July 2012 Red Feather Reads

The Claimed book coverEven though there has been a drought that has hit most of the country I can safely say that there is no lack of excellent romance titles to quench your thirst.  Read on for the good the bad and the ugly.

The Claimed  by Caridad Pineiro
Interesting twist on vampires—they feed on dark & light energy. Intimacy on the 1-10 scale was maybe a 2. Book was all about bonding. But, it’s book 2 in the series. Surprisingly well written. Wallbanger at the end—spoiler alert………………… No closure because they’re continuing the series.

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady  by Sabrina Jeffries
Reader finished two of them in the series and loved both books. Grandma’s edict: marry or else. Loved the VERY strong no-nonsense character. It is always a pleasure to go back in time with this author.

When Beauty Tamed the Beast  by Eloisa James
Beauty is exiled to marry the “Beast” who refuses to marry. But he keeps her around so that his divorced (the scandal!) parents can develop their romance again. In the process of teaching Beauty to swim, they develop romantic feelings for each other (OK, they have relations). Hero and heroine have great verbal exchanges. They fall in love gradually, which makes the story very believable.

Glitter Baby  by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Heroine falls for an older guy, but she suffers a traumatizing event that sends her into seclusion for six years. After she leaves, the actor can’t write any decent work. He signs on to “write only” with her. However, the relationship can’t help but develop. It's a blast from the past since it was from the 80’s, but so well written that it works even today.

The Fireman Who Loved Me  by Jennifer Bernard
Grandma decides the heroine needs a REAL guy so she bids on a fireman. There is a bait and switch where the hero substitutes for the auctioned fireman. Heroine goes on that date, but she doesn’t treat him well (big reader disappointment). Whole side story that doesn’t need to be there. Grandmother has to set the house on fire to get the h/h together again. But, the steamy scenes are really good.

Dark Sins and Desert Sands  by Stephanie Draven
She’s a Sphinx. She has a tremendous power that can destroy. He’s been tortured and turned into a Minotaur. Hero needs the heroine to help him find who branded him as a traitor. Reader was surprised by how good the book was to read. Has meaty issues (betrayal, honor). Love scenes were HOT. Very impressed.

Lawe's Justice  by Lora Leigh
Crazy experimenting created the Breeds. Lawe is one of them, and his group is trying to find and protect others like him. Heroine is human, and he recognizes she’s his mate. He wants to own her, protect her (he’s part wolf). She doesn’t want to be owned. Bedroom scenes were really good. Loved how they fought. But other readers said read the first few books in the series to get the really juicy stuff.

Thief of Shadows  by Elizabeth Hoyt
Of the four books in the series,  reader felt this was the weakest one. When hero is around other adults, the stick goes up his back side. He has no people skills. Roles are reversed: heroine is sexually experienced, hero is still a virgin (!). Readers loved this part. Ends in a very satisfactory way.

American Vampire  by Jennifer Armintrout
Heroine is slutty. Hero is looking at how soon he can eat her (but he’ll kill her, so how will he hide the crime?). Both are flawed characters, but you can’t stop reading the book. Ending is soft, but writing is really good.