Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Seduction in Death – J D Robb

  • Title: Seduction in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic Murder Mystery Romance
  • Why: I intend to read the whole series
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: She was 23 and already in love. She was certain he’d be handsome. She would be dead before midnight. Bryna Bankhead carefully dressed for her date with the wonderful Dante, a man she’s only ever spoken to online. By the end of the night, rose petals are scattered, poetry has been quoted – and Bryna has been murdered.

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Review: Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Title: Red Mars
  • Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Genre: Science-Fiction
  • Why: It’s been staring at me for ages
  • Rating: 3.5 Stars

Description: In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research & cutting-edge science in the 1st of a trilogy chronicling the colonization of Mars: For eons, sandstorms have swept the desolate landscape. For centuries, Mars has beckoned humans to conquer its hostile climate. Now, in 2026, a group of 100 colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers & Arkady Bogdanov lead a terraforming mission. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage & madness. For others it offers an opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. For the genetic alchemists, it presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life & death. The colonists orbit giant satellite mirrors to reflect light to the surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth. Massive tunnels, kilometers deep, will be drilled into the mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves & friendships will form & fall to pieces–for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope & ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in evolution, creating a world in its entirety. It shows a future, with both glory & tarnish, that awes with complexity & inspires with vision.

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Review: His Wicked Games – Ember Casey

  • Title: His Wicked Games
  • Author: Ember Casey
  • Genre: Erotica
  • Why: Recommendation by another review blog.
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Trapped with a billionaire in his mysterious mansion… Can she beat him at his own game?

Lily Frazer would do anything to save the Frazer Center for the Arts–even take on the infamous billionaire Calder Cunningham. When Lily breaks onto the Cunningham estate, she only wants to find and reason with Calder. (All right, all right, she wants to punch him in the face, too, but that’s Plan B.) As it turns out, the arrogant billionaire is willing to give her the money he promised, but there’s a catch: she must win it from him.

Lily isn’t about to give up the money without a fight (or let some haughty bastard seduce her), but she quickly discovers that there might be more to the brooding Calder than she initially perceived. As their games of cat and mouse become increasingly intense, she suddenly finds herself confused by her own emotions. Can she deny her attraction long enough to win the money she needs?

A contemporary, steamy take on Beauty and the Beast, His Wicked Games is a tale of devilish deeds, wild passions, and wicked romance.

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Review: Wounded – Lindsay Buroker

  • Title: Wounded
  • Author: Lindsay Buroker
  • Genre: Adventure? With a bit of comedy and romance? Kinda hard to place.
  • Why: Saw someone else’s review and was intrigued.
  • Rating: 3.5 Stars

Description: When Tara Blankenship’s writing assignment takes her to an “eco village” on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, she anticipates a quiet couple of weeks in a quaint setting. (She’s far too mature to use the word boring, thank you very much.) What she stumbles into is anything but quiet and quaint.

Someone has been slaughtering livestock to scare the villagers, mysterious intruders are searching the property at night, and Tara finds a grisly welcome-warning on the porch of her guest cottage. To top it off, the surly neighbor nearly runs her off the road on her first day. Why are the handsome ones always such jerks?

Malcolm Ashcroft is the last person a sane woman would want to deal with, but he may be the only one with the key to solving the mystery—and giving Tara the story of her career. Of course… he might also be the man behind all the trouble.

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Review: Betrayal in Death – J D Robb

  • Title: Betrayal in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic murder mystery romance
  • Why: I still intend to read the whole series
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown — and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility — that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke…

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Review: At the Sheikh’s Bidding – Chantelle Shaw

  • Title: At the Sheikh’s Bidding
  • Author: Chantelle Shaw
  • Genre: Romance
  • Why: Clearance sale at The Works – 25 pence per book!
  • Rating: 1 Star

Description: Forced to marry – a sheikh!

Erin Maguire’s life changes overnight when she discovers her adopted son is heir to the throne of a desert kingdom! One minute she’s looking after little Kazim in her Yorkshire home, and the next they’re en route to Qubbah with the boy’s uncle, powerfully sexy Zahir bin Kahlid al Muntassir! Zahir insists that Kazim remains in Qubbah.

But Erin won’t leave her son, so Zahir demands that she must marry him! The chemistry between them is red-hot, but how will Erin – a virgin and a commoner – cope with being wife to a sheikh?

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Review: Darcy’s Diary – Amanda Grange

  • Title: Darcy’s Diary
  • Author: Amanda Grange
  • Genre: Historical (fan) fiction
  • Why: I really like Pride and Prejudice
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view — sharing his innermost thoughts and feelings. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennett. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing — qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennett’s heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.

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