Category Archives: Book Reviews
I love bragging on my authors and “my” books, so here’s your latest dose. =)
4 stars from Sensual Reads for Forbidden: The Temptation by Samantha Sommersby
4 Wine Glasses from IRead Romance for Going Down by Shelli Stevens
A “The Keeper Shelf” rating from IRead Romance for Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell
5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies for Somatesthesia by Ann Somerville
A great review from Romance Reviews Today for Dante I by S.J. Willing
TITLE: Tabloid Star
AUTHOR: T.A. Chase
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing
Review by Carole
As a bartender at the Lucky Seven club, Josh Bauer could take a different guy home every night … if he wanted to. Working three jobs, however, makes it hard to connect with anyone. One man, though, is too much temptation to resist. A steamy encounter in a back alley leads to an explosive night of sex in Josh’s bed ~ a bed he isn’t surprised to find empty the next morning.
What does surprise him, though, is the front page of a tabloid. Apparently his one-night stand isn’t as anonymous as he thought it was.
Ryan Kellar’s career is taking off. Advance buzz about his movie says it’s a blockbuster, and going home with the gorgeous bartender is the perfect way to celebrate. And he thought he’d gotten away clean ~ until the picture in the paper shocks him into reality. Was Josh really just playing … or playing him for a fool?
Trust isn’t big on their list right now, but as their worlds fall apart, it’s all they have. At least until they figure out who took the picture. And why.
Tabloid Star is set in the same world at T.A. Chase’s High Line and Out of Bounds, although it is significantly separate, and reads like a stand-alone novel. You wouldn’t make the connection unless you recognized the names of the characters from the previous books who show up in bit parts ~ but it is fun to see those guys again!
Ryan Kellar is a closeted gay upcoming movie star. Josh is a bartender/construction worker/waiter working three jobs to help support his sister and her autistic child. Doesn’t sound like they’d have much in common, but the attraction is immediate and a hot alley-behind-the-bar encounter ensues. Unfortunately, Ryan is being stalked by paparazzi and they end up on the front page of the tabloids.
This is a classic case of “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” The flash of the camera is a life changing experience for both. What good can come out of a disaster like this for both men?
T.A. Chase has done an unusually good job of creating colorful, well-fleshed out (pun intended), believable characters. The plot is intricate, quick-moving and sexy. It just doesn’t get much better than that. I think you will enjoy Tabloid Star.
By emilyh on Sep 4, 2009
Country Western Singer Drew Hartford has seen his share of fans, until he literally bumps into Alex. Alex slightly starstruck and embarrassed runs away, can Drew catch up to her in time?
| About the Book:
Page Count: 166
Sensuality Rating: Sultry
Star Rating: 5 Stars
|Author’s Website: http://www.denisebelindamcdonald.com/
After a Drew Hartford concert, Alex and her friend decide to follow the tour bus.Unbeknownst to Alex, she literally bumps into Drew and leaves him all wet. Mortified once she figures out that it is Drew, Alex leaves in a hurry not realizing Drew is chasing after her. With some luck Drew finds Alex on his message board and begins instant messaging with her as Cowboy Andy. The two arrange for a meeting and the sparks begin to fly.
The chemistry between Drew and Alex is instantaneous and often laugh out loud funny. You are rooting for the two to get together from the turn of the first page.Denise Belinda McDonald has written an exciting story about Drew and Alex falling in love. She blends a sizzling romance with an endearing story about the characters and how they fit into each other’s world. A must read for western fans.
Bait and Switch by Ann Lory
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Length: Full Length (165 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus
Frisky Business, Book 1
Anna Jackson’s ex-boyfriend may have stolen her promotion, but she’s not mad. Not anymore. She’s getting even—by beating him at his own game. So what if she has to give up all her free time and any semblance of a personal life? With a partnership in a law firm as prestigious as Beckam, Beckam and Leland on the line, she’s willing to pay the price.
Las Vegas escort Devon McGuire is charming, sexy, and damn good at pleasing women. He’d better be, it’s what he gets paid for. Always up for a challenge, he’s looking forward to his newest job. Who wouldn’t enjoy a week as the companion of a smart, sultry, high-powered attorney—no strings attached?
Devon’s used to pushing boundaries, but there’s something about Anna that makes him want to turn up the steam. And when she learns to let go and unexpectedly opens to him, he finds himself falling right in.
Whoa, hold it. Love was never part of the plan…
They say “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”. That is just what Anna and her friends had full intention of experiencing in this fast-paced romance that combines just a little bit of everything that Vegas is known for.
One would think that Anna Jackson is the typical professional lawyer, but Vegas has a way of changing people. Anna has just been dumped by her boyfriend, Thomas Leeland, who also stole the partnership she had been working for right from under her feet. Anna is on a mission to prove that she is the best. I love how Anna’s friends wanted to make her mission impossible and set a new plan in motion for their best friend. I could just picture Ann’s jaw dropping when she met Devon in Caesars Palace.
Devon McGuire is a very pricey male prostitute. I love how he is independent and has schedules for his clients, most of which are regulars. The way Devon attacked and then retreated when dealing with Anna was a lesson in warfare. He did just enough to hook Anna and have her agree to his plans. What I really loved about Devon was that he never treated Anna just like another client. I got the feeling that Devon was really making love with Anna throughout the story not just having sex. I could tell that Devon really cared about Anna and her feelings.
Thomas Leeland shows up again in the story and stirs up more trouble. There is also a story about Devon and his family which I found very moving. My favorite characters are Anna’s friends, Mindy, Janie, Holly and Nichole. They are friends that I would love to have on my side.
Bait and Switch is the first book in the Frisky Business Series. I hope there are many more books with these refreshing characters.
Beauty Tempts The Beast by Leslie Dicken
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (196 pages)
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace
Is the enemy of her enemy a friend…or a beast?
Lord Ashworth is scarred by a night of terror years ago that left his face in ruins and his life in shreds. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors that paint him as a horrible, murdering monster to keep visitors at bay. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that the rumors might be true. He tells himself it’s better this way. If his memories ever resurface, at least he will be the only one hurt by them.
The woman on his doorstep, however, simply refuses to fear him. That’s not only an oddity, it’s a threat to his secret…and his heart.
Vivian Suttley has seen the face of evil more than once in her young life. She’s on the run from the latest, a cruel man determined to force her to marry him. Whatever the whispers about the reclusive Ashworth, surely it’s nothing compared to the bleak, violent future she leaves behind.
Ashworth saved her once before, and he’s her last hope for refuge. Yet she wonders if she’s truly safer at Silverstone—or if she has just made the biggest mistake of her life.
A horrible night of terror leaves Lord Ashworth scarred and his life in ruin. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors he’s a beast to keep everyone away. But could the rumors be true? Will he ever know? Then Vivian Suttley arrives refusing to fear him, and to leave. The mysterious Lord Ashworth offers her refuge, but could she be making the biggest mistake of her life by trusting him?
Beauty Tempts The Beast is brisk, fast-paced, and completely sexy. The writing is crisp and concise with characters any reader can easily identify with. The point of view never jumps, and the scenes are well described and packed with delicious adjectives. The dark and mysterious atmosphere Ms. Dicken’s creates in Silverstone Manor pitch perfect.
Ms. Dicken is a talented story-teller. This is my first story I have read by her, but I know it will not be my last. Wonderful job for a writer who is definitely a must keep in the business. Don’t miss out on this deliciously decadent read.
Fallen Angel Reviews
Vivian Suttley needs Charles Hansard, Viscount Ashworth to marry her as soon as possible. Charles is known as The Monster because of being a recluse with a scarred face. Not many women are waiting in line to marry him. Vivian doesn’t care what Charles looks like. She saw him before his hideous scarring and knows he is simply a man who is tormented inside. Vivian wants to be the one woman to help and heal him. She also needs his protection from a man who wants her and will stop at nothing until she is his.
No woman would want to take on The Monster. Charles cannot have a lovely young miss like Vivian in his life. She is too pure and wholesome for a wretched man like himself. Even when he tries to scare Vivian with threats that turn into seduction, Vivian will not be deterred. Because Charles can’t deny his attraction to Vivian, he will allow her to stay for the time being. He knows she is hiding something, and he will figure out what it is.
As Vivian and Charles become more comfortable around each other, the woman Charles once loved comes back begging for his hand in marriage. Charles asks Vivian to pretend to be his fiancé, which she accepts. She would love nothing more for this mock engagement to become a reality. Vivian will not be frightened away from the overbearing Charles or the other side he tries to keep at bay. Time is running out because Vivian’s stalker knows where she is and will stop at nothing to have her in his arms or to kill her so no other man can have her.
Beauty Tempts the Beast has a nice gothic feel to it. This dark, sweeping romance is perfect for those readers who like suffering heroes. Charles is so distressed as he grapples with his fears and the horrors of his past that has lead him to a life of seclusion. His whole world changes when Vivian enters his life. Watching him fall for Vivian adds to the complexity of this story. Leslie Dicken really does build up the attraction between Charles and Vivian and their love scenes smolder with intensity.
The mystery and intrigue in Beauty Tempts the Beast makes this quite the page turner. There are many twists and turns you will not see coming that will keep you guessing till the very end. Leslie Dicken is indeed one author to watch, andBeauty Tempts the Beast will tempt you in many ways.
Reviewed by: Katie