Hidden Paradise

Lou Connelly is a young widow and Jane Austen scholar. Having lived alone in her despair for the past year, two dear friends ask her to come review their new period vacation retreat…one in which guests are encouraged to find pleasures where they may. Forced to choose between living in the past or living in the present, whatever the decision, Lou will never be the same.

Janet Mullany’s Hidden Paradise is an intriguing mix of historical fiction and erotica. Without being hard core, the sex scenes are definitely hot and steamy with switching partners and even a brief male/male experience. The decent plot holds a driving book full of orgasms and humor.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Cold Light

Mothers will do anything when it comes to saving their children, including setting out on a suicide mission. Emma’s daughter has been stolen by raiders and no one is going after them. Emma makes the choice to set out before an in coming storm. She faces raiders, animals, and the ever pressing mist that threatens everything it touches. She is joined on her journey by a diverse cast of characters devoutly loyal to her, and in the end, there will be a choice.

Cold Light, by Traci L. Slatton is a dystopian novel with a constant flux of action. Though well written, I found the premise of the mists to be unbelievable and the ending to be too pat. A decent read, the book didn’t have me clamoring for another book in the series.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

The King’s Damsel

Forced into servitude at court by the man who bought her guardianship, Tamsin Lodge must serve the young Princess Mary Tudor. Her guardian’s plot to secure a a position with the king and better his financial status is not the only plot afoot, and even the young princess is not safe from the dealings throughout the kingdom. Her loyalty for her mistress, along with her life, will be tested as she enters the games being played by a cast which includes King Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. In order to save those around her and hold onto her beliefs, she must sacrifice herself.

Kate Emerson’s historical romance, The King’s Damsel, proves provoking among the romance genre. With history weaved in, the book is a fast-paced story with more drama than romance and more political manipulations than errant love scenes. While a romance novel in essence, this will appeal more to fans of historical fiction. An enjoyable read with an ending which finishes a bit abruptly, The King’s Damsel shares a view of 1500 England aristocracy.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Prophecy (The Children of the White Lions #2)

 

R. T. Kaelin, author of the fabulous Progeny, has done it again. Prophecy, the second novel in The Children of the White Lions series does not disappoint fans. The addition of  new characters, races, and warring duchies manages to add to the complexity of the novel without undermining the purity of the purity of the book. Bereft of any conventional notions which tend to limit many novels and add a level of predictability, Kaelin follows the story of the characters, allowing the book to take on a life of its own, driving the story line with a reality that adds a new level to the already complex richness. With beautifully deep characters and a well developed story line which follows it’s own unique path, the series continues to fulfill its promise to provide an entrancing book which enthralls readers and leaves them wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next novel when it comes out.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author.

Golden Snitch Giveaway, 2 winners!

This is a joint giveaway between Living Peacefully with Children and Novel Obsession. You may enter from one site.

My family, like so many other families, has been entranced by the Harry Potter series. From magic wands to golden snitches, our home is filled with the magical wonder of Harry Potter and imagination. To share that with you, I am offering hand knitted golden snitches. Each snitch is handmade by me, made of durable acrylic yarn, and naturally weighted. Two winners will be chosen (sorry, US and Canada only). All you have to do is follow the easy rafflecopter to enter before November 25, 2012. Winners will be e-mailed within 48 hours. If you would like to make your own knitted snitches, check out the great pattern at Knitted Toy Box.

 

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