Monthly Archives: November 2014

Recent Release Review-Slow Hand by Victoria Vane

Title: Slow Hand

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Genre: Contemporary Romance/Cowboy

Author: Victoria Vane

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 4, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

In rural Montana… Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots… Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…

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If you have read any of Victoria Vane’s historical romances then you know you are in for a sizzling, sexy treat when it comes to this story. Nicky is emotionally drained by a past that has her abandoned by her father and having a mother who gave her little attention. The attention she gleaned from her romantic encounters was not the kind that produced a feeling of trust and stability. When she meets Wade, who is struck with love-at-first-sight, she doesn’t’ trust what is happening between them.

Of course there will be a happy ending, after all this is a romance novel. How an author gets us to the predictable end is not always an interesting journey. In this case it is full of surprises and very satisfying. Ms. Vane knows her Montana ranching and what it takes to settle an estate so that the entire book seems packed with reality. The sexual tension is so intense as to be quite a relief when the H/h finally manage to connect.

I enjoyed this book on several levels: the feeling of the Montana landscape and the problems facing a rancher, the hot-as-hell attraction between the protagonists and the sense of reading a true life story. I look forward to more cowboys from Victoria Vane.

 

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Recent Release Review- Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne

Title: Rogue Spy (The Spymaster Series, book #5)

Rogue Spy

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Joanna Bourne

Publisher: Berkley, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

~Chosen as one of Library Journal‘s Best Romances of 2014~   For years he’d lived a lie. It was time to tell the truth . . . even if it cost him the woman he loved.   Ten years ago he was a boy, given the name Thomas Paxton and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty. Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax. Old friendship turns to new love, and as Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past, Pax is left with a choice—go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever…

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This is my first Joanna Bourne novel. I really don’t know how I’ve missed this series. From the first pages we are thrust into the world of Clandestine spying in the Victorian era. Pax and Cami were both trained as spy operatives as children bearing unspeakable hardships and abuse. It is only by accident that they are reunited and because of their shared history they know they have found the only other in their mad world who they can trust. This trust blossoms into love as together they attempt to take-down a mad man, The Merchant, who is threatening Cami.

Filled with action, adventure, villains, heroes and page turning suspense I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. There is a slow build up to the sensuous scenes and only token Regency morality thrown in by side characters. This novel is superbly constructed with wonderful prose, realistic dialog and a swift pace.

This is a wonderful standalone novel but there are integral side characters who have had their story in previous books in the series. I cannot wait to start this series from the beginning and discover the stories behind these characters. I have discovered a new favorite novelist.

 

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7 Thursdays ‘Til christmas Review-Christmas Brides by Enoch, Hawkins, Essex and Bowman

 

Title: Christmas Brides

Christmas Brides

Genre: Holiday Historical Romance Anthology

Author: Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, Elizabeth Essex, Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St Martin’s Press, Sept 30, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling:4.5

Descriptions from Amazon.com:

One Hot Scot by Suzanne Enoch

Duncan Lenox lives surrounded by enemies, a MacLawry in a land of Campbells. But when an English beauty has nowhere else to turn, he feels obligated to help. Now that they must spend a night together in an abandoned cottage while a storm rages on, will their mutual passion save—or doom—them both? **

Heiress, Julia Prentiss is blindly running away from a kidnapper bent on forcing her to marry him. He wants her money. She stumbles upon Duncan Lennox when she is thrown by her horse. Duncan brings her to his hunting cabin and listens to her story. He reluctantly agrees to help her. This is all taking place just before Christmas. But that is the only taste of Christmas in this well written story.

Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 0

 

Once Upon a Christmas Scandal by Alexandra Hawkins

Lady Ellen is outraged when she learns her dowry’s been increased by her dad, eager to draw every bachelor in England to her front door. So when Lord Swainsbury comes knocking, Ellen assumes he’s another dreadful fortune hunter. Little does she know that Swainsbury has completely fallen for her—body, heart, and soul…

**

Derrick Martin, Earl of Swainsbury, is on a mission and it is not to marry Ellen Courtland. But that being neither here nor there he falls in love with Ellen. Will the villain be found out at the Christmas Festivities? And who is this cad? A delight of a mystery story as well as a delightful romance and filled with holiday cheer.

Rating: 4.5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea. Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, so she accepts Ian’s hasty offer only for the security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm rolls in, things start to heat up between them…and they might just find true, honest-to-goodness love…

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Ian doesn’t want to marry but his older brother has fallen from a horse and injured himself to the degree that Ian’s noble father feels he will be unable to recover and produce an heir. Ian is directed to marry immediately and produce an heir. Anne is not a beauty, she is rather plain and her prospects for marriage are not good. When these two meet, chaperoned by Anne’s mother and father, at Ian’s seaside home at Christmas time, Anne thinks she may be able to tolerate a marriage to the handsome officer because she loves his home and he will be off to sea for months at a time. Neither expects love to figure into their relationship. A sweet story of falling in love when not expected. Very christmasy.

Rating: 4.5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

 

It Happened Under the Mistletoe by Valerie Bowman

Oliver Townsende intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses at a friend’s holiday party. When he meets Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?

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Oh those Mistletoe kisses! Oliver meets Cerian in a closet while both are running and hiding from unwanted suitors at a holiday houseparty. They are attracted but eventually find out that they are from different levels in society and are unsuitable. Still…they both have a problem ducking the advances of those who are relentless in their pursuit: Cerian because she is beautiful and wealthy, Oliver because he is handsome and ultimately eligible. A fluffy gray cat plays a role of matchmaker. This is a totally absorbing and delightful story. Plenty of Christmas cheer.

Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Deet’s over view:

This is precisely the kind of anthology I like to read during the holidays. It has loads of holiday cheer all wrapped up in superb writing by these four wonderful authors. So curl up with this book and a cup of hot cocoa and watch the snow come down.

This post starts Deet’s “Thursdays ‘Til Christmas” Event.  Each Thursday I will post a holiday related post up until the week of Christmas. I’m hoping this count-down will get us all in the spirit of the season.

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OK-Go’s Fab video with the Umbrellas

Yeah, I know, this is a review blog for books but once in awhile I come across something that is just fascinating.  Watch it all the way to the end.  You will be impressed I guar-an-tee.

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Review-Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Love, Rosie

Love, Rosie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Publisher: Hyperion, 2005

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

The basis for the forthcoming motion picture starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin! What happens when two people who are meant to be together can’t seem to get it right? Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston. Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel of several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.

**

Ms. Ahern can write so that you are compelled to keep reading even if the plot often seems to repeat over and over. I did find this book enjoyable but slow and overly long (512 pages). The book is written in the epistolary style (yes, I did look that up in the dictionary. It means in the form of letters, in case you also didn’t know.). I thought I might not like that style but I found it rather entertaining. Through the e-mails, instant messaging and letters we are drawn into the missed chances of these two friends. We want them to be together and we don’t want their life mistakes to keep them apart. For the emotional nuances this book gets more than three stars. As I read I couldn’t help thinking of this Adele song. It is perfect for this book. I’d like to see the movie since the movie trailer prompted me to read the book.

 

 

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Release Day Review- Vincent by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Vincent (Vampires In America Series)

Vincent

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost. Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself. Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans. Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

**

Once again I had to clear my schedule because I could not put this book down. Vincent is the epitome of the powerful, dangerously violent, charismatic vampire, who just happens to be drop-dead handsome. Lana works for her father as a bounty hunter but is trying to take on Private Investigation work so she can start her own business. She is doing a job when she is sent to meet Vincent and she does not know diddly about vampires. Over the next few days of their acquaintance she learns everything.

How I see Vincent sometimes:

Vincent Arron Diaz

How I see Vincent other times:

Vincent Eduardo Verastegui

How I see Lana:

Beautiful woman with perfect face

What you get in a D.B. Reynolds’ novel is plenty of action, adventure, off the chart sexual chemistry and a splendidly entertaining read. This offering, from an accomplished storyteller, has a well plotted story with a swift pace. This book in the series I found to have a bit more bloody violence and a wonderfully satisfying build-up in sexual tension. Our romantic pair do not do-the-deed until chapter sixteen (yes, I made a note of this) but then have trouble keeping their heads on business. The evil bad guys are truly evil villains and the good guys are honorable even if a bit of the-end-justifies-the-means slips into their philosophy.

You have already guessed that I highly recommend this book to Paranormal Romance enthusiasts, but Thriller and Urban Fantasy fans will also find this series to be right up their alley.

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