Sunday, November 28, 2010

David's Angel by Stephanie Beck

Title: David’s Angel
Author: Stephanie Beck
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Publication Date: October 18, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61650-199-0
Genre: Romance
Length: 156 pages
Heat Level:  Erotic
Other:   BDSM
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 11/26/10
This is a wonderful and very emotional book about a woman dealing with the death of her husband and Dom and the bringing up of her two daughters. Polly loved her husband dearly but always had a soft spot for David and when he comes to help her deal with her loss she is reminded just how much she loved him as well.
This is the first book that I have read that deals with both BDSM and the family/children aspect. I enjoyed watching Polly and David’s relationship bloom. It was nice to see how they handled their own needs and the needs of the children. David makes a wonderful father to the children just as he makes a wonderful Dom for Polly.
Polly is taken on a roller coaster of emotions with all that happens in this book and she takes it all in and not only learns about David but herself as well. As their relationship progresses we see what a great couple that they make.
Stephanie Beck weaves a great story with characters full of depth and emotion making this a book that should not be missed. This story is about love and respect and throughout the book we see David and Polly show it not only to each other but to all their friends and family as well.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Triage by Cherie De Sues

Title: Triage
Author: Cherie De Sues
Publisher: Noble Romance
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60592-151-8
Genre: romance/suspense
Length: 76
Heat Level: spicy
Reviewer: Brecken Stevens
Date: November 20, 2010

Dr. Jessie Stevens received the vaccine for a deadly virus when she worked in the lab it was made in. It didn’t cross her mind that one day she might be the only one immune to the lethal virus. When the lab studying the virus is attacked by terrorist and the virus is stolen by terrorists, Jessie’s expertise and immunity are priceless. Colonel Jake McCrea’s job is to protect Jessie and to help prevent the virus from changing hands and possibly infecting unsuspecting Americans before a vaccine can be made available. Sparks fly between the two and both know there is something more there if they want it, but they have to survive the terrorists and virus before finding out what could be.

The story line in Triage is very intense and moments are very tragic, so it seems odd to say the characters were fun, but they really were. Jake and his friends have such practical, fun senses of humor that it balances the tragedy, making the story very well rounded. Military and medical buffs will love it because Ms. De Sues brings in very real elements of those fields, while still staying true to building a really sweet, believable, enviable romance.

South of the Border by Cherie De Sues

Title: South of the Border
Author: Cherie De Sues
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60592-166-2
Genre: romance/suspense
Length: 70
Heat Level: spicy
Reviewer: Brecken Stevens
Date: November 20, 2010

Agent Danielle La Rue wants to make a good impression on her first real mission for the DEA but when her anticipated partner is killed, his replacement isn’t exactly what she had in mind. Rick doesn’t follow the rules and when his partner and friend is killed, revenge is square on his mind, even if it puts sexy Danielle in a tough spot. Between rampant emotions, nerves and gun deals, Rick and Danielle find themselves fighting attraction as well.

For the military romance lovers out there, Cherie De Sues needs to go to the top of their ‘must-read’ pile. The romance element is front and center, the two main characters finding their way through their feelings and attraction as they continue to fight and figure out exactly what is happening with the other pieces of the story. South of the Border is an intense read and it’s a good thing it’s not that long because you won’t be able to put it down.  

Bound by Blood by Elizabeth Darvill

Title: Bound by Blood
Author: Elizabeth Darvill
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61650-200-3
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 106 pages
Heat Level: Sensual
Reviewer: Cassandra Parker
Date: November 19, 2010

A former vampire slayer, Mila has become the monster that she despises, a fatality on the quest to save her sister from the leader of the vampires. On the run from Steele, the vampire holding her sister, and his minions, Mila must find a book of power in order to invoke the gods for assistance. To top things offs Mila is accompanied by Bryce the leader of the lycans. While the lycans and the vampires are enemies Mila’s actions keep Bryce by her side as they work together to stop Steele and his vampire army. Will the lycans finally win the war with the vampires and save humanity from destruction? Or will Steele’s tyranny continue to destroy civilization leaving the humans defenseless.

I really enjoyed this story. It was an epic battle story slimed down to a little over 100 pages, because of this the pacing is very quick and the characters are constantly on the move. Mila and Bryce have an intriguing relationship and despite the hatred between their races, they manage to create something wonderful between them. The two of them have great chemistry and were a pleasure to read. There is a lot of plot to this story, which was unique and enjoyable, but there isn’t a lot of background provided on the characters because of the plot is so overwhelming. I’m also not a fan of stories in first person so that was an irritant for me, but the story was still well told and was entertaining, although the ending is odd. It is worth the read and if you enjoy first person, then you’ll love it.


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