Savage Surrogate by Dorothy Mercer

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The Savage Surrogate caught me completely by surprise. Though the summary hints at suspense and mystery, I thought it was mainly a romantic novel. This is the first McBride book that I’ve read. Now I want to read the others. A dashing personality, suave and stylish, Dorothy Mercer has created a male character that women will find appealing.

The book holds your attention from the start and you are drawn into the murky underworld along with the protagonists, as they dig deeper to figure out what happened to Fran. The characters of Fran and Juliette have been given equal space and developed well. Both come out as strong, independent women. A captivating read…one I would recommend!

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Shadowboxer by Jennifer Grayson

One of my favorite concepts, time travel and a kick ass heroine. This book had me from page 1. The character of Evy is strong and passionate and has been written well. The author has a very fertile imagination and I love the way she weaves real time history and blends it beautifully with her fantasy. The love interest adds to the story and you can feel that under all that steel, there is a vulnerability to Evy.

Great read Jennifer! Well deserved five stars.

Chaysing Memories by Jalpa Williby

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I read Chaysing Dreams a year back and have been waiting to get my hands on Chaysing Memories to find out what happens next. In Chaysing Dreams Tessnia was a young girl, just finding herself and dealing with the loss of her parents. She finds the love of her life only to lose him. We’re left wondering …
In Chaysing Memories, Jalpa Williby has developed her character from a young, brave but innocent girl, to a tough, tantalizing woman, who will stop at nothing to find what she’s looking for, though she doesn’t know what it is. She doesn’t remember. I won’t say anymore about the book itself and spoil it for you.
Tessnia and her friends, her relatives, her colleagues and her love are portrayed very well, and you get caught in all the emotions that she is going through. I started this book in the morning and stayed up late because I had to finish it and find out what happens at the end. This is not just a love story, it is the story of a strong independent woman and is an action packed, suspense filled thriller too.

Second Chance by Christina Paul

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Second Chance is not your run of the mill romance. It is funny, romantic and heartwarming. Set in the 1800’s, you would think that the wo

men would be young, naive and submissive and the men tall, dark and handsome. But Christina Paul’s heroine is full of fire and an entertaining and lively character. And the relationship that grows between Kathryn and Graydon feels so very real.

The author has woven a romance with a backdrop of intrigue and suspense. A kidnapped girl, villainous characters and the secret service of the 1800’s! The plot adds to the story rather than takes away from it, and you can’t help but be glued to the book from the word go! I particularly enjoyed the involvement of the entire family in this romance and each character has their own quirky charm. I just realized that Christina has another book about one of the characters in this story. So excited about that as he was one of my favorite characters in this book…can’t wait to read that! A well written and engaging story!