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Wolf Hunter
Wolf Hunter
Offered by Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars captivating Romeo and Juliet romantic urban fantasy, May 24, 2015
This review is from: Wolf Hunter (Kindle Edition)
Wolf Hunter
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Harlequin Nocturne, May 1 2015, $5.75
ISBN: 9780373009442

Hunter Sam Stark and his Take Them Down minion share one goal: cleanse the human pool by exterminating those Others possessing the Full Moon gene. Having seen first-hand the clawed human corpses in Miami parks, Sam’s daughter Abby fears these lethal Lycan. Still loyal to her dad’s mission, she diligently conducts surveillance as she possesses the innate ability to sense when a werewolf is near; so that her dad and his goons can kill these predators.

This time a Were outs her. In the park searching for Lycan beasts whose serial murders of humans threaten to expose his race, Cameron Mitchell reminds Abby that this locale has a stratospheric mortality rate. To her chagrin he escorts her home. Even more horrifying Abby is attracted to this seemingly kind monster. As the hunter’s daughter and the Lycan fall in love, Abby feels pulled by her father and her soulmate.

The latest Wolf Moons entry (see Wolf Born) is a captivating Romeo and Juliet romantic urban fantasy. Abby’s internal struggle between a lifetime of patriarchal indoctrination and her first direct encounter with a caring Beloved Enemy makes for a superb paranormal drama. Although her heart has already decided, she knows she cannot have both men so “must make up (her) mind and pick up on one and leave the other one behind” (Lovin’ Spoonful’s "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?").

Harriet Klausner


Navy SEAL Newlywed (Covert Cowboys, Inc.)
Navy SEAL Newlywed (Covert Cowboys, Inc.)
by Elle James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars action-packed romantic suspense, May 22, 2015
Navy Seal Newlywed
Elle James
Harlequin Intrigue, May 19 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373698370

Almost everyone believe that Rip” Cord Schafer died in the live fire exercise at the Stennis Space Center Complex, but he survived (see Navy SEAL Justice). However, since those who wanted him dead including a traitor remain at large; Rip officially remains deceased so that he can go undercover in order to identify who arms terrorists in Honduras and tried to murder him.

Having already helped Rip since one of their operatives James Monahan was a former SEAL Boat team-22 brother in arms who assisted him; Covert Cowboys, Inc. provides him with a perfect cover. Former FBI Agent and first “Cowgirl” Tracie Kosart and Rip masquerade as billionaire newlyweds on a Central America honeymoon. However, in spite of their heated attraction, Tracie distrusts males ever since her Fed fiancé used her in his nefarious activities. As the pair struggles to survive the steamy jungle’s killers, they fall in love; but she remains steadfast in her denial.

The latest Covert Cowboys Inc. romantic suspense (see Triggered and Taking Aim) is an action-packed thriller from start to finish. Filled with tension (sexual and lethal), Navy Seal Newlywed entertains the audience from the moment the leads enter the rumble in the jungle (unbelievable forty years since Ali-Foreman in Zaire).

Harriet Klausner
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Security Breach (Bayou Bonne Chance)
Security Breach (Bayou Bonne Chance)
by Mallory Kane
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars engaging second chance romantic suspense, May 22, 2015
Security Breach
Mallory Kane
Harlequin Intrigue, May 19 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373698417

Grieving for her husband Tristan who died on a Gulf oil rig accident in which his body was not recovered (see Under Suspicion), pregnant Sandy DuChaud returns to Bayou Bonne Chance, Louisiana. Though recovering from injuries he suffered in the near deadly incident, Tristan worries about Sandy’s safety due to something he stashed in their house. The undercover Homeland Security agent sneaks into the home to retrieve the item without his spouse seeing him, but Sandy catches him.

Sandy is both furious for him faking his demise and elated to have her beloved spouse alive. When his enemy targets the couple for extermination, Tristan will do just about anything to keep his “widow”, their unborn and the country safe.

The second Bayou Bonne Chance thriller is an engaging second chance romantic suspense. Initially the storyline is leisurely-paced; but once the hero returns home the plot accelerates into hyperspeed on two fronts: the lead couple’s relationship and the war with those threatening them and the nation.

Harriet Klausner
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Suddenly a Father (Crimson, Colorado)
Suddenly a Father (Crimson, Colorado)
by Michelle Major
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous family drama, May 21, 2015
Suddenly a Father
Michelle Major
Harlequin Special Edition, May 19 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373658909

A few days ago, emotionally and financially battered Millie Spencer arrived at the house of her half-sister Olivia Travers. Without a question asked of her sibling, Olivia and her husband Logan welcome distraught Millie into their Crimson, Colorado home.

A few days later, they send her to help Logan’s brother, Miles of Medicine humanitarian globetrotting surgeon Dr. Jake Travers take care of his weeping four year old daughter Brooke. Two months ago, Brooke’s mother Stacy told Jake he sired a child just before she died in the same Haitian earthquake that left him injured. Blowing away his annoying visitor as a child selling cookies or something until Brooke stops crying while insisting Millie is a real-life fairy; Jake realizes she is a sprite of a woman even if she is Tinker Bell’s glittering BFF. As the trio shimmers into a loving family, the two adults hesitate telling each other how they feel for fear of losing what they already have.

This Crimson, Colorado contemporary is a fabulous family drama starring three hurting individuals finding love heals most wounds. The at-times humorous but mostly serious relationships between father and daughter, and that of nanny and daughter bring freshness to the overused premise of a man unaware he sired a child while also prevailing over the connection between the two adults.

Harriet Klausner
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Oracle: The House War: Book Six
Oracle: The House War: Book Six
by Michelle West
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating entry, May 21, 2015
Oracle
Michelle West
DAW, May 5 2015, $25.95
ISBN: 9780756410094

In the Essalieyan Empire, having survived several magical and otherwise assassination attempts and the betrayal by her treasonous Council (see Battle), House Terafin leader Jewel Markess ATerafin feels trapped between her two prime choices for the immediate future. Jewel knows she must confront the Oracle and its challenge to save her house, the most powerful of the ruling Ten, and consequently her city from the schism that splits both dangerously. However she also fears that while on her odyssey the lethal visions she foresees of the assault from below will expedite the downward spiral to the point of no return. Thus feeling she has no good course of action, Jewel begins her trek as the lesser of two horrific options.

The capital further spins out of control while Jewel travels on her quest. As the city falls increasingly into a death throe; in spite of evidence to the contrary, Jester misreads the truths re Finch. At the same time Birgit becomes a Warden.

The sixth House War (see Skirmish) is an exhilarating entry that focuses more on the Jester and Birgit subplots than Jewel’s journey; making the latter’s trip feel more as an excuse to get her out of the city though in fairness she achieves much of her objective. Even though Oracle is a thrilling tale, the overarching theme seemingly takes a side step.

Harriet Klausner
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Fevered Nights (Uniformly Hot!)
Fevered Nights (Uniformly Hot!)
by Jillian Burns
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a saint and a sinner in love, May 20, 2015
Fevered Nights
Jillian Burns
Harlequin Blaze, May 19 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373798520

Four months ago, supermodel Piper’s headline scandalous arrest in Miami threatened her career. Thus her assistant Ragi Bhagat makes her participate in a charity event in South Beach to change her image. She hands a trophy to a Navy SEAL. When she leans forward to give him a peck on the cheek, Neil Barrow (see Night Maneuvers) slightly moves his face and deeply kisses her to the cheers of the attendees.

Each is surprised by their reaction to the KISS. They begin dating though geography, a stalker, and a secret that shames her threaten their relationship. While he struggles in her jet-setter world, Neil also demands to know what his beloved hides from him. Unable and unwilling to face her dedicated beloved’s disappointment she delays telling him she left behind her brother when she escaped India’s slums.

Fevered Nights is a fine Uniformly Hot contemporary starring a saint and a sinner in love. Although Neil’s commitment to the mission at all costs especially his self-sacrifice attitude makes him too good, readers will enjoy his return as his latest relationship apparently left him battered again.

Harriet Klausner
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Triple Time (The Art of Seduction)
Triple Time (The Art of Seduction)
by Regina Kyle
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.50
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful polar-opposite attract romance, May 20, 2015
Triple Time
Regina Kyle
Harlequin Blaze, May 19 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373798544

In New York’s Rainbow Room, Manhattan’s Special Victims Bureau chief Assistant District Attorney Gabe Nelson proposes to his girlfriend of six months Kara Humphries, but she says no as they share no spark. Numb Gabe steps outside only to witness the zany BFF of his sister Holly (see Triple Threat) Devin Padilla beat up someone named Freddie for accosting her. Devin explains Freddie is a patron at the Mark where she sometimes bartends when she is not working at her tattoo parlor. Over her objection Gabe escorts her home. She calls him repressed so he kisses her leaving both stunned by their reaction.

Gabe asks Devin to help him humanize his public image before he runs for the DA position; in exchange he will assist her on her quest to find her autistic brother, who she lost to foster care. Teaming up on their respective goals, neither Devin nor Gabe expected to fall in love.

The second Art of Seduction contemporary is a delightful polar-opposite attract romance. The lead couple makes this madcap Manhattan tale into a wonderful read as each knows the other does not belong in their respective world, but both refuses to retreat from love.

Harriet Klausner
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The Book of Phoenix
The Book of Phoenix
by Nnedi Okorafor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.60
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting prequel, May 19, 2015
This review is from: The Book of Phoenix (Hardcover)
The Book of Phoenix
Nnedi Okorafor
DAW, May 5 2015, $24.95
ISBN 9780756410193

Created in the top secret Tower 7 research facility in midtown New York three years ago, Phoenix appears to look like she is in her late thirties, early forties. Her behavior is also that of someone with four decades of experience rather than that of a toddler.

Phoenix loves her life in the lab until something horrific observed by her once happy best friend Saeed led to deep depression and eventually suicide. No longer feeling the only home she ever knew is heavenly, Phoenix tries to leave, but is not allowed. Stunned by finally understanding her captivity and beginning to comprehend much more, Phoenix finally escapes after several failures. However, her creators pursue her as a valuable biological weapon that they own.

This interesting prequel to Who Fears Death centers on the salad years of the angry heroine. Like its predecessor, the well-written The Book of Phoenix blends together West African and Western mythologies to provide the reader with a profound unique look at human rights. However, the climax makes this tale feel more as if it is the first part of a much larger fantasy rather than a stand-alone novel.

Harriet Klausner
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Corum - The Knight of Swords: The Eternal Champion
Corum - The Knight of Swords: The Eternal Champion
by Michael Moorcock
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.16
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4.0 out of 5 stars dark coming of age quest fantasy, May 19, 2015
The Knight Of The Swords
Michael Moorcock
Titan Books, May 5 2015, $9.95
ISBN: 9781783291656

As the Mabden begins its ascendancy due to overwhelming hordes; the Vadhagh live in their family community castles on Bro-an Vadhagh and their enemy the Nhadragh reside in their cities on islands. Both ignore any threat from these upstart cattle; as for instance if anyone bothered to capture a specimen, they either would experiment or lock it away in a menagerie. Instead when these ancient races are not internally focused, they concentrate on their million years of loathing for one another.

Vadhagh Prince Khlonskey worries about family extinction; as the Castle Erorn clan diminished from several hundred occupants to the present dozen. He disregards rumors of the sheep Mabden overrunning castles as impossible. Instead Khlonskey assigns his son Prince Corum to seek their race to join them in his family home. Instead a massacre of those he came to persuade at the hands of the Mabden greets Corum; followed by his mutilation at their hands and the deaths of his kin. Once Law-abiding, the insane Corum seeks vengeance; so he barters his soul with Shool the Eye of Rhynn sorcerer to give him the power to take his personal war to the Lords of Chaos manipulators of the Mabden horde, starting with the Knight of the Swords.

This reprint of the 1971 first winner of the British Fantasy Awards for best novel (with the five sequels to follow) focuses on a raging certifiable protagonist who believes revenge is the only dish left for him to serve. The storyline remains entertaining though the hero’s allies (sidekick, odd rescuer and lover) fail the test of four plus decades. Still this dark coming of age epic is an enjoyable opening act.

Harriet Klausner
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To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)
To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)
by Tamera Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.40
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful post-Civil War drama, May 17, 2015
To Win Her Favor
Tamera Alexander
Zondervan, May 12 2015, $15.99
ISBN: 9780310291077

In 1869 Nashville, horsewoman Maggie Linden knows the impact the war has had on her family’s finances especially the threat to Lindon Downs. Her hope to save their spread from the Tax and Title Office resides in her three years old filly Bourbon Belle winning the inaugural Peyton Stakes.

Affluent Irishman Cullen McGrath left London in disgrace after a horseracing scandal. He comes to Tennessee hoping to start over though he knows his nationality makes him a pariah amongst the locals, even the fallen, gentry. When an ailing former “aristocrat” offers his daughter in marriage in exchange for saving Lindon Downs, Cullen accepts the deal to wed Maggie as a quick means to some respectability. Though she preferred to say no, Maggie honors her father and marries money. The newlyweds immediately face a major crisis threatening their relationship; he vowed never to get involved with horseracing again, while she vowed to run her thoroughbred in the upcoming race.

The second Belle Meade Plantation homage (see To Whisper Her Name) is an insightful post-Civil War era that brings to life the upheaval of Southerners at a time when race and social status remain the last bedrocks of those who lost their place at the top of the economic food chain. The interesting marriage of convenience romance engages the audience as trust becomes a critical issue between the protagonists; but it is the profound look at the South that grips historical readers.

Harriet Klausner
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