Monday, November 18, 2013

The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel

In the historical western town of Fort Worth, Texas, matchmaking mother, Eugenia Burnett, has achieved her goals. Her three sons are happily married, and she has three grandchildren, with the fourth on the way. But she hasn’t given up her matchmaking ways. Now she’s introducing lonely widows and widowers. Until one widower, rancher Wyatt Jones, lets her know he’s only interested in one woman, her. Sworn never to remarry, Eugenia doesn’t want a husband. But Wyatt wants Eugenia and he’s one determined cowboy. Come celebrate a western Christmas with the Burnett family and watch Mama Burnett meet her match.

Eugenia is a strong confident woman who knows what she wants, and what she doesn't want. The matriarch of the Burnett sons, Eugenia has made it her business to find partners for her three sons. Now that the tables have turned and her daughters-in-law are matchmaking Eugenia with Wyatt, Eugenia wants nothing to do with love. Especially when it includes Wyatt. Eugenia's character was so comical. Getting every single available woman to ply Wyatt with more casseroles than he knows what to do with, is enough to drive him crazy. There is only one way to take care of Eugenia and that is to take matters into his own hands. When it comes to Wyatt and Eugenia, I find myself grinning at the repartee. What a sweet and touching love story.

The Christmas Bride is a delightful and dazzling read written by a very talented author. I have never read any of Ms. McDaniel's books. However, after reading the story description, I found myself anxious to snuggle up to my first Sylvia McDaniel romance. The romance between Eugenia and Wyatt, did not disappoint and even had some unexpected turns that turned out to be quite steamy. After reading their touching love story, I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. If you are looking for an intriguing story line laced with humor and enchanting characters, look no further than The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel.

Here are books one through four in order. Just click on the title and you will be led to Amazon where you can check the book out for yourself. I know I have found a new favorite author and I'm sure you will too.

Book 1: The Rancher Takes a Bride

Book 2: The Outlaw Takes a Bride

Book 3: The Marshal Takes a Bride

Book 4: The Christmas Bride

Boxed Set: The Burnett Brides Boxed Set (books 1 through 3)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Moragh, Holly's Ghost by Maggie Tideswell

A marriage of convenience, helpful fey friends, hidden agendas, a custody battle that cannot be won and a haunting - could love blossom?

Set in the beautiful wine lands of the southern Cape in South Africa, strange things start happening from the moment Holly accepted Joshua's offer of marriage.

Moragh, Holly's Ghost is a book unlike I have ever read. Built on multiple layers, this was one book that was hard to predict the ending. I didn't know until I was finally upon it, how the different layers tied together. This story is told from multiple character's perspectives which makes it a thrilling and suspenseful mystery with all of the elements that make a book a success; love, sex, mystery, intrigue, paranormal hauntings and murder. Moragh, Holly's Ghost was a hard to put down book that was simply addicting. A must have for any reader of suspense or the paranormal.

I love books by Maggie Tideswell because they are based in South Africa, the country in which I was born. I can relate to the breathtaking scenery and while reading the book, there are certain phrases that are familiar to me. Ms. Tideswell is a newly favorite author of mine and I feel as though I walk away a better person for having read the work of such a talented author.

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Can't Help Falling in Love by Bella Andre


How much is worth risking?

Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco, but he knows better than to risk giving his heart again. Especially not to the woman he saved from a deadly apartment fire…and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris owes everything to the heroic firefighter who saved her and her daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her pilot husband, she has vowed to never suffer through loving—and losing—a man with a dangerous job again.

But when Gabe and Megan meet again, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter…but also his sweetly sensual kisses, challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?


First let me say that Can't Help Falling in Love is the third book in Bella Andre's new series an boy oh boy it's the best book yet. Of the eight siblings, it's now Gabe, the firefighter's, turn. This story starts out action packed with Gabe rescuing Megan and her daughter Summer when their apartment building catches fire. One difference between Gabe's story is Can't Help Falling in Love comes with a too cute little girl who is helping cupid along with his very important job. While Summer is a way, the adults sure do play. That's when the action packed turns to steamy love scenes. For as hot as this book is in the sex department, it's just as sweet in the ready made family department. Summer is a character you are sure to fall in love with very quickly. If you are considering buying this book, and you are on the fence, go ahead and buy it, you won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading the other five books in the series.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Marilyn's Red Diary by E. Z. Friedel

Based on shocking new information, a fictional account of what might have happened to the iconic and troubled star is revealed in MARILYN'S RED DIARY. Incorporating the people who tried to protect her, and those that may have killed her, this shocking and scandalous story is told by Marilyn herself as she recounts the events of the day-and the steamy, sexual encounters of the night-confiding in her diary all the details of her dirty little secrets about the famous and powerful. At the time of her death, the diary, if discovered, with its explicit insider knowledge of covert activities, would have brought down the U.S. government, the Kennedys, and the CIA. MARILYN'S RED DIARY is at times funny, scandalous and sad, but always brutally honest. Marilyn Monroe is caught between intellectual giants-her awkward, award-winning playwright husband, Arthur, and her dashing politician boyfriend, Jack. Then along comes Jack's fiery brother, Bobby. The world's dream girl relates her intimate adventures in this touching portrait of a hard-working, extremely bright woman, trapped in her own sensuality and, tragically born far ahead of her time.

I MUST state ahead of time that this story is NOT based on real events. In fact, right in the front of the book you will find this statement: "This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or historical events is purely coincidental." I felt it was pertinent to address that issue because a lot of readers, including me, assumed this was a true depiction of an icon who made a huge impacted American history. By the way, isn't that cover amazing? I'm really loving it right now.

Looking at Marilyn's Red Diary in a fictional light, I found that it was entertaining and very sensual. I was not around during Marilyn's time, so although this was a work of fiction, I was able to cross reference a good portion of the book and learn the real story (as historically correct as google gets anyway) behind the characters and events surrounding Marilyn's life and death. If you are looking for an entertaining, racy and compelling novel, you should purchase Marilyn's Red Diary. It will definitely have you talking about the book to those in your inner circle. If you are anything like me, it will open your eyes to what her life very well might have been like.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Look of Love (Sullivans) by Bella Andre

Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true.

As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He's satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.

With every loving look—and every sinfully sweet caress—the attraction between them sizzles, and Chloe can't help but wonder if she's met the man who may be the exception to her rule…

Bella Andre is not an author I am familiar with... until now! When I found out The Look of Love was the first in a series of contemporary romance books, I was psyched as they are my favorite. I love being able to revisit characters in subsequent books. Talk about a line up of talented and gorgeous siblings that include a photographer, a winery owner, an actor, a baseball player, an owner, a firefighter, a dance choreographer and a librarian. They all just make you want to kiss mama Sullivan and say "Thank you for such a gorgeous bunch".

Chase is the photographer out of the Sullivan offspring who captures raw, emotional moments through his camera lens. Being behind the lens, it's obvious that he sees traits in people that others may not see. Enter Chloe. A wounded bombshell who doesn't even realize how beautiful inside and out she really is. Coming from an abusive relationship, Chloe is on the run from the hands of her abuser. Almost from the first moment they meet, there is electricity flowing between the two.

The Look of Love is a story that contains both strengths and weaknesses, as with any book. What I look for in a contemporary romance is sizzle, characters I feel I can bond with and the promise of seeing these characters again. Check, check and check. Score for Ms. Andre. I did feel that some of the plot line at times was hard to believe in that Chloe and Chase fell in love very quickly. But in defense of this, why do we read romance books? To experience the real world or to live a fantasy, to escape? As for me, I'm all for escaping into a good book whenever I can, working toward the main goal of watching two characters fall in love. And that they do, in the hottest, most erotic way.

I have definitely become a fan of Bella Andre and look forward to the entire Sullivan series. Ms. Andre, congratulations on a well written, exciting and passionate book. Here's to many future sales.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Bare It All by Lori Foster - Blog Tour

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire

First, I'd like to see by a show of hands .... who thinks that the cover of Bare It All is simply to die for?  I know right?  Hot hot hot!  Ok, let's all wipe the drool from our chins and get on with the review of this sizzling, addicting read.

I fell in love with Alice Appleton because she is a fearless warrior and advocate for women who can't defend themselves.  Although Alice is an enchanting, genuine and gutsy female, she has a quietness about her that makes the reader want to protect her.  Enter Reese Baredon, the ever so handsome alpha male sleeping on Alice's couch.  When Reese is around, Alice finds it hard to concentrate on anything but his body. I found it comical  when Reese had to keep repeating "eyes up here Alice."  A typical trait that most men have, it was Alice who was having a hard time keeping her eyes off of Reese's body. I found myself grinning at the repartee between these two.

It goes without saying that Lori Foster is an incredibly talented romantic suspense writer who outdoes herself with each new book.  When I realized that Trace (From Trace of Fever) made an appearance in Bare It All, I was ecstatic.  Even though characters from previous books appear in Bare It All, Lori Foster clues the reader in on any character development that may be vital.  Each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend getting your hands on each and every book that is in this series.  A definite page turner with steamy love scenes and gripping plot line, Bare it All is a must have in ever romantic suspense library. 

Keep your eyes glued to the Love Undercover series, you definitely don't want to miss one.  Here they are in order.

1.  Run the Risk
2.  Bare It All
3.  Getting Rowdy
4.  Dash

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Deadly Revenge by Nancy Kay

After Culinary Herb Gardener Ada Blaine loses the love of her life, she avoids men and spends years turning a beloved hobby into a thriving business. Former Marine Rich McConnell left behind a nasty divorce and traded a promising military career for a hardware store with no complications. He discovers he can't keep his hands off the elusive gardener, and her determination to remain independent falters when the ever-charming Rich weakens the wall Ada's built around her heart. Then just as late-in-life second-chance love seems possible, Ada is threatened by a sniper's bullet, and Rich's past comes back to haunt him.

What a refreshing read this was and for a variety of reasons.  Most romance books that I read always include twenty something main characters.  In Deadly Revenge, the main characters happen to be middle aged, which being close to middle aged myself, helps me to relate more to the characters and on a deeper level.  It's proof that being middle aged does not mean that your love life has to be desolate.  Although Ada and Rich have known each other for quite some time, they can pin point just when their friendship turned into admiration.  Not only is it enjoyable to read a love story about middle aged characters, but it's also brought to the reader's attention that these two characters are established in both their professional and personal lives.  I personally find it exhilarating to know that Ada and Rich know exactly what they want out of life and love.  They admit their strengths as well as their weaknesses.

I think Ada has to be my favorite character so far in this series.  She's stubborn to a fault but is also steadfast in knowing that no threat is going to make her live in fear.  Rich is fiercely loyal to Ada and vows to protect her no matter what the cost.  Being an ex-marine, he brings an element of badass to the table which just increases his hotness factor.  I found Deadly Revenge to be laced with intrigue and humor with a steady progression that kept the story flowing sweetly.  There was not a dull moment.  The ending was surprising as well as action packed.  I certainly didn't see that twist in the story coming.

Deadly Revenge is book two in the Deadly Triad series.  Book one is Deadly Reflection which involves Ada's niece Cassie and Nick McGraw, a Philadelphia Detective.  Book three in the Deadly Triad series is Deadly Encounter which is TJ and Lanie's story.  Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.  However, I can guarantee once you have read one, you will want to read them all.  It's no wonder that Nancy Kay is one of my favorite authors, each time I read a new book she's written, I fall in love with her writing style all over again.  So to Ms. Kay I say once again, you've written another stellar book and I look forward to reading the final book in the series.  To all the readers I'd like to say hurry out and buy Deadly Revenge, it's a must have for your book shelf.

Buy Book One: Deadly Reflection by clicking here or directly from Desert Breeze Publishing here
Buy Book Two: Deadly Revenge by clicking here or directly from Desert Breeze Publishing here
Buy Book Three: Deadly Encounter by clicking here or directly from Desert Breeze Publishing here 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Burned Into Time by Mary M. Ricksen

A horrific car accident, a Celtic ring and destiny, send a young woman on a journey to the past. In a desperate search for her lost sister, she follows the instructions left her in a bank vault from a hundred years ago.

Little did she know the ring would save her life and change it in ways she could never imagine. Does she have the strength to live through her nightmare and find her destiny?

Can she face her sister now that things have changed so drastically? Only time will tell…

Lacy finds herself in a fiery car crash that leads to a pivotal moment in her life.  How can one moment change her entire being?  From the way she looks at life to the way she responds to people, nothing in her life will ever be the same.  Life as she knew it is over.  Will she be able to deal with her new life?

As the book progresses, Lacy finds that there are many inner obstacles that she must confront and overcome.  Her trust in men being one of them. Lacy's trust is pushed to the limit. The reason of her fear in men is later revealed which helps the reader bond with Lacy's character and the need to root her on especially through dire situations

Sean finds a woman who is badly burned, and in the snow of all places.  How can this be?  With questions coming from every direction, he takes it upon himself to take in this beautiful young woman and nurse her back to good health.  Little does he realize how important this mystery woman will become to him.

A favorite character of mine was a secondary character who didn't even have any speaking lines.  That character's name was King, the dog.  I found it touching how loyal and lovable he was to Lacy and Sean.  This degree of loyalty added another layer to the story which I thought was essential.

From the first action packed pages, I found myself gripped in the throes of the very engaging plot line.  I couldn't help but notice how well researched the customs and time period were.  I even found myself learning about customs and some odd little facts that I was not aware of up until I read Burned Into Time.  I know it may seem trivial to some but one of the little nuggets of knowledge I came away with was "the third eye" (google it).  If you would like a condensed version of the meaning and how it relates to this story, I suggest you pick up a copy of this book. 

For as long as I can remember, I've always been a series (and epilogue) girl.  I find it exciting that I can follow characters over a certain amount of time.  Little did I know that Burned Into Time was the second book in the Time Can Heal Your Heart series.  Book One is Keealyn's story and is called Tripping Through Time.  You can bet that I will be reading that one in the very near future.  You certainly don't need to read Tripping Through Time to understand what is going on in the second book, in fact I didn't even know that Burned Into Time was a series book until I got a few chapters in.

Ms. Ricksen writes with the knowledge of a well seasoned writer.  Just when you think you have the story figured out, another twist in the road is presented.  With deeply evolved characters and a plot line you won't soon forget, Burned Into Time will grip you by the heartstrings and not let you go until the final sentence of the book. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.  Pick up your copy of Burned Into Time, you'll want to get the entire series.  Yes, it's THAT good!  This is one book you want to add to your MUST READ book list.

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