RJ Review Staff Blue Ribbon Favorites for the Summer!

THE RED SCARF by Kate Furnivall, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Kate Furnivall’s book, THE RED SCARF, is a stunning narrative of loyalty, romantic love, and fear of betrayal. Anna’s tender-hearted reaction to care for Sophia during her time of need, and strong-willed Sophia’s loyalty toward Anna brought tears to my eyes. I was swept into the Siberian wilderness when Sophia, a tough survivor, escapes to find Vasily in a small village. Masterful storyteller Kate Furnivall spins a cruel world of Soviet Russia. THE RED SCARF was too compelling to put down. I’m telling my friends who love a dark historical to grab this powerful book.” Reviewer: Kathleen

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THE STORM by Jean Johnson, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“THE STORM is book six in Jean Johnson’s absolutely enchanting series about eight brothers banished from their homeland because of an ancient prophecy. Rydan of Nightfall has intrigued me from the very first book and I have been anxiously awaiting his story. I have wanted to unravel the mystery of this dark, enigmatic hero from the very beginning of this incredible series. THE STORM exceeds all of my expectations. The chemistry between Rydan and Rora is amazing and well worth the wait. Johnson skillfully combines the overall plot surrounding the island of Darkfall, the multiple prophecies, the eight brothers, with tales of love and passion into an enthralling and exhilarating series filled with action and adventure that should not be missed! Johnson has earned a place on my must buy list and her latest, THE STORM, is a definite keeper!” Reviewer: Robin Snodgrass Read rest of review: Sons of Destiny 6 TheStorm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

JUST ONE OF THE GUYS by Kristan Higgins, HQN
4 Ribbons from RJ

“JUST ONE OF THE GUYS is an extremely likable romance story! Chastity shines as a woman on the search for love. She faces highs and lows through the course of the story. I really liked the fact that she leads a full and fulfilling life, even without a husband or boyfriend. Chastity knows how to have fun and enjoy her own company. She has a supportive family, a job she enjoys, hobbies, a love of the Yankees, and the need to prove herself. I will not spoil the romance for you but there are deep feelings and hurts and regrets to be explored in this story. In addition, there are some small subplots revolving around Chastity’s family that keep this small town story interesting and realistic. Kristan Higgins has a writing voice that is very genuine, robust, and amusing. She keeps the heart in romance without losing focus of her characters or the stories they have to tell. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS abounds with charm and the true joys and pratfalls of falling in love.” Reviewer: Sarah W

Read rest of review: Just One of the Guys

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TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT:GHOULS by Kacey Smith,
5 Ribbons from RJ

“TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT: GHOULS is a fantastic paranormal romance from a fresh and talented voice. Kacey Smith has created a story that is sexy, funny and highly entertaining. I absolutely loved this book, and encourage anyone looking for a smart and sassy heroine to look no further than Crystal Lafarge. I hope that we will get to read much more about Crystal and her friends in the future. I know that I will be first in line to read the next story!” Reviewer: Cheryl McInnis Read rest of review: Tales from the Graveyard Shift Ghouls~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

DEMONICA:PLEASURE UNBOUND by Larissa Ione, Grand Central
5 Ribbons from RJ

“PLEASURE UNBOUND is a fantastic start to what promises to be a dark and sensual new series, overflowing with action and romance. Larissa Ione has created an entire new take on the supernatural world and it is very addictive. The heroes are sexy and very alpha male and the heroines, the ones we have met so far anyway, are strong and independent. The story for PLEASURE UNBOUND moves along at a fast and furious pace, keeping the readers at the edge of their seats as more and more secrets are revealed. The love scenes are very erotic and sexy; the fact that Eidolon is an incubus demon is quite apparent. I really enjoyed reading PLEASURE UNBOUND and will be anxiously waiting for the next two novels in the series to come out.” Reviewer: Cheryl McInnis

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PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, Pocket Books
5 Ribbons from RJ

“I have enjoyed reading the whole B.A.D. series, but the newest in the series, PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT, is my favorite. It is mysterious, edgy and the wicked humor tops it all off. I thought I had the “villain” figured out and was pleasantly surprised when another twist was thrown into the mix. I was shocked to my toes when I learned who the real villain was. I look forward to reading more of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s tales and Dianna Love has become an “auto-buy” author for me. “Reviewer: Billie Jo

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TRIAL BY FIRE by Jo Davis, Signet Eclipse
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Within the pages of TRIAL BY FIRE you will discover a sizzling hero paired up with a dynamic heroine that heat up the pages with an scorching passion. Jo Davis delights her readers with a romantic suspense weaved with an enthralling plot that wills you to turn the pages quickly to see how it ends. I truly enjoyed the cast of vibrant characters within this charming tale. I laughed out loud at the antics and cried when the heart of the story unfolded. “Reviewer: Billie JoRead rest of review: Trial By Fire ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SERVANT: THE ACCEPTANCE by L.L. Foster, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“L. L. Foster’s SERVANT: THE AWAKENING is an intriguing blend of romance and urban fantasy with some horror elements added to the mix. She begins this intense novel at a running pace and never slows down. Fans of Lori Foster’s previous books will notice that this is a darker, grittier side of her writing. Foster demonstrates that she possesses an exceptional talent for writing in any genre extremely well. Her interpretation of urban fantasy stands out in an ever-growing list of options. Gaby’s story kept my adrenaline pumping fast and furious. I was unable to put the book down until I had read the very last word! This book is a splendid beginning to a promising new series. It has an engaging, innovative plot that will have fans demanding sequel after sequel to this marvelous story.” Reviewer: Robin Snodgrass Read rest of review: Servant The Awakening ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SHALL NOT WANT by Julia Spencer-Fleming , St. Martin’s Minotaur
5 Ribbons from RJ

“I SHALL NOT WANT is a wonderful story on its own, but I wouldn’t recommend that new readers start here. The gradual unfolding of the relationship between Clare and Russ is so important to the series, you should really begin at the beginning, with IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER. I SHALL NOT WANT concludes on a more hopeful note than the previous entry in this series, but poor Clare and Russ are still a long way from a storybook happy ending. I plan to keep reading this brilliant series until the lovers finally get that happy ending – or die in the attempt.” Reviewer: Lynn Reynolds

Read rest of review: I Shall Not Want

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SOUL OF FIRE by Sarah A. Hoyt, Bantam Spectra
4 Ribbons from RJ

“Sarah A. Hoyt’s SOUL OF FIRE is a marvelous tale, full of strange and original images, including her portraits of kingdoms of were-monkeys and were-tigers. Everyone in this alternate world possesses at least a little magic; the issue is merely how fairly the magic will be distributed. Peter Farewell serves an ancient goddess who seeks to keep any one kingdom from trying to hoard all the magic to itself, as the British are doing. I highly recommend SOUL OF FIRE, as well as the first book in this series, HEART OF LIGHT, which introduces Peter but focuses on the adventures of his friends Nigel and Emily Old hall. Both books create a vividly realized world of magic and feature wonderful, well-rounded characters. Peter is a fantastic creation. He’s a charming yet fierce dragon – but also a man, and one who’s willing to make any sacrifice for the woman he loves.” Reviewer: Lynn Reynolds

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NAUTI DREAMS by Lora Leigh, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Lora Leigh lived up to her reputation as the ‘Mistress of Seduction’ because NAUTI DREAMS was so hot that one match would have been enough to make me erupt into flames. Romance played a huge part in NAUTI DREAMS and I found myself in awe at how romantic, yet forceful, Natches was. Nothing was going to deter this Mackay from his mission and when the smoke cleared Chaya was well and truly caught – Natches Mackay style. My favorite Nauti installment to date, NAUTI DREAMS is powerful and compelling. I have yet to fall out of love with Natches; however, the next installment of this great series, NAUTI INTENTIONS, just might give Natches a run for his money. It is the story of Alex Jansen and Janey Mackay and promises to be just as naughty as the rest!” Reviewer: Natasha Smith

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WILD CARD by Lora Leigh, St. Martin’s
5 Ribbons from RJ

“While reading HIDDEN AGENDAS, also by Lora Leigh, my heart hurt for the Navy SEAL so abused but still so steadfast in his wedding vows to his wife. I yearned for his book and for his happy ending. Not one word of this highly emotional and addicting novel, WILD CARD, has disappointed me. Noah Blake, while a changed man, continued to be true to his wife and though six years had passed, almost three of them spent recovering, Noah still honored his wedding vows. A more perfect character I have yet to meet. WILD CARD is an intoxicating first installment of a brand new series. The words flow, the emotions are raw, and love is in the air. Add in the danger of Noah’s mission and I could not have asked for a better book. I can’t recommend WILD CARD enough. It is ultimately one of the most satisfying books I have ever read penned by this prolific and talented author. “Reviewer: Natasha Smith

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TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS by Shayla Black, Pocket
5 Ribbons from RJ

“The first word to come to my mind to describe TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS is Wow! Others are amazing, terrific, fantastic and outstanding! Shayla Black is well known as an author of erotic romance, but with the introduction of her new Doomsday Brethren series, she is sure to win over legions of new fans. TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS is a story that seamlessly combines elements of fantasy, mythology and the paranormal with contemporary, sensual romance. Marrok, Olivia and the other members of the Brethren are richly drawn, fascinating and utterly irresistible. They will stay with you long after the last page is turned, and the storyline will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next novel in this sure to be addictive new series.” Reviewer: Cheryl McInnis

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THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT by Donna MacMeans, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT is a titillating, intriguing, historical romance. Readers will be spellbound by this unique story as James and Lusinda try to discover more about each other without revealing their own secrets. Containing humorous dialogue, mystical and interesting characters and a mysterious plot, this is a great escape novel. Readers will keep turning pages long after they discover THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT. “Reviewer: Dottie

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TO WED A HIGHLANDER by Michele Sinclair, Zebra
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Hot, hot, hot! Set in the early fourteenth century Scottish Highlands, TO WED A HIGHLANDER is a passionate, thrilling historical novel. FIVE BLUE RIBBONS! I absolutely loved it and found it impossible to put down until I finished reading the last page! Readers will be swept up in this story as these two pride-filled people help each other overcome their vulnerabilities and discover the meaning of true love. These two characters are well matched and memorable; they stay in your mind long after the book is closed. The secondary characters add charm to the novel and I hope to see them in future novels. TO WED A HIGHLANDER has found a place on my keeper shelf. It is a book to read over and over again. This is the first book I have read by Michele Sinclair, but it will not be my last. This reviewer is now a fan and I cannot wait to get to the bookstore to get her book THE HIGHLANDER’S BRIDE.” Reviewer: Dottie

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SOME LIKE IT WICKED by Teresa Medeiros, Avon
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Ms. Teresa Medeiros has done it again! SOME LIKE IT WICKED is a clever, love-and-laughter, historical romance and a terrific read. I absolutely loved it! Five Blue Ribbons!! Ms. Medeiros’ books should come with a warning – they can be addictive. This passion-filled romp is filled with witty dialogue and feisty characters. Anticipating what madcap adventure Catriona would become involved in next kept me turning the pages. From the moment I started reading this novel I could not stop until I finished the last page. Brimming with humor, an enchanting plot, irresistible characters and highly sensual love scenes, SOME LIKE IT WICKED is a winner. I cannot recommend it enough and I look forward to the sequel SOME LIKE IT WILD coming out in 2009.” Reviewer: Dottie

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DIE SLOWLY FOR ME by T.L. Gray, Cerridwen Press
5 Ribbons from RJ

“If you want a read with fast pace, twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat, DIE SLOWLY FOR ME is a must. The plot is a pleasure to follow, with the issues of women in a male dominated job, parental abuse and the foster care system all being dealt with beautifully by Ms. Gray. There are some very hilarious moments in this book and you can only have a healthy respect for Nikki’s inventiveness in standing up for herself. You will most certainly enjoy the teams’ reaction to her and the lengths they go through to stay out of her way. T.L. Gray has produced an absolutely stunning read.” Reviewer: jhayboy

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DARE TO by AKM Miles, Torquere Press
4.5 Ribbons from RJ

“JC’s character brings high levels of hilarity to the book as well as that in-house cupid at work feel. DARE TO is a very emotional read that will have you reaching for the tissue box – a time or two.” Reviewer: jhayboy
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One Response to RJ Review Staff Blue Ribbon Favorites for the Summer!

  1. buty ecco

    I hear you that horrible sound it make you will never forget. I feel for all the people in OK.

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