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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Mine To Keep

Mine To Keep by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Cynthia Eden

September 2013

ISBN: 1492388416

Pages: 280

Contemporary, Suspense Chicago

Skye Sullivan has survived a brutal attack by a stalker and is now trying to put her life back together.  She is also looking forward to her future, a future that now includes her billionaire lover, Trace Weston.  Skye thinks that now that they have no longer have worry about her stalker that the danger is past and they can move forward.  She couldn’t be more wrong.

Trace Weston has made enemies, first in the Special Forces and later as he built his security empire.  Trace lives a double life and now Skye is discovering that Traces isn’t quite the man that he has always seemed to be.  He was trained by the military to be a killing machine.  Now his past is coming back and one of his enemies is after them.

Skye is Trace’s only vulnerability and he is determined that he will not lose her.  Skye is everything to Trace and he can’t lose her.  He will do anything to protect Skye especially from his past.  Anything.  Then Skye discovers Trace’s past, a past Trace never wanted Skye to know about or let touch her in any way, and now her rage and pain just might put her in the way of the killer that is after Trace. 

This book is just as good as the first book in the series.  It also picks up just a few weeks after the first one left off.  These books are definitely meant to be read in order as things in the second book make much more sense if the reader has first read the first book.  This one has great suspense that will keep the reader on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out just who is who and what is going to happen next.  This story also makes sure the reader keeps guessing as to just who is out to get Trace and Skye.  This has some great twists and turns that will not disappoint.  If you like suspense in your romances this is one series to check out.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

The Silver Chain

The Silver Chain by Primula Bond

Publisher: Avon

July 2013

ISBN: 978-0-007-52417-4

Pages: 400

Contemporary, England

Serena Folkes is a photographer that decides to indulge her impulsive side by doing a night-time shoot.  She doesn’t expect to acquire a watcher someone who is as mysterious as he is handsome.  An entrepreneur, though she doesn’t know it yet will end up changing her live forever.  Gustav Levi is the entrepreneur.

Serena is completely fascinated by Gustav.  The enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery.  She is drawn to him by the irresistible pull of attraction.  She quickly finds out that the feeling is completely mutual.  Gustav promises to launch Serena’s career only if she is willing to agree to become his exclusive companion. 

As a mark of their agreement Gustav gives Serena a silver bracelet to wear at all times.  With the bracelet comes a silver chain that Gustav is in control of.  It gives him the power over Serena both physically and symbolically.  A physical symbol that Serena is under his power.

As the passion intensifies between them Gustav’s past is threatening to tear them apart.  Are the feelings that are developing between Serena and Gustav strong enough to survive Gustav’s dark past?  Or will those secrets prove to be too much for their feeling to withstand.

This is an interesting book that at times proves to be a little slow.  The plot is very good and despite the slow spots the rest of story will have the readers reading past those areas just to see what will happen between Serena and Gustav.  This is one book that will have readers reaching for the ice water just to cool off.  This is the first book in a trilogy so while some questions are answered there are still others that lead into the next book.  This is one to check out. 

I give this one 4 red roses

Glitter and Gunfire

Glitter and Gunfire by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Harlequin

September 2013

ISBN: 978-0-373-69712-0

Pages: 218

Contemporary, Suspense, Rio & Washington DC

Cale Lane’s orders were simple, keep Cassidy Sherridan safe no matter what.  When six gunmen stormed the Rio ballroom to take her out he has to wonder just what is going on and who is behind it.  The party girl isn’t giving any information so Cale is going to have to find a way to get the information if he is going to have a chance at keeping her alive. 

Cassidy Sherridan doesn’t need Cale to mess up her cover by playing hero.  She is determined to bring a killer to justice even if that means using herself as bait.  How is she going to do that if Cale is determined to shadow her every step?  Another thing she doesn’t need right now is the feelings Cale is awakening in her and that can cause her to put both her life and her heart on the line.

This is one book that has so many twists and turns that it will keep readers guessing until everything is revealed.  This has some twists that are sure have readers saying they didn’t see that one coming. The series is turning into an action packed series that is sure to please any one.  The story lines are woven together and yet are always different and fresh.  This one will also have readers hoping there will be more books in this series.  This is one series not to miss.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses 

Re-posting Revealing Us

Revealing Us by Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Gallery Books

September 2013

ISBN:  978-1-4767-2722-6

Pages: 320

Contemporary, California & Paris, France

Sara McMillan has gotten some of the answers she was seeking when she first started looking for Rebecca through Rebecca’s life and journals.  Now Sara is starting to live a life she never imagined would be hers when she first started looking for answers.  With her relationship with artist Chris Merit she has been able to share the secrets she has always hidden but now she has to find out what secrets Chris is hiding and find out if those secrets are too dark and deep for their relationship to be able to withstand or if they are too dark and will ultimately tear them apart.  As they continue the path they have started on they are going to have obstacle thrown at them and will need to see if they have what it takes to make this relationship last and if they will be able to find a happy ever after that neither one ever thought would be possible.

This books rounds out the series very nicely and gives a lot of answers to questions that readers were left with in the previous books.  The emotional journey the characters take will have readers hoping they will be able to find the happiness that Sara and Chris have earned in their lives.  The story also makes sure there is enough suspense that the reader is sure to be turning pages just to see what is going to happen next and gives some twists readers will never see coming.  While the pace of this one is a little slower than the two previous books the reader will not be disappointed with this one.  This has some emotional parts but it give the book and characters more depth that will have readers hoping everything will turn out well. 

I give this one 4 red roses 


Sharpshooter: Shadow Agents by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Harlequin

August 2013

ISBN: 978-0-373-69704-5

Pages: 218

Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Sydney Sloan’s life was in danger two years ago on a mission gone bad but she was saved by Gunner Ortez.  Since then he has been watching her back.  Now they are on another mission that is about to go bad.  The Elite Ops agents are doing a hostage-rescue that is blowing apart their lives.

Now they are working together and the heat of the jungles of Peru isn’t the only heat around.  The passion between Sydney and Gunner is hotter than ever but so are the threats coming their way. Sydney knows the only chance at success on this mission is to trust Gunner. Gunner, an ex-SEAL is also the greatest risk to her heart and the secret she is carrying in her belly. 

This is another great book in the Shadow Agents series.  It has none stop action and the passion between the characters is great.  The plot is well written and the story line keeps the reader so engrossed that they will have the book read in no time and mourning that the book is done.  The back story is revealed in such a way that it flows through the story very well and also gives the information about the characters in a way that readers aren’t overwhelmed.  This one also have enough twists and turns as to keep readers guessing just what is going to happen next and what is going on.  While this can be read as a stand-alone it is much more enjoyable to read the first two books first.  This will also have readers hoping for a lot more books in this series.

I give this one 5 red roses  

Monday, 2 September 2013


Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

April 2013

ISBN: 978-1-250-00285-3

Pages: 468

Contemporary, Paranormal, New Orleans, Louisiana

For most kids life is relativity simple, go to school, get good grade and stay out of trouble. For Nick Gautier he wishes life was that simple.  For Nick has a destiny that he doesn’t completely understand with powers he can’t completely control.  Right now his main concern is staying alive when everyone including his own father is out to kill him.

He has learned to raise the dead and annihilate zombies.  He has also learned clairvoyance and divination.  Those things have proven easier than learning to drive and keep his girlfriend.  Though the most important skill he still needs to learn and master is survival. 

Now in order to survive his next lesson makes the others pale in comparison.  He will prove to either be the greatest hero mankind has ever had or the one person that will end up ending the world.  With his enemies gathering forces he is going to have to use every part of himself to makes sure he doesn’t lose everyone he loves, including himself.

This is the next book in a series that is proving to be a lot of fun to read and provides a lot of action and adventure.  The characters are making this a great series that is sure to please readers.  While the books seem to be lengthy when reading they prove to be a remarkable fast read.  This one proves to be as hard to put down as the first books in this series.  Watching Nick grow up and learn about his powers makes for a fascinating read and will have readers laughing at his antics as he learns each new skill necessary to survive all the enemies coming for him.  This one will have reader eagerly reaching for the next book in the series just to see what will happen to Nick next. 

I give this one 5 red roses

Angel in Chains

Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Brava

December 2012

ISBN: 978-0-7582-6763-4

Pages: 335

Contemporary, Paranormal, New Orleans, Louisiana

Azrael “Az” is a fallen Angel of Death.  As such he is cursed to walk the earth in search of redemption.  As he wanders the streets of New Orleans one night he finds a woman that is surrounded by panther shifters.  Determined to protect this innocent he finally lets his simmering anger free and attacks the shifters. 

Jade Pierce has spent years learning to survive and is most definitely not a delicate flower.  Trying to escape from an ex-lover who refuses to let her go, Jade wonders if maybe she can use some supernatural help in her bid for freedom.  So Jade plans some seduction to guarantee Az’s interest and passion in a course to get the help she needs. 

This is another great book in a series that is proving to be completely different from most Fallen Angel stories readers would find out there.  This series is also proving to be very addictive and sure to have readers dying to get their hands on the next Fallen Angel.  The action is fast and intense in this series and while each book is proving that it can be read as a stand alone the reader would get a lot more enjoyment out of them by reading them in order.  Readers will never look at Fallen Angels the same again after reading about these Angels.  This is another wonderful story from an author that consistently delivers in her books.  This is a must read.

I give this one 5 red roses