Monthly Archives: September 2013

E-Book Romance Review- Penelope: A Madcap Regency Romance

Title: Penelope (A Madcap Regency romance)

Penelope a mad cap

Genre: Historical Romance (e-book)

Author: Anya Wylde

Publisher: Amazon Digital

Source: purchase, Kindle, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

Leaving behind the rural charms of Finnshire, Miss Penelope Fairweather arrives in London with hope in her heart and a dream in her eye. The dowager, no less, has invited her for a season in London, where she will attempt to catch a husband.

Thus begins our heroine’s tale as she attempts to tackle the London season with all her rustic finesse. Unfortunately, her rustic finesse turns out to be as delicate as a fat bear trying to rip apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees.

What follows is a series of misadventures, love affairs, moonlit balls, fancy clothes, fake moustaches, highwaymen, sneering beauties, pickpockets, and the wrath of a devilishly handsome duke.

**

The title should tell you right off that this is going to be a wildly funny ride.  Penelope is a heroine that cannot put a foot right and cannot manage to stop talking when she is nervous.  She embarrasses herself and everyone around her.  The Duke wants to ship her back to Finnshire, The Dowager Duchess and Lady Anne want her to stay and try to make her into a lady ala Eliza Doolittle.  Penelope falls in love, her objective in coming to London, but it is with the one person who wants nothing to do with her. (Isn’t that always the way of things?)

This was a fun light read.  Well written with entertaining if over the top situations.  The Duke’s name calling was a bit off putting especially in light of the stories outcome.  But enough of my dithering here or there will be spoilers!  Read this when you are looking for something totally fun.

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Extra! Extra! Kindle Deal of the Day- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley $1.99

The Rose Garden

These Deals are usually for one day only so don’t hesitate if you are at all interested.  This is one of my all time favorite novels.  Here is my review from August 29, 2012 :

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.”

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  this year’s top reads list.

 

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Review-Scandalous by Tilly Bagshawe

Title:  Scandalous

Scandalous by Tilly B.

Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Author:  Tilly Bagshawe

Publisher: Montlake Romance, March 2013

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Sasha Miller arrives at Cambridge University with a single goal: to earn a place among the great scientists of her time. But that dream comes crashing down when the naïve student is seduced by her womanizing professor, Theo Dexter. She trusted him with her heart—and with the brilliant original theory that would jump-start her career. Now Theo is claiming her work as his own, and a devastated Sasha vows revenge.

Eight years later, the newly rich and famous Theo Dexter is the darling of the American media and every woman’s fantasy. Every woman except one. Now head of a successful business empire, Sasha has spent years laying the groundwork for the payback Theo so richly deserves. But if she’s going to do this thing right, she can’t do it alone. She’ll need the help of the only other woman who knows the ugly truth hidden behind Theo’s handsome façade: his spurned ex-wife Theresa. Together, the pair will concoct a plan for revenge so spectacular it will make every man think twice.

**

This novel seethes with obsession and revenge. This is not Chik-Lit. (I felt it necessary to mention that because the cover seems to me to indicate it might be a Chik-Lit type book)  Sasha doesn’t care how long it takes as long as vengeance is served.  Theo is more than a womanizer, he is a scociopath.  He is only concerned with himself and he leaves shattered lives in his wake.

I could not put this book down.  Ms. Bagshawe writes complex, interesting main characters that are perfectly nuanced.  The side characters were integral to the plot and added depth to the story.  The plot is totally engrossing.  The setting of Cambridge University was a character in itself.  The sex scenes were well written. The look at big-time corporate politics as well as university politics was attention-grabbing. If you are looking for a really great, entertaining read then look no further.

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Review-To Katie With Love by Erica Lucke Dean

Title:  To Katie With Love

To Katie With Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Erica Lucke Dean

Publisher: Red Adept Pub, June 2013

Source: Kindle purchase,$.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She’d almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she’s remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell. Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie’s 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory… Cooper’s bedroom! Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems. Who would have guessed having an assassin for a boyfriend would be the least of her worries?

**

This is a light, fun, page turner complete with humor and a hostage situation. Ms. Dean keeps us entertained even if we do see the twist coming a mile away.  The side characters are all those people who inhabit your office with their own quirky personal lives.  Cooper is HOT and the sex is sizzling.  Katie has fallen so hard and fast that she has all of those anxious questions most women have plus a few that are over the top.  And let’s not forget Katie’s mother who can’t quite cloak her disappointment in Katie’s choices.

This is a good read and I recommend it to those who like to laugh along with their hot sexy stories.

 

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Recent Release Review-Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney

Genre:  Literary historical Fiction

thanksgiving book

Author: Ellen Cooney

Publisher: Publerati, sept 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 1

Description from book:

One family.  One table.  One meal.  350 years.

This dramatic, highly inventive novel presents the story of one family through many generations, as Thanksgiving dinner is prepared.

The narrative moves swiftly and richly through time and changes as we experience the lives of the Morleys against the background of historical events. This is history that comes fully alive, for we become part of the family ourselves, sharing their fortunes and tragedies, knowing their truths from their lies, watching their possessions handed down or lost forever. All along, in the same house, in the same room, Morley women are getting dinner ready, one part at a time, in a room that begins with a hearth of Colonial times and ends as a present-day kitchen.

Thanksgiving serves up history in a lively, entertaining way that offers an original viewpoint of the everyday concerns of one family across the generations.

**

The story starts in 1662 with Patience and Cale Morley and their meager supply of food and continues with their descendents in increments of 11-29 year spans until the present. Each  new date brings us into the November kitchen of the Morley women and in short stories we are drawn into the lives of the Morley family.  Family members are not always honorable but they are survivors.  The women have made many sacrifices as well as the Morley men.  The homestead has undergone many changes by each generation but the kitchen remains the domain of the Morley women.

I found this novel to be well written and totally absorbing.  Ms Cooney vividly creates each era and setting and has us understanding the nuances of family interaction  throughout the many changes in circumstances.  It was interesting that she chose to make many of the women single mothers in times when this would have been scandalous but they didn’t seem to be scadalized.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it as a good read during this holiday time.  It gives an overview of  American Thanksgiving history through the lives of ordinary citizens in a realistic and compassionate way.

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Review-Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves

Title:  Covet

Covet

Genre:  Womens Fiction

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves

Publisher: Penguin/Dutton, Sept 17, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: ?????

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.

Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop and runs into her again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.

Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

**

I’m trying to figure out if I can like a book where I feel the characters are ultimately clueless and stupid.  I could not decide what to rate this book, not usually a problem for me.  If I say it was “okay” then that would mean I found the minute by minute schedule of The Canton’s daily life interesting. NO.  That Claire’s obvious lack of intelligence led her to believe an emotional affair was not as morally disgraceful as a physical affair,was okay for me.  No. (Understand, I’m not saying that she was wrong to participate; only that she was clueless as to what she was actually doing.) That Chris, for all his poor me posturing, workaholism and entitlement was making me like him. NO.  That Daniel, for all his blue-balls saintliness, was honorable. NO.  And the neighbors, don’t let me get started!  Suffice it to say there was only one neighbor family who deserved to be thought of as normal. I guess my rating has to be 2.5-disappointing.

I have a great deal of trouble understanding the praise for this book. I think that some people got on the Graves bandwagon (she wrote ON THE ISLAND, heading for the big screen)and decided that they would just tag along.  From what I understand of “bestsellers” in the past year, good writing is not a criteria.  Okay, that last statement was perhaps an over simplification, but you get what I’m talking about.  I read this book after having issues with ON THE ISLAND because I thought Ms Graves redeemed herself in her book UNCHARTED.  I cannot recommend this book.

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Review- Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle (novella)

Title: Romancing Lady Stone(A School of Gallantry Novella)

Romancing Lady Stone

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Delilah Marvelle

Publisher: Delilah Marvelle Productions, August 2013

Source: Kindle Purchase, $.99

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.

Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.

WARNING: This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains strong language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.

**

This offering of Romancing Lady Stone, in the School of Gallentry Series, is a standalone novella but the writing is so lyrical and the romance is so full of delicious sensuality that I will have to read this series which has three books already published.  Ms Marvelle can infuse characters with personality and the story with exquisite romance.  Cecilia is an older woman (40) who becomes romantically involved with a younger (30) man.  How refreshing!  Neither apologizes or thinks twice about the age difference.  Again, how refreshing!  They do know that their union will not be accepted in Cecilia’s London society because Cecilia is an aristocrat and Konstantin is from a lower class.  How a happily ever after is achieved  kept me turning pages.  Another romance is introduced and we are promised by Ms Marvelle that we will see more.  I highly recommend this book.

 

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Cover Reveal-Aden by D.B. Reynolds (coming in November 2013)

Aden-by D.B.Reynolds

ADEN is book #7 in D.B. Reynolds’ Vampires In America Series.   You have plenty of time to catch up to this upcoming book by reading this fabulous series that is packed with action, adventure and sizzling sex. I HIGHLY recommend you read from the beginning and aren’t you lucky, you can get all of these fabulous books #1-#6.

VAMPIRES IN AMERICA SERIES

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#1. RAPHAEL

Raphael

Malibu, California—home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich . . . and vampires. Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he’d give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it’s too late. Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough and sexy, a private investigator and former cop who’s tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn’s happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself. Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.

#2. JABRIL

Jabril

Houston is home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power. Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.

#3. RAJMUND

Rajmund

Buffalo, New York—Thundering waterfalls, great sports teams . . . and a treacherous Vampire Lord who is slowly losing his mind. New York City vampire Rajmund Gregor is the undisputed master of The Big Apple. He bows to no one but his Sire, the Vampire Lord Krystof, who has ruled the Northeast for hundreds of years. But when Krystof summons Rajmund to his headquarters in Buffalo, Raj finds his master slowly descending into madness and his territory crumbling around him. Raj is the only one of Krystof’s children strong enough to seize power, but he’ll have to save his master before he can destroy him. Several women have gone missing and the local police are convinced a vampire is behind it. Is Krystof so lost to reality that he’s capturing and murdering human women? Is a rogue vampire moving into Krystof’s territory for the kill? Or is it something far more insidious, something that could threaten the existence of vampires everywhere? Sarah Stratton is living a lie. Her past holds a secret she shares with no one—not even her good friend Cynthia Leighton, the West Coast vampire lord’s mate. It’s a secret that could destroy her carefully constructed life as a professor at a Buffalo university. It’s also a secret that could save the lives of the missing women. To save them, however, she must enter Buffalo’s vampire community and put herself into the care of Rajmund Gregor. But can she trust Raj, the dangerously seductive vampire who wants to lay claim to far more than her secrets?

#4. SOPHIA

Sophia

The Pacific Northwest . . . home to lush forests and constant rain, to lumberjacks and computer geeks, especially those of the vampire kind.
Sophia, beautiful and deadly, has spent the last hundred years dancing her way through the balmy nights and hot-blooded men of South America. But when her Sire sends an urgent summons, Sophia rushes home to Vancouver only to find he has disappeared, leaving nothing behind but three dead vampires and a letter with Sophia’s name on it.
Colin Murphy, a former Navy SEAL, came to the Northwest seeking a quiet place to heal the scars earned in more than a decade at war. But when someone starts killing local vampires and torturing their mates, Colin takes on the mantle of a warrior once again as he sets out to find the killers and do whatever it takes to stop them, even if that means hunting with vampires.
Following her Sire’s trail of death to a small town in northern Washington, Sophia unexpectedly discovers the heat of a South American night in Colin’s arms. But too soon Sophia and Colin find themselves in a race to uncover the killers before the next dead vampire becomes Sophia herself.

#5. DUNCAN

Duncan

A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for a hundred and fifty years. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.
Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.
Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all…

#6. LUCAS

LUCAS DONLON, Vampire Lord, is one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring lord makes the mistake of declaring war, he quickly discovers that Lucas is every bit as lethal as he is charming. KATHRYN HUNTER doesn’t care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who’s landed on his doorstep. Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America.

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Revew- Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm (time travel)

Title:  Geek Girl And The Scandalous Earl

Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl

Genre:  Time Travel Romance

Author: Gina Lamm

Publisher: Sourcebokks Casablanca, March 2013

Source: Purchase

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked woman who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. He’s horse-drawn. She’s Wi-Fi. But in the game of love, these two will risk everything to win.

**

This novel just didn’t work for me.  The heroine was TSTL and the hero…well all he had going for him was good looks. They fell in love owing to nothing but the proximity of living in the same house. Jamie continually said and did ridiculously stupid things that did not endear this reader to her problem of living in a previous time.  Micah’s reaction to dangers to Jamie was to bully her and not believe her accounts of who was to blame.  The dog, Baron, could have been a major player in the plot but he was relegated to being ever present and doing nothing. The plot often seemed very contrived.  I cannot recommend this novel.

I like the idea of Time-Travel books.  So it isn’t surprising that when I stumble across one that is on sale for $2.99, like this one, that the premise would intrigue me enough to buy it.  I have been burned more than once by my longing for a good time-travel book. But I’ve read some good ones also; Susanna Kearsley novels come to mind.  To see other time-travel books I have reviewed just plug in “time travel” in the search box in the left hand column.

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“Big Buzz” Advance Review-The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Oct. 1, 2013)

Title:  The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Genre:  Fiction/Romance/Mystery

Author: Graeme Simsion

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, Oct. 1, 2013

Source:  Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 5+

Sexy Rating:  Sexual Tension but nothing explicit

Description from amazon.com:

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
**

What is “The Buzz”?  It is that publicity that takes off and ends up with a life of its own.  It is what creates lines around the block for opening films and it creates #1 bestsellers on the NY Times list.  And it is fueled by rumor, word of mouth, calculated publicity and advertisements.  And this week I will be contributing to “The Buzz” by telling you romance lovers to run not walk to your favorite book retailer and pre-order this fabulous book. It is to be published in the USA on October 1, 2013. It is already available for my UK and European followers.

The author is Australian and has won an award for this book, The Victoria Award.  It is now being released in 30 countries.  How fortunate for those of us in the other countries to have a chance to read this delightful, wonderful, uplifting novel. Destined for the “keeper” shelf. It is also optioned for film by Sony.

I’m not going to repeat the synopsis, it is well done already.  The plotting is superb, the character development is superb, the story is unique, the romance is not like any other, the mystery is fun to try and figure out, the humor is laugh out loud and the side characters are believable.  I highly recommend this book to all readers who want an intelligent, thoughtful and hilarious read that will stay with you and beg for a re-read. This one goes on the “Best of 2013” list at the top.

Online Pre-Order Availability U.S. (these prices may change at the whim of these booksellers) :

B&N-Hardcover, $15.58, Nook, $11.99

Amazon- Hardcover, $14.40, Kindle, $10.67

UK Availability(you can go and get it right now) at Amazon: Hardcover, 9.09 (pounds), Kindle, 7.99 (pounds) I’m sorry,I don’t have one of those pound currency signs on my keyboard.

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