Karen can’t believe her past has come back to haunt her so painfully, not only is the judge and cop on her case associated with her past but now she has been assigned to work with her ex-husband, Dr. Charles Steinberg. The Husband Lesson by Jeanie London begins with Karen losing her driver’s license and being forced to put in a large number of community hours to get out of jail time for her first time offense of driving under the influence.
Dr. Charles has focused so much on his career as a doctor that he hasn’t taken the time really live but as Karen is forced back into his life he starts to see things in a different light. Can the two of them move past their differences or are they destined to continue to make the same mistakes.
The Husband Lesson was a great story of learning from your mistakes and trying to do better. I completely related to Charles’ issue of getting so busy dealing with the day-to-day that you forget about looking back to learn from where you have been. The Husband Lesson is a Harlequin SuperRomance, so the length is a little longer than the usual story but it was a fast read and the explanation about the security measures needed to be taken by a domestic violence shelter was eye-opening.
Donegal Plantation, known for its history and unique Civil War reenactments, is now the site of the Krewe of Hunter’s latest mystery. Heart of Evil by Heather Graham begins with Krewe member Jake Mallory returning to the location of the plantation he used to help run but this time it is the death of an reenactment member, while dressed as the murdered general, that has brought him back. That and his unfinished business with Ashley Donegal.
Tragedy in her family once caused Ashley to turn away from Jake’s love but with a murderer on the loose and Ashley’s strangely prophetic dreams, Jake is the only person Ashley feels she can trust. But when the Krewe of Hunters arrive, Ashley is torn between wanting to share everything with Jake and worrying that everyone will think she has gone crazy.
As always, Heather Graham does a masterful job of weaving the paranormal with the scientific. Heart of Evil felt very much like Jake’s story and Jake’s alone. While the other Krewe members were there, they played a very minor role to the main plot line. I have mixed feelings about this, I love the Krewe and the Krewe’s interactions with each but it was great to have a different perspective and focus on this third novel in the series. I am looking foward to Sacred Evil and the continued investigations of the Krewe of Hunters.
Kat Darah passes for a human mercenary on the outer fringes of space but her secret comes at risk after she meets Lt. Christopher Rygard. In Hunting Kat by PJ Schnyder Kat is finally getting some forced vacation time when she is attacked only to find out the attackers are after Rygard.
Rygard is nearing the end of his military campaign, he is trying to figure out if he wants to stay in his military unit or get out for good. After meeting Kat, Rygard is trying to figure out if she is everything she claims to be or if she is just trying to take advantage of him. When the two of them embark on a mission to save Rygard’s life, they must learn to trust each other.
I have been in the mood for sci-fi romances lately. Hunting Kat was a good fit for this desire. Kat has been changed from her human form to a shifter, Kat is struggling to control her new characteristics and is unsure who to trust. Hunting Kat really felt like a beginning novel for me, I have to admit I finished the novel and went immediately to the author’s website to see if more books were in the works because it truly felt almost like a prequel. A setting the stage for another epic story to follow. I liked the characters and the fast pace movement in the novel kept me flying through the story. It was a little on the short side but I enjoyed it.
Violet Jordan has always been content to be on the sideline of events but after being attacked in her alleyway and left for dead she finds herself thrust into the middle of events. In Diaries of an Urban Panther by Amanda Arista, Violet awakes to find herself a werepanther, not only must she deal with her new characteristics as a paranormal creature but she also must train because of an apocalyptic prophecy about her.
Chaz is a sexy man known as a Guardian, he can find anything or anyone but even he is surprised by finding Violet Jordan naked in her alleyway after she has been attacked. Normally, Chaz just finds the person and delivers them to whomever or wherever they need to go but the escalating power struggle brings Violet into his path again and again, making him start to wonder if he wants that to become more permanent.
Diaries of an Urban Panther by Amanda Arista is from the new Avon Impulse line, released first as an ebook you can pick up the titles for less than you would in paperback (in this case the pp is $7.99 and the ebook is $3.99). Diaries of an Urban Panther is a fast paced paranormal romance. The first person point of view of Violet kept me guessing and Arista did a great job of just enough confusion, for me as a reader, without being so confusing that I lost interest in the story. I enjoyed Arista’s debut novel and look forward to her next novel.