Sunday, October 24, 2010

Review: Seeing Red by Susan Crandall

Title: Seeing Red
Author: Susan Crandall

Read copy: eBook
Published: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0446557412
ISBN-13: 9780446557412

Ellis Greene remembers very little about the night of her cousin Laura's murder, but she does recall the face of the murderer. Ellis was the key witness to the crime, and her testimony helped put Hollis Alexander in jail for a long time. With Hollis behind bars, Ellis should feel safe, but the memory of that awful night still haunts her. Determined to free herself from the fear of being attacked like her cousin, Ellis has become an expert in self defense. However, when Ellis hears that Hollis has been paroled, she feels like a helpless teenager again—and she isn't the only one who notices that he's free.

Laura's boyfriend Nate was one of the prime suspects for her murder. After the court case, many still believed that Nate was guilty and he left town to reinvent himself. Now, fifteen years later, he has returned to protect Ellis from suffering the same fate as her cousin. As soon as Ellis and Nate see one another, sparks fly. But Ellis hasn't let herself fall for a man in a long time, and she isn't sure whether she can trust Nate. As Laura's murderer zeroes in on Ellis as his next target, she must fight to stay alive while she finally discovers her true feelings about Nate.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: Hand-Dipped Pleasure by Leannan Mac Lyr

Title: Hand-Dipped Pleasure
Author: Leannan Mac Lyr

Read copy: eBook
Published: April 21, 2010
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
ISBN: 770550742
ISBN-13: 9787770550744

Tasha has always had a crush on Dale, the young stud muffin who owns the confectionery. The morning of the Strawberry Festival she comes to deliver strawberries for his specialty, Hand-Dipped Chocolate Strawberries. Only Dale hasn't even gotten his naked self out of bed yet. All thoughts of business fly out of her mind as Dale not only claims her, but teaches her the game of dominance. With some whipped cream and chocolate Dale shows her how sweet bondage can be and that their age difference means nothing to him.

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Review: Pitch Black by Susan Crandall

Title: Pitch Black
Author: Susan Crandall

Read copy: eBook
Published: June 1, 2008
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 5551829189
ISBN-13: 9785551829188

Journalist Madison Wade decides to move to Philadelphia when one of her articles on violence in the city hits too close to home. Madison and her fourteen-year-old adopted son, Ethan, take refuge in Buckeye, a small town in eastern Tennessee where her father had grown up.

Despite the tranquility, Madison and Ethan feel like outsiders. But Gabe Wyatt, the local sheriff, is determined to welcome them to the town. He immediately falls for this beautiful journalist from the city. Madison resists Gabe's advances, but he's persistent and unlike anyone she's ever met before.

As a romance develops between them, Madison becomes comfortable in the rural setting, and when Ethan becomes friends with Jordan, a fellow outsider at school, Buckeye begins to feel like home. But a tragic death changes everything for them.

When Jordan's father is murdered during a weekend camping trip, Ethan becomes the prime suspect. Gabe's investigation of the murder causes a rift in his relationship with Madison. As small town gossip builds a damaging case against Ethan, Madison races to discover the truth. Heartbroken and lost, she struggles to find anyone who will believe in her and Ethan, despite their past.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: Assassin's Heart by Monica Burns

Title: Assassin's Heart
Series: Order of the Sicari
Author: Monica Burns
Read copy: Paperback
Published: September 7, 2010
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 0425236528
ISBN-13: 9780425236529

The half-angel, half-demon face that telepathic Lysander sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden to avoid expulsion from an order of assassins. His dreams of ancient Rome hint at a destiny with a woman he loves, but can never have.

When the gifted healer Phaedra travels to Rome in search of a legendary artifact, she works alongside a man who once rejected her love and healing touch. But her dreams of Ancient Rome tell of an irreversible and possibly dangerous future. For the distant past and present are about to collide-with the one man she is destined to love.

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Review: Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy

Title: Hard and Fast
Series: Fast Track
Author: Erin McCarthy
Read copy: eBook
Published: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 1101044713
ISBN-13: 9781101044711

An experiment in romance...

New to Charlotte, stock car racing country, graduate student Imogen Wilson meets Ty McCordle, a driver who inexplicably has her pulse racing. After an encounter at the track with a woman whose main goal in life is to marry a driver, Imogen realizes she’s hit on the perfect thesis for her Sociology degree. If she follows The Rules on how to get a man, can she steer her way to into the hearts of the drivers and establish their dating—and mating—patterns?

That’s testing the limits of passion.

Although sexy and reckless Ty is the ideal test subject, she knows she can’t pursue him for the sake of science. Yet he’s the one who’s chasing after her, and Imogen realizes that she actually wants to be caught. A southern gentleman like Ty won’t fail to disappoint, will satisfy all her curiosity—and make all the risks worthwhile...

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review: Last to Die by Kate Brady

Title: Last to Die
Series: Sheridan
Author: Kate Brady
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0446562033
ISBN-13: 9780446562034

A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Into the Crossfire by Lisa Marie Rice

Title: Into the Crossfire
Series: Protectors
Author: Lisa Marie Rice
Read copy: eBook
Published: July 27, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062005359
ISBN-13: 9780062005359

Former Navy SEAL Sam Reston keeps to himself. His world is dangerous, uncertain, violent...and there is no room in it for the helpless and weak. Then the most beautiful woman in the world moves in next door to him . . . .

Nicole Pearce's life is complicated enough—with an ailing father and a new business to worry about—and the last thing she needs is to get involved with a secretive, hard-bodied, hardheaded neighbor. Yet Sam leaves her breathless—her body tingling with erotic desire—and it takes every ounce of her fabled control to resist offering herself to him, no strings attached. What she doesn't know is that Sam Reston is on an undercover assignment . . . and she's about to step into the crossfire.

Never has Sam ached for a woman so badly, and he's never fallen in love before. Now that Nicole is in grave danger, he will become her shield, and guard the tempting body he longs to touch and taste. Because a terrorist plot hatched half a world away is heading to their doorstep—and it can only be derailed by one man and one woman.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: Treasured by Crystal Jordan

Title: Treasured
Author: Crystal Jordan

Read copy: eBook
Published: April 22, 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1599989220
ISBN-13: 9781599989226

A love for which even time stands still.

Graduate student Rebecca Small is so obsessed with the past—especially the Golden Age of Piracy—she doesn’t mind her unglamorous job preparing museum displays. This display is about her favorite subject, James Morrow, a famous pirate who mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

Becca touches the pirate’s antique sword, and finds herself on a ship in the middle of a sword fight, saving the sexy captain from being stabbed in the back—literally. Once the smoke clears, the man who claims he’s her husband is more than eager to reward her for her timely assistance.

James Morrow knows very little about the woman he was forced to marry five years ago, but the woman who saved him doesn’t fit the portrait he’s painted of her in his mind. She’s strong, brave, and submits to his every dark desire. She seems the perfect woman for a pirate, but he makes his living among the dishonest and disreputable—trust isn’t a commodity he trades in.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review: Dark Peril by Christine Feehan

Title: Dark Peril
Series: Carpathians (Dark Series)
Author: Christine Feehan
Read copy: Paperback
Published: September 9, 2010
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN: 0349400091
ISBN-13: 9780349400099

Dominic of the Dragonseeker lineage, one of the most powerful lines the Carpathian people has, ingests vampire blood laces with parasites in order to be able to go the very heart of the enemy camp and learn their plans. It is a one way mission. He knows he has little time once the parasites and the blood go to work. He plans to get in fast, relay the information to the leader of the Carpathians living in the area and go out fighting—an honorable way to end his life.

Solange Sangria is one of the last of the jaguar people, a royal pureblood. Her people, once many are now nearly extinct, a dying species that cannot recover from the choices they made over hundreds of years. She has long been alone, fighting to save the remaining women who are able to shift, from the hands of Brodrick the Terrible, her own father who slaughtered her family and everyone she loved. Wounded, weary, she plans one last battle, hoping to stop the man who has made an alliance with the vampires, accepting she will not come out alive.

They are two warriors who have lived their lives alone. Now, at the end of their time, they find each other, a complication, neither saw coming.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Review: Shadows at Midnight by Elizabeth Jennings

Title: Shadows at Midnight
Author: Elizabeth Jennings

Read copy: eBook
Published: August 3, 2010
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 1101451386
ISBN-13: 9781101451380

A lost soul

Claire Day's promising career as a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst comes to a shattering end in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Laka, West Africa. For more than a year, Claire has been rebuilding her life and her confidence when she suddenly remembers the man who tried to protect her, and who might hold the key to the mysteries haunting her nightmares.

A lost love

Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Weston believed Claire was dead. But the woman he grieved for has just come back into his life seeking to reconnect with her past, unaware of the feelings he has for her. Determined not to fail Claire again, Dan vows to help her heal.

A lost truth

Together, they begin to unlock Claire's lost memories only to uncover a conspiracy that puts them—and any future they might have together—in deadly danger...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Review: Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Title: Flat-Out Sexy
Series: Fast Track
Author: Erin McCarthy
Read copy: eBook
Published: November 4, 2008
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 1440608199
ISBN-13: 9781440608193

She met him at the racetrack...

...which was the last place Tamara Briggs wanted to find a man. Even a deeply intriguing, seductively sexy man like Elec Monroe. Tamara's a single mother now after losing her daredevil husband in an accident—and she's not about to get involved with another driver and put her kids, or herself, through that again. Besides, Elec's young enough to be her...younger brother.

Now things are moving a little too fast...

But he sure does get her heart racing. And after she's tricked into a blind date with him, Tamara gives in to her passion. Things screech to a halt, though, when he asks to meet her children. Whatever happened to wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am? Suddenly Tamara has to decide how big a risk she's willing to take to experience the thrilling, terrifying power of true love...

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review: The Other Side of the Page by Terry Odell

Title: The Other Side of the Page
Author: Terry Odell

Read copy: eBook
Published: July 2009
Publisher: Cerridwen Press

An author is interviewing characters, looking for just the right people to be in her next book. After she finds just the right couple, she has to manage them through difficult scenes and rewrites, and persuade them to come back for a sequel.

It's actually a fictionalized nonfiction piece looking at how a writer develops character. It's short and funny, especially watching the author be manipulative when she knows the characters aren't going to like what's coming.

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