Musings

krahn_makeReviewed by Andrea Williamson
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Release Date: July 1, 2009
4 stars

In the dead of night, inn owner Mariah Eller is called to the inn to defuse a presumably bad situation involving a group of rowdy, drunken men.  Unbeknownst to her, one of the unruly men is none other than the future king, the Prince of Wales.  Her plan to calm them down involves music (to soothe the savage beasts) and plenty of rum (to knock them out).  One man in their group wasn’t raucous – Jack St. Lawrence sat off to the side, quietly watching with his golden eyes.  After the other men either passed out or went to bed, Jack asks Mariah to help him take the prince up to his room.  While there, they …

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Guhrke_SeductionReviewed by: Andrea Williamson
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: August 25, 2009
4.75 stars

I’ve been sacked.  Again.

Those are words Daisy Merrick has uttered more times than she can count in her twenty-eight years, due mostly to her outspoken ways.  Mostly, but not always.  This time she is sacked because she spurned her boss’s appalling proposition.  No doubt her sister Lucy would’ve handled the situation more diplomatically, but not Daisy – “But you’re so old!”  (I love it!!)  On the way home, Daisy believes that it is fate that prompts the omnibus to halt directly in front of Marlowe Publishing, the company owned by her friend, Viscount Marlowe.  You see, Daisy has always wanted to be a published writer.  Having plenty of completed but unpublished manuscripts, she figures that …

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andrea_williamsonA new month is upon us and September looks to be yet another great month for books! Which ones have you read? Which of those do you recommend? Which ones are you dying to read?

This month’s topic is SECONDARY CHARACTERS! We all know that the hero and heroine are the stars and main focus of the books we read. But sometimes a secondary character or two can steal our hearts as well. If done well, they enhance the romance and/or the story as a whole. Many eventually get their own story and some do not (though we wish they would). And some find their HEA as a secondary romance. Colin Bridgerton is one of my favorite secondary characters. We read about him and his wry humor in three books …

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andrea_williamsonThere comes a time in every reader’s life when you read a book that just clicks on all levels – a flawless, much loved storyline, a dashing, sexy hero, a darling heroine you’d want as a best friend and the endearing secondary characters who become like family.  Such was the case for me with Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me.  The first time I read it I was completely blown away and it’s one of the few books that I’ve read multiple times.  It’s my “go to” book . . . my comfort read . . . and yes, my very favorite book.  It features one of the most popular and beloved heroes of all time, Anthony Bridgerton, the head of the well-known Bridgerton family.  But what would …

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andrea_williamsonIt’s August, and that means it’s time for back to school and another month of hot new romance releases!  Which ones have you read?  Which ones are you looking forward to?

This month’s topic is HEROINES!  Last month we talked about our all-time favorite and favorite types of heroes, so this month we’re dishing about the ladies.  There are so many types of heroines.  Some are feisty and adventurous, many are solid and dependable.  Some speak their mind and take no bull from anyone, while others have special abilities or magic powers.  Some are society misses or the “girl next door” and many are courtesans or servants.  Some own their own business or run a ranch while others struggle with a 9-5 job.  Some are outright beautiful and some are …

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robyn-dehartReviewed by Andrea Williamson
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)
Release Date: July 28, 2009
4.5 stars

Fielding Grey is a treasure hunter.  While he enjoys the adventure and the thrill of the hunt, his ultimate motivation is money.  Because his father’s obsessive search for a legendary treasure ultimately led to his death and the family’s impoverishment, Fielding has had to rely on his own resources to replenish the household coffers.  And he has done so, quite prolifically.  After successfully completing a mission, Fielding is approached with a lucrative proposition by a member of Solomon’s, a very exclusive and very secret club of legend hunters.  At first, Fielding wants no part of it as he holds Solomon’s responsible for the death of his father, a former member.  Eventually he accepts because the …

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