Susan H. (symphonie) - Reviews

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Almost Heaven  (Sequels, Bk 3)
Almost Heaven (Sequels, Bk 3)
Author: Judith McNaught
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 267
Review Date: 5/23/2006


The Countess of Havenhurst possessed a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation is shattered when she is discovered in the arms of Ian Thornton, a notorious gambler and social outcast.

A dangerously handsome man of secret wealth and mysterious lineage, his voyage to Elizabeth's heart is fraught with intrigue, scandal and a venomous revenge.

Destined for each other, yet wary of each other's motives, Elizabeth and Ian engage in a dance of suspicion and passion that tests the very soul of their star-crossed love. As a twisting path of secrets takes them from London's drawing rooms to the mysterious Scottish Highlands, Elizabeth must learn the truth: is Ian merely a ruthless fortune hunter at heart?


Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, Bk 1)
Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1044
Review Date: 5/25/2006


Gary Soneji is a beloved teacher at an elite Washington private school. Soneji is also the murderous serial kidnapper who calls himself Son of Lindbergh, a human monster of such cunning that all of Washington's law enforcement armies can't outsmart him - even after he's been captured. Alex Cross is a black D.C. homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He has one obsession - a forbidden love affair with the white female supervisor of Washington's Secret Service. And he has one mission - find what powers Gary Soneji's madness before the elusive terror strikes all too close to home.


Ashes of the Elements
Ashes of the Elements
Author: Alys Clare
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 5/23/2006


A series of mysterious and brutal murders deep inside the dark forest shatters the peaceful tranquility of the Hawkenlye Abbey. The sheriff of Tonbridge hastily blames the mythical Forest People and plans to execute the first available suspect. But when two young nuns begin wandering mysteriously into the forest at night and disappear, Abbess Helewise soon discovers a mystery that combines human treachery and otherworldly rituals. With the help of Sir Josse d'Acquin, a knight whose loyalty is matched only by his fearlessness, the Abbess enters the heart of the forest in search of its murderous secrets -- only to discover something even more terrifying...


At the Sheikh's Bidding (Surrender to the Sheikh) (Harlequin Presents, No 2760)
At the Sheikh's Bidding (Surrender to the Sheikh) (Harlequin Presents, No 2760)
Author: Chantelle Shaw
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/7/2009


Erin Maguire is shocked to discover that her adopted son is the heir to a desert kingdom! Now they're en route to the land of Qubbah with little Kazim's uncle, the powerful and arrogant Zahir bin Kahlid al Muntassir!

Zahir insists Erin marry him, and that his young nephew remain in Qubbah! She refuses to leave Kazim behind, but she's not of royal blood. Zahir will have a very ordinary virgin bride in his bed on his wedding night!


Ava's Men
Ava's Men
Author: Jane Ellen Wayne
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/23/2006


In Hollywood's Golden Era of blonde bombshells, Ava Gardner made her mark as the sultry brunette whose perfect face and hourglass figure stopped time for the most desirable men in Hollywood.

Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Robert Taylor, Artie Shaw and George C. Scott were only a few of the many men she captivated with her sensuous beauty. Here is the steamy, tell-all story of this legendary actress -- from her doomed marriage to Mickey Rooney, to her stormy, passionate union with Frank Sinatra, to the glamorous international partying that brought countless lovers...and scandals...to her bed. This is an unforgettable portrait of the hard-drinking, hard-loving Ava: a barefoot North Carolina girl who became the last of MGM's molded screen legends, yet fought to live -- and love -- on her own insatiable terms.


Baseball Lives : Men and Women of the Game Talk About Their Jobs, Their Lives, and the National Pastime.
Review Date: 11/23/2007


A sport, a career, a business, a passion - it's all baseball, and it's all in Baseball Lives, the ultimate insider's account of the national pastime. Every aspect of the game comes alive as fifty-four people, some celebrated, some unknown, talk about the workaday world of the ultimate American sport. From the minors to the majors, from spring training to the world series, Baseball Lives takes a long fly look at the game as you've never seen it before.


The Black Knave (Scottish, Bk 1)
The Black Knave (Scottish, Bk 1)
Author: Patricia Potter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 42
Review Date: 5/23/2006


After the massacre at Culloden, the new marquis of Braemoor, Rory Forbes, takes a Jacobite bride in a marriage of convenience. And though Rory relishes neither the role of lord nor spouse, he uses both to conceal a dangerous game that no one -- especially his infuriating, fascinating new wife -- can know about...

Highland lass Bethia MacDonell initially despises her dissolute "husband," Rory. A political pawn, she plays at marriage while plotting to escape Braemoor and free her imprisoned brother. Only one person can help her...

Named for the playing card he leaves behind, the Black Knave smuggles Jacobites out of Scotland, eluding the English at every turn. But Bethia is determined to find him. Even as she grows closer to the enigmatic Rory, Bethia keeps her plans secret, never suspecting that her hero is nearer than she thinks...


The Black Knight
The Black Knight
Author: Connie Mason
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/14/2006


He rode into Chirk Castle on his pure black destrier. Clad in black from his gleaming helm to the tips of his toes, he was all battle-honed muscles and rippling tendons. In his stark black armor he looked lethal and sinister, every bit as dangerous as his name implied. He was a man renowned for his courage and strength, for his prowess with women, for his ruthless skill in combat.

But when he saw Raven of Chirk, with her long, chestnut tresses and womanly curves, he could barely contain his embroiled emotions. For it was her betrayal twelve years before that had turned him from chivalrous youth to hardened knight. It was she who made him vow to trust no woman - to take women only for his pleasure. It was she who had made him ruthless and bitter and incapable of love. But only she could unleash the passion in his body, the goodness in his soul, and the love in his heart.


Border Bride (Border, Bk 2)
Border Bride (Border, Bk 2)
Author: Arnette Lamb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 52
Review Date: 6/14/2006


Lady Alpin MacKay despaired at the terms of her late guardian's will. In a sweeping move of tyranny, her childhood nemesis, the Scottish lord Malcolm Kerr, had stolen her property. Fiercely determined to reclaim her home, she stormed Kildalton Castle.

Malcolm Kerr stared at the beautiful woman who dared to invade his sanctuary. Citing Scottish law, she announced she was now his possession, along with her guardian's estate. Gleefully, Malcolm smiled at the scheming little minx. She was right where he wanted her: under his roof, under his thumb, and eventually, under him...in bed.

Malcolm vowed to have his revenge on this alluring lady; Alpin planned to trick this cruel lord into forfeiting her land. Yet together they would learn that a man's long-forgotten needs and a woman's secret yearnings could ignite a love fierce enough to last for all time...


Border Lord (Border, Bk 1)
Border Lord (Border, Bk 1)
Author: Arnette Lamb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/14/2006


The lush Scottish hills stretched before Lady Miriam MacDonald, brilliant diplomat from Queen Anne's court. She had come seeking peace between the Scots and English - and won the admiration of two special men. The kindly, awkward laird of Kildalton Castle became a trusted friend. But the Border Lord, a dashing, tartan-clad legend disguised by black midnight, swept her into his arms...and claimed her innocence.

A lifetime of anguish lay behind this disguise of Duncan Kerr, laird of Kildalton by birth, Border Lord by choice. If the queen's emissary, flame-haired Lady Miriam, unmasked him, he would lose the prize he held most dear. He had meant to seduce and compromise her...not to cherish and desire her.

By day, Miriam strove to establish harmony in the realm; by night she surrendered to forbidden pleasure with the mysterious Border Lord. Only he knew the truth, as elusive as the mists of the hills: whether he loved her passionate soul, or the promise of peace she brought to his beloved land...


Bride of Tancred
Bride of Tancred
Author: Diane Pearson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/29/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is a classic gothic romance from 1967.


Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael, Bk 20)
Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael, Bk 20)
Author: Ellis Peters
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/7/2006


For Brother Cadfael in the autumn of his life, the mild November of our Lord's year 1145 may bring a bitter - and deadly - harvest. England is torn between supporters of the Empress Maud and those of her cousin Stephen. The civil strife is about to jeopardize not only Cadfael's life, but his hopes of Heaven.

While Cadfael has sometimes bent the Abbey's rules, he has never broken his monastic vows - until now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left thirty of Maud's knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfael's secret son, Olivier de Bretagne. Conceived in Cadfael's soldiering youth and unaware of his father's identity, Olivier wil die if he is not freed. Like never before, Cadfael must boldly defy the abbot. The good brother forsakes the order to follow his heart - but what he finds will challenge his soul.


By Possession (Medieval, Bk 1)
By Possession (Medieval, Bk 1)
Author: Madeline Hunter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/14/2006


For years she had thought he was dead. Yet when Addis de Valence strode into Moira Falkner's cottage, there was no mistaking the sharp planes of his face, and the scar she herself had helped to heal. The young squire who had once been her hero was now her lord, a hardened man who returned to claim the son she had raised as her own. But Moira couldn't deny that Addis roused a passion she never thought to feel - and a perilous hope for a future that could never be...

Addis returned from the Crusades to find his lands usurped by his stepbrother, and his country on the brink of rebellion. Determined to reclaim his birthright, Addis could not afford to be distracted by a woman - even one as tempting as Moira. Yet the only living part of his contented past lay in Moira - and his desire for her was more dangerous than his deadly battles with the king's men. By law, Moira belonged to him...but possessing her heart might be far more difficult.


By the Sheikh's Command  (Brides of the Desert Rose) (Harlequin American Romance, No 933)
Review Date: 3/7/2009


He could have a harem of women, yet Prince Rafe Braham desired only one: Brianna Taylor. But the bachelor sheikh had promised Brianna's brother he'd watch over the innocent beauty, and Rafe would never betray his solemn word. Then an innocent kiss led to an unexpected night of passion and his honorable code bid Rafe claim Brianna as his in-name-only bride. Despite Brianna's stubborn objection, Rafe vowed to make her his, though the powerful sheikh swore he would never succumb to her brand of temptation again. But his heart had other ideas...


Callander Square (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Bk 2)
Callander Square (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Bk 2)
Author: Anne Perry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/23/2006


Murders just didn't happen in fashionable areas like Callander Square -- but these two had. The police were totally baffled. But pretty young Charlotte Ellison Pitt was curious.

Inspector Pitt's well-bred wife didn't often meddle in her husband's business, but something about this case intrigued her -- intrigued her to the point that suddenly, staid Charlotte Pitt was rattling the closets of the very rich, hearing backstairs gossip that would shock a barmaid, and unearthing truths that could push even the most proper aristocrat to murder...


The Captive Queen of Scots
The Captive Queen of Scots
Author: Jean Plaidy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 5/25/2006


Drama, pathos, suspense abound in this poignant novel of Mary Queen of Scots, whose beauty and daring captured the hearts of men - and challenged the cruel power of her most dangerous rival, Elizabeth, Queen of England.

From the moment of Mary's imprisonment at Lochleven to the final terrifying adventure, the story blazes with all the color, intrigue, and pageantry of 16th-century England. And always at the center is Mary herself, warm, generous, impetuous, sensual...a woman fighting with head and heart against the savage conspiracy designed to destroy her.


Castle of Crushed Shamrocks
Castle of Crushed Shamrocks
Author: Lee Karr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 2/22/2009


Aileen O'Connor grew up in England, believing that her soldier father had died fighting Napoleon and that her mother's native Ireland was a gentle, romantic land of shamrocks and leprechauns. Then, when she was eighteen, Aileen learned the truth: she was the love child of Lord Edwin Lynhurst. If she was to be recognized as his daughter - and his heir - she must go to him and live at Lynhurst Castle.

Penniless and alone, Aileen traveled to the brooding, harsh and haunting coast of Ireland, only to find the flagstones of her father's castle freshly stained with his blood. His widow shunned her, a growling mastiff dogged her footsteps, and the wind whistled through the eerie underground passages and subterranean chambers of the gloomy, rockbound castle. Even the gallant attentions of her father's handsome solicitor failed to ease Aileen's anxiety - her dread - her growing sense of doom...

Slowly, the extent of the danger dawned upon her: her father's killer was still at large. And her name was next on the list.


Cat & Mouse  (Alex Cross, Bk 4)
Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross, Bk 4)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/25/2006


A murderer named Gary Soneji patiently waits in the basement of Alex Cross' home in Washington. He has come to kill Cross and his family. That's just the beginning of the greatest page-turner in years. Two mind-numbing killers - one operating up and down the East Coast of America, one in Europe - believe Cross is their only worthy opponent. They dare to ask the ultimate question: is Alex Cross about to die? You won't put Cat and Mouse down until the question is answered.


Catherine the Great: A Biography
Catherine the Great: A Biography
Author: Henri Troyat
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 5/23/2006


She came as a virgin to the most licentious court in all the world.

She was given in marriage to a monstrous prince who degraded her in bed and humiliated her out of it.

She fought for survival against a mother-in-law who tried to destroy her again and again.

She triumphed to become the most powerful woman in the world. And the loneliest -- giving herself to legions of lovers in a desperate search for the man who could still the raging fires within her...


Chaplin. (The Library of world biography)
Chaplin. (The Library of world biography)
Author: Roger Manvell
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/7/2009
Helpful Score: 1


The life and art of Charlie Chaplin, probalgy the best known, best loved and, ironically, most criticized personality of the cinema, is brought up to date in this concise but comprehensive biography by a leading British film historian. Roger Manvell shows how Chaplin's destitute childhood and early theatrical stints inspired the famed screen creation of the genteel little tramp who, with his mixture of impudence and pathos, was at once the pet and butt of mankind, and the rib-tickling delight of audiences. The author also examines the growth of his art from simple slapstick to its unique blend of social commentary and boisterous yet humane comedy, while sifting out the facts behind the controversial amours.


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