Saturday, January 29, 2011

January Reviews

The Ranger (Highland Guard, Book 3) by Monica McCarty

Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is Bruce’s secret weapon as he wages his final assault on the enemies who stand against him. Recruited to join the Bruce’s secret elite fighting force for his prized scouting skills, Arthur’s razor sharp senses and ability to blend into the shadows make him the perfect spy. But when this shadow warrior must infiltrate the clan of the chieftain who murdered his father, his heart is locked on revenge. Inside he faces unexpected resistance from the sweetest of obstacles—a honey-haired siren who is his enemy’s daughter. But the vivacious, enchanting Anna MacDougall is a woman whose skill at uncovering deception rivals his own.

Intrigued by this ruggedly handsome newcomer to her father’s forces, Anna accepts the challenge his determined indifference to her arouses. Though anxious for the war to end and yearning for a quiet life with a good man to love, Anna is drawn to this mysterious knight whose eyes devour her but whose words push her away. But as danger, treachery, and the threat of looming war draw them closer into each other’s passions and secrets, a warrior made of steel must make a choice from the heart: love or revenge.

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This truly has to be one of the best historical romance series ever. McCarty starts the story off with excitement and doesn't let up the entire book. The one is just as great as the first two. This could be read as a stand alone, but I wouldn't recommend it. We were introduced to Arthur in the first book, and I couldn't wait to get to his story; he just fascinated me. You'd miss a lot of the Guard's history if you skip any of the books. Arthur and Anna are just wonderful together, and I was on pins and needles about Anna finding out about Arthur's background. The romance was wonderfully hot. Just beware of the rats - mwaaaahahahahaha.

My Rating: *****

Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, Book 1) by Pamela Clare

When a woman buys a dying convict to save his life, she little suspects he is truly an English aristocrat who will soon steal her heart.

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Not a lot of time was spent working on that description, was there? I didn't realize this was part of a trilogy - I found out after I read the 3rd book first! But it really doesn't matter, as both of those I read can truly stand alone. This was Clare's first novel, and it was a doozy! I found the story to be compelling and heartwrenching. A number of tears were shed by me - that's a sign of a good book to me! The romance was at times sweet, and then sizzling. They were great leads; but the secondary characters helped bring the book to life. You don't see many romances that deal with slavery in a serious manner; it was deftly handled here. Great story all around.

My Rating: *****

A Little Bit Sinful by Adrienne Basso

Eleanor Collins knows that her beautiful younger sister will have wealthy, powerful men falling at her feet in her first London season. But Eleanor is surprised to discover that one man's attentions are utterly focused on her. As delicious as Sebastian Dodd, Viscount Benton, finds the eldest Collins daughter, his true motive is darker than mere seduction. Until he has avenged his mother's death, he will be unable to think of anything else. Or so he believes, until he takes his first taste of Eleanor's inviting lips, and finds his mind - and his body - utterly consumed.

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This was a fast, fun and delightful read. The chemistry between Eleanor and Sebastian was very steamy, and I liked that our heroine was more of a real woman than often occurs in some romance novels. I wanted to kick Sebastian's ass a time or two (well, he deserved it!), but he redeemed himself. Very enjoyable.

My Rating: ****

Immortal Champion (Immortal Brotherhood, Book 3) by Lisa Hendrix

Part of a Viking crew of warriors cursed by an evil sorceress, Gunnar the Red must toil through eternity as half-man, half-beast, living out his days as a great bull, while his nights are spent in human form. And though he keeps mostly to the wilds, his heart yearns for the simple comforts of man--and the chance to redeem a tragic past. Only the magic of true love can release him. Though she is betrothed to another, could Lady Eleanor de Neville be his salvation?

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Ahhhhh, Gunnar! Gunnar will make you melt. Now here's a REAL man. (Well, a man AND a bull, but let's not be particular.) But about the book.... I absolutely love paranormal historical romances, and this is definitely one of THE best series there is. The mythology is fascinating, and Hendrix has given us a great variety of heroes and heroines so far. Gunnar and Lady Eleanor have got to be one of my favorite romance couples ever. They so belong together, but it seems destiny conspires to keep them apart. You know there will be a HEA, but oh, what they have to go through to get it! If you haven't picked up this series, I suggest you do, and start from the beginning - you won't won't to miss a word.

My Rating: *****

Laird of the Mist (MacGregors, Book 1) by Paula Quinn


High-born though she is, Kate Campbell isn't afraid to draw her sword. When raiders strike, she rushes into the fray...and is lucky when a mysterious Highlander shields her from a deadly blow. Swept onto his stallion, she soon discovers that her rescuer is her clan's most hated enemy: Callum MacGregor, the man they call The Devil. Yet she cannot ignore his achingly tender touch or the way his fiery gaze leaves her breathless.


Callum MacGregor has taken many Campbell lives, but he's never saved one--until now. Mesmerized by this spirited lass, he wants her by his side, even if it means holding her for ransom. As his fingers graze her sumptuous curves and tangle in her unruly tresses, Callum realizes Kate Campbell is his most dangerous foe of all. For he can't make love to her without betraying his kinsmen and his honor...and surrendering his heart forever.

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I just can't say enough about how much I enjoy Paula Quinn's books. I wish I had some idea as to where the others by her are in my TBR pile, because I want to devour them. I read the second book in this series first (didn't know it was part of a series), but it really didn't make a difference. Kate is one hell of a heroine. She is a lady, but damn, she can kick some ass with a sword! And Callum? ****SIGH**** If he's The Devil, well, most ladies would want to go to hell. Quinn really makes you feel the emotions of her characters. She never disappoints.

My Rating: *****

A Taste of Desire by Beverley Kendall

She Challenged His Pride

Lady Amelia Bertram may have a reputation as the most brazen beauty of the ton, but she shocks even herself when she accidentally--and loudly--derides one of society's most eligible bachelors in the middle of a crowded ballroom. The timing of her faux pas couldn't be worse, for her father is seeking someone to take her off his hands that very night. . .

He Challenged Her Willpower

But when Thomas Armstrong overhears the so-called "Lady" Amelia slandering his sexual prowess in public, he cannot help but accept the dare implicit in her words. To her father's great delight, he offers to take her to his secluded country estate--properly chaperoned, of course--to teach the girl a lesson in ladylike behavior. . .

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Oh, what a delightful romance! It started off a bit frivolous and shallow (I'm talking about you, Lady Amelia!), but that just added to the depth of the character and the story. Neither Amelia nor Thomas were the most likable of characters at the beginning, but I must say they both redeemed themselves and won my heart. What started out as a hate/hate relationship turned into such a deep emotional connection that I hated to see the book end. Will definitely read more from this author.

My Rating: ****

Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire, Book 1) by Stephanie Rowe

Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this killer curse and put her Black Widow days behind her. When sexy Blaine Underhill III shows up at her door and asks for her help rescuing his friend from the clutches of Death's evil grandma, Trinity gets pulled into a daring high stakes adventure. As Blaine and Trinity join forces to take down a series of underworld assassins, they may just learn that love is the deadliest game of all.

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The description on the back of this book and the cover picture (YUM!) made me think this book was right up my alley. But alas, it just wasn't me. Though it was fast paced and entertaining enough, the humor was way too forced for my liking. I like some subtle humor or sarcasm in my books, but this was just so in your face and outrageous that it leached the funny out of the story for me.

My Rating: ***

Wild Heart by Lori Brighton


Leo Roberts is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined--and completely untamed...until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo's mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing...


What manner of man he may be, Ella does not know. Yet he fascinates her and she must know more. Capturing Leo's reckless heart is about to free her in ways she never dreamed of...and his sensual touch releases the deepest yearnings of her body and soul...

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This is Lori Brighton's debut novel, and what an awesome start it was! I adored this book and the characters. It was historical romance with a wee bit of paranormal thrown in to sweeten the pot. There wasn't a dull moment, with great action and mystery. And some steamy lovin' between two wonderful leads. I can't wait for Brighton's next book!

My Rating: ****

Jared (The Shadow Wranglers, Book 2) by Sarah McCarty

Meet Jared-a cowboy with bite-in the latest paranormal romance from the national bestselling author. Jared Johnson has always been a force to be reckoned with, first as an outlaw and now as a vampire. Caught in a war between immortals, he doesn't have time to waste, but when a female vampire is attacked, he can't just walk away. He expects a quick good­bye, but what he gets is a vulnerable woman who intrigues and seduces while giving away nothing of the secrets holding her hostage. Raisa may not have extreme physical strength, but she's been able to survive as a vampire longer than most by keeping to herself. But that's about to change. Forced to accept Jared's protection, Raisa finds it increasingly hard to resist his forbidden allure while keeping the secret that could destroy them both.

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I didn't think I'd ever get done with this book. No, it wasn't long and boring - I just couldn't keep my eyes off the front cover. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice body there, Jared! As for the story, I thought it was fantastic. I enjoyed the first book in the series (Caleb), but this one was much better. I think it was the difference in the heroines. I totally loved Raisa. Though she was physically weak (great story behind that), she was such a strong individual. And Jared was one alpha hunk of vamp cowboy. He wasn't likable in the first book, but apparently we just needed to get to know him. There were some great revelations in this story, plus very interesting secondary characters. I hope McCarty's got lots more stories for us.

My Rating: *****

A Pirate's Possession by Michelle Beattie

Disguised as a man, Claire Gentry is searching for the treasure her long-lost father never found. But her façade doesn't fool pirate Nate Carter-the man who stole her heart, and the man who can help her find the treasure. But they may realize that what they've really been searching for isn't riches, but each other.

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I was really looking forward to reading this book. A friend on Nocturne Romance Reads recommended it. Besides, what's not to like about a hunky pirate? But for me, the book was just "meh". I had trouble getting into it and it took me quite a while to get done. I think a lot had to do with the fact that there are two books before this one, and much reference was made to the previous books. I thought Nate was great, but Claire just annoyed the hell out of me. Yes, she was spirited, self-sufficient and had a hard past, but I just wanted to slap her for her attitude toward Nate.

My Rating: ***

Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed, Book 6) by Lara Adrian

A woman driven by blood. A man thirsting for vengeance...
A place where darkness and desire meet...

As night falls, Claire Roth flees, driven from her home by a fiery threat that seems to come from hell itself. Then, from out of the flames and ash, a vampire warrior emerges. He is Andreas Reichen, her onetime lover, now a stranger consumed by vengeance. Caught in the cross fire, Claire cannot escape his savage fury—or the hunger that plunges her into his world of eternal darkness and unending pleasure.

Nothing will stop Andreas from destroying the vampire responsible for slaughtering his Breed brethren...even if he must use his former lover as a pawn in his deadly mission. Blood-bonded to his treacherous adversary, Claire can lead Andreas to the enemy he seeks, but it is a journey fraught with danger—and deep, unbidden desires. For Claire is the one woman Andreas should not crave, and the only one he’s ever loved. A dangerous seduction begins—one that blurs the lines between predator and prey, and stokes the flames of a white-hot passion that may consume all in its path...

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This is one of my favorite series, and this has been one of my favorite books. And I hope there are many more to come. Andreas is quite a tortured alpha male, much different than he was in the other books. (Big events at the end of the last book changed everything for him.) He meets up again with Claire, the former love of his life, and sparks fly. (***giggles*** Read the book and you'll think that's cute!) There is non-stop action in this story, and the suspense never lets up. Your heart will break for Claire and Andreas and the hell they have to go through to get a HEA. Great chapter in a great series.

My Rating: **** 1/2

How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.

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This is Dreiling's debut novel, and I hope for many books to come from her. I think this was a phenomenal debut. I like trying out new authors, so even though the description sounded like a fluffy light read (The Bachelor, historical romance style!), I decided to give it a try. And I was quite pleasantly surprised! Though the book starts out light and witty (quite clever dialogue betweent he leads), it soon turns into an emotional story with intrigue. You cannot read this book and not fall totally in love with Tristan. Definitely swoon-worthy. Sexy, smart, witty and protective - he's got it all. Though the story gets deeper, there is still a sense of humor throughout. (I bet you can't read the "sheep" discussion without grinning like a fool!)

My Rating: *****

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Oh, I love love LOVE my Kindle! Only problem? I'm buying even more books! But some are such a good price! So I'm downloading books instead of doing reviews. Typical me.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Still waiting!

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Amazon finally got Kindles in stock, and mine was mailed Monday. It was supposed to be here today. But nooooooooooo, bad weather has held up the delivery! (Yes, I am petty and shallow - worrying about a gadget while others are suffering from the weather. But I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant it!) Hubby will be running errands while I'm at work, so no one will be around for the UPS guy. Hate the thought of it sitting out in the cold, shivering. (It's official - I've lost my mind!) Can't wait to play! I've been downloading books like crazy. I must stop! Now I'm just as bad downloading e-books as I am buying new releases. I need to learn to control myself.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Well, I actually haven't gotten it yet, but I ordered it Monday! My estimated delivery date is between Jan. 18 and 24. I can't wait!

I do prefer paper books - the cover, shape, feel, smell - just love them! And I have over 1500 to read, I think. But I figured a Kindle would be great for traveling. Also, I love the free downloads available on and They may not be great, but hey, free is free! Also, it will give me a chance to potentially find new authors. I also found that I can get some historical romances cheaper online than I can at the used booksstore!

I hope it comes soon. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I'm caught up!!

But for how long?

Well, now I've got the post-Christmas blues bad. Doesn't help that the last 2 days have been rainy and dreary. Plus I have to go back to work for full weeks after working 2 weeks of only 4 days each. Ugh. But I always get depressed after Christmas, and I know it'll pass.

I'll stop whining now. Here are some more reviews:

His Woman by Diana Cosby

Trusting Her Was Unthinkable

Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer's mistress, shattering Duncan's heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan's promise to Isabel's dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.

Resisting Her Was Impossible

Betraying the man she loved was the only way for Isabel to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her just how much she sacrificed. No one could blame him for despising her, yet Duncan's misgivings cannot withstand a desire that has grown wilder with time. Now, on a perilous journey through Scotland, two wary lovers must confront both the enemies who will stop at nothing to hunt them down, and the secret legacy that threatens their passion and their lives. . .

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I didn't realize this was the second book featuring the MacGruders. I should have done my homework better. And I have the first one hidden in my room somewhere! Humph. Though I didn't realize it until after I read it, so I guess they don't need to be read in order. Anyhow....I loved this book. This is the first I've read by Cosby, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Duncan had been betrayed by Isabel in the past, but had never gotten over it. Isabel had her reasons - good reasons! - but she could not tell Duncan. But Duncan was able to put it aside to honor a pledge to Isabel's dying brother. No really big surprises here, but I thought it was very well written, and the chemistry between the characters was fantastic. I was really pulled into the story and didn't want it to end, hence my rating.

My Rating: *****

Right Hand Magic (Golgotham, Book 1) by Nancy A. Collins

Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can't resist a good rental deal-even if it's in the city's strangest neighborhood, Golgotham, where for centuries werewolves, centaurs, and countless other creatures have roamed the streets.
Her new landlord is a sorcerer name Hexe, who is determined to build his reputation without using dark, left-hand magic. As Tate is drawn into Hexe's fascinating world, they both find that the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing-and avoiding darkness is no easy trick...

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I was familiar with the name of Nancy A. Collins, but had not read any of her books to my knowledge. This sounded interesting, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I admit I was very surprised how much I liked it. In the beginning, I was thinking that no way would Tate find Hexe attractive (I mean...six fingers on each hand and cat pupils...and purple hair?) However, by the end of the book I was half in love with him. The amazing thing about this book was Collins' world building. You could "see" the city that she was building, and it was a magical (hehe) place. The strange creatures she described seemed to become normal as the story progressed. You can't read this story and not be fascinated by Golgotham and its inhabitants. It's a city I will gladly visit again.

My Rating: *****

Never Lie to a Lady (Neville Family, Book 1) by Liz Carlyle

In her dazzling new historical trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle plunges readers into the steamy underworld of nineteenth-century London. Among the swirling glitter of English high society, a scandalous rogue gets more than he bargained for in the lady of his desires.

Lord Nash is a creature of the night -- his wealth and title provide but a tenuous entrée into polite society. Notorious for his sophisticated manners and a dark, dashing elegance, rumors abound of the men he has bankrupted and the women he's left heartbroken. But when Nash leaves his lair for a rare foray into the ton, he faces a lure of temptation all his own -- an extraordinary moment of passion with a mysterious lady in the moonlight -- and an obsession that will lead him into a hellish world of smugglers, spies, and intrigue. And as for his damsel in disguise, the witty and beautiful Miss Xanthia Neville, he soon learns, is as unattainable as she is tempting. And now Nash must decide if she is also dangerous. . . .

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This is my first book by Liz Carlyle. Glad I enjoyed it, because I believe I have 4 more of hers! It was a little slow getting started, but once it got going it was quite an entertaining read. I believe Nash (yummy!) and Xanthia were a great pairing...and very hot, I might add. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

My Rating: ****

The Heir by Grace Burrowes

Award-winning debut author Grace Burrowes introduces a deeply engaging series of Regency romances

A debut novel by a rising star with remarkable characters, intriguing plots, and settings of fascinating historical accuracy. In this Regency era battle of wits, wills, and the sexes, a wily old duke is determined to see the succession of his line secured, and his three headstrong sons are equally determined to resist the bonds of matrimony. In The Heir, the first in the series, the Earl of Wyndham, weighed down by responsibilities and determined to avoid the rounds of country houses of and matchmaking mamas, decides to summer in London. There he discovers a potentially perfect duchess in his lovely, mysterious housekeeper...

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This is one of those books that just captivated me. It started out a wee bit slow, but before I knew it I was so engrossed I just couldn't put it away! (And not a good thing when you're at work, let me tell you!) I found Gayle and Anna to be the perfect couple. The romance between them slowly built up, making it more believable. Anna had a secret, and did everything she could to hide it from everyone, especially the Earl. I adored Anna and her relationships with others around her. However, to me the most heartwarming relationships were between Gayle and his brothers, Dev and Valentine. I can't wait until their stories come out.

My Rating: *****

Ride The Fire (Blakely/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, Book 3) by Pamela Claire

Sexy, sensitive and resourceful frontiersman Nicholas Kenleigh, Clare's gloriously larger-than-life hero, will seduce readers as he wins the heart of young widow Elspeth Stewart. Elspeth is eight months pregnant and struggling to survive without the help of a man when a wounded Nicholas comes along and demands her aid. Smart enough not to say no to a scruffy-looking trapper with a revolver, Elspeth takes him in, tends to his wound and then ties him up for her own protection. What follows is a taut, sensual adventure during which the two protagonists find love and discover that braving the many hardships of the frontier (and the dark corners of their pasts) is best done together. Through her tight plotting and deft descriptions of the Ohio wilderness, Clare keeps the suspense level high. As her characters state often throughout, the first rule of the frontier is survival, and Clare does an excellent job of depicting the constant struggle to stay alive. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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First, what didn't I like? That this was part of a trilogy, and I didn't know it! I have the first one, I realized, and don't know where it is. Story of my life. What else didn't I like? Can't think of one damn thing. This is one of the BEST books I have ever read! Absolutely freaking phenomenal. The hero and heroine are two of the bravest people you'll ever read about - they've been through the fires of hell (Nicholas literally), yet they struggle through and manage to find love. This is the first book I've ever read with a pregnant heroine who is about to give birth. Nicholas is the ultimate tortured hero. The building of their relationship together is beautiful to behold. Yes, I'm gushing. I just can't describe how much I love this story.

My Rating: *****

Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, Book 5) by Lara Adrian

A warrior trained in bullets and blades, Renata cannot be bested by any man—vampire or mortal. But her most powerful weapon is her extraordinary psychic ability—a gift both rare and deadly. Now a stranger threatens her hard-won independence—a golden-haired vampire who lures her into a realm of darkness…and pleasure beyond imagining.

A combat-loving adrenaline junkie, Nikolai dispenses his own justice to enemies of the Breed—and his latest quarry is a ruthless assassin. One woman stands in his way: the seductive, cool-as-ice bodyguard, Renata. But Renata’s powers are put to the test when a loved one, a child, is threatened and she’s forced to turn to Niko for help. As the two join forces, as desire fans the flames of a deeper hunger, Renata’s life is under siege by a man who offers the exquisite pleasure of a blood bond—and a passion that could save or doom them both forever.…

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As I've mentioned before, this is one of my favorite series. Lara Adrian is absolutely wonderful. After this many books, a series can become a bit staid, but not this one. New storylines continually emerge to keep it fresh and exciting. Niko didn't stand out in the previous stories, but he sure did here when it was his turn. He is quite the daredevil, a proficient fighting machine who didn't have much time for women, except for the occasional release. When Niko has a run-in with Renata, he's intrigued and can't get her off of his mind. Renata was a great heroine, being forced to protect someone she hated. When a little girl dear to her is taken away, Niko and Renata join forces to save her. And then things really get hot. Great characters and lots of action and heat add up to a great book.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Now that I've caught up, here's a list of the order I just placed with Books-A-Million online. (I pray hubby never finds this blog!)

Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix
Rory by Julia Templeton
Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland
A Little Bit Sinful by Adrienne Basso
How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling
A Taste of Desire by Beverley Kendall
Frostfire by Lynn Viehl
My Immortal Assassin by Carolyn Jewel
Finding Destiny by Jean Johnson
Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
Master of Smoke by Angela Knight
Surrender to Darkness by Annette Mccleave
Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Angel at Dawn by Emma Holly
Seducing the Vampire by Michele Hauf
Taken by the Others by Jess Haines
Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

Yep, 17. I have plans to order than same amount come next payday, too. January is a big new release month!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I appear to be on a roll today

Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed, Book 4) by Lara Adrian

In a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon...

For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the scarred, lethally seductive man who rises from the shadows to draw her into his world of dark desire and endless night.

Fueled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way—least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. For an ancient evil has been awakened, and a stunning darkness is on the rise. Suddenly Dylan is powerless to resist Rio’s touch, even as she uncovers a shocking link to her own past. And now she must choose: Leave Rio’s midnight realm, or risk it all for the man who has shown her true passion and the infinite pleasures of the heart. . . .

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Another great story in the Midnight Breed stories. I do admit I was just a tiny bit disappointed, and I'm not sure why. I guess it's because I so wanted to read Rio's story that I was expecting way too much. That happens with me with series. However, I still enjoyed it immensely. Rio was such a tragic figure, and he more than anyone else deserved his happily ever after. And he found his perfect Breedmate in Dylan. The storyline really progressed a great deal in this book, which I think will lead to many exciting stories for our continued enjoyment.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Broken Wing by Judith James

Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.

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I just cannot fathom anyone NOT giving this book their highest rating! (Yeah, yeah, I know...different tastes.) This one grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let me go. It seriously pulled at my heartstrings. It was a hard book to read, but so worthwhile. So many scenes made me sob! Gabriel was one of the most unique characters I've ever come across in a historical romance. He was forced into prostitution as a child, and he used cutting in an attempt to feel in control. Sarah was a wonderful heroine, her love helping him overcome his tragic past. When they got separated, it just about killed me! But loves does conquer all! After I get this book back from a friend, it's going on my keeper shelf.

My Rating: *****

The Highlander's Bride (McTiernay Brothers, Book 1) by Michele Sinclair

Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress or had Conor finally found the one woman who could lay claim to his heart?

Laurel trusted that the Scottish chieftain would keep her safe from the cruel laird from whom she had escaped. Looking deep into Conor's silver eyes she saw not only his calculating warrior ways but his quick arousal to passion. But before they can explore the growing desire between them, their newfound love is threatened by secrets from her past.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again....I want my own hot Highlander!!! Please? Just don't tell my hubby! This was a great start to this series. Conor was jaded, being used to women wanting him only for his position and property. (I myself would want him for his hot body, but I digress.) When his group runs into Laurel as she is escaping, Conor is immediately drawn to her. The building passion between the two is nicely done, and adds a great deal to the story. As Laurel's secrets start to catch up with her, their love is put to the test. I'm looking forward to the next two books.

My Rating: ****

Devoured by Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, Book 7) by Alexandra Ivy

They are the Guardians of Eternity, strong, skilled, seductive vampires chosen to protect—and to destroy. And they will risk anything to fulfill their duty, and satisfy their desires...

Tane is a Charon, sworn to hunt and kill rogue vampires. His new assignment seems like a waste of his talents—until he catches up with the jinn he's been sent to capture. Half human, half demon, Laylah has a vulnerable streak that strikes right through to Tane's cold heart. He should be furious when she uses her powers to bind them together, preventing him from dragging her before the Commission. Instead he welcomes any reason to stay close enough to touch, to taste, to seduce...

Laylah doesn't know why she was chosen to protect a child who may be the catalyst in a war between good and evil. But the mysteries of her past pale compared to the dangers approaching. Tane is devastatingly strong, breathtakingly sensual. And Laylah will have to trust in every ounce of that strength, because her enemies are drawing near, eager to destroy them both...

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Another one of my favorite series, a new book by Ivy is cause for celebration with me. Though I had trouble picturing Tane to be the incredibly hot guy that he was supposed to be. To me, a guy with a shaved head except for a long mohawk just isn't appealing. The dude on the cover doesn't sound much like the description, does he? And apparently he doesn't own a shirt or shoes. Don't know why that bothers me. LOL. I do admit that the chemistry between Tane and Laylah is extremely potent, and certain scenes are very hot. Laylah is a fantastic heroine. I always enjoy seeing characters from previous books making an appearance. And Levet the gargoyle owns my heart. The story continues to progress wonderfully from one book to the next.

My Rating: ****

Caleb (The Shadow Wranglers, Book 1) by Sarah McCarty

Allie always desired mysterious, sexy rancher Caleb Johnson, but he never seemed to notice her. Until the night she's attacked by a vicious animal, and rescued by a shapeshifting vampire that she almost seems to recognize: the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. That's because her savior is Caleb, and now he has no choice but to bring Allie into the shadows with him-to protect her from a rival werewolf pack, and to finally reveal his true feelings for the woman he's been afraid to love.

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Ranchers! Vampires! Ranchers who are vampires! Yep, hell of a fun premise and story. It starts out with a bang, when Allie is attacked by a "wolf" and saved by Caleb. Allie is quickly drawn into the world of vampires and her increasing attraction to Caleb. Allie can be annoying at times, but I liked that she dealt with her fear and uncertainty with humor. And Caleb was just so freaking yummy. (I really like the cover of this book - helped me to get a good picture of him in my mind.) The next book in the series is Jared (Caleb's brother - we're introduced to him here). Will be reading that soon.

My Rating: ****

Defiant by Jessica Trapp

She Forced His Hand

Three years ago Jared St. John was imprisoned, wrongly, for the murder of his own brother. Now, finally free, he wishes only to live in peace, hoping to heal the darkness that plagues his soul. But his self-inflicted isolation is destroyed when he is drugged, spirited away to a church, and forced to marry a brazen enchantress against his will...

He Captured Her Heart

Lady Gwyneth of Windrose knows something of false imprisonment, but that doesn't stop her from abducting a stranger when it's her only hope of gaining her liberty. Yet the moment she's alone in her unwilling new husband's powerful presence, everything Gwyneth thought she knew of men—and of seduction—falls by the wayside. For the first time in her life, it's not freedom Gwyneth craves...but to give herself over to unyielding passion...

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There was nothing really remarkable about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a fast, fun, fluff read, though. And sometimes that's all you want. I will definitely read more of her books.

My Rating: ****

Happy New Year!!

I'd like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Did anyone make any New Year's resolutions? I'm going to do my darndest this year to eat healthier, lose weight, try to be happier at work.....and do better working on reviews! Here's a start:

Provocative in Pearls (Rarest Blooms, Book 2) by Madeline Hunter

After two years, Grayson Bridlington, The Earl of Hawkeswell, has located his missing bride Verity Thompson. Coerced into marrying Hawkeswell by her duplicitous cousin, Verity fled London for the countryside. Now, the couple must make the most of an arranged marriage--even if it means surrendering to their shared desire.

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So far this has been a fun series. Nothing new or groundbreaking here, just a good story and very likable characters. Hawkeswell's discovery of his missing bride was well written, as was Verity's despair of being found out. There wasn't love at first sight when meeting again, which gave the building of the relationship a dose of reality. The next book in the series is "Sinful In Satin"...must dig it out of the TBR pile!

My Rating: ****

Stolen Kisses by Suzanne Enoch

Fire and Ice . . .

Jack Faraday, the Marquis of Dansbury, is rich, titled, and handsome as sin. A scandalous rake who's charmed a long string of ladies, he finally meets his match in Miss Lilith Benton, known as the Ice Queen.

Intent on restoring her family's good name, Lilith wants only to make a respectable marriage. So when the tempting but notorious Jack begins to woo her, she is determined to ignore him. Then their accidental involvement in a duke's mysterious death forces Jack and Lilith to become conspirators to clear their names—and suddenly cold disdain gives way to hot desire. Now Lilith may find his passionate stolen kisses too tempting to resist . . .

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I really enjoyed this one! Jack was a great, hot hero. I enjoyed Lilith once we got to know her a little better...though I wanted to slap her; why on earth would she want to stay away from Jack?! (Yeah, I know - to further the story - but still....) When Jack and Lilith are involved in a duke's death (he deserved it!), the story really gets rolling. I will definitely be searching on more books from Enoch.

My Rating: ****

Darker Than Night (Shadow Guard, Book 3) by Kim Lenox

Countess Selene is the Shadow Guard's only female member. She sacrificed herself to save the people of London and is now under a sleeping spell in the Tower of London, guarded by Raven warriors. When she awakens on a dark street with a blade in her hand and a dead prostitute at her feet, everything changes. Now she must face an ancient enemy, with only a reclusive, secretive warrior to trust...

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Is this a beautiful book cover, or what? I found myself staring at it quite frequently! LOL. I must admit, I think this series is just phenomenal. Lenox has done a remarkable job with the mythology of the Shadow Guard. Selene was not a favorite character of mine in the previous books (though I loved her relationship with her beloved snake), but she really grew on me with this story. And Roarke? Incredibly hot and favorite type of hero! There was no cliffhanger at the end of the book; yet I hope that this series will continue. Whatever Lenox comes up with next will definitely be on my automatic to-buy list.

My rating: *****

Tempt Me At Twilight (The Hathaways, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas

Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.

Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy—except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm’s length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all...

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I am so thankful for the day I first picked up a novel by Kleypas. She quickly has become one of my favorite authors ever. This has also got to be one of the best historical series EVER. All of the Hathaways are a delight so far. Though they've all dealt with hardship, the love and humor among them provides the backbone for the series. I really enjoyed the budding relationship between Harry and Poppy. Harry's dark childhood background added so much to the story, and made the romance much more special.

My Rating: *****

Married by Morning (The Hathaways, Book 4) by Lisa Kleypas

For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.

Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

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I couldn't wait to read Leo's story! He was such a hot mess in the first book of the series; but he was a sympathetic character, so I wanted to know more. Since the first story, he has been slowly putting his life back together. His relationship with "Marks" until now was like oil and water. Here it was absolutely combustible! I loved the snarking between them. It was touching for them to get over their sad pasts and find love with unlikely partners. The secret relationship between Harry (from "Tempt Me at Twilight") really added to the book. I just adore Leo!

My Rating: *****

Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways, Book 5) by Lisa Kleypas

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied…

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This series can't be over - it just can't be!!! I loved it so much! The description of this book didn't sound that great to me - yep, this story has been done before - but it was simply marvelous. Beatrix has been so entertaining in all the previous books. Her love of animals was so endearing, especially her hedgehog. The letters between Christopher and Beatrix were so beautiful, seeing them falling for each other. But then Christopher returns home, suffering from PTSD, and things become difficult. This couple was one of my favorite in this series. I enjoyed all of it - have to love a series that makes you both blubber like a baby and laugh out loud. If you are a fan of historical romances, don't let this one pass you by.

My Rating: *****

Living Nightmare (Sentinel Wars, Book 4) by Shannon K. Butcher

For nine years, the Sentinel Nika has had one goal-to save her younger sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. Now, the psychic bond Nika forged with her sibling on that terrible night is fading, and time is running out. But the one man who can unlock the power inside her may be the greatest danger to her.

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First of all, this series of books has beautiful covers. (Yes, you know by now that covers are very important to me!) I enjoyed this foray into the world of the Sentinels as much as I did the others. There is plenty of action here to go along with the romance. I've always liked the idea that their life tree leaves show how much soul the Sentinel has left, and how some try to hide this from their brethren. Nika and Madoc have great chemistry, even though Madoc tries to distance himself. I believe there's plenty of more life in this series - there are plenty more Sentinels whose stories need telling. Also, I'm very intrigued by the Sanguinars.

My Rating: ****

Scandal of the Season by Christie Kelley

A Daring Charade...

For ten years, Anthony Westfield, Viscount Somerton, hasn't been able to forget the woman with whom he spent one scandalous night. When their paths cross again, he's shocked to discover Victoria Seaton is an accomplished pickpocket. But Somerton leads a double life of his own. Working on an undercover assignment, he makes Victoria a proposition: pretend to be his mistress or risk ruin. Yet soon he's tempted to turn their charade into reality—and surrender to an explosive passion...

A Holiday To Remember...

Victoria can't believe the man who almost destroyed her life a decade ago is now threatening to unravel her secrets. But posing as his mistress at a holiday country party is a game she can play well. For just one look into Somerton's eyes still weakens her with lust. And with Christmas fast approaching, every kiss they share under the mistletoe only makes Victoria fall more deeply in love...

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Our boy Anthony sure does have quite the smirk on this book cover, no? I wanted Victoria to wipe it right off of him! Since Christmas was coming up, I was in the mood for some books with a seasonal theme. It's been a while since I read this, and I must admit I really don't recall all that much about it. So while an entertaining way to spend the day, it wasn't very memorable. I do remember liking the idea that Victoria was a pickpocket - it's usually the hero with a sordid past. I liked this book enough to try others by Ms. Kelley.

My Rating: ***

Enemy Within (Enemy, Book 1) by Marcella Burnard

An intergalactic cold war-and some heated passion- from an inventive new voice in futuristic romance.

After a stint in an alien prison, Captain Ari Rose wonders why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father's scientific expedition to finish a Ph.D. she doesn't want, Ari never planned to languish quietly behind a desk. She wasn't built for it, either. But when pirates commandeer her father's ship, Ari once again becomes a prisoner.

As far as pirate leader Cullin is concerned, Ari's past imprisonment puts her dead center in Cullin's sights. If she hasn't been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then he's convinced she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. Cullin can't afford the desire she fires within him and he'll stop at nothing, including destroying her, to uncover the truth.

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I was a bit hesitant to get this one, because I'm not a huge fan of what I consider science fiction. But there were some great reviews of this book on Amazon, so I decided to give this futuristic romance a shot. And I'm so glad I did! I think this was a sensational debut novel by Burnard, and I can't wait until the next in the series comes out. Ari was one kick-ass heroine! It's not that she wasn't afraid of anything, but that she was able to push through her fear. She'd been through so much before Cullin took over her ship. And Cullin? ~sigh~ I did love me some Cullin. At first the "techie" terms were a little confusing, but that passed quickly as I became engrossed in the story. Fantastic book.

My Rating: *****

A Season of Seduction (Tristan Family, Book 3) by Jennifer Haymore

Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.

A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.

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I loved Haymore's first two books, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I wanted to rip right into it, but waited closer to Christmas since it had a bit of a Christmas theme. It was every bit as good as I had hoped. We were introduced to Rebecca in the previous books, and saw her development from a naive young girl to a disillusioned widow who just wanted a lover. And Jack is the man she picked. Jack has dark secrets, and needs to marry Rebecca. I loved the scene when Rebecca decides to sleep with Jack for the first time. The romance between the two was erotic. Though Jack needed the marriage and was deceptive, you couldn't help but fall in love with him, just as Rebecca did. I believe this is the last of this series, but I'm excited to learn that she has a new one coming out this year. Woohoooo!

My Rating: *****

Kiss of Fate (Dragonfire, Book 3) by Deborah Cooke

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth's treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth's treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, is about to begin.

Haunted by dreams of a lover who takes the form of a dragon, Eileen Grosvenor searches for the truth. She never expects to find a real dragon shape shifter, let alone one who awakens her passion and ignites memories of a forgotten past.

Erik Sorensson is focused on leading the Pyr against the Slayers when a powerful ancient relic reveals itself. Erik tries to retrieve it from Eileen's possession—and is shocked by a fury of passion. Her presence touches him in unexpected ways, reminding him of mistakes he's determined not to make again, and Erik is forced to make a choice—duty or love.

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This series simply gets better and better. I think this is the best of the 3 that I've read so far. (And dammit, I wish I could find the next book! I have it, but it's buried in one of my piles.) Erik's been one of the more intriguing Pyr that we've met to date. Though I think the romance between Erik and Eileen was great, the relationship I enjoyed reading about the most was the one between Erik and his son, who was a Slayer. Lots of action and plenty of romance, this one's a winner.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed, Book 3) by Lara Adrian

With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man—the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.

No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged—a bond that will link them by blood and vow—and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart. . . .

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This is definitely a don't miss series. I must point out, do not read them out of order. I think the progression of the storyline is very important and some things won't make sense out of order. Anyhooooo...I loved the pairing of Tegan and Elise. We met Eileen in a previous book, and she is such a sympathetic character. She's been through hell, but has the strength to pursue revenge. And when she's forced to rely on Tegan for help, things start to sizzle. If you like your heroes to be alpha males, well, then Tegan is for you. Fantastic world-building, which only gets better as the series progresses.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Vow of Seduction (Knights of the Crusade, Book 1) by Angela Johnson

Sworn to support King Edward, Sir Alex de Beaumont had to leave his new bride on their wedding night to fight in the Crusades. Captured and left to languish in a lonely prison, the warrior knight is kept alive by the memory of love - and of Lady Katherine's innocent passion as she cried out his name in ecstasy and made him her own. Upon his escape and return to England, he is shocked to find his beloved is about to marry another man...Kat refuses to forgive him. But Alex will not be gainsaid. He vows to seduce her all over again and his searching kisses reawaken the sensual fire they once knew - until an enemy determined to destroy them both closes in. Now Alex must risk everything for the one woman whose love he wants forever...

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I really enjoyed this one! Alex was rather naive emotionally when he married Katherine; however, he certainly changed when he was captured during the Crusades and went through untold horrors. Alex reappears when Katherine is in the midst of marrying another man (Alex was believed to be dead). Things get explosive rather quickly. I thought it was great when Alex realized he wanted to always be with Katherine, and did his damndest to change her mind about him. Great characters, engaging story, with heat and action. Looking forward to the next one.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (London's Greatest Lovers, Book 2) by Lorraine Heath

As the black sheep second son of an Earl, Stephen Lyons has gained a reputation in the art of seduction, but when his wicked ways result in scandal, he joins the army to redeem himself. On the battlefield, he proves courageous ...until he is seriously wounded. Returning home to recover, he discovers he can't remember the angelic beauty who arrives at his doorstep, his babe nestled in her arms.

Mercy Dawson will risk everything to protect the son of the dashing soldier she once knew and admired. When Stephen offers to do the honorable thing, she is determined that London's most notorious gentleman will desire her and no other. But Mercy fears that what began as an innocent deception could destroy her dreams and their blossoming love if Stephen ever learns the scandalous truth ...

They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one ...until love takes them by surprise.

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The first book I read by Lorraine Heath was "Passions of a Wicked Earl", the first of this series. Glad I decided to start reading her work! We were introduced to Stephen in the previous book, and he was quite a scoundrel. He joined the army to redeem himself, where he was gravely injured, resulting in a loss of memory. Mercy appears, thinking that Stephen has died...well, surprise! Things heat up between the two as Stephen struggles to recover and Mercy struggles to keep a monumental secret. The blossoming romance was quite touching, and I admit parts of this book had me bawling. I just adored Stephen - I can see why Mercy did!

My Rating: *****