Thursday, July 9, 2009

Latest 5 Star Romance Novel Reviews:
Special Edition

I'm away from my desk--however, for the next two weeks I've prepared a special treat! I've gone through all my files for the last year and gathered a list of the best of the best from the Wild Rose Press. Each novel has received three (or more!) 5 star reviews from official review sites. Twelve books will be posted this week, and twelve next week.

I'm sure among these books, you'll find a great romance novel to read!

Between the Lines, by Kathy Otten ☆☆☆☆☆
Historical (Western), spicy

Anxious to escape the confines of her loving, but overprotective family, Meg Greyson travels to Wyoming Territory to marry the man of her dreams. Only she discovers Brendan Kelly is nothing like the gentleman rancher who penned her beautiful letters. More…

"Brendan is the perfect tortured hero. I wasn’t sure if I should cry over the injustice of his past or swoon over his quiet strength." -- Bella, Fallen Angel Reviews ...full review

“This marvelous book is one which requires reading the very last word before all questions are answered. I loved it and highly recommend it.” -- Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio …full review

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Blood Wine and Pale Roses,
by Denysé Bridger ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, spicy

Eden Colbourne has spent most of her life pursuing dreams that never quite came true. Running from yet another failed relationship, she seeks solace in the familiar surroundings of England's countryside, and her art. Drawn to the remnants of the abbey, she spends her days sketching the face of a man she believes is a ghost haunting both the abbey and her heart. The reality is even more disturbing... More…

“For being a short read may I just say WOW! The amount of passion and description in this story rocked my world.” – Kersyn, Bitten by Books …full review

““Blood Wine and Pale Roses” kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page.” – Amaranth, Long and Short Reviews …full review

Blood Wine and Pale Roses is an excellent book for both paranormal fans and those looking for something new and different to read.” – Melissa C., Fallen Angel 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.” – Laura, You Gotta Read Reviews …full review

“This is such a heart warming book!….This is a must read for dreamers and to those who never stop looking for true love.” – Amylove, WRDF Reviews
…full review

“Ms. McBride has outdone herself yet again. I absolutely adored this story!” – Diana Coyle, Night Owl Reviews
…full review
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The Commander’s Desire, by Jennette Green ☆☆☆☆☆
Historical, sensual

Princess Elwytha wants revenge on the monster who murdered her brother. In a false exchange for peace, she offers herself in marriage to the enemy Prince. The plan? Kill the Prince’s battle-scarred Commander—the man who ended King Thor’s life with one filthy sword thrust through the back. To her horror, the Commander agrees to take Elwytha as his bride… More…

Top Pick
“Ms. Green’s portrayal of the Commander was refreshing. He was kind and caring without being wimpy, and it takes a talented author to bring that out in a character without losing the effect of being a strong alpha warrior while keeping the reader's interest at the same time....THE COMMANDER'S DESIRE is definitely a keeper.” – Sheila Smith, Romance Reader at Heart …full review

“A very nice play on my favorite Beauty And The Beast theme, THE COMMANDER'S DESIRE pairs a beautiful warrior-princess with an ugly giant who is a gentle dear underneath all that muscle. It is a touching and wonderful tale.” – Stephie, Cupid’s Library Reviews …full review

“The Commander’s Desire is a historical novel that reaches you deep down to your soul….Simply stated, I loved this book. No matter what genre you read or what heat level you enjoy, you will be enthralled with The Commander’s Desire.” – Cindy K. Green, WRDF Reviews …full review
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Courting Trouble, by Renee Knowles ☆☆☆☆☆
Historical, spicy

Lord Anthony Darby is determined to marry a wife with an exemplary reputation. Then he sees his childhood companion, gorgeous, scandalous, Lily Kennyon again. And all he wants is her in his bed. He decides to avoid her. Until her father makes him an irresistible offer... More…

"Courting Trouble simmers with emotion." -- Kimber, Fallen Angel Reviews ...full review

"Sedate Anthony and Fiery Lily light up the pages with their witty repartee and steamy courtship....Full marks for COURTING TROUBLE, as they court each other Anthony and Lily will win your hear too!!!" -- Raakhee Suryaprakash, WRDF Reviews ...full review

"Renee Knowles did an amazing job with this book. A simple story line, full of passion and emotions, I was drawn in immediately." -- Amaranth, Long and Short Reviews ...full review
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Do You Hear What I Hear?, by Teri Wilson ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, sweet

As a child, Simone Littleton adores the European folktale that animals are given the gift of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve. She makes a wish to talk to animals "forever and ever" and, when her pet Dalmatian asks her for a biscuit, she discovers her wish has been granted. Now Simone is all grown up and she uses her unique gift to rehabilitate unwanted horses. When racehorse trainer Chet Wallace rolls into San Antonio, with chocolate eyes and dimples blazing beneath his black Stetson, romantic sparks fly. More…

“This is a fantastic, emotionally stimulating, Christmas romance story that will leave you believing in the magic of Christmas and love!” – Stephanie B., Fallen Angel Reviews

“I was totally charmed by this book from the first page. Teri Wilson creates a wonderful slate of characters, human, canine and equine, that grab your heart and won’t let go.” – Crystal, CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

“I loved how the author came up with the creative storyline of Simone being able to communicate with animals and I was truly heartbroken with how she was treated by most people because of her special gift.” – Diana Coyle, Night Owl Romance ...full review
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Dragonstone, by Michelle Young ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, spicy

Lady Katerina is the independent, headstrong heir to the Latharian throne, the one to fulfill the prophecy and defeat Black magic. When betrayal and a violent Awakening transforms her own magical Dragonstone Black, she vanquishes it, rendering her virtually powerless. Now, after a three year sojourn, she returns to claim her crown and discovers sinister forces are working against her. Though able to handle a weapon as well as any man, Katerina reluctantly agrees to a personal guard. Amongst the candidates, one man emerges, the handsome but infuriating knight, Sir Logan Shepherd. More…

Dragonstone sparked my imagination in the first few moments and kept me reading through the night…. Fabulous!” – Jaded, Bitten by Books …full review

“This is one fine story of magic, of fantasy, love, and belief….
Dragonstone is definitely a recommended read, a guaranteed satisfaction and a fantastic book.” – Amy Love, WRDF Reviews …full review

“Michele Young takes the reader into a land of dragons, elves, trolls, and giants. The characters are so lively that you can’t help but become connected with them.” – Lynn, …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 façade. Can he convince her that the only gift he wants for Christmas is her heart?

“I sure “found joy” in this book and heartily recommend not only FINDING JOY but also the entire Orchard Hill series.” -- Raakhee Suryaprakash, WRDF Reviews …full review

“[Kara Lynn Russell’s] style is upbeat, sometimes comical, and always romantic.” -- Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
…full review

“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.” – Orchid, Long and Short Reviews
…full review
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First Sight to Last, by Sharon Horton ☆☆☆☆☆
Suspense, sensual

Confident and self-reliant, Special Agent, Singer McLaine believes earning the elite Point Four status will be as routine as all her other assignments have been.… It's because of her abilities, that when two police detectives are missing in action, Singer's skills are called upon. Proficient in her craft Singer finds the detectives, and in one of them, Evan Wolcott, thinks she's found a kindred spirit. She thought wrong. More...

"FIRST SIGHT TO LAST is a must read romantic suspense by Sharon Horton that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end." -- Becky Gaede, Dark Angel Reviews ...full review

"With a great plot, sensational secondary characters, and intrigue that bites, this is one story that I found excellent." -- Linda L., Fallen Angel Reviews ...full review

“Sharon Horton has done a superb job crafting this story.” – Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio …full review
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Forever from Paris, by Nicola Beaumont ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational (Contemporary), sweet

The Desire of her heart... Finally, a man who doesn't think Marie is a bumbling fool for not being able to articulate her thoughts. Kind, thoughtful, attentive...handsome: He's definitely the answer to her prayer for a devoted husband. A promise of forever... Observant, funny, shy...gorgeous: Martin is tempted by the thought of a lifetime with Marie, but he must put aside his desire, for his heart is not free to love another woman. More…

“This short story by Nicola Beaumont is totally unique and beyond cataloging into a normal romance subgenre.” – Kara Lynn Russell, Novel Editions …full review

Forever from Paris is a forever love story and one that brought tears to my eyes." -- Rose, Long and Short Reviews ...full review

"Nicola Beaumont has deftly written a beautiful, bittersweet story of true love....This inspirational story is a pleasure to read." -- Jaye Dee, Fallen Angel Reviews
...full review
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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.

“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

“I truly enjoyed this book. It was not at all what I was expecting and was not all smooth sailing. However, the poignant storyline endeared it to me and I won’t soon forget it.” -- Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
…full review

"I really enjoyed this book....For those who wonder, this is a sweet romance that has no graphic love scenes, but which is full of heart-warming love." -- Jean, Fallen Angel 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….I highly recommend this book.” – Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio …full review

“Linda Swift did an amazing job with
Let Nothing You Dismay….I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a sweet romantic story.” – Violet, Long and Short Reviews …full review

“Beautifully written, there is warmth exuding from this book that makes you feel happy: it is a winner; a book to keep and read over and over again.” – Andrea, WRDF Reviews
…full review
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