Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SHADOW OF A DOUBT by Karen McCullough

SHADOW OF A DOUBT
KAREN MCCULLOUGH
Romantic Suspense
Cerridwen Press
Sensuality Rating: Sexy
ISBN# 1-4199-0684-4
eBook - Available now

Rating: 3 Enchantments

Detective Liz Ramsey is one focused police professional, until she meets Greg Conyers, an artist with a troubled soul and more. Torn between solving a slew of mounting murders and her ever growing desire to be Greg’s savior from himself, she almost succumbs to an end that could destroy them both. Only in the end does she find and battle the dark lurking monster within Greg, saving both the job and the man she loves.

Ms. McCullough masterfully brings to light the darkness and passion that is deep within us all. In SHADOW OF A DOUBT, she has created a true page turner that challenges the reader to look beyond the obvious until the bitter end. Balancing fiction with fact, she has created a truly unique romance-detective story.


Rowan
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

THE MERRY WIDOW by Adriana Kraft

THE MERRY WIDOW
ADRIANA KRAFT
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Sensuality Rating: Torrid
ISBN# 978-1-60313-174-2
272 pages
Price: N/A (ARC)
eBook - Releasing January 2008

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Merry Delaney is a recently widowed accountant. Though alone now, Merry is no stranger to loneliness. She’s been by herself, especially in her bed, for many years, ever since her husband had been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. However, it’s time for her to stop mopping around, and her best friend Camille knows just what Merry needs – sex. And lo and behold, good sex does not necessarily imply a man. Camille, a confirmed bisexual, introduces Merry to the world of Girls’ Night Out.

Detective Jim Barnes does not know Merry Delaney. That is, until an investigation leads him to her. The mob has been using her accountancy skills, unbeknownst to her, to skim money. Jim needs her to help him, and Merry agrees. However, Jim also knows he needs to keep a close eye on Merry. What if she went to the mob and tipped them off? However, he’s in for more than he bargained for, and it is to a long list of sexual dates, both male and female, that he is privy to while in surveillance.

There comes a time when Jim can no longer contain his desire for the adventurous Merry. Merry herself did not imagine she would have such a wild streak. She indulges in her newfound sexual freedom and liberation. Until the day Jim steps into her life as more than a cop, but as a fiery lover. Can the passion between them survive Merry’s need for independence? And what to make of the mob’s escalating threats on her person?

THE MERRY WIDOW is one very merry romp. The heat sizzles and burns off almost every page. Be prepared to need lots of cooling aid when reading this one! However, despite the almost non-ending sexual prowess related in the story, the author does manage to convey a physical and human dimension to the characters. The romance between Merry and Jim is nothing short of sweet, well, okay, if you overlook the sultry blaze that lights up at every encounter.

Definitely a good read, but one that will leave the reader hot, hot, hot!


Zee
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

MY EYES ONLY by Judith Otto

MY EYES ONLY
JUDITH OTTO
Young Adult Adventure Romance
Whiskey Creek Press
ISBN# 978-1-59374-129-7
190 pages
Price: N/A (ARC)
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Mandy Rossiter is a on the point of taking a giant leap into the unknown world of adolescence. The era is the 1950s.

Her story starts with the gift of a diary from her best friend, Sally. From this point on, she’ll record everything that happens to her, from the trivial to the important. And also, she’ll put her secrets in the diary, secrets even Sally won’t know of.

As Mandy embarks on her journey, the world is changing around her. Her friends are wearing makeup, trousers, and going out with boys. Mandy’s parents are old fashioned and forbid her from doing all this.

Yet, Mandy has discovered the fascination which boys present to adolescent girls. There is the older, stovepipe-wearing, slicked back hair and dressed-in-black guy she meets while on vacation, who gives her her first real kiss. Then back home, there is sweet and handsome Gary, who wants her as his steady girlfriend. Then there is Roger, the bad boy spelling trouble.
There is the journey of discovery, complete with the lure of adventure and the thrilling temptation of seduction... It is also a time of love, sweet kisses, and betrayal.

While I will admit that at the start of the book I wasn’t too keen on this story, I cannot recall where Mandy Rossiter pulled me into her world and made me want to stay there. Ms. Otto writes in a poignant way which makes the reader feel Mandy as if she was there and the reader was her best friend. The reader is taken along this journey, and sometimes is terribly frustrated to be only a silent observer, wanting at times to laugh with Mandy, bash her on the head when she is about to do something stupid, and cry with her when her life goes hay wire.

Mandy’s story is one any woman can relate to, because we’ve all been there at one point, be it in different eras or decades. At heart, Mandy is the girl in us.

Thanks Ms. Otto for having caught this elusive essence of growing up in this book.


Zee
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

TO LOVE AN OUTLAW by Roxanne Springer

TO LOVE AN OUTLAW
ROXANNE SPRINGER
Western Erotic Romance/Historical
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Sensuality Rating: Torrid
ISBN# 978-1-59374-990-3 (eBook)
ISBN# 978-1-59374-990-3 (Trade Paperback)
$6.99/$15.95 paperback
446 pages
Releasing December 2007

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

Jessica Randall is a young widow. Beautiful and strong, she mourns and pays homage to her deceased husband. Though alone, she knows she can make it, and tends to her farm almost single handedly. Jessica is not a recluse, but she isn’t too social either, living at a distance from the nearby town.

Until the stormy night when a man knocks on her door. His name is John Budreau and he is injured. He requests her help, and Jessica acquiesces. However, something else is shared between them, and that is an undeniable attraction.

Jessica allows her woman’s heart to come out of its painful and lonely mourning, and it is with renewed vigor that the same heart now beats for the handsome John. When he decides to stay back for a while as hired hand on her farm, both he and Jessica allow the simmering appeal for each other to gain ground.

They eventually fall in love. Yet, the enigmatic John carries and hides a secret so terrible it would tear the very heart he now cherishes - Jessica’s. Should he reveal his secret, there will be no future for them. And a future with Jessica is precisely what he now yearns for.

Both Jessica and John are very lovable characters. They have both been depicted with flair and humanness. The story reserves some very powerful twists and turns, some of which the reader will not see coming. The eventful dimension of the story however does tend to lag and drag in some instances, and in some places, the recovery is rather lacking. However, all this might be overlooked in the light of Ms. Springer’s particular brand of realistic and very detail-oriented descriptions of historical life.


Zee
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON by Bruce Cooke

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON
BRUCE COOKE
Romance Contemporary
Whiskey Creek Press
ISBN# 978-1-59374-072-6
Price: N/A (ARC)
200 pages
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Life is bleak, grey and ugly for fifty-year old widow Joanne Montgomery. Not wanting to hurt their children with the stark, ugly truth about their father, she carries the burden of his infidelities and abusive streak alone. Depression lurks like a pernicious cloak around her, and she often seeks solace in the bottle. Until the day Ritchie steps into her life.

Richard Collins, better known as Ritchie, is fifty-three years old and a divorced father of three. Ritchie has brought his kids up single handedly, and there has never really been time for him to seek more from life. When he meets Joanne, Ritchie knows she is his second chance at love.

From here starts a quest to win over first Joanne’s trust, then her love, both of which he gains after his relentless pursuit of her. Joanne, wary of love, finally falls for Ritchie. Things couldn’t be better – if only her daughter Becky could be happy for her. Becky held her father in saintly light, and she is aghast at her mother being with another man, especially Ritchie, whom she views with much distrust. To further stir things up, Ritchie’s gold-digging ex-wife steps back into the picture. She’s been ditched by her latest lover, and wants back into Ritchie’s life. She won’t let a small obstacle like Joanne stand in her way, and she convinces Joanne she and Ritchie are back together.

Joanne is hurt and feels betrayed. She withdraws from the relationship. But Ritchie is not ready to let her go, at least not without putting up a fight. He will expose the lies keeping them apart, come hell or high water.

Here is one story with an apparently simple plot. Simple? Not so much. While I will admit the plot is rather uncomplicated, there is a big surprise awaiting all the readers, and this is the author’s delightful writing voice. Mr. Cooke’s mastery of relationships and the characters he creates in Love in the Afternoon is simply to be applauded. Rarely have I read of a hero more worthy of being termed a hero – Ritchie, despite being in the afternoon of life, is a man any woman would find hard not to fall for. The interaction of the characters in this set-up is simply marvelous, especially where Ritchie and his daughter Sally are concerned. I had one laugh after another with these two.

This is one story to curl up with and read in one single go. It will fill you with a soft warm glow, and you will fall in love along the way.


Zee
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

COP'S DAUGHTER: GRACE by Laura Marie Henion

COP’S DAUGHTER 3: GRACE
LAURA MARIE HENION
Suspense
Whiskey Creek Press
240 pages
ISBN# 978-1-59374-391-8
Price: N/A (ARC)
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

At age 9, Grace Martin faced a facet of life no person desires to encounter. Now, years later, Grace is a detective with the NYPD, following in the footsteps of her illustrious cop father. Grace is very good at her job, and has an affinity for mapping out the mind of killers. Undercover work is another one of her fortes.

Lieutenant Max Mathews is on a complicated case. Women are going missing, and he has to put a stop to it. A hardened, street-tough and savvy cop, Max needs Grace’s help on this one.
Grace’s own cases of missing women bring her in touch with Max. Both cannot deny the magnetic attraction between them. It is even more disturbing for Grace who never allows herself to simply be a woman and always views herself as a cop, first and final.

As Grace figures out a connection between the disappearances, an undercover operation brings her face to face with the mastermind behind the sordid affair. This man, known as the Master, runs an illegal sex slave network. He abducts those women for his clients who require a sex slave. But now the Master has something else on his mind – he has identified his own sex slave, and her name is Grace Martin.

Will Grace take the fall? Her father died because of the ‘job’. Will History repeat itself?
If it is suspense you crave, this is the book for you. Rarely have I been kept on the edge of my seat from such gripping tension and anticipation. Not to mention the sizzling tension and raw attraction between Grace and Max that simply simmers off the pages. Ms. Henion knows her craft. She creates a captivating world, and her descriptions will allow the readers to close their eyes and connect immediately with her vividly portrayed settings. The twists and turns in this one sure make it a page-turner.


Zee
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

THE DARK WARRIORS by SFX Fantasy

THE DARK WARRIORS
SFX FANTASY
fantasy, young adult, paranormal romance
LuLu
ISBN# 978-1-4303-0957-4
Price: N/A
eBook - Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Welcome to the SXF Fantasy series; this is the third book. It starts up where it left off with Jakeand Sarah, his flying companion. These two elite warriors battle the shadow beasts ravagingand destroying their lands.

Jake has trouble with his fuzzy memories, but Sarah is able to unburden Jake’s mind and openhim up with her love. With the help of their friends Helen, Bob and Torin, these warriors standup and battle the monsters in the dark.

This book is wonderfully written. The intense plot will keep you turning the pages and wantingmore. The epilogue “Nine Years” is an added teaser about Jake and Sarah. THE DARKWARRIORS is a gripping tale that will lead its reader gasping for more. If you have not readthe first two books, I recommend starting with WARRIOR GIRL and LOST IN ANOTHERREALM. You won’t want to leave this series off your reading list.


Raven
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

WEB OF DECEIT by Kim Watters

WEB OF DECEIT
KIM WATTERS
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
The Wild Rose Press
Sensuality Rating: Sweet, but a PG rating for Violence
ISBN# 1-60154-115-5
$5.00
eBook - Available 2007

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Faith is a woman who lives up to her name. She is going home for the first time in years after the mysterious death of her husband, hoping for a new beginning for her and her young son. She has faith that God to help pull her through this dark time into a time of peace. She hopes for a new love, or rather an old one.

Adam has faith in God too, but he has been haunted by what could have been with Faith for years. He will do whatever it takes to protect her and her young son from the people who might mean her harm.

People can be brought together by their faith in God. One character wants to go home again, and the other wants to be with the woman that he has loved for years. Finally, they each have the chance to live out a dream and figure out what is real. Adam is there to watch out for her. Faith will find out the truth about whether her husband is truly dead or if it all is just a lie. Can we trust our heart to tell the truth? Can we trust in faith and God?

I really liked this story. I have not read a romance in a while that had people in it who had faith in God. It was very refreshing to see stories about people who still have faith in God and let Him direct their lives, and are not ashamed to admit it.

Thumbs way up for this author. I hope to see more books like this from her.


Melanie
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

VOODOO by Angela Knight

VOODOO
ANGELA KNIGHT
BDSM Paranormal Halloween Treat
Loose Id
Sensuality Rating: HOT
ISBN# 978-1-59632-290-5
23 pages
$2.25
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Voodoo, our heroine, is a young woman recovering from a brutal attack. She is rescued by Lyxn; he is all she has dreamed about. She has dreamed about getting her hands on him or her lips or her mind. She cannot wait to find Lynx and show her appreciation.

Lynx is a man not quite like other men. He is still adjusting to his brother’s marriage and is tired of being a third wheel. He is ready for his own two-some and he thinks Voodoo is the woman that will fit his mold. He cannot wait to get his hands on her.

This is the story of two people that want the same thing each other. They both decided at the same time to go after their desire. And boy, is it a rollercoaster ride.

I liked this book and boy was it HOT. I have read books like this before, but Ms. Knight has a special magic in her pen. Her stories are entertaining and full of fun and spice. My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer. This was too good of a story to be done so soon. Or perhaps I am not a short story person. Either way, I hope she writes more on this couple.


Melanie
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

SEXUAL PERSUASION by Anne Rainey

SEXUAL PERSUASION
ANNE RAINEY
Erotic Romance/Hot BSDM
Tease Publishing
ISBN# 987-1-934678-11-4
$1.99
eBook - Available January 2008

Rating: 4 Enchantments

A young woman named Roslyn is used to getting her own way, until she meets a man who makes her see things in a different light. But don’t be fooled by her. She has a lot more depth to her than meets the eye. Rane is a man who did not always get his own way. But he worked his way to the top to make himself a self-made man so he could get the one thing that slipped out of his hands - Roslyn.

What happens when two people are thrown together by the actions of outside forces? One knows of the reasons behind the capture but the other does not. In an interesting twist, the one who knows about the capture will become the true captive, while the captive will become the captor.

What a story! It was a little HOT for me (LOL, but I withstood it). I really liked the characters and I wished we could have learned a little more about them; this story was a little short. But I am hopeful we will see more about them in future books about this city. Ladies, this book was HOT HOT HOT! So if you can’t stand the heat, stand back from the fire. And SEXUAL PERSUASION has plenty of heat.


Melanie
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

SINFUL by Nathalie Gray

SINFUL
NATHALIE GRAY
Erotic Historical
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 1-4199-0637-2
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Charlotte is a woman in a man’s world doing something unheard of, taking care of herself. She has been taking care of her people since her brother left for the Crusades years before. And she has been doing a damn (is there a reason you use damn instead of darn?) good job of it too. Her distillery has become one of the finest in the region. But because she is a woman, she still does not have a lot of freedom. One night, she decides to take a nighttime dip in a pond and gets more then she bargained for - she meets the man of her dreams.

Our hero Gautier is a man with a painful past. He feels a lot of guilt for things he has done. He can think of only one way to atone for it, by becoming a man of the cloth. He has not taken any vows yet, but still feels bound by them until the night he meets Charlotte. Things will never be the same again. He feels an immediate attraction to her unlike any he has ever felt in his life. And this attraction will not be denied.

Two people are drawn together by circumstances neither can control and kept together by feelings they cannot deny. This is a very turbulent time in both of their lives - full of hate, betrayal, and deception, but most of all love. And in the end, only that will save them.

I really loved this story because it was like the ones I read as a teenager. It had handsome knights and lovely ladies. But it was a little different because the hero was a man of the cloth who was the one falling in love and the knight was the bad guy. The hero was very mysterious and kept you guessing. I was really able to get behind the heroine and root for her. All in all, a very intriguing story that I think the reader will enjoy.

Ms. Gray has a bio available on her Ellora's Cave author page or you can read her interview with Enchanting Reviews in august. She is the Enchanting Reviews Author of the Month in December, so stop back to chat with her in person and maybe win a backlist title from her.


Melanie
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

ETERNAL SURRENDER by Ann Lory

ETERNAL SURRENDER
ANN LORY
Paranormal Romance
Loose Id
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
ISBN# 978-1-59632-478-1
$5.99
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Alyssa is a young woman with a thirst for vengeance that knows no bounds. A woman hunting for one thing but perhaps finding the one thing she was not looking for. She does not count on finding the man of her nightmares turning into the man of her dreams... if she can just let down her defenses long enough to let him in.

Damian, a man who has not had a lot of tenderness in his life, was not expecting to find the one thing that could save his soul. He had given up on all emotions. That is, until Alyssa walked into his life and he sees such strength and resolve in her that will not be denied. And he is drawn to her like to no other woman. But will he help her in her quest for vengeance or hinder her?

This is the story of two people on a collision course with a life they never thought they could have. Both have such a painful past they do not know if they can get past the hurt to find each other. The feelings are ones that cannot be denied but will they destroy them both? Will they find the one thing that will save them both... love? Will Alyssa be able to get over a terrible act or at least live with it? Or will vengeance consume her? And will Damian be able to let her go after only just having found her?

A really likeable story. More than likeable, actually. It had an intensity about it that was unlike a lot of books you read. You could get behind the characters and feel for them. I liked the fact that the characters never let go of their resolve no matter the cost. They followed through with what they set out to do. I liked the way the story just flowed along. The characters were a joy to read about. You want the story to keep going and continue on.

This author has a flair for the paranormal that I hope never ends. I will be looking up other books this author has written.


Melanie
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

DAEMON by Rachel D. Thompson

DAEMON
RACHEL D. THOMPSON
Paranormal Romance
Stardust Press
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
ISBN# pending
Price: N/A
eBook - Available September 2007

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Let me tell you about a young woman, Ally, being haunted by dreams she cannot control. They are all different, but always about the same man. She calls him her dream man. She has to find the reason behind these dreams or she will never know any peace. She has to overcome them to have any type of real life. But can she resist her dream man, and does she really want too?

Daemon is a very yummy demon, but also a very scary one, at least for the ones to whom he needs to be that way. A man, or demon if you wish, who will do whatever it takes to get Ally to make the choice that will save or condemn him for eternity.

Ally is trying to find the answers to a problem that is driving her crazy. Daemon is a man trying to get the answers that he needs to save him. Can Daemon save Ally so that she can save him? Or will she run away again like she has so many times before? Will he be able to convince her of his love or will she only see the demon and not the soul of the man in love inside? Only time will determine the course of their lives for good or ill.

I really liked this story. It had a great storyline and it was very unique. I just loved Daemon; he was so in love with her that he would endure torments to be with her. And Ally not knowing what the dreams mean for her, or if she is just crazy, but is willing to find the truth what ever it takes. I hope this author takes us back to these characters in another book. I cannot wait to read more from her.


Melanie
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

AN UNHOLY EMBRACE by CJ England

AN UNHOLY EMBRACE
CJ ENGLAND
Paranormal Romance
Aspen Mountain Press
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
ISBN# 978-1-60168-061-7
37 pages
$2.49
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Let me introduce to Teran, a young girl that does not know a lot about the world and what she does know she wishes she could forget. She has not had a very easy life, but she refuses to go down the same path her mother did. She hopes her decision does not get her killed or worse. Until the night she meets a man unlike any she has ever met. Sebastian is a man that can fulfill all her hopes and dreams if only she can trust him.

A vampire that thinks of humans only as food is an unlikely hero. Until Sebastian meets a young girl who changes all that. He has kept to himself for so long he does not know if he can trust himself with her. But he cannot let her go for she could be the one to cure his loneliness. First he has to win her trust and her heart. Then, hope it is not too late for them both.

In a single instant, both of their lives change, but only time will tell if it is for the better or worse. Two people that will have to learn to trust in each other. Teran has been down that road before and the one that she trusted the most betrayed her. Can she open her heart again? If she does, will Sebastian do the same?

I really liked this book. I could get behind the characters and cheer them on. I did not want it to end; I loved the way the characters interacted together. But that is a Ms. England trademark - her characters are so riveting. She just keeps you wanting more. I am disappointed that the book was not longer. But I cannot wait for her next book.


Melanie
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

ABADDON by Elizabeth Donald

ABADDON
ELIZABETH DONALD
Horror
Cerridwen Press
ISBN# 9781419911224
$5.95
eBook - Released October 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

There are several heroines in this story and they are nothing alike. One is a vampire and one is a cop. They are friends and will be working together, though separate, to bring down an ancient enemy.

The hero of this story, or again one of them, is Ryan. A vampire tormented by the thought of what was and what could have been, if it had not been for an evil that had not been felt in a hundred years.

This story is not a romance by any means. But it is a story of loss and revenge. A story of love and a hate that has lasted for a hundred years and that will not be denied. It is a story of fire. The fire of the human and the vampire hearts. A story of a hate that must be stopped or the vampire and human friendships that are barely holding on will be shattered because vampire consorts are being killed and someone wants the vampires to take the blame.

I liked this story even though it is not a romance, at least not to me, and I don’t think the author wanted it to be thought as one. This story has quite a few main characters in it and they all had their own story to be told and I am sure we will find out more about them in the future. I had a talk with this author after reading a few excerpts of one of her books and I told her she had a story telling ability to rival that of Stephen King. After finishing the book, I still believe that.


Melanie
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITCHES by Lee Nichols

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITCHES
LEE NICHOLS
Chick-lit
Red Dress Ink (Harlequin)
Sensuality Rating: Sweet
ISBN# 0-373-89554-2
$13.95 Trade Paperback

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Following a day that sees her dressed like the poster girl for The Scarlet Letter and the realization her boyfriend may not be the perfect man for her, Eve Crenshaw hops into a cab, deciding to leave Manhattan behind – at least temporarily – and head to Broome Isle, home of her best friend.

But her temporary stay in Broome Isle suddenly offers her a chance to make it a permanent one when she’s offered a job as a real teacher as opposed to the role of teacher’s assistant she had back in Manhattan. And when the opportunity to move out of her best friend’s cold barn loft and into a cute little cottage of her own, Broome Isle may not be as bad as originally thought -- especially when after a night of drinking with her two best friends, all those crazy wishes they made are starting to come true. And none of them can remember what happened after they opened the mysterious bottle.

I really liked this book. It took awhile to get used to the first person point of view with Eve and third person with Kim and Natasha but after a few chapters, it seemed natural and really fit the story. Loved the slight paranormal bent, though it could have been used a little more throughout the book.

All in all, WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITCHES is a great entertaining read by Ms. Nichols.


Lisa
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

GODDESS GAMES by Niki Burnham

GODDESS GAMES
NIKI BURNHAM
Contemporary Young Adult
Simon and Schuster
ISBN# 1-4169-2700-X
$15.99
Hardcover

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

GODDESS GAMES focuses mainly on the relationships between the three girls, all with totally different backgrounds who are forced to become room mates during a summer working at King's Crown resort in Juniper, Colorado.

Seneca could be the stereotypical poor little rich girl. She's harboring a secret - her mother's acting career is a mess, and her working in Juniper is part of her plan to help get her and her mom's life back on track.

Drew, the female jock, is on vacation from her mother after facing a terrible loss. Her focus is solely on training to become an even better runner.

Claire is the reforming party girl who's searching for a deeper relationship with God to help get her life on the right path.

Things aren't exactly smooth sailing for the three roommates, particularly with each other. In a tiny cabin it’s easy to for conflict to arise, especially when they don't exactly make the best first impression on each other. Drew and Claire see Seneca as fairly superficial, Seneca sees Drew as rude, and Drew and Seneca see Claire as quiet and somewhat withdrawn. Conflict abounds when Claire can't be sure of the motive behind Seneca's interest in her L.A. boyfriend and Drew can't stand what she sees as Seneca's superficial ways. As the summer wears on, each girl is forced to deal with their own growing problems until one night forces the three to bond together and their friendship is finally cemented.

I really enjoyed this book, as the reader gets to see other sides to the girls that the characters don’t know about till later in the book. Each girl has their own point of view and it’s interesting to see what is actually going on with them and their misconstrued views of each other. I especially enjoyed watching Seneca fall for a guy who is so not her typical type.

GODDESS GIRLS is an enjoyable read, with a strong focus on the budding friendship between three girls as they search for themselves.


Lisa
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

THE LEOPARD PRINCE by Elizabeth Hoyt

THE LEOPARD PRINCE
ELIZABETH HOYT
Romance/Historical
Hachette Book Group
ISBN# 978-0446618489
$6.99
Paperback - Available now

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

Lady Georgina Maitland, Mistress and Owner of Woldsly Manor, has often been considered flighty and quite irksome. It is simply not proper for a woman to not only own such a large estate but to run it by herself.

Harry Pye, her Steward, has been fighting and clawing his way back to Yorkshire for many years, and though he would like to get revenge on Lord Grayville, he cannot afford to throw away everything he has.

England, 1760. Someone is poisoning the local farmers’ sheep and causing trouble for Lord Grayville, and everyone is blaming Harry of the crimes. Lord Grayville had treated Harry and his father wrongly in the past, while Harry's return to the countryside marked the beginning of the assault and is causing everyone to believe he is responsible.

Is Harry responsible? How does the leopard prince play into the tale? And will Georgina finally know what it means to be a woman? To find out the answers, you have read THE LEOPARD PRINCE.

Ms. Hoyt, also writing under Julia Harper, is a treasure when it comes to recreating the past and she does not fail in THE LEOPARD PRINCE. Though it is a well-told story, the beginning has a slow pace. The end is all you will expect it to be, and in the end, that is all that matters.


Dee
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

HOT TARGET: FEMME METAL 2 by Nathalie Gray

HOT TARGET: FEMME METAL 2
NATHALIE GRAY
Futuristic Erotica
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 1-4199-0565-1
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

Kimberly Holmes or now known as Ballistic Kim, has taken to arms dealing after a disastrous slave trade. Now Kim not only has to face her past but look towards a future without the man who has not only kidnapped her ship and body but also her heart.

Titan Harris, an arms dealer, cannot believe that this little slip of a female is his competitor and when he decides to make the deal of his lifetime, he figures out he may have made the biggest mistake of his life.

Old enemies are hard to face and it is even harder when they have taken a very real piece out of your body. Can Kim get over her need to keep men at arms length or farther, and can Titan get the woman he wants and the deal too?

HOT TARGET is good and the imagination and skills of the author are there, but after experiencing the first in this series, I found this one lacking. I only hope that there is a third and it takes up the fast and sensual pace of the first.


Dee
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

FEMME METAL by Nathalie Gray

FEMME METAL
NATHALIE GRAY
Sci-Fi Erotica
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 1-4199-0249-0
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Alexandra Novona, or Captain Steele, has seen it all. As a survivor of a recent war, she has now turned to Escort Trading. She and her crew collect companions for money. Alex's only goal is to collect enough money to retire in luxury and her latest snatch can do just that. She knows it’s dangerous but the money is too good to pass up on. There is of course a large flaw to her plan - her newest job has been hired to capture her, and a Yithian Hunter may prove to be more than this experienced Captain and her crew can handle.

Sekmeth Meroh, the Yithian Hunter, finds himself captivated by his newest hunt. She is everything that his kind prizes - a warrior with the scars to prove it, and a body made for extreme passion. Can Sekmeth turn in his newest prize or will she capture his heart?

Sekmeth and Alex are two of the same coin - both fierce, loyal, and incapable of yielding. However, they both have more than each other and their bodies to face, but also traitors that catch both of them off guard.

Ms. Gray has created very real people and a universe that will tantalize all of your senses and make you wish you could soar through the stars with them.


Dee
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

COLD FUSION: FEMME METAL 3 by Nathalie Gray

COLD FUSION: FEMME METAL 3
NATHALIE GRAY
Sci-Fi, Erotica
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 9781419905599
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Carmela de Monsalve is a personal bodyguard turned pilot for an extraordinary arms’ designing and dealing couple. One was once her assignment and is now her boss, and the other, well, he is just a man. During her time guarding her boss and friend, Kim, Carmela made a few enemies and now one of them is out to get her. Can Carmela get away unscathed or will her heart be broken?

Yithian Hunters are fierce and known for their skills at catching who ever they go after. Setesh Geb is no different, only now Setesh has a prey even he may not be able to handle, Nah.

Carmela and Setesh have plenty of issues, but none more than his father’s fall from grace, and Carmela's involvement in his death. Now Carmela has to face the fact that the man she has grown to love really does want her dead, and Setesh has to decide where his honor really lies.

COLD FUSION is great. It is exactly what you need and want right when you desire to have it. Ms. Gray could not have chosen a better way to end this series than the story of Carmela and Setesh.


Dee
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

BORDERLORD'S BRIDE by Beatrice Small

BORDERLORD’S BRIDE
BERTRICE SMALL
Historical Romance
Penguin Putnam NAL
ISBN# 978-0-451-22214-5
$14.00 Trade Paperback
Available now

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

Ellen MacArthur and Duncan Armstrong are two very headstrong but caring people. Ellen though is forced to take refuge in King Stewart’s protection and faces the loss of not only her home, but also her only kin and the man she was to marry. Now Ellen must make her life somewhere else and become a woman of her own. Duncan has repeatedly saved her and now that she is his in name and maybe, just maybe, by heart...

Duncan is an honorable man to both the crown of Scotland and to his people as well. Duncan has looked long and hard for a woman he can love, but so far none have gotten his attention as the young Ellen has. Now Ellen is being offered to him by the King and Duncan has decided that respect and friendship are just as important, or is he only fooling himself and he cares more than he is willing to admit, for now?

BORDERLORD'S BRIDE is a good story, but it seems slow in places and something is missing, which is a shame since I usually enjoy Ms. Small's work immensely.

Ms. Small is a national best-selling author with many titles under her belt.


Dee
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

A LICK OF FROST by Laurell K. Hamilton

A LICK OF FROSTLAURELL K. HAMILTON
Fantasy
Ballentine Books
ISBN# 978-0-345-49590-7
$24.95 Hardcover
Print - Available October 2007

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Princess Meredith, Welder of the Hand of Flesh and the Hand of Blood, vessel to the Goddess Danu, or simply Merry to her friends, has returned, with the newest installment in the ‘Merry Gentry’ Series, A LICK OF FROST. In this installment, we finally see just how far her Uncle Taranis is willing to go to get Merry at the Seelie Court. We are introduced to his insanity at the very beginning and it only grows worse as time goes on.

Not all is bad for Meredith though, no. She finds that she is more powerful than anyone ever imagined. She also learns that though she cannot control her heart, Danu will not leave her heartbroken…well, mostly. Many of us who have followed the series have been hoping our heroes made the final cut and became King to Merry’s Queen, well good news for many - we have gotten our wish. If you want to know who has made the impossible possible, well, ...you will have to read the book.

There is a real bittersweetness to the story as well, though Taranis might be on his way out, though Merry got the father - or was it fathers - we all wanted, though it seems she has won the race, love comes with pain and a deep searing pain is what happens when the one you love the most is suddenly gone. But, is all hope lost? Is the one that Merry held dear to her heart gone?

Only time and reading A LICK OF FROST will answer any and all of these questions, and leave you with even more. I felt honored, and still do, to have been given the chance to read it before publication. I cannot wait to see what the final copy will look like, and hope to get the pleasure of reading more of the ‘Merry Gentry’ Series in the future.

Ms. Hamilton has shown what she is made of and grabs you from the first word to the last, leaving you wanting more. Ballentine Books continues to stand at the top, continually producing truly exceptional books.


Dee
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

SECRETS VOLUME 22: DARK WHISPERS by Rachel Carrington, Ellie Marvel, Calista Fox and Elisa Adams

SECRETS VOLUME 22: DARK WHISPERS
Breathless by Rachel Carrington (Paranormal)
Heat by Ellie Marvel (Science Fiction)
Midnight Rendezvous by Calista Fox (Contemporary)
Birthday Wish by Elisa Adams (Contemporary)
Red Sage Publishing
ISBN# 1-60310-002-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-60310-002-1
316 pages
$12.99
Print - Available December 2007

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

In HEAT, When Tarkin comes into his cycle far from home, he looks to his close friend Sarai to help him out. So he sets about wooing her in the old custom of her people for ten days. When the right time comes he is hoping that she won’t deny either of them. For if he can’t mate with Sarai, he won’t get a chance to ever try with anyone else.

In BREATHLESS, Lark Hogan was sent on a mission by her father to find the one known as the Wolfe. Only he could help her defeat Diaz, the sorcerer that killed her sister. But Wolfe is more than she ever imagined and his price for help may be too high. Her body for his help may lead them both down a path that neither is ready for. But can two fierce fighters ever find happily ever after in love with each other?

In MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS, Cat Hewitt has a second chance encounter with David Essex at a dating club in New York called Rendezvous. Is there such a thing as love at first site? From that moment on she agrees to meet him in several different places, Paris and San Francisco for example, and they spend several wonderful months living the ultimate fantasy life. But what happens when reality collides? And what happens when someone else wants Cat enough to kidnap her?

In BIRTHDAY WISH, Anna Kelly takes a chance when her former childhood friend, Dean Harrison, asks her what she would wish for on her birthday if she could have anything that she wanted. Easy decision for her. One incredible weekend with Dean. And Dean is more than willing to give it to her. But can one weekend open up doors and possibilities that neither of them planned?

SECRETS VOLUME 22: DARK WHISPERS is a great continuation of this series of anthologies. Although I struggled to get through the first story the final three were more than worth the effort. This is a group of stories that portray the strong independent woman beautifully. BREATHLESS by Ms. Carrington was one of the best paranormals that I have read in a long time and I sincerely hope that there are more from her to find. I have enjoyed several of Ms. Fox’s stories and MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS was no exception. But BIRTHDAY WISH by Ms. Adams was by far the best story in the anthology for me. The sexual chemistry between characters was erotic and captivating. The lust pulled you in, but it was the development of deeper emotions that kept you there, eagerly turning the pages to see what was next. Red Sage Publishing definitely has a winner with the SECRETS anthologies. Each new volume offers something for everyone and this reader is rarely disappointed. So believe me when I say that you can’t fail with any of these exciting volumes!


Debbie H.
review found at ENCAHNTING REVIEWS and gottawritenetwork.com
October 2007

UNDER HER SKIN by Mary Winter

UNDER HER SKIN
MARY WINTER
Erotic Contemporary
Loose Id
Sensuality Rating: Explicit Sexual Content
ISBN# 978-1-59632-523-4
78 pages
$4.99
eBook - Available August 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Ari was in a horrible car accident, resulting in a completely shattered self-esteem and numerous scars crisscrossing her body. She is happy to be alive, but mourns the loss of her physical beauty. She plans a trip to Greece to recover from the many surgeries her body has endured. While there, she stumbles into a church worshiping the Greek God of Healing and falls asleep on the altar. She dreams of a man who makes her feel beautiful in spite of the scars. Too bad she has to wake up to the reality that no one could be attracted to her anymore.

Thantos is a plastic surgeon who admires Ari's courage and personality. Her inner beauty calls to him, while her outer beauty is not diminished because of the scars marring her skin. Thantos desires to give Ari her self-confidence back. He plans to wine, dine and charm her. Thantos has a secret - he is the Greek God of Healing that visited Ari in her dreams when she fell asleep in his temple. So making her feel beautiful should be simple for him, right?

I had high expectations after reading the book blurb. Unfortunately, they were not met; I even re-read the story a few weeks later to see if it was my mood, but still had the same lack-luster reaction. While this book has moments of wonderful prose and tender scenes between the two characters, I felt that the story would have benefited more if Thantos had been just a 'mere' mortal, instead of a God. That part of the story fell flat for me. The premise of the plot had lots of potential, but in the end, the delivery ended up as just average. It was not bad, but nothing stood out as exceptional or 'got under my skin'.

The characters themselves are the saving grace in this story, having been fleshed out very well with a nice balance of harmony and challenges. I am giving this story 4 Enchantments because it was well-written, original, and the characters had nice depth. UNDER HER SKIN is a comfortable, sweet read, although the f-word is used frequently (in the context of the sex scenes).

Ms. Winter is busy this fall with three new books coming out in the next four months. You can find the release dates or contact her at www.marywinter.com.


dawn
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

MAKE ME by Sierra Dafoe

MAKE ME
SIERRA DAFOE
Erotic Paranormal/Holiday Quickie
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 9781419912924
47 pages
$2.99
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Meet Larissa, a flourishing business woman, and Adrian Dane, a vampire opening a dance club on Halloween night.

Larissa runs an advertising agency and is very good at what she does. She is smart, successful, strong…and most men find her intimidating. Adrian needs a marketing campaign immediately and bulldozes his way into Larissa’s office. Larissa yearns for a take-charge kind of guy, and Adrian just might be it. But while Adrian can ‘make’ Larissa do a lot of things, he can’t force her to give up being human and become his mate.

I love short, holiday stories and thoroughly relished this Halloween quickie. Larissa is a woman that I could delightfully cheer for - a bit prickly, a lot provoking, and aching for a firm, unyielding partner. Adrian is a masterful, commanding presence and makes Larissa dizzy with longing. He knows what he wants and is determined to make it happen.

Larissa is willing to let him ‘make her’ obey him for a tiny moment in time. But Adrian wants more than that; he wants forever with her. How can he convince her that she is his? Love can’t be forced, though, and Adrian must be willing to let Larissa go. He knows love must be a choice freely given and that he can not compel Larissa to choose him.

MAKE ME is an entertaining, well-crafted story. Larissa and Adrian have wonderful chemistry and unbeatable sex. The depth of passion will have you setting the computer aside and yelling for your honey to come ‘man-handle’ you. This is one naughty novella you don’t want to miss.

Check out Ms. Dafoe’s website for contests and other published books at www.sierradafoe.com or she can be reached at sierra@sierradafoe.com if you want to let her know what you thought of her latest story.


dawn
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

GHOSTLY AWAKENING by Lacey Savage

GHOSTLY AWAKENING
LACEY SAVAGE
Erotic Paranormal/Holiday Quickie
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: S-ensual
ISBN# 9781419912931
54 pages
$2.99
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Meet Celeste Winters, a brand-new but determined events planner struggling to make a name for herself, and Sebastian Bradley, the reclusive owner of the mansion Celeste is using for a high society Halloween bash. Oh, before I forget to mention it, Sebastian is a phantom and can not be seen. But he can be felt - oh, boy, can he be felt.

Sebastian felt an instant pull towards Celeste when he saw her peeking in his windows and couldn’t refuse her petition to use his house for a Halloween party. Only one rule - his section of the house remains off-limits to everyone, including her. But a bratty, demanding client and the fear that her business will fail sends her up to his quarters to beg an appearance at the party by him. Celeste must be a good negotiator because she gets more than she bargained for. But is she strong enough to break a 18 year old faery curse and allow Sebastian to be seen once again?

Read GHOSTLY AWAKENING for a quick, engaging, amusing story. It has great emotions and satisfying sex. You can feel Sebastian’s loneliness and remorse for his past actions, and deep longing for Celeste and what she represents. Celeste is at turns wholesome and carnal, mischievous and indomitable. They two of them together produces a fiery passion that will leave the reader flushed and panting. And the secondary characters provide a delightful humorous contrast with their over-the-top attitudes and actions.

Ms. Savage’s fans can write to her at laceysavage@rogers.com. Or stop by her website www.laceysavage.com to learn more about this interesting Canadian author.


dawn
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD-ON by Cindy Spencer Pape

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD-ON
CINDY SPENCER PAPE
Erotic Paranormal/Holiday Quickie
Ellora's Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 9781419912306
42 pages
$2.99
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Meet Twyla, a pixie princess, and Bram, a half-dragon male.

This holiday will be like nothing Twyla or Bram expected. Instead of going to a Coven celebration of Samhain - Bram for his sister, Dana and Twyla for her friend and roommate, Katie - Twyla almost gets raped by three satyrs. When Bram rescues her, they both fall under the spell of sex magic. They can't get enough of each other and complete the dragon mating ritual. The ritual of mating a dragon is marking her neck with his teeth, coming inside of her, her swallowing his seed, smearing her skin with his semen, and anal sex. But can Bram and Twyla fall in love in one night? Will they still need each other in the morning without the sex magic? Can a dragon mating ritual be undone?

While this may not be a deep story, it is a delicious read. This short novella will meet your expectations for a passionate, sizzling quickie. The heat between Bram and Twyla would scorch mere mortals (good thing one of them is a dragon and used to producing fire - I wasn't too worried when my computer started smoking). If this is a sip of Ms. Spencer Pape's writing, I can't wait to consume more. Next time, though, I will keep the fire extinguisher close by (computers are expensive, you know) and the fire department on speed dial.

You can let this author know what you think of her writing at cindy@cindyspencerpape.com or visit her website through http://www.goddessesofstorytelling.blogspot.com/.


dawn
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

A LICK AND A PROMISE by Ann Wesley Hardin

A LICK AND A PROMISE
ANN WESLEY HARDIN
Futuristic
Ellora's Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
133 pages
ISBN# 9781419912252
$5.95
eBook - Available August 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Dove Hansen has a mystery dream lover. He meets up with her every time she closes her eyes. But the 'encounters' lately have been leaving her on edge and wondering if she is crazy - not so good for her day job as a tutor to the world's most brilliant five year old.

Anthros is on a mission. Coming to Earth to save his planet and civilization as he knows it, he takes the name Mark Arianos. The oxygen-rich Earth air makes him appear to be a strung out junkie, so for further cover, he joins Dove's two slightly dotty aunts for 'rehabilitation'.

The attraction between Dove and Mark is instantaneous, but each has a reason for feeling it is wrong. Dove doesn't want to get involved with an addict who could break her heart, no matter how sexy she finds him. For Mark, sex on his planet is a huge no-no, and indulging in it could compromise his mission and get him killed.

So what are these two going to do? Keep meeting in Dove's dreams, of course. Only Dove doesn't know that the mystery dream lover is actually Mark. She is torn between the elusive 'dream man' and the flesh-and-blood one before her. Can she find a way to trust Mark, a former junkie? Or will her caution save her and the people close to her?

Being in rehabilitation has put Mark in the best position to complete his mission - not only is he near Dove, but he is also close to the gifted boy who can save his people. What happens to the mission as he starts to fall in love with Dove? Will he be able to betray her by stealing the child she tutors?

The second book in a series, A LICK AND A PROMISE has some wacky moments that will keep you chuckling, and enough romance to make you sigh wistfully. The growth that both characters go through during the book is fun to witness and the sex scenes…well let's just say, I enjoyed them and I think you will too. The storyline is original and well put together. If you are looking for a light-hearted, cute story, this book is a nice way to pass the time.

Ms. Wesley Hardin can be reached at info@annwesleyhardin.com and you can find excerpts of her books at http://www.annwesleyhardin.com/.


dawn
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

FIREWORKS by Evangeline Anderson

FIREWORKS
EVANGELINE ANDERSON
LGBT/BDSM Contemporary
Loose Id
Sensuality Rating: explicit, graphic language, and occasionally objectionable content
ISBN# 978-1-59632-517-3
26 pages - Sparkler
$2.25
eBook - Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Cops Nick Valenti and Sean O’Brian have been lovers for awhile and Nick has made plans to celebrate the fourth of July in a whole new way. After a brief time apart, Nick decides to let Sean know just how much he has missed him and adds a creative twist to their bedroom antics.

Believing that they are going undercover again, Sean dresses up in the leather that Nick has given him never knowing what the outfit entitles until he is handcuffed and at Nick’s mercy. What follows is a thoroughly enjoying romp that will leave both of them satisfied.

If you want a quick hot read, then Ms. Anderson delivers. She has written a story that shows the bond between the two men even in the middle of hot action. Two men, leather and handcuffs - what more can one ask for, you think. Until you read and get much more. FIREWORKS is an interlude that both satisfies and makes you wonder what is up next for Nick and Sean.

Note: This is the third story of Nick and Sean. It all began in the novel length, THE ASSIGNMENT, followed by the Christmas tale – I'LL BE HOT FOR CHRISTMAS.


Contessica
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

MISCHIEF NIGHT by Cris Anson

MISCHIEF NIGHT
CRIS ANSON
Contemporary Halloween Quickie
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 9781419913785
$2.99
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Annabelle Fortier is the perfect secretary and lets no one know exactly what is going on behind her prim exterior. Or at least that is what she thought. Now Annabelle is not so sure. Her boss and man of her dreams, both erotic and real Lowell Smith, has asked her to attend a party in where everything is possible.

Imagine walking into a house designed to play on every single sensual emotion. Imagine a house designed to push you to the edge. Now imagine yourself having to walk through it no matter how bad you want to run. You now know what Annabelle has to go through. She has to reach the end and hopefully into the man she wants to know so much more intimately than in the office.

MISCHIEF NIGHT is a night full of surprises for not only Annabelle but the reader as well. You are drawn in from the moment you begin to read it and are left suspended until the climatic end. Ms. Anson has given a very naughty twist to a night that normally focuses on children but now on those very needy adults. Here you will find not only tricks but oh so many treats.


BrandyWine
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

WOLFSBANE by Nathalie Gray

WOLFSBANE
NATHALIE GRAY
Historical Werewolf
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 1-4199-0479-5
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Fredrick and Scarlet have had a very rough life, one as a werewolf and the other an even tougher life on the streets. However, it was her life on the street that brought Scarlet to Fredrick. It was the life on the street that gave them both hope that she could save him. But it was also the life on the street that made Scarlet treasure love, and run from it at the same time.

Now that Fredrick has found someone who can help him, will she? He has also found something more, someone to love. If only he can get passed his cursed experience and be the man that she needs and he craves to be.

I was convinced by a fellow reviewer to read Ms. Gray's stories and I can say that I am ecstatic that I did. Thanks. Also a special thank you to Ms. Gray for her soft tale of passion that ignited more than her characters but this reader as well.

BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

TORRID TEASERS VOLUME 36: OPERATION POISON MOONFLOWER and THE RESURRECTION by Raelynn Blue and Shannon Peters

TORRID TEASERS VOLUME 36: OPERATION POISON MOONFLOWER and THE RESURRECTION
RAELYNN BLUE and SHANNON PETERS
Erotic, Sci-Fi, Contemporary
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
ISBN# 978-1-59374-959-0
Price: N/A (ARC)

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

OPERATION POISON MOONFLOWER by RaeLynn Blue
3 Enchantments

Amador, a Bounty Hunter, is after the largest catch of all, Poison Moonflower. But after seeing her image repeatedly, his main goal may have changed. Emi Materio, also known as Poison Moonflower, only wants to become a civilian on Earth. So she fought in the wars, did her absolute best and earned the most kills. However, the cost of her freedom has gotten too high and now Emi has decided to buy her way home. She has a huge problem though - Amador.

This story has the makings of a great book; however it now leaves the reader going: “that was too easy”. The author has talent and what details we are given are vividly told.

THE RESURRECTION by Shannon Peters
4 Enchantments

Jessica Harper is on her way to get married, even though she fears it is to the wrong man. But her love and heart died in a plane crash and now Brad Carlton was gone. Jessica is in for a rude shock and doubts her sanity when the limo driver turns out to be none other than Brad. Now Jessica has to choose between Greg and Brad - Greg who was there when she needed him and Brad who still held the keys to everything including her heart and body.

A quick pick me up, this story has the urge to race to the finish line. Definitely worth a quick read or two. These two stories combined together was a smart move. The first gets you going wanting more and the other takes you home.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

THE SOUL COLLECTOR by India Masters

THE SOUL COLLECTOR
INDIA MASTERS
Paranormal Vampire Suspense
Loose Id
ISBN# 978-1-59632-525-8
$4.99
eBook - Available now

Rating: 3.5 Enchantments

Lillith Tunnock is a soul collector graced by Danu. She claims the dying for Danu while Anton puts them out of their misery. Anton, vampire sanctioned by The Divine One, had evolved over the years. Unlike some vampires, he was able to eat and drink as a normal person did.

Morgan, another vampire of Danu's, lost his love but has always cared for Lillith, and with the help of his friends is beginning to overcome his grief. As Lillith and Anton find the dying and release them into the care of Danu, another menace is haunting the streets of New Orleans. As Lillith, Anton and Morgan try to find and defeat the monster, two friends of Anton and Lillith seem to have gone over to the dark side.

Though the story had a great beginning and the end leaving you with closure, the middle seemed to muddle through. The plot concept however is wonderful and the reference to vampires being more than simply evil was a lovely change.

BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

THE COURTESAN'S DAUGHTER by Claudia Dain

THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER
CLAUDIA DAIN
Historical Romance
Penguin Putnam
ISBN# 978-0-425-21720-7
$14.00 Trade Paperback
Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Lady Caroline is tired of the lack of prospects at a good marriage or even one born of love. Her mother’s past seems to haunt this perfect lady, and no matter how good she is, Caroline cannot bring the focus on her. The final straw though is when her mother tries to buy her a husband and Caroline decides that she is going to stop fighting and follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Lord Ashdon cannot believe he has been bought, and worse, bought by a former courtesan. But what really and truly shocks is not the fact he was bought for marriage but that the daughter has turned him down. Now Ashdon’s pride demands that he show the stubborn young lady that he is worth her attention while destroying her as his father demands.

Who knew pearls could be in such demand? But when the cost of a lovely young woman and her most precious gift is a string of them, well what can you expect? This story has it all, and is so vividly told you want to smack a few heads and then laugh at the absurdity of it all. Claudia Dain has brought the past to life in a very real and breathtaking tale.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

ROMEO'S REVENGE by Mimi Riser

ROMEO’S REVENGE
MIMI RISER
Contemporary Comedy Erotic Romance
Amber Quill Press
ISBN# 978-1-60272-093-0
$5.00
eBook - Available now

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Angel Madison has finally relented and gone to her high school reunion. She wants everyone there to see that the nice girl from the side of the tracks is now a successful businesswoman. She only hopes her past does not come back and haunt her.

Giorgio Lorenza never forgot the woman who captured his heart and refuses to let her walk out on him again. True, the first time around, it was after his father had demanded he not see her anymore, but he should have been a man and not let her go.

The past has come full circle and Laurie, a Child once lost by Angel, is now found, and Giorgio gets a chance to make it right for both of the women he loves - Mother and Daughter. Only will Angel give them the chance or will the roles they played in high school tell how their love will end?

Ms. Riser has brought a very real tragedy in Romeo and Juliet back to life, and this time the heat could not have been any hotter and the ending never more perfect. I needed this story and found myself enjoy it and rushing to the end to see how it turned out.

A true classic for modern day times.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Jenyfer Matthews

ONE CRAZY SUMMER
JENYFER MATTHEWS
Contemporary
Cerridwen Press
Sensuality Rating: S-ensual
ISBN# 9781419910371
$6.49
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Summer Donahue is a carefree soul who only wants to create jewelry. Or at least that is what Ben Martinez thought the first time he saw her. However, Summer has real problems and a real business behind her everyday wares. She also has a very real problem - her ex-husband and business partner Malcolm has left her in a lurch.

Summer does not know how bad it really is until Ben lets her know that she has money missing and not a few dollars either. Summer hired Ben to do her taxes and to keep her out of trouble with the IRS. What she didn’t count on was Ben offering to help bail her out of trouble, or to go with her on her search for Malcolm in Mexico.

Now can Ben and Summer find Malcolm and get him to give up his share in the business, all without killing each other or falling even farther in bed?

This story is a real modern day story of a knight in shining armor. The exotic location of Mexico heats up the tale, but the cold winter of Chicago is what sets everyone ablaze. Give this book a try; you'd be crazy not to.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

MAGICAL MAN LIST by Christie Walker Bos

MAGICAL MAN LIST
CHRISTIE WALKER BOS
Romantic Comedy
Cerridwen Press
ISBN# 9781419910845
$5.45
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Who knew that softball could be so dangerous? Well, Samantha Stewart didn't. And now, after a spending some time playing the field, she got the home run of her life. Too bad it put her in a coma. Now Sam has to face the very real fact that she is very mortal and can wink out at any time. So Sam and her best friend Marta have decided to create a list, a Man List. In it, Sam puts everything she wants and needs from her dream guy and makes it so impossible that no one can fit the bill.

Bryan Williamson, pain extraordinaire - or that’s how Sam sees him - just might. He knows all the right things, fits most of her list and the shocker is that he says the one thing that Sam cannot deny, her secret line. Now Sam has to decide if the man who has caused her so much physical pain as her therapist is worth the emotional pain as well. But Bryan has a surprise of his own.

MAGICAL MAN LIST is told in first person perspective like you wouldn't believe. You not only read what she says but feel it as well. This story is for those who have given up hope, and begin to rely on a note on a Frig to get what they want. But if you want to know Sam's wish list, then you will have to read it. And it is so worth the time, and even worth rereading again and again. This is a knockout!


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

HE'S THE ONE by Jane Beckenham

HE’S THE ONE
JANE BECKENHAM
Contemporary
Linden Bay Romance
ISBN# 978-1-60202-071-9
$5.99
Paperback - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Taylor Sullivan has her dream job - planning weddings. The only problem is the Brides-to-be wanting to know more than what color they should have the bridesmaids wearing or if they want roses or carnations. Many of them worry about the same things that have been plaguing women for centuries, but if you want to know what it is, well you have to read the book.

Cade Harper, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, is now the perfect man to help Taylor. Cade wants to deny her, needs to deny her, but he has to know the woman hidden beneath her prim and proper clothing. Can Cade put his painful past behind him and claim the woman who refuses in commitments, or will he put both their happiness at stake?

HE'S THE ONE is the story of two people who need to heal and forgive - the problem is both of them are using their past pains to keep them from living. One mourns a love that died, and the other hates a mother who left them. One has always been treated as less than the rest of the family because of their business and the other is known for their sex appeal.

Want to know which is which? Well then, read the book. This story is a perfect ending to a perfect day. Here you will see a hero and heroine anyone can relate to. If you enjoy a good laugh, and a good cry, then you have to read Ms. Beckenham's emotional HE'S THE ONE.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

FINDING PASSION by Pamela Tyner

FINDING PASSION
PAMELA TYNER
Contemporary
Whispers Publishing
ISBN# Not Assigned
56 pages
$2.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Susan Collins admits she is a rich girl and maybe somewhat spoiled, but she stood up to her father and married the man she chose. However, that may be blowing up in her face now, and Susan may have to not only admit her father was right, but leave her home as well.

Nathan Collins is a successful business man, and though in love with his wife, he may have been paying more attention to his Construction Company. He now runs the risk of losing the one thing that makes his life worth living.

Susan and Nathan are having marital problems, severe ones. She is tired of it all and wants out. Nathan has no idea why Susan went from wanting marriage counseling to a divorce but he refuses to give up on her or them.

When Susan produces evidence that would make any wife run, can Nathan prove to her that he is innocent? Can Nathan give his wife the type of marriage she wants? Will one storm and a beach house be what this couple needs to reconcile, or will Susan listen to her father and ignore her aching heart?

FINDING PASSION is the perfect combination of love, lust, and marriage. It shows how two people infatuated with each other can find themselves no longer with the person they really love and want. Ms. Tyner shows how we can all make mistakes but at the same time make them right by giving the person we love everything we are and treasuring everything they give back. I rate this book a perfect 5 Enchantments.

BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

DECADENT by Shayla Black

DECADENT
SHAYLA BLACK
Erotica
Penguin Heat
ISBN# 978-425-21721-4
$15.00
Trade Paperback - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Kimber Eddington, a general’s daughter and a wide-eyed but not necessarily innocent virgin, has sought out the one man who can show her how to become a woman in more than her age only. Kimber wants to be the woman Jessie McCall needs her to be, and that means being a part of a Ménage.

Deke Trenton cannot believe that she was in his home chatting away with his cousin Luc. Kimber didn’t belong there and he was determined to show her, especially when she asked him to teach her how to be with two men. Deke has another problem - he has wanted Kimber for years, and he cannot have her, for he cannot have any woman without Luc being around.

Luc Traverson has his own problem, but it looks like Kimber may be the answer to his and Deke’s needs. However, though hot and sultry Kimber is, he cannot seem to get her and Deke to agree to his plans.

Ms. Black has not only created a story of three people becoming intimate but also of one woman finally growing up, and two men facing their fears and their past. In DECADENT, you will find the meaning of this word repeatedly, but you will also find true love. I found myself rushing to the end and going back to savor it slowly only to hurry towards the finale all over again.

Be prepared to not stop reading until the very last word and then wanting to spend time with Kimber, Deke and Luc all over again. Thrilling and ecstatic 5 Enchantments for DECADENT.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

COMPLICATED by Zannie Adams

COMPLICATED
ZANNIE ADAMS
Romantica/Contemporary
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 9781419911316
$4.45
eBook - Available September 2007

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Victoria Ray is known as a no-nonsense librarian. She is always professional, quiet and even sometimes meek. However, when she is in the arms of Greg Stone, she becomes a siren.

Greg Stone has been helping his brother with his campaign and when he laid eyes on Victoria, he knew this election would set off fireworks. Greg is now a widower and though he made a deal with the sexy Victoria to be not only discreet but never to take their casual relationship any farther, Greg finds himself wanting so much more.

Greg and Victoria have a huge problem, well make that two – first, his daughter Carrie, who hates Victoria, and Victoria’s refusal to give any more than her body and passion.

Can these two get together outside of the sheets or will they find even they have gone cold?

This story is too sweet!!!! The denial of Victoria and the need of both of them keep you guessing as what the end will be. You find yourself taken away to the small and complicated world they live in, wanting more and more.

This reviewer cannot wait to see what new twist or tale Ms. Adams can come up with. When looking at this book, I was wanting something light and fun and came away with a story to remember always.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

BOOK OF MASKS by Nathalie Gray

BOOK OF MASKS
NATHALIE GRAY
Paranormal, Demon, Torrid Tarot
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 9781419909146
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Jasmine Dunmore has been disappointed repeatedly in her life. Her ex-husband is one of those, and now the house her aunt had left her! Well, at least she was going to Venice!

Lumere cannot believe his eyes. Another mortal has come with the last key, a picture of him on a Tarot Card. Unlike any other Tarot cards, this one was made centuries ago and unlocks the gate between the mortal realm and his own.

Many wonder if the cards really represent something or someone, and in this tale, they do. Demons. Now one mortal must find out if she is strong enough to take on the devil himself, or if the first man - demon - she has ever loved with all her being will be lost to her forever.

Not knowing much about Tarot cards, I enjoyed Ms. Gray's depiction of them and hope to hear more from The Fool. BOOK OF MASKS is great if you need a dose of imperfection in a hero, a strong-willed woman, and a little fear mixed in with your love.


BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Cathy Linz

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
CATHIE LINZ
Contemporary
Berkely Sensation
Paperback
ISBN# 978-0-425-21831-0
$7.99

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Leena Riley is a model running home, and though she has plans on returning, Rock Creek and the sexy Cole Flannigan may change her mind. Leena is what was known as a Plus-Size Model, though she was only a size 16. The modeling world is cruel to women of all sizes, and Leena's past teasing and lack of self confidence tears at her more than any other could. Forced to return home and recoup her losses, Leena ends up with a job at the local Vet office.

Cole knows something is up when the woman who once sucker-punched him returns home looking for a job. Cole, determined not to let the past haunt the future, gives in and lets Leena work for him. The fact that his office was never more organized was only a bonus.

So the shoot is ready and the games begin. Leena is bossy and opinionated while Cole is hot and a known ladies’ man. Strike one on both accounts. Another strike hits both when each ends up in the paper whether they wanted to or not. Third strike, well maybe not strike, is when they cannot seem to keep their hands off each other. That is, when they are not fighting.

Cole's and Leena's families, along with half of the town of Rock Creek, have decided these two are made for each other and the pushing and inopportune interruptions are out of control.

Others in this story are dealt with as well, such as Leena's sister Sue Ellen finally dumping Russ, and giving Donny the attention he so craves. Oh, and we cannot forget RCM or maybe it should have been nicknamed RCMV?

Ms. Linz is a true treasure to read. If you are looking for an endearing tale that not only makes you mad, but laugh as well, then this is the story to read. This author has created a wonderful heroine that any woman can find herself relating to, and a hero we want to kiss one minute and beat up the next. A humorous and unforgettable tale.

BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

BAIN'S WOLF by Nathalie Gray

BAIN'S WOLF
NATHALIE GRAY
Contemporary Werewolf
Ellora’s Cave
Sensuality Rating: E-rotic
ISBN# 1-4199-0625-9
$5.95
eBook - Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Erica Bain, owner of a Charter Service, finds herself in serious trouble after her latest clients not only change their destination during the flight but also when her plane's wires begin to catch fire. Erica finds herself forced to land at a secluded cabin where the weatherman is more of a weather god. Can Erica convince the hot, hot, hot hunk to give them what they both want?

Lothar Kessler is punishing himself. He has murdered, raped, and abused both men and women alike. However, now Lothar is trying to repent for his sins and the tempting and alluring pilot is not getting what she wants and what he needs. Lothar has a horrible past and even darker secret, but he is trying to make amends. Can he finally forgive himself?

Erica and Lothar have a lot going against them - men hunting them, fierce weather, broken planes, idiot locals, and their overwhelming desire. Now Erica and Lothar have to face their own demons and his to finally give them their hearts’ desire.

I absolutely loved this story and was more than pleased to see Lothar return and become more than what he was before. In the first book of this series, we met Lothar and hated him, now we simply love him. Way to go, Ms. Gray, on bringing the ultimate hero out of the ultimate bad boy. Very, very rewarding read.

BrandyWine
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

FULL CIRCLE by I.M. CupNJava

FULL CIRCLE
I.M. CUPNJAVA
Mature Adults - GLBT/Dark Fantasy/Yaoi
Lady Aibell Press
ISBN# 1-933400-68-4
117 pages
$6.00
eBook – Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Kendrick was one of the vampires left in the time after the great wars; others that survived with him lived in a small community with humans that they protected. Kendrick was hoping to build a better life for both races, knowing that his time on earth was almost over. He had spent too much time away from his covenant mate for whom he has search for over 360 years. If only he could find Byron.

Byron knew that he had live for a very long time, but could not remember why he had a long life span. Because of this he never stayed in one place for any amount of time. The only thing he could remember was waking up in the hospital tent so many years ago.

Finding Byron in the sanctuary was a God-send for Kendrick, but he knew something was wrong with Byron. Why couldn't Byron remember him? What happen that night Byron left him standing there after he left to go to stop their enemies, the Vladmires? Was it a trap for Byron and was their enemies still out there after all these centuries? Can Byron find his way back to heal him before it is too late? You will have to read the book to find out…

I enjoyed reading FULL CIRCLE by Ms. Cupnjava. She keeps her plot and sub-plots flowing in a real time and space. Ms. Cupnjava's characters are wonderful. They deal with real emotions and feelings and heartaches that any real relationship would go though. I would enjoy reading more from her.


Barbara W
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

THE EDGE by J.J. Massa

THE EDGE
J.J. MASSA
Contemporary Gay Romanctic Suspense
Linden Bay Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
ISBN# 978-1-60202-058-0 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN# 978-1-60202-059-7 (eBook)
$6.99/$14.99 Print
164 pages
Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Tyler Baker was hoping to start fresh with his transfer to the Philadelphia Police Force. The one thing he had hoped to leave behind - his past - seems to have followed him there. He couldn't get over the feeling that he and his partner were somehow set-up, but by who? He still doesn't know why he lived and Daryl die that night. He was still not over losing Daryl, his partner, his lover, his friend. Meeting his new partner Paytah changed that; black hair, deep brown eyes…and straight? …or was he?

Paytah wasn't too happy about taking on a new partner, especially one who comes from the elite silver spoon social statics, but he told his Lieutenant he would. Being Native American, his climb to be the decorated detective that he was came from hard work, not from social status. Could he look past those feelings he had and see the real man that Tyler was and not the rumors he had heard?

Between connecting together the murders that have happened since he arrived and dealing with his feelings about Daryl, was he ready to form a relationship with his new partner? And could his new partner fall for him? Could he find it within himself to open his heart to other man who was unsure about his own sexuality? Was there someone out there trying to kill him?

I love how Ms. Massa fills pages of THE EDGE with self discovery, true emotions, being true to yourself no matter how much your back is to the wall, and learning to trust your heart over the fears you carry inside of you. This is a wonderful book. I hope to read more from Ms. Massa very soon.

Barbara W
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
October 2007

SNOW, FIRE AND ICE by Randi Del Marco

SNOW, FIRE AND ICE
RANDI DEL MARCO
Contemporary (Hollywood) Romance
Rosa Romance
ISBN# 978-1-880413-02-9
$4.45
eBook - Available now

Rating: 2.5 Enchantments

In the beginning of story we meet Maxie, an insecure teenager, who was forgotten on the ski slopes during an avalanche evacuation. Swept away in the avalanche, she was fortunate enough to end up near a cabin. When she awoke she had no memory of who she was.

Philippe, a med student, found Maxie outside his Grandpapa’s cabin that he was sharing with his girlfriend, Renee. They cared for Maxie, until she got her memory back, only a few days later.
But in those few days, Maxie had developed a fascination with Philippe. She dreamed of his hands sensually running over her body, warming her. When Maxie’s aunt came to get her, she was sad to leave Philippe, though she was relieved to discover that her family did not mean to abandon her and really did love and care for her.

As Maxie grew up, she continued to fantasize about Philippe and dreamed of him frequently. They kept in contact via e-mail and eventually met up again.

The story was very difficult for me to read. I just could not connect with the characters. From the beginning, the author seemed to get her facts mixed-up. First Maxie’s mother was getting a divorce while she was in Montreal, but when Maxie’s memory returns, she is on her honeymoon in Hawaii. Huh? Renee was supposed to be French, but she had a German accent. That was very confusing for me to read.

I really wished that the author had sped through the juvenile stage of the character and developed an adult relationship between Maxie and Philippe. There was just something about the way Maxie’s fantasizes were written that was unappealing and quite repulsive - I think it was because of maturity level in which it was written. It also, as a reader, really ticked me off that Philippe went running to Maxie only after Renee had left him. Not very flattering.

Overall, I’m sad to say it is not a book I would recommend.


Aemelia
Enchanting Reviews
October 2007

RORY'S REGRET by Eva St. Croix

RORY’S REGRET
EVA ST. CROIX
Paranormal Halloween Novella
Ellora’s Cave
ISBN# 9781419913693
$4.45
eBook - Available October 2007

Rating: 3 Enchantments

One day a year. For the last 20 years, Rory’s and Dorian’s ghosts can only be together only one day a year.

Rory and Dorian lost their lives, tragically, on the eve of their wedding. They are now trapped in a world between the living and dead. Except on Halloween, the anniversary of their death, when it is the one day of the year that they may be seen by not only each other, but also a living person.

They are unable to go into the light until they are seen, together. Fearing they will never be able to spend eternity together, Rory and Dorian wander through public venues, hoping to attract the attention of anyone who may see them. Unfortunately, the only people who may see them must be in love.

This year is different. Dorian has been seen, but sadly, no one can see Rory. They struggle to find out what has changed. Why can’t anyone see Rory? They fear they may be separated for eternity.

During this search Rory and Dorian discover they were not wed before their demise. This is what has caused them not being able to go into the light, their unfinished business.

Now they must find someone who can see Rory. They must get married, therefore completing all business and allowing them to cross over.

When I really like a book, the words for a review just flow out. Sadly, this was not such a book. It wasn’t a bad story. I just felt that Ms. St. Croix rushed through the writing. I could not believe in the characters and was not drawn into their story. There was not enough depth for me.

I would have found it much more interesting if Rory and Dorian’s unfinished business had been to expose their murderer or even to stop the building of a mall where their house once stood. Not having crossed over because they did not complete their marriage ceremony, saddened rather than intrigued me. She did bring Philip to admit his love to Valerie, but I could not appreciate their storyline. I also felt bad for Ms. Delores, Rory’s best friend in life, because Rory never seemed to acknowledged her in the story, while Ms. Delores has tried for two decades to see them.

It seemed that Ms. St. Croix spent a lot of time creating detailed sex scenes, but the same amount of time was not devoted to the plot, which I thought was thin.


Aemelia
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
November 2007

two year anniversay

Enchanting Reviews is turning 2 in July! How exciting! Sorry there haven't been any new reviews posted to the blog since October 2008 - things have been crazy. Hopefully, you have still been reading our reviews over on the website. Many things have changed since we first opened in July of 2007 - new owners, new management, new formats, new reviewers; but one thing has stayed the same... we love books and sharing our opinions of them! We look forward to continuing to provide reviews for another 2 years (and many more after that). Happy reading!

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