Review — “Jericho” by Ann McMan

  Bedazzled Ink Will be published in September 2011 412 pages Syd Murphy, a librarian, relocates to the little town Jericho in Virginia after her almost-ex-husband cheats on her. A flat tire stops her before she even reaches Jericho, and she’s rescued by Maddie Stevenson, Jericho’s doctor. Maddie has returned to Jericho after her father, the local physician, died two years ago and she took over his medical practice. Syd and Maddie become fast friends, and Syd, who has only planned on staying for eighteen months to set up a library in Jericho, becomes more and more involved in the …

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Review — “Strange Bedfellows” by Q. Kelly

  Ride the Rainbow Books August 2011 75,000 words Frances Dourne is the daughter of a pastor and the president of “Gay is a Choice,” an organization that wants to “help” gay people choose a straight life, just like Frances did many years ago. But Frances has stopped believing in the principles of her company long ago. Now she’s preparing to come out to her family and to the public. She hires a prostitute, Elena, to have a sounding board for her coming-out plan. At first glance, these two women couldn’t be more different, but if you look more deeply, …

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Review — “Just Like That” by Karin Kallmaker

  Bella Books November 2005 284 pages 31-year-old Syrah Ardani doesn’t want commitment, and she’s not enthusiastic about her best friend’s plan to settle down. All Syrah wants is to focus on her family’s winery instead. But then she finds out that her aging father made the winery a corporation and is now deeply in debt. Toni Blanchard, a corporate turnaround specialist, is sent to assess the situation. Toni’s lover of two years just left her, and she has no romantic notions left. When they meet, they don’t trust each other. Syrah is downright hostile at first since she thinks …

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Review — “Storms” by Gerri Hill

Bella Books July 2011 264 pages Carson Cartwright hasn’t seen her family for twelve years. After her mother died and her father basically threw her out because he blamed her for her mother’s death, she spent years pretending to be satisfied with one-night stands and her rich friends. Now her twin brother calls to tell her their father is dying and their brothers are running their family ranch into the ground. When Carson reluctantly returns home, she meets Kerry Elder, who is just starting her own consulting business and wants to convince Carson’s brothers to turn the ranch into a …

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Review — “Wild” by Meghan O’Brien

  Bold Strokes Books June 2011 288 pages I really liked Meghan O’Brien’s Endgame and Battle Scars, but while Wild isn’t badly written per se, I didn’t like it as much. It didn’t have enough world building to work as paranormal fiction. Selene is the only shape-shifter/werewolf around, and she doesn’t even seem to wonder if there are others like her. It’s more of a romance than a paranormal novel, but even the romance didn’t fully convince me. For someone who avoided emotional attachments for many years, she let herself enter into a relationship a bit too quickly. If you …

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Review — “Reluctant Hope” by Erin Dutton

  Bold Strokes Books June 2011 288 pages Songwriter Brooke Donahue’s best friend, Diane, just died of cancer. Brooke is still full of unexpressed grief and anger and wants nothing to do with Diane’s support group or anything else related to cancer. To honor Diane, she participates in a fundraiser for cancer research and has to work with Addison Hunt, a survivor of breast cancer. Even before Diane’s death, Brooke closed herself off, afraid to let herself feel too deeply, and now she doesn’t want to fall in love with someone she might end up losing. The author took a …

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Review — “Keeper of the Piece” by Lesley Davis

Windstorm Creative November 2000 200 pages   Tatum “Tate” Belan is the “Keeper of the Piece” (and no, that’s not a spelling mistake), which means she’s the guardian of the mountain Turrenoc. She’s also the keeper of a secret: She’s an animal adept, who can talk to animals. When her previous lover found out what Tate is, she left her, and Tate has lived a reclusive life ever since. Dr. Lorrah Gilden is an adept too, but she’s a plant adept. Her skills include feeling the healing potential of plants. She works for Estros, a large and powerful research company. …

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Review — “Firestorm” by Radclyffe

  Bold Strokes Books July 2011 288 pages “Firestorm” is the second book in Radyclyffe’s First Responder series. 30-year-old Mallory “Ice” James is the captain of a smokejumper crew and about to train a new group of rookies. A year ago, she lost two of her people in a fire and she’s determined to keep control this year. Under no circumstances does she want to have even friendly feelings for another firefighter. Her well-ordered life is interrupted when a new rookie is transferred without her knowledge. Jac Russo is the daughter of a senator and determined to prove herself. When …

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Review — “Damaged in Service” by Barrett

  Affinity e-book Press July 2011 250 pages 39-year-old Special Agent Zeke Cabot has a lot going on. She just wrapped up an undercover assignment, investigating the murders of homeless people in Chicago. While she managed to catch the killer, she was injured and is now experiencing symptoms of PTSD. On top of that, she’s also worrying about her mother who shows early signs of Alzheimer’s. She retreats to New Mexico for a vacation, but bad luck seems to follow her when she gets hurt in a hiking accident. Anne Reynolds, a local nurse, finds Zeke and takes care of …

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