Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he's built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

What a mile-a-minute thrill ride!  I've read several of Ms. Banks' erotic romances, and none of them have stuck with me like this story. 

Ethan Kelly, mourning the loss of his wife, Rachel, receives a mysterious package in the mail with documentation claiming Rachel is in fact alive. This is exactly the information Ethan needs to get his sorry butt off the couch in the hopes of finding his wife.  His guilt -- both because of the last few months of their marriage and his immediate acceptance of Rachel's death -- is palpable, but he turns to the only people he's confident could help prove if Rachel is alive: his family.

This book was so good, a great start to a new series.  Whether it was the family connection (and the promise of more books) or the romantic suspense genre, The Darkest Hour was exactly what I needed.  I'm looking forward to learning more about the Kellys.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas


One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.


The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.


Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.


Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…

For as much as I loved Ms. Kleypas' The Hathaways and The Travises, I expected to really enjoy this book.  It was a quick read, an easy read, but I found it lacking.  It didn't wrap itself around and make me want to put everything on hold until I finished this book.  The writing isn't as lush or as emotionally charged, something I loved about The Hathaways series.  A disappointment, and I hate saying that about any book.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cover Love

Second in line, first in love

A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost.... Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best.

Searching for hidden treasure, finding forbidden fantasy.

London's most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola's life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he'll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.

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