Friday, February 27, 2009

Latest 5 Star Romance Novel Reviews

The newest romance novels rated 5 stars (or hearts, books, etc.) from The Wild Rose Press are listed here.

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Best Book
Meltdown, by Susan St. Thomas ☆☆☆☆☆
Suspense, hot

Memories of one magical night had kept Evan Jorgenson sane during his tour in Iraq. When he meets Cassie Hamilton again in Lake Placid, he yearns to pick up where they left off. She deserves more than a shell-shocked soldier. But Cassie’s in danger, and in order to keep her safe, he’s jeopardizing not only his job as a NYS police officer, but a dream promotion. If only she’d talk about what happened in L.A… More…

“Susan St. Thomas’s Meltdown ROCKS!! It’s a love story of two tortured souls Cassie and Evan, filled with everything that makes a great romantic suspense read. It will blow your socks off.” – Larkspur, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Caribbean Dreams of Love, by Bess McBride ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, sensual

Daisy and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lilly, are embarking on a Caribbean cruise. She isn't looking for anything special on the cruise other than a pleasant break from her humdrum existence as long-time divorced single mother to a busy teenage girl. She certainly isn't prepared for an enigmatic man named Peter whose idiosyncrasies in dress and speech mark him as an eccentric person to avoid. But Daisy can't avoid him. In fact, she begins to obsess about him from the first moment she catches him staring at her in the cruise ship terminal. More…

“The book cleverly weaves a tale of pirates, the beauty of the Carribean and the cultivating of friendships that begin in the most unlikely of places….It is rare to find a writer who so consistently pleases her readers book after book. This author makes it a foregone conclusion.” – Laura, You Gotta Read Reviews …full review
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Don’t Call Me Darlin’, by Fleeta Cunningham ☆☆☆☆☆
Vintage, spicy

Life in Santa Rita, Texas, 1957: Calm...slow-moving...placid...or it was until that radical librarian and her controversial books came to town. Then the County Judge falls in love with her. And the editor of the local newspaper starts trying to convince the judge that the girl’s a Communist sympathizer. What with the Commissioners in an uproar, two irrepressible teens adding their own brand of confusion, and a menacing midnight caller threatening the girl he loves, Judge Sam Lindley has enough interference in his courtship to sink it. More…

“A special treat! Subtly endearing and thoroughly thought-provoking, DON’T CALL ME DARLIN’ gives us Sam, a hero that is an honest-to-goodness Texas gentleman rancher, politician, friend, and “for-real” lover with humor and depth….This is one for the keeper shelf.” – Camellia, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Finding Joy, by Kara Lynn Russell ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational, sweet

Shy Joy Harper, the organist for Orchard Hill Community Church, has long been overlooked by Pastor Isaac. Then Pansy Parker announces she’s retiring and Joy is asked to fill in as secretary. With an unusually large number of weddings coming up and the Christmas holidays looming, Joy and Isaac put in a lot of hours together and he discovers a beautiful and caring woman beneath Joy’s reserved fa├žade. Can he convince her that the only gift he wants for Christmas is her heart?

“This book could have been a bit too sweet, but it wasn’t. Instead the feelings of Isaac and Joy were treated with tenderness and understanding…. I was touched by the way the story developed and I finished the last page with a deep sense of satisfaction.” – Orchid, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Where the Rain is Made, by K. Celeste Bryan ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, spicy

A Dangerous Warrior Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. But she never counted on falling in love with the man whose smoldering sapphire eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion. Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time, that is. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurtled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne. More…

“First off let me start off my saying…I loved Where the Rain is Made!... There are not many books that come along like this one but when they do, watch out. I am now on the hunt to read more books by K. Celeste Bryan.” – Cheryl www.cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com …full review
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Latest 5 Star Romance Novel Reviews

The newest romance novels rated 5 stars (or hearts, books, etc.) from The Wild Rose Press are listed here.

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Forty Something, by Mary Eason ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (later life), sweet

Some mistakes are easy to forget, while others can become glaring reminders of past failures that stand ready to haunt you for the rest of your life. For Laney Winters, life is full of glaring reminders. Starting with the fact that she's pregnant at forty-one, has just been divorced by her louse of an ex-husband who has a fetish for his secretaries, and, to top it off, has been forced by financial circumstances to move back home to live with her two very eccentric, matchmaking old-maid aunts. More…

“Mary Eason has crafted a romance novel that sparkles with emotion and verve from start to finish….I highly recommend this book.” – Black-eyed Susan, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Kingmaker’s Gold, by MK Mancos ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, spicy

Gold —the name alone evokes dreams of riches beyond imagination. Whether one is a mortal woman or one of the fey men who inhabit New York in 1910, the precious metal can have great impact and far-reaching consequences. For Abigail Westmorland, a single gold coin stands between her and destitution. For Venn, a contender for the leprechaun throne, it means the difference between leading the fey or being led by his cousin, the dark fey, Lachlan. Together Venn and Abigail find true love is more precious than any gold.

“At times lighthearted, with a hint of suspense, in Kingmaker’s Gold, MK Mancos offers a story of love, fear and mystery. I heartily recommend this book to be read on one of those afternoons when you want to do nothing else but relax with a good book.” – Orchid, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Mr. Complete, by Sheridon Smythe ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, spicy

"This is your lucky night. I just happen to be wearing black silk boxers." That was exactly the kind of confirmation Lydia Carmichael was looking for. Proof positive that the drop-dead gorgeous date provided by Mr. Complete Escort Services was a gigolo. All she had to do was lure that bad boy into her bed and she'd put the slimeballs out of business. But Lydia soon learned she wasn't cut out for this kind of under-the-covers work. Luke was not only hot with a capital H, he was also a considerate, caring man. More…

“If you are looking for a romance that makes you feel with the characters, as well as roll on the floor laughing at their antics, this is the book for you….This book is a definite keeper.” – Gina Marie Pettitt, WRDF Reviews …full review
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Latest 5 Star Romance Novel Reviews

The newest romance novels rated 5 stars (or hearts, books, etc.) from The Wild Rose Press are listed here.

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Recommended
Soldier for Love, by Brenda Gayle ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (later life), spicy

She’s his Commanding Officer. So why does he seem to be in charge? Major Julie Collins should be on top of the world. Her long-sought promotion has finally come through and she has just been given her first overseas command. But when one of her troops turns out to be the handsome Native American who has just left her bed, everything starts to unravel. Lieutenant Matt Wolf’s exploits with the opposite sex are legend—if only they were true. His larger-than-life persona masks deep loneliness and isolation. More…

“In Soldier for Love you not only have the commanding presence of a sexy military man but you also have a strong career military woman. I was quickly drawn into Soldier for Love and found I was unable to put the story down.” – Tanya, Joyfully Reviewed …full review
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A Cinderella Christmas, by Stacy Dawn ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

Her mother’s ridiculous idea to gift her with 'a man' for Christmas is driving Angie Bellini insane! Every bachelor and his brother in Noelle are asking her to save them a dance at the upcoming wedding of Santa Claus Holloran’s daughter. What’s a girl to do to keep her sanity and thwart a scheming mother? Date the one man in town her mother despises, of course. More…

“This is a terrific read from start to finish. You will be thrilled to read it. It’s bound to be a best seller.” – Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio …full review
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From a Distance, by Jo Barrett ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), sensual

One business consultant, one cowboy, and two thousand miles between them. Can their love survive the distance?

“This book is cleverly plotted and managed and believable….Add to that it’s very well written with a good turn of phrase and great dialogue and you’ve got a short read that’s totally yummy.” – Vasiliki Scurfield, WRDF Reviews …full review
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Let Nothing You Dismay, by Linda Swift ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (later life), sweet

Kala’s position as a tour guide at a Kentucky Welcome Center isn't enough to cope with huge debts left by her late husband's illness, but she manages to make ends meet…until her car quits running. To save money on repairs, she enrolls in an auto-maintenance class taught by Rex, a handsome part-time instructor whose broken heart needs repairing, too. More…

“Ms. Linda Swift has excelled in this fast-paced work set around the holiday season. Her main characters were struggling to start over. The poignant look at these two lives was so realistic that it quickly became real….I highly recommend this book.” – Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio …full review
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Saga of Sourdough Red, by Pinkie Paranya ☆☆☆☆☆
Vintage, spicy

Jennifer Kileen, an Ohio farm girl, journeys to Alaska toward the end of the gold rush to search for her twin brother, Jeremy. He'd sent a torn map and a plea for help to their father, unaware that both parents had perished during an influenza epidemic. Jenny takes her kid brother with her, but to travel more freely she is disguised as a young man, hiding her one vanity, her long red hair, under a hat. Jenny and David start their journey surviving a storm at sea, make a harrowing trip up the dreaded Valdez Glacier, and are pursued by an unknown but relentless villain throughout their journey. More…

“Adventure, romance, mystery...this book has it all. The author Pinkie Paranya does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the story from the very beginning.” – FJD …full review
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Sun, Surf, and Sandy Strangulation,
by JL Wilson ☆☆☆☆☆
Suspense, spicy

Best-selling author Bea Emerson hoped the Clue Con Writer’s Conference would let her reunite with her lover, L.J. Remarchik, and give them a chance to straighten out their troubled relationship. What she didn’t anticipate was murder and mayhem all tangled up with clues from the classic board game. Someone is targeting authors and publishers, and Bea might be next in line. More…

“This book is a lot of fun, and the solution to all the murder and mayhem is quite logical, if convoluted. I'd love to read another installment in this series.” – Lynn Bushey, The Romance Studio …full review
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There’s Only Been You,
by Donna Marie Rogers ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, spicy

Malicious lies, drugs and a videotape are the reasons young lovers Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews have spent the last eight years apart, each believing the other betrayed them. Sara has no clue where Mike's been all these years, but she knows where she's been busy raising their son. More…

“A well-thought-out story with an all-too-appropriate title, There's Only Been You has enough twists and turns to throw readers for a wild ride, but authoress Donna Marie Rogers does an excellent job of making it flow and keeps us turning pages one right after the other with her effortless prose and heartfelt characters.” – Sweet Pea, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Latest 5 Star Romance Novel Reviews

The newest romance novels rated 5 stars (or hearts, books, etc.) from The Wild Rose Press are listed here.

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Best Book
Almost Home, by Carla Rossi ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational, sweet

Detective Justin Hatcher and Cameron McAlister are in a hurry to leave North Carolina—for totally different reasons. He wants to confront his family about a five-year-old betrayal. She wants to escape the remnants of a failed marriage. More…

“I absolutely loved this story!... Almost Home is a wonderful tale full of emotion, heart, and humor that I highly recommend!” – Lilac, Long and Short Reviews
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A Sigh of Love, by Bess McBride ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sensual

Abbie is on her way to Anchorage, Alaska to meet George whom she has been corresponding by telephone for the past three months. George has repeatedly asked her to come up to Alaska for a visit so they can meet in person. Call her crazy, but Abbie makes airline reservations to fly from her home in Seattle up to Anchorage to meet George. She’s lonely. Why shouldn’t she make a mad romantic dash up to the last frontier to meet a man? More…

“Bess McBride sketches in-depth characters, and a refreshing romance in A Sigh of Love. The story was spun so well, I hated to say good-bye to the characters.” – Linda L., Fallen Angel Reviews
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Broken Hero, by Anne Whitfield ☆☆☆☆☆
Vintage, sweet

Audrey Pearson’s life changed dramatically when WWII broke out and her large home, Twelve Pines on the East Yorkshire coast, became a convalescence home for wounded soldiers. Her life is no longer lavish with entertainment, beautiful clothes and surrounded by a loving family. Soldiers, physically and mentally wounded now fill her home….Captain Jake Harding, a doctor training in psychiatry arrives at Twelve Pines. Audrey immediately finds herself attracted to the Captain, but he is remote towards her. Puzzled by his cold behaviour, Audrey tries to learn more about the handsome Captain. More…

“Ms. Whitfield’s heroine is strong, caring, and determined to show Captain Harding that love can heal all pain whether it is physical or emotional. This is a wonderful, well-written story that pulls at your heartstrings.” – Sandie, Fallen Angel Reviews
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The Christmas Edition, by Robin Lee Shope ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational, sweet

Lucy Collins has given up on Christmas since the painful break-up with her fiance. Things only get worse when a large newspaper is about to come to town and threatens the livelihood of their family run business, The Turtle Creek Newspaper. At the staff Christmas party, she makes a wish and what seems like the answer to her prayer walks in the front door to apply for the editor position, which they are hoping will bring new life to the paper….However, Joe has a secret of his own… More…

“I loved these characters—all of them. The family was devoted to God and to each other. The supporting characters just enhanced the storyline. Seldom am I so uncertain about the outcome that I’m tempted to read the ending…. I loved the book and recommend it to anyone.” – Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
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Christmas Angel, by Johanna Riley ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, sweet

Zacharius is an angel. Literally. His job is to protect and serve, not play Cupid. He bucks under his new assignment until he finds out that his charge is Katelyn Leary. Her brown eyes and winsome spirit urge him to ignore his reservations, and take her in his arms. But how can an immortal ever be with a human, and how can he find her a mate, when he wants to fill the position himself?

“Johanna Riley writes an excellent Christmas tale…. Many of us have felt someone watching over us in our darkest hours. This is a superb story of love beyond the ordinary and a heaven that is all we can dream it to be.” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio
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Feliz Nueva York, by Helen Pilz ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

Spend Christmas Eve alone or with the man she’s had a crush on for months? The choice is tougher than she thinks.
Recently relocated from New Mexico to New York City, Rose Moreno has been too busy (and too shy) to reveal her attraction to fellow office worker, Brian Garner. Brian invites Rose to share a taxicab after work on a snowy Christmas Eve. Icy streets and a taxi fender-bender strand Rose and Brian at his apartment. How can a reserved, small town girl ever hope to win the heart of a sophisticated, big city man? She’s going to need a Christmas miracle.

“Helen Pilz writes a tantalizing tale of two people who are much more alike than they realize…. This is a superb Christmas tale.” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio
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The Valentine Edition, by Robin Lee Shope ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational, sweet

The last place in the world Jodi Williams wanted to live was Turtle Creek, Wisconsin, but when her stepdad refused to put in a good word for her at the Chicago paper, she had no other choice than to accept the first job offer that came her way. Josh Thomas was Turtle Creek's veterinarian, but he also happened to be single and quite handsome. His life was pretty peaceful until a pretty, young stranger came to his clinic with a dog that had been hit by a car. More…

The Valentine Edition is a real treat, better than chocolates in a heart-shaped box - well, almost. I may be a bit biased because Wisconsin is my home state and because I love small town romance, but I truly enjoyed Shope’s bright, upbeat style of writing.” – Kara Lynn Russell, Novel Editions
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Wayback Texas: Payback in Wayback,
by Lynda Coker ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), sensual

After spending twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Corey Donovan is bent on getting a little payback. He’s headed for Wayback, Texas, the place where it all began. And who better to start with than the recently widowed Tiffany Covington. Tiffany Covington is both thrilled and afraid when she learns Corey Donovan has returned to Wayback. She’s ready to repay old debts, the question is...will Corey accept her currency of exchange?

“This was a quick, fun read and I will be looking for more books written by Mrs. Coker!” – Kim N., Fallen Angel Reviews
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Wayback Texas: Roped and Tied,
by Mallary Mitchell ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), sensual

Jericho Farrell left Wayback for a job he couldn’t refuse and never looked back. His one regret was leaving Eden Sawyer behind. All these years, he’s tried to forget her and failed….Things are looking up for Eden . It’s the best year Sawyer Farms has ever had at the Yellow Rose Rodeo Arena. The only burr under her saddle is calf roper, Jericho Farrell, who’s just come back to town. She’s never forgotten he deserted her, and she’s never told him about his son.

“The fire between Jericho and Eden is consuming!... This is the first book I have read by Mrs. Mitchell, but it will definitely not be the last!” – Kim N., Fallen Angel Reviews
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Wayback Texas: Wrong Side of Love,
by Sylvie Kaye ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), hot

Lili Marlene is hell-bent to get out of Wayback. To anyplace where sports, music, and culture don’t center around cows or rodeos. Two things stand in her way, the down payment on a new business and Luc Fremont, the mayor of Wayback. Luc has two birthday wishes. To stay aboard the meanest bull at the Wayback Rodeo for eight seconds and to make it with Lili. One of many generations of Wayback mayors, Luc loves the town, his homestead, and, to his exasperation, Lili. She won’t commit to stay and a mayor doesn’t live elsewhere.

“The relationship between Lili and Luc is ecstatic. Both are strong minded individuals and watching them work out their differences and come to a compromise is exciting! I will without doubt be looking for more books written by Mrs. Kaye!” – Kim N., Fallen Angel Reviews …full review
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