Review: A Venetian Affair by Dana Mitchell

Venetian AffairReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Helen Stoddart is a singer who has caught a gentleman’s attention. Gabriel Venier has come to listen to opera at a Venetian café. He also comes to the aid of a damsel in distress. The heat is combustible between the two of them. If my book was a paperback, the pages would burn.

If you like to listen to music while reading your books, you may want to try listening to Il Divo and Il Volo. Or if you prefer opera, you could try stopping down at your local library and see what they suggest. Me, I loved watching “The Pirates of Penzance” with Linda Rondstadt and Kevin Kline. You can catch a segment below:

This is a story about misunderstandings. Dana shows how misconceptions can hurt and how people can overcome other people’s attitudes. Helen is a passionate woman but she has a mask that she always wears when she is around others. Will she ever find someone who will look beyond that mask? The only way you can answer that question is if you read this book.

Besides having just the right amount of sex, Dana puts in just enough tension that will have you turning the page. She also reminds her readers that you can’t pick your family. But best of all we get our HEA ending. It will be interesting to see what she has in store for her readers next. But while you wait, try giving Dana’s book A Venetian Affair a chance.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Cat Scratch Fever by Jodi Redford

Cat Scratch FeverReviewed by Susan S.

Summary: Lilly Prescott’s grandfather lost a whopping 60 acres of land during a poker game gone wrong. And who benefited? Dante Morgan’s father (Foster). Now Lilly will do anything to reclaim the property which should belong to her family. Not if, but when she gets the land, Lilly (heroine) plans to build a private retreat for the Lynchat Foundation. Oh, sorry `bout the oversight. Prescott is a lynx shifter.

The heroine is willing to pay reasonably for the land, but Dante’s not asking for money. And his wolfish proposition is something Lilly would never Ever consider. At least not with all her faculties intact.

With no love lost between Dante and Lilly, can a sexy wolf convince a feisty cat to play nice? Or will he become Lilly’s new scratching post?

Review: Whenever I begin a new Jodi Redford novel I know I’m in for a treat. If you’ve never read her books-you’re missing out on what I call triple-shot spicy reads. The author gives new meaning to lovin’ thy self. Phew! And in Cat Scratch Fever Redford continues her crowd-pleasing modus operandi. Just you wait and see!

I thought the suspense was great and I despised the antagonists. Which is precisely what I want to feel when the author writes them as they should be written-as extra nasty! I did feel though, that an epilogue could’ve added a little something extra to the story’s conclusion.

Thought Bubble: Here’s hoping that Dante’s cousin, Theo, can have his very own story someday. He’s a sheriff. (Insert saucy grin here).

Recommendations: For readers who zealously seek out those damsel-in-distress stories (which have the hero miraculously saving the day). Recommended for those with a fondness for the enemies (I want to murder him in his sleep) to lovers (I want mad-passionate-sex) tropes. Paranormal romance readers will get a kick knowing the H is a werewolf and the h is a lynx shifter. The erotic romantic elements play a pivotal role in the story. So if you love those erotic romances, you’ll no doubt love Cat Scratch Fever.

Disclaimer: I received this novel free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Review-O-Meter Rating: ★★★★½ (Plot: 4 and Erotic Romance: 5)

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Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Copyright 2012, eBook, Erotic Paranormal Romance, ISBN# 978-1-60928-770-2.

My Top 10 Favorite Romance Movies

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Everyone has movies that they tend to watch over and over and over again. We watch them because they make us happy, because we love the acting and the story. Yesterday I saw for the first time a movie that came out in 2007. It was stunning and has without a moment’s hesitancy, entered my favorites list. That movie was Arranged. Look out for a formal review as I will be writing one.

My Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies

(In order by release date.)

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991) It’s easy to see that this is most girls’ first introduction into paranormal romance. The Beast and castle are clearly enchanted through magic. The castle itself is very Gothic, and our poor hero is as shaggy as any werewolf, though he certainly cleans up nice!
  2. Walk in the Clouds (1995) This lovely postwar romance follows a young soldier as he attempts to sell chocolates and winds up rescuing a damsel in distress. The grandfather makes this movie and the scene in the vineyard during a frost warning is breathtaking.
  3. Ever After (1998) I am surprised I haven’t worn the finish off this DVD. I used to watch it every day or two many many years ago. Prince Henri is a charming rascal in desperate need of a love match to stop his father’s political matchmaking.
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Colin Firth as Marc Darcy. Clearly this is an awesome romance. Very strong language warning, but other than that it’s very delightful. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to love the fight scene. Sigh!
  5. North and South (2004) Four hours is not nearly enough Mr. Thornton or Richard Armitage. I would like more please. Is there an unedited eight hour version hiding somewhere? No? Drat! I guess I will have to settle for one, “Look back at me!”
  6. Pride and Prejudice (2005) My favorite version of Jane Austen’s classic. I know I said Colin Firth and Marc Darcy and it’s true. Colin is great as Darcy, but this version with Keira and Matthew and Donald really yanks at my heart. The scenery is gorgeous too.
  7. Outsourced (2006) This movie is a call center and technical support romance between one yuppy American male and one spunky Indian female. Culture shock to say the very least and wickedly entertaining.
  8. Arranged (2007) One Orthodox Jewish girl and one Muslim girl are getting matched. They know each other from their teaching positions at the same school and as they go through the process of meeting men under watchful family eyes they become fast friends. Very satisfying ending!
  9. Enchanted (2007) I just love the songs in this film, especially “How does she know that you love her?” Patrick Dempsey is devilishly handsome and a treat to watch as he struggles against falling for a loopy girl who thinks she’s in love with a prince. Amy Adams is perfection.
  10. Lost in Austen (2008) Be honest, who hasn’t wanted Mr. Darcy to herself? One English miss from today’s world manages to get stuck in Jane Austen’s ‘fictional’ Georgian England at the start of the story and the rest as they say is history!

So there’s my list. What movies are on yours?

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Review: Dear Penelope by Sharon Ihle

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I won a copy of Dear Penelope over at Kristie’s Ramblings on Romance blog during The Great Western Drive. Thanks Kristie!!!

This Western is a very sweet romance with a lot going on. You’ll find robberies and fisticuffs alongside chocolate stars and a marriage of convenience. It’s very lighthearted all the way along. There are a few things that keep it from being a truly great story and one for me was the lovemaking scene. I wanted a little more description in the bedroom as it was kind of sparse.

The novel setting is a small town called Emancipation in Colorado, near Wyoming. It serves as a backdrop for the suffragist movement. The woman of Emancipation run it and you’ll find them in positions of mayoress, sheriff, city council, newspaper owner, etc.

The heroine is partially clumsy. She’s always tripping or spilling things. It happens when she gets flustered. The hero is sort of an orphan. His mother left home and his father drank himself to death. He’s grown up now and runs a few saloons in Denver and Emancipation.

Sebastian Cole first meets Lucy when she arrives in Emancipation off of the train. He rescues her from a mishap. Later he rescues her from humiliation and financial desperation by offering her a job as a waitress in his saloon.

The humiliation that Lucy faces is finding out that her much anticipated arrival in Emancipation is unwelcome. Charlie, her fiancé, sent her a letter warning her not to come but it never made it to her. Charlie has a new fiancée and her name is Cherry. Disgraced and feeling miserable Lucy turns to Sebastian for help and there’s one thing Sebastian has never been able to resist and that’s a damsel in distress…

Rating: 3 Stars

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