Showing posts from August, 2009

Spotlight Review: THE BRIDEGROOM by Linda Lael Miller

THE BRIDEGROOM – Linda Lael Miller A Stone Creek Novel – Book 5 MIRA ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77388-6 August 2009 Historical Romance Phoenix and Stone Creek, Arizona - 1915 Gideon Yarbro loves his job. It takes him all over the country to places he’s never been, and he thrives on the travel and excitement. Gideon was fresh out of college when he went to work for the Pinkerton Agency, which was quickly followed by his current stint at Wells Fargo where, as an agent, his job necessitates endless travel and a fair share of danger. As such, he never, ever, intends to get married; this kind of life is not conducive to the happily-ever-after expected from a marriage. So, when Gideon arrives in Phoenix on his way to his current assignment in his hometown of Stone Creek, he’s surprised to find a letter he wrote ten years ago waiting in his mailbox. Lydia was only eight years old when her father died, and back then she was facing an unknown life away from Stone Creek with her aunt, Nell Baker. G

Book Giveaway: DANGEROUS PASSION by Lisa Marie Rice

DANGEROUS PASSION by Lisa Marie Rice Out now! Blurb: Feelings kill faster than bullets. That is Drake's creed. A legend, a renegade, a ruthless, powerful enigma understood by no one and feared by all, Viktor "Drake" Drakovich heads up a billion-dollar empire—and shows no mercy to the many enemies who would stop at nothing to destroy him. He is a man with no love and no weakness, until... Grace Larsen takes Drake's breath away the first time he sees her—and quickly becomes his obsession. Never before has he burned for someone the way he desires this hauntingly beautiful artist who is plagued by troubling dreams. He aches to possess her, to protect her, to carry her to new heights of sensuous arousal and rapturous release. But entering Drake's world means becoming a target—for relentless, bloodthirsty foes have been eagerly waiting for him to expose his weak spot. And the price of their passion may be their lives. Want this? I'll make it easy for you...t

Win a Sony or Asus netbook from Ellora's Cave!

To celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2010, we're running a unique contest for the rest of this year, with winners to be announced January, 2010. We're asking readers (and writers) to tell us how Ellora's Cave Romantica erotic romance has improved their sex life. Anyone can enter the contest in writing, on video or even by Tweeting. Our first round is already complete, and you can see the intrepid entrants on You Tube at The winner, EC reader Susan Clarke won a $250 Apple gift certificate. We think you'll be able to pick her out right away, but in case you're not sure, she's the one in the fushia-and-white tie-dyed shirt who gives a personal demonstration. Please feel free to post the video on your blog if you like it. We think it's pretty cute. We shot it at the 2009 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Orlando. Details of the contest are here: and bel

Friday night chat

Kick back and sit down at the computer by joining me and the rest of the crew for a chat Friday night starting at 9:30 Pm Eastern Time in the Romance Reviews Today chat room. Go to and click on RRT Chat. We'll be in the RRT room.

Spotlight review: GOING TOO FAR by Laura Hamilton

GOING TOO FAR – Laura Hamilton Black Lace - Virgin Books Limited ISBN-978-0-352-34526-4 August 2009 Erotic Contemporary Romance London, South America - Present day Bliss Van Bon is thrilled about her upcoming three month trip to South America, but then disaster strikes when her best friend and traveling companion breaks her leg on a ski trip ten days before their departure. Unable to find someone to take her friend's place at this late date, Bliss grudgingly plans to go off on her own. When her on again-off again boyfriend mentions that he has a friend named Carlos in Peru that likes for women to play dress up, life begins to look much better. After an exciting party celebrating her departure, Bliss sets off on her adventure. Right away she meets Peter Verhoeven on the plane and decides to flirt. He's on a mission to get up close and personal with the stewardess and convinces Bliss to watch the action. Bold and beautiful Bliss reaches her destination and meets not only Ca

The winner of MY WICKED MARQUESS is.......

Congrats to Estella!!!! Please email me at with your snail mail addy!

Chat Wednesday night with Kylie Brant!!

Join us at Romance Reviews Today as Kylie Brant chats with Mo and the gang at Mo's Book Buzz. Chat begins at 9:00 PM EST in the Book Buzz chat room. Click here to join the chat . One lucky winner will receive a book! To learn more about Kylie, go to We hope to see you there!!!

Video Spotlight: Jeaniene Frost's Destined for an Early Grave

A Perfect 10: UNBRIDLED by Tori Carrington

UNBRIDLED – Tori Carrington A Perfect 10 Harlequin Blaze #483 ISBN: 978-0-373-79487-4 August 2009 Contemporary Series Romance Dallas, Texas – Present Day Exiled Marine Carter Southard had met attorney Laney Cartwright when she got him out of a legal jam. One look at the sexy Laney with the Marilyn Monroe body had Carter’s libido skyrocketing. But why would a well-to-do lady have anything to do with a down-on-his-luck man? When Carter shows up in Laney’s office two months later asking for her help in getting him reinstated into the Marines, something inside her sizzles with desire for the man. She’s never forgotten him, despite the fact they are total opposites. He’s a loner who may or may not have a job, while she’s a hotshot attorney working in a top law firm. Yet, she takes on his case, though one has to wonder if it isn’t the man she’s taking on. Laney seems bent on changing Carter, even as he resists her attempts. If she wants him, then she’ll have to take him, warts and all.

Book Giveaway: MY WICKED MARQUESS by Gaelen Foley!

My Wicked Marquess by Gaelen Foley Available in most bookstores now! Blurb: The Marquess of Rotherstone has decided it’s time to restore the family’s good name. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in Society’s eyes: marry a lady of impeccable beauty and breeding, whose reputation is, above all, spotless. Someone quite unlike Daphne Starling. True, she’s temptingly lovely, but a jilted suitor has nearly ruined her reputation. Still, Max cannot resist her allure—or the challenge of proving London’s gossips wrong. He would do anything to win her hand . . . and show that even a wicked marquess can make a perfect husband. You can read more, including an excerpt by clicking here . *** This is the first book in a new series. Question for readers: Have you ever picked up a book and read it, then realized it was part of a series? Winner to be announced Wednesday night! Good Luck!

Are you interested in reviewing?

In case you missed this: Romance Reviews Today is seeking enthusiastic readers to review. Must be willing to read / review from electronic ARC’s. Contact Terrie Figueroa Terrie is looking for enthusiastic readers to review for Romance Reviews Today and RRTErotic. If you like to read and can vocalize how you feel about a story you've read, then you might be interested in reviewing! If you're worried about how your review will sound, keep in mind that all reviews go through a critique group to make sure they are of the highest quality. We reviewers are part of the Romance Reviews/RRTErotic family and help each other out. Not sure if you have the "right stuff." Email Terrie with a sample and she'll let you know. Her email address is:

A Perfect 10: HOW TO TAME A MODERN ROGUE by Diana Holquist

HOW TO TAME A MODERN ROGUE – Diana Holquist A Perfect 10 Forever ISBN: 978-0-446-19705-2 August 2009 Contemporary Romance New York City, New York – Present Day Sam Carson is walking out of Central Park, almost to his building, when he sees his ex, Veronica, talking to the doorman. She knew right from the start he was not into anything permanent, but trying to persuade her that he isn’t interested any more is so exhausting and time consuming. Then something saves him from a confrontation he wants to avoid; a horse and carriage come down the street, and the old lady inside talks to him asking why a marquis is walking. Sam says no way, he is a duke, Duke Whatthehell, and she asks him to join her in the carriage and go meet her granddaughter. Anything in a pinch, and Sam is thrown back into the old lady's dream of being back in 1812 London, England. Ally Giordano is so excited to be moving from New York to San Francisco and start teaching in a totally new environment. But then Gran

Winner is.....

Of BEYOND THE RAIN by Jess Granger winner is.... LIL (poster #3) Congratulations and email me at no later than Sept 2nd with your mailing address. Note: Jess Granger will be chatting at Romance Reviews Today in the chat room on September 2nd!

Chat Wednesday night with Tori Carrington!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harlequin Blaze author Tori Carrington aka Tony and Lori joins Mo to discuss their newest release, UNBRIDLED. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of UNBRIDLED! Moderated by CrazyMo. When? This Wednesday night at 9:00PM Eastern Time Where? or go to and click on RRT Chat. Type in your name and choose Mo's Book Buzz from the chat room menu ;) Join us for a chat that is guaranteed to be HOT , Hilarious, and Wicked ;)

Video Spotlight: One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake

Spotlight Review and Book Giveaway: BEYOND THE RAIN by Jess Granger!

BEYOND THE RAIN - Jess Granger Berkley Sensation (Trade Paperback) ISBN-13: 978-0-425-22926-2 August 2009 Science Fiction Romance Hanno, Makko, Azra and Byra - The Future Captain Cyani of Azra, a soon-to-be member of the Elite (a group of virgin warrior women who control the planet) is in the process of completing her last mission, rescuing a group of Union soldiers, when her scout, Vicca (a cat-like fox) finds one last prisoner. He’s a complication Cyani doesn’t need, as rescuing him could put her whole team in jeopardy. However, she’s not one to leave an innocent behind, so Cyani sends her team to safety and heads for Vicca and the man who will, though she doesn’t know it yet, change her life forever. Soren of Eln is a member of a race most of the Union knows little about, the Byralen. Their hormones are a potent aphrodisiac on the black market, and Soren, captured years before during a raid on his planet, has spent the time since being systematically tortured and bled to produc

New Reviews Posted at RRT!

Romance Reviews Today, Issue 72, Volume 1, August, 2009 News/Information: Romance Reviews Today is seeking enthusiastic readers to review. Must be willing to read / review from electronic ARC’s. Contact Terrie Figueroa REVIEWS: In this issue, we have 42 new reviews for your reading enjoyment as well as a new feature called At A Glance… A little more than a nibble review for short stories, At A Glance will be a very condensed review of a book one of our reviewers has read, but did not have time to write a full review on, either because the book was received to late or they simply did not have room on their schedule for another full review. Sometimes these will be books given to the reviewers by Romance Reviews Today and sometimes they may just be books the reviewer has picked up for fun but felt compelled to share. We hope in this way to be able to give you recommendations on even more of the great books published each month. Usually these At A Glance reviews will be for new

Spotlight Review and Video: Break Point by JoAnn Ross

BREAKPOINT – JoAnn Ross A High Risk Novel - Book 4 Signet ISBN-13: 978-0-451-22776-8 July 2009 Romantic Suspense Mokapu Peninsula, Hawaii - Present Day Former Air Force Combat Controller Dallas O’Halloran and JAG Officer Julianne Decatur are called upon to investigate Navy fighter pilot Dana Murphy’s suicide on board the USS O’Halloran carrier. Dallas can’t believe the coincidence with both the name of the ship and becoming partners with Julianne. The former JAG Lieutenant Decatur tried to court-martial Dallas and his fellow black-ops Phoenix Team members that were stationed in Afghanistan. She didn’t succeed but still left an impression on Dallas. Now Dallas works for THOR (team High-risk Operational Resources), and he thought his days working undercover were over. That is not the case, and when he and Julianne are called upon by the higher-ups at THOR to get involved, neither has a choice. Julianne may have a reputation for being an ice maiden, but whenever she and Dallas are to

Winner is........

The winner of NIGHT OF THE HAWK by Vonna Harper is Wanda . poster #7 !!! Congratulations Wanda and email me at by 8/26/09 to claim your book prize/

Spotlight Review: SERENGETI HEAT - Vivi Andrews

SERENGETI HEAT - Vivi Andrews A Sexy Shifter story Samhain Publishing - ISBN-13: 978-1-60504-613-6 June 2009 Erotic Paranormal Romance -- Short story Rating: Red Hot! Texas - Present day Ava Minor has always been a good girl, with four overprotective brothers, it’s understandable. However, it’s really got more to do with her standing in the Three Rocks Pride. As the smallest and weakest female lioness, Ava is never picked to join the others on hunts, and tradition states that she will never take a mate (she’s “unsuitable” breeding material). But, since the arrival of sexy alpha Landon King, and his subsequent take-over of her pride, Ava sees a brief opportunity to grab a chance at some fun and the most notorious pick-up bar around seems like just the place to find it. Landon King knows he’s got to pick a mate as the pride needs stable leadership. However, he hasn’t been able to find a female among them who stands out. Well, he wasn’t able to until

Chat Wednesday night with....Kirsten Imani Kasai!

Be sure to join us for a chat with Kirsten Imani Kasai! Date: Wednesday August 12, 2009 Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST Location: Notes: Kirsten Imani Kasai joins us to discuss her book, ICE SONG. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of ICE SONG! Moderated by KatBos. Learn more about Kirsten by checking out the recent interview she did on the RRT blog:

Book Giveaway: NIGHT OF THE HAWK by Vonna Harper

Warning: this is a really hot book :) From Kensington Aphrodisia and is out now. Here's a blurb: Night of the Hawk Reporter Smokey Powers has come to a small Oregon town to investigate a developer’s disappearance. But from the moment she wanders into a local art gallery, she’s captivated by a stunning photograph of a hawk in flight–and by her urgent need to meet the photographer, to touch him–to know him. When Smokey comes face-to-face with Mato Hawk, a member of a local tribe, his masculinity overwhelms her. For once, this ambitious career woman is learning what it means to submit in every way. Again and again Mato takes her to the brink of release, becoming more dominant and demanding, awakening every inch of her body to pure sensation until she’s never felt more alive–or less in control. Seduction was a way for Mato to stop Smokey from jeopardizing his people’s land with her investigation. Now their desire has become an unstoppable force that’s wild, risky, and deliciously

Shirley Raye Redmond's Book Winner is....

Congratulations to....... Tetewa Winner, email me at and I'll pass your mailing info onto Shirley Raye Redmond!!!

New RRTErotic Reviews Posted

RRTErotic - Issue 33, Volume 1, August 2009 In this issue, we have 18 new reviews for your enjoyment. ( Quick List of new reviews) CONTESTJust click on the CONTEST page for information on entering the random drawings! Naughty Nibbles (less than 50 pages) NIBBLES Ellora’s CaveSWEET BUNS – Marilu Mann – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance Single Titles (101 plus pages) - Short Stories (50 to 100 pages) Anthology ReviewsGAMES GIRLS PLAY – Deanna Lee – CeCe – Anthology ContemporaryON THE PROWL – Crystal Jordan – Mel – Anthology Paranormal Romance REAL MEN LAST ALL NIGHT – Lori Foster, Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, Heidi Betts – Courtney – Anthology Contemporary Romance SECRETS VOLUME 27 – L. Gentry Skye, H. Murray, N. North, L. Court – Mel – Anthology – Mixed Genre Contemporary Reviews BREAKING FREE – Cherise Sinclair – Masters of Shadowlands, Book 3 – Jennifer - Contemporary GOING TOO FAR – Laura Hamilton – Allegra – Contemporaryone + one = three – Sasha James – Carolyn – Contempora

Q&A with Shirley Raye Redmond and a book giveaway of ROSEMARY'S GLOVE!

Give a big, warm welcome to Shirley Raye Redmond! She's going to tell us a little about her latest release and give away a copy of her book to one lucky poster. All you need to do is post away and I'll put your name in the hat. Ask her a question. Comment about her interview. Note: Contest is open to United States and Canadian residents only. 1. Tell us about your newest release. ROSEMARY'S GLOVE is my third romance, but my first regency. It was released in hardcover on June 23, 2009 by Avalon Books. Miss Rosemary Addison, an Incomparable Beauty and Considerable Heiress, sets her heart on becoming the wife of the dashing Thomas Alden, Lord Beverley, a man with a dubious reputation and a reluctance to come up scratch-to propose marriage. So Rosemary contrives a bacon-brained scheme, convincing her childhood friend, Broderick Loren--a handsome amateur botanist and collector of rare orchids--to agree to a temporary engagement. When the announcement appears in the Gazette

Chat with Annette Blair!

Don't forget we are chatting with Annette Blair Friday night at 9:30 PM Eastern Time in the Romance Reviews Today chat room. Two books will be given away. Go to and click RRT Chat to join us!

Spotlight Review: WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON by Julia Quinn

WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON - Julia Quinn Avon ISBN: 978-0-06-149188-7 July 2009 Historical Romance London, England - 1821 They say that my new neighbor, Sir Harry Valentine, killed his fiancée, yet I do not believe it. However, since I have an unobstructed view into his study, I cannot help but watch, and the man is odd. He spends most of his days writing; there have been two occasions where he has flung papers into the fire, and I even spotted him wearing a ridiculous hat one day! I have watched him for two weeks without him noticing. Then, as luck would have it, just days after he catches me, I have the misfortune of encountering the man at a musical. While he may be handsome, he is also very vexing. –Lady Olivia Bevelstoke I have determined that the woman watching me from her rooms is nothing more than a bored, yet pretty, young miss. It has been entertaining acting strangely for her benefit, and when I finally got to meet Lady Olivia in person, I found that she is even more beaut

KISSING MIDNIGHT winner is.......

Congratulations to the winner of Kissing Midnight by Emma Holly: ***********Pam P*********** Please email me at with your mailing info!

Video Spotlight: Haunting Beauty by Erin Quinn

Don't forget Erin chats at Romance Reviews Today Wednesday night!!!

Chats this week at Romance Reviews Today!

Enter the chat room at Romance Reviews Today by clicking here . (Be sure your java is up to date!) Wednesday night at 9:00 PM eastern time, chat with Erin Quinn. Click here to learn more about Erin. Friday night at 9:30 PM eastern time, chat with Annette Blair. Click here to learn more about Annette. Chats are moderated and prizes will be given away. Be sure to join us for some fun chatting!

Spotlight Review: KISS & HELL by Dakota Cassidy!

KISS & HELL - Dakota Cassidy Berkley Sensation ISBN: 978-425-22785-5 June 2009 Paranormal Romance United States - Present Day Delaney Markham can hear and see ghosts. This very annoying ability of hers has kept her from living a normal life. She does her best to help departing souls choose the right path rather than go to hell, but sometimes this really ticks off Satan and all his minions. She is holding a séance to make ends meet and pay for dog chow when one extra annoying ghost just will not go away. But is he a ghost or a demon? All signs point to Clyde Atwell being much more than an ordinary confused soul; in fact, he’s a brand new demon recruit. Delaney’s demon best friend, Marcella, is proof that not all demons march to Satan’s drumbeat, but what exactly does the very sexy Clyde want with Delaney, and are they on the same team? Hell gets a lot hotter as Delaney and Clyde, with a little help from Marcella, try to figure out how Clyde went from human to demon without any

Winner of the historical is..............

Winner of FOUR DUKES AND A DEVIL is ... CherylC who was poster #8! Please email me no later than August 10th to claim your prize. Congratulations!

Book Giveaway: KISSING MIDNIGHT by Emma Holly

New contest! Kissing Midnight by Emma Holly Edmund Fitz Clare has been keeping secrets he can’t afford to expose. Not to the orphans he’s adopted. Not to the woman he’s been yearning after for years. This seeming professor of history is a shapeshifting vampire, determined to redeem past misdeeds. Estelle Berenger knows better than to fall for her best friend’s father, but he holds the key to a mystery: that ever since she was struck by lightning, she’s had abilities no normal woman should be able to call upon. The question is, can these star-crossed lovers survive a vampire war? All you need to do to enter is post once and I'll pick a winner on Wednesday night!