Category: Suspense


From Back of the Book

Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Review:

This is part of a Blog Tour set up by BookTrib.

Getting Rowdy is the third book in Lori’s Love Undercover series. We first learned about Rowdy in Run the Risk. We quickly learn that Rowdy has a huge protective streak. We never really find out why until this story. This is one of the few stories by Lori Foster in the past 2 years that doesn’t have human trafficking, but it still deals with other important issues.

Rowdy is the type of man that any woman would be proud to call her own, or call a friend. He is kind and caring. Lori really shows that people can choose the kind of person they want to be no matter the type of upbringing they had. After living with abusive drunk parents, Rowdy could have easily followed that road and no one would have blamed him. But at a young age he made the decision to protect his sister and do what he could to provide for her. Rowdy isn’t the typical hero, but he is one (even if he doesn’t see it).

Avery comes from a well off background and is in hiding. Many people, including Rowdy, would think she was crazy for leaving, but when one’s safety is at risk, you do what you have to. What I love about Avery’s story is that it shows that any can be a victim. It doesn’t matter what your social status may be. Avery’s story also shows us how much she has matured and become independent since she left her family. Avery also discovers how much she enjoys working and earning her own way.

I enjoyed the interaction between these two characters. Their banter and easy going relationship was a lot of fun to read. Their easy camaraderie led to a believable relationship. Yes, they have their issues but overall it was an easy transition from being friends to being lovers and being in love.

I give Getting Rowdy a 4 Horseshoe rating.

From Lori’s Website: The November issue of Cosmopolitan magazine goes on sale today and guess what you can find inside? A coupon for $1 off Getting Rowdy from any brick & mortar bookstore. It’s only valid until November 1, so get this deal while you still can!

Getting Rowdy is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. 

Getting Rowdy is also available from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions.

Publication Details:

Author Lori Foster
Title Getting Rowdy
Format Print
Length 448 Pages
Publication Date September 24, 2013
Publisher HQN
ISBN 978-0-3737-7779-2

From Author’s Website

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice’s secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire….

My Review:

Lori Foster has a definite writing style. One that makes her stories a comfort type read but exciting and new at the same time.

All of the characters had a fun and interesting chemistry. Ms. Foster did a wonderful job allowing Alice to be both cautious due to her past, but also wanting to be a stronger more independent woman. Even though he was an alpha male and a police detective, Reese’s need to protect Alice was never over baring.

I liked how Ms. Foster brought a character from the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and made her the heroine of this series. It allowed readers who felt sorry for Alice in Trace of Fever to see Alice change in to the strong woman that Reese falls in love with. It doesn’t hurt that we get to see Trace in this book as well.

The story was fun and exciting with some twists and turns. Even though I figured out the mystery, I still enjoyed the book.

I’m looking forward to Rowdy’s book, Getting Rowdy, in September.

I give Bare It All a 4 Horseshoe rating.

Bare It All is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Bare It All is available from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook

Part of the BookTrib Blog Tour

Publication Details:

Author Lori Foster
Title Bare It All
Format Print
Length 473 Pages
Publication Date May 2013
Publisher HQN
ISBN 978-03737-7761-7

Lori Foster published her first book in January 1996. Since then she has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling author. She has also received many awards for her writing, including the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for two genres. Lori is a strong believer in giving back to the community. Along with another author, Lori hosts an annual Reader and Author event. The proceeds benefit many causes including a battered women’s shelter and an animal adoption organization. Readers can find visit her at her website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

PonyTails (PT): Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

Lori Foster (LF): For Bare It All, book two in the Love Undercover series, Reese is the hero. I was writing about Logan and Pepper from book one and then suddenly Logan called his buddy Reese, who I found out was also a detective. He said he had some secrets – and I had to keep writing to find out what they were.

Weird, right? I’m always as surprised as the reader! But that’s what keeps it fun, I guess.

Anyhoo… Reese was a secondary character and then, because of how big he was on the page, I knew he’d be book two. Rowdy and Dash also showed up in book one, and I knew right away they’d demand their own books as well.

Much of Bare It All was worked out in the first book. Reese met Alice, and we all knew right away they’d be perfect for each other. How that would happen, what would propel them into a romance, wasn’t crystal clear, so I had to wait for Alice to tell me some things, and for her to work out some stuff with Reese…

Yes, they talk to me a lot – often when I’m trying to sleep!

PT: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

LF: I write well with chaos. If the house gets too quiet my mind wanders away from my book. I usually have the music playing pretty loud (and yeah, I sing along and bounce in my chair) with a few candles burning and my many pets bugging me every few minutes. My desk at home faces the pond so I can see the fish jump and the occasional hawk snag a meal.

My desk at the lakehouse faces the lake so I can see the fishermen go by, the skiers and boaters… I like water and find it very inspirational.

PT: What has been your biggest adventure to date?

LF: In writing? Or in life? If you mean in writing, then that would definitely be when I wrote Joe Winston ( Say No to Joe? ) and both Kensington and Berkley wanted the book. To call it an adventure would be an understatement. I doubt anything writing-wise can ever equal the excitement of being wanted by two publishers who kept upping the ante. Fun, fun, fun!

In life, well you know, having kids are adventures that never ends. Lol.

We love the outdoors so we’ve visited lots of local caves and rock bridges, etc… But topping it all was the underground river during a lot of rain. The river was high enough that we had to duck our heads in places to fit through the caves. And it was so dark! Not for claustrophobic people, that’s for sure. For anyone who’s a real adrenaline junkie, though, I’m sure it would seem pretty tame.

PT: As a romance writer, what is your idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?

LF: My husband and I are not, and never have been, party people – unless it’s an afternoon family party. When we go to the movies, it’s usually a matinee. So with that in mind, I like easy, slow evenings where he cooks me something delicious for dinner (he’s turned into an amazing cook!) and then either the theater (not too late) or a good movie on the television, dressed in our comfortable clothes. Just us, quiet time, being together.

PT: What are you reading right now?

LF: “The Best Man” by Kristin Higgins. It’s delicious. But I’m reading it slowly because I don’t allow myself to read it except for when I’m on the treadmill. See, I’m trying to con myself into getting a little more exercise. So far so good. I spend 20 to 30 minutes a day (minus weekends) on the stupid torturous device. Only the awesomeness of the book is making it possible. This is my first Kristin Higgins book – recommended to me by my Facebook followers – and wow, does she ever weave a wonderful tale! I’m hooked.

PT: When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

LF: There was no one defining moment. It sort of crept up on me, at first telling me I was a daydreamer, and later telling me I was too introspective, and maybe fanciful. I started by creating stories in my head. Yeah, you can imagine what most thought of that. 😉 And then I wrote a few longhand, just for my own entertainment with no real thought of ever trying to sell.

I think it was when I attended a small local writer’s conference. At that time I’d written about 4 books. They were terrible – definitely not something I’d want in print. But without realizing it I was teaching myself to write. Anyway, at this conference I talked to some unpublished writers – several who had been working on a single book for years. I had that “wow” moment, and thought maybe I had what it took.

PT: Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

LF: Stella Cameron has been an angel on earth, giving me wonderful advice whenever I needed it. She will always be my hero.

At a local conference, before I’d ever sold, I met Stella. We hit it off and she was so kind that she offered to look at my work. I drove home (squealing all the way) and snatched up a manuscript, then drove back to the conference hotel. Stella sat on the bed in her room and read through several pages with me anxiously watching, my stomach in knots. And she said something life-altering. I don’t remember the exact words, but she told me I would definitely sell, that my voice was special, and that she was impressed.

That was really welcome praise, considering I’d been working on selling a book for two years. It had been revised, then revised again… and each time I sent it off I had to wait another 6 to 9 months.

Later that same day she sort of trapped a Harlequin editor in the elevator and asked if she was going to buy my book. (At that point the editor had had the revised manuscript for over 8 months.) When the editor waffled, unsure, Stella said she would just give my manuscript to her own editor with her recommendation – and the Harlequin editor said, “No, I’m buying her.”

I still smile when thinking of that. After waiting all that time, Stella got an editor to commit to me in an elevator at a conference hotel.

How could I not revere that woman?

Oh, and besides all that, Stella is an AMAZING author! I still love her work.

PT: Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?

LF: Write what you love. Don’t share your work with anyone until it’s DONE. Don’t give up.

Thank you to Lori for visiting PonyTails today. Please watch for our review of Bare It All to go live on June 1, 2013.

Part of the BookTrib Blog Tour

About Bare It All:

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice’s secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire….

Bare It All is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.


From Publisher’s Website

Hold On Tight…

Ex–Marine Nate “Ghost” Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It’s also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she’s his best friend’s baby sister…and totally off limits.

Rough Road Ahead

Ali’s never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she’s in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she’s become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.

My Review:

I greatly enjoyed this debut novel from Julie Ann Walker.  I have read it from cover to cover two or three times.  Ms. Walker has created an amazing world of ex-special ops soldiers working more or less outside of the law under the guise of being custom motorcycle mechanics. On top of creating this world, she has also created a great cast of characters.  You don’t want to only know the two main characters, but you want to know the minor characters as well.  Luckily, some of them get their own books.

For some reason, I’ve always had a soft spot for the “guy falling for best friend’s younger sister” trope. I’m not even a younger sister.  I’m the eldest of two.  I love watching the guy struggle with trying not to have feelings and the girl trying to convince him that it is okay. Even though the brother isn’t around, Nate still feels his shadow and remembers the warning he received when he first met Ali.

I’ve also always enjoyed the “quiet, no excitement, not very adventuresome, goody goody” woman who discovers that there is more to life than her job, her books, and her quiet life.  Ali goes from being a kindergarten teacher who is always proper to being in the middle of a dangerous situation.  She discovers that she is a much stronger woman than she ever believed she was.  Sure her brother taught her how to defend herself and use a gun, but it never truly translated in to the type of confidence she would need to handle a man like Nate.  Only surviving multiple attempts on her life, does she find that inner strength.

I give Hell On Wheels a 5 Horseshoe rating.

Hell On Wheels is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Julie Ann Walker
Title Hell On Wheels
Format Print
Length 348 Pages
Publication Date August 2012
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-6713-0

From Publisher’s Website

No Holds Barred, In Love or War…

A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, but then they parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six month, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high–ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.

With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life— to help a woman who left him in the dust.

My Review:

Until Lisa Renee Jones’ Zodius Series, I really wasn’t a reader of Military Romance. However, between her and Catherine Mann, I have found a new romance genre that I love.

This book was amazing. The dialogue was snappy and relevant, and the author really knows Florida. The pace of the book was perfect. It moved forward with urgency that one expects of suspense novels. Ms. Mann’s characters were amazingly complex but easy to relate to. I loved that Liam was not a young twenty something hero. She really showed how sexy and desirable thirty somethings can be.

I loved the suspense element in this book. Other than Liam’s team, you were right along with Liam not knowing who he could trust. You even questioned the military cop’s testimony. However, Ms. Mann expertly maneuvered the reader and her characters down the road of discovery and resolution.

I give Under Fire a 5 Horseshoe rating.

Under Fire is available from Amazon in Kindle and Print editions.

Publication Details:

Author Catherine Mann
Title Under Fire
Format Print
Length 350 Pages
Publication Date May 2012
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-4501-5

From Author’s Website

He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it’s dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there’s an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero….

My Review:

A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series. With each book, this series gets better and better, even though it started out amazing. Lori Foster has tackled the hard subject of human trafficking with this series. She has done it with finesse and understanding, providing her readers with an understanding as to how prevalent this problem is in the United States, not just some third world country.

Arizona is an amazing female character. She survived the human sex trade and instead of cowering from the world, she wants revenge. She is almost as knowledgeable as Jackson and the other guys when it comes to weapons and hand to hand combat. Arizona is out to prove a point and to take out the people who destroyed her life. She is kick ass with a core of vulnerability. But she hides that vulnerability with her smart mouth and actions. Arizona doesn’t need a knight in shining armor; she needs an equal who will help her on her mission.

Spencer is such an amazing match for Arizona. After being made a widow because of human traffickers, he wants as much revenge as Arizona. However, he is a little more level headed about it. As much as he wants to shelter Arizona, he knows that it would never work. She would kick his ass first. Instead, he agrees to help her and help her he does. Not only with shutting down an operation, but with realizing intimacy and human connection is not something to be afraid of. Spencer is her perfect match.

This story is a great addition to this series. I love reading about these men (and woman) and the job they perform under the radar. In silence and anonymity they are saving and changing lives. I hope there is another book in this series.

I give A Perfect Storm a 4 Horseshoe rating.

A Perfect Storm is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Lori Foster
Title A Perfect Storm
Format Print
Length 448 Pages
Publication Date March 27, 2012
Publisher HQN
ISBN 978-0-3737-7656-6


M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit his website.

Cross-genre Madness by M.L. Buchman

First, Jenn, thank you so much for having me aboard to chat about writing, my favorite topic (big surprise, huh?). I was totally caught by your “about you” comment regarding your own reading tastes: romance, SF/F, and suspense. I love the variety of reading across genres and across time periods, I’m currently in Westerfeld’s Leviathan, there’s a Lee Child on my night stand, and my Kindle for commuting is presently loaded with the six novels of Jane Austen.

The thing I found so amusing about your note: what’s happened to your reading tastes has happened to my writing.

I set out to be an SF/F writer and made an immediate sale to a small press. The publisher decided that the Romance Writer’s of America needed to be shown that men were interested in romance as well and dragged four of us to the 1996 RWA National Conference, even though none of us wrote romance at that time. Seven guys and eighteen hundred women, a serious wakeup call I can tell you. I read my first romance while there, actually my first 3 (didn’t sleep much), and was completely hooked.

But the more I read, the more challenging it became. Romance is not as easy to write as it might first appear, especially not to an over-confident sf writer. Let’s just say that my first two romances went in the trash can, after they were finished, and my next two went through several complete redrafts before I had learned enough. Learned enough to craft an engaging story about a happily ever after love, that is a given fact from the first scene, but can’t actually work until the last scene… That’s the biggest fun of writing. Learning how to tell a story.

But how did my first national sale end up being a military romantic suspense? Well, while I was exploring romance, I was also exploring suspense. I liked the tension, the conflict that a suspense plot naturally brings to the story. So there I am, taking a break from my most recent failed romance manuscript, happily writing away on a foodie thriller. The U.S. Special Forces are hunting America’s top television chef (eventually published as Swap Out!) and a woman flies in to the rescue. She flying a helicopter, which I know little about; a secret helicopter, which I know less about; and she’s a warrior’s warrior, which I know nothing about. And military, about which I know even less than that if possible.

Now I love writing about strong women, they fascinate me endlessly. Sure, I’m male, that’s part of it. But I look at the inner strength of the woman who foolishly agreed to marry me some years ago and I can’t help but be daunted by her strength. Stuff I know for a fact I would never survive, and I’m not just talking about childbirth, she’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met. (And still she was foolish enough to say, “Yes!” when I asked. Go figure.) Actually every book I’ve ever written, except Swap Out!, is centered on a strong woman, no matter what genre it’s in.

So, with no military background of any kind, I began to research what drove the people who fight for our country, not as a tour, but as a career. And especially for the Special Forces. For them, there’s no glory, because a job well done is the one never talked about. The more I learned of them, the more I came to respect them. And the more I wanted to honor the passion they bring to their lives and their country.
So there I was, having to learn about military helicopters and warrior thinking in order to write this strong woman who was only a secondary character in my thriller. And eventually, not being too much denser than the average brick, I put the pieces together, my new-found study of the warrior spirit, my fascination with the deep strength of women, and my desire to tell a romance, and hopefully tell it well, all came together. Warrior women flying secret military helicopters falling in love with the men they deserve.

I sold the four-book series, “The Night Stalkers,” to Sourcebooks/Casablanca on a letter and a sample chapter. Then went through two massive redrafts working with the amazing editor Deb Werksman before I finally was able to tell the story I’d set out to find three years earlier.

The Night is Mine is about the first woman to fly with the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). The real-life Night Stalkers were the first over the horizon in Grenada, Panama, and Bin Laden’s compound among a thousand other exploits. They’ve died for their country on Takur Ghar, the streets of Somali and places we’ve never heard of, and never will.

And it is about the men they deserve, men who are as dedicated, stubborn, and tough as they are.
They fly together out of my desire to write in two genres landing in one, suspense and romance into military romantic suspense. My deepest hopes are that I did honor them as I intended and that you enjoy reading this book even half as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thanks again for having me aboard.

M.L. Buchman

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Thank you to Mr Buchman for coming to PonyTails today! I love learning about the evolutionary writing process every author goes through.

The wonderful Danielle Jackson at Sourcebooks Casablanca has agreed to sponsor a giveaway of 2 copies of THE NIGHT IS MINE . It is open to US and Canadian residents only. I will do a random selection from the entries for the two winners on February 10, 2012. To enter, please fill out the form at the end of the post.

About The Night Is Mine:

NAME: Emily Beale
RANK: Captain
MISSION: Fly undercover to prevent the assassination of the First Lady, posing as her executive pilot.

NAME: Mark Henderson, code name Viper
RANK: Major
MISSION: Undercover role of wealthy, ex-mercenary boyfriend to Emily

Their jobs are high risk, high reward:

Protect the lives of the powerful and the elite at all cost. Neither expected that one kiss could distract them from their mission. But as the passion mounts between them, their lives and their hearts will both be risked…and the reward this time may well be worth it.


If you click the book image it will take you to my review of The Night Is Mine.

The Night Is Mine is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. From Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions.

From Publisher’s Website

NAME: Emily Beale
RANK: Captain
MISSION: Fly undercover to prevent the assassination of the First Lady, posing as her executive pilot.

NAME: Mark Henderson, code name Viper
RANK: Major
MISSION: Undercover role of wealthy, ex-mercenary boyfriend to Emily

Their jobs are high risk, high reward:

Protect the lives of the powerful and the elite at all cost. Neither expected that one kiss could distract them from their mission. But as the passion mounts between them, their lives and their hearts will both be risked…and the reward this time may well be worth it.

My Review:

I greatly enjoyed this debut romance novel by M.L. Buchman. He did a great job of bringing the world of an elite Army Air Regiment to life, with just enough technical details to make the book interesting without crossing in to the Tom Clancy realm.

I feel that the romance portion of this story fell a little short, especially toward the end. The hero never did any real courting of the heroine, even when he was pretending to be her boyfriend. The few romantic scenes were enjoyable. A couple of them were too short. If there had been more courting, I thing the end of the book would have been more believable.

There is another thing I feel wasn’t necessary, especially how it threw the heroine off track romantically. But I don’t want to spoil anything of the story, so I won’t describe it.

I give The Night Is Mine a 4 Horseshoe rating!

The Night Is Mine is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. From Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions.

M.L Buchman will be visiting PonyTails on February 3rd with a Guest Post and a giveaway! Be sure to join us!

Publication Details:

Author M.L. Buchman
Title The Night Is Mine
Format Print
Length 402 Pages
Publication Date February 2012
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-5810-7

In December, Rosey from Rosey’s Reviews sent me a message asking if I wanted to contribute my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2011 after I participated in the half year Top Ten List.

It was a hard list to come up with. I strictly looked at the 16 books I had given a 5 Horseshoe rating and from those picked the books I have read more than once. I noticed that my Top Five have not changed from the first list, and like on that one the top three are easily interchangeable.

The images are linked to my review of the books. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

This book is number one because I have been recommending it like crazy to people! Lisa did an amazing job with her first book of her Zodius Series. (I think my mom has re-read it more than I have!)

The Legend Of Michael is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Legend Of Michael

Number of Pages: 382

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5156-6

2. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

This was my first Steampunk book and what a great introduction to the genre! This is the book I recommend to those who want to get in to this genre. Meljean did an amazing job with giving her readers a living, breathing Victorian era story that relies on automation. I have not had the chance to read the second book, but the novellas are just as enjoyable!

The Iron Duke is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

ISBN: 978-0-4252-3667-6

3. 12.21.12 by Killian McRae

This is an amazing debut book by Killian McRae. She did a masterful job of weaving a contemporary story that explored the history of Egypt and the paranoid suspicion of the Mayan Calendar. If you love Indian Jones, Stargate, and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, you will love this book!

12.21.12 is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Killian McRae

Title: 12.21.12

Format: eBook

Publication Date: December 2010

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-9363-0554-4

4. Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Fever is Joanne Kennedy’s third contemporary western romance. The primary story is a rekindled relationship story between the two main characters (one of my favorite types of romance), but the underlying plot is an amazing social acceptance and education story. Joanne shows in this story that everyone, no matter their physical or mental disabilities, is capable of great things if given the chance and motivation.

Cowboy Fever is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Joanne Kennedy

Title: Cowboy Fever

Number of Pages: 393

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-402-25141-2

5. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

I greatly enjoy Ilona Andrews’ writing. This husband and wife team writes fantastic Urban Fantasy books. They write deep characters that are fun to watch grow through their stories. I knew that this book was going to be good when it starts with Rose shooting her grandfather with a crossbow.

On The Edge is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: On The Edge

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1780-5

6. Badlands by Seleste deLaney

Badlands is a Steampunk Novella that takes place in the United States after the civil war, but it is a different world than what our history shows. Seleste wrote beautiful deep characters, and left me very satisfied with the story. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

Badlands is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Seleste deLaney

Title: Badlands

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: February 28, 2011

Publisher: Carina Press

ISBN: 978-1-4268-9125-0

7. Savor The Danger by Lori Foster

Savor The Danger the third book in Lori’s Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series. I fell in love with Jackson after he had a night of passion with a woman he had been chasing for months and then couldn’t remember the night. While trying to protect her, he spends his time trying to convince her to do it again. Sometimes a desperate Alpha Male is fun to read.

Savor The Danger is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Print and Nook editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lori Foster

Title: Savor The Danger

Number of Pages: 411

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7582-8

8. Locked In Silence by Shiloh Walker

Locked In Silence is book of Shiloh’s Grimm Series. Out of the ones I’ve read so far (which isn’t the whole series, yet), this one really touched me. I won’t spoil who the lead is, but his story is a tear jerker.

Locked In Silence is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes And Noble in Nook edition.
Publication Details:

Author: Shiloh Walker

Title: Locked In Silence

Format: eBook

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 978-1-6092-8528-9

9. Giving Up The Ghost by Melissa Ecker

With Giving Up The Ghost, Melissa gave every woman even more reason to hold tight on to their spouse. This is the story of a woman who loses her husband in a tragic accident and a year later believes he is visiting her. But things aren’t as they seem. Make sure you have a box of tissue next to you when you read this one!

Giving Up The Ghost is available from Amazon in Kindle and Print editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Nook edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Melissa Ecker

Title: Giving Up The Ghost

Format: eBook

Publication Date: April 2011

Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

ISBN: 978-1-9358-1781-9

10. Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed’s Honor is the second book in Linda’s 2011 Creed Trilogy. This series is following the Creed’s of Colorado. Linda Lael Miller has given her readers a couple, everyone can relate to, who reminds us all that home is where love thrives and that love has a stronger pull than anything else in the world.

Creed’s Honor is available on from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions

Publication Details:

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Title: Creed’s Honor

Number of Pages: 377

Publication Date: June 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7580-4

There are many other books that deserve to be on a top ten list but these are my favorites of 2011. What are favorite books from 2012?

From Publisher’s Website:

She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can’t forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened—he knows he’s been drugged…even if Alani doesn’t.

After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts down a mysterious intruder, he swears he’ll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm’s way again?

My Review:

Savor The Danger is the third book in the Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series. This book is about the little sister of the hero in book two. After our brief introduction to Alani in book one, I wanted to learn more about her. What an amazing woman. Her inner strength to survive her kidnapping is admirable. Out of the all the heroines we have met so far in this series, Alani is my favorite.

Jackson: a man with a past, a strong need to protect the innocent, and an insatiable sex drive. What more does a woman want from the Alpha Male in her life? When I started this book, Trace was my favorite of the heroes in this series, but Jackson quickly replaced him. The poor man bedded a woman he had been chasing for months and can’t remember the experience. Then he finds himself having to convince her to do it again and protect her from possible danger. What a multi-tasker. Not a common trait in men.

I predict that this book will be a regular visitor to my night stand.

As this series has gone on, I feel that the story telling has gotten stronger. I can’t wait for the next book which will be released in 2012.

I give Savor The Danger a 5 Horseshoe rating.

Savor The Danger is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Print and Nook editions.

Publication Details:

Author Lori Foster
Title Savor The Danger
Format Print
Length 411
Publication Date June 28, 2011
Publisher Harlequin
ISBN 978-0-373-77582-8