Sunday, September 27, 2009


Trish Wylie

Harlequin Presents #2833
June 2009

Roane Elliot (the heroine) sees a naked stranger on the beach and the first thought to enter her "innocent heart" is . . .

The second thought is to challenge him for trespassing. The woman isn't carrying a gun, a tazer, mace, or even a big stick. If she has even an ounce of common sense shouldn't her first thought be to get the hell out of there before he sees her?

Adam Bryant is the hero who had basically run away from home ten years earlier.

From there the story goes down hill.

Lady Mischief loves Harlequin Presents, but she finds she has been very disappointed in them recently. As a result this will be her last Presents for a while. Perhaps after a moratorium the books will either improve or Lady Mischief's expectations will be suitably lowered.

As a matter of kindness this book is rated:

Yours forever between the covers of a book,
Lady Mischief

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Gena Showalter

Pocket Star Books
Paranormal Romance
An Alien Huntress Novel
July 2009

Future earth is populated by otherworlders and humans. Bride McKells is a vampire (the only one of her kind, as far as she knows) trying to pass for human. All her knowledge of vampires comes from old movies and books, mostly of the Dracula type.

Devyn, King of the Targons, is a warrior working with an organization that tries to keep universal peace. He is a sex addict that wants to have sex with every variety of female life form ever created, (he's a real horn-dog) but does not feel the necessity to repeat with the same women or species.

Bride ran into Devyn in the street. She was gorgeous and he was attracted until he realized she was a vampire. She scented an old friend off of him and began stalking him in order to find her only and best friend.

Devyn has already had two vampire women, so he does not need Bride to fill a hole in his collection. However, she does fill something he is missing.

This is just a brief set up to get you into the story. The book is part of the Alien Huntress series with revolving characters, so if you have read previous books in the series you will recognize them, including Devyn. But each book can stand on its own. Lady Mischief has only read one other book in this series and that would be the book right before this one, the book of Bride's best friend.

SEDUCE THE DARKNESS is high adventure, a wonderful love story, a tale of friendship, and has some pretty hot scenes.

This cost of this book is equivalent to two gallons of milk. You know, sometimes water is actually better for the kids. Leave the milk in the store, buy the book, make yourself a nice hot drink, sit back, read, and enjoy.

This book rates:

Four (4)

Yours forever between the pages of a book,
Lady Mischief

Sunday, September 13, 2009

MOON KISSED by Michele Hauf

Moon Kissed
Michele Hauf

Nocturne #72
September 2009
Wicked Games

Belladonna Reynolds liked to run after dark, down foreign streets. Until the night she had to out run a mangy group of men she later found out were vampires.

She is "rescued" by Severo, a werewolf in his human form, who takes advantage of the moment to paw her.

She is the target of a jealous vampiress. He is a loner.

The love story is good. The conflict is a bit contrived. The resolution okay.

How can Lady Mischief put this delicately? There is a touch of bestiality in this book. Sure when you read shape shifter books you tend to wonder, and in Season 2 of True Blood Jason Stackhouse wondered about Sam's sex habits when in animal form, but come on. This is a romance. In a well respected line. If you read the guidelines for Women's Erotica you will note it very clearly says NO Bestiality. There really are some things that are better left to the readers' imagination. The matter would have been better handled with a few gentle words, a loving touch.

This book rates:

Yours forever between the covers of a book,
Lady Mischief

Sunday, September 6, 2009

WICKED CHARMS by Jayel Wylie

Jayel Wylie

Pocket Books

September 2003

In today's economy many readers are going to the library, exchanging books with friends, finding long forgotten treasures (or not so wonderful reads) on their TBR (To Be Read) shelf, shopping yard sales, or used book stores for their books. In honor of all those dedicated readers (and her empty purse) Lady Mischief walked into the room which houses her TBRL books, closed her eyes, and grabbed a book. The book which came out of that room was WICKED CHARMS

This book first reached the bookstore shelves in September of 2003. Fortunately books are not like milk, unless the book is a political treatise. Books do not have a fresh sale date. That is why you can read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD today and it reads as wonderfully as it did the day the first printing hit the stores.

WICKED CHARMS is the story of Aiden Brinlaw, a knight in service of Prince John. He was sent to secure a royal castle that has been promised to Aiden as part of his betrothed's dowry. His betrothed is Prince John's sister, a Royal Princess.

When Aiden arrived at Glencairn Castle he found Evelyn and her toddler son in residence. Evelyn had been betrothed to the heir of the castle before he died in the Crusades. While he was away at war she had borne him a son.

The beautiful Evelyn sets out to marry Aiden thinking he is the new lord of the castle. She must secure her son's inheritance.

Aiden is wonderfully Alpha. Yes, that is Alpha with a capital A. He is arrogant and thinks nothing of using Evelyn for sex until he has enough of her and then he will marry her off to some farmer somewhere.

But Evelyn had learned a valuable lesson. That lesson most women have heard from their grandmothers at one time or another. A man doesn't have to buy a cow . . .

Evelyn leads Aiden on a merry dance.

The title and the Prologue might lead you to believe this is a paranormal. Or at least that the supernatural or "fairy folk" play a big part in it. That is really misleading. If you like any of the above there is not enough supernatural goings on to fill a tea cup. But if you know that and you are not constantly waiting for something to happen, the story is a good one.

The love story between Evelyn and Aiden is warm and touching. His relationship with baby Max is sweet.

There is some confusion in the end concerning Prince John and King Richard, and knowing the true history of the pair it is probably a wise way for the author to go, but it did effect the final rating.

If you like Historicals you will like this book. Lady Mischief checked with Barnes and Noble and you can order the book in paperback and they also have the book in e form, ready to download. It is also available through Amazon.

Lady Mischief always likes to order an author's backlist.

Four (4)

Yours forever between the covers of a book,
Lady Mischief

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