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Advance Review- Shifter Planet by D.B. Reynolds

Title:  Shifter Planet

Shifter Planet DB Reynolda

Genre: PNR/SyFy

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: Entangled, Oct. 26, 2015(E-Book pre-order available)

Pages: 341

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Specialist Amanda Sumner is one of the first to make contact on the Earth-like planet Harp and discovers she’s the only Earthling, who can hear the trees sing in the strange forest. Determined to remain and learn more of the planet’s secrets, Amanda sets out to become part of the elite Guild there…

But there is a secret involving some Guild members-one that could get her killed.

Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it–even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything-including each other-in their battle for the right to live in peace.

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D.B. Reynolds leaves her vampires to Earth to develop a whole new world that is out of this world.  On the isolated planet, Harp, there is a colony of Earthling descendants from a space ship that crashed some 500 years ago.  The year is now 4668, and a new ship of human Earthlings has arrived on Harp. But the current population of Harp is not very welcoming. They don’t wish to have their secrets discovered.

This is very much an action/adventure story with a slow building romance between Rhodry and Amanda.  He is reluctant to follow his attraction because he is a wild cat shifter and Amanda is a human.  She is attracted also but steps back because of his seeming disinterest. That is until circumstances force them into a life or death situation.   Amanda is certainly a kick-ass heroine.  She spends much of the book proving that she can play with the big-boys and best them.  Although Rhodry is a strong Alpha male he does sometimes look a bit wimpy next to some of Amanda’s exploits.  When they finally confess to their attraction and act on it we are treated to some super steamy intimate scenes. The side characters are well developed and perhaps we will see them in future books. There is Fionn, the crown prince, who is charming and sexy and even if a bit narcissistic he would make for a terrific future hero.  There is also the Guild with interesting shifters who are not all that interested in having a human join them.

I am an avid fan of Ms. Reynold’s vampires and I am enjoying this foray into the SyFy romance realm of shifters in outer space.  She gives us a new world that is not so much different from our own but with some very big differences thrown in. She does not disappoint in the action and suspense areas nor in the hot and steamy love scenes.  She does both with a polished touch.

If you like strong heroines, hunky alpha heroes and breathless adventure and romance then this is your next great read.

 

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Review- Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney

Title:  Shattered Rainbows

Genre:  Historical Romance/Adventure

Author: Mary Jo Putney

Publisher:  Signet, Penguin 1996/2000

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

captivating tale about a lady and an earl who are shocked when a harmless masquerade turns into a shattering vortex of danger and betrayal-and a fiercely passionate love.

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The book description hardly gives you a clue so I will elaborate a bit.

Michael Kenyon, the younger son of the Duke of Ashburton, is an officer in the Peninsular War.  He is nursed back to health following battlefield injuries by Catherine Melbourne, wife of another officer at the battle.  They meet again in Belgium at the battle of Waterloo and again Catherine saves his life.  After the war Catherine seeks help from Michael but will their feelings for each other be thwarted by evil?

This novel is written in two parts, The Road to Hell Book 1 and The Road to Heaven Book 2.  The Road to Hell is a tour de force of gripping action, romance and adventure.  It tugs on the heartstrings and I was moved to tears in the first beginning pages. Ms Putney is so talented in her characterizations; I could visualize her characters as if they were in front of me, as if in a movie.  I could not wait until I found out how the plot would evolve in Book 2.

Book 2 was one level of disappointment after another.  There were so many fortunate coincidences and unbelievable developments I was questioning if the same author wrote this part.  It was totally over-the-top in drama.  The characters were acting in ways that seemed false to their nature.

In spite of the let down in the second part of this book this was still an interesting and enjoyable if frustrating read.  Mary Jo Putney is a talented author. I will definitely read more of her books.

 

 

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Review- The Duke Of Shadows by Meredith Duran

Title: The Duke of Shadows

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Meredith Duran

Publisher: Pocket Star Books, 2008

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

From exotic sandstone palaces…

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé’s betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London…

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous — and that a single decision can alter one’s life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run.

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned…and some passions never die.

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This was my first introduction to Meredith Duran’s writing.  Since this debut novel was written she has written several that I look forward to reading.

It is difficult to plop this book in the HR genre alone.  It is filled with so much action and adventure that it is almost destined for the Thriller category.  The plot, set in Colonial India during native uprisings, can be dark and very violent at times.  This is not my favorite type of romance novel but when so well written I can only say that this is one of my favorite novels.

Our heroine was in dangerous situations throughout the book and of course survived against the odds.  Our hero wasn’t always there to do the saving so she was not a shrinking violet but a woman who relied on herself to save herself.  I am partial to feisty heroines and Emmaline should be the template-feisty-heroine for all novels.  I also appreciated that she didn’t back down when faced by the villain.  There were some misunderstandings that were resolved rather quickly.  The heroine did seem to succumb to the hero rather quickly but all is forgiven on that score since I was rooting for their reconciliation.

The war and fight scenes were graphic, sometimes disturbing, but always in keeping with the books message.

I recommend this book to those who want lots of adventure and action along with their romance.

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My thanks go to Mo and Edyta for recommending this book to me.

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Review- Mr Impossible by Loretta Chase

Title: Mr. Impossible

Genre: Historical Romance/Adventure

Author: Loretta Chase

Publisher: Berkley Sensation, 2005

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the back of the book:

Impossible
Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family’s favorite disaster. He is irresistibly handsome, shockingly masculine, and irretrievably reckless, and wherever he goes, trouble follows. Still, Rupert’s never met an entanglement–emotional or other–he couldn’t escape. Until now.

Outrageous
Now he’s in Egypt, stranded in the depths of Cairo’s most infamous prison, and his only way out is accepting a beautiful widow’s dangerous proposal. Scholar Daphne Pembroke wants him to rescue her brother, who’s been kidnapped by a rival seeking a fabled treasure. Their partnership is strictly business: She’ll provide the brains, he, the brawn. Simple enough in theory.

Inevitable
Blame it on the sun or the blazing desert heat, but as tensions flare and inhibitions melt, the most disciplined of women and the most reckless of men are about to clash in the most impossibly irresistible way.

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This seems to be my month of reading historicals set in foreign lands other than the UK.  Not complaining, mind you.  This one is good….real good.

Set in Egypt the tale takes us in the hot, sandy desert and inside tombs and pyramids.   Our heroine, Daphne, is going all out to rescue her brother,Miles, and initially she thinks she is being helped by an ignorant buffoon, Rupert.  But when the chips are down the “buffoon” turns out to be quite intelligent and truly an asset in taking care of the bad guys.  There are plenty of bad guys.  Along the way disregard turns into love.

Chase has a good grasp of plotting.  She builds the relationship at a believable pace.  She brings alive the early 19th century Egypt.  She illuminates the English customs and sensibilities of the times when thrown into the strange and dangerous country that was Egypt, which held totally different customs.

I am particularly fond of books that enlighten me about another country or era.  This one is tops in that regard.  I even felt that perhaps things have not changed all that much since the early 19th century in Egypt.  It was dangerous then, and it is dangerous now.  It does make me long to see the pyramids and tombs but I certainly don’t want the adventure Daphne encountered.  I likened an earlier book I reviewed to an “Indiana Jones” flick, this one also reminds me of the fast paced adventure.

This is book 2 of Chase’s Carsington Series,  it is a stand alone read but it does make me want to read the others in the series.

Book 1- Miss Wonderful

Book 2- Mr. Impossible

Book 3- Lord Perfect

Book 4- Not Quite a Lady

Book 5- Last Night’s Scandal

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Review- Wild Desire by Lori Brighton

Title: Wild Desire ( Book 2 in the Wild series)

Genre: Historical Romance/Adventure/fantasy

Author: Lori Brighton

Publisher: Zebra Books/Kensington Pub. Corp./2011

Source: Kindle free book

Rating: 4 stars

Sexy rating: 5

Description:

Bea  lived a cloistered life with her grandmother in a Scotish Castle and longed for adventure.   When cousin Leo and his wife Ella suggested she travel with them to India Bea jumped at the chance.   All was well until they met up in India with Ella’s cousin , Colin.  A riot broke out and Bea and Colin were separated from Leo and Ella but knew to try and make their way to Bombay where they would reunite.  Colin was keeping a secret from Bea but told her he needed to find a statue so side trips were taken along the route.  Bea got more adventure than she had bargained for but was falling in love with Colin along the way.

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This was a delight to read.  It had me turning pages and losing sleep.  I love genre bending books and this is one of those; part Historical Romance, part Adventure book, part Fantasy.  It was an “Indiana Jones” with some sexy, hot scenes thrown in.  Lots of gasping cliff hanging, no, not that kind, literal cliff hanging, and temple plundering and bad guys with glowing green eyes.

Our hero, Colin, is hunky, gorgeous, morally righteous and really drool worthy.  His ability to bear up with blue balls for far too long is not commendable when the heroine is so absolutely willing. Our heroine, Bea, is, of course, beautiful, but a bit too naïve at times for my taste.  After seeing the hero perform certain tasks time and again it wears thin that she still doesn’t believe he can do the tasks.  I tend to like my heroines a bit more mature in their outlook but Bea does come a long way toward maturity by the end of the book.  Kudos to the author for developing this character into a true heroine.  But any faults take a back seat to the thrilling adventure and do or die action.

This was a great read and I highly recommend it.

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I have yet to read Lori’s first book in this series, Wild Heart, but it is on my wish list. 

(Images in this post from Amazon.com)

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