Monthly Archives: August 2012

Review- a Matter of Scandal by Suzanne Enoch

Title: A Matter of Scandal

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: Harper Collins 2009

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Miss Emma Grenville has had her fill of pig-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma’s finishing school for young ladies to help get his newly inherited estate out of debt. Well, he clearly needs educating—about women. And Emma is just the one to enlighten him.

The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn’t seduce and outwit.And now that he’s tricked Emma intoa wager, he has the stubborn headmistressright where he wants her. But the confirmedbachelor underestimates the quick-wittedand surprisingly sensual Miss Grenville. For she may be leading him to a placeneither dreams they’ll ever go—to the altar.

**

The dialog is wickedly witty, the plot is original, the characters are well fleshed out and delightfully sensual.  The hero is determined to get his way both in the business of collecting rent and winning the wager and the heroine is equally determined to thwart his efforts.  That they fall in love is what makes the author the expert that she is.  Ms Enoch writes the most original HR’s that I’ve read to date.  This one sizzles with sexual tension.

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Review- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

Title: The Rose Garden

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2011

Source: Kindle

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.” (This line is to die for.  How utterly romantic.)

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

**

Thank you, Mo, for recommending this book to me!  I loved it!

The romance here is slow to develop and there is a question of will she or won’t she.  The fact that Eva had no control over her time travel until late in the book added to the excitement.  There are surprises that are hinted at and unfold to satisfy our guesses.  There is action, pathos, friendship and love.  This is the kind of book that doesn’t leave you when the last page is read.  It raises the “what if” questions and we really want to know what happens next and does it happen to anyone else. Absolutely delightful and this will go on my this year’s top reads list.

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Deet’s Life- Avoiding the Unavoidable- 50 shades and friends

Have I been studiously avoiding mention of those hot NY Times bestsellers? You betcha!  As most know who follow this blog I’m not opposed to sex in my novels.  Nope.  Actually I think it makes reading more fun.  But I truly like my sexy books well written and everything I hear about those top bestsellers says they are poorly written so why should I bother?  I know, not fair to judge without reading.  That is not going to happen.  So-o-o-o, here is a run down on top selling sexy indie books by IndieReader.com.  As you will see I have actually read and reviewed two of these books.  I think they were both free on Kindle when I read them;  ON THE ISLAND  and  PLAYING FOR KEEPS. (plug in the title in the search box on the left to see what I thought of these two)

Warning: The rating system by Indie Reader is 0-5 whips, and 0-5 penises (I actually think the symbols are hilarious)

http://indiereader.com/2012/08/the-penis-pollhow-the-best-selling-erotic-books-measure-up/

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Review- Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery by Monique Martin

Title: Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery (Bk #1)

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Author: Monique Martin

Publisher: Amazon Digital (self Pub.)

Source: Kindle Free

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he’s been looking for, and the romance that he hasn’t.

Simon and Elizabeth’s developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city’s speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.

**

I thought this book a bit slow for a good part of the first half.  But after that it took off like a shot.  The writing here is very good and the characterization of the introverted professor and the outgoing assistant is beautifully realized.  The blossoming of their love, and reluctance to acknowledge it, was written so well that I was actually feeling as frustrated with their situation as they were.

There was action and violence in the setting of 1920’s NYC.  The scenic description of the boarding house and speakeasy, the prices of goods and the bustling street life was fascinating.  The bad guy was scary, evil and surprising.  It was suspenseful.  I was often frustrated with the heroine’s flighty attitude but it did give our “Casper Milktoast” professor reason to develop into a superhero.

I recommend this well researched novel.

NOTE:  This is the second book I have reviewed this year with the title OUT OF TME.  Both are Time Travel books.

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Review Anthology- Where’s My Hero by Kleypas, Quinn and MacGregor

Title: Where’s My Hero

Genre: Anthology/ Historical Romance

Author: Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Kinley MacGregor

Publisher: Avon, 2003

Source: purchase, secondary market

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com

Dear Avon Books,

Where are my heroes? Whenever I’m reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I’m falling for the wrong guy — not the hero, but the other man — and what I really want is for him to have his own story.

Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas…that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got sick. And Ned Blydon in Splendid by Julia Quinn…he makes me want to learn to waltz! I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men — when do they get their stories?

Sincerely,
A Romance Fan

**

Three novellas by three of romances best talents.  I enjoyed all three of these stories.

Lisa Kleypas wrote Againist The Odds about Regency era doctor Jake Linley who is in love with Lydia Craven who is about to marry Lord Wray.  Lydia has resigned herself to this marriage of convenience until she spends time alone with Jake.

Kinley MacGregor (AKA Sherrilyn Kenyon) has a medieval romance about Simon of Ravenswood, Midsummer’s Knight.  Kenna, cousin to the king, thinks she is betrothed to Stryker but it is Simon who has been writing words of love to her.  Will she be forced by the king to marry Stryker?

Julia Quinn wrote A Tale of Two Sisters about regency era Ned Blydon who is a viscount and one day to inherit the title of Earl of Worth.  Ned is betrothed to Lydia who loves Rupert and plans to elope with him.  Charlotte, Lydia’s sister manages to get embroiled in the elopement scheme. The resulting story is a testament to the brilliance of Julia Quinn.

In an anthology it is usual that one story, at least, will not be as good as the others.  Not so in this book, all three are wonderfully written and it made for a very satisfying read.

 

 

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Review- Betrayed: A Cyn and Raphael Novella by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Betrayed: A Cyn and Raphael Novella

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: Amazon Digital, Paperback coming soon

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

Love, the ache in your heart when you meet the one. It can take you to soaring heights; and it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage. Loyalty, the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity . . . unless it rots from within, birthing hatred. Betrayal, it comes in many forms and from many sources…love…loyalty…betrayal. War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?

 

**

I have followed this author and her Vampires In America series from the beginning.  I still consider her first book in the series RAPHAEL to be one of the best I’ve ever read in this genre, with the follow-up JABRIL another best.  My view is, once you are introduced to Raphael and Cynthia Leighton you just can’t get enough of them.

 

For all of us Raphael and Cyn junkies this novella is like the snack before the next book in the series (LUCAS coming this Fall).  In BETRAYED we are introduced to Jared, the vampire who will take Duncan’s place as Raphael’s aide-de-camp.  We also meet the vampire lord Lucas who was sired by Raphael.  The evolution of the impending vampire war is introduced.  Cyn and Raphael have a few moments of mistrust and several very, very hot sex scenes that last longer than a few moments.  No one writes hot and steamy better than D.B. Reynolds.  No. One.

 

This is a genre bending series.  Often billed as Paranormal Romance it is in my opinion more Urban Fantasy Romance and in more recent books in the series Erotic Romance.  The vampires are scary and not sparkly, the women they fall in love with are strong and confident.  The setting is contemporary and the vampires are known to humans.

 

This novella can be read as a stand-alone but I suggest that if you are new to the series you start with RAPHAEL and at the same time get JABRIL.   Trust me you will want both books!  And while you are at it get BETRAYED.

 

Vampires In America Series:

1.RAPHAEL

2. JABRIL

3. RAJMUND

4. SOPHIA

5. DUNCAN

5 ½. VAMPIRES IN AMERICA: THE VIGNETTES, VOL.1

5 ¾. BETRAYED

6. LUCAS (COMING SOON)

 

 

 

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Review- No More Wasted Time by Beverly Preston

Title: No More Wasted Time

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Author: Beverly Preston

Publisher: self published, CreateSpace

Source: Kindle

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack, Tess Mathews escapes to Bora Bora to lay her husband and sorrow to rest. What she doesn’t expect is a new beginning.
Tom Clemmins is an A-list actor whose life revolves around work and an onslaught of women. He travels to Bora Bora for a much-needed break. Tom has a few ideas of how he’ll enjoy his vacation, but love isn’t one of them. Until he sees Tess.
Reserving a private shark-feeding excursion to scatter her husband’s ashes into the lagoon, Tess is furious when Mr. Hollywood bribes his way onto the boat, leaving her no other choice but to share the boat ride.
Tess is torn between tremendous guilt and zealous lust when their boat ride turns into a week full of romance and desire neither thought imaginable. Utterly smitten with a woman for the first time in his life, Tom casts his commitment phobia aside and whisks Tess off to Malibu where he introduces her as his “girlfriend” on the red carpet.
As the paparazzi besiege, can Tess survive the media blitz that ensues in order to find her second chance at love?

 

**

This book felt like a Lifetime movie, and if you like that, then maybe this book would appeal to you.  Every character was over the top perfect physically and emotionally, and wealthy or very well off.  Tess was 44 and had the physical attributes of a 20 year old.  The emotions of a newly widowed woman and her grieving children seemed to me to be unrealistic.  They should have had problems or hesitation with Tess becoming involved with a man.  There was some initial “be carefuls”  but no one was feeling remorse because of dear old Dad.  Once Tess started her affair she couldn’t keep her hands off of Tom.  She was insatiable.  She went from middle class homemaker to red-carpet escort like she did this every day.

I can’t recommend because I just couldn’t get past the unreality of the whole book.  I suppose there are those who can set aside disbelief for the sake of fantasy, I can when it is promoted as fantasy, but when it is supposed to be a story of modern times I just can’t wrap my head around it.

This author’s style and command of language was more than adequate and I hope she does more writing.

 

 


 

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Book Maze, London 2012

In July 2012, Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo created this maze using over 200,000 books in the Southbank Centre, London, England.

(photos from Yahoo.com)

No Running!!  Kids…sigh

No! Don’t pull out that book!

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Review- Secrets of A Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall

Title: Secrets of a Proper Countess

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Lecia Cornwall

Publisher: Harper Collins, 2011

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Lady Isobel Maitland cannot afford to be caught doing anything even remotely scandalous, or she risks losing everything she holds dear. But one night, in a dark garden at a masquerade ball, Isobel gives in to temptation and lets an innocent flirtation with the notorious Marquess of Blackwood turn into passion.

The Marquess is no stranger to seduction or intrigue, and his rake’s reputation disguises a deadly mission. When his mystery lover flees before he can learn her name, he knows he must find her. But all clues lead toward the prim and dowdy Isobel Maitland. It appears the lady has secrets of her own, secrets that Blackwood would dearly love to uncover . . .

**

This is a delightful romance full of truly dastardly villains, spies, tormenting secrets, true friendship, and heated encounters of both the romantic and the violent kinds.  Did I mention that it even has a laugh out loud scene?  All in all, this entire debut novel from Lecia Cornwall is a real winner.

 

There is a rule of thumb in romance writing that you don’t start off the book with a hot and steamy romance (euphemism for sex) scene.  Cornwall breaks that rule and proves rules are made to be broken.  She has written a plot that keeps you turning pages into the wee hours.  She has a hero that you fall in love with and a heroine that your heart aches for as she tries to protect her 5 year old son.

 

I give this debut a 5 out of 5 stars and hope that Lecia Cornwall has many more books to capture our imagination. Yay! For great new authors!!

 

 

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Review- Sin and Sensibility by Suzanne Enoch

Title:  Sin and Sensibility (The Griffin family Series, Book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: Avon, 2005

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Suzanne Enoch delights fans once again with this enchanting tale of a young lady determined to have an adventure and the white knight who charges to her rescue.

After yet another beau was chased away by her three over-protective brothers, Lady Eleanor Griffin decides she’s had enough. If she is to become a boring society wife, then she’s going to have some fun first. But when her adventure turns into more than what she bargained for, she is grateful for her knight in shining armour who rescued her from what was sure to become a scandalous situation.

**

How different is this regency romance story from so many others?  Actually, the plot is similar to many.  You know, the roguish rake is snared by his friend the Duke’s upstart sister.  The thing that makes this historical rate a 5 when others rate only a 3 or maybe a 4, is that this one has been penned by a consummate storyteller.  Enoch has created a rake that is truly rakish and the heroine is really rather spoiled and in need of someone taking her in hand.  No matter how much we may be concerned that this pairing will not work out, we root for them to fall in love.  We see her making mistakes and we hope that one of those mistakes is not our rakish hero.  The bad guys are dastardly and keep cropping up.  The sensuality is palpable, sexy and oh, so satisfying.  There are intros to characters that complete this series and I look forward to reading the next book.  BTW… there is a twist that is really delish in this one.

 

 

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