Archive | February 2012

Short Book Review-Homespun Bride

Homespun Bride
Jillian Hart
McKaslin Clan (10)
Love Inspired Historicals (2)
Kindle E Book
Steeple Hill
Published Oct 2008
282 Pages
ISBN 9780373827824

Synopsis
Montana Territory in 1883 was a dangerous place–especially for a blind woman struggling to make her way through an early winter snowstorm. Undaunted, Noelle Kramer fought to remain independent. But then a runaway horse nearly plunged her into a rushing, ice-choked river, before a stranger’s strong, sure hand saved her from certain death.

And yet this was no stranger. Though she could not know it, her rescuer was rancher Thad McKaslin, the man who had once loved her more than life itself. Losing her had shaken all his most deeply held beliefs. Now he wondered if the return of this strong woman was a sign that somehow he could find his way

My Review 
Homespun Bride was a short and sweet story, and I was lucky that it came free on Kindle. Its about two people that once loved each other very much, but Noelle’s father practically drove Thad away, now five years later, Noelle has lost her parents in a accident and in that same accident she lost her eyesight, and the man she was supposed to marry abandoned her because she couldn’t see. Then when she and her aunt end up in a bit of trouble, Thad comes in like a conquering hero to save the day, and when she realizes who saves them, she is shocked to the core, and hurt at the same time, since she loved him more than anyone else, and he abandoned her without a word. However there is a love that is rekindled even brighter than before. I just loved the whole story, the characters were both so likeable and endearing, and it was such a fun short romance that ended up being a enjoyable read you can relax with.

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Teaser Tuesday (51)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme that I have just discovered, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like.

The train whistle blew a second time. The sleigh jerked to a sudden stop. Noelle slid forward on the seat and something hard struck her chin. Pain exploded through her jaw, as she realized she’d hit the dashboard. Was that high, shrill buglin neigh coming from their horse? Sure enough, she could feel his huge body block the wind as he reared up. For one breathless moment, she feared he might fall on them.

Book Review-What The Heart Knows

What The Heart Knows
Kathleen Eagle
Avon Romance
Paperback
Published July 1999
361 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN 0-380-80309-7

Helen Ketterling thought she had left the Bad River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota behind her thirteen years ago. Once an idealistic and spirited schoolteacher, Helen was swept into the lives of the Sioux people and the arms of Reese Blue Sky. These fiery opposites attracted with such heat that their love burned brightly–if all too briefly.
Now a single parent with a son–a son Reese knows nothing about–Helen accepts an assignment that brings her back to Bad River and into the realm of the one man she cannot forget.
A family tragedy has brought Reese home to Bad River. And though it has been years since he has seen Helen, Reese immediately recalls the bittersweet memories of a time when he was very much in love. Now the passion he felt for Helen has been rekindled but he senses in her a secret that she will not–or cannot–share with him. Soon, Reese discovers that the life on the reservation he dearly cherished appears to have been threatened. In a world where tradition and ritual face off against development and greed, a proud but lonely man attempts to reconcile his past, hoping to find his place in the heart of his one true love.

Summary:
Helen, has come to Bad River on a job, she has been sent by her boss to find out important information and she is earnest in discovering the truth behind a old man’s death, the father to the man she once abandoned, who is the father to her child. Helen, at first never imagined that she would encounter Reese so much, or that the passion they once held for each other would be rekindled as powerful as fireworks. Reese, is shocked when he comes across Helen Ketterling, the one woman who hurt him more than any other, even though he is younger than her, the feelings he had for her were genuine and real. Now she is back in his life, at a time where he has just lost his father, and becoming more involved in family affairs, but then there is a secret that he will soon discover to be shocking and surreal, and when a danger surfaces to threaten everyone he loves, he will discover the true power of love…

The Hero (Reese Blue Sky)
Reese, has always held onto those ancient traditions of his fathers, having been raised on a reservation, his father firmly believed in those traditions. Reese once fell in love with Helen, but then one day she up and leaves with no word to him…no goodbye, and he moves on with his life and makes a career for himself, but when a injury prevents him of playing ball again, he knows that life for him will never be the same.

The Heroine (Helen Ketterling)
Helen, is a undercover agent and detective, and has come to the reservation to find the answer to some secrets, and when she is faced with Reese, she doesn’t know if she will be able to keep a clear head, or keep a deep secret from him. However she knows the truth will eventually come out and she hopes that she won’t lose her son or the only man she has only loved.

My Thoughts 
What The Heart Knows is a single title by Kathleen Eagle, I think though I had high expectations from this book, and I found myself pretty disappointed throughout the whole novel. I have read a few books by Kathleen Eagle, and I think there has only been one or two that I ended up satisfied with. What The Heart Knows started out ok, and I was hoping it would just get better, but the flow was uneven and static at times. The story line was the best part of the book, but I just felt from beginning to end I had to force myself to get through it, I almost gave up on it, but I stuck with it, hoping it would get better however I only ended up in a spirit of frustration and how I seemed to get lost at times, and I felt like there could have more substance to the characters. I hope the next book I read from this author is much better.

My Grade On This Book 
1 Blossoms

 

ARC Book Review-Wanted Undead or Alive

Wanted: Undead or Alive
Love At Stake (12)
Kerrelyn Sparks
Avon Romance
ARC E Book
Published March 2012
374 Pages
Vampire Romance
ISBN 9780061958069

Synopsis
He’s a vampire from the big city . . .

Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He’s got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a city boy like him know about horses and campfires? Good thing he’s got Brynley Jones with him . . . if only she didn’t hate every vampire on earth.

She’s a werewolf princess . . .

Bryn believes vampires are seductive and charming, and that makes them dangerous. So she’s more than a little annoyed about teaming up with Phin, even if he is the only bloodsucker able to make her inner wolf purr. But as they hunt down the new leader of the Malcontents, danger threatens . . . and Phineas and Brynley discover a passion that will rock the foundation of their supernatural world.

MY REVIEW
Summary:
 Phineas, ever since he was turned against his will by the Malcontents has devoted himself to protecting the innocent and destroying those that desire to destroy everything they have built. After a failed run of trying to capture the queen of the malcontents, he finds out that she is located in Wyoming, where the nest of werewolves are, and he needs a guide or risk detection by the werewolves. So his guide happens to be the one woman he has had a crush on ever sine he met her, Brinley Jones, who escaped her father and ended up teaching young boys that were kicked out by the head pack leader her father. Now when Brinley and Phineas are thrown together, there is a chemistry that sparks up between them that leads to fireworks, but there is one problem….how can a werewolf and a vampire make it work? Phineas loves Brinley and will do whatever it takes to keep her in his arms…even if that means confronting her father, which may start a war.

The Hero (Phineas McKinney)
Phineas, to save his family from debt got involved with drugs, and then was captured by the malcontents and turned a vampire but then was saved by the good vampires and ever since has been trying to make up for his past mistakes. Phineas, however wants one thing that he wonders if he will ever find…a true connection, a love match that all of his friends have been able to find apart from him even though he is the ‘love doctor’ doesn’t guarantee love for him. Until he meets up with Brinley, a woman he has obsessed over for years, he knows he will never be the same…

The Heroine (Brinley Jones)
Brin, is a werewolf and is the daughter of the head clan leader, and when her father was going to force her to marry someone she knew would just cast her aside, she  abandoned her pack and her family and decided to make a life for herself. She is now teaching the ‘lost boys’ who were rejected from the pack so that they would have a place to go to …a refuge. When Phineas comes to her for help, she agrees, even if he is a bloodsucker, but he is the only man that makes both the human and the wolf part of her purr instantly, and she knows that he is the one that can make her heart pound and her blood sing…

My Thoughts 
 Wanted Undead or Alive is the most recent book by Kerrelyn Sparks. Sparks is probably one of my favorite authors to read when it comes to vampire romances. And I have to say ever since Phineas came onto the scene, I have been looking forward to his story, so I was way excited to get a chance to read and boy did I just love it. I must have read in a few hours, I was so into the story I couldn’t get away, it just drew me like a bee to honey. One of the aspects that I really love was the conflict that is in the plot here, this story is a bit of a forbidden love type. Because of Brin’s connection to the werewolves it is dangerous for her to pursue any sort of relationship with anyone her father would dissaprrove of because more than likely something dire would happen to him. But no matter how much Brinley tries to protect herself, she finds herself falling in love with him anyway. The only problem I had was the cover, its not very observant according to characteristics in the book. Since the hero is black not caucasian, but its still a hot cover! Overall Wanted Undead or Alive is probably one of my favorite books of the series so far. Definitely full of everything that makes for an Amazing read! Full of romance and passion, strong story plot, witty characters and enough excitement and danger to satisfy any’s reader taste. A Winner!!!!

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

On My Wishlist (29)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Marriage was her only means of escape . . .

Though Honora Tannach came of age amid the misty moors of the Scottish highlands, where warring clans battled to the death for the future of their wild land, nothing frightens her so much as a lifetime trapped in the castle of her cruel stepfather. She is thrilled when a marriage is arranged to the son of a Scottish laird . . . until her betrothed is revealed to be Cavan Sinclare. Though the savage warrior once saved her life, Honora knows no one can tame the heart of such a brute, no matter now finely chiseled his features or how enticing his eyes . . . .

After escaping his captors, Cavan’s only concern is protecting his clan from the menacing invaders who threaten at every turn–and his beautiful wife is a dangerous distraction. But in the face of fiery passion, their reluctance will fade . . . and Cavan will discover that there is no greater strength than the power of true love.

CHEYENNE CAPTIVE

She was stunningly beautiful — her hair a vivid blaze of red, her eyes the burning blue of a fire’s heart — and from the moment he saw her, Night Hawk knew she must be his. She was his Flame, and the desire to possess her soft body burned in his blood. It made no difference that she was a general’s daughter, a spoiled, willful Southern belle who was completely unsuited to life an an Indian squaw. It made no difference that she fought him tooth and nail, refusing to bend her proud spirit to his will. All that mattered was the searing ecstasy she would know when he branded her soul with his smouldering love…

NEW SOUTH WALES, 1807 — It was a vast land of wild beauty and wilder passions; a frontier as yet untamed by man; a place where women had few rights and fewer pleasures.

For a female convict like flame-haired Casey O’Cain it was a living nightmare. Exquisitely beautiful, utterly helpless, she was expected to cater to her master’s every whim. And from the first, arrogant, handsome Dare Penrod made it clear what he wanted of her. Casey knew she should fight him with every breath in her body, but her heart told her he could make a paradise of this wilderness for her. His callused hands took rights she should never have granted, his warm lips whispered of pelasures she had never known, and his hard body promised a love she would never relinquish.

WORDS OF LOVE

Catherine Dunnan is devastated when her beloved goes off to war – and only his promise to write often can sustain her in her loneliness. And what letters they are, filled with heartfelt emotions that move her to respond in kind. But then the unthinkable occurs. He is cruelly lost to her, and his beautiful words of passion and devotion cease forever.

When Moncrief agreed to write warm and loving missives in a fellow officer’s name, he never expected he’d become so enamored of the incomparable lady who answered them, a woman he has never met. Returning to England to assume the unexpected title of duke, Moncrief is irresistibly drawn to the beauty who has unwittingly won his heart. More than anything, he years to ease Catherine’s sadness with his tender kisses. But once she learns his secret, will his love be spurned?

Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he’s hired to rescue his brother’s kidnapped fiancée from a sultan’s harem. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.

The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey that takes them from the delicious intrigues of a sultan’s court to the glittering ballrooms of London, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.

Problems With Comments

There has been a change with the comments  widget I have been using for Intense Debate, apparently you have to unintall it and then reinstall it in the blogger template, which I did since I didn’t want to lose my comments or anything….well now you can’t even comment ARRRGHHH!! So frustrating, and I totally regret it now, and I don’t know how to change it, hopefully it will be resolved soon so for now I am reverting to the old interface for comments….I don’t know if I will go back we will see what happens. ….Thanks!

18 and Over Book Blogger Follow (2)

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!

Question Of The Week
: If you could have a girl’s night out (or guy’s night out) with three of your favorite authors who would they be and why?

Well that is easy, 1. Johanna Lindsey 2. Jennifer Ashley 3. Christine Feehan- these are my top favorite authors, I just love their books and I would love the chance to get to know them as real people.