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Review- Hearts in Darkness (Erotic Romance)

Title:  Hearts in Darkness

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Erotica (novella)

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Aug. 2011

Source: purchase, Kindle $2.25

(paperback available for $9.99)

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5++

Description from amazon.com:

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

**

I’m blushing!  But I’m also smiling and if Makenna wants to toss Caden out I will gladly take him, tats, piercings, scars and all.

This is one hot and steamy read.  It is the best erotic romance I have ever read but that’s not saying much since I’ve read about three altogether.  But what I have read prior to this has been more in the “slam, bam, thank you m’am” style of erotica, which is totally unsatisfying to me.  The character development here is really good.  The sexual tension is well done and totally believable and we actually like these two people. The sex is pretty  straight forward and not kinky, so no BDSM or anything like that.  If you are new or fairly new to this genre I highly recommend this novella, even if you are well versed in this genre, this is highly recommended.  Laura Kaye is a terrific writer and I look forward to reading more from her.

For those who like their steamy scenes fading to black or behind closed doors, this one is not for you.

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Review- Lucian’s Fall by Barbara Samuel

Title:  Lucian’s Fall

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Barbara Samuel

Publisher: Kindle, digital

Source: Amazon Free, now $4.99

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

SINFULLY APPEALING RAKE
Lord Lucien Escher is a renowed London rake who believes there is not a woman in the world who cannot be seduced–he is determined to prove it, come what may.

AN INTELLIGENT AND DETERMINED WOMAN
Madeline is determined to save her treasured ancestral home and has no use for love or the tricks of an unredeemable scoundrel. Against her better judgment, however, she is powerfully drawn to the elusive and dangerous Lucien, whose hard-hearted façade hides a tragedy that is slowly devouring him from within.

As Lucien and Madeline circle each other in a magnetic play of desire and denial, their passion will rise to a crescendo of longing and sacrifice that will change their fates forever.

**

Continuing on my quest for new-to-me authors, I came across this Free Kindle book back in January.  I just got around to reading it and if I had known it was this delightful I would have read it right away.

What is love?  In H.R.’S it is usually a cat and mouse game played by aristocrats.  Here it is not different except it feels very different.  The characters feel like real people not like the fairytale characters we have come to be familiar with in HR’s.  That Ms Samuels can evoke from the reader such a strong sense of timelessness and place shows she is an author of unique talent and ability. Her descriptions of violent rain does make us shudder with chills.  We can see the glowing colors of the flower gardens in the early morning mist.  This book immerses us in the story.

This novel is a romantic tour de force, complete with tortured hero in desperate need of redemption and the just-right heroine risking her all to redeem him.

I highly recommend this book, it is exceptional.

 

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H-m-m-m, Bookmobiles?

Books, books, books!!  When I was a very young girl, like about 5 or 6, I remember vaguely of a bookmobile coming around the neighborhood.  Then when I grew up there was a bookmobile that came to my apartment complex every two weeks.  Since then I have been bookmobile-less.  But the bookmobiles I do remember were not like any of these.

My thanks to http://flavorwire.com

How about a converted hearse? I think this is an old hearse.

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Review- A Taste of Innocence by Stephanie Laurens

Title:  A Taste of Innocence

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon, 2007

Source: Library

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

He knows all too well how dangerous love can be…

For no gentleman is this more true than Charles Morwellan, the eighth Earl of Meredith. Although he’s seen the many successful unions of his Cynster connections, he has also watched his father’s obsessions nearly destroy their family and fortune, a mistake Charles will not repeat. But as Lord Meredith he must marry, so he offers for Sarah, the daughter of his neighbors Lord and Lady Conningham. She’s intelligent enough to run his social life, beautiful enough to grace his arm, and old enough to know the value of his offer.

For most young ladies of the ton, the right marriage is the culmination of years of training, perfect deportment, and intricate plans that would impress a general. But as a lady of independent means with a life of her own, Sarah is unwilling to wed unless it is for unbounded love.

But Charles always gets what he wants. He convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her; if he succeeds, they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum indulging in innocuous walks, polite conversation, sedate waltzes. Each night they steal away to the lush, moonlit gardens, where sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, and much, much more. Both are swept away on a tide of passion and feeling neither can resist.

And yet, after the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, Charles remains aloof, as if the near-sinful sweetness of their nights exists only in a dream. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can’t be contained, a gift worth fighting for, but it’s only when she’s engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he’s willing to surrender to protect . . . the taste of innocence.

**

I have read and liked many of the novels in Lauren’s CYNSTER SERIES but this one was really rather boring.  Well, except for the non-stop sex scenes….well, even that got boring after awhile.  These characters seemed to have nothing else in common.  The courtship was carried on in pages way too long and then after the marriage the conflict, with a thrown in side plot that admittedly was more interesting than the original, seemed also to never end.  The villain’s turnaround was a bit too pat.  This book was just okay, not terrible but certainly not as well done as Ms Lauren’s other novels.

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Deet’s Eats- Louise’s Feel Better Chicken Curry

I had an accident about a month ago.  I fell into a bar. Yup, into not out of a bar.  In fact I was going to a book club meeting at 10:30am when the misstep occurred.  I tripped over the threshold and did a belly flop. I banged up my knee and bruised a couple of ribs.  I lived to tell the tale.  The leader of the book club, Louise, who is 92 years old and not to be put out to pasture, made me this casserole which was so-o-o good that I got her recipe and made it myself this week.  My gain is your gain so here is Louise’s Feel Better Curry.

Louise’s Feel Better Curry

4 boneless chicken breasts cooked and cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

2/3 cup Sour cream

1/2 cup mayonaise

1/4 cup dry Sherry ( I used white wine and it was okay)

1 Tblsp. Curry Powder (more if you like it spicy)

2 cans arichoke hearts in water, drained ( I used the quartered ones)

1 can sliced waterchestnuts, drained

(Parmesan Cheese for topping)

1.  Mix together: Soup, Sour Cream, Mayo, Wine and Curry

2. In a bowl or  oil-sprayed casserole dish (or two smaller ones if you want to freeze one) toss together the Chicken, Waterchestnuts and Artichokes.

3. Spread the Soup mixture over the the ingredients in the casserole.  Top with shredded Parmesan if you want.  Cover and bake in 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.  Serve with rice.

(Substitute Broccoli for the Artichokes if you like those better.)

This is so yummy!  Thank you, Louise!!!

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Review- Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Notorious Pleasures (Bk2 of Maiden Lane Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Pub., Vision, 2011

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect – and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire – desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?

**

Can a betrothed innocent find herself in love with her fiancé’s brother without causing havoc?  Of course not!  We see these two falling in love even though they both deny it and we wonder how they will ever reach a HEA (Happily Ever After).  They fall in lust and then in love (don’t you just love modern takes on the 1700’s?).  The side plot with the foundling home continues in this book from the first in the series Wicked Intentions (see review here) and frankly I find this plot line fascinating.  Silence Hollingbrook is the manager of the orphanage and her story continues on in the next book in the series Scandalous Desires (Oct 2011).  This book is on my wish list and I will read it soon because I must find out what happens between her and the river pirate.

This book stands alone although you will get a better picture of the series if you start with the first book.

I highly recommend this series.

The Maiden Lane Series-

  1. Wicked Intentions
  2. Notorious Pleasures
  3. Scandalous Desires
  4. Thief of Shadows (June 2012)

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Changes to La Deetda Reads

I’m changing my posting from 5 days a week to Mon., Wed, Fri. posts.  This means Sexy Man Tuesday will only be a once-in-awhile post and will probably happen on Wednesdays.  I can’t think of a clever title for showing hot guys on Wednesday can you?  let me know your ideas. (my son-in-law, Dale, still is lobbying for a Fat Man Friday.  Not happening!!!) Otherwise I will continue to force on you  my opinions on books, TV and an infrequent movie plus my culinary trials and triumphs…..okay, maybe other stuff too.

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Changes to La Deetda Reads

I’m changing my posting from 5 days a week to Mon., Wed, Fri. posts.  This means Sexy Man Tuesday will only be a once-in-awhile post and will probably happen on Wednesdays.  I can’t think of a clever title for showing hot guys on Wednesday can you?  let me know your ideas. (my son-in-law, Dale, still is lobbying for a Fat Man Friday.  Not happening!!!) Otherwise I will continue to force on you  my opinions on books, TV and an infrequent movie plus my culinary trials and triumphs…..okay, maybe other stuff too.

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Review- The Wild Child by Mary Jo Putney

Title: The wild Child (book #1 The Bride Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mary Jo Putney

Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group, 2000

Source: Library

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Bribed by Kyle, his twin brother, Dominic Renbourne agrees to take his twin’s place for a few weeks at Warfield Manor, where he is to pay court to Lady Meriel Grahame, the orphaned heiress Kyle intends to marry. The last thing Dominic expects is to be entranced by a silent sprite whose ethereal beauty is as intoxicating as the flowers and trees that surround her.

For much of her life Meriel has lived outside normal society, finding joy and peace in her garden, safe from the nightmare that nearly destroyed her as a child. She is content with solitude until the handsome intruder begins to inspire dreams of life beyond her sanctuary. Despite his longing, Dominic’s sense of duty keeps him away from his brother’s future bride, but Meriel’s untamed spirit proves more powerful than Dominic can resist . . .

**

I do love a book with a strong character study and this book is all about character.  Yes, but the plot is well done too.  There is action, drama, suspense and of course a fabulous, slow developing romance.  Add a surprise and you have a can’t-put-down, utterly satisfying read.  I love a book that gives more than I expected; a book that is written intelligently and with craftsmanship.

This is my second Mary Jo Putney book, my first being SILK AND SHADOWS reviewed here.  When I reviewed that book I knew I wanted to read more by Mary Jo Putney and now after reading this book I’m convinced that I will read her entire back list.

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Review- Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell

Title: Death Echo

Genre: Suspense

Author: Elizabeth Lowell

Publisher:

Source: Purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 4

Description from amazon.com:

When she joined St. Kilda’s, the elite security consulting firm, Emma Cross thought she’d left behind the blood, guilt, and Tribal Wars that defined her life at the CIA. Yet trading spying for investigating yacht thefts didn’t alleviate the danger.

With some arm-twisting, St. Kilda and Emma are tracking a yacht that went missing somewhere between Vladivostok and Portland a year ago. Emma knows the boat’s intended cargo is lethal. What she needs to find out is whether it’s biological, chemical, or fissionable. And she’s got only seven days to uncover the truth . . . or a major American city will be lost.

Fortunately, she’s working with a new partner as menacing and distrustful as the worst enemy she’s ever faced—and as deadly. Thrown together by an organization of enemies with global ties more dangerous than either of them realizes, Mac and Emma must put aside their growing attraction for each other to save more than just their own lives.

**

I had two friends recommend this book to me so I thought it was going to be a 5-star read.  Unfortunately it wasn’t.  It was exciting as a suspense novel should be but the characters spoke continually in spy-speak and euphemisms which after awhile started to grate on me.  Just call a spade a spade…please!  If you want to know how to run and navigate a yacht through the Pacific northwest then this is your book because there is never ending yachting instruction.  At this time I feel fully qualified to captain your yacht….even if the bad guys are after us.  Is it a bad book?  Absolutely not!  It tells a good story; it just wasn’t my kind of book.

 

 

 

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