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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



Check 'em out! Leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you.









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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