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Archive for January, 2010

Cavelli’s Lost Heir

Nico Cavelli, Crown Prince of Montebianco and former playboy is getting ready to announce his engagement to a neighboring princess when a ghost from his past enters his life and changes everything.  

Lily Morgan is sent to Montebianco by the New Orleans paper she works for to research the Mediterranean kingdom for an upcoming article.  She only hopes that while she is there she doesn’t run into Nico Cavelli because she has a secret. 

While in Montebianco, Lily is mistakenly jailed for antiquity theft.  Nico agrees to bail her out if she will marry him and become his wife.  Lily is overwhelmed with the changes in her life and just wants to take her son and go back to New Orleans.  

This story was very enjoyable and a very fast read.  The characters are very appealing and pull you into the story.  I love Lily’s character, she is so strong.  She has been through a lot and has practically been on her own since she was a teenager.  She wants nothing more than to provide a better home for her son than she had growing up.

Nico’s character can be demanding and bossy when he is in the “crown prince” mode but when he is alone with Lily and Danny he is a totally different person.  Lily sees him as a man not a Prince, like everyone else does.

The story is a typical Harlequin Presents with a happy ending but Lily and Nico have to work to reach their happily ever after.  Both have been hurt too many times and neither is willing to reveal their true feelings.  Nico makes some poor decisions along the way and decides to give Lily the ultimate gift, her freedom.  In the end, in true Fairytale style, the Prince rides in to rescue his Princess. 

This was a great sophomore book by Lynn Raye Harris and I give it 3 ½ Flaming Hearts

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Divine Misdemeanors is the 8th installment in the Merry Gentry series and is best if read in order.  You miss out on a lot of character information and backstory if you pick this series up in the middle.

Princess Merry and her group have returned to LA and are working for the Grey Detective Agency.  There have been some Fey murders and the LAPD need the help of Merry and her gang to solve them.  We are introduced to Glinda the Fairy Godmother of LA and new members of Merry’s royal guard.  The guys are all back and as protective as ever of Merry.

This book starts out good with the fey murders.  The group is called in to assist the LAPD and see if they can figure out who is killing the fey.  Merry feels responsible for the fey that are in LA but Glinda , the fairy godmother thinks that Merry is “stealing” her subjects away from her.  I loved Glinda, she is what every little girl thinks of as a fairy godmother, complete with all the sparkling clothes and the magic wand.  Merry seems to grow a little as a leader in this book with the help of Barinthus.  He is angry with her and challenges some of the choices she makes.  One of my favorite scenes involve a lot of reporters and a plate glass window. 

As the story progresses, it gets weaker and weaker.  It seems rushed and thrown together and was very choppy to read.  A lot of back story was used as filler, we are reminded of the abuse that Merry suffered at the hands of her Aunt and Uncle over the years multiple times.  There are references that something bad is going on in the Unseelie court but they never carry that story forward and one of her guards acts totally out of character going off the deep end. 

In the Merry books you come to expect a lot of sex and you do get a fair amount in this book.   The purpose of all the sex is for her to get pregnant with an heir to the throne of the Unseelie court before her cousin does.  She is still having sex with random men and bringing out unique abilities in them and at one point she has sex with 2 of the guards to prove that she is not “crazy” like the rest of her family. 

Overall I liked the mystery of the fey murders and enjoyed seeing all of the characters we have grown to love throughout this series.   I would suggest this book to anyone that is a fan, just be aware that there is a lot of sexual content in this series.  I give this book 3 flaming hearts. 

Reading order:

Kiss of Shadows

Caress of Twlight

Seduced by Moonlight

Stroke of Midnight

Minstral’s Kiss

Killing Frost

Swallowing Darkness

Divine Misdemeanors

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Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh

 This is book 7 in the Psy-Changeling series.  This series is set in the future and centers around Humans, Changelings (shifters) and Psy (experience no emotions and have psychic abilities).   

 Blaze of Memory takes us into the world of the Forgotten, a portion of the Psy race that chose not to be conditioned for “silence”.  They maintained their emotions and developed their own “shadow net” that links them all together.  Most of the forgotten were either killed over the years or have married humans and their abilities have almost vanished.  New powers are showing up in children that are decedents of the forgotten and it’s Dev Santos job as director of the Shine Foundation to find and protect these children.

Katya, a Psy that worked in the labs that were destroyed, was presumed dead but instead had been kidnapped, stripped of her memories and programmed to kill.  She was left on Dev’s doorstep as a Trojan horse.  She doesn’t have any memory of who she is or what she has done but she does know that she could be very dangerous to Dev and Shine.

In the beginning Katya is trying to escape from Dev because she is afraid of what she has been programmed to do but at the same time something is pulling her toward the North.  She doesn’t know why just that she has to go.  Later she tries to leave because she fallen for Dev and she thinks that‘s the only way she can protect him.  She doesn’t seem to mind his Alpha male dominance to a degree and as she gets stronger, she gives as good as she gets.

I enjoyed her character, she was a strong female lead that even though she had been locked within the prison of her own mind, she was learning how to stand on her own two feet.   I think she was a good fit for Dev.  He was so cold and hard at the beginning, like the metal he draws to him but it was nice to see him softening as she got under his skin.

The story is good but there are some slow parts in the middle.  The main characters have an instant attraction to one another that is sometimes not believable but they are both endearing and have some heartwarming scenes between them.  It was nice to see previous characters making an appearance but not taking over the story.  One of my favorite scenes was when Judd visits the young boy, it was very heartwarming.

Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I have the previous books in this series, I would still highly recommend it and give it 4 Flaming Hearts

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