When you spend your life doing what you love to do, you are nourishing your soul. It matters not what you do, only that you love whatever you happen to do.
--Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and writer
 

reviews

Reviews for books and short stories edited by Laura, Vicky, and Nan through The Wild Rose Press (For information on how to purchase any of these books or stories, just click on the Roses tab, then click on the cover shown.)

Finalists and Awards

 

Lie Catchers, Romantic Suspense, Rolynn Anderson, Reward of Novel Excellence Finalist from InD'tale Magazine

 

Hot Water, Romantic Suspense, Maggie Toussaint, Reader's Crown Award Finalist

 

Hot Water, Romantic Suspense, Maggie Toussaint, EPIC eBook Award Winner

 

Murder, Mi Amore, Romantic Suspense, Cara Marsi, Epic eBook Award Finalist

 

Find My Baby, Romantic Suspense/Thriller, Mitzi Pool Bridges, Reader's Crown Award from RomCon


Firefly Mountain, Best Fantasy Romance, Christine DePetrillo, Reader's Crown Award from RomCon


Fadeout, Romantic Suspense, Rolynn Anderson, Five Stars and a Reward of Novel Excellence Award from InD'tale Magazine


Thin Ice, Contemporary Romance, Liana Laverentz, New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award for excellence in romance fiction

 

Thin Ice, Contemporary Romance, Liana Laverentz, EPIC eBook Award

 

Passage to November, Historical Romance, Phyllis DeMarco, EPIC eBook Award

 

Jake's Return, Contemporary Romance,Liana Laverentz, New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf  Award

 

Review Highlights - Five of anything or above

 

Cat Got Your Tongue?, Romantic Suspense, Rae Rivers, Five Stars from Contemporary Romance Reviews

 

Sleeping with Skeletons, Romantic Suspense, Doralynn Kennedy, Five Hearts from The Romance Studio


The Temptation of Mrs. Emily Templeton, Contemporary Romance, Five Stars and a Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews


Sleeping With Skeletons, Romantic Suspense, Doralynn Kennedy, Given Best Book Designation and Voted Book of the Week at Long and Short Reviews


Thin Ice, Contemporary Romance, Liana Laverentz, Five Angels at Fallen Angel Reviews and nominated for the best Romance of the Year at Long and Short Reviews


Jake’s Return, Contemporary Romance, Liana Laverentz, Five Angels and a Recommended Read from Fallen Angel Reviews

 

Ashton’s Secret, Romantic Suspense, Liana Laverentz, Five Smacks, Five Books, Five Wings, and Voted Book of the Week at Long and Short Reviews


The Curse of Culcraig, Romantic Suspense, Dawn Brown, Five Hearts


Miles From You, Vintage Romance, Marianne Arkins, Five Angels and a Recommended Read


A Family To Die For, Romantic Suspense, AJ Brower, Five Books
It Takes Moxie, Vintage Romance, Delia DeLeest, Five Angels and a Best Book Designation


Eye of the Beholder, Vintage Romance, Delia DeLeest, Five Hearts and A recommended Read


FortySomething, Mary Eason, Older Heroine, Five Hearts


Bootlegger’s Bride, Vintage Romance, Marty Kindall, Five Hearts and Five Angels


Children of the Mist, Space Adventure Fantasy, Hywela Lyn, Five Wings, A Best Book Designation, and a Fantastic, Stays on Shelf from WRDF


The Secret Sentinel, Romantic Suspense, Alison Chambers, Five Stars and a Top Pick


Truly Madly, Romantic Suspense, Alicia Dean, Five Angels


Nowhere to Hide, Romantic Suspense, Terry Odell, Five Hearts

 

dotBetrayal, Kim Amburn, Romantic Suspense
Kim Amburn

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet: Author Kim Amburn has created a fast paced thrill ride with descriptive writing, a solid plot and top notch characters in this down home drama. Intertwining many characters and more than one sub plot as each story intersected and developed on their own to create a fabulous mystery and sweet love story. A great read that I highly recommend.  Reviewed by Oleander.  Full review here.

dotAngel’s Share, Clare Austin, Romantic Suspense 
clareaustin.com

From Night Owl Reviews
Snippet:  Clare Austin captivates with this impressive Hibernian tale. The main characters of this story were a pleasure to read about. Aidan was such a fine mixture of rough and refined and Kerry was the perfect balm for his wounded heart. There are many profoundly moving scenes and I enjoy a good cry with my stories as long as there is a happy ending. I loved the details in this story, be it the descriptions of the pub or the mention of various Irish songs and heroes.  Reviewed by Pauline Michael.  Full review here

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet:  Clare Austen brings the magic, legends, and lore of the Irish to life in this story. She also reveals the lingering hate and violence of war that kept Ireland in turmoil for so long. The imagery, character development, well-paced action, and a touch of humor make Angel's Share a joy to read. But, the very BEST is the spellbinding love story that runs the gamut of emotions and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that both terrifies and exhilarates.  Reviewed by Camellia.  Full review here

dotReluctant Witness, Rachel Brimble, Romantic Suspense
www.rachelbrimble.com

From Coffee Time Romance
Snippet: The minute I started reading Reluctant Witness I was hooked; it was like catching a fish determined not to get off the hook. This story moves at a great pace. There were times I held my breath in anticipation, wondering about the next move. The dialogue grabs and is brilliantly written between Julia and Daniel. The chemistry slowly begins as the two fight their feelings that continue to escalate. I love Julia’s feistiness and determination and Daniel's compassion and warmth. Secondary characters make an excellent addition to the storyline, creating a plot that thickens with each turn of the page. Rachel Brimble has crafted an explosive read that kept me on the edge. Reviewed by Cherokee.  Full review here.

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet:  Reluctant Witness will blow you out of the water. When you add together one hot cop, one sexy club singer, and murder in an idealistic costal town it adds up to sparks flying like fireworks in a night sky. And that’s what you get with this delightful read…This novel will appeal to all lovers of great Contemporary Romantic Suspense, who can’t live without a wonderful “Who Done It”, who aren’t opposed to a bit of nail biting followed by sensual and sexy love scenes and drama that requires a few tissues. In other words this book’s for you!!  Reviewed by Larkspur.   Full review here. 

dotA Family to Die For, AJ Brower, Romantic Suspense
www.ajbrower.com

From Long and Short Reviews, Five Books, and Best Book of the Week Award
Snippet:  AJ Brower gives us a wonderful read in A Family To Die For. Her story line is a real page turner full of complicated information critical to the plot which she expertly keeps her readers abreast of. Her characters are amazing in their sheer numbers and complexity and yet she’s intimately acquainted with each one…the love story is exceptional and as you become better acquainted with the couple you will share in their joy and feel their pain…So if you love a great who-done-it mystery that involves a lot of family history that’s also a great romantic read with memorable characters told by a dynamic wordsmith, look no farther that this wonderful tale.  Reviewed by Larkspur.  Full review here.

dotThe Secret Sentinel, Romantic Suspense, Alison Chambers
www.alisonchambersromance.com

From Night Owl Reviews, Five Stars and a Top Pick
Snippet: I loved the characters and the perfect blend of romance and suspense.  Ms Chambers takes us on a wild journey...the background story is wonderful...This is easily a book I would enjoy sitting down and reading again.

From The Romance Studio
Snippet: The constant action and adventure made this a very enjoyable read.  If you loved the movie 'Romancing the Stone' this book will be a treat for you.

From Romantic Times Book Reviews
Snippet: Deception is the watchword in Chambers' thriller.  The action is fast moving and the characters intriguing.

From Nights and Weekends Reviews
Snippet: A wild mixture of National Treasure and Indiana Jones.

dotTruly Madly, Alicia Dean, Romantic Suspense
www.aliciadean.com

From The Romance Studio
Snippet: Alicia Dean packs a mighty wallop in this intense novella. Isabelle is a strong, well-developed character. She displays warmth, creativity, humor and intelligence along with her fear of madness. She seriously contemplates the possibility of her own insanity in a realistic manner.
The story moves quickly and makes sense. Dean neatly and efficiently ties up all the loose ends. Lies and family secrets abound. There is tension, danger, and a thoroughly believable conclusion. It's a great read.  Reviewer: Lynn Bushey. Full review here.

Tears of the Wounded, Romantic Suspense, Alicia Dean

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet: Tears of the Wounded moves rapidly. Alicia Dean creates a tightly woven tale of suspense and mystery about a single-minded need for revenge that rules one character’s life and affects the lives of all the others. This short, fast-paced novel has the reader holding her breath at times. The subtle clues of “who-done-it” are so well concealed and so entwined with the other actions that the revelation is a shocking surprise. This book is good entertainment, plus the happy-ever-after that we romance readers love.  Reviewed by Camellia.  Full review here.

dotIt Takes Moxie, Delia DeLeest, Vintage Romance
www.deliadeleest.com

From Dark Angel Reviews, Five Angels 
Snippet:  A continual comedy of errors, It Takes Moxie is a sheer joy to read because of the nonstop plot convolutions and unexpected twists and for the heartwarming characters whose determination and sweet natures make them so appealing. Ben and Moxie are wonderful individuals any of us would be proud to call friends. Author Delia DeLeest subtly draws in pertinent historical details so that the reader walks away with an “education” in the era without even realizing it. Such important matters as marrying without really knowing the individual, simply because it’s expected, and the question of whether theft is still theft when the stealing is done from a thief, lend the story a depth not always found in romance.  Reviewed by Frost. 

From Long and Short Reviews, Best Book Recommendation
Snippet: This book is utterly captivating. Ms. DeLeest has crafted a novel full of fun, dry wit, humor, adventure and romance. There is nothing boring or slow about this book. It is fast-paced and filled with hilarious situations and delightful dialogue that had me laughing out loud and my husband asking what was so funny.

The characterization was beautifully woven and I found that the characters stayed true to themselves, making decisions that were consistent with their personalities, strengths, weaknesses and fears.  The pages were filled with interaction between Moxie and Ben as well as with the people that crossed their paths.  It was a wonderful cast of quirky and delightful secondary characters, each enhancing the story and helping to reflect qualities and character traits of Moxie and Ben.

I want to point out something about this book that I found exceptionally wonderful. The dialogue between Moxie and Ben was believable, relaxed and open. It left you with no doubt that these characters “clicked” on a different level. There is a comfort level to their conversation and interaction which makes the reader feel as though they are watching two soul mates discover one another. There’s no greater feeling than that.  Long and Short Reviews. Full review here.

Eye of the Beholder, Delia DeLeest, Vintage Romance

From Dark Angel Reviews, A Recommended Read
Snippet:  Eye of the Beholder is a touching tale of sacrifice, healing, and the gift of learning to love someone who is less than perfect. This story grabbed me from the beginning and took me for a fun and emotional ride. With a creative and agile twist, Delia DeLeest crafted a realistic story set in 1925, reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast. Angst and longing by the characters, who start their lives together in a marriage of convenience, make a spellbinding story. Flawlessly written dialogue and picturesque descriptions round out the love triangle. The large secondary cast is interesting and greatly influential to the story and adds to the plot. DeLeest did a fantastic job of twining all of the elements of the book together, hinting just enough to make me want to read faster and I was saddened when the story was over. I truly hope I see more of Delia DeLeest’s characters.  Reviewed by Twila King.

dotLazuli Moon, Romantic Suspense, Jewels of the Night, Christine DePetrillo
www.christinedepetrillo.blogspot.com

From The Romance Reviews
Snippet:  An action-packed tale of adventure and romance…Lazuli Moon reads much like an action movie...Ms. DePetrillo does something interesting with the plot, as well. I didn't categorize this as a suspense or mystery because, frankly, you know right from the beginning who the bad guy is. Ms. DePetrillo occasionally gives us insight into his thoughts and within the first few pages you know exactly what a piece of work the guy is. The question, then, becomes "Will the hero and heroine figure it out... in time?" … The setting was interesting, as was the story, and the chemistry between the two doctors was charming. Definitely a good read if you're looking for something quick and more on the light side.  Reviewed by Arkali. Full review here.

dotTo Love a Thief, Romantic Suspense, Cherie de Sues
Cherie De Sues

From Night Owl Reviews
Cherie De Sues steals the breath from her readers in this action-packed romantic suspense story. From the beginning to the very end the characters are immersed in energy and adventure. Clarisse is a fascinating heroine; even as pieces of her personality are revealed she still remains quite enigmatic up until the very last paragraph…Nick is a perfect leading man, so dashing, charming with an honorable and steadfast temperament. The attraction and the connection between these two was almost [palpable] and it was so interesting to see the "good" guy fall for the "bad" girl and just how this affected the feelings they had about themselves and each other.   Reviewed by Pauline.  Full review here.

 dotHot Contract, Jodi Henley, Romantic Suspense
www.jodihenley.com

From The Romance Studio
Snippet: Hot Contract is an action-packed, suspense thriller, with secret operatives, secret societies, psychotic family members, and romance…I got pulled into their drama from the first page and held on by the tips of my fingernails for the ride of my life all the way to the end. This is not a book you can put down and walk away from. Reviewer: Steph B. Full review here.

From Simply Romance Reviews
Snippet:  When I read the blurb for this book I knew I wanted to read it, and boy am I glad I did. As a fan of Lora Leigh’s Seducing SEALs series, Sandra Hill’s SEAL series and the Russell Crowe movie Proof of Life I was intrigued.  Jodi Henley captured me on page one and didn’t let go till the end.
Jodi Henley successfully navigated a plot that would overwhelm authors of lesser ability. Don’t just add this book to your to be read pile or even your must be read pile, place it front and center on your read now pile, you won’t be disappointed. I gave the book Simply Romances highest rating, but it has now become the standard I will judge all books of this type by. Good Job, Ms. Henley!  Reviewed by Stephanie, Simply Romance Reviews. Full review here.

dotSleeping With Skeletons, Doralynn Kennedy, Romantic Suspense
www.doralynn.net

From The Romance Studio, Five Hearts
Snippet: What a great read! Kennedy writes with a pulsating rhythm that drives the reader deeper into the story. Margret is a heroine with such a strong persona you can see her in real life. The twists and turns make this story a page turner. The surprises that pop up make it both heart wrenching and finger twisting at the same time. When Margret takes on the town bad guys you stand up and cheer it is about time; while secretly you marvel at the craftiness of her revenge and wish you had thought of it. Each character adds new dimension to the plot. This book is a definite recommend.   Reviewed by Helen Ruby.  Full Review here

From Long and Short Reviews, Best Book Designation, and Best Book of The Week Award
Snippet:  Ms. Kennedy’s plot/storyline takes us page by chilling page through one woman’s incredible life from loss to torture and betrayal to revenge and finally to redemption and joy. Set in the majestic backdrop of Ireland she works magic with her amazing descriptive dialogue showing her readers with her words dramatic Atlantic seascapes and breathtaking landscapes as she takes us through the wild beauty of Ireland. While in other scenes across the sea we’re shown glimpses of Margaret’s once captor as he tracks her and of her life before. She shows us all her secrets, her disappointments, her failures and her hopes. She is an incredible storyteller. Her characters are unforgettable from the sweet Katie to the enigmatic Aiden and the complex Margaret. Her supporting characters are no less memorable from the pure evil of the villain to the exciting operatives and even her cameo characters are well defined and interesting. The romance between Margaret and Aiden is spicy and sensual yet sweet and heartwarming, and as the bond between them forms the past is revealed and all her secrets come back to haunt her. And it’s not just a love story between a man and a woman, but the birth of a family too.  Reviewed by Larkspur.  Full review here.

dotBootlegger’s Bride, Marty Kindall, Vintage Romance
Marty Kindall

Five Hearts from The Romance Studio
Snippet:  The characters are diversified and so believable that it is almost impossible to put this book down. The plot, while not completely new, is fresh and well written. The presentation of Aidan from a man headed for seminary to a man who bootlegs to have the necessary money to escape with Grace is awesomely portrayed!   Reviewed by Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio.  Full review here.

From Nights and Weekends Magazine
Snippet:  Ms. Kindall takes an age that, at first glance, doesn’t seem all that interesting, and she weaves an unforgettable, un-put-down-able story. I’ve grown to love the vintage age through this author’s skillful imagination. She brings every aspect of the 1920s to life—the sights, the sounds, and even the smells. She writes her characters almost as if she’s lived among them and knows exactly how they would act or react in different situations. Reviewed by Margaret Marr.  Full Review here.

Five Angels, from Fallen Angel Reviews
Snippet:  Bootlegger’s Bride is a tale with characters that stand out, show their weaknesses or strength and grabs hold of the reader. Marty Kindall creates a fantastic read that breathes life with each page. Her unique characters really make the story convincing and a complete joy to read. Reviewed by: Linda L, Fallen Angel Reviews.  Full review here.

dotThin Ice, Liana Laverentz, Contemporary Romance
www.lianalaverentz.com

Golden Leaf Award Winner, EPPIE Winner, and nominated for Best Contemporary Romance of 2007 at Long and Short Reviews

From Fallen Angel Reviews
Snippet:   Thin Ice by Liana Laverentz is a romantic story that can’t be missed. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster the whole time. This story will grab you and hold on to you until the very end. Five Angels to Ms. Laverentz for this breathtaking story. Reviewed by Becky. Full review here.

From Coffee Time Romance
Snippet:  Sensational! This is such an absolutely heart warming story, it will stay with you long after you finish the book. Written with great passion and emotion, this tale will touch women everywhere who have, or even have not, known abuse. I fell in love with this hero's strength to go after Emily because he knew she was worth it. Exceptional characters and memorable secondary characters are created with intense depth and history. Sensual love scenes and tender moments are added to complete this touching romance. This is one book you will want to read over and over again. Reviewed by Wateena. Full review here.

From Paranormal Romance Reviews
Snippet:  I fell in love with the characters of Thin Ice. Emily Jordan is the kind of heroine, though she has had a hurtful past and gained a lot of insecurities from it, she possesses the will to push through and remake herself. Seeing her change throughout the story is beautifully written as well as empowering.

As for Eric Cameron. He is such a, well, a guy. The talented hockey player gets thoroughly perplexed by the doctor's apparent desire and pushing him away. His exuberant love of his sport is a joy to read. And his genuine nature just breaks your heart. I so wanted these two to get together.

Thin Ice is a journey of growth and acceptance. The author captures each stage in a totally believable manner without pushing it over the top and has woven it all into a powerful story.  Reviewed by Clover Autrey. Full review here

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet: Emily's struggles with her emotions and the dichotomy of her desires culminate in a read that is a true pleasure. Ms. Laverentz takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Emily and Eric work out their differences and learn how much in common they truly have.
The story, while being entertaining, also brings some important issues for women onto the table. Both Eric and Emily have causes they care about and the blending of these causes into an enjoyable read is seamlessly done. The reader is educated without being preached at.  Reviewed by Judy. Full review here.

Jake’s Return, Liana Laverentz, Contemporary Romance
Golden Leaf Award Winner

From Fallen Angel Reviews, Five Angels and a Recommended Read
Snippet:  Ms. Laverentz has written a spellbinding story of intrigue, mystery, and love. The characters Rebecca and Jake are so powerful and well thought out that the reader instantly wants these two to find that they not only deserve to be together but that they also are each other’s halves. I was immediately caught up in the story with the first sentence, “Rebecca Reed would never forget the sound of Jacob Donovan walking back into her life.” I could not only see it but feel it and smell it also. Thank you Ms. Laverentz, I can’t wait until I read more from you, and you’re definitely on my keeper shelf.  Reviewed by Donna. Full review here.

From The Romance Studio
Snippet: This book was an absolute treasure—surprisingly in-depth with an original plot and characters to die for! I knew from the blurb that this should be a good book; however, I had no idea it would be such a find. This was my first Liana Laverentz novel but it definitely will not be my last.

Ms. Laverentz has expressed her small-town characters so that those of us who are from that setting could definitely relate. Whether good/ bad, rich/ poor, old/ young, male/ female, the characteristics are almost always the same in a small town. The personalities of the two major players were so deeply developed and so loveable that it was almost impossible not to love them and hope for reconciliation.

It was a great book and one I had trouble putting down to sleep! I really enjoyed both the story and her writing style. You will not be disappointed, I promise!  Reviewed by Brenda Talley. Full Review here.

From Manic Readers
Snippet:  Liana Laverentz spins a wonderful tale about love and redemption. The feeling of frustration grows through the book making the reader hard pressed to put it down. Jake and Rebecca are complex characters that are not only exasperating but endearing as well. The storyline twists and turns until you reach the inevitable happy ending. Jake’s Return is a winner for Laverentz.  Full review here.

Ashton’s Secret, Liana Laverentz, Romantic Suspense, Spicy

From Long and Short Reviews, Five Books, and Best Book of the Week Award
Snippet:  Ashton’s Secret blends romance and mystery with exceptional skill.

Although Ashton’s Secret has all the earmarks of a typical mystery, the importance of the romance blending with some other, hard to define quality lend it a certain, heartfelt or perhaps heartwarming aura. We, as readers, have hopes and expectations. We feel Meghan’s frustration, and we wait for some resolution. We keep reading, looking for more than one resolution in fact, but throughout this novel are odd touches, where doubt changes to trust, or where fear is apparent even in some well-meaning act. These give the story an evocative depth that is hard to define, but delightful to experience. Reviewed by Snapdragon.  Full review here.

From Classic Romance Revival Reviews, Five Wings
Snippet:  These two characters struck sparks from their first meeting. Both were trying to convince themselves that the secrets they were keeping were for the good of the investigation and for the other person…the slow opening of the hero and heroine to each other is delightful and captivating. Each conversation between them adds another layer to their personalities, making them real, living, breathing people with enough emotion to jump off the page at you…I couldn’t put down this story, lost sleep to finish it and I will be reading more of her.   Reviewed by Melissa.  Full review here

dotChildren of the Mist, Hywela Lyn, Space Adventure Fantasy, Sweet Romance
www.hywelalyn.com

From Classic Romance Revival Reviews, Five Wings
Snippet:  With planets and cultures based on an intriguing blend of mythologies, history, technology and Hywela Lyn’s vivid imagination, Children of the Mist is a journey into true other worlds. Packed with excitement, adventure and cliff-hangers, Children of the Mist also has moments of profound tenderness and beauty, with stunning description of snow, ice-cats, glaciers and mountains. Telepathy features strongly through the novel and I was touched by the way Vidarh and Tamarith fell in love with, and also rescued each other, via telepathy.  Reviewed by Lindsey Townsend.  Full review here

From Long and Short Reviews, Best Book Designation
Snippet:  This book is wonderful! There are few books that hold my interest to the point where I can't bear to put it down, but Children of the Mist is most certainly at the top of this list. The attraction between Tamarith and Vidarh is beautifully written. The involvement of telepathy would appear to make it easier for them to share their feelings, but this isn't the case. If anything telepathy makes it harder as they hide their minds from one another. This puts their lives in danger more than once...From the beginning I thought I knew what was going to happen but Ms. Lyn cleverly develops the story so that I was never quite sure I'd got it right. This kept my interest at its peak to the spectacular, but totally unexpected finale.  Reviewed by Orchid.  For the full review, go here.   

Starquest, Hywela Lyn, Space Adventure Fantasy, Sweet Romance

From Coffee Time Romance
Snippet: I must say that Starquest takes the reader onto an awesome galactic journey. The characters are strong and convincing. Jess is a courageous woman who brings so much life to the story. I love her bravery and determination. One will not find a dull moment with this story; it is loaded with action from beginning to end. With secrets, passion and an incredible amount of trust, Jess, Kerry and Dahll learn quickly the true value where the heart lies. Hywela Lyn weaves a romance that is truly out of this world, as the reader grasps hold and hangs on tightly for the exciting ride of their life. Be captivated by what the wonders of space have to offer in an amazingly wonderful story.   Reviewed by Cherokee.  Full review here.

From Long and Short Reviews
A love that will carry the heroine across the galaxy; a challenge that will threaten her life. Starquest by Hywela Lyn leaps into the deep end of galaxy right from the start, as the Jaii-onboard-computer announces a calamity that is but moments away… Starquest kicks off with a literal bang, and you will feel your heart thumping at the race to abandon ship. The heroine, Jestine Darnell, is setting off on a desperate quest and does not quite know why. Her personal trajectory is impossible to predict, as she soon finds herself in the hands of telepaths – who are telepaths and more…. It is a troubled time; from the Union’s stranglehold on Earth, to the dangerous Grakk spies lurking all over the universe. Even as we hope for her to be accepted, you will feel a thread of doubt yourself. In an amazing way, Lyn will make you identify – even if just a little bit – with almost every character.

Some emotions, like a somewhat shared sense of longing, are common among these people that cannot help but remember, a little sadly, the Earth home they left, long ago. What seems like a minor emotion – a loneliness or regret, becomes surprisingly evocative in this tale.

Ms. Lyn does a great job making surprise characters, like Jaii and other ships’ computers, seem ordinary. And, it’s refreshing that various characters share a sense of pride and enthusiasm in their ships’ capabilities.

Dialogue tends to be to the point and believable. Events become more and more unpredictable as the story moves forward. The backdrop is a universe – a beautifully envisioned universe. It seems rare to find a story with a science fiction bent so beautifully described. Read a little slice:
“… watching the rapidly unfolding vista of stars, like shimmering jewels in the black velvet backcloth that was deep space. There was something about the sheer immensity of the Universe that made her feel very insignificant and, at the same time, very tranquil.”

The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and – for all the science fiction trappings – is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus.  Reviewed by Snapdragon.  Full review here.

dotDeadly Paradise, Kathleen Mix, Romantic Suspense
www.kathleenmix.com

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet: As she weaves this tale of suspense and love, Kathleen Mix invites the reader to the beauty of the islands and reveals the vast differences between the native people and the tourists that frequent the islands. The subtle clues mingled with danger and scheming minds of the antagonists keep the reader turning pages…

Near the climax, as the action rises to a fever pitch, the story is a breath-holding experience. Deadly Paradise takes the reader from the mundane world and into a world where beauty and danger co-exist, uncaring about the human beings who strive for their deepest desire to be realized. The happy-ever-after brings a happy sigh of relief.  Reviewed by Camellia.  Full review here.

dotNo Second Chance, Maggie Toussaint, Romantic Suspense
www.maggietoussaint.com

From Ck2SKwips and Kritiques, A Recommended Read
What a totally fabulous read this was! ... It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book totally in one sitting, but I just couldn’t put this one down. It is an exciting romantic suspense novel with some sensual content that is presented as a natural part of the story line…This book is a keeper for me, and while I reviewed the eBook, I plan to purchase the print version for my personal Keeper shelf. Reviewed by Crystal. Full review here.

From Klausner’s Bookshelf
No Second Chance is a fabulous contemporary romance with an intriguing social issue involving the rescue of horses; in fact the book proceeds are being donated to the real Day’s End Farm Horse Rescue [sic] mission. The story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down until the final confrontation. Although the clever diabolical villain proves unbelievably insane during the final altercation, readers will appreciate this strong tale as Maggie Toussaint provides a deep character driven drama. Reviewed by Harriet Klausner. Full review here.

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet: The intrigue and danger surrounding the two main characters is multi-faceted and fast-paced. The author weaves an intricate pattern of mayhem around Hope and Devlin, keeping their lives entangled regardless of their expressed wishes. The twist at the end is unexpected yet satisfying.

Caught up in their story, I read the whole book in one sitting. If you have a quiet evening to curl up with a good book and you enjoy suspense, horses, Cinderella stories or all three — this book will satisfy.  Review by Camomile. Full review here.

Muddy Waters, Maggie Toussaint, Romantic Suspense

From Long and Short Reviews
Snippet:  Maggie Toussaint does an amazing job of foreshadowing as she weaves together a tapestry of suspense, mystery, small community life, and LOVE while bringing into clear focus the overt and covert conflicts both Roxie and Sloan try to resolve. Ms. Toussaint’s writing style with superb imagery, exquisite description, and a touch of humor make Muddy Waters enthralling reading. The poignancy in her writing style makes the plight of Roxie and Sloan compelling. The heart sings with joy as these two meet and beat tremendous odds. Reviewed by Camellia.  Full review here.