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Elizabeth "lking173" (Los Angeles, CA United States)

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The Surgeon (with Bonus Content): A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
The Surgeon (with Bonus Content): A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story, March 10 2004
I really enjoyed this story. It is a murder mystery, but also a contemporary romance. Dr. Catherine Cordell was almost killed by an attacker years ago. She fought back and lived. She moved to a new town and tried to forget what happened to her. Suddenly, killings began to occur that seem like a recreation of what Dr. Cordell went through. Dr. Cordell will have to work with Detective Thomas Moore to help solve this crime; while dealing with a growing attraction to Det. Moore even though she fears relationships since the attack. I am making this sound like your typical murder mystery novel, but it isn't. The characters are wonderful; the story flows and I would highly recommend.

Killing Moon
Killing Moon
by Rebecca York
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Were Novel, March 10 2004
I have been reading and collecting vampire/lycanthorpe novels for years, and I really enjoyed this story. It's pretty much a romance novel. Ross Marshall is a private investigator and a werewolf. While working on one of his investigations, he is badly hurt. He makes it home, but passes out. Megan Sheridan is a researcher that Ross has hired to run some genetic tests. She has no idea that these genetic tests concern the fact that Ross is a were. Megan makes a quick trip to Ross' home and discovers him unconscious on his floor. She helps him to recover and during this time feels a growing attraction to him. Ross, while also attracted to Megan is afraid to get close to her due to problems in the werewolf gene. At the same time the case Ross is investigating is becoming more dangerous and getting too close to Megan. I really enjoyed this story and the characters and I would highly recommend.

After Human
After Human
by Michael Cross
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Confusing. . ., March 10 2004
This review is from: After Human (Paperback)
While rummaging through the horror section at my bookstore I came across this book, and when I read the insert on the first couple of pages, it seemed like a very new and interesting novel. After the first couple of chapters though I realized this was not my type of book. I finished this story, but there is no way I can even remotely begin to describe what the story was about. I found the story very confusing, and probably because all of the characters were so unlikeable you could care less about what happened to them. Also, there was so much unecessary death by every character in the novel (unless you were a victim) that was described with such detachment, you felt nothing.
The story begins at the remains of a big party, and everyone at the party is dead. You find out that there is a rogue vampire on the loose and he is killing entire groups of people. He has killed before, but now he is making it very noticeable. There is a company/government entity (I have no idea what to call them) that handles these situations so the general public remains unaware. At this party there was a famous women who is missing, and that will make this party hard for this clean-up crew to cover up. This women has been kidnapped by the vampire Lo who is the vamp on the killing rampage.
The person in charge of this clean-up crew/organization is a women named Nikka who is very rich and very powerful. (Thoughout the novel she is also terrorizing and killing people, but "her people" who are afraid of her, clean up after her). Nikka enlists the aid of one of the last remaining vampires, Caleb, to find the killer. Caleb is very old and could care less about humans. He does look for Lo but while looking for Lo he is also on a killing spree killing people, and then calling a number so a clean up crew can get rid of the body.
This book jumps back and forth between characters and again, none of the characters are even remotely likeable. Throw in the fact that the descriptions are awful (black leather, that type of thing) and you have a novel that makes no sense.
Maybe this novel is supposed to contain symbolism that we should be able to unravel. Still, if you are a simple vampire reader like me, I think you may find this book a little difficult to follow.

Love Bites (Argeneau Vampires)
Love Bites (Argeneau Vampires)
by Lynsay Sands
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story, March 10 2004
Okay can you say cute story. Rachel Garett works the night shift at the morgue and one evening a dead man is brought in, or is he dead? She can't seem to remember. Etienne Argeneau is a 300 year old vampire, and he has one little problem, someone keeps trying to kill him. With every attempt he ends up at the morgue and he keeps meeting this beautiful redhead. Unfortunately, he has to erase her memory of him being there. Then one time too many he is brought to the morgue and while he is waking up, and yet again seeing Rachel, there is another attempt on his life, and Rachel is caught in the middle. Now Etienne has a choice. Only once in his life does he get to bring a human over, and that human usually is a life mate. If he brings over the wrong person, he could spend the rest of eternity alone. Should he bring over Rachel? She's cute and just saved his life but he will be alone for eternity if she doesn't agree to be his lifemate. This is a very lighthearted story. It's cute. Etienne the vampire is not dark and depressing. He has a mom who is just like anyone else's mom except she's going to live forever. This is a very cute story and I would highly recommend.

With Her Last Breath
With Her Last Breath
by Cait London
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Story, March 10 2004
This review is from: With Her Last Breath (Paperback)
This novel was just okay. I like the premise. Women on the run from dangerous man. Goes to new town to start over. Meets new guy who is still having trouble getting over his first wife. While they adjust to each other, she still has to be wary of the "dangerous man" she ran from. This novel did not flow well for me. If I love a novel I can usually read it in one sitting. I kept getting bored with the dialogue and sitting it down and then picking it up again. I guess I was expecting a little more action in the novel. Still, the characters were likeable, the story line was predictable but flowed. I guess I would recommend.

Midnight Embrace
Midnight Embrace
by Amanda Ashley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light Vampire Romance, March 10 2004
I collect vampire/lycanthorpe books and have quite a collection. Because of this, I have quite a few Amanda Ashley novels. All of her novels are very light reads. The characters usually do not have that much depth, and it is a good quick read if you are looking for a light vampire romance. Analisa is in a hospital dying when an "angel" comes and helps her to live. Analisa's family is very poor and when she leaves the hospital, she has nowhere to go. For some unknown reason she finds out she has a benefactor and is welcomed into the home of the mysterious Lord Alesandro. Lord Alesandro is a mystery to Analisa. He has money and has provided her a home, and she has no idea why. Also, she never sees her mysterious benefactor. Lord Alesandro is a vampire who is fighting a growing attraction to Analisa. This was a very predictable vampire romance. Still, I would recommend.

Stealing Shadows: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel
Stealing Shadows: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel
by Kay Hooper
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, March 10 2004
I really enjoyed the initial premise of this story. I tend to like serial killer stories and I also like stories concerning psychics. I thought this one was quite effective starting out, but started to fall apart and become unbelievable near the end. Still, I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the story line, and I would recommend.
Cassie is a psychic who left her home and moved to a small town to escape her old life. She was a very good psychic helping the police solve cases. In one instance though the killer knew Cassie was in his mind, and fouled an attempt for the police to locate him. At the same time this enabled him to kill a child. This event pushed Cassie over the edge and she shies away from all psychic activity. Of course a killing occurs in her home town and Cassie knows the killer is near. She has no choice but to go to the local police dept and obtain the help of a detective there, Ben. Ben and Cassie have to work together to catch the killer and deal with their growing attraction to one another. Predicable story, but likeable characters. Like I said the only flaw in the story to me was the ending - it did not seem believable to me.

One Night Of Scandal
One Night Of Scandal
by Teresa Medeiros
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Romance, March 10 2004
One Night of Scandal I enjoyed this story and the main characters. I consider this type of book a "very light reading romance." Carlotta on the evening she is to make her debut decides to take a quick peek into her mysterious next door neighbor's house. Her neighbor mistaking her for a "lady of the night" pulls her into his home and ends up giving her a kiss. Unfortunately this kiss is seen by various members of Carlotta's family, and Carlotta is disgraced and forced into marriage with Marquis Hayden St. Clare. Hayden is a recluse distancing himself from society after his wife's death. In fact, many in society believe he has murdered his wife and have nicknamed him "The Murderous Marquis, " and are soon predicting that Carlotta will come to a dreadful end.
Very predictable but cute and enjoyable novel, I would recommend.

Baby I'm Yours
Baby I'm Yours
by Susan Andersen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story, March 9 2004
If you are looking for a very lighthearted read, that you can read in one sitting, than this is your novel. Catherine has a twin sister whose middle name is trouble. Catherine's twin shows up at her home, and the very next day Catherine is dragged from her house by Sam McKade, a bounty hunter on the lookout for her twin. Sam does not believe that he has the wrong girl. There is no way that there are two identical long legged red heads. This is pretty much a road trip story as Sam fights his attraction for his prisoner while returning her to town to face her charges. Now throw into the mix the local mob who wants her sister dead, and you have a very cute story.

Kill and Tell: A Novel
Kill and Tell: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, March 9 2004
This review is from: Kill and Tell: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is your standard Linda Howard storyline. Heroine meets hero, she is being hunted, hero must help keep her alive.
Karen receives a package from her estranged father, a homeless vietnam veteran. Around this same time, she also receives a telephone call from the police in New Orleans informing her that her father was murdered. Karen has to find the strength to pull herself together enough to go to New Orleans to identify her father's body, pay her last respects and find him a final resting place. When Karen arrives in New Orleans she meets Detective Marc Chastain who takes one look at her and her "cold" attitude and decides she is one of those "unfeeling, uncaring, selfish" types who could care less about family or the fact that her father is dead. As Marc helps Karen make an identification of her father, he realizes he has made an error and Karen is actually very hurt but hiding behind a touch facade. He is touched and very attracted to her.
Karen soon finds out that she has even more problems than her father's murder, because someone is trying to kill her. Karen must work with Marc to track down the murderer before she is the next victim.
This was a good solid story. I read in one sitting. I would recommend.

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