Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Devil of Jedburgh by Claire Robyns

The Devil of JedburghThe Devil of Jedburgh by Claire Robyns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This review does not include any mention of spelling and/or grammatical errors.

From the blurb:

Raised on rumours of The Devil of Jedburgh, Breghan McAllen doesn't want an arranged marriage to the beast. The arrogant border laird is not the romantic, sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of—despite the heat he stirs within her.
In need of an heir, Arran has finally agreed to take a wife, but when he sees Breghan's fragile beauty, he's furious. He will not risk the life of another maiden by getting her with child. Lust prompts him to offer a compromise: necessary precautions, and handfasting for a year and a day, after which Breghan will be free. For a chance to control her own future, Breghan makes a deal with the Devil.
Passion quickly turns to love, but Arran still has no intention of keeping the lass, or making her a mother. He loves her too much to lose her. But when a treasonous plot threatens queen and country, Breghan has to prove only she is woman enough to stand by his side.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Under His Influence by Justine Elyot

Under His InfluenceUnder His Influence by Justine Elyot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review is for an ARC copy I received from the publisher through NetGalley.

This review contains spoilers after the break. 

From the blurb:

Anna Rice is avoiding a coworker's advances when she encounters enigmatic John Stone at a trendy London bar. With his impeccable suits, salt-and-pepper hair and suave demeanor, John is unlike any of the boys Anna has dated in the past: he's definitely all man. It's not long before Anna is head over heels in love, and experiencing out-of-this world erotic dreams.

Reporter Mimi Leblanc is wary of her best friend's latest romance. There's just something about John... But nothing Mimi digs up about him can deter Anna. Determined to protect Anna, Mimi continues her investigations—and what she uncovers about John is the last thing she ever imagined. But perhaps even more shocking is her own growing attraction to him...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Drink Of Me by Jacquelyn Frank

Drink of MeDrink of Me by Jacquelyn Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacquelyn Frank delivers another outstanding paranormal romance that, while starting slow as most of her books do, had me riveted to the pages by the end.

From the blurb:

In a world where emotion can be a deadly weapon, one slight, battered runaway holds the key to a dark and twisted enigma..."Drink Of Me", she whispers, her silver eyes trusting, pleading. What female dares speak such words to one of the Sange? His people are scorned by every race for their fierce sensuality, their fearful rituals. And as Prime, Reule is the most telepathically gifted of them all. But nothing has prepared him for the intensity of emotion radiating from the outlander rescued by his Pack. Terrified, tormented, but beautiful beyond measure, Mystique shatters his legendary control. As she reaches for him in the steamy heat of the healing baths, he knows this blind need can have but one end.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Angelfall is the first book in what is clearly shaping up to be one amazing series. After reading the first book, I am now salivating for the next one.

From the blurb:

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

I like a strong heroine, and Penryn certainly fits the bill. She's been more or less responsible for her disabled little sister Paige and her mother, who after Paige's accident seems to have lost all touch with reality. Or perhaps not. Mom clearly has some lucid moments and appears at the most opportune times to assist Penryn in her quest to get her sister back.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

Adam (Nightwalkers, #6)Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The last book of the series starts out with a huge WTF moment. We are immediately, without warning and without regards to our fragile hearts, thrown into the midst of a battle scene between the Demon Enforcers and the evil duo, Ruth and Nicodemus. In grisly detail, we are forced to watch the deaths of Jacob and Isabella, right in front of their daughter who barely escapes with her life.

My reaction:


I wasn't prepared for this. I had to force myself to continue, with a box of tissues handy as the author describes life 10 years later. It was as if all the happiness had been sucked out of me and I started looking around for these creatures, thinking I was in the wrong book:


Of course, Ms. Frank has a plan. Leah, as you will remember from book 1, is the first child of Time. She sure helped Noah in getting his mate and after 10 years of misery without her parents, she has devised, discarded and resurrected a plan to change the past and her own future.

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