Seductive Saturday: About That Night by Julie James

Saturday, March 31

Julie James has been on my reading radar for awhile.  I've heard such fantastic things about her contemporary romances, and I LOVE contemporary romances...so why is it that I haven't read one of her books yet?  I keep meaning to, in fact I've been meaning to for the last two years.  Hmmm, two years?

I think it's time, and I've decided to start with Ms. James' upcoming release, About That Night.  I know it's the third book in the series, but it got a Top Pick from RT Bookreview Magazine (does anyone here subscribe?) and had this to say about it:

“James’ latest novel is sweet and spicy. The author paints a picture of missed opportunity and a reunion filled with fast quips and chemistry that heats up the pages. Readers will love the back-and-forth between the main characters, but throughout the book the rest of the cast of characters and the story is a fantastic romantic comedy. This one would be great on the big screen.”

Sweet and spicy sounds intriguing, LOL.  So I'm thinking this would be the perfect book for a new to me author test drive.

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He’s playing games.

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him. 

But she’s making the rules.

Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten...



What do you think of Ms. James' romances, will I like them?  Were any of you lucky enough to get an advance reading copy? If so, what did you think?   Is it on your buy list for next week, or have you already pre-ordered it? (releases April 3rd).


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Guest Author & Giveaway: Lexxie Couper featuring Nick Blackthorne from Love's Rhythm

Friday, March 30


"Happy accidents" are what I like to call unplanned for events that seem to serendipitously evolve from something else that was planned, and that the result of this "accident" is much better than you could have ever hoped or dreamed of if you had tried to plan it (which you didn't hence the happy accident).  I sometimes look back on some of my "happy accidents" and am at awe at some of my moments of brilliance (or at least I think they are, LOL).  It's kind of funny how things work out that way isn't it?

Erotic romance author Lexxie Couper, had a "happy accident" of her own when writing one book (Tropical Sin), and discovering a different hero, Nick Blackthorne, for another book (Love's Rhythm) who made his presence known, and practically demanded his own HEA :)  Lexxie is my guest today to share the evolution of Nick in all his rock star demanding, spotlight stealing glory.  Enjoy!

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The Life of an Established Character

Or…When Secondary Characters 
Become The Main Characters.


Writing secondary characters can be tricky. Especially when they are strong personality types, or characters that don’t do “background” well. Sometimes a secondary character won’t behave and will try to take over the story. This has happened to me before with a character called Delany in Savage Transformation. She was meant to be a minor character who lasted until the second chapter but refused to go away and stayed for the whole book. Other times secondary characters become, during the course of writing a book, so real, so fleshed out in your mind that by the time the story is told, the secondary character has become not just a part of the plot’s progression but a living breathing person with a backstory you know as well as your own and a future story demanding to be told. This is the case with Nick Blackthorne.

Nick first appeared in Tropical Sin. He was the catalyst for my hero and heroine, Aidan and McKenzie, to finally come together after a decade and a half of being “just friends”. Throughout the writing of Tropical Sin, Nick—the world’s biggest rock star—kept whispering his backstory to me. I would get little snippets of it when I least expected it and every one surprised me. I never knew what was going to happen whenever Nick was on the page. Originally I had intended Nick to only be a small part of Aidan and McKenzie’s HEA, but Nick wouldn’t have any of that. By the time I typed The End, Nick Blackthorne not only was more real to me than the other characters in the book, but his HEA was aching to be told.

There is a problem when a secondary character becomes the main character of another book however. For starters, you are constrained by the events of what happened in the book that introduced your character to begin with. If your secondary character is loud and brash and sarcastic in that first story, you can’t decide, oh well, it would actually work better if he was a little aloof. If you do, you need to have a damn good reason for it or the readers are going to cry foul.

In Nick’s case I knew, while writing Tropical Sin, that his heart had been broken. I knew his phenomenal fame had messed with his head and his life and I knew his music was influence by that broken heart and fame, but who was responsible for his broken heart? Well, that was still shrouded in a fog. That woman was called Heartache in Tropical Sin and I still had no idea who she was. I was convinced she was the one who destroyed Nick, the one who tore out his heart and cast it aside. So when I started writing Love’s Rhythm, Nick’s own story, I was very very surprised to discover it was Nick who had done the heartbreaking. It didn’t matter how I tried to change that to what was in my mind, what I wanted to be the case, it kept coming back to what “really” happened. Would this contradict what I had written in Tropical Sin? As it turned out, no (apparently I need to listen to my sub-conscience more).

Characters who continue to grow and evolve beyond their first appearance fascinate me and Nick is one of the best examples for me. Since Tropical Sin, he’s had a cameo in Suck and Blow (during which I discovered he has a preference for chaotic landscaping that looks like someone dropped a house in the middle of a wild patch of forest rather than a manicured garden), and will soon attend an award ceremony in Twister (available July) and a wedding in Sunset Heat (available September). Each time I write a little more about him, his story becomes more. And as that happens, other characters he has impacted on draw close to becoming more real and fleshed out as well. For those that read Love’s Rhythm, take particular note of a secondary character called Aslin Rhodes. Guess who has been whispering to me every since he first walked onto page 5 of Nick Blackthorne’s HEA? *smiley*


His music moves the world. Can his love move her heart?

Nick Blackthorne knows all about words of love. They’re the reason he’s the world’s biggest rock star. The irony? He turned his back on love a long time ago, lured away by the trappings of fame.

An invitation to a friend’s wedding is a stark reminder of how meaningless his life has become. When he enters that church, there’s only one woman he wants on his arm—the one he walked out on a lifetime ago. But first he has to find her, even if all she accepts from him is an apology.

Kindergarten teacher Lauren Robbins once had what every woman on the planet desires. Nick. Their passion was explosive, their romance the stuff of songs…and it took fifteen years to get over him. Then out of the blue Nick turns up at her door, and all those years denying her ache for him are shattered with a single, smoldering kiss.

But molten passion can’t hide the secret she’s kept for all these years. Because it’s not just her heart on the line anymore…and not just her life that’ll be rocked by the revelation. 

Product Warnings:
 

Remember your first crush on a rock star? Now add smoldering sex, a raw and undeniable passion, soul-shattering orgasms. And secrets…


Read an excerpt.  And for something extra special here is an exclusive excerpt for Musings readers from Love's Rhythm:

Nothing was in focus. Or colored. Come to think of it, everything was white and fuzzy and bright. Way too bright. And way too fuzzy. And…muffled, like his head was stuffed with iridescent cotton wool.

Nick groaned, squinting and blinking at the brightness. His head hurt. Why did his head hurt? And where was he? Why could he smell disinfectant?

He rubbed at his eyes with his hands, letting out another groan when thick licks of pain lashed through his head. Jesus, what the fuck had happened? Where the hell was he?

Satchel.

Lauren.


The two words floated through his head, disconnected and confusing. Lauren? Lauren Robbins? Satchel? Why was he thinking of Lauren Rob—

It came back to Nick. All of it. In a smashing wave of color, smell and bone-crunching touch—driving to Murriundah, to the small public school he’d once attended thirty-odd years ago, seeing his old girlfriend walking across the playground carrying the bag he’d given her, trotting up behind her with a nervous smile on his face, his heart thumping, saying her name…

“She hit me,” he uttered on a moan, rubbing at his face some more. “She hit me with her satchel.”

“You scared me.”

The soft feminine voice stroked over his ears and, eyes flinging open, Nick sat bolt upright.

Pain exploded in his head, sharp and white and blinding. The cotton wool turned to steel wool, making him wince. The fuzziness turned to blurring vertigo, making his stomach lurch, and then everything cleared and he was staring at Lauren Robbins, perched on the side of the bed he was stretched out on.

Bed.

Lauren.


Those two words didn’t float through his head, disconnected and confusing, they positively rushed at each other, their intention undeniable. He was on a bed with Lauren Robbins. A soft bed.

She frowned at him, her deep-auburn eyebrows coming together above eyes a crystalline-blue. “Nick?”

A blur of sensations suddenly swirled through him—Lauren’s body pressed to his, her arms around his neck, her lips moving over his as his tongue stroked over hers. A kiss? Had he kissed her? Had she kissed him back? When?
Line from "Night Whispers"...
 Looking for roads I’ve left behind



Thank you Lexxie for being my guest today and sharing the story behind Nick's story!  I for one, can't wait for Love's Rhythm's release on April 17th.  In the meantime, I plan to have more fun with Nick and his World Blog Tour :)  

Seductive Musings is the seventh stop on Nick Blackthorne's World Blog tour.  If you are not sure what Nick Blackthorne's World Blog tour is, you can check out the contest details here (it's also where you can get an intro to Nick in "Tropical Sin").  Ms. Couper is giving away prizes galore.  And if you're already a Nick fan, and have been following the tour, you can find a line from Nick's International Number One bestseller, "Night Whispers" somewhere in this post.  Find it and you're one step closer to the Grand Prize!!

If you'd like to learn more about Lexxie Couper and the "sinfully evocative" romances that she writes, you can find her at her website www.lexxiecouper.com, her blog, International Heat, the Heat Wave Readers Yahoo Group, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads .

To celebrate Nick's World Blog Tour and the upcoming release of Love's Rhythm, author Lexxie Couper would like to giveaway a digital copy of a book from her backlist to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win... 

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Leave a comment and/or ask Lexxie (or Nick) a question. (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International followers
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on March 30th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Guest Author & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring Master of Sin

Wednesday, March 28

We all have those characters that we impatiently wait to read their stories, don't we?  Hounding the poor author with emails/twitter/facebook pleas, begging for them to write faster, or to forget "so and so's" book in favor of the character that we are practically dying for.  I'm not alone in this am I?  I confess to bribery, though to date it hasn't worked :)

Historical romance author Maggie Robinson is my guest today to share a bit from her new Brava romance Master of Sin, which is the fourth and final book in her Courtesan Court series, which just so happens to feature her hero Andrew Rossiter whose story I've practically been dying for since reading Mistress by Marriage last year!!  I mean come on, with a title like Master of Sin, you know he has a lot of seductive wickedness to live up to, LOL.  It's evil genius to tempt us like Ms. Robinson has with this book.  Enjoy :)

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Series Swan Song and Series Sneak Peek

Thanks so much for having me back for my new release, Master of Sin. I realize from checking my own personal blog posts that I began MOS quite a while ago—in 2009. I had to put it aside while I finished another book, but the hero Andrew Rossiter never really left me.

He started off as a secondary character in last September’s Mistress by Marriage (one of Seductive Musings 2011 Favorite Romances!). I needed to give the heroine Caroline a “bad man” in her past, and boy, did Andrew deliver. For the few scenes he had, he completely took over the book for me. I sent him to Italy on the page, thinking to put him far away, but did he want to stay there? Oh, no. Once I got to the last chapter of Marriage, he was even writing to Caroline’s husband Edward that he was dead, although, as Edward said, “Not in the strictest sense.”

Andrew was determined to be the hero of my next book, thereby giving me quite a challenge. I’d given him a ton of baggage—could I pull off his redemption? Readers will have a chance to find out as the Courtesan Court series comes to a close.  RT Book Reviews says of Master of Sin:
“Robinson crafts an intelligent, powerful, emotional, highly sensual love story with a damaged hero and an exceptional heroine, moving the story beyond the typical and into the unconventional. Readers will become so invested in the characters that the fast pace and heated sexual tension only add to the delight. Fine storytelling.”

MOS takes place on a remote Scottish island, a long way away from Jane Street, AKA “Courtesan Court.” I’ve grown fond of the little fictional London world I’ve created, and it’s sad to close all the doors and end the series. But I’m happy to report that in my next book, December’s Lord Gray’s List, Jane Street and her ladies make a cameo appearance.


The new series, The London List trilogy, centers around a newspaper that’s kind of a combination Craigslist/National Enquirer. I love the tagline: “Sometimes scandal comes looking for you.” No one is quite as scandalous as Andrew Rossiter, though—I think I may have exceeded my scandal quotient with him. *smiley* But the characters are unconventional, to say the least.

I’m really enjoying my bare-chested blond cover boys, even if their shirts are not historically correct. (and you’ll notice Big Ben, which was not even built at the time of LGL, LOL) What imagery on a cover makes you pick up a book? I have a signed copy of Master of Sin for one commenter!


Flying from sin…

Andrew Rossiter has used his gorgeous body and angelic face for all they’re worth—shocking the proper, seducing the willing, and pleasuring the wealthy. But with a tiny son depending on him for rescue, suddenly discretion is far more important than desire. He’ll have to bury his past and quench his desires—fast. And he’ll have to find somewhere his deliciously filthy reputation hasn’t yet reached…

..into seduction

Miss Gemma Peartree seems like a plain, virginal governess. True, she has a sharp wit and a sharper tongue, but handsome Mr. Ross wouldn’t notice Gemma herself. Or so she hopes. No matter how many sparks fly between them, she has too much to hide to catch his eye. But with the storms of a Scottish winter driving them together, it will be hard enough to keep her secrets. Keeping her hands to herself might prove entirely impossible…



Congrats Maggie on the release of Master of Sin this week!!  And thank you so much for not only being my guest today, but also for writing such a wonderful series.  While I'm glad to finally get the chance to read Andrew's story in Master of Sin, I'm also very sad to see the series end  :(  I'm happy to hear that these much beloved characters will make appearances in the new London List series (and yet again evil genius to tempt us with that book cover!).

If you'd like to learn more about author Maggie Robinson and the lovely books she writes you can find her at her website www.maggierobinson.net, her blog, Facebook, & Twitter.  It's also where you can find her alter ego Margaret Rowe, who had a short story in the recent Agony/Ecstasy anthology edited by Dear Author's Jane Litte (I've read that Margaret's story was the best!).     

To celebrate the release of the fourth (and final *sad face*) book in Maggie's Courtesan Court series, she'd like to giveaway a signed print copy of Master of Sin to one very lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Maggie asked readers in her post (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International followers
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on March 30th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Monday's Muse

Monday, March 26

Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues.  Thanks for your understanding!


I read an absolutely fantastic book over the weekend!  The only downside is that it also completely ruined me for starting a new book because I was in romance reading "afterglow", LOL.  Do you ever get that way after finishing a great book?  Where you hate to even start something else because in all likelihood it might not give you that same sort of romance reading high.  That's where I'm at right now.

Want to know what I read?  It was Tessa Dare's A Week to Be Wicked.  It releases this week, and I think I'm going to go to the store and try to get it in print, even though I've already read it via a digital ARC.  That's how much I loved it.  I hope to have a full review later this week, but for now...Hero:  a to die for wounded rake that is so charming I can see why he totally knocked the bluestockings off of the heroine.  The Heroine:  loved her too.  She's smart and witty, with such a big heart.  I'm really loving this Spindle Cove series.

As for our Muse, he's inspired by my TV viewing of Dancing with the Stars last Monday.  Our Muse is a contestant on the show this season.  Yeah, seeing him shake it on the dance floor, with that sexy Cuban accent....I'll at least watch the show until he's voted off :)  Do you watch DWTS, or do you watch something/nothing else?

This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Tuesday:  I have a few reviews I need to post, but haven't quite decided which ones I'm going to try and get done.
  • Wednesday:  author Maggie Robinson will be my guest to share her new Brava historical romance, Master of Sin.
  • Thursday:  I will have a few more reviews for you, but it is spring break so while I'd like to have at least two....one may be more manageable :)
  • Friday: author Lexxie Couper will be my guest to share her rock star hero Nick Blackthorne while on his world blog tour for Love's Rhythm
  • Tempting Trailer:  This week's Tempting Trailer is for Michelle Marcos' Lessons in Loving a Laird which came out at the end of February.  Have you read it?  If so, I'd love to know what you thought of it.




Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors will new releases this week, especially Musings authors Lori Foster, Julia London, Meredith Duran, Vicky Dreiling, Katie Lane,  and last but certainly not least Maggie Robinson!!!



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Review: Tall, Dark and Disreputable by Deb Marlowe

Friday, March 23

Title: Tall, Dark and Disreputable*
Author: Deb Marlowe
Series: N/A
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: paperback, E-book
Date/Year:  March 20, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Portia Tofton has always yearned for brooding Mateo Cardea. His dark good looks filled her girlish dreams—dreams that were cruelly shattered when Mateo rejected her hand in marriage.

Now Portia's home has been gambled away, and Mateo is the only man she can turn to. This time, however, she has in her possession something he wants—and she finds herself striking a deal with the devil himself!

Danger is all around—but Portia has no choice but to trust this man who once betrayed her….

My Musings:

Portia has lived her entire life with overbearing men telling her what to do.  Her father and brothers controlled her growing up, then in order to get away from them she marries a man she doesn’t love.  He turns out to be an abusive jerk but thankfully he dies a few years into their marriage, but not before gambling away Portia’s ancestral home in England.  Portia has had enough of letting men decide what is best for her and being let down, so now she is going to take charge of her own life and make her own decisions.   That’s a good choice if you ask me.

I’m not sure how I feel about Mateo.  I felt like I was told about his personality throughout the book but I never got to experience it for myself.  He was nice enough, seemed to be charming, and he was definitely sexy, but I never got a good feel for Mateo.  I would have liked the chance to form my own opinion of him rather than simply being told how wonderful he was.

This is one of those books that plunges you right into the storyline on page one without much explanation as to why it’s happening.  Throughout most of the book I was trying to figure out where all of it was leading.  It wasn’t the fun and mysterious mild confusion, it was more like an irritating and frustrating confusion because I had no idea what the hell was going on.  I’m easily irritated so maybe that’s just me. *shrug*  Anyway, I spent most of the book reading a bunch of different tidbits that didn’t seem related in any way.  About halfway through the book I picked up on enough glaringly obvious clues that I figured out the big mystery of the book.   At the end when I made it to the big reveal it turned out to be exactly what I had already figured out and there were no surprises, it was a let down.  I didn’t appreciate that Mateo had it figured out before and refused to let Portia in on it.  I couldn’t figure out how keeping that secret from her would have been beneficial in any way.  She has spent all this time trying to get away from men making decisions “for her own good” and she let that one go without even commenting on it. 

My biggest issue with the entire book was the relationship between Portia and Mateo.  Mateo has spent his adult life trying to avoid a marriage with Portia.  After spending time with her he realizes that she is the woman he could learn to love.  That’s never going to work, because right from the start he has made it very clear that he has one love in life and that’s the sea.  He gets depressed when he has to stay on land for any significant amount of time.  Portia’s is a gardener and landscaper.  It’s the one thing in life that gives her happiness and soothes her soul.  Her entire life’s work is put into the landscaping around her home.  This is an insurmountable obstacle in their relationship.  They both know that in order to be together one of them would have to give up their greatest passion in life.  The one constant throughout the entire book is that both of them are steadfast in refusing to give up what they love for romance.  I’m good with that, it makes sense to me.  Now, let’s skip to the last six pages of the book.  They have been separated one week and both are miserable.  I didn’t see or feel that misery, it’s just mentioned in one paragraph.  Anyway, they are so miserable that both of them decide that love is more important than anything else.  The both relinquish everything they hold dear and run off to find each other and live happily ever after... end of story.

At that point, the only thought going through my head was, “ WTF was that!?”  I just spent two hundred and seventy pages reading about how much Portia loved her home and land, while Mateo went on and on about how the sea called to his soul on a fundamental level.  I was totally getting that.  Now, six pages from the end I’m to believe that all that has been magically changed due to love?  I might have bought into that had I actually gotten to experience their love while together, or their misery while apart.  Did that happen?  No, I got two pages of “I care for you” (notice I said care, not love!)  when they were saying goodbye and one paragraph mentioning the misery they experienced the week they were apart.   Now I’m expected to believe they’re so completely in love that they can’t bear to be apart?  Sorry, I’m not buying that at all. 

There were little irritations for me throughout the book, but it was a pleasant enough read. Right up until the end I had hope that it would even turn out to be good.  Unfortunately, what should have been the climax of the story was rushed and clumsy which left me feeling disappointed.  Do you ever finish a book and wish you could have those hours of your life back?  That’s where I’m at with this one.  I didn’t hate the book, it just wasn’t worth the time it took to read it.

Ratings:

Overall: 2 stars
Sensuality level: 3.25

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Review: Guns and Roses: A Murder She Writes Anthology

Thursday, March 22

Title: Guns and Roses Anthology*
Author: Roxanne St. Claire, Laura Griffin, Allison Brennan, Lorelei James, et al
Series:  N/A
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Murder She Writes Press
Format: Trade paperback & E-book
Date/Year:  February 21, 2012
Reviewed by:  DD

*This book was provided to the reviewer by an author featured in the anthology in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Murder She Writes presents a one-of-a-kind romantic suspense anthology with ten all-new, never-before-published short stories and novellas that promise thrills, chills, romance, intrigue, passion, danger, murder...and love. Penned by New York Times and award winning authors, some stories in this exclusive collection will make you laugh out loud while others will force you to sleep with the lights on.

My Musings:


Pick Your Poison by Roxanne St. Claire

I am so excited about another Bullet Catcher installment!!!!  I'm sad its not a whole novel. 

Roxanne St Claire manages to have the most kick ass heroes and heroines yet somehow they are steeped in tenderness and goodness.  Also, we always get a lesson in chemistry (the scientific as well as the sexual kind, naturally) or science along the way . The sex scenes explicit, or not, are always hot, unexpectedly creative, and filled with lust and emotion.

Callie is a sweet but smart as hell farm girl who grows and sells a rare genetically engineered black cherry rose. Her great Grandma has passed down this rose recipe to Callie and she is one of the only farmers in the country who grow them.  After a strange woman  buys two dozen roses and follows her to pick them, the witch comes back in the wee hours of the morning and steals the whole crop. Mad as a wet hen, she is mourning her loss of crop and cash when she catches Benjamin Youngblood rifling through her receipt can. In her shop front. Benjamin is on his last chance with the Bullet Catchers and his investigation into the threats against the governor of Florida leads him right to Callie's farm and her stolen roses. 

This story is short but perfect. Another glaring example of why Roxanne st Claire is the reigning queen of romantic suspense (IMHO) I give it 5 stars. 

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Nightfall by Laura Griffin

I haven't read a Laura Griffin novel before but I might give her a further try.  First of all are flowers a theme here ..(guns and roses well duh)?  

I love the first line.  It's funny and makes you want to keep reading. Basically her day has gone to poo because of a piece of Blackberry pie. That would happen to me too, so I can relate.

Holly is a florist and she REALLY needs to deliver a load of roses to a shi-shi-foo-foo wedding. Of course, things go straight to hell in a hand-basket when she has a little ol' fender bender.   Hijinks, with a mistaken identity because of her old dodge shaggin' wagon van ensue. The hero is OF COURSE a law enforcement/ex military type named Colin. And he's on an op that is being interrupted by a beautiful woman with a bunch of roses in her van. 

I know that the point of having a romantic suspense type story is to have some suspense. But, I just really didn't care about what was going on with that. I was kinda bored by it.  I cared about when Holly and Colin were gonna get it on. The bad guys could have had on tutus and I  wouldn't have really  cared.  

My other issue is that although I know novellas are supposed to be short, this one seemed like it was just missing a middle part of the story for me.  I liked Holly a lot and I wish Colin would have gone against the grain and let his attraction to her rule him instead of the job on the first night. 

But Anyhoo, the story was good it was just missing something for me.  I give it 3.50  stars. 

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Above Reproach by Allison Brennan

The first thing I love about this story is the first person  point of view.  I have said multiple times in reviews that it is not an easy feat to pull off.  It's pretty rare in a romance novel.  But that is just a side dish to the story itself. I was literally trying to keep from hurrying in my reading.  I wanted to find out who was doing this!!!

Selena is a tough but compassionate cop who was date raped when she was nineteen. A high profile attorney is her main suspect for a series of brutal rapes in the Sacramento area. He knows that Selena knows he is guilty and he goads her every step of the way. When the latest victim dies from her injuries the stakes are higher. Now Selena is hunting not only a rapist but a murderer. Then the twist happens. On the edge of my seat them BAM.  I can't believe it!!!!!!!  I'm reading, can't wait to find out what happens, and then scccrrraaaaatch.........it ends.  Are you f*****g kidding me with that? Arggghhhhhh.  

Kudos to Brennan for her teaser. It was awesome.  And I suppose others would say that it did have a conclusion. It just wasn't definite enough for me. 

I give this one 4.75 stars. (If the ending had gone a little further I'd give it 5, or 2 for just pissing me off...I don't know.  I'm indecisive and this is inconclusive)

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Dead Flowers by Lori Armstrong

This story got several giggles from me. And a few tears.  It was written in first person, like Above Reproach

Reading this I'm reminded of the cliche PI office in an old black and white movie with the women in beautiful suits and the men in fedoras with the shadow of fan blades strobing across the room. OK, I'm getting carried away. Anyhoo Julie Collins is a PI who begins to suspect that her badass boyfriend may be cheating on her. She and her partner own and do all the work in their agency and she is confronted with slimy cheaters every day.  So needless to say, when her suspicions get the best of her she freaks in a most entertaining way. 

Ms. Armstrong (Ms. James, I mean?) can take you on a roller coaster of emotions in a very short time. And there is nothing I love more than being manic depressive.

Bravo. I give it 5 stars

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Blood and Roses by Sylvia Day

Hmm. The first problem is I don't really get the significance of the title with the story. Where does it come from?

Anastasia is an insurance fraud investigator from a small town called Whispering Falls. Her family is full of criminals adept and quite experienced and at home with the theft trade. Her one and only true love is hometown boy Jake who is a U.S. Marshall. Both forever in love with each other, Anastasia leaves Jake soon after High School because she does not want him to sacrifice his principals. She comes back into town bringing drama,  but even after a decade Jake cannot turn his back on his brand of trouble. 

I like the main characters a lot.  My problem is the love scenes.  Glaring cliches and a bite of Domination that really isn't needed, and seems to come waaaay out of left field, gave me a few eye rolling moments. Although this was a short story it was REALLY short and it just didn't flow for me. 

Because the true love between Jake and Ana was sweet and endearing ill give this one 3 stars.

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Rebel Rose by Karin Tabke

This one starts with a Cop named Cash at a Frat House Crime Scene. Another cop named Sorell is there with him, and the whole circus promises to be mucked up with the mishandling of evidence. 

Sorell is a dim witted  lunk of a man, who isn't even with it enough to try and NOT contaminate a crime scene. Rebel is the friend of a girl that has been murdered, and she is a spitfire. She spent the night in the closet of the room where her friend was murdered, yet she was passed out. Detective Cash Cantrell hosts a second curtain call for what Rebel drank the night before upon meeting her in the closet.  Despite that, Cash is immediately attracted to her, but she's really young.  

Rebel, or actually Rebel Yell, which is her first and middle name, is full of vernacular that includes "pappy, muh name" instead of "my name", and "hissy fit with a tail on it" which is pretty darn funny. Rebel Yell Culpepper is the star of this show for sure. The mystery is pretty good too. I didn't really love Detective Cassius Cantrell, he was overshadowed to me.

The story was a little detailed with police procedure, but anyone that has read Karin Tabke knows that is what you get with one of her stories.  I give it 3.50 Stars.

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A Punishing Night by Sophie Littlefield

I don't want to come out and say there was nothing I like about this story. There were some very good points. It dips into what can happen when hazing goes astray on a campus. She also speaks of racism again those of Middle Eastern descent, like the main character Officer Joe Bashir.  There is also a side issue of Joe's family and them dealing with their ailing father.

I commend Littlefield for focusing on those social issues. This story is very intelligently written and Littlefield is obviously one savvy lady. My problem is that I don't know why this is the stage where she wanted to present this plethora of social issues. I didn't really get it. And I sorta don't really understand what all happened in the story.  It was all over the place for me.

I don't want to rate it DNF, because I did. How about HTF? (Hard to Finish)

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The Housewife Assassin's Bloody Valentine by Josie Brown

My first thought upon beginning this story is that this author is uber smart.

The premise of this story is that Donna, a Female Undercover Operative is going to help a drug smuggler break out of prison, where he will be freed, hand over all his knowledge, and live in witness protection for the rest of his life. Donna of course wants to help break up the ring, but her real motivation is personal. This ring of a**holes was responsible for taking her husband from her and her children five years ago.  Instead of the traditional Revenge , she is making it her sole mission pull the group out from the root and make sure it never grows back.  Things of course, do not quite go as originally planned.

Donna works with Jack who is also an operative and whom she has loved for the last five years since her husband was lost to her. He has been a father to her children. He knows her, accepts, her and worships her body which is just darn essential for a good hero.  I would love to see the inner workings of this relationship in a full length novel.

Despite the length, this story has a MEGA MAJOR twist.  I was very impressed by it over all. I give it 4.50 stars.

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King of Hearts by Lorelei James

I cannot say enough times how much I love Lorelei James. Eight pages into this story and I was crying. The McKays and Wests are the family that everyone loves, and it's difficult to see one of them struggling, even if they are only fictional characters.

Cam McKay is the first on the scene of a gruesome murder suicide in their sleepy town of Sundance, Wyoming. The deceased couple is one that he attended high school with and he can't get over how horrible it is. When he finds out that the husband was a victim of PTSD from serving in Iraq, he wonders if he could snap one day and harm his own family due to their similar backgrounds and experiences. It is affecting him deeply and he is very disturbed by the whole ordeal. His wife Domini, and then ultimately his sweet baby girl Liesel, give him the Divine confirmation that he could never turn on his own.

Once again, Lorelei James manages to surprise and delight me with her deep understanding of the human condition. Even in a story this short she really gets in there.  My only complaint is that I wish it was longer. But alas, that is why they call it a short story. I give it 5 stars.

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Bobbie Faye's Wacked Out, No Good, Really Sucky Hot Mess of a Wedding by Tony McGee Causey

Oh how I loved this story. Two wonderful guys in the same story and NOT a threesome! Well I'll be, who would've thunk it!  MULTIPLE Hilarious LOL moments. I wish I was Bobbie Faye.  She is freaking awesome. This is one rootin' tootin' gun totin' girl. She can't get a wedding dress or a wedding venue in the greater New Orleans area due to her gun waving at any person in the service industry that dares to cross her. 

As the title implies, this is really a snot show (that's not what i wanted to say, but i have a quota of curse words and don't want to surpass.)  You've got great friends, awesome men, and bad guys turned good turned bad everywhere.  My favorite line courtesy of Cam. .."you never cry. You shoot things.".  I did get turned around as there were a myriad of characters to learn in a short turn around. Very small complaint and pretty insignificant really. Trevor is amazing doing the sweetest things ever.

Another tale of true acceptance and a man who just loves the hell out of his woman for all that she is. Truly Beautiful.  5 stars.


Ratings:

Overall:  4.5 stars (Overall this was a great diverse gathering of authors and stories. I enjoyed it immensely)

Sensuality level: 4 (For some graphic sex and a little Dominance. There were some heavy scenes and some sweet scenes. No two stories were alike. But this anthology wasn't about the lovin-not physical anyway. To me is was more about happiness and acceptance, which may explain the Valentine's theme)

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Review: Thief by Ava March

Title: Brook Street:  Thief*
Author: Ava March
Series:  Brook Street #1
Genre:  M/M Erotic Historical Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Format:  E-book
Date/Year:  March 19, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

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Summary from the publisher:

Brook Street Trilogy:
 
Regency London—where polite manners and spotless reputations reign supreme. Yet behind the closed doors of three elegant town houses along Brook Street, passion and lust reign as gentlemen dare to risk scandal by falling in love...

Thief, Book #1
London, 1822

It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart.

It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times-select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets.

With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Cavin lives with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, and he knows there's no place for him in a gentleman's life. Yet Benjamin isn't about to let Cavin-and love-continue to slip away from him.

My Musings:

Before I get into my thoughts on this book I have to confess that this is my first male/male romance.  It was a perfect choice for my first book.  In the story Cavin was easing Benjamin into the physical aspects of the relationship.  That was a big help for me because my knowledge of gay sex up until this point was limited.  It was my first time, it was Ben’s first time, and we were learning together. 

I’ll just come right out and say that I loved this book!  Benjamin and Cavin are two guys that never should have met.  Benjamin is a rich, respected member of society.  Cavin is a criminal working and living in the worst area of London.  They are both surprised when a chance sexual encounter reveals a much deeper emotional connection.

This book is so much more than erotica.  It has the erotic aspects you would expect, but it’s really about watching two wonderful men discover a relationship like they have never known or even believed possible.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and the obstacles they had to overcome in order to make it work.  It was also interesting because their happily ever after was so much different from the male/female relationships I’m used to reading.

As I was reading, I kept thinking that the book had a Pretty Woman vibe to it, only I liked this book more than the movie.  I highly recommend this book to anyone willing to try an m/m romance.  I adored everything about it and look forward to the next book in the series.

Ratings:

Overall:  5 stars

Sensuality level:  3.5 (love scenes contain anal sex due to the nature of the romance, but all encounters are sensual and affectionate)

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Reviews & Giveaway: Deadly Dance by Dee Davis & Run From Fear by Jami Alden

Wednesday, March 21




Title:  Deadly Dance*
Author: Dee Davis
Series:  A-TAC #5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Forever Romance
Format:  paperback & e-book
Date/Year:  March 27, 2012
Reviewed by: DD

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Summary from the publisher:

As the intelligence officer for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind.

A KILLER CLOSES IN

After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she's reluctant to trust him - or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison.

Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility - his sister's murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer, the desire simmering between them ignites. And when Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves.

My Musings:

This is another installment of an A-tac novel. The idea, which is a little far fetched, is interesting but you KNOW highly unlikely. It IS fiction after all. That doesn’t make it any less fun.

Hannah and Harrison are both part of A-tac, which is a group of CIA operatives working under the guise of a bunch of Ivy League professors. They are REAL professors, but they all live in the same cul-de-sac, they have war rooms under science buildings, and they have enough time to have lives, teach co-eds, AND be super awesome special ops gurus. Amazing.

Harrison’s little sister was abducted and murdered years ago, and suddenly some “copycat” killings begin to occur on their very campus, leading the A-tac members to wonder exactly how they may be tied to Harrison or possibly another member of the team. The result is loss of friends and colleagues until they isolate who the token madman really is.

Hannah and Harrison are a very sweet couple, and I believe they deserve each other. I love stories where I feel the characters are well matched.  Instead of trying to force two personalities together that won’t work, these two are willing to bend their ideas of being alone without too much drama because they want to be together.  They both are carrying loads of baggage which is typical, but what is atypical is that they both have the heart to look past the horrors they have lived and hold on to each other.

Hannah is someone you would want to be your friend. Damaged, but not beyond repair. She is awesome, and you feel it's NATURAL, not manufactured.  She doesn't try too hard. She is Professor one hour and Super Ninja Special Ops Girl the next. She doesn't whine, she doesn’t dwell, she lives and does. She, like most romantic suspense heroines have been to hell and back and survived. In this case I wanted her to let go of her past and wanted her to have a happy ending. I felt an emotional connection and was upset when she was upset. Her relationship with her TA, Tina, is special and very sweet and in my opinion central to the story. You get to see that Hannah not only embraces the man in her life, but the women whom she has valued friendships with as well. The kind of person she is shines. She has her moments: some human jealousy and thoughts she wants to bat away.  I thought Hannah was an excellent character and I was rooting for her the whole time.

Harrison is a loving and kind man. He is damaged also, not so much by romantic love, but he lost his sister some years ago, and is still burdened with guilt. His emotions towards Hannah are not only surprising but confusing to him, and although he has a little struggle with them, it's sweet to see him take the fall. He is also protective, but at times I thought he should have even been more so. He tries to draw the line between taking over and letting Hannah do what she does best. He finds it difficult to let go, but he knows she is smart and can take care of herself. I think he struggles more with that than he does with his feelings for her.

I have read a couple other books in this series. I have enjoyed them, but they are not on my “best of” list.  The novels have a slight tendency to dip into lengthy procedural talk. While that does add legitimacy and relevance to the story, it can get long winded and boring. I also felt that the bad guys and how they were all connected went around in circles, and sometimes I had difficulty comprehending. That being said, Dee Davis is an excellent writer in her linguistics and the words that she uses and how she puts them together. However, she doesn't get soooo advanced in her wording that you have to look up every third word to figure out what it means. She conveys intelligence without putting on a vocabulary show.  For that,  I commend her.

The love scenes were nice, but they didn’t incite any lust on my part, which makes me wonder if I didn’t really view Harrison and Hannah as friends instead of lovers.  I felt a true connection between them and unbreakable love for one another, but looking back on it I don’t know if it was really of the “have to have each other now because I’m hot for you” variety.  They were a little yawn-worthy to me (I AM pretty jaded though) and I didn’t feel they carried the excitement of two people who have wanted each other badly and become lovers for the first time. I also wanted them to be a little more adventurous. I know there are some underlying reasons that Davis did this, but it didn’t spark for me.

I think the trap that some romantic suspense authors get into is that interest can be lost in a series if a significant amount of time goes by. The book has to be able to stand on it’s own and draw readers that are new to the series. I know that is is a Catch 22: Authors want to wait to perfect the story and feel good about how it turned out, but I’m sure there is unbelievable pressure to get out the next in the series so it doesn’t lose the momentum. While this is surely a solid romantic suspense, in my opinion, I felt this one was missing just a little bit of umph.

Ratings:

Overall: 3.50 Stars (Solid novel, but I feel it was missing something)
Sensuality Rating: 3.75 (Love scenes were there, but I didn’t feel the lust)
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Title: Run From Fear*
Author: Jami Alden
Series:  #3 in a trilogy
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher:  Forever Romance
Format: Paperback & E-book
Date/Year:  February 28, 2012
Reviewed by:  DD

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Summary from the publisher:

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he'll watch her . . .

RUN FROM FEAR

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn't need his protection anymore, but he can't get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he's ever loved.

My Musings:

I know this sounds like a broken record. I have read almost 1000 books, so I USUALLY DO start with “I have read this author before.” And I HAVE read several Jami Alden books before, and have been quite impressed with them in the past. Even one from this series, or what appears to be from this series judging by the cover, Beg For Mercy, I would consider an excellent read.

Basically, Talia Vega has a little bit of a checkered past, and got involved and fell in love with a huge tattooed rich man named David Maxwell that she thought would love her and help her create a good life for her and her sister Rosie. When Talia gets tangled up in the criminal web and was almost destroyed physically and mentally by Maxwell and his cronies, she moves, starting a new life at a restaurant/bar and building her body and mind to take anything that comes her way. The one that rescued her from her horror was Jack Brooks. She was attracted to him a long time ago, but he turned her down, and her pride has been burned from not only that, but the fact that he has seen her at her worst.

I'm all for a kick ass female. But to me, Talia's character is just trying tooooo hard to be kick ass. She boxes every day, exercises profusely, and it just didn't ring true to me, although the reason she does such is explained. It reminded me a little of the movie “Enough” with Jennifer Lopez. While being so vigilant with her safety and the safety of her sister Rosie,  she just has way too many TSTL moments for my taste, both with her personal safety and that of her sister Rosie as well. There were times I was wondering what the hell was wrong with the both of them and wanted to scream at the book.  Kind of like the "don't go in there!!!" that you feel in a horror movie.  I also didn't understand any of the reasoning for Rosie's boyfriend to be in the book. He was worthless to me as a character.  I am also very irritated at Talia's treatment of Jack at times. All he has done from the beginning is help her and work behind the scenes to get her back on her feet without involving himself in her life. She is not grateful for this, in fact she resents him for "controlling" her life, which I really don't understand.  She punishes him for caring and withholds her trust, and it made me so mad!! And while we are talking about peripheral characters, I also have to say that If I were Talia, I would have told her "friend" and bar owner Susie to take a freaking flying leap!! I didn't like her from minute one and although she does redeem herself somewhat, I still don't like her character.  That seems to be a theme with me for the females in this book.

Jack Brooks is a brave and considerate soul. He has a tendency to want to help "broken birds" as it is eloquently stated, and to me the reader definitely is predestined to have a very soft spot for him. Not only that, but the instant I found out the "wrongs" he has supposedly committed against Talia, he was instantly forgiven in my book (no pun intended there).  Jack, of course, is the quintessential character in a rom suspense; he's huge, muscled, and beautiful. What's not to like!  He has been enchanted with Talia since he saved her life, and his need to protect her has not wavered even though he hasn't seen her. His feelings and guilt over past happenings run very deep.  I felt like he was a well-rounded character, and I really liked him and wanted the best for him.

Run from Fear, I regret to say, pales in comparison with her other novels that I've experienced. I felt this romantic suspense was a little formulaic, and surprisingly, the writing felt a little amateurish to me. I know this isn't the standard MO for Jami Alden, so it makes me wonder if she just didn't LIKE her character of Talia that much. She created her, she is in her mind and connected to the series, and so she felt compelled to tell her story. But i don't think she LIKES her!! Because I don't think the reader does much either.  I really enjoyed the way she took our minds on a little wild goose chase as far as who we suspected in the novel.  I found myself suspecting strange and unlikely characters for the events that were taking place. Great for the reader since there IS a mystery going on, but of course my suspicions were not rewarded. Alas I didn't know who the bad guy was from the beginning. (Darn it!!)

I really enjoyed the love scenes in this story. The sexual tension was very high, and I enjoyed waiting and wondering when Talia and Jack were going to give in to their feelings. I thought the scenes were lovely and sensual, although there were several sexual clich├ęs and cheesy references that I wish wouldn't have been there.

This in no way is on my "awesome romantic suspense" list. I wish it were. I feel like it had mountains of potential and just fell flat for me. I love the fact that it was over 400 pages and I really respect Jami Alden's ability to weave together a story.  She really set us up with Talia's tale in the beginning so we could know what happened to her up to this point and really try and understand her inner thoughts. It should have worked. I just didn't like her. While I felt we were set up to have sympathy for her, I really only had sympathy for Jack. 

Ratings:

Overall Rating: 4 Stars (This one just didn't make the “I Love It” List for me like a few of her other novels. I didn’t like Talia and I felt the formula was blaring, but I loved Jack, so in turn I upped the rating)

Sensuality rating: 4.0 (The sexual tension was great and there were a lot of awesome elements. The love scenes were emotional and sensual)

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My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy one...so in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca gift cards on this rewards site)
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