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Next up on this humble little blog, I’m going to be chatting away about these two books.

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Fools Rush In is a contemporary love story. I’m excited about it because the heroine is a doctor, with a dog (love it). She has a plan to fall for a former crush but ends up with Sam Nickerson (the hero) who’s a police officer. I love that they’re in Cape Cod and I think it’s going to be awesome.

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The Look of Love is another contemporary read and the first of a series–I always love series because they mean good books are on the way! This one is about Chloe who’s just coming out of an abusive relationship and is determined not to make that mistake again. She gets into a car accident and Chase (the hero) helps her out of the ditch (literally). I always tread carefully with stories of wounded women because they can be so painful but I have high hopes for this one.

If you’re interested on them just click on the covers and they’ll take you right to the author sites. If you’ve read them, let me know what you think!

 

My favourite series

Absolutely recommended. Hands down. These are my favourite series in no particular order. In order to make this list, the series has to have more than 3 books and they have to reside on my Keeper Shelf.

* The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward.

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* The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh.

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* The Psy/Changeling Series also by Nalini Singh.

psy_changeling_collage_by_nixtheeverknowing-d6qwhlu-2* The Bedwyn series from Mary Balogh.

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* The Maiden Lane series from Elizabeth Hoyt.

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* The Outlander series from Diana
Gabaldon.

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Did I miss any? Rats!

* The Rarest Blooms by Madeline Hunter!

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Miss any now? Do you have a series you adore? Or one I should have included? Give me a shout! I love to find great new books!

P.S. If you click on those covers, you can go to the author sites.

Review: Daring to dream

Nora Roberts is a pro. When I picked up this book, I knew it’d be good but I also knew I was in the hands of one of the best writers of romance. Ever. So I paid attention.

Nora Robert’s good. For a lot of reasons.

One, her heroine Margo is outspoken, opinionated and makes a terrible mess of her life. Where I would probably create a woman that no one would like, Nora Roberts makes Margo appealing. She cares about her family, sacrifices herself for them and keeps her dignity by not throwing herself at the hero’s feet.

Josh is the hero and he too, could be disliked in someone else’s hands. He’s born in luxury, is gorgeous, flawless and a lawyer to boot. Again, Nora Roberts waves her magic with Josh and I loved him. He was quietly in love with Margo for years, never once letting her know or sharing his feelings out of respect for where she was at. And he helps her, when she’s stuck, without letting her know he did it. He’s charming, witty and still very much an alpha man.

Nora Roberts has a knack with families and relationships and this book was no exception. Margo has a chance to reconcile with her mother and make amends with her life. Things work out but there are mistakes along the way and realistic challenges that make this story not only realistic but a wonderful tale of fiction.

I particularly loved that the main plot in the story was the love relationship between Margo and Josh. The Templetons were easy to like and so realistic I could hear them talking.

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, I’d highly recommend this one. Personally, I can’t wait to get to the rest of this series.

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Top 5 series I keep rereading obsessively

I reread some books over and over. I reread some series over and over. These are the series I keep rereading like an obsessed addict.

5. The Mackenzie Mountain series from Linda Howard. Just yum!

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4. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Of course!

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3. J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Sigh…so good!

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2. Lisa KleyPas’s contemporary series starting with Sugar Daddy.

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1. Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. I just can’t get enough of her writing.

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How about you? Do you reread some series over and over?

 

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Review: Voyager

At over 1000 pages, Voyager is not brief but it’s an excellent continuation of the story started with Outlander and continued with Dragonfly in Amber. I’d encourage anyone interested to not be discouraged by the length. Diana Gabaldon has a way of creating a story that makes the reader forget the number of pages. Believe it or not, this book was an absolute page-turner.

The incredibly accurate account of history is here again, as is the beautiful love story. And this is a love story because Claire and Jamie have to find their love for each other again. I won’t mention details and ruin the book but suffice it to say that they need to reconnect.

The characters have grown, yet in the most important ways have remained the same Jamie and Claire that we fell in love with in Outlander. There is still danger and adventure and through it we rediscover our hero and heroine and find new ways to love them.

Like all of Ms. Gabaldon’s books, there are cultural details, biologically accurate facts and rich background stories to liven the story. This is not a single, weak plot but a thick tapestry of tales, mystery and plot twists. We meet new characters and new places that are as wonderful as they are dangerous.

It’s easy to see why this series has caused such an international following. The writing is superb, the history flawless and the love story breathtaking. This is a must-read for anyone into romance or historical fiction and I know I will reread this book many times in the future. What an absolute delight.

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An absolute favourite

Nora Roberts has often been called a ‘publishing phenomenon’. With so many published books under her name, I believe it. But, let’s look at the numbers and see:

* Nora has written 184 New York Times bestsellers including 33 as J. D. Robb and one written together with J. D. Robb.

* 55 of her books have debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

* There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print worldwide (as of 9/1/09)

* Over the last 30 years an average of 27 Nora Roberts books were sold every minute.

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The numbers in fact, go on and on. Her writing style has been copied but, to this day, no one has achieved her success. It’s unparalleled.

One of many, I also love her books. She’s, of course, on my automatic-buy list. But there are some of her books that touched my heart more than others. One series in particular stands out. The Chesapeake Bay series. It consists of four books: Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbour and Chesapeake Blue. It’s the story of four brothers and how they dealt with their father’s death. It’s also the story of how they all found love. And it’s absolutely wonderful.

Among her many talents, Nora Roberts knows men. The Quinn brothers act like real men. They’re not the typical heroes who are described as ‘quiet and mysterious’ but suddenly explain their entire life story to the distraught heroine. They stay true to character and (this is where Nora Roberts is magical) we love them in spite of their faults.

One more bonus, the ladies in the stories are awesome, fully formed women who I’d love to have as friends, who take no crap from anyone and still manage to be vulnerable.

But the best part, no hands down, is the writing. I love Nora Roberts’ style. I love to just read it. I love to become submerged in it.

If you haven’t tried her, I hope you do. She’s absolutely amazing. If writing had their Wonders of the World, Nora Roberts would be in the top 3. If not top 2. Or one. 🙂

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The awesome J.R. Ward

How I love this author. Let me count the ways.

1. She managed to create a series about vampires that was so cool, it actually made me fall in love with them all over again (and I was pretty over the entire vampire thing, let me tell you).

2. Her writing is not only easy to get into and fresh (she has great references to things happening in real-life), it’s also funny. I’ve literally laughed out loud.

3. Her books are thick. Thank the good gods above, she writes nicely filled books. I usually don’t want more than 100 000 words but, with J. R. Ward, I want as much as I can get. And she delivers

4. I love her heroes. They’re tough, mean, nasty sons of guns but so incredibly protective and possessive over their ladies, they just make me sigh with instant adoration (sighing right now). Plus, they’re fully fleshed heroes, with issues, flaws and defects.

5. One-liners that I want to memorize and use at work functions. J. R. Ward has one-liners that I want to print and plaque onto my wall. They’re just awesome…or hilarious. Depending where you are at in the book.

6. Multiple story lines. I like knowing more than one perspective and more than one layer in the story. I find it enriches the experience. J. R. Ward does that in spades.

7. Her stories are gripping. There are some (I won’t say what happens in them) that I had to read in slow bits because they were so emotionally powerful…then I had to read them again. And again.

8. Her books are paranormal romance. The love story isn’t forgotten, it’s the main attraction but the writing is amazing enough that I’ll get into the other story-lines.

9. She’s written another series The Fallen Angels…which means there are more books to love. And she writes as Jessica Bird too!

10. Her next book is coming out April 1st. And I CAN NOT wait. Just check out the incredible cover. It’s months away and I’m already drooling over it. Can’t wait…can’t wait…itching to get my little paws on it…

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Olivia’s Choice is out!

It’s finally in print! I’m really excited. It’s also free for 90 days on amazon.com. Just click on the picture and follow the link.

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