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Celene Jur wants to catch the man who disabled her space ship and led to her being put on the auction block as a slave before she was rescued. Chain Reaction by Zoe Archer begins with the intel coming through that a machine exists that can take out the controls of the fighter ships, Celene is determined to be the person who brings that machine in. Celene’s commanding officer is willing to let her go after the machine but only if she agrees to take a person from Nerdworks, the tech support side of the group. Celene doesn’t want to let an untrained non-warrior watch her back as they go after the machine.

Nils Calder realizes that the warriors view the techie works like himself as a fairly useless but Nils is determined to bring down the inventor of the machine and he realizes his special skills are needed to bring them down. In addition, Nils has found himself attracted to Celene in the past but warriors don’t mingle with Nerdworks.

I enjoyed Chain Reaction so much I immediately went out and bought Collision Course so I could get more details about Celene’s capture and rescue. The emotional complexity of the characters was well done and I loved how both main characters were strong individuals but how achieving your goals can also bring about problems. I have been on a space opera kick lately and Zoe Archer’s 8th Wing series is a great world. If you are a fan of either Star Wars or Farscape then you would enjoy Chain Reaction.

You can read an excerpt here.

8th Wing Reading Order:

Collision Course

Chain Reaction

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Title: Chain Reaction

Author: Zoe Archer

Format:  eBook

AISN: B006BVTC5G

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: January 9, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, 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.

In the novel Danger on Her Doorstep by Rachelle McCalla, Maggie Arnold is trying to get over her father’s fatal accident. However, when certain things start happening around the house where he was murdered, Maggie can’t help but wonder if maybe his death wasn’t an accident after all. Maggie wants to just get the renovations done on the old Victorian house and go back to her own life, but things just never work out quite right. The only person in town that is willing to help her is the handyman Gideon Bromley, whom no one in Holyoake is willing to trust. Maggie just wants to get everything put into order so no one else gets hurt trying to figure out what’s going on.

I enjoyed Danger on Her Doorstep because it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I was so worried about what was going to happen next and didn’t set it down after I started reading the book. I had a good time trying to figure out what was going on, especially when several new pieces of evidence came to light through the course of the story. There were some things that happened during the novel that shocked and surprised me. They definitely added some additional twists to the storyline!

You can read an excerpt here.

Holyoake Reading Order:

Out On a Limb

Danger on her Doorstep

Dead Reckoning

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Title: Danger on her Doorstep
Author: Rachelle McCalla
Format: paperback, hardbound, ebook
Page Nos.: 222
ISBN: 978-0373444274
Publisher: Steeple Hill

Available for Purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin
Release Date: January 2011
Reviewer: Jillian

Gerard de Lacey is one of the three brothers known through the Ton as facing the Durham Dilemma. Blame It On Bath by Caroline Lindon, Gerard is the youngest of the Durham brothers who found out at his father’s passing that his father, the Duke of Durham was not divorced from his first wife when he married his second, the sons’ mother. With the whereabouts of his first wife unknown, now it is unknown if the sons are illegitimate and are entitled to the estate of their father. While Edward pursues the legal side of their claim (as told in the first book in the series One Night in London), Gerard decides to head to Bath, the last known location of the blackmailer, to track them down and discover if they have any evidence of their legitimacy. On the way to Bath, Gerard is offered a marriage of convenience by the fabulously wealthy Katherine Howe.

Katherine Howe is in a tight spot, her first marriage was unpleasant and now she is being pressured into marrying her husband’s nephew. Realizing that she is plain and older Kate sees marriage to Gerard as the only way out of another disastrous marriage, at least with Gerard she knows life will be more entertaining.

Blame It On Bath is a fun historical read. Gerard has always followed the expected bath of a younger son, a Major in the military he sees marriage to a heiress as the next logical step but with the dilemma on his hands his prospects are few. It’s been awhile since I have read a historical romance novel, Blame It On Bath was a nice return to the world of Bath and the Ton. 

You can read an excerpt here.

The Truth About the Duke

I Love the Earl (not part of the trilogy but about their great aunt)

One Night in London

Blame It On Bath

Third Title to be released soon

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Title: Blame It On Bath

Author: Caroline Linden

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062025333

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: February 28, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

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.

In Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Karou has always been different.  Her hair grows blue naturally, she has tattoos on the palms of her hands since she can remember and she was raised in an unusual home.  The characters that she sketches in her sketchbooks may or may not be real.  Creatures that could only come from imagination are actually her friends.  Karou was trained to fight at a young age so that she is prepared for her “errands” that she runs for the creature who raised her, Brimstone.  Now there are dark handprints burned into the portals that lead to Brimstone’s workshop and Karou has a feeling that something bad is coming.  One night she gets in a fight with an angel named Akiva.  Karou is drawn to him but doesn’t know why since he seems to be on a mission to hurt everyone she loves.  Akiva is taken back not only by Karou’s uniquness but she awakens something in him that he had thought he lost long ago, Hope.  Can Karou and Akiva find out who she is and why they are drawn to each other?

I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  It didn’t grip me at first since it starts off a little slow but once the characters are really introduced the story comes alive!  Karou is quite the character.  She is sassy, independent, funny, strong, the list goes on!  I really like how she is exactly what you want a heroine to be.  When Akiva shows up she holds her own against him even though he is much stronger than her.  The plot is very different from other Angel, Demon novels and I found it quite refreshing.  The setting takes place mainly in Prague which is so unknown to me but after reading this I want to go there immediately!  Such an enchanting story and characters I would highly recommend it!

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Title: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Format: Hardcover
Page #’s: 418
ISBN: 0316134023
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: September 2011
Reviewer: Megan

**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.

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