Grand Passion by Jayne Ann Krentz

As I was browsing throught the aisles of books it got me thinking that it has been a while since I picked up Jayne Ann Krentz.  I love her style and the simple to complex characters which are developed.  I have read many of her books but I wanted to start and revisit them.

Cleopatra Robbins has imagined the moment when she’ll meet the man of her dreams.  But when Max Fortune strides into the Robbins’ Nest Inn, a devastating sensation sweeps through her.  She knows it’s him.  And he’s all wrong!

Head of the giant Curzon Hotel chain, a cynical man with a passion for rare works of art, Max is looking for five priceless paintings left to him by his mentor, Jason Cruzon.  With one long look at Cleo Robbins, Max knows he’s gazing at a masterpiece…and for the first time in his life, the solitary and powerful executive is overcome with the strangest desire for that wonderful institution called home.  But despite their mutual attraction, Max suspects Cleo of hiding something-and by the time he realizes her secrets have nothing to do with the lost treasures, it may be too late to save her from the danger rising out of her past.

Krentz delivers a sense of passion in each book that she writes but what draws me to all her books are the characters.  In some way or the other they are real.  They have a sense of being real and not just fiction.  Within Grand Passion you could relate to the characters problems they were facing which is a powerful abiltiy to do with books.

The plot is a cute romance.  A man looking for his inhertience but finds much more.  The characters of the book are delightful.  They are a little wacky and quirky but all together real and lovable.  They are the type of characters you would imagine working in a small inn.

There are secrets and sabotage moving throughout the book which gives a little mystery to keep you reading.

Grand Passion is a fun book to read, just to loose yourself in for a few hours.

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne

Picking up the book you think it is about a little old lady, first image I got in my head, but that is all wrong in the case of The Little Lady Agency novel.

Melissa Romeny-Jones can bake a perfect sponge cake, type her little heart out, and plan a party blindfolded.  But none of that has helped her get far in life or in love.  When she gets fired-again-she decides to market her impeccable social skills to single men.  To avoid embarrassing her father, a Member of Parliament, Melissa dons a blond wig and becomes Honey, a no-nonsense bombshell who helps clueless bachelors shop, entertain, and navigate social minefields.  A confident Mary Poppins in silk stockings, she even attends parties if a client needs a “date”.

So far, Melissa has kept her adventures as Honey a secret from her snobby family.  But when an intriguing new client, dashing American Jonathan Riley, starts to request Honey’s services on a regular basis, Honey’s and Melissa’s worlds are sure to collide.  She’s recently attended three weddings as Honey, and one as Melissa…it was only a matter of time before she’d have to attend a wedding as both at the same time!

This novel is definetly an original.  I have not read anything like this book.  It was cute, quirky, witty and very charming.

I thought that there were very unique characters especially Melissa aka Honey.  I love how Melissa tries this agency only to find herself being pursued by a man that paid for sex.  Being a good girl she leaves being out raged.  Of course the clever thing is Melissa starting her own agency.  I like Melissa’s character starts an agency to help the men as a girlfriend.  No sex allowed or real dating.

I loved her friends but hated her father.  He was a jackass but he got what was coming to him in the end, which was nice to read about.

I found this novel refreshing with that there was no sex.  It wasn’t needed.  All you had was Melissa’s life which was wacky and intriguing to read about.  The first book of the series Little Lady Agency is worth reading.

Touch of Darkness by Christina Dodd

The second book to the series Darkness Chosen.  Dodd contiues the series with Rurik coming into connect with the next icon.

Handsome, powerful Rurik Wilder battles darkness-the darkness without and the darkness within.  He possesses the power to transform himself into a fierce bird of prey, and that gift has caused death and destruction.  At last he is offered the chance to redeem himself and break the evil pact that has held his family in thrall for centuries.  Only one woman stands in his way-Tasya Hunnicutt, a writer determined to wreak revenge on the assassins who murdered her family.  Assassians, its been rumored, who have powers no human should ever possess…

The second book comes out with a bang.  It is powerful, sensual and mystical as the prophecy continues.

So far there seems that the women who are destined to be with the Wilder men are a little different.  They are strong, interesting, and a little unique in their own ways.

I like how they are trying to fight the curse, to break it.  But all is lost without Adrik.

The second book had the same lively characters and prophecy which must be broken.  Touch of Darkness brings a sense of danger and intrigue as the search of the icons continues.

Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd

The first book of the series Darkness Chosen is a creative way to show a new form of shapeshifters and the cross they must bare.

Ann Smith loves her dynamic boss, Jasha Wilder, but her daring plan to seduce him goes awry when she encounters a powerful wold who, before her horrified eyes, changes into the man she adores.  She soon discovers that she can’t escape her destiny, for Jasha is Konstantine’s descendant, and Ann is the woman fated to break the curse that binds his soul…

Reading Dodd’s work so far is fantastic to read.  She delivers so much to the page.  Scent of Darkness is not something I have found myself reading before.  I really liked the concept of the curse which this family has to bare and the fact that it will take a woman to stop the curse.

The characters are fascinating to read about and have a lot of humor which keeps the book light even though most parts of the book are serious and sensual.

Jasha and Ann are a delight to read about and entertaining to see how they would come together and break the curse.

The idea of icons is interesting.  But what was weird was the one name mentioned at the end.  A person who is watching the family.  Is he their enemy or not?

Cordina’s Royal Family by Nora Roberts

This is the collection of the first three books about the Royal Family of Cordina. I took the chance on these three stories after I picked up the fourth and final book. I liked the fourth okay, but I went to look at these three.  It was fantastic.  Within this series Nora Roberts creates this whimsical, adventures, enduring, romantic characters and plot. Makes you sigh and jump for joy as love conquers all for those royal siblings.

Affaire Royale

Recently kidnapped Princess Gabriella has amnesia, but in the arms of bodyguard Reeve MacGee she finds a passion that’s unforgettable.

Since I read the last book first I found out about their daughter before I read about the parents. I loved this story as the beginning. It was cute, entertaining, and enduring. I loved seeing how Camille’s parents met. The Royal family is a delight.

Command Performance

Though His Royal Highness Alexander is destined to rule Cordina, it’s regal-and elusive-Eve Hamilton who rules his heart.

The second was so sweet and romantic. Both wanted each other but never went for it. Then fate gives them their chance only to have it more obstacles put in the way but not forever. It was funny, completely romantic story between them.

The Playboy Prince

Why is reserved Hannah Rothchild so intriguing to dedicated ladies man Prince Bennett? Is it her secret mission-or the fascinating lady herself?

The last story was lovely. I loved how reserved Hannah was and able to get the playboy Prince on his bend and knee for her. You knew there would be a happy ending but there were some bumps in the road.

The series of Cordina’s Royal Family was a delight to read.

Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter

The war between otherworlders and humans changed Earth beyond recognition.  It also saved Bride McKell’s life.  Before, the gorgeous vampire was a target for every fanatic with a stake and a crucifix.  Now, she’s free to roam the streets-and desparate to find others of her kind.  One man claims to have the answers she seeks.  Devyn, King of the Targons, is a warrior and a womanizer, and he makes no secret of how much he wants Bride-and how dangerous he could be to her in every way.

And avid collector or women, Devyn easily seduces human and otherworlder alike.  Unlike now.  Not only does Bride resist him, but she leaves Devyn feeling something entirely new…a bone-deep need bordering on obsession.  Her blood is teh key to curing a vicious alien disase, but helping Bride uncover her origins will compel her to choose between electrifying passion and destiny that could tear her from Devyn’s side forever.

Gena Showalter’s most recent book out in 2009 Seduce the Darkness is another thriller with agents and Aliens working together finding romance.

I liked this one Devyn the womanizer was entertaining to read and to see how he was getting whipped by one little vampire who didn’t know about being a vampire.  I liked how he used all this charm on Bride but she would not fall for that type of charm, even though she wanted to.

There were times when the book fell a little flat with the story.  I found myself drifting off a little when I was reading, but most of the time it was very impressive.  Showalter knows what she is doing when writing her fight scenes and very sensual scenes.

As usual the plot and characters were fun  and enjoyable to read.

Her next book is coming later this year.  So now I wait for her next story on the Alien Huntress  series.

Savor Me Slowly by Gena Showalter

Mishka Le’Ace was created to be an undercover operative…literally.  Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength-strength she’s going to need.  Her latest mission sends her to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death.  With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other.  A passion she was forbidden to know.

From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch.  But the machine half of Le’Ace forces her to do things she doesn’t always want to do.  Even betray him…and ultimately destroy him.  Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le’Ace, and even Le’Ace herself, to at last claim the woman he’s come to love.

Showalter brings the fifth book of Alien Huntress series back to the adult fiction.

The characters are both mentioned in previous novels but now it is there turn in the spot light.

I have to say this one was strange.  I am still not sure if I really like this novel.  Savor Me Slowly has all the right elements as the rest of the novels but I guess the whole chip threw me off.  Le’Ace has this chip in her and I was confused.  I guess that part didn’t thrill me.  It was strange and I don’t really like the scifi area with reading.   Well not all scifi books are bad but most haven’t caught my attention.

But Savor Me Slowly was not all scifi.  There was still that paranormal romance interwoven throughout the book which Showalter has expertly accomplished.  Other than not liking the scifi part I thought the romance between the two was fun to read about and the action was well written.

Blacklisted by Gena Showalter

High school senior Camille Robins and her best friend are determined to snag the attention of their crushes before graduation next month.  Armed with red-hot outfits and killer hair, the sneak into the hottest nightclub in town-which caters to the rich and famous, both human and alien.  They end up following Erik (who is human) and Silver (who isn’t) through a guarded door and are soon separated and under attack…and not the good kind.

Bad boy Erik spares Camille’s life, but the two are soon being chased by gun-toting Alien Investigation and Removal agents.  Camille’s more confused than ever because Erik’s finally showing real interest in her, but the agents are accusing him of dealing Onadyn-a drug that ruins human lives.  Suddenly, with the heat of his kiss lingering on her lips, Camille has to decide whose side she’s on…and whether she’s willing to put her life on the line to save Erik’s.

The fourth book of Alien Huntress series is Blacklisted.  This novel is a continuation of Red Handed set in the teen genre for Showalter.

I liked this novel not as much as the third book but this one was good to read.  The main character Erik is a fun character to read about.  The whole time you are thinking what is going on.  He is good, now he is bad.

The new girl, Camille is priceless.  She is a strong character and intriguing with her need to be with Erik.

I liked that you got to read about the young recruites who were now full on agents.

The fourth book was interesting and intriguing to read.  Showalter keeps her characters real and dynamic.

Red Handed by Gena Showalter

The third edition to the Alien Huntress series surprised me.  I thought it was just going to be another book to the series but instead Red Handed was a teen book.  That caught me off guard because all her books have been adult fiction.  I was excited to see how she would incorporate the genre into a Teen novel.

Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother’s trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn-teh drug of choice for New Chicago teens.  But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she’s brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state.  Hello, reform school.

Except, what her mother doesn’t know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Invesigation and Removal agency, where she’ll learn to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy.  Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone-the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen year-old agent she met in the woods that night-doesn’t make things any easier.  Especially when dating him is totally against the rules…

Gena Showalter showed that she is dynamic with being a teen novel into the series.  The characters and plot were interesting and correlated to the series.

I liked that you got to read about the school where the agents were made.  I like the fact that Mia who was from the first book was involved in the recruiting of the teens.

In the book there is the mention of a drug which many kids use.  The main girl Phoenix uses but stops and she wants to be better.  I liked that it was a struggle.  Showed a very realistic person going through an addiction.

Since this is a teen book there are sensual scenes but Showalter cuts it down from her other novels, which is apporpriate.  But there is still plenty of fighting.

Second Nature by Nora Roberts

Getting an exclusive interview with notoriously reclusive horror writer Hunter Brown was all Celebrity magazine reporter Lee Radcliff ever wanted.  And when Hunter agrees to the interview on teh condition that Lee conduct it on a camping trip, she can hardly refuse.  But after spending some time alone with the seductively mysterious author, Lee discovers the only thing she wants exclusively is Hunter.

Second Nature is the first novel of Celebrity Magazine series.  There are only two in the series.

Nora Roberts is an amazing storyteller and I will read anything by her.  At times there are some of her novels which don’t thrill me.  Sadly to say Second Nature was one of those.  I liked the characters and the plot was interesting but it didn’t really do anything for me.  I guess because there was no real action going on.  It was a story that just didn’t have enough in it.

But of course Nora Roberts I will continue to read.  She has many novels and for me I am sure that some will still not peak my interest but many more which will.