Archive for December, 2011

Darkest Highlander-Donna Grant

December 30, 2011

Darkest Highlander

Donna Grant

St. Martin’s, Jan 31 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312533496

 

The Druids created Broc the warrior who has dedicated his heart to protecting his beloved Druidess Sonya’ though he hides how he feels as he knows they can never be together.  Thus Broc is stunned when the woman he loves flees Castle MacLeod.

 

He follows her only to catch up to her nearly dead.  As Sonya heals, she explains to Broc that she no longer can perform magic.  Broc is confused as he can feel she still has the power.  When Deirdre’s evil forces capture Broc, Sonya knows she must rescue the man she loves.  He is chained to evil magic with no hope for escape for eternity.  She helps Broc escape; with both of them ending up in an ancient tomb where they dig up an artifact hoping to prevent Deirdre from using it.

 

The latest Dark Sword historical romantic fantasy (see Shadow Highlander, Untamed Highlander, Dangerous Highlander and Wicked Highlander) is a great tale that deftly merges early seventeenth century Highlander lifestyle within the Grant Druid mythos. The lead protagonists propel the fast-paced The storyline as readers will wonder love can overcome malicious amoral malevolence.

 

Harriet Klausner

Donna Grant

St. Martin’s, Jan 31 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312533496

 

The Druids created Broc the warrior who has dedicated his heart to protecting his beloved Druidess Sonya’ though he hides how he feels as he knows they can never be together.  Thus Broc is stunned when the woman he loves flees Castle MacLeod.

 

He follows her only to catch up to her nearly dead.  As Sonya heals, she explains to Broc that she no longer can perform magic.  Broc is confused as he can feel she still has the power.  When Deirdre’s evil forces capture Broc, Sonya knows she must rescue the man she loves.  He is chained to evil magic with no hope for escape for eternity.  She helps Broc escape; with both of them ending up in an ancient tomb where they dig up an artifact hoping to prevent Deirdre from using it.

 

The latest Dark Sword historical romantic fantasy (see Shadow Highlander, Untamed Highlander, Dangerous Highlander and Wicked Highlander) is a great tale that deftly merges early seventeenth century Highlander lifestyle within the Grant Druid mythos. The lead protagonists propel the fast-paced The storyline as readers will wonder love can overcome malicious amoral malevolence.

 

Harriet Klausner

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Home Front-Kristin Hannah

December 30, 2011

Home Front

Kristin Hannah

St. Martin’s, Jan 31 2012, $27.99

ISBN: 9780312577209

 

Michael and Joleen Zarkades have been married for a dozen years.  They have two small children who round what seems to be a perfect family.  However, the two adults are discontented with their relationship and considering a divorce.

 

Jo jointed the National Guard before she married Michael.  Her unit is activated and depleted to Iraq.  Their separation widens the fractures of their marriage.  As Michael worries about his side’s safety while he remains on the Home Front caring for their kids, Jo looks back at her crumbling marriage trying to understand why as she knows she still lives her civilian spouse.

 

This is an excellent profound look at the impact of deployments on a marriage and a family.  Michael and Jo have drifted apart and her mobilization provides a duality of reactions as her going overseas to the Iraqi theater of operation further widens their relational gap at the same worrying about her safety and the effect on the kids.  Home front is a compassionate poignant character driven tale that reminds readers who truly sacrificed for the nation.

 

Harriet Klausner

Home Front-Kristin Hannah

December 30, 2011

Home Front

Kristin Hannah

St. Martin’s, Jan 31 2012, $27.99

ISBN: 9780312577209

 

Michael and Joleen Zarkades have been married for a dozen years.  They have two small children who round what seems to be a perfect family.  However, the two adults are discontented with their relationship and considering a divorce.

 

Jo jointed the National Guard before she married Michael.  Her unit is activated and depleted to Iraq.  Their separation widens the fractures of their marriage.  As Michael worries about his side’s safety while he remains on the Home Front caring for their kids, Jo looks back at her crumbling marriage trying to understand why as she knows she still lives her civilian spouse.

 

This is an excellent profound look at the impact of deployments on a marriage and a family.  Michael and Jo have drifted apart and her mobilization provides a duality of reactions as her going overseas to the Iraqi theater of operation further widens their relational gap at the same worrying about her safety and the effect on the kids.  Home front is a compassionate poignant character driven tale that reminds readers who truly sacrificed for the nation.

 

Harriet Klausner

A Seductive Kiss-Francis Ray

December 30, 2011

A Seductive Kiss

Francis Ray

St. Martin’s, Jan 31 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312536473

 

Famous model Dianne Harrington is the “Face” of her family’s House of Harrington fashion firm.  Renowned for her beautiful face, lonely Dianne has low self-esteem fostered by her belief that her parents do not love her; they only used her to accomplish their ambitious goals.

 

Attorney Alex Stewart has always been there for Dianne since they were children.  He loves her, but is cautious about pursuing her as he fears she will flee and end their friendship.  Dianne has always been attracted to her brother’s best friend, but fears making a move would drive away one of her few buddies.  When Dianne is fired, she must take charge of herself, especially where she wants to go with her life.  Alex vows to be there to help his beloved.

 

The latest Grayson Family Friends tale is a warm coming of age contemporary romance between Dr. Catherine Stewart-Grayson’s (see Until There Was You) brother and his childhood buddy.  Alex is a typical Francis Ray hunk, who cares about others as he has always been there for his Dianne.  While the heroine brings freshness to the strong storyline with her deep rooted belief that if was not for her face she would be worthless.  Readers will relish this entry as Dianne’s self-assessment has kept her champion in her life with gentle hugs, but also kept them apart.

 

Harriet Klausner

Vengeance Born-Kylie Griffin

December 29, 2011

Vengeance Born

Kylie Griffin

Berkley, Feb 7 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780425245261

 

Tormented Annika the Na’Chi hybrid daughter of the Na’Reish demon chief loathes her sire and his minions as her brutish father constantly with glee reminds her she is a Vengeance Born product of revenge.  A healer, she dreams of escaping her torturous life but none of the human blood slaves have ever escaped from the demon realm and lived to tell the story.

 

The Na’Reish Horde has increased their invasions and abductions in the human realm.  Kalan the Lady’s Chosen leader of the Light Blade defends humankind against the demons; he fears his side is losing a war of attrition as his warriors are shrinking in numbers and those still at combat aging.  He argues with the Council that radical changes must be implemented now or the demons will soon overwhelm the human realm.  When the enemy captures him, a despondent Kalan despairs the massacre is imminent.  However, new hope arises when Annika, who he distrusts, offers to free him if he takes her into his realm.  Distrusting her new ally but with no turning back as Annika knows her sire branded her for death.

 

The first Light Blade romantic fantasy is a terrific thriller as the endless war between demon and humans is reaching a critical survival stage for the latter.  The lead couple is a strong pairing while the support cast, especially the Na’Chi, the warriors and the Council, enhance the internal squabble in the human realm.  With an insightful look at racial intolerance in a time of long-term constant combat and security alert, fans will enjoy Vengeance Born.

 

Harriet Klausner

Island Of Desire-Lorie O’Clare

December 28, 2011

Island Of Desire

Lorie O’Clare

Kensington Aphrodisia, Jan 31 2012, $14.00

ISBN: 9780758261397

 

Mark Tripp, Sr. orders his son Jr. to come home to their island retreat to assist him with his latest money making scheme that includes a male beauty pageant.  To the delight of Jr. Sr. hires beautiful Andrea Denton to run the pageant.

 

Andrea informs Mark the son that she is interested in a no strings sex with him while she remains on the island.  Once the gala is over so is their tryst.  Mark is ecstatic agreeing to her terms.  As they enjoy their erotic exotic encounters, someone seems to be sabotaging the pageant as a string of suspicious accidents occur.  The pair investigates who is behind the increasingly dangerous incidents.

 

The story line is thin (except for Mark’s lower head) in spite of the amateur sleuth subplot as that feels somewhat forced to add suspense to the engaging erotic romance.  The lead pairing are likable protagonists who know what they (and readers) want and go out and perform.  Sub-genre fans will enjoy Island of Desire as the sex is hot.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

 

His Duty To Protect-Lindsay McKenna

December 28, 2011

His Duty To Protect

Lindsay McKenna

Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Jan 24 2012, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373277612

 

Five years ago at the Apache flight school Army instructor Captain Tyler Hamilton led his sexist attitude get in the way of training Rachel Trayhern.  He tried to fail her, but the determined woman refused to quit.  Looking back, he regrets his behavior towards one of his better students, but is not totally cognizant that his bias comes from his childhood.

 

In Afghanistan, Rachel is assigned to Tyler’s unit.  He owes her an apology, but she keeps everything strictly by the book and in the present.  However, a mission turns potentially fatal as Tyler and Rachel are isolated from their team inside of the fluid enemy territory.  To survive their harrowing trek they must trust and rely on one another.

 

This is a superb military romance with much of the focus on theatre operations starting with the Taliban grenade attack leaving the heroine mentally disoriented (and enabling flashbacks).  The story line is loaded with action as readers will believe they are part of Tyler’s unit on patrol; on Afghanistan.  Readers will enjoy the latest Black Jaguar Squadron thriller (see Operation: Forbidden and His Woman In Command) as the metamorphosis of Tyler from anti female in combat roles to firm believer in the capability of trained female soldiers occurs while they walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

 

Harriet Klausner

Deliver Me From Darkness-Tes Hilaire

December 28, 2011

Deliver Me From Darkness

Tes Hilaire

Sourcebooks, Feb 7 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781402236434

 

After God created the earth, several angels volunteered to live and protect humans from the Fallen led Lucifer.  However, over the millennia, the purebred Paladins have dwindled with no females left.  Still there remains their offspring with humans fighting with less power to defeat the evil demons and vampires.

 

Nine decades ago, Roland the Paladin was changed into a vampire, which means execution.  For ninety years he has struggled to retain his essence but each year has become increasingly difficult in spite his best friend and former partner Calhoun’s help.  In New York City when he meets a previously unknown female Paladin Karissa who is unaware what she is as she comes to his door, Roland feels God is punishing him as she is his soul mate but he is no longer worthy to have her as his.  Meanwhile paladins, demons and vampires stalk Karissa with Roland vowing to die to keep this naive female he cherishes with what is left of his soul safe.  She instinctively knows vampires are wicked, but only with Roland at her side does she feel safe.

 

The first Paladin Warrior romantic urban fantasy is a wonderful thriller in which the paranormal Hilaire world is firmly established so that readers understand who’s on whose side of the war while believing that demons, vampires and paladins walk the streets of Manhattan.  Fast-paced, fans will enjoy the star-crossed romance between the female paladin and her vampiric soul mate.

 

Harriet Klausner

The Cat Star Chronicles: Stud-Cheryl Brooks

December 28, 2011

The Cat Star Chronicles: Stud

Cheryl Brooks

Sourcebooks, Feb 7 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781402251689

 

Though the species is near extinction due to ethnic cleansing, throughout the galaxy, Zetithian males are renowned for their sexual prowess of giving pleasure to females of all races.  The legendary king of sexual pleasure is Tarq Zulveidinoe; women cherish his special touch.  Ironically he lacks esteem outside of sex; so his mission to save his race is to take care of females everywhere.

 

On Talus Five, Lucinda Force has lived a lifetime being told by her selfish family that no man will ever desire a plain looking woman like her.  Working at her father’s Mediterranean-style restaurant, Lucy wants romantic love, but expects to live and die alone.  Tarq smells her before entering the restaurant.  When she asks what he wants, he says a “full order of you.”  She recognizes him from his TV commercial of offering to service human females in order to repopulate his dying species.  However, he knows he can no longer get his double joint up for other clients since he smelled his Lucy.

 

The latest Cat Star Chronicles Zetithian science fiction romance is an exhilarating entry that reads like a gender twisting of the previous tale Virgin.  Since the overarching theme of the early chronicles involving who committed the atrocity of the pandemic destruction of a race and their planet was resolved in Hero, this Zetithian focuses on the relationship between a Stud who as the hero knows Colonel Sanders’ secret formula and a Virgin who knows Greek and Italian cuisine.  Series fans will enjoy the latest sexcapades in the Brooks galaxy.

 

Harriet Klausner

King Of Darkness-Elisabeth Staab

December 28, 2011

King Of Darkness

Elisabeth Staab

Sourcebooks, Feb 7 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781402263156

 

Isabel Anthony lacked any power so she was ridiculed by her vampire peers as a nonentity freak until she left.  She masquerades as a human; becoming the last shift DJ at Club Insomniac in Orlando.  As she takes a bite out of Venus, Thad Morgan and his bodyguard Lee arrive seeking the female who will help the former meet the prophecy that will save his periled race from extinction.  He realizes she has the mark of his destined mate as described by the oracle, but neither Thad nor Lee expected her to be in to females.  However, instead of welcoming her king, Isabel flees.

 

Thad catches Isabel and explains they are destined mates who share a common mark that when they mate will release powers to save their species from the insidious wizards.  In combat, she becomes a believer when her latent skills surface.  As Isabel ponders her changing situation, she vanishes, which has her beloved mate and his subjects panicked that the vicious wizards have taken their queen.

 

This is a complex superb romantic urban fantasy in which the first venture into the Staab mythological universe seems genuine due to anchoring places like Orlando and the fact that innocent humans are collateral damage in the cross-species war.  Filled with action from the moment a stunned Thad enters the late night human bar and never slowing down, readers will enjoy the vampire king seeking his soul mate in order to save his species from the wrath of the wizards.

 

Harriet Klausner