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Monday, November 28, 2011

Winner of the Gratitude Giveaway

The Gratitude Giveaway was a great success.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to all my followers.  The winner is:


 SOPHIA ROSE  confirmed and sent



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review of LADY SOPHIE'S CHISTMAS WISH






LADY SOPHIE'S CHRISTMAS WISH can be purchased here.

LADY SOPHIE'S CHRISTMAS WISH
Grace Burrowes

Lady Sophie Windham, who considers herself on the shelf, has schemed to get several days to herself in her family's London mansion, before she must travel to Kent for a family Christmas.  Unfortunately, one of the maids deserts her baby in Sophie's care, and Sophie, who knows nothing of babies, is forced to accept the aid of a kind gentleman, Wilhelm "Vim" Lucifer Charpentier.  Vim, who is to one day inherit his uncle's estate, has been traveling abroad for years and has returned to help set the estate to rights.   Unfortunately, some bad memories have made Vim reluctant to return to the estate,  and a baby in need and a snowstorm are good excuses to delay traveling to the estate in Kent.

LADY SOPHIE'S CHRISTMAS WISH is a heart-warming, regency romance with endearing characters.  Let me just state, upfront, that I love the characters of Vim and Sophie.  They are made for each other, and the fact, that they are thrown together and, slowly, fall for each other, made it all the more delicious.  Sophie is the sensible one with the heart of gold, who takes in strays.  Vim is a great understated hero--not the usual over the top alpha-- but he still can hold his own, if need be.  Vim can't stand to hear a baby cry, which makes me love him all the more.

All in all, LADY SOPHIE'S CHRISTMAS WISH is the perfect feel-good, sigh-inducing romance read for the holidays--or anytime for that matter.

NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an impartial review.



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review of EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR







EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR can be purchased here.

EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR
Anita Clenney

Shay Logan has returned to Virginia after nine years, in which she has cut herself off from her best friend, Cody McBain.   Cody, who is a member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors,  has been fighting demons but is, now, a PI. Unfortunately, the demon, who tried to kill Shay as an infant, is determined to finish the job,  and Cody, who has loved Shay since they were children, is determined to save her.

EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR is an entertaining, action-packed, paranormal romance, which has a captivating plot and is filled with yummy Scotsmen.  Cody is a great hero, who is very protective of Shay, but is forced to keep them apart.  Shay is a strong heroine, who comes into her own by the end of the book after a couple of TSTL (too stupid to live) moments. 
 
Ms. Clenney creates a very intriguing world filled with characters to root for.  The next book in this series can't be released soon enough.

NOTE:  I received this book, in return for an impartial review. 





Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review of THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART






THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART can be purchased here.

THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART
Amanda Forester

Lady Isabelle Tynesdale runs away from the people sent to take her back to her estranged husband.  Isabelle has been under the protection of her uncle, who has recently passed away.  Because she has inherited her uncle's estate, Isabelle fears for her safety from her husband. Isabelle gets seperated from her party, and ,unknowingly, crosses the border into Scotland.  Once there, Isabelle is saved from three brigands by Laird David Campbell, who doesn't believe the yarn Isabelle tells him, but can't desert her, even when he tries.

THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART is one of the best reads of the year.  It is vastly entertaining, and I found myself chuckling through much of the book.  David is a great hero, who has much responsibility, in a time of strife in Scotland.  David has some tough decisions to make, as far as, marriage is concerned, for the good of his clan.  David is a true hero with a good heart and a great sense of humor.  Isabelle is in a great predicament and sets about scheming to get herself out of it.  Many times her schemes go awry, and Isabelle reminded me of Lucy from the I Love Lucy series.  Many of the fixes, Isabelle got herself into, were hilarious.  David and Isabelle make a great couple and David's clan and siblings are great secondary characters.

Do yourself a favor and get THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART.  It's a great romance with lots of humor and endearing characters thrown in.

NOTE:  I was given this book, in return for an unbiased review.






Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop


Book Lover and Procrastinator is stop 167 on the hop.
I'm giving away a $10 amazon e-giftcard to a lucky follower. 
Just leave a comment.  Please leave an e-mail at which you can be reached.  US only.
Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and All-Consuming Books for hosting the hop.  Below are the links to the others in the hop, so hop away.  Hop starts Nov. 17th and ends Nov. 27th. at midnight cst.  I'm posting this early, but please don't enter until the 17th.  Hopefully, I will pick and contact the winner within 48 hrs.  The winner will have 48 hrs. in which to get back with me.  Thanks for participating!

Update:  I made a mistake in that there can only be one entry in this hop.  If you already entered to receive two points, please forgive me.  I can only give you one.  Thanks for understanding.



Friday, November 11, 2011

Review of TALL, DARK AND COWBOY


TALL, DARK, AND COWBOY can be purchased here.

TALL, DARK, AND COWBOY
Joanne Kennedy

Lacey Bradford leaves her hometown in a hurry, after one of her ex-husband's slimy cohorts makes threats, because her ex has disappeared and might have turned states evidence.   Lacey is headed toward the one person, who she thinks might help her, Chase Caldwell. Lacey hasn't seen Chase since high school, when he was always around and had helped her out of a tough situation before.  When Lacey arrives in the small Wyoming town where Chase lives, almost broke and with a car on its last legs, she is surprised at the reception, that she receives from a hunky, but hardened Chase.

TALL, DARK, AND COWBOY is an enjoyable, feel-good read with a yummy hero and a good-hearted, if at times ditzy, heroine.  Chase is a great hero, who has experienced some setbacks which have hardened him a little, but underneath he is a great guy.  Chase has shut himself off from people, in order to protect himself, but after Lacey storms back into his life, he doesn't stand a chance.  Lacey has always allowed someone else to take care of her, but realizes that she needs to be more self-reliant.  While her attempts to stand on her own two feet don't always end well, she does grow and mature throughout the book.

All in all,  TALL, DARK, AND COWBOY is a nice, heart-warming read, which I recommend.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review of The Virtuoso



THE VIRTUOSO can be purchased here.

THE VIRTUOSO
Grace Burrowes

Lord Valentine Windham, the youngest son of a Duke, wins an estate in a card game and decides to set the place to rights, after seeing its neglected state.   After all, Valentine needs something to occupy his time, since he can no longer practice his obsession of playing the piano.  Because of an ailment to his hand which makes playing the piano almost impossible, Valentine has been advised to stop playing until his hand heals.  Once on the estate, Valentine meets the young widow, who lives in the cottage nearby, and there is an attaction between them.  Unfortunately, the widow has secrets and is reluctant to let anyone close to her.

THE VIRTUOSO is an entertaining, historical romance with a great hero, but the heroine isn't my cup of tea.  Valentine, whose whole self-image is wrapped up in his music, is left rudderless when he can no longer play.  Luckily, Valentine has great friends and family, who offer a great support system.  Even so, the time spent without his music becomes a time of self-discovery, and a time to realize, that he is more than just his music.  Valentine is a great hero, who is strong, artistic and sensitive, as well as being very handsome.  Ellen is a beautiful woman, who has known great sorrow in her life.  While I can understand some of Ellen's actions, at a time, when women had no power and were considered property, I wish that she had shown more backbone and revealed her secrets sooner.  With that said, Ellen does seem to be Valentine's perfect match, and they make a a great couple.

NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an impartial review.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Review of THE STORM THAT IS STERLING






THE STORM THAT IS STERLING can be purchased here.

THE STORM THAT IS STERLING
Lisa Renee Jones

Sterling Jeter was forced to join the army and stand up the pretty girl from his hometown, with whom he had a date, Rebecca Burns.  Fourteen years later, these two meet again, but the circumstances have changed drastically.  Sterling is no longer human, after being injected with alien DNA in an effort to create  supersoldiers.  Unfortunately, the supersoldiers have split into two factions:  one bent on world domination and the other opposed to them.  The evil faction is selling a highly addictive drug called ICE.  Sterling and his friends are trying to stop the production of ICE, and Rebecca, an astrobiologist, may be their only hope to find an antidote or immunization for ICE.

THE STORM THAT IS STERLING is an entertaining paranormal romance with a unique premise and great characters.  Although I haven't read the first book in this series, I had no trouble following the storyline.  This book has plenty of action, intrigue, and is filled with yummy supersoldiers.  Sterling, who was raised by an abusive, alcoholic grandmother, makes a great tortured hero.  Sterling is protective, strong, intelligent and is trying to save the world.  What more could you ask from a hero?  Rebecca is his perfect match and equally brave and strong.  I, only, wish that she had been more upfront with Sterling.  While I understand the reasons for her actions, I wish Rebecca would have revealed her secret sooner.   Other than this small quibble, I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in the series.

NOTE:  I was sent this book in return for an impartial review.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Winner of Spooktacular Giveaway

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  The Spooktacular hop was a great success.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  The winner of the gift card is:





Spaz!!!!

Spaz has been e-mailed and responded.