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- Nora Roberts
The second offering in the garden trilogy from the Nora Roberts stable continues the tradition of selling well and entertaining many.
The heroine is Rosalind Harper, a widow who runs a garden business from her
Tennessee estate. Her mansion turns out to be haunted by the "Harper Bride" and
she hires genealogist Dr. Mitchell Carnagie to track down the ghost's story. The
relationship between Rosalind and Mitchell produces sparks, and not just of the
romantic kind - the ghost doesn't take too kindly to this turn of events! As
Rosalind and Mitchell try to unearth the story between the story combines
romance and a few scares as well.
It's in His Kiss
- Julia Quinn
Quinn's brand new offering deserves to be high in this month's list - not only
is it selling well, but it offers one of the freshest and most entertaining
readings. Hyacinth Bridgerton offers her somewhat questionable services as an
Italian translator to Gareth St. Clair. Grandson to Lady Danbury, Gareth's only
substantial possession left to him by his dissolute father is a dairy which
holds the promise of revealing his past and future. The romance between Gareth
and Hyacinth is intertwined in unraveling the mystery of the diary, which plays
out in delightful ways throughout this story.
Oceans of Fire
- Christine Feehan
Christine Feehan has fun with the latest novel in her quirky paranormal romance
stories. Oceans of Fire continues were Drake Sisters series, with Abigail
Drake as a witch who has a PhD and can talk to dolphins. While off swimming one
day near her home in Sea Haven California, Abigail witnesses a murder and the
killers see her too! This sets off a chain of events that bring a former
love back into her life, Interpol agent Aleksandr Volstov, who is hot on the
trail of the Russian Mafia who are responsible for the killing. Oceans of
Fire offers a good read that will heat up the summer...
One Night with a Prince
- Sabrina Jeffries
Jeffries continues her historical romance series with the story of the third
illegitimate son of the prince regent. Gavin Byrne is the son of the prince and
an Irish actress, and he has worked his way up to own a gentleman's gaming club.
Lady Christabel Haversham enters his life, seeking his help in recovering some
letters stolen from her mother. Gavin agrees, in the secret hopes of using them
to discredit his princely father as revenge for abandoning his mother many years
earlier. As Christabel and Gavin team up in search of these letters, they begin
to get swept away by the cover story they've concocted - that Christobel is
Gavin's mistress. After a bit of a slow start, One Night with a Prince
clips along nicely.
- Linda L Richards
Mad Money is a wonderful debut novel from Linda L Richards that mixes lots of suspense, action and romance together in a tale that will have you turning the pages ever faster.
The first of a new series of books about Madeline Carter, Mad Money
follows the exploits of this one-time New York stockbroker. Madeline's life
takes an abrupt change after a friend is gunned down, and she decides to move to Los Angeles
to start a fresh life as a day trader. But, events from her past won't let go and spark a
splendid story that mixes murder, insider stock manipulations, famous L.A. movie people and, of course, the sizzle of romance. A stock tip from her former lover, Ernie, is the catalyst for Madeline's adventures as she tries to figure out why the deal went sour.
Richards has crafted a witty and fast-paced novel with added tensions, because it is not at all clear just whom Madeline can
and cannot trust. Not even her new love interest, Steve, is above the reader's suspicion.
With a galloping end to the book, readers will look forward eagerly to the next installment.
When We Meet Again
- Victoria Alexander
This regency romance we meet Miss Pamela Effington. While traveling with her
rich Aunt Millicent, Pamela is charmed and seduced at a masked ball by Prince
Alexei of Avalonia. Four years later, the Prince flees to London after Russia
annexes Avalonia and ends up renting a flat in a London townhouse that Pamela
inherits. As the Prince had never seen Pamela's face o the night of the
ball, the stage is set for a rekindling of the romance. Alexander pens a
humorous story that sweeps the reader along with the characters.
- Emily Giffin
follows up her first novel, Something Borrowed, with a continuation of
the tale from another character's perspective. In the first book, the heroine
was the naughty but sweet Rachel and we meet her in the events leading up to the
rather bitchy Darcy's wedding. In Something Blue, Darcy takes center
stage and her bitchiness has not dimmed one iota. However, the tale Giffin
weaves takes through Darcy's journey of self-discovery as she learns that she
just cannot continue acting that way. Darcy's someone you can love hating, and
Giffin crafts an engaging set of circumstances to carry the reader along with
Darcy. It's fun and even has a good lesson to tell along the way.
Summer of Roses
- Luanne Rice
Luanne Rice offers a follow-up book to Summer's Child in this engaging
and endearing Summer of Roses. The story picks up years later,
after a pregnant Mara Jameson has fled to Nova Scotia and changed her name to
Lily Malone. Rice paints a rich cast of characters set in a windswept sea-side
community. The storyline shifts as Lily returns home to find her grandmother may
have been put in hospital thanks to carbon monoxide poisoning, and she beings to
fear that Edward will is trying to track her down...
- Nora Roberts
The initial offering in the Nora Roberts garden trilogy remains popular among
her fans. The book does have a slow start but the story ends up
engaging as it unfolds. The heroine is Stella Rothchild, a widow with two young boys, who starts a new job as manager of a nursery in Memphis.
Stella's boss Roz owns an old mansion and things start to move along once Stella moves into this house because it turns out to be haunted.
The mansion's gardener, Logan Kitridge, soon adds some interest to Stella's life, but the growing romance appears to really annoy the ghost of the Harper Bride...
- Lori Foster
who enjoy Foster's Visitation series will enjoy Jamie, the fifth in this
line. The hero of the story, Jamie Creed, is a psychic who can read minds and
see into the future. As people try to exploit him for his gift, Jamie faces a
new dilemma with the arrival of Faith Owen. Jamie is shocked to discover that
Faith used to work at the research institute where he had been mistreated in the
name of science. But he finds himself unable to send Faith away and their
relationship deepens from the purely physical to something much more meaningful.
The Romance Notes Top Ten list is based
on book sales, reviews, and includes both soft and hard cover books.