Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hacienda Moon

Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Published: 28 July 2012
Pages: 245
Genre: Gothic/Paranormal Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

"Hacienda Moon is a seductive tale of one woman's journey to confront the demons of her past and find the courage to face her future".

This synopsis by the extraordinarily talented KaSonndra Leigh truly does not express the wondrous tale woven into this story of love, loss and betrayal.

Following an horrific event in her childhood Tandie is left with psychic visions which she uses in her role as a police medium, however her job and life are thrown into turmoil following her divorce and the death of her daughter in a car accident.

We follow Tandie as she returns to start a new life near her home town, and for some explicit reason is drawn to an alluring plantation house 'Chelby Rose'. We are introduced to the owner of Chelby Rose, and to the contractor hired to restore her to her former glory. But everything is not as it seems, as strange things start occurring that lead Tandie to believe that she is pivotal to breaking a century old curse that sees the worlds of both the living and the dead collide.

I was drawn into this story from the very first page.

KaSonndra Leigh has mastered the art of story telling and has written a story that is so totally spellbinding as it develops around the richness of her characters and their interaction.

You truly feel like you are part of the story and will find yourself drawn into their lives as they all combine into a climactic ending that will leave you breathless.

I can't wait to see where Tandie's life as a Pathseeker takes her next.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Defying the Sheikh

Author: Michelle Hughes
Published: 31 March 2012
Pages: 96 pages
Genre: Mild Erotica/Historical Romance (Novella)
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

When Michaela Rosewood finds herself married to Sheikh Abdul Armon Hanbali, she is none to impressed, especially after studying books on Saudi Arabia and how they treat their females. We follow Michaela and Armon on their journey as two strong willed personalities come together and learn how to adapt to each other.

Michelle markets this story as her first foray into Historical Romance and in my opinion I feel she has pulled it off wonderfully. I enjoyed the strong willed Michaela and her fiery exchanges with Armon, as well as the softer side of their relationship.  Yes many readers may find the story line and Armon's way of life disturbing, however I feel that Michelle's research into this area has been well done.

There are many steamy scenes in this novella, best read when there is nobody looking over your shoulder.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kade's Dark Embrace

Author: Kym Grosso
Published: 5 March 2012
Pages: 180 pages
Genre: Crime/Paranormal Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

When hard core Philadelphia detective Sydney Willows starts to investigate a series of ritualistic murders involving young women, she is none to happy being forced to work with sexy New Orleans vampire, Kade Issacson. But more importantly, she has trouble understanding the why and how, when Kade starts showing up everywhere she goes.

When Sydney is viciously attacked while investigating the murders, Kade takes matters into his own hands and decides to take her back to New Orleans. It is here that Kade leads Sydney deeper into the world of paranormal, magic and voodoo, as together they piece together who the perpetrator of the murders is, and their motive.

Kym has written a fantastic story that captivates you from the first page. It is a mix of fast-paced crime and paranormal romance that is sure to entice a wide reading audience. She has built a cast of believable main characters and their interaction is faultless.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and can't wait for the next instalment (especially if it is as hot as this one was!)