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Agent Cowboy (Harlequin Intrigue, No 768)
Agent Cowboy (Harlequin Intrigue, No 768)
Author: Debra Webb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007


I enjoyed this fast moving story with two intelligent people
trying to find answers and stay alive at the same time.
Kelly works for a highly intelligent man who has made up a code
to hide important information against the cartel. Kelly is
involved right away in three murders, her best friend, her boss and the special agent. Her boss gives her a tape to keep safe
for him. Her friend enters the office. Using the phone she knocks the tape from the desk to the floor. As Kelly bends
over to retrieve the tape the friend kicks it under the desk. At that time a shooter comes in the door shooting Kelly's friend
and her boss and the agent. He did not know Kelly was there, she is not harmed. But she needs to escape, Kelly is now on the run. Trent Tucker has been sent to guard her and find answers to the killings. Kelly is a smart thinker. She starts to think about this wanting to know the reason why this happen to her. As Trent enters,he finds his talents as a Colby Agent will protect them,
as they begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together.


And Cowboy Makes Three (Cowboys to the Rescue, Bk 2) (Silhouette Romance, No 1317)
Review Date: 5/13/2007


After all, her millionaire groom-to-be was smart, successful-and incredible sexy! Best of all, Jake Anderson wasn't a cowboy. Growing up in Wyoming had taught Claire Eden to distrucst the stubborn, overbearing behavior of a real cowboy. Jake's sophisticated ways where wonderful-even if his incendiary kisses made Claire feel quite uncivilized...
Yes, Jake would be the perfect father to the child they both wanted so desperately. They'd build a life together and have a perfectly pleasant marriage. And then Jake took Claire back to his ranch...and the fireworks began!!


An Angel in Stone (Bone Hunters, Bk 1) (Silhouette Bombshell, No 48)
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Dinosaur hunter Raine Ashaway lives for the thrill of the next archaeological find. A mysterious encounter with a young woman named Lia sends her off on a quest into the depths of the jungles of Bornea in search of an opalized T. Rex. She must deal with her competitor, Kincade, who appears to have a personal grudge against the Ashaway family. Meanwhile, another man is searching for the treasure and he's willing to do anything to find it first.

AN ANGEL IN STONE is the first book in The Bone Hunters series. Raine Ashaway initially comes across a bit uncouth when mingling in the museum, especially considering the tactics she uses to thwart the would-be robbers. However, once Raine is in the world she is best suited for, the actual dinosaur hunt, her rough edges smooth out. Her Indiana Jones-like persona begins to emerge and the action truly kicks in.

AN ANGEL IN STONE is the perfect example of the Silhouette Bombshell line. The combination of action and romance is superb as readers travel on a harrowing journey in search of the opalized T. Rex. This was actually my second reading of this story and Peggy Nicholson definitely writes a tale that stands the test of time as it was just as enjoyable as it was on the first reading.


Born To Be Wild
Born To Be Wild
Author: Catherine Coulter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 429
Review Date: 5/13/2007


"Born To Be Wild," a popular soap opera, stars Mary Lisa Beverly as bad girl Sunday Cavendish. When Mary Lisa, who is really a perfectly nice person, is nearly run down by a car, she quickly realizes the incident was a murder attempt. During the ensuing investigation, Mary Lisa falls in love, nearly dies, wisecracks, finds a corpse or two, and staves off an obnoxious paparazzo. Susanna Burney has an appropriate vocal personality for such a light romance/mystery. She sounds likable, good humored, and smart. Largely stinting the laugh lines, she treats the novel's other elements with a bit too much understatement. Her infrequent bursts of sparkle add brief gusts of freshness. Would that there were more of them!


The Bride's Rescuer (Harlequin Intrigue, #691)
The Bride's Rescuer (Harlequin Intrigue, #691)
Author: Charlotte Douglas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 36
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Unconscious and wearing a torn wedding dress, Celia Stevens washed up on the shores of Solitare and threw Cameron Alexander's peaceful seclusion into complete chaos. Not only did her presence force him to reecamin his reasons for hiding out, but within days the walls around Cameron's hardenedheart slowly began to crumble...

Celia sensed her enigmatic captor has a dangerous past, one she'd be better off not learning. And yet, it was Cameron's tough exterior as well as his tortured sould that made Celia long to spend a lifetime wrapped in his arms. But just as a future together looked possible, the evil that Cameron had feared for six years reared its ugly head, threatening the dreams they had dared to dream...


Camouflage Heart (Intrigue)
Camouflage Heart (Intrigue)
Author: Dana Marton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007


"Warrior With A Cause"
Oh, Yeah!
We find Brian Welkins being held prisoner in a Malaysian prison.
A tiger's cage, no less. Four miserable, mind-blowing years.
He was a member of the "SDDU", a top secret military group.
He has been living for the day that he could escape.

He is all geared up for a quiet escape when wouldn't you know Omar's men show up with a female hostage. Audrey Benedict.

Audrey is in Malaysia to adopt a child when her sister, Nicky and several other people are taken hostage by Malaysian guerillas.

Keep an eye out for Hamid, Jamil and Omar - what a nasty group!

Their escape and trek through the jungle is breath-taking, plus-pounding action with a couple of death-defying skirmishes and a tricky encounter with Hamid.

And dang, even the Malaysian troops are shooting at them.

Great moving action - plot - story - join in the dodging of the bullets, snakes, creepy-crawlies - oh yes, and a mud slide.


Captured by a Sheikh (Harlequin Intrigue, 550)
Captured by a Sheikh (Harlequin Intrigue, 550)
Author: Jacqueline Diamond
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 5/13/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I have to admit, I was skeptical. An Intrigue book digging up that dusty old romance standby, the sheikh? Not exactly my cup of tea. So it was a pleasant surprise to find in "Captured by a Sheikh" a well-told mystery that firmly engages from page one.
Holly Rivers' sister had disappeared, leaving her baby in Holly's care. Holly would do anything to care for her nephew, even if it meant marrying a man she didn't love. But Holly's wedding plans came to a halt when Sheikh Sharif Al-Khalil, a man who claimed he was the baby's father, tried to kidnap him. Holly went after him and found herself in the middle of a mystery of international proportions. Could she possibly trust a man who had every reason to get rid of her sister when he claimed he had done nothing? And what of the killers suddenly on their tail?

"Captured by a Sheikh" tells a tale of international intrigue too seldom seen in recent Intrigues, with a strong emotional line that gives it an instant immediacy and rooting interest in the characters. Though the book shares more than a few similarities with Diamond's first Intrigue, "And the Bride Vanishes," it is actually a breath of fresh air in many ways. Holly and Sharif's romance is tender, complicated by cultural issues the book doesn't avoid, and they're surrounded by a complex cast of characters covering a wide range of types. While some moments and emotions are a bit perfunctory, the author never fails to keep you turning the pages. It's also a book that only gets better as it goes along. The final fifty pages or so, full of surprise turnarounds and unexpected twists, are white-knucklers, full of edge-your-seat suspense as the characters are thrown into mortal danger, in a true race to survive. Fans of this particular theme, and those that aren't, will find much to enjoy in "Captured by a Sheikh."


The Cowboy Proposes... Marriage? (Wranglers & Lace) (Silhouette Romance, No 1387)
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Wealthy, successful Jace Farrell always got what he wanted...and he wanted Danielle Simmons as his bride. She'd broken his heart once, yet would the preice of marriage cost him more than he bargained for?
He was still the most compelling man she'd ever met. But financially needey Danielle agreed to marry Jace only to save the family business-not because she wanted his arms about her. Yet once his ring was on her finger, would dreams of happily-ever-after take hold of her heart?


Cradle Will Rock (Sutton Babies, Bk 1) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 586)
Cradle Will Rock (Sutton Babies, Bk 1) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 586)
Author: Susan Kearney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007


I read Harlequin Intrigue (HI) because I like mysteries and I like love stories. These books combine the best of both. I also appreciate how these are a quick read that doesn't require a lot of thinking.
Susan Kearney is one of my favorite HI authors. She does a credible job of making a realistic mystery that throws two people together. Very good.

This set about the Sutton twins were some of my favorite stories by Susan Kearney. The twists and turns in the plot are well written and interesting. They keep the book going. Many of the HI books about babies dwell too much on the baby part of the book. This book does not do that. The baby only adds to the drama and suspence.

Enjoy! I did.


Dance of the Gods (Circle, Bk 2)
Dance of the Gods (Circle, Bk 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Another enticing paranormal trilogy from the ever-versatile, prolific, and much-loved queen of romance. Irish sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaoith tried but failed to destroy Demon Queen Lilith after she ruthlessly turned his twin brother, Cian, into a vampire. Lilith gradually recovered and immediately set about amassing an army of vampires with the intention of destroying all humans so that she could rule the world. The goddess Morrigan chooses Hoyt and five others to stop Lilith, sending Hoyt 1,000 years into the future. In twenty-first-century New York, he starts to build his team, enlisting Glenna Ward; his brother, Cian; and Cian's employee, King. Traveling back to Ireland, the three pick up new recruits Moira and her cousin Larkin, both of whom have traveled through space and time from the Kingdom of Geall. Demon-hunter Blair Murphy is the last to sign on to the circle of six. Now a sorcerer, a witch, a warrior, a scholar, a shape-shifter, and a lost soul must find some way of working together as a team if they are to have any hope of stopping darkness from overcoming all that is good and light in the world. Best-seller Roberts' Celtic-flavored Circle trilogy features superbly crafted characters, three passionate romances, and a bewitching blend of magic and myth. John Charles


A Dangerous Inheritance (Eclipse) (Harlequin Intrigue, #792)
A Dangerous Inheritance (Eclipse) (Harlequin Intrigue, #792)
Author: Leona Karr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007


Her inheritance came with an enigmatic stranger...

A powerful storm delivered heiress Stacy Ashford into the iron-hard embrance of a shadowy stranger, a man as rough-hewn as the craggy Colorado mountains. But their meeting seemed more fate than chance. Gaining her inheritance depended on Stacy's rebuilding the eerie hotel where Josh Spencer's sister died. And though she shouldn't trust Josh's motives for helping her, his commanding presence kept her strong when someone-or something tried to scare her off. Then the incidents turned deadly...
She was Josh's means to the end the search for his sister's killer, and a threat to the posted No Trespassing sign on his heart. But Stacy's inheritance bound them in an even-tightening coil of danger-and what destiny joins, let no man, ghost or killer put asunder....


Dark Demon (Carpathians, Bk 13)
Dark Demon (Carpathians, Bk 13)
Author: Christine Feehan
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 812
Review Date: 4/20/2007


One of my favorite books!!


Enchanted (Donovan Legacy, Bk 4) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, No 961)
Enchanted (Donovan Legacy, Bk 4) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, No 961)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/18/2007


I am a Huge Fan of any Nora Roberts books!! You'll like this one as well!!


Executive Bodyguard (Enforcers, Bk 2) (Harlequin Intrigue 843)
Executive Bodyguard (Enforcers, Bk 2) (Harlequin Intrigue 843)
Author: Debra Webb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007


Three months after she took office, Caroline Winters lost her husband Justin in a tragic plane crash. Now, three months later, Caroline struggles to deal with her loss while performing her duties as President of the United States. All while fighting a cut-throat campaign by her own vice-president to prove her unfit for office so that he can assume the presidency. A campaign that appears to be working, since even her senior advisor is advising her to take a temporary medical leave of absence. If only she had proof of the phone calls with Justin's voice or the letter she received from him. Surely she can't be imagining all of this...can she? Is it possible that her grief really has her mind playing tricks on her as everyone else believes? Just as she prepares to take the leave of absence, her world once again turns upside down when her husband is found alive in a Mexico City hospital. He's lost a good bit of his memory, but Caroline doesn't care. She's just happy to have a second chance to repair some of the problems in their marriage. It doesn't take long for Caroline to realize that Justin has changed since the accident, and not just due to his memory loss. Not surprising, really. A close brush with death would probably make a lot of people reassess their lives and priorities. Part of her longs to fling herself into her husband's arms and enjoy their newfound intimacy, but another part of her holds back. What if she lets down her guard and gives herself completely and he regains his memory? Will things revert back to the way they were before? It's a risk Caroline isn't sure she should take, for she might not survive emotionally if she loses him again. Of course, if someone has his or her way, she might not survive at all. Someone wants Caroline out of the way, and not just out of the White House -- dead. It appears that person is someone in her own inner circle. Someone she trusts completely. But who? Is it her senior advisor, Rupert, the man she views almost like a father? One of her secret service agents? Or worse, her own husband?

When I awarded JOHN DOE ON HER DOORSTEP, the first book in The Enforcers series, a Perfect 10 last month, I never expected that this book would not only equal the last one, but surpass it. Yet that's exactly what Ms. Webb has accomplished in the second book, EXECUTIVE BODYGUARD. Therefore, I find myself -- who rarely awards more than four or five Perfect 10's in an entire year -- in the unique position of awarding well deserved back to back Perfect 10's.

As with JOHN DOE ON HER DOORSTEP, EXECUTIVE BODYGUARD gets high marks for delivering a tightly paced series romance with the feel of a longer single title. An emotion-grabbing contemporary romance with nail biting suspense and the watch-your-back intensity of a political thriller, EXECUTIVE BODYGUARD has all the ingredients in first-rate fiction of any genre -- but it's a romance, which, for me, makes it even better.

Caroline's efforts to balance her personal life with her presidential duties is realistically portrayed. She understands the importance of her position as the first woman to hold the office and knows that her performance will affect other women's ability to compete in future elections. The pressure on her to succeed in what is essentially a man's arena is enormous. Readers will not find it difficult to empathize with her and will therefore pull for her all the way. Readers will also love the hero. As much as I'd like to gush, I can't really say too much about him for fear of giving things away. Those who have read JOHN DOE ON HER DOORSTEP (if you haven't, go grab a copy now!) will have gotten a glimpse of him there. As wonderful a hero as Adam proved then, this hero stands out even more. His determination to protect Caroline, coupled with his desire to be the man she needs, but believes he can never be, melted my heart.

EXECUTIVE BODYGUARD moves at a quick, but steady pace; with each turn of the page, the suspense builds along with the sexual tension and the emotional connection between the hero and heroine. Secondary characters are well written and add to the mystery because, like Caroline, the reader doesn't know whom to trust.

Though EXECUTIVE BODYGUARD stands well on its own, you won't want to miss the first book in this outstanding series. Once you've finished both books, you'll be itching to get your hands on the final book in the trilogy, MAN OF HER DREAMS, which should be on bookstore shelves soon. A fabulous book by an author destined for future NYT Bestseller lists, don't miss EXECUTIVE BODYGUARD.


Familiar Mirage  (Fear Familiar: Desert Mysteries) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 669)
Review Date: 5/13/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Caroline Burnes takes readers and her crime-solving cat on an exciting Egyptian adventure in the latest Familiar mystery, "Familiar Mirage." Archeologist Beth Bradshaw is on the trail of a legendary lost city in Egypt. Omar Dukhan is sworn to keep it hidden. Posing as her desert guide, Omar is determined to prevent Beth from finding what she's looking for. He's not the only one. Can a certain feline detective play matchmaker and help Beth find who poses a bigger threat to her mission, and her life?
"Familiar Mirage" is a very different kind of Intrigue, a larger-than-life tale that sweeps readers into a grand adventure. Taking place entirely in a foreign setting (finally!), it's the perfect story for readers looking for a fun escape. It's not a very deep book, but it is loads of fun.

Burnes has come up with some interesting details that take advantage of her exotic locale in a story that is a welcome change of pace. The conflict between Omar and Beth adds to the drama. He has vowed to his people that he will keep the city a secret. If she doesn't find it, her professional reputation will be destroyed. This isn't one of those stupid misunderstandings, but a real conflict that leaves you wondering how they'll work through it. The author keeps readers on their toes trying to figure out who's a bad guy and who's not, until it doesn't look like anyone can be trusted. No one does strong heroines like Burnes, women who refuse to back down in the face of adversity, women who don't cry and wait for the hero to save them, and Beth's determination makes her worth rooting for. Readers who enjoy swarthy, mysterious men will relish Omar.

An exciting and dramatic tale, "Familiar Mirage" is an entertaining read and should whet reader's appetites for next month's sequel, "Familiar Oasis."


Familiar Tale (Fear Familiar) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 322)
Familiar Tale (Fear Familiar) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 322)
Author: Caroline Burnes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Once Upon a Time...

Scandal rocked a Southern town. When Mobile's favorite son was accused of kidnapping, reporter James Tenet scooped the story of a lifetime. But he'd only scratched the surface-even the scent of gardenias couldn't disguise the reek of deceit that hung in the humid air. Only one angry female stood in his way. As the accused's friend, Jennifer Barkley was James's only link to the truth behind the ugly rumors. And while he adored the furious flash of her eyes, James knew he had to- wanted to- kiss and make up. Maybe Jennifer's feline friend, Familiar, was his way to her heart...and the rest of the story. But there were two things James couldn't understand- cats...and woman.


Father of the Bride (Marriage, Inc.) (Here Come the Grooms, No 19)
Review Date: 5/13/2007


The high-society Holbrook wedding posed an unusual probelm for bridal consultant Amanda Stratton. How would she deal with the father of the bride-who happened to be Amanda's first love? Ethan Holbrook had convinced Amanda that love conquered feuding fathers and different backgrounds. Then Ethan had stood her up on the most important night of her life. Amanda thought she'd put the past behind her-until planning sessions with Ethan stirred memories of desire...and brought home the shocking truth Amanda had been denying for too many years.


Full of Surprises (Silhouette Intimate Moments, No 561)
Full of Surprises (Silhouette Intimate Moments, No 561)
Author: Maura Seger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Heat Lightning

Danger shimmered around the drifter like a halo of heat lightning. Trouble rumbled in his tightly coiled strength. A woman alone in the back of beyond should surely choose a more civilized companion. But solitary rancher Annalise Johannsen needed a bodyguard, and she needed him now. She would have to take her chances on the mysterious nomad...
Swift as lightning, her hired hand chased off the villains menacing Annalise and her beloved land. Startling as thunder, his brazen virility and sudden, sweeping tenderness made the very earth tremble beneath her feet. Just who was Chas Howell, this stormy stranger she'd invited inside? And would his electrifying passion leave her in tatters...or showhow make her whole?


Her Bachelor Challenge (Deveraux Legacy, Bk 1) (Harlequin American Romance, No 937)
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Avowed Bachelor Finally Meets His Match...

Left hand, ring finger...Best friend Bridgett Owens's gigantic diamond winked at the eldest Deveraux son, Chase, like a coy madam at an old-time bordello. The fun-loving playboy of Charleston, South Carolina, wasn't supposed to go gaga over the grown-up daughter of the family housekeeper. Except welling up in the bachelor's brain where protective, intimate feeling that he just couldn't -didn't want to-discount. But can a man who's definitely not the marrying kind turn into a (gast) committed groom-to-be...especially when nothing but bad luck has burnished his romantic record?


Hijacked Honeymoon (Heroes, Inc., Bk 5) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 808)
Hijacked Honeymoon (Heroes, Inc., Bk 5) (Harlequin Intrigue, No 808)
Author: Susan Kearney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2007


Grab the bride and run like hell....

Kidnapping Kendall Davis less than an hour before she said "I do" wasn't special operative Web Garfield's ideal of a manly mission. But his assignment was clear: safeguard the bride-to-be until the threat against her and the United States was put to rest. Keep his hands off the vulnerable beauty was another matter altogether. Kendall was supposted to be marrying her fiance, not running from him. But if Web was right, her espoused was more interested in her funeral than her wedding. Now she was on the run with a sexy, enigmatic agent whose touch made her question her true feelings. if she and Web survived, could a marriage be in her future after all?


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