zondag 13 april 2008

Deidre Knight - Parallel Desire

Jake Tierny, the future Scott Dillion finds himself trapped in the past. His presence at the compound complicates his relationship with Hope and his younger self Scott Dillion. The biggest issue is the fact that both men cannot be in the same space at the same time, without destroying the balance. So Jake Tierny decides to leave and focuses to find his wife’s killer. The trail to the murderer leads him straight to Texas, but when he arrives the trail ends up dead. All alone in a hotelroom Jake’s struggles with all kind of emotions, his wife’s death and seeing her now in the past with his younger self. Will he be able to forget her and move on?

Shelby Tyler is the sexy Refarian medic who nursed Scott Dillion back to life after some serious injuries. She always had feelings for Scott, until he married Hope Harper. Now she’s sent on a mission to find Jake Tierny and bring him back to their King, no matter what. So, she follows him all the way to Texas and convinces Jake to come home with her. The only other thing she wants to do, is to save Jake from himself and hopefully let him fall in love with her.

The main-characters Jake Tierny and Shelby Tyler are both strong and determined indivituals.
Jake Tierny, a warrior from the future is trapped in the present after he was sent back to find the traitor in his KIng’s camp. Now that fact is no longer an issue, the only thing left for him to do is to find the killer of his wife and their unborn child.
Shelby Tyler is the Refarian nurse of King Jared. When Jared asks her to go after Jake Tierny and convince him to come home before the war is getting worse, she doesn’t hesitate for a minute. When she finds Jake in Texas, she couldn’t imagine the feelings he awakens in her. Can she trust Jake with her heart?

As secondary characters we see some returning personages. King Jared and his Queen Kelsey are fabulous. All the things they share and what happens to them has affect on the whole future. They both are strong and determined to save each other and their people. Marco and Thea, he is the loyal quard and she the King’s cousin. Scott and Hope Harper, who both are very important to JakeTierny.

Parallel desire by Deidre Knight is the fourth novel in the Midnight Warriors series and another fabulous one. It seems the novels are getting better and better. Deidre Knight has created a terrific world with alien races among the human mankind.

Normally I’m not a big fan of time-travel and alien stories, but Deidre Knight convinced me otherwise. From the moment I took this novel into my hands and started reading, the world around me seemed to disappear and I found myself totally in the story.

I truly can say that this novel contains all the ingredients you need for a fabulous story, two great and strong main-characters, some secondary characters to shake things up and the bad-guys.
The only thing I have to say is that Deidre Knight will be on my auto-buy from now on.

Monica McCarty - Highlander Untamed

Rory MacLeod is the powerful Highland Chief of the MacLeod clan. When his sister Margaret is humiliated by MacDonald of Sleat and injured on one eye, he swears to get revenge. But now he finds himself in a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald for one year. Rory is not pleased about this, but to avenge his sister and the possibility of having peace is too tempting. And when he finally meets his bride, he becomes even more tempted. Isabel is the most beautiful woman he’s ever sees. But Rory is determined to refuse to consummate their marriage, he wants no child with a MacDonald and he will return Isabel back to her father when the year is over.

Isabel MacDonald volunteers herself to be hand-fasted to Rory MacLeod for one year. She always felt like she was on outsider in her family. Her father and brothers paid no attention to her, so she feels if she sacrifices herself for the good fo the clan, she will be accepted. But her uncle Sleat has other plans for her, she must seduce Rory and find the “Fairy Flag” and the secret entrance of the MacLeods castle. Her uncle means to crush the MacLeod clan in anyway he can, even if this means using his own niece.

Can Isabel betray the man she dearly loves in order to save her own clan? Or will she turn her back on her family and chose Rory and his clan?

Main-characters Isabel MacDonald and Rory MacLeod are both determined to end the handfast marriage between them before the year is over.
Rory MacLeod, the Highlander Chief only agreed with the handfast marriage to keep the peace among his people and to buy some time to convince King James to give him the land he wants dearly. But Rory couldn’t imagine the power this lass Isabel would have and she melts down the walls around his heart.
Isabel MacDonald has always been the outsider of her clan, even her father and brothers treat her that way. Now she has the opportunity to be accepted by them and volunteers to be hand-fasted to their enemy Rory MacLeod. But her uncle Sleat has other plans, he forced her to find the secret entrance and the “Fairy Flag” of the MacLeod castle, so he can crush them once and for all.
Will Isabel be able to betray the only man she loves?

Alex and Margaret MacLeod are great secondary characters. Margaret is Rory’s younger sister and humiliated by MacDonald of Sleat, she even got injured on one eye. But when she meets Isabel, their become best friends for life, even when they are both from the enemy. Alex MacLeod is Rory’s younger brother, he wants revenge on the MacDonald clan, just like Rory does, for hurting his little sister. But he cannot help to care for Isabel the moment she walks into their lives. And of course, uncle Sleat MacDonald who is determined to use everyone even his own niece to get what he wants.

Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty is the first novel in the Highlander Trilogy. It is a fabulous historical romance that will take you on a journey through the Scottish Highland. This novel lured me right into a world full of betrayal, loyalty and romance.

Monica McCarty has written an amazingly story. I found it enjoyable to read with a strong heroine with her very gorgeous highlander. I hope she continues to write like this in her next two novels and lures me right back into their world again.
I know Alex MacLeod will be next and I cannot wait to read what’s in store for him. I’m looking forward to his story.

Jenna Petersen - Scandalous

After watching her parent’s horrible marriage, in which her mother closed her eyes for her cheating husband, Katherine Fleming promises this will not happen to her. So she chose her future husband with care and she believes she found the perfect candidate. Her fiancĂ© Cole Mallory is the kind of man who will be her best friend but not the love of her life. At their engagement party, Katherine finds out that Cole’s dead wife is still alive. Now Katherine finds herself in the middle of a scandal that could ruin her for life.

Dominic Mallory is the black-sheep of the family. His mother fell in love during her marriage and the result of the secret affair was Dominic. His stepfather claimed him as a Mallory, but hated his existence, just like his older brother Cole. His mother cannot look at him without being reminded of her mistake, the only person who accepts him for who he is, is his older sister. Now Dominic arrives at his brother engagement party with a reason, to buy Lansing Square, in the hope he can find some answers about his birthright. But he couldn’t imagine ending up with a wife.

To save Katherine’s reputation Cole uses blackmail to force Dominic into marrying Katherine, in return he will get Lansing Square. But that’s not all; Cole wants Katherine’s money too and beat Dominic once again. But what Cole couldn’t predict is the passion between Katherine and Dominic. And with his jealousy Cole tries to sabotage their marriage… will their love be strong enough to survive?

As main-characters we see Katherine and Dominic, two people determined not to fall in love after seeing their parents in a loveless marriage. But they cannot deny the strong attraction between them. In her way Katherine helps Dominic dealing with his past and searching for some documents so he can finds his biological father. And in return Dominic shows Katherine the passion for loving each other, not knowing that he falls in love with his wife by doing that.

As secondary characters we have Cole Mallory and his wife Sarah, both determined to see the marriage between Katherine and Dominic end. Then we have Dominic’s mother Larissa, who treat’s her own son like dirt, since the day he was born. Julia Mallory is Dominic’s sister and a real close friend of Katherine. Julie is the only one in the Mallory family whose treats Dominic for the man he really is.

Scandalous by Jenna Petersen is the first novel I’ve read from this author and I loved it. It is a novel that wills lure you right into a world full of romance, betrayal and true love.

I can truly say she has written a fabulous story. I’m really curious what she has in store for me with her other novels, which are waiting for me on my bookshelves. Will she be able to capture my attention again and hold it all the way through?

Dawn Thompson - Lord of the Deep

Meg was accused of being a witch on the mainland and is now banished to the Isle of Mist, where she’s living with her Aunt Adelia and Uncle Olwyn. On the Isle she’s facing a fate of giving her virginity to the Shaman of a cult and to become a high priestess. But one night Meg looks out of her darkened window and sees some seals coming ashore. She is intrigued when she discovers they are not seals as they shed their pelts and turn into males and females. They are Selkies performing their mating rituals during the full moon. The Lord of the Deep is the gorgeous male who’s got Meg’s attention and without even knowing she calls out to him.

Simeon is the Selkie King, the Lord of the Deep. During the full moon his people will go up to the surface and performing their mating ritual on the beach. When an unknown cry reaches him, he cannot ignore it and finds Meg spying on them. Simeon is tired of his Selkie consorts and wants Meg instead. The only thing on his mind is a night full of passion. But Meg is different than the rest and Simeon wants to keep her in his life.

Is it possible for Simeon to find a way so that Meg can exist in his world under water?

The main-characters Meg and Simeon are great individuals. They both are strong and determined to save the other from any danger or harm.
Meg is accused of being a witch and lives separate from mankind, she is preparing herself to become a high priestess. But as soon as she sees Simeon on the beach with the other Selkies and later on his water horse, nothing else matters anymore. She wants him and nobody else.
Simeon, the Lord of the Deep is tired of his Selkies consorts and is determined to make Meg his as he caught her spying on them during their ritual. The only problem Simeon has is to find a way for Meg to breath under water just like he does.

The secondary characters are quite interesting. Vega is Simeon’s older brother. Although Vega is older than Simeon, he is not in line for the throne this all because of his background. He is a half breed, half human-half Selkie. Meg’s aunt Adelia who teaches Meg everything she needs to know to become a priestess, but turns out to be one hell of an enemy. The Shaman Seth of the cult is a very bad man; he’ll do anything to get Meg in his bed especially when he sees what Meg is capable off.
And last but not least, there is Gideon, Lord of the Dark who saves Meg once from the evil Shaman and warns Simeon to take better care of Meg or he will claim her for his own….God what a man.

Lord of the Deep by Dawn Thomson is the first novel in this series and it is a great one. She has written a very hot and steamy erotica novel mixed with myths. The myth says, the Selkies enchanted people of Scotland, were beautiful men and women who came ashore to take a human lover. But the romances were doomed because they couldn’t stay on shore for long.

I have to warn you, if you hope to find a historical love novel, you’ll be disappointed. Although the story is a myth, it is definitely an erotica novel and the love scenes are hot and very steamy. You’ll find some fireworks between the main-characters.

I have to say this book lured my attention with the world she created. Dawn Thompson pulled me right into the story and I was curious enough to finish it. The next one in line will be Gideon, The Lord of the Dark and I’m eager to read more about him.
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