Some romance for cold winter days (or nights)

Stephanie Laurens: In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster

I’ve been following the Cynsters forever. πŸ™‚ I have to say I didn’t expect there would be more after the original Devil’s crew of rakes, but luckily, there are always other family members on the lookout for love (or not). πŸ™‚

This is the second book in the trilogy and we still have Angelica’s and laird’s story left (to come out soon, luckily for me). πŸ™‚
In this book, we get to know the laird much better and I really appreciated that, it made me eager to read his story when the time comes. As obviously the first 2 kidnappings of Cynster sisters (so he can marry one because of a complicated story) didn’t work out well for him.

I must say though, the lead male character Jeremy (a scholar turning half-warrior during the novel) is incredibly fun to read. He and Eliza go through some peril and a serious adventure during which both grow as people and fall in love (of course) with each other through their adversities. I particularly loved their theorizing as to why they should take advantage of the fact that she is obviously ruined (as she had to spend nights with only him as company). πŸ™‚
Jeremy is also one of the rare male characters in romance novels who, even though he could have the woman he loves without him declaring it, decides to take all the facts into account and state his true feelings.
In the end, they both grow as people and show their families their true worth. πŸ™‚

Sabrina Jeffries: A Lady Never Surrenders

This is the last novel of the Hellions of Halstead, the story of the youngest sister, Celia an Jackson Pinter, the investigator into the murder of her parents. The investigation starts in the first novel and runs through the whole year, which is how much time all 5 of them have in order to get marries unless their grandmother disinherits them.

Celia is the most fragile of them, not in appearance so much, but in emotions. Which is why her love story with Pinter (who has some problems of his own) is fraught with misunderstanding (and some heavy passion). I have to say, this seems one of the better S. Jeffries novels I read in a long time. She is always good, but this one made me react to many of the stories encounters. And that is one of the ways I know a story is good (any kind of story).
In the end, the manage to understand each other (through some serious misunderstandings and flounderings on Mr. Pinter’s part – of course, he is a man, understanding female feelings is a bit difficult for him).

As this is the last Hellion of Halstead to get her love story, of course that the murder of their parents is solved.

Linda Mooney: Captive Surrender

I find the premise of the story, even though it’s set in a future universe that doesn’t exist, a bit scary and unfortunately possible. Kidnapping people and forcing them to have sex in order to broadcast it all over the universe (in this case) in order to make money seems not so far fetched in today’s world.
Maurra is a member of Psi Police Corps and is kidnapped and forced into this by a guy she formerly sent to prison who got free.
And as the story is set in a universe full of different species, of course, her kidnapped partner is of another (much bigger) species. The problem is, it is forbidden to have inter-species relations and her a member of police force that uses their psi powers, she both needs to uphold the law as well as help the innocent, who is in this predicament because of her.

In the end, they break free and then a whole another set of problems occurs but the story is interesting, fast-paced and well a bit too short. πŸ™‚ I could have used a couple of more pages of this story. Especially as it’s a sci-fi romance, something I haven’t read in a while (I forgot how good they can get).

The only question I am left with is, is Maurra completely human in appearance or not? As there is a mention of her having 3 arms which are never explained afterwards. And I wondered where would you place a third arm on a human body… (as this was advanced uncorrected proof, that could account for this particular problem)

P.S. As I read this on my Kindle, I only now saw the cover – I have to say, Maurra looks much better (and smarter) in my mind than on that cover.

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4 thoughts on “Some romance for cold winter days (or nights)

  1. Suzanne January 30, 2012 at 19:01 Reply

    Ines, although this isn't my genre, I got such a kick out of reading your description of Captive Surrender! So let me get this straight: she is a member of the police, forced to uphold the law which forbids inter-species relationships, but this kidnapper who is of a different species than her has kidnapped her and is forcing her to perform these sexual acts that he broadcasts for money? And yet somewhere along the way there is also romance (!!) … not to mention a third arm? I've obviously got to start reading more Science Fiction, lol! Especially since all I can think is, what is Maurra doing with that 3rd arm during sex? It does seem like a 3rd arm could come in handy! πŸ™‚

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  2. Ines January 30, 2012 at 19:17 Reply

    lol, Suzanne (I'm still chuckling)I guess I didn't explain the story correctly. πŸ™‚ The guy who she has sex is a second guy (someone completely random) who gets kidnapped so she would have a partner in being filmed. It's not the same (evil) guy who has a grudge against her.So, the kidnapper and Maurra are human (I'm thinking that third arm is a random phrase in my advance copy, I don't know how else to explain it as it's never mentioned again, and I was wondering the same things as you).It also turns out that Maurra's kidnapped sex partner is a member of a police force on his planet. πŸ™‚ It probably doesn't sound very appealing the way I'm describing it, but I had fun. And there is a kick-ass heroine finding her guy and love (in a sci-fi environment). πŸ˜‰

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  3. Suzanne January 30, 2012 at 22:05 Reply

    Thanks for the clarification, Ines. Actually, it does sound like a very fun read! (Yeah, if this was an advanced copy, maybe the third arm was an idea never fully carried out that was left in the book by accident … an oversight, perhaps. Hmmm, too bad … I think I would have capitalized on that idea, if I was the author.) πŸ˜‰

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