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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

Check 'em out!

Shadow Lake by M. Jean Pike


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.


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

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Assassin's Fall by Angela Steed


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.


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

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Highland Dragon by Kimberly Killion


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...


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

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*This book was bought and paid for by the reviewers money.

Jesse’s Brother by Wendy Ely

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.


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
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