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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Best Romance Novel Reviews

The newest romance novels rated 5 hearts (or stars, books, etc.) from The Wild Rose Press are listed here.

Click title to find the book, or hearts to read the review. For a description of ratings, please click here.

Top Read
A Place of Healing, by Jean Adams ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, spicy

Can Holly's troubled soul find peace? Can she find her "healing place" in Adam's arms? Holly Spicer has vengeance on her mind. She wants to get the men who murdered her partner, and she'll see it through even if it kills her. She travels to a secluded beach to calm her mind and plan her revenge. Adam Benedict, sexy psychologist turned movie star, is determined to stop her.
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“Jean Adams has again captured our hearts. "A Place of Healing" holds everything most women can in one way or another relate to…. Bravo again, Jean Adams.” – Monika Blanchard, WRDF Reviews
…full review
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Recommended Read
Do You Hear What I Hear?, by Teri Wilson ☆☆☆☆☆
Paranormal, sweet

As a child, Simone Littleton adores the European folktale that animals are given the gift of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve. She makes a wish to talk to animals "forever and ever" and, when her pet Dalmatian asks her for a biscuit, she discovers her wish has been granted. Now Simone is all grown up and she uses her unique gift to rehabilitate unwanted horses. When racehorse trainer Chet Wallace rolls into San Antonio, with chocolate eyes and dimples blazing beneath his black Stetson, romantic sparks fly.
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“This is a fantastic, emotionally stimulating, Christmas romance story that will leave you believing in the magic of Christmas and love! If you love magic, romance, and animals, Do You Hear What I Hear? is a must read Christmas story.” – Stephanie B., Fallen Angel Reviews
…full review
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A Change of Heart, by Marianne Arkins ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), sweet

Returning to Wyoming after a six-year absence, Jake Langley finds more than just changes in the now run down family ranch. His warm feelings for a former girlfriend have cooled, and he finds himself drawn to her sister and his former best friend, Emily. His discovery of the sisters' well-kept secret, however, upsets his long-term plans and sets duty against his heart's desire. Now, four hearts and four lives will be changed, forever.

“Get ready to savor every moment of this delightful read….Heartwarming and wonderfully spun, this story packs a wallop of an exciting tale.” – Linda L., Fallen Angel Reviews
…full review
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Finding Sara, by Linda Hope Lee ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary, sweet

Coerced by a domineering father into marrying a man she does not love prompts Long Island, New York heiress Sara Carleton to run away and board a train heading to the West Coast. On an unscheduled stop in Red Rock, Colorado, fate intervenes when she is mugged in a dark alley. Rancher Jackson Phillips doesn't mind helping the attractive mugging victim he and his sister rescued at the train station, but having her come to his ranch to recuperate turns out to be much more than he bargained for.

“In Sara, Linda Hope Lee has created a sympathetic, memorable heroine caught up in her own tangled deceit. Jackson, the quiet cowboy with secrets of his own, is a perfect sparring partner for her as Sara wrestles with her conscience before discovering, after many trials, that it is possible to have it all!” – Joanne Hall, WRDF Reviews
…full review
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Heart of Stone, by Sandra Kay ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), spicy

A marriage in name only. A secret past. Can love be found amid the tangle of distrust and betrayal? Alone and pregnant with twins, Amber Wilson has only a fuzzy memory of how she got that way. One thing she knows for sure—no man will ever get near enough to hurt her again. But when she meets Stone Brandon, the attraction is too great to ignore. Stone’s ex-fiancĂ©e’s betrayal has hardened his heart. Though he is drawn to Amber, he knows he can never fall in love again.
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“For me, Heart of Stone was the perfect read….I was totally captivated by the entire Brandon family and their sense of "family" and what it really means. Before it was all over I was ready to be adopted by them.” – FJD, WRDF Reviews
…full review
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Losing Patience, by Kara Lynn Russell ☆☆☆☆☆
Inspirational, sweet

Shaun Thiesen’s jealous nature and quick temper drove his wife Patience away. Since then he’s been through counseling with Pastor Isaac and gotten involved with the church. Now he’s just waiting for his second chance. When he learns Patience is visiting her parents for Thanksgiving, he thinks this may be it. In only a few precious days he has to win back his wife, and suddenly the stakes are raised when Patience tells him he’s going to be a father. Can Shaun show convince her they deserve a second chance?

“Ms. Russell has scored another winner with Losing Patience….I highly recommend this book, as well as this author, as one of the best. This is definitely not to be missed.” – Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
…full review
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Shoe-In for Love, by Bronwyn Storm ☆☆☆☆☆
Vintage, sweet

For shoe designer Nessie Helph, 1984 is another year in the struggle to keep herself safe from her malicious supervisor, Grace Hart. Nessie’s problems worsen when she finds out the company, Victor & Victoria, has been sold to Leo Schumacher. Known as “The Lumberjack,” Leo’s reputation for cutting costs and hacking jobs is legendary, but Nessie’s prepared for any contingency…except the effect he has on her heart.
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Shoe-In for Love is a whirlwind ride through the fashionable 1980's. The writing is can't-catch-my-breath fast and very, very witty.” – Kimber, Fallen Angel Reviews
…full review
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The Tiger’s Lady, by Christine Scheel ☆☆☆☆☆
Historical, sweet

When The Honorable Captain Jordan Ashworth, of the HMS Tiger, receives orders to transport Miss Catherine Darrington from Lisbon back to London to marry his fop of a brother, Frederick, Viscount Ashworth, he is overcome with incredulity then disgust. At twenty-three and almost “on the shelf,” Catherine reluctantly obeys her overbearing father and agrees to marry Lord Ashworth, but secretly dreads it. Once on board the Tiger, Catherine is drawn to the enigmatic and dangerous Captain Ashworth, but finds herself caught up in a web of espionage and intrigue when a packet of vital dispatches go missing.
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The Tiger's Lady is a high sea adventure with plenty of exotic locations, action and romance….Captain Ashworth is a dashing yet serious minded hero with Catherine adding much needed levity. The two simply work as a couple.” – Kimber, Fallen Angel Reviews
…full review
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Wayback Texas: Bull by the Horns,
by M.J. Fredrick
☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), spicy

Lavender Prouty has always lived in the Texas town of Wayback . Everyone in her family fled , leaving her with her ailing grandmother. She’s so accustomed to denying herself , she doesn’t know how to react when a handsome cowboy flirts with her during a field trip to the fairgrounds.
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“M.J. Fredrick had a great plot development and a wonderful storyline that kept my interest from the first page until I reluctantly closed the manuscript….The characters were multi-dimensional and captivating.” – Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
…full review
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Wayback Texas: Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon,
by Rita Thedford
☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (Western), hot

Her friends call her the Intimidator. All the fellas in Wayback, Texas are overwhelmed by her outrageous curves and sassy personality. But sexy as sin cowboy Nash Logan isn’t afraid of anything. Eight seconds on a crazy-mad bull? No problem. Taming a bucking bronco? A snap. When Gina Ballew saunters up to him one night at the Blue Bug Saloon, he knows its going to take an easy hand to tame this sweet Texas lady. It’s going to be a Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon.

“I love Gina’s feisty attitude and Nash is the perfect match for her. I really enjoyed reading this book and found the chemistry between Gina and Nash hot!” – Kim N., Fallen Angel Reviews
…full review
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Worth Her Wait, by Layne Blacque ☆☆☆☆☆
Contemporary (later life), sensual

After the suspicious death of her husband Jackson, Belinda Ashbury, mother of twin girls, struggled with life and a ten-year-old secret. Blackmailed into a loveless marriage, she gave up the only man she truly loved – Jackson's younger brother, Matt. When he walked back into her life, Belinda prepared herself for a drastic change.
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“Layne Blacque tackled the subject of abuse and came out on top. She did an excellent job of meshing intense emotion and romantic love. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone looking for a great read.” – Jenny Gilliam, WRDF Reviews
…full review
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