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DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas

DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa KleypasDevil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Genres: Historical
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Lady Pandora Ravenel doesn’t wish to be like other ladies of the ton.  Pandora would prefer to make a name and a go at her board game business, making her own money, and not being dependent on a man.  She wishes to work!

Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, is a rake that every debutante would like to ensnare, however he has managed to avoid that trap until he stumbles upon Pandora.  After “compromising” Pandora, Gabriel is forced to offer for her, but her family isn’t the typical family of the times, and she is allowed to make a choice. Gabriel must pull out the stops to ensnare Pandora or let her walk away.

Devil in Spring was a sweet story with a bit of suspense tossed in towards the end.  I really enjoyed Gabriel, but I couldn’t quite understand Pandora’s originality in the context of the tale.  It seemed that Devil in Spring took a contemporary female protagonist and mixed her up with a historical male figure.  I felt that some things could’ve been fleshed out a bit more in Devil in Spring, as well.  Pandora was a likeable character, but Gabriel was the best part of Devil in Spring, however his proclivities could have stood a bit more exploration, maybe more showing and less telling.  The supporting characters lend a bit more to the story, but some weren’t too deep and could’ve been more rounded in Devil in Spring.  In the end, Devil in Spring, is a cute light romance to cut your teeth on, but one would expect a bit more from such a seasoned writer as Lisa Kleypas.



TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni BlakeTake Me All The Way by Toni Blake
Series: Coral Cove #3
Genres: Contemporary
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Tamra Day doesn’t need anything more in her life than what she has already.  Yet as time wears on, Tamra begins to hunger for something…more.  However, the pickings in Coral Cove aren’t exactly abundant for this garden designer, and the one that seems to pique her interest does so in more ways than one.


Jeremy Sheridan, a war hero, decides to make a new start in a completely new area.  Not wanting to rely upon the kindness of friends and family, he takes his wounded self to Coral Cove and attempts to make something more of what’s left of his life.  Signing on to help with the heavy lifting for the newly designed golf course, Jeremy finds that his new boss, Tamra, is way too controlling and fun to tease, but he just can’t help himself.


As these two learn to work together to get a job done for the town, they soon find that being together is more combustible than they ever dreamed.  And discovering what makes the other tick just might be the answer to the piece that they were missing all along.


Take Me All the Way is a hot, sexy read about common everyday people that is relevant to today’s time.  Jeremy with his baggage that he brought to Take Me All the Way endeared him to this reader, because underneath that pain was the real man waiting to be unearthed.  He felt real and complete with his hero capabilities, softness in the right places, and hardness when it was justified in Take Me All the Way.


Tamra held herself aloft to most of her friends, but Jeremy quickly ascertained things about her that no one else seemed to pick up on in Take Me All The Way.  She knew that she was finally getting to the proper place in her life to be open to something more, and Jeremy showed up as though he was an answer to a prayer in Take Me All the Way.  However, it wouldn’t be an easy feat, as these two still had some growing to do in Take Me All the Way, but watching them grow and bind together was quite amusing and entertaining in Take Me All the Way.


Because of the sheer joy I found in reading Take Me All the Way, I Joyfully Recommend it for a frolicking good time lounging on the beach!  However, be warned that it isn’t to be taken lightly, because if you look beyond the surface, you may just find hints of yourself in these two protagonists or perhaps of those you love.

PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell

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

NIGHT DIVER by Elizabeth LowellNight Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
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Published by HarperCollins

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.

by Kerrelyn Sparks

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
Genres: Paranormal
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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.

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