Musings

Charming_McLaneReviewed by Buffie Johnson
Release Date:  October 6, 2009
Publisher: Penguin
Rating:   4.75

Trace Coleman has felt the joy of being on top of his sport – competitive bull riding.  Unfortunately, just as like the last bull threw him to the ground, Trace’s career has fallen into the dirt.  Battered and scarred from his last tango with a bull, Trace has left the sport he loves and is currently the manager of the local marina on Pine Hollow Lake.   Content to be out of the spotlight and the prying eyes of the fans, Trace has settled into his quiet country life only to have his world set on its end when Dakota Dunn, the owner of the marina, comes blowing into town.

Teen pop princess Dakota Dunn has outgrown her …

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RhysUhlichSeptember has arrived and school is back in session.   This had me thinking back to my own school days, remembering the fun times I had and the teachers who influenced me.    Low and behold, while I was pondering the educators of my past Van Halen’s Hot for Teacher song blares from my radio.   Immediately my mind goes back to 9th grade and Coach Goodman. *sigh*  Man, that science teacher and basketball coach was a cutie.   It sure is hard to concentrate on the exciting subject of earth science while cutie pie is standing in front of me!   So this month’s Hottie of the Month is dedicated to all those hot teachers.

Now, let me introduce you to Rhys Uhlich.  Rhys is a native Australian and a surfer dude.  Last year, …

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Buffie Johnson

When I learned the reviewers here at Romance Novel TV would be doing a week-long blog series on our favorite heroines, my thoughts immediately turned to the author who lured me into the romance novel world almost 15 years ago.   None other than Julie Garwood.    Now my dilemma was which one of her heroines do I pick?   I was torn between a couple of Ms. Garwood’s heroines, but Christina Bennett from The Lion’s Lady won out.

Christina Bennett was a toddler when her English mother was killed in the wilds of the Black Hills of America while trying to escape her malicious husband.   At the time of Christina’s mother’s death, a Native American Indian woman and her son were living with them.   So it was only nature that Merry, the …

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margaret_malloryReviewed by Buffie Johnson
Rating:  4.25 stars
Publisher:  Grand Central
Release Date:  July 2009

I am a romance reader who loves debut novels.  I think the reason I enjoy debuts so much is because of the possibility of finding a new author to follow.  As you all know, medievals are my first loves in the romance novel world, so when I had the chance to read Margaret Mallory’s debut novel, I grabbed the book with both hands.

On the eve of her wedding to a man she neither likes nor admires, Lady Mary Catherine sneaks into the stables to saddle up her horse and enjoy her last hour as a free woman.  But what Catherine does not expect to find is a shadow lurking in the stables.  Confronted by a …

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master_craving_karin_tabkeReviewed by Buffie Johnson
Publisher:  Pocket
Release Date:  May 26, 2009
Rating:  5 Stars

After years of watching her father battle depression over the loss of her mother, who died while giving birth to her, Princess Arian claims she will never love anyone as deeply as her father loved her mother, thus she will not have to suffer the loss and depression her father has for years. Arian is set to marry Jarl Magnus of Norway. While she is anxiously waiting to say her vows, it is revealed that Magnus has sent a proxy groom, his nephew Sir Dag, to the ceremony as Magnus is dealing with political strife in his region.  Arian is adamant to all involved that she will not recite her vows to any other man, only …

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dirty_sexy_knitting_christie_ridgwayReviewed by Buffie Johnson
Publisher:  Berkley
Release Date:  June 2, 2009
4.25 stars

Cassandra Riley is the owner and operator of Malibu & Ewe, a knitting shop on the shores of Malibu Beach. The product of sperm donation and the only child of a free-spirited woman, Cassandra has always dreamed of being a part of a family. Through some research, she has located her half sisters, Nikki (from How to Knit a Wild Bikini) and Juliet (from Unravel Me), and has enjoyed the new found relationship with them.  Her family is starting to come together; if she could just get her landlord to come out of his grief long enough to realize that she loves him with all of her heart and soul. But from one drinking escapade …

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