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belovedlgBeloved Enemy

Mary Schaller

Harlequin

Historical Romance

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Two years ago, Julia Chandler received word that the love of her life had been killed in a battle at Manassas.  Heartbroken, she found comfort in the pages of her beloved books.  She dreamed of the day the war would be over and she would be able to live out her dream of becoming a school teacher.

At Gettysburg, Major Robert “Rob” Montgomery received an injury that resulted in the loss of the use in his right hand. Returning home, his fiancée quickly broke off their engagement due to her inability to accept his disability.

Julia’s mother is convinced that Julia is close to becoming a spinster.  To save her daughter from that fate, she arranges for her to marry her cousin Payton.  Julia has always detested Payton; she knows she must act quickly to stop the unwanted marriage.

When Julia’s sister Carolyn “finds” an invitation to a local Union new year’s masquerade party, she decides this could be the solution she needs to get out of the unwanted marriage.  At the ball, she meets Robert Montgomery; although she is loyal to the confederacy she can’t help but be intrigued by the handsome Yankee.

Rob is enchanted by Julia’s beauty and innocence.  He questions why when they suddenly find themselves alone that she requests that he “ruin” her.  Being a gentleman, Robert has to resist Julia’s request for he knows that she would live to regret it as of tomorrow.

When the two of them part from the ball Robert knows that he must see more of Julia.  Can two young lovers from different sides of the war find a love when their country is so torn apart?

BELOVED ENEMY is an outstanding historical romance!  I applauded Mary Schaller for writing her story with such historic accuracy in researching this book.  Readers will not be able to resist Rob and Julia’s love story.  Historical romances are like fine wine, once savored you can’t resist revisiting them again.

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airbornelgLoving an Airborne Ranger

Susan Leigh Carlton

Amazon Digital Publishing, Incl

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Lisa Turner’s life is turned upside down when she receives word that her Army pilot husband Matt’s helicopter had been shot down and that he was killed in Afghanistan.  Now she finds she must be strong for her young son Kyle. 

Lisa finds she has many decisions she must make.  One of the major ones is where she will move.  Living with Matt on base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky is not a long term option.  She considers all her possibilities, but none of them appeal to her as much as staying in their loving home.

Chuck Carson is a United States Airborne Ranger, and he is Lisa’s divorced next door neighbor.  His heart goes out to Lisa and her young son.  Lisa is determined to not get involved with another man in the service.  Will she stand by her vow when she finds it harder to resist Chuck’s charm?

LOVING AN AIRBORNE RANGER has all the potential to be an award winning book.  Unfortunately, as a reviewer I found myself searching for elements that were not present.  I was confused at to why Lisa made the decision to live on base when she knew eventually she would have to move.  I felt she went on her day to day life activities instead of making decisions for her future.  Chuck was a hero that didn’t really offer any background except his military rank.  Without any background substance, it was hard for me to identify with him.  Overall, this is a quick military read, which presents a sense of loss and the ability to have a second chance at love.

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protectinglg_1Protecting Jennie

Ann Collins

Harlequin

Historical Romance

 


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Jennie Andrews flees from her high society lifestyle in Boston due to an unwanted prearranged marriage.  She accepts a position as a Harvey girl and travels to her position in Arizona.  She travels out west by train and tries to keep herself from being noticed.

Cole Bryant was once a detective, when he spies Jennie Andrews he knows there is something she is hiding simply by her actions.  He knows a woman with Jennie’s beauty will have a hard time arriving to her final destination without encountering trouble.

When the train is held up by bandits, Cole knows he must help protect his brother Matt, who is the Expressman, who is guarding a load of valuables.  When Cole finds Matt’s car and he sees that it is about to be blown up by dynamite, he quickly grabs the two sticks and attempts to throw it far away from the car.  Unfortunately, the dynamite fuse runs out and it explodes in Cole’s hand.

Cole manages to survive the explosion, but suffers the loss of his right hand.  Jennie has a background in nursing and knows she is Cole’s best hope of surviving the ordeal.  She tends to his arm and manages to seal the wound.

When Cole awakes he finds Jennie by his side, when he realizes the extent of his injuries he questions if his fiancee will still want to marry him in his injured condition.  Jeannie refuses to allow Cole to wallow in self-pity.  She bullies him to accept what has happened to him and go on living his life without allowing his disability to slow him down.

Unbeknownst to Cole and Jennie, there is a person who is intent on seeing Cole suffer.  He will not stop at nothing to ensure that his sinister plan is carried out.  Will Cole and Jennie’s love be strong enough to survive the danger that surrounds them?

PROTECTING JENNIE is an outstanding historical romance!  I was so impressed with Ann Collins writing style.  The element of mystery and suspense combined with a beloved romance makes for one award winning novel.  The secondary characters of Rae and Matt demand their own book. I look forward to reading more of this highly addictive author’s intense writing style.

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lonerlgThe Loner

Lindsay McKenna

Harlequin HQN

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Dakota Carson’s life had once revolved around his military career as a Navy Seal.  The experience has left him scarred mentally and physically.  When he is injured in the line of duty, he receives a medical discharge.  He wants nothing more to do with society and barricades himself in a lone secluded cabin.

One morning as he is walking alone in the Teton Mountains he notices the unusual quietness of the forest.  His survivor instincts go on alert but he sees a bear, who manages to attack him.  Dakota struggles with the creature and manages to kill it before he becomes its victim.  When he sees the amount of blood pumping from his body he knows he must seek medical care.

Sheriff Shelby Kincaid sees a vehicle pull into the medical center.  When the passenger opens the door and falls out, she runs to assist the injured driver.  She identifies the wounded man as Dakota Carson.  She knows from surveying his injuries that she must get him inside the hospital.

When Dakota awakens he learns that his life was saved by the Sheriff.  He refuses to stay any longer than he has to in a hospital.  Against the advice of the medical staff, he checks himself out and goes back to his home in the woods.

In Dakota’s eyes Shelby sees a man in need of rescuing from himself.  Will she be the woman who is able to bring him out of his misery?

Lindsay McKenna is one of my all-time favorite authors.  Since I was a young girl, I have grown up on all of her wonderful titles. THE LONER is another great creation of this highly talented author.  Her name alone is a legendary in the romance community.

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masterslgMaster at Arms

Kallypso Masters

Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

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Master Sergeant Adam Montague had spent twenty two years in the marines.  Nothing in his military career had prepared him for the devastation he felt over the loss of his wife.  As he waits on a bus to take him back to his military life he discovers a runaway teenager.  Karla Paxton is sixteen, and feels it is time for her to go to New York to debut her musical skills.  What Karla didn’t anticipate was to encounter some shady characters.  When one man’s advances go beyond her comfort level, she finds herself rescued by Adam.   Adam is everything that other boys her age are not, will she convince him to see her more than a troubled teen?

Damián Orlando worked as a busboy at a ritzy hotel.  Having recently got out of juvenile hall, he knew he could not afford to lose this job.  Since she was a child, Savannah Gentry suffered unspeakable abuse from the hands of her father.  As she matured, he sold her body to the deranged pleasures of high class businessmen.  When Damian sees firsthand the abuse Savannah is enduring with one of her “clients” will he risk his position to come to her rescue?

Marc D’Alesso felt as if he lived in the shadow of his older brother.  With his death, it was his duty to take over the family business.  He regrets that the last words spoken to his brother was one in anger when he learned that he had bedded his fiancée.  Marc knew there was more to life than running the family business.  He wanted to go out and make his own mark in the world, by deciding to join the Navy. When he qualified as a Corpsman, he found that he had been transferred to the Marine Corps instead.  Marc finds himself deep in the heart of the war of Afghanistan.  Will he live to discover the man he was meant to be?

MASTERS OF ARMS is a book that overflows with high action drama, unspeakable pain and suffering, and high intense emotion.  There is no way anyone who reads the pre-sequel this book presents will not want to find out more about these compelling characters and the struggles each one endures.  Kallypso Masters should be proud of her creation of three strong dominate individuals who experience the worst life has to offer.  How each one recovers from what life has dealt them makes for an outstanding work of fiction.

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9dayslgIn 9 Days

Red Phoenix

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It is Tessa’s last year of high school and she is just a few days away from turning eighteen.  When a transfer student enters into one of her classes she finds that she is intrigued by the newcomer.  Kevin has suffered extensive burns on his face and body; his injuries are not accepted by his classmates.

Kevin is hiding a past he would rather not revisit.  The visible burns and scars he has is nothing compared to the dark past he has experienced.  His classmate’s reaction to him is what he expected.  There is only one girl he notices that doesn’t look at him with repulsion.

Tessa is determined to get to know Kevin better.  She makes it a point to single him out to get an opportunity to finally meet him.  Kevin is stunned that such a beautiful girl as Tessa could be intrigued by his beastly appearance.

Will Tessa convince Kevin that her attraction to him is genuine?  Can the two of them find a love that will carry them through time?

IN 9 DAYS is a wonderfully constructed young adult novel.  Tessa and Kevin are characters your quickly fall in love with as you experience their growing attraction.  Red Phoenix has done an outstanding job in this creation.  How she interweaves a beauty and the beast theme is a work of a genius.

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nobodylgNobody’s Perfect (Rescue Me – Volume 4)

Kallypso Masters

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Eight years ago, Damian Orlando and Savannah Gentry shared a beautiful day by the sea making love.  When the day ended, the two parted and went their own separate ways.  Damian was unaware that the life he delivered Savannah back to was one that revolved around a sadistic father.  At a young age Savannah’s father had violated her body, and as she grew into an adult sold her to his high class business clients.

When Damian was unable to find work, he decided to join the Marine Corp.  After boot camp he found himself thrust into the heat of war in Afghanistan.   When one mission goes horribly wrong, Damian wakes up and a hospital and finds out that he lost a portion of his leg.

When Savannah learns that her one day of freedom with Damian results in an unplanned pregnancy, it gives her the courage to run away from her father.  She hides out in a Hispanic community under the new name of Savi Baker.  Under her new identity she manages to find a successful career and raise her daughter Marisol by herself.

Savi’s life is disrupted when her father learns of her location.  He sends one of his men to go and retrieve Savi and her daughter.  Savi manages to escape the madman and goes on the run with Marisol.  Not knowing where to go, she makes the decision to seek out the only person she feels will be able to protect her, Damian Orlando.

Damian was unaware that Savannah “Savi” had given birth to their daughter.  When they arrive at his door he knows that he must protect them at all cost.  He doesn’t want them to see him as less of a man and manages to hide his disability from them.

When Savi’s childhood memories resurfaces and threatens to destroy her, Damian introduces her to the Masters of Arms Club, which he owns with two other friends.  He hopes that the use of BDSM (Bondage, Dominance/submission, sadomasochism) —will help Savi come to terms with her past and will allow her to see a bright and happy future is within her grasp.  Will Savi be able to trust Damian enough to allow him to take control of her body?

NOBODY’S PERFECT is by far one of the most emotionally riveting books this reader has ever experienced.  Ms. Masters has penned a dark and sultry tale that revolves around some deeply distributing topics.  Each scene she presents will tear away the reader’s hearts as they witness the heart wrenching suffering both characters have endured.  How they find one another and learn to trust in each other is one of the beautiful love stories that have ever been written.  With two such wounded souls this story is one unforgettable read.  Other titles in the RESCUE ME series include:

  • Masters at Arms – Book 1
  • Nobody’s Angel – Book 2
  • Nobody’s Hero – Book 3

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