Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Scarecrow / Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly

Title: Scarecrow / Seven Ancient Wonders (Omnibus)
Series: Shane Schofield, Jack West Jr.
Author: Matthew Reilly
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: 2008
Publisher: Pan Books
ISBN: 0330507990
ISBN-13: 9780330507998


As 'Scarecrow' Schofield watches his mission to eliminate a Siberian turn into a bloodbath, he realizes he has been tricked—and now becomes the prey rather than the predator. For a shadowy consortium of staggering power and wealth has included his name on a list of fifteen targets to be eliminated without fail by noon that day. Now every high-powered bounty-hunter on the planet is on his trail, while he must simultaneously track down the perpetrators of a conspiracy about to reduce many of the major cities of the world to ashes.


Four and a half thousand years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat at the peak of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, and reputedly capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global power. But then it was divided into seven pieces and hidden, each piece separately, within the seven greatest structures of the age.

Now it's 2006 and the coming of a rare solar even means it's time to locate the seven pieces and rebuild the capstone. Everyone wants in—from the most powerful countries of Earth to gangs of terrorists...and one daring coalition of eight small nations. Led by the mysterious Captain Jack West Jr., this determined group enters a global battlefield filled with booby-trapped mines, crocodile-infested swamps, evil forces and an adventure beyond their imagining.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: In the Line of Fire by Jennifer LaBrecque

Title: In the Line of Fire
Series: Uniformly Hot!
Author: Jennifer LaBrecque
Read copy: eBook
Published: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426887833
ISBN-13: 9781426887833

Subject: Colton Sawyer, Army Officer.

Current Status: Home on leave. About to engage in a battle for his heart.

Mission: Keep his honor intact.

Obstacle: Runaway bride—and first love!—Andi Mitchell.

Colton respects one creed: Duty and honor above all. So he's torn when sweet, sexy Andi asks his help in fleeing from her intended groom. But her big, brown-eyed plea is so convincing...

Unfortunately, Andi is his best friend's little sister. Translation? Hands off, soldier! But that's a damn hard thing to do. Because this sexy, utterly absorbing woman is the only one he wants—the one he's always wanted. How can he possibly resist her when they're sharing hotel rooms…and their bodies?

Battle zones are nothing compared to this. Colton's heart is directly in the line of fire. So what else can he do but launch a counterattack…a purely physical one? Because if you can't beat 'em...

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Review: The Baby's Bodyguard by Stephanie Newton

Title: The Baby's Bodyguard
Author: Stephanie Newton

Read copy: eBook
Published: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 145920994X
ISBN-13: 9781459209947

A shocking discovery

When an anonymous text message arrives with photos of tiny hands and feet—and GPS coordinates—Florida cop Ethan Clark believes it's a prank. Then he follows the coordinates to an abandoned toddler. Handing Janie Doe over to caring child services worker Kelsey Rogers, Ethan thinks his job is done…until the little girl turns out to be a kidnap victim. To protect the child, Ethan and Kelsey stumble into an investigation that digs up a tragedy from Ethan's past. Will they uncover the truth before the kidnappers bury the trail forever?

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Review: Meddling With a Millionaire by Cat Schield

Title: Meddling With a Millionaire
Author: Cat Schield

Read copy: eBook
Published: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459205650
ISBN-13: 9781459205659

Emma Montgomery wouldn't be manipulated into marriage as part of Daddy's business deal—even if he cut off access to her trust fund until she complied. The talented jewelry designer would just make her own way. Or go down trying. Too bad her intended groom—maverick businessman and former crush Nathan Case—made her stubborn stance so difficult. The heat of his touch had her nearly betraying herself at every turn. Resisting Nathan and regaining her money were the name of the game—but meddling with this millionaire might land her right back in his arms!

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Review: Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

Title: Homicide in Hardcover
Series: Bibliophile Mystery
Author: Kate Carlisle
Read copy: eBook
Published: February 3, 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group US
ISBN: 1440687625
ISBN-13: 9781440687624

The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn’t be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.

With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless—and supposedly cursed—copy of Goethe’s Faust for safekeeping.

Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless—but attractive—British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice…

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: The Ghost of Carnal Cove by Evelyn Rogers

Title: The Ghost of Carnal Cove
Author: Evelyn Rogers

Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: December 20, 2002
Publisher: Leisure Books
ISBN: 084395115X
ISBN-13: 9780843951158

Fleeing London and a disastrous love affair, Makenna Lindsay heads for a cottage on the windswept shore of the Isle of Wight, only to find that instead of the peace and isolation she is seeking ghostly danger and very real, unwanted temptation await. This romance has all the classic elements-a brooding, tormented hero, an orphaned heroine, a motherless child, and a mansion on the cliffs-as well as a sizzling sensuality that would have been shocking in the earlier Gothics but is very much in keeping with what many of today's readers expect.

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Review: Trace's Psychic by Jory Strong

Title: Trace's Psychic
Series: Supernatural Bonds
Author: Jory Strong
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 15, 2004
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
ISBN: 1419900927
ISBN-13: 9781419900921

Homicide detective Trace Dilessio has always considered himself a regular meat and potatoes kind of guy—a red-blooded man who likes his women with big boobs, a nice ass, and legs that don't stop. Aislinn Windbourne is a whole different type than what he usually goes for. And even though he hates psychics—especially those that get tangled up in police business—Trace can't seem to fight his obsession for the delicate beauty who makes him feel both primitive and protective.

Years of being shunned in Elf-space because of her half-elf, half-human blood have made Aislinn cautious about opening her heart—until she meets Trace. He beguiles her from the start, and among Elves such a reaction usually means that a couple is destined to form a heartbond. But even as love chases away her loneliness, every time Trace rejects the magic that's part of who she is, Aislinn fears that this human world might be every bit as painful as the one she grew up in.

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Review: Simply Sinful by Carly Phillips

Title: Simply Sinful
Series: Simply
Author: Carly Phillips
Read copy: eBook
Published: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426829108
ISBN-13: 9781426829109

Detective Kane McDermott might be fighting a bad case of burnout, but that doesn't mean he's taking things easy. His latest assignment is to investigate Kayla Luck, to discover if the etiquette school she runs for awkward businessmen is really some kind of escort service. It looks cut-and-dried...until he sets eyes on Kayla. She's smart, but she's also trusting to a fault--and the heat that flares up between them keeps getting in the way of Kane's best intentions. But if Kayla ever suspects his real motives, Kane will be the one who ends up getting burned....

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Running Wild (anthology) by Sarah McCarty

Title: Running Wild
Author: Sarah McCarty

Read copy: eBook
Published: June 3, 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 1436223148
ISBN-13: 9781436223140

Donovan must bring the Pack Alpha home and nothing more. But when he catches the sexy scent of Lisa Delaney, he's hers, body and soul-and ready to risk both on an erotic desire that will shatter all boundaries.

Kelon intends to return to his pack after helping Donovan, but he never counted on the voluptuous distraction of Robin Delaney. She's the one woman who can make him contemplate a choice no werewolf should have to make.

Wyatt can't afford to be attracted to the practical, completely human Heather Delaney. But she isn't a woman a man ignores-no matter what the cost.

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Review: The Royal Wedding Night by Day Leclaire

Title: The Royal Wedding Night
Series: Royals
Author: Day Leclaire
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426800177
ISBN-13: 9781426800177

With a secret agenda and an identity-obscuring veil, Miri Montgomery tricked His Royal Highness into marriage. Sources say Prince Brandt did not uncover her deception until after the royal wedding night…a night one palace insider claims was quite steamy! Could Miri be plotting against her husband to steal his throne? Would Brandt dare to demand an annulment? Or do the raven-haired beauty and the stoically sexy prince have a hidden history the nation knows nothing about?

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Review: Hot Boss, Wicked Nights by Anne Oliver

Title: Hot Boss, Wicked Nights
Series: Undressed by the Boss
Author: Anne Oliver
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426840918
ISBN-13: 9781426840913

Acting impulsively, Kate Fielding indulged in one night of steamy sex with a stranger—but her actions came back to haunt her when she discovered that her passionate lover was none other than her new boss, Damon Gillespie!

Mortified, Kate has to fly to Bali with Damon to a luxurious holiday resort for business. Kate wants to prove she can be utterly professional, but ten sultry nights with her bad-boy boss are going to test her resolution to the limit….

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Review: Public Marriage, Private Secrets by Helen Bianchin

Title: Public Marriage, Private Secrets
Author: Helen Bianchin

Read copy: eBook
Published: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426869797
ISBN-13: 9781426869792

Four years ago Gianna made a whirlwind marriage to the man she loved—

Raúl Velez-Saldaña was the father of her baby. But, tragically, her pregnancy didn't last and neither did their marriage. Discovering Raúl's infidelity, Gianna left.

But the Spaniard who stole her heart has returned!

As far as Raúl is concerned, his marriage to Gianna was simply postponed—now he wants his wife back! In public they are the perfect society couple; in private the secrets of their past still haunt them both and their desire is just as strong as ever...

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Review: Heiress in His Bed by Tamara Lejeune

Title: Heiress in His Bed
Author: Tamara Lejeune

Read copy: eBook
Published: July 1, 2009
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 1420110578
ISBN-13: 9781420110579

In polite society, the rules forbid young ladies to pursue their own passions and pleasures. But some rules are made to be broken...

A Desperate Charade...

To escape an unwanted marriage, Lady Viola Gambol flees to London and poses as a maid in a boarding house. Little does she know that the "boarding house" is actually a brothel—until the owner auctions Viola off to the highest bidder! Viola vows to fight off the auction's winner, Julian Devize—but her immense attraction to the scoundrel is making that very hard to do...

A Seductive Encounter...

Julian was hired to find missing heiress Viola Gambol, but first he must rescue his brother from a house of ill repute. When Julian sees the alluring maid being sold like a slave, he impulsively makes a bid to protect her honor. Julian has no idea that the woman he saved is the one he's been hired to find. But his honorable intentions take a scandalous turn as temptation leads to unrelenting pleasure...

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