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Review- Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy

Title: Everlasting Enchantment (Book #2, The Relics of Merlin)

Everlasting Enchantment

 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance

Author: Kathryne Kennedy

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Dec. 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Power Magic is Afoot Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man—a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn.

And So the Hunt BeginsMillicent’s search leads her to one of Merlin’s legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He’s looking for the one who can break the enchantment—but in this world, there is no love without betrayal…

**

This fantasy/historical romance is strong on both the fantasy and the romance.  Set in the early days of Queen Victoria’s reign, Kennedy builds a world that is magical and beautiful above ground and dark and sinister underground.  There is action, adventure, violence, death, rebirth, monsters, vampire, evil, and magic everywhere.  The plot is well constructed and the characters well realized. There is a villain with a telling name, The Duke of Ghoulston, shapeshifters with telling names, Nell Feenix (a firebird), Millicent Pantere (a panther) and there is a knight of the Round Table(Sir Gareth) who has been enchanted by Merlin. This book reads like an adult, rated X, fairytale not in the style of Disney but rather like the brothers Grimm, for there is a strong adventure/action component.

I recommend this book to all fantasy fans.

(I’m taking issue with the cover of this book.  In the book there is a woman vampire who wears black beaded gowns.  The heroine, who is the panther shifter, I don’t think ever wore a black beaded gown. She did wear a bronze gown so why not put that on the cover?)

 

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Review-Mystery- In The Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Title:  In The Bleak Midwinter (#1, Claire Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery)

In The Bleak Midwinter

 Genre:  Mystery

Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Publisher:  Thomas Dunne, 2002

Source: Library

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: No sex, romantic elements

Description from Amazon.com:

It’s a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she prove herself as a leader. However, her blunt manner, honed by years as an army pilot, is meeting with a chilly reception from some members of her congregation and Chief of Police Russ Van Alystyne, in particular, doesn’t know what to make of her, or how to address “a lady priest” for that matter.

The last thing she needs is trouble, but that is exactly what she finds. When a newborn baby is abandoned on the church stairs and a young mother is brutally murdered, Clare has to pick her way through the secrets and silence that shadow that town like the ever-present Adirondack mountains. As the days dwindle down and the attraction between the avowed priest and the married police chief grows, Clare will need all her faith, tenacity, and courage to stand fast against a killer’s icy heart.

**

She’s an Episcopal priest. He’s a small town chief of police, married 16 years. The sexual tension between the two is on every page but they fight the attraction.  The snowy upstate New York setting brings a cold chill right out of the pages.  The mystery is fraught with red herrings and builds slowly to a mid book, page turning crescendo where it is impossible to put down the book until the very last page.

This author leaves you enthralled with these perfectly nuanced protagonists as well as the well drawn side characters.  Brimming with action, adventure and small town ambiance, you will not quickly forget this book.  I’m delighted to have found this book and also delighted that I don’t have to wait to read other books in the series. You may take this as a resounding READ-IT recommendation.

 

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Review- The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

Title: The Theory of Attraction

The Theory of attraction

 Genre:  Erotic Romance Novella

Author: Delphine Dryden

Publisher: Carina Press, 2012

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

**

I was surprised at the BDSM in this book. In the beginning I liked the intellectual atmosphere and I was hoping that Camilla and Ivan would find a mutual interest.  They found that interest in a Dom/Sub relationship that seemed to hold no emotional attachment for Ivan.  That Camilla went along with that scenario was a surprise since she did have an emotional attachment.  This is a short novella so the fact that it seemed to linger forever in the sex scenes was surprising to me.  The romantic ending felt forced.

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January 1, 2014 · 5:05 am

Review- The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore (and Happy New year from Deet)

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Title:  The Rogue’s Proposal

The Rogue's Proposal

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jennifer Haymore

Publisher: Forever, Hachette, Nov. 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever . . .

**

Jennifer Haymore has delivered a very good read, full of steamy sex and a twist and surprise along the way.  At times it seemed a bit slow but that never lasted long and then we were treated to more adventure.  For awhile we were never sure if Luke and Emma would find Morton to answer their questions about Luke’s mother and Emma’s family fortune.  Suspense lingers throughout most of this book making it a page turner of the first order.  This is a second book in a series but I found it an easy standalone novel.

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