Monday, August 10, 2020

The Persistent Marquess

     Due to rigid and often illogical rules set by the Ton of Regency England, Daisy Vincent is forced into marriage with William, Marquess of Ashton. She might feel forced, but William is more than eager to bind himself to the delightfully outspoken young woman. Life with her will require . . . persistence.

     Author Susan Payne, an avowed follower of the Regency romances fashioned by Dame Barbara Cartland, took her lessons to heart and brought them to The Persistent Marquess. Using her talent for colloquial dialogue as well as creating elaborate settings, the pages turn quickly and put the reader right there in the middle of a budding relationship and behaviors often governed by rigid social norms of the time.

     For fans of romances written with Dame Cartland in mind, this is the book for you.

On a scale of 1-5, The Persistent Marquess deserves a 4.  

Kay Henry Dora, Wild Women Reviews

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Hundred Lies

Is their love just one more lie?

A Hundred Lies, a historical romance by Jean Grant, is an August 5, 2020 release out of the Wild Rose Press. .

     In 1322, Scotland, Rosalie Threston's fortune-telling lies have caught up with her. Uprooted yet again, she's on the run from a ruthless English noblewoman. She flees to Scotland and seeks refuge in the arms of a laird's son who happens to be a real Seer.

     A bloody past and inevitable future plague Domhnall Montgomerie. He avoids physical contact with others to ease the painful visions. When an accidental touch reveals only delight, he wonders if Rose is the key to silencing the Sight.

    Mystical awakening unravels with each kiss. But can Domhnall embrace his gift in time to save her life, even it means exposing her lies?

Our Review: For those who appreciate attention to the fine details of life in 14th century Scotland and England, A Hundred Lies is the novel for you. We also envy author Grant for her talent for bringing to life multi-layered characters with compelling goals and motivation. Both Domhnall and Rosalie have suffered and grieved, struggled to overcome what they could never control—and found everlasting love. 

On a scale of 1-5, A Hundred Lies deserves a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Behind Closed Doors

Some lessons can’t be found in a book

Behind Closed Doors, a contemporary erotic novella, by Rachel Reilly, is a debut release by the Wild Rose Press.

     After a difficult break-up, Julia Morgan forces herself out of her self-imposed isolation by crossing the doorstep into Behind Closed Doors a successful Nashville sex toys shoppe. There, she meets owner Clay Nichols and things are never quite the same—for either of them.
Alive and refreshed with newly discovered erotic arts, Julia’s much-loved job as a middle school librarian is threatened after her relationship with Clay and his business is disclosed. She is forced into making a difficult decision. But for once she is not alone. Clay, who is not alone in newly discovered feelings, helps her find new avenues for her skills and talents. Both are better for knowing each other.

On a scale of 1—5, Behind Closed Doors deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, July 27, 2020

A Different Kind of Fire

Torn between societal attitudes of late 19th century America, her childhood sweetheart, a forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she felt forced to wed and her dream to paint, Ruby Schmidt has limited options. To follow her dream might destroy those she loves most. To ignore her passions will surely destroy her in: A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schaefer

       As in her other novels, Suanne Schaefer again demonstrates her uncanny ability to create driven, multi-layered characters, place them in unforgettable settings, then lets life and all its vagaries take over. Such is the way with A Different Kind of Fire, a novel of a woman’s drive to create while balancing home, hearth, and the loves of her life. Ruby Schmidt, a woman ahead of her time, isn’t afraid to keep trying even after she trips, stumbles and falls. Readers are better for knowing her. Well done, Ms. Schaefer.

On a scale of 1-5, A Different Kind of Fire deserves an 8

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Letters And Lies by Colleen L. Donnelly

Having been jilted by a Colorado homesteader with whom she corresponded over the past many months, Louise Archer travels to the Colorado Territory to understand why “her Jim” would suddenly send a telegram telling her the wedding is off. All of her efforts are stalled in the form of Marshall Everett McCloud in the small Kansas town of Larned.
What begins as a short stopover turns into an adventure as Louise, posing as a grieving widow named Penelope, uses her canny business acumen to fight the machinations of a greedy banker out to destroy Larned and control its populace. In the process she discovers things about herself and her own value.

Multi-published Colleen L. Donnelly has proven her ability to create intriguing and entrancing fiction. With Letters and Lies, Donnelly’s ability to create colorful, multi-layerd characters and fascinating settings simply glows. With some laugh out loud moments, heroine Louise shows herself to be driven and unafraid as she confronts the irascible Cook, smarmy banker Brandt and the enigmatic Marshall McCloud. Well done.

On a scale of 1-5, Letters and Lies deserves a 4.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, July 20, 2020

Determined Hearts

Two determined people, each with their own mission, join their hearts and their lives.

Determined Hearts, a contemporary romance, written by Diana Stout and released by Sharpened Pencils Productions.

     To get that one perfect shot, Jennifer Frost, fledgling wildlife photographer, travels to the outback of Idaho to interview reclusive naturalist Hawk Hunter. If she succeeds, she'll put her career on the fast track. Little does she know what she's in for.
     Former cover model Hawk Who Flies Alone Hunter gave up the glitz and glam to follow a dream instilled by his Native ancestors to preserve endangered wildlife in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho. The high life was not the only thing this enigmatic man gave up—indoor plumbing, running water and electricity are not on his agenda for living the way he chooses.
     It takes all kinds, as Jennifer soon discovers, but digs in her heels and refuses to give up. As she soon learns, Hawk is dug in—deeper and infinitely harder. Their attraction is immediate, mutual and intense. As they strive to fulfill their personal goals in life, their secrets are uncovered slowly and surely and each learns new and exciting things about life and love.
     If you enjoy a good, tension filled seduction set in the back-woods of nowhere, where survival skills will save your life, Determined Hearts is the book for you. Well done, Ms. Stout.

On a scale of 1-5, Determined Hearts deserves a 4.5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Exit Strategy

. . .Grinning on demand wasn't how a woman got taken seriously in a world where testosterone dripped down the walls. . .

     How, in this day and age, can any woman with a brain, not appreciate such wisdom, grit, and determination?
     Drawn in immediately, reading The Exit Strategy, a women's fiction novel by Lainey Cameron and recent release out of the Wild Rose Press is a perfect marvel. An anthem to women supporting women, standing for each other in good times and bad, teaching and supporting.
     Ryn Brennan is brainy, courageous, and has worked her tail off to get where she is. Unfortunately, her choice in husbands sucks. Adding insult to injury, said suckee, not only cheats on Ryn but also sets her up to fail in her latest business venture by manipulating a boardroom confrontation between her and his side piece. A perfect guarantee to submarine both women's lives and careers. This then becomes the perfect fantasy for the reader as she turns the pages: how will these two women exact revenge on a less than sterling mate? While it may not be what some of us would have liked, in the end it is perfect.
     Not to be out-classed, the supporting cast in this truer than life novel are equally diverse and incredibly well drawn. Dialogue is snappy and laugh out loud at times. We see good things in Lainey Cameron's future.

On a scale of 1-5, The Exit Strategy deserves a 10.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews