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Review: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Posted January 8, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie MoningReviewer: Holly
The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #5
Also in this series: Spell of the Highlander
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 1st 2002
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General
Pages: 400
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three-half-stars

Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....
I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…
From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man....
From the Paperback edition.

I remember loving The Dark Highlander back in the day. Dageus was my favorite character of the series. Rowena and I used to fight over him all the time. It’s been many years since I read this and I’m sorry to say I didn’t love it as much this time around.

Dageus MacKeltar is filled with the spirits of 13 powerful and evil Druids. He used his power for his own purposes when he went back in time to save his twin brother, and the Druids are the consequences. He’s barely holding on to his sanity and his humanity. His hope is to find a cure in some old texts. Unfortunately  he hasn’t been able to acquire all the texts legally.

Chloe is charged with bringing him some texts he’s borrowing from the museum she works at, and finds the ones he stole. He ends up kidnapping her and holding her hostage while he finished his work in New York. After, she agrees to stay with him to help him find the cure he needs.

The story here is well done and kept me interested. I couldn’t wait to see how Dageus would be saved ( I’d forgotten the details) and I loved the parts from his POV. Especially his interactions with his family.

What didn’t work for me this time around was Chloe. She acted like a brainless twit for most of the book. She constantly put herself in danger, rarely thought before she acted and was, in general, a total peahen. I don’t remember hating her this much before, but I admit when I thought about this book at all it was Dageus that came to mind, so I guess that says something.

I’m sad that my fond memories are somewhat marred by the heroine, but I’m glad to know Dageus is still worth reading about.

3.5 out of 5

This book is available from Dell. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Asher’s Dilemma by Colleen Kwan

Posted December 28, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 4 Comments

Tracy’s review of Asher’s Dilemma by Colleen Kwan

Ever since he awoke one day on the floor of his workshop with a brain-splitting headache, Asher Quigley has been haunted by fleeting visions of a beautiful woman everywhere he looks—a woman he’s sure he knows, but can’t recall. In spite of this he has finished his most wondrous invention yet, one that will literally make history: a time machine. But before he can complete his exacting calculations a bizarre accident causes the device to be activated, with him inside! He awakes to find himself in his lab, eight months in the past, and suddenly he remembers her…

Asher knows that something in the near future causes Minerva Lambkin, the woman who turned down his marriage proposal, to be erased from existence. And he’s sure it has something to do with his device. Alone in a familiar world where he doesn’t belong, he’ll have to find a way to destroy the time machine to save the woman he loves from extinction. Even if that means erasing his own future.

Asher Quigley thinks he’s going crazy. He’s having terrible headaches and he keeps seeing this woman everywhere but she’s not real. What the heck is going on? One night he picks up one of his inventions and it practically pulls him to his workshop where it more or less forces him into his own Millenium machine. It’s actually a time travel machine and once he goes back in time 8 months he figures out exactly who the woman is – she’s the woman he loves.

Asher quickly remembers exactly who Minerva is a figures out why he couldn’t remember her 8 months in the future. Something had happened to erase her from his life and he’s determined that it won’t happen again.

In the time he’s in now the current Asher makes an ass of himself when he proposes to Minerva and she turns him down. Not that she doesn’t love him but because she wants her independence – which she’s never had. The future Asher – who is referred to as Quigley – tries to make up for Asher’s assishness by writing Minerva love letters and letting her know all of his thoughts and emotions that he never said to her before disaster struck.

As it happens past Asher meets future Asher and together with Minerva they must figure out how to keep Minerva alive and thwart the villain at the same time.

After I read this novella I realized that there was a book 1 in this story called Asher’s Invention. I really didn’t feel like I missed anything by not reading it so I think this one would be a good standalone. The story is quite clever and the execution is good. All of the characters were involved in mathematics in some fashion so none of them were too surprised at the future Asher’s appearance.

The reason for Minerva’s future extinction was due to vanity on someone’s part and though it seems like a shallow reason I could totally see it happening. I was quite happy when the villain got her just desserts.

Toward the end of the story things got a bit complicated because of how many people were involved – current villain, future villain, current Asher, future Asher – but it all worked out. Though a bit sad at the end it had to happen that way and it was good.

Rating: 3 out of 5 

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This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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Guest Review: Midnight in Your Arms by Morgan Kelly

Posted November 1, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Midnight in Your Arms by Morgan Kelly

When psychic Laura Dearborn inherits Stonecross Hall in 1926, she has no idea she’s inheriting a love story too-one that she’s lived again and again. But as Alaric Storm III, the handsome owner of the mansion from sixty years earlier, starts to haunt her waking dreams, Laura discovers her heart’s true home has always been within Stonecross’s walls.

Tormented by memories of war, Alaric Storm III is used to spirits-just not ones from the future. Set on fire by Laura’s ghostly affections, Alaric is forced to choose: follow his heart and grasp Laura’s hand through time, or surrender to the call of duty and live without love.

As All Hallows’ Eve draws near, Alaric and Laura must find a way to hold on to each other forever-or risk repeating their tragic romance until the end of time.

Laura Dearborn has been dreaming about a house since she was a kid. Now it’s 1926, she’s 28 years old and an honest to God psychic. She makes her money now that the wars over reaching out to the dead to try and heal the living. She’s contacted on her birthday and told that a house, Stonecross, has been willed to her by Alaric Storm III who willed it to her in 1866, before she was ever born!

She heads to Stonecross and lo and behold it’s the house she’s been dreaming of. The very first night she’s there she thinks she sees a man but she’s not sure what she’s seeing as he doesn’t seem dead. When she’s in bed at night he’s feels very real when they’re laying side by side but she honestly starts to think she’s going a bit wonky.

Slip back to 1866 and we see Alaric Storm who thinks he’s going a bit crazy because he keeps seeing a beautiful woman but she’s never substantial. This keeps happening and one night she actually becomes solid and he’s dazzled. He knows almost immediately that this is his true love but he can’t quite figure out how to keep her with him for an extended period of time – she’s really only completely solid around the midnight hour. They meet off and on for a time but from what Laura knows from history they are never truly together.

Laura in 1926 meets Tess who is a woman in her 70’s. She actually met Tess when she was 14 and Laura had gone back in time. Tess tries to explain things to Laura and lets her know that she needs to be with Alaric and needs to somehow force herself to stay with him. She figures out that this is a Mobius strip of sorts. It’s time that’s in an infinite circle and the same scenario keeps happening again and again until she changes it somehow. She has to figure out a way for her and Alaric to be together, but how?

This was a slow starter for me but it definitely got more interesting as the book went on. The idea that Alaric and Laura had done this before and therefore had fallen in love time and time again was intriguing. Unfortunately because of that I think there’s was more of an insta-love feel to the story. Now it was deep and abiding but we didn’t get to see any of how they fell in love which was a bid disappointing because it was obviously such a strong love.

Keeping the times and places straight wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be but the end had me a bit confused. It was most definitely an HEA but how they got to where they were was not explained at all – just put down to being the supernatural. I did have a problem with how the couple was going to live but you’d have to read the story in order to understand why I had a problem with it. If I tell you I’ll ruin it all. 🙂

I liked the writing in the story. I think there was a bit too much description at the beginning but it got less as the story went on which made it more enjoyable for me. In the end I would recommend this to those readers that enjoy time travel but don’t mind a slightly darker story.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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This book is available from Avon Impulse. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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Guest Review: All For You by Lynn Kurland

Posted April 23, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Tracy’s review of All For You (A de Piaget novel) by Lynn Kurland

FALLING THROUGH TIME IS DANGEROUS…

Peaches Alexander is thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation to a weekend party given by the handsome, eligible Duke of Kenneworth. The only problem: Stephen de Piaget, a stuffy medieval studies scholar who seems determined to get in the way. Peaches has absolutely no desire to get involved with Stephen, until a quirk of Fate sends her hurtling through time…

UNLESS THERE’S SOMEONE TO CATCH YOU.

Stephen de Piaget has been leading a double life: respectable professor by day, knight-in-training during holidays and summer terms. When Peaches goes missing, Stephen knows he’s the only one who can rescue her from medieval peril. Little do they know that the greatest danger they’ll face won’t be the business end of a sword, but their own unruly hearts….

Peaches is at a time in her life where she’s not sure what she’s doing. She has a degree in Organic Chemistry but she’s been a Life Coach/Organizer since she graduated. Unfortunately she recently lost all of her clients. She’s staying with her sister at her castle in England but she knows she can’t do nothing forever. When she gets an invitation to a Duke’s ball she’s pretty sure that she’s going to get the HEA and fairy tale life that she’s always wanted.

When she gets to the weekend party things start to go bad and they just seem to steamroll from there. She’s caught in sleet, given a room not fit for a maid and all of her clothes – including her wonderful ball gown – are ruined. She’s pretty sure she should just leave and forget getting together with the Duke.

Stephen de Piaget was invited to the same ball but didn’t plan on going. When 3 shades tell him that he needs to go in order to get together with Peaches Alexander. Stephen has been smitten with Peaches even before he met her just from the tales that he was told by her sister. When he met her he fell hard and hasn’t recovered – doesn’t want to recover. The problem is that when he gets around her he gets tongue-tied or says something that ends up being the absolute wrong thing to say. Peaches is not enamored with him because of it.

Stephen saves the day at the ball and when Peaches accidentally walks through a time gate Stephen is the one saves her. He finally is able to tell her how he feels and they start to get to know each other better and Stephen is truthful about his plans for the future that definitely includes Peaches. But the Duke of Kenneworth has some papers that prove that Artane – the castle that has been Stephen’s family seat for 800 years –  is actually his property due to a gambling game way back when. Stephen knows what he has to do to save his family and Peaches is more than willing to help out – whether Stephen wants it or not.

This is another really good novel in the de Piaget family series. We met Stephen in a previous book and he was charming and confident. It really was a nice change to see him brought to his knees a bit by Peaches. He wanted nothing more than to be “good” in her eyes and he just constantly screwed up. He was a lovely man and really saved her hide during the weekend at the Duke of Kenneworth’s ball and figured out the Duke’s true colors. Stephen knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to stand up to anyone to get Peaches – including his very demanding and forceful grandmother.

Peaches was just not catching a break. First her business (that I can’t believe she didn’t ream her sister up one side and down another for ruining) and then the horrible events at the ball. I loved seeing her continually have the light bulb moments when it came to Stephen and his true colors came through. She really saw him in a new light and saw the wonderful person he was. She was a bit shocked when he came out and told her how he felt and what he wanted from their future together but she adjusted well.

The story was not a fast paced one but it was consistently good and I loved that. Kurland always comes through for me. Be warned – there is only kissing in this book, no sex. They insinuate that Stephen and Peaches have it but there’s is no description. I wanted to let you know so there’s no shock. Lol

This was a lovely romance that was quite entertaining and a great addition to the series.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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Review: Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz- Logsted.

Posted November 15, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments


*EDITED TO ADD: Taking cue from Jane at Dear Author, I thought it pertinent to alert my readers that I don’t support plagiarists but this author seems to (from a guest blog she wrote to promote a well known plagiarists blog). I won’t be recommending this authors work to my family, friends or blog readers in the future.

Main Character: Emily
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Series: None
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Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she’d change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can’t change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!) But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won’t be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all. Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s winning confection will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys a modern twist on an old favorite.

I can’t really say why I wanted to read this book because I’ve never read Little Women before so I didn’t want to see how this modern twist on the whole story would be (though modern twist is a bit of a stretch but well, you know what I mean) but interested in it, I was. So I requested it for review and was stoked when I got it.

I will say that this book has made me want to read Little Women because it cracked me up. Getting to know all of the March sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy and what not was interesting, well having to get to know them through Emily’s time travel experience was cool. I can’t compare this story with the actual story but I will say that being thrown into the world of one of your favorite books has got to be pretty thrilling. Getting a chance to change something you wanted would be even better, don’t you think?

In this book, Emily knows exactly what she wants to change and when she’s given a chance to do just that, she rushes off and the adventure begins. Emily is thrown right into the story of Little Women and sees the March sister for the first time. Her normal reaction is to freak out and freak out, she does. But over the course of the book, Emily really does come into her own. I really enjoyed that part of the book, we see the change in Emily start and then slowly and surely, her change happens and she’s a better person for all of it. I’ll tell you what though, there were times a plenty that I wanted to choke Emily the heck out but I let her slide on a lot of it because of her age. It would have been easy to not like Emily at all with all of the crap she pulls in this book but Baratz-Logsted does a great job of making the reader connect and understand what Emily is going through and where her head is throughout the entire book.

I cracked up quite a few times when I was reading this book (Emily getting her period back in the day had me laughing out loud), it was interesting reading this book having not read Little Women (or seeing the movie for that matter) but it was easy enough to follow along and enjoy the story anyway.

I was digging on Laurie for a hot minute there and was glad that things worked out the way that they should have (or from what I know, anyway) on that note between him and Jo. The whole thing with Jackson and Charlotte worked out the way that it was supposed to and I’ll say that in the beginning, that conversation between Kendra and Emily played through my mind toward the end of the book and was glad that Emily finally…got it. You really see that she learned a thing or two from the lesson her teacher was trying to teach and you saw her grow which I appreciated. There have been a few times when I read an entire book and I hate the protagonist just as much at the end as I did in the beginning. I feel like they don’t learn or grow as much as I would have liked but that wasn’t the case with this book. Emily was hard to take at times but at the end, you were glad that you stuck it out with her because she finally got it right.

I recommend this book to fans of Little Women and to fans of this author, it was a delightful read that made me want to try other stories by this author.

..and that’s your scoop!

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