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The Best Kind of Trouble (Hqn)
The Best Kind of Trouble (Hqn)
by Lauren Dane
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars engaging second chance at love, August 29, 2014
The Best Kind of Trouble
Lauren Dane
Harlequin HQN, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN 9780373779345

In Hood River, Oregon librarian Natalie Clayton stops at Common Grounds for coffee on her way to work when Sweet Hollow Ranch rocker Paddy Hurley arrives in need of caffeine. Before even turning around, Natalie identifies by the voice a man she shared two weeks of love-making a lifetime ago. When Paddy sees her he recognizes her mouth from the greatest two weeks of his life. She denies being the tattooed pixie who worked at a dive in Portland; as she muses to herself that was a different Natalie.

Every morning when Natalie stops for her coffee, Paddy greets her by asking her to go out with him. Though she declines he refuses to quit asking. After consistent rejections, Paddy erodes some of her resistance and Natalie agrees to go on a date. As they fall in love, Paddy knows he must somehow break down the remaining protective barriers Natalie constructed as a means to escape her ugly childhood, but errs in his efforts.

The first Hurley Brothers romance is an engaging second chance at love starring two to nice protagonists. The leads come from polar opposite types of families in which his nicely supports him, and hers, especially daddy dearest, mostly trashes her; the townsfolk particularly her roommate Tuesday Eastwood have become her surrogate loving “family”. Although the storyline follows the most obvious path, The Best Kind of Trouble is falling in love.

Harriet Klausner

Harbor Island: Rock Point (Sharpe & Donovan)
Harbor Island: Rock Point (Sharpe & Donovan)
by Carla Neggers
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars suspense-filled romantic thriller, August 29, 2014
Harbor Island
Carla Neggers
Mira, Aug 26 2014, $24.95
ISBN 9780778316534

In Dublin FBI Agent Colin Donovan proposes to his partner Emma Sharpe, who agrees to marry him (see Declan's Cross). Now home, following a jog Emma returns to their apartment while her fiancé is out when she receives a mysterious call from Rachel Bristol. The filmmaker asks the Fed to meet her on Bristol Island in Boston Harbor. Rachel promises to provide Emma with info related to a cold case art theft tied to the investigation her small FBI unit and her family-owned Maine-based Sharpe Fine Art Recovery are conducting in New England and Ireland.

Ignoring her boss Yankowski’s warning for her to be extremely cautious since she is a Sharpe, Emma arrives at the rendezvous location only to find Rachel dead. In the victim’s hands is a cross that Emma knows is a replica of the first theft by a clever thief who leaves these mementos behind to remind the agent of the unsuccessful pursuit by her and her grandfather for years.

The fifth fabulous Donovan and Sharpe FBI art restoration romantic thriller (see Heron's Cove and Saint's Gates) is a suspense-filled terse entry. The action starts immediately and never slows down while the expanding cast continues to enhance the drama though one needs a scorecard. Included with Harbor Island is the first printing of previously released as an e-novella Rock Point starring Father Finian who arrives in Maine where he and FBI agent Colin Donovan meet as the priest learns of violent smugglers using his family's distillery.

Harriet Klausner

Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles Series)
Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles Series)
by Christine Warren
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous romantic urban fantasy, August 29, 2014
Stone Cold Lover
Christine Warren
St. Martin’s, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250012661

As she breaks into the Abbaye Saint-Thomas l’Apost in Montreal, art restorer Felicity “Fil” Shaltis thinks of ending in prison , but also reflects back to when she helped her friend Ella Harrow with the now missing Vancouver Art and History Museum stone gargoyle (see Heart of Stone). As she illegally enters the museum, obsessed Fil, with no witnesses around, needs to understand why she finds a stone gargoyle attractive.

The Darkness sends evil to kill Fil. The malevolence fires energy bombs at her, but the assault awakens Spar the gargoyle who Fil desires. After Fil flees to safety, Spar explains he is one of seven Guardians created to keep mankind safe from the Darkness. As the couple fusses, fights and falls in love, they must overcome a curse and save mankind.

The second Gargoyle romantic urban fantasy (see Heart of Stone) is a fabulous paranormal starring an intriguing lead couple with totally opposite personalities. Whereas normally he is stone cold logical (Fil’s entry into his life ends his dispassionate persona); she is impetuous and impatient to charge head first by taking the fight to the enemy. With a strong support cast (that range from the good, the naive and the evil), Christine Warren authors an awesome novel.

Harriet Klausner

No Limits (Hqn)
No Limits (Hqn)
by Lori Foster
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful contemporary, August 28, 2014
No Limits
Lori Foster
Harlequin HQN, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN 9780373779048

Supreme Battle Championship fighter Cannon Colter returns to the States following a victory in Japan for some needed R&R after the tough brawl. However, hometown attorney Cannon asks him to come to Warfield, Ohio to discuss the property and funds that he inherited from the recently deceased Tipton Sweeney. Stunned Cannon cannot understand why any inheritance is going to him; as all should have went to the late pawn shop owner’s granddaughter Yvette; the one female he desired but avoided as she was too young for him when he left to join the SBC. From the grave Tipton needs Cannon to take care of his beloved Yvette; giving him joint ownership of half the estate to do so.

Unsure what type of greeting he will receive from Yvette who ran away to California after his “rejection” and the trouble they and her grandfather faced three years, Cannon attempts to comfort Yvette, but she rejects his condolences. Distrusting him for two reasons now, Yvette tries to hide her feelings of love by keeping her distance from Cannon; while he hopes to earn her trust as he believes he has her love and to honor Tipton’s belief in him by keeping the woman they both cherish safe.

After the wonderful Love Undercover quartet, Lori Foster returns to her SBC world (see My Man Michael, Hard to Handle Causing Havoc and Simon Says) with round one of the Ultimate contemporary romance. The leisurely-paced second chance at love subplot takes a somewhat typical track though the fully developed leads and the townsfolk like Cannon, and the suspense make for a fine Buckeye drama.

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To Die Fur (A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Mystery)
To Die Fur (A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Mystery)
by Dixie Lyle
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars jovial lighthearted whodunit, August 28, 2014
To Die Fur
Dixie Lyle
St. Martin’s, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250031082

Eccentric (most would say crazy) billionaire Zelda Zoransky hosts a gala attended by affluent animal collectors interested in purchasing Augustus the rare white liger ZZ owns. Her “Gal Friday” Deidre “Foxtrot” Lancaster put together the party and in reality actually “hosts” the event.

However, to the horror of everyone except for a killer; in ZZ’s private zoo someone murders Augustus. Deidre wonders who would slay the rare animal since allegedly none of the guests seemingly had a motive; all of them supposedly wanted to buy the liger not kill him. Receiving assistance from the live animals in zany ZZ’s zoo and those not breathing while resting in Zelda’s cemetery; Foxtrot, accompanied by her two fur buds (Whiskey the canine shapeshifter and the late Tango the feline telepathic ghost) investigates the Linger homicide.

The second Whiskey Tango Foxtrot paranormal cozy (see A Taste Fur Murder) is a jovial lighthearted whodunit due to the farcical furry frolics of the cast. The antics of the unlikely bumbling amateur sleuths, their living and dead menagerie of supporters, certifiable ZZ and the visitors make for a charming cozy.

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The Getaway God: A Sandman Slim Novel
The Getaway God: A Sandman Slim Novel
by Richard Kadrey
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars irreverent humorous urban fantasy, August 28, 2014
The Getaway God: Sandman Slim
Richard Kadrey
Harper Voyager, Aug 26 2014, $24.99
ISBN: 9780062094612

James “Sandman Slim” Stark still feels relief that he no longer has the Lucifer gig; even if he realizes he soon must deal with the raging creators Angra Om Ya Old Gods demanding their previous place in the universe before some upstart newbie conned them out of the lofty top spot. However, the hybrid human-angel expects that confrontation to save heaven, hell and all sorts of s*** in between from the Old Gods reengineering the future back to their glorious ancient past is for another day.

Golden Vigil lectures Sandman Slim to hunt down the murdering machine Wildfire Ripper who is devastating Los Angeles. Instead of killing the predator as he desperately wants to, Sandman Slim learns he needs this destructive psychopath to save more than just L.A.; as apparently the insane Ripper is the only essence (besides the plotting deities) who knows how to prevent the planet and beyond from a nasty Big Crunch; he apparently can no longer delay the Old Gods confrontation.

The sixth Sandman Slim irreverent humorous urban fantasy (see Kill City Blues, Devil Said Bang, Aloha From Hell, Kill the Dead and Sandman Slim) is an amusing over the top of the Hollywood sign thriller as once again the universe is at stake. Fast-paced as always, Stark and his allies (very loose definition) team up based on Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest requiring normally serial and mass killing adversaries to unite against a mutually stronger and crazier enemy with a kick the universe butt attitude.

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Mercy (Hqn)
Mercy (Hqn)
by B. J. Daniels
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting Big Sky romantic suspense, August 27, 2014
B.J. Daniels
Harlequin HQN, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN 9780373778959

Six months ago, Rourke Kincaid failed to follow procedure and a civilian almost died. He was pulled from active duty; eventually assigned to cold cases. After reviewing several files, U.S. Marshal Rourke Kincaid notices a serial killer pattern in the files; Beartooth, Montana waitress Callie Westfield was photographed at various Sweetgrass County crime scenes. He wonders why she keeps showing up but instead of supporting his premise, his supervisor suspends him again.

Unauthorized Rourke goes rogue and in Seattle meets with his medically retired former SPD partner Laura Fuller to illicit her help. Laura hopes he came to see her to tell her he loves her like she does him; but instead he asks her to assist him on a serial killer case in Beartooth. In the Montana town, undercover Rourke meets Callie at the Branding Iron Café where she works. However, as the evidence mounts that Callie is a cold-blooded murderess, mortified Rourke knows he fell in love with a serial killer.

The fifth Beartooth Mountains thriller (see Atonement, Unforgiven, Forsaken and Redemption) is an exciting Big Sky romantic suspense. Although readers will solve the case much earlier than Rourke does, Mercy is a fast-paced, action-packed murder mystery.

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No Time to Die
No Time to Die
by Kira Peikoff
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing medical thriller, August 27, 2014
No Time To Die
Kira Piekoff
Pinnacle, Aug 26 2014, $9.99
ISBN: 9780786034895

Though Zoe Kincaid is a twenty years old college student, her ultra-petit body looks like that of a young teenager; some would say a male tweener. While her parents insist she accept her condition and stop obsessing over it, Zoe urged by her Gramps turns to Manhattan medical geneticist Dr. Ray Carlisle who explains her unnamed condition; her entire body even her teeth stopped aging at fourteen.

Zoe sadly agrees to allow research scientists to conduct tests on her in order to learn how her DNA shut down the aging process. However, opponents want the “amoral” studies stopped and will do anything to end it. At Panax Pharmaceuticals in DC, someone releases test chimps that kill Dr. Eliot Shipley in his lab. Columbia University biochemist Dr. Helen McNair vanishes. Meanwhile in DC Justice Department Bioethics Committee Agent Les Mahler notices the trend of 27 unresolved vanishings except for the Shipley corpse. Now Zoe disappears.

No Time To Die is a mesmerizing medical suspense as Kira Piekoff deftly balances a timely deep look at the ethics of genetic research (this case involves using a human guinea pig for the well-being of others) inside of an action-packed twisting biological genetics thriller. With a solid cast, readers care about what happens to Zoe.

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Wanted: Wild Thing (Midnight Liaisons)
Wanted: Wild Thing (Midnight Liaisons)
by Jessica Sims
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4.0 out of 5 stars jocular romantic urban fantasy, August 27, 2014
Wanted: Wild Thing
Jessica Sims
Pocket Books, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9781476753973

A decade ago, the fortune-teller informed then fourteen year old Ryder Sinclair she was a changeling who if still a virgin by twenty-five, the monster inside would replace the outer bubbly human façade. Since then Ryan has sought unsuccessfully to meet her “One” true love, but has failed to find the male who can prevent the monster inside her from taking over her outer appearance when passionate. Even working at Midnight Liaison dating service for the supernatural has proven futile.

Finian the Fae accompanied by a giant he introduces as “unimportant” arrive at the office. The arrogant Fae calls Ryan a Changeling, which shocks her as no one knows what she is. He also explains her biological parents were breeders he hired in order to own the offspring. Before leaving, Finian assigns his gigantic companion Hugh to insure his asset remains a virgin so that he can collect on his investment by selling his merchandise to the highest bidder when the monster inside of Ryder takes control. Ryder’s only hope is to seduce her humongous hunk.

This Midnight Liaisons romantic urban fantasy (see "Out with a Fang" from the Undead In My Bed anthology, Must Love Fangs, Claws and Effect, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, and Beauty Dates The Beast) is a jocular chastity belt tale starring a frustrated “owned” couple. The storyline starts off leisurely-paced, but accelerates as readers meet all the players (including those from previous books and the primordial). Although why Finian waited until the final countdown to guard his valuable virgin (and in hindsight should have chosen a female or a eunuch), this well-written novel stars the ugly changeling and her Wild Thing falling in forbidden love.

Harriet Klausner
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The Benedict Bastard (Benedict Hall Novel)
The Benedict Bastard (Benedict Hall Novel)
by Cate Campbell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable historical family drama, August 26, 2014
The Benedict Bastard
Cate Campbell
Kensington, Aug 26 2014, $15.00
ISBN: 9780758292308

In 1923 Seattle, Dr. Margot Benedict continues to practice medicine at the Women and Infants Clinic. Driven by Mr. Blake and accompanied by Nurse Sarah Church, Margot arrives at The Ryther Home to inspect the place before applying for government funds to assist the children’s home. After being nasty towards Margot’s two Negro companions, Mother Ryther objects to the doctor’s insistence that she allow her and Nurse Church to vaccinate the orphaned or abandoned kids residing there. When Margot meets the young charges, she is taken aback by a little boy who could have been her demented brother Preston’s twin (see Benedict Hall).

Stunned Margot seeks the truth while at the same time Bronwyn Morgan searches the city for her lost three years old son sired by Preston when she was sixteen. As Margot seeks proof that she has an illegitimate nephew whom she hopes to take to Benedict Hall; she and her Pater visit psychopath Preston at the asylum where he is held in a drugged state; and family matriarch Edith brings Bronwyn into the home.

The third Benedict Hall historical family drama (see Hall of Secret) is an enjoyable glimpse at bygone era in which a changing America still feels the impact of WWI. Now married to Frank, Margot keeps the interesting storyline focused as her inclusive beliefs remain decades ahead of her time. Charlie’s paternity issue enhances Cate Campbell's entertaining glimpse of the Roaring Twenties in the Pacific Northwest.

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