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HEART is about uplifting authors and their hard work. Only stories the staff have read rating three hearts or higher will appear on this site. If a story does not make the grade then it will not appear on the site. It is HEART’s belief that no review is better than a bad one. With that being said, HEART stands behind the STORIES (stories only, not the publisher or any affiliates) posted on its review site and believes in the writing abilities of the author. HEART inspires to celebrate the art of writing, great story telling and the authors who write them.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Opening Our Doors

HEARTreview opened Aug 2009. Since that time we have had close to 1000 page views. We consider that a successful start being that we post an average of 2 to 3 reviews at the beginning of every month. Of course, the Christmas special helped. But we would like to grow even more in 2010 and bring you more. Like reader voted best book of the quarter and more holiday special reviews. But to do this, we need more reviewers.

So we are opening our doors to reviewers. If you would like to become a reviewer for HEARTreview, drop me, Jasmine Black, an email at heartreviewsite@yahoo.com . Once we have more reviewers, we will be able to add more publishers to our list; meaning more variety of works. You don't have to be a writer to review (but you can be), you just have to love to read free ebooks and give an opinion.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Jasmine

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Thank you to all the wonderful authors who made the first annual Stocking Stuffer Special a success. I enjoyed reading all your wonderful Christmas stories and look forwaard to next year's stories.

As most of you know, Christmas is a Christian holiday. I know everyone doesn't celebrate it. So, for those who don't, may the holidays you celebrate and the coming new year be blessed. For those who do, Merry Christmas. Because I am of the Christian faith, I do celebrate Christmas and because this is a site to celebrate books, I wanted to share an excerpt from the greatest book ever written.


Luke Ch 2
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.




May God bless you all.
Jasmine
HEARTreview owner

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Yuletide by Nyla Rose

Blurb:

This year Maxine's Christmas present has arrived two weeks early. Only it's not full of glad tidings or great joy. She's facing bankruptcy.

Turning to her Grandpa for help, the last thing she expects is an ultimatum - marry by Christmas or lose her inheritance. Her ex-lover, attorney Gabe Fenton offers his help, but he has his own strings - a repeat of the mind-blowing nights they spent in Vegas five years go.

Will Christmas end with a blissful explosion of fireworks, or will her world crash and burn?

My Review:

Hot! Hot! Hot! Emotional and touching. I had to wipe my eyes from the pain Gabe felt over Maxine. Also from the emotional turmoil between Maxine and her grandfather. My heart was breaking.

New and upcoming author Nyla Rose is one to watch. Smooth writing. Strong conflict. Alpha males and heroines who push back.

Another Christmas story that can be enjoyed year round.

I give this story 5 hearts and a Recommended Read. Reviewed by

Jasmine





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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Fireman for Christmas by Piper Denna

Blurb:

Every fireman knows the value of a controlled burn...

One more Christmas lusting after her older brother’s best friend? Timi might lose her mind. Fed up with family holidays, she rents a cabin for one, planning a Christmas escape her drawings. But after numerous sketches turn out to be her rendition of Clay in the Hottest Firemen Calendar poster, she realizes location is just a technicality.

Fireman Clay can’t imagine spending Christmas without Timi around to ogle. Hearing she’s holed up in a lovers’ retreat, he can’t resist seeking her out. This year, he’s determined to start a fire and claim the gift he’s always wanted.

My Review:

Sweet. Moving. And a hero to die for. Clay is everything a woman could ever want. He's suppose to put out fires, but he'll create one you're sure you'll want to tend not douse.

Ms. Denna packs depth and emotion into this story in such a short time and gives you that complete ah feeling. Christmas story or not, you'll not want to miss this one.


I give this story 5 hearts and a Recommended Read. Reviewed by

Jasmine

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crisscross by Ericka Scott

Blurb:

Crisscross (noun): A web of deceit entangling a bestselling author and her small son, two ex-lovers, and a killer with a knack for cruciverbalism and a thirst for revenge.

A psychic, and skeptic, and serial killer… Lia Morgan has seen portents and signs since she was a teenager; however, few people believed her, including her own family. Although estranged, Lia travels across country to aid in the search for her missing sister, Sylvie. What seems to be a simple case gets complicated fast when Lia discovers her sister had a plethora of secrets, including a small son. Is her sister running from an impending paternity case like the police assume, or is her disappearance the work of a serial killer as her friends suspect?

An anthropologist and crossword puzzle fanatic, Jared Trimble is a packrat with a PhD. His world is grounded in the here and now, with no room for paranormal mumbo-jumbo. When Jared's asked to work as a consultant on a missing person's case involving a series of crossword puzzle clues, he's conflicted. One part's thrilled. The other part is suspicious; worried he fits the description of suspect more than investigator. All that is forgotten when he realizes his ex-lover, Lia Morgan, is the missing woman’s sister. While Lia follows signs and portents, Jared uses his wits and experience. When the two collide, nearly forgotten passions flare. As the final clue is revealed, the solution brings them both into the bull’s-eye of the serial killer's target.

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My Review:

Fast paced, layered and intricate, I found this book a fun read with plenty of sparks and twists to keep the pages turning.


I give this story 4 hearts. Reviewed by

Quinn O’Shea


Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow Angel by Diana Bold

Blurb:

When widowed Bethany Sinclair boards the stagecoach to Texas, she finds herself sharing the ride with a dangerous outlaw and the marshal who is returning him to justice. But when a winter blizzard sends the stagecoach tumbling into a ravine, the driver and the marshal are killed and she must trust the outlaw.

Zach Price knows he might never get another chance to make his escape, but he can’t abandon his lovely companion to certain death. They take shelter in a cave, and as the storm rages outside Bethany receives the best Christmas present of her life – an outlaw’s love.

My Review:

Heartwarming. Touching. Hot. Ms. Bold has never disappointed me with one of her stories and Snow Angel is no different. While this story was released in 2007, it stands the test of time. I could read this one year after year.

A simple plot, complex characters and deeply emotional. This story will stir your heart and have you rooting for the underdog. A perfect short to read while the kidos basket in their Christmas loot and the grownups nap with a full belly.

I give this story 5 hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Magic by Adelle Laudan

Blurb:

A tragic fire has put a major damper on Laura Payne's holiday spirit. She'd just as well skip Christmas all together. A series of circumstances brought self-imposed bachelor, Justin Carron to care for his sixteen year old niece, Richelle, whom he'd never laid eyes on.

A winter storm, and an unexpected turn of the wheel, on their way home from the airport, changes all three of their lives forever. Each one is faced with their own mortality, the prospect of becoming a family, and the kindness of strangers.

Mr. C. is a kind old man, who lives alone, and tends to a stable of deer. There is something different about the jolly old man with a white beard and suspenders. After a series of unexplained incidents, he shows them that all things are possible, if they'd just let go of the past, and believe in the magic of Christmas.

My Review:

Such angst and emotional turmoil. Right when you think Ms. Laudan’s characters couldn’t suffer any more, she twists the knife deeper. This is horrible, but it’s that conflict which grabs a reader and keeps them. It sure grabbed my attention.

The only issue I had with the book was the hero and heroine fell in love with each other after only a few short days. But maybe that was the magic of Christmas. A well written story with deep conflict. You’ll wish the story was longer.

I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine


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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Spirits: Tomorrow’s Gifts by Lisabet Sarai

Blurb:

Michael loves his burly, powerful partner Neil, but he's too embarrassed to share his secret fantasies of submission and surrender. Frustrated and confused, he wonders whether he and Neil really belong together.

Then, on Christmas Eve, Michael receives a visit from a sexy Dom, Thorne Wilder, who claims to be his lover from the future. Thorne shows Michael scenes from a wild life of sexual excess that he claims they'll share if he breaks up with Neil.Should Michael trust the ghost of Christmas future, or does his true future lie with Neil?

My Review:

This story combines two genres that are pretty much on the bottom of my list as far as picking a genre goes. BDSM and M/M. But I like the basic premise of this story. Who doesn’t like a good scrooge tale around the holidays? So I gave it try.

While it may be the way guys think and talk, the language was a bit crass for me. But the writing was smooth. There was loads of sex in this one, but the plot and storyline held its own, making the scenes work. It’s also full of emotion and had me rooting for Michael to make a certain choice.

Michael gets to see the future and it helps him to make a hard life changing decision. This gives a new meaning to the phrase sleep on it. How many times have I gone to bed hoping to find the answer to a major life decision? Enough to make me envy Michael.

If you like BDSM and M/M and you’re looking for a good ghost of Christmas future story, you won’t want to miss this one.


I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by


Jasmine



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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mission of Christmas by Candice Gilmer

Blurb:

Will one man’s Christmas cheer thaw Ms. Scrooge’s heart?

To put it plainly, Erica Jones hates Christmas. While everyone else is decking the halls, she's holed up in her apartment watching explosion-packed action films, stubbornly ignoring the whole thing.

Longtime friend Andy Hawkins knows why Erica hates the holidays, but this year, he's on a mission. Come hell or eggnog, she'll let go of the past and see the future standing right in front of her...

Content Warning:Sexual Content.

My Review:

Sweet and Tender. I enjoyed the story line and the few bits of humor placed throughout. Ms. Gilmer’s writing is smooth and flows. The hero and heroine mesh well together and were meant for each other. A couple of places choked me up. Not quite tears, but good nevertheless.

If you’re like me and drag your e-reader along everywhere you go, you’ll be able to read this short while traveling from one relative’s house to the next or while standing in line to check out. A quick holiday read you won’t want to miss.

I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine



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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Peppermint Kisses by Wynter O’Reilly

Blurb:

When Jack wakes from his car wreck he finds himself attended by two gorgeous vixens. As a winter storm rages outside he wonders about his two new friends: who are they, what are they doing here and what secret are they hiding? He quickly discovers there could be worse circumstances, and life can be sweet, with Peppermint Kisses.

My Review:

Hot and upbeat. This fun little holiday story could warm the coldest night. Ms. O’Reilly has penned an entertaining tale to make your imagination soar. Definitely an adult stocking stuffer you might want to read after the kidos have packed it in for the night.

I give this story 4 hearts. Reviewed by
Jasmine



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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Missing Star by Kallysten



Blurb:

As a child, Tina discovered that, like her grandmother, she had a talent for magic, but she never developed her abilities. After years have passed, she rediscovers her gift on Christmas Eve, and tries to bring back to her for a night the love she had let slip away from her. But will one more night with Ryan be enough?

My Review:

Cute. Quick. A bit predictable. But worth the .49 price. This short stocking stuffer delivers a sliver of Christmas magic that everyone hopes for.


I give this story 3 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Finn’s Christmas by Angel Martinez

Blurb:

Winter in Canada can be a little tedious. The cold, the snow, the ever-darkening days, the hibernation...

Finn's inability to stay awake has Diego worried sick and with Miriam coming to visit, how is he going to explain?

Staying awake is hard when you just want to turn into a badger and burrow until the sun returns. But Finn has his reasons for wanting to escape the long sleep this year. Agonizing over the perfect gift for Diego has him turning mental circles, if he can only keep his eyes open long enough to make it work.

My Review:

A cute story about Christmas wonder and discovery. Once I got a few pages into the story, I enjoyed it. Though it’s not really a standalone read, which I why I think it took a couple of pages to understand what was going on. I felt that I would have enjoyed the story more if I had read FINN first and connected with the characters. If you read FINN and wanted more after the end, then FINN’S CHRISTMAS is a cute addition.

Since I read this as a standalone book and have not read FINN, I have to take off marks for feeling as if I’m missing a connection with the first story. But if you read FINN and liked it, then you’ll enjoy this one too. If you haven’t read FINN, then I recommend you read it first before jumping into FINN’S CHRISTMAS. All in all, still a cute holiday story.

I give this story 3 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine




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Monday, December 14, 2009

When Ginger Snapped by Kerri Nelson

Blurb:


When Ginger Snapped is a hot romantic comedy about a newly single mom Ginger Lockhart who can’t take anymore of the emotional turmoil of her pending divorce or the holiday madness of the Christmas season. Until she meets sexy massage therapist Caston DeLuca and he works his magical hands on her. Only then, can she begin to let the insanity and complications of life slip away but will he become more than just a one session soother?

My Review:


Holiday’s are busy and a stressful time of year. And that stress might make you want to jump over the edge. Ginger, on the other hand, does. If you’ve ever wanted to go off, maybe you could live through Ginger for a few short moments instead.

More of a mainstream book than romance, Ms. Nelson has captured the heart and mind of every woman who has ever been scorned. Whether they act on the anger in some way or another or not, is a different story.

I did have some issues with this story in that I’m afraid Ginger will wake up and realize her troubles have just started rather than ended. However, I’m sure women can relate to Ginger’s feelings if not her actions.

I give this story 3 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine




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Sunday, December 13, 2009

2009 Stocking Stuffer Reviews

Welcome to the first annual HEARTreview Stocking Stuffer Special. We hope you'll enjoy the next 12 days of reviews. Stop by each day as a new Christmas review will be posted. We at HEART know the holidays are a busy time and you might not have as much time to read a full length book. So, maybe you'll find that perfect story to squeeze in.

Listed below is the line up for this year's reviews.

We'd love to hear from all you readers and authors. Leave a comment about the review or just drop a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Enjoy.



Jasmine

Mainstream

When Ginger Snapped by Kerri Nelson

GLBT

Christmas Spirits: Tomorrows Gifts by Lisbet Sarai

Finn's Christmas by Angel Martinez

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Reviews




Reviews are up for the month of December.

  1. Earthman’s Bride by Icy Snow Blackstone

  2. Sacred Secrets: Chronicles of Surrender by Roxy Harte

Check 'em out! Leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you.
Be sure to check back later this month for our holiday special Stocking Stuffer Reviews

Earthman’s Bride by Icy Snow Blackstone

Blurb:

Rebeka’s orders are to marry, then betray--but love gets in the way.

For thirty years, Rebeka Spearman’s people have been at war with the invading Earthmen who took over her planet and took possession of its wealth. Now her father, Alcin, devises a plan to end the conflict. Under a flag of truth, he offers Rebeka in marriage to Philip Hamilcar, the current Terran leader.

Unknown to Philip, she and her android bodyguard have a hidden agenda: to kill him and destroy the invaders from within. What no one knows is that Darius, the android, has an empath chip within his artificial intelligence system, allowing him to feel emotions.

Now a love triangle is on the rise between three very different hearts. War, betrayal and passion collide--can they untangle their choices in time?

My Review:

Excellent! True omi done at its best. Ms. Blackstone has woven an intriguing tale in Earthman’s Bride.

I found the narrator to wander a bit at the start of the story. He/she seemed to have trouble telling the story in chronological order, but I’ll forgive them of that because after a couple of chapters they pull it together. It’s interesting to me that the people of Tusteya seemed to behave as humans do now and the Earthmen behaved in a different manner. It seemed as if Earth had evolved into a world I wouldn’t recognize or in some instances devolved and that I would fit into Tusteya much better.

The story took on twists and turns that I had not expected. The ending threw out more mystery than it revealed. It is book one in a series and to discover the answers to those mysteries you’ll have to read on. Or at least I hope to discover the answers because I’m intrigued now.

A few editing mistakes and the wandering narrator brings my rating down a bit. But not by much.


I give this story 5 hearts. Reviewed by


Jasmine


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Sacred Secrets: Chronicles of Surrender by Roxy Harte



Blurb:

Celia sold herself in a bargain for rough play and a great story--not murder!

Celia Brentwood, fetish reporter for San Francisco’s Inappropriate Voices, agrees to auction herself off as a BDSM slave for thirty days. She plans to write a first-person exposé, but after she’s purchased by Garrett Lawrence, the most eligible gay bachelor in town, her story becomes an insider peek at the man once accused of killing his lover.

Garrett still mourns the loss of his beloved, but the past is hard to forget when it’s stalking him. The real killer is obsessed with Garrett...until Celia’s deception is discovered and the killer decides she’s the perfect route to his prey.

My Review:

First I want to point out that the BDSM genre is not my cup of tea. And it is not a genre that I would buy. But if it is your cup of tea and you enjoy this genre, then Ms. Harte has woven a tale you are sure to want to read. Be warned, there is violence in this story and the book does come with this warning.

Personally, I don’t like to read stories with violence. Because of this, I had to put the book down during many scenes and take a break before I could get through it. But as a reviewer, I felt that this story deserved a review because of the writing quality. There is a strong plot and mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Since I don’t get the whole concept of pain can equal pleasure, I didn’t really fall for the hero. Now I did like the hero, but when he delivered punishment it really turned me off to his character. But if you enjoy this, I believe you could fall for Garrett. Ms. Harte did a wonderful job bringing her characters to life and showing their sorrows and joys. They deal with deep emotions and managed to survive.

I did have a couple of issues as I felt the heroine was bashing Christianity as a whole. A few lines to demonstrate that it was the ex-boyfriend and father who were bad and not Christianity in general would have alleviated this and raised my rating.

If this is a genre you love, you won’t want to miss this title.



I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by


Jasmine








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Sacred Secrets: Chronicles of Surrender by Roxy Harte

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lone Star Trouble by Autumn Piper



Blurb:

One hot cowboy plus one tough rancher-girl adds up to trouble!

Kiersten Day holds a grudge against all things Texan, especially cattle baron CJ Howell, with his hubcap-sized belt buckle and tacky white hat. He’s set his sights on her tiny Colorado ranch, and he’s a master of dirty tactics, slinging threats to make her sell out.

Caught in the fight of her life, Kiersten meets Cleve, a tall, handsome good guy. Too late, she finds out he’s Howell’s son. She might be pregnant, she doesn’t know who to trust, and danger is closing in. She’s head over heels -- and kicking herself!

Content warning, a hot cowboy, dirty tactics and lots of lone star trouble.

Review:

Cleve Howell is a hero just the way I like them. Handsome as sin, with a will of iron and a heart of gold. He’s determined to distinguish himself from his father, not only in business practices, but in living his life. Unlike his father, he doesn’t believe in using underhanded tactics to get what he wants. In the process, he gets much more than he bargained for when he meets his father’s nemesis, Kiersten Day.

I found myself rooting for Kiersten Day from page one. She’s a strong, yet resilient woman, determined to hold on to her family’s legacy no matter what, or who, tries to destroy it. She holds no love in her heart for anything Texan, and with good reason. At least until she meets the man she believes works for her sworn enemy, CJ Howell.

Ms. Piper has crafted a highly entertaining story which was a pure joy to read. Her characterizations are so vivid they pull you right into the story. She skillfully weaves just the right amount of comedy to keep you laughing, with enough well thought out suspense to keep you turning pages. While at the same time, spicing things up with red-hot sexual tension and heart stopping romance. In fact, this book was so good, I couldn’t put it down.



I give this story five hearts and a recommended read. Reviewed by

Anna


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

November Reviews










Reviews are up for the month of November.


  1. Chasing Booty by Shannon Leigh

  2. Dreams of the Past by Stephanie Barmann

  3. Lone Star Trouble by Autumn Piper



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Dreams of the Past by Stephanie Barmann

Blurb:


Some Dreams are Meant to Come True.


Men don’t rate highly on busy Janelle’s list of priorities, especially not when they have a habit of cheating on her. The last thing she expects is to fall in love with Jake, a man she’s met online.


Jake, a military man, can't get Janelle out of his head. She haunts his dreams at night, and now she’s agreed to meet him in real life.


From the moment they set eyes on each other, they knew it was meant to be. Will history repeat itself or will Janelle and Jake find their happy ending?


My Review:


This was an interesting read for me. I enjoyed the story and plot. I did have some issues with it, however. The pacing seemed a bit off at the beginning while Ms. Barmann is switching back and forth from the present to a year ago. But once the story stays in the present the pacing is worked out.


Having a military background, I sympathized with Jake more than Janelle. I’ve been the military member, and I’ve been the spouse left behind waiting for the military member to come home. I felt that Jake had done nothing so terrible as to have Janelle react the way she did to him. I thought she wasn’t willing to see Jake’s side of things after everything he’d been through. Coming home from war is a hard adjustment. I also know it’s hard on the one left behind. And after everything Jake went through, I’m not sure I bought his reaction to the surprise coming home party. This loud shock could have caused Jake to go into a flashback. I thought it was selfish on Janelle’s part even though she thought it was a wonderful gift. The fact that she doesn’t put herself in his shoes and think her actions through is what bothered me.


While I didn’t connect with Janelle, I did connect with Jake and the story. I enjoyed the little bit of paranormal the dream segments added. They were intriguing.





I give this story four hearts. Reviewed by




Jasmine






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Chasing Booty by Shannon Leigh

Blurb:

When cops can’t catch the most-wanted criminals, they hire Gaelyn. She comes from a long line of bounty hunters, including her father, uncle, and grandfather. Extensive training in weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, and adverse conditions have seasoned her into a formidable opponent against any contracted hit, whether male, female, alien, or human. She has little fear of the unknown and thrives on adventure.

Only one other hunter matches her status—Reese, a Trøndite from the small planet of Sør-Trøndalag in the Capricornus Sector. And the man has a knack for stealing her contracts. Both cunning and gorgeous, the mix doesn’t seem quite fair. But attractiveness holds little power over money. Reese had beaten Gaelyn out of a half-year’s pay a scarce three months ago, and she will be damned if he outwits her again.

Thinking she’s duped Reese back onto Jupiter, Gaelyn isn’t too happy when she runs into him on Quaoar at the Blue Moon, an authentic hole-in-the-wall bar tucked at the end of a narrow alley in what would be considered the rough part of town; just the place to find her contracted hit. But Reese not only has the information she needs to find her mark, he also has a business proposal that’s too tempting to pass up. And a partnership with Reese just might prove rewarding in a way Gaelyn never expects...

My Review:

Excellent! Chasing Booty is a story that sucked me in right from the start and held my attention until the end. And this is not my choice of genre. Ms. Leigh built a wonderful world that I could visualize in a short period of time. The plot was fun and exciting. The love scenes were hot and definitely out of the normal—in a good way. The writing was fantastic.

I really enjoyed this story. I won’t give any spoilers, but I was a bit disappointed on the outcome of the chase. Other than that, this book rates high on my list of must reads.



I give this story five hearts by
Jasmine




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Saturday, October 3, 2009

October Reviews


Reviews are up for the month of October.

1. Assassin's Fall by Angela Steed

2. Highland Dragon By Kimberly Killion

3. Jesse's Brother by Wendy Ely

4. Shadow Lake by M. Jean Pike

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Shadow Lake by M. Jean Pike

Blurb:



They weren’t looking for love.

So love found them.


Sexy campground owner Shane Lucy needs summer help. Divorced and raising a teenage son alone, the idea of finding love is the last thing on his mind. Yet there’s something sincere and kind about lovely Emma, something genuine unlike anything he’s encountered before.

Emma Beckman is trying to pick up the threads of her unraveled life. Recently widowed, she ventures into Shadow Lake for the prospect of tranquility and a new summer job. Her new boss is a prospect all his own—a magical, beautiful prospect … of love on the lake.

Review:

Sweet, Endearing. The plot was a bit trite, but the author made it work. The writing is simple and unsophisticated, which works with the sweet tone of the story.

If you’re tired of groping and sweaty sheets and just want a simple story of love, this one fills the bill.



I give this story four hearts. Reviewed by
Quinn




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Assassin's Fall by Angela Steed

Blurb:

Code name: Shane Sin.

Mission: Capture the assassin’s heart.

When undercover police officer Shane Hawke is sent to infiltrate one of the world’s most cutthroat international crime rings, he finds more than he bargained for. While the woman chosen to be the crime lord’s personal body guard is in far over her head, Shane might also be in over his head … over her.

Plucked from the streets and groomed for a life of high stakes theft, Haley has become the most trusted in her team of jewel thieves, never guessing how deep the level of evil around her goes—and without a way to escape it when the truth comes out. Can she trust the mysterious Shane Sin to protect her? The alternative could cost her her love—and maybe even her life.

Review:

I enjoyed this story -- good plot, charismatic characters, unexpected twists and a disturbingly attractive villain. In fact, I almost felt more sexual appeal from the villain than the hero. Almost, but not quite. Shane drew me back in, despite his silly code name. Lots of sexual tension, but not many sex scenes.

Reasonably well written, though awkward wording occasionally tossed me out of the story. Still, the lead characters were engaging and the plot lively enough I was drawn back in and read this short book in one sitting.


I give this story three nd a half hearts. Review by
Quinn


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Highland Dragon by Kimberly Killion

Blurb:


A desire that defies all limits…and a love that was meant to be…



Scotland 1502.





Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan’s children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch—and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.



Calin MacLeod has kept Akira's secrets and to avenge his father, the sensual young laird must marry her. He is more than a match for the fiery nature of the woman he adores. Yet the passion they share—and truths that can no longer remain hidden—could rip all of Scotland apart...



Review:


Brilliant! Breathtaking! Heart stopping! Ms. Killion is a breath of fresh air. Highland Dragon gripped my heart from page one and held it until the last period.



Calin is the ultimate alpha hero; strong, loyal and tender-one I could fall in love with over and over again.



Akria is intelligent, caring and passionate. She possess the fire and courage of a dragon-a true heroine any woman would look up to and desire to be. And what woman wouldn’t want to seize Calin MacLeod’s heart?



Ms. Killion made me fall in love with love all over again. She is definitely on my top authors list.




I give this story five hearts and a Recommended Read. Reviewed by
Jasmine





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Jesse’s Brother by Wendy Ely

Blurb:
One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them.

Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what’s troubling her father isn’t so bad...right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland.

As if family drama wasn’t bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Samantha is torn between the way her heart skips a beat each time Noah looks at her, and the way Jesse’s touch make her yearn for more.

Content Warning: This title contains sex, family drama and a tough choice.

Review:

A sweet and well written story. Jesse’s Brother flows very well and, believe me, after a lot of stories I’ve read lately, this is important to keep a reader interested.

However, I did have a few disappointments with this story. I wish Ms. Ely would have expanded on the problems between the brothers. As I finished the story, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the “whys” of the feud between them. I felt like some important aspects were left out. The other disappointment I had was the emotional depth. I wanted Ms. Ely to go deeper and, yes, make me cry. As it was, there were no tears. Mind you, that of course is my personal preference, being made to cry. Being so caught up in the outcome the black moment crushes your heart and leaves you deeply affected until you have to get your ah moment to make everything better.

On the up side, I’ve learned I would rather read a story with less emotional depth and better writing skills than more emotions and poorly written. Ms. Ely’s writing was top notch, not forcing me to edit it as I read.

A note to the author: I’ll be looking for more depth in your next story. Meaning, yes, I would read another story from this author.


I give this story four hearts. Reviewed by
Jasmine
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sept Reviews

Reviews for Sept. are up.

1. There's Gotta Be Something More by Maggie Grey

2. From the Dust by Ryshia Kennie

There's Gotta Be Something More by Maggie Grey

Blurb:

The words kept running through her head: There’s gotta be something more. With Zach Baker, there just might be.

Divorce. Dead-end career. Disaster. Then fate steps in and changes Jesse’s life in an instant. With her dreams now close enough to touch, she moves to the mountain splendor of Montana with her young daughter. Far from city life, her plans to start her own riding school start to take shape—with the help of a certain cowboy down the road.

A girl with money and a passing interest in horses sure isn’t enough to turn Zach Baker’s head. With the ice wall around his heart firmly in place, he isn’t about to let Jesse chip away at it. It’ll take more than just the heat of attraction to melt that ice, and attraction is all he feels for Jesse, isn’t it? But then, he has been wrong before.

Review:

This is a unique story for me. Usually I can either put a story down and never pick it up again or I can’t put it down. While reading THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING MORE, sometimes I couldn’t stop reading and other times I lost the connection. Part of it maybe that it goes back and forth between omniscient and single POV. While in single POV there is serious head-hopping. The book would have been better served written in complete omni POV than to go back and forth.

Another issue I had was the depth of the conflict. While I hate to make my characters suffer, it’s just plain needed to make a good story great. There was some conflict, but I felt-sorry for the pun-there could have been something more. It needed more depth to pull at my heart strings.

The best part of the story was Zach. He’s smokin’ hot! My, my, girls! And his connection with Jesse’s daughter Emma is just sweet.

There are a few editing issues, but the story read smoothly and kept a nice pace. Overall, I enjoyed this read and could see myself reading more books from this author in the future.

I give this story three and a half hearts. Reviewed by Jasmine


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