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The Pregnant Heiress, by Eileen Wilks

23 Jan

The Pregnant HeiressThe Pregnant Heiress, by Eileen Wilks

I don’t know how long I’ve had this book in the TBR mountain range, but I believe it’s probably a few years.

I became aware of Ms Wilks’ category titles back in 2008, and even though I knew even then that she also writes Urban Fantasy (hell, I probably own at least one of these books), I haven’t read a lot of her stuff.

At any rate, I was looking for shorter stories to read this month for SLWendy’s TBR challenge, and happened to see this book on the shelf.

I didn’t like it as much as two other categories I read this month, though, which is why this review is coming to you later in the week.

The Pregnant Heiress is the second book in The Fortunes of Texas: The Lost Heirs continuity. (Amazing fact: the entire Fortune’s Children series, with all related sub series and offshoots, was published during a period of almost exactly ten years—we are talking 69 books!)

Ms Wilks handles well all the limitations of category length plus continuity requirements–a number of characters from other books, both previous and future, must appear, and at least a few clues for future events must be included in this installment.

Still, this story suffers from those constraints, notably in the category shorthand that stands in for a lot of the characterization and most of the plot.

Warning: there’s mention of past physical violence towards the heroine, though not rape.

Here’s the (gah) blurb from my print copy:
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Charmed Anthology (Jayne Castle, Julie Beard, Lori Foster and Eileen Wilks)

15 Jan

(Barely under the wire, I just finished writing this now, and have to run to work)

Charmed anthologyThis is, once again, all SLWendy’s fault. I am not entirely sure how it happened, but I have once again signed up for her annual TBR Challenge. Considering I have already managed two full reviews this year, I’m cautiously optimistic that I may last longer this time around than I did two years ago (when I lasted all of five months *wince*).

Anyhoo, this month’s theme is shorts, and happily there are a number of anthologies in the humongous TBR mountain range. Behold, my brief review of the four short stories in

Charmed Anthology, by Jayne Castle, Julie Beard, Lori Foster and Eileen Wilks

This anthology was originally published back in 1999, but I didn’t get it until a couple of years ago (or something like that, all I know for sure is that it’s been a while). And the main reason I bought my copy is because the first story is written by Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick, aka an author I usually enjoy (though I see with extreme surprise that I haven’t reviewed anything by her yet—under any of her names!). I was also happy to see that the last story is by Eileen Wilks, an author I wanted to try…because I have a couple *coughorahandfulcough* of her full-length Lupi novels in the aforementioned TBR mountain range.

At any rate, as is often the case with fickle lil me, the anthology languished in one of the many TBR shelves until now. So, and without (too much) further ado…

The mercifully short back cover blurb:

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Entangled, by Eileen Wilks

9 Oct

Nota bene: for someone who generally doesn’t like continuities, I sure have been reading a goodly amount of novels which are part of them lately, haven’t I?

Entangled, by Eileen Wilks

First title in the twelve title continuity Dynasties: The Ashtons, published by the Desire line of Harlequin/Silhouette in 2005. Set in California’s Napa Valley, each title tells the story of a different member of Spencer Ashton’s far flung family, exposing his lies, his selfishness, and bringing home the true meaning of family.

Entangled both tells the story of Cole Ashton and Dixie McCord, and sets the stage for the series’ overarching plot. It also introduces several characters whose stories are told later in other installments, by other authors. (The complete list of titles and authors is available here)

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