Saturday, January 25, 2014

Angela's Satin Sheets Romance Review of That Scoundrel Emile Dubois by Lucinda Elliot

Saturday, January 25, 2014-Satin Sheets Review of That Scoundrel Emile Dubois by Lucinda Elliot

Title:  That Scoundrel Emile Dubois

Author:  Lucinda Elliot

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Genre:  Gothic Romance

Length: 385 pages

Find It On:  Amazon

When Sophie de Courcy, the often foolishly romantic and bored but patient companion to the Dowager Countess of Ruthin, marries her long-time hero, the dashing but rascally French émigré Émile Dubois, she has more excitement than she ever wanted as she is catapulted into Gothic adventure with man vampires and time warps. 

With the help of her dauntless maid Agnes – who combines Tarot reading with a no-nonsense attitude - and whose own love interest is Émile’s swaggering valet and former accomplice, Georges – Sophie must come to terms with Émile’s criminal past and help free him from the machinations of their evil neighbours the Kenrick’s. 

Set during the French Revolution in North Wales and in war torn France, this story is full of lively humour and combines believable characters and over-the-top Gothic adventure as a pair of down to earth eighteenth century villains become incongruously caught up in occult happenings. This darkly funny, sometimes sad and often romantic tale will captivate readers who enjoy a well written spoof of the Gothic tradition.

Angela’s Review:

          Pride and Prejudice meets Dracula in this lighthearted gothic romance.
I am not normally a gothic romance reader, but something intrigued me about this couple that kept me reading.  Maybe it was the heroine’s plight to make a good marriage despite her status as companion, or it could have been the hero’s sketchy double identity. Either way, Sophie and Emile had me cheering them on from the very beginning until the very end. 

          If you love a quirky romance with a bit of Regency and paranormal you would enjoy this read.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Nadene's Satin Sheets Review of Always and Forever Love by Lynn Crandall

LENGTH: 196 pages

The presence of a ghost in her life doesn't alarm Lacy Aegar—in fact it makes her happy. Two and a half years ago when her dead husband, Nicholas, reappeared in her life as a full-bodied spirit, she questioned her sanity. But with Nicholas's explanation that things about life are not as she's always believed, she settled into a pleasant routine of working with her sister at their private investigation business and enjoying home life with her now eight-year-old son—with Nicholas never very far away.

Lacey's complacency and sense of stability is sent topsy-turvy when she runs into Jackson Carter, the son of powerful and influential business tycoon William Carter. Typical of the Carter reputation, Jackson's slick, new private investigating business is siphoning off clients from the Aegar sisters' business, creating financial difficulty. It's a recurring nightmare for Lacey, who has already seen damage done by the Carter family, and when she encounters Jackson, she wants nothing to do with him.

But things are not what they seem when it comes to Jackson Carter, either. Unbeknownst to Lacey and her sister, Jackson is fighting a battle to preserve his business, too, and his integrity. For him, it's a fight for his soul, and he enlists Lacey's help because of her unique investigative skills and open heart. When she uncovers a mole in his business, she also discovers that one of his clients' drug trials has been given the green light to go to the next phase based on falsified data. As they work together to save both their businesses, Jackson and Lacey not only face death, they come to grips with their feelings about love and life. With Nicholas's help, Lacey comes to understand that love is always and forever, but in choosing Jackson, she chooses a full life, a life worth living.


I was somewhat at a loss as to what I was going to write in my review after I had completed reading this story.  My feelings on this are rather mixed and I was not sure if I would have been able to really do justice to this story.

First of all the first thing that caught my attention was the blurb.  It sounded rather exciting and right up my alley as I absolutely love romantic suspense. As a result I was expecting a fast paced, edge of your seat read. But alas this was not to be. The story started out really slow and it took sometime before it got to the real exciting stuff and even then I was still not blown over.

Now what irked me most about this story was Lacey, the female protagonist.  Now she has been in mourning for her husband for more than two years and she was unwilling to let go of him so much so that he was visiting her from the beyond. She was having conversations with him, having meals with him and sleeping with him bearing in mind she was the only one who was seeing him. . Lacey was using this as an excuse to not go out and have a life.  Personally for me I thought that was rather creepy.  Gimme a break, what comfort can a ghost offer to a human being unless it’s the Holy Ghost?

Based on this I found the romance between Jackson and Lacey to be a bit contrived. I found it rather strange here she was still pinning for her dead husband and refusing to let go of him but was still able to fall in love with someone else.  (Oh well I guess I needed to remind myself that this is fantasy and not the real world)

The redeeming factor of this story in my opinion is the suspense and the mystery element.  This was enough to hold my attention as I was curious to know who was responsible for sabotaging Jackson’s business and if somehow his father was involved.   I also liked the way Jackson stood up to his father and willing to not allow him to run and ultimately ruin his life.

Overall for me this was an ok read. It was not my favourite but I will still recommend it as I know everyone’s taste is different.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Anne's Review of The Rebel's Own by M.O. Kenyan

Title:  The Rebel’s Own

Author:  M.O. Kenyan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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 Back in high school, a cruel “game” by the popular crowd left shy Kennedy Bailey pregnant and alone. But now she’s gorgeous and grown-up and she won’t let anything stop her from saving the life of her five-year-old son when he’s diagnosed with leukemia. Even if it means confronting his father, NFL quarterback Ryan Carville.

As her child’s health takes a turn for the worse, Kennedy feels helpless and resolves to pull off a daring scheme—seducing Ryan to create another baby to save the one they already have. They reconnect for a steamy one-night stand, but Ryan can’t forget about the dark beauty.

When he discovers the truth of who she is, Ryan is shocked and determined to give his son everything he needs, which includes marrying his mother. But a quickie wedding in Vegas won’t solve all their problems. Can Ryan show Kennedy that he’s changed from a spineless boy to a man worth loving?


Anne’s Review:

When I first got this book to review I was intrigued with the premise and had high hopes for this book.  Sadly the story did not meet expectations.  There were parts of this story that really touched my heart but others that left me shaking my head.  The characters were well developed and I fell in love with Riley.  At times I feel like the story was rushed and other parts did not develop.  Overall it was good but not great.  I do feel however, this author has great potential and I will read more of her work.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Angela's Satin Sheets Romance Review of The Lady In The Mist by Catherine Wolffe!

Tuesday-January 21, 2014-Satin Sheets Romance Review of The Lady In The Mist by Catherine Wolffe

Title:  The Lady In the Mist

Author:  Catherine Wolffe

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Length:  108 pages

Find It On:  Amazon, Smashwords

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks' husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she's attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He's the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

Angela’s Review:

The Lady In the Mist is the first book in Ms. Wolffe’s Western Werewolf Legend series.
This is a novella, but to me it read like a novel. The author did a wonderful job of giving the reader a deep point of view and I read this story in a day.  The other thing I enjoyed about this story was the magical elements, the historical aspect and the mixture of vampires and werewolves. 
If you are a lover of paranormal romance with a bit of a historical spun in then you will enjoy The Lady In The Mist by Catherine Wolffe.

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