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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Unsafe Haven by Char Chaffin

Soul Mate Publishing
Published:  September 05, 2012 (e-book)
261 pages/2038KB
Rating:  4 ½ stars

Kendall Martin appears to be planning a trip to Alaska.  I can feel some sympathy for Kendall and her trip.  My first trip in an airplane started on a two prop job.  I had a cold and a stuffy head and by the time I got to my destination I felt so sick.

One show that I love to watch on the Discovery Channel is “Fly Wild Alaska”.  If you have never watched the program, you may want to check out or check your local listings.  This book also reminds me of “Northern Exposure” that was on television during the early nineties.  I can picture Denn being played by John Corbett and Kendall by Janine Turner.

Kendall’s journey ends in Staamat, Alaska.  We see that Kendall is something of a mystery.   Something is going on with her that only traveling to Alaska can fix.  If you stop over to the Alaska Romance Writers of America web site,, you can read how Char used to live in Alaska and how she went about choosing Staamat.

Denn Nulo is the Chief of Police in Staamat.  He meets Kendall at the town’s airport.  We see that Denn’s job covers more than just police work.  Kendall’s first few days start at the local Bed and Breakfast while she settles into her new surroundings – something that I would love to do.  She’s starting over fresh – there have been times in my life when I wished that I could do the same thing but then reality sets back in. 

Char has given Denn a younger sister named Luna.  She’s a teenager who’s trying to deal with growing up and having juvenile diabetes.  Both that are tough separately, never mind trying to deal with them at the same time and Denn has had to be the parent. 

Kendall’s new life starts when she arrives at a place located at Puffin Circle – puffins have always been one of my favorite animals.  They are one of those animals that they are so ugly they’re cute.  If you stop over to Alaska Stock,, you can see some of their photos that they have taken of these animals.

Conroy Herington is spending a lot of time and money looking for someone named Victoria Wyndham.  Char shows the reader that having money has no correlation with how a person acts – some of it may be how they were raised or maybe even a chemical imbalance of some kind.  That just goes to show that wishing you were rich doesn’t necessarily make a person happy.
Char does a great job at painting pictures of true romance between her two main characters.  One reason this is considered a sensual romance is because of the lack of sex.  But she teases us enough with her words that the actual act isn’t needed.  Our imaginations can fill in any blanks.

When writing in suspense into her romance she could have gone the route that makes it a little too graphic.  Char wants to keep your attention and wanting to turn the pages.  The suspense seems to center around Conroy and it’s weaved throughout the whole story.

If you love romance stories that keep you on the edge of your seat with the hero coming to save the day, you will love Char’s latest.  If you’ve never read any of Char’s work before, what better way to change that.  Maybe you have a new Kindle or Nook and you can’t decide what to add to your library, consider adding this book – you won’t be disappointed.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Heart of the Dragon by Myra Nour

Volarn Chronicles II
Published:  June 12, 2012 (paperback); June 12, 2012 (e-book)
ISBN:  9781477618677 (paperback)/1477618678 (e-book)
514 pages (paperback); 471KB (e-book)
Rating:  4 ½ stars

Eric is a soldier and right from the beginning we see how strong he is.  Myra starts the action right from the first chapter.  This story continues book one titled Love’s Captive.

Eric has come to Volarn to see his sister. They are at a ceremony when he looks at a woman standing near Rhamus.  Kasha is seen attending the Tartha ceremony.  It’s a place she doesn’t want to be.  But then he walks up to her.  She doesn’t make anything easy.

Myra puts her readers into a world that we don’t think exists.  She also develops a language but she doesn’t make it so difficult that you can’t figure out what she’s talking about.  She has made Eric a soldier but he’s also a man who cares about things around him. 

While Kasha and Eric are out they discover something that Kasha doesn’t believe exists.  You will find that this animal they discover will steal every scene Myra writes him into.  He’s just so loveable.  He will also make you laugh.  You may also start to reminisce about your pet.

If you love to read outside, this is the perfect book to find a place in a park, maybe a beautiful garden, or even in your favorite chair with some favorite music to listen to.  But Myra has also left me wondering if she has a book three for her readers.  I want to learn more about the residents of Volarn.  We will just have to wait and see if Eric’s sister has a story.  Maybe even Jarvic has a happy ending in store for him.  But in the meantime, you can always check out to see what other books she has available.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Surrender: Mimics of Rune by Aimee Laine

Publisher:  J.Taylor Publishing
Publication Date:  September 03, 2012
ISBN:  9781937744106 (paperback)
            9781937744113 (ePub)
380 pages/923KB
Rating:  4 ½ stars

Cael Aldridge is seen running through traffic.  He’s chasing a man named Roy Marlow.  Roy is a man that has a connection to Lily.  And Cael has loved Lily for a very long time.  But why is he chasing Roy in the first place?

Lily Crane is a shapeshifter – a mimic.  As you read this story, Aimee will let you know what a mimic can do.  There’s also someone who wants Lily, but for what purpose.  Why her of all people?    Her life has changed and she’s learning things she never knew. 

Tony is the husband of Angela and they have both a daughter, Leigh, and a son named Max.  They have been added to Lily’s mystery.  I love how Aimee makes this story about family.  There is the love story of Lily and Cael but there’s also the love of a family.  There are many types of families.  There is our genetic family, your work family, and the family you create when you take a partner.

I love that Aimee doesn’t put in a lot of sex in this story.  The story revolves around the mystery of Lily and her being a mimic.  Aimee gives us some sex when it comes to the love between Cael and Lily but otherwise she keeps our attention in trying to solve the mystery.  We have to turn the page because we want answers to our “why’s”.

If you have followed Aimee’s work you will know that there is another book related to the mimics.  At the end of the book, we get a teaser to Little White Lies (published July 01, 2011).  If you have not read this book, I would recommend that you read it.  I look forward to see what Aimee has in store for her readers next.