Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blaming it on the Tryptophan


Once again I'm later than late in announcing a winner.  We had a a long weekend but it was a little hectic.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This time it was especially easy to come up with a winner, because I only had two commenters and one doesn't want a Kindle book.  Virginia - that leaves you, sweetie!  Just let me know which of Kylie Brant's books you'd like and the email you want it sent to and I'll get it ordered immediately.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kylie Brant's DEADLY SINS - there's a giveaway!

Author Kylie Brant is one of my favorite suspense authors and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review DEADLY SINS on behalf of Romance Junkies.  This is the third in her Mindhunters series, none of which should be missed, especially if you're a romantic suspense lover!
You'll find an excerpt and ordering links here, and I suggest that you take a look around while  you're there.  I'll just bet you'll find something that tempts you!
The blurb:
An unknown assassin has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, brutally taking out high-level human targets citywide. And the list of suspects is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. senator, and a vengeful priest. It's just the kind of case to test the resolve of tough FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe. Especially when her new partner is Adam Raiker, Jaid's former colleague and ex-lover. But that's history—and it left scars.
Determined to leave it behind them, Jaid and Adam dive into the most shocking investigation of their careers. But when Adam himself becomes a suspect, Jaid must choose between past and present. Her choice plunges them into a far-reaching, high-level conspiracy of shadows—and on the run not only from secrets and lies, but for their lives. Now, despite their history, they have only each other, and the desperate hope that love can keep them alive.

My review:
Kylie Brant’s DEADLY SINS is a rich example of how romantic suspense should be written.  Intrigue and suspense surround a sensually passionate romance that deserves to be read by every romantic suspense fan.
FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe, is assigned to investigate the murder of a Supreme Court Justice. When her former lover and former FBI agent, Adam Raiker, is assigned as her partner, the case becomes even more complicated.  When suspicions begin to be directed at Adam, Jaid has more to worry about than simply solving the murder.  She has to contend with her growing feelings for Adam while they are in a fight for their lives.

Jaid has never been far away in Adam’s mind.  Being partnered with her on this case is heaven and hell for him. Adam is mostly successful at keeping his mind on the task at hand, but there are those occasional moments when he thinks he’ll lose his mind without touching, tasting Jaid again.  Adam had a troubled past and it’s likely that damage is what has made him the incredibly strong, resilient man he is today.

DEADLY SINS isn’t loaded with sex and I suppose that might be a bit of a disappointment for some readers. Personally, I prefer an intricately thought-out, well-told story rather than having sex scenes thrown in willy nilly just to have them in there.  Adam and Jade have a romantic history, so there isn’t chapter after chapter of them getting to know one another. Ms. Brant has given readers a powerful story with DEADLY SINS.  The combination of an intensely and carefully layered storyline makes for a satisfying romantic suspense.

Now on to the giveaway!  I will give one reader their choice of a Kindle version of any one of the three books in the Mindhunters series.  I'm sure you're tired of the reminder that you do not have to have a Kindle to read a Kindle version of a book - they have several options available for your PC, iPod, iPhone... but there it is anyway! Simply leave a comment about Ms. Brant - her website, books that tempt you, books you've read, etc.  If you haven't read her work, it's okay to admit that too! I'll draw the winning name this Friday evening, so mark your calendar to stop back to see if you've won.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thanks for checking out DEADLY SINS. One more thing - I've gone with a larger font for this post - do you like it better? Is it easier to read?  Let me know, ok?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

An oldie but goodie!

I don't know if any of you enjoy series romance, but I recently read one that is worth talking about. Harlequin Presents has reissued numerous titles from the 90s and I've been making a point to stay away from them, preferring more current, updated reading. There was one title, THE PRICE OF A BRIDE by Michelle Reid that had so many interesting reviews that I couldn't resist.

The characters in this book are incredibly well-written and their story is unique. There was a little more love/hate than I typically have patience for, but overall this is a very good book, with an interesting storyline. The heroine is the character who is tortured, and although I wanted to give the characters a swift kick a couple of times, I stayed up late last night to read and finished it on my lunch break today. I recommend this book for romance lovers.
Are any of you fans of series romance?  I enjoy the Presents and Desire lines. They're quick reads and I always find the happily ever after satisfying.
What's everybody reading these days?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A NEW WINNER - Stephanie Tyler giveaway

Okay, I realize I'm waaay late in getting back here, but I've had a bug and spent much of the last week in a cold/cough medicine-induced haze. I did not hear from Victoria and have drawn a new name - Pat L! Please contact me with your mailing information, Pat, and I'll get your book in the mail. ljodamron@gmail.com