January 2012 Archive

Guarding Suzannah

by: Norah Wilson

Published: August 14th, 2010 by Norah Wilson

ASIN: B003ZK5KS4

From Goodreads: Criminal defense attorney Suzannah Phelps is the bane of the St. Cloud police department (they call her She-Rex for her habit of shredding cops in the witness box). She is currently being stalked, but is reluctant to report it to the police, whom she half suspects of being the perpetrators. But when Detective John (Quigg) Quigley learns of it, he’s determined to protect her, at considerable risk to his career. They’ve struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and he’s burning to do the same in the bedroom. When the danger escalates, he has the perfect excuse to pose as her boyfriend, but the closer they get, the more the lines between pretense and reality blur.

 

This was a really fun and entertaining read. Not only was the romance one I found myself invested in, but the mystery behind Suzannah’s stalker made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The danger was something that I really got into and I was nervous and paranoid throughout most of the novel. Quigley is a wonderful hero who steps in and does everything he can to protect her. Even if we’re independent and are proud that we can take care of ourselves and do things on our own, I think that all of us have some desire to have someone there that’s willing to step in and help us out even if we’re stubborn about accepting it. There was a lot about this romance that I could find myself relating to. Even though I don’t think my personality is anything like Suzannah’s, there were a lot of concerns she had about the relationship that was forming with Quigley that I think a lot of women experience. I really enjoyed reading about how their relationship unfolded. I liked seeing how they interacted with each other and found ways of testing each other. A lot of the time it’s hard for me to see why two main characters in a romance end up falling for each other, and sometimes I can’t even feel the chemistry between them. This novel didn’t disappoint me in either one of those areas, and if you combine that with the action that was also going on, I found myself flying through this novel and completely enjoying it. Fans of romantic suspense will definitely want to check this one out. 🙂

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Sandman Slim

by: Richard Kadrey

Pages: 388

Published: May 1st, 2010 by Eos

ISBN: 0061976261

From Goodreads: James Stark’s great rep got him sent to hell. When his fame as a teenage magician attracted the attention of demons, they snatched him up and dispatched him to the inferno, where he spent the next 11 years as a sideshow freak entertaining Satan’s minions. Now released and hell-bent for revenge, Stark loses no time seeking out the dark magic cabal that nearly destroyed him; but he soon discovers that in the war between heaven and hell, he is not the only one with big plans? Buyer’s choice; now in mass-market paperback. (Hand-selling tip: Sandman Slim elicited raves from fellow cult figure William Gibson: “A wild, weird, nail-biting supernatural thriller?in the bestselling tradition of Chris Moore, Kim Harrison, and Warren Ellis? This man is mad, in the best way.”)

 

I was lent this book by a friend to read because he said that fans of The Dresden Files would enjoy this novel. He was definitely right. While I can see the similarities that can be drawn between this book and the Harry Dresden books, they are still very different. James Stark is a much darker and cruder hero. If hero is even a word that should be applied to him. Harry Dresden seems like a happy-go-lucky, fluffy main character in comparison. He’s great company though and I enjoyed being inside his mind, even if it was much darker and crazier then I originally expected. I found myself flying through the first half of this novel in no time and only slowing down a little in the second half. What the main conflict of this novel was wasn’t clear to me through most of the novel, and normally that would make me put it down then and there, but this book was entertaining enough that I barely noticed and wanted to continue reading anyway. This novel has a LOT of violence. From start to finish there’s graphic scenes and there’s definitely a language warning on this book, so if you’re squeamish about either one of those things, then I wouldn’t suggest picking this up. But if you’re looking for a dirty, gritty, urban fantasy that is a lot of fun and full of interesting characters and situations then I would definitely tell you to pick this up and enjoy the ride.

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Starry Montana Sky (Montana Sky #2)

by: Debra Holland

Published: April 28th, 2011

ASIN: B004YL2RNO

From Goodreads: A “Sweet” romance set in 1894 Montana

When widowed Samantha Sawyers Rodriguez inherits her Uncle Ezra’s Montana ranch, she believes she finally has a chance to put down roots, fulfilling her dream of running an orphanage for wayward children and raising miniature horses. Prosperous rancher, Wyatt Thompson, has coveted Ezra’s river property to expand his spread and fulfill his goal to overcome his poverty-stricken turbulent past. Samantha’s arrival throws his careful plans into chaos, and her newly-adopted orphan boys awaken memories he’s struggled to forget. When an arsonist sets fires in town, and the people turn against Samantha and her boys, Wyatt risks exposing his shameful secret in order to save the woman he loves.

 

I was really excited to read this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and couldn’t wait to get this one. (You can see my review of that on this website as well.) This novel seemed to have a different kind of feel to it, even though it has the same setting. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Wyatt and first, but he grew on me and won me over in the end. I think that this is the same way our heroine, Samantha, feels about him. Samantha is a heroine that I just adored. She has such a huge heart and is so caring and compassionate it was hard not to love her. I think she’s the kind of person we all would ideally like to be, and it was nice to read a story where someone like her gets what they want and deserve out of life. The children in this story really steal the spotlight though. They add an element to the romance that is really unique.  They each have such unique personalities and are really interesting to read about. This isn’t a romance between two people who are new to love, both Wyatt and Samantha have loved and lost before and are trying to raise their children the best way they know how. I think this is something that at least I personally haven’t seen enough of and it was really fun to read. The Montana Sky series is definitely one that I would recommend to historical romance lovers or for anyone looking for a romance that is just a simple sweet romance. 🙂

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