Monday, August 27, 2007

Reading -- "Finders Keepers"

Finders Keepers
by Linnea Sinclair
Saw a blurb about Linnea Sinclair's upcoming book "Down Home Zombie Blues." I have to admit, I haven't read anything by her and was surprised I haven't, considering she's a "SF Romance" author, writing about daring space captain heroines. I love "space opera" type SF. And, even better, people who know me have often heard me say how much I love "women with a gun" movies and books. This fits the bill, and it's romance to boot!

"Finders Keepers" does not disappoint. Both starfreighter captain Trilby Elliot and downed fighter pilot Rhis Vanur are strong characters who both feel instant attraction, but have to overcome the problems inherent in coming from very different worlds, literally. The action is fun, the pacing fast, the plot was easy to follow--not always the case with SF. The world building was straight-forward and airtight. I was able to understand the other-worldly names and politics.

I really enjoyed this one. When I was done, I wanted more. What's next for Trilby and Rhis?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Reading -- "Riding the Storm"

Riding the Storm
by Sydney Croft
Got an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of this at RWA.
HOT!
Let me say it again, HOT!
The jacket cover and Amazon description both give you a glimpse of a Remy (with a name like that, of course he's from from New Orleans) Ex-SEAL, storm magnet who is troubled by insatiable and uncontrollable sexual appetites during strong weather.

The heroine Haley works for an agency filled with others with various paranormal abilities. She does not have any special powers--she's an expert on weather, thus she's brought in to approach Remy to join the agency.

What the cover and other descriptions of the book don't tell you is that really, this is a complete world building. The book takes a great deal of time dealing with two other story lines. One, a ghost hunter and a woman who controls electricity, both from the agency, who get it on in a haunted house. The other, the head of the agency and his tortured longing for a lost love, giving into his strong bi-sexual libido--several times. These two other story lines are also sexy and are a hint of what's to come.

If you like paranormal erotic romance, take a look at this one. It kept me interested and entertained. The authors (Sydney Croft is a pen name for two authors) created eroticism without losing the romance and emotional connections, which were strongly built.
Highly enjoyable and definitely HOT!

The two authors behind Sydney Croft:
http://larissaione.com/soapbox/2007/08/28/riding-the-storm-releases/
http://www.stephanietyler.com/blog/2007/08/28/riding-the-storm-releases-today/

Reviews:
http://www.alternative-worlds.com/2007/08/09/riding-the-storm/
http://romrevtoday.blogspot.com/2007/08/ask-five-withsidney-croft.html

Friday, August 24, 2007

Reading -- "Tag, You're It"

Tag, You're It (Berkley Sensation)
by Penny McCall

Okay, so this isn't a paranormal. Since the topic is "Paranormal Romance," you might think that the first book in this list would fall under that category. But, no. I've got stacks of books to read, among many I obtained at the RWA National Convention in Dallas. I spoke briefly to Penny McCall when she autographed the book. We talked about the cover, which I really like. That is how I decided to read hers first. Funny how someone just strikes you when you spend half a minute speaking to them. She doesn't know me from a hill of beans, but she made me want to read her book simply by exchanging an interesting word or two with me.

The book--
This is treasure hunt meets stung female imposes seclusion on herself. Throw in some organized crime, lots of snow, and you've got a story. The hero and heroine are strong characters who maintain their strength throughout, no gushing female subdued by the alpha male. Plenty of laughs, and mutual attraction. This is fun, fun, fun. Now I have to go back and read her first in this series, All Jacked Up. Great title, and once again, great cover. But, it'll have to wait. I have a HUGE stack to go through first.

Monday, August 6, 2007