Wednesday, July 02, 2008

REVIEWS: May 2008

Irresistible Forces
Brenda Jackson

Kimani Romance
ISBN-13: 9780373860647
Pub. Date: May 2008

5 Stars – Supreme
Reviewed by: Regina Hightower

Taylor Steele had everything that she ever wanted in life a great home, money and a fantastic asset management company. The only thing that was left for her to want was a baby. Taylor had decided that’s she would be a single parent and pick her baby’s daddy, instead of waiting for a husband. She had even picked out just the man to be the child’s father.

Dominic Saxon was a widower who had said that he would never marry again. Dominic was the perfect man for the job. Taylor managed Dominic money for him, it was just what Taylor was looking for, no relationship or commitments were needed or so she thought. All she had to do was convince Dominic to go along with her plan to the beautiful Caribbean island, for a week of fantastic sex, and produce a baby to boot. But would they be able to walk away from each other at the end of the week? Dominic and Taylor just may get more than what they were bargaining for. The attraction between Dominic and Taylor is so hot that there was smoke coming off the pages.

Brenda Jackson has once again brought us a story that will hold you from the first page until the last.

Long Hot Nights
Candice Poarch
ISBN-13: 9780758219787
Pub. Date: May 2008
Kimani Romance

4 Stars – Excellent
Reviewed by: Regina Hightower

This is the second novel in the "Quest for the Golden Bowl" series.

Detective Alyssa Clayton gets the shock of her life as she is riding her motorcycle and discovers what she thinks are teens in the road making out. Imagine her surprise to discover that she has just stumbled onto a homicide scene and the victims are her cousin's husband and her best friend's sister.

Alyssa switches into detective mode and proceeds to process the scene. All the while she is devastated because she has to deliver the news to her best friend and the rest of her family.

Jordan Ellis is a man whose sole interest is making a love connection with Alyssa. And Alyssa is attracted to Jordan as well, but she’s involved with someone else.
Fortunately for Alyssa and Jordan they share a passion filled night while out on the camp grounds, leaving Jordan fighting everyone and everything to make it more than a one night stand between him and Alyssa. Will he win? Can he win her heart and her loyalty as well as her love? Only time will tell.

Release Me
Farrah Rochon

ISBN-13: 9780843960587
Pub. Date: May 2008

4 Stars – Excellent
Reviewed by: Regina Hightower

A car accident that ended NBA basketball player Toby Holmes’ career, but he did not give up over his forced retirement from the NBA or over what could have been instead he became an entertainment manager concentrating on music talent. He becomes euphoric when Marshall Keller man of Over the Edge Productions offers his client Aria Jordon a fabulous deal that will make her famous. To help, Toby hires a management company to help promote his star. His childhood friend Sienna Culpepper is put in charge of the publicity. She assumes Aria and Toby are seeing each other and becomes jealous because she is attracted to him as she was all her life. Meanwhile Aria also wants Toby, but turns to his long time rival hoping to generate jealousy. On the other hand Toby heeding his older brother’s warning is careful with his relationship with Aria and begins to fall in love with Sienna. Havoc reels his ugly head and becomes the norm for this foursome.

RELEASE ME is an enjoyable contemporary romance starring likable lead characters that forge a triangle of sorts that converts into a rectangle. You will relish this story as Toby falls in love with Sienna, who has loved him since they were children. I also recommend her 1st book Deliver Me

This Time for Good
Carmen Green

Kimani Romance
ISBN-13: 9780373860654
Pub. Date: May 2008

4 Stars – Excellent
Reviewed by: Regina Hightower

I began reading this books with the anticipation of ok what now? The characters were hilarious. I loved the fact that they never took anybody’s word for anything and the way she showed up at the funeral with a dog was priceless. The love connection between the leading lady and the leading man was never revealed until the night that she broke down crying because everyone was guarding their hearts.

This being a Trilogy it will be interesting to see how this will play out. The leading lady was a classic Diva complete with all the family drama. There was not enough physical description of characters to make you dream of them is my only critique.

Whiskey Road
Karen Sidlin

Washington Square Press
Published: May 20, 2008
ISBN-10: 0743297628
Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars - Great
Reviewer: Renee Motley

Love has no boundaries or crossroads…

Jimi Hamilton has made a name for herself as part of the celebrity paparazzi, but now it’s time for a vacation, a cross-country adventure on her new Harley-Davidson. What she didn’t expect was to be robbed of her bike or waking up in a hotel room in No- Where’s Ville beaten and bruised with a bag of money she took from her attacker. Now having to hike to her brother’s place in parts of rural Pennsylvania isn’t easy when the locals don’t take kindly to her kind at least she thinks until she meets the town’s bad boy, Caleb Atwood.

Caleb has had his share of problems and women. In a town where everybody knows everybody, they know about your problems before you do. But Caleb didn’t think that giving this stranger with the bruised face a ride would cause such a ruckus in him and his hometown. Was she worth it?

Whiskey Road isn’t your typical boy meets girl romance. It gives you a look into the way society views interracial dating. Not everyone is for it. I liked that about the story, the realness of the issues that they had to face. I enjoyed getting to know what the secrets were that made up each character and how each handled their differences and views. The secondary characters added a little suspense to the story as well. The author handled this racial issue with real and true emotions and did a great job at it. So if you’re looking for a story that’s a little off the beaten path, and I do mean off, then I recommend you take a look at Whiskey Road.

Adrianne Byrd

Kimani Press
ISBN-13: 9780373831005
Pub. Date: May 2008

Rating: 5 Stars - Supreme
Reviewer: Regina Hightower

This book is the bomb as the kids can say. If you're like me, I'm fascinated by the Adams sisters. In this book Ms. Byrd out does herself. It will make you laugh, and you might even cry, she even throws you a real curve ball.

I read this book in one day. I took it everywhere I went because I did not want to put it down on the way back from Savannah Georgia. I was reading this on the plane. I'm sure the man next to me thought that I was crazy I was laughing so hard at some of the antics. I hope she gives us a sequel on these two because I really hope that was not the end.

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