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Carolina Moon
Carolina Moon
by Nora Roberts
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Romantic Suspense!, Feb. 7 2002
"Carolina Moon" by Nora Roberts is a skilfully rendered tale of mystery and romance. Roberts has created a chilling story, full of rich characters and haunting imagery that is sure to stay with readers long after the book is done.
Tory Bodeen has returned to her hometown of Progress, South Carolina to deal with her memories of an abusive father and her childhood friend Hope's brutal murder. She is determined to open her own store and rebuild her life, and so sets about doing just that.
As Tory struggles to deal with her disturbing visions of Hope's death, she develops a relationship with Hope's older brother, Cade Lavelle. Tory and Cade find comfort and passion in each other's arms, and their romance is exquisitely tender and highly erotic.
Unfortunately, Tory's connection to Hope's death makes her the focus of the Lavelle family's hatred. Cade stands by Tory, but the bitter accusations and threats from his mother have Tory questioning the future of her relationship with Cade. Cade and Tory have an unbreakable bond in their grief and love for Hope, but will that grief bring them closer together or tear them apart?
Living back in Progress has been hard for Tory, but it's about to get a lot more frightening and dangerous than she ever expected, because Hope's killer is still at large, and is much, much closer than anyone realizes!
"Carolina Moon" is a captivating mix of mystery, suspense, and romance, guaranteed to keep you turning pages. The storyline is highly original and very intriguing. You don't want to miss this one, so buy it today and enjoy!

Once upon a Dream
Once upon a Dream
by Nora Roberts
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Anthology!, Feb. 6 2002
"Once Upon a Dream" is an enchanting anthology by four very talented romance authors. It's a nice, light read, and is wonderful for those days when you just need to relax!
The first story, "In Dreams" by Nora Roberts, is the best. Flynn has been sentenced to an eternity trapped in a half world of dreams, with only one week every century in which to live. Five hundred years into his sentence, when his week is just beginning, Kayleen Brennan, the dark-haired beauty who haunts his dreams, shows up at his door in the middle of a storm. Flynn brings her in and tends to her, and as the two spend time together, the ever-sensible Kayleen begins to see that there really is magic in the world. The romance these two share is both passionate and tender, and will surely warm readers' hearts. At the end of his week will Flynn trap Kayleen in his half world just to keep her with him, or does he love her enough to set her free? This is a highly original and magical tale, and I guarantee it will make you smile!
Next is "The Sorcerer's Daughter" by Jill Gregory, my second favourite story in this anthology. Willow's father, Artemus the sorcerer, has been imprisoned by the powerful sorceress Lisha. The only way to set him free is the retrieve the fabled Necklace of Nyssa and give it to Lisha, so Willow embarks on a highly dangerous journey to find the necklace. Concerned about his daughter and her journey through the "Perilous Forest", Artemus weaves a spell that is supposed to send and old friend to Willow's aid, but instead sends the infamous rogue Blaine of Kendrick, who's out to get the necklace for himself. This is a lovely, fanciful tale and it is sure to please readers.
Third is "The Enchantment" by Ruth Ryan Langan. Annie of Tyler Real Estate has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime when she is asked to sell the Carrington estate in Maine. She travels to the mysterious, deserted estate to check it out, just as Ben Carrington arrives to take one last look at his family home. With a little help from a ghostly presence, Annie and Ben get to know each other on borrowed time, and discover the enchantment of true love. This is an enjoyable and entertaining tale about taking the time for what's really important in life.
Finally is "The Bridge of Sighs" by Marianne Willman, which is the weakest story in the anthology, but is still worth reading. Claire of San Francisco's "Sterling Galleries" travels to Venice to appraise a very special art collection. In Venice, Claire runs into her ex-husband Val everywhere she goes and begins to wonder if she could fix what went wrong between them. Claire is also haunted by dreams of a troubled young woman from the past, and is determined to uncover the truth regarding her fate. This is a lovely story about righting the wrongs of the past in order to create a bright future. The plot of this story was a little weak, as were the characters, but that didn't stop me from reading and enjoying it.
Overall, "Once Upon a Dream" is a wonderful anthology filled with magic and love. Each of the four authors has created an intriguing, fanciful, and original story that will leave you satisfied and happy. So read this book today!

Cordina's Crown Jewel
Cordina's Crown Jewel
by Nora Roberts
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Fabulous Read!, Feb. 4 2002
"Cordina's Crown Jewel" is a wonderful tale about two very different people thrown together by fate. Camilla de Cordina, the highly sought after princess of the small (fictitious) Mediterranean country of Cordina, has had all that she can handle of her duties and the constant media attention surrounding her. Perilously close to having a nervous breakdown, Cordina decides that she will run away and take a few weeks to find out who she really is. Not long into her journey, she crashes her rental car in the backwoods of Vermont, and is rescued in the midst of a violent summer storm by Dr. Delaney Caine.
Delaney takes Camilla back to his cabin, where he grudgingly allows her to spend the night. However, as time moves on, Camilla becomes more and more fascinated by and more and more attracted to this prickly archaeologist. Del offers Camilla a temporary job transcribing notes from his latest dig, and inadvertently helps Camilla find her passion in life. Camilla is absolutely enthralled by Del's work, and by Del. Del also finds this classy beauty highly intriguing, and begins to see that she fills a void in his life he didn't even know was there.
As their relationship progresses, Camilla knows that she must tell Del who she really is. But will Del be able to accept Camilla's demanding life as a princess? And will he be able to forgive her for her dishonesty?
You'll just have to read the book and find out for yourself.
I really enjoyed this book. Camilla and Del are both wonderfully rich and vivid characters, with realistic flaws and strengths. These two will compel you to read their story. The romance they share is passionate and exciting and treats the reader to some very sexy scenes.
Once again Nora Roberts has crafted a captivating story with characters who make you care and a plot that keeps you turning pages. I highly recommend this book, so buy it today!

Silent Night
Silent Night
by J. D. Robb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology!, Feb. 4 2002
"Silent Night" is a truly superior anthology, containing four entertaining tales of romance at Christmas. The stories run from light romance to dark romantic suspense, and all four will keep you turning pages.
First is Claire Cross' "A Berry Merry Christmas". This is a sweet tale of a North Pole elf named Holly Berry who just doesn't fit in, so she is sent on a special mission to fulfill an orphan's Christmas wish. Holly is hired as nanny for the orphaned Natalie, who wrote to Santa asking for a wife for her "Unca Drew" so she could have a mommy. Unbeknownst to Holly, she is the perfect woman for the job, and Natalie's Uncle Drew is starting to agree. This is a truly lovely, fanciful story that will have you believing in magic!
Dee Holmes' "The Unexpected Gift" is by far the weakest story in this anthology, although it is still enjoyable. Sabrina McKay and her young son are having their first Christmas since Sabrina's divorce. Sabrina's son finds what he believes is a body in the front yard, but who turns out to be Sabrina's high school boyfriend, Zach Danforth. Spending time in each other's company rekindles the flame between Sabrina and Zach, and together they find the true meaning of Christmas. The problem with this story is that nothing really happens in it - there is no real conflict, no suspense, no nothing. It is, however, a sweet story about the true spirit of Christmas.
Third is Susan Plunkett's "Christmas Promises", which is a really excellent story. FBI Agent Jake Rimsa reunites with his ex-fiancé, Marne York on their way to a shared Christmas celebration. Marne has changed dramatically from the rich, pampered girl Jake remembers into a fierce advocate of abused women. When Marne is suddenly enlisted to help find a missing child, their holiday plans are put on hold. As these two work together, it becomes painfully clear that Jack and Marne never stopped loving each other, but Marne is carrying around a painful secret that ended their engagement 4 years earlier and may destroy their chances for happiness now. Marne and Jake are very well developed and intriguing characters, and the plot of this short story is fresh and exciting and will keep you turning pages.
Saving the best for last, we have J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death" which is fantastic. We catch up with Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD as her Christmas is interrupted by murder. Serial killer David Palmer, who Eve caught and locked away three years earlier has escaped, and is out for revenge against everyone who put him away, especially Eve. He has already killed the judge who sentenced him, and Eve goes into overdrive trying to catch this madman before he gets to the other people on his hit list. Eve's sexy billionaire husband Roarke is right by her side, helping with the case and keeping his 'Darling Eve' safe. Eve and Roarke's romance is as hot and passionate as ever, and their scenes together will all but steam up your windows! Robb has created a fully developed story in less than 100 pages that is thrilling, original and full of heart-pounding passion. This is most definitely the best story in this anthology, and is worth the price of this book all by itself. "Midnight in Death" is a wonderful and worthy addition to the "In Death" series.
Overall, I thought this anthology was great. It is full of the spirit of Christmas, although it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Don't miss out on this one, it's fun, romantic, and well worth the read!

Genuine Lies
Genuine Lies
by Nora Roberts
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Romantic Suspense!, Jan. 30 2002
"Genuine Lies" is a fabulously entertaining and thrilling novel, and is sure to please readers.
Julia Summers has been a single mom since she was 18-years-old and now her life is devoted to providing a safe and happy environment for her 10-year-old son, Brandon. Julia has established herself as a sought after Hollywood biographer, and her life is simple, just the way she wants it.
When movie goddess Eve Benedict enlists Julia to write her tell ALL biography of her 50-year career including numerous awards, husbands, and lovers, Julia is thrilled. But as Eve reveals her many deep, dark secrets, Julia realizes that there are a great many people who are desperate to keep Eve quiet and keep her book from ever being published.
Paul Winthrop, handsome novelist and Eve's beloved stepson, is protective of Eve and unsure of Julia. He believes this book can bring nothing but trouble. However, Paul finds himself very attracted to Julia, and Julia's resolve to stay single begins to weaken. Paul and Julia are both well-developed and likable characters, and their romance is sweet and beautifully rendered.
Eve believes that she has everything under control, but it soon becomes clear that there is a highly dangerous individual nearby who will take any measure necessary to stop this book - which means that Eve and Julia had better watch their backs!
This is a wonderful story full of suspense, intrigue and romance. It creates an excellent and exciting picture of Hollywood, and tells a story that will keep you glued to the pages. The ending is fabulous and totally unexpected. I guarantee you will enjoy this book - so buy it today!

Seduction in Death
Seduction in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful Read!, Jan. 28 2002
"Seduction in Death" is the thirteenth novel in Robb's "In Death" series and shows absolutely no sign of going stale. Indeed, the story is especially fresh and thrilling and will keep you turning pages all night long.
In this instalment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD (in the year 2059) is tracking a killer who courts his victims in Internet poetry chat rooms. Upon meeting his woman of choice, the killer slips a nasty date rape drug into her wine, takes her home and rapes her on a rose-petal strewn bed, then administers a final dose of drugs that proves fatal.
Eve is disturbed by this current case, as it dredges up memories of her own abused childhood. But anyone who knows Eve Dallas knows that she will find justice for the dead no matter what, and she begins the process of tracking her killer. The drugs administered to the first victim were valued at over a quarter of a million dollars, so who would have access to such a rare (virtually unheard-of) and expensive drug?
Eve is determined to stop the killer before countless more women are terrorized and killed, and when the opportunity arises, Eve decides to go undercover as bait in order to get her man!
I truly enjoyed the mystery Robb has crafted in this book. She used a slightly different format this time, letting the reader know the killer's identity early on. This in no way detracted from the suspense, however, as it was extremely exciting watching Eve put the clues together and come closer and closer to finding the killer.
As always, Eve and Roarke's relationship is fulfilling, passionate, and heart-warming. It's wonderful to read about these two, and see their devotion to one another. Robb has an immense talent for creating vivid and intriguing characters, and Eve and Roarke are two of her best ever. The secondary characters such as Peabody, Eve's aide, the E-Detectives, Captain Feeney and Detective McNab, and many others, are equally vibrant and always lots of fun to read about. You will fall in love with all of them!
"Seduction in Death" is a suspenseful and well thought out book, containing Robb's brilliantly rendered characters, in a fascinating futuristic setting. I guarantee this book and the entire rest of the series will entertain and satisfy you - so don't miss out!

Judgment in Death
Judgment in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Read!, Jan. 25 2002
"Judgement in Death" is the 11th book in J.D. Robb's "In Death" series, and it is fabulous. The mystery is thrilling and expertly woven - it grips you from page one and immerses you in murder and mayhem and the quest for justice.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is back on the job in the early months of 2059. She is searching for a cop killer, who brutally beat his victim to death in a club called Purgatory. The excessive violence of the crime and the loss of a fellow officer send Eve into overdrive. She turns up some dark secrets and confusing information related to her victim and discovers a connection to an Internal Affairs investigation. Eve knows someone isn't telling her the whole truth, but she has a cop killer to catch, so it's up to out favourite, feisty Lieutenant to put the pieces together on her own and bring justice to the dead.
Eve is a complex and emotionally troubled woman, whose determination and compassion will win readers' hearts. Her handsome husband Roarke is a perfect match for her. Indeed, Eve and Roarke continue to compel me to read about them. In this instalment they have some serious bumps in their marriage, and the problems they have come from loving each other too much. It is truly refreshing to read about two people who are as completely lost in each other as Eve and Roarke. Their love scenes vary from hot, hot passion to heart-breaking tenderness, but they always leave the reader satisfied.
It's hard to explain how much I enjoy this series, or what the characters have come to mean to me - so you'll just have to read each and every book and see for yourself. "Judgement in Death" is a skilfully rendered romantic suspense novel, full of vivid and fascinating characters you can't help but love. I guarantee you will enjoy this book immensely, so read it today!

Witness in Death
Witness in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!, Jan. 22 2002
"Witness in Death" is another fabulous addition to J.D. Robb's irresistible "In Death" series. Lieutenant Eve Dallas, the hard-boiled NY cop, is back for another adventure with her wonderful cast of family, friends and co-workers.
In this instalment, Eve and her ultra-sexy billionaire husband Roarke are out for a night on the town, attending the opening of a new play at Roarke's New Globe theatre. Eve's night off is interrupted, however, when one of the players is murdered on stage in front of thousands of witnesses.
Eve is quickly on the case, and finds herself in the unfamiliar position of being her own best witness to a murder. Unfortunately for Eve, many of the suspects are talented actors, and she must dig down beneath their facades to find their true feelings and the true killer!
This mystery is suspenseful and thrilling, and will keep you turning pages all through the day and night. Robb has crafted a wonderfully original and intriguing tale. Eve and Roarke continue to develop as a couple, and their ups and downs, their tenderness and their passion, are brilliantly conveyed to the reader. We celebrate along with Eve for her triumphs, and feel her pain as she deals with her haunting past. This intense connection with the characters is something I don't find often, and I credit Robb's immense skill as a writer.
The entire "In Death" series is sure to please readers. "Witness in Death" is a fantastic addition to this fun, exciting, and utterly addictive series. Don't miss out - buy this book today and ENJOY!

Loyalty in Death
Loyalty in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, Jan. 22 2002
"Loyalty in Death" by J.D. Robb finds our tough-as-nails heroine, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, pitted against a group of terrorists. This enigmatic group, known only as Cassandra, has no clear motive for the death and destruction they are causing. Indeed, it is simply the thrill of murdering the innocent and the fun of senseless destruction of property that they thrive on.
So Eve, with a little help along the way from her handsome and brilliant husband Roarke, sets about finding the trail that will lead to these murdering terrorists. She uncovers a connection to a mystery that began decades before and begins putting together the pieces. But when the threats from Cassandra get a little too personal, Eve shows her true grit by putting her life on the line to save those she loves!
I really can't say enough good things about this book. The mystery is thrilling and fun, and puts a fresh spin on what could have been a rather mundane topic. Eve and Roarke's relationship is as satisfying as ever in this instalment, and is still full of heart-pounding passion and exquisite tenderness. I have become so attached to Eve, Roarke and company that I feel like they are old friends - which makes picking up each new book that much better. I fly through each of Robb's books in record time, simply because I can't put them down.
"Loyalty in Death" is a first-rate romantic suspense novel, in a series that is sure to impress. One word of warning though - don't start reading these books if you can't afford to buy all 13 of them, because once you read one, you have to read them all! Robb's "In Death" series is absolutely irresistible - with it's vivid and lovable characters, fascinating futuristic setting, and ever-entertaining storylines - you just can't go wrong!

Betrayal in Death
Betrayal in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet!, Jan. 21 2002
Wow! "Betrayal in Death" is the BEST book in this series yet. The mystery is exciting and full of twists and turns and the relationship between Eve and Roarke has reached a whole new level.
In this instalment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is investigating the murder of a maid at one of Roarke's hotels. The killer is identified as a hit man for the elite, which doesn't solve the crime at all. It becomes apparent that the real target may be Roarke, and it's up to our favourite feisty Lieutenant to find out who is pulling the strings.
What I really loved about this book is how Eve and Roarke's marriage no longer seems one-sided. For a long time Roarke has been Eve's rock, comforting her and receiving little in return. But in this book, as the murders that occur upset Roarke, Eve comes to his side, and really shows how much she has grown as a person. Eve and Roarke's relationship really blooms in this novel. Their love scenes are even more passionate and heart-warming than before, and are guaranteed to leave readers satisfied. The mystery is first-rate: suspenseful, and well thought out. "Betrayal in Death" is a wonderful addition to this fantastic series - so don't miss it!

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