Review: Lingerie and Felons by Ros Baxter

9780857991393Summary: Lola is always wearing the wrong underwear at the worse times… like upon arrest. Wait! Let’s back up a minute!

Lola’s parents repeatedly told her she could make a difference growing-up. Lola wants that. She wants to have purpose and be a force of change… The trouble for Lola is that she’s not sure what force of change she wants to be. As she tries to help she slips into and out of tricky legal situations such as the aforementioned arrest.

Along the way Lola meets a handsome Australian broker and a sexy lawyer with Superman tendencies. Her heart is torn and the choice should be easy, but there isn’t a pair of undies to tell a girl what to do and who to be with… Lola will have to figure that out on her own.

Review: I really enjoyed Wayne. When he’s first introduced he’s clearly the opposite of the heroine. They butt heads on a lot of issues. I loved that he switched Lola’s nickname on the first date and started to call her Rocket. That was really cute.

Wayne gets Lola on a level that she’s terrified of because on the surface Wayne is all wrong. She’s hardcore save the planet, hippy, libertarian, democrat and he’s a “heartless” and “soulless” suit, except he isn’t. Wayne is greatly amused by Lola and her passion for making a difference. It changes him throughout the novel. I really felt for him and wanted him to find someone special who loved him and wanted to be with him.

The greatness that is Wayne aside, I do not like Lola, and since the story is from her point of view (POV) that puts me in a predicament. I liked her fine in the beginning of the story, but actions she takes reveals that Lola is narrow-minded and shallow about what is right and what is wrong, and she argues instead of debates. Wayne gets in a really good point about money when she’s on her high horse and it makes her very uncomfortable.

Then there is Lola’s emotional immaturity. She ends her and Wayne’s relationship when it gets to be “too real” and hides her emotions in another relationship because the man is a safe choice. He’s rebound all the way and she uses this other man, who is equally great (but not great for her), to hide. This is perfectly acceptable in the beginning of the novel when she’s younger and a grad student. Everybody needs some time to figure out what they want and who they want.

But, as the years go by, she should have a better grip on what she wants/needs and not face a panic attack every time she and Wayne cross paths. Lola pushes Wayne away at all of their encounters, tells him lies when she’s scared she might fall back into a relationship with him, and misdirects him (regarding her daughter, Eve). She feels that wanting Wayne means being untrue to herself and punishes him for it. I’m honestly surprised he wanted her after all the years apart and all her crazy. And she hurts another in her endeavor to protect herself from what loving Wayne might mean.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Buy: Lingerie For Felons

Review: Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, Book 3) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Heroine: Widow Silence Hollingbrook is in a dire situation. To reclaim what she loves she must face the man who callously and cruelly used her to make a point that ruined her marriage. Only of course he doesn’t make things simple. Apparently there’s danger (evil Charlie Grady, the Vicar of Whitechapel) and wouldn’t you know, he’s the father of the baby girl she thought was an orphan.

Hero: River pirate “Charming” Mickey O’Connor is fiercely handsome but woefully unfeeling (or so he thinks, he takes quite good care of those he considers his). He climbed his way to the top of London’s dark and dangerous criminal underworld and has no intentions of falling back down. But when a danger from his past threatens to tear it all down, Mickey acts and once again his actions will prove to be Silence’s undoing.

Review: Scandalous Desires is not to be missed – pirate hero? Hello! It’s a beautifully written story with all the elements that I like including a seemingly heartless hero (he’s dragged into love, but once there he’s going to go all out). I love how Mickey is the engineer of his own romantic downfall – he wants Silence and to get to her he uses Mary Darling, a bastard daughter a whore claimed was his but he knows is not. He’ll keep Mary around because it means Silence will stay because she loves the girl. Of course he falls for both, poor man, haha. Silence and Mikey are enemies, but they aren’t, because Mikey doesn’t really want Silence as an enemy, but plays the part because of his plan to keep her by his side. The only thing left to say is that this is definitely one of the best books of the year!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

(Would have been 5 Stars, but Mary Darling gets sick and drags focus)

Buy: Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane)

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Review: SEALed Forever by Mary Margret Daughtridge

by Susan S., guest reviewer

Operation Book Review

Orders: Read the review, purchase SEALed Forever, and “forget” reviewer’s name. Hide the evidence! Feed the receipt to your paper shredder and memorize LRP’s link. This review must not leave a trail from your favorites file!

Book 4 in Daughtridge’s Navy SEAL novels. It’s a stand-alone; I haven’t read the others…yet.

Summary: Ever since his platoon was ambushed in Afghanistan, the Navy has refused to reassign Navy SEAL Lt. Garth Vale (hero). While he awaits for new orders, Garth is working at Coastal Air (front for C.I.A.). His job now is to help spies into and out of the country.

While taxi-ing a spy plane to the hanger he finds a baby girl hidden inside a box. Vale understands that with black ops sometimes things go awry. But someone screwed-up BIG, and now Garth “Darth Vader” has no choice but carry the can. Well in this case, the baby. No. I’m not going to tell you why they call him Darth Vader. I know…I’m evil that way.

Baby Julia appears sedated and dehydrated. Lt. Vale has no choice but to seek out the new doctor in town, Dr. Bronwyn Whitescarver (heroine).

For Bronwyn: He’ll have to break the SEAL’s code of silence.

For Garth: She’ll risk her heart.

And for baby Julia: They’ll risk it all!

Review: It struck me as odd that baby Julia which was at the center of the plot, didn’t “appear” in the story’s conclusion. I wanted her to! As a rule, I tend to avoid romance novels with babies. But I kept an open mind and was glad I did. It really was an enjoyable read. (Blushes). O.k., perhaps the Navy SEAL added an element of enjoyment, but the rest was good too!

Things I enjoyed:

  • When Garth goes abso-freaking-nuts buying baby stuff at Walmart.
  • Bronwyn and JJ’s spa day. (JJ’s her BFF).
  • The phone call. When Bronwyn asks David and J.J. if Garth can be trusted while Garth is standing near enough to hear her side of the conversation.
  • The steamy intimate scenes on the deck, the breakfast table, and the red canoe. Ooo-hoo!

This was my first time reading a Daughtridge novel, but certainly not my last. Guess I now have to purchase the first three in the series plus the ones to follow. Luckily I have B&N on speed dial!

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: SEALed Forever

Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Copyright May 2011, Contemporary Romance, Mass Market Paperback, Print Pages 374. ISBN# 978-1-4022-4619-7.

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Review: Triumph in Arms by Jennifer Blake

This is the sixth book in the Maitres D’Armes series.

The Story: Widow + Child + Parents + Brother + Father’s Gaming Debt = Sword Master + Vengeance Plot + Marriage Proposal + Newly Acquired Family Home & Family.

How’s that for a brief overlook? lol :D

When widowed Reine Cassard Pingre’s father gambles and loses everything to sword master Christien Lennoir her only option to save her family, her daughter, and herself is to agree to marry him. Remarrying was never in her cards prior to this humungous cluster-fuck because of the emotional abuse she suffered from her late husband and the shame he brought her by constantly seeking pleasure outside of the marriage bed. Men as far as she’s concerned can’t be faithful.

Christien Lennoir didn’t offer a proposal purely out of interest for Reine, although it’s definitely there. He wants family but more importantly he wants her and her daughter as his family. Still, the reasons behind his offer are twofold. What he wants is to expose the secrets of River’s Edge and help his aging mentor to get revenge for the ruin and death of his daughter.

Of concern is Marguerite, Reine’s daughter. She keeps having nightmares about a loup-garou (werewolf) haunting her. She finds great comfort in Christien’s presence and that is enough to sway Reine’s decision on the marriage proposal. She accepts and plans are underway, but Christien’s suspicious behavior gives her doubts. Ironically, Reine’s reactions to his behavior cause Christien to be wary of her and just when it seems he’ll get everything he wants, including her love… all hell breaks loose.

It was a good story. Rich. Sweet. Full of intrigue. My previous opinion of Jennifer Blake stands… I believe I have found myself another author to love and glom.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Now and Forever: A Love Story by Jean C. Joachim

by Isabel G., guest reviewer

Callie Richards moved to Willow Falls to start a new life, however, it’s difficult to let go of the future she once planned to share with her previous fiancé. The pain she felt after he was killed still lingered. Although Callie did not have much money, she used what she had to enroll at Kensington State University to get her master’s degree. Her ultimate goal is to be able to support herself. Callie ends up making a risky decision in order to help the university after a few students overdose on drugs. She volunteers to go undercover to help find the people responsible and ends up putting her own life in danger.

Mac Caldwell is the Dean at Kensington State University. He’s divorced and shares custody of a son. Although he’s lonely, Mac feels it’s inappropriate to date the young woman at the university. He also finds that they aren’t mature enough for a 34-year old man. He starts to fall for Callie when she begins working at the school office.

The romance part of the story is sweet and I would recommend this book to beginners. However, keep in mind that there’s some violence and adult content. If you’re into more passionate love scenes… bypass this book altogether. The sexual encounters are short and not detailed enough for my liking.

Likes: There were a few surprising twists in the story and the fact that there’s real danger for the main characters made the plot more realistic.

Dislikes: Mac saves Callie from possibly getting raped and they have sex that same night. That just doesn’t make sense because I would be too panic-stricken.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Buy: Now and Forever, a Love Story (papberback) or Now and Forever, A Love Story (ebook)

Publisher: iUniverse, Inc., ISBN 978-1-4502-4625-5, Copyright 2010,
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 196