Beach Reading

Beach Reading
Hello, and welcome back. Hope you´ve all stocked up on lots of new romances, but I have a few more that you may want to make room for in your beach bag this week, depending on your personal preferences.

First up is "Wild Fantasy," by Janelle Denison, the final book in Harlequin Temptation´s Fantasies, Inc. series. Nicole Britton and Mitch Lassiter are paired up for a Survivor-type competition on Wild Fantasy this time out. But can this straight-laced guy manage to capture the adventurous woman he loves? Nicole´s got some family issues to overcome before she can believe in Mitch´s love, but you know somehow, some way, they will be together. And along the way, the steamy attraction between them rivals the steam heat in a jungle. I was a bit disappointed to learn, though, that Merrilee, the Fantasies, Inc. owner I´ve mentioned in reviewing the previous books, isn´t getting her own book. Instead, her story is tied up in this one. I´m giving this one three of Cupid´s five arrows.

Next up is Highwayman
by Anne Kelleher (Jove´s Irish Eyes). Elizabeth Wentworth is due to wed Lord Neville, so her father´s carted her along to Ireland to see the family´s holdings. But is Elizabeth falling in love with the man who robbed them on their trip, or with her husband-to-be? While this is pleasant enough reading, it is a bit predictable, and I have to say, I liked one of Ms. Kelleher´s previous books, "Love´s Labyrinth" much better. Elizabeth isn´t one of my favorite heroines, though I can´t quite put my finger on what I didn´t like. I´m giving this one two arrows.

Finally, we have Suzanne Forster´s Angel Face
Angel Face
(Berkley). Am I the only person who thinks Ms. Forster needs to write faster? It´s been way too long for me since her last book. Dr. Jordan Carpenter can´t imagine why the CIA would come to him to request his help in catching a killer, even after they explain her past and her recent crimes. But when he meets Angela Lowe, he doesn´t know what to believe. Is she a killer or an innocent? And who would try to frame her for something so terrible if she is innocent as she claims? This book has all Ms. Forster´s trademark plot twists that´ll keep you guessing till the end, and the super-sensuality level that will make you wish you had a cold drink handy, and I wasn´t disappointed. This one earns four arrows. My only consolation now is that instead of waiting over a year for her next book is that Ms. Forster will have a novella in the first contemporary Brava anthology this fall. Yippee!

Until next week, happy reading!

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