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PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell

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PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth LowellPerfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell
Published by HarperCollins Genres: Suspense

After his father’s death, Jay Vermillion retires from the military and returns home to restore his family’s legacy, Vermilion Ranch.  First he must deal with his father’s ex-wife and his half-brother in a nasty court battle over paintings that belonged to his late father.

 

As the proud owner of Perfect Touch, Sara Medina is determined to make a name for herself in the art world.  So when Jay hires her to provide her expertise to value on his family’s well-known collection of paintings in an attempt to settle an ongoing court case with his ex-stepmother, Sara is all too happy to take on the challenge.

 

Jay and Sara worlds are about to turn upside down after a double murder occurs as a result of searching for the most prized missing painting in the collection.  Then, evil decides to turns its sights to Sara.

 

Will Jay be able to keep Sara out of harm’s way before she becomes the next victim?  But, more importantly, will Jay and Sara succumb to burning passion brewing between them.

 

Perfect Touch is a wonderful mixture of sweet romance and thrilling suspense.  From the very beginning I could tell that this was going to be an enjoyable read.  While I had my suspicions as to whom the villains were. Elizabeth Lowell adds in a few surprises that threw me for a loop because I never suspected them. Perfect Touch is a spine-tingling mystery.  Jay and Sara are very likable characters and it was easy to see how they were instantly drawn to each other.  The couple’s courtship is complicated by the double murder, the killer’s relentless pursuit, and Jay’s ex-stepmother and half-brother’s scheming acts.  Nevertheless, Jay and Sara wondrously find a way to make their relationship work.  The sexual encounters are filled with passion and intensity.  The plot is thick with a murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.  Perfect Touch is a fantastic read.

NIGHT DIVER by Elizabeth Lowell

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NIGHT DIVER by Elizabeth LowellNight Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-08
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Lisa
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the adventurous and deadly world of underwater treasure hunters in a heart-stopping tale that superbly combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspenseAfter a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family's diving and marine-recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate's financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty—including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island—even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship. When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets—and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.

A family tragedy sent teenage Kate Donnelly running from the only life she’d known, the life she loved unconditionally until the ocean took her beloved parents.  She left behind a grandfather and an older brother, Larry, to pick up the pieces of a once thriving salvage operation aboard the Golden Bough.

 

Over the years she kept her personal vow to stay away. Kate made a new life for herself until the day an impassioned phone call from Larry begging for help brings her full circle and back to the island of Saint Vincent.  At the same time Holden Cameron also arrives on the island.  The decorated military diver was forced to retire due to injuries and now works for Her Majesties Government Antiquities Office.  It will be Holden’s job to ascertain whether to shut down the salvage operation immediately or give the captain of the Golden Bough more rope to financially hang.

 

The Donnelly ship is anchored over the Moon Rose, a pirate ship rumored to be filled with treasure though very little has been found thus far.  Either the wreck is a bust or someone is helping themselves on their own time.  From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Kate and Holden is palpable, added spice is the mystery of whether there’s a treasure to be found.  If anyone is stealing it must be a Donnelly, every clue they unearth points to Larry or Grandpa.  The clock is ticking and a hurricane is barreling down on them just to make things even more interesting…

 

Night Diver is simply…wow!  Author Elizabeth Lowell knows exactly how to draw the reader in with cleverly constructed word building, a multi-layered plotline, and most importantly characters who grow and adapt.  Even the most land locked reader will feel the neoprene suits and the bubbles and understand what’s happening.  Kate is a delight, Holden is absolutely luscious.  As Night Diver unfolds the mysteries begin, the red herrings, and the dropped crumbs.  Then the climax twists, turns, and explodes.  The real treasure is reading Night Diver.

HOW TO SEDUCE A VAMPIRE (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING)
by Kerrelyn Sparks

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HOW TO SEDUCE A VAMPIRE (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) by Kerrelyn SparksHow to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #15
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-29
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

From New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks comes the next adventure in the Love at Stake series, featuring a Master vampire and his love affair with a woman of many secrets . . .Vampire Zoltan Czakvar is on the hunt for the truth about his father's death. He's been searching for a very long time—since 1241, in fact. And he is not about to give up, even when he's attacked by a woman with striking blue eyes and a hell of a right hook!Neona is also on the hunt. She's looking for a mate and she thinks muscled Zoltan will work just fine. After all, men are good for only one thing. Soon, though, she realizes there's more to this handsome vampire than just sexual prowess. But she's keeping a secret from Zoltan, something so big that it will rock the vampire world.Can their newfound love survive . . . even if their passion means the destruction of her world?

Neona is a warrior princess who lives with a small group of warrior women in a remote valley in Tibet.  They are unknown and need to stay that way because their lives have been pledged to a bigger cause and have been for many, many centuries.  When Neona and the other woman break their rule about no men, after helping a man who helped them in an attack, it’s the beginning of them learning just how the world has changed in the many centuries they have been apart and that not everything they have been told is the entire truth.  This handsome and strong man just might be the man worth mating with to produce a girl child with.

 

Zoltan Czakvar has been looking for the people who killed his father for over 800 years and finally he has a lead – an exact copy of the arrow that was used and that Zoltan has kept for so long.  Finding out just where that arrow came from and who the owner is begins a long and frustrating journey for Zoltan, that is until it becomes a journey filled with love and passion.  Now if he can just get the trust and acceptance from not only Neona, her mother the Queen and the other warrior women.  As if that isn’t going to be difficult enough, Zoltan is going to have to help them defeat the same ban of evil vampires and others who he and his people have been seeking for many, many years.

 

Neona is fighting a battle with herself and the “truths” that she and her friends have been told for so long.  However, fighting the attraction between herself and Zoltan fast becomes a losing cause, so Neona begins to figure out a way to have Zoltan be accepted by her mother and the other women in her valley.  Learning that Zoltan not only knows the men who have been attacking them but that he and his friends can help protect them and their mysterious lifetime charge, is going to be one heck of an undertaking if they are to have all the women learn to accept the many changes that are coming at them fast and furious.  Zoltan never expected the cascade of changes that his falling for Neona produced but when the worse happens, he is determined to put everything right – even if the cost might be greater than either Zoltan or Neona every expected.

 

A warrior princess and a ancient vampire learn that love can happen at anytime and all you really can do is hold on and ride the wave while fighting for your right to experience that same love.  How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) not only brings Zoltan and Neona together but it also brings the present to a secluded group of warrior women and introduces a group of shifters previously thought to be extinct.  I had to laugh as I finished Zoltan and Neona’s story when I realized that the many changes and answers that happened all came from an arrow.  I had to love both Zoltan and Neona – Zoltan for his fierce courting of Neona and also his long hunt for who the arrow that killed his father belonged to, (mind you it was for a very different reason than I first thought) and Neona for trying to find a path between her new love of Zoltan and the mission that she and the other women in her valley are sworn to uphold.  Ms.Sparks pens a riveting story, as things get shook up for the warrior women and as Zoltan and Neona found and fought for their love. How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) is a journey of fighting to protect the innocent while a strong and lasting love is being discovered – full of touching parts and deadly danger. Just what I would expect from Kerrilyn Sparks’s Love at Stake series.

FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan

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FOREPLAY by Sophie JordanForeplay by Sophie Jordan
Series: Ivy Chronicles #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-11-05
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Reviewed by Miranda

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend's brother, Hunter, for, like, ever. He's the key to everything she's always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she's kissed exactly one guy, she has the perfect plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom: take a few pointers from someone who knows what he's doing.Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he's beyond gorgeous, but he's also dangerous and deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as a lesson in attraction is turning both their worlds upside down, and showing them just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what's real. . . .

Pepper has always been in love with her best friend’s older brother, Hunter.  She has watched from behind the scenes as Hunter dated other people but now he’s single and it is the perfect time for Pepper to make her move. But there is one thing Pepper believes she needs before making her move on Hunter. She needs some skills in the bedroom and her friends have picked out the perfect guy for her to get some private lessons with.  The hottie bartender at their favorite college drinking hole.

 

Pepper is expecting an easy encounter with the bartender so she is caught off guard when she meets Reece.  Pepper can spot a troubled soul easy because she sees one when she looks in the mirror.  Reece is sexy and smooth but he might be dangerous to Pepper’s heart.  Will Reece teach Pepper the ins and outs of foreplay? Will Pepper find the family she has always wanted or true love?

 

Sophie Jordan weaves a magical spell with Pepper and Reece in Foreplay.  Their first meeting is kismet and things only get better from there.  My favorite thing about Ms. Jordan’s writing is how perfect she gets the turbulent emotions of people of her characters age.  Things are so messy when you are in the throes of first love, especially when you are carrying the baggage that Pepper and Reece are carrying around.

 

Pepper and Reece are downright steamy! Their emotions and chemistry simply drip from the pages of Foreplay!  If Pepper and Reece are the kind of couple that comes of out The Ivy Chronicles series then I am ready for book two!

SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION by Loretta Chase

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SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION by Loretta ChaseSilk Is For Seduction by Loretta Chase
Series: Dressmakers #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-06-28
Genres: Historical
Reviewed by Shayna

From the Design Book of Marcelline Noirot:The allure of the perfect gown should be twofold:ladies would die to wear it . . .and gentlemen would kill to remove it!Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefitfrom her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton,the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning thefuture duchess's patronage means prestige and fortunefor Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady,though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whosestandards are as high as his morals are . . . not.The prize seems well worth the risk—but this timeMarcelline's met her match. Clevedon candesign a seduction as irresistible as her dresses;and what begins as a flicker of desire between twoof the most passionately stubborn charmersin London soon ignites into a delicious inferno . . .and a blazing scandal.And now both their futures hang by anexquisite thread of silk . . .

Marcelline Noirot may be part of the notorious “Dreadful DeLuceys,” but she and her sisters are not a pack of liars and thieves.  Marcelline is, however, incredibly ambitious, and she’s determined to be London ‘s premiere dressmaker.  And what better way is there for her to win over the ton than to dress the Duke of Clevedon’s future bride?  Marcelline tracks down the scandalous duke in Paris and sets out to convince him to patronize her shop.  But there’s one thing Marcelline didn’t count on when she set out to capture a duke: that she’d come to want his heart, not just his wallet.

Loretta Chase brings 1830s fashion to vivid life in Silk is for Seduction.  The amount of detail allotted to dressmaking in Silk is for Seduction is sure to please fashion enthusiasts. Unfortunately for this reader, it felt like more attention was paid to dresses than characters or plot, making Marcelline and Clevedon’s story fall flat.  Marcelline’s personality seems to be limited to her ambition and Clevedon’s character doesn’t come to life except when he’s thinking of how he lusts after Marcelline.  The future heroines of the Dressmakers series, Sophia and Leonie, have no personality whatsoever, making it very difficult to find something to interest me in Silk is for Seduction.  The one character of note is Clara, Clevedon’s intended.  Clara is the one character that leaped off the page and I found myself wishing that the book was about her rather than Marcelline and Clevedon.  Theoretically, Clara’s almost-engagement to Clevedon would be the major obstacle of Silk is for Seduction, but strangely this element of the book never really seems to hit its full potential.

Silk is for Seduction plods along with its tepid romance and weak attempts at intrigue until the very end of the book.  Ms. Chase does finish up Marcelline and Clevedon’s story nicely, but not enough to make me want to revisit Silk is for Seduction.  Readers who already are fans of Ms. Chase’s might enjoy this book, but those who are new to her work would be better served by looking to another one of Ms. Chase’s stories to read instead of sitting down with Silk is for Seduction.

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