Heartbreaker

HeartbreakerLaurant Madden is worried about her brother but she will find out that she will need to be scared for herself. There is a killer that is targeting her and wants her dead.

Nick Buchanan has come to his friends help which in turn was to really help out Laurant. He will have to stay close to her and pretend to be more to keep her safe from the killer who is after her.

Heartbreaker is the first book to the series Buchanan/FBI by Julie Garwood. She is one of those authors I have walked by without a seconds glance. I am fixing that with this first book and I have to say I liked it. There was insistent intrigue with the very first chapter with the killer telling Father Thomas Madden that he is coming after Laurant, Thomas’s sister. After that part I was kind of hooked with wanting to know who the killer was and what was going to happen next. I will say at times I just wanted to have the story move along as it was a little long in some places.

The idea of a killer after a woman is not a knew story but I thought Garwood wrote it well and she gave some deceit to go along with the plot to make it more. Laurant for me was weak at times but that was her demeanor at least on the outside. She is strong and a fighter with wants and needs. She shows it more and more throughout the book as is letting go. Now Nick was a charismatic man but a dangerous one at that. I did like that Nick was kind of a romantic but not always good at showing his feelings. Being an FBI agent came in handy but was also a curse because it was also a reason that the bad guys might come after him.

There are some good amount of twist and turns in the book with some people who could be suspects. The real suspect was one I didn’t see coming. In hindsight it makes sense which is always the case with suspense books. Other than the true bad guy there were some pretty messed up people who were villains in their own way. I can see myself going back to this series or trying another one of her books. I do want to make sure that I at least try the second book to this series as it will be with Nick’s brother. I am interested in knowing more about these Buchanan’s.

Forbidden Fantasies

Reading already a little on Forbidden Fantasies series, a series which is a collection of various authors, I knew what to expect from Cara Summers, especially since this is part of Harlequin Romance. Since I had started with the last last and friend of family I went to the first two with Naomi and Jillian which had me intrigued to find out how things had started.

The first one of the stories that started with the Haworth House is Led Into Temptation.

Naomi Brightman is the oldest sister and one that needs to protect them but now she is in need of someone protecting her. With her ex-fiances in trouble with the law people start looking at her. Naomi leaves only to be followed around by a priest. Of course Dane MacFarland is anything but a priest and thanks to a little help from a ghost he and Naomi will fulfill a fantasy and keep away from danger.

Taken Beyond Temptation is the second book which stars Jillian as the next sister to take the challenge of the fantasy box.

Jillian is now ready to make a big real estate deal but will find out it is not everything she dreamed it would be. She will be out of luck but soon that will change. She will find herself bumping into the same mysterious man. Jillian starts to want him as he would be the perfect man to fulfill the fantasy as all she wants is to be swept away.

The first two stories kept me wanting more and pulling me to read their stories which I liked. The addition of the ghosts was a little something different especially as it was a matchmaking ghost, so I kept going with the series. I picked up Sexy Silent Nights thinking that it was a continuation. Of course this story is a continuation but from the series as a whole.

A one night stand was supposed to be one night but now Cilla Michael’s must help out Jonah Stone. Cilla is a security specialist and does her job well and will not get distracted by Jonah, but that is a lie she tells herself. Protecting Jonah will be her task but it will get clouded by the sight of him and how feelings are still very much present.

The last story didn’t not keep me as invested as the other two did. Sexy Silent Nights was still steamy and interesting but after reading the other two with the ghost I guess I felt there was something missing. Then you get a little more into the story and you find yourself liking both characters and hoping for a happy ending.

With all three stories Summers delivers romance and steamy scenes from her funny and intriguing characters. Forbidden Fantasies series has me interested in searching out beyond Cara Summers to others who contributed to the series, to find out what other types of fantasies other authors have in store for the reader.

Vampire Mine

Almost immediately after finishing the ninth book of the series Love at Stake I went and got Vampire Mine . Though I couldn’t read it until I was finished with the ones due beforehand needless to say I made sure to read the other books quickly.

Connor Buchanan has been a vampire for almost five hundred years and is a hard man. With his past he keeps himself closed off and only doing his job but when he finds a woman in pain Connor can’t deny helping her. When he finds out that she is an angel he knows that she is forbidden, but sparks are going to fly between them.

Marielle was a banished angel as she could not help but disobey the heavenly fathers commands. She never did anything bad just listened to the pleas of the humans. But now she is banished. Marielle’s goal is to get back into heaven but knows it is almost impossible. Then she meets Connor who has saved her and she knows that if she can heal him she could get a place back in heaven. The question she will have to ask herself is does she want to?

After the book was finished there were a lot of things that had finished for the vampires, enemies destroyed, loved ones will face death, new vampires, past revealed, and new enemies. This book was one you will want to read but I do recommend to start at the beginning so you can really get into the characters of this series.

The characters of Marielle and Connor worked perfectly. I liked how Sparks intertwined Marielle to have made an impact in the lives of selected characters from the series. The fact that she was an angel banished from heaven gave the book a different spin from just vampires and shifters. And the choice/burden she had to go through gave the book a lot of depth.

Connor’s story I had been waiting for and you are not disappointed as you finally know what had happened to Connor. You will end up feeling for the vampire and want him to be healed and you wouldn’t be disappointed.

The series is a fun one to get into and keeps things light with the quirky writing which Sparks gives. You are drawn into the story and want to continue, and by the way she is going the series can keep going.

The next book is going to be all about Gregori in Sexiest Vampire Alive.

Swept Away By A Kiss by Katharine Ashe

Viscount Steven Ashford goes by many identities and only few know his true one. He uses each for a purpose and that one is to find a criminal and punish him. What he did not think would happen is the beautiful Valerie Monroe walking onto his ship in the heart of danger. He is dressed as a clergy and must keep the charde up or all is lost.

Valerie Monroe needs to get back home. She winds up on a ship which is held captive by a vile man. A man of the cloth saves her and tempts her at the same time but all is not what it appears to be. Valerie will be betrayed by the man as she find his true identity or one of many. Her heart is already in pieces as he tramples upon it but she will be able to pick up the pieces. She will find the solution as she becomes involved in the very plot Steven was hiding from her.

As far as a plot goes it was good. There was interesting turn of events but I was not floored by this book. Swept Away By A Kiss by Katherine Ashe is well written and the sensual parts were steamy. I think with Steven Ashfords ever changing attitude was a little confusing and frustrating that it turned me off as a reader at times which was truly for me the only problem.

The continuous plot of sabotage was interesting to read and you wondered how it would end and who would be caught in the cross fire.

Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts

In the last lazy days of summer, the merciless two-week heat wave is the biggest story in Washington, D.C. But the weather is finally knocked off the front pages when a young woman is found strangled to death-a priest’s white silk amice pulled taut around her throat.  Pinned near the scarf is a note that simply reads Her Sins are forgiven her.  It is a chilling crime, made even more terrifying when it is followed by a second murder…and then a third.  Suddenly every headline is devoted to the killer the press has dubbed “the Priest.”

The slaying have piqued the interest of Dr. Tess Court, a top-notch psychiatrist dedicated to treating the problems of the human mind.  And when the police make little headway in solving the crimes, Tess is reluctantly thrust into the very heat of the investigation.  Called in to create a detailed psychological profile of the murderer, she comes up with a disturbing and frightening portrait of a twisted soul who believes he is not murdering-but ministering.

Detective Ben Paris doesn’t give a damn about the killer’s soul or his psyche, and he makes it clear that he thinks calling in a psychiatrist is on a par with ringing up a psychic hotline.  What he can’t dismiss so readily is his immediate and irrestiable attraction to Tell.  Tall, dark, and good-looking, Ben has a reputation with woman that is legendary, and with good reason.  But the coolly elegant Tess doesn’t react to Ben like any other woman he’s ever known-and he finds the challenge enticing.  Now, as the two are thrown together in a perilous quest to stop a serial killer, the flame of white-hot passion flares.

But someone else has his eyes on the beautiful blond doctor…someone who dreams of saving her and cleansing her soul with his special brand of absolution.  And while Tess is confident she can help him, Ben can only pray that when the madman strikes, he’ll be able to stop him before it’s too late…

It really shouldn’t surprise me any more when I pick up a Nora Roberts book.  She has this way of writing that I seem to be drawn too.  Her characters are dynmic and her plots.

I was impressed with the suspense which was going on in the novel.  I wasn’t sure the killer and happy that our heroine would be able to make amends of a tragedy she couldn’t prevent.

There was romance which was fantastic to read but the plot held my attention.  There is something about suspense which gets your heart pounding a little faster.

Nora Roberts is a master storyteller.  What is your favorite Nora Roberts book?

Explorer by Kathryn Hockett

The title of the book seemed interesting so I decided to try even though on the cover you have that cheesy picture of a bare chested man holding a sword and shield.  But you can’t rely on the covers of books people would miss too many amazing books out there.

Unaware he is the second son of a powerful Viking Jarl, dark-haired Sean was raised in an Irish monastery, destined to become a man of letters.  But then he offers shelter to a lovely young slave-and changes his life forever.  For when Natasha is recaptured and dispatched to Russia aboard a Danish Viking ship, Sean knows that he must rescue her.  With Viking blood coursing through his veins, he ventures through the high seas to an exotic land-seeking his heritage, his family, and his lady love.

Tasha had admired handsome, powerful Sean from afar and sensed that he was a man who would offer his protection when she fled her captors.  Though their time together blossomed quickly into passion, cruel fate soon tore her from his embrace.  Now, aboard a slave ship bound for Russia, Tasha is stunned to be reunited with her heart’s desire, who has been transformed into a Nordic warrior with bone-deep courage-and to whom she will pledge her own destiny…wherever it takes her.

Honestly I was excited to try Kathryn Hockett’s novel.  I love reading about viking since that is part of my heritage.  Now when I started it was a little slow but soon I was hooked on the characters.

I found the plot engaging and liked the subtle humor that was underneath.  This is the third book to the series and after reading this one I am intrigued to see how the series all started with the three siblings.

Have you read anything by Kathryn Hockett?