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Expected Release Date: August 1, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: SourceboThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 1, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: Sourcebooks Imprint: Casablanca Author’s Website: http://shonahusk.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Chrismtas Present) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Okay so I have a teensy admission to make — I love the movie Labyrinth. Love it. The whole idea of wishing for help from a mythical Goblin King only to find yourself his prisoner? Oh yeahhhhhh. So, while this book has nothing whatsoever to do with that movie, I admit that I was at first intrigued by the possibility of any parallels. Once I started reading, however, I quickly forgot about David Bowie’s hair and instead found myself falling in love with not only the world that Ms. Husk has created, but with all of her goblins as well. The struggle of the men to go against their “goblin” natures, the heartbreak of watching one of their own succumb and fully transform, and the hopelessness they faced as the clock quickly ticked down to the point where breaking the curse truly seemed to be an impossibility was a joy to read.
While I admit that it was a little frustrating to see the same issues rehashed several times over the story, and my desire to smack some decisiveness into Eliza only grew over the course of the novel, overall, I absolutely adored it.
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarleThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://jaciburton.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Killer series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Twelve years ago, sixteen year old Anna Pallino was attacked in an alley behind the ice cream shop where she worked. Her boyfriend, Dante Renaldi and his three foster brothers came to her rescue, subduing the attacker before he could get away. But things went horribly wrong when they realized that the beating they'd dealt the perpetrator had resulted in his death. Calling on Anna's policeman father to help clean up the mess, they each went their separate ways, with Dante leaving town for good.
Now, back in town to help his foster parents celebrate their anniversary, the last thing Dante expected was to get caught up in a murder investigation -- with the murder bearing a striking resemblance to the attack on Anna all those years ago.
With his job in Special Ops forcing him to keep his real life a secret, Dante is stunned to discover that the pretty sixteen year old Anna has grown up -- into a tough police detective.
Seeing Anna reminds Dante of everything that he had to walk away from twelve long years ago, and he's not about to let her slip through his fingers again. But when more murders spring up, each hitting closer to home, Anna has to decide if Dante is a man she can trust, or if he's the one behind the killings.
I really loved Anna and Dante. Anna had never quite gotten over not only her attack twelve years ago, but also Dante's seeming defection just when she needed him the most. Dante, as well, never really got past his love for Anna, and when they reconnected, it felt very authentic.
The chemistry between the two was absolutely crackling, and when they finally consummated their relationship, it was delightfully hot without detracting from the suspense of the novel.
One thing about this book was its unapologetic tendency to kill or at least severely wound major characters of the story. This ramped up the suspense quite a bit, since you never really knew if any of your favorite characters were safe.
Some of the events with the villain and the final resolution between Anna and Dante didn't really flow well for me, but overall, this was a sexy, entertaining read.
Expected Release Date: June 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.readmistyevans.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
FBI Profiler Rafe St. Cloud is on leave from the agency and is one step away from suspension when a brutal murder in his hometown drags him back into unofficial action. Driven to find the killer who butchered six women, he’s astonished to find that the only survivor not only miraculously recovers from her wounds, but claims to have no memory of what happened, and yet insists that she’s over 1,000 years old and that he is the reincarnation of her soul mate, Kai. Convinced that she’s insane, he cannot explain away the connection he feels with her, nor the flashes of memories that he knows cannot be his own — that of a warrior in an ancient Native tribe.
One thousand years ago, a binding spell gone wrong ensured that Keva cannot die. Shattered by the violent deaths of women she considered to be her sisters, she immediately recognizes the soul of her long-dead lover in Rafe, yet Rafe writes her off as insane. Knowing she only has a short time to awaken Kai’s soul in Rafe before she must disappear from his life forever, she counts on the intense sexual attraction that flares between them to kindle his memories, but a depraved stalker from her past is determined to punish her for her earlier rejection of him and to destroy everything she loves.
I admit, I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one. There wasn’t anything specific that made me reluctant to continue reading, but I must say that I’m glad that I continued, because it turned out to be an incredible story. I was a bit wary at first of Rafe being the reincarnated version of Kai, simply because I didn’t want Keva to love him simply because of Kai — Rafe was such a strong character in and of himself that I wanted her to love him for him, and I wasn’t disappointed. While Keva’s connection with Rafe was initially caused by her recognition of Kai’s warrior soul, she fell for him rather than expecting him to be Kai reborn, and for that I was incredibly grateful.
I hadn’t initially realized that this was somewhat of a time-travel romance, and I wish I’d have known that ahead of time. I am such a sucker for time-travel in romances, despite the mind-boggling time paradoxes that could be created, but I choose to believe that since magic was the source of the time travel, some of the “rules” shouldn’t apply.
Sensitive readers should be aware that a previous pregnancy loss is heavily mentioned.
Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The simple fact that Keva and Rafe were soulmates was incredibly appealing, but much more so was the fact that they fell for each other independently of that connection. The love scenes were delicious, and the ending was incredibly satisfying.
Recommended for fans of starcrossed lovers, fighting against fate, and a love that spans the ages.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author's Website: http://www.carolynjewel.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, My Immortal series Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Paisley Nichols is just a regular woman working hard to fulfill her dream of running a successful bakery. It's been quite a while since the bitter breakup with her last boyfriend, she decides it's time to put herself back into the dating pool. Unfortunately for her, she chooses the wrong man, who unbeknownst to her is a powerful mage who not only begins stalking her, but who has done something to her -- something that makes her begin to believe that she's losing her mind.
Having gone through his own bitter breakup (to the extreme), Iskander is a demon who never allows anyone to get close. An attractive man, he constantly moves from one woman to the next, with absolutely no chance of getting his heart involved. When Paisley's upstairs apartment is broken into by the insane mage who is stalking her, he knows that he has no choice but to protect her. He soon discovers that his tenant, whom he previously thought was a vanilla (non-magical) human, has also come into an incredible power that makes her a valuable ally and asset to his warlord. Now it is up to him to protect her from a man who is determined to not only possess Paisley, but to destroy Iskander at all cost...
One thing that always makes me wary of starting a paranormal romance novel is when it opens with a glossary of terms. Things like fiends and vanilla and mages grace the first few pages, but I was happy to discover that with very few exceptions, the glossary really was not needed. While I do think that readers would be better served to read the series, as there are quite a few details and nuances that seem to be missing from both relationships and the world itself, it worked reasonably well as a standalone. I certainly enjoyed the basic premise, as well as the universe that Paisley and Iskander live in.
Recommended for fans of commitment-phobic heroes who finally find true love, "normal" heroines who become extraordinary, a splash of suspense and action, frosted with some delicious sensuality. 3.5/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author's Website: http://www.jamialden.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, unnamed trilogy Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Having dated for a while, Megan Flynn and homicide detective Cole Williams had yet to consummate their relationship (despite some blistering hot kisses). On the night that their relationship was about to be taken to the next level, Cole was interrupted by a call from his partner, insisting on his presence at a murder scene. As his partner rattled off the address, Megan realized that it was her brother Sean's address. Demanding that Cole tell her what was going on, Cole ignored her protests and told her to remain where she was, and left. Megan, of course, couldn't be stopped where her brother was concerned, and immediately went to her brother's house, where she was greeted with the image of Cole arresting Sean.
Knowing in her heart that Sean was innocent, she begged Cole to help her free her brother from wrongful imprisonment, but instead, Cole immediately went cold and cut off their relationship.
Two years later, despite still having no memory of what actually happened that night, Sean has decided to stop fighting for appeals and allow an execution date to be set. Megan is devastated -- she's spent the entire past two years investigating and harassing everyone she can think of to try to find the real murderer before it's too late for her brother.
When a frightening turn of events brings Cole back into her life, Megan must decide if she can trust Cole after his bitter betrayal two years prior, and he must do everything he can to protect her from the dangers she faces as she digs herself deeper and deeper into an investigation that makes her the prime target for a madman...
Sensitive readers should be aware that this book contains several scenes of explicit rape and violence.
I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series as well, which will star Sean and the prosecutor responsible for his wrongful conviction.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed it. While I think this story was much less about the suspense and mystery than it was about faith in those you love and rebuilding trust where it has been broken, I did enjoy the suspense aspect as well as the urgency brought about by the impending execution date of Megan's brother.
Recommended for fans of redemption after betrayal, self-sacrificing heroines (and heroes), and of a very creepy murderer obsessed with the heroine. 4/5 Stars.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.danamariebell.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Scorching
This is my first experience with Dana Marie Bell, but I have to say that I’m in love with her quirky characters and loose writing style.
Parker is not your average vampire. He made the mistake of shagging the wrong witch during the hippie era, despite his best friend’s advice to “stay away from the crazy”, and ended up with her ultimately cursing him to live off of the blood of plants (so that he could never “cheat” on her again by drinking from another woman). His best friend Greg, a big gay black man who also happens to be a powerful witch in his own right, helps him through the learning curve of becoming a “vegetarian”, and eventually staying on as a ghost after he passes away.
We first meet Amara right after she was “born”. The kind witch who’d planted Amara’s tree takes her under her wing and raises her as she would her own daughter. Even though they live in Maggie’s Grove, an exclusive community of supernatural beings, Amara never finds acceptance amongst her neighbors, and her “freak” status has caused her many a heartache over the years.
Shortly following Greg’s death, Parker moves to Maggie’s Grove where he meets Amara. From the first time he lays eyes on her, he knows that there’s something about her, and is delighted to discover that she is a dryad, and therefore someone he can drink from.
Unfortunately, Parker’s past indiscretion catches up with him in the form of the psycho witch who originally cursed him, as she attempts not only to separate Parker and Amara, but also to destroy the town that dares to keep them apart.
In the end, I have to say that despite some confusion with extra characters, and the over-the-top villain, I still absolutely loved it. Yes, this book was sexy, and yes there was some intense action and wonderful angst, but in the end, I think what influenced my rating the most is that it was fun. A dryad heroine, a vegetarian vampire hero, a sexy (and vaguely perverted) ghost sidekick, mixed with witches, elementals, and shape shifters, makes for a heck of a ride.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: DuThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Dutton Author’s Website: http://juliegarwood.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Steamy
**REVIEWER’S NOTE** This was an uncorrected advanced copy, so it’s possible that some details may be changed by the publication date.
I do believe that I am now officially a Julie Garwood fangirl. *nods decisively*
Ellie was a child prodigy, with a tortured past. Intelligent beyond her years, she attracted a deranged stalker at the tender age of 11, making her life a living hell; multiple attacks, restraining orders, and finally being sent out of state to live with strangers in order to protect both her and her family has left a mark on her that no amount of education or professional success can erase. When she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent, she’s suddenly thrust into danger yet again, despite the fact that she cannot make a positive identification.
Max bursts into her life as an FBI agent attached to the case, and the sparks fly between them. They both know that nothing can come of a relationship — she lives in the midwest while he lives in Hawaii — and yet neither can resist the other. When she flies back to her childhood home for her sister’s wedding, she faces not only the threat of being silenced before she can take the witness stand, but also of having to face her childhood nemesis, the deranged stalker who has until that point dropped off the face of the earth.
Overall, I absolutely adore it. There was enough action to keep me on my toes, blended beautifully with just enough romance and steam to keep me intrigued.
The ending was also absolutely lovely. After reading the last line I literally said “awwww” and closed the book with a smile, and that more than anything is why I cheerfully give this book 5/5 Stars...more
I picked this novel up at my local used bookstore, having recognized the Lowell name from previous novels thFull Review available on The Romanceaholic
I picked this novel up at my local used bookstore, having recognized the Lowell name from previous novels that I’ve read by Elizabeth Lowell. Expecting to be blown away, as I’m a fan of Elizabeth Lowell, I was disappointed that this turned out to be just an okay read for me.
I love romantic suspense, I love relationships between cops and witnesses, and I adore amnesia in romance. This story just fell rather flat for me, however.
Fans of Elizabeth Lowell (Heather Lowell’s multi-published mother), will likely be disappointed, but new readers may still be appreciative. 3/5 Stars...more
Ahh there’s not much more that I like in a contemporary romance than a hidden agenda that initially bringsFull review available on The Romanceaholic.
Ahh there’s not much more that I like in a contemporary romance than a hidden agenda that initially brings the hero and heroine together. It always ends up biting them in the behind, which is so deliciously angsty that I simply can’t resist.
Overall, however, while I enjoyed this read, I wasn’t blown away by it. The drama of the Big Reveal almost seemed a bit extraneous after all of the excitement caused by the stalker, and Izzy and Adam’s relationship problems almost seemed to detract from the story. Still, it was an enjoyable, easy read, and one I’d recommend for a quick summer read.
As always, I adored Gin & Co. as she tries to adjust (albeit unsuccessfully) to retirement from her career as badarse assassin...
Would've been 5 sAs always, I adored Gin & Co. as she tries to adjust (albeit unsuccessfully) to retirement from her career as badarse assassin...
Would've been 5 stars except for the massive info-dump that kept happening throughout the story. While new readers to the series will GREATLY appreciate the reiteration of the backstory, as an avid fan of the series, I often found myself skimming through those parts.
LOVED the small insight into Sophia's background (I'm dying to know more), and I've adored dear Owen since he first strode into Gin's life in the early parts of the last book.
Solid 4 Stars (and I can't WAIT until the next one!)...more
**spoiler alert** I'm reminded again why I adore Cynthia Eden.. I first discovered her as an author in the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology with her sho**spoiler alert** I'm reminded again why I adore Cynthia Eden.. I first discovered her as an author in the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology with her short story, Spellbound, and immediately fell in love with her writing style.
The Vampire's Kiss is no exception. It had the "fated mates" vibe without the absolute sense of unavoidable destiny, which was refreshing, and I loved the little twist as to why Savannah's mind was different than all the other humans that William had experience with. The romance was hot without being overwhelming to the story, and I really enjoyed the parts where William helped to teach Savannah all the new vampy things she needed to know after her transformation.
Even though I figured out the last twist in the book right when it was first presented, it was still a good one and IMHO definitely added to the HEA.
I was really hoping for a sequel for a certain character that really deserves a HEA, but from my understanding there hasn't been one nor is there one in the works. Boo hiss.
Strong characters, an action-driven plot that keeps you on your toes, and plenty of twists to keep your interest earned this one a solid 4 1/2 Stars....more