Archive for September, 2010
And I missed it!!!
Arrgh! I was brushing my teeth and didn’t hear the phone ring until too late. And like a dummy I looked at the number and thought “hmm, wonder if that’s Agent Holly?” (Because, I am that superstitious that I didn’t program her number into my phone lest it would anger the publishing gods.)
Then in the hustle and bustle of getting myself dressed and out the door I forgot. Until I opened the door to go into my workplace. I thought, “hm, wonder if that was Agent Holly.” Then I came in and booted up my … Read More »
Though I write Regency and Victorian, I am a sucker for contemporary romance. Heck, let’s be honest. I’m a sucker for ANY romance.
Since I picked up a Silhouette Desire by Catherine Mann a few years ago (RICH MAN’S FAKE FIANCEE–brilliant!) I’ve blown through dozens of category romances, from Harlequin Blaze to Silhouette Special Edition to Harlequin Presents. One of my favorite authors in any line she chooses to write in, is Sarah Mayberry.
Whether she’s writing a home and family style Harlequin Super Romance, like HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, about an Australian widower and the unconventional girl next door, … Read More »
I’m not sure if it was because the Rohan in this book was a daughter, Miranda, and not a son (and therefore not quite as dreadful), or if it was perhaps the revenge theme, but I was not quite as enamored of BREATHLESS as I was of RUTHLESS and RECKLESS. There was also the squick factor that the hero engineered the heroine’s ravishment by another man as part of his revenge plan–years before they even met, but still. And he didn’t really ever show remorse about it–in fact more than once he reveled in the fact that she was no … Read More »
A fabulous follow up to RITA Winner ONE SCREAM AWAY, LAST TO DIE follows Sergeant Danielle Cole as she tries to figure out who is killing young prostitutes and former prostitutes in Lancaster, Maryland. Early on in the case she is confronted by her first love, Mitch Sheridan, who is now a celebrated photojournalist whose mentor is somehow involved in the murders. Brady does a great job of blending a credible romance between Mitch and Dani with their quest to find the killer. Her prose is edgy and often lovely despite the dark subject matter. And her ability to create … Read More »
This was a quick, un-HP-like read involving a best man/maid of honor post-wedding hookup that lasted months afterward. I liked that the hero was *just* a lawyer and that the heroine was a professional with career goals of her own. Also loved that it was partly set in Fort Morgan, Alabama, a locale I am very familiar with:)… Read More »
Really enjoyed this book. The setting in Napa Valley was fun. The pairing of a TV Home Repair guy with a woman determined to keep her family’s winery in business was sweet. Especially since the hero, Penn, is determined to be a hard ass and the heroine, Allie, is her small town’s favorite daughter. There was also a fabulous secondary friends to lovers romance between Allie’s friend Clare (who is set to become the first bride married in the winery’s new wedding destination venture) and her BFF, Allie’s cousin Gil. Ridgway’s writing is multi-layered and there were some surprisingly heavy … Read More »
Fun sexy contemporary from Erin Nicholas. The heroine, Jessica, has been walking the straight and narrow ever since her father died when she was twenty, leaving her to raise her younger brother and sister. She’s an emergency room nurse and oozes responsibility, so she’s the first one the hospital administration chooses to babysit hottie Dr. Ben Torres, who’s just put the hospital at risk for a huge lawsuit by punching out a patient. Since Jess has been crushing on Ben for a while she’s more than happy to comply. Until she realizes that formerly upstanding Ben is hell bent on … Read More »
Great romantic suspense debut. I loved the chemistry between Luke and Monica. I especially loved that Luke and Monica worked together to solve the case, and didn’t let their relationship worries interfere with their jobs. I’m a sucker for a hero and heroine joining forces to fight evil. And this is one EVIL villain.And the twists and turns of the plot kept me guessing. Anybody who loves tortured heroines, reunited lovers, or sexy, sexy romantic suspense will adore this book.… Read More »
*Happy sigh* When I first heard Chase was writing Peregrine and Olivia’s story I was thrilled, but I did wonder if it would live up to the hype. I shouldn’t have worried. I was wearing a big goofy grin the whole time I was reading. She aged Olivia and Lisle skillfully, keeping the traits they’d had in childhood, but allowing them to grow into them, change, adapt. Their pairing was inevitable, but it was so delicious to see them negotiate and bicker and realize just how much they needed each other. Olivia to temper Lisle’s stuffiness and Lisle to temper … Read More »
Not as dark as RUTHLESS, but a whole lot sexier, RECKLESS tells the story of Adrian, the son of the couple from the first book in this series. The heroine, Charlotte, is a tall, gawky spinster who follows her widowed cousin to a Hellfire Club-like gathering and is swept off her feet by Adrian, Viscount Rohan, whom she has worshiped from afar for years. The dynamic between Adrian and Charlotte is similar to that of his parents in the earlier book: Mad, bad rake convinces innocent spinster to walk on the wild side and is then tamed by love. If … Read More »