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Jan
23

Review: Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett

Review: Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett Bitter Spirits Author: Jenn Bennett Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I’ve been especially fortunate lately in discovering several “new-to-me authors” that I might not have otherwise chosen for myself by reviewing books. These stories have surprised me for a variety of reasons, oftentimes simply by drawing me thoroughly into the narrative from the very beginning when I had no idea what to expect. Bitter Spirits certainly falls into this category, immediately delving into several things that I’ve always enjoyed reading about, most especially the 1920’s, an impossible romance, and a good mystery. The main characters are unique as well as being a puzzle in and of...
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Jan
20

Review: How to Master Your Marquis by Juliana Gray

Review: How to Master Your Marquis by Juliana Gray How to Master Your Marquis Author: Juliana Gray Reviewer: Ang Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: What I enjoy about Juliana Gray’s books are that they are unconventional tales of betrayal, trust and ultimately redemption. Rather than the typical damsel in distress, she gives us charmingly flawed heroes and smart, strong women who find themselves in odd situations doing highly dangerous things. How to Master Your Marquis was no different. Our hero Haltherfield is a charming, devoted, strong, scarred and wounded hero who finds his path to redemption in Stephanie, a princess in hiding working as a law clerk. She is snarky, cheeky, funny and excellent to read. Together they are...
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Jan
15

Review: River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland

Review: River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland River of Dreams Author: Lynn Kurland Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Sent on a quest against her will to save her country, Aisling of Bruadair just wants to accomplish her task begin a new life away from the cruelty and darkness she’s always known. With the scarred, but alluring, elven prince by her side, and a shape-shifting horse to carry them on their journey, she’s finally begun to think she’ll be successful on both counts. But, when the lies she’s always held as truth begin to crumble around her, and she learns more about herself than she ever wanted to know, Aisling discovers a reality more...
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Jan
6

Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton Hope Flames Author: Jaci Burton  Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Hope Ignites is the first full length novel in the Hope Series. We were first introduced to the little town of Hope, Oklahoma, in author Jaci Burton’s contribution, “Hope Smolders,” to the Hot Summer Nights anthology released in July of 2013.  According to her author bio, Burton resides in Oklahoma and repeats the success of authors like Ruthie Knox who imagined the little hamlet of Camelot, Ohio, the state of which she is a resident, in her Camelot Series.  As a reader, the authenticity of the author’s connection with the geographical area is apparent, and I...
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Aug
31

Quickie Review: Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook

Quickie Review: Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook “Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City” Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Iron Seas #1.5 ISBN: #978-1101564639 Genre: Steampunk Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book *it can also be found in the mass market edition of The Iron Duke (Jan. 2012) Book Source: Author About the book:      Eight months after The Iron Duke, can their marriage survive a new danger?      After Mina is called in to investigate the murder of an aristocratic bounder, her husband Rhys—known to the world as the Iron Duke—must overcome his fear for his new bride before his need to protect her tears them apart. But when she invites...
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Aug
30

Review: Riveted by Meljean Brook

Review: Riveted by Meljean Brook Riveted Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Iron Seas #3 ISBN: #978-0425256046 Genre: Steampunk Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher, Author About the book:      A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.      Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled....
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Jul
12

Review: Liquid Lies by Hanna Martine

Review: Liquid Lies by Hanna Martine Liquid Lies Author: Hanna Martine  Release Date: July 3, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Series: Elementals #1 ISBN: #978-0425257241 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Magic is Corporate America’s best-kept secret       Gwen possesses the unique ability to pick up any language in an instant—a power that will globally expand the profitable family business. As dutiful future leader of her race of water elementals, she’ll do anything to protect her people’s secrets and bloodlines—including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for forbidden human men.       Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of...
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Oct
27

Review: Heart of Steel

Review: Heart of Steel Heart of Steel Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Trade The Iron Seas #2 ISBN: #978-0425243305 Genre: Steampunk Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damned if she gives him another opportunity to take control.       Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox isn’t interested in the Lady Corsair — he wants her coldhearted...
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Aug
31

Review: Demon Marked

Review: Demon Marked Demon Marked Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: September 6, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation The Guardians #7 (does not include novellas) ISBN: #978-0425242698 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher   About the book:       Nicholas St. Croix is familiar with the evil of demons. After his father’s death, a demon took over his mother’s body and raised him. Six years ago, his “mother” was responsible for the disappearance of the woman he loved, and Nicholas swore he’d find her—even if he had to go to Hell and back. Except she finds him first—and with one tormented kiss, he knows she too is a...
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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...
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