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Azteclady reviews, Nalini Singh's Bonds of Justice

A couple of years ago I started reviewing every book in Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, in order of publication. What with one thing and another, the last such review I posted was of Blaze of Memory1 Now that I’m awaiting the imminent release of the latest book, A Tangle of Need, I embarked on a re-read of the whole series. (Yes, I know I’m a bit obsessive, thanks.) Since I’m reading them, why not review them? And here we are.

Bonds of Justice, by Nalini Singh

Sensuality rating: Steamy.

The eight installment in Ms Singh’s successful Psy/Changeling series, this is the first one where a changeling—or even a human member of a changeling pack—isn’t a protagonist. With this novel, Ms Singh shifts the focus to humans in a very different manner than she did with the secondary plot in Branded by Fire.

But first a disclaimer: if you haven’t read any of these novels, you will probably be lost. Not only are a number of characters from as far back as Slave to Sensation mentioned, several have key (if minor, page count-wise) rôles in this novel. Beyond that, there is an overarching plot thread noted in a number of passages (some of them one paragraph chapters) that will make a new-to-the-series reader go, “Huh?” repeatedly. So, if I were you, I would just start at the beginning.

With that out of the way, here is the back cover blurb: (more…)

Reader beware: In compliance with FTC guidelines, please be aware that I was given a digital ARC of this novel by Ms Singh for the purpose of writing a review. In the end, I bought my own, dead-tree copy of the novel anyway.

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Blaze of Memory, by Nalini SinghBlaze of Memory

Part of Ms Singh’s very successful Psy/Changeling romance series, Blaze of Memory picks up the trail of two characters introduced in the fourth and fifth novels in the series (Mine to Possess and Hostage to Pleasure, respectively): Devraj Santos, apparently human and director of the Shine Foundation, and Ekaterina Haas, psy and erstwhile assistant of Ashaya Aleine in her research for the Council.

While this novel could be read as a stand alone title, I definitely would recommend reading at least the two mentioned. Not only are there a number of secondary characters whose presence in this story will make more sense to a reader familiar with the series, but the relationships between the different human groups are also rather complex at this point in the main story arc. Beyond those two reasons, the intricacies of the psy vs changeling and/or human physiologies will probably be easier to digest to people who already know Ms Singh’s psy/changeling universe.

Here’s the back cover blurb: (more…)

Branded by Fire, by Nalini Singh

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The sixth full length novel in Ms Singh’s successful Psy/Changeling series, Branded by Fire is the story of Mercy Smith and Riley Kincaid. For those among you who haven’t followed the series, Mercy is a high ranking sentinel with the Dark River leopard pack, while Riley is a lieutenant with the Snow Dancers wolf pack.

Generally speaking, newcomers to the series shouldn’t have many issues catching up, as there is just enough background given to explain the world and set up the story, without unduly slowing down the narrative for long time fans. However, I do recommend reading this series in order, not only because the world Ms Singh has created grows more complex with each release, but also because these two characters have brief appearances in several of the earlier books, which enriches the experience of—finally!—reading their story. Furthermore, there is an overarching story arc throughout the series, with little snippets in every book contributing to its development, which on its own would make it worth reading the books in the order of release.

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Angel’s Blood, by Nalini Singhangels-blood

I have read and enjoyed Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling novels (listed below, with links to my reviews) very much indeed, because of her careful world building and characterization, as well as her writing voice. I was, however, a tad leery about her moving into urban fantasy—even knowing that she’ll continue writing Psy/Changeling novels—mostly because there was sooooo much buzz about Angel’s Blood. As Christine so aptly said, sometimes there is so much positive buzz about a book or a series, that I hesitate to actually read it, for fear of having build it up so much in my mind that the reality can’t possibly live up to the expectations.

I am quite happy to be proven wrong 😀

First novel in Ms Singh’s Guild Hunter series, Angel’s Blood introduces a wonderfully complicated world where vampires are made by angels, archangels rule, and gods don’t exist.

Or do they? (more…)

Hostage to Pleasure, by Nalini Singh

The most recent addition to the Psy/Changeling series, Hostage to Pleasure once again centers on one of the sentinels of the DarkRiver pack, while furthering the overarching story arc of the series through the introduction of his mate, a high ranking M-Psy whose path had once before crossed that of the leopards during the events narrated in Mine to Possess, the previous novel.

Ms Singh’s command of the world she has created is excellent. Without incurring any inconsistencies, each book reveals deeper layers in the relationships between the different groups of humans in this parallel future, the shifting of power, and the immutability of human nature. Once again, while this novel can indeed be enjoyed on its own merits, I heartily recommend beginning with Slave to Sensation, and reading the series in order, because there are a number of short passages which are more meaningful when knowing some events narrated in earlier books.

The back cover blurb:

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy—cool, calm, emotionless… at least on the surface. Inside, she’s fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard’s rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian’s agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules…

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Mine To Possess, by Nalini Singh

The fourth installment in the Psy/Changeling series, this story centers again on one of the sentinels of the DarkRiver pack, Clay, and brings back a ghost from his past—Talin, the human girl who once upon a time gave him unconditional love and trust.

This novel can be enjoyed on its own merits, as it has a self-contained plot and the world building holds its internal consistency in an excellent manner, but I definitely recommend starting this series at the beginning. There are just too many background threads set up in the overall story arc of the series for a reader to catch all the nuances and references if starting with this book.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Clay Bennett is a powerful Dark River sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed… and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man, and lost his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.

Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare stalks her—the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows…

Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again and hungers to possess her with a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths in their past… or lose everything that ever mattered.

The blurb is overly melodramatic in tone, if any one asks me (and whoever wrote it, really should have asked a reader—seriously) so I’ll try to rephrase it briefly: (more…)

Caressed by Ice, by Nalini Singh

Caressed by Ice is the third installment in the Psy/Changeling series. While I certainly recommend reading the first two books before starting this one, it is still early enough in the series, and Ms Singh gives enough background detail in this novel, that a reader shouldn’t get too lost starting here.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins—cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…

Brenna Shane Kinkaid was an innocent before she was abducted—and had her mind violated—by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…

The blurb… meh.

But oh, the many lovely things about this novel!

The main conflict in Caressed by Ice stems both from events that happened in Slave to Sensation—such as Brenna’s abduction and torture at the hands of a high ranking Psy—and from the historical linking of Psy abilities to violence and madness. The first killer is dead, so who killed Brenna’s packmate, and why is she having dream/visions of violence? And why is Judd convinced that Brenna is still in danger, even though there doesn’t seem to be any logical reason for it? (more…)

Visons of Heat by Nalini Singh

Second in the Psy/Changeling series, Visions of Heat is just as good as Slave to Sensation, the first installment—proving that sequels can succeed; it’s all in the execution. One of the great things about Ms Singh’s world building is that, while it grows and gets more complex as the series progresses, so far each book can be read on its own (unless you are anal retentive like moi, in which case you start at the beginning, period).

Without further ado, lets move on to this review.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous—aching need… exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced—and keep her from Vaughn.

In the first novel, we are introduced to the three subspecies of humans that inhabit Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling universe, as well as to a few groups within them. We have met some of the leopards of the Dark River Pack and some of the wolves of the Snow Dancer pack. We have met the Psy Council and some Psy individuals with different psychic abilities as well as different personalities. (more…)

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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

I was a rather late comer to the wonder that is Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling universe. By the time I jumped on the wagon, I had three most excellent books to read and a fourth just around the corner. Ah, the joys of discovering a great author with a long backlist!

Now, I’m in the throes of waiting (with no patience whatsoever) for the fifth installment, and have decided that if I am suffering, there’s no reason for those few people out there who haven’t read this series not to suffer with me. See how generous I am, spreading the addiction?

Without further ado, here’s the back cover blurb:

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that his ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

Granted, this blurb is not horrible, but, frankly, neither does it properly reflect the coolness that is this book.

The world building in this series is simply topnotch. After a barebones page and a half prologue, Ms Singh doesn’t overwhelm the readers with long sessions of info dumping or back story, relying instead on the characters’ actions and thoughts to unveil the cultural and political background of this alternative future.

Yes, this is a romance of the paranormal variety, but it is also a complex and well told story with an overarching conflict that involves humanity as a whole rather than only these two people. (more…)

Rock Addiction, by Nalini Singh

As a participant in the release tour, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Nalini Singh’s new contemporary romance, Rock Addiction, the first in a five-title series called Rock Kiss, that she’s self publishing. As most of you know, part of the deal, when participating in an author’s release tour, is to write and publish a review of the book in a timely manner. Please note that neither the author nor TRSOR Promotions, who organized all the blogger events related to the release, have asked for anything but a review, period.

However, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am a fan of Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. I am not a fan of her Guild Hunter series, and up to now I have only read one of her previously released category contemporary titles, Desert Warrior–and I confess that I wasn’t terribly impressed with it.

With that in mind, this is my (quite long) review:

Rock Addiction, by Nalini Singh

A few years ago, Sarah of the ever Smart Bitches and Jane of the wonderful Dear Author created a campaign to Save the Contemporary! Why, you may ask. Well, because for a while there it seemed that single title contemporary romance had disappeared off the face of the earth. We had–and still have–plenty of contemporary category length romances, but they are problematic in their own way, as they must conform to stringent requirements specific to their publishing line. And most single title, full length contemporaries for a good long while seemed to be required to include a thread of suspense–there was a stalker, an unsolved murder, a conspiracy, a ghost, vengeance…you name it. It seemed that there could be no romance without external conflict.

(Feel free to tell me my reading is limited and list all your recommendations for good, straight up contemporary romances in the comments.)

And so, imagine my utter delight in reading a contemporary romance about two adults, with nary an external conflict or contrived plot point! Yes, reader heaven indeed.

Mind you, there is conflict, and these two people have plenty of baggage, but they deal with it, both their own and each other’s, by talking–whodathunkit, right?–and by valuing and respecting the other’s feelings as much as their own.

Here’s the blurb provided by the author:
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Folks, please help me welcome Ann Aguirre for a grilling session erm, interview.

How long have you written—one of those “since forever” or more of a “sudden epiphany” person?

I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer. When I was in first grade, we had Career Day at school. We got to pick what we wanted to do for a living from cards with job descriptions on them. I chose “freelance writer”. My teacher said, rather condescendingly, “That’s not a real job, honey. Why don’t you pick something else?” That should’ve prepared me for the row I had to hoe.

I never did pick anything else. I scribbled stories from age eight onward. In tenth grade, I wrote my first novel, 150 pages on an old typewriter: small-town girl meets a mysterious boy who works as the Winnie the Pooh mascot at Sears. Despite having led a boring life heretofore, our heroine saves the boy numerous times. Even then, I had no sense of what was proper behavior for a heroine.

My next ‘serious’ attempt came in college. I was studying English Lit, which mostly bored the crap out of me. I discovered romance novels about this time. I ate those books like Cracker Jacks, especially the Loveswept line. I was a real sucker for the Romancing the Stone type story, where the city-bred heroine goes into the jungle with a survivalist hero.

And I thought, I can do this! How hard can it be?

Thus was born my deliciously bad would-be Loveswept romance. The heroine, Skye, was a stripper / heiress. She ran away from her father’s tyrannical control to dance topless and make her own way in the world. Her father hired former Black Ops military man, Stone, to retrieve his wayward daughter. I called it Heaven and Earth. Symbolism! Who says I’m not using my Lit degree? To my vast astonishment, Loveswept didn’t buy it. (more…)

Parting of the ways

Parting of the ways

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

A few weeks ago, Maya Banks posted about what happens when authors’ and readers’ points of view diverge—also known as, when readers break up with authors.

This is by no means a novel topic. Readers have complained about authors changing the rules of the worlds they build *coughJRWardcough* or how every successive book is the same story and the same characters as the previous dozen *coughChristine Feehancough* or feeling betrayed when the author kills a main character, well into the series *coughKarinSlaughtercough* (more…)

Friday

You may wonder why on earth, after going to bed totally wiped out in the early hours of the morning, I would want to wake up before seven am. The answer: continental breakfast, included in the registration, and scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 am. Being frugal *coughcheapcough* I made sure I was there early enough to avoid the rush of like-minded fellow conference attendees, but perhaps I shouldn’t have bothered: the buffet tables were not opened until about 7:40, and the waitstaff started clearing out the first one (which was empty as the desert) at about 8:15. Mind, the food offered wasn’t anything to write home about—some fresh fruit, Dunkin Donuts Krispy Kreme donuts (thank you, Kim in Hawaii!),  a couple of fruit breads—but I confess that I’m still puzzled by how little of it there was, considering that there were 2100 registered attendees. (This is not a swipe at RWA, by the way: I blame this entirely on the hotel2)

The company, on the other hand, was great: I hailed down Jodi Henley, of Will Work for Noodles fame, and we were joined in short order by Lorena Streeter of Hearts and Handcuffs and Anna Alexander (who has a wonderful tag in her cards: Live for the day, to hell with the rest), and a bit later by Linda Nielsen and Nikki Enlow. Again, conversation flowed around the table—most of us strangers to each other until that moment, but easy with each other, comforted by the knowledge that we all were there because of our passion for books and reading (and, in their cases, writing those books 😀 )

And here is when things got surreal… (or more surreal, if you will).

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Just as I thought, once RWA got going, there was no way on earth (or in hell) that I would be able to blog—or read other people’s blogs for that matter. Conference brain hits early and hard! Knowing this was going to happen, I made a point of having paper and pen with me at all times, naïvely thinking I would remember to take notes during the day.

Yes, I know: of course it didn’t happen.

Still, I took pictures like a the crazy woman I am and I’m hoping *sending vague prayers upwards* that a visual prompt will help me remember at least some of the highlights… Plus, of course, all the cards I tucked on the back of my badge. Really, some memories should surface.

Right?

A couple of things I forgot to mention in my previous post: first, that while sitting with the bloggers at the Dolphin’s lobby on Tuesday afternoon, I saw Eloisa James walk by. I said her name out loud, and she looked over, smiled… and walked just a tad bit faster… I think I’m scarier than I know 😉

Second, when AnimeJune joined us there, she was coming back from (in her own words) indulging her obsession with all things Disney. She sat down, exhausted, and put her feet up. Then she noticed our badges and wonderful, roomy, pretty, heavy-duty tote bags, and asked where the registration area for the conference was. When told that it closed less than ten minutes later, she jumped up and literally raced across the lobby. Amazing, the reviving powers of the shiny, eh?

And without further ado, here’s the first part of my way too long and image heavy round up: (more…)

(gotta love Zazzle)

(gotta love Zazzle)

I’m a geek.

Not one of those really well educated geeks, I admit, but a geek nonetheless.

And this geek is always fascinated by how science is catching up to fantasy (no wonder we call it science fiction now 😀 )

For example, when reading Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, I had some issues with Hostage to Pleasure because it posits that DNA manipulation would have effect within one generation. I’m all, “no way in hell, dammit!” and feeling pulled out of the story because, well, not possible.

(Yes, I know—I have trouble accepting that but I’m happily overlooking little impossibles such as, say, shapeshifting. So I’m inconsistent, sue me 😛 )

Anyway, the whole DNA manipulation part of the storyline bothered me—it seemed a bit like a cop out, frankly—and then I see this cool little article and wham! “Objection overruled, counselor.”

These little critters are a) stealing DNA and passing it on to their offspring, and b) stealing cellular structures into their own cells and using them successfully.

Looking at this, I’m suddenly much happier about Ashaya Aleine’s work 😀

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Random PS: Who is your favorite geeky chick? Personally, I’m torn between Abby from NCIS and the amazing Kaylee from Firefly.

KKB’s Reviews

Monday, January 7, 2008
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A Bravo’s Honor, by Christine Rimmer

“A Familiar Kind of Magic”, by Sylvia Day

“A Gypsy’s Vow”, by Bonnie Dee

“A Handful of Gold” by Mary Balogh (The Heart of Christmas anhology)

A Hearing Heart, by Bonnie Dee

“A Hell of a Time”, by Jackie Kessler (part of the Hell on Earth series)

A Man of His Word, by Sarah M. Anderson

A Hunger Like No Other, by Kresley Cole

A Not-So-Perfect Past, by Beth Andrews (Book 2, Serenity Springs novels)

A Rake’s Guide to Seduction, by Caroline Linden (Book 3, Exeters)

A Soldier Comes Home, by Cindi Myers

A Soldier’s Return, by Judy Christenberry

About Last Night, by Ruthie Knox

Again, by Sharon Cullars

All of Me, by Patricia Ryan

All U Can Eat, by Emma Holly

Almost a Gentleman, by Pamela Rosenthal

Amorous Liaisons, by Sarah Malberry

Angel’s Blood, by Nalini Singh (Book 1, Hunters Guild)

Annie’s Song, by Catherine Anderson

As Darkness Falls, by Bronwyn Parry (Book 1, Dungirri)

At the Midnight Hour, by Alicia Scott (Book 1, Guiness Gang)

Atlantis Awakening, by Alyssa Day (Book 3, Warriors of Poseidon)

Atlantis Rising, by Alyssa Day (Book 1, Warriors of Poseidon)

Atlantis Unleashed, by Alyssa Day (Book 5, Warriors of Poseidon)

Atlantis Unmasked, by Alyssa Day (Book 6, Warriors of Poseidon)

Baby, I’m Yours, by Karen Templeton (Book 3, Guys and Daughters)

Bad Girl by Night, by Lacy Alexander

Be With Me, by Maya Banks

Beautiful Girl, by Shiloh Walker

Beautiful Girl, by Shiloh Walker

Because Your Vampire Said So, by Michele Bardsley (Book 3, Broken Heart, Oklahoma)

Ben’s Wildflower, by Carol Lynne

Betting Hearts, by Dee Tenorio

Betting on Santa, by Debra Salonen (Texas Hold ‘Em continuity)

Between The Sheets, by Mardi Balou

Bewitched, by Sandra Schwab

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Beyond His Control, by Stephanie Tyler

Beyond Innocence, by Emma Holly

Beyond the Rain, by Jess Granger

Big Bad Wolf, by Christine Warren (Book 1, The Others [revised and rewritten version of Fur Factor])

Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide, by J. R. Ward

Black Hills, by Nora Roberts

“Black Leather Rose”, by Jules Jones

Blaze of Memory, by Nalini Singh (Book 7, Psy/Changeling)

Bodyguard, by Beverly Havlir

Bone Deep, by Bonnie Dee

Bound by Honor, by Colette Gale

Branded by Fire, by Nalini Singh (Book 6, Psy/Changeling)

Broken Wing, by Judith James

Broken Wing, by Judith James

Busman’s Honeymoon, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 11, Lord Peter Wimsey)

But that Was Yesterday, by Kathleen Eagle

Caine’s Reckoning, by Sarah McCarty (Book 1, Hell’s Eight)

Caine’s Reckoning, by Sarah McCarthy (Book 1, Hell’s Eight)

Captain Jack’s Woman, by Stephanie Laurens (Prequel to the Bastion Club)

Caressed by Ice, by Nalini Singh (Book 3, Psy/Changeling)

“Carolina Wolf”, by Sela Carsen

Castle of the Wolf, by Sandra Schwab

Child of her Heart, by Cheryl St. John

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas

Claiming the Courtesan, by Anna Campbell

“Claiming Their Mate”, by Paige McKellan

Cold As Ice, by Anne Stuart

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

Confessions of a Millionaire’s Mistress, by Robyn Grady

Coyote’s Mate, by Lora Leigh (Book 18, The Breeds)

Cry No More, by Linda Howard

Dark Hunger, by Sara Reinke (Book 2, Brethren)

Dark of Night, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 14, Troubleshooters)

Dark Thirst, by Sara Reinke (Book 1, Brethren)

Death Angel, by Linda Howard

Dirty, by Megan Hart

Dreaming of You, by Lisa Kleypas

Embraced by Love, by Suzanne Brockmann

“Empath”, by Bonnie Dee

Entangled, by Eileen Wilks

Fade to Midnight, by Shannon McKenna

Fading Illusions, by Kimberly Holt-Whitlock

Fallen From Grace, by Laura Leone

Felicity Stripped Bare, by Vanessa Jaye

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

Finders Keepers, by Sharon Sala

Flirting in Traffic, by Beth Kery

For Colored Girls (film)

Forbidden Pleasures, by Lora Leigh

Forgotten Marriage, by Paula Roe

Fragile, by Shiloh Walker

Future Perfect, by Suzanne Brockmann

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 10, Lord Peter Wimsey)

Get a Clue, by Jill Shalvis

Getting Gabriel, by Cathy Quinn

“Gobsmacked”, by L.B. Gregg (Book 1, Men of Smithfield)

Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre (Book 1, Sirantha Jax)

Guilty Needs, by Shiloh Walker

“Happy Ending”, by L.B. Gregg (Book 2, Men of Smithfield)

Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 7, Lord Peter Wimsey)

Hell’s Belles, by Jackie Kessler (Book 1, Hell on Earth)

Heart Mate, by Robin D. Owens (book 1, Heart novels)

Heaven Can Wait, by Cheryl St. John

Her Best Friend, by Sarah Mayberry

Her Montana Man, by Cheryl St. John

Her Secret Fling, by Sarah Mayberry

Hostage to Pleasure, by Nalini Singh (Book 5, Psy/Changeling)

Hot as Hell, by HelenKay Dimon

Hotter Than Hell, by Jackie Kessler (Book 3, Heall on Earth)

If Tomorrow Never Comes, by Emjai Colbert

In The Garden trilogy, by Nora Roberts

Instant Attraction, by Jill Shalvis (Book 1, Wilder Adventures)

Into the Fire, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 13, Troubleshooters)

Irresistible, by Beverly Havlir

It Had To Be You, by Susan E Phillips (Book 1, Chicago Stars)

Jamie, by Lori Foster

Jane’s Warlord, by Angela Knight

Just a Taste, by Bronwyn Jameson

Just Like A Dame, by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

Just Like Heaven, by Julia Quinn

Kiss and Hell, by Dakota Cassidy (Book 1, Demonic romances)

Last Wolf Standing, by Rhyannon Byrd (Book 1, Blood Runners trilogy)

Left at the Altar, by Justine Davis (Book 2, Cameron/Holt trilogy)

Lethal Rider, by Larissa Ione (Book 3, Lords of Deliverance)

Long-lost Mom, by Jill Shalvis

Lord and Master, by Jules Jones

Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase

“Love Me Still”, by Maya Banks

Lover Enshrined, by J.R. Ward (Book 6, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Lover Enshrined, by J.R. Ward (Book 6, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Lover Unbound, by J.R. Ward (Book 5, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Loving Scarlett, by Lola Newman

Mr Imperfect, by Karina Bliss

Mr Right Now, by Monica Jackson

“Mad Dog Love”, by Angela Knight

Magic Burns, by Ilona Andrews (Book 2, Kate Daniels)

Manhunter, by Loreth Anne White

Match Me If You Can, by Susan E Phillips (Book 6, Chicago Stars)

Memory in Death, by J.D. Robb (Book 22, … In Death)

Midnight Temptation, by Dee Tenorio

Millers Kill series by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Mine to Possess, by Nalini Singh (Book 4, Psy/Changeling)

Morning Glory, by LaVyrle Spencer

Moving in Rhythm, by Dev Bentham

My Best Friend’s Girl, by Dorothy Koomson

Nighthawk, by Rachel Lee (Book 8, Conard County)

No Control, by Shannon K. Butcher (Book 2, Delta Force)

Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts

Notorious Pleasures, by Elizabeth Hoyt

Out of The Dark, by Sharon Sala

Over My Dead Body, by Michele Barsdley (Book 5, Broken Heart, Oklahoma)

Over the Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 3, Troubleshooters)

“Paradise”, by Meljean Brook (Book 3, Guardians)

Parallel Attraction, by Deidre Knight (Book 1, Parallel series)

Parker’s Price, by Ann Bruce

Passion, by Lisa Valdez

Pirate Queen, by Susanna Valent

Polly’s Perilous Pleasures, by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

Premeditated Murder, by Ed Gaffney

Prince Joe, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 1, Tall, Dark and Dangerous)

Promises in Death, by J. D. Robb

Promises Prevail, by Sarah McCarty

Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

“Rachel’s Totem”, by Marie Harte

Red-Headed Stepchild, by Jaye Wells

Relentless, by Lauren Dane (Book 2, Federation)

“Renegade”, by Ann Aguirre (prequel to Sirantha Jax novels)

Rescue Me, by Christy Reece (Book 1, Last Change Rescue)

Ride the Fire, by Pamela Clare (Book 3, Blakewell/Kenleigh novels)

Riding on Instinct, by Jaci Burton (Book 3, Wild Riders)

Riding Tempation, by Jaci Burton (Book 2, Wild Riders)

Risk, by Ann Christopher

Risk, by Ann Christopher

Ritual Sins, by Anne Stuart

“Rules of Engagement”, by Ann Bruce

“Runespell”, by Sela Carsen

Salvation in Death, by J.D. Robb (Book 30, … In Death)

Sam’s Creed, by Sarah McCarty

Scandalous Love, by Brenda Joyce

Scion: Insurrection, by Patrice Michelle (Book 2, Scions trilogy)

Scions: Resurrection, by Patrice Michelle (Book 1, Scions trilogy)

Scions: Revelation, by Patrice Michelle (Book 3, Scions trilogy)

“Sea Crossing”, by Virginia Kantra (Prequel, Children of the Sea)

Sea Witch, by Virginia Kantra (Book 1, Children of the Sea)

Seasons of Love, by Bonnie Dee

Second-Chance Family, by Karina Bliss

Sensation, by Thea Devine

Seraphim, by Shelby Reed

Serious Play, by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Shifter (anthology)

“Shifter’s Lady”, by Alyssa Day

Shorts (various authors)

Shotgun Wedding, by Maggie Osborne

“Show Me”, by Jaci Burton

Silk if for Seduction, by Loretta Chase

Silver Lining, by Maggie Osborne

Simon Says, by Lori Foster

Simply Perfect, by Mary Balogh (Book 4, Simply)

Sins of the Night, by Devyn Quinn (Book 2, Kyth and Kynn)

“Skin To Skin”, by Dionne Galace

Slave To Sensation, by Nalini Singh (Book 1, Psy/Changeling)

Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh (Book 1, Psy/Changeling)

Slightly Married, by Mary Balogh (Book 1, Slightly)

Slightly Dangerous, by Mary Balogh (Book 6, Slightly)

So Close and No Closer, by Penny Jordan

Somebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins

Somebody To Love, by Kate Rothwell

Son of The Morning, by Linda Howard

Standoff, by Lauren Dane

Strangers in Death, by J.D. Robb (Book 29, … In Death)

Strong Poison, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 5, Lord Peter Wimsey)

Sweet Surrender, by Maya Banks (Book 1, Sweet novels)

“Talking with the Dead”, by Shiloh Walker

Tall Dark Defender, by Beth Cornelison

The Billionaire’s Bidding, by Barbara Dunlop

The Bravo Bachelor, by Christine Rimmer (Book 24, Bravo Family)

The Broken H, by J.L. Langley

The Conquest, by Julia Templeton

The Countess Lends a Hand, by Bonnie Dee

The Countess Takes a Lover, by Bonnie Dee

The Dark Gate, by Pamela Palmer (Book 1, Esri)

The Darkest Hour, by Maya Banks (Book 1, KGI)

The Desert King, by Olivia Gates (Book 3, Throne of Judar trilogy)

The Desert King’s Pregnant Bride, by Annie West

The Desert Lord’s Baby, by Olivia Gates (Book 1, Throne of Judar trilogy)

The Desert Lord’s Bride, by Olivia Gates (Book 2, Throne of Judar trilogy)

“The Gingerbread Tryst”, by Nichelle Gregory

The Halo Effect, by M.J. Rose

The Heart of Christmas anthology

“The Hottest One-Night Stand“, by Lisa Renee Jones

The Ideal Wife, by Mary Balogh

The Last Good Man, by Kathleen Eagle

The Madness of Lord Iam Mackenzie, by Jennifer Ashley

The Malorie Phoenix, by Janet Mullany

The Man with a Load of Mischief, by Martha Grimes (Book 1, Richard Jury)

The Missing, by Shiloh Walker

The Nine Lives of Christmas, by Sheila Roberts

The Once and Future Prince, by Olivia Gates (Book 1, The Castaldini Crown)

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

The Return of Luke McGuire, by Justine Davis

The Road to Hell, by Jackie Kessler (Book 2, Hell on Earth)

The Search, by Nora Roberts

“The Season for Suitors” by Nicola Cornick (The Heart of Christmas anthology)

The Secondhand Wife, by Cheryl St. John

The Slightest Provocation, by Pam Rosenthal

The Sweet Gum Tree, by Katherine Allred

The Smoke Thief, by Shana Abé (Book 1, Drakon)

The Society Catch, by Louise Allen

The Thorn Birds (tv miniseries based on the novel by Colleen McCullough)

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress, by Maya Banks (Book 1, The Anetakis Tycoons trilogy)

The Tycoon’s Rebel Bride, by Maya Banks (Book 2, The Anetakis Tycoons trilogy)

The Woman He Loved Before, by Dorothy Koomson

“This Wicked Gift” by Courtney Milan (The Heart of Christmas anthology)

The Witness, by Nora Roberts

Through The Veil, by Shiloh Walker

“Treasure Hunting“, J.B. McDonald

Tribute, by Nora Roberts

Triple Play, by Rhyannon Byrd

Trouble at the Wedding, by Laure Lee Guhrke

Tycoon’s One-Night Revenge, by Bronwyn Jameson

Unlawful Contact, by Pamela Clare (not exactly a review)

Unbound, by Lori Devoti (Book 1, Unbound)

Undercover, by Lauren Dane (Book 1, Federation)

Undressing Mercy, by Deanna Lee

“Unlocked” by Courtney Milan

Unnatural Death, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 3, Lord Peter Wimsey)

“Vicious Vixen”, by Shiloh Walker

Virgin Slave, Barbarian King, by Louise Allen

Visions of Heat, by Nalini Singh (Book 2, Psy/Changeling)

Wait ‘Till Your Vampire Gets Home, by Michele Bardsley (Book 4, Broken Heart, Oklahoma)

Wall-E (film)

Wanderlust, by Ann Aguirre (Book 2, Sirantha Jax)

Wanted by Her Lost Love, by Maya Banks (Book 2, Pregnancy and Passion)

Warprize, by Elizabeth Vaughan (Book 1, Warland Chronicles)

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver

Welcome to Harmony, by Jodi Thomas

What a Scoundrel Wants, by Carrie Lofty

What Happens in Vegas… anthology

What the Librarian Did, by Carina Bliss

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 1, Lord Peter Wimsey)

“Wild Hearts in Atlantis”, by Alyssa Day (Book 2, Warriors of Poseidon)

Wild Hunt, by Lori Devoti (Book 3, Unbound)

Wild Thing anthology (1)

“Wolf Moon”, by Nora Roberts

Z, by Lauren Baratz-Logstead