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There's a time and a place for romance: any time, any place!
In honor of our second anniversary, Carina Press brings you a trio of amazing novellas by some of the freshest voices in romance today! A highland laird and an unconventional physician fight monsters and fall in love in Cindy Spencer Pape's Kilts and Kraken. In Adrienne Giordano's Negotiating Point, two security operatives try—and fail—to keep their professional distance while working a high-stakes case. And a driven ...
There's a time and a place for romance: any time, any place!
In honor of our second anniversary, Carina Press brings you a trio of amazing novellas by some of the freshest voices in romance today! A highland laird and an unconventional physician fight monsters and fall in love in Cindy Spencer Pape's Kilts and Kraken. In Adrienne Giordano's Negotiating Point, two security operatives try—and fail—to keep their professional distance while working a high-stakes case. And a driven career woman takes a detour to enjoy Slow Summer Kisses in a contemporary story by Shannon Stacey. Three very different tales, three very happy endings.
Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:
Kilts and Kraken by Cindy Spencer Pape
Negotiating Point by Adrienne Giordano
Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey
Stories also available for purchase separately.
Posted June 24, 2012
An interesting collection of novellas from two readers who are new to me and one I've read before.
Slow Summer Kisses was definitely my favorite of the three, and it's probably not a coincidence that Shannon Stacey is also the author I've read before. Slow Summer Kisses is a short, sweet summer read about Anna, a woman who is used to living life in the fast lane...until her job is downsized and she starts suffering health issues related to stress. She decides to move into her grandparents' summer camp temporarily, just until she can refresh, recharge, and get another high-pressure job. She barely remembers Cameron, the boy who was two years older and who she hasn't seen since she was last at her grandparents' camp at the age of ten. Cam too used to live a fast-paced life, until his father's death from a heart attack caused him to rethink his life choices. He left his career as a big-city lawyer and now does carpentry and odd jobs, and is one of the few people who live on the lake year-round. Anna and Cam get on each other's nerves from the start; neither can (or wants to) understand the other. Is it possible, though, that they just might be able to give each other what they didn't even know they needed? What will happen when Anna gets called back to the big city?
Negotiating Point is a novella in the Private Protectors series, but it's not necessary to have read the books before it to appreciate this one. Though be warned, it will probably make you want to! In this story, the wife of the owner of the security firm, Roxann (introduced in an earlier book in the series, Risking Trust), has been taken hostage. The time frame of the story is essentially the single day stake-out of the farmhouse in which the HTs (hostage takers) are holding her. The main characters are Gavin, a former top negotiator in the FBI, and Janet, the firm's computer specialist. The two had apparently shared a fairly heated his a few weeks before the action of the novella takes place, and were still feeling its effects as they entered into this highly charged situation. Out of the three stories, this one definitely felt the most rushed to me. I did like their story, but it could have benefited from more character and relationship development. Still, it had me looking up the other books in the series, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I've already purchased one on my Nook, Man Law. It's just moved up on my "to read" list. :)
Kilts & Kraken was a pretty good story, and though of the three my least favorite, I did enjoy it overall. I'm not sure steampunk is quite my "thing", but it is hard to tell with such a short sample. I did enjoy the characters, though I felt as if our relationship was unnaturally brief. It was fairly easy to figure out "whodunnit" in this one--I pretty much had the culprits pegged from the first scene that they were in--and overall the issues in the story were solved pretty darn quickly. Again, it's a novella. I wouldn't mind reading more from this author if the opportunity arose.
Overall, this anthology achieved its purpose--introducing readers to a nice selection of genres and authors they might not have read before and encouraging them to read more.
Posted June 17, 2012
Since this is an anthology I will just be brief. I really liked the first and third stories. I was sucked into both of them quickly and did not want to stop reading. The middle story, Negotiating Point, was ok, but was not memorable for me. It wasn’t bad, just ok. It just seemed to be a story that had to have sex in it and there really was no connecting with the characters.
I equally enjoyed Kilts and Kraken and Slow Summer Kisses, even though they are totally different stories. I know that they are short stories, and there really is no getting to know the characters, but with these two stories, you do connect with the characters. I wanted to know what was going to happen in their lives. I was invested as a reader.
I love reading anthologies to find authors that I had not heard of, but enjoyed their short story. In this anthology I found two new authors, and that is awesome!
I highly encourage those who might be interested to at minimum purchase the two stories I recommended. They are really good and if you enjoy romances, you will love these. The third story is worth it if you want a couple hot sex scenes, and don’t really care about the plot, because there really isn’t one at all.
In case you didn’t catch it in my review, there is sex in all three of the stories, they are descriptive scenes, but not overly descriptive. This book is not appropriate for people under the age of 18, in my opinion.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.
Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
Posted June 14, 2012
Carina Press Presents: Editor's Choice Volume I
3 short novels in this collection: I was only familiar with one and loved all the stories in this selection.
Kilts and Kraken by Cindy Spencer Pape,
Magnus has attempted to slay the beast but has been overpowered.
Dr. Geneva MacKay was to go north to heal Magnus.
Love time frame of King Arthur days and love learning about methods used in heal and wound care.
Ginny is one of the best bone setters and she needs to realign his pelvic bones if he is to ever walk again. Luckily he's still unconscious.
Love how descriptive the location is, the castle and what the laird was doing with steam power, makes me feel like I am there.
Magnus has a magick aura about him that the women healers are there to find out about.
THe women were to bring him back to his island when the others came for him, it was his only wish when he was awake for a minute.
After he is semi recovered others come to their aid on the island as the kraken is still attacking them because of all the modernization going on.
Ginny's sister and other relatives arrive in the airship and help in killing one of the squids. The explanation of how it explodes is truly a work of genius.
They all try to help to figure out who wants him dead and his magick powers gone.
When Ginny is missing Magnus sets out to search the whole island and to get down to why she was summoned away from the castle.
They find other clues to solve the mysteries.
Negoitating Point by Adrienne Giordano
Gavin is a kidnapping negoitator and hopes to find out where his bosses wife is being held. The bad guys had sent her husband Mike an email with the link stating one of their own was unjustly accused and in jail and they need to not only release him but put it on the front page of the paper she works for.
Mike and Gavin wanted the tech geek Janet Fink along in solving this and Roxanne, Mike's wife was pregnant.
Using Facebook updates they are able to understand about the kidnappers and Gavin and Janet move into a house across the street from where Roxanne is being held hostage.
They have a lot of surveillance on the house and are able to stay on top of things 24/7. They also have a lot of time to get one another better.
They track down some leverage to use so maybe the kidnapper will give up and walk out without harming anybody....
Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey
Cameron Mayfield lived at the camp in New Hampshire year round. He enjoyed his cable TV, drinking beer at the end of his dock and sleeping and eating. He had promised Jim Frasier, the neighbor with the cmap next door that he'd look after his granddaughter Anna while she was there.
Anna Frasier had worked in NY, finance district but she was downsized out of a job and now at her grandparents cabin in the woods. Man next door had helped to bring in her luggage but she had no idea what to do with herself.
She's already gotten on his nerves cuz she had no food and didn't drive so he'd have to do it, and on a Sunday.
He's got time on his hands so teaches her how to drive his truck. She is to start knitting classes at the library once her grandmothers bike is fixed. She starts to spruce up the place by planting flowers, painting trim, etc
Lots of laughs when he finds out she's a Yankees fan and he's a Red Sox fan!
They become very familiar with one another and then she gets a call about a job offer, in the city...
Posted June 5, 2012
Kilts & Kraken
Whenever people approach me for book reviews, I state two genres that I prefer not to review in the romance spectrum...steampunk and historical. This book was both, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it regardless of the fact that I normally don't enjoy this genre.
Geneva is a doctor and a family friend has found someone in desperate need of a doctor, Magnus. He washed upon the shore in the grasp of a dead kraken (giant octopus) and is dying. Geneva comes to his aid, but he continues to decline until it becomes apparent that his health is tied to his own land. He needs to get back to his island so he has a chance to heal.
This was a historical book filled with a mixture of magick and industrial/steam technologies. From the Knights of the Round Table to mechanical dogs, this book had a bit of everything and I truly enjoyed the way the story was put together.
It's a novella with a lot going on. As a result, I don't feel like I got to know Magnus and Geneva as well as I would have liked. But what I did see, I liked. Geneva is a tough female doctor in a time when that is not the norm. Magnus is a laird who is willing to make the tough sacrifices for his people. In their own ways, they each are all about caring for other people...many times at their own detriment. For that reason, it was fun to see them find happiness in each other. It was a fun book to read.
ah, I loved this story. It takes place over a single day, but Janet and Gavin have been working together for months while fighting their mutual attraction. When one of their own is kidnapped and put in a life or death situation, it brings to light the fragility of life. Suddenly for both Gavin and Janet, they realize that all those chances may just not be there tomorrow.
Janet is a computer geek. Gavin is a hostage negotiator and head-shrinker. In a romantic suspense, these are not your likely hero and heroine, but it works. Janet is nerdy and knows it. Gavin isn't bad (in fact, Janet thinks he's pretty sexy), but in an office full of serious alpha males, he does tend to fade a bit.
I really liked both these characters. They both know it's a really bad idea for them to get involved. Gavin is an executive. Janet doesn't want to be "that girl", but when things get crazy at their stakeout, so do their out-of-control hormones. It's all kinds of sexy fun!
I've loved this entire series and it was fabulous to get to read this little short and revisit many of the characters from the previous books. You all know I have an issue remembering details about books over time because I read so many. This is a series that I never have that issue with....so that should tell you something. These books stick with me!
Slow Summer Kisses
I just adore the way that Shannon Stacey writes contemporary romance and this book is no exception. This story is fun and heartwarming and I found it highly entertaining.
Anna is high-strung, high-stressed, and entirely too uptight to fit in to the relaxed atmosphere of lake life. She lives by the never-ending to-do lists on her fridge and ever-present cell phone.
Cam has lived on the lake for 4 years and embraces the lifestyle in full. He's okay just sitting on the dock for hours on end. His father died of a sudden heart-attack and it was a wake-up call for him and the life he was living as a lawyer.