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Release Day Review- Consumed by J.R. Ward

Consumed

Title: Consumed (Firefighters Series, book#1)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: J.R. Ward
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Gallery Books, Oct. 2, 2018
Pages: 416
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed…

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn’t believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again–until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

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Ward certainly can get the reader’s adrenaline pumping from page one and keep it going for the rest of the book. I could not put this book down. There is plenty of action, plenty of romantic angst and bad guys, but who is the arsonist? Although we know that Anne is a strong capable woman we readers worry that those against her will prevail. I can highly recommend this book for a truly enjoyable read.

 

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Romantic Suspense Review-King’s Captive by Amber Bardan

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Title: King’s Captive

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Author: Amber Bardan

Publisher: Carina Press, Feb. 2017

Source: Purchase, Kindle $3.99

Pages: 252

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King. Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.   Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his. Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous. There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too. Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.  I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me.  

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Wow! Hang on to your hat for a wild ride.  At the start this book seems to be a fairly adequate description of Stockholm Syndrome.  But that’s only the start.  We readers are privy to Sarah’s view of events and we learn along the way of Julius’ version which doesn’t always match. There are twists and surprises that I absolutely, positively guarantee will keep you from putting the book down. The sex is sizzling. Truly a very good read by an author who is new to me. I look forward to more adventures in her books.

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Advance Review- Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds

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Title: Lucifer (Vampires In America: The Vampire wars, book11)

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Nov. 18, 2016 (preorder available)

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Pages: 303

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Violence Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Montreal, Quebec . . . A charming city on the St. Lawrence River, historic, sophisticated, but beneath it all lies an extensive underground where treacherous vampires are plotting to seize the country. Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire—handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent. Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers. Lucifer’s love for Eleanor burns as hot as his anger towards her for leaving him. But they’ll have to find a way to set history aside and work together if they’re going to unravel the twisted betrayal that threatens not only Sophia and her mate, but the whole continent. Because the European vampires are on the move. And if Canada falls, the rest of North America could follow . . .

(D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, for free stories, and more.)

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I’m always wondering how to classify the genre of the Vampires In America Series.  Yes, it is Paranormal Romance but it is also Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance.  It is romance in that the focus is always on the romantic involvement of the main characters but the running side story is all about vampire politics which is often violent and conniving.  In this installment we are treated to the most romantic of all of Reynolds’ vampires.  Lucifer Scuderi loved Eleanor before she was made a vampire and lost her twenty years ago. Now he finds her again as his aide in recovering the kidnapped Colin and he has no intentions of losing her again. Eleanor is still besotted with Lucifer but thinks that their relationship is doomed because she thinks two vampires cannot find happiness together. Together they make a formidable team in the search for Colin.

This series is still going strong after eleven books which is to the credit of terrific writing and an author not afraid to change things up. Always, Ms. Reynolds’ heroines are feisty and quite able to take care of themselves in this violent world. Eleanor is a vampire to be reckoned with. Humans, those not a love interest of the protagonists, are relegated to bit-part players, usually as daytime trusted guards of the vampires. I would like to see humans playing a more pivotal role in the series. There is a lot of sex in this book. A lot! I personally would have liked less because the story did not need this amount to carry the plot or theme. I even found myself skipping some sex scenes, which is far beyond what I usually do, so I could get back to the meat of the story. The action scenes are truly well choreographed and leave us biting our nails to wait for the end of the confrontation.  The suspense is riveting.

This is a superb addition to a superb series.  Yes, this is a standalone book but you would do well to enjoy the entire series starting with book #1 RAPHAEL. You can type in my search box Vampires In America to find my reviews for all of the books in the series.

 

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Coming Nov. 15, 2015- CHRISTIAN by D.B. Reynolds

Are You Ready for another sexy Vampire?

Coming November 15, 2015 (preorder available)

Christian

They want him dead and her enslaved . . .

Texas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

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Release Day review- Hell or High Water by Julie Anne Walker (Book #1 The Deep Six)

Title: Hell or High Water

Hell and High Water

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Julie Anne Walker

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 7, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Only two things could make former Navy SEAL Leo Anderson return to the world of weapons and warfare. First, a capsule of chemical weapons lost on the ocean floor, and second, a plea for assistance from the one woman he can’t seem to forget-CIA Agent Olivia Mortier.

Now, working together to race against the clock and a deadly terrorist faction, Leo and Olivia must find the missing capsule, all the while battling the intense desire burning between them. If they can survive, can their growing attraction become more than just a momentary flare?

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This is the first book in Julie Anne Walker’s The Deep Six series. It is the story of six former SEALs who band together to form a salvage company to find lost treasure at the bottom of the Caribbean. Their civilian goal is set aside when they agree to help CIA agent Olivia Mortier, an agent they met when in the employ of the Navy.

This is action packed and when Ms. Walker writes action she can pull you into the story as you quickly turn pages to find out what will happen next. It is also sex packed with the lust that does more than simmer between Leo and Olivia. They are often thwarted in their lovemaking attempts which is sometimes very humorous. Olivia is made very human by her very human reaction to violence. Side character, and civilian, Maddy has an initial horror of her circumstances but seems to adapt rather too easily to the situations. The remainder of the salvage crew all have distinct personalities and I look forward to each of their stories in future books of the series.

It always amazes me in these highly violent Romantic Suspense books how the H/h can find time to get-it-on while all kinds of crazy is going on around them or just before their hook-up.

This is a taut thriller and I can surely recommend it to all Romantic Suspense fans.

 

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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?

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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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News-AVON e-book sale $.99 & $1.99

Only 4-star and better books are included in this sale. Get them while the getting is good.

302 AVON books for $.99 each on Kindle

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96 AVON books for $1.99 each on Kindle

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I picked up these two but I was so overwhelmed I may go back for more (I have no idea how long this sale will last):

THE Viscount who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle ($1.99)

The Viscount who lives Down the lane

Description: She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

And

Kisses, She Wrote: A Christmas Romance by Katharine Ashe ($.99)

Kisses She Wrote

 

Description: Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

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La Deetda Reads Best Romance Books of 2014

 

 

 

 

Deet’s Best of The Best for 2014

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Every year at this time I think I’m going to post a top 10 and then it turns out that I always have more than ten favorite books. What can I say….there are so many fabulous authors just waiting to be discovered. So-o-o, here are my favorites of 2014 in no special order; a definitive list to spark your reading in the new year:

All are Historical Romance except where noted.

Sherry Thomas, The Luckiest Lady In London—Deet’s review 5-stars

Meredith Duran, Fool Me Twice– Deet’s review 5-stars

Grace Burrowes, The Lost Lords Series, The Captive Hearts Series, What A Lady Needs For Christmas, Deet’s review for all of these ranged from 4-5 stars.

Jane Lark, The Scandalous Love of a Duke, Deet’s review-4.5 stars

D.B. Reynolds, Vincent, Deet’s Review 5 stars (Paranormal Romance)

Carolyn CraneOff the Edge, Deet’s review 5 stars (Romantic Suspense)

Joanna Bourne, Rogue spy, Deet’s review 5 stars

Theresa Romain, To Charm a Naughty Countess, Season For Desire, both rated 4.5 stars from Deet

Tessa Dare, Romancing The Duke, Deet’s review4.5 stars

Eloisa JamesThree weeks With Lady X, Deet’s review 4.5 stars

Suzanne EnochRogue With A Brogue, Deet’s rating4.5 stars

The following authors had one or more books in a series published this year and I highly recommend the series :

Kristin Higgins- The Blue Heron Series, Deet’s overall rating 4.5 stars(Contemporary Romance)

Julie Anne LongThe Pennyroyal Green Series, Deet’s overall rating 5 stars

Carolyn CraneThe Associates Series, Deet’s rating 5 stars(Romantic Suspense)

Courtney MilanThe Brother Sinister Series, Deet’s overall rating 5 stars

Jade LeeThe Bridal Favors Series, Deet’s overall rating 4.5 stars

D.B. ReynoldsVampires In America Series, Deet’s overall rating 5 stars (Paranormal Romance)

Since I’ve read and reviewed all of these authors just type in their name in the search box on the left column to find that review.

Happy reading in the New Year!

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Review- city of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

Title: City of Jasmine

City of Jasmine

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Author: Deanna Raybourn

Publisher: Harlequin Mira, 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5 not explicit

Description from Amazon.com:

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar(WWI) London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history.

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever….

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Deanna Raybourn, known for her Victorian mystery series of Lady Julia Gray, has penned a tale that is infused with the feeling of the rip-roaring twenties, nineteen twenties that is. It was a time when women were emerging from the confining roles of the Victorian/Edwardian era and daring to throw themselves into independence and adventure. Such a woman is Evie Starke. She was devastated by the demise of her brief marriage and to overcome she takes on the role of a twenties daredevil and independent woman. Tagging along is her elderly aunt Dove who reminds the reader of Green’s Auntie Mame. As in other Raybourn books there is considerable mention of archeology and the story revolves around an ancient artifact. Gabriel is an enigma for much of the book but there are surprises and twists in the story that I never saw coming. In spite of the fact that our hero and heroine are bickering throughout most of the book, this is a very romantic story. It is romantic in its Indiana Jones type of desert setting, its fondness for the kickass, independent woman and the romance of the desert warrior.  The book rarely slows down leading the reader through one adventure and action filled scene to the next. I highly recommend this book to those who like their romance infused with daring-do.

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Deet’s Reviews of 2014 RITA Nominees

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On July 26, 2014 The Romance Writers of America held their annual awards program handing out “RITA” and “Golden Heart” awards for the best 2013 romances in several categories.  If you go to their website and nose around you can find all those who were nominated and a list of the winners.  I decided to see how many of the nominees I actually read last year and reviewed.  Here is my list:

Historical Romance

I’ve read and reviewed 8 out of the 17 novels nominated in this category.

1. The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore, 4-stars

2. The Luckiest Lady In London by Sherry Thomas, 5-stars

3.  Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden, 4-stars

4.  Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt, 4.5-stars

5.  Darius by Grace Burrowes, 3-stars

6.  The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan, 4.5-stars

7.  Any Dutchess Will Do by Tessa Dare, 5-stars

8.  The Winner of the RITA for Historical Romance novel: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean, 4-stars No Good Duke goes unpunished

Contemporary Romance

I actually read two out of the 18 nominated but so far have only reviewed one.  I’m saving the Sarah Morgan book for my December Christmas reviews:

1. Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox, 4-stars

Paranormal Romance

I only read 1 out of 13 nominations, shame on me!!! But the one that I read took home the award:

1. The winner of the RITA for Paranormal Romance novel: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley, 5+-starsFirebird

Novella

Again I only read 1 out of the 9 nominated:

1. How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox, 4-stars

Romantic Suspense

Now I’m sounding like a broken record, only 1 read but it was really good and it won in the category:

1. The Winner of the RITA for Romantic Suspense novel: Off The Edge by Carolyn Crane, 5-starsOff The Edge

To see what I had to say about any of these good books, just go to my search box on the left and plug in the authors name.

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