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Aug
16

Review: Redeeming the Rogue

Review: Redeeming the Rogue Please welcome my friend, Maggi who is writing a guest review of: Redeeming the Rogue Author: Donna MacMeans  Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation ISBN: #978-0425242674 Genre: Historical Romance Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: As an agent for the Crown, Michael Rafferty is on the trail of a violent Irish separatist in Washington, D.C. But to complete his disguise as a diplomat, he needs Lady Arianne Chambers to portray his wife. As she teaches the rough Rafferty about high society, he teaches her to unleash the passions she has denied for so long… What Mags is talking about: I do not typically read historical romance; I am a paranormal romance girl through and through! That being said, this book took me by surprise!  If you are like me and are unsure of the genre, DO NOT write this book off just because it is a HR.  I would pack this book in my beach bag any day. I liked the way the relationship between Lady Arianne and Rafferty developed slowly. Where slow could have been boring, it wasn’t. Instead it was carefully crafted sexual tension that left me fanning myself quite a few times. I connected well with the characters and enjoyed their witty bantering; I even hit the emotional trifecta: laughing, crying and nail biting. I could easily visualize both London and Washington D.C. in 1881 from the clothes to the cityscape. My favorite part of the writing was how the historically accurate story of President Garfield’s assassination intertwined with the fictional murder of Lord Weston. It gave the story an angle that was unique to other books in this genre. There were a couple of parts during the voyage across the ocean that was dragging a bit.  I will say that I was very happy when our couple made it to the American coastline. In addition, the storyline of Lady Arianne’s escort, Mrs. Summers, was not very interesting, and her character got on my nerves.  Overall, I enjoyed Redeeming the Rogue. I would recommend it to historical romance fans and also to fans of easy Sunday afternoon reads. I most certainly would read this author again. Mags’ Rating: Loved it – enthusiastically...
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Aug
11

Review: Catriona

Review: Catriona Catriona Author: Jeanette Baker  Release Date: August 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebook Casablanca ISBN: #978-1402255861 Genre: Paranormal/Historical Romance Format(s): Paperback (385 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Catriona… Kate Sutherland always felt out of place in brash and modern Southern California. But when she comes to her ancestral home in the Shetland Islands to seek a mystical guide who may shed light on her true heritage, she is caught between the present day and visions of a life from five centuries past…. A fiery young woman of royal English blood, Catriona Wells is determined to save her family from the deadly political clashes of 15th-century Britain. But Cat’s cunning is no match for Scottish border lord Patrick MacKendrick. When this powerful warrior betroths her against her will, Cat must decide whether she dares to love him–and to trust him with lives that are more precious to her than her own. What G & U are talking about: Catriona is a standalone novel that claims to mix paranormal with historical romance.  Based on the description, Una and Gikany feel let down.  As we have previously stated, we are not contemporary romance people.  We also are very picky when it comes to historical romance (Gikany more so than Una).  Gikany and Una prefer the element of the paranormal in our romance stories.  With Catriona we thought we would be getting a good mix.  We didn’t. The most glaring issue we found is the main character, Kate, suffers from and gives the reader, whiplash.  She is on or off, hot or cold.  She takes a stance and then without much pressure, she’ll just switch.  This flashing back and forth was very unrealistic.   The interactions between Kate and her modern day love interest extenuate this.  We really wish Niall had just walked away, he deserved better and she would deserve the heartache from losing him.  It is very difficult to walk in the main character’s shoes when you wish she would just disappear. Another major issue is the transitions between the historic portion and the contemporary.  They are not smooth for the most part and depending on the reader’s perspective can be just summed up as a huge dream.  This “twice-lived” paranormal element is just a bunch of woo-woo; she dreamed it all in an effort to explain her “emo-ness.” In fact, Una found herself wanting to skip over the modern day portions so she could get back to the historical...
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Jul
13

Review: Heartbreak Creek

Review: Heartbreak Creek Heartbreak Creek Author: Kaki Warner  Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Trade Runaway Brides trilogy #1 ISBN: #978-0425241226 Genre: Historical Romance Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Honest, hard-working widower, age thirty-three, seeks sturdy English-speaking woman to help with mountain ranch and four children. Drinkers, whores, and gamblers need not apply.       Not very romantic, but after one disastrous marriage, widowed Edwina Ladoux isn’t looking for romance.  What she wants is safety for herself and her half-sister, and a way out of the war-torn South, even if she has to offer herself up as a mail order bride to a stranger a thousand miles away in the Colorado Rockies.  But she hadn’t reckoned on Declan Brodie.      Declan’s first wife ran off with a gambler and was later killed by Indians.  He has no desire to saddle himself with another—and her mulatto “traveling companion”.  But his children need a mother, and he needs help to keep his mountain ranch running, and the proxy papers are already signed.  But there’s something odd about those two. A connection he doesn’t quite understand.  But at least the companion can cook. What Angela is talking about:      Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner is the story of a young woman who leaves her home in the war-torn south to become a mail order bride in the wild frontier of Colorado to a widow with four children.      I this book to be a great beach bag read and a fun escape for an afternoon. It was a light easy read with fairly interesting characters and beautiful scenery that was so well described that I could picture everything from the overgrown gardens in war-torn Louisiana to the rugged beauty of the unsettle Colorado territory. It made me laugh out loud in a few places and had me holding my breath in others.      That being said I felt like parts of the book were lacking. The relationship between Edwina and Pru is something I expected to be more fully developed and instead I felt got shelved for other characters like Thomas and Sally. This might have worked had the author not also been trying to explore several other characters at the same time. Leaving a variety of unanswered questions which made it hard for me to continue moving forward, for example Lucinda’s past is touched on but we never really get the back story...
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Mar
3

Review: Merely Magic

Review: Merely Magic Merely Magic Author: Patricia Rice Release Date: re-release March 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks/Casablanca Magic Series Book 1 ISBN: #978-1402251931 Genre: Historical Romance Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book  I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the back cover: She has the magic as her birthright… Ninian is a healer, but she’s a Malcolm first and foremost, and Malcolms have always had a bit of magic-unpredictable though it is-to aid them in their pursuits. She knows she must accept what she is or perish, but then Lord Drogo Ives arrives, brining the deepest, most powerful magic she’s ever experienced and turning Ninian’s world upside down… A man of science doesn’t believe in anything he can’t see…. Drogo Ives has no time for foolish musings or legends, even if he can’t seem to resist the local witch. Thrown together by a series of disastrous events, Ninian won’t give herself fully to Drogo until she can make him trust and believe in her, and that’s the last thing he’ll ever do… As the danger and chaos surrounding them escalates, Drogo and Ninian will be forced to decide: their love or their lives… What I’m talking about: Ninian is an outsider in her small village. Although she grew up among the villagers and counts some as friends, the legend of the Malcolm witches keep the superstitious denizens at a cautious distance.  On the night of the Beltane, Ninian watches the villagers from a far before moving on to collect some herbs. On her walk she discovers that Lord Drogo, the Earl of Ives, has moved into the Wystan castle – the first Ives to live there in generations. She is instantly taken with the dark stranger, and he is held captive by Ninian’s charm.  Soon a series of events ties the two together.  Although Ninian and Drogo fight instant attraction, his meddling step-sister brews an aphrodisiac that lands the two in bed early on in the story. Neither is willing to change his/her life nor do either want marriage. Yet when Drogo discovers Ninian is pregnant, a hope for the heir he’s never had emerges and he insists on a wedding.   I throughly enjoyed this love story. Ninian and Drogo are both stubborn yet not so obstinate that they are willing to give their relationship a chance, even with all of their differences. They undergo a “one-step forward, two-steps back” type of...
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Sep
16

Blog Tour: Where The Rain Is Made

Blog Tour: Where The Rain Is Made Where The Rain Is Made Author: Keta Diablo Release Date: August 27, 2010 Publisher: Decadent Publishing ISBN: #978-1-93639-412-8 Genre: Historical Romance (Native American), Paranormal (time travel/shifter) Format(s): e-book available for purchase HERE  Dear Readers… Today I have the privilege of hosting the blog tour for Where The Rain Is Made, by Keta Diablo. Keta and I are glad you stopped by. Learn about her newest release and keep reading for a chance to win a copy of Where The Rain Is Made! From the authors website: A decadent savage has captured Francesca (Cesca) DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape. However, she didn’t count on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme in the camp of the brutal Cheyenne dog soldiers. Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . most of the time, but when he travels through time to help his beloved People he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains. Although their worlds are decades apart Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever. From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.  You can find out more about Where The Rain Is Made by visiting the publisher’s site, Decadent Publishing.  Excepts of the book are available for your reading pleasure now. Click HERE to read Chapter One and part of Chapter Two.  More about the story: Ethan Gray is a modern man with a good job, but a lonely life. At 25 years of age, he has pledged his existence to helping the Cheyenne Nation (the People) and is considered a seasoned veteran by the Sacred Council. But Ethan isn’t an ordinary man. He is brother to the raven — a shifter — and a time-traveler.  His missions involve traveling back in time as Meko, the leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, to save as many of the People he can. He is troubled with prophetic dreams and visions of the past that he has yet to experience. But there is one vision he cannot abandon – one of a beautiful dark-haired girl. Who is she? When will he meet...
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Aug
10

Captive Spirit – Review

Captive Spirit – Review Captive Spirit Author: Liz Fichera  Release Date: June 28, 2010 Publisher: Carina Press  ISBN: #9781426890390 Genre: Historical Romance Note: I won this book from the author in an online giveaway. The author asked if I would review the book. Be sure to check the bottom of this post for CONTEST information. From the author’s website: Sonoran Desert. Dawn of the sixteenth century.  Aiyana isn’t like the other girls of the White Ant Clan. Instead of keeping house, she longs to compete on the Ball Court with her best friend Honovi and the other boys. Instead of marriage, she daydreams of traveling beyond the mountains that surround her small village. Only Honovi knows and shares her forbidden wish, though Aiyana doesn’t realize her friend has a secret wish of his own… When Aiyana’s father arranges her marriage to a man she hardly knows, she takes the advice of a tribal elder: Run! In fleeing, she falls into the hands of Spanish raiders and finds herself being taken over the mountains against her will. Now Aiyana’s on a quest to return to the very place she once dreamed of escaping. And she’ll do whatever it takes to survive and find her way back to the people she loves. What I’m talking about: I’m going to start by telling you that this is NOT the typical book that I read and review. First – It’s historical… taking place in the early 1500’s and focusing on Native American life. Second – there is paranormal activity in this story. There are no vampires, faeries, shifters nor any paranormal studs involved, and I LIKED IT!  It is a wonderful love story and *SHOCK* I didn’t miss the smut! I have officially expanded my horizons! The story is told in first person narrative from the point of view of 16-year old Aiyana. She feels trapped by her daily life and dreams of going beyond the safe territory of her clan’s land. But when she is kidnapped by Spanish raiders, she realizes that her heart belongs back at home and with her best friend, Honovi.  She is driven to do what it takes to make it back. This story outlines the intricacies of daily life and ceremonies for a Native American clan in a way that brought to life for me this early civilization. The details are beautiful and I felt like I was right along side of Aiyana as she struggled to keep up with her...
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Aug
3

Decadent Deceptions – Review

Decadent Deceptions – Review Decadent Deceptions Author: Keta Diablo Release Date: October 2008 Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing ISBN: #978-1-60592-013-9 Genre: Historical Erotic Romance Note: This book was given to me by the author for the purpose of review. From the author’s website: Daring and desperate to win Morgan’s love, Olivia Breedlove embarks on a reckless folly. But everything backfires when Morgan remains one step ahead of her and the game ventures down a path of duplicity and murder. A decade ago, Morgan was a heartbeat away from taking Olivia’s virginity. Her father, Thaddeus, intervened and threatened to meet him over pistols if he so much as looked at his daughter again. But now, Thaddeus is dead and Morgan has no intention of ignoring the ravenous hunger he’s harbored for the blasted woman for ten years.  One way or the other, he will quench this burning desire and make her his forever. What I’m talking about: The book starts out with the recent death of dear Olivia and Cain’s father. He was a wealthy man who split his estate between his son (and fiancée) and daughter – with one catch: she must wed a respectable man of the gentry within 6 months. Headstrong Olivia does NOT like this plan, especially when the love of her life (and brother’s best friend) does not meet her father’s criteria.  Alas, Olivia is determined to win over Morgan, regardless of her father’s last wishes, if only Morgan would look at Olivia as more than a little sister.  In order to win over Morgan, Olivia begins a quest to make him jealous by venturing to the local brothel to “observe and learn.”  Meanwhile, Morgan has loved Olivia for ten years and is nearly insane with desire. He wants Olivia to love him and determines to “help” her in her endeavors.  Morgan and Olivia enter into game of cat and mouse to try and win over the other. Little do they realize that they both want the same thing: each other. Misconceptions raise the stakes at each turn of events. (It reminded me of that Friends episode when Phoebe and Rachel tried to get Chandler and Monica to admit that they were fooling around, yet Chandler and Monica wanted the ladies to admit they knew…) Top off these games with the fact that some one is killing off the brothel’s female employees, and it looks like the same person may be stalking Olivia. I have to tell you that I...
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