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Taken

Author: Nicole Austin

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Release Date: February 10, 2011

Purchase:   http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-taken-530200-144.html?referrer=romjunkies

It is only when our peaceful world is threatened that we find out what is important in our lives . . .

Danielle “Dani” Romano and her husband Mikael’s jobs have got in the way of having a happy marriage.  They once shared an electrifying sex life where they were eager to explore unchartered territory.  Now, with Mikael traveling the majority of the time and Danielle working long hours at a clinic, it is impossible to find time for each other.

One night when Dani was coming home late from the clinic, she finds that her home has been invaded.  To her shock, the intruder is still in her house.  She tries to defend her property, but the burglar is much stronger than her, and easily overpowers her.  In a matter of minutes, she finds herself bound, gagged and blindfolded.

She feels herself being lifted by the thief, and thrown into what she thinks is the back of a van.  Dani fears for her life, and wonders if she will ever see Mikael again. When the vehicle stops, Dani is carried to a place where she finds herself thrown on a bed.  The intruder quickly rids her of her clothes.  He then begins to allow his body to tease her senses. 

Dani is shocked that she finds herself enjoying what her kidnapper is doing to her body.  She questions whether this is reality, or a page from her deepest darkest fantasy.  What else will Dani encounter with her abduction? Will she be able to survive the ordeal and be able to go back to the safety of her life with Mikael?

Nicole Austin’s TAKEN should win the 2011 award for suspense of the year.  Her writing style is so realistic; you can feel every emotion the characters are experiencing.  TAKEN is a book that you will not be able to figure out until the last pages are reveals.  Then as you finish the last passage you will find yourself stunned at how it ended.  I highly recommend TAKEN to anyone who enjoys a high action, heart stopping, romance. 

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Emerald Dungeon

Author: Kathy Kulig

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Release Date: March 23, 2011

Purchase:  http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9227-emerald-dungeon.aspx

Dana never anticipated her summer job as a musician would introduce her to a lifestyle she never knew existed.  When she decided to explore the Irish castle she would be working in, lights drawn drew her deep down into the castle’s dungeon.  There she finds a BDSM scene playing out; from the expression on the woman’s face she is having the time of her life.  This encounter has Dana curious to find out if pain and pleasure can play a part in sexual ecstasy.

Jack hired Dana and upon seeing her he recognizes her for a true submissive.  He knows as an experienced Dom he has the skills that she needs to awaken her body to new heights.  Will Dana be brave enough to put her trust in Jack and allow him to bring her body to a level of true sexual fulfillment?

What Jack and Dana are not aware of is the castle walls are full of secrets.  Each one are is filled with evil substance that threaten their growing relationship.  Will they be able to avoid the danger that threatens them?

EMERALD DUNGEON is a gem of a romance.  It is the perfect way to spend a quiet Saturday afternoon.  I attribute myself to be an experienced BDSM book reviewer; I would have liked the author to have gone deeper into the BDSM lifestyle to give a more fulfilling experience in experiencing this book.  She did an adequate job in giving a good introduction to BDSM, but I felt this book had much more to offer.  

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What’s Your Type of Career: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type
Donna Dunning
Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Davies-Black / Intercultural Press
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1115A, Boston, MA 02116
9781857885538

Purchase:  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?ugrp=2&EAN=9781857885538

The average person spends the majority of their time at work. Often, a person finds that they are unhappy in their chosen career field. They find that getting up each morning is one of their hardest struggles; for they know that they will have to go to a place they find little satisfaction.

Salvation now comes in the form of Donna Dunning’s What’s Your Type of Career: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type. Dunning’s philosophy is based on the Jungian-based Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that features 16 different personality types. Through the easy to understand worksheets anyone can easily identify their personality type.

I was truly amazed at how accurate What’s Your Type of Career: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type. In the past, I was required to take a course that identified my Myers-Brigg personality type. By using this book, I found that it was very accurate in determining that I was an INTJ.

With the knowledge that I knew my personality type I found career choices that I never considered exploring. For anyone who feels trapped in their current job, I highly recommend What’s Your Type of Career: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type for it offers invaluable information that can help you find a career that you enjoy.

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The One Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want
Chantel Hobbs
WaterBrook Press
12265 Oracle Blvd. Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9780307458957

Purchase:  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?ugrp=2&EAN=9780307458957

Does the thought of starting another diet leave you feeling unmotivated? Then break out of that self destructive mind frame and take action to start living a healthy lifestyle.

Through Chantel Hobb’s The One Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want she reveals how she struggled with her own weight of 349 lbs and succeed in achieving her own weight loss goal.

I found that Chantel Hobb’s is not only a brilliant author; she has faced what everyone who reads her book is experiencing. I feel her own victory with her own weight loss will be the positive motivation that will keep people on track on succeeding in her weight loss plan.

Chantel’s diet plan is nothing complicated, in basically twenty four hours you will have all the knowledge you need to start working towards you goal of losing the weight you desire.

The One Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want is a complete diet and exercise program. It features a meal section, and also 31 easy to master exercises that you can do in your own home.

Why wait another day to get started on having the figure that you dream about? Chantel Hobb’s The One Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want can turn your diet dreams into an actual reality.

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Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life
Marina Sbrochi
Brown Books Publishing Group
16200 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 170, Dallas, Texas 75248
9781934812907

Purchase:  http://www.brownbooks.com/index.php

From an early age, girls dream of the day of when they will find their own Prince Charming who will sweep her away to his castle. With this dream that has been instilled in us at such an early stage, we grow up to believe that if our Prince doesn’t come then our perfect fairy tale world cannot be complete.

Through Marina Sbrochi’s Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life she shows how often a woman makes a mistake by rushing into a marriage with the wrong person. Often, the end result is a bitter divorce.

Through Sbrochi’s philosophy revolves around changing your goal of finding a husband to finding the love of your life. It is only when true love is discovered can a person find true happiness.

For years, I have been searching for my ideal mate with the wrong type of mindset. It was an eye opening experience to discover in order to find my soul mate that first I had to basically give up every notion I had been using to find a mate.

For any single woman I highly recommend that you add Marina Sbrochi’s Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life to your must have book of the year purchase. This book motivation, humor, and philosophy really made me stop and think of all the ways I was sabotaging my quest to find true love. I found it to be an invaluable resource that I know I will reread many times over.

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Catch Me If You Can

Author: Stacey Espino

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Release Date: January 14, 2011

Purchase:  http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-catchmeifyoucan-506532-146.html?referrer=romjunkies

Twenty-seven year old Christina Wolfe thought she was trapped in a dead end job as a bank teller.  She felt as though her life was going nowhere.  Then an unexpected gift came from her late grandmother, who provided her with an all expense paid for vacation to a luxury resort known as Golden Acres.

Christina jumped at the chance to escape her boring everyday life and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to let her hair down and enjoy herself.  As she left the bright lights of the city she became surrounded by a peaceful country setting.  She knew this trip was just what her soul craved.

What Christina never anticipated was that her spa vacation was not what she had thought it to be, instead of a luxury spa she found herself on a working ranch equipped with three sexy as sin cowboys, Jake, Noah and their friend James.  The trio sets the bar high for ultimate sex appeal.

The trio of cowboys is quick to let Christina know of their full intentions, to bring her body to a place she never knew existed.  Christina throws caution to the wind and finds herself caught up in a sultry ménage à trois that sets her body on fire.

All too soon Christina finds that her vacation is  about to come to an end.  Will she be willing to say goodbye to her cowboy lovers and return to her dull life?  Or will she find her world is not complete without her three sexy cowboys?

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is one electrifying book!  Stacey Espino is a master at writing a book that overflows with beautifully displayed ménage à trois scenes.  This is the first offering that I have found of this author, but it surely will not be my last for she knows how to provide the best reading experience for her fans. 

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Olivia and the Billionaire Cattle King

Author: Margaret Way

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: March 11, 2011

Purchase:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373129769?ie=UTF8&tag=romancejunk0b-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0373129769

For years, the Balfour Charity Ball has been the social highlight of the year.  It is known as one of societies most elite charitable events.  What should have been a memorable night, turned into one of scandal when Olivia Balfour and her twin sister Bella are caught in a confrontation.  They were found to be arguing over a family secret that is about to rock the Balfour world.  It seems they have stumbled upon the knowledge that their “sister” Zoe is not a true Balfour, for their mother had a scandalous affair.

Oscar Balfour is outraged at his daughters behavior.  He knows that he must take control of the situation or it will surely destroy the family name.  He banishes Olivia to go to go to Australia and work for billionaire cattleman Clint McAlpine.

Olivia has always been a natural leader.  She has served as the hostess at many Balfour parties.  She refuses to see her father’s banishment as anything but a challenge as she refuses to allow her father to get any satisfaction out of the situation.

Clint McAlpine is just as determined as Olivia to see that she learns her lesson.  He refuses to allow her to use her pampered upbringing to  gain an ounce of symphony from him. 

The close daily contact of Olivia and Clint gains a respect neither one of them anticipated.  They find that they are both strong-willed and determined to not let the other one know how deeply they are affected by the others presence.  Will they put aside their stubbornness and allow the growing feelings they are experiencing to be revealed?

OLIVIA AND THE BILLIONAIRE CATTLE KING is another exciting adventure in the The Balfour Legacy.  This is definitely a series you will not want to miss out on any of the titles, for you gain so much insight on how the Balfour family dealt with a shocking family secret.  Olivia and Clint are two perfectly matched characters; each one refusing to give an inch to the other.  How the two of them eventually find love is refreshing.  I highly recommend the Balfour Legacy to any romance fan who appreciates a series that you can’t wait for the next book to be published.

Note: 

Other titles in The Balfour Legacy include:

  • MIA AND THE POWERFUL GREEK-Michelle Reid
  • KAT AND THE DARE-DEVIL SPANIARD-Sharon Kendrick
  • EMILY AND THE NOTORIOUS PRINCE-India Grey
  • SOPHIE AND THE SCORCHING SICILIAN-Kim Lawrence
  • ZOE AND THE TORMENTED TYCOON-Kate Hewitt
  • ANNIE AND THE RED-HOT ITALIAN-Carole Mortimer
  • BELLA AND THE MERCILESS SHEIKH-Sarah Morgan

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