Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Romance Review: Seduce Me in Shadow by Shayla Black

Seduce Me in Shadow

by Shayla Black

Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN: 9781416578444

Release Date: September 29, 2009

from the publisher's site:

Ex-marine Caden MacTavish has shunned his magical heritage all his life, but he will do anything to heal his desperately ill brother, a Doomsday Brethren warrior in mourning for his missing mate. Posing as a photographer, Caden must convince firecracker tabloid reporter Sydney Blair to reveal the source of her recent exposé on a supernatural power clash. Unfortunately, keeping his hands off the sizzling redhead proves as hard as getting them onto the potent and mystical Doomsday Diary he discovers at her bedside. A bloody rebellion led by an evil, power-hungry wizard is imminent. If Sydney divulges the book's existence, she will jeopardize magickind's most deeply guarded secrets and become the ruthless wizard's number one target. Caden has never trusted magic's cruel and dangerous powers, but he will protect Sydney with his life and magic -- even if it means risking his heart.

my thoughts:

I'm completely in love with Shayla Black's Doomsday Brethren. I loved Tempt Me with Darkness when I read it last year and it was agony waiting a full year for Seduce Me in Shadow, but it was so worth the wait. Caden and Sydney are great characters and I look forward to seeing more of them in the next book Possess Me at Midnight.

What I really love is that there is so much more going on here than just Caden and Sydney's story. There is certainly plenty of attention paid to them and their romance, but we get to see quite a bit of the world Caden comes from (much as he'd like to deny it).

If you like dark paranormals with a lot of action then you have to pick up Shayla Black's Doomsday books. I flew through both of the stories so far and I'm practically hopping up and down waiting for the next book. :) There is so much that comes up that I'm so curious about, but naturally we're being kept in suspense.

Trust me, these are books you don't want to miss.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Romance Review: Texas Wedding For Their Baby's Sake by Kathryn Albright

Texas Wedding for Their Baby's Sake

by Kathryn Albright

Harlequin Historical

ISBN: 9780373295616

Release date: August 1, 2009

from the author's website:

Caroline Benét enjoyed one night in her fiancé’s arms before he left to fight for freedom in the Texas territory. The day news reaches her of the Alamo slaughter is the day she learns she is carrying his child.

He may have survived, but Brandon Dumont can’t return to the life he once knew or the woman he loves—not as a cripple and a man battling his own personal demons.
When Caroline shows up in Texas, Brandon is determined to send her packing. But Caroline wants more than Brandon’s name for their baby. It will take a love as big as Texas to win him back.

my thoughts:

I love Kathryn Albright and her books. Her stories are particularly special to me because she's a local lady and I know her personally. Brandon and Caroline's story is a beautiful story of two people who knew and loved each other finding each other again. In the months they are apart Brandon and Caroline each change and grow so that when they meet again they aren't quite the same people they were before. And despite them trying to deny their love; it won't be ignored. The attraction between them is too strong.

This book felt very real to me. The people were real, and so were their problems. Yet Brandon and Caroline didn't let their problems get the best of them. They faced their difficulties head on and perservered.

I loved this story and I hope you will too. If you're interested Brandon and Caroline are first brought up in Kathryn Albright's previous novel, The Rebel and the Lady, which is the story of Brandon's brother Jake.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Romance Review: Winter Kissed by Michele Hauf and Vivi Anna

Winter Kissed

A Kiss of Frost by Michele Hauf

Ice Bound by Vivi Anna

Silhouette Nocturne

ISBN: 9780373617999

Release date: November 1, 2008

from Michele Hauf's website:

A Kiss of Frost

When winter god and assassin Jal Frost's latest assignment targets mortal Kate Wilson, the last thing Jal anticipates is falling for his victim. But she provides a warmth unlike anything he's known. Soon Jal faces his most vexing challenge as he must choose between the woman he loves and his duty as a god.

Ice Bound

On a special mission to Japan, Dr. Darien Calder hopes to learn more about the legendary Ice Maiden, who purportedly froze lost travelers with just a touch of her icy lips. But when she rescues him from a snowdrift, will the warmth of Darien's newfound love be enought to thaw the Ice Maiden's heart?

my thoughts:

Winter has never been my favorite season, but the hot stories in Winter Kissed may make me want to change my mind. I love both Michele Hauf and Vivi Anna so I love that they came together with stories for this book. Jack Frost and the Japanese Ice Maiden aren't characters that you often get to read about. I'm a big fan of mythology so I really enjoyed the unique mythologies that each of these ladies used.

If you get a chance, grab a copy and settle down for a nice cool read. :) Highly recommended.