Review: The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend by Annabelle Costa

time-travelers-boyfriend-by-annabelle-costaSummary: Claudia loves her boyfriend Adam and would love to marry him. Unfortunately, he’s not ready for the next step. He’s leery of commitment because he had been deeply hurt by a girl he met just after the accident that left him paralyzed. When Adam invents a time machine and asks Claudia to use it to save him from the accident, she’s not sure what to think. But then Claudia sees this as the perfect way to separate Adam from the emotional wounds of his past. If he never meets that girl then he’ll be emotionally ready for marriage in the present when she gets back… of course it’s not that simple and things go awry.

Review: This is a cute, fluffy romance that is quick to get into and quick to read. I loved Claudia’s and Adam’s interaction after her first foray into the past. Oh my! Not quite what either one were expecting. I liked how Claudia accidentally-but-eventually-purposefully influenced her younger self toward the career path she finds so rewarding. I like how young-Claudia and time-travel-Claudia butted heads about things. I love young-Adam and Adam-at-the-end-of-the-book. It’s hard to say what made this work for me without giving too much away. I hope though, if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted you’ll consider reading this book!

[Rating:3.75]

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Review: The Beauty Within by Marguerite Kaye

 Beauty Within by Marguerite KayeReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Considering he thought he was only as good as the subjects he painted, prominent artist, Giovanni di Matteo is a modest man and often wonders why women of a certain age throw themselves at him, and although others who have commissioned paintings from him think him as an amazing artist, he is unsure of his talents. Giovanni has been at the top of his profession for many years since he had come to England, but his enthusiasm for painting as waned, his muse, his subject matter, not piquing his interest.

Although Giovanni is supposed to be commissioned to paint Lord Armstrong’s sons, he has a yearning to paint his daughter Cressida once he sets eyes on her, even if she is forbidden to him. Cressida, like Giovanni is intelligent and accomplished in scientific matters. She lives and breathes it and isn’t one to consider men, let alone marrying one that her father arranges. He does not regard his daughter as anything other than marriage material, while his sons are those he holds in much higher regard; so much that he wants him to paint his sons rather than her. For him this is annoying as all he wants to do is paint the elusive and attractive Cressida. When they talk in her father’s absence, she points out his dissatisfaction at his own work. He believes it only relies on the rules and principles of mathematics to appear brilliant. His work wasn’t always like that, earlier, he painted from the heart, full of enthusiasm and vigour, and even if he got harsh criticism for being at one with his art, he at least was true to himself back then.

Marguerite gives readers a first hand account of what Giovanni is like as a person. They get to see his whole personality in this volume, his thoughts that his painting hasn’t inspired him until he meets Cressida, the woman who fires his heart and gives him the drive to paint again. Giovanni finds her a beautiful woman who is overlooked by her family, mainly her father who is more concerned with his precious sons. It is easy to get into the story and the characters are made real by their backgrounds and personalities. Readers can be sure they will be entertained by this story, and it will be one to introduce them to future novels by this author. This is steamy and romantic, and one that if you don’t already, you will have an interest in art by they end of it! This is well worth a 5 star rating.

Likes:

  • Marguerite Kaye has an excellent grasp of the technical process of art, and the reader can feel she has researched it in full to make her character of Giovanni Di Matteo believable.
  • Cressida plays the role of the ‘ugly duckling sister’ very well, yet doesn’t realise how beautiful she is inside as well as out.
  • There is the contrast of Cressida’s cruel stepmother and father to her natural niceness.

Dislikes:

What’s not to like?

[Rating:5]

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Why Archaeology is Sexy!

The Shadowy Horses coverGuest blog by Susanna Kearsley, author of The Shadowy Horses

OK, I have to say that in my time as a museum worker I did mingle with some archaeologists, and none of them looked anything at all like David Fortune, the hero of my book The Shadowy Horses (which has just been re-issued by Sourcebooks). In fact, the archaeologists I know would roll their eyes if I suggested that their work, with all its detailed methodology and scientific focus, might be sexy. But there’s no denying that, in many people’s minds, it is.

When I discussed this with a couple of the women working at my local library, they had a few suggestions why it was that archaeology—and archaeologists—might make us swoon. Indiana Jones aside (because we all know that real archaeologists don’t run around in fedoras, with bullwhips, don’t we? Don’t we?), the fact remains that archaeology is all about exploring, and that carries the potential for adventure. Explorers, by nature, are brave and adaptable and self-reliant, all swoon-worthy traits in a man.

Sure, they may only be exploring as far as Ohio , but many digs take them away to exotic locations like Greece, South America, or underwater beneath the Black Sea. These are women and men who aren’t fettered to desks in a 9 to 5 job. They have freedom to travel, to chart their own course (well, as long as they get back in time to mark papers at their universities, that is…) But they’re not tied down to convention the same way that, say, an accountant might be. And that, too, can be sexy.

Besides which, they’re smart. They’re intelligent. And when you combine the appeal of a man who can debate morphological projectile point typology and the classification of flaked stone tools, with the rugged allure of a man who spends much of his day working out of doors, that’s a potent mix for any romance hero.

Maybe the real reason, though, was the final one given to me by the women who worked at the library. “Well,” they said, after some thought, “archaeologists work in the dirt. They get dirty, and sweaty.”

I wasn’t quite following. “And?”

“And that means,” said the women, “they might have to take off their shirts.”

Enough said.

Why do you think we think archaeology’s sexy?

GIVEAWAY: 1 print copy of The Shadowy Horses is up for grabs! Open to US and CAN readers. Enter by leaving a comment telling us why archaeology or archaeologists are sexy! The last day to enter is October 19, 2012. Good luck!

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Review: Reluctant Protector (Protectors Series, Book 1) by Nana Malone

Reluctant Protector Nana MaloneReviewed by Karin of Savvy Thinker

Cassie Reeser’s brother has engineered her to be a genetically altered person, and not only herself, but others also. She has been virtually kept prisoner, though she has tried to escape. This time, she makes it out in the trunk of a car belonging to Seth Adams, a former war correspondent. When she tells him her tale, he hardly believes her, but soon they are running for their lives, against the ruthlessness of her brother.

Cassie must protect Seth, because he has no idea what he is up against. And she has promised to free the others held by her brother. This is Cassie’s one chance to experience life outside of a laboratory. Cassie and Seth make a good pair – and the sex is hot. Moved a little fast for me, but on the other hand if the alternative is death, well, move fast indeed!

A solid read. Very enjoyable.

[Rating:4]

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Review: The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is the first book of the “Zodius” series.

Cassandra Powell comes to work for her father and to evaluate some of the soldiers at the military facility.  Not two minutes after literally bumping into one of the soldiers he’s hitting on her.  His name is Michael Taylor.  She then goes to meet her assistant Kelly who tells her something interesting about the GTEC soldiers that she will be working with.  I love how Kelly tells Cassandra how to have protected sex – ok Mom!

Cassandra’s father seems to be one of the evil forces in this story.  He’s done some experiments on the soldiers that Cassandra must now see what the effects are.  He seems to think that he can play God and not be held accountable.  But there is someone who is much more evil than he is.

Michael goes on a mission with two brothers, Adam and Caleb.  Adam shows us how the experiment can take a turn for the worse.  What’s even worse is that there is a woman, his wife, who’s as evil as he is.  Lisa paints Adam as a very dark sadistic man.  He gets pleasure from other people’s pain.  Lisa doesn’t make it too graphic but just enough so the reader will understand the type of evil man he is.

Lisa takes the reader on a very suspenseful ride.  From one chapter to the next we don’t know what’s going to happen to Cassandra and Michael.  But we have to keep reading so that we can find out.  You have to love a hero that in the midst of a war going on, he has time to make love to his lifebond.

Cassandra’s father isn’t happy on how his soldiers have turned out, now he wants to create a super soldier.  This is one more reason to keep reading.  Was this latest experiment a success?   And how does Michael’s mother fit into all this?  Lisa gives us a glimpse into a world where if you fool with Mother Nature, you will suffer the consequences.

I love how Lisa has given Cassandra a strong personality.  She either fights by Michael’s side or she’ll just go out on her own.  They also love each other – no matter what.  This is the type of love we all long for.

The story ends with us wondering whether good was able to defeat evil.  Who will prevail?  You will have to keep reading the series to find out the answer to this question.  I definitely recommend reading this series.

[Rating:4]

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