Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fatal Affair - Marie Force

Title:  Fatal Affair
Author:  Marie Force
Publisher:  Carina Press
Published:  June 21, 2010
Pages:  406 (eBook)
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Series:  Fatal Series - Book #1

This book has it all...suspense and intrigue, sizzling passion, witty dialogue, and great characters. I was so excited when Marie Force contacted me and asked me to read and review her book. I love her writing and really enjoyed the other two books I've read of hers...Line of Scrimmage and Love at First Flight. She has a way of telling a story that grabs a hold of you, draws you into the story, and doesn't let go until the last page is read. Her characters are real, and their emotions run deep.

When Nick Cappuano walks in and finds his boss, Senator O'Connor, murdered in his bed, her never dreams that he will come into contact with the woman that he had a one night stand with six years earlier. Detective Samantha Holland needs to solve this case in order to restore her stellar career after a disastrous stand-off ending in a child being killed. What she doesn't need is the distraction of Nick...and what a distraction he is to her body, heart, and mind. After the bodies begin stacking up, Nick and Sam race against time to find the killer, as well as try to figure out what to do about the intense attraction they have for one another.

Nick's past is a painful one...yet he doesn't shut himself off from experiencing all he can with Sam. He is devoted to his best friend, Senator O'Connor, and is determined to find out who killed him. He is a bit OCD, and his dedication to his work, friends, and Sam is unwavering. He makes the perfect hero.

Sam has her troubles too. Her self-confidence is shaken in the aftermath of a child being killed on her watch. She has personal problems that she doesn't let overshadow her determination. She is devoted to her family, and has a strong personality and work ethic. She is the perfect match for Nick. I also love the banter between Sam and her partner.

One thing to note about this book...it is only available in eBook format. However, if you have been wanting to try this format...Fatal Affair is a fantastic one to read.

You can read my full review here.


Rating: 5/5
Pages:  406 (eBook)
Completed: 6/16/10

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bad Blogger Award!!!

I get the Bad Blogger Award for the month!! I'm sorry I haven't posted any reviews lately...have been busy over at my other blog World According to Books...participating in the Bloggiesta event last weekend and trying to get ahead in reviews over there.

This weekend is devoted to this blog!!! I have several fantastic books to review and I want to do a little housecleaning here. Maybe even do a new template design!!

Here are some of the reviews you can look forward to next week:
  1. Fatal Affair by Marie Force (excellent romantic suspense)
  2. Broken by Shiloh Walker (fantastic romantic suspense)
  3. Naked Edge by Pamela Clare (another fantastic romantic suspense)
  4. The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White (a little paranormal thrown in  - ghosts)
  5. Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy (contemporary romance - angels)
Another happening around here that I am so excited about...Marie Force will be joining me next week at World According to Books for an author interview!! I can't wait for that...she is super sweet and an excellent author. Her two print books are Line of Scrimmage and Love at First Flight. Her newest book will be released on June 21, 2010 from Carina Press in eBook format...Fatal Affair. All her books are fantastic, and if you haven't tried an eBook...Fatal Affair would be a great one to initiate you into that format.

So look for some reviews on some great books and my first author interview next week!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Instant Attraction - Jill Shalvis

Title:  Instant Attraction
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Publisher:  Kensington Brava
Published:  2009
Pages:  302
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Wilder Brothers - Book #1

There is just something about Jill Shalvis' writing that warms my heart, makes me laugh (in a good way), and brings tears to my eyes. Her characters endear themselves to me so that I think about them long after I have read her books. I love the witty dialogue, the laugh out loud moments, the scorching passion, and the tender romance. Instant Attraction excels at all that and more. It is the first book in a trilogy and is the story of the youngest Wilder brother, Cameron. I can't wait to get my hands on the second one so that I can continue to be a part of the "world" that Jill Shalvis has created. And also to get to know some new characters as well as revisit the old.

Katie Kramer has always been a "good girl." However, after surviving a devastating accident, she longs for adventure and "amazing sex."  (LOL) So she takes off from L.A. and heads up into the Sierra Madre Mountains to take on a temporary position as bookkeeper for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. I really enjoyed Katie...she didn't back down from a situation just because her fears got in the way. She plowed through her feelings and came out stronger and more self-reliant on the other side. Her grit and determination to not let the accident rule her life were two of the things that made her such a great character.

Cameron Wilder is the prodigal brother...returning after wandering the world to come to terms with his life-changing accident. After giving up his dreams of professional snow boarding and still not sure he will ever have a new "dream," he returns home to face his family. Even though they welcome him with open arms, he doesn't know where he fits in with his brothers' business...or doesn't even know if he wants to be a part of it. His heart is off limits to everyone..."Still, Katie's killer smile triggers something deep in his gut...among other places." He is determined to show her how "exhilarating" life can be...and she is determined to show him how to open his heart again.

You can read my full review at World According to Books.


Rating: 4/5
Pages: 302
Completed: 3/27/10

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Reading Challenge 2010

Summer's almost here and it is time to start planning for that Summer Reading Challenge. It is being hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer Reads and runs from June 21, 2010 to September 21, 2010. You choose what books you want to read and how many you want to complete this summer. So head on over and check Susan's blog out and while you are there...sign up for the challenge.

Here is my list:
  1. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  2. The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs
  3. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
  4. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
  6. Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Eyes of Prey by John Sandford
  8. Linda Lael Miller
  9. Sharon Sala
  10. Amanda Ashley

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fragile - Shiloh Walker

Title:  Fragile
Author:  Shiloh Walker
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  2009
Pages:  346
Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Hero:  Luke Rafferty
Heroine:  Devon Manning

What a truly excellent, fantastic book!!! Wish I had started reading Shiloh Walker's work a long time ago. Fragile is filled with scorching passion, intense suspense, and I was kept guessing until the very end as to how it would all wrap up. The pages kept turning, I just couldn't put it down. There is a follow-up story, Broken, that was just as good if not better...but that is for a later review.

Devon's youth was filled with tragedy, trouble, and heartache. As a teenager, she didn't handle it well, but help came in the form of a dedicated social worker. Wanting to be that kind of help for others, Devon became a social worker herself rescuing children that need her the most. I loved Devon's strength of character, overcoming great odds, and becoming a woman whose compassionate, loving, and dedicated to her job. However, she has a vulnerable side to her also, unable to form relationships with others.

Luke has been searching for a normal life ever since leaving the Rangers six years ago. Working in a hospital, Luke "is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield."  After meeting Devon, Luke thinks he has found what he is looking for...but breaking through her emotional barriers will be his toughest battle yet. Luke makes a great hero...he is so dedicated to getting through to Devon without hurting her. He is patient, understanding, and totally into protecting her when her life is threatened. Not knowing who is behind the threats...he goes into total Ranger mode. Love, love, love Luke!!

You can read my full review at World According to Books.


Rating: 4.5/5
Pages:  346
Completed: 3/21/10

Savor the Moment - Nora Roberts

Title:  Savor the Moment
Author:  Nora Roberts
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  2010
Pages:  325
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Bride Quartet - Book #3

Hero:  Delaney Brown
Heroine:  Laurel McBane

Another good book in the Bride Quartet series! Laurel is the baker of the group in charge of wedding cakes and other confectionary delights for the weddings that Vows plans. I loved learning about the intricacies of cake decorating, dealing with brides, and all that goes into making the perfect wedding cake. Each book focuses on a different aspect of planning a wedding. Nora Roberts does an excellent job with expertly weaving the details of each aspect throughout the book without giving too much detail that overshadows the storyline.

Laurel is the more low-key, practical friend of the foursome. She believes in romance...but in theory only. Her no nonsense approach to relationships is so different from Emma's romantic dreams in book two.  Delaney is the lawyer for the company.  He is also the older brother to one of the friends and has always considered all the ladies as his sisters. He was always protective of them while they were growing up. So, he is very concerned when his thoughts turn to romance in regards to Laurel. After the kiss they share in her kitchen, he just can't quit thinking about her. Little does he know that Laurel has had a crush on him since she was a teenager. They decide on a platonic dating relationship for a month...didn't want to muddy their friendship with sex if it wasn't going to work out between the two of them.

I loved how this story ended...great beach scene, perfect amount of romance, and of course, a teary moment for those of us who love Happily Ever Afters.

You can read my full review at World According to Books.


Rating:  4.5/5
Pages: 325
Completed:  5/4/10

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bed of Roses - Nora Roberts

Title:  Bed of Roses
Author:  Nora Roberts
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  2009
Pages:  335
Genre:  Romance
Series:  Bride Quartet - Book #2

Hero:  Jack Cooke
Heroine:  Emma Grant

Out of the three Bride Quartet books that I have read, I think that Emma's story was my favorite. Her hopes and dreams about romance and marriage match my own, so I really connected with the her. Not only did I love the background information on flower arranging and all the ins and outs of preparing flowers for a wedding, I enjoyed the interaction between the friends in all the books.

For those that haven't heard about this quartet...it is about four childhood friends that grow up and form a wedding planning company together. Each book is about one of the friends and finding their happily ever after. Emma's story is filled with laughter, angst and a tear-jerker of an ending. Jack's insecurities about commitment has Emma questioning whether he is her Mr. Right. Jack has been a long-time friend of the women, so he is a little apprehensive of dating Emma. Yet, the sparks fly when they finally get together...but is the commitment that Emma longs for going to get in the way? The ending scene is simply perfect and will have romance lovers grabbing a tissue or two.

You can read my full review at World According to Books.


Rating: 4.75/5
Pages:  335
Completed:  4/10/10

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shiloh Walker - Contest!!!

Shiloh Walker has a new book out!!! No Longer Mine is a previously published book that has been revised from its original release. It can be purchased from MBaM.

Here is the blurb on the book...(taken from Shiloh's blog).

One woman, one man, and a love that won’t let either of them go.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki’s heart comes back into her life she doesn’t know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he’s made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he’s done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he’s prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he’ll never get the chance to meet.

When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can’t destroy.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

But not only am I excited about this release...but Shiloh is also holding a contest over at her blog for one lucky reader to win a Sony Pocket!!! Can you say...Yipeeeeee!!!

So head on over to Shiloh's blog to read all about the rules of the contest.

And if you want to read an excerpt from the book...go to her website.

Monday, April 26, 2010

"D" is for Deadbeat - Sue Grafton


Sue Grafton is this month's celebrated author. Each month we are to choose one author whose birthday falls within the current month. I chose Sue Grafton because of my love of the Kinsey Millhone series!!

Title:  "D" is for Deadbeat
Author:  Sue Grafton
Publisher: Bantam
Published: 1987
Pages:  240
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Series:  Kinsey Millhone Mysteries - Book #4 

I know I have only completed 4 books in this series...but I can say that this is one of my favorite series to read! I love Sue Grafton's rich descriptions of people and events. Her recurring characters are quirky and fun to follow throughout the books. The mysteries are intriguing, and she has a way of telling a story that captures the reader from the first page and keeps their attention until the last. I have the next book in the series on hold at the library. Although, her writing is so engaging that I am thinking about collecting the series for myself.
He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried: locate a kid who'd done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident -- death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure.
So here's to you Sue Grafton, I hope your birthday month was a grand one!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bound, Branded, & Brazen - Jaci Burton

Title:  Bound, Branded, & Brazen
Author:  Jaci Burton
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  2010
Pages:  324
Genre:  Erotic Romance

What an intensely emotional, passionate read!!! Jaci Burton pens one hawt romance about three sisters and three sexy, hunky cowboys. Bound, Branded, & Brazen contains three separate stories interconnected because the heroines are sisters. Jolene has been running the family ranch while the other two left home to pursue other interests. However, it is time for them to return home to decide what to do about their interest in the ranch. Both sisters promise to stay for one month, but little did each sister know that it would be a "hot date with destiny."

In BOUND, Valerie has left the ranch and her ex-husband behind...pursuing a career as a doctor in the big city. The ranch only holds heartbreak for Valerie, ever since her parents died. Not wanting to risk her heart again, she divorces her husband, the ranch foreman. "Now, seeing him brings back sizzling memories. But their rekindled fire threatens to burn them both."

I loved Mason's strength of character...his ability to let Valerie find her heart and discover that loving is a risk but reaps the greatest rewards. Valerie is so devastated by her parents death that she lets it overshadow her marriage. Not the greatest at communication, she hides her fears deep in her heart.

In BRANDED, Brea has had some bad relationships that left her with little self-confidence. With the help of her sisters, she reforms her outward appearance, but still feels the awkward, gawky girl inside. Gage, the horse trainer, sees the beautiful woman Brea is on the inside. And with the same gentle but firm hand he trains his horses with...he guides Brea into fulfilling all her desires.  "But can she live out her fantasy with a man who might ask for more than she's willing to give?"

Gage was my favorite of the three heroes. He is a no strings/no commitment kind of guy...but he is also straightforward and lets his stipulations known at the very beginning. He is the ultimate cowboy...definitely a alpha male. Brea is so insecure...but it was great reading about her "coming out" and gaining the confidence she so needed. I could relate to Brea in a lot of ways.

In BRAZEN, Jolene has wanted ranch hand, Walker, since he came to the ranch. But Jolene is the boss, and Walker can't afford to lose his job by getting too close. There are some hidden secrets in Walker's past, and they have made him leery of getting into any kind of relationship with Jolene. So, it is up to her to make the first move..."because what Jolene wants, Jolene gets."

I like Walker because he is trying to do the honorable thing by steering clear of Jolene. However, he does keep tight-lipped about his past...which we all know that communication is the key! Jolene is brash and sassy and is just the type of woman to draw Walker out.

You can read my other review here.


Rating: 4.5/5
Pages:  324
Completed: 3/13/10

Friday, April 9, 2010

24 Hour Read-a-Thon

This weekend from Saturday 8:00 am until Sunday 8:00 am, I am going to be participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. I am so excited. This will be the first time I am going to be a participant. I have read so many good posts about tips and tricks...and today I am going shopping for my snacks and easy to make dinners for the family!! Everyone has been warned about this for weeks now, so hopefully the family will cooperate and let me enjoy myself.

I won't be posting my progress on this blog...please go to my review blog...World According to Books. There you can read all my updates and stay current with my progress. I will, however, be posting reviews of the books I read as usual...but probably not until next week sometime. I still have so many reviews to post of the books I finished in March. I don't know how I got so far behind...but never fear...they are coming because I read some fantastic books last month.

If you want to participate...it is not too late to sign-up. You can be a Reader or a Cheerleader or both. There will also be some mini challenges for those of us that want to take a break from reading during the event. I don't know if I will get through all 24 hours...but I am going to give it the good ole college try!!! LOL.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rewriting Monday - Jodi Thomas

Title:  Rewriting Monday
Author:  Jodi Thomas
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  2009
Pages:  343
Genre:  Romance with a touch of Suspense

In this book, Jodi Thomas does something a little bit different. She writes in both first person and third person. Not only do we get to delve into the thoughts of the narrator...but also the other characters as well. It might not seem like this would work...but it does, in a great way.

Pepper is the main heroine of the story and through her narrative, we are introduced to the town of Bailee and its inhabitants. She has come to the small town of Bailee to pull her life together after a making a mistake that ended her career as a reporter in Chicago. With less than $300 in her pocket, she arrives at the home of her Aunt only to discover her Aunt is in a nursing home, and the dwelling is a rundown mobile home. Left with no choice, she applies for a job at the local newspaper.

Mike is the editor and owner of the Bailee Bugle...not because he wants to be...but because he inherited the job after his father and brother died within months of each other. Living life full of regrets, Mike is the ultimate beta hero. Strong, yet shy, he keeps his inner turmoil hidden from the townsfolk. He has always been in the shadows...growing up with the town hero as his brother.

This is a great story with intriguing characters...ones that will keep you wanting more of their lives depicted in the story. Along with the romance of Pepper and Mike, there are secondary stories that keep you entertained...the threats involving the paper; a mysterious man seen around town; and the disturbing things that keep happening to Pepper.

You can read my full review here.


Rating: 3.75/5
Pages: 343
Completed: 3/8/10