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Savage Thunder
Savage Thunder
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of lindsey's better works, Oct. 31 2002
i usually steer clear of the "old west" romance because i have read some that were so god awful that i was cringing every other line. after reading some of lindsey's other works i decided to give "angel," the sequel to this work, and "savage thunder a try. lindsey is a writer who writing style leads more toward the tamer side of bedroom scenes. sometimes being so vague that i wont have known that anything happened until a few chapters later. but she makes up for it wonderfully in her characters and flowing dialogue.
this story of jocelyn, a widowed duchess being hunted by a inept man trying to kill her so her money will go to her dead husband's greedy relatives, and colt, a half breed who is bitter and jaded after a horribe experience when he is found courting a "white woman" is one i had not seen before. when jocelyn sees colt she knows he is the one who can help her with her "little problem." her marriage to the duke was one of convience, he was dying and she needed a protector but he was never able to consumate the marriage. jocelyn refuses to let anyone know of this failing and so in order to marry later she must take a lover and be rid of her virginity. she hires colt as her guide for a near fortune after she traps him in a bluff and the story that follows is humorous and delightful.
like any story there is good and bad.
the good: lindsey's characters are heart warming, like some long lost friend. jocelyn and colt together were priceless and i was laughing quite a bit as jocelyn is anything but some prim and meek duchess. this book surprisingly had a few very steamy scenes and one that was rather umm shall we say creative? it was all still tasteful it just added an edge to the book in my opinion. the story itself is unique and i found it pretty refreshing as the duchess is anything but helpless and simpering as in many books. it has great dialogue between characters that is snappy and fast. the characters are witty in a way that few writers can accomplish. never once did any of linsdey's characters sound melodramtic and in fact they seem pretty at ease with themselves. many writers go into that self torture bit which may be a little more realistic sometimes but can become tiresome quickly. the book kept my interest from beginning to end with no real lag anywhere.
now sadly for the bad: this book is one in a continuing series though you wouldn't know it from just looking at it. now i wouldn't begrudge anyone a series but there is no mention that this a sequel to any other books but draws pretty heavily from it prequel. nothing major as i was still able to understand the plot but i felt almost cheated since many former events are refered to. i will read the prequel, as soon as i figure just exactly which one of lindsey five million books it is, and volia i will know what's going on. but while reading "savage thunder" it was annoying. the side stories were a little bland when i would have liked to have seen the developing relationships instead of just being told "oh yeah and then those two fell in love." and finally the ending was just a little to nice and neat for me. all colt's unresolved bitterness and mistrust are resolved after one short visit from his sister? come on. it didn't need to be anything epic but it felt like lindsey was just tired of writing and wanted to just end it.
i liked this book. the characters are great, the dialogue superb and the story original. i wish they would list the books that come before this one or just declare it a series already and aside from the somewhat lackluster ending this was an enjoyable read and it will be staying on my bookshelf for awhile. check it out it's a fun read.

Lair of the Lion
Lair of the Lion
by Christine Feehan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars just not up to par, Oct. 27 2002
after reading christine feehan's acclaimed "Dark Series" i considered her an author's whose style i liked and so thought any book, even outside her dark series, would be good. but sadly i'm finding that not to be true. "Liar of the Lion" left me dissappointed and feeling cheated.
The story of Isabella Vernaducci who seeks Don Demarco out to ask for help to free her brother intrigued me at frist. Isabella is a determined woman who has lost everything when her father died and her estate was given to a cold, ruthless man and her brother deemed a traitor. Don Demarco agrees to help Isabella if she will marry him. She agrees without hesitation but she doesn't know of the horrible curse that plagues the Demarco family or the mysterious valley he lives in.
i found both good and bad in this book. for the good: Isabella is a likeable enough character who doesn't take [stuff] from anyone but is innocently naive enough to warm anyone's heart. her relationship with don demarco is as hot as it comes with many passionate scenes. no one has ever accused mrs. feehan's works of being tame in that respect. There are several scenes when don demarco's possessiveness pops up in interesting ways that are also a trade mark of feehan's writing.
but.... these things were offset by so many things that just had me rolling my eyes. First off the presence of lion's in an italian valley was so far fetched, even for a gothic novel, that for me it took away from the story though i could have looked past it if the story had been better. much of the dialogue outside of the bedroom scenes was melodramatic and sounded forced. for every great scene that had me applauding feehan as an author there were two that had me cringing. the scenes were isabella must reason with the servants that a "manelovent force" was the cause for various people's behavior involves many long winded speechs that seem unneccessary and take the suspense of the novel down quite a few notches. The only real tension in this book is between the hero and herione and even that seems lame and isabella offers everything freely to the don. he instead forces her away and then calls her back so many times i felt like screaming.
a somewhat original plot here is weighed down by blame dialogue, fairly two-dimensional characters and so many improbabilities that i found the book making it's way into the pile for my local used book store. it just wasn't something i thought was worth keeping. is it good for an afternoon read? yeah sure, but would i spend {my hard earned money] for it again? no. it just wasn't up to par with her other works. if you want a better version of this book check out "the scarletti curse" or better yet any of her "dark series" books.

Innocence Undone
Innocence Undone
by Kat Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars one you can't put down, Oct. 22 2002
after hearing the buzz surrounding this book i decided to give it a try and was definitely rewarded. i am a huge fan of kat martin's work and have read a fair number but, like anything else, some of her works can start to sound repetetive. "innocence undone" is one of the better regency romances i have ever read.
Jessic Fox was a girl who saw a live of poverty stretching out before her and swore that she would be a lady. after seeking help from the aging marquess who agrees to help her. skip ahead a few years when mathew, the marquess' son, comes home from battling the french as a captin in the english navy. he remembers the rag clad girl who he knew as a young boy and refuses to believe the jessica fox that he sees now is any different. what he can't deny though is the incredible pull he feels towards her, though he vows nothing will come of it, though the marqess wants nothing more than for these two people he loves most to marry.
this book has so many scenes that were not only original but had me smiling and laughing. the wedding scene was classic and something that was so different from what most other authors would have handled it that i had to take my hat off to mrs. martin. as always this kat martin book is duly steamy and even has a side story of gwen, jessica's friend, meeting up with her man, adam harcout. their story is just as enthralling as matt and jessi's.
this book was one of those you want to read on a rainy day when you have plenty of time because you don't want to put it down. it's fun and just a good read. check it out.

Honor's Splendour
Honor's Splendour
by Julie Garwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of her best, Oct. 10 2002
usually julie garwood's book are a little to tamed for me though i find myself constantly looking for her on the shelves of whatever bookstore i'm in but this book was a definite gem. The relationship between the two main characters is something to make any romance fan sigh over and hold the book close.
madelyn is the sister of duncan "the wolf" worst enemy. When he invades his enemnies stronghold he captures madelyn in the process and is instantly enchanted by her loving nature and courage. i love how julie garwood always makes her heroes strong but her heriones just as strong. madelyn is loyal and sets out to right the wrongs done to duncan and his family by her brother.
"honor's spledour" is one of those stories where you find yourself smiling like an idiot as you read it. and laughing out loud at the antics of the characters. it's an optimistic work that doesn't drag you down as some works will in the insecurities of the characters. in fact one of the reasons i love julie garwood's work is the fact that her characters never waver in their love for the other. the heroes decide they want the herione and they go after her. It;s the strong man who suddenly finds himself in love and hasn't a clue as to how it happened.
i definitely reccommend this to any fan of romance or even someone who has never broached the genre. give it a try, you wont be sorry.

Wicked Promise
Wicked Promise
by Kat Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars bits and pieces, Oct. 8 2002
i love kat martin books. her steamy writing style, characters that aren't afraid of society or their sexuality (a nice change from simpid writers to caught up in being afraid of wanting another person) and great secondary characters. I felt torn on this book for though there were parts i dearly loved there were also parts of the book where i was just like "What the hell was that?!"
First for the good: Elizabeth is a woman needs protection. After her father dies she is sought after but a man who is determined to have her, even by foul means. She asks Nicholas warring, her guardian, for protection and he grudgingly agrees. One problem, he's wildly attracted to her. Nicholas killed a man nine years ago and was sent off to serve his time. He's gone down hill since his return, earning the name the "wicked earl" for his rakish ways.
Elizabeth is the breath of fresh air that has nicholas' head spinning. i loved the way nicholas is determined to protect elizabeth from him and the life he lives. The passion the two of them have is great. the way they each have power over each other is a nice change from the always experienced hero. i loved nicholas' character in how he is protective and tortured. you have love those kind of heros...a little jaded but still a teddy bear inside. the bedroom scenes were great as always though like anything else they alone can't carry a book.
Now for the bad parts: the problem of nicholas being married is pretty much ignored throughout the book. his wife is in all of three scenes. elizabeth is almost to naive when she proclaims that nicholas is not married in the "eyes of god" since his wife left abandoned him when he was convicted of murder. The ending was to predictable. this story follows the cookie cutter regency era romance. everything is solved nice and neat and though this is ultimately a good thing it's to spontaneous and easy to really make an impacton the reader. i found myself asking "is that it?" which isn't really that great a sign.
did i enjoy this book? yes. did i think it was one of the best kat martin has written? no. though the passion is there and burning hot there book starts to decline in the end.

Once A Princess
Once A Princess
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars alright, Oct. 4 2002
Johanna Lindsey's work are always a joy to read. Her dialogue can make any story seem like a masterpiece but it just wasn't enough for me in this book.
Stefan, the arrogant, scarred prince must seek out a woman he promised to marry at birth to appease his father. There's just one problem, she was spirited away to america when she was still just a baby and now has gone missing. In comes Tanya, a tavern wench living in the mississippi valley. Stefan realizes that she is his princess, after a few mishaps. Just one thing, Tanya doesn't believe she's this so-called princess for a minute. Oh and we can't forget that Stefan believes that she is a whore, since she danced at the tavern she worked at.
though many thought this was a cinderella story, and yes i did find it charming, there were just to many glaring improbabilities that detracted from the story. first off Tanya is apparently this legenardy, helen of troy beauty but hides it behind actor's makeup. exactly where does a girl living in the mississippi valley in the 19th century get actor's makeup? i don't think she could just pop down the street to resupply. This makeup is also apparently the most versitile thing ever since it survives just about everything but having a flame thrower put to it.
Second Stefan kept jumping Tanya every time he was angry. I know i know this was explained as a way to "channel his anger." but it seemed to simple in a way and almost forced. and finally the ending just seemed to neat. it also seemed forced, bringing a new character three pages from the end and then like "oh he's dead. how are you dear?"
did i enjoy this book? yes i did. i love lindsey's dialouge and dynamic characters but there were just a few to many "yeah rights" in this book for me to really place it on my favorites list.

Prince Charming
Prince Charming
by Julie Garwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars how could you not love it?, Sept. 25 2002
i have been a fan of julie garwood since i haphazardly picked up "the bride" and fell in love with her optimistic and romantic writting. This is one of my favorite book by mrs. garwood.
This story of an heriess, taylor, hell bent on saving her two nieces in america and Lucas, a rugged man from the american frontier just as hell bent on saving taylor. Their marriage was one of convience to help taylor gain access to her inheirtance and get her to america but the love that developes between the two characters is heartwarming.
I love garwood's heroes as the reluctantly chivalrous men trying their damnest not to be drawn to garwood's heriones. I love taylor's spunk and determination. Though she is naively innocent she can wield a gun with the best of them. Little oddities like that are what always make garwood's work so much fun to read.
i definitely enjoyed this book. i couldn't stop reading it which is always a good sign in my opinion. try it out and be ready to be a fan:)

A Gentle Feuding
A Gentle Feuding
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet read, Sept. 23 2002
This review is from: A Gentle Feuding (Hardcover)
I am a diehard fan of romance and though i love a good steamy book as much as the next gal "steamy" can't carry a book alone. To many books have horrible dialouge that sounds like something out of a bad B movie. Johanna Lindsey's defining characteristic, in my opinion, is her dialouge, the rapid byplay of characters allows them to become people instead of those lusty people trying to get out of their clothes as if it were a timed olympic event.
"Gentle Feuding" follows the story of jamie and sheena two people from rival clans. Sheena is the redhaired beauty of her clan and jamie is ofcourse the laird of his. He sees sheena bathing in a pool in a glen (don't we all love a little dip every now and again?) and becomes enchanted by her beauty, as does everyone else who sees her. Though some people thought this whole thing of the herione being the legendary beauty that everyone is always falling all over themselves to get is tacky and unbelievable, but instead it added a sense of romanticism to the work. Sheena has to have her jamie fight off the advances of others to win her. Doesn't ever girl want someone willing to fight for them?
Sheena and Jamie are thrown together by some extraordinary circumstances and Jamie sets out to win Sheena though many others are viaing for her, even his own brother and a third party who is attempting to keep their two clans at war despite everyone's best effort to end it. everyone will love niall, sheena's little brother, because he'll remind you of your own brother at that age and you can't help but smile at his antics.
Another nice aspect to this work was the fact that jamie was actually near Sheena's age. Though sheena is still young by our standards today, 19, jamie is only 25 instead of say in his mid-thirties like most other novels. though this is because of the traditions and practicies of the time when these books are placed it's still nice every now and again to see a young lusty hero.
"Gentle Feuding" has a few imporbable aspects and Lindsey doesn't have much in the way of sexual tension or "bedroom scenes" in her work, but it's still a pretty fun read. i always laugh when i see the spunk of her characters and continue to read her works. it's an entertaining book, give it a try.

Silent Rose
Silent Rose
by Kat Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars 41/2 stars, Aug. 28 2002
i was extremely annoyed to hear other reviewers complaining that they didn't like this book because it wasn't a historical romance like kat martin's other books. one reviewer said they didn't reccommend the book because they just "assumed" it would be historical and didn't even bother to read the summary on the back. personally i admire any author who can jump time period the way mrs. martin does.
this was the first kat martin book i read. i picked it up on a whim and ever since have been a die hard fan and am slowly reading through her back list. i love her steamy style with passionate heriones and dark, roguish heroes. this particular story took some flack for being a supernatural/ paranormal book but truth be told that is only a very small aspect of the book. "the silent rose" is the story of Devon James, an author who visits an inn and has an experience she can't explain, which quickly comes to consume her in a way that confuses her. hoping it will help her understand why she feels a connect to the people who lived so long ago in that house Devon begins to do research on the inn and the family that owned it.
Jonathon Stafford is the head of the Stafford family and it was his old family home that Devon begins to investigate. he vows to stop her using any means neccessary to protect his family and their good name. Jonathon is cold, determined man in the beginning of the work but when he meets Devon the passion is instant. i always love a brooding hero, it adds more action to the story and really who wants a man who wont put up a fight? :)
The story that follows as each character tries to work out what they feel for the other and their own personal convictions is wonderful. Jonathon has been burned in the past, something typical in many romances but always treated different i feel by each author, when he married a shallow woman when they were never really in love. Devon was also burned by a cheating husband, a nice addition i thought since to often the herione is some foppish virgin who has someone how always known someone was waiting for her. Jonathon wants her to quit her work but Devon steadfastly refuses.
i loved the chemistry between these two characters and the secondary characters are great. from Devon's crazy new aged friend to Jonathon's channel clothed sister. none detract from the story however and you find yourself wanting to smack one character and then hug them all in the same breath.
the paranormal aspect is treated as real. ghosts are assumed to exist and this does take place in current day, no regency era here so if you want historical check out any number of martin's other books which are just as great. or if you can't deal with whole ghost thing martin has other contemporary novels. check this one out i had a blast reading it. a good romance to while away a day with. you wont be able to put it down, i wasn't :)

Bold Angel
Bold Angel
by Kat Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars more passion than drama, Aug. 25 2002
This review is from: Bold Angel (Mass Market Paperback)
"Bold Angel" is the story of Caryn, the daughter of a slain saxon lord in an Noram conquered england, and Ral, a Norman lord who now holds Caryn's father's land. Caryn was living in a convent when she's taken by lord malvern, Ral's rival, to Ral's holdings. Ral proposes that she marry him to save her from Malvern and so the story goes.
Caryn is a fiery herione who follows the mold of petite leading lady for the bigger than life hero. It's an endearing match that leads to some interesting problems. This story is laced with conflict but it's more the emotional kind than any real actions.
I found myself agreeing with both reviews that said this was a great book and those that said it had little action. Though Ral is a warlord of sorts the story mostly centers around Caryn and her relationship with Ral. This actually reminded me of a julie Garwood story in that respect. But this absence of violence didn't really detract from the story. Ral and Caryn's relationship is entertaining enough in itself with each one fighting desire for the other and both turning out to be passioante caring people.
The secondary characters are compelling and are there to move the story along and add perspective rather than detract from the story or set up a sequel...though i would love to read Odo's story, ah well can't have everything.
This is a nice work that is an enjoyable read...check it out but don't expect some sweeping war drama it's a little bit more fluff than that...it's a romance work. you know love and opptimism and all :)

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