Contemporary Lightning reviews for June

7/02/2008 09:31:00 PM / Posted by Kris /

Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga #1 (Chesapeake Bay)Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Book 1) by Nora Roberts
Sea Swept tells the tale of three brothers--all former juvenile delinquents adopted by Raymond Quinn and his wife, Stella. Cameron, Ethan, and Philip are as different as can be, but they are bound by their love and respect for their adoptive father, who has recently passed away. On his deathbed he asks his sons to look after their most recent brother, 10-year-old Seth, who--if the rumors are to believed--just may be Ray's biological son. Of course, the brothers don't know anything about caring for the young boy, and if social worker Anna Spinelli has anything to say about it, they won't. However, the sparks that fly over the fate of Seth are nothing compared to the romantic sparks that fly between Anna and Cameron.

I really enjoyed this one, nath suggested it when I was looking for a Nora Roberts book to read. I enjoyed it much more than the others that i have read by her. Which are very limited except for her JD Robb books, I LOVE those. There are 4 books in this series the ext one is Rising Tides and i have it on request at the library. I lucked out with this one. I was at the library and spotted it on their for sale table so I bought it for 50 cents. The characters in this were believable and fun to watch.

Doing It Right
Doing it Right by MaryJanice Davidson
Thief Of Hearts

There’s never a dull night in the ER for Dr. Jared Dean, especially when he sees the woman of his fantasies beating the crud out of the city’s biggest, toughest mobster. It’s enough to get a guy all hot and bothered. Not that it matters when SuperHotButtKickingChick gets away without giving her name. The name’s Kara, aka The Avenging Angel, sort of a Robin Hood with better shoes. But now her latest revenge stunt has just landed the gorgeous doc on a mobster’s hit list. There’s only one thing to do: guard Dr. Jared’s extremely fine bod until she can figure a way out of this mess for both of them. Jared’s only too happy to accommodate. Anything to have her close at hand…and in his bed. As for her closed heart? He’s got a plan for that, too…

Wild Hearts
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Too bad he was trying to steal her car. Kat Wechter has no intention of letting that happen. Not one to ever play it safe, it’s amazing what an irresistible bad boy can drive a woman to do (pun intended). But Chester “Chess” McNamara is not your typical car thief. Seems he’s fueled (ouch) by more complicated motives. And to find out what they are, Kat is more than willing to go along for the ride…(couldn’t resist).

This is two short stories. The second story is about the sister of a character you meet in the first story. Kara also makes an appearance in the second story. These were okay but I think that i just am not a big fan of her writing style. I liked her Wyndham werewolf books but that is pretty much it for me loving any of her stories.

Blue Smoke and Murder
Blue Smoke and Murder by Elizabeth Lowell

Jill Breck was just doing her job as a river guide when she saved the life of Lane Faroe, son of two of St. Kilda's Consulting's premier operators. But when a string of ominous events—including a mysterious fire that kills her great aunt and a furor in the Western art world raised by a dozen Breck family paintings—culminate in a threat to her life, Jill reluctantly calls in a favor.

Zach Balfour works part-time as a consultant for St. Kilda. His expertise is gathering and analyzing information from unlikely and often dangerous sources. Though he's got the skills to be a highly effective bodyguard, being a bullet catcher isn't his preferred way to spend time.

Protecting Jill will take him into familiar territory—among a strange, savagely competitive bunch of collectors who'll do anything to stay at the top. But Jill is in deeper waters than she's ever known; as she soon discovers, the perils of running wild rivers are tame compared to the hidden dangers in the high-stakes game of art collecting.

From the cozy rooms of the Breck homestead cabin to the cold multi-million dollar galleries of the Western art circuit, Zach and Jill must race against time to unmask a ruthless killer hidden in a blue smoke of money, threats, lies, and death . . .

This was a good EL book. It returns to the art world which I love her books that are in the art and jewelry worlds. There were some nice twists and turns in this one that kept me interested. I enjoyed it but am not sure if I would buy it.

Sins of the PastSins of the Past by Samantha Gentry
Danger and intrigue collide with passion as wealthy businessman Cameron Pierce deals with the latest in a succession of threats. Now he fears his new assistant may become a target in this bizarre cat and mouse game. Can he keep his feelings under wraps to protect her or will he discover that Shelby isn't who he thought she was?

A friend gave me this one and it was good. There were some nice twists, and very nice romance with pretty good suspense. I enjoyed it.

Baddest Bad Boys
Baddest Bad Boys by Shannon McKenna, EC Sheedy and Cate Noble
ANYTIME, ANYWHERE (by Shannon McKenna) For years, Robin MacNamara has been secretly in love with her big brother’s friend Jon Amendola, but the sexy cop has never seen her as anything but a kid. Until Robin follows him to an isolated cabin to prove she’s all grown up. Unfortunately, Jon’s last case isn’t quite closed—and someone wants payback…
by E.C. Sheedy) In need of a place to hide, Tommi Smith finds herself on the doorstep of a high school classmate’s remote fishing lodge. Though Mac Fleming never trusted this knockout’s reputation for breaking hearts, nothing’s going to stop him from seducing her into his bed now. Until Tommi’s past comes back to haunt them…
by Cate Noble) All Ellie McMann DeLuca wants is one night with the only man she’s ever truly loved—Max DeLuca, dubbed the Devil by the Italian paparazzi. Max agrees on one condition: they extend it to seven nights of sensual pleasure on a private island. But after a whole week of fulfilling each other’s deepest desires, how will they go back to the way things were?

Good anthology. My fav was the McKenna story. I am a sucker for the brother's best friend stories. The other two were pretty good but that one was my favorite.

Wilde for Him
Wild For Him by Janelle Denison
Ex-marine and security agent Ben Cabrera isn’t about to complain about his latest assignment protecting the daughter of a gubernatorial candidate. After all, spending 24/7 with Christy Delacroix isn’t exactly a chore. But it turns out that Christy’s seduction tactics are top-notch—and soon it’s impossible to keep things strictly professional.

Well we finished with the Wilde family and are now continuing onto the people they work with. This can be read separately or in the series after Born to be Wilde. If you like the rest of the series you will enjoy this one as well. If you have not read the rest you would not miss much, but you do see the other Wildes from the previous books. All of her books are nice and HOt and this one is no exception, always good reading from her IMO.



Comment by Stacy~ on 7/03/2008 7:00 AM

Girl,you've been reading up a storm!

I read the Chesapeake Bay series this year. Loved the first two, just liked the 2nd two. Cam & Ethan are fab. I agree w/ about Nora. Other than her Dream trilogy, I much prefer her JD Robb books.

MJD - I loved the first Undead story. And the next one. Now not so much. It's hard to explain, but I've lost my interest now.

I haven't read the last Wilde book, so I need to do that first before grabbing Denison's latest.

Comment by Marg on 7/04/2008 6:52 PM

Sea Swept was my first NR book and I think it is still my favourite! I totally loved Cam!

I have been giving MJD a go with her Fred the Mermaid series, but to be honest I just don't think that we are a compatible author-reader combination.

Comment by nath on 7/07/2008 7:27 AM

LOL, you have been reading girl!

I'm glad you enjoyed Sea Swept :D I love that trilogy and it's one of her best :D next after that is tackling on her stand-alone! :D

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