Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Reviews – Revenge and Redemption © Jennie Brumley & Dangerous Passion © Lisa Marie Rice

Revenge and Redemption

Author: Jennie Brumley

Publisher: Ravenous Romance

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How far will one man go to avenge his sister, his last remaining family...

Luke Hardcastle is a man on a mission. No one hurts his little sister and gets away with it. No matter how small the role she played might have been, Penny Royale helped her aunt destroy Luke’s sister, and now she will help him destroy her aunt…or he’ll destroy her instead.

How far will one woman go to protect her newfound freedom, and her inexperienced heart...

Finally free of her domineering aunt, Penny Royale knows peace of mind for the first time. And she’ll do anything to protect that peace. Even submit to blackmail. But when being blackmailed means pretending to be the mistress of the tall, dark and wickedly handsome Luke Hardcastle, the man she’s loved from afar for so long, how will she ever survive when his thirst for vengeance is satisfied…and he no longer needs her?

My thoughts

This was one of those books that has been hanging round the TBR pile for too long. I saw this last year when it was released and loved the cover .

This is quite a simply story, revenge that turns to attraction and whole lot of nonsense in-between.  will admit i am a fan of this type of plotline and set up SO Luke was not difficult to sell  to me – he was classics alpha male protag – feels that he or his family has been wrong and goes about his own way (fair or foul) to get his revenge)

Of course the unexpected happen and Luke has to change his approach when he actually meets Penny. With a few well placed support, like the dastardly aunts and the sister who had more heart than anyone realised I had a good time reading this book.

REVENGE AND REDEMPTION has a nice pace to it and while the connection between Luke and Penney was a bit fast in my opinion the love scenes were really hot and I had fun with some the characters that tried to get involved in making Luke and Penny’s connection work.

If you are looking for angst heavy or even action pact material this is not it – this is more sweet than anything else. One of the thing I really liked about this was that the focus of the revenge was on one main party and I thought that held true through the book and everything else that happened was just a means to an end.

Not a bad read and I will be trying this authors work again..


Dangerous Passion

Dangerous #3

Author: Lisa Marie Rice

Publisher: Avon Red

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Feelings kill faster than bullets.

That is Drake's creed. A legend, a renegade, a ruthless, powerful enigma understood by no one and feared by all, Viktor "Drake" Drakovich heads up a billion-dollar empire—and shows no mercy to the many enemies who would stop at nothing to destroy him. He is a man with no love and no weakness, until...

Grace Larsen takes Drake's breath away the first time he sees her—and quickly becomes his obsession. Never before has he burned for someone the way he desires this hauntingly beautiful artist who is plagued by troubling dreams. He aches to possess her, to protect her, to carry her to new heights of sensuous arousal and rapturous release.

But entering Drake's world means becoming a target—for relentless, bloodthirsty foes have been eagerly waiting for him to expose his weak spot. And the price of their passion may be their lives.

My Thoughts

There is something about this authors work that keeps me coming back, despite the fact that I normally have niggles aplenty. If pushed I would say it’s the characters that I like, I like the logistical details that she has going on in her books as well – Although this book was based almost entirely stateside most of the books I have read by her has a Soviet  connection and DANGEROUS PASSION is no different.

Drake has been mentioned in the previous two books in the series and while I didn’t think he would get a story it was actually nice to see the underbelly of crime being delved into.

There is something so basic about criminal, want, greed, jealousy – all the avarices that means getting rich quick or being on “top of the hill” and this it how it begins – one man feels he has paid his price in the slums and war torn parts of the world long enough and now it’s his turn to mix with the cream of the crop atop the crime world.

And thus begins a war that sees Drake who has fought and build up an empire, again having to defend said empire – but there is an added twist this time, Drake’s one obsession is found out and her name is Grace Larsen. Grace is an artist and although Drake fell in love with her work first , after watching her for a year he is more than a little in love with her and he certainly does not want her being hurt because of his lifestyle.

DANGEROUS PASSION was such a fast pace little read, everything seems to happen all at one and the intensity of some of the rage was well placed and really drew me into this story. Both of the protags history was nicely glossed over but I am used to that with this author’s work, however what I got was enough detail to see that Drake and Grace would make a good match.

Grace was a lot ditzy in my opinion but I liked her and Drake was just so worldly but knew that this woman was the one for him. I always love a protag that knows how to plot and Drake certainly knew how to do that, even up to the end when I thought some things would never end he made good.

I really enjoyed this series and despite the multitude of niggles I have with this authors work – I will probably be the first in the line to get her next release..

1 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 22 February 2011 at 20:42 said...

Great reviews :)
I hope all is well :)