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by Heather Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced Read!!!, Nov. 25 2005
This review is from: Suspicious (Mass Market Paperback)
Ms. Graham has again used Florida for the setting of her latest romantic suspense. Through her descpitive writing you will feel as if you are standing right along side with the characters of the book.
Lorena has come to the Everglades to find out who killed her father. She gets a job at an alligator farm. She has no idea that she has just set up home in a vipers nest of secrets and danger. She also doesn't realize that she is in more danger that she could ever imagine. Especially when bodies starts piling up among the locals. Who is killing them and why? Could it have anything to do with her fathers research?
Jesse Crane is a cop who has returned to his Everglades home after the murder of his wife. Here he does what he can to protect the people that make the dangerous but beautiful Everglades home. So when he meets the beautiful but sassy Lorena for the first time, sparks fly. When he finds out that she is hiding a secret the more he wants to get to know her and protect her. Will he be able to find out what is going on before a rogue gator, and a murdered that walks upright manages to silence Lorena before he can uncover her secret?
This was a very good read. Ms. Graham has managed to include a lot into a short read that will enthrall as well as entertain fans of romantic suspense. The interaction between Jesse and Lorena is spicy and entertaining. This is one author that I highly recommend.

Lord of Desire
Lord of Desire
by Paula Quinn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Author To Watch!!!, Nov. 25 2005
Ms. Quinn's debut effort is amazing!!! This story is perfect blending of historical detail, suspense, and romance. The end enthralling read with larger than life characters and a very sweet romance.
Lord Brand Risande is known as "The Passionate" he loves life, and revels in it. But, a betrayal cuts him deep. The woman that he loved is caught with another man, but not just any man, a man that Brand calls friend. He gave his heart away once, he won't do it again. Even when he is commanded to marry Lady Brynna in order to avoid more bloodshed. But, what this tough knight doesn't realize is that Brynna knows him, and has loved him since she first set eyes upon him swimming in a lake a year earlier. Will this tough lady be able to scale the walls around his heart?
Brynna can't believe that her father lost a battle and that her home is going to the winner. She is shocked when her merman shows up with his brother and Duke William of Normandy. Despite her plans on avoiding marriage to the barbarian she can't help but be drawn to this wounded knight. She has feelings for him that she can't ignore. She has decided that anything worth having is worth fighting for. Brand is worth the pain...even when Colette the lady that hurt Brand shows up looking for a safe haven. Will they find a happy ending or will the plottings of royality conspire to keep these lovers apart?
This was a well written romance with amazing chemistry between our main characters. Secondary characters such as Dante, Brand's brother and Duke William of Normandy are wonderful additions to this romance. I truly look forward with great anticipation for the next book "Lord of Temptation" which, is Dante's story. In the meantime I highly recommend this debut effort. Ms. Quinn is going to be a shining star in the future I'm sure.

The Devil's Necklace
The Devil's Necklace
by Kat Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Read!!!, Nov. 25 2005
The second story in the "Bride's Necklace" trilogy is a fine addition indeed to this series. Ethan and Grace are well crafted characters and their conflict is truly a conflict in every sense of the word.
Ethan Sharpe is seeking revenge after the traitor that was responsible for ship and crew being discovered and killed by the French. He seeks the one that paid for the monsters release from prison before the hangman could seek him justice. He claims Grace from another ship with plans to turn her over to the authorities once she gives up the location of her lover. Ethan is shocked though when Grace ends up being nothing like he thought she should be. When Grace finally admits her dark secret to Ethan he backs away from her. He can never love the woman that she is with her connection to the traitor, but the problem with this matter how far he sails he can't get her out of his mind nor his heart. Will he allow himself to finally find peace and happiness, or will he let revenge take a bigger piece of his soul than it already has?
Grace Chastain loves Ethan against her better judgement. She knows why he has turned from her, it still doesn't change the fact that her heart is his. Will she be strong enough to see this through and help her hearts desire settle his demons once and for all?
This was a very good read! Ms. Martin as deftly woven her magic here! Ethan and Grace are again compelling characters, and their situation is a true test of love. Tori and Cord are present as well, and we are introduced to our next hero Rafe. Ms. Martin is a true talent and one that I highly recommend.

To the Limit
To the Limit
by Cindy Gerard
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second in the "Bodyguard" Series!!!, Nov. 25 2005
Ms. Gerard's second installment of her "Bodyguard series" is a real page turner with wonderful chemistry between our two main characters, Mac and Eve. Readers will be drawn into the story in order to see if these two strong but hurt people will find the happy ending they deserve.
Eve is a former Secret Service agent and when one of her former targets calls for help, she is there only to find out that it was a trick. What wasn't funny though is the fact that she is hurt bad with a threat ringing in her ears that "she's (Eve) dead." Eve isn't scared off and she goes on the road looking for Tiffany a teenager that needs her help. She ends up running into her only regret. Ex-cop, now P.I. Tyler "Mac" McClain. This high school bad boy left breaking a promise, and her heart. She is older but not wiser when it comes to this man. One look and she is back in the past, fighting an attraction that she doesn't want to exist. Will she be able to work with this man in order to find Tiffany and be able to walk away with her heart intact or will Mac claim her heart once again?
This was another strong romantic suspense from a new voice in the genre that has established herself as an excellent storyteller. Her character development is well done, and the situation that she puts these two people in is explosive. I loved the push/pull that Mac and Eve had going it made their romance all the more sensual and likeable! I look forward to the next in this series. If the past two books are any indication the following stories will only get better!

Last Girl Dancing
Last Girl Dancing
by Holly Lisle
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Author to Watch!!!, Nov. 25 2005
The first time I'd ever read anything by this author was her title "Midnight Rain." I quickly ran out and checked out this author's backlist. I was thrilled to find out that she had a new romantic suspense being released. I quickly pre-ordered it and waited not so patiently for it to arrive. It was well worth the wait.
Atlanta Police Detective Jess Brubraker is good at her job but she gets no thrill from her sucess. It's more of a means to an end really. She became a cop in order to find her missing twin sister. In the mean time she will do what she must in order to see that happen. When a chance in a lifetime job gets handed to her she will do whatever she must in order to find a killer. If she has to put her feelings about psychic's on the shelf, well, that's what she will do...maybe. But, when this psychic just so happens to be the owner of a beautiful voice, nice hands, and a rear end that just won't quit well, it might just work. But, what will happen when she finds out that Hank is more than a partner or psychic, but the owner of her heart?
Hank if a former Ranger with a special talent when it comes to psychic abilities. He doesn't do this for just anyone and when his friend approaches him, needing his help to solve a serial murder case well, he's on board. The fact that his partner is everything that he wants to avoid is beside the point. When he touches her he sees the truth, she is not put off by his scars and for the first time he trust that a beautiful woman wants him...and only him. Now if only he can keep her safe from a killer that wants her dead.
Hank and Jess were wonderful characters, and the chemistry between them was wonderfully tense! This story although not a new one was done in such a way that the reader will truly be kept guessing until the final few pages as to who the killer really is. Ms. Lisle really knows how to keep the suspense going while at the same time moving the story forward. This is one author that I highly recommend for edge of your seat reading with the added bounus of a sensual romance as well.

Touch Me
Touch Me
by Lucy Monroe
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars First In A Series!!!, Nov. 25 2005
This review is from: Touch Me (Mass Market Paperback)
Ms. Monroe has created a very good read with the first in a series titled "Touch Me." Exotic locations, unusual characters, and great chemistry combined into a read that will entertain.
Thea is not your typical woman. She thinks for herself, does for herself, and can't be bothered with what others think of her. A trust issue tore her family apart and now she finds that she must go back to England to investigate a possible theft from her shipping company. Her chance to sail for England come at the hands of handsome Pierson Drake. From the get go these two spark energy off of each other. It's only a matter of time before the spark kindles a flame. Now neither of them can deny the attraction, but each has a well protected heart and is shy about laying that heart open. Will these two wounded people find the love that they each doesn't think exist with each other?
This was a good book. Thea is a modern day woman in many of her thought processs' but Ms. Monroe still manages to keep to the time period despite this. The fact that both Thea and Pierson have issues does prevent this story from reaching a natural conclusion any earlier than it already does. This despite being a tad frustrated a few times this read did manage to entertain. I look forward to the next in the series which is titled "Tempt Me."

Born to Be BAD
Born to Be BAD
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Short Stories...Previously Published..Now Together!, Nov. 25 2005
Ms. Kenyon is an automatic buy for me. Her name is on the cover I'm buying the book! This is a fun set of stories but only one is "new" as in never before being published. The two other stories have been previously published in two other anthologies with other authors. So a benefit is having all three B.A.D. stories in one book!!! Downside, this was pretty much a re-read for me when I wanted fresh.
"One Bad Night" features Jason Banks, one bad agent of B.A.D. who plays by his own rules. Samantha has been sent to bring him in because they think he has gone rogue. But when they are both double crossed and the truth comes out these two are both the winners.
"BAD to the Bone" features Marianne who has won a trip to a fantasy hide-a-way where she gets to play the part of a heroine in a romance story. But dreams become a reality when she is paired off with B.A.D. agent Kyle Foster. This bad boy kidnapps her and brings all of her fantasy to life...which, brings all of his to life...
"Captivated by You" is Rhea's story. She has gone undercover as a dominatrix in order to capture a deadly terrorist. She is sent in with a former agent named "Ace" who has set her blood to boil in many ways. But what will happen when acting becomes reality? Will these two finally hook up like they've always wanted to?
Ms. Kenyon has a great imagination and she has brought that to her new series. Fan's of the Dark Hunter novels will have to switch gears but Ms. Kenyon's trademark "bad boys" and sensuality are plenty evident. I look forward to her next effort in this series which is a full length read! Yeah!!! Ms. Kenyon though has managed to give her loyal fans something to read while we wait for her next effort.

The Masquerade
The Masquerade
by Brenda Joyce
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Are No Words..., Nov. 25 2005
Ms. Joyce is an outstanding author, one that manages to capture a readers attention from the very first page. "The Masquerade" is a read that will totally enthrall the reader with wonderful characters, and a heart breaking as well as heart warming storyline.
Lizzie Fitzgerald has love Tyrell de Warenne for as long as she can remember. This dashing knight once saved her life as a child and that one meeting was enough to carve a space in this gentle girl's heart. Although part of the genteel population, Lizzie's family is not as well set as many and as a result the idea of Lizzie ever being able to marry her Tyrell is outside the realms of possibilities. Still Lizzie will hold on to her dream of her love for as long as she can. When she's invited to a masquerade ball at the estate of Adare she and her family attend having no idea that this will be the event that will change both Lizzie and Tyrell's life forever.
Two years later Tyrell still can't get over the feelings that he has for the plain but sweet Lizzie Fitzgerald. Imagine his surprise when she and her parents arrive on his doorstep with his son. According to her parents Lizzie is the mother and he is the father. How can that be? Still, Tyrell does what he must but the fact that he had a fiancee and she is just the person he needs to marry in order to assure the future for Adare means nothing once he tastes Lizzie's lips. Will he be able to set aside Lizzie and do right by his duty or will a love that can't be denied win all?
This was an engrossing tale. Ms. Joyce has vividly brought to life the de Warenne family and Tyrell has grown to become a remarkable man. Tryell and Lizzie's romance is truly romantic, as well as heart-breaking but they get their happy ever after! I can't wait for the next in this series and can only hope that it's not a long wait. Ms. Joyce writes amazing stories that are multi-layered and almost epic in nature. I hope that she remains true to her talent and continues this in the next "de Warenne" story.

Courting Claudia
Courting Claudia
by Robyn DeHart
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 6.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Debut Effort!!, Nov. 25 2005
Well done Ms. DeHart! This debut effort is fresh and entertaining and throughly enjoyable. I truly look forward to reading this new author in the future.
Claudia Prattley is not your average miss although she tries to be. The daughter of a Viscount she has a secret one that she doesn't want announced to the Ton. She illustrates fashion for a London newspaper. The fact that her father has no use for her boss Derrick Middleton is not her concern...that is until she resigns in person. She has no idea that Derrick is so handsome. She is shocked when he arrives at a ball only to dance with her before disappearing after securing her promise to illustrate until she marries. Claudia has no idea that she is not going to walk away from Derrick because for good or ill Derrick has plans for her that she could only just imagine about.
Derrick is instantly drawn to Claudia. He doesn't want to loose her as she's important to the success of his paper. When his aunt suggests that he court her in order to keep her at the paper he agrees but has no idea that he has just opened the door to his future and that Claudia means more to him than just paper sales, she is a very important part of his heart. A heart he didn't know he had.
Derrick and Claudia are wonderfully different characters. She's not perfect, he's not of the aristocracy. As a result this historical was fresh and very entertaining. Ms. DeHart as carefully crafted her debut effort and as a result the reader will be instantly drawn into her make believe world. This is one debut effort that speaks to the talent of it's author and one that I highly recommend fan's of historical romance to pick up!

by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Previously Published...But Still Good!, Nov. 25 2005
This review is from: Dragonswan (Mass Market Paperback)
"Dragonswan" was previously published in an anthology and if you're like me space is at a premium when it comes to my "keeper" shelf. As a result this quick read is not all it's own and easy to hold on too.
Channon MacRea has spent a lifetime...well, at least the majority of her lifetime studying a dragon tapastery. Imagine her surprise when tall, dark, and very yummy askes her out after seeing her in a museum only to...well, I don't want to give it all away. Needless to say Tall, dark and yummy is Sebastian and he claims to know the answers to the questions that Channon has regarding her tapestry. One kiss later, and a bonding she finds herself transported back in time with Sabastian and learns all there is to know regarding the tapestry, Sabastian's past, and Channon's own heart. But, will she take a chance and love Sabastian for all time?
This was a very quick read totaling only 86 pages. As a result it's perfect if you want a fast, sensual, romantic read, but only have about hour to spare. Ms. Kenyon is a truly wonderful author and I find that her books are well worth picking up despite page count. This is a perfect introduction for readers that are new to Ms. Kenyon. Just imagine if you like this what she's capable of doing with 300 more pages!!!

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