Labor of Love by Jenna Mindel

Upon the death of her malevolent husband, young Olivia Beresford finds herself with child-and left entirely out of her husband’s will. So, with the babe due in mere days, Olivia and her younger sister head for their aunts home.

When an accident Sheldrake Hall cuts their trek short, they must count on the kindness of strangers-in particular, Lord Sheldrake, whose care for Olivia extends beyond hospitality. A darkly handsome bachelor, he notices how this glowing woman’s presence has brought light to his dreary manor. Olivia, too, cannot help but find a kindred soul within him, a man she could see herself caring for deeply. But Lord Sheldrake rightly suspects that she has heard the dark rumors muddying his past-a past he wishes he could bring out into the light of love…

I found this regency romance very intriguing to read. Jenna Mindel is a refreshing contributor to this genre. The characters and the plot were subtle but had a punch when needed. There was romance of course but there was that intrigue about what secrets were truly being kept about the families that left you reading until the very end.

Homecoming

In this collection of four stories, Janet Dailey, Fern Michaels, Dinah McCall, and Deborah Bedford brings a charming and cute plots and characters to this book.

Janet Dailey-Heading Home

“Kate Summers has her reasons for avoiding new neighbor Josh Reyonds.  But the rugged rancher and his matchmaking dog have other ideas.”

Fern Michaels-The Journey

“Twelve years after being jilted at the alter, mountain guide Maggie Osborne Harper is about to make the hardest trek of her life.”

Dinah McCall-The Return of Walker Lee

“Hard as he tried, Walker Lee couldn’t forget the Texas girl he left behind.  But after ten years, did Carrie Wainright still want him?”

Deborah Bedford-Rockabye Inn

“Wyoming innkeeper Anna Burden returns home after the accident that stole her memory to discover shattering truths-and the healing power of love.”

The stories were enjoyable being charming and sweet.  They were a little corny but that is how it is at times.  The stories were all around one hundred pages which also was a problem.  They went fast but sometimes you wished you had more of the story to make it more dynamic.  But for fast pace and an enjoyable romance then this collection is a winner.

Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a recent author that I found and so far I liked her series Whispering Mountain so I thought I would try just one of her novels.

The Plot of Rewriting Monday:

Mike McCulloch took over for his brother as editor of the Bailee Bugle out of familial obligation.  When Pepper bursts into his office and demands a job, her enthusiasm and engergy hit him like a breath of fresh air.  What’s brought this passionate reporter to his sleepy little town-and into his world?  A long time ago, Mike learned not to expect much out of life, but Pepper has awakened something in him that he thought he had lost-something that feels a lot like hope.

When the paper comes under attack, Mike and Pepper must start to rely on each other, to trust what is in their own hearts and, most importantly, to believe in themselves…”

Now I will be honest.  I liked the story but it was rather slow at parts.  It is most likely that things were happening but at a slow pace which correlated with the type of characters living there in the town.  What I did like was the msytery behind the attacker and really about the past that Mike was carrying all on his own.  At the end of the book you find out just who was a hero really.

Do You Take This Cop? by Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews brings her latest book to the page and I have to say I liked it.  I have only read two of her other books and the thing I notice is that the characters are real.  There have real emotions and a realistic plot that you can see actually happening.  You start to feel for the characters.

The Plot of Do You Take This Cop?:

The last thing Faith Lewis needs is a cop poking his nose in her business.  Okay yes, Nick Coletti is gorgeous.  And charming.  And great with her son.  But dating the town’s most popular boy in blue is hardly going to help her keep a low profile.  This guy could blow their world apart if he discovers her secret.

Funny thing is, he may also be her only hope.  If she had someone like Nick on her side, maybe she could finally be free, and give her son the life he deserves.  But trusting Nick means telling the whole truth about her past.  He might protect them.  Or he just might turn her in…”

Honestly I was getting frustrated, happy, annoyed over this enjoyable book.  I loved Nick and Faith but I kept fidgeting when she would tell another lie or not the whole truth but Nick is the kind of character that is good no matter what.  The book is true to its genre of romance as the characters find love but still it is not perfect until the truth is told and everything is settled.

Beth Andrews is a great modern day romance author.


The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks

The eighth book of Kerrelyn Sparks is the latest of the series Love At Stake.

The Plot of Vampire and the Virgin:

“FBI psychologist Olivia Sotris was looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, chaotic, and sometimes all-too-dangerous life.  But when she escaped to the small Greek island of Patmos, all she got were medding grandmothers trying to marry her off.  Can’t they see that none of the men around her interests her-except Robby MacKay?

Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about it revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive-but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile.  When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life-along with giving her a first time she’ll never forget…”

The latest edition is a hit.  I love reading about Robby.  Sparks gives humor to her characters and a sense that they belong together.  The characters are dynamic and the plot is fantastic.  Now all I am wondering about is her next book.  When will it be out and who will it be about?

For those who have read the books they know the character Connor and for me I can’t wait for him to find his true love.

Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

The seventh book of Kerrelyn Sparks Love At Stake Series is fantastic.  There is drama, action, romance, humor, and very steamy scenes.  You will fall in love with the characters.

The Plot of Forbidden Nights with a Vampire:

“Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.  As the owner of a hot nightclub, she’s more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it.  But after three former emplyees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class.  Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponser.  Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her…

If Vanda knew who-or what-Phil really is, she’d reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she’d ever imagined.  He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage…if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot.  But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights?”

Sparks delivered another hit with Fobidden Nights with a Vampire.  It was an amazing book to read with all the secrets that were revealing and the background of each characters which was exciting to read.  I loved to read about Vanda and why she is the way she is.  Then with Phil is was very interesting to find him as an Alpha werewolf and what he can do, and the fact that he will live longer.  He will live like an immortal.

I liked how in the middle of the book there is the mention of the school which they are trying to establish and recruiting people to work there.  It is for kids who are special with powers or mortal children with vampire parents.  It could be interesting if another series went off in that direction a little later on.

The ending was perfect especially for Vanda.  Everything settled and worked out.  Phil was very happy as well.

Kerrelyn Sparks writes another fantastic book that continues the Love At Stake series.

Secret Life of A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

The series Love At Stake is a hit.  Kerrelyn Sparks brings creative characters and a dynamic plot to the pages with each book.  Her sixth book,  Secret Life of A Vampire brings those characters back to the pages but this time Jack has the floor and will be assisted by Lara a police officer.

The Plot of Secret Life of A Vampire:

“A typical bachelor party is all about beers and beautiful women.  A vampire bachelor party is no different-except the men are drinking Blissky (whiskey-flavored synthetic blood).  And no one can throw a party quite like Jack, the illegitimate son of the legendary Casanova.  But when the party gets out of hand the cops show up, Jack has some explaining to do…if only he wasn’t stuck speechless by the beauty of officer Lara Boucher.

Lara is sure there’s something more than a bachelor party going on.  What is Jack hiding?  And why is he so interested in the recent disappearance of young women all over town?  Her investigation uncovers more than she wants to know, especially about this modern-day Casanova.  But if she’s ever to make detective, she’ll need to expose all his secrets…if only her heart wasn’t on the line.”

Jack and Lara are a perfect pair.  They are able to combine forces while getting their hearts tangled.  I liked this story for the fact that Lara is another strong women but she is immune to Jack’s control, to any vampire mind control.  That gives her a great advantage and will let Jack know that his heart is on the line as well.

Having the son of the Casanova is a nice touch.  I liked the use of historical characters mixed in with fiction and the use of gods and goddesses even if they were the bad vamps.

Finally the story brings the were-animals more into the light and Phil will be coming center stage in the next book with Vanda.

Kerrelyn Sparks is a clever writer bringing the very traditional vampires into a new light.  A fantastic series to devour over.

The Pleasure Slave by Gena Showalter

Becoming introduced to Gena Showalter’s novels was incredible luck. Picking up a book you don’t always know is chancy but I knew from the first book of the series Imperia that I was hooked to Showalter still.   Quickly I went to find the sequel, The Pleasure Slave.

When Santa Fe antique dealer Julia Anderson was curiously drawn to purchase a battered jewerly box, she never expected it to contain her won personal love slave. Especially not tall, dark and sinfully handsome Tristan-a man hard to resist, and determined to fulfill her every desire.

Though Tristan was a rogue of the battlefield and the boudior, making love with Julia was like nothing he’d ever known. Yet revealing his true heart would break the centuries-old spell and separate them forever. And Tristan would do anything to go on loving Julia…even remain a slave through all eternity…

The Pleasure Slave was an incredible sequel to the Imperia series.

The characters and plot is very similar were the man wants nothing but to give in every desire to the woman who is called his master. Julia is priceless with her ability to want to set him free.

The idea of aliens is strange but really they are just magical people from another planet. Not your typical aliens you think of. But I like the idea behind the story and how they are not vampires or werewolves. They are a little different and have the ability to use magic.

The book holds comical dialogue and scenes which will make you laugh. Then there are those parts that make you cringe and hate the enemy. But when all is lost there is still some bit of hope in the mess of everything.

Gena Showalter delivers a sexy and funny story to the pages. Irresistible to read and can’t be put down.

Dangerous by Amanda Quick

Only in the dead of night will she come to find her true love but can she make him hers forever…

Amanda Quick writes Dangerous which is an intriguing, mysterious love story through the Victorian period.

The Plot of Dangerous:

“At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentlman in the dead of night.  But bearding teh notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel.  And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastians forbidding presence at three in the morning-and thoroughly kissed before dawn.

She was a country-bred innocent and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine.  Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her.  And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get…”

Amanda Quick really is one of my favorite romance authors.  I am always drawn into her books.  In this particular book Quick shows her wit with the characters as she pairs up Prue and Sebastian.  I love how Sebastian is an oddity and doesn’t care what others think.  Prue cares but wants to make everything okay along with Sebastian’s family.

Then as you are done with the character dynamic’s there is the plot which is another driving force of this novel.  I was blown away by how the plot of murder was swept into the plot without it being obvious and the same with the villain.  You thought you knew but wasn’t sure.

Dangerous was fantastic to read with the danger, paranormal activity, intrigue, wit, adventure and love underneath it all.

The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter

Reading one book from Gena Showalter and I found myself hooked. Her style of wit and sensual characters/plot were incredible to read. They were enticing to read about.  I was lucky to find Showalter as an author with reading her first book Catch a Mate which was unbelievable.  I knew that she was an author to look out for.  So now I venture off to one of her series.The first book of the series Imperia is The Stone Prince.

Katie James is unlucky in love-so unlucky she’s been reduced to kissing the marble statue in her own garden. But her luck changes when the statue warms to life in her arms-and turns out to be a hunk straight out of any woman’s fantasy! Well, almost…Jorlan en Sarr hails from a distant planet and like all the other men Katie’s known, he ocmes with a lot of baggage.

Entombed in his stony skin for centuries, Jorlan has been waiting for a maiden fair to break the spell. Yet this statuesque beauty with the will of an Amazon and kisses like flame is a far cry from the obedient damsels of Imperia. And though Jorlan is tempted to abandon all for the sake of Katie, unless he can convince her to give him her heart in two weeks time, he’ll be turned back to stone. And she’ll be lost to him forever.

I loved this book. The Stone Prince was not the most original idea but I like the added in with Jorlan being an alien of kinds. The book was witty and fun to read.

The characters of the five brothers were priceless. They brought a lot of human and cavemen attitudes to the book but then so did Jorlan. Katie though was her own cavewoman which I loved. She didn’t take the crap thrown at her and stood up for herself. She didn’t obey or become a meek little woman.

Gena Showalter shows that love can start from anywhere even a statue.