Romance

Flashpoint

Posted on June 26, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , |

Flashpoint (Harlequin Blaze) by Jill Shalvis

From the back of the book:

There’s no putting out this fire…

Zach Thomas risks his life battling flames every day. But since sexy EMT Brooke O’Brian joined the crew, he can’t resist playing with fire. Brooke is feisty, a little uptight…and sexy as hell. And as Zach soon discovers, she’s definitely hot stuff between the sheets. Still, every firefighter knows that the hotter the blaze, the faster the action’s over…

After the whirlwind ride Zach’s been taking her on, Brook is ready to do anything for this man – in and out of bed! But she knows footloose and fancy-free Zach doesn’t do commitment. So she plans to build up a five-alarm fire between them. The kind he won’t ever want to put out…

First, I just have to say that the cover on the Blaze is HOT!!! And the story is too. From the second they meet Zach and Brooke have amazing chemistry. This story also has heart and not just hormones. Both characters are used to a solitary past, and have to work to overcome it. The dynamic of Zach and the other firefighters is great. They seem like a real family teasing each other and constantly being in each others business. Next month (August), Aidan, Zach’s best friend, will get his turn. Make sure to get both Flashpoint and Flashback.

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Secrets of Surrender

Posted on June 26, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: |

Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter

From the back of the book:

He catches her eye across the dining room – a handsome stranger who stands out among the lewd noblemen and bawdy painted women. But their worlds are about to collide in a way Roselyn Longworth could never have imagined. For before the night is out, she will be auctioned off to the highest bidder…and Kyle Bardwell will lead her from one kind of hell to another. Yet from the moment her wins her, Kyle treats Rose with a gentleness she hasn’t know since a family scandal destroyed her reputation. And when she finally learns what is really driving Kyle, it’s too late. for Rose has fallen for the man who knows her most intimate secrets. Now he has stunned her with a proposal of marriage – the first step in a seduction that will demand nothing less than her complete surrender…

Rose Longworth is a woman with a lot of trouble. First, her family is in ruin due to her brother’s criminal activities. Second, she engages in an affair where she had thought she was in love, but wasn’t. Third, Rose has been placed for auction and the highest bidder will get to do whatever he wants with her. I really felt sorry for Rose. Most of her problems were not of her making. Kyle Bradford is a man that doesn’t really belong. He was born in a coal mining town and has risen to be a man of means. Not quite a common man and definitely not an aristocrat. He sees Rose and wants her, but knows that she is too good for him. The passion that evolves between these two is very sweet. Kyle wants to take care of Rose and not let the turmoil in her life hurt her anymore than in has to. Through the story they learn to overcome the past and focus on the future. This book is a recommended read for anyone looking for a sweet love story that starts on rocky ground.

(This is the third book in the Rothwell series. You do not have to read the first two books to understand what is going on in the story.)

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Heated Rush

Posted on June 25, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , , |

Heated Rush (Harlequin Blaze) by Leslie Kelly

From the back of the book:

You know you’re hard up when you have to buy a date…

But Annie Davis’s big family reunion is looming, and she needs a stand-in man fast or she’ll never hear the end of it. Any gorgeous guy will do. Her solution? The drop-dead-sexy man at the charity bachelor auction. His good looks and blue-collar background make him perfect for her! Or is he?

Sean Murphy has a bit of a surprise for Annie. Not only is he not blue-collar, he’s actually a sophisticated European entrepreneur, one who’s made pleasuring women an art form. And he wants to permanently pleasure Annie! But Sean knows that if she discovers his secret, their wickedly delicious liaison will be over. Lucky for both of them, he’s learned enough tricks to keep Annie distracted for a long, long time…

This is the second book in The Wrong Bed: Again and Again. The first book is Slow Hands. This book has two very lovable characters. Annie is the ultimate girl next door. She was raised by an extremely overprotective family and longs for a life on her own terms. After moving away from home and starting her own child care facility those dreams are coming true. The only dark spot in her life is she doesn’t have a man to take home for her parent’s anniversary party. Enter Sean Murphy. This man is sex personified. He is charming, kind, and has an Irish accent. The chemistry between Annie and Sean is hot, but there is also a tenderness between the two of them. I enjoyed the way he takes care of her and makes sure that she is happy. I really recommend reading this book.

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BTW – I received an extra copy of Heated Rush, I will give it away this Friday along with Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis. I had intended to give away Lover Enshrined this Friday, so there will be two winners!!

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Just a Taste

Posted on June 24, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , , |

Just a Taste (Berkley Sensation) Deirdre Martin

From the back of the book:

For delizioso paste, go to Dante’s. For a sumptuous cordon bleu, go to Vivi’s. To really heat things up…get the together.

Since his wife’s untimely death, Anthony Dante has thrown himself into his cooking, making his restaurant, Dante’s, a Brooklyn institution. So far, his biggest problem has been keeping his retired hockey-star brother out of the kitchen. But now, a mademoiselle is invading his turf. And you know what they say: Too many chefs spoil the neighborhood…

Stunning Vivi Robitaille can’t wait to showcase her taste but-tingling recipes in her brand-new bistro, Vivi’s. Her only problem is an arrogant Italian chef across the street who actually thinks he’s competition. The table is set for a culinary war – until things start getting spicy outside of the kitchen…

This book was fun to read. I enjoyed the love/hate relationship between Anthony and Vivi. Their verbal sparing over butter or shortening will have you laughing and then fanning yourself at the level chemistry between them. I have read the other NY Blades books and love “seeing” some familiar faces. This book is different form the others, since it doesn’t have a hockey player as a main character. But, the story of the dueling chefs is one you can’t miss. Vivi is as passionate as any French woman, and Anthony is a stereo-typical Italian male, and when these two get together you better hide the knives. For more information about the other NY Blades books go to www.nyblades.com.

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Not Another Bad Date

Posted on June 23, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , , |

Not Another Bad Date (Avon Romance) by Rachel Gibson

From the back of the book:

What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town?

Adele Harris can’t even begin to answer that question. She’s had so many lousy dates that she’s sure she’s cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he’s lost his mind – and his manners? Adele thought life couldn’t get any more confusing…until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis…the one who got away.

Texans love God, family, and football, though not always in that order

Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he’s doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life – still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes – he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he’s serious this time…or is he destined to be another bad date?

This is the forth book a series about 4 author friends. Adele is the author of fantasy books, and she believes she is cursed. Well, she doesn’t really believe it, but she knows that something is definitely wrong with her love life. After 3 years without a good date, Adele is ready to call it quits.  Her sister calls with news of impending divorce and asks Adele to come and help her adjust. Returning home isn’t on Adele’s list of things to do, but she goes anyway. Running into an ex-boyfriend was just something she wasn’t counting on. I really liked this book. With a side story of Zach’s mean late wife trying to get into heaven, the story definitely has some funny moments. The chemistry between Zach and Adele is hot. They seem to catch fire when around each other even though Adele is sure that she wants nothing to do with Zach.

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Vampires Are Forever

Posted on June 22, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal, Romance | Tags: , |

Vampires Are Forever (Argeneau Vampires, Book 8) by Lynsay Sands

From Back of Book:

Vampires Don’t Exist…Do They?

Inez Urso is beginning to have her doubts. Her business associate Thomas Argeneau has some interesting traits, like an allergic reaction to the sun, excellent night vision, and not mush of an appetite for food. And to top it all off, he just tried to bite her neck…happy to experience more, despite her determination not to mix business with pleasure.

He’s Been Waiting Forever For A Woman Like Her…

Well, if not forever, at least two hundred years. Inez is the most beautiful woman he’s seen in centuries. Those luscious lips, seductive curves, and her elegant neck…he just couldn’t resist the temptation of one little bite. Now Thomas will do anything to convince her that only an immortal like him can satisfy her all night long…

This is the 8th book in the Argeneau series. This is probably my least favorite book of the series. Thomas was in several of the other books as a secondary character and I loved him. I was excited to see how he would find his lifemate and to find out what he really was like. While these things were explained the book didn’t go too in depth with Thomas’ life. I felt that the author didn’t give Thomas a chance to expand from a secondary character (even though he is the main focus of this book). Inez is also a pretty flat character. Her past isn’t really discussed and her immediate acceptance of what Thomas is was unrealistic. The book is more about finding Marguerite. Also, it seemed that the book was mainly a bunch of running around from country to country. The story just didn’t seem to go anywhere. I hope that book nine, Vampire, Interrupted, is much better.

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Fantasyland

Posted on June 19, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , |

Fantasyland by Michele Bardsley

From the back of the book:

Take a hedonistic holiday….

There’s only one place to go for an erotic vacation: Fantasyland. Just off the Florida Keys, the chain of exotically themed islands offers the perfect setting for guests to act out their wildest desires.

Looking for you own pirate of the Caribbean? Then check out the island where bawdy buccaneers roam the shores in search of booty.

Do you like to watch? An exhibitionist isle caters to guests who like to let their hair down, shed their inhibitions, and offer a seductive feast for the eyes.

There;s the island where you can be treated like a princess – or a servant. Let a man sweep you off your feet….before he grovels at them, that is. Or give yourself, body and soul, to a man whose only goal is to bring you exquisite pleasure, at the place and time of his choosing.

And blindfolds are the dress code on an isle where every partner is a surprise, and you can become anyone you want to be…with anyone you want.

Some resorts promise you the vacation of your dreams. Fantasyland delivers.

This book is hot, hot, hot. There are 5 novellas each with a different kink. My favorite was “Pirate’s Pursuit”. This is very different form Michele Bardsley’s Broken Heart Vampires. If you don’t like erotic romance then don’t read this book. Each story is well done, and not overly graphic. There is some vulgar language, but it adds to the excitement of the story. Go here to read an excerpt from “Pirate’s Pursuit”.

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One Foot in the Grave

Posted on June 17, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2) by Jeaniene Frost

From Amazon:

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won’t let her get away again.

First I just have to say I LOVE Bones! He is my favorite vampire. This book definitely lived up to the first one. I was a little worried since the first book was so great. I wasn’t let down.  I did find it interesting that there was a four year gap between book #1 and #2. That is something you don’t see a lot in series. The character Cat has grown up a lot in between the books. She has learned to be her own person and deal with what she has been given in life. I especially liked seeing the bonds she had forged with the other agents she worked with. Bones is still the same. Even when not the focus in Cat’s life anymore, he is still with her in many ways. When they get back together the sparks really fly. I thought that this was a great follow-up to book #1. I can’t wait for more Cat and Bones. Book #3, At Grave’s End, is scheduled for December 30th, 2008.

OH – I forgot. There is one scene in the book that will knock your socks off. It is hot, hot, hot!!!

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How To Knit A Wild Bikini

Posted on June 15, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , , |

How to Knit a Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgway

From Amazon:
The beachside knitting shop Malibu & Ewe is the perfect place for L.A.’s hip young crowd to enjoy colorful yarn and intimate conversation. For personal chef Nikki Carmichael, it could be the softest place to land if her new job falls through. Working for magazine writer Jay Buchanan has come with some strange conditions—like pretending to be his girlfriend. As for Jay, he finds himself drawn to the kitchen, where he’s intrigued by his sexy cook’s ability to withstand the heat between them. And now he thinks it’s time to turn up the flames.

This is the first book in a new trilogy by Christie Ridgway. Nikki’s had a hard life. Her mother died at an early age and her father wasn’t particularly warm towards her. Now the only career she has ever wanted is being compromised by a bum knee. The job working for Jay Buchanan come at just the right time. The chemistry between these two is Hot, Hot, Hot. Even though Jay has given up women for the year he finds himself drawn to Nikki and wanting to get past the brick wall she keeps around herself. I loved the atmosphere in the book. The laid back southern California vibe was great. And Cassandra, the owner of the Malibu and Ewe, is a very interesting character. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series. This is a great read for lounging out by the pool or relaxing in on the beach (or just hanging out inside with the AC, which might come in handy when the book gets hot).

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The Darkest Night

Posted on June 12, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, Book 1) by Gena Showalter

From Gena Showalter’s website:

An immortal warrior cursed to die every night, only to awaken the next morning knowing he has to die again.  A mortal woman with a power beyond imagining…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member – a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments. . .and ignites an irresistible passion.  But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…

This is the first book in a great new series. There is a prequel available through eharlequin.com, but it isn’t necessary to the series. I really liked this book. Maddox is such a tortured character that I think it is impossible to not feel for him. His curse, of having to be murdered every night, is hard to comprehend. Ashlyn is a very vulnerable character. First I didn’t believe that she was truly having the feelings that she thought she was. It was so out of place for a seemingly normal girl to find her way to the castle and demand that a fearsome man take care of her. Then we learn about her own curse (the voices) and how this is something she feels that she must do to become whole. The one thing in this book that I had trouble with was the time it takes place in. The language of the warriors, who are from the ancient past, kept taking me back in time. Every time something modern (like Tylenol) was written about it kind of shocked me into remembering that the story takes place in the present. In my opinion this is a great new series. I already have book #2, The Darkest Kiss, and can’t wait to get #3 in July.

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Superb and Sexy

Posted on June 11, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: , , |

Superb and Sexy (Sky High Air, Book 3) by Jill Shalvis

From Barnes & Noble:

When you want to fly the best, you fly Sky High Air. And when you want spectacular adventure and scorching seduction, Jill Shalvis’s tantalizing, talented pilots Noah, Shayne, and Brody will get you there-fast, slow, or any way you want it.

BUCKLE UP. IT’S GOING TO BE QUITE A RIDE.

Despite his brooding bad-boy attitude, Brody knows life has treated him pretty well. His luxury charter airline, Sky High, has given him financial security and the means to take to the skies whenever things on the ground get complicated. And lately, things have become very complicated, thanks to the insanely passionate, or perhaps just insane, kiss he shared with Sky High’s gorgeous, wisecracking concierge, Maddie. He’s tried to keep his distance, but now Maddie desperately needs help, and it’s triggering protective alpha-male urges Brody didn’t even know he had.

For months, Maddie hid her crush on sexy, exasperating Brody behind a cool, kick-ass exterior and then blew that to smithereens by jumping him in the lobby. Yeah, real smooth. She’s tried to break her ties with Sky High, but Brody won’t let her walk away-especially now that he knows that Maddie and her twin sister Leena are in big-time trouble. To save Leena, Maddie and Brody must pose as husband and wife, and Maddie is amazed that the man she thought was oblivious to her existence knows her very well indeed. But that’s nothing compared to the way she’s about to get to know him-intimately, in depth, and over and over again.

I have loved this series. I couldn’t wait for Brody and Maddie’s story. I wasn’t disappointed. Getting to see more of Maddy and learn about her life outside of Sky High Air was great. I did think that she was a little silly denying  her feelings about Brody. Brody was everything I thought he would be. In the other two books he came across very stand-offish and kind of mean, but in this book he sizzles. I was very in to how he rode to the rescue and didn’t flinch at helping out someone he cared about. My only complaint about this book was that the storyline of Maddie’s past was a little unbelievable, but as a whole the book really worked. It is fiction after all, not real life. I am a little sad to see the end of this series, but I know that Jill Shalvis has something just as great (and maybe even better) coming out soon!

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Dial M for Mischief

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: mystery, Romance | Tags: , |

Dial M For Mischief (Hqn Romance) by Kasey Michaels

From Amazon:
Meet the Sunshine girls—three mischievous sisters out to clear their father’s name…and maybe get a little romance on the side.
Hollywood darling Jolie Sunshine is accustomed to trashy headlines. But the shocking gossip surrounding her father’s sudden demise has sent her over the edge… right into the arms of millionaire Sam Becket.
Jolie and Sam once shared much more than a bed, till fame ended their escalating relationship. Now that very limelight is bringing them back together. With a murder to solve and a white-hot passion to quench, they’re really about to give the paparazzi a field day.

This is the first book in a new series by Kasey Michaels. It has a slight connection to the Beckets of Romney Marsh (Sam is a Becket). This book is more mystery than romance. There is both, but the book mainly focuses on solving the four unsolved crimes left by the Sunshine girl’s father and his death. I really liked how the sister’s came together, but they each had their own way of grieving. These three girls are very different in their temperaments. The romance in the book is very subtle and is about the couple finding their way back to each other. The only thing that bothered me about the story was how easily everything came together for Jolie and Sam. It seemed that the 5 years they had been apart didn’t amount to much and they just jumped right back to being together. I would have liked a little more apprehension at allowing themselves to be a couple again. (Jolie did show the fear of being with Sam, but Sam just kind of jumped right back in with both feet) I cannot wait for book #2 Mischief Becomes Her, which comes out in November.

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Staked

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

Staked by J. F. Lewis

From Amazon:

UNREPENTANT. UNIMPRESSED.AND TOTALLY UNDEAD

Eric’s got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can’t remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It’s almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost.

Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another: he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades — and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas — which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.

All Eric wants to do is run his s.trip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice — not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.

Because being undead isn’t easy, but it sure beats the alternative.

I love Eric. He is so messed up, but lovable. This book moved very fast. I really liked how the point of view varied from Eric to Tabitha, Eric’s girlfriend. The changing p.o.v really kept the pace up. The vampires in this book have their own hierarchy. Eric is a Vlad, the highest tier of the hierarchy. Tabitha becomes a Master with is the level under a Vlad. Usually in vampire books there is a “master vampire” and then the other vampires. I was really intrigued by the whole concept of the levels. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, which I read is to be published sometime in 2009. And, I definitely need to find my own “Welcome To The Void” shirt.

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The Brass Bed

Posted on June 5, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

The Brass Bed by Jennifer Stevenson

From Amazon:

THE CURSE: Satisfy one hundred women or be trapped in a brass bed forever
Lord Randall was a lousy lover in 1811, so his magician-mistress turned him into a sex demon. Lucky for him, his bed fell into Clay’s hands.

THE CON: Sex therapy for women on an antique brass “treatment bed”
Clay has the perfect scam going, until that pesky, foxy fraud investigator Jewel comes sniffing around. Lucky for him, she has a soft spot for hunky con men.

THE CHOICE: Sex demon or sex fraudster?
Jewel is Randy’s hundredth woman. Now he says he’s her personal sex slave, and her case against the con artist is dissolving in a hail of hormones. Lucky for her, she’s a tough cop with a lusty libido.

This is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Stevenson. Set in the Chicago, Jewell Heiss (love the name) is not your average woman. I had trouble in the beginning connecting to the character. She is kinky with a capital K. She treats men like dogs and wants to be left alone. But by the end of the book I felt like I understood her a little better and cannot wait to see what happens to her next. I loved Clay and tolerated Randy. I think that reading the other books will flesh these characters out a lot more now that all the ground work is done.

Here is a book trailer for the book I found on Youtube!

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