Friday, December 23, 2011
Part of the Skin Deep series.
Bridget Reilly has lived her entire life using dark glasses to hide her deformed eyelids. But she also hides her real self, working a dead-end job and locking herself away from any social life. In secret she lusts for her next-door neighbor, Navy SEAL Clay Randall, a lust unexpectedly fed during an electrical blackout.
When a masked ball provides the opportunity for her to have an entire night of glorious, unrestrained, erotic sex with Clay, how can she ignore it? The night more than exceeds all her expectations and now she wants to find a way to have a real relationship with him, without the mask. She applies to the Durban Trust, a fund set up by a former movie star to provide plastic surgery, and the surgery is successful. But what she hadn’t counted on was Clay’s reaction when she revealed all to him—and the wedge it would drive between them.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Title: Bull at the Gate
Author: Tricia Jones
Rating: Three And A Half Siren Stones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Keywords: Champagne Rose, Sensual
Page Count: 250
ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-975-X
ISBN for Print: 978-1601549754
Publisher: The Wild Rose PressReviewer: Nikki
Alexander “Bull” McKinley’s reputation as a hard-nosed businessman is tested when an old Fairy Gate and local superstition stand in the way of a lucrative development contract. Alex has his hands full trying to convince the villagers to play ball, without the unexpected—and definitely unwanted—attraction to the feisty redhead leading the revolt.
Dee Ashman detests those who put profit before people, and she’s damned if an arrogant, insensitive and, okay, wildly attractive capitalist is going to destroy the symbolic heart of the village and break her beloved grandmother’s heart.
But they cannot deny the desire that burns between them nor the unleashed passion neither can resist.
Dee is a woman who is standing up for what she believes in. Currently, that is trying to get developers to leave a legendary Fairy Gate where it is. The gate is important to the people in her village, including her grandmother.
Alexander is the one trying to convince the villagers. They're not budging. They want to leave the Fairy Gate. I'm not fond of Alex for most of the book. He's one of those money hungry people that doesn't care about what others feel about landmarks. He just acts businesslike.
Dee's best friend is pushing her towards dating Alex. I don't find that very realistic, because why would a friend push her towards a man who is going against what she believes? I don't understand that thinking at all.
Other than that, the story is enjoyable. The tension is definitely there, as the pair stands on opposing sides of thinking. How are they going to resolve the biggest issue that could keep them apart? Bull at the Gate is a good contemporary story. If you enjoy contemporaries with plenty of conflict and tension, then don't miss out on Bull at the Gate.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Title: The Renfield Syndrome
Author: J.A. Saare
Rating: Five Siren Stones
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Keywords: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Rhiannon’s Law Series
Page Count: 201
ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60659-265-6
ISBN for Print: 978-1-60659-266-3
Publisher: Mundania Press, LLCReviewer: Rhonda J Callum-King
Book 2 of the Rhiannon's Law series
Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.
Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she's about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct
humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco,the better.
Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things, including those most trusted around her. When she's faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she'll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.
After all, when it's all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.
In Dead, Undead and Somewhere in Between, we are basically left hanging. Wondering... oh no what will happen next, The Renfield Syndrome picks up exactly where Dead, Undead leaves off. The Renfield Syndrome continues as smoothly as if it was just the next chapter. It does, however, also leave you hanging, waiting for the next book, because again there are so many changes that we need to know...what will happen next.
In the first instalment Rhiannon learns to trust and love. She finally lets her hair down and tries on a relationship. Throughout Dead, Undead though, I suspected there was someone on the side, watching this relationship develop and wishing it were him instead. The Renfield Syndrome moves from the development of Rhiannon, to the education of Rhiannon. Now she has been thrown 101 years into the future by flippantly accepting a deal with a demon. In the future, everything she just earned is gone. People are blood slaves. The world is a wasteland. Demons are masquerading as vampires, driving the destruction.
Rhiannon must find Disco and deliver a message in order to complete the Demon's deal. But before she can do that, she'll have to escape the compound of a lovesick werewolf and his crazy werewolf stalkerette. Carter, the werewolves' leader, had Rhiannon scooped up by his team, the instant she stepped out of the past. He intends to keep her for himself, for her own good of course, he explains. Once that issue is dealt with, Rhiannon discovers that Disco is dead. He has been for 101 years. Deals with demons never work out like you think. In this world, demons are in charge and they are interested in Rhiannon.
Paine, steps forward and claims Rhiannon before the demon in charge can have her way. It seems that on Disco's passing Rhiannon's mark passed to Paine. He is more than happy with that arrangement and has been waiting 101 years for her. Over time, Goose and Paine had figured out what happened to Rhiannon, but they did not know when she'd reappear. Paine has been waiting a long time to touch someone, and Rhiannon is the only person that fits the bill.So, in this instalment, let's call it educating Rhiannon, Rhiannon learns there are consequences to brash acts. Love has many forms, even if some of them start as heartrending empathy. And finally, you can't go home again, even when you can. To do that, she lost the love she found with Disco, as he no longer trusts her and she has a small piece of future Paine in her heart. Rhiannon has not learned enough though, to know that you probably shouldn't make deals with fallen angels either. To return home, save Disco and save the human race, Rhiannon enters into a deal with a fallen angel to free her in one years’ time. Has she forgotten, aren't fallen angels... devils? What could possibly go wrong with this arrangement? We'll have to wait for book three to see. The Renfield Syndrome is an excellent weekend read.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Title: Veiled Mirror
Author: Frankie Robertson
Rating: Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Keywords: Crimson Rose, Spicy
Page Count: 282
ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-945-8
ISBN for Print: 978-1601549457
Publisher: The Wild Rose PressReviewer: Nikki
Beth Hart is alive and well and hunting for her killer.
When her brother-in-law Chris and her twin sister Ellie die in suspicious accidents, Beth impulsively switches identities with Ellie to lure the murderer into revealing himself. Beth can’t rest until she finds the killer, and neither can the real Ellie who haunts Beth's dreams, sometimes providing clues.
FBI fraud investigator Jason Blackforth fell hard for Beth at Chris and Ellie's wedding, but he left her as quickly as he found her—undercover work and relationships don’t mix. Now, grieving and believing Beth is dead, Jason is appalled to find himself fantasizing about the widow of his best friend. He wants to help “Ellie” through this difficult time, but she reminds him so much of Beth. Something just doesn’t add up.
Can he discover what secrets the widow is hiding and find the killer before they both end up dead?
On impulse, Beth makes a decision that she hopes will lead her to finding a killer....
From the get-go, Veiled Mirror grabbed my attention. With plenty of suspense, and a small touch of paranormal, this is one of the best romantic suspense books I've read in a long time. There's deceit, murder, lies...I was left guessing the whole way through. I worried for Beth, cried for her family that died, and was at the edge of my seat, hanging on to every word because I never knew what to expect next.
Frankie Robertson is a new-to-me author, and from my journey with this book, I will be keeping an eye out for more. The characters are so well created, the tension is high and it never wavers. I stayed up late into the night-hours to finish this book. I read it in one sitting, not wanting to miss a thing, yet I didn’t want it to end either.
Kudos to you, Frankie Robertson. You've created an amazing suspenseful story. Readers, if you're a romantic suspense fan, add this book to your list right away.
Title: Bahama Breeze
Author: Eddie Jones
Rating: Four Siren Stones
Page Count: 272
ISBN E-Book: 978-1-61116-124-3
Publisher: Harbourlight BooksReviewer: Nikki
Blurb/Summary:ANNA FORTUNE is a government intelligence analyst who longs for tropical sunsets, early morning beach walks, and a man bold enough to steal her heart. SONNY CAY is a large, lumbering toilet paper salesman with a terminal disease, unpaid medical bills and the haunting memory of a girl he lost years ago. She knows the location of terrorist cells, corrupt politicians and that no man can be trusted to keep his word, wedding date or promise to love forever. He knows life is for the taking, love for the making and both end all too soon. So when Anna is ordered to protect a presidential candidate polling in the single digits on a fund-raising junket in the Bahamas, both get a second chance at true love. He came because he loved her, because all those years ago, she’d stirred him the way no woman ever had. She was his Mt. Everest, the pinnacle of his small world. His head told him to run; his heart made him stay. Now only the gale force winds of a “Bahama Breeze” can cool the white-hot embers of old flames erupting.
Bahama Breeze is a sweet and funny romance that will leave the reader with a smile on their face after the story is over. A refreshing story, it's fairly light and very comical. I enjoyed the turn of events in the book. Anna and Sonny are unique characters that were well thought out and they shined brightly through the pages.
I enjoyed this story, with all its quirky, amusing moments that happened throughout the plot. Anna works for the government, but she is quite forgetful in some aspects, like using a security code when she makes phone calls. It’s simple things such as those that make Anna a well rounded, believable character that readers can relate to on various aspects. Sonny has his moments, too, and the path to the pairs HEA is quite humorous.
Readers, if you enjoy a sweet romance guaranteed to make you laugh, don't miss Bahama Breeze.
Title: Blade of the Wolf
Author: Nicole North
Rating: Four Siren Stones
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Keywords: Shape-Shifter, Werewolf, Immortal, Clairvoyant, Incubus
Length: Super Plus-Size Novel
ISBN E-Book: 978-1419935138
Publisher: Ellora’s CaveReviewer: Nikki
Ronan, immortal werewolf and Scottish Sgian Dubh Guardian, faces his most challenging, yet enticing, mission in centuries. He must protect sexy clairvoyant medium Syrena Ellis from an evil incubus intent on stealing her powerful life force. She awakens a raging arousal in Ronan, but if he gives in to temptation, he will be punished.
Dark and edgy, Ronan captivates Syrena. He is hot, hard and in control, yet his scorching glances and sinful kisses tell her he yearns for her. Even though she’s only a job, she finds a way past his iron-willed resistance. She’s determined to explore the depths of erotic passion with him. They’re unaware that their explosive sexual encounters are providing the enemy incubus with heightened energy, making him almost impossible to defeat.
Syrena’s forbidden desire and scorching lust for Ronan could destroy them both.
A sexy hero, a strong heroine, and a paranormal twist. All wrapped up in a great book, Blade of the Wolf. The characters are captivating, the plot is full of surprises, and the pace only goes up from the beginning to end. It has its own unique appeal in the paranormal market, and readers who love reading about psychics, shape-shifters, and many things of the paranormal, this book may appeal to you.
Syrena must learn to embrace her powers. She knows she's different, but doesn't fully understand how to embrace them. Ronan, her protector, shows her a whole new world. But there's a reason Ronan is there, to keep her safe from harm, and it's hard to remember that when he's very attracted to Syrena.
This book kept me interested the entire time. This author, Nicole North, creates a captivating story with strong leading characters. If I saw another book with this writer's name on it, I would most definitely check it out.
If you love the paranormal genre and are looking for a great voice, pick up a copy of Blade of the Wolf.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
As of November 9th 2011, Siren Book Reviews have started to post One and Two Siren Stone reviews. You can read more about the new rating system on our rating page at the top of the blog.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Author: Jeanne Bannon
Sub-Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Solstice Publishing