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21. Blue Smoke
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22. CORINTHIAN, THE (Corinthian)
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23. Moon Shadows
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24. River Rising
25. Ask Me No Questions
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21. Blue Smoke
by Nora Roberts
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Asin: 0399153063
Catlog: Book (2005-10-11)
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 2312
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The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life. Neighbors and relatives would help the Hales rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena beheld the fire's brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would understand and master its terrible force-and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power-and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge . . .

When Reena finally joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested-although sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. But she can't always blame the men-after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life-with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins-of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction-she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.

From the incomparable Nora Roberts, Blue Smoke is a tale of gut-level fear, human triumph, and the bonds that carry us through our darkest times.
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22. CORINTHIAN, THE (Corinthian)
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Asin: 0553233084
Catlog: Book (1983-05-01)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 260458
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars one of My Favorite Heyer Books
The Corinthian is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books of all time! It includes mystery. . Who stole the diamonds? Comedy . . . Sir Richard Wyndam a nonpariel in fashion and wealth wandering aimlessly drunk in London's streets in the middle of the night stumbling on a maiden dressed like a ruffian needing assistance to get out of her window to escape a marriage of convience to her cousin. Wyndam being bored with life and his tireing relations assists her in running away to a childhood love, after reprimanding her for the sloppiness of her cravat. Romance. . .Well I'll leave that for you to find out.

4-0 out of 5 stars More adventure than romance
Heyer takes on two of romance's cherished conventions: heiress Penelope Creed dresses as a boy to escape her guardian's matrimonial plots, and the rich but jaded Sir Richard Wyndham falls for the artless charms of a schoolgirl. The result is a charming adventure, but an unsuccessful romance. Richard is too gentlemanly to make advances while Pen is under his protection and Pen spends too much time in the role of a boy to develop as a romantic leading lady. However, the dialogue is delightful and Heyer juggles her plot elements with aplomb, so it's still a fun read. The conversations between Pen and silly little Lydia Daubenay are not to be missed. (The jaded rich man/innocent miss plotline is done with greater success in Arabella, where a more substantial plot allows better character development. For a marvelous girl-in-breeches story, hunt up The Masqueraders.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good car camping reading
The Corinthian is the sort of romance novel my mother and I would share on those long car camping vacations when I was a kid. It's a fun little story with the sorts of adventures that a pre-teen would have enjoyed. It's one BIG drawback is the dialogue. It's devlish bad and it just doesn't signify! In all honesty, one could do a drinking game based on the phrases that show up ad naseum in the dialogue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wholly charming!
Sir Richard Wyndham is a Man of Fashion, a dandy, but he prefers the term Corinthian, if you please. He is somewhat bored with his life as a trendsetter of the haut ton, and is being forced to seriously consider a somewhat irksome marriage of convenience when he is waylaid by circumstance to aid Miss Penelope Creed, an heiress not yet out in society, on a quest to elope with her childhood sweetheart in an effort of avoid a match with her fish-faced cousin.

The plot of the story is light-hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful. It is a must read for her description of a proper dandy alone. There were many places where I could not help but chuckle aloud.

I know you will find it more than worth your effort to hunt down and read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Heyer Romance at its best!
This has always been one of my favorite Heyer novels and I am so glad it is finally being reprinted in the US. I first read this book in India of all places and got my own copy in London. If you like witty dialogue, situations and tons and tons of british humor this is a must for you. It seems deceptively simple, Young girl running away disguised as a boy, hitches up with cynical but gorgeous hero .. . In the hands of Georgette Heyer it will have you laughing out loud and absolutely unable to put it down until its done! ... Read more

23. Moon Shadows
by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, Marianne Willman
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Asin: 0515138312
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 2264
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Romance and magic meet by the light of the moon in this all-new all-star collection of Celtic tales from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts and New York Times bestselling authors Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman. ... Read more

24. River Rising
by Dorothy Garlock
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Asin: 0446693944
Catlog: Book (2005-05-12)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 7504
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars fine Americana tale
April Asbury leaves a big city hospital where she worked as an emergency room nurse to work in the small town of Fertile as Dr. Forbes office nurse.On the surface Fertile seems like a serene little town where neighbor helps neighbor survive the Great Depression.She meets Joe Jones when her car breaks down forcing her to walk until she finds herself in a field with a bull.Joe rescues her and takes her into town where she rents a room at Mrs. Poole's and starts work in Dr. Forbes office.

She begins to sense that the postcard prettiness of the town masks secrets that people want kept hidden.Dr Forbes is in love with a woman most people would consider black and is not allowed to legally marry her.Mrs. Poole's brother Fred spies on April when she is naked in her room and Mrs. Poole is going through with a diabolical plan that could destroy innocent lives.April is afraid to give her heart to Joe because she thinks he is a flirt while Joe thinks April would not want to get involved with a poor farmer.When the river threatens to flood the town many secrets and feelings finally see the light of day.

Dorothy Garlock is the queen of Americana tales and RIVER RISING is a perfect example of her superior writing talent.The romance of April and Joe plays out against the manipulations and actions of the secondary cast who are drawn very realistically.There are multiple sub-plots that all tie to the main storyline that enables readers to feel what it was like in small Missouri town during the Great Depression.

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25. Ask Me No Questions
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Asin: 0449222802
Catlog: Book (1994-03-02)
Publisher: Fawcett
Sales Rank: 1006664
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely & engaging tale
If you are, like me, a fan of the genre then you are probably already a Patricia Veryan addict, and if you aren't yet, then you will be.
I recommend all of her books unreservedly.
The Jewelled men series is absolutely delightful as are the Georgian romances.
In this book the squabbling of the two boys is so cleverley written and this author is a master of the conversational quips - I find myself wishing my dialogue were half as witty/ charming. The romance is always delightful, but as I read this a few years back and now write the review I don't remember THAT much of it other than I got it at 3pm and stayed up reading it until 6am.
Anyway no need to blab on, the gist of it is, Veryan is the best Regency author around. I urge you to immerse yourself in her delightfully spun and extremely convincing worlds.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best installment of Tales of the Jewelled Men to date.
This continuation of the Tales of the Jewelled Men series gives us the story of Gordon Chandler, whose brother's story opened The Golden Chronicles, her previous series about Georgian England. The web woven by the nefarious League of Jewelled Men seems truly inescapable in this installment, and Veryan keeps the reader guessing until the final pages. The love story is told very gracefully, with charming flourishes and the added interest of a set of twins. Highly recommended. ... Read more

26. Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Book 1)
by Nora Roberts
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Asin: 051513855X
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 565
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A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night...

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable new place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing nursery. As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and with expectant mother Hayley. And she discovers a fierce attraction with ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge.

But someone isn't happy about the budding romance...the Harper Bride. As the woman dig into the history of Harper House, they discover that grief and rage have kept the Bride's spirit alive long past her death. And now, she will do anything to destroy the passion that Logan and Stella share...
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27. Dragonfly in Amber
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Asin: 0440215625
Catlog: Book (1993-11-02)
Publisher: Dell
Sales Rank: 2774
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets.But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills.Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
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5-0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Reading these books will cause a strong addiction!
And I might add that no amount of therapy will cure you!
I had to go to a conference this past week--a four hour drive from my home. Since my husband drove, this gave me a glorious block of UNINTERUPPTED time to finish DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. I also brought almost a month's worth of unread newspapers and several unopened PEOPLE magazines. In addition, I brought along a newly published and highly acclaimed book of short stories written by one of my former students. My intentions were to finish my book and then catch up on the aforementioned readings. HA! Thankfully, I also packed Gabaldon's third book because no amount of self-control would allow me to read anything but VOYAGER! I have no idea when I'm going to clean my house or do my Christmas shopping (I do still go to work). The only reason I'm writing this review is that I don't want all the books to 'run together'.
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is the second book of the highly acclaimed Outlander series. Jamie and Claire's adventures continue but the story actually begins at the end. It is 1968 and Claire has returned to Scotland with her 20-year-old daughter, Brianna. The next nearly 1000 pages involve Claire, Brianna, and a young historian named Roger and their attempts to find out what happened to Jamie, the love of Claire's life (and Brianna's father). Most of this novel is about what happens to the young lovers in the two years before Claire escapes back through the rocks in the year 1746.
Gabaldon is an extremely gifted writer. Her character development is so phenomenal that I too, have fallen in love with the red-headed Scottish Highlander. When he says things like: "Oh, Claire, ye do break my heart wi' loving you." or, "Dye think I don't know? It's me that has the easy part now. For if ye feel for me as I do for you--then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it." and, " I will find you, (he whispered in my ear). I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you--then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest. Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well,"--it makes me wish I was Claire!
Well, there I go, I'm crying again! Let me go get my Kleenex and continue with VOYAGER. Thank Heaven for carryout!

5-0 out of 5 stars FYI:Read-You WONT be disappointed!!
I'm still riding high from the first book, Outlander. As soon as I finished it I started on Dragonfly in Amber with more relish.

The characters are so memorable, strong and resilient. It's great that they can be continued and the transition is well done. The strong Red Jamie and the mystical Claire, the healer.

She doesn't spend too much time retelling and gives us enough glimpse of what happened during those missing years without boring you too much.

Enter Brianna, Jamie and Claire's only child, who is unaware of the true origins of her heritage.

Some of the events and scenes are little unbelievable. It seems that everybody wants Jamie the Warrior.

Their plight in Paris and political escapades are intriguing and we are enlightened about Claire's husband, Frank Randall's relative, Black Jack Randall. Gaps are filled in that weren't there in the first book. As soon as you finish this book, the cliffhanger will make you get the third installment ASAP!

All in all, you will highly enjoy the second installment of the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still Addicted
This is a great sequel to OUTLANDER. The hero and heroine are in for more action, wrenching emotions, and the war for Scottish independence. What more can I say? - GREAT READING

4-0 out of 5 stars Not so easy to change history after all
I read this whole book with a sense of dread at the impending prospects of Culloden and what Jamie's involvement would be. It was quite stressful! It made me think about how maybe it is not so easy after all for one person (or two) to actually change the movements of history. How awful to go back in time weaponed with knowledge that you can do so little about no matter how hard you try. Perhaps a lesson for our times?

I was, however, disturbed in this book by the duplicity of Claire. She MADE the decision to stay with Jamie and not return to Frank. So why, then, does she keep Frank's ring on her finger and not let him go? She holds onto Frank out of duty and I felt sorry for poor Jamie and how fiercely he loves Claire. I just kept expecting her to come to a point where she was completely and wholly "with" Jamie! I truly don't understand it (maybe it's just me?). Perhaps it is all just a plot device by the author so we all don't feel too guilty that Claire WAS a married woman when she stepped through the stones and she DID get married again. That we have to feel some semblance of respect for Frank?? I dunno.

This author has some guts, I tell you. It seems in this book everything pure was turned into the profane. I was constantly shocked that she actually went through with some of these things! I.e., before young Mary was raped, I thought surely.... But then it happens! In vivid detail!

I approach Voyager with a sense of relief that at least Culloden is over!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outlander
I just read Outlander and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. The book is fantastic. I now want to go to Scotland to find a carbon copy of Jamie! Incredible storytelling, I strongly recommend this book. ... Read more

28. Table For Five
by Susan Wiggs
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Asin: 0778321673
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Mira
Sales Rank: 4269
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Sometimes it takes a leap of faith in order to soar . . .

A gifted teacher, Lily Robinson adores her students, but fiercely guards her independent lifestyle. Deep inside, she is afraid of loving too deeply for fear of getting hurt. Only her best friend, Crystal, has ever been able to get close. Now an unthinkable tragedy has drawn Lily into the shattered lives of Crystal's family -- a family that suddenly needs her.

Sean McGuire is a rolling stone used to living in the shadow of his famous brother, Derek. He's made his own way in life, playing by his own rules. Then one April night everything changes when a fatal car crash orphans Derek and Crystal's three children. In an instant, Sean finds himself in the role of guardian.

Sean and Lily are brought together by tragedy, joined in their grief and their mutual love for these children. But raising three kids is a monumental job, and Sean realizes he's in over his head. And though Lily has been the unofficial aunt to these children since they were born, planting emotional roots means taking risks -- and Lily's not sure she can.

The ups and downs of love and family life can be a roller-coaster ride -- thrilling, unpredictable and downright terrifying, yet filled with incredible delight. and Sean and Lily are about to discover the possibilities that make everything seem worthwhile -- a future filled with hope, happiness and the certainty that trusting love is the best choice of all.

Susan Wiggs is the acclaimed, bestselling author of many poignant, unforgettable novels, including Summer by the Sea, The Ocean Between Us and Home Before Dark. she lives with her husband and daughter on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she is currently at work on her next novel. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good family drama
Teacher Lily Robinson is content with her life. Thirty, unwed and unburdened--that's the way she wants her life to be. Suddenly, her best friend meets a tragic end, leaving three orphaned children behind.

Sean Maguire, the childrens' estranged uncle, has now become their guardian. A confirmed bachelor and chronic playboy, Sean is suddenly thrust into the life of a family man. The last thing he needs is a stuffy schoolmarm telling him how to manage things.

Susan Wiggs' novel succeeds in everything it sets out to do. In the beginning, it depresses you. In the middle, it gives a realistic portrayal of children who have lost their parents. And in the end, it warms your heart. Everything wraps up in a perfect bow and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. I strongly recommend it. 4 1/2 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars intriguing family drama
In Comfort, Oregon, Laurelhurst private school third grade teacher Lily Robinson enjoys her job, likes her students, and not having any permanent emotional attachments.She holds a conference with the divorced parents of student Charlie Holloway to discuss why the little girl cannot read and how to remedy this.This teacher-parent conference is tougher than usual because the mother is her best friend Crystal and the kids call her "Aunt".The meeting fails as neither Crystal nor her ex husband PGA star Derek can get past their personal needs.

After the meeting, Derek gives Crystal a ride in bad weather when her car fails to start.They argue over his sibling being banned for cheating on the Asian Tour and his upcoming nuptials to Jane Coombs.As his anger rises, Derek loses control and crashes; both die leaving Charlie, her teenage sister Cameron and her younger sibling Ashley orphaned.Derek's brother Sean becomes the guardian of his nieces, but he feels inadequate and besides he has a chance to regain the promising golf career he blew.Lily helps, but also tries to keep the quartet out of her heart.She fails and Derek finds he needs Lily and his three wards; the youngsters need the love and stability provided by both adults.

TABLE FOR FIVE is an intriguing family drama starring two adults who avoid emotional responsibility and three hurting children who were devastated before the deadly car accident.While Sean and Lily carry baggage that make them both feel inept at caring for the kids, the children have woes as manifested by Charlie's reading problems even before his parents die.Susan Wiggs provides a well written four tissue box tear jerker that showcases people in trouble.

Harriet Klausner
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29. After Twilight
by Amanda Ashley, Christine Feehan, Ronda Thompson
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Asin: 0505524503
Catlog: Book (2001-09-10)
Publisher: Love Spell/Dorchester Pub. Co.
Sales Rank: 16568
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Three of romance's hottest bestselling authors -- Amanda Ashley, Christine Feehan, and Ronda Thompson -- invite you to explore the dark side, to taste the forbidden, to dive into danger with heroes who fire the blood and lay claim to the soul in these striking tales of sensual passion.A man hunts for a woman.Yet what if he is no ordinary male, but a predator in search of prey?A dark soul looking for the light?A vampire, a werewolf, a mythic being who strikes fear into the hearts of mortals?When day fades into night, when fear becomes fascination, when the swirling seduction of everlasting love overcomes the senses, it must be after twilight. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Feehan's was the best
I bought this anthology for Christine Feehan's Dark Dream, and after reading was glad I did. The story introduced us to a new point in Carpathian history -- hopefully catapulting us away from the quickly-getting-tired vampire-oriented stories of the rest of the series. The characters themselves were lacking the "fire" between characters like Jaques and Shea and Julian and Desari, but I think that most of the faults of this book were due to the length requirements that Ms. Feehan had to contend with. Truth be told, I believe that this story deserved a full novel of its own. Falcon was wonderful, though. It also had the added plot bonus of involving old friends, Jacques, Shea, Mikhail and Raven.
I hope that Ms. Feehan continues on this new plot trend, but gets back to her pre-Fire characterization with the next novel in the series.

The other stories were good. I can't say that I remember reading Amanda Ashley's offering, but then, I've read all of her vampire books before, and I've *never* been able to remember anything about them. *shrug*

Rhonda Thompson's offering was good, but I didn't like the ending that much. I like paranormal romance, and I don't care if everyone ends up a "monster." The story itself is very sensual, and the characters are very human and likable. The hero is torn about his existence (nice to see in a werewolf romance) but the whole tone of the story is pretty dark. I see how the ending was necessary, given the nature of the curse, I just found myself wishing it wasn't. It seemed almost gimmicky at the end, instead of having a high dramatic quality that I'm sure the author intended. I'm also looking forward to finding the sure-to-be-released sequel to this story!

5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning paranormal anthology
Masquerade by Amanda Ashley (originally published 1994)

Jason Blackthorne is the stuff of nightmares...and fantasies. He is a vampire, doomed to an eternity of darkness and feeding on human blood to survive, until he meets Leanne, the sunshine to his darkness. She is a singer/dancer, to whom Jason finds himself inexplicably drawn. From the moment Leanne meets him, she is convinced he is the man she has waited for her whole life. But Jason is terrified to reveal his secret; convinced Leanne would be repulsed by the truth. Will they overcome the curse binding him to a lonely darkness forever, to be together?

Ms. Ashley writes another stunning vampire tale. Her characters come alive, in spite of the novella length of the story. One will feel the agony of Jason's lonely life, along with him, as well as the bittersweet joy he finds in Leanne; and will be cheering them on to a happy ever after. But be forewarned, reading this tale will give the reader great desire to listen to Phantom of the Opera.

Dark Dream by Christine Feehan

Falcon is an ancient Carpathian, sent out by his prince Vladimir, over 1000 years ago, to hunt the evil vampires. He has been alone and without a lifemate for so long, he is in danger of turning vampire himself. Falcon decides to return to his home in the Carpathian Mountains one final time to see his new prince, Mikhail, and the Prince's once human lifemate, Raven, before destroying himself by meeting the dawn. In the last leg of his journey, he meets Sara Marten and is shocked to discover she is his lifemate. Sara discovered an ancient diary many years ago, which drew her for some unknown reason, to a mysterious dream man. She has since been running from the vampire that murdered her family She is surprised to meet this dream man in the flesh... at first mistaking him for the vampire she has been eluding for the past 15 years. Sara is therefore not surprised to discover his secret. But before they can be happy, they must defeat the vampire, enlisting the aid of Falcon's Prince Mikhail, his brother Jacques, and their lifemates, Raven and Shea. Will they conquer this evil nemesis to find eternal love?

Ms. Feehan has done it again! She has created incredible characters, who will live on in memory long after the story is finished. Her best-selling Dark saga only improves with age and each new tale. This novella is every bit as fulfilling as one of her full-length novels. This is not a story to be missed.

Midnight Serenade by Ronda Thompson

Rick Donavan is a country veterinarian, who lives in isolation, separating himself from everyone. For he suffers an ancient curse, having been bitten by a werewolf and becoming one himself. Stephanie Shane is a wildlife advocate, who is trying to build up support for wolves in the wild, trying to make all aware of their importance and beauty. She has been tracking a wolf pack and happens upon some farmers trying to kill a wolf, but only succeeding in wounding him. She is bitten as she tries to help the wolf with its injuries, before it runs off. She follows the injured wolf's trail right through the door or Rick's home. He fascinates Stephanie, despite his trying to discourage her from her mission. Rick is also attracted to her, sensing some pull between them. However, he now fears he may have passed his curse on to Stephanie, and decides he must save her from it. Will they defeat the odds to be together? Or are they doomed from the start?

This is Ms. Thompson's debut in the paranormal genre and she does not disappoint. Hers is an impressive addition to this book, featuring two of the most world-renowned paranormal romance authors. This story is fast paced and never slows down. The characters are very well drawn and will be memorable. This reviewer hopes Ms. Thompson's first foray into the paranormal is not her last.

AFTER TWILIGHT is a more than satisfactory book to be read during the Halloween season, or any time of the year. All three stories are ones to be savored over and over again. Run out and buy a copy today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could NOT Put this one Down!
This is my first time reading Amanda Ashley & Rhonda Thomson, but definitely not my last! Both are now that greatest of all finds--new favorite authors! I can't remember the last time I read a collection of short stories, but I wanted to sample these authors in hopes of finding more paranormal romances to enjoy. I'm new to this genre, the closest I came was Rice's vampire series, now seen as incomparable in excitement, sensuality, and satisfaction. I've seen the future & it's not Rice or her Lestat.

Thomson's Werewolf story is the most believable, moving and romantic of its type, unique as incredible as that seems, for this wolf-man is almost too human, & sexy is an understatement. I may never go back to mere human romances again. I hope this author keeps her unique edge and continues to breathe life into such marvelous character-driven stories.

Amanda Ashley creates a female antagonist, Leanne, who is a bit too incredible & perfect to believe in fully, plus annoyingly reluctant one minute, accepting too much too soon the next. Jason, not an imaginative name for a vampire from Europe, & Leanne go back & forth constantly--vowing to never see each other again, only to fall back into each other's arms repeatedly--a tiring plot design of crisis & fulfillment that keeps irritatingly interrupting the reader's escape into the story. This seems a lazy, template-driven way to create tension to me. Still, this is a sensual fantasy fairy tale that will satisfy almost any appetite, though the climax may seem effortful once it's over. Ashley delivers on her promises predictably--I'm still hoping to find an author who will surprise me with an unpredictable ending in this genre. I will peek at Ashley's other paranormals to see if she's a worthy new favorite author to explore fully.

Feehan satisfies completely with another fantastic book from her "Dark" series. Dark Dreams features a powerful ancient Carpathian guardian of his people, about to walk into the sun & end his existence. He has given up in his search of the Light lifemate who could save him from becoming the very evil he hunts & destroys. Same exact plot, just different names and details. We get exactly what we expect in Feehan's Dark series, and the climactic moment, while even thrilling at times & eventually satisfying, gets as stale as monogamy in a loveless marriage after awhile. What makes up for that predictability is Feehan's expert character development which makes us care about & love them like we would a chosen family. The humor is perfectly blended and laugh-out-loud hilarious. The romance & sensuality more fulfilling, detailed & REAL than any other in this genre. Still, the laziest phrase authors use in ALL of these novels, though gratefully Feehan uses it less than most, "he deepens the kiss", turns me off like a cold shower. Please authors & EDITORS, delete that phrase from your stories--it adds nothing to our knowledge of the characters or story, and is just unnecessary sloth.

It is exciting to read each author's different idea of what would make mythic monsters romantic and acceptable to the human characters & readers alike. I'm addicted to this new-for-me genre because these authors DO make suspending reality fairly easy, an escape sorely needed in today's world of human monster's with no morals. Here instead, we are confronted with morally good creatures traditionally seen as monsters that are anything BUT. Thanks to these three authors for introducing me to a new source of pleasure--short novel length stories packed into a single-book bargain. I look forward to filling my selves with more books from all three! Like those potato chips we can't eat just one of, these stories are irresistable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Two stories okay, one very poor - not a keeper
If you like vampire romances - as I do - you might think that this book is worth buying; after all, it offers three different vampire-type romances from different authors. But, as with all anthologies, quality varies and in the end it's not worth the purchase price.

Amanda Ashley's Masquerade is better than a number of her longer novels, though it contains yet another tortured vampire who tries to give up the woman he loves because he won't 'subject' her to what he is. Jason loves Leanne, but has only approached her because she was in danger. He can't resist spending some time with her, but he knows that it's only a matter of time before he must send her away for her own good. Anyone who's read any of Ashley's novels will know how the story goes. What set this one apart for me was the allegory with the Phantom of the Opera musical. Ashley draws comparisons between 'Phantom' and Jason's existence as a vampire. Enjoyable - perhaps 3 stars.

It's really unfortunate that the longest story in this anthology was also by far the worst. Christine Feehan's Dark Dream was appallingly bad. The protagonists meet and 'fall in love' in the space of about an hour, right at the start of the book. Oh, sure, Sara is scared of Falcon at first because she thinks he's a vampire (he isn't; he's some sort of weird sub-vampiric species Feehan has invented for her books, which I've never read); but within seconds she 'sees' into his eyes and she 'knows' him as someone she's known in her dreams for years. And then they're apart for the vast majority of this 150-page novella. The rest of the story is a vampire hunt: it's violent and ugly and unutterably boring. There was far too little interaction between the protagonists, and I wasn't convinced that they were in love. Oh, and just how many times does Falcon have to 'exchange' with Sara before she's converted?! Awful.

Finally, Rhonda Thompson's Midnight Serenade is somewhat different: Rick is a werewolf, and Stephanie is an environmentalist whose job is studying and filming wolves in the wild. This story felt rushed; I would have liked to know much more about how Rick became a werewolf, and I would also have liked to see the protagonists get to know each other better - it was more like falling in lust than in love.

Overall, this isn't a collection I'd read again.


4-0 out of 5 stars Christine Feehan!
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30. Winner Takes All
by Nora Roberts
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New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts brings you two classic romances, unavailable for over a decade, et in a world where falling in love breaks all the rules--and winner takes all.

Rules of the Game

She had vowed never to mix business with pleasure. But one look into the mesmerizing eyes of Parks Jones was all it took for Brooke Gordon. He was utterly desirable and completely off-limits--so Parks was going to have to break a few rules to convince her that love wasn't just a game to him, it meant forever. . .

The Name of the Game

Johanna didn't give her trust easily, especially not to a man who lived in the public eye. So why was Sam appearing nightly in her dreams? The man had a way of slipping past all her defenses, of coaxing her into his arms. He desperately wanted to win this game--when the name of the game was love. ... Read more

31. The Middle Sin (Cleo North Trilogy)
by Merline Lovelace
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When a young woman vanishes without a trace, former special agent Cleo North is hired to find her. But cold trail after cold trail lead to nowhere, until Major Jack Donovan -- special agent with the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations and the on-again, off-again man in Cleo's life -- joins the case.

Soon they are trying to determine why a lowly employee had access to engineering schematics of a ship carrying dangerous cargo. When the evidence leads them to Malta, they uncover a massive threat with international consequences. Absolutely nothing is as it seems -- and time is running out for them to find the key to a terrorist's deeply hidden sins. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars exhilarating military-industrial complex investigative tale
In Charleston, CEO of Sloan Enterprises, Marcus Sloan hires Dallas-based private investigator Cleo North to look into the disappearance of a young office assistant, Trish Jackson.Marcus' personal assistant Diane Walker knows that he met Cleo a few months ago on a case involving his twin and though she turned out to be an excellent sleuth, he probably wants to bed her too.

Cleo, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agent, arrives in town and begins immediately trailing Trish's path to include Weight Watchers where she learns the woman might be pregnant.The next day Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agent Jack Donovan arrives at Sloan Enterprises to interview Marcus, whose prime customer is the military.Jack and Cleo have been lovers whenever the time and place converge.Jack asks Marcus when he last accessed the DNA signature Top Secret Defense Department Afloat Prepositions Program; Marcus responds several weeks ago; Jack states yesterday.Someone perhaps Trish has used Marcus' DNA to attain access and perhaps gained a schematic of a vessel carrying a potentially deadly weapon.Jack and Trish know their cases have converged and work closely to stop a potential calamity.

THE MIDDLE SIN is an exhilarating military-industrial complex investigative tale that starts off at a leisure private detective tracking a missing person through the suburbs, but soon turns into a race against time thriller.Merline Lovelace smoothly transitions the story line while keeping the believability intact due to strong characters and building off of Cleo's first day inquiries.This is a five star billet with a sequel to follow starring the lead couple of this fine tale.

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32. Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island Trilogy)
by Nora Roberts
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2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing conclusion
Mia's character and hints about Sam were explored in the first two books of the trilogy leading to a delicious sense of anticipation for the romance between the two of them in third book. I found this story to be somewhat contrived and a disappointment. Mia and Sam are both strong characters and the book did not do justice to either of them. The reason why Sam left Mia was weak. The grudge Mia held for Sam throughout most of the book was even weaker. This conclusion to the trilogy betrayed both characters. I feel that Nora Roberts is one of the best romantic novelists around, but must admit I skipped thru about a third of the book, finding it boring, slow going and forced. Fortunately Ms. Roberts can be counted on to produce good writing more often than not!

Both a reader and director for Brilliance Audio, Sandra Burr offers a distinctive rendering of Nora Roberts's conclusion to her Three Sisters Island trilogy, "Face The Fire."

The setting once more is a New England island where Mia Devlin has rebuilt her life after Sam Logon deserted her. He was, Mia believed, her true love with whom she shared such depth and passion that nothing could separate them. But leave her he did.

Now, some years later Sam is the new owner of the only hotel on the island, and he returns to both twist the knife in Mia's heart and resurrect old feelings.

As in her previous two novels Roberts peppers her plot with paranormal events: Sam is a witch, spells are cast, and magic holds sway.

Fans of this author will relish the final book in her trilogy and wish for more.

- Gail Cooke

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as the other two (3 1/2 stars)
Okay, I'll preface this by saying that I found this book to be entertaining enough and the writing was good. But, when compared with Roberts' other work and the other two books in the series, it didn't hold up her normal level of quality.

My biggest problem is that Mia was the strongest and most compelling woman of the three from the series but her story was the least compelling of the trilogy. That was disappointing.

I liked that Mia and Sam were Fire and Water and had the complimentary and yet fire and ice sort of relationship. Thing is, I didn't find the whole idea of him leaving the way he did and yet coming back and expecting her to fall at his feet very enticing. The way he left was cruel and I couldn't understand why she should take him back or even why we're supposed to believe he had this deep love for her. The Sam of the present was not the Sam that left Mia, but you're supposed to think he is except for this glaring mistake. Yes, people change but I didn't buy it.

So much happens in the story that you don't understand or seems to come from nowhere, big and important parts of the story seem to have been added at the last minute. I thought the end was totally confusing and even though I read it a few times it still seemed to come out of left field. Usually Roberts does this sort of thing exceptionally well, and she did in the other two books, but this one left me feeling unsatisfied.

All in all, it was interesting enough to hold my attention and it was nice to see the character progression for Nell and Ripley but it left me feeling flat.

3-0 out of 5 stars If I could have understood half of it, it would have rated
much higher! I couldn't believe how Roberts dropped the ball on the last book. Mia in the previous books was shown to be strong, confident and fearless, but this book tore all that apart, and left me with a feeling of what happened? In many parts Roberts didn't write directly what Mia was thinking, or doing, which led to a disjointed feeling within the book. And the part about Sam coming back as the 4th element? That was so out of left field. I don't know what went wrong, as the other two were so strong. Ripley and Nell were both strong in this book as any other, and Ripley grew tremendously within the book from the previous ones. Buy this to finish up 3 sisters, but don't expect it to be your favorite book of all time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Leaving something to be desired
I absolutely loved Dance Upon the Air and Heaven and Earth. This book was fair, but when judged against its predecessors it falls short. Mia and Sam's relationship seemed unrealistic: Sam's sudden desire to return to Three Sisters and Mia's sudden epiphany at the end of the story (which I couldn't understand.) However, the characters and background from the last two books made this story enjoyable. I loved the suprises Nell and Ripley both had. So, in the end if you liked the first two books, you might as well read the third just to finish the story of 3 Sisters Island. ... Read more

33. The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane (Silhouette Single Title)
by Nora Roberts
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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The sinfully sexy MacKade brothers are back! New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts's reader favorites are once again breaking the hearts of women everywhere.

Sheriff Devin MacKade watched -- patiently, painfully -- as the woman he secretly cherished suffered through a less-than-perfect marriage. Now pretty Cassie Connor was free . . .but vulnerable. Devin knew he'd have to tread slowly, all the while wondering if The Heart of Devin MacKade could ever claim the woman he loved.

The youngest MacKade, Shane, was a man of the land, so the last woman he expected to catch his eye was a Ph.D.-toting academic. But Rebecca Knight had caught much more than that. One beautiful lady didn't mean The Fall of Shane MacKade from bachelorhood was a sure thing. But it was definitely a possibility . . . ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Love Nora Roberts,
And I have been a fan for years, and years, and years, and...well, you get the idea. I had a fun time reading this book. I love the characters. This book is a fast and fun read and would add a little zest to a lazy afternoon of reading for anyone that likes this genre!

4-0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it tremendously
I picked this one up for some beach reading and I loved it. Devin's story was very predictable after reading about Rafe and Jared, but I enjoyed it just the same. I loved Shane's story. I hope Nora Roberts writes about Bryan and Conner in the years to come.

I would also recommend Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts and her Three Sisters Island trilogy and the Quinn Brothers books.

3-0 out of 5 stars Light reading
I purchased this book, in anticipation of completing the series from her last republication of the MacKade brothers: Rafe and Jared.

It is the typical Roberts' book with the predictable characters and plot. The ghosts/past reliving moments was overdone. The story of Devin was expected. However both stories were dull, and repetitive in conjunction with Rafe and Jared.

I would recommend a different series, Born in Ice, Fire, and Shame, for newcomers. She is a phenomenal author...just have to be careful with the republications.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Light reading................
I'm not into reading Silhouette romances,but Nora"s romances are the exceptions. I've previously read Rafe's and Jared MacKade's stories and really enjoyed them. I have to say that I enjoyed the ladies Regan and Savannah very much. Devin's story was sort of expected, I knew that Cassie would be his from very early on, I was just waiting for how Nora would play out Joe Dolin her former husband, for some reason his story was not my favorite. Shane's story saved the book, I loved how she played the Civil War theme with Rebecca a para-psychologist. I enjoyed Shane and Rebecca. Sumerizing all I would have to say that Jared's and Shane's stories were my favorites.

1-0 out of 5 stars Looked forward to this one -- but was a big disappointment
I've loved reading some of Nora Roberts books, but all these republished earlier books are just not as good. Her books are always somewhat predictable, which is fine. Her characters in this one are just so unreal. I constantly had to roll my eyes and asked myself more than once why I was even reading this book. Very disappointing! ... Read more

34. The Truth About Love : A Cynster Novel (Cynster Novels)
by Stephanie Laurens
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens created the Cynsters, a phenomenon was born. Bold, passionate, and possessive, the Cynster men let nothing stand in their way when it comes to claiming the women of their hearts. Now, Stephanie Laurens has written her most romantic and powerful novel to date, one that dares tell The Truth About Love.

Gerrard Debbington is one of the chosen few -- the gentlemen who've learned their social and amorous skills at the feet of the masters. Handsome and wealthy, protégé and brother-in-law of Vane Cynster, Gerrard is part of the charmed Cynster family circle. One of the most eligible gentlemen in the ton, Gerrard is constantly besieged by offers from London's most sought-after beauties, but as the ton's foremost artistic lion, there's only one offer he wants to accept -- the chance to paint the fantastical but seldom-seen gardens of reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall.

That chance is dangled before Gerrard, but to grasp it he must fulfill Lord Tregonning's demand that he also create an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter. Gerrard loathes the idea of wasting his time and talents on some simpering miss, but with no alternative, he agrees ...

Only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning inspires him as no other lady has. Certainly she is beautiful, but Gerrard is stunned by the deep emotions she stirs and is captivated by her passionate nature and innate goodness. He is soon convinced that Jacqueline is the soul mate he needs as his wife.

But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil lurks in the beautiful gardens and along the rambling pathways. And that evil reaches out to ensnare Jacqueline, trapping her in a web of insidious whispers -- whispers that paint her as a double murderess.

The rumors are false, but someone is actively spreading them. Convinced that Jacqueline is innocent of all wrongdoing, Gerrard is confident his portrait will open others' eyes to the truth he sees, but when a long-dead body is discovered in the gardens, the campaign to blame Jacqueline escalates -- Gerrard and she are running out of time. The days they spend together lead to nights of sweeping passion -- and Gerrard vows to move heaven and earth to protect the woman who, for him, personifies the truth about love.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Sexy and enjoyable
Gerrard Debbington desperately wants to paint the famous gardens of Hellebore Hall--but has not interest in painting the portrait of another English girl/woman. Finally, though, Lord Tregonning of Hellebore Hall makes him an offer he can't refuse. Paint the portrait--and he'll be given access to the gardens. Refuse and Tregonning will make sure Gerrard is banned for life. But when he travels to Cornwall, to Hellebore Hall, Gerrard discovers that the painting is only one part of a puzzle. Instead of the girl/woman he anticipated, Gerrard discovers Jacqueline Tregonning, a beautiful woman with unplumbed depths, and with the suspicion that she murdered her own mother hanging over her head. Jacqueline and her father have decided that only a painting that reveals her true soul--and her inner innocence--can clear her from the horrible rumors and doubt that have surrounded her since her mother's 'accident.'

Gerrard falls hard for the beautiful Jacqueline, but he suspects a painting, however clear, won't be enough. He needs to find the true killer, and protect Jacqueline from the threats that surround her. In the meantime, a painter needs to get close to his subject--and Gerrard wonders if he might have strayed too close to this candle to avoid getting burned.

Author Stephanie Laurens mixes a bit of mystery, post-Regency manners, and a heavy dollop of sex in an intriguing novel. Okay, the mystery isn't hard to guess and Gerrard's goings-ons about owning Jacqueline are a little hard to take, but the sex sizzles, the English manners are in high form, and Laurens adds some slap-bang action to the exciting conclusion.

3-0 out of 5 stars Well....
I am torn about this book. The beginning really dragged on for me and I had to force myself to keep reading. It was not until after they went to London that I became interested. I liked the characters and the plot was somewhat different, but the descriptive text went on forever.
Stephanie Laurens is an excellent writer, but I was disappointed in this story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well...I enjoyed it.
As always, Laurens manages to write very hot historical romances.Her characters are fairly interchangeable from book to book, but those domineering Cynster males are quite attractive--so I can live with the repetition.I appreciate the fact that her heroines aren't idiots like so many other romance writers.And I always enjoy the mysteries.So...if you've enjoyed Laurens' books in the past, I would recommend this one.

This IS a novel, so some improbability can be forgiven.I actually found the artist and model "thing" kind of cute.There was some confusion between watercolorists vs. painters in oils.But maybe I just missed that part.And many famous painter (i.e. Turner) did both.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hellebore Hall
Gerrard Debbington is part of the charmed Cynster family circle. He is also one of the most eligible gentlemen in the town. Gerrard's goal is to paint the private gardens of Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall. In order to get the job he must also paint an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter, Jacqueline. He accepts the terms although he sees it as a great waste of his time and talents. Much to his surprise Jacqueline Tregonning proves to be inspiration.

He soon comes to realize that evil lurks in the lovely gardens and along the charming pathways. And worst still it overpowers Jacqueline. He must find a way to free her and get rid of the evil that haunts Hellebore Hall.

Reviewed by Janet Sue Terry author of the Set Me Free Series -Possibilities and Resolutions. President of Just My Best Book Publishing Company.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read - Lovely Prose - Sensually Inspiring
In a return to the captivating world of the Cynsters, Laurens continues the saga with Gerrard Debbington, brother-in-law to Vane Cynster who married his sister Patience.Gerrard who has now had the good fortune to grow and prosper under the Cynster tutelage has become a much sought after painter.Wealthy in his own right, he chooses only those projects that inspire him. When the opportunity to paint the fabulous gardens, rumored to exist but seldom viewed, at the reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall he is tempted beyond measure, but with that opportunity comes a price.The catch to painting the gardens only comes if Gerrard agrees to paint an honest portrait of Lord Tregonning's daughter Jacqueline.Gerrard hated the idea of bargaining this one point, but when push came to shove, the chance to see and be allowed into the gardens was too much to pass up.

Jacqueline Tregonning, is twenty-three andGerrard knew in a glance that this was a woman who would be able to arouse him as no woman ever had. He was captivated at once by not only her beauty, but her cool reserve.What he would soon discover were the layers of her reserve hid a frightened and complex personality that he would soon have the opportunity to free.Within the beautiful gardens of Hellebore Gerrard finds an evil that lurked in the shadows that he would have to conquer before he could liberate the woman he'd come to believe was his soulmate and would inspire him to believe in the truth about love.

*** In reading the diverse reviews of love and hate this book has caused I will honestly say that Ms. Laurens has not lost her touch with creating beautiful love stories with dynamic and totally dreamy heroes.It is slower than some of her more action sub-plots but the vividness of her descriptive prose in setting the stage and her more than adequate sultry seductions are well worth the read.I was somewhat surprised at the ending and identity of the villain and the ending was poignant enough to have me reaching for tissues.While I will not say it was a great read, it is a good read, and the pure pleasure of revisiting the noble Cynsters will always be a draw for me. --- Marilyn, for ---

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35. Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island Trilogy)
by Nora Roberts
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Second in the captivating Three Sisters Island trilogy.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts returns to the haunting shores of New England--and to the lives of three passionate, powerful women.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Romance with a Dose of Paranormal
In this, the second installment of the Three Sisters Island trilogy, Ms. Roberts has once again hit the jackpot in this clever mix of romance, wit, and witchcraft.

Deputy Ripley Todd was a little irritated. Outsider MacAllister Booke had just rented Mia Devlin's yellow cottage for the duration of his stay on Three Sisters Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. Bad enough that Ripley wanted to rent the cottage to escape her home and newlywed brother, Zack, and his likeable wife, Nell. But Mac is visiting to conduct research on witchcraft and its history on the island. As legend would have it, three witches who separated it from the mainland created Three Sisters Island. Nell, Ripley, and Mia are descendants of the original three, only Ripley shows great disdain for the power she was born with.

In a crafty mix of the paranormal complete with visions and dreams of the past, Ripley comes face to face with her ancestor and senses a dark force that could destroy all that she holds dear. As the romance between the bookish Mac and Ripley builds, she is forced to let down some of her tough gal defenses and learns to trust him and their love. And the steamy love scenes will melt the pages as Ripley's supernatural powers take her attraction to Mac to a whole new level. Only time will tell if Ripley will join forces with her fellow sisters, Mia and Nell, to bind together and repel the evil that threatens to destroy them as it did their predecessors.

Fascinating characters, a picturesque seaside town, and paranormal events form the foundation in this riveting read. Even the romance reader not enamored of the supernatural will find the allure in this latest from Ms. Roberts, who just keeps getting better and better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, even for Nora Roberts
Yes, even by Ms. Roberts's standards, I was impressed and found that I like Heaven and Earth even better than Dance Upon the Air, the first in the Three Sisters Island trilogy.

In the second installment she doesn't only go in depth with the main characters, Ripley and Mac who are the love interest she focuses on, but she also brings out more in other characters, including Mia who will be the focus for the third installment. Ms. Roberts also involves more of the history of the island where everything is taking place, as well as the history of the sisters who began the island where the trilogy unfolds. There is even more detail on the magic that the three female characters (Mia, Ripley and Nell) possess.

And one of my favorite things about this book is that the hero isn't exactly one of those alpha male types. He's akward in some ways but it makes him so much more charming as a character.

I don't usually read all of Ms. Roberts work and in fact missed the last couple of series but this reading was very enjoyable and Nora Roberts fans will undoubtedly be pleased.

4-0 out of 5 stars A sure-fire Treat
As before and all times, Nora Roberts continues to enthrall me and make my imagination run wild with her new series and second book.

Three Sisters Island has a Witches Past. One rought of the wrongful prosecution of witches in Salem. The three sisters who forged this island and called it home for a time. Three sister's whose souls are passed on to modern day women with exciting powers.

Ripley Todd has been an off-beat loner for a while. While she holds a deputy position on Three Sister's Island she is gruff and abrasive and often rude--trying not to show the emotion that she has inside.

With her brother Zack married to Nell from the first book, Ripley longs to get back to some peace and quiet and leave the love-birds to love and nest and croon when ever and however they wish with her not in the way.

When her long time friend and most-times rival Mia Devlin rents the yellow cottage Nell once lived in unknowingly to a stranger Ripley is frustrated that her plans were thwarted and that Nell knows what had lain in her heart--to escape; to be alone.

When "tenant" MacAllister Booke, a man with the personal wish and want to investigate paranormal and vastly strange events comes to take residence on the Three Sister's Island in the yellow cottage, after the spectacular and unclear event that took place between Nell (Helen) and her abusive "ex" husband he gets more than he bargained for with Ripley Todd.

We get to see Ripley soften with her dislike of magic in this book. And give in to what she was destined for and for a long time rejected. We get to see her happy and angry and we; in our own ways fall in love with her character and with Booke's as well.

Since we already love Mia Devlin, we cannot wait (perhaps I should say "I") until we see how much trouble she gives SAM. (...)

I love this series. Once again, Nora Roberts has made another trilogy of sisters that is loveable and makes us all dream of a close-knit family and or friends that we can only read about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Weaker book then the first but still excellent.
For a review to get 5 stars doesn't mean it's perfect, and of course this book is definitely not perfect. IN this book we're dealing with Ripley, the witch who doesn't want to admit that she is one. She battles her attraction to Mac, the hot "Indiana Jones" type paranormal scientist. Ripley is a fascinating character, who really comes alive in this book. In the first one she seemed more closed off and brooding. However the book is not without flaws, as Ripley becomes a stronger character in the next book, which is where Roberts made the mistake. If Ripley had grown as she did in the first part of the third book in the second instead, I think the book would have been that much more interesting. Oh well. A wonderful series none the less, on to the last book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but no cigar
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I find the characters basically believable; I enjoy the elements of magic and wiccan references and in general the writing is excellent. On the other I feel as if her writing could be A LOT more, more depth, more intensity. I feel that as a writer she has much more potential than I have found in the few books of hers that I have read.

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36. Love Only Once (Malory Novels (Paperback))
by Johanna Lindsey
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Catlog: Book (1985-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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The Malorys

A family of dashing rogues and rakehell adventurers -- and ladies of uncommon beauty and incomparable spirit -- their amorous exploits are spoken of in envious whispers from Regency London to America's shores.

Love Only Once

The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton is abducted by Nicholas Eden -- an arrogant seducer hardened by a painful secret from his past.

Reggie has vowed to marry the golden-haired rogue who has besmirched her good name--and who arouses her womanly desires to an unendurable level. But her beauty only stirs Nicholas's passion--giving rise to dangerous misunderstandings. . .and a love that can live only once in a lifetime. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ***Lindsey is at her best (as usual)***
I have been waiting about 2 years to read this book, and it was well worth the wait. Nicholas and Regina make a wonderful pair. I love the Malory series, and I really hope there will be more books in the series than there already is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warning - this book will addict you to the Malorys!
I recently re-read all the Malory books and fell in love with them all over again. This is the beginning of the family saga, and after reading it you will crave another Malory book. Regina is a particularly appealing heroine - independent, strong-willed but nevertheless loyal to her family and her husband. You will be cheering when Nicholas finally proves to himself that he is a mate worthy of her. Hurry up and read this book so that you can rush on to Tender Rebel which is even better!

5-0 out of 5 stars Soo Good!
This is a funny fast paced romance. Lots of laughs
and plenty excitement. Nick is manly and charming;
the yummy silent type. All JL's great characters are
so witty. This book is sure to please any romance fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars Infuriating hero.
The main reason I could not enjoy this book more is that I spent most of the time furious at the hero. He acts callously and selfishly, but above all foolishly, because his "reason" to act like that is stupid in the extreme.

Imagine this, Nicholas is crazy about Regina, but would not consider marriying her, even after taking her virginity. The fact that she could well be carrying his child doesn't even enter his mind (...)And his reason for resisting marriage is that he is illegitimate and does not want to pass the stigma of his birth to his wife, if this fact comes to be known, as his supossed mother threatens to do. He has to be forced by Regina's uncles to marry her, which he longs to do, but resistes with all his might for the reason I mentioned above.

Now, this could explain why he rejects the idea of marrying, but does not explain why, once he gives in and marries her he abandons her for almost a year instead of enjoying his wife and even trusting her with his secret. He should have known that she would not reject him after knowing he is illegitimate, since her favorite cousin (who, by the way, is his best friend) is also illegitimate and she loves and accepts him.

But this is not all, when he finally returns to his wife, he doubts he is the father of her child. Oh, at this point I was boiling with fury and anticipating the part when he would grovel for his wife forgiveness. But guess what? It never came. He never apologizes for his despicable behavior, and his only thoughts are how to get his wife into bed again. And even more infuriating, she forgets about all he has done and wants him back in her bed too! This unrealistic behavior pretty much ruined the book for me.

And what about all the mistakes with the forms of address? All the males in her family are called "Lord Malory", when the proper form of addres would be for Jason "Lord Haverston" since he is the Marquess of Haverston and for the other brothers "Lord Edward Malory", "Lord James Malory" and "Lord Anthony Malory". Derek could not be the heir to his father's title, since he is illegitimate. And how did the title fo Viscount of Ryding came to be held by James when he is the third son and everybody knows that all the titles are held by the firstborn? And why is Anthony called "Sir Anthony"? Does he have a knighthood? And how did Edward come to be an Earl? It is not a common occurrence for second, third and fourth sons to hold titles, so I think this deserves some kind of explanation.

All the books in the series are full of these kind of mistakes and this makes me lose respect for the writer. I think that a good writer should know the details about the society she is writting about, to avoid making these silly errors that only cheapen her work and prevent the readers from taking her seriously.

Other books of the series are amusing, in a light sort of way, but they are enternainning nonetheless. My favorites are "Tender Rebel", "Gentle Rogue" and "Say you love me".

5-0 out of 5 stars getting better and better!
I have read Gentle Rogue, Magic of You and Love Only Once, in that order...and the last time I'd written a review i've said that I liked Amy and Warren's story than Georgie' and James's...and now, I take all those back and admit that Love Only Once is now my favorite Malory Book...I dont know if it's a spruce of the moment(however the saying goes) just happened...
But as I think about it, I wasn't really captivated from the 1st half...I started to be hooked half way through the book. It doesn't have the humor in Gentle Rogue and Magic of you. What I like about this novel is that it invoked deeper emotions than a usual Malory novel. This is where the Malory brothers were united and I noticed that they were not as active on this one as they were on the coming novels, That's why the story is more centered on Regina and Nicky. There are a lot of holes and flaws within the plot of the story but I won't enumerate those all; OBVIOUSLY, that's not the reason I gave this a 5-star rating. I just felt good and satisfied after reading it, and I say, that's what really counts! ... Read more

37. Tender Rebel (Malory Novels (Paperback))
by Johanna Lindsey
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Tender Rebel

Scottish heiress Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin--and from the army of fortune-hunting scoundrels who cover her wealth and beauty. And Anthony Malory is everything she has been warned against.

A ruthless, irresistibly handsome English rogue, Malory's sensual blue eyes speak of limitless pleasures. How Roslynn wishes she dared love such a man, but believing his passionate promises will only lead her into uncertain realms--and to unimagined heights of love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The second book in the Malory family series
This is the story Of Roslynn Chadwick and Anthony (Tony) Malory. Roslynn is a proud Scot and Tony is an arrogant English nobleman. When he meets her, he vows she will be his. When they marry, everything seems to be going happily ever after, untill Rosylnn thinks Tony cheated on her. James Malory, ( hero of the third book, Gentle Rogue) helps his brother and his proud Scottish bride fall back into love. This book is full of all the things I love about Johanna Lindsey. Love, Fueding, And Inticate Families.

3-0 out of 5 stars Malory Series Part 2
Set in 1818 London. Rosalynn Chadwick, Scottish beauty and rich heiress flees Scotland and her fortune hunting cousin, Geordie Cameron, who is out to get his hands on her money by forcing her into marriage. Rosalynn decides to enter London society in order to find a suitable husband who will protect her from the unwanted attentions of Geordie.

During her second ball, whilst trying to escape from the persistent but clumsy Lord Bradley, Rosalynn disappears into the garden and runs straight into Lord Anthony Malory, a most handsome black haired, blue eyed rakehell. "...and she was staring at him with a new look, obvious fascination, and he was glad that women found him appealing to the senses." However, Rosalynn had been warned before about rakes and "He was one of them, one of the 'not to be considered'."

I was looking forward to Anthony's story after reading about him in Love Only Once. As with the previous book, I found this book to be a run of the mill regency romp. I did find that Rosalynn spent too much time of the novel being jealous and angry at Anthony but then where would the fun be without the antagonism? You'll enjoy the book anyway if you are a JL fan like myself.

Don't miss James' story in Gentle Rogue, the next in the series.


1-0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As I Had Expected
I'm a huge JL fan, especially of the Mallory series. Anthony was SO good in the other series and I couldn't wait to read his story. But, for heaven's sake, all he and his bride did was argue, argue, and argue. It was never pleasant to have them in the same room together. As easy going as Anthony was, in this book he's forced to become very moody and depressed, not to mention terribly unhappy.
I can't imagine anyone even remotely enjoying this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tender Rebel
This may not be the best Mallory novel Ms. Lindsey has written but it's darned close. Tony is every woman's dream - Tall, dark, and handsome. And who can resist a "bad boy". Apparently not Rosalyn, the beautiful heiress looking for a husband. She gets more than she bargained for in Tony, though. Also great are the reappearence of Nicholas and Regina Eden, Tony's niece and black sheep nephew-in-law from the first Mallory novel. You can guess who is match making. This is an all around great romance second only to Gentle Rogue, the story of Anthony's brother James.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good story but the audio cassette just doesn't cut it!
This is the second in the Malory series and I listened to the the audio cassette and though the story was good the reader's lack of English and Scottish accents and that she didn't bother even to make her voice sound different for each character was annoying and kind of boring! The story is about a young Scottish lady named Roslynn Chadwick who flees her beloved home in Scotland to escape from being forced to marry a creep who wants her money and land, she goes to England and runs into Anthony Malory a man with a reputation for being the love em and leave em type but soon Roslynn finds herself falling for Anthony and they both find themselves involved in adventure, mystery and suspense when the creep comes after Roslynn. I give the audio version 2 stars just for the reader's lack of accents and different voice sounds and if she had I would without doubt have given it 5 stars! The audio recording is abridged and I hope that Johanna Lindsey has it rerecorded unabridged with the proper accents and changes of voice sounds! ... Read more

38. McKettrick's Choice (McKettrick Cowboys Trilogy)
by Linda Lael Miller
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When news came that there was trouble back in Texas . . . Holt McKettrick left a mail-order bride and his family on the spot!

And he never looked back. He just prayed he'd be in time to save the man who raised him as a son and to keep his best friend from the gallows. He knew he'd encounter rustlers, scoundrels and thieves. But he'd never expected to find a woman like Lorelei Fellows.

Setting fire to her wedding dress in the town square probably wasn't the best way to stand her ground.

But Lorelei had had enough. She was sick of men and their schemes. All she wanted was to stake her claim on her own little piece of Texas. And with Holt McKettrick as a neighbor, things were beginning to look up. The man was a straight shooter with a strong will, a steady aim and a hungry heart. ... Read more

39. Dreams Of Stardust (Jove Historical Romance)
by LynnKurland
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
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At last, USA Today bestselling author Lynn Kurland delivers her newest time travel romance. In the 1200s, Amanda of Artane has one summer to choose from her suitors--and find love forever. ... Read more

40. 44 Cranberry Point
by Debbie Macomber
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Mira
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