Thursday, May 14, 2009

Latest Five Star Romance Novel Reviews

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

Click title to find the book, or stars to read the review. For a description of ratings, please click here.

Best Book
Cast a Pale Shadow, by Barbara Scott ☆☆☆☆☆
Suspense, spicy

A woman in need of rescuing.A man with a tortured past.The shadow who haunts them both….Rescued as she flees her abusive family by the mysterious Nicholas Brewer, Trissa Kirk is charmed by his kindness. But Nicholas has a dark past to hide and a fierce determination to retain full grasp of his present. Always the shadow of his other self, Cole threatens to overtake him. It is Cole who guards his most dreaded memories and Cole who has stolen great swatches of his time when Nicholas ceases to exist.

“Let me start by saying WOW!! In Cast a Pale Shadow, Barbara Scott gives us a magnificent psychological drama. It’s a hauntingly beautiful love story starring two tortured souls ravaged by cruelty and abuse. A love story so pure it pulls our hero and heroine from the brink of madness and toward a journey to salvation….Barbara Scott hits a huge homerun with her exceptional novel Cast a Pale Shadow.” – Larkspur, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Bella Signorina, by Denysé Bridger ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

In one of Rome’s trendiest caffè’s, Bianca comes to dance, and escape the loneliness that haunts her world. For many weeks she's been watching a special man, a handsome, charming stranger who dances, flirts, and leaves alone. Bianca is not anxious to fall in love, and yet…. Something about the enigmatic Stefano has captivated her heart, and she is drawn to him in spite of herself. When she finally gathers her courage to ask him to dance, little does she know her entire world is about to change.

“Denyse Bridger pens a type of classic love story. Bianca and Stefano are drawn to one another but it takes courage to do more than just look and dream….Ms. Bridger does a fantastic job conveying the reality of love between two passionate but thoughtful people.” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio …full review
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Bonbons and Truffles, by Teri Wilson ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

Lonely, single girl Melody Sweet has a way with chocolate, making delectable concoctions so others may show their affection. But she has no special man in her life, no one to share her love of sweet treats. Her world turns upside-down on Valentine’s Day when she simultaneously acquires a precious English Cocker Spaniel puppy and a secret admirer. Will Melody and her puppy, Bonbon, solve the mystery of who is leaving flowers and dog biscuits on her doorstep?

“Teri Wilson blends together some of our favorite things for this fun story. Chocolate, puppies, flowers, and a little bit of mystery. What could be better? Whoever Melody's shy admirer is, he sure paves the way with just the kind of gifts that could win a spot in my heart!” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio …full review
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First Step, by Giulietta Jones ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

The Australian outback produces its share of characters. Known for his kind heart and bad habits, old-timer Ray is no exception. So when Ray decides to play matchmaker for his bachelor friend Jack, trouble won’t be far behind. Crafty old Ray isn’t satisfied simply thrusting Jack into the arms of Natalie, the district’s pretty new agricultural officer. Oh, no. He’s got a more devious scheme in mind for these two young people, and he’s not afraid to stretch the truth sideways to get them there. Natalie and Jack are in danger. From an old rogue on a mission.

“Giulietta Jones tells this tale in a way that will have the reader smiling throughout….Ms. Jones does a fantastic job drawing this out in a way only the best storytellers can.” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio B …full review
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Reviewer Top Pick
The Ghost Downstairs, by Molly Ringle ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, sensual

After making a fatal mistake on the job, Lina Zuendel seeks shelter in a Seattle assisted-living facility as their live-in nurse. But peace is not what she finds. She soon hears tales of ghosts haunting the house, and of two tragic deaths that took place in the 1930s. Unexplained events send her to ask questions of the handsome resident houseboy. Ren Schultz, a seemingly young live-in houseboy, tries to avoid his growing attraction to the new nurse. His secrets are too dangerous to share, no matter how lonely he has become. More…

“Ms. Ringle did a remarkable job in telling this story. I was immediately drawn into the storyline and I found myself losing track of time while I was reading it….I am new to Ms. Ringle and her work, but I assure you, she definitely has a new fan now!” – Diana Coyle, Night Owl Romance …full review
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Reviewer Top Pick
High Lonesome, by Stacey Coverstone ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), sweet

Scott Landry, steadfast owner of the High Lonesome Guest Ranch in Ghost Rock, New Mexico, happens across a dark-haired beauty assaulted and left for dead in the high desert. She’s suffering from amnesia—remembering nothing about the attack, where she’s from, or even her name. From the moment Scott lays eyes on “Beth,” he knows everything in his life is about to change. More…

“I was completely engrossed and swept away by this story and I know you’ll agree with me once you read it. Well done, Ms. Coverstone!” – Diana Coyle, Night Owl Romance …full review
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Reviewer Top Pick
Love Me, Love My Sweetcheeks,
by Carrie Destler ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sensual

Josh Sommers just wants to mind his own business, but when the mailman keeps getting Josh's mail mixed up with that of Ali Summers, his sinfully tempting neighbor from across the hall, he has to put up with suggestive come-ons from Sweetcheeks the parrot. Not that he wouldn't mind putting some of Sweetcheeks' suggestions to use with Ali, but is he willing to risk his heart? More…

“Ms. Destler did a wonderful job entertaining me with this fun, fresh and sexy story. I loved the storyline and I laughed out loud with all of Sweetcheeks’ comments to Josh. The author did a fantastic job sprinkling her humor throughout this hot, short story of hers.” – Diana Coyle, Night Owl Romance …full review
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The Lupine Connection, by Rae Monet ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, spicy

Former Marine Corps Sniper Brock Manyon’s dreams drive him toward his future mate, Sworn Lupine Enforcer Treva Reed. Treva must convince Brock to turn his life and Changeling training over to her or face grave consequences. More…

“I thoroughly enjoyed The Lupine Connection…. Ms. Monet did a wonderful job in bringing each character to life, and the inner struggles that a a new Changeling must go through...confusion, disbelief, such a way as to make Brock Manyon into a truly believable and desirable hero.” – Jade Ryan, WRDF Reviews …full review
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The Making of a Country Doctor,
by Patrice Moore ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sensual

It’s hard to attract doctors — and women — to rural areas. Physician Ben Taylor, temporarily confined to a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident, desperately needs help running his medical clinic in remote Jasper, Idaho. But he never expected his new Resident Doctor, Julia Chambers, to be an exotic beauty. Julia is traumatized after losing a maternity patient during her emergency room rotation in Portland, Oregon, her trauma compounded by the desertion of her fiancé. She is seeking a place to hide and recover from her ordeal. She has no interest in developing a relationship with Ben. More…

“…The Making of a Country Doctor is a very good book.The characters grew and matured, and the plot was well paced and satisfying. Good job Ms. Moore!” – Jade Ryan, WRDF Reviews …full review
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The Spell of the Killing Moon,
by Skhye Moncrief ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, hot

Druid Elspeth is a were-assassin sent to Cumberland to kill a renegade time guardian. She never expected to find him her soul mate. All she knows is she must stop Aidan Gordon from changing history. The sexy powerful knight proves too tempting to refuse. If his noble actions convince her he was wrongly accused, she will be forced to haunt the Frenzied Wood under THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON.

“Moncrief’s ability to weld magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you…."The Spell of the Killing Moon" is a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller.” – Snapdragon, Long and Short Reviews …full review
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Taps to the Soul, by Kimberlee Mendoza ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational, sweet

While in Iraq, Specialist Elena “Star” Mellor’s caravan is attacked and terrorists capture her. Frightened, she finds comfort in the dark cell from another prisoner named Wesley. Eventually she is rescued, but he is presumed dead. She returns to the US saddened by her loss and unwilling to let her guard down. Sergeant Wesley Denton can’t stand new girl, Specialist Mellor. He finds her vain and disruptive. He has one mission—to find the woman he lost in Iraq. More…

Taps to the Soul is a heartwarming story of love and loss, of how blind we all can be to what’s right in front of us….It was a wonderful read! I look forward to checking out her other stories.” – D.B. Snow, Novel Editions …full review
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The Tarot Card, by jj Keller ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, spicy

Kerry McClure must secure her future as head of her father's corporation. She simply needs to sign a contract with Rune Technologies to ward off a hostile takeover. When Kerry's mistaken for a gypsy fortuneteller, she plays along, but could one night of fun jeopardize her CEO confirmation? More…

“The book doesn’t rely only on spice for its power- there is a complex plot and a really good sort-of-twist at the end. It left me with a smile on my face and a real sense of satisfaction. I’d say this is definitely a story I’d like to share with my friends –well worth a read. Enjoy!” -- Vasiliki Scurfield, WRDF Reviews …full review
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The Truth about Daydreams,
by Donna Michaels ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

I, Lexi Harper, college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Network Cyber Security, used to have a sound mind, until I returned to my hometown of Fodders Creek and attended the Malloy’s cookout. Eagerly looking forward to seeing the man of my constant daydreams, Brad Malloy, I hadn’t counted on his younger brother, Sammy, my childhood partner-in-crime, to have transformed into a super hero hunk capable of attracting my signal. More…

“Donna Michaels crafts a story that may be as familiar as real life to many of us….The book will leave you with a smile on your face.” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio …full review
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