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Earth has been destroyed and abandoned, now the colony ship full of humans makes it way to a paradise that is centuries away. In Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne, Aries has been genetically matched to her perfect mate aboard the colony ship, too bad she can’t stand the man and believes she should be able to choose her own future. So Aries plans a daring escape, something that has never been successfully accomplished from the colony ship. When Aries crash lands on the desert planet Sahara, she realizes that getting away is just the beginning.

Striker is a space pirate, a descendant of the humans who were abandoned by the colony ships as being genetically impure, he has been marooned on Sahara by his space crew and now ekes out a lonely existence. But Striker has a plan to get off the planet and to colonize a paradise planet he discovered, he just needs some help getting the plan going. Then Striker rescues Aries from the dangerous creatures living on Sahara and can’t believe his good luck in finding someone who can help him leave the planet. As Aries and Striker get closer, trouble comes from all sides and Aries realizes she must choose her freedom or the life of the man she has come to love.

Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne is a great sci-fi romance. Dionne’s world of genetically “perfect” colony ships where everything is predetermined by a computer, to the point where innovation is regressing because humans have been on the ships for so long and no new genetic material is being introduced in either humans, animals or food is intriguing and slightly appalling at the same time. Left behind the space pirates have had to fight for everything they have and their society is crumbling from the lack of materials. Despite the futuristic setting, Dionne’s characters are warm and believable. I flew through Paradise 21 and thoroughly enjoyed the extreme settings, from the hot desert planet to the cold isolation of outer space.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Paradise 21

Author: Aubrie Dionne

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 234

ISBN: 978-1-937044-03-9

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Release Date: August 2011

Available for purchase: Entangled Publishing,

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.

Stacie Cox is a college student at BYU-I (Brigham Young University in Idaho) going on tour with her choir group in British Columbia in Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen. While in the middle of her solo, she spots a girl who had gone missing in Rexburg, Idaho (the location of BYU-I). She can’t believe her eyes, but the girl’s birthmark makes it hard not to believe. She chases after her, but doesn’t see her in the parking lot. Stacie vows that she will find this girl and get her back to her parents. Stacie takes this personally, because as a 13 year old, she witnesses a little girl drowning and finds the ghost of the girls death following her wherever she goes. As the story unfolds, Stacie receives help from her best friend, Janice, and her love/hate interest, Matt. Will anyone believe her that she saw Becka Hollingsworth? Will she let love into her life when she’s lost so many already?

Missing is a quick and fun read. I enjoyed the trail that Stacie follows as she searches for Becka. I felt that Ronda Gibb Henrichsen did a great job of keeping the reading in the loupe of the evidence. I really enjoyed seeing Stacie and Matt’s relationship blossom, and could feel the heat between them.

I have read Trapped by Ronda Gibb Henrichsen (you can read NovelReaction’s review here)  and really enjoyed it. I was excited to read another book by her! I feel that she is a great author and can’t wait to read another of hers! I would (and have already) recommend this book to anyone. I felt it was appropriate for any age and wouldn’t worry about any of it’s content. It is a clean and fun read for anyone!

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Missing

Author: Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 264

ISBN: 978-1935217305

Publisher: Brigham Distribution

Release Date: October 2009

Available for purchase: Amazon,  Brigham Distribution

Reviewer: Jocee

 

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

Lexi Carmichael, reformed hacker, has recovered from the events outlined in No One Lives Twice and has started her new job but their first client isn’t exactly what they expected. No One to Trust by Julie Moffett begins with a brilliant scientist, Darren Greening, gone missing and the only message he left was for Lexi, too bad Lexi has no idea who he is or why he is trying to contact her. Darren’s employers have hired the company Lexi works for to track down Darren but the deeper Leix digs into the mystery the more concerned she gets for Darren.

As if cryptic messages from an unknown missing man weren’t enough, Lexi has to deal with the stress of working with the sexy Finn, the mysterious Slash popping in and out of her life, and Basia’s misguided attempts to help Lexi with her man problem by hiring a stripper to teach Lexi how to let the sexy out.

No One to Trust was an entertaining, fast paced mystery novel. I haven’t read No One Lives Twice but didn’t need to in order to understand where the characters have come from and how Lexi has ended up in her current position. Lexi is a geeky woman who seems to lack the brain-to-mouth filter needed and this gets her into trouble. The positions that Lexi lands are in laugh out loud hilarious and I have the novel a content rating of 2 not because of sex but because Lexi finds herself dancing at a strip-club, channeling Pussy Galore out of James Bond (with hilarious results). The romantic elements in the novel were minor compared to the mystery Lexi is trying to solve and I look forward to the further antics of Lexi Carmichael.

You can read an excerpt here.

Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series

No One Lives Twice

No One to Trust

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Title: No One to Trust

Author: Julie Moffett

Format: Paperback, eBook

AISN: B004XVTPHG

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: June 13, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Carina Press

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.

Damon Farr is returning home from the war but the peaceful existence he has dreamed of for so many years is disrupted by Katy Snow. Lady Silence by Blair Bancroft begins when Damon is leaving for war, a young man slightly hung-over he doesn’t realize what his impulsive decision to have his household take in the small girl who arrived in the middle of snowstorm will do for his future. Now that he is home he realizes that the girl has grown into a beautiful mute young woman but he suspects that there is more to her story than she is telling anyone and it is up to him to figure out where she came from before he does something rash like kiss her.

Katy Snow, named by the household because she came in from the snow looking like a half-drowned kitten, has worked really hard to create a safe home for herself in Damon’s household.   Desperate to stay safe she is willing to do anything to stay, including becoming the secretary for Damon. Katy finds herself attracted Damon but is afraid to share her history with him for fear that he will turn her out on the streets again.

Lady Silence by Blair Bancroft was a reread for me, I own the print copy but when I saw that the Kindle edition was available for $.99 I couldn’t resist purchasing  it (okay, I am lazy and didn’t want to brave my storage room with the books in bins in the 120 degree weather to get my print copy).  Lady Silence is a different from your typical Regency Romance novel because Katy is mute at a time when even the hint of something different was hidden from society. I enjoyed the story, I felt like Damon flip-flopped a little too much between “she is amazing and I must have her” to “she is a lying con artist out to get what she can”. However, the story was entertaining and the addition of a silent main character is a difficult one for an author to pull off and I felt like Bancroft did so beautifully with Katy. I love that so many authors are releasing their back lists so readers can have access to so many great books.  Lady Silence is definitely worth the $.99 price for the ebook.

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Title: Lady Silence

Author: Blair Bancroft

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 224

ISBN: 978-0451215864

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: July 5, 2005

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

 

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