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An Unlikely Governess (Avon Romantic Treasure)
An Unlikely Governess (Avon Romantic Treasure)
by Karen Ranney
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, August 1, 2007
Having survived Cholera and losing both her parents, Beatrice finds herself on the verge of starving to death if she doesn't find employment soon. She finds herself as nanny to difficult seven year old Robert, Duke of Castle Crannoch, an orphaned little boy who is under the care of his uncle Cameron who lost the use of his legs in the same accident that killed Robert's parents. Upon her arrival she meets and is charmed and intrigued by Cameron's son Devlen, who is himself independently wealthy and the only person who seems to have genuine concern for young Robert. When several attempts are made upon Robert's life, it seems that Cameron who has always coveted the role of Duke is up to foul play...in order to protect Robert, Devlen and Beatrice must work together. The problem is they are attracted to one another and it would be against propriety for the virginal governess and Devlen to start an affair. However, the attraction wins out and they find themselves unable to stay away. The danger to Robert increases and they must put his safety above all.

I found the love scenes intensely sensual but not bawdy. The characters are so honest with one another that its incredibly refreshing and makes the story even better. The child Robert is an endearing child prodigy, more defensive than unlovable. Cameron and his wife Rowena, complex and mysterious. Just an overall great book.


The Desert Virgin
The Desert Virgin
by Sandra Marton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling, July 31, 2007
Cam Knight is a former special forces officer and one third of a family run business that specializes in danger. Cam's father hires him to find out what happened to the representative for his oil company when he was sent into an arab country to arrange a business deal. Shortly after arriving in the country, Cam figures out that the representative is dead and the ruler needs his signature on some paperwork to seal a lucrative deal for his country. To entice him and lower his defenses, "Salome" is sent as his bedmate. Salome is really American Leanna, a ballerina and virgin kidnapped on tour and sold to the evil ruler. Before the ruler defiles her, he uses her to entice Cam. Believing Salome to be a prostitute, Cam starts making arrangements to get himself out of a sticky situation but doesn't plan on taking her with him...Leanna knows the only way out is through Cam and so she uses every trick until they finally escape. Although sparks fly, Leanna resists Cam's advances knowing that he thinks poorly of her but her heart can't help but yearn for him. Cam wants Leanna but she keeps up her "scared virgin act" and he isn't one to take without asking. Finally, when their lives are on the line, the truth comes out and they are both changed forever.

This was a steamy book full of sexual tension but it isn't all about sex. The characters have depth and are interesting and the combination makes for a wonderful book.


The Frenchman's Love-Child   Brides of L'Amour
The Frenchman's Love-Child Brides of L'Amour
by Lynne Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love -Hate at its Best, July 30, 2007
Years ago, a 17 year old Tabby fell in love with sophisticated sexy Christien Laroche while on summer vacation in France with her father and very young step mother. Tabby's father, in deep depression ever since the death of her mother, drives home drunk one night killing himself and his passengers along with Christien's father who was in another car. Grieving over his father and believing Tabby was unfaithful to him, Christien turns his back on her. Now four years later, finding out that Christien's aunt left her a cottage on a remote area of the Laroche family property in her will, Tabby decides to move to France as she and her 3 year old son Jake have been living on her aunt's goodwill. Jake is the three year old carbon copy son that Tabby never told Christien about although she did make an attempt at the accident inquiry that took place shortly after his birth. When Christian refused to speak to Tabby she took it as proof he wouldn't have wanted anything to do with her son either. Now, Christien is back and wanting a place back in Tabby's life but will her secret destroy their chances.

This was a passionate exciting story and even though Christian is arrogant and a butt at times, he is still so sexy you want to forgive him. Tabby is sweet and a little naive but who can blame her reaction to Christien.


Viking Captive
Viking Captive
by Emma Merritt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So, July 27, 2007
I've read Sandra Hill and other authors Viking stories and been quite happy with them but this book was never more than just okay. Kelda, the adopted daughter of a Viking Chief sails to find his half Iriqois son who he wishes to take over as chief when he dies. The problem is when Kelda and her men arrive, they are treated as prisoners and she finds out the chief's son Brander wants nothing to do with the Vikings. When she finds a way to bring Brander and his mother to the Viking camp, it is for Brander to discover that another man is bethrothed to Kelda and is being groomed to take over when the leader dies.

I think my biggest problem with this book is the way the dialoge reads, you viking, I am a great Iriqois, etc....Its predictable and sometimes a little silly but not boring.


Candle in the Window: Castles #1 (Castles Series)
Candle in the Window: Castles #1 (Castles Series)
by Christina Dodd
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Smart, July 23, 2007
When Lord William is blinded in a battle and becomes bitter and withdrawn his father Peter is desparate to find help for his beloved son. This help comes in the form of Saura, a land wealthy heiress who also happens to be blind and at the mercy of her cruel stepfather. Peter convinces her stepfather to allow Saura to travel to William's estate to manage it and soon she has the estate whipped into shape. Peter makes everyone keep silent about Saura's blindness and William is intrigued by this woman who runs his estate but isn't tiptoeing around him like everyone else, she tells him exactly what she thinks. William and Saura start falling in love and then are kidnapped. After being hit in the head, William regains his sight and is determined to marry the beautiful Saura, who fears he only pities her. There is intrigue and conspiracy afoot involving a plot to rid William of his holdings.

This was a sweet clever story...not the most exciting but good still.


The Sultan's Bed (Silhouette Desire)
The Sultan's Bed (Silhouette Desire)
by Laura Wright
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sultan meets Divorce Attorney, July 19, 2007
When he finds out that his dad fathered a daughter in the United States, the sulton decides to travel to the United States undercover to get to know her better. What he finds is her roommate, a bitter but beautiful divorce attorney who makes her living helping women victimized by men. As his sister is out of town, he decides to get to know her roommate better to help his case, but does not expect to be attracted to her. When she falls in the bathroom and he rushes into the rescue, a relationship is bound to follow. But he fears when she finds out his real identity, her fragile trust will shatter and she will never allow him in her life.

This was a nice sweet story and the sultan was very sexy. Not a bad afternoon read if your looking for something short to read


Butterfly
Butterfly
by Kathryn Harvey
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as I remember, July 18, 2007
This review is from: Butterfly (Paperback)
I read this book 10 to 15 years ago and then picked it up and reread it again and found it was just as good as I remember. Rachel is the most memorable quiet and dignified victim/character as I can think of, as a child raised in poverty and then sexually abused by her father, the homely little girl runs away vowing to find her mother and long lost twin one day. Rachel is picked up by a young man named Danny Mackay who claims to love her but then dumps her in a brothel where he only returns periodically to pick up her paycheck and make sure she stays in line. When Rachel ends up getting pregnant during one of Danny's visits she dreams that he will marry her and things will turn out happy. Instead Danny forces her to have an abortion and then has her thrown out of the brothel. She promises that she will get revenge one day and then starts out to Hollywood,California where she gets a job in a diner. Rachel decides to spice up the bland burgers in the diner with her mother's secret spice recipe and before long, people are lining up outside to eat there and the restaurant becomes a chain. When the owners die they end up leaving their fortune to Rachel who then changes her face and name and proceeds to become an icon. Along the way, she acquires a men's clothing store and above the store a fantasy for women where men meet their every desire. She names this store Butterfly in remembrance of the tatoo Danny had put on her years ago. During all these years, Danny Mackay has managed to become the leader of a religious ministry and is now running for president. He has made his way to the top by destroying people along the way, but he is about to meet his fate at the hands of an older Rachel.

This book was totally awesome. I didn't tell the name that Rachel takes on because that is part of the mystery of the book. Every character in this book was well thought out and interesting. She has a good way of making the detail so that the story has depth along with character


How to Abduct a Highland Lord (The MacLean Curse Series)
How to Abduct a Highland Lord (The MacLean Curse Series)
by Karen Hawkins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but still sexy, July 16, 2007
One thing about this book is that if you don't take it too seriously you will enjoy it just fine. Jack Kincaid, Black Jack, is a womanizing wastrel who is enjoying going through his late grandfather's money by gambling, drinking and carousing. Leaving the bed of one of his married conquests, a drunken Jack is thrown from his horse and thinks he is dreaming when he finds himself in front of a priest getting married to his childhood sweetheart Fiona MacLean. He still carries the wounds of a heart broken when Fiona refused to marry him after he took her virginity when they were teenagers.

Fiona is heartbroken over the death of her youngest brother Callum as the result of the centuries long feud between the Kincaids and MacLean's and knows the only way to stop the feuding is a marriage and child between her and Jack. She takes the oppurtunity when a drunken Jack thinks he is dreaming of her and gets him to the altar, to seal the deal she tells everyone she is already with child. When Jack regains consciousness he is understandably angry but when he finds out the marriage cannot be annuled decides to make the best of the situation and agrees to Fiona's suggestion that he get her pregnant and then she will leave and let him resume his life. The problem is that Fiona and Jack start developing feelings for one another but Jack is determined that this marriage will not alter his lifestyle. Fiona knows she will not accept an unequal marriage and so she starts going out on the town to gambling halls as well much to Jack's horror. Adding to their problems is one of Jack's jealeous ex-mistresses and a family enemy of the MacLean's. Just to keep things interesting Fiona's brothers arrive on scene to make sure Jack treats her right and the entire family seems to have a magical talent, controlling the weather by their emotions.

This was a light, fun book but if you want something with more emotional depth, look elsewhere.
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Her Master and Commander
Her Master and Commander
by Karen Hawkins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful But Average Story, July 15, 2007
The late Earl of Rochester sent his efficient butler Reeves to find his two illegitimate twin sons, Tristan and Christian, who disappeared when they were ten years old when there mother was arrested for treason. The Earl knew he was dying without a legitimate heir so he sends Reeves out to find and civilize his sons. The eldest son, Tristan was pressed into merchant service as a youth and then later became a pirate and then war hero, fighting alongside Nelson himself. Tristan now is retired living in a cottage with a war injury and his retirement nestegg is being slowly depleted because all of his old crew have come to live with him having nowhere else to go. When Reeves tracks him down and tells him if he is willing to become a gentlemen to impress the trustees he can have the title and a fortune which will ensure the welfare of his men for their entire lives. Tristan struggles with his decision not wanting anything of his father because he did not help their mother or his brother and him but he relents knowing that the funds will help his men. He is also intrigued to find that his brother is alive and Reeves knows where to find him. Reeves enlists the help of Prudence, a widow living next door, to help teach Tristan manners. Tristan is wildly attracted to the widow and she to him, but she knows that nothing can come of a relationship because her late husband was part of a money scandal before he died and nobody in society would accept her. As they begin the tutoring, Tristan and Prudence give into their physical attraction, but will it be enough to make it.

This story was not bad, it was just average. I would have liked to known more about the other illegitimate children that the Earl had besides Tristan and Christian also. It never seems like you really get to know much about the characters, just that something is missing from this story. Its not bad, its just missing that extra special element that makes a book so hard to put down.


Alcandians: Alcandian Quest (Book 1)
Alcandians: Alcandian Quest (Book 1)
by Mary Wine
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Evolution, July 5, 2007
This story is about an advanced planet that is sending its warriors through "wormholes" into other planets to help find mates for their men. It seems this advanced civilization has a shortage of females and they send emmissaries here to find their "one true mate", who by the way is also the one true mate of their brother in arms...in other words one woman is shared by two men and no, they don't get assigned time slots everyone just shows up in bed together. Dylan finds his true mate in Jessica and tricks her into coming to Alcadian where she finds out that she is expected to bind with Dylan and his mate, Jett. Both guys are top physical specimins but they can't understand why Jessica doesn't just up and accept the situation. Although Jessica is thrilled to finally have met two men who are willing to commit, she just can't turn her morals and ideas from her whole life off in a day.

I thought this was a pretty good book and it was good enough to hold my attention. That's why I gave it 3 stars. However,I didn't think it was worth 5 stars like most of the other readers and maybe I want more than just graphic sex in a book to keep me interested. It seemed like this book is full of questions that would have helped the story if they had been answered. For instance, we are told that the practice of sharing mates has been going on in Alcandia for some time and we meet the children and mothers of these unions but where are the fathers??? Supposedly, it is no problem when the woman has a baby because both fathers claim it, so where is the proof? Also, why do they just expect Jessica to be honored by the situation and not have any reservations?

The premise is a really good one and a lot of sex is great if their is some depth behind it, but I think this book focused too much on the sex and too little on the mind.


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