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Warner Forever

Hello, and welcome back! The weather here has been topsy-turvy in the last week, but now I believe we're back to winter. It's cold again and the forecast is for more snow later in the week. But there have been robins in my backyard, so I suppose spring is on its way.

Last month, Warner launched their new "Warner Forever" line. The line is going to have both historical and contemporary romances, and they're planning to release two titles a month. (By the way, for the authors, we talked about this in one of our newsletters last year when the new line was announced, so if you didn't know, email me and I'll try to direct you to the info.) I reviewed one of the first two here--Sue Ellen Welfonder's "Bride of the Beast," and thoroughly enjoyed it. This week, I have two more to share with you.

First up is Joan Wolf's High Meadow. Kate Foley's been raising her sister's son as her own for seven years, and she's stunned when baseball player Daniel Montero shows up and claims that Ben is his child. Kate's also been working hard to keep her horse stable afloat--so hard that she hasn't had time to do anything else, including date. Daniel's desperate for his son, because he knows he can never have more children. I found it exceedingly difficult to believe that Kate hadn't been on a date since college, no matter how hard she was working on her business and her family. I did like some of the secondary characters, however--her mother and Daniel's secretary Alberto are quite charming. This was a pleasant enough read, but it just didn't grip my attention and make me want to keep reading the way I'd hoped when I started reading. Of Cupid's five arrows, I'm only giving this one three.

Annie Solomon's Like A Knife is next. Nick Raine has a past he wants to keep hidden. Rachel Goodman has a past she's using to try to help other children. From the moment you meet these two, the tension and attraction between them is palpable, which makes the glossed-over love scenes later in the story a huge disappointment. Nick's past catches up to him one day, just when he's thinking his future might not be so bleak, and it catches Rachel up into the danger, causing Nick to want to save her--and then push her away to keep her safe. But Rachel's not the kind of woman to permit that, not when she believes she can help--or when her heart's involved. The suspense in this story is great, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the last chapter. But, as I said, I was quite disappointed with the love scenes--with such a smoldering attraction, you'd expect flames to singe your fingers when you read. I'm borrowing three and a half arrows for this one.

Until next time, happy reading!

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