Review: The Blackstone Key by Rose. A. Melikan

Read this for the Historical Fiction reading challenge, and enjoyed the unusual heroine, and the crime mystery set in 18th century England.

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The Blackstone Key

Author: Rose. A. Melikan

Genre: Historical Suspense

Publisher: Sphere (Little, Brown)

Year Published: March, 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 1 of  the Mary Finch (?) series

On the Back cover:

Mary Finch is a young woman of wit, courage, and straitened circumstances. When invited to meet her wealthy uncle and end a family estrangement, therefore, she sets off immediately for White Ladies, his estate on the Suffolk coast. Yet soon she is embroiled in an adventure beyond any she could imagine, for the year is 1795, and England is at war with Republican France. When she arrives at White Ladies she learns that her uncle has died, leaving behind evidence of a treacherous plot. Enemy agents have obtained military secrets that would give France a decisive advantage, but who is the source of this information, and how can he be stopped?

Mary is not alone in her quest to solve the mystery, but the men who profess to help her are not quite what they seem. From Suffolk the traitor’s trail moves finally to London. There Mary learns the true meaning of the Blackstone key, but has the treasure it secured already been lost?

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Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay

Another catch-up post on two books read more than 6 months ago. Slowly, but surely, I’m reducing the list of TBW (to be written) posts. These two books, Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay were a natural follow-up to the Bullet Catcher series, which I’ve been following.

Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay

Title: Hunt Her Down

Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket Books

Year Published: 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 7 of the Bullet Catcher series, excluding the novellas

Why I read it: After reading the books in the series, I simply have to hunt down the last two books in this exciting series.

On the Back cover:

Fourteen years ago, undercover FBI agent Dan Gallagher watched his lover, Maggie Varcek, flee into the Miami night as gunfire exploded around them. Now a Bullet Catcher, Dan has learned that drug lord Ramon Jimenez is out of prison after the FBI bust Maggie unwittingly aided, and is looking for revenge. Determined to protect the woman who still haunts his memory, Dan tracks Maggie down, undercover once again — until his identity is stunningly blown.

Furious at his past betrayal, Maggie refuses Dan’s help, yet the passion between them still burns irresistibly hot. Then Ramon strikes terrifyingly close. The Jimenez family will do anything to gain the key they believe Maggie holds to their hidden fortune, and the rejoined lovers are forced into a race against time, trying to unlock the secret before everything they hold most dear is destroyed…forever.

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Book Review: Fire and Ice, To Die For

Another round of backlogged book review, this time on two romantic suspense novels. One by Anne Stuart, whose ice series I’ve been following, and the other by Linda Howard, who is not new to me, but has yet to capture my interest – maybe it’s the choices of her books I’ve made which influenced me. Well, anyway, here are the reviews:

Book Review: Fire and Ice, To Die ForTitle: Fire and Ice

Author: Anne Stuart

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Mira

Year Published : May 1, 2008

Stand alone or series: Series, the fifth book in the Ice series centred around this enigmatic crime fighting (sort of) underground organisation known as The Committee

Why I read it:
I’ve been following this series since I read the first book, Black Ice, so naturally, I’ve been waiting for this last book.

On the Back cover:

In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She’s expecting to cry on her sister Summer’s shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she’s snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law.

Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee’s most unpredictable agent. They’d met once before and the attraction was odd – tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead – but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.

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Book Review: Kill Me Twice, Thrill Me to Death

It’s time for me to catch up on my backlog of book reviews, so I’ve grouped these romantic suspense books into this bundled review. Now, I’ve long admired the way The Book Smugglers structured their review post, and since one of the Top 10 Things I’ve resolved to do this year is to be more disciplined about posting, I figured that having a good structure to emulate would help a lot in clearing the backlog, so with a little bit of tweaking and my own creative interpretation, here are my opinions of Kill Me Twice and Thrill Me to Death by Roxanne St. Claire.

Another Book StopTitle: Kill Me Twice

Author: Roxanne St. Claire Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Pocket
Year Published : 2005
Stand alone or series: Book #1 in the Bullet Catcher series
Why I read it: Having read books 4 to 6 for the TBR Challenge hosted by Avidreader Keishon last year, and enjoyed them tremendously, I thought it was a good idea to back track and go back to the series debut which began this sexy, thrilling series.

On the Back cover:


Alex Romero is the hottest “Bullet Catcher” in the business. Tall, dark, and deadly if necessary, this high-priced bodyguard’s got the muscle and the moves — especially when it comes to the ladies. Alex can keep his beautiful clients out of danger, but sometimes they can’t keep their hands off of him. Now Alex has one last chance to prove he belongs among the elite force known as The Bullet Catchers, but his assignment is stacked…against him.


Private investigator Jasmine Adams is fiercely independent and fearless under pressure — she doesn’t need some hunk-for-hire’s help to catch the creep stalking her twin sister. But when Jazz uncovers bigger forces targeting her sister for death, she’s glad to have Alex’s brain and brawn handy. From the steamy streets of Miami to the sultry beaches of Key West, Alex and Jazz try to fight temptation as they race to keep a madman from fulfilling his promise to kill not just once, but twice. And some temptations are too powerful to resist….

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October TBR Challenge:First You Run, Then You Hide, Now You Die

The theme for October’s TBR chal­lenge was a hor­ror book, which is a real challenge for me, as I’ve not picked up a horror book since V C Andrews nor watched a horror movie after Poltergeist 3 and Omen 3.

Ever since reading Keishon’s guest post at Borders True Romance blog, I had a craving for some mysteries, thrills and spills.  So as an alternative to horror, I decided to dedicate October to romantic suspense thrillers, and one of the authors I most wanted to try is Roxanne St. Claire. I was introduced to her when she guest blogged at True Romance, where she talked about her inspiration behind the hero in her latest Bullet Catcher book.

Hitting the 50 Books TargetThe synopsis of the series hint at an adrenaline-filled roller coaster ride with a melting pot of pulse racing intrigue, heart thumping action, in and out of bed. Boy, did Rocki deliver the goods. Well, since I started with book 4, First You Run , and realized that it’s a linked trilogy, I automatically bought Then You Hide and Now You Die, and enjoyed all three tremendously. Without further ado, here’s my review of the three books:

“I need to find a woman. I don’t know who she is or where she is. And when I find her, chances are I’m going to get her naked, rock her world, and then make her wish I were dead.” Bullet Catcher Adrien Fletcher (Fletch) told his boss, Lucy Sharpe, in First You Run .

With lines like that, how could you resist the rest of the book?

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September TBR: Judith McNaught

This month, we have to pick a new author or an author we’ve not read in a long time. Well, since I have two Judith McNaught books in my pile, and she’s almost new to me, these are my picks for September’s TBR ChallengeRemember When and Every Breath You Take.

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Let’s start with Remember When. The main thing that drew me to the book was the synopsis at the back, which reads:

Alone on a moonlit balcony at Houston’s White Orchid Charity Ball, Diana Foster courageously upheld the sparkling image of her family’s Beautiful Living magazine. Recently jilted by her fiancé for an Italian heiress – an insult delivered via a sleazy tabloid – Diana was noe very publicly unengaged, and surrounded by humiliating rumours So why was billionaire Cole Harrison closing in on her with two crystal flutes and a bottle of champagne?

The former stableboy had received an ultimatum from his uncle: Cole must bring home a wife – soon – or lose his share of a booming multinational business. Coolly analytical and arrestingly attractive, Cole knew what he wanted in a bride, and Diana Foster – rich, beautiful, and a principled – fit the role perfectly. But while a long, slow kiss sealed the bargain that solved their dilemmas, neither imagined the extraordinary journey that would begin on that unforgettable night …

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FEB TBR Challenge: All Night Long

My DIK pick for the February TBR Challenge is a romantic suspense novel by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Ms Krentz is no stranger to me. I’ve read her other historical romances penned under Amanda Quick, but this would be the first contemporary suspense I’ve read of hers. Good thing I decided to pick it up too, ‘coz I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It really is a book worth staying up All Night Long to finish.

Without giving the entire plot away, this fast-paced potboiler set in the sleepy village of Dunster kept me turning the page chasing down the mystery and scandal surrounding a series of unexplainable violence and death. The story started with a flashback to 15 years ago, when Irene Stenson returned home after a late night out with then best friend Pamela Webb, only to discover her parents in a gruesome murder-suicide.

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