Musings

midnight_HollyReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher: Penguin
4 stars

I really have enjoyed this series of Emma Holly’s, but I have found it difficult to write the review for Saving Midnight. Not because I didn’t like it, but because it’s incredibly difficult not to give too much away.  So, dear readers, forgive me if this review is brief.

Edmund is back with his family after being rescued by them in Breaking Midnight, but he is obsessed with tracking down his captors, Frank and Li-Hua, who escaped while the Fitz Clares were saving him.  Edmund is also plagued with guilt because his eldest son, Graham, became a vampire in order to save him.  Added to that is the fact that his senses Graham’s mark on Estelle (Edmund’s fiancé).  In his heart, …

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gannonEve Dallas is the heroine of J.D. Robb’s hugely successful futuristic romantic suspense In Death series—book #29 will be released in November.  She jumped off the page from book #1, and she is still, in my humble opinion, one of the most unique and fascinating characters out there.   Here are just a few reasons I’d love to be Eve:

1. She’s married to Roarke, the richest, sexiest man in the world.

This definitely makes Eve Dallas the luckiest woman there is.  Roarke is, quite simply, the cream of the crop.  Yes, my husband is aware of my prurient fantasy starring Roarke.  But that’s okay, since he’s a character in a book.  But what a character! Lucky Eve!

Robb_Kindredindeath2. She’s a kick-ass cop, who never backs down.

Eve is a Lieutenant …

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lord_pleasure_romance_bookReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher: Kensington
4 stars

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Lady Charlotte Chartwell is the personification of desperation.  Her philandering husband was murdered by one of his many mistresses, and to make matters worse, Charlotte has not inherited one penny of his estate, including the dowry she brought to the marriage.  While waiting for the Court of Chancery to award her part of her deceased husband’s estate, Charlotte has sold nearly all of her possessions, residing in her father’s unfurnished townhouse.  Charlotte refuses to sell her family home, so she’s left with no choice but to sell herself.  Riding in a hackney through Hyde Park, Charlotte searches for an acceptable “candidate.”  Enter Alexander Baxendale, third Earl of Hawksford, who is known by the ton as …

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christina_doddReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher Penguin
August 4, 2009
4.5 stars

Many, many years ago, twins were born and abandoned by their mother.  One was rescued by a group of nomads, who raised him and helped him develop his “gift”—the ability to make fire in the palm of his hand.  When he was older, he rescued other babies like himself; those who had been abandoned and who now possessed special gifts.  They were the Chosen Ones, the force of good in the world.

The other twin, a baby girl, was found by a witch who saw the unusual mark on the baby’s palm. And she knew that the girl was special.  The witch raised the girl, but instead of nurturing her, the old woman tortured the girl and fostered a …

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amanda_scottReviewed by Gannon Carr
Grand Central Publishing
4.25 stars

In 1374 Scotland, seventeen-year-old Janet “Jenny” Easdale finds herself betrothed to a loathsome man who cares for nothing more than her title and estates.  She became Baroness Easdale of Easdale upon the death of her father, as he had no male heir to succeed him.  Her betrothed, Reid Douglas, is eager to become Baron of Easdale, but the title will not automatically come to him when he marries Jenny.  Only she has the right to decide when he will gain that title.  Jenny’s uncle, and guardian since the death of her father, betrothed her to Reid, who is wife’s youngest brother.  As far as they are concerned, marrying Reid to Jenny will provide him with a satisfactory income and a title; …

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breakingmidnight_emmahollyReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher: Berkley Sensations
4 stars

Upyr elder, Edmund Fitz Clare, has been kidnapped by a rival faction of vampires and is being held prisoner in the dungeon of a castle in Switzerland.  His enemies are determined to use him and his shapeshifting abilities to create a race of beings who could rule the world.  And they are willing to sell to the highest bidder, which in this case happens to be the Nazis!

Edmund’s fiancée, Estelle and his three children, Graham, Ben and Sally, are frantic in their quest to discover Edmund’s whereabouts, but only know that Edmund is no longer in London.  Estelle begins “dream walking”-finding rapture in Edmund’s arms once more.  When she wakes, she’s alone, but is still experiencing the throes of ecstasy.  …

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