Sunday, May 31, 2009

LIP SERIVCE (Lone Star Sisters) - Susan Mallery



New York Times best selling author Susan Mallery continues to amaze with her second in the Long Star Sisters series, Lip Service which is Skye’s story, the middle Titan sister. The reader was introduced in May to all three sisters who share a father in Under Her Skin. One also learned they had an illegitimate brother Garth who has only revenge on his mind and has vowed to take the entire family down. To use adjectives like amazing or brilliant don’t even describe how wonderful the second book is and waiting until July for Straight from the Hip is going to be torture.

Skye is the dutiful daughter of Jed Titan and she hopes one day to inherit the family home and have her father finally tell her he loves her. Nine years earlier instead of marrying the boy next door, who she loved deeply, she married a much older man her father arranged for his own selfish reasons and a sweet daughter Erin came from that marriage. Now she’s a widow, hosting her father’s business parties and again, Jed wants to marry and threatens her because he’s aware that her exlover is back in town and he’ll destroy Mitch and his ranch if need be; trust me you’ll want to strangle Jed Titan and take him down yourself.

Skye’s and Mitch’s story was lovely to read because in the end as only Susan Mallery can pen it’s about what’s important in life and that’s family, love and a real home, not one like Jed Titan is dangling and manipulating his daughters to believe they want. The reader literally watches Skye become stronger and realize that she and Erin can have a happy life with Mitch and their love story was incredibly beautiful.

Susan Mallery has written wonderful family stories which I’ve read throughout the years and some of them have sincere patriotisms as she relates tales of honour and valour for the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces and who give up their lives or come home injured fighting for our Country. That was the case with Mitch Cassidy who has returned nine years later missing part of his leg and with a real chip on his shoulder. It’s the people who assisted raising him and maintaining the ranch and Skye’s daughter Erin who help him to heal. It was sad to read about his ordeal and his final acceptance through therapy, group sessions and finally forgiving Skye and realizing he still loved her and her daughter. In the end, I was cheering for both Mitch and Skye because they stood up to Jed Titan.

The Titan sisters Lexi, Skye and Izzy have one common thread they love and are devoted to each other and the fact they all want their father’s affection. Love is the common theme in both books, how it can heal and how much stronger the three sisters are because of it!


Book Description:

Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.
Former navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy comes home to find nearly everything different. His wounds from battle have changed the way people treat him. His cattle ranch is suddenly organic. But time hasn't touched his desire for Skye—or the sting of her betrayal. Forget lip service. He's asking that luscious mouth of hers to reveal the truth. But will Mitch be able to put the past aside to help Skye get out from under her father's thumb…and help himself recover from a broken heart?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

PLEASURED BY THE SECRET MILLIONAIRE - Natalie Anderson



Natalie Anderson has written the most amazing love story which literally sizzles off the pages with extreme passion, major secrets, an incredible journey and a most romantic and teary ending one a romance reader will definitely want to read.

While reading this I went through many thought processes because Sienna the lovely young woman made me wonder what I would do in her situation. The reader is given her background that she was coddled by her family due to a heart problem and now as an adult she has left home to begin a lifetime journey with her journal and a wish list. Not knowing her fate, she has a list of things she wants to accomplish and when she arrives in Australia and meets the handsome Rhys she believes to be a band promoter, one of the items at the top of her list is to experience a night of passion like no other and you won’t believe how she accomplishes her task. In fact, next time I see a storage closet, I’m going to blush!

As for Rhys, being a well known doctor, a man of wealth from a well known Australian family and one with past experiences with women who only wanted him for fame and fortune, he’s decided to take a short and needed vacation using another identity. What he doesn’t count on is meeting Sienna and how much he’s attracted to her and wants to continue the vacation romance but discretely.

When Sienna’s medical issues are revealed to Rhys, you will see such a wonderful softness in him, however you’ll be angry when you realize he’s invaded her space and read her journal. The lesson he learns is that she matters and he wants to be more than a vacation romp and in the end how he makes everything right. But it’s how they both get there is what’s important.

Sienna’s journey is just that, she needs to experience, life without constraints, live, laugh, love, and take chances. After spending time with Rhys she realizes that leaving him is going to be painful but she must leave him and follow her dreams. In the end and yes your tears will fall especially when they both realize how very special and unique their relationship has become and they must forgive each other.

Rhys and Sienna’s energy, strength and passion are beautiful but Rhys realization that he needed to forgive himself, learn to trust and believe were wonderful to read. The “new list” they agreed to create together to keep up with the zest for life was extremely sweet and emotional

Book Description:

One night of hot loving...

Gorgeous millionaire Rhys Maitland is tired of women throwing themselves at him because of his power and wealth. When he meets beauty Sienna Rendel, Rhys decides to hide the truth, and insists on being with her for one night only...

Sienna's quite happy with Rhys's offer of fast, furious lovemaking! She doesn't know she's being pleasured by a secret millionaire, but when she and Rhys realize one night isn't enough, they'll have to strip themselves bare - in every sense!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

THE VASQUEZ BABY - Sarah Morgan



If you want intense and weepy, then this wonderful rollercoaster contemporary romance, written by the very talented Sarah Morgan is for you!

It's very evident that when Raul and Faith meet by chance that there are definite sparks flying between them. Raul is drawn to her beauty but when he finds out that she's a vet employed on his Argentine horse ranch he invites her to his private home. One thing leads to another and they begin an affair. However, Raul makes it very clear that he doesn't do marriage but Faith sincerely believes he loves her. When she finds her self expecting she tells him and they marry.

Raul is a very virile, macho and sexy billionaire. He's also an accomplished polo player, horseman and businessman. He's ruthless and stubborn in his beliefs about love and marriage. When Faith learns that he doesn't love her and when she looses her baby, she flees; only to be found and brought back to Argentina.

Their marriage was a very rocky road with many lessons to be learned like trust and love. The Vasquez Baby was a very emotional and entertaining read, one I'll remember for sometime.

Book Description:

When young and innocent Faith arrives at Raul's luxurious Argentinean estancia, he instantly decides she'll make the perfect mistress! Dressed in diamonds by day and lying between Raul's silk sheets by night, Faith is swept away by her new lavish lifestyle. But then she discovers that, quite by accident, she has done the one thing Raul has expressly forbidden…

Now Faith must face Raul and tell him that she, the Vasquez mistress, is expecting the Vasquez heir.

Friday, May 15, 2009

BLACKMAILED BRIDE, INNOCENT WIFE - Annie West

A captivating, powerful and sensual read as written by contemporary romance author Annie West. Blackmail, revenge, passion, and secrets from the past, all rolled into one in this entertaining romance Blackmailed Bride, Innocent Wife.

I so admired both Alissa Scott and Dario Parisi for their passion and reasons for wanting the castello which Alissa would inherit if she married. However, Alissa had secrets for why she wanted it because all of her life she and her sister had suffered under the abusive hands of their grandfather. Now Alissa’s sister needed medical attention and they couldn’t afford it so she was forced to find a bridegroom, marry and in the end divorce to received the money her evil grandfather had stipulated in his will. Her friend agrees to a marriage and in the end backs out as one will learn Dario paid him off and now he is determined to marry
Alissa and reclaim the castello the “old man” took from his family.

Dario Parisi is one incredible alpha Italian with pride, passion and determination to make restitution from deeds of the past. Not only the promise he made to his father but to revenge the family who took everything away which he holds Alissa’s grandfather responsible. What neither Dario nor Alissa count on is the lust and passion they shared. For him, something about her was different and beyond his experience.

While their story was lovely to read, I wept for Dario and his struggle. I adored Alissa for her determination to save her sister and for her strength to walk away from the love of her life when she believed the crumbling castello meant more to Dario than the passion and joy they both shared. Blackmailed Bride, Innocent Wife is a passionate and sensual journey one won’t want to miss!

Book Description:

Forced to wed...
Hard-hearted magnate Dario Parisi will reclaim his stolen birthright - even if it means forcing the granddaughter of his family's sworn enemy to marry him.

...and share his bed!
Alissa Scott is certainly not the biddable wife Dario wanted - yet he's consumed by red-hot desire for his unwilling bride. So when she tires to change the rules, he demands she honour all her vows. Finally he undresses exactly the kind of wife he wanted: a virgin bride!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

VALENTINO'S LOVE CHILD - Lucy Monroe


Valentino's Love-Child is explosive, passionate, intense and just plain wonderful and it's no surprise because the author of this fabulous book is Lucy Monroe.

Tino as he's affectionately called by his family and lover Faith is one sexy Sicilian, a successful business man, and is one extremely stubborn Italian. From the very beginning one can tell that Tino's appetite for Faith is one that at times he doesn't understand and for the time being he's happy being in the relationship. Why one might ask? Because everything is going his way....no strings, no promises and she is always available and never asks for more. He absolutely adores her but one will learn Tino really doesn't know much about her plus the fact that he hasn't admitted to her that when his wife died he made a grave side promise.

Faith is a talented artist and teacher and a very brave woman. She has secrets about her past. She also has another secret which she's kept from Tino. Before she met him, Faith met his mother and she's become a dear friend. Due to the friendship, it was suggested Faith teach art at his son's school. She's kept her relationship with his mother and son to herself. As Faith's story unfolds one will learn she's just not talented, she's also very brave.

Faith's struggle in the end when it's revealed she's carrying his child and her absolute and unconditional love for the baby she's carrying plus her relationship turmoil will have you crying. However, Faith is not the only one who struggles, Tino does as well because he can't let go of past memories.

Lucy Monroe couldn't have chosen her heroine's name any better because Faith, most definitely has faith as well as hope and in the end for this couple their love shines through in this magnificent romance one you definitely won't want to miss.

Product Description

Under the Sicilian sun, Valentino's mistress tempts him like no other!

Their relationship is scorching, its intensity unmatched, the desire indescribable. Only, love can never be mentioned....

But Faith, his stunning, intriguing American lover, is testing his resolve. He said he'd never marry again, that his principles won't allow it.

The one person to tame the untamable Valentino is Faith--the woman who's carrying his child....
 

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