Musings

monroe_hiredreview.jpgReviewed by Kati Dancy
3.5 out of 5 stars

Harlequin Presents, how I love thee. Featuring overbearing alpha heroes, and demure, virginal heroines, where “Seduction and Passion are guaranteed” or so says the byline, they are magical, fun, passion filled books. The HP line is one where I know I’m guaranteed to find a domineering hero who I’d want to bash in the head in real life and a heroine who is far too meek for my tastes. And yet, I have an undeniable sense of nostalgia and affection for them. So when Marisa sent out a note that Hired: The Sheikh’s Secretary Mistress by Lucy Monroe was available for review, I jumped.

Sheikh Amir bin Faruq al Zorha must marry. A member of Zorha’s Royal Family, he lives in …

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dawson_alwaysreview.jpgReviewed by PJ Ausdenmore
4 stars

When former military intelligence officer, Mark Callahan, travels to Hawaii to rescue a hometown girl from a pornography kingpin the last two people he expects to encounter at the pornographer’s estate are his estranged wife, Annabelle Monroe and Radovanovic, the man responsible for the death of Mark’s brother, John. Former teammates on the elite Special Forces unit known as “The Fixers” and secretly married thanks to an impulsive decision in Vegas, Mark and Annabelle haven’t seen each other since he broke her heart and walked out of her life two years earlier. Though their mutual desire is still as intense as ever, Mark’s reasons for leaving haven’t changed and they make the difficult decision to legally end their marriage, but fate hasn’t quite finished …

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Anna_head What a treat! Fantastic historical mysteries with a great romantic subplot!

Both these books passed under my radar when they were first released and I wonder if it’s the same for you. There’s so much out there, sometimes it’s hard to keep track. Elizabeth Rolls, a writing friend of mine, said as a passing comment that they would be right up my alley. Well, she was spot on– they’re among the best books I’ve read in the last year. Fantastic to find more great Regency noir for me to sink my teeth into.

C.S. Harris wrote a number of excellent historical romances under the name Candice Proctor. They wereHarris_angelsreview notable for their intensity, their historical accuracy and their strong characterization and she’s carried all of those qualities through to her …

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Cute_kidMarisa shared with me a news item she found. We were both struck stupid. Apparently there are plenty of busy parents out there. What with earning a living, shopping, helping the kids with homework, shuttling them back and forth to all manner of after school activities, well a a parent can get a bit distracted. Seems there’s a Dallas entrepreneur who thought he could turn this into an opportunity. He’s created a programmable device that sets off an alarm and alerts the parent if they’ve accidentally exited the car without their child.

Ladies – is this a worthwhile device? Or is there no way on this green earth that you would forget your child?

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singh_hostagereveiw.jpgReviewed by Kati Dancy
5 stars

I first heard of Nalini Singh on Squawk Radio. Christina Dodd could not stop raving about Singh’s terrific paranormal debut, Slave to Sensation. In that book, Singh introduces two races: the Psy, a race of psychically gifted people, who defeat a rampant psychosis that seemed to come along with their gifts by breeding emotion out of their day-to-day lives, enabling them to be dispassionate about everything. The Changelings are werekind, in most cases for her series, predators. In the case of Nalini Singh’s newest book, Hostage to Pleasure, leopards.

Dorian Christensen is unique among his pack, he is a latent leopard, meaning that he cannot shift to his animal form. This doesn’t stop him from being both a sniper and a sentinal for the …

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graciebluelady120k.jpgReviewed by PJ Ausdenmore
5 Stars

The second book in Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders series is the story of Harry Morant and Lady Helen “Nell” Freymore. Though born in wedlock to a housemaid and village blacksmith, Harry is actually the biological son of a cold, cruel Earl and known throughout the ton as his bastard. Tossed aside as a child and callously used by the ladies of the ton as a man, he yearns for a family of his own but has no interest in love. He has known love’s betrayal and has no desire to experience it again. When Harry first encounters Nell in a rainy forest no words are spoken but through his kindness and with their eyes, much is said. She is huddled on the back of …

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