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

SCARECROW

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.


SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS

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.

My rating:

Scarecrow

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

I love it when a completely out-of-the-blue book buy turned into a treasure. That’s what happened with this story for me. From the page one, it grabbed me, sucked me in, and took me with it on a roller-coaster ride, never stopping the intensely woven action until the very end.

A gripping page-turner, intense, chaotic, yet making incredible sense, action-packed, funny at times, incredibly sad at times, dramatic, explosive...and there’s plenty more adjectives I could use to describe this novel.

Unbelievable. Fantastic. Engrossing. A masterpiece in escapism.

I loved it from beginning to end and I can’t wait to read more adventures of the Scarecrow.


Seven Ancient Wonders

Maybe it wasn’t as “exciting” and non-stop action as Scarecrow, but it was still a sneaky page-turner. Sneaky in the sense of the reader turning the pages without being aware of how many there are only to have to do a break and notice the page he/she’s on and wondering just when he/she’s read so much in so little time.

The historical/mythological explanations got a bit tedious overtime, and the double flashback about the past 10 years jarred the pacing quite a bit (it would’ve been best to have that flashback in the beginning, not in the middle of the story), but the action and intensity more than made up for the little hiccups.

Loved it.



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...


My rating:

The beginning was simply idiotic. I know Ms. LaBrecque had to think of something to make the plot plausible, but sorry, the beginning was simply idiotic.

By reading the blurb I thought the hero was saving the heroine from an unwanted marriage, which could be plausible if this were a historical romance. But this being a contemporary romance, where no one forces someone to get married - unless you’re reading a Harlequin/Silhouette story - I just didn’t know how things might turn out.

It turned out the bride, having had a crush on the hero, sees him walk along a garden path - he came to escort her to the altar in her brother’s stead - and realizes she wasn’t harboring a mere crush, but a full-blown love and decides she cannot marry the guy she’s been engaged for a year, because she doesn’t love him. Uhm, couldn’t she have decided that one earlier on? If you don’t love someone, you don’t get engaged!
Then the heroine climbs down the bathroom window and “blackmails” the hero to get her out of there, telling him only she cannot get married. The hero, naturally, thinks the guy was beating her up, but she denies such claims, says nothing more, and the hero actually gets her out of there.

Preposterous, right. Wrong, because it also turns out the hero’s been all ga-ga over the heroine ever since he stopped looking at her as his best friend’s younger sister (which is a long time ago), so he’s more than happy to get her out of there.

What follows is a series of formulaic Blaze events, that taken without the beginning would’ve worked nicely, but having read the beginning of the story - well, reading a story from the beginning is a must, just didn’t inspire what the author wanted them to inspire.

I’ve heard of an ending ruining a story for someone, this was the first time a beginning did something like that for me.



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?

My rating:

I’m not a fan of the H/S Love Inspired line, because for a non-believer (at least someone who doesn’t believe in God) these stories tend to come through as preachy. I picked this one up solely on account of a reading challenge - yes, I did read a few reviews before I did - and I actually wasn’t disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, this is from the Love Inspired, so God is mentioned, so is praying, but I didn’t feel like the author tried to “make me see reason”, if you know what I mean. The genre also helped, since RS is a favorite of mine.

The story was rather template-y, it could not be helped, but despite the formulaic feel, the story worked. It was intense, rather dark and serious, for having to carry such a title, the characterization was good, so was the pacing, and if there was a slight lack of romance, it was to be expected.

Was it as good as some stories in the HI/SRS line. Nope, but it wasn’t bad. A nice surprise, in fact.



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!

My rating:

Apparently this was a debut novel. I’m sorry to say, it should’ve stayed in someone’s drawer. It was absolutely template. And if it’s possible to go “too template-y” Ms. Schield accomplished it. There was an uber-idiotic heroine (I hate those “I’m a woman hear me roar” types that coudn’t possibly roar, not even mewl if their lives depended on it) that also happens to be a spoiled heiress, a testosterone-filled hero with 18th century concept on love that also happens to be a millionaire, the forced-marriage theme (hello, 21st century here!), hiccup-y pacing, plot-holes, tell-more-show-less writing etc.

Ms. Shield probably strove for endearing when she wrote Emma, but ended up with a dumb, silly, idiotic, incapable-of-fending-for-herself, thick heroine. And with Nathan the hopes result was probably an Alpha male with hunk-factor and lots of dough, and instead we got a self-centered, egotistical, unbusinesslike businessman who’s not even using his brain when thinking business, and doesn’t care for the fate of his company, just himself and his quest for proving his brother’s wrong. If that’s good business, no wonder our economy is blooming these days. Oh, right, it isn’t. Duh.

If this were a Harlequin Presents title instead of a Desire one, we’d also have a love-child or two. Lucky we’re spared that one.



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…

My rating:

When I first heard about this book (series), the heroine's occupation intrigued me (okay, there's also the British hunk, but let's pretend it was just the heroine's occupation that intrigued me). Unfortunately, as I started reading, I got a crash, super-quick course in book-binding and book-restoration, that continued throughout the story, and I didn't understand two thirds of what was going on.

But let's leave my stupidity aside and concentrate on the rest of the story. It didn't exactly work for me.

What didn't work:
1. It was written in first-person POV, which is a hit and miss for me. This time it was a miss, because instead of a mature woman telling us a story we got a barely-out-of-her-teens chick retelling "funny" anecdotes about her wacky family, feeling slightly sorry about herself, talking about how much she likes to eat, and feeling rather self-important.
2. Said heroine, which, judging by what went on in her head wasn't capable of a single normal, coherent thought, went on an quest of uncovering the killer - someone who's killed at least two people. Where is her training, where are her credentials? She's a bookbinder, for Pete's sake! A bookbinder, with a wacky family and warped brain, investigating a murder.
3. She actually found out who the killer was. Because she followed the clues. Blind luck, most likely.
4. The killer was a complete surprise. And I don't mean in a grudging way like the-heroine-discovered-the-identity-and-I-didn't. Nope, I mean someone completely out of the left field, with a motive so outlandish it wasn't even funny.

What (marginally) worked:
1. The supporting cast - and I don't mean the wacky family. The best friend, the neighbors, the ex-fiancé, the first murder victim...Even the heroine's "arch nemesis" (I don't know where she got that idea, but you know, she did come from a wacky family) Minka LeBeef - though she quickly started to annoy me with her one-dimensional set-up. I didn't really get why she was there, maybe to keep the story from stalling.
2. The British guy, Derek Stone. Though I also didn't exactly know why he was there - or why he wasn't always there when the heroine needed him. I guess as fodder for the continuation of the series, though I didn't really feel the connection, I was merely told it was there.

What else? Right, the pacing was choppy, the heroine was a mess, the plot was good (but everything that didn't work ruined it)...And the whole Gabriel thing, too Stephanie Plum (not that I ever read that series, but I heard there were two guy vying for the heroine's attention).

Well, it was a rather quick read, so that's a plus.



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.

My rating:

This book was the perfect example of gothic romance gone bad. The hero, while the author probably tried to portray him as brooding, came across as an obnoxious oaf. The heroine, in true gothic fashion, captivated by his obnoxiousness, let him get away with everything - from accusing her of wandering to Carnal Cove for an illicit liaison with a sailor (after she wandered to Carnal Cove out of her wonderful “female instinct”) - who would want to have an illicit liaison, with a sailor or someone else, in the conditions of Carnal Cove is beyond me. I like my liaisons, illicit or not, somewhere comfortable and warm, not freezing my butt off...or extremities on the other liaising partner, which might come mightily handy during the liaison.

Anyway, I digress.

Where was I? Oh, right. The heroine (bless her soul) lets the grumpy, snarly, obnoxious hero get away with everything. The accusation of the illicit liaison, the rudeness, the insults, the demand for illicit liaison with him etc.

Yeah, the hero was a bastard, but she had it coming. Or the author made her had it coming. Does that even make sense? I don’t know, and I don’t care. She was an idiot. Which made them a perfect couple in the end.

And the story itself, beside the hero and heroine being idiots, didn’t make much sense to me. She was nursing her broken heart so she decided to retreat to a godforsaken place, only to meet an even greater bastard. She keeps hearing a child crying, seeing a woman in white. Two ghosts, probably, related to the hero, since his wife and child died in—woo-woo—mysterious circumstances...Blah-blah-blah. And all the while the hero is being a class-A prick, and the heroine takes it all lying down, thankful for the good fortune of meeting such a perfect gothic romance hero.



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.

My rating:

You really have to send your brain out for a coffee or two with this one, because what you see is what you get. A sex-fest disguised as a romantic suspense with paranormal elements.

It was good, but the fact Trace, the hero, came through so "strongly" at the beginning bugged me a little. But it was to be expected for a half-elvin, tiny, pixie-like heroine's counterpart.



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....

My rating:

Another template: they meet under false pretenses, she falls for him, he’s wracked with guilt, she discovers his secrets, decides to help him despite his lies, he keeps pushing her away, she’s in danger and he realizes he loves her, but he still pushes her away, until the very end when he realizes he cannot live without her.

It started great, I loved the premise of a male-polishing-school possibly being the cover for an escort service and the police sending someone undercover, someone who cannot possibly use the male-polishing-school services, but the heroine is so naïve she buys it...
Unfortunately the whole thing quickly fizzled when the heroine started to get annoying and the hero started to be the brooding Alpha that’s so popular in nowadays Harlequin/Silhouette brand – the I-don’t-need-anybody loner type. Yeah, the insecure heroine and the strong, silent hero are the norm nowadays, but these two went a little overboard with the whole whining and chest-thumping.

What could’ve kept the story afloat was the “conflict”, but that was resolved too quickly and a little too easily, making the fizzle of the story complete.

This was my first CP book and it will probably also be my last.



Review: Scent of Danger by Andrea Kane

Title: Scent of Danger
Author: Andrea Kane

Read copy: eBook
Published: February 5, 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing
ISBN: 0743466926
ISBN-13: 9780743466929

When Dylan Newport, a high-powered attorney for the company that manufacturers C'est Moi—the revolutionary fragrance that makes women irresistible to men—finds his boss, Carson Brooks, shot and nearly dead, he sets out to fulfill what may be the billionaire CEO's last wish: to find out whether a business deal he made twenty-eight years ago to start his company also resulted in his fathering a child.

Dylan's search leads him to Sabrina Radcliffe, a brilliant management consultant who is shocked to learn her father's identity. Yet when she meets Carson face-to-face, there's an instant connection. His appointing her interim CEO is the opportunity of a lifetime, until she becomes the target of his enemies. As suspects—and victims—begin to pile up, Sabrina turns to Dylan and finds that their own perfect chemistry is kindling into soul-deep desire. But first they must confront an elusive adversary intent on destroying everything—and everyone—they cherish.

My rating:

Have you ever been literally blown away by a book, so overwhelmed you're actually speechless? I have a few times, and this most certainly is one of those books.

I absolutely loved it, the plot, the story, the characters, the conflict, the tension, the guessing, the intrigue, the investigation...Everything.

And I find myself at a loss for words to describe just how much I liked it and why, without either sounding like a lunatic or giving away spoilers.

This was an intense, emotional, gripping, suspenseful story about a man who is shot, his surrogate son trying to grant him his "last wish" by finding out whether he sired an offspring twenty-eight years ago, only to find that offspring might in the end save the father's life.

There's a bunch of wonderful characters involved, with Carson Brooks, one of the three leads, literally stealing the show (I loved the guy - his stubbornness, his bluntness, his humor, his love of life and his two children, his matchmaking skills...I simply loved him), there's also the two bullheaded detectives that also had their multiple moments in the limelight, the tight and gripping plot with a suspense sub-plot serving as the driving force of the entire novel (and I'm so happy know I actually got the killer right - without any proof, of course, just gut instinct), the mystery was intense, the investigation even more so, death-threats galore, the motive came slightly out of the left-field, but worked perfectly, the romantic tension was thick, the hotness factor high...

I wasn't really sold on the pacing from the start, though, but I quickly realized it was done purposefully. It was deceptively slow, to keep the reader at the edge of the seat, keep him guessing, keep the pages turning, building the momentum for the grand finale.
I actually didn't want it to end, that's why I read a few other books in between - I needed a breather, so to speak, from the intensity of this novel. It was so good, I wanted desperately to know how it'd end, but didn't want it to end, because I wanted desperately to keep reading, to keep it going.

Not many authors have that affect on me, Ms. Kane is one of the lucky few. Both with her historical romances and now with her suspense novels as well. I can't wait to read more of her in this genre.

Extremely recommended!



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.

My rating:

I don't remember when I've last enjoyed a were/shape-shifter story as much as I did this collection of three stories about three yummy, hunky, Alpha werewolves meeting their destined mates, three spunky, strong, independent human women.

The conflict lies in the fact werewolves in Ms. McCarthy's world (at least those in the particular pack these three wolfies come from) are forbidden to mate with humans. So you can imagine the surprise when they discover their destined mates are indeed human, and the inner-battle between "honor" and mate these three wage. I loved it.

I also loved all three women. There was touch and go with Lisa and Heather for a while, but their annoying denial was quickly resolved. Whew.

The first story, Donovan established the universe, the lore, the law, introduced both Donovan and the future Alpha of their pack, Wyatt, and the two younger Delaney sisters, Lisa, Donovan's mate, and Robin, who followed Donovan and Lisa's story with the most dramatic of the three. There was heart-break, there were tears, there was hopelessness as she met her mate, Kelon, Donovan's brother, but knew that she couldn't keep him. It all resolved itself in the last story, where Wyatt, the rising Alpha, met his mate in Heather, Lisa and Robin's older, and much more skeptical, sister. This last story was the most "action-packed" with challenges and disputing of the werewolf law, and also the most humorous of the pack, thanks to Heather and her cranky bitchiness.

Don't ask me to name my favorite story, hero or heroine in this collection, because I can't. Each story was touching in its own way, each was special, individual, each was different from the next, and I loved every single minute I spent reading this three-story, one-author anthology.

I have all Sarah McCarty's books on my TBR list and I cannot wait to go back for more.

A highly recommended read from a highly recommended author.



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?

My rating:

Reminded me a little of Barbara Cartland’s work, especially the beginning with the “bridal swap”. I haven’t read the rest of the trilogy, but I wouldn’t mind doing that. I won’t rush out to find the previous two books, but if I happen to stumble upon them, sure, I’ll give them a try.

This was a good example of “template writing” for SD, if you ask me. We have a love-conflict, a misunderstanding, self-sacrifice for honor, royal blood, court intrigue...It needs quite a bit of disbelief suspension, but it’s still good for reading on an afternoon when you’re not in the mood to read anything “heavier”.



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….

My rating:

Kate Fielding. 30 years old. Works in a travel agency. Comes from a large, conservative family with an overprotective father. Rather reserved when it comes to men, because she’s been burned by her cheating fiancé three years ago. Kate doesn’t do casual.

So what is she doing in a room above a pub, recently escaped from a hen-night from hell, dressed in a flimsy belly-dancer costume jumping an unshaved, golden-eyed stranger in a black T-shirt and jungle-green cargo pants?

Was it all due to her friend’s needling? Probably. Lapse in judgment? Most likely. Will she want a repeat performance? Definitely not!
She doesn’t even know the guy. And she escaped as soon as he took a business call. If business is more important than a one-night stand with a masked stranger so be it.

Well, she will have to rethink her plan, because the rugged, cargo-pants wearing, stranger, walks straight into the travel agency’s conference room two days later. In an elegant suit. Apparently she’d had a brief encounter of the third kind with her new boss.


I saw this one in a special offer package on the HQ website, and though I’m not a Presents fan (the titles are usually toss-the-cookies worthy), I was inexplicably drawn to the cover. Then I read the blurb and I was hooked.

What a great, light, enjoyable, quick-read romance this was. No suspense, no damsel in distress, just a straight-up feel-good love-story in the making.

Since it is a Harlequin, the outcome was obvious from the start, but it was still a pleasure reading about these two complete opposites finding their true happiness together.
Of course, this—yet again—being a Harlequin, it wasn’t that easy. They both had quite a lot of baggage under their belt, painful pasts to overcome, but they did in fact overcome everything, it took the hero (predictably) a little longer to get it, and thought the ending was a little flat (no fireworks as I expected) and a bit out of character for the hero (though the onion was a sweet thought), it still delivered what it set out to.

A lovely, light-weight, quickie of a romance.