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Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter Novels)
Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter Novels)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars another hit in the Darkhunter universe, 19 Jun. 2006
Sherrilyn Kenyon is a writer on top form at the moment and like many others I could not wait to read this book. I was not disappointed.It has all the elements that we have come to expect from the Dark Hunter series, a really dangerous and needy hero, an independent and resourceful heroine and lots of the recurring characters that we love or loathe.

This time the hero of the story, Ravyn is more vulnerable than the usual stamp of Dark hunter. He is an Arcadian shapeshifter, angry and bitter at his betrayal by his human mate when he revealed the secrets of his family. Killed by them and then offered immortality by Artemis, he is now forced to share his secrets and put his trust in another human female, when his animal characteristics put him into a position of great danger.

Susan is one of Kenyon`s best female creations. Strong, wary, suspicious, loyal and dangerous in her own way, Susan`s strengths and weaknesses complement those of Ravyn. The love story is tenderly built up between the main characters and its ending is unexpected!

It is great fun to meet so many recurring characters again. Nick is here, and a little more is revealed about his destiny. The hurricaine that caused so much destruction to New Orleans is used to bring us up to date with that branch of the Darkhunter family. Ash is here, and there are frustrating hints about how his story could end. A lot more about the Squires and their world is revealed. The usual humour and fun is present, as is the very real fear that at least one major character in the Darkhunter world will be killed off.

This is a fab book. It is better than the last two books she has written, which I would only give 4 stars to. This book would get five plus if I could. Read it when you are not too busy as you won`t want to stop.

The Taming of the Duke
The Taming of the Duke
by Eloisa James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Romantic Story, 16 April 2006
Eloise James has taken a rather well used plot, brothers who look the same and can swap places and has turned it into a really facinating story about suffering and redemption.

Rafe is the Duke of Holbrook and at the beginning of the story he discovers that he has an illegitemate brother, Gabe. Although they look very alike, even down to being born a few days apart, the two men could not be more different. Gabe is confident,well educated and has earned his own place in society without the use of his family name. Rafe has become a self-destructive alchoholic, escaping from the world through the bottom of a whiskey glass.He became the guardian of the Essex sisters in the previous books of this this series and now we have reached the turn of Imogen, Lady Maitland. Their two stories cross when she decides to take a lover, and her choice is Gabe.Imogen is attracted to Gabe because of his resemblance to Rafe, who is a lost cause as far as she is concerned. Rafe believes that he still has a duty to Imogen, and is stongly attracted to her. Thus the swap, and the beginning of a very enjoyable and well written story.

The detailed descriptions of Rafe and his slow recovery from alchoholism are detailed and give you a lot of understanding of the problems of this disease. It is interesting to see how it is set in the context of the Regency period, when men were judged on their ability to be a two bottle or a three bottle a night drinker. Rafe`s dependency on alchohol is set in the context of his need to escape from his pain and guilt over his brothers death.

I really enjoyed reading this book and if you enjoy stories by Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle you are sure to enjoy this book.

Three Little Secrets: Number 3 in series (MacLachlan Family)
Three Little Secrets: Number 3 in series (MacLachlan Family)
by Liz Carlyle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for Three Little Secrets !, 6 April 2006
Liz Carlyle has excelled herself with her latest book. The first two parts of her latest trilogy of stories have all been exciting, tender and gripping, and the final part of the trilogy is every bit as good. While it does stand alone as a story, it would be better to read all the stories in the order they were written to get the full impact of the plot of this story.
The hero of this book is Merrick, brother to Alister, the hero of One Little Lie, and his complete opposite. Alister is fair and charming, Merrick is dark and brooding.In the previous books it has been hinted at that Merick became like this as a result of a personal tragedy, and when it is revealed in this book it had me reeling in shock and suprise. The cause of this disturbance is Madeline, a fragile and troubled woman, who re-enters his life and sends it spinning out of control. Merrick has to learn difficult lessons, as he makes new discoveries, and Liz Carlyle is brilliant at revealing how her bitter and reclusive hero gradually begins to abandon his miserable, tightly controlled existance and find a new life.
There are many recurring characters in this book, and I was especially pleased to hear from Bentley Rutledge again. I wish that he could have another book of his own again as he has had such a vivid and interesting journey through many of Carlyles books.
This trilogy has been Carlyle writing at her absolute best, and I hope I will not have to wait too long for her next book.She is one of the best writers of her kind in this genre and worth every one of her five stars!

Devil in Winter (Wallflower Quartet)
Devil in Winter (Wallflower Quartet)
by Lisa Kleypas
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !, 6 April 2006
I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas, and put this book up with her very best.I loved her difficult and damaged hero,Sebastian, and the way she turned the despicable man in "It happened One Autumn" to the hero of this book is really interesting.It is a very tender love story and in many places it had me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see what would happen next. It is a real page turner!
Evangeline is desperate. She makes a late night visit to the heartless rake, Sebastian, with a proposition she knows he cannot refuse. She will elope with him to Gretna Green, and use her money to pay off his considerable debts if he will give her freedom to care for her father and escape from the marriage plans of her family. She knows that he kidnapped and attempted to rape her best friend, but is hoping that he is also so desperate that he will accept her proposal, and the conditions that go with it.
Thus begins a love story that develops through many twists and turns, as we see both Evangeline and Sebastian change and reveal new depths. Both are damaged products of broken families. As they find out more about each other, and grow to care for each other, new strengths are revealed. As always, Kleypas writes her characters with real sensitivity, and it is lovely to learn more about the heroes and hreoines of her previous books, who play important secondary parts in this story.
Kleypas always writes better stories for her damaged and dangerous male characters such as Prince Nikolas and Derek Craven, and the redemption of Sebastian, the Viscount St. Vincent is up there in the same league.I loved this book and will re-read it many times in the future. It is worth at least 5 stars and I would give it more if I could !

Blind Curve (Warner Forever)
Blind Curve (Warner Forever)
by Annie Solomon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £13.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!, 6 April 2006
Blind curve by Annie Solomon was the first book I have read by this author but it won`t be the last. I would best describe it as romantic suspense/thriller, but it is extremely well plotted and unlike a lot of the books within this genre the characters are believable and well written. I wanted to keep reading as the story developed,because I wanted to find out what happens next.
The story revolves around the sudden blindness of main character, Danny, and his developing relationship with his therapist, Martha.As an undercover cop, Danny has been in danger before, but now he has to learn to trust each another, because they are being hunted for what Danny has witnessed in the past.Frustrated and angry, Danny has to learn to cope with his blindness, while trying to solve the problem of why someone is determined to kill him.
I liked the way that Solomons developed the plot avoiding the obvious and introducing a level of unexpected thrill, that made this a really gripping read.It is a little different from the usual romantic thrillers I have read in having such a strong, rather plain, female lead, instead of one of the weak, clingy types.

Taming the Barbarian
Taming the Barbarian
by Lois Greiman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read on a rainy afternoon, 23 Feb. 2006
I must begin by saying that I generally enjoy time travel books, so I was quite looking forward to reading this one. the plot can be described as average, however with few of the twists and turns that a good time travel romance needs.It was rather boring and undemanding.
The heroine is Fleur, a widow, who becomes the owner of a statue of a scottish warrior called the Dark Celt. Soon Killian Hiltsglen, a long haired, muscular, dark Scotsman begins interfering in her life. He remembers little about his past or why he is there. He is roughly spoken, with manners from a different age. His memories are of battles and war. As you can see the characters are not very original, and nor is the plot from this point on. I did like the inclusion of the mystery over the death of Fleur`s husband,which is why I gave this book an extra star, but over all the characters and plot were too obvious.
This book would be an ok read on a rainy day but I`m afraid it didn`t grab me

The Courtesan (Mills & Boon Special Releases)
The Courtesan (Mills & Boon Special Releases)
by Julia Justiss
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is a great read, 22 Feb. 2006
This is the best book yet from Julia Justiss and I can`t recommend it enough! I expected it to be a typical Mills and Boon with quite conventional Heroes and heroines, despite the title, but this really is a 5* book.
The hero is Captain Jack Carrington, now returning home to family and friends having servived the horrors of the Peninsular and Waterloo. Invited out by his friend to a mysterious engagement, Jack is facinated to find that he is watching a fencing lesson unlike any he has seen before.The student is a woman, a famous courtesan,known as Lady Belle, now free as her protector has recently died. Men who wish to win her favours fight against her, while others bet on who she will chose next.Her beauty and scandalous attire attracts Jack and soon he finds that the attraction is mutual. Belle challenges Jack and they fight.Although Belle is good, Jack can beat her, but he is suprised by her ferocity and hatred, and his momentary lapse means that Belle is able to deliver an almost lethal blow.
The rest of the book details how their relationship develops as she cares for him and he slowly unravels the mystery surrounding her. Jack is a true Gentleman and takes time to find the real woman, not the courtesan that other men desire.
Justiss has written a tender, yet sexy love story, that had me gripped from beginning to end. I loved it and I hope that you will to.

Master of Darkness
Master of Darkness
by Susan Sizemore
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Vampire hit!, 9 Feb. 2006
I enjoyed reading the first three books in the authors new series about Vampires, and looked forward to reading this book.
The main character is Laurent, a rather unheroic hero. He was a secondary character in the last of Sizemores` books, and I`m glad he has has become the lead here as he is quite different from her previous Vampire heroes. He is not noble, but takes advantage of being in the right place at the right time. His reluctant attraction to the Vampire hunter, Eden, is fun to read.
Sizemore has now created a well developed world where there are different kinds of creatures of the night,who live with and interact with their Human counterparts.You don`t have to read the other books, but there are a few references that make more sense if you have.I liked the way that there is a little more humour in this book, and it is a little different, in that Laurents first instincts are not always those you expect from the Primes of the previous books.
Sizemore is an author who is getting better as the series goes on, so I am already looking forward to the next book.

Two Little Lies: Number 2 in series (MacLachlan Family)
Two Little Lies: Number 2 in series (MacLachlan Family)
by Liz Carlyle
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz Carlyle does it again, 9 Feb. 2006
I have been a fan of Liz Carlyle`s books for a while now and I`m glad to say that her latest series of books continues to reach high standards of plot and characters.
The handsome, but flawed, Quin Hewitt was the most interesting character in the last book, One little Sin, and I wasn`t quite sure how he could be redeemed in this book, where he is the hero!Liz Carlyle brings it off brilliantly, however, and you will want to keep turning the pages to see where the relationship with the Countessa will go.
The Countessa reminds me a little of another of her brilliantly written characters, Jonet,in A Woman Scorned, as they both have secrets they cannot reveal to the men they love.
The first two books do overlap, but you can enjoy this book on its own. If you are not familiar with this author please take the time to discover some of her earlier books. They are all favourites of mine and you can re-read them over and over.

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