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Subject: Make me want it...
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 1:53 AM ET
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As I was posting a msg in another topic about a great book on another user's bookshelf, it occurred to me that we all have hidden gems on our shelves.

SOOOOO, MAKE ME WANT IT! Choose one romance book on your bookshelf by a less popular / less wellknown author that you thought was a great read!

Give us the synopsis (you may be able to cut/paste from the description or a review), the teaser from the flyleaf, or the first paragraph/page (but only if it grabs you and makes you want to turn to page 2). DO INCLUDE the title and author as well.

Colleen

Subject: THE ARRANGEMENT by Suzanne Forster
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 2:04 AM ET
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THE ARRANGEMENT by Suzanne Forster

"Her story could blow apart the secrets they'd both agreed to keep.

Alison Fairmont Villard wakes in a hospital bed with a face she doesn't recognize and a husband she doesn't know. Andrew Villard, a self-made millionaire, has a bright future but a shadowy past. When he tells Alison the details of their life together, she has no choice but to believe him--and to accept the shocking proposal he offers.

It isn't just the partial amnesia that Alison suffers. She has her own terrifying secrets that can't be entrusted to anyone, even Andrew. Even the police suspect he was behind Alison's near fatal accident aboard his yacht and were ready to charge him with murder before her body was found, battered on the razor-sharp coral reefs.

When the veil of amnesia lifts, it's too late. Alison is caught in a web of her own making. And now an FBI agent with a personal vendetta is about to blow the lid off her deadly marriage of convenience."

This book has some most unexpected plot twists. A few are a little over-the-top, but not so much as to stretch the bounds of reality. Forster delivers unexpected twists and turns again and again.

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 11:07 AM ET
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THE CARPETBAGGER'S WIFE by Deborah Hale

What did she really know of this stranger who'd rescued her home and thawed her ice-hard heart? Caddie Marsh was a proud Confederate, a widow for the Cause or was she? For Manning Forbes bore a disturbing, dangerous, desirable resemblance to the husband she'd mourned as slain. Though a battlefield vow bound Northerner Manning Forbes to a Rebel's wife and family, he was stunned to find Caddie Marsh and her children to be everything he desired. Yet with her husband's blood upon his hands, was such happiness truly deserved?

 

This was a really great story, I couldn't put it down.

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 11:13 AM ET
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The Vanishing Viscountess by Diane Gaston. 

The prisoner stood with an expression of defiance, leather shackles on her wrists. Adam Vickery, Marquess of Tannerton, was drawn to this woman, so dignified in her plight. He didn't recognize her as the once innocent, hopeful debutante he had danced with long years ago. Marlena Parronley, the notorious Vanishing Viscountess, was a fugitive. Seeing the dashing, carefree marquess of her dreams just reminded her that she couldn't risk letting anyone, especially Tanner, et caught up in helping her escape. He would face the same punishment she did. The hangman's noose.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm not a big fan of Regency romances and it usually takes a fantastic story to keep me interested in one. This book is classified as a Regency but I would have to call it more of a historical. The story begins on a ship from Ireland bound to England, and its foundering in a storm. Marquess Adam Tannerton (or Tanner) is on board and feels sure this is his doom. Across the crowded room where the passengers have been herded he spies a woman in shackles with a Bow Street runner. He wonders what a beautiful young woman could have done to end up as she has. As the boat finally starts to go down and the order to abandon ship is given, Tanner sees the runner leave this beautiful woman behind to "meet her fate" with the sea. Tanner decides that his last act in a long life of debauchery will be to save this woman's life. And so begins this really interesting story.

TAKEN!!

 



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Date Posted: 8/23/2009 11:18 AM ET
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The Suitor by Sandy Hingston

Beautiful, wealthy Katherine Deveraux doesn't think she's better than everyone else--she knows it. Her snobbish ways alienate whomever she meets--and her parents fear her marriage prospects are ruined. Determined to uncover their hard-hearted daughter's soft side, they ask Countess Christiane d'Oliveri for help...

The Countess has the perfect solution a French ne'er-do-well known as Alain Montclair. He agrees to seduce Katherine and then break her cold heart in two--a daunting task, to be sure. But this charming rogue is most surprised to find that Katherine--behind her haughty airs and petty pretensions--is a deeply lonely woman desperate for love ...

It's a great book.  A- from AAR... and me:P

Subject: Dark Thirst Author: Sara Reinke
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 4:42 PM ET
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When Brandon Noble and Angelina Jones first met, he was an awkward teenager harboring a crush on his tutor's sister. Five years later, Angelina is a streetwise cop who's sure she's seen it all, until Brandon comes back into her life - lean, handsome, possessing a strange, powerful allure... and a terrifying secret.

"Dark Desires" - Brandon is one of the Brethren, an ancient clan of ruthless vampires. Like other Brethren families, the Nobles have accumulated great wealth and prestige, never marrying outside of their kin, never leaving the isolated Kentucky farmlands where they live, undetected, among their prey. Horrified by his birthright, Brandon shunned the ritual of the first kill, earning the Brethren's lasting wrath. But the exhilarating passion he and Angelina share rouses the primitive impulses he has tried so hard to deny. And even if Brandon can protect Angelina from his enemies, can he save her from his own dark thirsts?

 

Great book with rare paranormal happening of an interacial pairing.

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 8:29 PM ET
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I probably should have waited a few days to post this topic... I have 8 credits pending! BRENDA and HEATHER, I'll be snatching your books unless someone beats me to it. *sigh*

Brenda, I've read other Deborah Hale books and I do like her writing. Heather, thank you for introducing me to this NTMA!

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
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Ok, just one question, Brenda... Is there any sex in the Deborah Hale book?

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 10:49 PM ET
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This is Kimberly's first published book and she originally wanted to name it The Executioner's Daughter and that would have been a fantastic title. The book was wonderful and really caught your emotions. Lizbeth was a soft-hearted person who was born in the wrong place to the wrong man and spent her days trying to make up for the sins of her father. Now if she can survive Brodrick's mother, maybe she might get her HEA.  

Her One True Desire by Kimberly Killion

On the back of the book:

F O R   H I S   L O V E

Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the merciful darkness. By stealth and by cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father’s cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back—they are bound as one in his iron chains. Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night…

A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach Scotland, he will claim her for his own…forever.

 

Here is an excerpt:

 

Father must protect me or I am dead.

 

“The keys, lass.” The prisoner held out lightly fisted hands.

“You are a prisoner of the crown. I cannot help you.”

His response came in the form of a glare and a snort, both of which she ignored. She rushed across the chamber and frantically dug her fingertips along the wall’s seam. The secret door ground open, her passage into the darkened maze beneath the city. A burst of musty air brushed her face. The blackness promised freedom, but curse her coward’s heart, she was terrified to enter. Three and twenty was far too old to fear the dark, yet she couldn’t prevent the panic taking over her mind and body. Her breath came in tight gulps.

She reached for the wall torch as another crash splintered the door behind her.

“Go!” The prisoner pushed her into the narrow tunnel.

Her fingers fell short of retrieving the torch. The thick stone door sealed shut behind them, blinding her instantly. Her eyes widened, searching the pitch for the smallest existence of light. A pinhole. A slit. But the only source she found was the bright white explosion of terror behind her eyes.

Arms bent, she steadied herself between the walls closing in around her. In one sweeping motion, she was hauled up against the prisoner’s chest. She sucked in an audible breath. A strong hand covered her mouth and trapped the scream inside her. Raising high up on her toes, she clawed at the forearm imprisoning her. Oh, God, protect me.

She had to get back on the other side of the wall.

Back to the light.

She couldn’t breathe. Her legs wilted beneath her. A palm pressed flat against her stomach. The chain binding his manacles draped between her heaving breasts and pressed against the document that had brought her here—a document promising to endanger the crown, and now, her only hope of freedom.

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 6:47 PM ET
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I've snatched Dark Thirst from Heather and The Carpetbagger's Wife from Brenda. I'd love to see some more hidden treasures...

So come on, ladies, MAKE ME WANT IT!

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 7:30 PM ET
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I'm giving Sherri's book a try - couldn't pass up that alliteration. :)
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 9:55 AM ET
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Thanks Cateyereader!  Its a great read.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 12:25 PM ET
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Okay, I should have my head examined for recommending this book, but it's actually on my list of "guilty pleasures":  Dangerous Passions by Kat Martin.  Martin isn't one of my favorite authors - I usually bypass her as a general rule - but if you were weaned on old skool romance like I was, this book has an indefinable something to it.  There are a lot of eye-rollingly contrived little set ups, I'd call the prose nearly magenta, vs plain old purple, and the hero is a veritable self-indulgent sex machine, but it's angsty and chock full of sex, sex, sex.  Think Woodiwiss with a bit of a potty mouth:P  It's going to be a wallbanger for anyone with more esoteric tastes in a historical, but if you're a closet old skool romance lover, here's one with a few more modern touches and a horny hero who doesn't cheat.  I feel like Judas for saying I enjoyed it, but I did:P

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 8:04 PM ET
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The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell on my shelf was really good, I thought.

It's the secret novel of a newlywed who takes to writing about her life and desires - her wants and needs.  The are sex/love scenes, but they're tastefully done, I think.

Subject: Foxfire Bride by Maggie Osborne
Date Posted: 8/30/2009 4:59 AM ET
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Fox is a woman as feisty as they come. Once the most sought-after scout west of the Rockies, she led folks through wild, unexplored terrain–until a gunshot wound ended her guiding career. She’s living a calmer life when a handsome stranger appears with an urgent request to take him to Denver immediately. The gold coins he offers catch Fox’s eye–and so do his sharp good looks. Fox can’t resist the chance to guide again, and can’t ignore the fire that burns in her body whenever she sees this oh-so tempting man.

Matthew Tanner has received a startling telegraph: His father is being held for ransom in Denver. With time running out, Matthew must find the best scout money can buy. When the best turns out to be a woman with gritty good looks and a wild mane of red hair, Matthew is both shocked and intrigued. Can Matthew and Fox’s mutual desire and growing love survive the perils of their journey, or will their secrets destroy each other?

How can you resist reading about a heroine who is confident, has the skills to back up that confidence, and doesn't hesitate to go after what she wants? Osborne's heroines are unlike any other, and her heroes are wonderful enough to bring out the heroines' feminine side without suppressing the strength that makes them special. Once you read this one you'll want to hunt down every other book she has written, like I did.



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Date Posted: 8/30/2009 10:46 AM ET
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God I love Maggie Osborne's books!  I've yet to read a bad one!

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 4:03 PM ET
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I love Maggie Osborn as well. I haven't read one of hers in a while though, I just might pick that one up.