Set in Atlanta, Georgia this contemporary romance scores in my book. The main characters, Jack & MaddiDirect Deposit - Contemporary Romance Winner
Set in Atlanta, Georgia this contemporary romance scores in my book. The main characters, Jack & Maddie are perfect for each other, and watching them navigate through their story lifted my heart.
Child Advocate attorney Maddie has made her mind up it’s time to have a baby. Jack wants to honor a promise he made to her deceased husband to take care of her. What they both find along the way is the promise of a romance destined to last a lifetime. Watching them deal with each of their own past mistakes, and haunted childhoods, provides plenty of conflict.
Baxter wove together the threads of a tale full of hope, and real-life conundrums. Her secondary characters took on lives of their own, and I especially loved Millie, the stern but motherly office manager who keeps Jack Worth on-track. I enjoyed reading how Jack and Maddie kept getting in their own way, how they learned to love each other, and how they forged through to find their heart’s desire.
The epilogue was worth the price of admission.
Direct Deposit is a winner. I’m looking forward to reading more from Marilyn Baxter. ...more
This contemporary novel is set between New York City and the Mid-west.
While I liked the journal style the author used in delivering the material, andThis contemporary novel is set between New York City and the Mid-west.
While I liked the journal style the author used in delivering the material, and the suspense held my attention until mid-book, the end of the story showed utter darkness in the lives of such broken people I honestly did not enjoy it.
I read fiction to escape the darkness of reality - to find some germ of hope in the human species even amid the shadows in our Universal Stories, but I wasn't able to find that here. I don't think I'll read more....more
The Wind Raven sails from London to Baltimore in 1817 by way of Bermuda and the Caribbean and sets a cRegency Romance and adventure on the high seas!!
The Wind Raven sails from London to Baltimore in 1817 by way of Bermuda and the Caribbean and sets a course for adventure and romance along the way.
Captain Jean Nicholas Powell and his crew have their hands full when an American demands passage across the Atlantic to return to her family. Everyone knows women on ships mean bad luck, and Tara McConnell brings the reluctant captain more worries than a man of the period could expect. Not only does the spirited Tara know her way around a ship and crew - she grew up sailing with her family and she loves the sea - but Tara also brings Nick's heart to bear what every romance reader wants to cheer for.
What I liked about the book: Walker drew the Wind Raven as a character, carefully integrating the setting with all the characters and the period. As the captain and crew manage a hurricane at sea the tension of Nick and Tara's relationship begins to build as well. I particularly liked Sam, the ship's cat and thought Walker gave each crew member a distinct personality integral to the story. The cook McGinnis was one of my favorites with his Irish fairy tales that foreshadow Nick's fate.
From Bermuda to the Caribbean on an errand for the Prince Regent, The Wind Raven runs up against Pirate Roberto Cofresi who shows Nick exactly how much Tara means to his heart when the outlaw abducts her.
I especially loved the period details - I could taste the exotic foods, feel the waves below the deck, and see the incredible sunsets the characters witnessed. After reading Wind Raven I feel as if I've been on a voyage myself.
What I didn't like about the story: It took Nick a while to make his character arc - but this fit perfectly with the mores of the time period. A typical man, he tortured poor Tara's heart and didn't even understand why. Ah, the elegance of a well-written romance.
All told I highly recommend Wind Raven as a stand-alone story, but the biggest treat I found for falling in love with this story is it's the third in Walker's Agents of the Crown series - I'll definitely be reading more of her work.
Treat yourself to a Regency Romance filled with a voyage of adventure.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of Wind Raven in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more
I lost my Saturday afternoon to Amber Belldene’s Blood Reunited, the final installment in the Blood Vine Series.
I’ll admit, I’ve been a fan of BelldenI lost my Saturday afternoon to Amber Belldene’s Blood Reunited, the final installment in the Blood Vine Series.
I’ll admit, I’ve been a fan of Belldene’s Blood Vine series from the start. If you enjoyed A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, then this series is for you. Grown-up Vampires enduring grown-up conflict.
Belldene doesn’t pull any punches in this story. Blood Reunited is filled with angst, and romance, and my favorite kind of good-old-fashioned good-versus-evil page-turning breathlessness.
What I liked about the story:
Andre Maras’s youngest son Bel, half-vampire-half-human, comes into his own in Blood Reunited. He solves the age-old Vampire-versus-Hunter debate when he allows his broken heart to open up to Uta, his one true mate. Bel’s not happy about sharing anything with her, especially not his heart, but in the end Bel finds his truth in the arms of the woman he shares his blood-bond with. Watching Bel get there is an exercise in anticipation.
And then there’s Uta…Oh, my dear and wonderful broken, fierce, ancient Vampire Warrior Queen, Uta. Sigh – you’ll just have to read her to understand her. She’s at once amazing, then infuriating. Hilarious, then deadly. Passionate, then desperate for the one thing she wants more than anything to justify her existence on the planet: her own infuriating Bel Maras.
I also adore Belldene’s secondary characters. Pedro’s my favorite for so many reasons, but don’t tell Andre or Zoey, because I loved them too. Every character in Belldene’s beautiful Vampire world is fully drawn, with goals, understandable motivations, and severe conflicts. The vampire Loki won my heart for so many reasons. His story is one you don’t want to miss.
What I didn’t like about the story:
If I’d been in charge, the Antagonist would have suffered more deeply – he certainly deserved it. Ethan Bennett was drawn as a scorpion among creeps and I dearly wish I’d witnessed him suffer more. Belldene made me want to hate him from the sidelines.
And, because I found myself swept away with the plight of these wonderful souls the thing I didn’t like the most is this book ended their tale. I confess, I wanted it to go on. They will all surely be missed by this reader.
All-in-all Blood Reunited has delivered a satisfying ending to a wonderful trilogy filled with paranormal characters embroiled in romantic suspense, and age-old historic battles. The sexual tension melted my e-reader, but the tender underlying love and compassion of all these characters made me cheer for the type of romances I love to read.
I’ll be looking forward to more stories from Amber Belldene, regardless of genre.
Treat yourself to Blood Reunited.
**Disclosure: I received an ARC copy of this book for review purposes. All unbiased opinions in my review are my own. ...more
Lillian Holmes and The Leaping Man SO works for me!!
September 22, 2013 By PMillhouse (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purch5.0 out of 5 stars
Lillian Holmes and The Leaping Man SO works for me!!
September 22, 2013 By PMillhouse (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lillian Holmes and the Leaping Man (Kindle Edition)
WOW - What a great story!
I'm thrilled. Utterly thrilled to have read this story.
What I liked about the story: Lillian starts out looking like an obstinate woman who defies conventions of her times, and leads a life outside the boundaries of women in the 1890s. Well, there's good reason for that. Without putting in spoilers, I'll say the reveal is definitely worth the read.
Lillian Holmes is SO BROKEN...she literally stole my heart. And, what Cullen gives us is a character who's so well drawn in her brokenness, when Lillian reaches her Black Moment, all I could do was cheer her on and watch her leap forward to claim her destiny.
And then there's George, The Leaping Man. As if Lillian isn't character enough to drive this story on her own the reveal about this broken soul who saves Lillian from herself, and by doing so reveals his true nature, well he worked for me on an entirely different level. George turns out to be that Valiant Hero who gives up his needs for hers, and he stole my heart in the process. The passion these two share for life, and for each other, is spot-on.
What the author did well: Add in the fight against nasty hidden villains of the times, including the villain of addiction Lillian uses to mask real pain from her past, and watch these characters arc into something amazing. Cullen's grasp of the time-period makes the historical reader in me nod, the paranormal reader in me smile, and the romance reader in me want to cheer.
I'll be looking for more stories from this author. ...more
The Genie Smolders (The Zubis Chronicles) (Kindle Edition) Zuzulo delivers another powerful paranormal romance with her follow-up novel in the Zubis ChThe Genie Smolders (The Zubis Chronicles) (Kindle Edition) Zuzulo delivers another powerful paranormal romance with her follow-up novel in the Zubis Chronicles.
I loved it. Zubis and Bethany have a new reason to celebrate their love - their daughter Fia. Separated by the forces that govern their worlds, these two soul mates fight to reunite and save Fia, and the balance of good and evil hangs tightly over the story line.
A new bad girl, Imitri, a jinni with an agenda kidnaps Bethany and Zubis's daughter and the race is on to stop her maniacal plans from page one. From the desert sands to the city of Washington, D.C. all the way to the sacred city of Jinnistan, Zubis and Bethany fight a host of sneaky twists to set their ancient love affair right. I really enjoyed the visit to the Casbah, and Zuzulo has certainly changed my mind about the beauty and fun of the desert.
Zubis radiates strength and alpha male dominance. Bethany is the kind of kick-ass heroine I love to read. I can't wait to read what happens next with Zuzulo's genies, especially Fia, and I will say this - the payoff at the end of this novel is why I love to read fiction.