Leslie N. (lmn) - Reviews

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Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1)
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1)
Author: Lian Hearn
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006


This is a spell binding tale of ancient Japan layered in fantasy. Hanunting and hard to put down. It is the first book in a trilogy, with amazing sword fights, a quest, twisted court politics and romance.


All Fishermen Are Liars : True Tales From the Day Dock Bar
All Fishermen Are Liars : True Tales From the Day Dock Bar
Author: Linda Greenlaw
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Greenlaw survived the "perfect storm" and then wrote three bestsellers about her adventures in fishing. These are great"yarns" interspersed with "bar snacks," which are fun lists of sea trivia like remedies for sea sickness, fibs and exaggerations from crew members, and the like. The perfect book for all sailors.


Celia's Grand Passion and Lucy in Disguise (Signet Regency Romance)
Celia's Grand Passion and Lucy in Disguise (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Lynn Kerstan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 3/24/2007


Kerstan is an intelligent writer capable of elegant phrasing that rises above the genre's often turgid (and tumescent) prose. These are delightful regency romances written early in Ms. Kerstan's career and the love scenes are not as explicit as has become the style. These two stories are more akin to Harlequins best light fare than to the authers current darker novels, which I also highly recommend.


The Courtesan
The Courtesan
Author: Julia Justiss
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/23/2007


Well written, entertaining romance with a compelling hero.


A Crazy Little Thing Called Death  (Blackbird Sisters, Bk 6)
A Crazy Little Thing Called Death (Blackbird Sisters, Bk 6)
Author: Nancy Martin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/17/2008


It is always a treat to read one of Nancy Martin's mysteries. Even more of a pleasure when a series gets better and better over time, as do Ms. Martin's novels.

In this installment, Nora once again tries to hold the center together as her fabulously wacky sisters and her maybe-mobster boyfriend complicate her life. The murder--creepily realistic to anyone who reads the magazine Vanity Fair where the real-life strangeness of societies foibles can read like fiction--serves to illuminate the main players.

Nick and Nora, and their family and friends change, grow, and sometimes digress with each new novel in the series. In this new adventure, Nora and Mick are clear that they love each other profoundly--and continue to discover of how far apart their personal codes of ethics may take them over time.

It is a tribute to the author that she manages to make Nora and Mick's relationship so complicated and intense, keeping the overall tone of the book teetering between comedy and pathos while serving up an entertainingly surreal mystery. Big feathered and tulle wrapped hats off to Ms. Martin. Can't wait to read number seven.


Dangerous Deceptions (Black Phoenix, Bk 1)
Dangerous Deceptions (Black Phoenix, Bk 1)
Author: Lynn Kerstan
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/28/2006


Lynn Kerstan's stories are a cut above the usual romance. Great back stories with interesting complicated hero's and independant minded heroines. If you like your romance on the dark side, Kerstan is the author for you.


Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 14)
Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 14)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 4/22/2007


For Anita Blake fansthe latest in the series. Laurell Hamilton knows how to crank up the erotic tension.


Dark Champion (Dark Champion, Bk 1)
Dark Champion (Dark Champion, Bk 1)
Author: Jo Beverley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/28/2006


Jo Beverly is an excellent writer. This is a reissue of an earlier work from 1993 when she was writing Midievil rather than regency romance. As always, an entertaining story of passion and adventure.


The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian
Review Date: 12/19/2006


Biography of a women ahead of her time trying to make a fulfilling life for herself inside the restrictions of Victorian society. Publisher's Weekly said, "[Mrs. Weldon's] story is so fantastically melodramatic that it might have been penned by one of the sensationalist novelists so popular amoung her Vicotrian contemporaries."


Feeling Sorry for Celia
Feeling Sorry for Celia
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/14/2007


Delightful story about a girl trying to navigate growing up. A comedic best seller in the author's home country of Australia. For anyone who loves Marian Keyes novels.


First Lady
First Lady
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/30/2007


Ns. Anderson always pleases. One of the best romance writers around. Smart, funny, and heartfelt.


Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager
Review Date: 1/5/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This is probably the best book about parenting a teenager ever written. Parents, do not enter the teen years without it! Reading this book will help you weather your child's behavior with humor. Pick it up and have more hair on your head than in your hands by the time you wave them off to college.


The Heiress In His Bed
The Heiress In His Bed
Author: Tamara Lejeune
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/22/2010


Tamara Lejeune writes smart, sexy, witty, romance.


Her Dearest Sin (Sinclair Brides, Bk 3) (Harlequin Historical, No 607)
Review Date: 2/4/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A good romance with a slightly darker tone than the usual. Enjoyable.


Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, Bk 1)
Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, Bk 1)
Author: Sara Donati
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/30/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is a wonderful, well written historical. Even better, every novel in this remarkable series is as good as the first.


Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 3)
Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 3)
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/5/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is the third book in the saga. The relationship between Joscelin and Phedre is explored and deepens and Hyacinthe's curse is resolved.


Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 2)
Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 2)
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/5/2007
Helpful Score: 3


The continuation the saga. If you are looking for this book you are probably hooked. It won't disappoint.


Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1)
Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1)
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006
Helpful Score: 4


The writer successfully creates an alternative renaissance world in a universe very like our own. This is a great tail of love and revenge revolving around bizantine politics and intregue. The heroine is pure of heart but experiences pain as pleasure, making her the perfect spy among the wealthy elite who have a taste for rough games, while complicating her relationship with the man she loves.


A Lady's Pleasure (Mistress Trilogy, Bk 1)
A Lady's Pleasure (Mistress Trilogy, Bk 1)
Author: Renee Bernard
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/22/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Very sexy. For readers who like a little story with their erotica.


Lord of the Dead: The Secret History of Byron
Lord of the Dead: The Secret History of Byron
Author: Tom Holland
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006


A very creepy Vampire story told between the present and Victorian past. Takes place in London. This isn't a romance. It fits more easily into the horror genre. The novel essentially reimagines the original Dracula story. Very eerie.


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