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Apr
13

Review: Sleeping with the Frenemy

Review: Sleeping with the Frenemy Sleeping with the Frenemy Author: KT Grant  Release Date: May 2, 2011 Publisher: Ravenous Romance Genre: GLBT/lesbian, Suspense Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Deborah Murnay has a life most women would die for. She has a loving wife of four years who gives her anything she wants. But, Deborah hides a dark secret. Her wife Genevieve not only enjoys kinky, dangerous sex, but is insanely jealous and possessive. When a violent argument between the two leaves Deborah bruised and battered, she has no other choice but to run away. Through some intricate planning on Deborah’s part, she’s able to trick Genevieve into thinking she’s dead. Deborah becomes Sharon Wade and ends up hundreds of miles away in the small town of Woodberry Creek where she can start over again, even though she lives in fear that Genevieve will find her and kill her.  When grade school teacher Bridgette Woodberry notices her new neighbor, she quickly figures out Woodberry Creek’s new resident is hiding something. Deborah knows she can’t have a future with Bridgette, but finds herself attractive to the kindhearted redhead whose kisses and warm embrace makes her feel protected. As Deborah turns to Bridgette to help heal her scars, Genevieve is waiting for the right moment to take back her wife and make her pay for deceiving her. What I’m talking about: Sleeping with the Frenemy is a lesbian retelling of the 1991 film, Sleeping with the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts. For those unfamiliar with the story, it involves a wife’s escape from an abusive husband by faking her own death. In Ms. Grant’s version, we witness the extremely HOT yet harmful relationship between Deborah and Genevieve. The women have been married for 5 years, and at first it appears they have a wonderful relationship and ideal life. Yet as the story progresses, we witness the extent to which Gen abuses and controls Deborah. Similar to the movie, Deborah escapes the marriage by faking her death and moving to a small town far away. However, soon enough Gen finds out that Deborah has betrayed her and plots her revenge. The story reads well and moves at a good pace. Even though I saw the movie (many years ago), I still experienced a suspenseful thrill. Although there weren’t any major surprises, Ms. Grant changed enough of the details that kept the book fresh, and she makes it her own story. Even though I knew everything...
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Mar
13

Review: Fever

Review: Fever Fever Author: Joan Swan  Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012 Publisher: Brava/Kensington Phoenix Rising #1 ISBN: #978-0758266385 Genre: Romantic Suspense Format(s): Paperback (354 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish… But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.       A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose… Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever. What I’m talking about:       Teague Creek (yes, that is his name!) is a wrongfully convicted felon in a high-security prison. His only wants are to escape, reunite with his young daughter, and live a long life away from those who want him behind bars, hurt or worse. His plans involve kidnapping a technician from a local hospital, who happens to be the girlfriend of the man who is guardian over his daughter. Of course, when he kidnaps Dr. Alyssa Foster – the wrong woman – things go from bad to worse. Top that off with a fellow inmate who is pure evil joining the escape plans, and you have a mix for an action-packed, suspenseful journey towards freedom. Nothing goes right for Teague, and he is being hunted by government officials that would rather see him dead than free again.       Right from the start I was engrossed in this story. The details and events unfolded before me in the perfect manner. The reader is given little nuggets that are just enough to keep you going and find out more. The tone is harsh, the mood is dark, but our heroine, Alyssa, seems to find a way to make it lighter and easier. In addition, Ms. Swan demonstrates excellent descriptive abilities, smoothly integrating rich detail about the scenery and plot into the story.  ...
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Jan
25

Review: The Departed

Review: The Departed The Departed Author: Shiloh Walker  Release Date: Jan. 3, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade FBI Psychics Book 2 ISBN: #978-0425245217 Genre: Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: A LIFELONG OBSESSION FBI Special Agent Taylor Jones has made it his mission to save those in harm’s way by any means necessary—including employing psychic agents like Desiree “Dez” Lincoln, who can communicate with the disembodied spirits of the dead. Taylor is haunted by his own ghost, his kid sister, gone missing at age six. For a quarter of a century he has been tortured by her loss and the mystery of her disappearance. A NIGHT’S INDISCRETION When Dez is seriously wounded, Taylor can no longer hide his feelings for her. Getting involved could spell disaster for both of them—not to mention those who rely on them for help—but once Dez lays her hands on him, he can’t resist the fierce attraction. But after giving in to his desires, Taylor pulls back, and Dez strikes out on her own. AN INESCAPABLE PASSION Responding to the call of another anguished spirit, Dez is led to Taylor’s old hometown. As the two are forced to come together to save a girl in peril, Dez may be able to help Taylor finally find the answers he’s been looking for… What I’m talking about: When Dez Lincoln is seriously injured while saving a child from a horrible predator, her boss, Taylor Jones cannot get the gruesome images out of his mind. Although he is as cold as they come, inside Taylor is a wreck – trying to control a situation that is beyond his reach. The fear of losing Dez pushes Taylor to act out his inner-most desires and makes Dez’s fantasies come true. Until the next day… When Taylor does the unthinkable and orders Dez on a mandatory leave of absence. Dez knows that he’s doing it to put distance between the two so Taylor can rebuild his walls. But Dez isn’t going to take it and walks. Fast forward fourteen months. Dez is working free-lance and overwhelmed with the spirits of those that have passed. Taylor is making his annual visit home to pay tribute to his baby sister, who was abducted when she was six.  Both individuals are near their breaking points when they find each other again. Now they have to work together to unscramble cryptic clues left by the ghosts of French Lick, Indiana before...
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Jan
9

Review & Giveaway: Dangerous Ally

Review & Giveaway: Dangerous Ally Dangerous Ally Author: Jessica Lauryn Release Date: July 6, 2011 Publisher: BookStrand Publishing The Pinnacles of Power Series ISBN: #978-1610346979 Genre: Contemporary Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (334 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author About the book: For five lonely years, diamond smuggling kingpin Lucas Ramone has hidden himself from the world. With a father who has baited him all his life, made a game of trying to trip him up at every turn, Lucas will do whatever is necessary to protect what is rightfully his. What he isn’t prepared for is Lilah Benson… Upon accepting a job in the home of her sister’s maniacal ex-fiancé, reporter Lilah Benson believes she has finally found the perfect way to make her mark on the world. Exposing the criminal endeavors of Lucas Ramone won’t soon be forgotten. But as she comes to know the man who was supposed to be her adversary, Lilah is tempted by a passion far stronger than the desire to see her name in print… Power and control are tools of survival, critical in a world of thievery and deception. Lilah, an innocent in a land of criminals, may be the one person capable of bringing Lucas to his knees. But Lucas will stop at nothing to keep his empire secure. He will have it all: His Fortune, His Legacy, and Lilah Benson in his bed… What VampBard’s talking about: I spent a lazy Saturday afternoon reading Jessica Lauryn’s Dangerous Ally.  I really enjoyed the story.  Filled with espionage and HOT bow-chicka-wow-wow, it was overall a great read.  The plot arc was action-packed (and not just with the HOT scenes – get your mind out of the gutter!) and had several twists.  While it wasn’t a completely unpredictable story, I found it to be quite telling of unhealthy relationships across the world.  Kudos to Lauryn for showing readers that men are capable of overcoming adversity at the hands of abuse.   Bad Dad was quite the villain in this story.  Raphael hopefully gets what he deserves in the long run.  Mr. Power-Hungry-Cold-As-Iceberg-That-Sunk-the-Titanic was the worst parent imaginable for young Lucas as he was growing up.  I can’t even give a comparison to a movie character/star for this dude… he’s so negative and hideous with regard to his behavior, he must be hideous.   Lilah, our heroine, originally entered the life of Lucas to expose his diamond smuggling endeavors.  BUT… she fell for him and that kinda never happened.   *snap*  The NYT...
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Dec
16

Review: Hot Zone

Review: Hot Zone Hot Zone Author: Catherine Mann  Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Elite Forces series #2 ISBN: #978-1402244988 Genre: Military Romance Format(s): Paperback (316 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Days full of danger… For Pararescueman Master Sergeant Hugh Franco, it’s all about saving other people’s lives. Then he moves on. But when he pulls beautiful Amelia Bailey and her adopted nephew from the rubble of a catastrophic earthquake, he finds himself entangled in their lives in ways he could never have imagined… And desire-filled nights… Amelia’s trip to the Bahamas to help with an international adoption has been no vacation, but the hardest part is yet to come. As Amelia and Hugh are pulled unawares into a deadly smuggling scheme, simmering beneath their growing need to protect each other is a compelling attraction they’re both determined to deny… What G & U are talking about: Hot Zone is the second novel in the new Elite Forces series by Catherine Mann.  Although contemporary is not Gikany and Una’s typical cup of tea, we found Hot Zone to be a wild and enjoyable action-adventure-romance. This story revolves around Sergeant Hugh Franco, a PJ who takes terrible risks since losing his wife and child in a horrific plane crash.  He lives only for his job and for those that he saves.  However, when he meets Amelia while rescuing her from a collapsed building, he thinks that maybe he could have a second chance at a real life. We enjoyed the interplay between Amelia and Hugh.  Although she doesn’t think of herself as courageous, Amelia is able to do what is necessary.  She has a very earthly and realistic feel in some aspects.  However, she comes across a little stronger than we expected from the pictures that her job and flashes of her life in Alabama gave.  The contrast was interesting as it shows you can’t truly know yourself until you are truly tested.  We feel the pairing of Hugh and Amelia was a good one; they balance each other and are very respectful of each other. What truly enthralled us, however, was the plot line.  The story of the earthquake and those who take advantage of the most vulnerable at a time like that sucks you in.  We just wished there was a little more to it.  This seems to be a reoccurring sticking point for us: the romance is good and woven pretty well into the main plot...
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Oct
20

Review: Night Moves

Review: Night Moves Night Moves Author: Stephanie Tyler  Release Date: October 4, 2011 Publisher: Dell Shadow Force #4 ISBN: #978-0440423058 Genre: Military Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that it now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor, and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says her name is Teddie, but Kell senses there’s much more to her story—and it’s about to pull him into a mission he didn’t sign on for: keeping her alive.       Teddie Lassiter knows this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seem to be hiding something deep. The men after Teddie are deadly, but the man who holds her life in his hands and tempts her with his wicked touch is even more dangerous. He could make her dream about living and loving again. And if they can survive, maybe, just maybe, they can stop fighting the world and each other—and simply surrender. What I’m talking about:       Welcome to the high-stakes, fast-paced world of the Shadow Force! Ms. Tyler’s fourth installment is an exciting suspense mystery with multiple layers that all feed into one fantastic ride!       The story picks up not long after “band of brothers” that compromise “Shadow Force” (some current and some ex-military) are finally reunited in upstate New York. Their adventures thus far were chronicled in the first three books; however, you could easily pick up this story and read it on its own merits. The men and their women have been through some rough times, but things are about to get worse when a dangerous enemy of their leader, Dylan, resurfaces, vowing to destroy all that Dylan holds dear. Meanwhile, Kell and his best friend/partner, Reid, are on a covert operation in Mexico to assassinate a drug lord. Things go haywire when a near-death Teddie runs into the middle of their operation.       Teddie has her own problems to overcome. A runaway from the Witness Protection Program, she went to Mexico to find the men who murdered her family and prove her deceased father is innocent of the heinous crimes he is suspected of committing. When she is saved by...
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Aug
12

Review: Deadly Sins

Review: Deadly Sins Dear Readers: Please help me welcome my friend Vampbard, who brings you today’s review of… Deadly Sins Author: Kylie Brant  Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Mindhunters #6 ISBN: #978-0425242704 Genre: Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher   About the book: An unknown assassin has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, brutally taking out high-level human targets citywide. And the list of suspects is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. senator, and a vengeful priest. It’s just the kind of case to test the resolve of tough FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe. Especially when her new partner is Adam Raiker, Jaid’s former colleague and ex-lover. But that’s history—and it left scars. Determined to leave it behind them, Jaid and Adam dive into the most shocking investigation of their careers. But when Adam himself becomes a suspect, Jaid must choose between past and present. Her choice plunges them into a far-reaching, high-level conspiracy of shadows—and on the run not only from secrets and lies, but for their lives. Now, despite their history, they have only each other, and the desperate hope that love can keep them alive. What Vampbard is talking about: Rarely does a book keep me guessing until the very end. Deadly Sins did just that. Having not read a whole lot of ‘mystery smut’, I found Brant’s writing quite concise, eloquent, and perfectly suited for its purpose in this title. This isn’t your typical Holmes-esque mystery. This storyline MOVES! I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I hated the fact that ‘life happened’ and would cause me to tuck this title in my purse, only to be pulled out as I stood in line at the grocery store or waited in a drive-thru. As far as mysteries go, I’m old-school. Higgins-Clark, Doyle… pretty much it. However, I always had figured out whodunnit by the time I reached the half-way point of the story. As I read about Adam and Jaid, their investigation into the murders of prominent individuals, and the just-under-the-surface smokin’ HAWT romance brewing – awaiting the right moment for renewal – the details were all clarified, addressed. I had no questions throughout the story. At one point I’d even thought I’d figured out the murderer. I was wrong. I also thought I’d figured out the ‘secret’ in the parallel plot. Nope. Not even close. Brant neatly braided into the story a small but significant plot that could have gone another...
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Jul
25

Review: Darkness at Dawn

Review: Darkness at Dawn Dear Readers: Please help me welcome my friend Vampbard, who brings you today’s review of… Darkness at Dawn Author: Elizabeth Jennings Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation ISBN: #978-0425242124 Genre: Military/Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher  About the book: A LIFE DESTROYEDNobody knows better than Lucy Merritt what duty can cost. Her CIA operative parents gave their lives for a mission in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nhala, and as a result, Lucy was determined to make a safe and comfortable life for herself, becoming an expert restorer of manuscripts. A LIFE OF SERVICECaptain Mike Shafer, Tenth Mountain Division, US Army, is dedicated to keeping his country safe. Intel from a dead CIA operative in Nhala points to a deadly threat that could wipe out entire populations. When Lucy is called to Nhala to restore the manuscript of an ancient prophesy, it’s his chance to stop the threat cold. He is ready and willing to put himself on the firing line—only not with the beautiful woman who’s been assigned to him. No matter how smart she is, she’s a tempting distraction. A LIFE REBORNNow Mike and Lucy must learn to work together to stop this global threat. Mike thought he understood courage, but when she does the bravest thing he’s ever seen, he vows to carry a badly wounded Lucy across a frozen wasteland to save this magnificent woman—and the world. What Vampbard is talking about: I really enjoyed the settings created by Jennings in Darkness at Dawn. I was amazed that my interest was held by a modern romance novel, as I normally like stuff that is paranormal in nature (because I’m odd, maybe???), but this book definitely held my interest and kept me interested in the plot. There was a LOT of action in this book, and I’m not talking about gettin’ it on, either! Jennings did a fabulous job of crafting a web-like plot that was complex, yet beautifully delicate and straight-forward enough to not be too complicated for someone reading for personal enjoyment. The characters were of sufficient depth – especially the two main and two supporting characters – to give the reader a deeper understanding as to the characters themselves; not just the superficial. The heroine, Lucy, is a strong independent individual that has overcome many obstacles to become the woman she is today. She is able to project the image that she is calm, cool and collected whether...
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Jul
21

ARC Review: In The Air Tonight

ARC Review: In The Air Tonight In The Air Tonight Author: Stephanie Tyler  Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Dell Books Shadow Force #3 ISBN: #978-0440423034 Genre: Military/Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (400 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author (eARC) About the book:       With danger closing in, all they have is each other.       Haunted by a mission he barely survived, Delta Force operative Mace Stevens still carries a soldier’s burden. Running a small bar in upstate New York, he remains a stone cold warrior who guards dangerous secrets and stays ready for anything. Anything except beautiful, vulnerable Paige Grayson, who shows up at his door, demanding answers about her heroic stepbrother’s death under his command.       Paige bears burdens, too. She’s plagued by demons unleashed by an older brother who committed mass murder before her eyes. But here in this snowy haven with Mace, she almost feels safe from the menacing promises of her insane sibling. As a nurse whose hands can read the deepest thoughts of anyone she touches, Paige knows Mace needs her as desperately as she needs him. And when a faceless killer begins unleashing fresh terror, Mace proves just how far he will go to save the woman who means everything to him. What I’m talking about:       In the Air Tonight is the third installment of Ms. Tyler’s Shadow Force series, and it picks up a few months after the conclusion of Promises in the Dark (review HERE). There is enough break between this and the last book that it could certainly be read as a stand alone. The main hero, Mace, and most of his military brothers were minor characters in the last book.  With that said, this book does pick up on the Cael-Vivi romance which began in Promises.       The story opens with a bang as ER nurse Paige is taken hostage. We quickly find out that she’s had a tough life (I was almost in tears by page 13) — her older brother was the perpetrator of a Columbine-type school shooting.  To compound problems, her best friend, stepbrother Gray, was recently killed in the line of duty, and to top it off, Paige is has pschometric hands, able to read thoughts and histories from a touch.       Paige managed to keep her true identity a secret for years, but when news of her capture and release hits the TV, soon everyone discovers her secrets. She...
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Jun
29

Review: Cover Me

Review: Cover Me Cover Me Author: Catherine Mann  Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Elite Forces Book #1 ISBN: #978-1402244957 Genre: Military/Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (344 pgs), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: It should have been a simple mission… Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine… But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple… With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime… Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled… What Gikany & Una are talking about: Cover Me is the debut novel in the new Elite Forces series.  For a first novel in a series, it was pretty good.  The world-building, what little there is in a military/suspense romance, was easily crafted into the story.  The novel begins with our hero, Wade, who is a somewhat stereotypical military persona; dedicated to saving others, tough, stubborn, independent….you get the picture.  Even though he does have a soft heart, it is what drives his need to save others, even against their will.  Enter our heroine, the fiercely private and independent (did I mention stubborn) Sunny.  Now, Gikany and Una both thought, how on earth would the author have these two come together without sacrificing the initial characterization.  She didn’t.  That is what makes Cover Me a fun and adventurous read. First, Una must state, that this may have been her first military/suspense romance novel.  As we have said before, Gikany and Una do not tend to read much contemporary romance (which we consider military/suspense to be a part of).  Most of the military/suspense we read have a paranormal or fantasy twist to them.  So, at least Una was surprised at how much she enjoyed this novel, more so than she expected.  We really enjoyed the fact that Sunny is a capable and independent female who doesn’t need her military man to constantly save her.  She does just fine on her own, thank you.   Gikany and I feel that Sunny was a wonderful...
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