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81. Close to You
by Christina Dodd
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Asin: 074345619X
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Sales Rank: 11434
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Who knows the truth about her family?
Who wants to keep her past hidden forever?

Caitlin Prescott was only a baby when her parents disappeared. Adopted by a wealthy Texas oil family, she became Kate Montgomery, and grew up with no memory of her parents or her two older sisters and brother, who have been searching for her, hoping to right a terrible wrong that was committed twenty-two years ago in a small Texas town.

Now an ambitious young news reporter, Kate realizes she is being stalked soon after landing her dream job at an Austin TV station. Why did a car try to run her down? Who would want to kill her? Turning her precarious situation into a story, she takes on a bodyguard and follows him on the job. But she didn't plan on the cool, blade-sharp strength of Teague Ramos or the attraction that sizzles between them. When Teague connects the death of an Austin socialite to unanswered questions about Kate's childhood, she finds herself unlocking dangerous doors to her past. Now, with only her mysterious bodyguard to protect her, Kate is on a high-stakes chase that may lead her to the family she has never known -- or into the trap of a ruthless killer. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Being stalked...
Kate Montgomery takes a job in Austin, and is terrorized by a stalker. A powerful figure is manipulating her behind the scenes. And her handsome new bodyguard, Teague Ramos, is turning her life upside down, both professionally and personally.

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

5-0 out of 5 stars Christina Dodd is fabulous!
I love this author.Everything she writes is just so good!

2-0 out of 5 stars Quite a disappointment
To be honest, I didn't even realize this book was related to the previous two, until I was about half way through.It is not written at the skill level that Ms. Dodd's earlier books were. I found the writing to be trite.Here's an example:
'She opened the door and walked into his home. She looked up at him.
He looked down at her.'
This was a scene of 'high drama'.It kept getting worse! I had a hard time reading the book because my eyes kept rolling!
In previous books, you would feel what the heroine was feeling, without word by word descriptions of what she is feeling!
Don't waste your money.
And this, from someone who loves all Christina Dodd's previous books!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I liked knowing who the real psychotic villian was before the time that the book characters discover this-Put a new and different twist to these types of books.I really liked the ending where it was not super-sappy, but realistic. Kate never turns away from her adoptive mother-nor should she.The siblings were, in essence, strangers to her.It was a good reunion.The "heat" was really good. The suspense good. Read this in less than 2 days - But, now, what about Gabriel?

2-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointed Reader
I as other readers eagerly awaited the finale in the Texas series.However, I truly must say I was disappointed.The whole storyline seemed a bit rushed.The author's mistake was in unveiling the villain so early in the book so by then you had a sense of how the book was going to end.Out of the three books in this series; the first two were the best.Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I could. ... Read more

82. Someday Soon
by Debbie Macomber
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Asin: 0061083097
Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
Publisher: HarperTorch
Sales Rank: 26831
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Opposite Attract

Cain had chosen his lifestyle. He thrived on the challenge. No drug, he told himself, could produce the physical or emotional high of a successfully completed mission. No drug and no woman.

Then why was he standing on a cold San Francisco pier like a lovelorn teenager, hoping for a glimpse of Linette Collins?

And then he saw her. For a moment it felt as if someone had hit him against the back of his head. He went stock-still.

She stood in line at a fish and chips place. The wind whipped her hair about her face and she lifted a finger to wrap a thick strand of dark hair behind her ear.

The smart thing to do was to turn around, and walk away as fast as his feet would carry him. He'd gotten what he wanted. One last look at her. His curiosity should be satisfied.

But even as his mind formulated the thought, Cain knew that just seeing Linette again wasn't enough.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book
The book was moving. I actually cried (I hardly cry). However, I felt that the other characters like Bailey and Stan should get their own stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Action, love, and danger
Debbie Macomber's SOMEDAY SOON, which is the prequel to SOONER OR LATER is a wonderful contemporary about a young widow, Linette Collins, who becomes involved with the head of a mercenary group, Cain McClellan. She's reluctant to love and lose again, and Cain, well he's never even CONSIDERED having a "permanent" woman. But, his days of reckless abandon are numbered when he falls in love with Linette--much to the chagrin of his mercenary buddies--and almost loses her to international terorists. buddies. ... Read more

83. Murder List : A Novel
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Asin: 0345453832
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 10935
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt—and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful.

When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers' footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo—and the victim is no stranger.

Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar.

At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little “cleansing” exercise. He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when she exits the room to take a call—and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot.

The experience is all but forgotten—until the first person on Regan's list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move—and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Way Below Par For Julie Garwood!
Julie Garwood has long been one of my favorite romance authors, at least she was up until a few years ago. I love every single one of her historical romances, they're all keepers - but I have been consistently disappointed in her relatively recent venture into the contemporary romance thriller genre. I enjoy suspense thrillers by authors like Karen Robards, Tami Hoag, Suzanne Brockmann, Elizabeth Lowell, Linda Howard, etc.. However, this area is not Ms. Garwood's forte. Unfortunately, "The Murder List" is a dud, similar in nature to both "Heartbreaker" and "Mercy," but without their strong points.

Heiress and philanthropist Regan Hamilton Madison is persuaded by her best friends Sophie and Cordie to become involved in their amateur investigation of a con-man, who runs popular self-help seminars. The two are convinced he murdered a gullible milionairess for her money. The three women attend one of his receptions and participate in a "cleansing exercise" geared to rid them of their anger. Participants are asked to make a list of people they really don't like and wish would disappear - folks they wish they could murder. Unbelievable?! Regan is shocked but plays along. They are then asked to burn their lists, which is symbolically supposed to cleanse them of negative feelings. Unfortunately, Regan is unable to burn hers, because her cell phone rings and she walks outside to answer it. After the event, she leaves the conference center and is attacked by a strange man on the way to her car. She drops her phone, the intact list, and fortunately escapes with her life. Soon afterward, the first person on her list dies, an apparent suicide. Then another one has a fatal heart attack. When Regan goes to the police to report the attack, as well as her perceived connection to the murders/deaths, Detective Alec Buchanan is assigned to be her bodyguard.

Unfortunately, the plot contains little that is original, worthwhile, or interesting. The characters are cardboard caricatures. Not one of them is developed sufficiently to come across as believable. The heroine is just too naive - too cutesy, to be as intelligent and creative as the author would have us believe. Regan and her two friends are supposedly, experienced, responsible professional women, sophisticated adults. They act like adolescents with little savvy, scatterbrained versions of Nancy Drew. However, they are perfect physical specimens of femininity - gorgeous faces, figures, AND designer wardrobes. Men find them irresistible, but none have ever been in a successful relationship. Of course, the hero is handsome, sexy, intelligent, ambitious, loyal, tender but slightly macho...and single!!! Do you doubt? The villains are not particularly scary! And the dialogue, especially between girlfriends, is inane, to say the least.

As with literary fiction, I have high standards for the romance novels and beach books I choose to read. And why not? There's lots of compelling, well written escapist literature on the market, with new books appearing all the time. I look for storylines which are original and complex, with fresh, fully developed characters, and a taut narrative - lots of suspense too. "The Murder List" just doesn't make the grade. Again, I am not happy about writing this review, as Ms. Garwood has brought me many hours of reading pleasure. I hope she gets back in the swing soon.

2-0 out of 5 stars I was somewhat disappointed
It was my first novel by the author so I wasn't sure what to expect. The story was dragging for too long. As I was reading the book I was surprized on how little things had progressed as I was getting to the end of the book.

I felt the author was reflecting too much of herself in Regan.
I'm definitely not an expert in analyzing books or writing methods, but when I read a book I look for good story telling techniques and that means I don't want to see the author in the story.
Similarly, an excellent actor plays different roles without any aspect of his/her personal character leaking out.
I recommend reading this novel for comparison but it definitely did not make an impression.

2-0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed too
I did manage to finish this book, but I agree with whoever said that it dragged on.It sort of gets boring towards the end.I just love it when they say 'NY Times Best Selling Author' on the book cover.Not this book, I bet.(I did get it from the library)

1-0 out of 5 stars not a whodunit
If you're looking for a murder mystery, this is not it. If you're expecting a whodunit, you will be sorely disappointed. The problem is, it's written like a whodunit and sets up your expectations for one. I've only read one other book worse than this: a murder mystery in which you don't find out who the killer is.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does that trash merit a review ?
I think not .

But it was so amusingly bad that I can't resist to give some comments to those who would read a review before buying a book .
That way I could keep some hard earned money in your pocket instead of going to a sub zero book .

Usually one doesn't expect much from that sort of litterature - a bit of thrill , a good and tight plot , some mystery and if things go unusually well perhaps a little surprise .

Nothing of the above in the reading chore called "Murder list" .
The first 20 pages are not so bad even though you notice already that the style is very bad .
But there seems to be an idea even if not an original one - a madman manipulated by somebody to become potentially a serial killer .

However those first 20 pages that's about it .
After that it's a boring , badly written and utterly flat description of a romance between a cop (aka positive hero) and a charitable lady (aka super positive hero) .
J.Garwood has no notion of psychology and her 2 "super positive heroes" behave like some (bad) pinky Disney cartoon .

Nothing is believable , the dialogues will make you burst laughing and the suspense if there ever was one has flown away since a very long time .
Even the madman who should be a bit scary and mysterious is at best ridiculous .
Last but not least the ending is ... well crappy and with no surprise but after having suffered through the last 200 pages you will be glad that it is over .

Well the negative facts could go on and on - there is nothing to be saved in that useless waste of trees that is this book .

You can do the nature and your wallet a service , stop J.Garwood believing that she is a writer . ... Read more

84. Outlander
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Asin: 0440212561
Catlog: Book (1992-07-01)
Publisher: Dell
Sales Rank: 2194
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Once in the Highlands....
The book and series were recommended by some friends of my Mum's and she went searching. Not really a "romance" kinda gal, the book store lady assured us--in glowing terms usually reserved for the most elite of movie stars and politicians--that these books were the read of the century. Well, she said the magic words to me--"time travel" and "Scotland." Hey, I'm there. What I was not prepared for was not only an action packed piece of historical fiction, but a hero that I fell in love with as well. There is something so unique and endearing about Jamie Fraser, that I couldn't help it. He is, in turn, the hard headed, pragmatic Scot of his time (1743) and the big, dumb, romantic kid with his wide eyed innocense of love and marriage. And his ability to whip out the one liners had me laughing hysterically. But this book is action from beginning to end as we, through Claire, discover life in the Highlands prior to the Culloden uprising. It was brutal and not at all the romance we've been led to know. Ms. Gabaldon has written an incredible piece with real characters performing real life and I was so caught up, I stayed up far too late to read. I was not disposed to put it down to sleep or eat. I doubt you will be either. I've started the next book in the series and the promise of holding me rapt is there as well. Bottom line...GET THIS BOOK!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Adsolutely Enthralling! I'm Still Entranced By This Book!
I came across this book by accident, and it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in recent years. Having just read J. Suzanne Frank's "Reflections in the Nile," I came across a review of her book that commended Frank's work as equally satisfying as Gabaldon's. From that review, I decided to buy "Outlander" and quickly became absorbed in this well-crafted tale of history, romance, gallantry, and desire.

Despite it's voluminous size, I read it every night well into the wee hours of the morning as if I could finish it in a day. I was enraptured by the vividly-drawn 18th century characters of Dougal, Collum, Captain Randall and of course...Jaime Frasier and Claire Beauchamp. The detailed intermingling of historical events, time-travel, adventure, and of timeless love blew me away. This book made me cry, hold my breath in suspense, laugh out loud, and share in the escapades of Jaime and Claire as if I were there myself. I felt their pain, triumph, and undying love, and wished I was Claire being comforted by Jaime's strong enbrace.

I was a bit depressed to come to the end of this book, but absolutely elated to find that it was simply the first of a six-part series. I promptly ordered the next three installments and found myself waiting impatiently for them to arrive. I guess I'm lucky that I stumbled onto this remarkable series late in the game...I don't have to wait so long to read each successive novel. I will order the fifth installment when it's released and will likely hold my breath waiting for the sixth. I can't wait to see how the story of Claire and Jaime and their colorful supporting players unravels.

Diana Gabaldon is an extraordinary writer with a penchant for mixing history with romance. If J. Suzanne Frank whetted my appetite for historical romance adventures, Gabaldon certainly sealed my fate as a fan for life.

3-0 out of 5 stars This book is a bodice-ripper romance
I had heard wonderful things about it, and for the first couple of hundred pages, really enjoyed it. But let's face it, this is a historical romance -- great if that's what you like. I learned that I really don't like historical romances any better than I like romance novels. I quit reading about halfway through -- the book just went on and on, and after a while, the novelty of the device (time travel) seemed to have lost interest for the author, because we were totally imbedded in the earlier time period.

If you love romances, this will probably be just your cup of tea. If you don't normally read romance novels, be warned.

5-0 out of 5 stars I would give Outlander a 10 if I could!
The ENTIRE series is magnificently written and the love story between Claire and Jaime is beautiful. Never have I read of another couple so in love with and dedicated to one another. EVER. That is saying alot when I have read so very, very, many, many, many, many, romance novels. Truthfully, I think that I continued to read -and reread- the series because I was so enamored of Jamie and his utter gallantry and sexiness. I do not believe that I have ever -or since- fallen so deeply and terribly in love with another romance hero the way I fell in love with Jaime Fraser. To give Claire her due, I must say that she was so kick ass. She does not fade into the background nor does she let any situation get her down. This fact is impressive when you find that many heroines at some point cease to be themselves and are sucked up into whatever the hero wants them to be. Claire remains Claire. And Jaime{sigh}well Jaime loves her with all his heart. This is a story that will make you laugh, rage, and weep with sorrow. Jaime and Claire's story will haunt you and remain with you long after you have read the last word. Theirs is a love that you know will never die.You will be DRIVEN to read the next book in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I LOVED this book, and all the sequels! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer, and therefore the books are very well written. The romance is wonderful, and the main character is an amazing woman. I LOVED IT!!!! ... Read more

85. Mackenzie'S Mission
by Linda Howard
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mackenzie's Mission a Must-Read
Joe Mackenzie won't be a stranger if you've read Mackenzie's Mountain. In fact, you were probably waiting, no, begging for hist story. As the second of a family of great stories, Mackenzie's Mission is a must-read. Fans of Linda Howard won't be disappointed if they expect her formula instant attraction-sensational sex-happily ever after, because she definitely delivered. This book lives up to the promise Joe showed in his dad's book, while leaving you itching to read the stories of the rest of his family. You'll regret not reading this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
If I can give it 10 star, I will. But the highest rating is 5. In MacKenzie's Mountain, I fell in love with Wolf, Joe's father. Joe was 16 years old in that book. Joe's character was very interesting, it just grabs you and nearly stole the show. Then in MacKenzie's Mission, he was just sizzling! Caroline is a perfect match for Joe. I fell in love with Joe in this book. MacKenzie's Mountain and MacKenzie's Mission is just 2 of the most beautiful, most romantic, wonderful story of all time. I've read both MacKenzie's Pleasure and Game of Chance, it pulls all the characters together. I have yet to read Maris' story though and can't wait to do so. I only have 1 complaint though, I want more MacKenzie stories!... I hope Ms. Howard writes about Michael and Joshua as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars I liked Joe better in "Mountain"
Give me the determined 16 year-old from Wolf's story, rather than the domineering 35 year-old here. This older Joe really didn't live up to his potential from the first book. Yes, he has achieved his dreams but he is harder and more pushy in this book. Rather than seducing Caroline into a relationship he basically just informs her that he will have her - no romance at all. He calls her "my woman" more than he does by her name, and their sex scenes are all lust, no tenderness. Yes, the sex is hot, but when Joe tells Caroline "you'll lose your cherry" I actually cringed. Is he a grown man or a frat boy? He doesn't hesitate to suspect Caroline of a crime and then just gives her a light apology afterwards. I guess we are expected to chalk it all up to a stereotypical fighter jock mentality, but I was hoping he'd turn out more like his dad, whom I adore. Probably not fair of me, but there it is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot, hot, hot. Joe MacKenzie is awesom
I loved this book. Joe MacKenzie is sexy personified. His control, strength, and sexuality left me breathless. This book is one of a series of five MacKenzie books. I can't wait to track down the others! I'm a new Linda Howard fan, that's for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent MacKenzie story.... :)
The follow up to MacKenzie's Mountain. This is the story of Colonel Joe "Breed" MacKenzie and Caroline Evans, Physicist and computer geek. They meet while working on the Night Hawk, a top secret military air craft. He is the project manager and she is a civilian working for a private military contractor.

Their romance is combustible although they go through a rough spot of mistrust. He suspects her of sabotaging the project. It all gets cleared up in the end, however after some exciting twists and turns. Joe is a sexy dude and has the sensitivity to handle the skittish and innocent Caroline. Their romance sizzles.

I love the MacKenzie series and think that Linda Howard should keep going with this fabulous family. I am a huge LH fan. Other books in this series are: Mackenzie's Mountain, A Game of Chance, MacKenzie's Pleasure and MacKenzie's Magic. ... Read more

86. Night Tales
by Nora Roberts
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
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Sales Rank: 189601
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Night" series...Fantastic
Four oldies but goodies from Nora Roberts. The woman continues to astound me with her ability to write so many great stories! NIGHT SHIFT: Edge of your seat suspense! Cilla O'Roarke is a night time DJ, she plays the greatest RR in the Denver, Colorado area. One night during the open line request portion of the show she gets a threatening phone call from someone who says he's going to kill her. Although Cilla is stubborn and doesn't want to call in the police, the manager of the radio station calls them in. Detective Boyd Fletcher is one of the two officers assigned to protect her and solve the case. The ensuing drama of catching the man threatening Cilla's life and the heated romance that begins between Cilla and Boyd keep the reader riveted right up to the last page. Highly recommended!

NIGHT SHADOW: Deborah O'Roarke, Cilla O'Roarke's sister from Night Shift, has graduated from law school, passed the bar exam and taken a job as Assistant District Attorney of Urbana. The hero of the piece is Gage Guthrie whose character bears a striking resemblance to Roarke in Nora Roberts series written as J.D. Robb. There's also a mystery hero who roams the streets at night, Nemesis, who reminded me a great deal of Batman! Deborah first encounters the illusive Nemesis when she is attacked one night after visiting a potential witness in a bad part of the city. The story has twists, turns and many surprises. A fantastic read that keeps the readers attention!

NIGHTSHADE: Lieutenant Althea Grayson was Detective Boyd Fletcher's partner in Night Shift. Now Boyd Fletcher is Captain and Althea ends up partnering with Private Investigator Colt Nightshade to find a young girl who ran away from home and was then abducted and held prisoner by a porn-video ring. Althea has her own past shadows that make her a tough cop and an even tougher woman. Colt is an old school friend of Boyd's and is in Denver to find the girl because her parents, old friends, asked that he intervene after they received a letter from a young woman who said she had seen their daughter. Sparks fly between Althea and Colt as she is a 'by the books' copy and he is a 'no rules apply' kind of guy. The mystery of the girls whereabouts and the powers behind the porno-video ring unfold to a dramatic and class A mystery ending. A terrific read, beginning to end.

NIGHT SMOKE: Natalie Fletcher, Boyd Fletcher's sister, is head of the Fletcher business empire. Natalie is fiercely working on the opening of a new chain of women's high class lingerie when the warehouse containing the majority of her stock burns down. Arson inspector Ryan Piasecki determines the fire is arson and sets out to uncover the motive and the criminal. Natalie and Ryan are exact opposites and immediately lock horns. This book brings back the characters from all the previous stories and it's great to meet them again. There's a dramatic conclusion to the story, with Nemesis lending a hand and the surprise of who is actually behind the fires and the motive.

4-0 out of 5 stars A romantic family saga with continuing family stories
Nora Roberts develops 4 love stories around a group of family members. The first story Night Shift is about detective Boyd Fletcher and his romantic tale. The second story Night Shadow deals with Boyd's sister-in-law Deborah O'Roarke and her romance. The third story Nightshade is about Boyd's partner Thea Grayson and her romance. The final story, Night Smoke is the story about Boyd's sister Natalie Fletcher and her romance. Each book is a story on its own, but its fun to read the continuing story of this "family". Each book is only about 200 pages, so each story is quick to read. I really enjoyed the stories - it's great to see the same family in all the stories.

I enjoyed the 5th book - the latest Night story Night Shield as well. Its the story about Boyd's daughter, and her romance, so the tale continues. Of course it's in a separate book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Four Fabulous Stories!
After being sooo disappointed in "Full House" I had to read something to renew my faith and Nora Roberts did the trick. What an entertaining book and each story stands alone but is connected.

Each story has a great hero and heroine, pretty good mysteries and great romance. One is sort of a fantasy and that one needs you to believe. The others are full out good reads. Thanks you, Nora. I will re-read this whole book again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!
Everyone who is at all a fan of romance or romantic suspense knows how popular Nora Roberts is. Her books sell for a reason. I think this series is Nora at her best. All 4 of the books are filled with the strong characters, sexual tension, and suspenseful moments that make her such a good writer. I also like having all the related books published together in one package.
Another thing that makes this series unique to me is how each of the books has a common element: the night, but still manages to be fundamentally different too. The first, Night Shift, is pretty standard romantic suspense, but it is also well written. Night Shadow is more fantasy with some supernatural elements thrown in. Night Shade, the third and my favorite of the series, has the most fleshed out characters in my opinion. The clash between the two main characters is what makes this story work. Night Smoke, the last of the stories, is more a classic case of rich girl meets working class boy. Nora adds suspense and good dialogue to raise it above the average romance. Be warned though. The subject matter IS a little dark in these novels. They are grittier than standard romance novels. If you are looking for light fluff, you might want to try some of her other novels. But if you are looking for good romantic suspense, you can't go wrong here.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standards.
This is a set of four stories about the same family. Night Shift is about Boyd Fletcher and a lovely DJ who is having stalker problems, it is probably my favorite of the four. In Night Shadow Boyd's sister-in-law Deborah O'Roarke is falling in love with a man who has an amazing secret. Nightshade is about Boyd's partner Thea . Night Smoke is the story about Boyd's sister Natalie Fletcher, arson and the sexy fireman who helps find the arsonist.

As is typical with Nora Roberts series, each story can stand on it's own. However, I like the fact that you can revisit old characters and catch up on their lives through Nora Roberts other books. There is a follow up to these four stories about Boyd's daugther and a private investegator. It is a great story and out of the five stories, my favorite.

I typically rate Nora Roberts stories with fives. However, this one has a four. I found this a little bit too 'off the wall' for my tastes. The idea that some man can become invisible at will was just to wild. I think that the connection being made in other reviews between books written by Nora Roberts under the name JD Robb is correct. These books have another world/futeristic type feel to them. The cities are darker, more evil, particularly in Night Shadow. The JD Robb books are some that I do not enjoy and I'm dissapointed to see that leaking over into the Nora Roberts romance books.

However, having said that, let me stress that I find any Nora Roberts book to be above and beyond the normal romance book and worth reading. ... Read more

87. White Lies
by Linda Howard
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Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity.

The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What Lies Beneath - perfect hero and great story
Linda Howard is undoubtedly one incredible writer who sculpts her characters to finesse - and White Lies is no exception. Jay Granger is a compelling character who is strong and independent, reluctantly drawn into a web of turmoil when her erstwhile "husband" returns abruptly. Streaked by amnesia, the man lying in her bed claims to be her husband but what lies beneath is a conspiracy that will threaten to explode. However, Steve falls unexpectedly in love with Jay and his protective instincts drive him to riveting passion with Jay - and both of them are tangled in a web of passion that is under threat by white lies....

Linda Howard is sheer escapism and a real treat for romance fanatics. Her brand of searing passion and perfect heroes makes her books unique - which is why the trilogy (Midnight Rainbow and Diamond Bay) is that much a sensation. Ms. Howard never loses steam and the emotional intrigue envelops in the exciting story. This is Linda Howard at her best and definitely not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars White Lies was GREAT! Howard keeps you emotionally involved!
This book was one of Linda Howard's best! Right from the start I felt a strong interest and bond with Steve. Although he was near death and couldn't remember his name, his strength and character were so compelling that it was like you really knew him or wished you had. And Jay, she has all the qualities of an intelligent, strong, and loving heroine as she quietly fights to help a man, she barely knows, survive and love again. This is a book that stays with you, and personally I've read it at least 6 times, and I didn't want to put it down any of those times! I got so involved in the story that I laughed and cried right along with Jay and Steve. This is one of the sequels to Diamond Bay, as was Midnight Rainbow and Heartbreaker, and they were all well written, without any lulls in the action. It made me wish for more when they ended. Thank goodness for sequels!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Not one of my all time L.H. favs BUT good to see the turn Jay makes to stick with the whole story :)

5-0 out of 5 stars drew me in, intriguing and passionate...
even when steve was in a coma, somehow Linda Howard's book captures simmering passion between him and jay. this is a slower book to get into for some i suppose but it's worth reading on to the end, which is very gratifying.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Story As Always !!
White Lies by Linda Howard was a good story but then again I love all of this writer's books. If I had to choose only one of her books to recommend however it would have to be "Shades Of Twilight." I suggest anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good book READ ALL OF LINDA HOWARD'S BOOKS...THEY'RE ALL GOOD !! ... Read more

88. On The Edge (Signature Select Spotlight)
by Susan Kearney
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting Sensual Paranormal Romance
Kaylin Dancroft has the ability to dream true dreams. They always come true. Her sister Jenna was kiddnapped out of their room 4 years ago. Kaylin was knocked out by the kidnapper and has undergone hypnosis and lots of physchiatrists trying to remember something about him that would help find her sister. She has dreamed about Jenna and knows she is alive somewhere.

Shane Lynch is a former special-ops agent. He is physic also, he has the ability to read auras and to influence the emotions of others by melding with their auras. Coming from a disfunctional home he has had to learn to control the fierce emotions he inherited from his father, who killed his mother in a rage of temper.

Kaylin's father hopes Shane can sooth her emotions enough for her to remember something about the attacker that will help them. She is so shut down in her powers that when she dreams they are so frightening and terrible that she tries not to sleep.Shane stays with her and when she sleeps he tries to help her see more of what happened. But the flare of attraction between them scares him. He finds he has no control when they touch each other. How can he stay with her and love her if there is a chance he might loose control and hurt her like his father did to his mother? Intermidantly we learn what has happened to Jenna, and learn someone is following Shane and Kaylin.

The tension is taut, and the mystery is good, with a fast pace and a wonderful cast of characters, this is a good book. I loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic paranormal romantic suspense
Twenty-two years old clairvoyant Kaylin Dancroft abruptly wakes up because she senses her teenage sister Jenna in trouble.She is proven right when she sees an intruder heading towards Jenna.Kaylin tries to rescue her sibling, but fails as the evil man knocks her out and abducts Jenna.

Four years later in Tampa Bay, Kaylin struggles with nightmares that never fully focus.Psychic Shane Lynch has returned from penetrating terrorist cells in Iraq and Kuwait to Tampa Bay to help Kaylin deal with her bad dreams, but shenever slows down foreven a minute so he has no way of casually meeting her.He feels he can soothe her restless soul while she sleeps and in her dreams confronts the evil that snatched her sister, who she believes is alive.As he finally succeeds in meeting her when she dozes off in a movie theater, he provides her the needed help to look at the faceless evil haunting her.As they fall in love, both know that rescuing Jenna comes first.

Susan Kearny writes a fantastic paranormal romantic suspense that will make believers out of the most skeptical physicist.The story line is action-packed but character driven as the lead couple step slowly towards confronting the vile villain.Readers will remain ON THE EDGE of their seat wondering whether Kaylin assisted by Shane will save Jenna in time.

Harriet Klausner
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89. To Tame A Wolf
by Susan Krinard
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Her innocence destroyed, young widow Tally Bernard swore that she would never trust a man again. But when her brother disappears, she has little choice but to make a pact with the devil.

Though he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life on a ranch of his own, Simeon Kavanaugh can't escape the legacy of his werewolf father. The animal instincts that keep him from being fully human also make him a brilliant tracker, forced to survive on the desperation of people in need.

The attraction between these two wounded souls is immediate, primal -- and dangerous. And if Simeon has any hope of saving Tally, he must do what he has always resisted and merge both man and beast within him. But if she cannot accept what he becomes, his choice may cost Simeon the only thing worth having -- Tally's love . . . ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great - As Usual
I expect nothing but greatness from Susan Krinard and her werewolf series and that is what I always receive.Her main characters are alive, believable, sensitive, strong and made for each other.Their trials and tribulations, secrets and revelations are drawn out through the story adding excitement tension and anticipation.I never once questioned any part of the plot and always felt compassion for the Sim and Tally.I was also never disappointed in the twists and turns, because these two had to forgive themselves before they could accept love.I couldn't wait for the ending and hated to finish the story and that's what makes Ms. Krinard's novels so great and as usual I was not disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars superb action-packed paranormal historical romance
In 1881 Cochise County, Arizona Territory widow Tally "Tal" Bernard enters Tombstone dressed like a boy in search of her missing brother, Andre; He left their ranch to purchase livestock, but should have returned a few days ago.She learns that her sibling gambled away their money and fled into the wilderness.Simeon "Sim" Kavanaugh offers to help the lad find her brother for a small fee; reluctantly Tal accepts.

Sim knows from the start that his employer is a female in disguise, but says nothing to her.Instead he struggles with restraining his attraction to Tal as he believes a mortal could never accept his half-breed heritage.Still when danger confronts Tal who he knows is his soulmate, Sim must free the beast to save her, but expects to pay the price once she learns his secret and rejects his werewolf side.

TO TAME A WOLF is a superb action-packed paranormal historical romance that never slows down once the "male" Tal enters Tombstone until the finale when Sim risks his life and his love by getting with his werewolf side to attempt to keep her safe.The lead couple comes across as genuine, which enables the audience to believe in the supernatural in a western setting.Susan Krinard's fans will howl (full moon or not) with her latest wolf romance.

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90. Inner Harbor (Quinn Brothers (Paperback))
by Nora Roberts
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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Inner Harbor, the highly anticipated close to thestory of "the lives and loves of three brothers on the windswept shores of the Chesapeake Bay" that beganin Sea Swept and Rising Tides, finds Philip, the last unwed Quinn brother, juggling his high-powered advertisingjob and his newfound family duty of helping to care for his young adoptedbrother, Seth. When Dr. Sybill Griffin shows up in the sleepy town of St. Christopher, Philip makes room in his hectic schedule for themysterious woman who stirs his senses and threatens to steal his heart. Andwhile Sybill can't deny her own growing feelings for the charismaticQuinn, the secret connection to Seth that she hides may destroy any chancethat the two young lovers have at happiness. Full of heartwarming familialmoments, tender romance, and a touch of tension, Inner Harbor is an outstanding conclusion to a truly stunning trilogy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written Trilogy
I just finished with Inner Harbor and must say the book was as wonderful as the previous two installments. I loved each book equally and couldn't get enough of the Quinn's. I can't wait to read Chesapeake Blue (Seth Quinn's Story).

This trilogy shows how three desperate boys develop into scarred but wonderfully caring and sensitive men who make a promise to their dying father to care for a new desperate and scarred boy who may just be their father's illegitimate son. I can't say that I liked one book better than another. Each installment was an important part of the whole story and each was interesting and captivating. I like all the brothers equally.

Phillip's story was so wonderful. He has a wonderful sense of humor. Although he is different from his other two brothers and doesn't have a rugged exterior, his strenth and toughness comes through just the same.

In the first two books Phillip Quinn was more of a secondary character and you didn't learn much about him or his past. Inner Harbor tells his story of the abuse and neglect suffered at the hands of his mother and how the Quinn's find him near death and bring him in and teach him about love and respect. He was never able to find love until he meets Sybill Griffin. He is drawn to her immediately. Even after he discovers her deception he can't stay away from her and he feels her pain and suffering. Sybill is also dealing with her own issues of neglect and lack of love and support from her own family and a sister that is desperate and mean. The relationship between Sybill and Phillip will have you pulling for them all the way to the end. You pull for the whole Quinn family as they continue to try and keep Seth safe.

The relationships that develop in Sea Swept, Rising Tides and Inner Harbor are compelling and moving. I would highly recommend all of these books.

5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning trilogy! Worth the hours to read the whole thing
Wow! Yesterday I finished this book, the last of the trilogy about the Quinn brothers. I was obsessed with getting to the end, but now I'm sad because those characters are no longer in my life. Nora did a great job of portraying what it was like to come from different realities. She did a wonderful job of dealing with the difficult subject of child abuse (physical, sexual and emotional) and how that shapes the adults that emerge from that type of life. Best of all she shows the power of love, trust and acceptance in healing battered spirits. The love stories, the development of both familial love and romantic love, were powerful. The characters were so real, and of course the men were to die for. And the thread of the father's ghost and younger brother's rehabilitation throughout the three stories is brilliant. Nora has an extraordinary gift. Thankfully she shares it with us.

3-0 out of 5 stars This book said very little about Phillip
I don't think I have a right to criticize a great writer like Nora Roberts so I won't. Although I was not impressed with the ending I did enjoy probably about 3/4 of the book. There were just little things that bothered me. Like for instance unless my memory is shot I thought when Sybill was at the family party Phillip drove her back to her hotel in his car yet the next day she drove in her car, which was left behind at Quinn's home the night before, to go talk to Anna. Does that make sense? One big guestion I have is that if Sybill never really knew what love meant how can she fall so fast and quickly in love with Phillip? Another big thing that put me off with this book was that it doesn't really tell you much about Phillip. To me the book was more about Seth and Sybill. Maybe I just need to read the other series books to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific ending to the triology!
The Quinn brothers are characters that just grab at you. Their stories are told wonderfully in each unique voice, and these characters tend to stay with you long after you've finished reading the books. This one was no exception. I hope we get more from Nora on these brothers!

Geena Brighton, columnist for Sherrington

5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating Trilogy!
The first novel, Sea Swept, introduces the story of three adopted brothers and how the deal with the loss of their father and the gain of another adopted brother. Therefore, to fully understand the situation and the developing relationship with the brothers, the series should be read in order: Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue.

The books take place on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Therefore, be prepared to read about the lives that accompany Maryland natives.

Each book in the trilogy tells the love story of one of the brothers, beginning with Cameron, the first boy adopted. The brothers have completely different personalities, which allows the reader to better relate to one brother of the four.

Cameron, the star of Sea Swept, is extremely outgoing with breathtaking looks. Before the events that take place in Sea Swept, Cameron's heart lied in racing and women. Now, he unexpectantly falls for a woman whose main goal is to make sure the new addition to the family (brother number four) is properly cared for and his biological mother does not interfere.

Rising Tides is my favorite book in the series, dealing with the shy but undeniably masculine brother, Ethan. He is the only one of the three brothers who decided to stay on the shores of the Chesepeake and care for his father. His life is immensely simple, spending his days as a fisherman on the bay. The love story that develops between him and his lifetime love is the most romantic of the series.

Phillip's story is developed in the third book of the series, Inner Harbor. This book is immensly important in the trilogy because a great number of unanswered questions are resolved during this story. Phillip is a hansome, well-mannered, businessman with a taste for fine wine and beautiful women. Not prepared to ever become a family man, a mysterious woman with a suprising background comes into town and steals Phillip's heart on first site.

The last book of the series, Chesapeake Blue, tells the story of the last adopted brother, Seth. Twenty years have elapsed since Inner Harbor. This was the perfect ending to a breathtaking series. In this book, you are able to see how Seth has dealt with his new surroundings and if he has been able to separate himself from his biological mother. The book also updates readers on the lives of Seth's three brothers and their families. Seth unexpectantly falls in the love with a new businesswoman in town. They develop a relationship as friends that blooms into undying love, respect, and compassion.

I highly recommend any romance novel fan to read this series. You won't regret the time spent! ... Read more

91. What Dreams May Come
by SherrilynKenyon, Robin D. Owens, RebeccaYork
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Catlog: Book (2005-07-05)
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An all-new paranormal romance anthology headlined by a New York Times bestselling author.

This is an exquisite trio of stories by three beloved authors skilled at making the most impossible dreams come true. All new, original novellas of fantastic romance by:

New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.
A bare-chested hunk on the cover of a paperback romance literally comes to life to fulfill a lonely woman's fantasies in Knightly Dreams.

Award-winning author Robin D. Owens
With other-worldly assistance, two unlucky lovers are given one more chance to prove that romance is possible in Road of Adventure.

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York
A woman's life depends on the psychic visions of her ex-lover which could reunite them--or plunge them into danger--in Shattered Dreams.
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92. 204 Rosewood Lane
by Debbie Macomber
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Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Grace Sherman
204 Rosewood Lane
Cedar Cove, Washington

Dear Reader,

If you've been to Cedar Cove before we've probably met. You can usually, find me either at home or at the public library, where I work. I've lived in this town all my life and raised two daughters here. But my husband and I -- well, about six months ago, he disappeared. Just . . . disappeared. Where's Dan? Why did he go? Who's he with? Will I ever find out?

My hometown, my family and friends, bring me comfort during this difficult time. Comfort and a sense of shelter. I'm continually reminded that life can and does go on. For instance, everyone's been discussing weddings and babies lately. Justine -- the only daughter of my best friend, Olivia Lockhart -- impulsively got married a little while ago. My own daughter Kelly recently had, a baby. Unfortunately, she refuses to accept that Dan might not return to see his first grandchild. My older daughter, Maryellen, is more realistic. I think she's seeing a new man, but for some reason she won't tell me who it is.

Then there's Jack, who's been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and his son, Eric, and Eric's girlfriend, Shelly (I think she's pregnant), and Zach and Rosemary Cox, whose marriage is reputedly on the skids and . . . Well, just come on over and we'll talk!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Where in the world is Dan?
Much like the first (16 Lighthouse Road) in the Cedar Cover series I really enjoyed this book. Admittedly there are many characters in the series but one must remember a town is full of people and to keep a series going more people need to be introduced. Like other reviewers I was anxious to read 204 ROSEWOOD LANE to find out what happened to Dan Sherman. That question is answered after many months and a heart wrenching decision being made by Grace. In this second book there is more mystery. A man ends up dead in a bed and breakfast. Does someone in town know who he is? Why the cosmetic surgery? Zach and Rosie Cox are headed to divorce court. The judge's decision about the joint custody is a surprise. Olivia is now caught in a triangle. Grace has found herself a good friend in Cliff Harding. Maryellen has found herself in a delicate situation with a local photographer.

As I have with this book, I look forward to reading 311 Pelican Court. Thanks Debbie for another great read!

4-0 out of 5 stars 2nd trip to Cedar Cove
After reading 16 Lighthouse Road and not really enjoying it, I was hesitant to buy 204 Rosewood Lane. But I did buy it because I just had to find out what happened to Dan. Then I read the reviews and was really afraid to open the book because I thought I'd dislike it so much.

I read this book in about 2 days. It wasn't really all that bad. I did enjoy it more than the first book in the series but I was disappointed in just a couple of things. First, the young military couple from the first book didn't make much of an appearance in this book. Cecilia is mentioned but just in passing really. Her husband must be out to sea because nothing is mentioned about him. Second, I (like other reviewers) thought there were just too many characters in this book. Even though I'd read the first book I had a hard time keeping everyone straight. There really should be a chart or listing at the front of the books if there are to be so many characters.

This book had some good story lines though. The mystery with the dead man at the B&B and also the hint of mystery about Jon Bowman had me reading to the end as fast as I could. I also liked the continuing story of Olivia and the developing love triangle with her ex-husband and current boyfriend. I thought the relationship between Grace and Cliff was sweet and romantic. I believe the storyline with Zach and Rosie was building up for the next book.

All in all this was a good book and worth the time reading. I am now anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. This book left too many questions left unanswered and leaves the reader wanting more :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend....
This is actually the first book I've ever read by Debbie MacOmber, but it will definitely not be my last. What an extraordinary tale. I was so caught up in this book and it's characters that I was actually surprised. The story line simply flowed and before I knew it, I was at the end. I look forward to reading more from this author and recommend this book to anyone who is in the market for a lively, fast-paced, easy to follow story that will pull you in and keep you there right to the end.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber

Second in a series of books centered on the fictional town of Cedar Cove, Washington, 204 ROSEWOOD LANE takes over where 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD leaves off. The same characters return to this book: Grace, who is a librarian at the local library at Cedar Cove; her daughters Kelly, who is a new mom, and Maryellen who finds herself drawn to a mysterious photographer whose artwork she sells. Grace is also dealing with a missing husband, and has asked a private detective to try to track him down. Then there is Olivia, Grace's best friend. She's the favorite local judge of Cedar Cove. Her daughter Justine has finally settled down and has married a highschool classmate, but is also dealing with a past lover who is still hanging around. And, Olivia is still seeing Jack Griffin, who she met in the first book, and their romance is moving slowly but surely.

New characters are introduced, in the form of Zach and Rosemary. Their marriage is falling apart, and there doesn't seem to be anything anyone can do to help them out.

Again, I find the same problems with this book that I found in the previous one. There are simply too many main characters, too many plotlines floating around. Debbie Macomber is a great writer and is famous for creating characters you can love. But for some reason she's missing the mark in this new series of hers. I am hesitant to read her next one, 311 Pelican Court. I do have to say that both books 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD and 204 ROSEWOOD LANE were fast reads. There is a good chance I will give it one more try before I give this series a rest.

4-0 out of 5 stars Left me crazy needing to know more
I loved the book 204 Rosewood Lane. I kept up with all that was going on just fine. I just got done reading this book today and I am ready for the next book in the series. I have my own ideas about the dead man and want to see if what I am thinking is anywhere close to being right. I would like to be notified as soon as the next book comes out. I hope my wait for the next book in this series won't be long. ... Read more

93. Man Of My Dreams
by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Suzanne Forster, Virginia Kantra, Maggie Shayne
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-26)
Publisher: Jove Books
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Four all-new stories featuring handsome heroes who can possess a woman's heart and satisfy her late-night yearnings.

USA Today bestselling author Maggie Shayne "beautifully combines a twisting plot with a thrilling romance" (Lisa Gardner).

USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Forster "is a stylist who translates sexual tension into sizzle and burn" (Los Angeles Times).

National bestselling author Virginia Kantra's stories are "packed with the joy and wonder of love" (Patricia Rice).

USA Today bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's "imagination is as bright as her future" (Teresa Medeiros).
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94. Jewels of the Sun (Irish Trilogy)
by Nora Roberts
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In the small village of Ardmore, Ireland, Gallagher's pub is the center of the lively seaside community and the home of three passionate siblings: Aidan, Shawn, and Darcy. As a world traveler and a barkeep, the eldest brother Aidan has just about seen and heard it all, but when a quiet professor from Chicago enters his tavern, he is instantly intrigued--and certain that there is more to Jude Murray than what meets the eye.

Jude has returned to her grandmother's ancestral home to sort out her thoughts, know her heart, and "find Jude F. Murray in six months or less." After a life of deliberate security, Jude finds herself recovering from a failed marriage and a disappointing career. With the pretense of a research expedition, Jude leaves her life in Chicago and moves into the charming house on top of the faerie hill. Surrounded by the awesome scenery and relieved by the simplicity of life, Jude excuses her visions of ghosts and faeries as signs of her mental recovery.

But the inhabitants of Ardmore, and Aidan Gallagher in particular, don't dismiss these apparitions with such convenient logic, and Jude learns to listen more carefully to the messages in the world. As Aidan and Jude draw closer to each other, Jude struggles to discover, balance, and define the complex parts of her soul.

In the character of Jude Murray, Nora Roberts has created a sophisticated woman whose internal development from skittish recluse to confident lover is realistic and convincing. Carefully avoiding the "good man is a solution to all problems" plot, Roberts lets Jude and Aidan interact and develop individually, as well as together as a couple. While this modern tone is refreshing, it feels a bit at odds with the supernatural, faerie themes. As this is the first in a series about the Gallagher siblings and the faerie legend, perhaps these thematic contradictions will sort themselves out in the subsequent novels. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Master did it again
Jude F. Murray decides she needs a break. She quites her job and flies to Ireland to stay at her grandmother's cousin cottage for 6 months. Being a sensible and analytical woman, Jude doesn't expect to find herself living in a haunted house or believing in myth stories behind it. But Jude finally steps over the line of Aidan Gallagher, the oldest of the Gallaghers who own a bar near the cottage, who seems able to move her heart in a strange kind a way. Now, surrounded by the beautiful scene of Ireland, Jude and Aidan are ready to make their own love story.

I always love Nora Roberts and her Ireland story. Not to mention I always love Ireland too since to me that country is magic. This romance gives you the best spirit of Ireland. The myths, the scenery, the hospitality, the tradition and of course the love. I couldn't wait to read the next sequel: Tears of the Moon, and finds out what happen to Shawn Gallagher.

5-0 out of 5 stars I can't WAIT to go to Ireland ...
I swear Nora Roberts must get kickbacks from the Irish Tourism board. Who WOULDN'T want to go try and find a village like Ardmore, and the wonderful people in it? Some readers have complained of Jude's "weak" character, and if I had tossed the book away halfway through I might have agreed. But the point is that people do develop and grow, and we got to see Jude get over her insecurities. People who don't think she's a realistic character have clearly never been on the insecure side. And Aidan -- well, who wouldn't want to spend hours in his company? Charming, a captivating storyteller, a romantic, a man who knows himself and his home. I am so looking forward to reading about Shawn and Brenna, and then of course Darcy and ... whomever. I'm not normally into books where ghosts and faeries are spoken of matter-of-factly, but even that aspect of the story was enchanting. I read the book to my husband in 2 days of driving on the way back from vacation, and even he (a Stephen King fan) enjoyed it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best ROMANCE novel i ever read!
My favorite book will always be Jewels of the sun, it was an exciting book that made you never want to put it down. Every page made you wanting to know more, left you hoping the ending was happy. Adian, Shawn, Jude, Dracy, and etc made you laugh, cry, and yell on the inside and i have to say sometimes i did laugh out loud. they were awsome characters that made you see it all as you read. Nora Roberts is the best writer of her time because only the best can make me mentaly piant a picture in my head of what i read so since Nora Roberts can do that she is the best author. i recammend this book to all who love an exciting Romance Novel. i have the book 18 times and everytime it just gets better and better and so i am a huge fan of Nora Roberts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting...
Nora Roberts is simply the best. This was a lovely and memorable story and the characters were fantastic. This author writes SO many wonderful books, it's amazing how she keeps things fresh and original. No one does it better.

4-0 out of 5 stars absolutely enchanting!
Oh,my,gosh,I love this book!After I read it I could only keep
repeating how I would die to go to Ireland.Aidans a doll,Jude is
beyond lovable,and Mr.Riley gets full marks!I'm in the middle of
Heart of the Sea and I must say both it and Tears of the Moon,
while charming books,aren't quite as original as the first.
But the whole trilogy makes a smashing good read,and Gallaghers
pub was simply inspired! ... Read more

95. Falling For Gracie
by Susan Mallery
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First comes love, then comes marriage. . .
Or that was Gracie's plan, anyway, at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush.

. . .but it's not as easy as it looks.
And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The onetime bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability-but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Delicious!
Combining her talents for writing and cake decorating, Susan Mallery whips up a sweet treat for her readers with her book, "Falling for Gracie." This is a delightful and lively story that is a sweet and delicious treat for springtime reading!

Gracie has come back home to help one sister with her upcoming wedding and the other with her huband-crisis, all the while juggling her successful career as a premier cake-decorator to the stars. While she tries to get her siblings' love lives back on track, she comes face-to-face with her past love interest - no - obsession, Riley Whitefield. Despite both Gracie and Riley's hesitations, their interest in each other renews with passion and fun. Can a second chance at love truly happen in spite of past problems, interferring family and one annoying ex-wife?Check out "Falling for Gracie" and find out!

As a former cake decorator, I was truly amazed at how well Susan Mallery describes the process of decorating wedding cakes. She knows her stuff, from how to put the cakes together right down to making the dozens and dozens of flowers that usually make upa fantastic cake. Well done, Ms. Mallery!

Sharon Galligar Chance

3-0 out of 5 stars Falling for Gracie
Ever since her teen-aged crush on Riley Whitefield developed into an embarrassing obsession that resulted in her being sent away from home, Gracie Landon has felt a need to atone to her humiliated family. It is no wonder then that she will spend weeks creating the perfect wedding cake for one sister and agree to help her other sister find out if her husband is cheating on her. Unfortunately, Gracie's brother in law is Riley's mayoral campaign manager. Thus, her investigation brings her face to face with the man for the first time in fourteen years. Both have grown up considerably. Despite the scandal their current involvement might cause should it be discovered, Riley agrees to help her investigate his employee. After all, he has a 97 million dollar inheritance riding on the outcome of the election. If his manager is doing anything to jeopardize that, he must know and stop it. He had not counted on falling for Gracie, or all the complications that arise from that attraction. History comes full circle in this tale of small towns, scandal, politics and love.

*** With enough complications and coincidences to be something straight from reality, this book has a charm that will appeal to those wanting a light read. Seeing a long delayed romance come to fruition has a sweetness that surpasses that of one of Gracie's cakes. Though there is nothing earth shattering or profound to be found herein, if you just need an escape, this will take you where you wish to be. ***

4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific story with winning characters
Gracie has come home to Los Lobos against her better judgement, to "help with" (or as she believes," be slave labor for") her sister's wedding.Once home, she's immediately faced with the crush of her teenage years, Riley, the man for whom she became a legend for her pure, unrequited borderline-stalker girl love.

In addition to navigating her way through dealing with Riley, she has to decipher what her role in her family is, how to deal with a selfish younger sister who's on again, off again wedding drives everyone nuts, an immature older sister who is intent on catching her husband in an affair, a meddling mother who wants nothing more than Gracie to stay quietly away from Riley, a blossoming business as a wedding cake baker, a town election in which Riley is campaigning for mayor, Riley's true reasons for running for mayor, an entire history of newspaper articles on her teenage escapages remaking an appearance in the local paper, a former avowed 'enemy' (er, the woman Riley married and divorced) suddenly acting nice, and on top of all that, discovering who is out to ruin both Riley and Gracie.You'll never quite know what to expect, except entertaining adventures as Riley and Gracie fall in love.

I only gave this four stars because though this was a FABULOUS book,Riley's "changing" moment could have been a little more defined. But even with that, it was one of the more enjoyable, light-hearted romanced I've read in a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warm, Wonderful and Witty....You'll Fall for Gracie Too!
Falling for Gracie was a warm and spirited book.It was refreshing to read a romance filled with humor, warmth and strong characters. There were many lessons to be learned in this book a few being honesty, integrity and the art of communication.A very sensual romance, one I will read, over and over.

Gracie's character was strong, spirited, fun, intelligent, and warm even though her family had sent her adrift.Riley, how does one describe an alpha male at his finest?Tall, dark, handsome, aloof and by his past...mistrusting, tormented and angry.

How Gracie and Riley come together begins with their knowing each other in their past but now they meet again and sparks fly, while the entire town looks on and becomes involved in their romance.

I highly recommend this book.It is one of Susan Mallery's finest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It was a great story.Gracie and Riley were a great couple with history.A 14 year old girl with an unrequited crush on an older boy 18 and banished from her small hometown.Who of us out there haven't had something like that but not quite as dramatic?Remembered my youthful crush and cringed.

Thought Gracie was a strong heroine without being abrasive.She had to deal with the pressure of family and all their expectations, disappointments, and hopes.Gracie tried to mend a fractured family relationship by bending over backwards to keep her selfish family happy.Finally having enough she stood up for herself.Wanted to cheer for her.

Thought Riley was great.A bad boy but with ulterior motives but his history was explained and he was there for Gracie when others weren't when she came back home.

It wasn't a hard read and read it in one sitting.The villian in the story was pretty easily accounted for but that was a very small part of the story.The relationship between Gracie and Riley was the story for me and I loved reading about them.

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96. The Viscount Who Loved Me
by Julia Quinn
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Setting: Regency England

Sensuality: 7

Wise, lovely, and kind, Kate Sheffield is determined that her beautifulhalf-sister, Edwina, marry a reputable man. Unfortunately for Kate, ViscountAnthony Bridgerton--London's most eligible bachelor and a notorious rake toboot--sets his sights on Edwina, and what the viscount wants, the viscount gets.Only this time, Anthony must win the elder sister's approval before he may charmthe young beauty into marriage.

Hardly a problem for the impossibly handsome viscount, that is until thedetermined Kate, whose deep, dark eyes and lush mouth send his senses racing,presents a challenge that Anthony cannot refuse. Worse yet, Kate's response tohis playful advances only confirms the ardent attraction that both seemdesperate to deny. Anthony is faced with a dilemma. On the one hand, theperfectly amiable Edwina, while on the other, the most stubborn,single-minded--yet confoundedly desirable--female ever to grace a Londonballroom. Anthony's quandary comes to a fast and fateful conclusion when he andKate are caught in an innocent but compromising position. There's no choice butto marry, a resolution that leaves both parties uneasy. For despite theirgrowing feelings, each struggles with personal demons that may destroy anychance for true happiness.

It's no surprise that Julia Quinn's setting, characterization, and plot areflawless. Add to this masterful mix deeper emotional issues offset by thetrademark Quinn wit, and you truly do have romance at it's best. Nobody doesRegency quite like the mighty Quinn. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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This is Julia Quinn's delightful sequel to the equally enjoyable, The Duke and I.

Anthony Bridgerton has come to the decision to marry. He looks for beauty and intelligence amongst the debutantes of the London season. The stipulation being that she be someone he would and could not love. He chooses Edwina Sheffield, the declared beauty of the season. Edwina has let it be known that she will only accept a suitor approved by her older sister. Kate Sheffield, 21 and almost "on the shelf", knows of Anthony's reputation as a Rake and will not allow it. You can imagine the rest ~ perhaps NOT !!

For what would be a familiar romantic plot is deftly handled in Quinn's creative hands. Both have unresolved issues resulting from their respective parents' death. It adds a deep emotional edge to an already well developed lighthearted story. And waiting in the wings with her ever clever reports; is the intrguing "Lady Whistledown".Who is SHE??

I am happy to say that there are several Bridgerton's with stories to be told....I, dear reader, wait impatiently!

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS ONE
Anthony Bridgerton, the head of the family has decided to marry. And of course, the only girl good enough has to be the toast of the Season,Edwina. However, one thing stands in his way-the girl's spinster sister, Kate, is determined to stop this marriage because she feels Anthony is a rake.

Of all Quinn's books, this was the most well written. The courtship scenes and Kate's attempted interference are very amusing. During this time, Anthony sees more than just a spinster older sister (Kate), but a woman he connects with and finds attractive. However, he fights his feelings at every turn. How can he lower his expectations and marry a spinster? Kate in turn realizes Anthony is much deeper than she ever imagined, but feels is out of her reach.

Their falling in love is slower paced, but believable. I think readers need to be patient and realize this is not a love at first sight book, but a love that grows slowly. I especially loved the croquet game.

This novel is a winner. And the delightful Lady Whistledowne always makes things interesting!

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite among the Bridgertons so far...
I can't believe how anyone could say that this story isn't satisfactory... I absolutely love it! Anthony Bridgerton is drawn to Kate but doesn't understand why. Kate doesn't realize that she's drawn to the viscount in the same way until too late. It's captivating. Positively fantanstic. Now I love romantic stores but sometimes I feel like the authors overdue it. But Julia Quinn made the characters seem real in this story. In my opinion, life never spells out its meaning completely. It doesn't allow you the information of who you'll love or where you'll live. It's unpredictable. And I believe that Quinn took this story to reality. Because in a fanstasy story Anthony would have married Kate's sister...and never loved.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Bees count here, I guess
The eldest Bridgerton brother, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton takes his responsibilities as head of the family quite seriously, but this did not stop him from enjoying life to the fullest, especially when it comes to women! This earned him a rakish reputation and when it came time for him to find a bride, his candidate was no other than Edwina Sheffield --smart, beautiful and the Season's Incomparable. But Anthony's attempts at courtship kept getting foiled by Edwina's older sister, Kate. Kate is not as beautiful as Edwina; but she is a woman of strong character, and stronger determination to protect her younger sister from the clutches of the rakish viscount. Anthony is equally determined to pursue Edwina, but to his dismay, Kate is the one who occupies his thoughts....and might also occupy his heart.

Another enjoyable addition to the Bridgerton stories, "The Viscount Who Loved Me" is great in the moments you expect but if you cound empathize with Anthony's fear of bees, you're in for another Quinn-tessential read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cute and Clever Romantic Comedy
Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, the prize catch of the London season, has remained a most determined bachelor, and consummate rake for years. Now that he's approaching thirty, and sure he will never outlive his father who died at the age of thirty-eight, Anthony decides to marry to provide the prerequisite heir. He's even chosen the lucky bride, Edwina Sheffield, a diamond of the first water this season. Edwina is just the type of woman he needs to marry, one who is beautiful, but the lack of chemistry will never lead to love. His only obstacle is she refuses to marry anyone not approved first by her half-sister, Kate Sheffield. Kate is not about to believe a rake such as Anthony would make a good husband for her sister, so she and Anthony continually end up in a battle of wits and wills.

But despite their antagonism, Anthony can't stop thinking of and desiring Kate, even to the point she invades his dreams with erotic images he's finding difficult to ignore. And after growing close enough to Anthony to realize he possesses many fine qualities, Kate knows she can no longer oppose the marriage to her sister. But secretly she can't help wanting him for herself.

This is one of the earlier novels in the lengthy Bridgerton family series, and it was my second book by this author. Overall this was a very enjoyable read. Ms. Quinn's wit and clever dialogue is what transforms this otherwise mundane storyline into a funny and unique tale. A couple of my favorite scenes would have to be the game of Pall Mall which was quite humorous, and one particularly memorable line uttered by a secondary character who found Anthony and Kate in the garden: "Lud, girl, he had his mouth on your bubbies, and we all saw it."

I only have a couple of minor complaints, which prevented me from awarding a five star rating. The story behind Kate's irrational fear of thunderstorms was a little too far-fetched to be believable. Secondly, Ms. Quinn has a habit of placing added phrases in parentheses in the middle of her sentences. This isn't too bad until she sometimes adds two or three extra phrases in one sentence, then I don't remember what the original sentence even was, so I have to reread the whole thing. As I mentioned, these really are only minor issues, and the book is definitely worthy of reading. ... Read more

97. Led Astray
by Sandra Brown
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4-0 out of 5 stars A SIGH PRODUCING LOVE STORY

The word "versatility" is given new meaning in the person of actress Karen Ziemba.Winner of the 2000 Tony Award for her performance in the musical "Contact," she has also captured the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Beginning with the now legendary "A Chorus Line,"
Broadway was introduced to Ms. Zeimba, and she hasn't slowed down since.In addition to numerous musicals she has been featured in TV programs and films.

Fortunately, she also finds time to read audio books, and "Led Astray" is one of her best.She adroitly plumbs the depths of a young woman's emotions as Jenny Fletcherfinds herself torn between her feelings for two men.

Jennyhas given the ultimate support to her fiance's cause.On the night before he is to leave for Central America they couple as she has always believed they would.

And then there ishis brother who awakens desires in Jenny that she did not know she possessed.With whom does her future lie?

Another sigh producing love story from Sandra Brown, and first rate voice performance by Karen Ziemba.

- Gail Cooke

4-0 out of 5 stars You Wouldn't Be Led Astray By this Book
Even though this is a rewrite. It was fine reading.The story is about Jenny who loses her fiancee on a mission. and is comforted by his brother Cage who's consider the black sheep of the family. Who's himself has a thing for Jenny. The question is asked Will Jenny follow her heart or will she allow mistaken loyalty and guilt rule her heart? In order to know read this excellent book. You won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars a nolvelty work of art
Sandra Brown is a creative person for writing this book.Cage and Jenny are the perfect characters and the plot is unexaplainable.Also,the mood is indescribable.It's the kind of story people only dreamed about.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful!!!
HI... that was my first time to read a Sandra Brown book... and I congratulate her for Led Astray is really good... Actually this is my favorite!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Sandra Brown is definitely one of the best!
This is just a typical 2 hr., feel good read. Not one of her bests but always enjoyable. ... Read more

98. A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster Novels)
by Stephanie Laurens
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Setting: Regency England
Sensuality: 8

Harold Henry Cynster--better known as Demon to family and friends--leaves London society for the all-male environment of his Newmarket stables in an attempt to escape matchmaking mamas and the spate of marriages that have decimated the ranks of his bachelor cousins. But Demon barely sets one foot on his property before he notices a too-shapely boy settling into the saddle of his favorite Irish Thoroughbred. Beautiful Felicity Parteger hasn't seen Demon Cynster since she was a young girl, when with clear-sighted practicality she'd reasoned that the handsome rake was a threat to every female's heart and had scrupulously disappeared every time he visited her guardian, General Sir Gordon Caxton. When Demon finds her masquerading as a stable lad and demands an explanation, she has no choice but to confess that she's trying to uncover information about a racing syndicate that bribes jockeys. The General's son, Dillon, has fallen in with them and is now in hiding to escape their threats on his life.

With cool efficiency Demon attempts to take over her campaign to save Dillon. Felicity, however, refuses to sit home and tend to her needlework while Demon has all the fun, and a partnership of sorts is formed. Much to Demon's delight, she also willingly cooperates in his plans for seduction; but pleasure turns to frustration when Felicity refuses his marriage proposal. Although she's head-over-heels in love with him, the independent young woman has no intention of saying "I do" to the infamous rake before he says "I love you" to her. While the two lovers risk their lives in tracking the dangerous syndicate, they engage in a courtship dance that risks both of their hearts as well.

In this, the fourth book in the Bar Cynster series, Laurens offers a hero and heroine full of honor, courage, wit, and humor; Demon Cynster--a man who has never wanted love and marriage--meets his match in Felicity, an intelligent and passionate woman who refuses to settle for anything less than his heart. The course of true love never did run smoothly, and it's no different for these two, but they're clearly two halves of a passionate whole--and passion and romance, solidly anchored in a well-crafted plot, is something Laurens does so very well. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Rogue's Proposal
This is the fourth book in Stephanie Laurens' wildly popular Bar Cynster series. The Bar Cynster is the informal name given in the family to the six, extremely handsome cousins. The Bar Cynster members are known for their way with the ladies and their strong aversion to being tied down. But three members have already succumbed to matrimony (See, Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow and Scandal's Bride), and Harry Demon Cynster is determined not to be the next victim. So he leaves the whirl of parties of London society, and heads off to his stables at Newmarket. But there he finds Felicity Pargeter, a beautiful, independent and innocent young lady, ward of his next door neighbor, masquerading as one of his stable boys. Intrigued, he corners her and demands an explanation. Felicity (or Flick as she is called) is investigating a race-fixing syndicate. Demon offers to help, and then their hearts dance together. Love is never smooth, they risk their lives while tracking the syndicate.

With the passion and sensuality as her trademark, Laurens builds a story which is highly romantic, charming, witty and passionate. I can't wait to read more of her stories. She really know what she writes!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Rogue's Proposal
This is the fourth book in Stephanie Laurens' wildly popular Bar Cynster series. The Bar Cynster is the informal name given in the family to the six, extremely handsome cousins. The Bar Cynster members are known for their way with the ladies and their strong aversion to being tied down. But three members have already succumbed to matrimony (See, Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow and Scandal's Bride), and Harry Demon Cynster is determined not to be the next victim. So he leaves the whirl of parties of London society, and heads off to his stables at Newmarket. But there he finds Felicity Pargeter, a beautiful, independent and innocent young lady, ward of his next door neighbor, masquerading as one of his stable boys. Intrigued, he corners her and demands an explanation. Felicity (or Flick as she is called) is investigating a race-fixing syndicate. Demon offers to help, and then their hearts dance together. Love is never smooth, they risk their lives while tracking the syndicate.

With the passion and sensuality as her trademark, Laurens builds a story which is highly romantic, charming, witty and passionate. I can't wait to read more of her stories. She really know what she writes!

2-0 out of 5 stars not the best
After reading many favourable reviews on this book, I rushed off and bought it almost straight away. Well, I was in for a disappointment. The first half of the story moved at a very slow pace. I was bored to tears despite the mystery, which is transparent and uninteresting by the way, obligingly thrown in by the author. Paragraphs after paragraphs of lengthy exposition just went on and on. And the sex! Well, don't get me wrong. I love plenty of steamy and well written love scenes in a romance, but 10 plus pages of boring, lengthy and repititive love scenes! Give me a break. The second half was slightly better, with a little more drama between the hero and heroine, but that couldn't save the whole story from being a boring and mediocre read.
If you are new to Steph. Laurens, perhaps you'll find this book not bad at all. But having gone through the whole series of the Cynster clones, I find that the overused formula in these books just doen't work for me anymore.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best in this series!
I really enjoyed this one. I was worried about starting this one because I couldn't even finish the third book, "Scandal's Bride". But Demon was just right! Flick was the best heroine so far in this series. I liked the fact that she still had the innocent nature after being with Demon the first time. So often the virgin turns 180 and becomes this unrealistic sex nymph. I thought the whole Dillon and the Syndicate thing was rather pedantic. If it was such a big deal I thought that there should have been more pressure from those around them. But really it was just the General's dissapointment that spurred them. I don't hold that against the book though. There was just the right amount of sexual suspense, just the right amount of sex, just the right amount of resistance from the hero, and just the right amount of innocence from the heroine to make this an excellent story! Great read!

3-0 out of 5 stars An improvement on the last one - and a heroine I like!
Book 4 in the Cynster series - or Book 5 if, like me, you count The Promise in a Kiss as Book 1 - features Vane's younger brother Harry, known as Demon. After seeing three of his fellow Bar Cynster members happily chained in marriage, Harry knows that he'll be next if the women in his family have anything to do with it. So he decamps to his stud at Newmarket, a place where he's very sure he won't encounter any marriageable women.

A new jockey at his stables catches his attention - the jockey's bottom, in particular. It's not a man's rear. And he's right: the jockey is actually Felicity Parteger, the ward of his nearest neighbour. She's investigating a race-fixing scandal - the obligatory Laurens A-plot and this time, thankfully, one which doesn't take over the story. The last time Harry - Demon (I really think these nicknames are silly!) - saw Felicity, she was in pigtails and still obviously a teenager. Now, she's 20 to his 31, and she's beautiful. Not only is she beautiful, but he's attracted to her.

To my relief, this story proceeds a little differently to the four earlier books. Harry actually *fights* his attraction to Felicity - Flick, as he calls her - and he doesn't propose until almost half-way through the book. Very sensibly, Flick turns him down. She's been in love with Harry all her life, but she knows that he doesn't love her. He proposes for reasons to do with propriety and also, as she knows, because he finds her attractive. But she will only marry for love.

How their courtship develops, against the backdrop of the A-plot and, eventually, the London season and the rest of Harry's family, is generally well-told. This time, Laurens develops the romance steadily and well, instead of marrying her characters off in the first half of the book and thus taking away any romantic suspense. This is *definitely* an improvement on the earlier books, and I really felt as if I was reading a love story.

I also liked Flick a lot. She's an independent young woman with a mind of her own, and she's determined not to be pushed around by Demon. She has a sense of humour and intelligence coupled with innocence, but she won't let Demon use his greater experience and age to get the better of her. One of Laurens' better heroines so far.

But there's still the unanswered question of how Laurens' heroines manage to escape pregnancy while they're blithely and happily having sex with their men before marriage.

Laurens' choice of nickname for her hero here led to a lot of distracting repetitions, too: "Demon leashed his demons..." and similar phrases occur throughout. And she *really* needs to look up 'disinterest' in a dictionary. It does *not* mean 'lack of interest'; it refers to a state of non-involvement or objectivity. ... Read more

99. 16 Lighthouse Road
by Debbie Macomber
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Perennial favorite Debbie Macomber does what she does best in 16Lighthouse Road, introducing fans to the scenic Pacific Northwest town ofCedar Cove, Washington, and its panoply of characters, including family courtjudge Olivia Lockhart who makes news when she denies the divorce petition ofCecilia and Ian Randall. Decreeing that the young couple had not tried hardenough to make their relationship work following the tragic death of theirnewborn daughter, Olivia's decision brings her to the attention of recent CedarCove arrival, newspaper editor Jack Griffin. And Jack's attentions are notentirely unwelcome for the long-divorced Olivia. In addition to her continuedinvolvement in Cecilia and Ian's ongoing negotiations, Olivia's life is furthercomplicated by her mother, Charlotte, her daughter, Justine, and her bestfriend, Grace, as they struggle with the difficult situations life tosses theirway. Charlotte becomes enmeshed in trying to solve a mystery left to her by amute stroke victim she befriends just before he dies. Justine has found theperfect man for her, one who shares her ambitions and thoughts on relationships,but why does she keep thinking about the boy she knew in high school who hasgrown into quite a man? And Grace's husband, Dan, has disappeared--again--andGrace has no idea where he is and when or if he'll be back. The multiple storylines and numerous relationships make reading at times challenging, but Macomberfans, old and new, will stand up and cheer as the prolific author lodges herprotest against the disposable personal relationships all too common today.--Alison Trinkle ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful escape!
Escape to a small town through the heart of Debbie Macomber -- believe me, you won't want to put this book down! The characters are richly drawn and you will find yourself swept away in their stories. The main characters -- Olivia, Charlotte, Grace, Cecelia, and Justine -- are reminiscent of people you know, people you love... and if you are anything like me, you'll find yourself rationing the number of pages you read at a time, just to draw out the pleasure. Macomber has alluded to the act that "16 Lighthouse Road" will be the first in the series -- and I hope it's a series that never ends!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read, but leaves you wanting more!
16 Lighthouse Road is a unique compilation of stories about friends and acquaintances of Olivia Lockhart, Family Court judge, in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, Washington. With her usual writing skill, Debbie Macomber takes chords of real life circumstances (divorce, a child's death, alcoholism, strained familial relationships, disappearing spouses, and military service separation) and entwines them with love, hope, and reconciliation. Unfortunately, all of them can't be fully developed in one 377 page paperback.

Macomber paints wonderful and evocative word pictures of the Washington landscape and the personalities of her characters. The dialogue and honest interaction of the characters draws you immediately into the storylines and keeps you reading in spite of the fragmented structure of the book.

Ian and Cecilia Randall, the young newlyweds struggling with the death of a child and separation because of his Navy career, appear in her courtroom. Jack Griffin, newly arrived editor of the Cedar Cove Chronicle, and love interest. Her busybody mother Charlotte Jefferson, who collects recipes at funeral wake. Tom Harding, stoke victim and mysterious new resident of Cedar Cove Convalescent Home, who gives a key to her mother. Grace Sherman, the best friend whose husband keeps disappearing; and Justine, her daughter, in a relationship with a man twenty years her senior. All endearing characters that capture your heart.

Switches between the stories and her believable, engaging characters will keep you turning the pages to see how each saga ends, but you do long to spend more time with them. Or, perhaps re-visit with them in a sequel. After all, we never do learn what happened to Grace's husband!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sub-par read

I 'abandoned ship' on this book towards the end when there was an explosion on the aircraft carrier - the same thing happened in one of Macomber's 'Navy' books. I probably won't finish this series because Grace and Dan weren't interesting enough to make me want to find out where he went anyway.

4-0 out of 5 stars OK book
This book was good. I did think the characters Cecilia and Ian were sort of weak. They did not come across strong at all. I got 311 Pelican Court from the library not knowing there was a second book and Pelican Court was #3. After reading the reviews on Rosewood Lane, I will not read it. I found out in the third book what happened to Dan. I am enjoying Pelican Court.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is an excellent book. I couldn't put it down. If you prefer reading a heartwarming story about a comfortable and cozy small town rather than a big city thriller, this book is for you. Macomber does a wonderful job of defining her characters and really brining their personalities to life. Debbie Macomber is quickly climbing to the ranks of Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts. ... Read more

100. A Dance Through Time (Time Passages Romance)
by Lynn Kurland
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Asin: 0425179060
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 24269
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A sweet story...
Elizabeth Smith got her happiness from the world of fiction. Writing romances, Elizabeth enjoys her life. When she first dreams of a fierce Scotland warrior, she is convinced she needs a vacation. In an attempt to clear her head, she takes a walk to a park nearby her house...and wakes up in fourteenth century Scotland. Realizing that she is stuck in 1311, Elizabeth tries to make the best of her situation, and soon finds herself falling in love with the Laird of the clain McLeod.

Jamie McLeod follwed his father's tradition in not allowing women in his keep. That changes when Elizabeth is found in the forest surrounding the keep. Believing her as a witch, Jamie banishes her to the dungeon and makes plans to burn her at the stake. Too late he looks through Elizabeth's things and realizes that she is from another time and not the witch he has dubbed her.

The days that follow will bring a smile to the readers face. Jamie is endearingly sweet and at the same time fiercly masculine. Elizabeth was not put off by Jamie's gruff manner which will endear her to the reader. I have read other reviews about not liking that Jamie returned to Elizabeth's time, but Kurland brings the story about in a way that to not return to the twentieth century would unravel the threads of time and change the future. I immensely enjoyed this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Dance Through Time
I have to disagree with Jill on one point. I enjoyed this book very much. Also a Gabaldon fan and waiting for her next book, I needed something to read. I found Ms. Kurland's books easy to read, hard to put down at times and a nice way to pass the time. Though nothing can hold a candle to Gabaldon's Outlander in historical content,and character development, Lynn Kurland's books were all a lot of fun. I'm glad I took the time to read them all.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacking precision in details
First thing off. I am not American. Perhaps an American would understand these things better, it could be a cultural thing.

But why wasn't Elizabeth hung as a witch? First of all, she's definately not Scottish but speaks English. She talks strange, has strange ideas and wears strange clothes.

NB. Witches were hung, not burnt. It was heretics that were burnt. So why there was all this witch burning going on which is historically incorrect, I don't know. Anything that was done of this nature was done with the aid of the present Christian church, but all the clergy that are present in the book, are way too soft for those times, and not present at these occasions.

And if Jaime didn't allow his men to rape women, why were there two attempts at Elizabeth? I agree with the other viewer on this, why did she forgive the would-be rapist and then allow him to be bodyguard?

Why did Elizabeth feel the need to buy everybody else gifts with money she knew that Jaime couldn't really spare?

Who convinved Jaime to buy a Jaguar? He wouldn't know what it was, and doesn't really need it out in the stix. What a total waste of money!

Then, there was a strange explanation that Jaime had to leave his present because Elizabeth had read that he had died. The future hadn't happened yet, so there was no reason for them not to stay and create a new history for them both.

If Jaime and Elizabeth kept time hopping in Scotland's history, how did the McLeoud hall fall into Fergussons hands? If they time hop backwards, in the future, is it possible that they will undo what they have done with their new hall?

WHY does the whole family have to get involved in the end? I have read this in other romance novels and so assume it to be a strange Americanism. If you asked any of my family if they wanted to go back in time where there were no antibiotics, to fight a battle where its quite likely they will die or suffer some sort of horrible trauma, they will quite vociferously tell you where to go. Families are all well and good for dinner invitations and phone conversations, but not for becoming central characters, and certainly not so in romance novels. Family have a terrible tendency for killing romance. The family thing was really annoying.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This was the first full-length book of Ms. Kurland's that I read. I had read a short story in Viels of Time about Ian McLeod and loved it so went looking for this one. This story is about Laird James McLeod and the lady he falls in love with from the future, Elizabeth Smith. The story is both sexy and heart-warming. I loved the characters SO much! Another fabulous thing is that the stories continued in "The Very Thought of You" about Elizabeth's brother Alex and in "A Garden in the Rain" about James' brother Patrick. I would recommend that you read them all! They are not only sexy but fun and sassy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A well written time travel full of fun and adventure. Sweet.
Scotland, 1311. James MacLeod was the most respected, and feared, laird in all of Scotland. He allowed no women to cross the threshold of his keep.

New York City, 1996. Elizabeth Smith longed for the man of her dreams. She could even hear his voice calling her when she was awake. She went for a walk to clear her mind and dozen off on a bench in a park, when she woke up she was in a forest surrounding the castle of James MacLeod, an arrogant and handsome lord with a very familiar voice.

James resisted her as much as he could, but Elizabeth went straight to his heart just as easily as she took over his keep. Soon he discovered feelings he didn't know he had, and found himself doing things he never thought he would do for a woman. ... Read more

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