Monday, July 13, 2009
Here Are A Few Reviews For Books I've Read. They Make Great Summer Reading!
Wild Highland Magic by Kendra Leigh Castle is the last of this trilogy which has just the right amount of paranormal and fantasy sugar coated in romance. A delicious read without any added calories that will certainly satisfy your most carnal sweet tooth.
Bastian an Morgain is tall, lean and sexy hot. A man, a prince and wizard, he is also cursed with the most foul disgusting creature to crawl out of anyones worst nightmares. He lives one day at a time never knowing when the creature will finally give in to its hunger and devour him thus ending a legacy of powerful magic users who were once a mighty race.
Catrionna MacInnes is a rare beauty. Part were, part witch, part human makes for an unusual mix but one that is as deadly as the night is dark. A temper easily roused and a spirit that craves unbridled freedom will one of these days get her into trouble. This is one beauty who desperately needs to be tamed.
Our story continues from our last installment with just a small fraction of time passing by. The author has given us a smooth transition and she has given our characters a well needed vacation but as with all things, shit happens and life is not always what we hoped for.
Our hero and heroine meet at the MacInnes compound in Scotland a few days prior to the annual clan get together. Bastian doesn't exactly show his best side and Cat thinks he's a pompous ass which I'm sure he would gladly accept that title in lieu of linking himself to anyone and the danger that is ever present in his life.
The story gets ever more complicated with the addition of a tall, dark and snarky dragon which you will just love to hate even though his comments will surely having you giggling under your breath. Bastian actually saves the jerks proverbial ass and nearly roasts his own in the process. Cat's sister is enlisted to help the snarky twirp and finds out that she has finally met her match in personality. Who would've thunk! LOL! Believe me when I say you'll love this enticing interaction.
This story gives us not one but two budding romances even though one gets much more attention than that of the other. A tale of trust, deception, love, lies and blood thirsty action, you'll slip from one page to the next with the ease of silk sliding over skin. Each chapter will have you hungering for the next with primal need and if you are anything like myself, you will be praying the author comes out with a spin off in the very near future.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1, 2009)
In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell is a wave rollicking storm of comic delight. Throw in a bare chested hunky Mer Man and you'll really need to be at the beach just to cool down in the frothy ocean waves. Yumm!
Our heroine Erika runs a marina but is spasticly scared out of her wits about the ocean. She hasn't always been like this, no as a matter of fact she used to love the ocean and diving. It's only been since her childhood when she had a frightening incident below the waves that she made a vow to never, never set foot in the ocean waters again. Oh and this includes being on a boat, no matter the size. Nope, no one is going to make her go into that blasted ocean.
Our hero Reel is a Mer Man but without his fins. Hmm...no fins when the rest of his family has them...ahh, must be a birth defect. At least this is what he thinks. Even with his supposed handicap he gets around without any problems. As a matter of fact he seems to attract trouble of any shape and from any distance. I guess it doesn't help either that he is a known prankster of epic proportions.
Our story gives us a detailed, wonderfully colorful, rich and diverse accounting of undersea life that carries you from page to page with the smoothness of water running through your fingers. A story that has highly entertaining characters with personality traits of all sorts. From the most serious to the irritating slap em up side the head get out of my face characters. This is a tale that will have you chuckling one minute, sitting on the edge of your seat the next and all the while keep you guessing as to what is going to happen next.
Judi Fennell has given us a light, funny, drool worthy accounting of what it's like to have just plain bad luck or could we go further and say no luck. A tale that will make the perfect summer beach read. Just pull up a beach chair, slick on some suntan lotion, stick your feet in the sand and crack this book open for a wild ride of hilarity.
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 1, 2009)
To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt has to be the most charming historical romance I have read in a long time. This author is new to me but not for long. I have already ordered her other books in this series and cannot wait to indulge myself in a delicious treat that has no calories. YUMM!
Helen Fitzwilliam is a woman with a mission. Having lead her adult life as a Duke's mistress she is bound and determined that she deserves better and will go to most any length to achieve this. She also wants so much better for her children than to be raised and labeled "Bastards". Will she be able to escape a past of imprisonment? Does she really have the courage and know how to survive in the unknown world with two children in tow without endangering any or all of their lives?
Sir Alistair Monroe is a tortured soul. Having seen the ravages of war up close and personal and come out with wounds that would surely drive even the strongest of men to the brink of madness, can he find it in himself to overcome his appearance? Will he ever be able to look beyond the cover of himself to see the truth inside that is ever so beautiful? I most surely hope so!
Our story takes us from London England to Scotland on a journey of self discovery, passion, pain, fear and longing with a fairy tale charm. This is a tale of a true Beauty and The Beast but one that could be ever so true in life today as we know it. A tale of the ravages of war and the results of what happens to a beautiful man scarred for all eternity on the exterior making him retreat to the interior of his being to keep himself safe. The trick is, will our author be able to do the impossible and give us a fairy tale ending? An ending that will bring tears to your eyes and joy to your soul! An ending that will show one and all that beauty is really not just skin deep but travels all the way to the soul of each of us! Ahh....but now you must read to find out.
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Forever (May 1, 2009)
Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory is sizzling must have summer read. Delicious from page one to the very end, this is one love story you won't soon forget. A Debut book by this author that will leave you hungering for more.
William FitzAlan is a Knight of renown and high on the King's list of best of the best. A man with no title, lands nor wife, he is surprised when the King hands him all this on a platter for being who he is, a devoted Kings man to the death.
Catherine is Lady of Ross Castle and a close friend of the Prince. She is also the battered wife of a sniveling coward who rules this Castle and a man that has little to no scruples. When Catherine is trust into a plot to overthrow the King and Prince she knows where her allegiance falls and betrays her husband.
The story starts really quickly with the death of Catherine's husband and William's acquirement of lands, title and wife if he will have her. The king has given William two choices as to what he may do with the Lady of Ross Castle and he wonders if he will regret his choice for quite some time.
This is a delicious romance that flows smoothly from beginning to end, action packed throughout and sit on the edge of your seat fascinating that you won't be able to put it down. Even now with having finished this book I am craving more, ever so much more that I read the excerpt for the next book which is due out in December and wonder if I can indeed wait that long without going stark raving mad.
Our Author is new and this is a Debut book and one that surely make you come back for more. She has included all the best of deceit, love, pain, doubt, intrigue and so many more emotions that you will constantly be driven to go from one page to the next and wish you could read this in all one day. It will be very hard to put this one down even for the must have potty break.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever (July 1, 2009)