Archive for June, 2013

Carrie’s Protector-Rebecca York

June 30, 2013

Carrie’s Protector

Rebecca York

Harlequin Intrigue, Jun 18 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373697021

 

In DC photographer Carrie Mitchel was taking pictures in Rock Creek Park for Wildlife Magazine when she overheard several men discussing a terrorist plot.  She barely escapes.  Her wealthy father hires a private firm to protect his daughter.  That team escorts Carrie to her meeting with Federal Prosecutor Skip Gunderson as she is to testify against the only one of the gang caught Bobby Thompson.

 

Bobby’s four allies ambush Carrie and her protectors at a check in point.  Quick reaction by security operative Wyatt Hawk saves her life though the other guards are dead.  They flee from the deadly ambush, but a safe house proves dangerous and anyone who might help them is assassinated or vanished as Wyatt knows someone high up in the power structure is behind the pursuit; he trusts no one.  At the same time, though he fights his feelings, Carrie and Wyatt fall in love.

 

Though the premise is not new, Rebecca York’s execution is super as readers will appreciate this exhilarating twisting romantic suspense.  Fast-paced from the opening salvo, Carrie’s Protector risks his life and his heart to keep her alive.

 

Harriet Klausner

Harlequin Intrigue, Jun 18 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373697021

 

In DC photographer Carrie Mitchel was taking pictures in Rock Creek Park for Wildlife Magazine when she overheard several men discussing a terrorist plot.  She barely escapes.  Her wealthy father hires a private firm to protect his daughter.  That team escorts Carrie to her meeting with Federal Prosecutor Skip Gunderson as she is to testify against the only one of the gang caught Bobby Thompson.

 

Bobby’s four allies ambush Carrie and her protectors at a check in point.  Quick reaction by security operative Wyatt Hawk saves her life though the other guards are dead.  They flee from the deadly ambush, but a safe house proves dangerous and anyone who might help them is assassinated or vanished as Wyatt knows someone high up in the power structure is behind the pursuit; he trusts no one.  At the same time, though he fights his feelings, Carrie and Wyatt fall in love.

 

Though the premise is not new, Rebecca York’s execution is super as readers will appreciate this exhilarating twisting romantic suspense.  Fast-paced from the opening salvo, Carrie’s Protector risks his life and his heart to keep her alive.

 

Harriet Klausner

The Newcomer-Robyn Carr

June 27, 2013

The Newcomer

Robyn Carr

Mira, Jun 25 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780778314523

 

In Thunder Point, Oregon single dad deputy sheriff Mac McCain and single mom Gina James are in love, but each accepts their respective children (his three and her one) must come before their happiness.  Complicating their efforts to revise their longtime friendship into a committed relationship is Mac’s former wife he has not seen in a decade arrives in town.

 

Henry “Coop” Cooper Jr. left Virgin River, California for Thunder Point with no plans of staying after inheriting 200 acres of Oregon beachfront property and Ben’s Bar from his late military friend Ben Bailey.  He remains in town after meeting Coast Guard pilot Sarah Dupre, single guardian to her sixteen year old brother Landon.  They have become an entry, but Sarah conceals from her beloved that she soon transfers to another station and Hank meets a son he never knew he sired.

 

The second Thunder Point coastal community drama is an engaging contemporary with several rotating subplots that never gels on one main storyline, but looks deep into personal and social issues.  The leisurely-paced tale is character driven as much by the teens as by the adults.  Virgin River fans will enjoy following the escapades of coastal Oregonians (and recent transplants) though it behooves Robyn Carr fans to read The Wanderer before The Newcomer to know what previously happened to the cast.

 

Harriet Klausner

From This Moment On-Bella Andre

June 27, 2013

From This Moment On

Bella Andre

Mira, Jun 25 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780778315575

 

In Napa valley, thirty-six year old Marcus Sullivan owns Sullivan Winery.  He looks forward to marrying his girlfriend Jill who he met two years ago and raising a family with her.  However, as his brother celebrates his engagement (see The Look of Love), she shatters his dream when he catches her riding Rocco with her face showing no surprise as she expected him.  As he stoically leaves, Jill pleads with him to show any passion that he cares.

 

Pop star Nico wanders the streets of San Francisco after being betrayed and used by her then boyfriend Kenny.  She enters a club as twentyish Nicola Harding.  There she meets Marcus who thinks she sort of looks familiar but is unsure why; she fails to tell him who she is.  They share an incredible night with no thoughts of tomorrow until the morning has each wanting more, but neither act on that urge.  Not long afterward, Marcus goes to see his sister Lori the choreographer whose current client is Nico.

 

The second Sullivan romance (see The Look of Love) is a delightful contemporary starring lead protagonists sharing in common love for their respective siblings.  Although ultra-responsible Marcus clubbing seems a stretch and two key coincidences (as described above) bring the couple together, readers will enjoy this engaging entry.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

Somewhere Between Luck And Trust-Emilie Richards

June 26, 2013

Somewhere Between Luck And Trust

Emilie Richards

Mira, Jun 25 2013, $14.95

ISBN: 9780778314516

 

After eight months in prison for a crime she did not commit and giving birth there to the child of Ford who did commit the crime, Christy Haviland is released.  Samantha Ferguson picks her up to take her back to Goddess House located between the towns of Luck and Trust in Madison County.  Christy is confused as to why Samantha and later the other residents at Goddess House are kind towards her.

 

Buncombe County Alternative School Principal Georgia Ferguson also wants to help Christy learn to read.  However, Georgia is shook up over a bracelet she mysteriously received that may be a clue towards finding her mother who abandoned her as a newborn.  With help from her beloved Luke Ramsey and a grateful Christy, Georgia investigates while Ford will do anything to prevent her from proving her innocence.

 

The latest Goddesses Anonymous (see One Mountain Away) is an entertaining second chance at life drama.  The cast is fully developed and the two mysteries fun, but it is Christy’s crippling learning disability that makes this a warm tale.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

The Favor-Megan Hart

June 26, 2013

The Favor

Megan Hart

Mira, Jun 25 2013, $14.95

ISBN: 9780778314400

 

Two decades have passed since Janelle Decker left St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania for California.  Her family tells her that her grandmother Nan has a brain tumor.  Janelle knows what she must do; so, accompanied by her twelve year old son Bennett, she returns home to care for Nan.

 

Though she loved living with Nan as a teen, Janelle is unprepared for Gabe Tierney living next door.  They were falling in love until the accident ended their relationship, tore apart the Tierney siblings (Gabe, Andy and Mike), and self-exiled Janelle from the town.  Still attracted to each other, both have secrets from what happened twenty years ago that prevents a relationship from occurring.

 

This is an intriguing but slow-paced second chance at love dysfunctional family drama.  The cast is solid especially the three dysfunctional brothers but the key mystery once unveiled somewhat late does not bring much suspense.  Still readers will enjoy this tale as “To forgive is human, to forget divine”, but sometimes one must forget the relationship.

 

Harriet Klausner

Willowleaf Lane-RaeAnne Thayne

June 25, 2013

Willowleaf Lane

RaeAnne Thayne

Harlequin HQN, Jun 25 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777693

 

An injury ended Spencer “Smoke” Gregory’s baseball career with the Portland Pioneers.  The scandal of his wife’s death drove him and his twelve years old daughter Peyton back to his hometown of Hope’s Crossing where affluent Harry Lange hired him to run the new recreation center for six months.

 

Father and daughter stop at the Sugar Rush candy shop owned by Charlotte Caine, who hates Spencer.  In high school, he humiliated the overweight Charlotte who had a major crush starring him.  Spencer is shocked at how smoking hot Charlotte looks.  As Charlotte struggles not to fall again for the rogue who broke her heart, she sees how nurturing he is towards his daughter.  However this time both fall in love, but nothing will happen unless she lets go her anger towards him.

 

The latest Hope’s Crossing contemporary romance (see Blackberry Summer and Woodrose Mountain) is a warm second chance at love family drama.  Though the premise is not new, the quirky storyline focuses on the three main characters learning love heals all wounds of the heart and soul.

 

Harriet Klausner

A Rose In The Storm-Brenda Joyce

June 25, 2013

A Rose In The Storm

Brenda Joyce

Harlequin HQN, Jun 25 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777709

 

In 1306 Highlands, Margaret Comyn accepts her fate to marry Englishman Sir Guy as arranged by her Uncle Buchan and King Edward.  While her brother pleads with her to refuse, Margaret travels to Castle Fyne, her inheritance from her late mother who would have a fit if she knew of her daughter’s pending marriage to the English even to save their clan. 

 

Alexander “Wolf of Lochaber” MacDonald leads his knights to Castle Fyne.  There he and his men place the castle under siege.  Alexander takes feisty Margaret hostage, but she proves versatile and clever as she escapes though he recaptures her.  As their mutual admiration grows, so does their attraction; each know their love means nothing since a relationship would place their respective clans in danger.

 

This is a strong medieval Scottish romance that uses Robert the Bruce emergence as a backdrop to a wonderful love story.  The protagonists are star-crossed lovers with no hope for a future together as readers will enjoy Brenda Joyce’s fabulous historical.

 

Harriet Klausner

April’s Promise-Karen Rose Smith

June 23, 2013

April’s Promise

Karen Rose Smith

Amazon Digital Services, Jun 9 2013, $2.99

ASIN: B00DBEXATA

 

Single dad Gabe Chronister thought he could work from his home while caring for his three year old daughter Stephie while the nanny is away on a family medical emergency.  The CEO learned how wrong he was.

 

Gabe’s mother-in-law Winnifred Remmington calls her living daughter April to tell her that Gabe and Stephie need her.  Taking vacation time, April heads from her temporary assignment in Los Angeles to Cedar Corners, Virginia to help.  She also thinks back to when she dated him five years ago but was not ready to marry so instead fled to Singapore on a one year business assignment.  While she was overseas, her late sister Vanessa captured Gabe’s heart.  Eight months ago, Vanessa, dying from an accident, confessed to April that Stephie is not Gabe’s daughter.  Feeling guilt for her death bed promise not to reveal Vanessa dying secret, April helps Gabe with Stephie even as both realize their attraction remains strong.  However, she fears how he will react if he learns the truth and he fears she likes his BFF Nicholas.

 

The first Forever Love contemporary is a strong tale due to the fully developed cast; as readers get to know what motivated April and Gabe today and five years ago, and though them Vanessa.  Fans will appreciate this engaging tale as no one writes family dramas better than Karen Rose Smith consistently authors. 

 

Harriet Klausner

Michael’s Angel-Karen Wiesner

June 22, 2013

Michael’s Angel

Karen Wiesner

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner, Jul 1 2013

ISBN: 9781300028888

 

Michael Fremont was a small child when his mother, who made it clear she never wanted him, committed suicide.  Over the next decade he bounced around the foster family program as no one wanted him.  The last few years he stayed with the Stern family in North Chicago while doing the blackmailing bidding of his foster sister Eliza.  However, in two weeks he will leave the system and take his vulnerable fearful BFF LeeAnn Wagner with him.  Her mother, accompanied by LeeAnn, spent a lifetime running from her raging husband Samson Oligee who wanted his cheating wife and someone else’s child dead; he is dead so Leeann is free.  Meanwhile, feeling unworthy of LeeAnn, Michael panicked when his desire for her seemed out of control.  After insuring her safety from her dad, Michael enlisted in the Marines.

 

After his four year military service is over, Michael returns home a civilian needing to learn how his LeeAnn is.  In Peaceful, Wisconsin, Michael finds a much stronger LeeAnn who needed their time apart to blossom.  Already in love with each other and both finding solace with the Lord, he prays she gives him a second chance and she prays he takes a second chance.  In the darkness looking into Eden, someone else covets a second chance at LeeAnn and if necessary Michael.

 

The second Friendship Heirloom inspirational romantic suspense (see Clumsy Girl’s Guide To Falling In Love) is an engaging thriller starring two vulnerable lost souls finding each other twice when they needed someone to care about them and coming to God when they needed solace.  His angel and her hero come together in a strong tale as Karen “the writing wizard” Wiesner provides another entertaining Peaceful entry.

 

Harriet Klausner

Darkness Avenged-Alexandra Ivy

June 22, 2013

Darkness Avenged

Alexandra Ivy

Zebra, May 28 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9781420111385

 

“Darkness Avenged.”  At the Viper’s Vampire Club south of Chicago the paranormal celebrates the defeat of the Dark Lord.  Santiago the vampire like others of his species is jubilant that the evil deity was vanquished as destroying a god is not an everyday happening.  However, he also rages about his beloved Nefri returning beyond the Veil.  Sally the witch gives a dagger to Styx the King of the Vampires that belongs to the traitor Gaius, who did not perish when his boss did.  Styx orders Santiago to assassinate his sire who has deployed a vicious plague on the mortals.  At the same time the Oracles between St. Louis and Chicago assign Nefri to end the reign of terror an escaped ancient malevolence teaming with Gaius released.  Nefri and Santiago join together on their quests.

 

“Levet.”  As a child, Levet’s family rejected him because of his short stature.  His powerful mother was so humiliated by her offspring, she tried to kill him.  Now, the only gargoyle hero in the defeat of the Dark Lord, Levet returns to Paris to confront the family that rejected him and gain entrance to the Gargoyle Guild with his name on the Wall of Memories.  His only allies are Valla the nymph and Elijah the vampire chief as none of his species would defy his mother.

 

Darkness Avenged is an entreating Guardians of Eternity paranormal romance (see Fear the Darkness and Bound by Darkness) that fans will enjoy although the confrontation pales as the villains are not the Dark Lord (being the act to follow the Beatles on stage).  Still this is an enjoyable tale that ties up one loose romance and the Levet bonus short novella is an interesting family affair.

 

Harriet Klausner