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19

Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin The Lotus Palace Author: Jeannie Lin  Reviewer: Una Rating: A, 4.5 Stars What I’m Talking About: The Lotus Palace is the first novel in a new Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin.  Ms. Lin is a new-to-me author, and I am so excited to have volunteered for The Lotus Palace.  Suffice to say, I was enchanted, engaged and enthralled, the three E’s to which lead to me absolutely loving a new book.  This story reminds me in a way of Pretty Woman crossed with L.A. Confidential and yet is solely its own.  A hauntingly beautiful love story crossed with a fascinating detective drama, all of which seems impossible and...
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Sep
15

Sunday Snippet – Bite Me

Sunday Snippet – Bite Me    About the Book Bite Me Author:  P J Schnyder Publisher:   Carina Press Released:  June 24, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet “I want a blood sample.” Seth narrowed his eyes. “Why?” “Whatever it is you’re on, I figure it’d be useful to help the newer wolves with their rage control.”  Danny paused.  “Or I could sell it as a recreation drug.  I’d make a fortune.” Seth tossed a towel at the pack medic and stood up from the weight bench where he’d been pressing more weight than any three human body builders could have handled.  “Get on, then.” “Seriously, man, I left you out on a solo patrol cause you had to...
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Sep
8

Sunday Snippet – The Magic of ‘I Do’

Sunday Snippet – The Magic of ‘I Do’    About the Book The Magic of ‘I Do’ Author:  Tammy Falkner Publisher:   Sourcebooks Released:  June 4, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet One bedchamber?  Was the man daft?  There was no possible way Claire was going to share a bedchamber with him.  “Have you lost your sense?” she hissed as Benny stalked out of the kitchen toward the front of the house.  “I will not share a bedchamber with you.” “I’m afraid you don’t have a choice, Miss Thorne,” Fin drawled.  “Trust me, the idea of it doesn’t settle well with me either.” He didn’t like the idea of sharing a bedchamber?  She highly doubted that .  A small part of her was momentarily...
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Sep
5

Review: Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt

Review: Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt Shivering Sands Author: Victoria Holt Reviewer: Una Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: I was surprised to find that this novel, Shivering Sands is not a new book but a republished one.  That being said, this is not the type of historical novel I read.  I enjoy historical mysteries and suspense along with historical romances.  My problem with Shivering Sands is the narration.  I find the main character too focused on the trivial while not conveying items or snippets of importance.  I feel as is Caro is giving us a stream of consciousness account of a past experience.  In many ways I feel this novel to attempt to be...
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Sep
1

Sunday Snippets – A Cursed Embrace

Sunday Snippets – A Cursed Embrace    About the Book A Cursed Embrace Author:  Cecy Robson Publisher:   Signet Released:  July 2, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet I perked up.  “Did you learn French, too?” Aric shrugged.  “A little here and there.” “Just enough to get some tail, Ceila.”  Liam spoke casually as if merely stating common knowledge.  He’d walked in to grab a pack of mini marshmallows from the pantry.  Too bad Emme hadn’t done so in his place. I didn’t need to know more about Aric’s sexual past.  The females who flaunted and threw themselves at him were enough evidence of his prowess. Liam did a double take when he caught my open mouth and almost dropped...
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Aug
25

Sunday Snippet – Sweet Madness

Sunday Snippet – Sweet Madness    About the Book Sweet Madness Author:  Heather Snow Publisher:   Signet Released:  April 2, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet …”Have you considered that your affliction could stem from traumas you experienced during battle?” He regarded her.  “I’d be a fool not to have,” he answered.  He still had the dreams of death and battle and even the waking nightmares occasionally.  “In fact, I have often wondered if that is where this lunacy got its start.” The dreams had brought on terror and confusion, but he’d take that every day of the year over the bouts of madness that had marked his past months.  “But even were that the case, it has gone far...
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Aug
21

Review: Breath of Iron by Kate Cross

Review: Breath of Iron by Kate Cross Breath of Iron Author: Kate Cross Reviewer: Una Rating: B+, 3.5 Stars What I’m Talking About: Breath of Iron is the third installment in the Novels of the Clockwork Agents series.  This steampunk series continues to fascinate me while still raising my blood pressure with sizzling romance.  Since meeting Evie in the first novel, Heart of Brass, I have been eager to see her find her happily ever after.  Especially after noting the tension between her and Mac in the previous novel, Touch of Steel, I couldn’t wait to read this one.  Although there are few things that detracted, I did enjoy reading Breath of Iron. Evie is a doctor...
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Aug
18

Sunday Snippets – His Clockwork Canary

Sunday Snippets – His Clockwork Canary The Book His Clockwork Canary Author: Beth Ciotta Publisher: Signet Release Date: June 4, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet A newsboy appeared hawking the morning edition of the London Informer.  Unable to resist, Simon purchased a copy.  Just as he unfolded the wretched tabloid, someone snatched it out of his hands. The Clockwork Canary. “You don’t want to read this,” the kid said. “Oh, but now I must.”  Simon retrieved the newspaper and focused on the front page. EXCLUSIVE SCOOP – THE CLOCKWORK CANARY TO SING DARCY’S EXPLOITS! The Informer’s star reporter has taken a sabbatical in order to chronicle the exploits of the Honorable Simon Darcy, London’s most controversial...
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Aug
11

Sunday Snippets: Magic Rises

Sunday Snippets: Magic Rises

Sunday Snippets are back and with a punch… check out a short snippet from the latest Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniel’s series.

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Jun
21

Review: His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta

Review: His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta His Clockwork Canary Author: Beth Ciotta  Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Signet The Glorious Victorious    Darcys #2 ISBN: #978-0451239990 Genre: Steampunk (Paranormal Romance) Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: History is repeating itself. For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from...
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