Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

DARK GOLD by Christine Feehan is 312 pages in length in paperback form. This is #3 in A Carpathian Novel.

Brief Description:

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light …

WAS HE A MAN … OR A MIRACLE?

Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything–even her life–to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance .. .

And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fate. But was Aidan a miracle . . . or a monster? Alex’s salvation . . . or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan’s savage, unearthly seduction–gave him the color, the light, the family he craved–would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?

My Review:

I loved this one about Aidan Savage.  In the beginning there was a lot of badness and I was worried this might be a real dark one, but Aidan was definitely a bright light.  Alexandria was also a very strong woman and I liked that she wanted to remain “normal”.  There was definitely good versus evil in this one and Ms. Feehan kept you wanting to read the next page.  To find out how the ending was going to be.

This one didn’t have a lot about the Carpathian Family, but only the ways of the Carpathians and how they are bound together as family.  Gregori only had a short appearance and that was at the very end.  I am sure we have not seen the end of Joshua though.  I am hoping as he turns into a young man we will see more of him.  I would hope the story doesn’t end here.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars because I love the strong female and how they can be strong, but also be smart enough to give in when needed.  This books was one you didn’t want to put down.  I enjoyed every page and look forward to the next one in the series.

OUT OF REACH by Patricia Lewin is #1 in Erin Baker Series and is 293 pages in hardback form.

Brief Description:
A rising star in the CIA, Erin Baker is driven by tragedy from her past. When she was a child, her eight-year-old sister, Claire, was kidnapped. Though Claire was miraculously found, she was changed forever. As was Erin, who now just might get what she’s always wanted: the chance to make a difference in someone’s life. But she must be willing to risk everything she holds dear.

When a child disappears near her home, Erin is certain there is a link to her sister’s cold kidnapping case. She meets Alex Donovan, an FBI agent on the hunt to find the missing boy, whose record for locating missing children is unquestioned. Suddenly Alex and Erin find themselves on a desperate pursuit – from the streets of America’s most peaceful neighborhoods to a horrifying underworld where children are stolen and trafficked. And as they get closer to the truth, they make their own lives, and the lives of everyone they love, into perfect targets for a killer.

My Review:

I thought this was a very good book with lots of action.  Some of the scenes were possibly a little over the top, but it is fiction and anything can happen.  Erin Baker is someone you would like to have as your friend as she is a very strong female, but still can be down to earth.

This was the first book that I have read by this author so was pleasantly surprised.  It seemed to be about the right length so you didn’t get tired of what was happening.  It is about kidnapping children though, so if that subject matter is not one that you like, then I would stay away from this one.

Even though Erin Baker is CIA, you don’t really have any spy stuff in this one.  There are some things that she does because of her training, but is mostly the hunt for the kidnappers.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.  I liked it, but it wasn’t great!

THE BOUNDLESS DEEP by Kate Brallier is 432 pages in length in trade paperback form.

Brief Description:

Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we’ve done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep, Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization. Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England’s whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality. The answer is: all too well. Liza’s dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship’s captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.Though skeptical of Liza’s claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza’s intense desire to know the truth-about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife.But Adam isn’t the only man with an interest in Liza-handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart’s desire.

My Review:

I found this book to be very good.  It had a little history, a little romance,  and a few paranormal features to it.  At times you felt like you were back in Nantucket in the 1800′s.  I found this to be fascinating as the present was combined with the past.  There are very interesting dreams that seemed to reflect what happened in the past and why the dreams kept happening, as if the story needed to be told again and forgiveness given.  This was the most important part of the book for me.

I enjoyed learning about whaling and what the men went through on the seas.  I also found it interesting that they would stay out for years at a time and then come to shore.  I figured it was weeks and not years.

To me this had a literary feel to it even though it clearly was a romance novel.  The words seemed to flow from page to page and I thought it was well written.  This author is an editor of books though, so that might be the reason why.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it seemed to be a bit long and there was a bit more romance than I like, but that is my personal opinion as I am not much of a romance reader.

THE BOUNDLESS DEEP by Kate Brallier

Brief Description:

Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we’ve done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep, Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization. Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England’s whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality. The answer is: all too well. Liza’s dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship’s captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.Though skeptical of Liza’s claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza’s intense desire to know the truth-about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife.But Adam isn’t the only man with an interest in Liza-handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart’s desire.