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Recent Release Review- Trident Code by Thomas Waite

Title: Trident Code (Lana Elkin series, book #2)

Trident Code

Genre: Techno-Thriller

Author: Thomas Waite

Publisher: 47 North, May 2015

Pages: 336

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: some sexual assault, not explicit but may be disturbing to some.

Description from Amazon.com:

Ruthless cyberhackers seize a US nuclear submarine, training its most powerful weapon on a target so unusual, yet so vulnerable, that a successful strike could change the face of the earth for millions of years. With the world held hostage, former NSA operative Lana Elkins must join forces with a mysterious computer mastermind—who might be working with the enemy—to avert this unprecedented Armageddon. Intrigue, power, and blackmail force Lana to fight on all fronts—land, sea, air, and in cyberspace—to prevent the worst catastrophe in human history.

**

Yes, I do read a thriller now and then.  In days gone by I read them exclusively but then the Berlin Wall came down and I rather lost interest in Jason Bourne.  This book pricked my interest since it speaks to a new kind of evil in the world, that of cyber hackers who could cause mass devastation with their evil intentions.

Thomas Waite’s latest Lana Elkin novel can certainly get the adrenaline pumping. What could be more terrorizing than the destruction of the world as we know it by terrorists using nuclear warheads directed at the glacial masses in Antarctica, The result would be massive global flooding. From the description of this book we know Lana will be using her genius to fight the terrorists. The villain is all wrapped up in one sociopathic package, Oleg, a Russian cyber hacking genius. His evil is not confined to global treachery, even his private life is filled with his villainy. His girlfriend Galina does not share in his villainous desires and attempts to make her escape with her cancer ridden daughter.

If you like lots of action and breathtaking suspense, you will get it in this novel. You will also get some really ugly scenes of human terror and torture and scenes of Lana’s personal life that will take you out of the story totally. If it weren’t for the boring side story of Lana’s impossible fifteen-year old daughter, Emma, I might have given this book 5 stars.

This is not a bad book but I feel this author could have made it so much better.

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Humor- Let’s hear it for the Old Ladies

 

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This one came to me in an e-mail from one of my dear friends who makes me smile in every way.

A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far and would just walk home.

 On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem – how to carry his entire purchases home.
While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, ‘Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?
The farmer said, ‘Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house. I would walk you there but I can’t carry this lot.’
The old lady suggested, ‘Why don’t you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?’
‘Why thank you very much,’ he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home. On the way he says ‘Let’s take my short cut and go down this alley. We’ll be there in no time.’
The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, ‘I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won’t hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?’
The farmer said, ‘Holy smokes lady! I’m carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?’
The old lady replied, ‘Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I’ll hold the chickens!’

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Release Day Review- Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane Series)

Dearest Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Vision, May 26, 2015

Pages:347

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating:  5

Description from the author:   

 HE CAN GUARD HER
Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times—the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER
Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King’s dragoons. He can still shoot and ride like the devil, however, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all—until she’s targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF
Caught in a deadly web of deceit, Captain Trevillion must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads—one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But when Trevillion rescues her, bringing her to his seaside home in Cornwall, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the hard soldier’s exterior—and a searing passion that puts both their hearts at risk.

**

In this, the latest installment in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series, we are not treated to as much of the underbelly of that nefarious ST. Giles area of London as in previous books in the series, but there is still much adventure and action.  Lady Phoebe Batten is twenty-one, raised in a sheltered environment and has slowly been going totally blind since she was fifteen years old.  She has been cosseted and protected by her brother the Duke and as such she can be naïve and willful.  Captain James Trevillion  has been hired by the Duke to guard Phoebe when she is out of the Ducal residence.  This constant guard is often annoying and feels restrictive to Phoebe.  Even after a kidnapping attempt she is still  struggling to be free and independent.

Ms. Hoyt captures the readers attention immediately with her ability to create heart stopping action.  Then the reader is forced to rapidly turn pages to find out who the villain might be and will so much interaction between James and Phoebe lead to romance. Red herrings abound and not everything is what it at first appears.

I have enjoyed all of the Maiden Lane Series novels and this one is no exception.  There are wonderfully developed characters both protagonists and side characters.  We are given glimpses of characters from past books and introduced to new characters who will get a book in the future. Captain Trevillion we have met in the past and reading his story has been very rewarding.  This is a standalone novel but I do recommend the entire series.

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Review- Flirting With Fire by Kate Meader

Title: Flirting With Fire(Hot In Chicago Series, book #1)

Flirting With Fire

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Kate Meader

Publisher: Pocket Books, March 24, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men. But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.

**

There is electricity in the air when Kinsey and Luke square off. She has a job to do, protecting the the image of the city and the mayor. He is not about to apologize for what he thinks was a justifiable brou-ha-ha. But Luke is made to compromise by his superiors in the department and Kinsey has the job of making the image shine. Of course, being in close proximity fuels their banter which turns to lust. Add in a family of firefighters, each with their own personality and problems and we have an entertaining first book in a new series.

Ms Meader infuses this book with strong personalities that we can believe in and get behind. The Dempsey family, all firefighters in the same engine company, is a mash-up of foster siblings, Wyatt the oldest who is the quiet one, Luke the hot head but protective one, Gage the gay playboy, Alexandra a female firefighter trying to hold her own in a man’s world and Beck who we have yet to meet.

This is a steamy, sexy novel. There is graphic description of both hetero and gay romance. Realistic dialog and characterization makes this a fun read as well as a clever introduction to future books in what promises to be a scorching series.

I recommend this book to those who are interested in contemporary romance and firefighters.

 

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Kindle Book Sale- Slow Hand by Victoria Vane $.99

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Here is Deet’s review of Slow Hand from November 2014:

Title: Slow Hand (Hot Cowboy Nights Book #1)

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…

**

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.

Coming On June 2, 2015

Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy

(Hot Cowboy Nights, book #3)

Sharp Shootin Cowboy

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Recent Release Review- Behind The Mask by Carolyn Crane

Title: Behind The Mask (book#4 The Associates Series)

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Carolyn Crane

Publisher: Carolyn Crane

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description:

Zelda is the silent partner in the clandestine organization known as The Associates. Liza is Zelda’s twin who got involved with a drug lord and was gambled away to another drug lord. Zelda agrees to take her twin’s place and is flown to the jungles of South America. Can she maintain her hidden identity long enough to get some information for her company’s current operation?

Hugo and Paolo appear to the locals as an American gentleman farmer and his son. But Hugo has a secret past and he is on a mission when he saves Zelda from some very bad guys and brings her to his home to be his cook and teacher for Paolo. Can he maintain his secrets as he becomes more enamored of his captive?

**

As with all the books in The Associates series we are thrust into the action with an adrenaline rush and it does not let go until hours after we close the last page. This is a dark and supremely satisfying book. There is violence and torture so be prepared but this will not deter the reader as the pages are flipped rapidly to find out what will happen next. There is little more satisfying then reading an author who knows how to write a story line and plot and keeps us on the edge of our seats throughout the book. Carolyn Crane is this kind of author. BEHIND THE MASK is this kind of book.

Yes, there is romance amid the mayhem. Zelda and Hugo do not want to fall in love but they are the yin and yang to each other and it is inevitable. Zelda fills the empty place in Hugo’s heart and Zelda has been falling in love with this killer since she first saw his blurry photo years ago while trying to capture him and failing. But we readers can’t help but think their love is doomed from the start.

I highly recommend this thriller to all romance fans who like their novels dark, rough and gritty. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The Associates Series (Deet’s Reviews)

1.  Against The Dark

2.  Off The Edge  https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/review-off-the-edge-by-carolyn-crane/

3.  Into The Shadows https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/recent-release-review-into-the-shadows-by-carolyn-crane/

 

 

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Review- Say Yes To The Marquess by Tessa Dare

Title: Say Yes To The Marquess (Castles Ever After, book #2)

Say Yes To the Marquess

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon, Dec. 2014

Pages: 390

Source: Purchase for Kindle $1.99

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle

for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and … and …?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She’s inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother–even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride’s cold feet?

  • He starts with flowers. A wedding can’t have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.
  • He lets her know she’ll make a beautiful, desirable bride–and tries not to picture her as his.
  • He doesn’t kiss her.
  • If he kisses her, he definitely doesn’t kiss her again.
  • When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.
  • And no matter what–he doesn’t fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
  • ***********************
  • I can’t believe I had to give a Tessa Dare book a rating of “2”!! I was truly looking forward to this book and when it popped up on Kindle for $1.99 I jumped on it. This was so over the top silly to the point of ridiculous. It read like a contemporary romance, and might have been better if it had been set in modern times. The prizefighter aspect was a total turn-off for me. I’ve never been a fan of gratuitous violence and a hero who didn’t feel like himself unless he was hitting someone. But not just anyone only other prizefighters, that made it okay. Huh? The side characters were other shades of silly. The heroine was an innocent who turned into a submissive slut during her first night of Sex. Okay, I’ve said enough. I don’t understand all the five-star reviews. This author is much better than this effort.

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KIndle Free until May 26th- Jade Lee’s No Place For A Lady

This book is Free on Kindle until May 26th.  Below is my review from November, 2012.

 

Title: No Place For A Lady (Book #1, The Regency rags to Riches Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jade Lee

Publisher: Createspace, 2003/2012

Source: Kindle, $.99

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

The London rookeries are slums, rife with criminals, and shunned by the upper crust.
But someone there intends to murder one of England’s greatest leaders, and Marcus Kane, Lord Chadwick, will follow every clue, even into the bowels of London’s underground. But he can’t find his way alone.

A partner is required.
Fantine (Fanny) Delarive is perfect. She knows the slums better any, has survived its labyrinth alone for years, and knows every criminal lurking in every dark corner.
Then, the investigation detours the pair into the bright ballrooms of the ton.
And Fantine fits in here, too.  Which changes everything.

Lord Chadwick knows a woman of Fantine’s ilk is entirely unsuitable for him. But she’s infinitely more exciting than any well-born lady he’s ever met.
Now much more than an acquaintance with the independent, self-reliant Fantine is required… and it must end with nothing less than marriage.

**

I seem to be on a kick where I’m reading books about the seamier side of Regency England.  Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series is like that and now I’ve discovered Jade Lee’s  Regency Rags to Riches Series.

In this, the first book of the Regency Rags to Riches Series, we are treated to the fantastic Fanny who has grown up in the London slums where she has learned how to survive by her wits and ability to be an actress and disguise herself as a boy.  She is also a spy and works for the crown at the behest of a Lord of the Realm.  She is so fiercely independent that we wonder if she and Lord Chadwick, a fellow spy, can ever find romantic happiness across the social and economic divide.

Jade Lee has created two characters that are personality personified.  They are so deliciously developed we can feel that each of them is an actual person not merely born of the imagination of a superb writer.  Of course, a future Earl is not likely to fall in love and marry a slum girl back in Regency times but we can certainly love the idea that it might have happened.

The sexual tension is sizzling along with the satisfying conclusion.  There is enough action in this book to thrill the adventure loving reader and even some delightful laugh out loud moments that although a mite bit farfetched are none the less delightful and welcome.

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Cover Reveal- Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

How much have we all anticipated this novel?  That was a rhetorical question since I know this one is going to be blown out of the park.  Lisa Kleypas has written a NEW historical romance due to hit the shelves October, 2015. Yay! no wait that wasn’t truly how I feel, this is how I feel YAY!!!!!!!!!  I’ve set myself a challenge to reread Kleypas’ Wallflower series this summer.  Actually it is no challenge it will be pure delight. It may stave off those Kleypas hunger pangs but I doubt it.  If you want to read a fabulous interview with Lisa Kleypas then go here to Jezebel:  http://jezebel.com/an-interview-with-historical-romance-legend-lisa-kleypa-1703917812

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Recent Release Review- 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake by Jade Lee

Title: 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake (book#1, Rakes & Rogues Series)

50 ways to ruin a rake

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jade Lee

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 5, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Mellie Smithson has a plan… Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating-although admittedly handsome-guest of her father. Unwilling to settle, Mellie will do anything to escape to London…

Trevor Anaedsley has a problem… Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until he gets engaged. Beset by creditors, Trevor escapes to the country-ostensibly to visit his old tutor Mr. Smithson-where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him-but will this fake engagement go as Trevor and Mellie plan? Or will they find that even the best laid plans often go awry?

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Can a bluestocking miss and a down on his luck aristocrat find happiness through manipulation, wild schemes and plans that back fire? Mellie has no shortage of interested suitors but she quickly discovers she has heart palpitations for only one. Trevor finds he can’t stand to see Mellie with any man but himself, could this mean something?

The side characters were well realized. Ronnie, Mellie’s stalker of a cousin was the buffoon. The Duke and Duchess, Radley and Wendy, were back from Lee’s previous novel WHAT THE GROOM WANTS. Eleanor, Radley’s cousin, deserves her own book and Carl Rausch, Who was tempting Mellie away from Trevor was sufficiently smarmy.

Jade Lee gives us her trademark superb writing with a humorous twist in this her latest romance. We know when we pick up one of her books that there will be excellent drama, sublime sensual scenes, characters that jump off the page and spot on plotting and pacing. She does not disappoint in this offering. The surprise was in the humor that runs through the entire story. She writes sexual tension and sex scenes that scorch the pages.

You really can’t go wrong with this fun, satisfying read.

 

 

 

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