Boys Down Under
By Angel
Nov 15, 2008 - 11:47:00 AM

HAVOC RETREAT by Kate Murphy

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

A weekend getaway is every woman’s dream and what better back drop than the rainforest.  Spending time with your boyfriend and maybe even a marriage proposal is the perfect mini vacation.  However, Katie and Matthew’s trip goes terribly wrong from the very beginning and they soon find out that their dream weekend is turning into a nightmare.

HAVOC RETREAT is a funny tale that will have you holding your sides from laughter.  This story is a classic case of everything that can go wrong will and this couple doesn’t always take it like a trooper.  Katie and Matthew try their best to make a bad situation good, but it does not always work out and watching them muddle through it is wonderful.  There are some fantastic love scenes that accent the plot perfectly.  Karen Mandeville is an awesome writer and this story kept me entertained.




The Australian outback can be a dangerous place and the United Air Medics make sure that help is always available when it’s needed.  Digby is a medic and Reg is a nurse, together they make a formidable team and a sizzling hot couple.  Fighting the passion will only make it stronger as they will soon find out. 

OPERATION SEDUCTION proves that opposites do attract and when they finally come together watch out.  Dynamite waiting to explode is a good example of this couple.  Reg tries to fight the desire that is between her and Reg, but it’s just impossible.  Digby on the other hand is just like his name; he digs in and doesn’t give up.  Angela Verdenius has plotted a terrific tale and I will be on the lookout for more of her work in the future.


A simple team training exercise goes horribly wrong when people start dying, or the person lurking in the dark is killing them.  Madeleine and Nicholas have reignited the flame that sparks between them.  Now they have to find a killer before they become the next victims on his hit list.  Will they wind up losing each other just when they have re-found each other?

Suspense is the name of the game in THE EXECUTIONER and there is plenty of it in this story.  Nicholas and Madeleine make a great team and together are one kick butt team that will have you cheering for the good guys.  The added element of surprise is the killer that is after them and the nefarious reasons that creep behind the motives.  This tale will have you on the edge of your seat and turning every page to see what will happen next.


Beth is single and tired of it, but sees little hope in her status changing any time soon because the man she wants - namely Joe, doesn’t know she’s alive.  A perfect excuse to take a trip and release some excess tension and relax.  Joe has his own plans though and they certainly include Beth, she’s about to have the sensual trip of her dreams?

Beth is the underdog of this story and the female readers will definitely cheer for her to get her man.  Joe isn’t oblivious to Beth and comes up with some decidedly sensual plans of his own to show her just what he feels for her.  What better setting than a boat and a trip on the open seas.  The love scenes are just as tumultuous as the waves and the rocking of the boat isn’t just the motion of the ocean.  I thoroughly enjoyed this nautical take from Jessica Dee and can’t wait to read more of her work.

HOOKED by Sarah Dickson

Madeline is a shape-shifter and men aren’t too keen on dating women like her.  When she meets Luke she only wants one night of passion, but he needs more than that to make him a happy man.  Madeline knows that if she tells him the truth about herself that he will leave her cold.  How can she convince him that she is the perfect woman?

In a flip side of normal shape-shifter tales, it is the female lead that is the shape-shifter in this tremendous story of paranormal love.  Luke just wants to get next to Madeline and will use every trick in the book to do it.  Madeline however, is feeling some major angst because of her ability to change forms and fears how Luke will handle it when she finally tells him.  The focus is on the developing relationship between Madeline and Luke.  The title isn’t just a name this book will have you hooked from the first page.


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