Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: A Man Like That


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Title: 
A Man Like That
Author: 
Alison Henderson
Release Date:
June 29, 2011
Publisher:
The Wild Rose Press
Word Count:
approx. 90,000
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Description:  

Jessamine Randall, fearless crusader and champion of the downtrodden, is not a woman to be left waiting at the altar.  When her fianc√© disappears hours before their wedding, the ever-resourceful Jessy hatches a plan to track him down and bring him back where he belongs.

Morgan Bingham knows he’s no good.  Never has been.  Never will be.  A former outlaw is no fit husband for the only daughter of the town judge, despite her misguided notions.  Besides, after ten long years away from home, it’s time to return to the hills and face his demons.

Ill-prepared, but armed with unshakeable certainty, Jessy follows Morgan to his family’s cabin deep in the Ozark Mountains where she’s sucked into a whirlpool of deep secrets and old hatreds.  While she struggles to bring light and hope into their dark lives, her greatest challenge is Morgan himself. Can she ever convince him he’s worthy of love?


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: The Kiss


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Title: 
The Kiss
Author: 
Emma Shortt
Release Date:
May 18, 2011
Publisher:
Evernight Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 45,000
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Description:  

When Eva Diakou is offered a job on the Winterwood estate she expects nothing but four months of back breaking work. Jobless and lonely she has little choice but to accept, and is resolved to do everything she can to make a go of it. 

But things on the Winterwood estate are nothing like Eva was led to believe. Why has she been given one of the plushest rooms? Why is there nothing to do? And why is she so captivated by the strange statues adorning the estate?

Adam Winterwood is paying for a crime that was not his. Trapped for so many years he is waiting for the one person who can keep him alive... or set him free.

When Adam and Eva meet sparks the likes of which neither have ever known fly. Wrapped in one another they are unaware of the sacrifice they will both have to make. A sacrifice that will bring an end to a centuries old curse or an end to one of them.

And it will all be decided by the kiss...


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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf

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Title: 
The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome

Author: 
Louisa Bacio

Release Date:
April 7, 2011

Publisher:
Ravenous Romance

Word Count:
approx. 50,000

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Description:  

Haunted by paranormal abilities that she can’t control, and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation.



In the French Quarter, Lily dives into the paranormal world and enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack.


As the trio encounters ghosts, voodoo and unspeakable evil, will Trevor and Lawrence be able to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse? And when Lily discovers that she needs to lose her virginity in order to embrace her powers and get the demon off her back, will the twosome be able to survive as a threesome?



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: Trencarrow Secret

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Title: 
Trencarrow Secret

Author: 
Anita Davison

Release Date:
June 2011

Publisher:
MuseItUp Publishing

Word Count:
approx. 94,000

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Description:  

Isabel Hart is afraid of two things, the maze at Trencarrow where she got lost as a young child, and the lake where her brother David saved her from drowning in a boating accident.



With her twenty-first birthday and the announcement of her engagement imminent, Isabel decides it is time for her to face her demons and ventures into the maze. There she sees something which will alter her perceptions of herself and her family forever.



Isabel’s widowed aunt joins the house party, where her cousin confides she is in love with an enigmatic young man who surely cannot be what he pretends, for he is surely too dashing for homely Laura?



When Henry, Viscount Strachan and his mother arrives, ostensibly to use her ball as an arena for finding a wife, Isabel is determined not to like him.



As more secrets are revealed, Isabel doubts she has chosen the right man, although her future fiancé has more vested in this marriage than Isabel realizes and has no intention of letting her go easily.



Will Isabel be able to put her preconceptions of marriage behind her and take charge of her own life, or is she destined to be controlled by others forever?



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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: Greek Hottie


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Title: 
Greek Hottie
Author: 
Kate Hofman
Release Date:
April 6, 2011
Publisher:
DCL Publications
Word Count:
approx. 125,000
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Description:  

Nick Thalassinos, a widower with a 2-year old daughter, meets Iris Leighton, a famous Broadway actress.  His interest turns to dismay when Iris insists on having all Nick's attention, ridiculing his devotion to his daughter.
 
Nadine Konings, a portrait artist and Nick's neighbour, befriends the lonely little girl.
 
Nick begins to realize that he is--was--merely infatuated with Iris.  It's Nadine he loves.
Will Nadine accept this change in his feelings?
 
More to the point, will Iris accept Nick's decision that it's over between them--or will she put up a fight?
 
Nick's uncle, Nikos, comes to stay.  Will he be able to help Nick get Iris out of his hair?
 

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Don't Quote Me


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Title: 
Don't Quote me
Author: 
Charlie Kramer
Release Date:
January 20, 2011
Word Count:
approx. 58,000
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Description:  

London’s hottest fashion photographer, Claire Montgomery has a problem. Several actually. One; she remembers every event in her life by the shoes she is wearing at the time. Two; she has rules around dating. Three; her belief in monogamy stops her from marrying and four; her little hot pink book is literally on fire.

Claire’s a fun loving flirt who lives life by her own rules. She does it with style, in her vintage clothes and her over stuffed shoe closet, the only accessories she needs. Oh and of course she absolutely cannot do without quotes from the movie stars. Think Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Mae West and you’re on the right track.

Greek shipping tycoon, Sebastian Gionis has been announced as a candidate for Chic Magazines, Man of the Year. He’s good with business, not so good at relationships. He’s aloof and his physical presence has Claire’s her heart doing its own kind of rumba. In her eyes he makes Rock Hudson and James Dean seem decidedly insignificant.

Sebasatian’s appearance shakes up Claire’s life and lands her in therapy before she can hit the road on the way to love.

 

Deniz’s Review:

Temporarily Closed To Review Requests

In order to maintain sanity as we work through our to-be-read pile, we are temporarily closed to review requests. This shouldn't last very long, we're just taking a break to catch up on reads and get our reviews out. I sent out a final round of acceptances this afternoon, and all requests have been addressed. Please hold all requests until we re-open for submissions; we will not address any queries received after this announcement. And don't forget to support the fabulous small-press and indie authors we've had the pleasure of discovering so far this year!



--Joey

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: Blessed

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Title: 
Blessed

Author: 
Ann Mayburn

Release Date:
May 2, 2011

Publisher:
Liquid Silver Books

Word Count:
approx. 82,000

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Description:  

Eliana Shay is an ordinary college girl with an extraordinary birthright. Handsome professor, Aiden Klemenson, singles her out as a potential Chosen of the benevolent gods of Creation. He tries to convince Eliana that she is born to do the work of the gods, but her upbringing hasn’t given her much trust in religion or having a magical destiny. The daughter of atheists, she has been raised to believe that faith in gods is for the foolish and weak.

Aiden must employ all of his considerable charm to break through her defenses, while trying to keep their relationship strictly platonic. A difficult task when the lush and curvy co-ed's obvious desire and seductive aura shreds his self-control. Despite his best efforts, desire burns between them with an enchantment all its own.

The gods of Destruction will stop at nothing to keep Eliana from becoming a powerful force against evil. Cunning and deceitful, they send demons and magical serial killers to exterminate her before she can become a Creation god's Chosen hand on earth. In order to survive, Eliana will have to learn to have faith in her own strength and Aiden's love.  


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Call Me Duchess


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Title: 
Call Me Duchess
Author: 
Maggie Dove
Release Date:
January 11, 2011
Publisher:
Eternal Press
Word Count:
approx. 90,000
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Description:  

A rapist is loose in London…and he has plans for Marguerite Wiggins. Grippingly suspenseful and romantic, CALL ME DUCHESS is one young woman’s stunning journey to find love in 1870s London while a dashingly handsome chaperone, a heinous villain, and her own lofty aspirations stand in her way. Left penniless by their father, Marguerite Wiggins and her sisters must find husbands during the London season or find work as governesses by season’s end. Determined to become the next Duchess of Wallingford, Marguerite must make the difficult decision between following her heart or attaining her lifelong dreams and ambitions as a depraved rapist seeks to make her his next victim. 

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Leonardo di Caprio is a Vampire


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Title: 
Leonardo di Caprio is a Vampire
Author: 
Julie Lynn Hayes
Release Date:
April 30, 2011
Publisher:
Silver Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 37,000
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Description:  

'Tis the night before Halloween, and Fisher Roberts wishes it was over, not being a fan of this or any other holiday.  But he tolerates it because his roommate/best friend Hunter Long takes a childish glee in all things Halloween.  And Fisher has a vested interest in keeping Hunter happy.  If only he could find the nerve to tell his childhood friend that he loves him, and has for a very long time.

Fisher thinks Hunter is carrying things a bit far this year, though.  First Hunter claims to be a vampire, and he just won’t let the silly joke go.  Then he forces Fisher to go to a costumed Halloween party which Fisher would rather avoid, especially when he realizes where it’s being held, and whose house it is. Things at Fisher’s job might just be going south, too, when he receives a mysterious summons to report to the editor’s office the next morning.  And then Fisher goes and does something stupid—like kissing Hunter!

Bad leads to worse when Fisher ends up at the Halloween party from Hell, and he learns something that threatens to destroy his and Hunter’s relationship forever.  Running from his fears, Fisher encounters a strange young man with an unusual resemblance to Leonardo di Caprio, who shows him things he never realized before, truths about his life and the people in it.

Can Fisher find his way back to Hunter, and can he find the courage to do what his heart wishes?

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Beyond a Proposition


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Title: 
Beyond a Proposition
Author: 
Rae Spencer
Release Date:
April 19, 2011
Publisher:
Lazy Day Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 30,000
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Description:  

Skye Kavanaugh’s lonely mundane world shatters when Will Savage, the hot gravelly voiced singer of Ten and Five propositions her.  For the first time in her life Skye shoves common sense aside allowing physical attraction to guide her decision. She finds herself besieged by the domineering bad boy and tumbles beyond the boundaries of their agreement into an emotional entanglement. Faced with the reality of Will’s rock n’ roll lifestyle Skye must now make a choice. Can Will be a one-woman man? Or does the allure of a new woman in every town still rule him? Having come to her senses Skye must hold onto her courage and walk away before Will rocks her world beyond repair.

 
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Review: Dutchman's Puzzle

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Title: Dutchman's Puzzle
Author: 
Marte Brengle 
Release Date:
March 2011
Publisher:
Logan Books LLC
Word Count:
approx. 79,000
Purchase Links:
Smashwords
Author's Website:





Description:  

Dave Van Meer was a traveling man. All he needed was a temporary job, a temporary home. Sooner or later it would be time to move on. He liked it that way.

Eleanor Ward's eleven-year-old twin son and daughter had never seen their father. He was an explorer, she told them, off to see the world.

A snow storm, an icy sidewalk, a chance encounter in an Iowa town. Strangers with excellent reasons to forget the way things once were. Could they have a future together? Or would someone from the past destroy it all?

And what evil was growing in this out-of-the-way small town? Suddenly, the world was watching... 


Joey’s Review:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Heart Stealer


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Title: 
Heart Stealer
Author: 
Tiphanie Thomas
Release Date:
April 20, 2011
Word Count:
approx. 95,000
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Description:  

Movie star Randall Rowe catches sixteen-year-old runaway Kayla Denton stealing food and arranges for his ministry parents to take her in. His kind act, unknown to him, stirs a powerful crush in Kayla, but he soon disappears.

Eight years later after living a fast, irresponsible lifestyle, Randall returns to his small hometown to get his life in order and setup his newly built house. Kayla, now a part-time decorator, refuses the job, wanting nothing to do with the handsome charmer who’s all wrong for her. Yet when her circumstances change drastically, she’s forced to strike a deal.

Dumbfounded for the sparks their close proximity produces, Randall starts seeing uptight Kayla as an alluring woman who he can be himself with and truly love. But she doubts she fits into his lifestyle, while Randall struggles with his own fears, as Hollywood threatens to tear them apart.


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