Readers are challenging each other on Facebook to list 10 books that have "stayed with you". Continuing my list from yesterday (link),
6. Toni Anderson's DANGEROUS WATERS (link). Once again I stepped outside my comfort zone to review a romantic suspense ... and I was rewarded with a pager turner set in Barklay Sound on the Pacific Coast. The bonus - a capable Canadian heroine locks horns with a mysterious Canadian hero who previously served in the Canadian Special Forces - a pleasant departure from a genre flooded US military characters.
I also recommend the next book in the series, DARK WATERS (link).
7. Anne Elizabeth's A SEAL AT HEART (link): Anne Elizabeth delivers a heartfelt romance between a Navy SEAL struggling with the aftermath of a mission and a physical therapists who helps him heal. I appreciate that Anne Elizabeth takes the reader into the heart of the warrior and the mind of a woman to honor the military families.
I also recommend the next book in the series, ONCE A SEAL (link).
8. Anne Cleeland's DAUGHTER OF THE SUN-GOD (link).
I wrote a short five star review to get right to point that Anne Cleeland scores a bull's eye with this action adventure set in Regeny Egypt, yes, Regency Egypt. Hattie Blackhouse travels to Paris then Cairo in search of her parents last seen on a archaeology dig in the Valley of the Kings. Along the way, she is coddled (and threatened) by the British, French, Egyptians, and one mysterious man as all believe Hattie holds the key to Napolean's triumph (or defeat).
I met Anne at RWA and passed along my praise for DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING. She mailed me a print copy of the first book in the series, TAINTED ANGEL (link). I look forward to reading it.
9. Jill Marie Landis' MAI TAI ONE ON (link). My list would not be complete without one Hawaiian romance. MAI TAI ONE ON is an opus of the heart from beloved romance author Jill Marie Landis. Set on Kauai's North Shore, MAI TAI ONE ON is a cozy mystery for a California divorcee who arrives on the island to help her uncle turn around his legendary Tiki Goddess Bar. It becomes an action adventure when the Hula Maidens, the local halau (troupe), join the hunt for a killer. It ends with an unexpected romantic moment that captures the magic of the Hawaiian Islands.
10. Cathy Maxwell's THE DEVIL'S HEART (link): My list started with Cathy Maxwell and ends with the master storyteller of Regency Romance. THE DEVIL'S HEART is Book 3 in the Chattan Curse series. The Chattan family lives (and dies) by a 17th century curse:
When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above...
Two Chattan brothers - Neal and Harry - have fallen in love despite the risk. Their younger sister, Margaret, travels to Scotland in search of the Book of Curses to save her brothers. She finds the last living male descendent, James, who reluctantly assists her .. for a price. James doesn't believe in magic but he is desparate to help his clan. As Margaret and James fall in love themselves, the Witch has other plans for the fated couple. Maxwell pulls out all the stops with an unexpected twist in the climatic ending that demonstrates love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves", 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7.
I read the last third of THE DEVIL'S HEART on Turtle Beach along Oahu's North Shore. During the dramatic scene, the beach's famous turtle Brutus emerged from the ocean to the delight of the tourists. It was an extraordinary moment.
THE DEVIL'S HEART can be read as a stand alone novel, but I recommend the first two books, LYON'S BRIDE (link) and THE SCOTTISH WITCH (link).
Can you share a romance novel that has stayed with you? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open through Saturday, September 6, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 7.
Kim in Baltimore
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