Monday, December 29, 2008

Reviewers' Top Picks: December 2008

December 08 Top Read

by Linda Winstead Jones, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, Lora Leigh

Berkley Pub Group
October 7, 2008
ISBN #0425223558
EAN #9780425223550
384 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: Put a little meow in their stockings this year with these all-new tales of Christmas and felines—from beloved bestselling authors!

New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: never-before published holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories—including one featuring Lora Leigh’s genetically altered Feline Breeds—this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night…

Stephanie says: “Do yourself a favor, give yourself a gift and enjoy this Christmas with some of your favorite authors who gave us a wonderful treat this season. The gift of love, magic and the spirit of Christmas.”

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Stephanie also recommends:
December 1, 2008: DEDRICK’S TAMING by Jaden Sinclair
November 30, 2008: S.E.T.H. by Jaden Sinclair


December 08 Top Read

(Morgan Kingsley: Book 3)
by Jenna Black

Bantam (Dell)
November 25, 2008
ISBN #0440244927
EAN #9780440244929
336 pages

Possession was never this much fun.
Trust or die, That's the choice Morgan Kingsley, exorcist, is given by the gorgeous rogue demon who's gotten inside her. The truth is, Morgan has dozens of reasons not to trust anyone, from the violence that torched her house and killed her father to a love-life that's left her questioning her relationship with her erstwhile boyfriend, Brian. But Lugh, a King among demons, won't take no for an answer. He's prying into her body, mind, and even her sex life. And he's just pulled Morgan into a power struggle that could have devastating consequences for both the human and demon worlds.

But Morgan still has a job to do: Investigate the highly bizarre possession of the son of a wealthy Philadelphia couple. That hunt leads Morgan into a realm of sexual depravity, then a terrifying kidnapping. Now, a woman who makes her living prying demons from their hosts finds her day job colliding with the night: a darkness that is attracting demons of the damnedest sort, including the one who's about to demand his ultimate due.

Amber says: “Morgan has attitude and makes a great main character. The growing number of support characters keeps the reader on their toes. Good or bad is the question you have to keep asking yourself as the sides change and the story keeps unfolding. Hard, sexy and devilish, this is a must read series. Being an exorcist is obviously hard work but reading about it is fun and addictive.”

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Amber also recommends:
November 25, 2008: SUCCUBUS TAKES MANHATTAN by Nina Harper
November 24, 2008: ON THE PROWL by Karen MacInerney
November 29, 2008: BLOOD BARGAIN by Maria Lima


December 08 Top Read

by Patrice Sarath

Ace Books
June 24, 2008
ISBN #0441016413
EAN #9780441016419
336 pages

Worlds collide in Gordath Wood.
Something strange is happening in Gordath Wood, the old woods surrounding a training stable called Hunter’s Chase. The police think Lynn Romano and Kate Mossland have been murdered, but what actually occurred is much stranger. They’ve gone through a hole between worlds, into a medieval society at war. In a world that doesn’t ordinarily have use for women, the danger is great—good thing Lynn and Kate aren’t your ordinary women.

Nancy says: “This book is full of plots, magics, love and mysteries. It is a good read and for a first novel, is excellent. Congratulations to the author and I hope to read more from her soon.”

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Nancy also recommends:
February 26, 2008: GOD’S SPY By Juan Gomez-Jurado (mystery/suspense/thriller)


December 08 Top Read

by Dawn Thompson

Love Spell
July 29, 2008
ISBN #0505527286
EAN #9780505527288
368 pages

There was little of joy and beauty for Tessa LaPrelle, a scullery maid in 1903 London, but a painting called The Bride of Time. The nude raised eyebrows and speculation that Tessa had posed. Impossible! Even if some man could make her so wanton, even if the subject had Tessa's thick chestnut hair, the work had been commissioned a hundred years previous, at the start of the Regency!

Regardless, it wasn't the subject or its uncanny resemblance to her that drew Tessa to The Bride. Nor was it fascination with the artist: one Giles Longworth, whose portrait showed eyes black as sin, wind-combed mahogany hair and broad, muscular shoulders. If any could make her wanton it was he; but he was also accused of sorcery, of dark evil things. Some even said Longworth had been a werewolf, the throats of his alleged victims torn from their bodies. No, what drew Tessa was a small window in the painting's corner, a seeming portal to that wild Cornish wilderness, to misty moors in a time gone by. Sometimes she dreamt she had been running all her life--from what and to whom, she was about to discover.

Karen says: “I truly cannot say enough about this book with its Gothic romance and the mystery of time travel and the threat of the werewolf. It is a definite keeper on my shelf. Ms. Thompson truly had the knack for creating a tale that grips the imagination.”

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Karen also recommends:
June 15, 2008: THE ETERNAL KISS by Diana Castilleja


December 08 Top Read

by Rita Vetere

Lyrical Press, Inc.
November 17, 2008
ISBN #0981890563
EAN #9780981890562

Synopsis: Evil is real, and it’s coming…unless one woman can learn a secret buried in her family’s past.

On a quest to rule the world, the demon Sammael will stop at nothing to unlock his powers...even enter the physical plane.

Catherine Caldwell has unwittingly come into possession of the item Sammael has sought for over two millennia. Her education into the conflict of dark and light is a trial by fire. Guided by prophetic dreams and aided by family, a Creole psychic and a homicide detective, she struggles to learn her role in an age-old war, and elude the demon hunting her.

The secret Catherine uncovers will trigger a battle that could alter the course of mankind forever.

Ruth says: “I picked this one, because it was a great read. Plenty of mystery,
suspense and action! It has earned its way into my heart as one of my
all time favorites!”

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December 08 Top Read

(Vampires Realm)
by F E Heaton

Alinar Publishing
November 16, 2008
ISBN #190602362X
EAN #9781906023621

Synopsis: Dark, sensual and fast-paced, Seventh Circle is a story of forbidden love so strong that it will save the world.

Born with strange powers similar to a vampire's, Lilith has spent her life hunting demons for Section Seven. Now, on the very same night that she watches a vampire kill her best friend, she's faced with her worse nightmare.

A client who is not only attractive, but a vampire.

Lincoln, a powerful pure blood vampire, has a problem. The prophecy he's caught up in is coming to pass and his only chance of survival is relying on those he hates most–vampire hunters. It has been foretold that one will save him, a female hunter, and when he meets her, the attraction he feels is both instantaneous and forbidden.

Their mutual attraction becomes difficult to deny as they work to unravel the mystery of a contract between Lincoln's lord and the Devil. The barriers around their hearts fall, but is there only pain ahead of them? With Lincoln's life on the line, can Lilith find the strength to protect him and embrace a side of herself that she wished didn't exist? Can Lincoln overcome his fear in order to save Lilith even if it means parting from her forever? What price will they pay to be together?

Clover says: “The action is fast-paced, the romance tender, and the characters' personalities sharp. You'll be glad you read this one.”

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