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Fate of Camelot
Fate of Camelot
von Cynthia Breeding
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,20

5.0 von 5 Sternen outstanding Grail Lore series, 1. August 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fate of Camelot (Taschenbuch)
Fate of Camelot continues the story award-winning author Cynthia Breeding began in Camelot Destiny (Kensington, August 2006). From what I understand the series will see a soon-to-be-release, Prelude to Camelot, followed by at least one more in the series. Breeding is quite at home with Grail Lore, but she doesn't just give you the same old Camelot. She peels back the layers of these mythical figures to reveal the people, their wants, desires, needs and betrayals. She is a sensual writer, a strong writer who offers her visionary look behind the veil of ancient lore, giving flesh and blood to Arthur, Lancelot and Gwenhwyfar.

Picking up where Camelot Destiny ended, Gwenhywfar carries Arthur to the Isle of Avalon, to see him healed. The holy island is protected by the Land of the Faerie, so when Myrddin attempts to reach the isle, Cernunnos, the god of the hunt, captures Gwenhwyfar and holds her prisoner. He plans to keep her and make her his. The half-fey prince wants to change Gwenhyfar's fate, but can he stop her destiny, especially when Morgan le Fey has plans of her own for him? Lancelot must try to save Gwenhyfar, but can a mere mortal triumph where time bends in on itself and magic reigns?

A talented writer, Breeding understands her subject well, giving Camelot a `fresh coat of paint' for these amazing tales. So strong is her writing, you forget the lore we know by rote, and follow her into these tales so vivid in their world-building, romance, sensuality and magic.

Highly recommend for lovers of ancient history and Grail lore.


Rape of the Soul
Rape of the Soul
von Dawn Thompson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,30

5.0 von 5 Sternen tour de force, epic saga - brilliant, 1. Juli 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rape of the Soul (Taschenbuch)
20 years ago the late Dawn Thompson began writing an epic saga, about the struggle between good and evil. Thompson went on to produce the story as a play in New York; her sister Diane, even starred as the heroine, Jean Fowler Chapin. This story is that `book of the heart.' Thompson is widely known for her amazingly detailed Regency Historical Romances and her Paranormal stories that ranged from Vampires to shapeshifters to the erotic fantasy world-building Lord of the Deep and Lord of the Dark. This book will be a departure to her fans, but they will get to see Dawn Thompson at her very best. The book was written when authors had a bit more freedom in length, when the style of storytelling was given to wonderful sagas. During the years when her books were selling so strongly, she could have cut this book and sold it. Instead, she held on to it, determined to see it printed as she originally intended it to be told. It's actually two books in one, but the point where the book would break would see one small book and one large one, so this is printed as she wanted¯in a single volume.

From page one, I was hooked. Thompson clearly shows just what an amazing talent she was by instantly giving you a dark, suspenseful tale of horror. She described the book as "Anya Seton meets Stephen King" and that is a fair assessment of its style. I would also say she added a touch of Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Quiller-Couch. Rape of the Soul is one of those books that will linger on bookshelves, and be read again and again.

Jean Maitland comes to England searching for answers. She wants to know what happened to her ancestor, Jean Fowler Chapin. The man with the answers wants the past to stay buried, but Jean is determined. She has no idea the evil that she will unleash when she enters the abandoned mansion on the cliffs, how in opening the door to the past, she conjures and evil into the present. Legend says Jean Chapin was murdered, along with her husband, Malcolm, by her husband's uncle, Colin. Only, Jean feels there is more to the story. She has no idea the menace from the past hadn't ended, but has been waiting for someone to set it free.

Thompson delivers on all levels. When Jean Maitland enters the abandoned glass house of Craigmoor, you have a Hitchcock style, `dark at the top of the stairs' foreboding that pure evil can exist and can reach from the past to destroy the future. Thompson delivers with this spellbinding tour de force, her legacy to her fans. It's a keeper. This is one I fully expect to see made into a movie.


Naughty by Nature
Naughty by Nature
von Barbara Pierce
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen another solid Carlisle story, 24. Januar 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Naughty by Nature (Taschenbuch)
In an enchanting tale, Patience Rose Farnaly, a young girl with stars in her eyes falls prey to a user, a thorough-rotter, Julian Phoenix. Lured from her dull, aristocratic family, she sees the bright lights of the magical world of the stage as exciting. Until she is betrayed. In a twist of fate, Julian is believed dead; she escapes the nightmare, assumes the name of Miss Patience Winslow and continues on with her actor's life with another troop, too disgraced to ever return to her very proper family. While performing at the home of one of the ton, she meets the powerful and commanding Fowler Knowden, Earl Ramscar. She catches "Ram's" eye, and he wants her close, and finds the perfect excuse of offering her a role of companion to his reclusive sister, Meredith. Meredith was severely scarred in a fire, and hides from the world, but she soon responds to Patience.

But Patience doesn't just charm Meredith, Ram is falling in love with her. Of course, an earl could never marry an actress, but that doesn't stop him from starting an affair with her. Just as things seem finally happy for Patience, Julian rises just like his name, a Phoenix from the ashes of the past and threatens to destroy all.

Pierce delivers yet another wonderful book in the Carlisle series, leaving you eager for Scandalous by Night (August 2008).


Ice Storm
Ice Storm
von Anne Stuart
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Resident Genius of Romance is at it again!!, 27. Dezember 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ice Storm (Taschenbuch)
Anne Stuart is one of my favourite authors for three decades now. I started reading her Gothics back at the end of the 1970s. She was dead bang solid of a writer back then, and she continues to hit the target time-after-time ever since. I believe I recall one book that didn't get a five star from me. I gave it four, only because I got really annoyed at a whiny sister character!

She is NOT for everyone. You have to love very dark Gamma Heroes. Most readers love Alpha males, the hero that is hard, but has that inner core of honour. Gamma heroes are very different. They are dark rogues...anti-heroes...men you can hate...and yet love. Not many writers can do them and do them well. Stuart is the Resident Genius of Romance because she can do what few others can, make you love the anti-hero. Often, she causes a schism in the reader because you really HATE the Gamma hero the whole time you want him. That is a difficult hat trick. Why Stuart reigns as Queen of the Gamma heroes, because she has the magic to do it. This division of polar emotions causes some readers not to like her, which is their choice. For those who do get Stuart, heads up she's done it again.

Only this time she's given us a bad girl to match this Gamma Rogue hero. Stuart patent spell is the vulnerable girl who gets caught in the snare of our Gamma Rogue. Generally, he uses her and she gets burned bad because the moth flew too close to the flame. However, in this "Ice" book, she gives you the aftermath of that betrayal. The woman made hard and tough as nails by the past. Long ago, Isobel thought she killed the man she loved. Only, KIllian is back and asking for help.

Stuart is a wizard. She loves to push the readers' buttons; make them hate the hero and in the same breath desire him. I think she tosses out
these works of brilliance, then sits back in glee at the reactions she causes. Long may she keep doing this!

It's dark, hard, and not the cup of tea for everyone. Stuart fans will adore another masterpiece.


The Privateer
The Privateer
von Dawn Mactavish
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Keeper!!, 25. Dezember 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Privateer (Taschenbuch)
Dawn Thompson's writing continues to fascinate me, with each book being special in its own way. She is a beautiful writer, who always keeps turning up 'the game'. She writes Regency Historical Romances under Dawn MacTavish penname (The Marsh Hawk), dark and sinister vampire sagas (Blood Moon; The Brotherhood) which drew the praise of Chicago Sunday Tribune's John Charles calling them, "An inventive hybrid of Regency historical and dark, sexy paranormal romance...wildly imaginative and wonderfully entertaining." The third in the cycle, The Ravening (due out next month) earned a TOP PICK from Romantic Times. She also does time-travel and shapeshifter romances, and recently branched out in a new area of Literary Erotic Historical Fantsy with The Elemental series (Lord of the Deep, with Lord of the Dark coming this summer). Whatever she writes only shows another facet of her extreme talent. A consumate storyteller, she grabs me from page one and never lets me go until that final page. I close the backcover regretting the wonderful tale is over.

But there is something special about her MacTavish books, straight Regency Romances, written by someone who really has a feel for the period and England, to the point people often believe Thompson is British. In this delightful tale, you have Basil "King" Kingston, Earl Greyshire. Basil has a shady past, and an eyepatch to show for it, and detests being called Basil. Which is precisely why his crusty mother refuses to call him anything but that. (The mother is one hoot of a character!!). King worries about the legacy of daddy dearest - a pirate - and tries not to follow in his father footsteps. Only the Admiralty comes a knocking and insists that he take to the high seas as a privateer (a pirate with a license from the crown). Only before he can do that, he has to find mum-from-hell a companion to keep her company. Hitting on the idea of getting something who cannot tell dear old mum to stuff it and leave, he goes to debtor's prison and buys a companion, and he gets a bargain in that!

Lady Lark Eddington was tossed into debtor's prison because her father gambled away all the family money, including her inheritence, so the offer to have her way bought out of prison comes as a godsend for a woman who would have no other option. She assumes King will want something in return, but it's not what she thinks! Toss in a wicked villain, a woman out for vengeance, highjinks on sea and land, and one sexy Basil Kingston, Lark's life is about to take a turn...for the better!

The whole book is wonderful Regency, but dear old mum steals the show!! Simply a wonderful read.


Dark Thirst (Zebra Debut)
Dark Thirst (Zebra Debut)
von Sara Reinke
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen dark, original vampire tale, 18. Dezember 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dark Thirst (Zebra Debut) (Taschenbuch)
Sara Reinke starts with the good tenant for an author: write about what you know. Thus her setting Dark Thirst in Kentucky is a solid move. The Kentucky writer opens this highly original vampire tale, with a clan of vampires, originally made up of four families. They own a huge, isolated track of land; called “The Brethren”, people give them a wide birth. Reinke demonstrate a strong world building in creating the hellish, throwback existence of The Brethren. The only people permitted near their compound are migrant illegals (a problem in Kentucky, actually). These poor unsuspecting souls are often used as servants, but more generally end up as din din, killed without a concern.

Like all vamps, they have long lives. They are strong, heal fast, and are damn hard to kill. Very throwback, with the men being the chest-thumping protectors of the clan; the females are relegated to being the ‘little woman’, caring for their homes and their men. Marriages are set up with no cares to the woman’s wishes, very archaic, seeing young teenagers married to older (much older men). Women are permitted no say in the marriages, no say in just about anything. The males eat first; the women only are permitted to eat after the males have finished (intriguingly reflecting old “hills” turn-of-the-century mentality of Kentucky and the South). The members of The Brethren never leave the compound; they especially never leave the clan.

But naturally, a writer lays down rules only to break them. Brandon Noble is the grandson of the head of the Brethren, Augustus, (ala Brando in The Godfather, only he makes Brando appear a choirboy by measure!). Brandon has run afoul of the strict rules set forth by the secluded clan and it may cost his life. When he was younger, he accidentally came upon a robbery in progress. The robbers attacked Brandon, and nearly killed him, which left him deaf and unable to speak. Worse even still, he shuns the blood rituals of The Brethren. A big no no in their world. When he finally manages to leave, he knows he will be own the run for his life.

Brandon attempts to leave the compound, and now once more he is on the run. He goes to his only friend, but the friend isn’t there. He meets Lina Jones, the friend’s sister, and she wants to help him, but they have a world of problems to over come, despite their growing attraction.

Reinke creates a vivid world, mixing the vampire clan with old country codes, gives you a hero that is white, a heroine black, basically saying she is not going to follow the patterns of all the writers before her. With this impressive novel, the author boldly cuts a vivid debut (mass-market debut, as Reinke has other books out with smaller presses). To check the measure of this author’s talent read her The Unexpected Engagement, a Regency romance.

I am eager to see what the author will do with the next book in the series.


The Sense of Honor
The Sense of Honor
von Ashley Kath-Bilsky
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,66

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5.0 von 5 Sternen talented debut author, 10. September 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Sense of Honor (Taschenbuch)
I first read parts of this book when I was a member of Hearts Through History. Ms. Kath-Bilsky was racking up the contest finals and wins at an amazing pace. Over a two year period she surely set a record! Only, historicals were going through a slow time, so many very good historical writers were not getting their books bought. So hats off to Highland Press for recognising her talent and getting the book into print.

Devlin Grayson, the Duke of Pemberton, inherits an estate, and it brings him nothing but trouble. Christiana Tatum is the current keeper of Bellewyck Abbey, and is attracted to the new lord of the manor, but she has secrets she must shield from him. Others are involved and they must be protected, and that puts stumbling blocks into the road of the growing romance.

Kath-Bilsky loves her story, her characters and gives that heart to her novel that you often see in first time novelists. She delivers a story of love, honour and intrigue.


Forced Mate
Forced Mate
von Rowena Cherry
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen utterly brilliant, 25. Juli 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Forced Mate (Taschenbuch)
I just finished re-reading Forced Mate, anticipating the second in the series coming out in February. Tarrant-Arragon, is a great Djinn, the next god-Emperor of Tigron. All the virgins of the universe belong to him. Well, nothing like having such a heavy burden. The problems facing the Poor Lord Emperor is such a burden. He storms around projecting Mr. Macho, Ruler of the Universe because it's what is expected of him. However, the Djinns are getting scarce in this neck of the Universe, so 'Tigger' must find a bride quickly. The only one fitting the bill is his second cousin, who is half-Djinn, half-earthling. Tigger's lass cannot just live in a bottle, wears nifty 'I Dream of..' pink outfits, and blinks her away through all her predicaments. Nope, Djinn-Vera is a Saurian Knight, dedicated to bringing down the Tigger's tyranny at all costs. Okay, things are starting to get complicated in Djinn-Djinn land! Djinn-Vera is betrothed to Djetthro-Jason, another cousin, but she is attracted the handsome man she believes is a Saurian Knight she assumes her father sent. Tarrant cannot risk letting this prime piece of marriage material get away from him, so he abducts Djinn-Vera. Only Djinn-Vera has a stubborn case of 'crossed legs' and isn't about to go along with the mating ritual Tarrant's people expect from him. Figuring is if she knew he was Mr. Big Ruler of the Universe might make it hard to get her wedded and bedded, he sets out to capture Djinn-Vera's heart without letting her know who is literally taking her to the stars. Cherry brings her own style of humour to this challenging book that leaves the door open to many more adventures for the Djinn. It's a sexy adventure that will keep you entertained. I highly suggest ordering now because the sequel, Insufficient Mating Material, comes out February 2007. At that point, you can bet Forced Mate will be hard to get a hold of. I also recommend the novella by Cherry, Mating Net, which is a prequel to Forced Mate. So learn just how sexy chess can be!


The Marsh Hawk (Leisure Historical Romance)
The Marsh Hawk (Leisure Historical Romance)
von Dawn Mactavish
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen perfection in a perfect cover, 20. Juli 2007
I've truly enjoyed all of Dawn Thompson's Books (The Ravencliff Bride; The Waterlord; The Falcon's Bride; Blood Moon) and eagerly await each new release. She combines the best roots of historical romance with her own fresh style, very lyrical, poetic. And very quickly she is filling her own keeper shelf! However, with the first release of her Dawn MacTavish books (the name change to alert readers these are pure historicals with no paranormal elements), I must say she hits dead on for Regency lovers, and this is possibly my favourite of her books so far (though I eagerly await Lord of the Dark and The Privateer).

A long time member of the `Beau Monde', Dawn knows the period well, and is able to bring in the true ambiance, the details that make this story come alive brimming with the Regency era. But what really hits and steals your heart are the two lead characters. They drive the story - they ARE the story - and WOW...they make you fall in love with them falling in love.

Lady Jenna Hollingsworth is so tired of the run around she is getting concerning her father's dead. She believes a notorious highwayman called The Marsh Hawk killed her father. When she receives no justice, she decides to dispense it herself. She plans to bring him to justice, but instead shoots him, and runs off believing she has killed him.

Weeks pass, and at a masquerade ball to announce her engagement to Viscount Rupert Marner, she is shocked by a stranger. His vivid blue eyes shine from behind the mask, reminding her of a man she left for dead. At first, she assumes it's The Marsh Hawks ghost come to extract revenge. What else does a lass do in the face of that? Faints! After seeing her fiance reveal his true self, she elopes with the blue-eyed man behind the mask - Lord Simon Rutherford, The Earl of Kevernwood.

A marriage built on lies makes for a rocky start for both and a rousing adventure for readers. This is Regency Romance at its purest, perfection wrapped in a perfect cover.

Highly recommended for Regency readers, Historical readers and anyone wanting to fall in love! I eagerly look forward to more MacTavish books from Thompson.


Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor
Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor
von Dan Maloney
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen a book that stays with you long after you put it down, 10. Juli 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor (Taschenbuch)
A deeply moving novel about resentment turning to poison, and how that misplaced emotion can nearly destroy one, if you permit it. With so many things happening in this world to innocent people, this book carries a timely message – an important message of how letting go of these perceived wrongs can save your from your own self-destruction.

It opens with the story of lovers, Tori and Mieko, in Japan in the days before the U.S. dropped the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It opens on a Sunrise at Kasatsu Harbor, a small peaceful village that has no idea doom lurks on the horizon. Mieko has been ordered to report for duty to work on discovering biological weapons for warfare against Japan’s enemies.

Tori is left behind, hundreds of miles away from Mieko, where he is working to find the means to give Japan the power to end this war. Tori is caught on the edge of the Hiroshima blast, destroying their peaceful little hamlet. With nothing and no one left, Tori sets out to find her lover. Mieko learns of the bombing and rushes back to her, but they both miss each other in their journeys. Poor Tori discovers she must retrace her steps to find Mieko, which puts her right on the edge of the second bomb drop at Nagasaki. She is horribly burned, and ends up being hospitalized. These events send their lives even farther apart; even when they come together, Mieko doesn’t recognize his love because of the scarring from the blast.

So full of rage with the destruction, Mieko vows revenge against America. This part of the book is told in first person narrative, but not from the POV of the leads. Then the writer, oddly, steps outside of rules of typical writing, and has the “guide” become part of the story, as the story shifts focus from Tori and Mieko, and more to the “guide” and his strong hatred of Japan, because he lost his father in the war. At this point, you see the devastating repercussions of long held resentment turn to poison, and how forgiveness and looking beyond ones own perceived hurts is ultimately the salvation from our own destruction. The story returns to watching another sunrise on the harbor, another day of hope, asking the underlying question of how will you spend it, in the positive light of forgiveness or giving yourself over the bitter resentment that could ultimately destroy you?

The style of writing is riveting, grabs the reader and never lets them down. It’s deeply moving, thought provoking, and oh so timely.

One of those small books that will sneak up on the world by word of mouth. Well worth the time to read.


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