How To Tame A Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist
A daring and truly heartwarming love story brought on by a delusional eighty four year old woman, a woman that is extremely safe and organized, and a man that loves his rakish ways with women, are all wrapped up and packed into this novel.
When Ally Giordano’s, Granny Donny, seems to have had a mini stroke and slipped into the year 1812 and a romance novel, Ally is about to leave the safe life behind. The daringly beautiful Duke Whatthehell, aka Sam Carson, sees Ally as a challenge and much much more… but was he ready for all this. Wooing and rejection all in one?
Ally is very much holding onto the past, especially her parent’s mistakes. Her mother ran off with the rogue-ish gambling type of man leaving her behind, ten years ago, and now Ally can not follow in those same footsteps, throwing her life away for a man that probably doesn’t even know what true love is. A life changing experience is right ahead for the Duke and the Princess. Both have darkened pasts, but there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel. A wicked and wanton light : )
Diana Holquist has already made a name for herself in the literary world, but with this novel, How To Tame A Modern Rogue, she has completely outdone herself with this compelling tale of Contemporary Romance. I loved every little minute of it because it married my two favorite genre’s, historical and romance. 5 Hearts
Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: Aug. 2009
How To Tame A Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 8:53 PM
Helen Halifax is astonished at the black looking castle looming before her. She has no choice but to go on with her plans, to turn back and go home to London is not an option for her or her two children. Hiding out in Scotland could be just what she needs; posing as a housekeeper sent by Lady Vale, Helen has no idea what lies in wait inside the dark castle. The man that answered the door is enough to send her running, scarred from being tortured in Spinners Falls, Sir Alistair Munroe, is to be her new master.
Alistair has no idea what to do with this woman, he tries to send her away, only to find she had been shopping in the town for supplies as well as hired servants. Being reclusive is what Sir Alistair is used to, but he soon finds himself attracted to the beauty posing as a housekeeper. His scars are not only on his face and hand, but he has built up a wall around his heart, a wall that is slowly crumbling. Even the children begin to make him feel as though all of this is right… but his stubbornness sets in and he believes he is not destined for a happy future with such a beauty for he only sees the scarred beast.
Helen must confess to Alistair her past, and Alistair must learn that he is more than what he believes himself to be.
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt is a beautifully written Romantic Historical that will keep you turning the pages well into the night. I love her descriptions of the characters, the scenery, and the story of the Truth Teller. Also, I loved the fact that her male character, Alistair, wasn’t perfect… he was scarred and missing some fingers, but had a heart and persona that any woman would fall in love with. Ms. Hoyt is a very talented lady, that is for sure. 5 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 12:05 PM
Blood Bar by Norm Applegate
Kim Bennett is about to discover a world that humans do not know exist, and she is not even so sure she believes what she is destined to be a part of. When an old friend, Rose, calls to tell Kim about a murder and that she is needed to help find out who killed Rose’s lover, Kim will find more things out about her ancestry and her future in a very short amount of time. Dodging being killed herself, and trying to find all the pieces to The Black Testament in order to understand her fate, she falls in love with the most powerful vampire in the city.
Always on the run, Kim has to stop running and face the facts. A blood thirsty blood doll is ready to jump in for the kill, and a Native American detective that sees “things”, wants to make a deal with the big man in charge; and the saddest part of all, a good friend is forced to kill someone she loves. But Nicolai does something sort of sadistic, in hopes of finding out the truth about Jack the Ripper, The Black Testament, and Kim Bennett.
Blood Bar by Norm Applegate is a paranormal thriller that will keep you intrigued from the start. It holds a lot of mystery and unknowns that eventually reveal themselves. A strong heroine that is used to “roughing it” in the world of S&M finally understands the reason why she is the way she is. Role playing vampires, or do vampires really exist? Dive in to the world and mind of Norm Applegate as he paints vivid pictures of blood, gore, and sex, in Blood Bar. 4.5 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 11:16 PM
Kathryne Sheldon has just divorced her cheating husband Douglas after over twenty five years of marriage. Always one for planning, and having her life just so, Kathryne decides it’s time for a change; and reconnecting with her father seems like a good place as any to start. A trip to Taos, New Mexico turns out to be much more than she ever dreamed. Her Grandfather’s old cabin is up for sale, and Kathryne decides it’s time to leave the city life behind and find herself again. She’s sworn off men and relationships, but Taos has more to offer than back home, the good looking half Navajo named John Hawkins is making her rustic stay well worth it!
John Hawkins has to do something to make six thousand dollars, and fast, or they’re going to foreclose on his home. The home he shared with Ellie, his late wife, a place that holds a world full of memories to him. When an offer that he couldn’t refuse came along, with the help of his brother in law, Norman, he had no choice but to accept. Little did he know that Kathryne was the daughter to his good friend. John was instantly smitten, and as the days went buy, a love quickly bloomed between the two. Where Kathryne was guarded, John was the proverbial open book ready to accept what came his way.
Along the road, there are many new experiences for Kathryne, as well as new feelings she didn’t know could exist between a man and woman. A forty four year old woman is about to have the love of a life time, and a small miracle… yeah, she’s pretty lucky!
It’s Never Too Late by Donna MacQuigg, has to be my favorite novel written by her. It was a spectacular love story with all the trimmings, where her female character had been hardened by her ex, the hero of the story is soft and caring. A perfect match. I very much enjoyed reading Ms. MacQuigg’s novel, it was quite endearing. 5 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 2:14 PM
Angel Sabato and Grace O’Brien have been friends for a long time. Angel knew Grace as a strong beautiful woman who has had quite a strange life, nun, poker player, treasure hunter, and now a healer. One night he professed his love and offered marriage, Grace was quick to tell Angel no, because of her past… but he didn’t know that. All he knew was that he was heartbroken and could no longer be just her friend, so he went to Germany in search for a treasure and found another wife on the way… but that didn’t last too long either because there was only one woman for him.
Grace has had an interesting and painful past, and it looks like the past is about to meet her head-on. While she has been studying under the ninety something healer Tante Lulu, who is crazy as they come, she truly has not yet discovered herself. When Angel is back in the picture to help Tante Lulu and the Duval kids (hurricane Katrina survivors), Louisiana is going to get a lot more spicy than just the Cajun food they’re serving up. Sparks fly between Grace and Angel, but Grace is too afraid that her secret will make people see her in the wrong light. It’s about time to find out what people are going to think…
A lady that is as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, believes with all her heart that St. Jude is on her side, and match-making is all part of her existence on Earth. She also has a heart of gold, starting a foundation for the families that desperately need the help after the Hurricanes, and healing those that need it, Tante Lulu is almost a saint herself… almost *grins*. So what if she’s named a dingbat, the woman will keep you laughing throughout the novel!
Sandra Hill has written an extremely heart-touching novel with, So Into You. It was one of those books that never seem to last long enough, but you feel all warm and tingly after you’ve finished reading. A happily ever after story that most people will love. The romance and sparks, as well as the humor make, So Into You, a joy and a pleasure to read. My review did not give it justice, so go ahead and grab a copy for yourself! 5 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 2:09 PM
Before her wedding Lady Catherine needed a moment of freedom, a young Knight helped her achieve that single moment of happiness that she frequently remembered in her mind. The day after, she was wed to a man named Rayburn that constantly abused her. She only knew of one way to rid the man from her life, she betrayed him, anonymously sending letters to Prince Harry. Rayburn is killed for his betrayal, and now when Lady Catherine thinks her life with her son will finally be peaceful, she finds out differently when a man shows up to claim her for his wife.
William FitzAlan has gone from Knight to Lord overnight. After the death of Rayburn he is offered Ross Castle, and Lady Catherine. The young lass from his past is now to be his wife, he couldn’t be more happy. But there is an air of distrust that constantly lingers, a trusted friend of William’s that is not to be trusted, and a kidnapping that was actually arranged. William has fallen in love with Catherine but it seems she always has some bad news for him, or she is angry with him, or he finds her in a compromising situation. But love is love, and he will go to the ends of the earth to rescue her.
There will be bloodshed… but who’s?
Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory is a great Historical Romance set in England in the 1400’s. I loved the severity of her characters, they were both passionate and fierce. The novel was expertly written, and a great amount of research into the past, really shows in Knight of Desire. A love story gone right in my opinion! 4 Hearts
Grand Central Publishing
Release Date July 2009
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 1:05 PM