Thursday, August 26, 2010

An Eclectic Mix of Reviews

Here is what I have been reading lately. I went the Kindle to find my next books.

A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare
In Lydia dare's debut trilogy, Regency England has gone to the wolves!

He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full...

The rules of Society can be beastly-especially when you're a werewolf and it's that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn't help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is...

A woman whose charm is stronger than the moon...

When Lily's beloved nephew's behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy's cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon's idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.

They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other's darkest secrets...
This is also a first book in a series that combines the Regency Period with paranormal creatures. The Duke of Blackmoor is a werewolf. He is not entirely comfortable with his beast and hopes to keep him a secret from Lily. Lily is his ward's aunt and has been raising the orphaned boy. But now the boy is twelve and starting to develop his werewolf abilities. Blackmoor has to step in and teach the boy what he needs to know. However, he can't tell Lily why he is doing this and she refuses to abandon the boy. They do fall in love but have major problems because of his need to keep secrets. This book was OK. I think I prefer books where the weres are more accepting of themselves.

Eternal Hunter by Cynthia Eden
Assistant DA Erin Jerome has a secret. Make that two. One: She's not entirely human-she's Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Two: she's got a killer stalking her-an Other rogue set on "gifting" her bloody corpses, not to mention nights lying awake in terror. Small wonder she's been having bad luck with men.

But the bounty hunter on her new case isn't worried about any of that. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter himself, and the new DA's midnight hair and addictive scent tell him all he thinks he needs to know: She's gorgeous, she's definitely not human, and she's bringing out the animal in him in a really good way. He might have to track a psychotic Other stalker through half of Louisiana. But he might also get the chance to watch Erin's wild side come out and play.
Erin has a problem. Besides hiding the fact that she is Other and has some unusual talents, she has also attracted a stalker who is determined to win her love by killing anyone who argues with Erin and leaving the gruesome corpses as a present for her. The stalker is also Other. Erin goes to Jude to get help. Jude is immediately attracted to Erin and determined to help her. Jude is a hunter who hunts down Other criminals that the law and the courts can't touch. He is a white tiger shifter. She is determined to keep secrets from Jude. She feels that she was abandoned by her mother because she was not able to shift into her animal form and has determined to live as a human. However, she is stronger than humans and also inherited psychic dreams from her father. Jude has to convince her that he loves her just the way she is and that she doesn't have to change herself for him. This was a very enjoyable read.

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.
This was a pleasant cozy mystery. It is the first in a series. Tricia Miles has opened a mystery bookstore. The town has become a mecca for booklovers. Her neighbor who runs the cookbook store is a rather unpleasant person. When Tricia finds her murdered and a valuable cookbook stolen from her shop, she becomes the chief suspect. Tricia also has to cope with the arrival of her older sister who is going through a fourth divorce. The two sisters have always been rivals but Angelica is trying to make a new start. She assists Tricia in solving the crime and clearing her name and supplies wonderful treats. The recipes are included in the back of the book. This was a pleasant mystery.

That is it for me. A Regency romance with paranormals; a contemporary paranormal suspense book with a murderous suitor; and a cozy contemporary mystery with recipes. This is a sample of the kinds of books that I enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Great Reviews: A Certain Wolfish Charm is still on the fence for me. I love weres but I like it better when they like themselves. Cynthia Eden is on my authors to check out list :) The murder mystery sounds good too.


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