he can’t be. No one wants someone like him. Especially not the last Paladin woman…
You get the devil, vampires, merkers and more on the bad side. You have the Paladins and one fallen angel on the other side. Karissa turns into the prize the two sides are fighting over. The battle is ugly. When the author throws in a few secrets on the Paladin side and it gets even more interesting. Ms. Hilaire makes her words dance as she weaves a great fantasy tale that is a real pleasure to read.
Another fascinating point in the story is that there was a prophecy made long ago that Karissa is part of. Of course, no one has interpreted the prophecy correctly.
I was pleased when the end of the book sets up the scene for the next Paladin adventure. I’m already looking forward to that! I’m also adding this book to my permanent library; it’s that good.
I can’t believe the bad guys aren’t really bad and in fact turn into heroes. Who does that kind of thing? Ms. Arista does in her latest tale that proves that sequels really can be as good as the original. In fact, except for the heroine, Violet, and the hero, Chaz and a few of Violet’s friends, everyone else is brand new or just about. Truthfully, Claws and Effect is even better because now I know who I’m dealing with – or so I thought.
One of the best things I can say about this newest story is that it’s not what I anticipated. Sure, the relationship between Violet and Chaz is still evolving and growing; I expected that. What I couldn’t predict was the direction the author had her characters go in. What I couldn’t foresee was the changing nature of the original bad guys and the roles they played in this current book. I should have hated them like Jessa, Violet’s best friend; certainly I had plenty of ammunition to do so. But Ms. Arista had her heroine discover her true strength within and her basic personality isn’t one of hate or anger or spite but forgiveness, humor and love. In the first book, I saw a woman in the who was afraid and initially unsure of her destiny and would have preferred to bury her nose in a screenplay and shut out the world. Towards the end, she rose up to meet and defeat evil and discovered some amazing things about herself. Claws and Effect took me along with Violet as she faced some more home truths about herself and the life she now has to live.
Here is where I’ll share that not only is this story told in first person point of view but that it’s wickedly effective. So much so that at first I thought I was seeing things and almost thought I caught a major scene / editing error. Because I was restricted to Violet’s POV, I didn’t find out what was really going on until she did. It took awhile but once I got to that part, I was floored and thoroughly amazed. My actual words were, “That is SO COOL!!” So, my advice is: wait for it. It’ll knock your socks off because after that point, the action speeds up and the Prima attitude really comes out to play. Of course, none of that would be effective if Ms. Arista didn’t have such tight control of her writing. Her choice of words, use of details and fast paced dialogue kept the energy high and my heart rate up.
Be amazed. Readers will be reading the polished version whereas this review is based on the ARC. As expected there were numerous typos and silly misses but the most astounding fact is that this story is so well told, intricately plotted with characters that grabbed my heartstrings and imagination, and was delivered with such passion and intensity that editing glitches were a nonissue. I unequivocally adored Claws and Effect and will be buying the finished version for my keeper shelf.
That being said, a word about the heroine, Violet - what a sweetheart! Okay, so that was three words. I really enjoyed her ability to garner loving and healthy friendships by being true to what makes her so special. Violet actually cared about those around her. She stepped out a limb more than once in this book and could have seriously gotten hurt, well more hurt that she was, but she did it anyway because that’s what heroes do. They just do what has to be done because it’s right, because someone needs to and it’s never done for the glory or gains for themselves. They have this need to help. That’s Violet. And it’s why I think she’s one of the better female heroines out there in bookland. She feels real to me.
For those that really swooned over Chaz in the first book like I did, be prepared to have your faith in him shaken. Things are not what they appear but for awhile, you couldn’t convince me of that. Again, some really great writing from Ms. Arista. I had no idea where the relationship between Chaz and Violet was going to end up especially when Myers came on the scene. Talk about complications and conflict.
I also liked the connection conflict and the use of italics to differentiate it from the active story. The question is, is it real? Something tells me that the next book in the series is going to be very creative and intense because I think “he” might come back. And won’t that just ruin Violet’s day.
I realize that I’ve made references to the previous book in the series and it might scare some readers into thinking that this tale might not be a good stand alone. I think it can. The author makes the characters explain to readers the key points they need to know to feel included. The only thing that won’t have depth of understanding is just how unusual Chaz and Violet’s relationship is. I am glad to say that their little worry is resolved and things can now progress to a more passionate expression of their love. As it is, this story is filled with love, romance and true commitment. I’m happy.
Claws and Effect is a jewel in the paranormal romance crown. It’s a story that sparkles and shines from the talent that is Ms. Arista. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. I simply had to know what was going to happen to Violet and Chaz. Were they going to make it? Was Chaz going to commit to Violet? Was she even going to survive the choices she had to make in this story? So many questions kept getting answered chapter after chapter with new ones being asked and explored. I am enchanted by the world Ms. Arista has created and the characters she’s peopled it with. This book is a work of art and the series is a wonderful addition for paranormal romance fans who want an effective balance between the conflict of darkness and the light of love. This story has it all and I’m eager for more.
He’s always on the move. He settles in one place for a bit, pulls his con, and moves on. He never expected to find himself trapped in one town…
This story has the flavor of a Shirley Jackson story. Mr. Thompson’s short story is just as captivating and horrifying as Ms. Jackson’s work. She wrote “The Lottery” which was about a small town, and so i Mr. Thompson’s setting.
When the main character moved to Harlton, he used the name Peter Marlow. He’d left his past behind again, had enough money to survive for a while, and he liked the quiet little town that hid in the hills. He was sure he was safe there; he was wrong.
I really enjoyed the “old days” flavor of this story; the author depicted it perfectly. Mr. Thompson also did an excellent job of taking a man who thought he was fooling all the locals and turning the tables on him. Without the main character even realizing, he was slowly being manipulated into a murder. Since this is an eighteen page story, that makes Mr. Thompson’s writing very effective. He spares no detail or description that is unnecessary, but he sends shivers up and down your spine as you and Peter Marlow both realize that the local citizens had planned even further ahead than he had.
This is the story of a bad marriage, a bad man, abuse and rape, and the poor woman who married him. Mr. Marlow’s safe little town has teeth.
I had no idea exactly where this story was going as I read along. The author had hold of my mind and enjoyed messing with it. I thought “they couldn’t be.”; “he wouldn’t!”; “why did that do that to him?” and I was still surprised by the ending. This may be a short writing piece but it’s an excellent story. Get yourself a copy and see if you can anticipate the ending. I bet not.
Normally flying in and out of danger, the new assignment for Captain Emily Beale is not what she expects. And then starts the mystery in The Night Is Mine, a first book in a new romantic suspense series. Is the world ready for Captain Emily Beale? Because ready or not, here she comes.
Is it really still a man's world out there? Emily is angry about the way she's being treated, especially after a segment featuring her doesn't show the exciting parts of her career. Emily is fierce, brave, and a woman I would want watching my back if ever need be. She knows how to stay on the outskirts of danger.
The hero of the book is Major Mark Henderson. My first impression of him wasn't all that great. He redeems himself towards the end of the book, but in a way at first I was hoping Emily would end up with someone else.
For a suspense book, the action didn't really pick up until a few chapters in. But once that happened, it turned into a good story. The cast of characters all had their mysterious appeal to them, and it was questionable why Emily was chosen for the job of protecting the First Lady, when she's usually in the captain's seat of an aircraft. There is a history between Emily and the President, which had me wondering.
Despite a slow start, The Night is Mine is filled with quite a bit of suspense and intrigue. It was interesting to see Emily's reaction to being a bodyguard and undercover when it's normally not her thing, but she pulled it off well.
If you enjoy a romantic suspense with a military feel, then don't miss your chance to read The Night is Mine.
The townsfolk say Rebecca isn't right in the head after the loss of her child a few years ago. Often times they'll find her in the same places, acting as if her daughter is still there. It's sad and heartbreaking. She just can't let go.
As a mother myself, I can't imagine the pain this heroine endures. To suffer such a loss and never get over it is an unthinkable horror. When she begins having strange visions, I wondered if it was all in her mind. Was there was a chance things could actually work out in her favor by the end of this story? Or were the readers being set up for false hope?
Dan Cooper is reluctant to believe Rebecca, but the relief I felt that he decided to help her kept him in my good graces. He wanted to protect her, and prepare her for anything that would come out of this. The sparks between them came later.
The real suspense element didn't come until about a third of the way through the book. The first few chapters were spent on Dan and Rebecca trying to pull of a charade so others didn't know what they were really doing. It wasn't until the real search began that the pacing picked up quickly. The rest of the story went by fast from there, and I was caught up in the pages, needing to know what they were going to find next.
The villains had a bigger agenda than I'd imagined, and the ending caught me off guard. The author created lots of action throughout most of the book, though the characters weren't as well developed as they could have been. I really never got a major sense of who Dan was. There wasn't a lot of conflict between the hero and heroine. The biggest conflict was with Rebecca, trying to find her child even though everyone else accepted the fact that she was dead.
Overall, the story line was interesting and filled with twists and turns. If you enjoy a romantic suspense with light paranormal aspects, then you may enjoy Mind Over Matter.
Agents with the Agency must not get involved with each other. Rainie and Roc were unable to abide by this rule. They fell in love and got secretly married, but now things are going sour.
Rainie's brother Justin disappeared when she was a child, but he's now reappeared. Unfortunately Rainie thinks he is also Jeremiah Silver, the leader of the FLA terrorists. Her husband, Roc, is keeping something important from her, but she is also keeping something from him. She's pregnant but knows Roc will never leave the agency and be content with a family life.
Through lies, deceit, danger and espionage Rainie tries to work out what she really wants. A life with the Agency or life as a single parent. Her decision is made harder by her brother insisting things are not as they seem and that she is being lied to. Roc asks her to trust him, but then disappears on Agency work. Rainie has to decide who is telling the truth and who she should trust.
Freefall kept me mystified and on edge to the end. Fast moving with action, danger and love I was never sure what was going to happen next. Never mind that Rainie didn't know who to trust, I didn't know who she should trust either. One thing I didn't feel at ease with was she did a lot of internal thinking which slowed the story down.
On the whole Freefall is a good read if you like your romance mixed with action, adventure and suspense. I would definitely read another book by the same author.
Rafe Savage spells temptation for Storm Buchanan. There are so many reasons she shouldn’t want Rafe. He’s a member of competitive firm and he’s the same jerk who compromises her mission, but after a taste of passion from him, she’s willing to give them a try, especially since Rafe seems immune to Storm’s psychic abilities.
Storm and Rafe have beautiful chemistry in this sexy romance but with the fast paced action plot, their romance got lost in the shuffle. There were a few tantalizing previews that kept the romance plot moving along but in between those parts were a bit murky.
While the action scenes kept me riveted all the way to the end, the world building left a bit to be desired. This is the second book in the series (I didn’t read the first) so it may be one of those series you have to read in order to get the greatest readability from. Saying that, the sex was hot and the attraction between the characters was off the charts scorching hot. Ms. Harte wows with sex scenes that will make your heart pump.
Storming His Heart is a great book for people who want to give a new series a try. Ms. Harte has created an exciting and sexy tale that is a fun read as well and I recommend it for action adventure lovers who like a little extra psychic twist with their stories.
Two very different countries with a common border. Reshor: where men and women are treated as equals, able to train for warrior or priest and still marry and bear children. Sendorland: where women are the property of men, to be used as bargaining pieces or in any other way their male relatives see fit.
The parents of Arriena from Sendorland die and her cousin Mordon inherits the estate. He permits Arriena to study as long as she restricts herself to old useless scrolls. Mordon has a plan to trap the Ambassador from Reshor into betraying his country.
Edrix is the Reshor Ambassador. He is attracted to Arriena but thinks she has been thrown in his path for ulterior motives. As he gets to know her he falls in love with her but can see no future for them.
With no choice but to obey her cousin, Arriena must decide whether to betray her country or help the man she is falling in love with. Edrix has to discover how he can win Arriena and rescue her from the evil society of Sendorland.
The minor characters were involved in the main story but also had their own problems to solve. Jeshra, the King of Reshor's niece and a Sword Sister has to protect the King's heir. Prince Rafnar, the heir, is trying to represent his father in Sendorland. Other minor characters enrich the book with very solid reasons behind their appearance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author portrayed both main characters delightfully. Arriena presented as a beautiful, but shy young woman. Beneath the shyness and obedience to her cousin, she had a determination that nobody but her slave servant was aware of. Edrix is a man to rely on, someone to confide in who will protect the woman he loves. Throughout the book I hoped Arriena and Edrix would find the happiness they deserved, but the author kept me guessing right to the end.
Definitely an action, adventure romance that kept me enthralled to the last page.
Nikoli Zorr watches through a portal into another dimension on Earth… an alternative reality. This looking has become longing for the thing he can’t have…a burning that grips his heart with need for the lovely woman he has watched for weeks. He watches from his science lab on E2, aware that he must find a way to save her from the horror he knows will otherwise befall her, this beautiful, innocent woman he already loves.
E2 is a dull, sterile world. It is an orderly, clean place devoid of bright colors, scents or intensity of any kind, including emotion. Genetic engineering there has left humanity mostly devoid of personal differences of appearance, and illness has been completely conquered. Nikoli longs for the passion, creativity and love he sees in this other world.
Psychologist Regina Page is having occasional flashes of erotic sensation that follow her in spurts throughout her day. She has the irrational feeling of a phantom lover that keeps bursting into her mind. Those feelings become visions of a lover caressing her…of his sensual lovemaking, which leaves her hot and needy. Then he passes through to her side and they meet. Both are so affected by the passion and hunger they have for each other that nothing else matters. Soon they are in one another’s arms.
But before he can love her as he has longed to, the vampires appear and together they must flee into the dimension from which Nikoli has come, where he explains their desperate situation. The vampires cannot follow to E2, but neither can Nikoli stay there for long due to the poison from a wound given him by one of the creatures.
Regina is a strong, courageous and nurturing heroine…traits we all want for ourselves, so it was easy to identify with her. I love how she was often the creator, leader and gifter, the one with the solutions and answers in their relationship as well as their terrifying dilemma. The sensitive and vulnerable Nikoli allows Regina to possess her personal power and direction. But Nikoli has a deliciously dominant side to him as well, which often makes this exciting story even more interesting!
I won’t give away the details of this suspenseful and captivating story, but I must say that there is not a moment in it that isn’t wonderful and thrilling. The worlds are painted with precision and eloquence. The scenes describing the vampires are chilling and appropriately horrific, setting the story’s stage and creating the urgent suspense and danger required to make the plot believable and engrossing. The love and need between Nikoli and Regina is beautifully portrayed and supported by their well told pasts. Their deep passion sizzles the ink right off the pages.
This is a book not to be missed. Tina Donahue has done amazing work that shines way above and beyond the average. The erotic scenes are so hot and the love affair so compelling that I couldn’t put the book down. If you love exciting paranormal-adventure romance with a generous dose of erotic action, pick up a copy of, Unending Desire. I recommend it enthusiastically!
So, she was sneaking into a protected beach area; she wanted to get pictures of the rare Sandhill Cranes in their nest with their young ones. What was so bad about that? The park ranger that has found her is about to tell her…
I really enjoyed how the author began each chapter with a brief paragraph about one of the types of bird that might be found in the Florida marsh areas. I am always identifying birds I see, so this gave me an insight into the types to be found in Florida.
Ms. Lane’s words flow smoothly and the romance between her two main characters, Abby and Adam, is slow and sweet. Abby is an independent professional photographer who isn’t sure she wants to settle down, get married and be a wife. Adam is a park ranger returned home after a failed marriage who has made his grandfather’s house his home. He’s happy to be back in Florida and has no desire to leave. However, he might be willing to get married again.
When Abby sneaks out in the restricted area for more pictures and finds a buried body, she soon becomes another target for the murderer. The author emphasizes her characters' personal strengths as they deal with this danger. They don’t flinch; they try to figure out who the killer is. Abby and Adam stick together and it makes it harder to ignore their attraction to each other.
The story moves fast, with the author adds some nice bird knowledge to it, and the romance keeps advancing as you zip along waiting to see who would have murdered a councilmember (I sure wanted to a few times in my last job!). Why not grab a copy of this and have a nice beach read?
Time tripping, dimension hopping adventures are in store for readers as they embark on another journey of amazing romance and sensual delights from the creative mind of Ms. Showalter.
There’s a vampire in trouble, a land in siege, a corrupt and deviant royal house, and a simple woman with a brilliant brain who has to accomplish the impossible – free the vampire, trust him that he won’t kill her, and somehow heal him. That’s a lot to ask a regular human woman and yet, there’s that thrum of sensual interest, a yearning and the heart of a lioness inside that won’t let the heroine, Jane, back down. It’s her journey that I found most interesting because she goes through the most change. She has so much to lose and more than she could imagine to gain. The part I liked best about her personality was that she’s not just book smart. Some braniacs are fine in an office but completely fall apart in dealing with other people in real life situations. Not so, Jane. In fact, Ms. Showalter created a very unique character. She’s been through her own brand of torture in her young life and it was a great emotional hook. I also liked how the author took that tragedy and made it into a strength. One the heroine could emotionally heal from and the hero could respect.
The hero, Nicolai, is a mixed bag of tortured hero fun. He’s got it all. If he knew about Murphy’s Law, he would have hunted Murphy down and had him run through with a sword. The poor guy has one indignity after another heaped upon him. Nothing goes right and his life is an existence of never ending nightmares. No matter that he can’t remember anything, he is smart, cunning and hyper-focused on his goal – escape and kill …someone. He’s just not sure who. From certain descriptions in scenes when he loses his temper, he’s going to be incredibly effective with his vengeance. I can’t wait to see that happen. And, despite all that the twisted and ugly princess tried to do and did to Nicolai, he has this inner core of goodness and light that can’t be corrupted. The only one that can tap into it is Jane. The heroine inspires a healthy dose of lust too which made for some spicy and entertaining reading. I adore how Ms. Showalter writes those scenes. They’re so vivid and fun.
The conflict is clear. The dialogue is often funny between Nicolai and Jane, many times insightful or endearing and definitely a compliment to the characters. The drama and suspense is well balanced without getting too dark and depressing. It was well done enough that I didn’t have the need to bite all my nails because of stress. Some chocolate was good though.
Princess Laila and her mother were whack jobs. Great villains who seemed unstoppable, they were darkness and sadism personified. How fulfilling it was when there was finally a confrontation between Nicolai and Jane and those pains in the neck. Even better, answers were revealed. The author was very sneaky in how she wove hints and revelations throughout. It took awhile before she allowed me to have the full picture of just how much the hero had lost and how motivational it was to find out he could reclaim most of it back. There’s a price to be paid, obviously, but he’s man enough to see it through, especially with Jane by his side.
For the first book in a new series, Ms. Showalter has stoked the fires of imagination and curiosity. She’s laid the ground work with terrific world building and insured that I’d be invested in finding out about what happened to Nicolai’s other siblings. One thing the author has a talent for doing is making me laugh. I loved the reference to glitter and that line about poking the bear. It’s just so … Jane.
Lord of the Vampires is the start of a series that is going to rock the romance world. There is so much detail and the overall story arc is fascinating. Add in two well matched strong characters up against dramatic odds and readers are in for a thrilling treat. The happily ever after is solid but by no means is it the end. After all, readers have to find his sister and I am tickled by where the author said she was. It sounded so exciting! I can’t wait.
Readers are in for a wild ride when a stressed heroine and a man who isn’t what he seems connect and fall in love at the worst possible time in either of their lives.
Rena Gordon has a ton on her plate. Not only is her job overly challenging, she has a family member show up to rock the boat. Rena also has skeletons in the closet that come out to play amidst possible saboteurs, and that’s just for starters. I liked that she wasn't a quitter and was actually pretty smart. A strong heroine and perfect for the hero.
CIA agent Neal Jackson might be faking it as a fishing guide but he can’t hide from the truth of his feelings for the intrepid Rena. He’s a macho and professional guy and I enjoyed how he just couldn’t keep those pesky emotions of love and attraction at bay.
It’s not often I get to see a fishing resort used as a romantic location. It seems a little strange, but the author sure pulled it off. In fact the whole thing was well crafted and I was pretty happy with the results.
Ms. Anderson did an excellent job of keeping me on my toes. Readers are going to find lots of intrigue and deception as well as intricate story threads that at first seem disconnected but come together for an amazing and exciting conclusion. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the “bad guy” was, and certainly the author did a bang-up job of keeping me guessing.
Another aspect of the book I appreciated was that the drama and suspense were light enough to be an enjoyable read – no heavy darkness to endure. The sensual tension between Rena and Neal was entertaining and made it quite romantic. Last Resort also has the benefit of being a book both mainstream romance readers and romantic suspense readers can get into because it was perfectly balanced between the two. The best part is the wonderful happily ever after.
Secondary characters are integral to the plot movement. Rena’s sister causes conflict and interest with her penchant for partying and the employees who may or may not be bad guys kept me guessing. I appreciated that the author didn’t paint the bad guys with a broad brush. In Last Resort, the guys in the story are specifically radical Muslims bent on terrorism and mayhem. The author was clear on that.
Last Resort is an interesting read that will keep your nose firmly planted in its pages. Make sure you leave enough free time to enjoy this one from cover to cover!
Cougar was looking for a place to heal. He was wounded badly in war and came home to find out his younger brother had sold his horses. That was another wound to his heart.
Ms. Eagle does an excellent job of combining several issues into her story: war trauma, spousal abuse, an abused and traumatized child, and horse therapy. She wends Indian history in the story through the Native American characters she has in the story. Her plot is real, the story flows well, and you immediately empathize with Celia who is trying to avoid her ex-husband and protect her son. She makes her male character strong in character and body both, and soon he’s trying to run interference.
The Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary is a sanctuary for the people there as well the horses. Cougar knows horses (as does the author based on her writing) and he has hopes the works will sooth his war wounds and help him recover. The young boy who acts as if he’s deaf and mute also loves the horses, even if he feels Celia is a bit overprotective. Most moms are. Personally, I would have been a little rougher on the ex-husband. However, how the author handles it is the best solution.
This is an easy read that is very entertaining. I enjoyed the Indian cowboy touch, and how the author ended the story. It’s fun to read such a satisfying story.
Why not snag a copy of this book and hang out with the wounded warriors and the pretty horses? You won’t regret it.
If your boyfriend was a shape shifter who couldn’t control his wolf’s lust for blood, would you still date him?
Ms. Sookoo writes light hearted silly stories about magic that are fun to read. This one was a bit more serious than the tooth fairy story I read earlier.
The author creates two very interesting characters. Rosemary is trying to find her magic. She’s a pretty woman who seems to be slow at developing her magic; or maybe she just doesn’t have any? She’ll even go practice in the meadow naked trying to find some. Luke is a part-time fireman, part-time veterinarian who is trying to pay back the harm he did when he first lost control to his wolf. Both characters are strong in their beliefs. They are also attracted to each other.
Ms. Sookoo makes magic a normal part of life in this small town. All the folks who want a “normal” life despite their talents have gathered in this one small, safe place. In Tail on the Moon, this lifestyle is being threatened by evil forces. They even shoot at Rosemary.
I enjoyed watching Rosemary and Luke’s relationship move forward. The author gives her characters plenty of challenges. The other residents in town are quirky as well as magical, so it’s entertaining to see who does what throughout the story.
If you enjoy magic, humor, and some romance mixed together, this will be a good read for you. It is the last story in the Holiday Magic Series. Be sure to check out the first five, they all are good reads.
Many people have a job they love, whether it's a high paying job that gives them power, or traveling around the world; performing on stage for thousands of people, being on the movie screen, or having the kind of job that helps people. Alex Raines loves her job. Not only does she travel the world, she travels through time. Yes, I said it, she is a time traveler.
Alex was recruited into The Lineage. She's a good agent, and good at her job. Her latest assignment sends her over two hundred years into the past. Alex is a kick-butt heroine that doesn't let anything or anyone stand in the way of getting the job done. She'll go in, do what she needs to, and get out. Not this time. She's attracted the attention of Lord Gabriel Huntington. To be honest, he's caught her attention as well, but Alex isn't supposed to allow anything to get in the way of what she's come back in time to do. Does her heart listen? No, not really. The deception she keeps from Gabriel may be the kicker that keeps them apart. How could they ever be together when she doesn't even live in his century?
Gabriel is curious about this feisty, strong willed woman. She's not anything like the other women he's known in his life. Amidst all the action and danger, he loses his heart to this woman. Both Gabriel and Alex are well crafted characters that found their way into my thoughts when I wasn't reading.
Past Her Time isn't like most time travel stories out there. Ms. Jarvis has taken an interesting new spin on the element of going through time and has made even more fun and exciting. There's a well blended mix of things in this story that will take readers on a whirlwind journey of action, deception, and of course, love.
I enjoyed reading this novel very much. The plot has plenty of twists, and some surprises at the end. The characters are bold and brave. Each has their own important role in the story. I loved the author's take on this type of story. It's said that there will be a sequel. I hope that The Lineage turns into a series. Reading more about this group would be a blast.
Readers, if you enjoy a story that has it all- and an exiting new twist, then Past Her Time is just the book for you!
Who would ever have believed that the path of vengeance would lead to the discovery of love? A man born and recreated and a woman created yet reborn join together to find that which others denied them. Dark Sins and Desert Sands ends up being a powerful and completely entertaining tale that kept this reader on the edge of her seat.
I was fascinated with the heroine that Ms. Draven created. It seems she explored the possible question of, “what kind of person would I be if I didn’t have all the baggage from my past?” Layla, the heroine, didn’t purposely pursue the answers to that question. How and why she did is intimately mixed up with the villain of the book.
Layla is a nice person. Too nice. By that I mean she is bland - not forceful or colorful. She’s numb to life and yet she knows there’s something out of reach, something missing and it’s driving her nuts that she can’t figure it out. She does the best that she can because she has a good heart. And after reading the book, it totally makes sense. Inside, the heroine really is a decent and giving person who longs for the dream of love, home and kids. A reader is in for a surprise when they find out what Layla is actually capable of. She ends up being a very sympathetic character and I cheered her on as she tried to thwart the destiny mapped out for her. When the heroine starts putting the pieces together, mixed with the person she was at the beginning of the book, get ready for a treat. She’s a tough cookie and will fight for what is important, no matter what. The person who inspired that keen sense of loyalty is the yummy hero, Ray.
Ray is an awesome character. He’s a military guy with a great record – to a point. His sense of duty, honor and integrity would normally be great qualities and they are. But they can and were used against him. He experienced horrible terrible things. Ms. Draven described a scene that would make anyone puke, not just the hero. Despite the things done to him and his need for revenge, it didn’t block him from the basic good nature inside himself. He wasn’t blinded by rage all the time and when he wasn’t, clarity exposed some intriguing possibilities that blew his mind. And, it set him on a path totally different from his original goal, much to my delight.
The culprit and villain that created the chaos and horror that dogged the steps of Layla and Ray throughout the book is, Seth. The author was creative and amazing in what she did with him. I felt I should hate his character: certainly I was given enough ammunition to do so. But I couldn’t. In reality, he was as dysfunctional with relationships as a guy could be. He was so set in his ways; he had become arrogant, lofty and totally clueless when it came to a real woman. The bad guy also had some weird phobias and twisted views of women in general. He’s so complicated! Because of the author’s brilliant writing, I ended up giggling with diabolical glee when Isabel matched wits with Seth. That’s all I’m going to say about that - wouldn’t want to ruin the fun for readers.
Secondary characters contribute mightily to the plot movement in the book. I enjoyed how the author led me to a false sense of ambiguity about their presence in the story. They were more than they appeared and readers are going to be pleasantly surprised at the roles they play.
The happy ever after brought tears to my eyes. Truly. It was emotionally powerful, poignant and sweet.
Ms. Draven created a wonderful heartfelt final chapter that wowed me and made everything that came before more meaningful and special. It highlighted the fact that all the tragedies in the past paid the dues for the hope and optimism that now embrace Layla and Ray. Totally romantic.
Dark Sins and Desert Sands is a light in the darkness. Ms. Draven delivers a suspenseful emotionally packed romance layered with passion, heat and the power of true love. The story reaches into the depths of its characters and brings them to life, taking readers along for the ride. There’s drama, more twists than a pretzel and plenty of thrills and chills to satisfy readers of romantic suspense. The loving between Ray and Layla is potent and sensual, and their journey of love, though bumpy, is beautiful.
Dark Sins and Desert Sands is great romance. Pick up your own copy and see.
If a reader is looking for a book that teeters on the edge of a cliff, keeping them off balance with suspense and daring do, then this story will be worth checking out.
First, this is a part of a series but a new reader will have no problems with feeling connected to the storyline or characters. They are going to be consumed with Nigel and Natalie because the author focused solely on them. There are references to the previous book but in a natural way during conversations between characters so everything flows and is connected as it should.
For readers of the series, this book isn’t as funny but the tortured heroes are just as tortured and aggressive about escaping Mari’s influence in the Den as they ever were. Mari is a leftover villain who thinks she’s not evil or twisted or mean. I’ll let readers judge for themselves what role she truly plays once they’ve read this story. The author had my feelings for Mari’s character bouncing back and forth like a tennis match. I’m still not sure which side of the net I’ve landed on.
For Natalie and Nigel my sentiments aren’t as ambiguous. I liked Nigel. I’m warm to Natalie. I found Ella to be intriguing, and Christian is a man who needs saving. Pascal and Blaine haven’t been twisted in emotional pain enough to get their own story…yet. I’m betting that Christian is next. And I really want to know who he’s going to end up with because this book introduced some incredible options that beg to be explored. I’m already hooked for the next installment.
The author’s creation and use of smut, deedubs and dream genies continues to be ingenious and unique. The idea of men being part metal and having the ability to do amazing things with their bodies still entertains and fascinates. I never know what the author will come up with next. I can’t even guess. Ms. Rowe has an exceptional imagination.
Even with all the praise, Hold Me If You Can is a rollercoaster. After awhile, I got tired of the few steps forward and many steps back that Nigel and Natalie take on their journey to their happy ever after. Granted, it was suspenseful and many times dramatic; most certainly it’s well written. But, eventually I got inured to all the self flagellation and lack of confidence they both had in themselves. It slowed the story down and lasted too long. The ending didn’t seem like it had enough time to feel complete, to be enjoyed. The protagonists went through so much emotional and physical hardships, I had hoped for a more emotionally satisfying ending. I didn’t get it. Yes, they finally realized they loved each other and the final chapter had some cuteness to it, even a bit of humor. But there wasn’t enough of what I needed to keep the happy glow alive longer than it took to close the book.
Hold Me If You Can is a page turner. It has thrills and chills and quite a few fun parts to keep a reader entertained and interested. Natalie and Nigel are a vibrant couple with some quirks that make having a happily ever after a challenge to achieve. It’s how they eventually accomplish it that will amaze readers and keep them on the edge of their seats. It’s a book worth reading.
Humans and genetically engineered humanoids - or GEs - share Phantos IV. They are there to mine titanium ore, the lifeline for Phantos IV. In reality it is the GEs, made specifically for this planet, who take the risks and get the ore. GE Nyla Four has discovered a reason why they must stop mining immediately.
The Un are the sentient inhabitants of the planet who can change not only their shape, but their inner essence. They are reluctant to communicate with any human but Nyla due to previous attempts ending in death for both humans and Un. Without proof, the humans refuse to acknowledge their existence.
Nyla and her fellow GEs along with the Un, fight for their rights with the corporation who sponsor and run the planet. The corporation’s human representatives have their own agenda, and it’s not a nice one. If the GEs and Un fail they will all be destroyed by the greed of the humans.
I enjoyed reading this book, though it sagged a bit in the middle. Thankfully, it didn't take long before it picked up again and got a new lease of life. When that happened, though Nyla had changed and I couldn’t really understand the difference in her. At the beginning of the book she was well balanced and co-existed with the humans on Phantos IV, despite the fact they treated GEs as second class citizens. Later she became bitter and twisted with a hatred for humans which didn’t jive with her previous character. She also crossed the line with her fellow GEs.
Nyla Four is the main character, but the other GEs and humans fit well into the story. The friends, the ex-lover, the traitor, even the splicer of genes for GEs - they all have their part to play. A disaster brings the two factions of humanity together and with the help of the Un they sort out their differences. Happy ever after - definitely not. What good is it to live comfortably together if their very existence is threatened?
As mentioned, I did enjoy reading Phantos Fire. It's a well written book with bold, vibrant characters and a completely new story idea for this genre. The Epilogue finished the story nicely as it showed what happened after the book finished. If this hadn’t been there I would have been wondering if I’d guessed right about some of the partnerships the authors hinted at in the final chapters. Despite showing the greed and lack of compassion of the humans, this story shows a future with an intriguing twist, plus a look at the way our race might interact with others in space. If you're looking for something to read with a difference Phantos Fire could be the one for you.
Turn on all the lights, cuddle your pillow and hunker down with this dark and meaty story that will make your heart race and your mind scream. It doesn’t sound romantic but the hero and heroine have to battle such tremendous odds, the romance is in watching their love conquering all, despite the obstacles.
Ms. Palmer has established a reputation with the Feral Warriors series that not only includes a satisfying happily ever after, but graphic and horrendous descriptions that sear the senses and helps a reader identify with the horrors the main characters have to fight against. Ecstasy Untamed continues that tradition.
If a reader is a fan, then they’ll remember that Hawke was caught in a spirit trap in Rapture Untamed,. He didn’t escape unscathed and his issues that were hinted at in Hunger Untamed are brought to fruition in Ecstasy Untamed. For a first time reader jumping into the adventure, this book has no problems being a standalone. One thing the author has shown is a skill in recapping the vital parts of past stories that are relevant to the current tale without it ever being an info-dump. A reader will understand in essence, what happened to Hawke and what is happening now.
One thing a new reader cannot know is who Hookeye was. He was the bad guy in the previous book that was responsible for Hawke getting trapped in that spiritual wormhole in the first place. He was casting poisonous spells to suck them all into that sensory deprived space that tears the spirit animal out of the man. What this story does is reveal what the real agenda was and it’s both horrifying and exciting.
Ms. Palmer totally set me up. I was all excited when the new guys started showing up because the evil dude that is causing all the problems is getting smarter and smarter minions. The stakes are sky-high and every ally is needed. There are hints that things are not as they should be when the heroine, Faith, is prominently on scene. And that is where having all the lights on is a good idea. Maxim, one of the new Ferals, isn’t what he seems. What he reveals and what he does made me sick. I was furious and helpless all at the same time. By the time Ms. Palmer revealed this component of the conflict, I was completely invested in Faith and Hawke. I understood where the author was going to be heading but in no way could I have anticipated how I’d be getting there. My emotions were affected quite effectively.
The author also walked a fine line with keeping all the secondary characters on board. I enjoyed that aspect because of the sense of community and storyline continuation but she also was able to balance their presence to ensure that the relationship between Hawke and Faith was never diluted nor was my attention distracted. There was never any doubt that everything and anything that is said or done or described, happens to enhance the plot, and that the action and conflict revolved around the two main protagonists as it should.
This wasn’t an easy book for me to read. It’s dark, action filled, suspenseful and heroic. It didn’t leave me feeling down because the romance between Hawke and Faith is spectacular. So much wonderful sensual build-up, so much sharing of pain, of hope and character growth -- there is not one aspect the author left untapped.
I strongly support the theme of ‘hope’ that I found in this story. What the eventual outcome of the evil plot is, the author is leading me on through each book as I make my way where she wants to lead before I can find out. One thing I do see is the evil machinations this time around having a good chance of boomeranging on the bad guys, giving the Feral warriors something they’ve not had for centuries. Just the thought of that possibility is enough to hook me with enthusiastic curiosity for the next installment. What is even better is the hint that another warrior is about to find true love and I knew it was coming. I knew it! This book confirmed it and it’s going to be so exciting. I’m sure it’s also going to be equally dark and challenging to read. The thing I’m almost afraid to ask Ms. Palmer is: “What dastardly conflict is she going to come up with to curl my hair this time?”
Ecstasy Untamed continues Ms. Palmer’s hair raising storytelling tradition of a well told romantic suspense between two strong individuals who bring out the best in each other in order to fight the worst that evil throws at them. I found it gripping, entertaining and a thrill ride from beginning to end. There is no way a reader can be unaffected by the drama and suspense that try to thwart Hawke and Faith’s happily ever after. It has a wonderful ending and it left me completely satisfied. This is a must read.
Ravenborne has everything I look for in a book: strong, likeable, honorable characters; compelling story line; and heart pounding romance based on mutual respect and love instead of mere physical attraction. It also has hidden agendas, good-guys who might be bad-guys, bad-guys who might be good-guys, characters whose loyalty is in question until the very end, snappy dialogue, and a very interesting and believable alternate reality. Oh...and it has dragons.
It even starts out well. Normally, I dislike prologues, but this prologue was everything a prologue should be—captivating and necessary. It’s a claim not many prologues can make. It made me want to know more about the world Ravenborne is set in. It also gives me hope for more stories involving this world, its creatures and its complicated political reality.
I liked Sara from the start. She’s a realist who faces adversity, learns what she can and moves on without unnecessary whining. From princess to servant, she’s a strong woman who refuses to use her newly developed gift of telepathy for mental intrusion--mind rape. She blocks others thoughts as much as possible out of respect for individual privacy. Her strong moral standards combined with human emotions and frailties make Sara a real person. She’s someone I’d like as a friend.
Kavin Hunter is the perfect strong dedicated soldier. He’s alternately authoritarian and considerate. He’s an honorable guy with real guy strengths and real guy flaws. It’s easy to see how Sara falls for him. His high levels of loyalty and honor are also the characteristics that cause him the most personal angst. I love it when a character’s strengths are also his weaknesses.
Ravenborne is the novel I was hoping Chandra Ryan would write when I reviewed her short story Dragonborne. Thank you, Ms. Ryan! More please.
Casey is a journalist who is hiding in California after exposing a man’s activities and background and ruining his life. He has threatened to killer her, so she’s under an assumed name and staying at a relative’s beach home. But is she safe?
Ms. Goddard has created a fast tale with two major points of danger that will keep you on your toes as you follow the story line. Her protagonists are intelligent, they believe in doing the right thing despite the risks, and are attracted to each other. The author writes a good action tale about contemporary subjects that you read about in the paper almost daily; this is a realistic tale.
Jessie is an undercover ICE agent but Casey wants to interview him as a public interest story: he makes ice sculptures. He’s also competing to win a prize, which makes an even better story. Jessie doesn’t want the attention and doesn’t want another innocent bystander to get hurt on his watch. This creates an interesting internal conflict for him. He wants to kiss her and he wants to push her away.
Casey soon discovers Jessie is protecting her and she appreciates it. But she’s also suspicious about why he’s always around when she needs help. So her suspicion that he may be more than he appears to be adds to the tension in the story. This author does an excellent job of expressing the emotional roller coaster ride both these characters are on. They draw close together and then move apart.
I enjoyed this story. It drew me in and made me care about the characters involved. Why not get yourself a copy and watch Jessie and Casey dance around their relationship while trying to resolve two separate problems? It’s a good read.
Just when you thought Snow Hollow had given up all its secrets, another story appears on the horizon.
Jennifer buried her brother Bobby and carried on with life alone. Drew, the love of her life, disappeared the day Bobby died. She’s always been interested in magic so to put the past behind her, she opens an aromatherapy store. All goes well and three years later she has a thriving business and thinks it might be time to concentrate on her non-existent love life.
Suddenly everything changes. Demons appear, her life is threatened and she learns the past and her family history is different to what she believed. Can the Witches of Snow Hollow help her? And yes - her love life takes a definite turn for the better.
Once again Ms Stevens has taken us into the world of Snow Hollow. Jennifer is a sensible young lady who finds herself up against unbeatable odds. Or are they? Her past returns not to haunt her but to help her. The warmth of love and understanding flows through this fourth in the Snow Hollow series, leaving me with a satisfied feeling at the end.
I only have one complaint with this author’s books. They’re too short! The feeling of being rushed once again took the edge off my enjoyment of a wonderful story. I would love to see this as a full length novel. I really felt as if I was missing something because of the speed of the tale. Well done Ms Stevens. Will there be more (longer!) Snow Hollow books in the future?
She's swift, sexy, scary. Her job keeps her on her guard at all times. There's no room for mistakes. It's a life or death deal breaker. But for one moment, Olivia leaves herself vulnerable. She allows herself to be open with a man, one she feels attracted to. And then, BAM! He turns on her, and takes her captive.
Olivia is sassy, saucy, and deadly. Her profession? She kills for a living, and she's damn good at what she does. It angers her that she lost control. She's the kind of woman that has meaningless sex with no strings attached. That's what she thought she was getting into with Collin Ryker. Boy did he ever pull a fast one.
He knows he shouldn't, considering they are on opposing sides, but Collin wants Olivia. Badly. He knows he could have her, but he keeps himself under control. He's got a mission to accomplish, and getting it on with Olivia isn't part of that. The two are like fire and gasoline. Both know how to push one another's buttons, and they do so quite often. Collin and Olivia are very much alike, with their stubborn, hard-headed attitudes. The constant bickering then back and forth banter continues throughout the book.
Circle of Desire is a fast paced romantic suspense. There's strong language and violence, so be aware if you're not into darker suspense books. The story is executed nicely, keeping readers on a wild goose chase for answers, and you never know what will happen next. This isn't a typical love story. Olivia and Collin are very rough with each other, and in their own way, they show their feelings through that. It isn't until much further into the novel that the two show a little bit more on the softer side of emotions.
The roughness and bickering at times was a little overdone, but overall, this intense story sizzled, and I enjoyed the high amount of suspense, secrecy, and deception. The sex scenes are very hot, pretty graphic but not quite to the extent of erotic. The characters could be considered tortured hero and heroine. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.
If you enjoy a dark, edgy romantic suspense, then you may want to consider adding Circle of Desire to your reading list.
Once you start this book, you won't want to put it down.
I loved Lisa Renee Jones' Harlequin Blaze books. When I got the chance to read this book, I jumped. I'm glad I did. Ms. Jones' writing flows and buoys the reader from scene to scene. I needed to know what was going to happen next and how it would work out. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, Ms. Jones threw me a curve ball that completely worked for the story. I stayed up way too late and read furiously. It was worth it!
The plot is deliciously layered and complicated. This isn't the kind of book you'd put down and walk away from. Why? Coming back, you'd need to do some heavy re-reading. That's not a bad thing. I read this book over and over. Just keep in mind, to keep the plot twists and characters straight, a straight-through read is recommended.
Rebecca is a sweet character. An astrobiologist, she's darned smart. She's also got a deadly disease--cancer. Readers can relate to her struggle. She wants to be well, but she wants to help people. And then there's the slight distraction of Sterling. I'm telling you, if I had a Sterling of my own to save me...I'd jump on him. Yeah, he's that super sexy, soldier, can kick your butt type of guy I can't get enough of. The motivations in the book aren't always disclosed right away and it works so well. I didn't want to know everything up front. I wanted the story to slowy unfold and Ms. Jones did it just right.
If you want a book with the right amounts of action, suspense, and engaging characters, then this book is one not to miss!
Leave the world you know behind and join the quest for the Scepter of Hope.
Ms. Romaney has created an enchanting world filled with magic, fantastic creatures, and wonderful characters. The world in The Hollow King is being threatened by Ovezara, an evil sorceress. Five strangers, Queen Taraly, Taigo, King Crenshaw, Sancha, and Jalie, find themselves bound on a quest to recover the Scepter of Hope, the only thing that can rid the world of the evil. However, each member of the alliance seems to have secrets or a personal agenda that threaten to derail the quest. Will the uneasy alliance follow the path fate has destined for them, or will the quest fail before it even starts?
One of the things I like most about The Hollow King are the interesting characters on the quest. Taraly is probably my favorite of the bunch. She is strong and loyal, but also young and impulsive. After the death of her father, Taraly is so determined to prove that she can be a great queen, that she makes some foolish decisions. Despite her rash behavior, I found her very easy to like. Though she is a woman, she fights as well as any man, and she’ll fight fiercely to defend those she cares about. I also liked that Taraly had a softer side to balance her character a bit. Once she begins the quest, Taraly begins to have feelings for Taigo. However, Taraly has never been in love before and is uncertain of her feelings or how to act on them. I certainly look forward to watching their relationship progress in future installments of the series.
Taigo is definitely a mysterious character. He’s the leader of the outsiders, misfits who are beings of magic and are generally shunned by humans. However, Taigo’s knowledge of the world of magic makes him a valuable asset on the quest. At first, Taigo seemed very reserved. I had a hard time discerning his personality. As the story progressed, Taigo gradually came out of his shell. Though humanity has hardly been kind to his people, Taigo is an honorable man determined to save the world from evil. That sort of integrity is very admirable. Taigo really shines when he is with Taraly. They bring out the best in each other. I loved watching them practicing sword play or engaging in flirtatious banter.
Crenshaw is a broken man. Like Taraly, he is a young ruler. Unfortunately, Crenshaw made the mistake of falling for Ovezara. After she took over his kingdom, he was tortured for months at her hand. Once Taigo helps him escape, Crenshaw only has thoughts of revenge. At first, Crenshaw’s character seemed very one dimensional. He doesn’t care for anyone or anything. The only thing he wants to do is kill Ovezara. However, as I continued to read, Ms. Romaney gives little flashes of insight that reveal Crenshaw isn’t as hard as he seems. Despite his sarcastic outer shell, he does care about the fate of humanity and even comes to care about the other members on the quest.
If I had to describe Sancha in one word, it would be dependable. After the loss of his father, Sancha is determined to rid the world of the evil creatures that killed his father. Though Sancha seems plain compared to the other characters on the quest, he is every bit as important. He is a skilled fighter and has the extra ability to communicate with animals. I especially enjoyed his humorous conversations with a wolfhound.
Jalie is the most enigmatic member of the group. She is the daughter of the oracle, so she knows certain things about the future, but cannot always reveal what she knows. I found it very hard to discern if Jalie was lying or simply leaving out some of the truth. Despite my unease about her character, I enjoyed watching Jalie and Sancha interact. The two have a budding romance that is very sweet to watch. However, Jalie’s secretive behavior weighs heavily on him. I have a feeling their romance is going to follow a rough road.
One of the things that set The Hollow King apart from other stories is that Ovezara is a truly interesting villainess. She is selfish, power hungry, and commits some truly terrible acts in the story, and yet, I found myself feeling sorry for her. Ovezara is not her own master. She is following the orders of a very evil man called Trelek who has abused her for most of her life. I can’t help but think that Ovezara would have chosen a different path for her life if Trelek hadn’t gotten a hold of her. I look forward to watching her character continue to develop in the next book in the series.
Ms. Romaney is also very adept at adding little twists into the plot. Just when I thought I had certain characters figured out, Ms. Romaney revealed a hidden relationship or bit of back story that would cast everything in a different light. These little surprises added a great deal of depth to an already interesting story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Hollow King, but I must warn readers that this book ends at a pivotal moment that leaves readers hanging until the next book in the series comes out. I have become so wrapped up in the characters and their quest, that I’m eagerly anticipating the next installment. Readers who enjoy a great fantasy with a touch of romance won’t want to miss this book.
Genies have always been viewed as one of the most magical creatures, but magic cannot buy you love. Not only can it not buy Kal Samantha’s love, but it can also doom him to a life of mortality. After 2,000 years of waiting go back to his rightful place in the djinn society, he is not willing to risk it all on one human, or so he thought.
One aspect of this story that really separates it from any other story I have read is that it is extremely light hearted and playful. This was an exciting change to the typical love affair. It also allowed the author to display the characters' personality well, including the plethora of sub characters throughout the story. At times I found myself so enchanted by the banter that I forget the antagonist was leaking around the corner.
The antagonistic conflict played a large role in Genie Knows Best sometimes to the point that I forgot it was a romance story. While I think that the antagonistic conflict was fitting to the story and help it progress nicely, I would have liked to have seen a little more time spent building the romantic aspect of this story.
This story was full of many mythical creatures, which really keep me on my toes. You never knew when Gremlins, Leprechauns, unicorns, or any other mythical creature you can think of would show up. I love mythical creatures so this was something I thoroughly enjoyed. Especially when they got to arguing with each other. I could have read about the fights for days between all of the creatures in Izaaz.
Not only is this a story I would recommend to others, I already have a few people in mind that I know would love it and plan to tell them today. So if you are looking for a love story with a laugh this would certainly fit the bill.