Sunday, December 17, 2006

SIZZLING - SUSAN MALLERY (January 2007)


Romantic Times BOOKclub
"When you think of passion, drama and heartwarming stories, think Susan Mallery."


The term “sizzling” doesn’t even describe Susan Mallery’s third book in her Buchanan series SIZZLING. It’s personally my favorite, a hard choice to make but her two main characters Reid and Lori are amazing. Spirited, smart mouths both of them in a battle of wills testing each other each step of the way. The chemistry between Reid and Lori is sensual and then throw in a terminally ill sister, a cranky old grandmother, a difficult mom and a strong family with so many dynamics........It's hot, passionate and full of depth....it is simply a wonderful story.

Reid an ex-professional baseball pitcher, and knock down gorgeous male with a reputation for being a ladies man is faced with a problem…..a reporter who is after his hide and reputation so she states that he falls short in the bedroom. Because he’s a celebrity and also owns a Seattle sports bar, he is faced with the press hounding him and the embarrassment it’s created. On top of everything, he has to hire nurses to care for his impossible grandmother who has the reputation of a barracuda and is simply an old and angry woman.


Enter, the sweet and smart Lori who gives both Reid and his grandmother a run for their money. Lori doesn’t let him get away with a thing and gives him plenty to think about. However, she has a horrible crush on Reid and fights it every step of the way. She doesn’t want to be another “notch”.


This was such an entertaining book. It was so full of warmth and the characters wormed their way into my heart. The Buchanan family series has been such an entertaining series set in Seattle with each family member being unique and full of depth. Again, Susan Mallery brings such enjoyment to her readers especially with this book, SIZZLING.

Book Description

A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper's just the first bad news. Reid's grandmother Gloria's broken hip means she needs constant care--but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm. Lori's never wasted her time with amoebas like Reid Buchanan. So why are her well-fortified defenses starting to crumble under the force of his sexy smile--and the kindness he shows her at every turn? There's only one explanation for the feelings flaring between them--chemistry. Chemistry so hot, it's sizzling!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

TIS THE SILLY SEASON - A NASCAR HOLIDAY



Roxanne St. Claire author of Killer Curves,certainly knows racing and NASCAR. 'TIS THE SILLY SEASON featuring a sweet waitress and her boys and one hot race car driver will entertain every reader this Holiday season! TIS THE SILLY SEASON IS NOMINATED FOR 2007 RITA.



I didn't know what to expect with this NASCAR book as there has been all sorts of discussions about keeping the NASCAR family image and would this be another great St. Claire read? Well it is and more. It's about the joy and spirit of Christmas and the true meaning of love. Roxanne's two main characters Clay and Lisa are quite a team and the sparks fly between them immediately. Then throw in two adorable boys who have never celebrated Christmas, a family short of money, a race car driver who loves the challenge of speed and success and oooooh what a mix. All I can say is this author has once again provided her readers with one entertaining read.

Book Description

'Tis the Silly Season by Roxanne St. Claire


NASCAR Busch Series racer Clay Slater needs a ready-made family--fast--to impress a potential sponsor. Lisa Mahoney can't resist the chance to give her kids the storybook Christmas she's never been able to…and if that includes a kiss under the mistletoe, so much the better!




Ladies, Start Your Engines… by Kimberly Raye

All Savannah Calloway wants for Christmas is a chance to prove her talent with an engine--and hot young NASCAR driver Mackenzie Briggs is ready to play Santa. But they soon find that winning the race isn't nearly as important as winning each other's hearts…



Unbreakable by Debra Webb

Although she's been hired to prove that drivers are serious athletes, Dr. Maxine Gray doesn't think much of NASCAR racing. So in the spirit of Christmas, driver Rush Jackson is determined to show the good doctor the "rush" that racing--and race car drivers--can bring.

Bedded by the Desert King - Susan Stephens



This is absolutely a fantastic read. It's emotional, warm, spirited and a very sensual journey in finding love. It's a story of survival for them both with a peaceful ending full of joy!

Susan Stephen's characters Zara and Shahin sizzled and their attraction and passion was instant. This is a story I will long remember and will enjoy reading again and again.

Book Description:

She yearns for the Sheikh's touch...

Zara Kingston has gone to the desert city of Kaddara for justice - to confront the man she believes ruined her childhood. But when, during a sandstorm, she's protected by a dark, brooding stranger, she finds that the desert holds hidden treasures...!

Then reality intrudes, and Zara realises that the man whose touch she yearned for is none other than desert king Sheikh Shahin... the thief of her happy youth!

Shahin knows that Zara is a virgin- forbidden, no matter how strong his desire...
But it's the forbidden fruit that tastes the sweetest...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

THE ULTIMATE MILLIONAIRE - SUSAN MALLERY




This final book in the Million Dollar Catch series was the perfect ending to the Nelson sisters and the three strong, handsome and sexy men they fell in love with. Their long lost grandmother Ruth, wealthy in her own right decided she wanted her nephew Todd Ashton III to be married to one of her granddaughter’s. With only one being left, Marina, since her other sisters had found their own fabulous husbands, would there be the possibility for Marina and Todd to become attracted to each other?

In the first book you meet Ryan and Julie. They are about to be married but have a business planned trip in China so that leaves them asking Julie’s sister Marina and Ryan’s cousin Todd to help them plan the wedding in their absence. Marina has already told her Grandmother she will have one date with Ryan and so they meet to discuss the wedding and agree their first date will actually take place on the wedding day. In the meantime they have a wedding to plan, so what’s so difficult about that? Well, for one, they are both immediately attracted to each other not only sexually but by each other’s intelligence, wit, charm, and agree to enjoy planning this wedding for the family members they both love.

Marina found Todd charming, sexy and definitely a challenge and thought he probably had no depth. She usually dated “safe” men and was afraid to risk her heart and terrified she’d end up like her mother. Her mother had only loved one man and had risked loosing her own parents when ran off and married him. Throughout their growing up years and three Nelson sisters had watched their father come and go and Marina was especially afraid if she fell in love he would break her heart.

Todd on the other hand, grew up wealthy and found at an early age women only wanted him for his money, lied to him and tried to trick him. So he had been burned enough times not to trust. However, upon meeting Marina he took a step back and asked himself when was the last time he had enjoyed a woman’s company?

What neither of them counted on was enjoying each other’s company and finally they shared a week of passion like no other with some humour thrown in for good measure…….food poisoning. Leave it to Susan Mallery to throw in this bit of humour as she’s so well know for in her books…….and passion on top of it all? The chemistry and passion between this couple will just plain blow you away.
In the end, Marina falls hard for Todd. She realizes that in order to find perfect happiness she must risk the pain. For Todd, there is still the trust issue and when he believes that Marina has betrayed him instead of trust he’s angry and cruel. Fear not, Todd Ashton III wakes up and is brought to his knees when he realizes how important this woman has become to him.

In closing, this made me weep……..it’s the wedding toast written by this man who never trusted…….and the lesson he learned
…….”The Bible tells us that love is kind. Scholars tell us that love can change the course of history. Scientists tell us that love is chemical. Poets tell us that love is eternal. But true love is so much more than that, it’s about believing and risking. It’s about believing in that one person and that one person believing in you. Love is about hanging on the roller-coaster ride of life. Love is about having faith in yourself and the person you love.”
Again, Susan’s gives her readers another valuable lesson and this time about believing in your self and taking a chance…..a chance on love.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME - ROXANNE ST.CLAIRE


I purchaed this book specifically for this story. I'm a huge fan of St. Claire's and especially her Bullet Catcher Series. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, is actually the third book her this series.

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE 2007 RITA AWARD!



Roxanne's characters are always full of heat, heart, spunk, charm and her latest bodyguard Raquel Durand is no exception. There is a scene in the limo with a sexy Russian and some vodka that will knock your socks off!

If you haven't read any of the series, here's a profile of Raquel from the author's website:

"Raquel Durant is about to get the promotion of her dreams. She's worked for three years as Lucy's right hand investigator, helping run The Bullet Catchers while she launched extensive background checks on suspects, tracked missing people and generally Made Things Happen like no one else. But Raquel is ready for field work and in December, she gets her first assignment. However, nothing about the "simple" job is simple...starting with the sexy fomer KGB agent who takes Raquel on a search for missing Faberge eggs and teaches her an entirely new technique for drinking vodka. And it doesn't involve...clothes. "

Again, Roxanne St.Claire has delighted this reader and fan of The Bullet Catchers! You won't want to miss this entertaining series.

You Can Count On Me is part of I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!


I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - October 2006 NYT Bestseller

Book Description

A collection of heartwarming holiday stories from today's stars of passionate romance!

LINDA LAEL MILLER
delivers a holiday miracle in the bittersweet tale of a young woman who can't hide her broken heart -- or her past -- when she returns to her hometown. But a sexy widower may just help her discover the true meaning of home in "Christmas of the Red Chiefs."

CATHERINE MULVANY
spins a fairy tale come true in "Once Upon a Christmas." They flirted as teenagers, but it takes time -- and some divine intervention -- to bring two star-crossed lovers together at last.

JULIE LETO
pairs fire and ice in "Meltdown," the sensual tale of a Cuban-American PR whiz whose job description includes thawing out her CEO boss's frosty image. Will their sparks torch
into flames of passion?


ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
unwraps the thrills of Christmas in New York, where a female bodyguard toys with a dangerous desire for a mysterious hunk while protecting his young daughter. It's a risky game with passion as the prize in "You Can Count on Me."


 

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