Winners of Contests

I am very excited to announce the winners of the books for the contests we have been running this month on Novel Reaction.

First we have the winners of Cara Elliot’s To Tempt a Rake.




Second,  one of the winners from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Notorious Pleasures giveaway won a copy of the book at a different site so we have a new winner:


All winners were chosen using and all winners have been emailed.


Against the Law by Kat Martin Review

Devlin Raines is the last remaining bachelor of the Raines brothers and has plans to remain that way. Against the Law by Kat Martin the third book in the Raines of Wind Canyon begins with Lark contacting Devlin to help her fulfill her dying promise to her sister to find the child her sister gave up for adoption to make sure the child is okay. Devlin is immediately attracted to sexy successful Lark but realizes that she would not be one of his usual no-strings attached affairs. Agreeing to help her with her case as a favor to a man who saved his life, Dev finds himself spending more and more time with Lark, getting to know the confident woman who would do anything to fulfill the dying promise to her sister.

Lark expected that tracking down the child her sister gave up would be a quick and easy process, that the child would be with a loving family and she could return to her successful designer purse business. But as the search becomes more difficult Lark starts to wonder if she can step up and provide care for a child she has never met, if needed. To make things more complicated Lark finds herself attracted to Dev but now is not the time to bring a man into her life with the possible addition of a child looming on the horizon.

I flew through the first two books in this series but this novel took a little for me to get really into. Part of that was that the bulk of the mystery and action didn’t begin until about half-way through the book but once it started I hard a time putting the book down. I like Kat Martin’s heroines because they are strong successful women in their own right and Lark continues this persona. When things get dangerous she refuses to stay home in comfort and demands Dev take her with him to solve the problem. (I am speaking in general terms because I don’t want to give away the story). I enjoyed the entire series and really enjoyed each of the rough and gruff Raines brothers.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Raines of Wind Canyon Series:

Against the Wind

Against the Fire

Against the Law

You can read an excerpt here.



Title: Against the Law

Author: Kat Martin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 978-0778329404

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: February 2011

Available for purchase:, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Happy President’s Day!

Happy President’s Day everyone! Hopefully your day is better than mine and you get the day off, unfortunately I will spend the morning attending my school classes (which is just wrong but I will be there). I thought it would be fun to look at some President themed books in honor of the holiday. I realize that you can get biographies on every President of the United States we have ever had so I thought I would mention some not as well known President books.


John Adams by  David McCullough

In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history.

This is history on a grand scale — a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.


The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White

Katharine Vaughn Powers, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts with a sterling New England pedigree, is so morally strong that during her (successful) presidential campaign, her 15-year-old daughter, Meg, quietly wonders if she isn’t too good to be true. “Your mother is absolutely, totally, almost sickeningly honest,” her father reassures her. She’s also beautiful, chic, witty, brilliant and, on top of it, a believable character. White pulls off this not inconsiderable feat by viewing her through Meg’s critical eyes, letting Meg weigh her mother’s ambition against her unspoken wishes for a more attentive mother. The author leaves it to readers to observe how closely Meg resembles the woman she ironically thinks of as the Leader of the Free World; Meg herself is too busy making cynical jokes at her own expense, learning White House protocol and keeping her equally intelligent younger brothers in line. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) -Publisher’s Weekly


The President’s Daughter by Mariah Stewart

While writing a biography of Graham Hayward, the upright and highly regarded former president of the United States, journalist Simon Keller, the books rather colorless protagonist, comes across landscape designer Dina McDermott, who may be Hayward’s illegitimate daughter. The latter has grown up believing that Jude McDermott is her mother. Jude, torn between telling her daughter the truth and protecting her from it, is afraid that revealing her parentage may prove dangerous, especially since Dina’s real mother, Blythe, was killed in a suspicious, unsolved hit-and-run years earlier. As Simon pieces together the events of the past, both he and Dina become the targets of people who will do anything to keep her true parentage a secret and the president’s reputation intact. Stewart (Voices Carry) occasionally interrupts her narrative with mundane details, describing everything from how Dina enters a room to the music preferences of her hired help. For the most part, however, the novel swings from one surprising twist and turn to another at a breath-catching clip. A satisfying political thriller marked by believable intrigue and a touch of romance, this book, though not on par with those of Lisa Gardner or Linda Howard, is a worthwhile read. -Publisher’s Weekly


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another mélange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln’s life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author’s decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace. Grahame-Smith stitches hand-to-hand vampire combat into Lincoln’s documented life with competent prose that never quite manages to convince.(Mar.) -Publisher’s Weekly


I hope you get enjoy the holiday and spend time with your family. Here in Phoenix I will be spending the afternoon outdoors enjoying the wonderful Spring weather with my husband and enjoying some great dutch oven food.