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Breakwater Bay: A Novel
Breakwater Bay: A Novel
by Shelley Noble
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.91
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars timely strong drama, July 9, 2014
Breakwater Bay
Shelley Noble
Morrow, Jul 1 2014, $14.99
ISBN: 9780062319142

Restoration Specialist Merielle Calder Hollis loves her work on the historical Newport mansions and adores her boyfriend Peter. She expects her beloved Peter to propose on her thirtieth birthday bash at her grandmother’s home. Instead of euphoria at her big 3-0 party, Meri takes two shots to the gut when Peter announces out of the blue that he accepted a summer internship at his uncle’s law firm on the West Coast and that she was adopted.

Peter’s abrupt betrayal hurts as he never been to law school and failed to mention to her what he planned until it was accompli. However, that is minor compared to the adoption shocker. Though she knows the Calder Hollis brood has always showered her with love, Meri feels a deep need to learn more about her biological family. Meri starts with friend Alden Corrigan who has always been there for her. He rescued her pregnant mother at sea before the young woman vanished once on the shore but not before she left behind precious.

Breakwater Bay is a timely strong drama that looks closely at what a family is. Although the Peter subplot feels out of place and unnecessary as Meri’s quest makes for a powerful story without his shtick; while the protagonist learns “blood is thicker than water; so's toothpaste” (Soupy Sales).

Harriet Klausner
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With This Ring (The Wicked Worthingtons)
With This Ring (The Wicked Worthingtons)
by Celeste Bradley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable madcap Regency frolic, July 9, 2014
With This Ring
Celeste Bradley
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jul 1 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250016140

In 1818, Lady Elektra Worthington obsesses with a deep desire to restore her family estate to its once glorious past. However that means money, which her impoverish clan lacks. Her only commodities are her beauty and her Worthington eccentricity to do whatever oddity it takes regardless of what outsiders think.

After a decade in exile in the Bahamas due to a scandal he did not cause but took the hit, Lord Aaron Arbogast heads to his grandfather’s estate in a storm; he hopes to prove to the family patriarch that he is worthy of being the Earl. During the trek Aaron exchanges coats with his manservant Hastings to give his ailing companion a warmer outerwear. They reach an inn where Elektra waited for his arrival. She kidnaps him, but Aaron insists he is not the aristocrat but instead the servant Hastings. Chagrined over her plan’s failure, Elektra and Aaron travel to London. While on the road, they fall in love, but he must decide between the zany female he adores and his grandfather’s demands.

The latest Worthington family madcap Regency frolic (see And Then Comes Marriage and When She Said I Do) is a humorous screwball comedic romance, as Aaron plays the straight man to wonderfully wacky Elektra. Readers will enjoy the inane yet entertaining and amusing abduction (of his heart).

Harriet Klausner
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Hot on the Hunt (Harlequin Romantic Suspense\ICE: Black Ops Defenders)
Hot on the Hunt (Harlequin Romantic Suspense\ICE: Black Ops Defenders)
by Melissa Cutler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $4.73
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous action-packed romantic suspense, July 9, 2014
Hot On The Hunt
Melissa Cutler
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Jul 1 2014, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373278794

Accused of seditious acts against the government disgraced former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent John Witter remains in hiding in the Virgin Islands while seeking a way to get to the only person who can prove his innocence to make him talk. His last friend within ICE emails John that his accuser Rory escaped from the Fort Buchanan prison and his beloved Alicia Troy vanished. He knows he must retrieve Rory before Alicia kills the rat who left her behind dying from a bullet she took on a black ops mission. Witter also assumes that ICE deploys its best field agents to prevent Alicia from assassinating her would be killer.

Once lovers, John and Alicia collide when both seek the same person for differing purposes. Whereas he still loves her, she is colder than the tundra towards him as she distrusts him and expects Witter to betray her as she believes he did once before by selling her to ICE in exchange for his freedom. ICE redirects it operatives to take out both rogue ex-agents.

The third ICE: Black Ops Defenders romantic suspense (see Tempted Into Danger and Secret Agent Secretary) is a fabulous action-packed thriller as two operatives in love clash over what to do to the person who destroyed both their livers. Fans will appreciate this engaging taut second chance drama rooting for the hero to moonwalk for the woman he loves.

Harriet Klausner
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Hearts in Vegas (Harlequin Superromance)
Hearts in Vegas (Harlequin Superromance)
by Colleen Collins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.65
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous romantic mystery, July 8, 2014
Hearts In Vegas
Colleen Collins
Harlequin SuperRomance, Jul 1 2014, $6.75
ISBN: 9780373608584

In Las Vegas, Vanderbilt Insurance assigns agent Frances Jefferies to investigate stolen jewels and antiquities. In spite of a court warning to break no laws after receiving probation for stealing a few years ago, Frances breaks into Fortier’s Jewelry to take back a brooch belonging to Lady Melbourne that was stolen a decade ago from an Amsterdam museum.

Dmitri Romanov calls Morgan-Leroy Investigations to speak to security specialist Braxton Morgan. He explains to Brax and his brother Drake (see Sleepless in Las Vegas) that the Russian community is concerned over the arrest and rumors involving Yuri Glazkov who Brax once worked for at the Topaz club. Meanwhile Frances is caught on tape doing the brooch switch; a Russian holding the tape demands she steal the extremely valuable Helena Diamond necklace; which Brax has been hired to prevent. When the two private investigators meet: first comes attraction; then comes danger; third comes love; and last comes trust.

The third Private Eyes in Las Vegas (see The Next Right Thing) is a fabulous romantic mystery as Russian mobsters and a thief inadvertently play matchmakers. Readers will take delight in this twisting tale.

Harriet Klausner
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In the Mood for Love: A Cupcake Lovers Novel (The Cupcake Lovers)
In the Mood for Love: A Cupcake Lovers Novel (The Cupcake Lovers)
by Beth Ciotta
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.54
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging second chance at love, July 8, 2014
In The Mood For Love
Beth Ciotta
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jul 1 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250001351

In Sugar Creek, Vermont, residents establish a betting pool on when widowed single dad of two small children Sam McCloud will have a woman in his celibate life. In fact, if anyone wagered on the recent past they would have won because Sam and recent Los Angeles emigrant public relations expert Harper Day have enjoyed a fling that each insists is sexual only.

Seeking mental asylum after barely surviving the spa killing and to avoid the rage of her beloved deceased Andrew Wilson’s irate father, Harper fled Southern California relocating to the opposite side of the country. Suffering from PTSD, she likes and may even love Sam, but knows she is not mother material especially now though she needs a husband to remain in the States. Sam is attracted to the PR guru, but his kids come first.

The latest Cupcake Lovers Green Mountain State romance (see Fool for Love, The Trouble with Love and Anything but Love) is an appealing contemporary as the protagonists’ respective pasts preclude a long term relationship though love challenges their shared belief. Beth Ciotta provides her fans with an engaging maple sweet second chance at love.

Harriet Klausner
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Born of Fury (The League)
Born of Fury (The League)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.41
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting thriller, July 8, 2014
Born Of Fury
Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martin’s, Jul 1 2014, $25.99
ISBN: 9781250042965

The war between the League and the Sentella Empire forces nonaligned groups to ally with one of the sides or face worse impact as neutrality means annihilation. League Commander Zemin shows a tape of a prison rescue to top assassin Sumi Antaxas; and insists that one of the perpetrators is Dancer Hauk though the evidence is unclear. Zemin orders Sumi to find or create proof that Hauk is a traitor or her daughter Kalea, held hostage by him, will suffer the consequences.

Over the rage of his widow sister-in-law who loathes him for the death of her husband, Hauk takes his nephew Darice on his Endurance test; also with them in the remote area for the same reason is his friend’s daughter Thia. When Sumi and Hauk meet, she is shocked by his caring nature towards the two young charges he mentors; as she expected a violent barbarian. As admiration intensifies, Sumi feels torn between the two people she loves as one will be hurt by her choice and she assumes other hit contracts have been issued.

The latest League thriller (see Born Of Ice, Born Of Fire and Born Of Night) is an exciting entry that focuses on the anchoring impact of family (many of whom make unneeded but fascinating appearances) on two emotionally hurting souls. Readers will quickly accept Sumi as Hauk’s equal while each struggles, perhaps more so mentally than physically (even with injuries), with threats to loved ones. Fans will appreciate Sherrilyn Kenyon’s terrific tale.

Harriet Klausner
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Cop by Her Side (Harlequin Superromance\The Mysteries of)
Cop by Her Side (Harlequin Superromance\The Mysteries of)
by Janice Kay Johnson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.83
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining twisting romantic police procedural, July 7, 2014
Cop By Her Side
Janice Kay Johnson
Harlequin SuperRomance, Jul 1 2014, $6.75
ISBN: 9780373608560

In Angel Butte, Oregon near hysterical Andrew Wilson tells the police that his wife Melissa and their daughter Brianna are missing. Police Sergeant Clay Renner recognizes the names as Melissa is the sister of police Lieutenant Jane Vahalik who he loves and lost due to his sexist attitude. As Andrew explains, he left his other child Alexis with a neighbor; Clay learns that Lissa was in a car accident in an isolated area that her sister or husband cannot explain why she was there instead of heading home from the Rite Aid.

Clay briefs Jane with the news that that her comatose sister was rushed to ICU and her niece Bree remains missing. As a search party looks for the missing girl, Jane tells Clay that her brother-in-law was unemployed for four months and widening his geographical search for a job over the objection of his wife. With Lissa's phone missing and apparently broken, and no one saw her or the little girl at Rite Aid as reported by Drew, ABPD suspects the husband tried to kill his wife.

The latest Mysteries Of Angel Butte (see Bringing Maddie Home and Everywhere She Goes) is a entertaining twisting romantic police procedural that readers will appreciate as the lead cops know finding Bree takes precedent over their second chance at love. Readers will relish this thriller in which the search for the missing little girl allows the frantic aunt to realize her beloved sexist has her back when he risks disciplinary action by allowing her to work the case with him in spite of her conflict of interest.

Harriet Klausner
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Heaven Sent Rain: A Novel
Heaven Sent Rain: A Novel
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.50
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic inspirational romance, July 7, 2014
Heaven Sent Rain
Lauraine Snelling
FaithWords, Jul 1 2014, $15.00
ISBN 9780892969135

Food for Life CEO Dr. Dinah Taylor notices the boy and his dog outside of Extraburger, but ignores him the first time she sees him. When she sees him again outside Extraburger during a cold mist, she buys him a sandwich. A polite Jonah thanks her before he and Downmutt walk to school.

Upset Jonah calls Dinah late at night begging her to help injured Downmutt. Dinah drops everything to take the dog to emergency veterinarian Dr. Garret Miller. The vet and the youthful pet owner are instant buddies, but Garret seems to find the CEO repugnant and she reciprocates his dislike. However, as health crises impact love ones and Dinah’s diabetes breakthrough faces political pressure fostered by big Pharma, the two adults, already adoring their young matchmaker, fall in love.

This is a fantastic inspirational romance as readers will be hooked early on by the little boy and his dog standing in the rain. Garret and Dinah are flawed individuals and Jonah has issues; while the changing relationships make for a wonderful contemporary drama.

Harriet Klausner
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The Hunt for Pierre JNR
The Hunt for Pierre JNR
by David M. Henley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.29
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb science fiction, July 7, 2014
The Hunt For Pierre JNR
David M. Henley
Harper Voyager, Jul 1 2014, $16.99
ISBN: 9780732295608

By the middle of the twenty-second century, a small segment of the twenty billion humans residing inside the domes evolved with extrasensory mental powers. Derogatorily dubbed psionics by those who feared their superiority will allow dominance if unchecked; the World Union established the Services with a mission to control these dangerous mutants. The Services aggressively capture, isolate and incarcerate psionics on remote islands in order to inhibit the impact of psi skills and prevent a revolt.

In 2151 an experiment mated registered Psionics Pierre Sandro and Mary Kastonovich; which leads to giving birth to Pierre Jnr. Three months later, Pierre Jnr escapes and vanishes. In spite of a massive manhunt by the Services, he is not found and assumed dead as he is a baby even with special kinetic skills never remotely recorded before.

However, the worst nightmare of those in power surfaces in 2159 when a sighting of eight year old Pierre Jnr is confirmed by the Weave; as the legend of a psi with the uncanny ability to control others’ minds lives. The Services assigns the best psi hunters of the Primacy military wing abetted by telepath Peter Lazarus who surrendered after three decades of freedom beneath the radar to prevent the most powerful psi ever, who he believed caused his sister to suicide, from killing the world.

The Hunt for Pierre Jnr is a superb science fiction thriller that extrapolates present day issues like the environment and related moral and amoral responses into the next century. Rapidly changing points of view makes it initially difficult to follow who’s who, but also brings a fabulous frantic desperate pace to this character-driven yet action-packed futuristic thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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The Doppler Affect
The Doppler Affect
by Dr. Shawn Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.96
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic paranormal thriller, July 7, 2014
This review is from: The Doppler Affect (Paperback)
The Doppler Affect
Dr. Shawn Phillips
YBCoyote Press, May 19 2014, $13.99
ISBN: 9780982644607

In North Africa 50,000 years ago, Homo sapiens tribal chief Mulac leads the successful hunting party home only to find those waiting for them all dead. Raging, they track the vicious killers who murdered their loved ones. When they catch up, they retaliate massacring all except one female. Mulac rapes her until she changes into him before killing him and the other men from his tribe. This Homo erectus female has evolved into shapeshifting Homo adaptus as she gives birth to dozens of babies who within a month have grown to adulthood. Over the millennium as Homo adaptus changed into different races, they remained concealed from their natural enemy humanity. DNA testing changed the balance of power forcing the hidden species to deploy a plan to gain power rather than extinction.

In 1990, former banker turned convict Chris Sands learned the horrific truth too late for him to save his soul from the doppelgangers, who brilliantly framed him as he fights to the death in prison. The Prima Maestra believes her minion found the information the dead Sands compiled about the dopplers, but he left behind a children's book for his son Michael to hopefully one day in the future understand and save mankind from its diabolical enemy.

The Doppler Affect is a fantastic paranormal thriller that never slows down as the Sands family (and readers) meet different supernatural species. Although appreciative fans will need to adapt (no pun intended) to the changing timeline; once we do, this fast-paced with clever plots and counterplots grips the audience throughout. Dr. Shawn Phillips cleverly deploys the Doppler Effect principle on human sensory reaction to the effect of dopplers residing like wolves in sheep clothing.

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