Thursday, November 26, 2009

Coffee Time Romance review of Christine Young's Allura

Matilda gave Christine's historical romance 4 Coffee Cups.

"I really enjoyed this book by Christine Young. It has mystery, humor and, whew, steamy love scenes! An awesome group of characters make this read very entertaining, from the tough as nails Allura to her meddlesome younger sister, Aiden. There is never a dull moment throughout this book and you will surely not be disappointed. I can only hope that some of my favorites get a story of their own. Well done Ms. Young."

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Coffee time Romance review of Kelley Heckart's Cat's Curse: Dark Goddess Trilogy - Book One

Anya gave Kelley's novel 4 Coffee Cups.

"Cat’s Curse is a wonderful story full of spells, trust, betrayal, and for the two, unconditional love. This is a complicated book but easy to read and I love how the subplots built up the main story. Every character is developed. The dialogue and action keeps the book fast paced...the personalities all make sense. The action blends into the story and love scenes are sensuous instead of graphic, along with being very compelling. I just loved how Ms Heckart used religion as a story device while treating it with respect. This well thought out story is a very easy to recommend historical. I look forward to more of this trilogy."

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Coffee Time Romance review of Diane Rogers' The Journey

Matilda gave Diane's contemporary novel 4 Coffee Cups.

"The Journey is a great tale of three women’s journey through a tough spot in their lives. Each needs to accomplish the journey in her own way. So pack your suitcases for a fun loving tromp through the most spectacular places Europe has to offer. Do not forget to grab The Journey for your reading pleasure during your trip."

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Coffee Time Romance review of Connie Keean's Fascination

Hollie gave Connie's sweet romance 5 Coffee Cups! Great job, Connie!

"This is a beautifully written story of true love, Candy and Alex have a spark between them from that first explosive meeting, but neither is fully aware of the other's feeling. The emotions from both are intense and made more so by the increased sexual tension of this sweet romance. Ms Keenan has reminded this reviewer that you do not need sexual scenes to have an exceptional and powerful romance."

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Coffee Time Romance review of Rachel Smith's Lonely Hearts Mountain

Matilda gave Rachel's contemporary romance 4 Coffee Cups.

"Lonely Hearts Mountain is a very good read. Interesting characters that can be a bit quirky, entertain you throughout. Adventure and romance add to the mix...this is a good story to take the time to read."

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mystique Books review of Bad-Ass Faeries

Sarah Gentili, Co-Owner Mystique Books, gave this first anthology collection 4.5 Mystique Moons and a Class One sensuality rating.

"Packed full of mischief, magic and mayhem this anthology delivers a delight romp through the land of Fae...While most anthology of this nature end up being a mixed bag, I was surprised by the exceptional writing and creative storylines."

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Long and Short Romance Reviews review of Louise Cooper's The King's Demon

Heather gave Louise's dark fantasy tale 3.5 Books.

"This is adventure of the highest order. Political intrigue and personal agendas abound. Whom to trust? Louise Cooper has drawn a world as real and recognizable as our own, peopled with fully developed characters with all the strengths and weaknesses of their readers. The world-building and descriptions are first-rate. Sefira breaks your heart, and the terrible choices Grendon faces make this book hard to put down...I loved the characters in this story and really wanted a HEA. It was a great good-over-evil romp. The story satisfied completely. The author left herself wide open to create other tales in this wonderful world, which I definitely hope will be forthcoming. I’ll be watching!"

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Long and Short Romance Reviews review of Jane Bierce's Cricket's Moon

Snapdragon gave Jane's contemporary novel 3.5 Books.

"The very best of Cricket’s Moon is the homey, easy-to-know main character herself, Cricket...Bierce also develops an strong tone or aura especially in her more descriptive moments...Some moments are so wonderfully evocative… and yet then we bump into subtle humor...the characters make this well worth the read. Bierce carries off an intriguing, off beat and original character study. Reading it will force you to consider the best of human psychology."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Janet Lane Walters' Flight

Susan Mobley gave this fantasy novel 3 Stars.

"In Walters' interesting fantasy world, magic is accepted but not openly used. Each chapter contains sections from each of the different characters' points of view, and it moves along smoothly. This series first ends nicely and leaves the reader ready to see what happens next."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Jane Toombs' Fire Griffin

Charlene Alleyne gave this fantasy novel 3 Stars.

"The characters in book one of the Far Darkness trilogy are well developed, from Danny's enthusiasm to Kara's disbelief as they learn to accept that their lives are now shared with a symbiote. This complex, well-plotted book explains how the aliens survive and multiply. Book two should prove interesting."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Vicki M. Taylor's Trust In The Wind

Cindy Himler gave Vicki's contemporary romance 3 Stars.

"This book's main storyline, the struggles of a single mother trying to make a better life for her son, is a prevalent one in today's society and is all too easily identified with. Also, the May– December storyline adds a different element to the novel and helps to make this an enjoyable, easy read."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Vicki M. Taylor's Not Without Anna

Roseann Marlett gave Vicki's novel 3 Stars.

"Well-written and compelling, the book ends on as hopeful a note as possible given the subject matter."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Kelly L. Stone's Grave Secret

Jennifer R. Wells-Marani gave Kelly's novel 3 Stars.

"This powerful book is about what people will do to hide secrets. A full panoply of motivations is on display, from love and loyalty to illness and greed...a well-written book."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Ariana and Max Overton's A Glass Darkly

Cindy Harrison gave this installment 3 Stars.

"...this second book of the Glass House trilogy entertainingly blends science and myth to create an adventurous action story."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Ariana and Max Overton's Glass House

Suzie Housley gave this duo's novel 4 Stars.

"Fans of the Indiana Jones action-adventure movies will rejoice with this first book in the Overtons' trilogy. Jam-packed with high-flying action, it overflows with characters that are sure to go down in paranormal history."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Marilyn Meredith's Judgment Fire

Karen Sweeny-Justice gave this mystery novel 4 Stars.

"Those who haven't read the previous installments of Meredith's Tempe Crabtree series needn't shy away. The tale is fast paced and easy to read, and Tempe is a realistic heroine who feels like a friend."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Marilyn Meredith's Calling The Dead

Barb Anderson gave Marilyn's Tempe Crabtree installment 3 Stars.

"In this chapter of the Tempe Crabtree series, the heroine solves not one but two mysteries. The use of Native American methods to communicate with a departed spirit provides an especially haunting scene."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Carrie S. Masek's Twice Damned

Karen Sweeny-Justice gave Carrie's paranormal novel 4 Stars.

"Masek crafts a near-future vampire story that reads more like a contemporary than a paranormal. Although set in 2014, familiar aspects of everyday life can be easily recognized and accepted. Faith and Ritter are fully fleshed-out characters, while the supporting cast and WWII backstory add depth and dimension to this exciting tale."

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Brenna Lyons' Fairy Dreams

Susan Mobley gave Brenna's fantastic tale 3 Stars.

"This nice story with some interesting characters presents a parallel fairy realm...The first half has quite a bit of action...The last half is a pleasantly easygoing look at the main character's life in the fairy realm."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Brenna Lyons' Written In The Stars

Robin Taylor gave Brenna's fantasy tale 4 Stars.

"Lyons writes a thoroughly entertaining story, with a wonderful variety of elements: the world of Mages, the emotional connection that develops between Reina and Karris and the depth of the characters themselves. Written in the Stars is a great novel, sure to make for very pleasant reading."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Murdoch Hughes' The Seattle Barista Killer

Cindy Himler gave this paranormal tale 3 Stars.

"This paranormal mystery is set in the world of designer coffee drinks, made by those talented baristas, which so many of us are willing to stand in line and pay high prices to enjoy. The plot is interesting enough to keep one reading, but it's the twist of having a vegan werewolf/police consultant as the crime solver that sets this story apart."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Susan DiPlacido's Trattoria

Donna M. Brown gave contemporary romance 4 Stars.

"There are hysterical scenes in this entertaining novel, which is full of vibrant characters."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Cyndia Depre's Oblivious

Donna M. Brown gave this romantic suspense 4.5 Stars.

"This well-plotted, delicious mystery keeps readers guessing from the start with laugh-out-loud moments mixed with poignant scenes. The characters are well developed and multifaceted."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Cyndia Depre's Amanda's Rib

Terri Clark gave Cyndia's suspenseful tale 4 Stars.

"Depre makes an impressive debut with this gripping suspense that weaves a superior whodunit with a piercing tale of domestic abuse. This book boasts snappy repartee and a spirited, multilayered heroine...this page-turner will leave you holding your breath until the last word."

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Romantic Times BOOK Reviews review of Elaine Corvidae's Wolkin

Gerry Benninger gave this fantasy novel 4 Stars.

"Comparisons to Lord of the Rings are bound to arise, but Corvidae writes a more character-oriented drama. The world she creates is stunningly described and the story strongly draws the reader into the struggles of the characters to survive and save their homeland. If you're a fantasy fan, this one's perfection. If you aren't, the romance of this one will make you a fan of both genres."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Lucy E. Zahnle's The Rogue's Revenge

Susan Mobley gave Lucy's historical novel 3 Stars.

"THE ROGUE'S REVENGE is an agreeable Georgian romance. I found the characters enjoyable and the storyline fascinating...this was not an unpleasant journey to the past."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Karin Welss' Twist of Honor

Susan Mobley gave Karin's historical novel 4 Stars.

"Welss pens a very good novel that's true to the time period and gives a great sense of being there. The portrayal of a scarred heroine and an injured hero is skillfully done and creates a wonderfully involving romantic story."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Rebecca Vinyard's Awakening

Susan Mobley gave this science fiction novel 4 Stars.

"Though there's a strong romance here, SF fans should also find this first in a series fascinating. Most of the story is told via well-scripted flashbacks and memoirs. The loss of some secondary characters is profoundly poignant."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Marti Siddons' Courting Oklahoma

Christine Chambers gave Marti's romantic tale 3 Stars.

"Sexy, funny, and touched with a bit of magic, COURTING OKLAHOMA...will have you grinning from ear to ear. The love story between Oklahoma Lansing and Henry Cork (has an) intense sensuality and hilarious dialogue.

If youre looking for a highly sensual book to brighten your day...this is a fine choice."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Terry Shiels' Ghost Writer

Jill M. Smith gave this paranormal romance 3 Stars.

"Terry Sheils adds a clever twist to your average romantic ghost story with GHOSTWRITER.

GHOSTWRITER, with its multitude of ghostly characters, is engaging reading."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Karen Sandler's Chocolate Magic

Marilyn Weigel gave Karen's tasty romance 3 Stars.

"Sandler presents an engaging premise and creates a romance that is both smooth and enjoyable...the author handles point of view well, and her subject matter is, of course, always a promising one: Who can resist the delicious combination of love and chocolate?"

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Barbara Pirri's The Visitor

Karen Sweeny-Justice gave Barbara's paranormal romance 3 Stars.

"More sci-fi than romance, Raffin has penned an engaging story, especially when she puts the reader into the alien's viewpoint. Watching him learn from books while interpreting what mere humans do is fun and, while readers never learn his true name, they'll root for his success nonetheless.

A couple of unexpected plot twists nicely wrap up this tale of interstellar suspense."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Barbara Raffin's Wolfsong

Kathy Boswell gave this contemporary romance tale 4 Stars.

"This is a must read. I highly recommend it."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Nancy Pirri's The MacAulay Bride

Faith V. Smith gave this historical novel 4.5 Stars.

"Pirri's delightful tale will enthrall readers. Her hero is lovable—and very alpha-like when confronted with a woman who will not obey him. His confusion at Brianna's fervent refusal to wed him is priceless. Romance goes hand in hand with internal conflict in this debut novel."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Miriam Pace's Moving Violations

Christine Chambers gave Miriam's moving tale 2 Stars.

"MOVING VIOLATIONS is worth reading for the wonderful concept..."

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RT BOOK Reviews revieew of Gwynn Morgan's Powerful Medicine

Gina Bernal gave this contemporary romance novel 3 Stars.

"Filled with well-crafted characters and a moving love story, POWERFUL MEDICINE is just the remedy for winter doldrums. Morgan obviously respects the Native American culture, and her use of folklore cloaks the novel in a beautiful veil of tradition and mythology."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Gwynn Morgan's Penny's Luck

Karen Sweeny-Justice gave Gwynn's contemporary romance 3 Stars.

"While there's really no doubt that Penny will end up with Val, Morgan's writing carries readers along for the ride. Her true-to-life descriptions of southern Arizona make the area as important to her book as her characters, and her portrayal of police procedure is accurate."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Gwynn Morgan's Andy Vs. The Colonel

Kay Mayo gave Gwynn's contemporary romance 2 Stars.

"Although Morgan includes a romance in her story, this is mostly about the sacrifices, benefits and trade-offs of military life. Readers who are attracted to military jargon and in-depth descriptions of military missions may find that this novel scores a bull's-eye."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Gracie C. McKeever's Flames Past

Susan Mobley gave this paranormal romance novel 4 Stars.

"FLAMES PAST is an superb paranormal romance. Neither the hero nor the heroine are perfect. They both have problems to face and work through, and they do it in a way that is quite believable. Echo's reasons for what she did are actually acceptable. Their son plays a major part in the story, adding a special touch. FLAMES PAST is an admirable summer read."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Gracie C. McKeever's Dancing In The Dark

Kathy Boswell gave Gracie's contemporary romance 4 Stars.

"I was instantly captivated by this story. I found myself pulling for Cayle and Sharise time and again in hopes that they would work through their problems to find out that they really were meant for each other. Gracie McKeever did not disappoint in this most fascinating story where love does indeed triumph in the end."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Ginny McBlain's Solemn Vows

Gerry Benninger gave this contemporary romance 3 Stars.

"Ginny McBlains considerable writing skill results in a readable family-oriented love story..."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Penelope Marzec's The Keeper's Promise

Faith V. Smith gave this inspirational novel 4 Stars.

"Marzec continues to deliver thought-provoking inspirational romances. This suspenseful tale of betrayal and murder lead both the hero and the heroine to examine their spiritual lives. The emotions are on mark in this compelling read."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Penelope Marzec's A Rush Of Light

Faith V. Smith gave Penelope's inspirational novel 4 Stars.

"Marzec's book is sweet but strong in all the right emotions. Questions of salvation as well as bitterness over a past murder are addressed and answered when a bitter ex-cop and a disillusioned attorney work together to find a drive-by shooter."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Penelope Marzec's Heaven's Blue

Faith V. Smith gave Penelope's inspirational novel 4 Stars.

"Marzec's inspirational novel is a wonderful blend of hope, love and belief forged in the fire of adversity."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Penelope Marzec's Sea of Hope

Hope Stephenson gave Penelope's tale 3 Stars.

"Ms. Marzec builds an ensemble of lovable characters with a touching and heartfelt grace that keeps the reader rooting for the lovers as well as the supporting characters in the story. The realism of the characters and the challenges that each face are easily recognizable in everyday life."
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RT BOOK Reviews review of Tara Manderino's The Heir

Donna M. Brown gave this historical novel 4 Stars.

"Manderino takes the common theme of amnesia, wraps it around a storyline of people who are not as they seem and turns it into a delightful tale of treachery and deception, honor and love. Her well-developed characters end up in amusing situations and harrowing confrontations in this entertaining story."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Tara Manderino's Whisper My Name

Gina Bernal gave Tara's Regency novel 3 Stars.

"WHISPER MY NAME offers fans of Regency spy novels a standard tale of loyalty and love—well-written, but with few surprises. Justin and Lucia are instantly likable, and Ms. Manderino's realistic portrayal of Lucia's disability adds to the strength of her character...WHISPER MY NAME is an enjoyable read."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Maureen Mackey's Lord Peter's Page

Deborah Brent gave Maureen's historical novel 3 Stars.

"This delightfully fast-paced, heartwarming story is a pleasant way to spend a cold January afternoon."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Jean Lorrah's Blood Will Tell

Kelly Rae Cooper gave this fantasy novel 4 Stars.

"Long known for her outstanding science-fiction novels, BLOOD WILL TELL is Jean Lorrah's first contemporary fantasy. Combining romance and mystery with an innovative twist to vampiric legend, Lorrah delivers an outstanding story."

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RT BOOK Reviews review of Dee Lloyd's Out Of Her Dreams

Gail Pruszkowski gave this paranormal romance 3 Stars.

"This captivating story has realistically portrayed characters, and Lloyd seems to know enough about ghosts and reincarnation to make her story feel real. The suspense keeps going right up to the satisfying conclusion."

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