Review: Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter

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Okay, wow, Curses and Smoke put me through an emotional meat grinder.  I was a bit hesitant to read a book based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, mainly because I had reservations about receiving a happy ever after.  I mean, this story is framed around one of the greatest natural disasters of the ancient world.  I can’t imagine how the people of Pompeii felt during the earthquake, and then when the mountain exploded with a deafening boom, vomiting a deadly mix of debris 20 miles into the air.  I know how I would feel, and I at least understand some of the science behind the event.  Not so for the citizens of Pompeii.

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Novella Review: A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I don’t read many Inspirational romances because I don’t like having the religious aspects shoved down my throat.  I took a chance on A Cowboy Unmatched because the cover is cute, and because it’s a novella.  I figured it couldn’t be too overwhelming considering the length, and there are several other books by the author I am itching to try, but I wanted a less expensive introduction to her writing.  After reading this, I am game to give a few others a go.

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Spotlight and Giveaway–The Scoundrel’s Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

 

The Scoundrel’s Seduction by Jennifer Haymore (May 27, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

TEMPTATION KNOWS NO BOUNDS . . .
Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn’t question his mission. But Sam didn’t know his deed had a witness–the beautiful and mysterious betrayer’s wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner-one he can neither trust . . . nor resist.

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Review: Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton

I have been fascinated with Hatshepsut since my introduction to her in Pauline Gedge’s Child of the Morning.  What an awesome woman!  She ascended the throne of Egypt, proclaimed herself Pharaoh, and led her country into a period of wealth and prosperity.  Her name survived thousands of years, even though her nephew (and step-son), attempted to obliterate all knowledge of her from history.  When I saw that Stephanie Thornton had written a book about my historical idol, I had to read it!

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