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Where Dreams Begin, by Lisa Kleypas

12 Jul

WhereDreamsBeginI am feeling very frustrated about my reading right now; even though I’m enjoying the Immortals After Dark quite a bit, I’m having trouble concentrating on any one thing. *cue frustrated scream*

So when someone mentioned this title, I realized that I had not re-read it in a good long while, despite the fact that I like it quite a bit. In fact, I really like many of Ms Kleypas’ historical romances, but I’ve only reviewed two of her books. Which just makes no sense, so here we are.

Reader beware: there is sex on the page.

Where Dreams Begin, by Lisa Kleypas

This is that rare beast, a fully stand alone novel. It also has a widowed heroine who not only loved her husband, but was sexually satisfied by him–this is even rarer in romance. She’s also a lady, a member of the ton, long on manners and pedigree, short on cash. The hero is one of those trade magnates, a nouveau riche who wants to purchase respectability, and acceptance in society, through his fortune. Hijinks, inevitably, ensue.

Here’s the (inaccurate as always) blurb from my paperback copy:
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Wild Invitation, by Nalini Singh

2 Mar

Wild InvitationIt is not a secret for regular readers of my humble blog, that I am a fan of the Psy/Changeling series. Early last year I made a push to finish reviewing all the full length novels in the series, on time for the release this summer of Shards of Hope, the fourteenth title.

However, and despite having won an ARC copy of this all Psy/Changeling novellas anthology back in February 2013 *wince*, I have only reviewed one of the novellas in the series: “Whisper of Sin,” from Burning up.

Operating on the principle that late is better than never, and because a second Psy/Changeling anthology (this one is all new stories, yay!) is in the works for release some time in 2016, here is my review.

Warning: there’s some graphic sex and cursing, and newcomers to the series may be lost–particularly on the last two stories–because of the world building. Read at your own risk. For readers who are behind in the series, the last two stories are spoilerish for Kiss of Snow and Tangle of Need, respectively.

Wild Invitation, by Nalini Singh

This one-author anthology was originally released in March 2013. It contains four stories, though only two were written for it. I’m reviewing them as they appear in the book, though the blurbs for the first novella is from the original release.

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Lords of Passion (Virginia Henley, Kate Pearce, Maggie Robinson)

22 Jan

Lords of Passion anthologyLords of Passion Anthology (Virginia Henley, Kate Pearce and Maggie Robinson)

Back in 2010, RWA National Conference was held in Orlando, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. It was an exhausting and exhilarating experience, and during those days I met a number of people I had only interacted with online for years. Among them was writer Maggie Robinson (aka Margaret Rowe), who very graciously gave me an ARC of the anthology Lords of Passion, which has stories by her, Kate Pearce and Virginia Henley.

However, with me being a moody and unpredictable reader, the poor thing has languished in the humongous TBR Mountain Range since. Then, when I saw that the theme for January’s TBR review was shorts, this was the book I reached for. Unfortunately, less than twenty pages into the first novella, I was seeing red and couldn’t continue, so I grabbed the Charmed Anthology for that review instead (with less than stellar results—oh well, there are eleven more months to try for a hit).

I did finish the book, though, and now you get to suffer through my impressions of it.

The three stories are “Beauty and the Brute” by Virginia Henley, “How to Seduce a Wife” by Kate Pearce and “Not Quite a Courtesan” by Maggie Robinson. The dreaded blurb:
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Atlantis Awakening, by Alyssa Day

2 Jun

Atlantis Awakening, by Alyssa Day

As you see, I’m still on a Warriors of Poseidon kick-these books make for compelling reads, let me tell you. Atlantis Awakening is the third title in the series. The warriors of Poseidon are an elite group of Atlanteans who accept their god’s calling to protect humanity, and their stories are entwined with humanity’s fight against evil.

This novel follows Ven (aka Lord Vengeance, younger brother and heir to Conlan, High Prince of Atlantis) and his relationship with Erin Connors, witch and gem singer, while continuing the overarching storyline.

As I mentioned in my review of Atlantis Rising, a number of mythologies are amalgamated to create the framework of this universe, although the predominant mythos is the Greek pantheon.

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Riding on Instinct, by Jaci Burton

4 Apr

Riding on Instinct, by Jaci Burton

 

The third title in Ms Burton’s Wild Riders series, Riding on Instinct tells the story of Spencer King, who played an important secondary rôle in the events narrated in Riding Temptation, the previous novel (review here).

To recap, the Wild Riders are a group of unconventional covert operators who, because of their rather unconventional backgrounds, are able to take on missions that more formal government outfits cannot. In this case, because an unidentified DEA agent is suspected of aiding drug smugglers, the Wild Riders are a logical choice for the assignment. And since this would be Shadoe Grayson’s first mission-and she has an eidetic memory-she’s a perfect foil.

It is important to note that all novels in the Wild Riders series are erotic romance published by Berkley’s Heat imprint, which means the adult content includes graphic sex and language. All minors, as well as adults who object to either, should avoid this novel (and probably the review as well). Continue reading

Very Much Alive, by Dana Marie Bell

19 Mar

Very Much Alive, by Dana Marie Bell

The first title in Ms Bell’s True Destiny series, Very Much Alive definitely caught me and didn’t let me go. At some 220 pages, this erotic re-imagining of the Norse myth of Loki and Baldur managed to pull this reader in despite my best intentions to go to sleep early. Three hours later…here we are. And now I really want to know what happens to the rest of the cast of characters…

Please be aware that this novel is an erotic romance involving a ménage à trois, so if anything off the accepted norm of relationships between consenting adults bothers you, it’s probably better if you avoid both this review and the novel. As the publisher says, Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, some violence, and hot male/male/female action. In fact, it could be considered a religious experience. (I love Samhain‘s warnings, oh do I ever!) Continue reading

Prince Joe, by Suzanne Brockmann (a joint review)

22 Jan

Prince Joe, by Suzanne Brockmann

The first title in Ms Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series and released originally in June 1996, Prince Joe introduces the first of her now famous SEALs-this time, it’s the Alpha Squad from Team Ten. During my quest to convert erm introduce my s.o. to romance in the course of the last three or so years, we have re-read many of my favorites. It was finally time for me to revisit Lt Joe Catalanotto.

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