Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance (November 4, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0765359148 Summary:
Gina Santiago is a member of an elite tactical team in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most heinous criminals that prey on society—and now she’s after the worst one yet.
On her own, with no backup, the trail takes her to a dusty, tight-knit town on the fringes of society, where everyone’s a suspect. Even the sexy sheriff, Morgan Hunter, isn’t telling her everything. Gina knows he’s trouble, but she’s inexorably drawn to him.
The closer Gina comes to finding out the secret of this sleepy little town and its big bad sheriff; the closer she comes to catching the predator, the more scared she gets—because she’s beginning to realize that she has a secret too. A secret that will change Gina’s life… and make her the killer’s prey.
It is with the very first chapter that the author, Jordan Summers, gives one helluva calling card by throwing me into the mind of one very dangerous usurper. Chills crept up my spine as the usurper had his way with his victim and it instantly obtained my undivided attention.
After a war of gigantic proportions life as we know it is over and the government has new rules with its newly formed republics. The author took me into an alternate future world that feels both authentic and provides a thoroughly set up background for the characters. And what I feel is just as important, it is all explained with a natural and fluent writing style that makes it easily accepted and understandable.
Red a.k.a Gina Santiago is a tough and hardened member of the International Police Tactical Team (IPTT) but also a bit of an outcast within the force due to her quirks. Unknowingly a discussion leads her to the road of self discovery and brings her to the town of the Sheriff, Morgan Hunter. War and responsibility for his town makes Morgan a rough around the edges but essentially a good guy. The heat they generate together adds another kind of spice to this tale. If the suspense didn’t already kept me spellbound to the pages it would be the raw attraction Red and Morgan feel for each other. The instantaneous combustion of wills add a fiery vibe and that in combination with the appealing suspense creates a potent story that inevitably draws you into this world. The cast is completed with a few well drawn secondary characters like Red’s grandfather, Robert Santiago, Mike Travers, Raphael Vegas and the M.E. Jim Thornton. Each bring their own voice to telling this tale and I gradually wanted to learn more about a few of them.
The whodunit concept kept me on edge throughout the complete story and though I got a fairly good hunch in the last third of the novel I couldn’t help myself but flip the pages in anticipation of getting it confirmed. From early on Jordan Summers introduces characters to this story that make you wonder if he or she would be the one. While the Paranormal suspense takes up better part of this tale there was no doubt in my mind of the attraction Red and Morgan feel for each other. The emotions sizzle under the surface, biding its time to erupt full force and staking its claim! It is even further enhanced by the secrets that lie between them, waiting to be shared so that a greater understanding of things can occur. This is where the careful growing of trust, the personal insecurities and the usurper who reeks havoc of blood and menace play their part. This is also a thing I would like to mention, this novel contains a bit more details on the violence but this is what makes the villain so creepy and what makes chills and thrills a part of the reading experience.
Certain things will get closure in this first book of the Dead World trilogy and then there are a few things that in the overall story arch is still ongoing. I feel that this will undoubtedly be pick up in the sequel of this trilogy, Scarlet, and I for one am looking forward to the release of this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the first taste I got of Jordan Summers in the Paranormal Romance genre! She manages to provide the reader with realistic world building, nail biting suspense and a vibrant romance between a hero and heroine one can only root for. To do this in a crowded published genre is an accomplishment al on its own. Kudos to Jordan Summers.
Kara Whittenbrook is an unlikely heiress. Down-to-earth and lovably quirky, she’s never fit in with the stodgy Whittenbrook clan of Connecticut. Growing up at her parents’ rainforest preserve in Brazil, she has a quaintly off-beat view of life. Now her beloved parents have died in a plane crash, and Kara’s learned a stunning truth. She was adopted.
Her birth parents are Mac and Lily Tolbert, and they’re mentally handicapped. They live and work on a backwater cattle ranch in northern Florida. The ranch owner is a handsome, part-Seminole cowboy named Ben Thocco. He’s running out of time and money to save the ranch and care for the likable bunch of handicapped ranch hands he employs, including his own baby brother, Joey.
Kara, using a fake identity on the advice of her lawyer, arrives in Fountain Springs, Florida, and meets Ben and her birth parents under some very unusual circumstances.
My praise for A Gentle Rain goes beyond words as it left me with a rainbow of emotions when I closed this book.
When Kara stumbles upon secrets of her past it is up to her if she wants to find out more. And Kara does find more….when she arrives at a ranch in Florida owned by Ben Thocco she gets acquainted with its colorful people. In a matter of days Kara is a part of this new world, with a new job and new people to get to know. And a mare that has taken a liking to her and proves to the rest of the world what Ben Thocco, his brother Joey and Ben’s crew: Mac, Lily, Miriam, Bigfoot, Roy, Dale, Cheech and Possum all along knew. Still choices need to be made to uncover the secrets of the past or to let it remain in the past as love and family are found in an unexpected place…
I’m still pondering on words as this emotionally gripping story leaves me with blurry eyes, a warm heart and a grin on my face all at once. I believe this to be the strength of Deborah Smith’s writing, she’s able to tell a story of the heart, of people that I can meet just by stepping out into the world. The romance soars high in A Gentle Rain but it is the characters that Deborah Smith portraits that drew me into their lives and emotions. Ben had me from the moment he appears in the story! It’s just his down-to-earth behavior with a sense of humor that is purely his own and his loyalty to those he cares for that just had me at his hello. His past reveals itself in layers throughout the story and gives a reaction with Kara that just keeps me on the edge of my seat wondering when it all will be in the open, how will they react and above all, will love prevail!
This book is told from two perspectives, from Ben’s side and Kara’s and it took me a moment to feel the rhythm of it, but then it adds a dimension, a depth to it that I highly appreciated. I do feel that Kara was the center of this story and her growth as a person was one I enjoyed from start to finish. I could relate to Kara so easily and there for felt her journey as she felt it, with all the high and low points and many endearing moments. Those moments were often related to the crew on Ben’s ranch. Mac and Lily paint a beautiful picture of two people who simply love one another and that love has nothing to do with how smart you are but is just plainly something you feel in the heart. Joey, in all the trials of life he gives the lesson that all things should be savored in life, even the smallest pleasures can reward you with the brightest of smiles. Each character there on the ranch has such an outspoken personality that they, in their own way, make a lasting impression. From shy and quiet to brash and bold they possess a zest for life that teaches Kara to embrace life in all its possibilities.
What I truly was in awe of was how Deborah Smith gave voice to challenged characters who want to live life on their own terms making me fall for each of them. A Gentle Rain is told with a love for the contemporary romance genre and that though it holds moments of true pleasure, humor and love, it also is a story with moments that are painfully real which gave some blurry eyed moments. This gave a true feel to this tale and a human face to the emotions of the characters but also swept me away in all their thoughts and feelings that particularly reverberate with me. The love between Ben and Kara is simmering, carefully testing the strength of it and shines when they each come to know one another making me curl up on the couch with another cup of tea, knowing I will not close this book until I read the very last page.
With A Gentle Rain Deborah Smith gives us a novel where the background of Florida is a canvas for a breathtaking romance story between a man and a woman. Each has a past that entwines them in the present and gives them and their family a chance for a love filled future.
Created at the dawn of time to protect humanity, the ancient warriors have been nearly forgotten, though magic lives on--in vampires, werewolves, the Celtic Sidhe, and other beings. But now one of their own has turned rogue, and the world is again in desperate need of the IMMORTALS.
He burst into the battle, his leather jacket billowing and his huge silver sword flashing. Amber had no idea why this windswept warrior would rescue her, but there he was--fighting the same demon who'd killed her sister. Though he was a stranger, she immediately sensed he'd come to protect her. And with the first touch of his lips on hers, she knew he was bound to her, his body meant for her. Yet the shadow of evil is spreading quickly, and more death will follow unless they can discover the secrets of...THE CALLING.
I highly anticipated the first novel in the immortal series and after finishing the last page I was glad that it answered to all my expectations. Jennifer Ashley gave a grand opening with her novel in the immortal series! After been fed bits and pieces waiting for the release you dive right into the action with this novel as Amber and Adrian meet through a vicious demon. Jennifer Ashley creates a world that you’re immediately a part of, trying to find out what the hell is going on, when the main characters are doing the same. With each chapter I irrevocably got drawn into the Immortal world and I loved being there!
There is an evil rising, which is not very spectacular, but the fact that it’s emotionally tied to Adrian is what gives an epic and dramatic feel to it. You just don’t want it to be so and if it has to be so the reader in me wants it to be saved. Adrian to me was an incredible character, everything I wanted a Immortal demi-god hero to be: all powerful, arrogant, sensual and almost tortured to the soul! Amber was a joy as a heroin but next to Adrian lost a bit of her strength as a character, her wiccan powers just didn’t have that kick-ass bite to them. But the passion that simmered between Adrian and Amber blew away any doubt about them not belonging together.
There were also very strong secondary characters in this first novel, Ferrin as a snake/ sword / magical attribute of Adrian, loved there interaction. Valerian as one of Adrian’s best friends…he added a flair of humor that was much appreciated by me and Sabina with her sharp comments as Ambers best friend added a bite to it. Of course there was also Septimus as an evil vampire with elegance and long forgotten rules of etiquette, he almost gave evil a decant face…..hey, I said almost!
Jennifer Ashley made a statement with her talent as passion, action, good and evil whirl into a tapestry of a novel that shines a bright future for this series. The end answers to my romantic heart in a heroic way and leaves an interesting cliff hanger for Robin T Popp to develop a second novel on that I’m very eager to read!
“ Sweetheart, when vampires tell each other scary stories, they’re about me.”
The legend of the Selkie is intriguing and whispers of long forgotten magic, the very thought of such a Selkie man wets my appetite for this story. Starting in this novel I immediately was taken to a time period that was unusual for me and couldn’t get into the story as I thought I did. I read the pages but couldn’t get a feel for the characters, all the individual aspects of this novel appealed to me but just missed the factor that binds it all together and lifts it up to a reading experience which I crave so much.
Having said this I must say that the legend on its own of the Selkie was a tremendous asset to this story, I could feel the research that the author had done on the subject. Hexy and Ruairidh are endearing together and the Scottish brogue of Ruairidh adds a authentic feel to the character, though they interested me again I have to say I couldn’t relate to them as a hero and heroine of an epic love. Because of all these bumps in the road of the storytelling it was my stubbornness as a reader that gotten me through to the end.
Melanie Jackson missed the boat on this one with me.
Alex Daimon is the incarnation of desire, the embodiment of lust, the soul of carnality. For centuries he has existed to bring down the just and the wicked alike, to corrupt the innocent. Thus comes he to the bed of Callie Wisdom, the young heir of the witch who bound him to Darkness?and the girl is ripe for possession.
He means to do what he's done so many times before--seduce and destroy. But looking into her crystalline eyes, Alex wishes that Callie might see some end to his curse. And introducing her to passion, Alex wonders if this time, instead of his kiss drawing his victim down into darkness, her love may not raise him up to the light.
This is a delicious book to read, from the beginning the story is taking you into their world, hopes, dreams and fears.
The ultimate battle between good and evil, the passion, it all is excruciating and intensely build up that it makes you turn every page with anticipation. Alex in on the edge evil, Callie is a fierce woman who fights for those she loves. Their interaction is like a sensual, sizzling dance with a nice finale that makes you close this book with a content sigh. This is my first book of Kimberly Rayeand as a writer she’s made a very strong impression, with her imagination she created a story that leaves me wanting for more….
The incarnation of desire, the imbodiement of lust, the soul of carnality... his kiss was the stuff of dreams, his touch meant unending extacy... he was: The Incubus!
Humans like to call them demons, but the Yama are an old and civilized race, far too civilized to fraternize with lesser beings. It is only through subterfuge that a quarterhuman infant, one Xishi Huon, is raised side by side with the Midarri heir, whose own peculiarities make her his soulmate—at least until the whispers of their unnatural fondness get her banished to an orphanage.
Coming of age as a courtesan, Xishi excels in the erotic arts. But when Corum Midarri becomes her new owner, the relationship will test the limits of her gifts. Corum is the Prince of Ice now and not the sensitive boy she knew. If he succumbs to the temptations of her human touch, their love will defy every convention his kind holds dear. If he doesn't, his uncontrollable sexual needs might drive both insane.
He wore only light sleeping trousers, but his body was fever hot. He was tired of this desire business already.
The question of pain or pleasure lost all meaning. This was transformation. This was worlds crashing down and being born anew.
How to explain the Jama’s with their intriguing rules of etiquette? Emma Holly has created a fascinating world filled with Jama’s and Rohn (servants). There are stong Chinese influences through the story as Jama’s are sensitive to chi….human energy/life force. Human’s are considered inferior to their race but the carnal pleasure of the human Chi is beyond measure. Emma Holly has given the male Royal Jama’s a period of heat which can only be sated by a unique dna match. When a Jama Royal finds his mate his eyes turn black….these are just a few rules within the Jama world and Royal houses. This is a story of just such a prince…..
As Corum and Xishi ride a storm of emotions the past catches up, revealing all its evil. Hatred shows it’s ugly face when Corum and Xishi are desperately searching for the truth….
The past and present are perfectly entwined in this story, with a plot that is mildly surprising. Though emotions are forbidden with the Jama it thrives within this story. The fantasy released by Emma Holly shows a daring approach to that what is already out there. The vivid and erotic imagination made me feel like a teenager with a Kama sutra book, the sensual images she creates are definantly original, explicate and either you’ll love it or hate it. Emma Holly gives the reader a world with different characters which makes it a adventure to read and a fantasy for passion that thrives highly in the imagination of the reader…
The second book of The Highland Lords series takes place thirty years after One Man's Love. I couldn't wait, frankly, to find out what happens to the MacRaes.
Alisdair MacRae has heard about Gilmuir Castle all his life, from tales his parents, and the other members of the clan have told him. He's grown up with feeling a tie to the land, and to the fortress, but he never thought that he would have to nearly beggar himself in order to buy back land that was rightfully his.
All his plans are destroyed the minute he steps onto MacRae land. First, he thinks he hears ghosts, but discovers that the voice is only too corporeal. The woman he sees turns out to be the same woman he finds himself married to less than a day later. So, a man who was on his way to decline an earldom finds his life suddenly altered in ways he couldn't have envisioned.
Iseabal Drummond, on the other hand, is thrilled to be married. Of all the suitors her father has considered for her, none was young and healthy. Also, it appears that this new husband has a kind nature and gentle temperament. There's only one thing wrong. He doesn't want her.
How they learn that Fate might well have had a hand in their meeting and their marriage is the story of When the Laird Returns. I like to think that Gilmuir had a part in it, too.
Iseabal is ashamed for the way she’s presented to her new husband but at least he has all of his teeth and hair….a big improvement on all the others. The moment they are wed they leave for his ship, the Fortitude, they will sail to England where Alisdair has to renown a Earl title. A tremble of fear blossoms in Iseabal’s heart, will she ever see her Scotland back? Alisdair is not like any man she’s ever known, he treats her kind and fair. In the days sailing to England hope floats and a longing for his caress craves within her.
Then, just as she relaxes a little, her hopes are crushed when she overhears a conversation were Alisdair is saying he’s going for an annulment. To make matters worse Drummond is planning an evil plot for greed and hate thrives within his heart.
Two people, both with their own hopes, fears and plans for the future, come to learn that the heart draws its own plans…..now they must find courage to claim it!
A lovely story placed in troubling times of Scotland where the tartainplaid and bagpipes are forbidden. The fight of Culloden still bears it’s scars on the people and it’s land when it struggles to survive. The story of Alisdair and Iseabal flows in a pleasant pace and focuses on the thought and feelings of these two as they try to manage their new life. Alisadair is a proud Scot with strong ideas for his future and Iseabal is an endearing woman who tries to find a voice for her feelings and thoughts. The growth of their love sparkles with their interaction as secondary characters pass by swiftly. They each have a purpose to the love story of ALisdair and Iseabal. We also get to meet the MacRae brothers and obviously they are men whom scream for their own story.
Karen Ranney writes as a spring breeze, warm and full of promise!
Exiled alien king Jared Bennett is fighting for his people's freedom. Now his rebel force has the one weapon that can turn the tide against their enemy: the key to the secrets of time. With victory at hand, only one human, Kelsey Wells, has the power to change everything. Kelsey is unable to deny the fierce attraction to Jared Bennett, but is unaware of the truth: although Jared is exactly what he says, he hasn't told her everything. And when the future crashes into the present, Kelsey must decide if his deception will cost them the love that should have been their destiny.
This story has been refreshingly new to me with Jared Bennett as a king of an Alien race and in exile on Earth, leading a war against the Antousians. Hurt and bleeding Jared finds himself in the company of a woman and with no other choice he leaves valuable information inside of her. This is the start of something bigger, something that started a long time ago which is slowly revealed and forever changes the lives of Jared and Kelsey.
With the prologue Deidre Knight captured a revealing moment between a youthful king and a young woman where she created the foundation for an engrossing love story!! Though I’m not an avid reader of futuristic elements in a story, Parallel attraction compelled me to read on for Jared is the kind of man that keeps a woman’s attention. He is a warrior, a king, but with a gentler side and he has moments where things are so new to him he gets confused. Together with Kelsey he experiences many emotions and their dynamic is one I loved from the first moments luring me into this story with a love that crosses the barriers of worlds.
The set-up of the Refarian world and their people is well described and Deidre Knight plays with a timeline theory and still manages to keep it understandable for the reader, this is important because it is key to the plot. The Refarian people are different in a lot of ways, still they vibrate a beauty which makes me immediately relate to the feelings of Kelsey for this amazing man that captures her on such a deep level and grows into something more than she ever imagined she could feel. With a supporting cast of characters that leaves a strong impression but never takes the attention away from the main couple it adds to the impact of the story.
Because of the compelling story telling of the author you’re open to a lot of information, accepting it as a part of this world. With a plot that holds me in its grip it kept me flipping the pages, wondering what twist Deidre Knight would give it and I can say she surprised me with a theory that adds a whole new dimension to it making me eager to know the how and why of it all.
The imagination of Deidre Knight is one that I enjoyed from start till finish, giving me something new and exciting to look forward to as other warriors will certainly want their own story told!