"Much better than the first Chain Letter - this Pike book features more death, more mystery and more great weirdness that only he could come up with. We rejoin the cast from the first book right before their graduation. They have grown more and are starting to think about college and the real world. This has put a strain on many of their relationships and friendships when suddenly the chain letters start up again - but they are more vicious, more evil and much more deadly. Could this new batch be controlled by something more malicious than a mentally unstable brain? Read to find out . . ."
"This is a really good romantic suspense book that is very spicy! Lots of sex in this one. Lorraine, called Raine is finally ready to confront her uncle Victor about the mysterious death of her father. She gets a job as a secretary at his company hoping that he will not recognize her as his blond haired, braided little niece that he hasn't seen in seventeen years. As she tries to uncover clues to this forgotten crime someone else is also watching her uncle and her. Seth is also trying to squirm his way into Victor's company because of the death of his kid brother Jessie. Seth is a surveillance guru and watches Raine wondering what connection she has with the evil Victor meanwhile falling in love with her through the video cameras. Can they both solve their mysteries, conqueror their personnel ghosts and find love??"
"A disappointment when held up to the other Hand novels. The story opens with a wonderful intriguing town surrounded by mystery and throw backs to ancient pagan religions. The entire town seems to be populated by old actors/actresses and has a little bit of the unknown, the mysterious lurking around every corner. Enter our young heroine who is a typical teenager filled with angst, drugs and sex and then mix that with an ancient God that is trying to be reborn to the world. The story was very gripping and entertaining for half the book and then it began to drag to (at least in my viewpoint) very disappointing end."
"Excellent Midnight Louie mystery and one of the funniest of the series so far. Temple is having man trouble when her missing boyfriend Max the magician makes a sudden reappearance in her life. Now she has to start re-evaluating what he means to her and also what her sexy upstairs neighbor Matt means to her. She decides she just needs to get away for a little bit and ends up at the Crystal Phoenix hotel and casino with her landlady for a romance authors/writers convention. When she is there she runs into her long lost aunt and also murder! One of the cover hunks suddenly drops dead during an audition and Temple just happens to know him. Now her and her Sam Spade cat have another mystery on their hands."
"The most disappointing Midnight Louie book yet - there was no real murder! The story dragged too much, too little happened, what did happen wasn't that interesting. The only saving grace for the book was the relationship between Temple and Max heated up and I liked having more of him and his mysterious past in the book. I still like the series and will continue to read the books just this one was a little bit of a let down."
"Loved this Pike book that is full of mystery, murder and love - classic double crosses abound and this one should keep you guessing to the end. This is more of a standard mystery though - no science fiction/fantasy in this one."
"Excellent book that is really more of a historic novel than a romance. Winsor writes rich details that really make you feel that you are a part of the period of restoration England and I also learned quite a few things that I did not know from this novel. I now know all about beauty patches and vizard masks! This book follows ten years in the life of Amber Saint Clair as she goes from being a nobody country girl to the courts of King Charles II as one of his favored mistresses. This is a book that you will enjoy and like while not liking any of the main characters. My only complaint with it is it seemed to end quite abruptly and without a definitive end but then I guess life is also quite like that."
"This "sold into slavery" romance is an okay read - nothing ground breaking yet also nothing really horrid. I will say the sex scenes are pretty hot!
While trying to protect her young charges in China Garnet is captured and taken to San Francisco to be sold as a slave. Bain ends up buying her on the spur of the moment, he is only in the slave auction because he is honoring his dead twin brother's final requests. He only meant to buy her to free her but Bain is drawn in by the beautiful Garnet and finds passion leading him astray in his notions."
"This Pike book is bitter-sweet, a great tale that will catch you up in it even if at the end you are a little saddened by its conclusion. A very different book for him, not so much horror unless you look at the horror of cancer and especially the horror of young people who have terminal cancer. A great read well worth your time."
"Excellent British mystery that kept me guessig and kept me interested. Thomas Harding is retired and bored until he finds a skeleton holed up in a secret room in his house. Now it becomes his pet project to solve this ancient mystery. Little does he know that it will also connect up with a current murderer on the loose in his small village. Great cozy murder mystery!"
"This book caught my eye for its unique cover artwork so I picked it up. Wow - the story insides surpasses the painting tenfold. I loved this novel. Its a wonderful story of a book that is 500 years old - the people who made it, touched it and became part of it. Your main narrator is the book conservator who has been called to evaluate it and repair any damage. She finds small clues to its history as she does her work - an insect wing, a white hair, wine spills and sea salt. As she investigates each of these we are taken back in time to see where these clues came from and along the way we learn the stories of several people connected to the book throughout history. Not only did I love the story but the way the author writes is magically - she has the gift to make her prose almost like fine poetry."
"Gillian is a nun in a convent awaiting to take her final vows when King Henry the VIII dissolves all of them and gives the property away to his favorite subjects. The nuns disperse looking for shelter elsewhere, Gillian stays behind with the prioress who is to sick to journey. As Gillian cares for the prioress the new owner of the land arrives Miles. He is a young, handsome brash knight who has been given this land in the north. He is at first dismayed to find two nuns still in residence but soon he ends up falling for Gillian and helping her find her place in the world. Of course before we can have our HEA, Miles jilted suitor shows up and causes havoc.
This was a good book, nothing fantastic but nothing horrid either, an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the time period and the author's details."
"Fiona is a young orphan, both her parents dying from disease, she goes to live with her Aunt as an assistant shop keeper. Once there she catches the eye of the Duchess of Lawton and her handsome lover. The Duchess decides for fun to engage her as her wardrobe maid and then play a "little trick" on her friends by presenting her to society as a Lady from the country. Fiona, young and innocent goes along with the requests. But the the Duchess notices that her lover seems to always have his eyes on Fiona - her fun now gone she determines to destroy the girl by drugging her and offering her up as the virgin in the Black Mass by notorious Hell Fire Club (composed of the ton of society).
Fiona's awakens from her drugged revere to find the man she thought she loved raping her in front of an audience! Now ruined and tossed out on the street she must use her wits and her body for revenge and her own survival.
This was a fun historical bodice ripper with a nice occult twist."
"Loved this book - it was a great Regency romance with just the right combination of love, mystery and hidden family secrets. This one is considered an inspirational romance, but that just means there is no sex in it - it is not overly religious and it does not take away from the great story. You still have illegitimate children, scandal and even rape but it is done in a very tasteful way/behind the scenes way.
The story centers around Olivia who is an assistant in a school - she comes home late one night to find her mother being attacked by a man. She panics and hits him over the head, her mother recovering fears the worst and tells her she must flee now. Olivia is thrown into the world with hardly a coin to her name not knowing what will happen to her family. She meets misfortune after misfortune and ends up overhearing a great scandal to a prominent family. She is then attacked and loses the power of speech - to protect their secrets the family takes her in as their governess and thus starts an amazing journey of secrets and scandals."
"I loved this book - although buyer/reader beware this is not a politically correct book. The majority of this novel takes place in a harem and has to do with women being captured and sold into slavery. Now if you are like me and not a politically correct person - I think you will really enjoy this book. Our heroine is a rich English heiress whose father has just died and is now being pushed into an unwanted marriage by her overbearing guardian. She decides to run away until she can come of age but then is captured by a Turkish pirate ship. Once they see her beauty and her violet eyes and silver hair they know she will bring them a fortune in the slave markets. So she is taken and sold into the harem of the local Dey - but all is not what it appears for a plot is afoot to assassinate the Dey and some interesting subterfuge is in place to foil the plotters. Great page turner that had me hooked from the start - loved this book!"
"I very much enjoyed this book - not a typical Christie mystery at all! Think more spy, intrigue, suspense and adventure. Also add a touch of sci-fi and that is this book. It is best to go into this knowing as little as possible to truly enjoy the story. - Hillary wants to end her life then a strange man introduces himself and proposes an out of this world suggestion leading Hillary on an amazing adventure."
"First - reader beware - this book is not for everyone. It is very controversial, it is a very emotional roller coaster ride, and it will make you feel uncomfortable.
The hero Sean is a young Irish man who saw his mother raped and butchered by the English. He was the only one to survive in his village. He is consumed by revenge and wants nothing in life but to ruin the man who ordered his village slaughtered. In the first step of his plans he kidnaps his young daughter, takes her to his ancestral home in Ireland and makes her live the life of a slave. He brutally rapes her, beats her, starves her, makes her work at the most demeaning jobs but even after all of this he starts to fall in love with her.
Kit hates Sean at first and wants nothing but to escape. She tries and fails, yet still she defies him at every opportunity. However, she to feels herself drawn to the stormy Irish man and she can't help falling in love with her capture, her tormentor."
"Miranda is a young, head strong girl who wants nothing in life but to inherit her home and live her life on her beloved Wyndsong Island. But when tragedy strikes her family she is forced into marrying a man she does not know to keep her home. She falls in love with him but then they are torn apart by war and espionage. Trying to find her husband she travels across the ocean only to fall into a villain's hands and be sold into slavery. Can she escape and find her one heart's true desire?
This one won't win any literary awards but I did find it entertaining and fun and it has some hot sex scenes. My only complaint is any time a supporting character became a nuisance, Small would kill them off instead of continuing their story lines in a more believable way."
"Kind of disappointed with this Gothic romance by the great Michaels. The start was compelling with a secrets and a mystery to be solved but then it dragged during the middle and completely fell down at the end. Not her best fare."