Midnight Warrior

Midnight WarriorBrynn of Falkhaar was a slave and healer. She will be brought to another man to be her master so that she could heal his warrior. She will do the task that is asked of her. She had expected the warrior to be harsh and to hurt her but she will be shocked to find that he is not like the other men.

Lord Gage Dumont was given a slave who was a healer so that his friend could be saved. He doubted her skills but soon would find that she was a gifted healer. Gage will also find himself starting to lust after her. He will want only her and for no one else to have her. Gage will fight to keep her safe.

Midnight Warrior is a novel by Iris Johansen. I haven’t read anything by Iris Johansen in a while but I knew that I would love this book since her novels are always entertaining. They can be a little long at times but they are worth the read. From the very first page of the book I was pulled right into the story and needed to finish so I kept reading until the last page.

I was captured by Brynn’s character and fascinated by her powers of healing. Although she was not the normal healer. She could heal by her touch and take the pain away but she had to link with that person. She was a strong woman with her opinions which got her punished though she never backed down. Gage’s character was a warrior but he was not the brute that he appeared. I liked that with Brynn he was gentle even though it seemed that he was forever yelling at her.

There were several side characters within the story and I have to say that I really liked Adwen and Malik. Adwen was a character that grew from the sickly wife to a strong woman who was willing to fight. Malik was the injured solider with a sense of humor and a bit of a player but his eyes were soon only on one woman. I liked that Adwen and Malik had a chance at happiness along with the main characters.

Temptation and Surrender

Temptation and SurrenderJonas Tallent has lived for the life of London but now bored he has put his mind back on his country family home in Devon. He needs someone to run the inn and will find none up to the task until Emily Beauregard. He knows that she is hiding something and will be persistent to uncover it.

Emily Beauregard, but that is not her full name, is hiding the rest of her name so she can go unobserved in hopes to find what she is looking for. Emily along with her brother and sisters are in search of the family treasure that would restore their family to the status they once had. Emily has to be sneaky about it but finds it is hard to move around with Jonas Tallent watching her every move.

Temptation and Surrender is the seventeenth book and last book to Stephanie Laurens series Cynster. I really liked this book. I thought there was more life to this one and not so dark with the mystery. Mysteries with dark intrigue are good but I liked that this was a little more lighthearted thanks to the siblings of Emily.

The characters were well developed and engaging to read about. I liked Emily who did not see failure as an option. She was the caretaker of her family and was bent on doing everything she could to help them. Jonas was not the bored gentleman that left London. He was curious and put Emily as a project. He intended to find what she was hiding and would not fail. There is of course the lust that follows as they find themselves in one too many situations where they are alone.

The kids were a cute addition and had their own role to play. They were not just ones to be mentioned in the book. Laurens also adds a story for Issy and Joshua to find love which you could easily see coming but it was sweet.

Emily’s treasure hunt was the plot of the story and kept you moving along with the characters. I kept flipping the pages wondering when and if the treasure would be found. Now along with the treasure there was a villain. At first you think you know but the villain was not someone I saw coming but an explanation was given.

Stephanie ended the series well with this book. There are more books to read from her along with a new Cynster series called Cynster Sisters. I know that I will be coming back to more from Stephanie Laurens.

Crystal Gardens

Not knowing that Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz had a new release I happily took the book from my grab and go section in my library. Crystal Gardens is the latest paranormal romance book and the first book of the new series Flint & Marsh.

Evangeline Ames is a paid companion but that is not all she does. She  is a writer and secret investigator in high society, but now she is on break. Two attempted murders in the same year is tough on a person. Evangeline manged to avoid the second attempt by going into her nearest neighbor, the Crystal Gardens.

Lucas Sebastian owns the Crystal Gardens and takes intruders seriously especially with the recent passing of his Uncle. Lucas helps the damsel but the danger doesn’t stop when the intruder drops dead. Lucas will help protect Evangeline but he will soon find out the villain might want something of his as well.

With passion, the Crystal Gardens and their paranormal abilities in high gear Evangeline and Lucas will come together. But there will not be a moments peace as treasure hunters are around at every corner and would be murders.

Reading and loving most of Amanda Quick’s books I knew that Crystal Gardens would be enjoyable before I flipped to the first page. Now saying all that I am torn as I went to read I found myself thinking of the other arcane society books and how this feels familiar. That was a little disappointing until I went further into the story and you are swept into the story.

The story line yes is similar to the others with a mysterious item or powers and the two main characters are both powerful with their abilities, but Quick brings in twists or little surprises to keep you invested.

With Quick she gets you in with the intrigue the plot and characters generate through the pages. You want to know more of the danger and the villain. Or will the two characters ever find that love they were not looking for.

Quick also brings humor and wit to the pages with Lucas’s family and Evangeline’s friends. Without those side characters Crystal Gardens would be a good story but I feel incomplete.

I look forward to how Quick will continue this new series and what other problem will occur in the paranormal way.

Deception by Amanda Quick

Quick is and will always be my go to romance author for the Victorian time period.  She creates that stage of intrigue which draws you into the novel.

Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure.  But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research.  Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights…

Tall and dark, with long, windswept black hair, Jared Chillhurst is the embodiment of Olympia’s most exotic dreams…a daring pirate, masquerading in teachers grab, whose plundering kisses and traveler’s tales quickly win her heart.  Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover that the enigmatic and wickedly sensual Mr. Chillhurst is no lowly tutor but a future earl with a wealth of secrets the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for a hidden fortune and a love worth more than gold.

This was a light hearted story that was very sweet.  The main characters of Olympia is enduring because her of child like ideals in life but she is a wonderful person.  Chillhurst is a menacing man who looks like a pirate but he is playing the role of a tutor yet he is anything but that.  I like that you know who he really is and get to see how Olympia will discover the truth.

The addition of the wild nephews added fun to the novel.  They were spirited and created an opportunity to let each character show a side of themselves.

Amanda Quick brings intriguing characters and creates an enjoyable novel to read.

Hot Ice by Nora Roberts

“Even jaded Whitney MacAllister is taken by surprise when a stranger in black leather hijacks her Mercedes-just before the bullets start flying. But this is not ordinary kidnapping attempt and the wounded man is no common criminal. Without warning, Whitney is thrust into a partnership with an enigmatic stranger to stay one step ahead of death itself. Ahead of them is a last chance at redemption. Behind them is a pack of merciless killers who coolly eliminate anyone in their way. For both Whitney and the stranger, it’s an exotic quest for meaning that will take them to sultry wilds of Madagascar. There the game will be played out to its terrifying conclusion, one that may have no winners or losers. Or survivors.”

I am finding with each book of Nora Roberts she really knows how to work in a dynamic romance plot filled with adventure and really intriguing characters, some with too much attitude or not enough.  But whichever one she chooses they are enjoyable.

Sometimes I often wonder about some of the books as they start, will I like them and as soon as that pops in my head the scene goes from a little dull to quick fast pace that pulls you into the story.

In Hot Ice the characters are exactly like the title.  The business woman is very much like ice on the exterior.  The thief is hot on the outside.  A perfect match for disaster and mayhem but they pull it together.

I liked the plot of their adventure with sabotage, betrayal and all around adventure.  A fast paced romance adventure novel.