Thursday, October 22, 2020

Steadfast Will I Be by Susan Leigh Furlong

                The king’s law, a thief’s revenge, a love that risks it all.

Steadfast Will I Be, a historical romance, written by Susan Leigh Furlong, released by the Wild Rose Press.

     Rescued as a battered child by a Scots border lord, Robin grows under the tutelage of his laird, assuming responsibilities as reeve of the estate as an adult. His love for Suannoch is never failing, one he will carry to the grave should it come to that.

And it might very well come to Robin’s death if the law of King James V is followed to the letter. Suannoch will not let her love go quietly, proving her worthy of this brave man’s love and honor.

Our Review:  devotees of Scots historicals will take Steadfast Will I Be to their hearts and cherish it. Author Furlong’s knowledge of the culture and mores of the times, as well as an overwhelming wealth of research, brings a realism to this story and we are better for it.  

 On a scale of 1-5, Steadfast Will I Be deserves a 5.

         Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, October 19, 2020

The Texas Ranger and the Professor by Susan Payne

           Cultural anthropologist Jessie Reeves, driven to prove a woman can perform field work as well as any man, is compelled to travel to harsh terrains, completing rigorous studies without running home scared. To that end, she accepts the services offered by the Texas Rangers in the form of Captain Ben Edwards, a man on the brink of closing out his tour with the Rangers before returning to civilian life.  

After ten seconds of first meeting in a dusty train station, they realize life might not be as clear cut. In order to accomplish their goals, without murdering the other, they must find common ground in the areas of strongly held ideas about human nature in general, gender roles in particular.

Just as they reach a certain degree of mutual respect, an attack by a Comanche raiding party sets off a series of events which forever alters their lives.

 Our Review:  as with her previous novels, author Payne offers the same detailed research readers have come to expect, bringing realism to each novel, each character. In the case of The Texas Ranger and the Professor, she paints a vivid portrait of Native American cultures common to the American southwest in the late 1800’s, including the biases and abuses employed by the various segments of white society: military, politics, and organized religion.   

 On a scale of 1-5, The Texas Ranger and the Professor deserves a 3.

                     Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Star Smuggler: A Course of Action by T.S. Snow

 Andi sh’en Singh proves her mettle in Star Smuggler Book 2: A Course of Action, a recent release by Aethon Books.

 Wedding bells . . . or death knell?

        Sinbad may have traded in his smuggler’s leathers for farmer’s coveralls but “Happily Ever After” isn’t in the cards for him and his beloved Andrea. And Andi soon finds there’s a great deal she doesn’t know about her new husband . . . such as the young stranger who claims to be Sin’s son.

While she’s recovering from that shock, Sin succumbs to the 

terminal illness he’s kept secret from everyone. Not to worry . . .

there’s a surgeon who can save his life. But Jean-Clair DuPont is as unscrupulous as he is skilled. His fee? Andi, for the duration of her husband’s convalescence.

The new Mrs. sh’en Singh doesn’t think twice. DuPont gets what he wants and Sin lives to fight another day. . . once he recovers.

That better happen soon for Andi’s lover-by-force has taken her off planet and directly into an attack by slave traders. Now a candidate for the slave pits of Bel-Ammon, Andi finds herself face to face with enemies, new and old.

Our Review:

        Sinbad sh'en Singh, the quintessential anti-hero from Star Smugglers Book 1—which totally knocked off our socks—has met his match in Andi, Talltrees. He’s always known she is brave, fearless and committed to her husband and children. But as his life comes to an end from the fatal lung disease contracted during one of his incarcerations, Andi will do anything, any thing, to save his life—even if it means succumbing to the lecherous Dr. DuPont. Sinbad is her life and she’ll tolerate the worst to achieve the best—the survival of her husband, father of her children.  

One disaster after another rain on this strong woman’s head. But if Andi is nothing else, she is a survivor. And watching her survive well is an absolute joy.

        As with Book 1 of this sci-fi adventure/space opera, Book 2 will keep you turning the pages—it's that good. At times funny, then frightening, it is a heart warming experience. Give yourself a gift by picking up this one up. It's another wonder from the multi-talented T.S. Snow.

On a scale of 1-5, Star Smuggler: A Course of Action deserves a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Mine to Tell by Colleen L. Donnelly

 . . . Annabelle: the first female in Julianne Crouse’s direct lineage; the one forbidden to be like her; the one called to know why. . .

Mine to Tell, a mainstream historical novel, written by Colleen L. Donnelly, published by the Wild Rose Press.  

      Journalist Annabelle Crouse feels compelled to learn more about her great-grandmother Julianne, a subject of whispers and ridicule both inside the family as well as the local tight knit community, banished by an unrelenting religious zealot husband, and forced to live alone in grief and isolation.

      With the assistance of a local man, Annabelle fights every step of the way, determined to uncover what exactly led to generations of ill-will and bigotry. What she learns will change her life—and that of her family—forever.

Our Review:  In Mine to Tell, Author Donnelly gifts us with a young woman who evolves into a picture of courage despite regular abuse heaped upon her by those who should love her—but are more comfortable believing lies and innuendo—remaining steadfast in her mission to uncover the truth.

Annabelle is amazing. As amazing as her great-grandmother Julianne. And we are better for reading about both women. Well done, Ms. Donnelly.

 On a scale of 1-5, Mine to Tell deserves a 6.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Bear with Me

 . . . A new home, a fresh start, and magical secrets that could destroy them. . .

Bear with Me, book 1 of the Strawberry Shifters series, released by the Wild Rose Press.

 

     Alison has magical gifts, one of which is bringing new life to dying plants, the other is SPD—sensory processing disorder. After an unplanned pregnancy, Grant marries her, believing he could protect her from herself and the outside world. But the marriage turned into a long-distance relationship as he pursued a high-stress career and she remained at home with her parents, learning how to protect herself from the outside world, and raising her child.  


     After Grant is offered a lucrative position with a pharmaceutical company in rural Kentucky, the two decide to give their marriage one last try. But Strawberry, Kentucky has multiple secrets. Beneath its beautiful scenery lies a collection of evil Slaugh, former fairies, cast out for their bad behaviors. And they’re out for the blood of the local clan of shifters. As the new moon approaches, Grant, as the new leader of the shifters, and Alison, as a green witch, find themselves and those they care about in grave danger. Together, they battle the Slaugh, discovering new, underexplored facets to each other—and rescue their marriage.

 Our Review:  This non-stop action series with its deliciously hot sexual undertones, features two multi-layered lead characters whose strong wills and bold facades hide bleeding hearts and deep devotion to their beloved son. The author brings true and clear emotions  to this story, ones that ring true and clear.

 On a scale of 1-5, Bear With Me deserves a 4.

      Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Whispers in Washington

                    Burned once, twice immolated—or lucky at last?

Whispers in Washington by Jennifer Wilck

       Three years ago Naomi Reuben fled Washington DC after an ugly scandal that sent her marriage down the tubes and her husband to prison. The ex is where he belongs, and Naomi is where she needs to be: back at the scene of the crime to make a new home, with the perfect job, and a chance to put her fractured life back together. To heal, herself and her precious children.  

Max Bruder, former newspaper editor with ethics turned freelance reporter, is looking for the story that will put him on the road toward financial security. His new neighbor, the infamous Naomi Adelman—now Reuben—might just be the ticket to achieving his dream of writing the novel that’s rumbled around inside his head for the last couple years.

As he gets to know the real Naomi, who is nothing like the picture painted by political reporters years ago, he learns she is kind, brave and devoted to her children. If he writes the story of a lifetime it might very well bring her new life to a crashing end.

In turn, getting to know Max is a treat for Naomi as she spends time with someone who respects her for the person she is; doesn’t try to control her every move—and encourages her to soar.

 Our Review:  As with any Jennifer Wilck creation, the reader relies

on being served more than the standard goals, motivation and

conflict romance. This time we’re treated to lush descriptions of

various Egyptian foods, centuries of Jewish culture and traditions,

picturesque small towns common to the gorgeous Pocono

Mountains, the angst that goes hand in hand with long-distance

single parenting, and the struggle to start over after horrendous

betrayal.

 Whispers in Washington does not fail. On a scale of 1—5, it deserves a 6.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 28, 2020

A Kitchen Helper

 Something to solve the age-old dilemma:“What’s for Dinner?”  

The Super Simple Easy Cookbook, a 2018 release by Diana Stout.  

         Tired of fixing the same old, same old?

        Looking to help that young person in your life take an interest in nutrition? A new taste in food? Explore new roads to independence?

        Diana Stout’s Super Simple Easy Cookbook is the answer we’ve all been looking for. Separated into simple categories from breakfast offerings to intriguing sounding beverages [alcoholic or soft], this is a quick, easy helpmate in the kitchen. Options for substitutes are included—a wonderful aide to those of us who are challenged in the culinary imagination area.

        Plus. . . a terrific gift for the newly or about to be wed couple.  

 On a scale of 1-5, The Super Simple Easy Cookbook deserves a 5.

          Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Star Smuggler: The Last Voyage by TS Snow

 He's a criminal. She's far from it. Together, they’re Earth's last hope... they just don’t know it yet.

           Sinbad sh'en Singh had everything. A thriving smuggling career, his hologram on wanted posters on eleven planets, and plenty of women. Then she walked into his life.
           Andrea Talltrees, member of a backwards cult not believing in space travel or anything else invented after the Twentieth Century. She wants him to find her husband, a fugitive accused of being an Albegensian spy, the planet currently at war with Earth.
           He doesn’t want anything to do with an Earther, but a massive culture clash and a heavy dose of instant attraction get in the way, sending good sense flying out the viewport.
          They'll brave some very unsavory characters, maybe even prevent a second interplanetary war...if they can stop arguing.

Our Review:

Sinbad sh'en Singh is the quintessential anti-hero: bold, brash and a devil inside or out of his airship. Andi Talltrees is brave and fearless, committed to home, hearth and the Naturals culture. When the chips are down and she must find her husband, she leaves home and hearth and often forgoes cultural mores in order to survive.

Funny how near death experiences, one after another, shows a woman—or a man—what's worth fighting for.

This sci-fi adventure will keep you turning the pages—it's that good. At times funny, then frightening, it is a heart warming experience. Give yourself a gift by picking this one up. It's a wonder.

On a scale of 1-5, Star Smuggler: The Last Voyage deserves a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




Monday, September 21, 2020

To Heal A Heart by Jana Richards

                                                 Exactly who rescued who?

To Heal a Heart, Book 2, The Masonville Series written by Jana Richards and released out of the Wild Rose Press.

Veterinary tech Blair Grayson and wounded veteran Garrett Saunders tangle over an abused horse in the middle of an isolated North Dakota road. As words and emotions fly, it is not an encounter either forgets.

Both are rescuers; both are in grave need of being saved though for different reasons. Blair needs to forgive herself for long ago mistakes; Garrett struggles on a daily basis to forget things and events better left buried. Unfortunately PTSD manages to rear its ugly head at the worst possible moments.   

In the middle of their animal and human rescue endeavors, each finds redemption and love. And what a delight it is to watch it happen.

With her latest novel, author Jana Richards shows, once again, her gift for snappy dialogue, multi-layered characters and gut-wrenching emotion. This is not a book to pick up, thinking you’ll read for a few minutes before turning in. No no no.

To Heal A Heart is one of those page turners you will not forget soon. Book 3 in this heart-warming series cannot come soon enough.

 On a scale of 1-5, To Heal A Heart deserves a 7.

                      Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Rocked By Grace

 Is she his saving grace—or are some actions unforgiveable?  

Rocked By Grace, Book 1 in the Love And Chaos series, is a September 2020 release, written by M.J. Schiller.  

     26-year-old Zane Sanders, front man for Just Short of Chaos, hottest rock group in town, is treading a very fine line between success and hitting his own personal bottom. Too much booze, too little down time, and a ton of baggage hangs heavy and relentless on his thoughts. Until in the middle of a concert in Saint Louis he picks lovely Grace Prescott out of the screaming crowd and summons her to join him on stage.

Thereafter he believes she might just be his saving grace.

Grace Prescott struggles each day to make it through the next twenty-four hours. Her history with men is not one a mother would wish for her daughter; her choice of friends is, shall we say . . . eclectic. But one thing is for sure: she is devoted to Jamie, her much younger brother with special needs. As the only bright spot in her life, she will go it alone before again exposing him to danger, violence, or abuse.

Is Zane Sanders worth her taking a huge personal risk? She senses beneath the world-weary persona and braggadocio, there lies a heart as big as all outdoors and a need to take care of others. After creating magic on the concert stage—they decide to give Zane’s two-week hiatus from a grueling tour to see if this is a basic case of momentary lust—or the real deal, one touched by grace.

With this latest novel, M.J. Schiller again displays her knowledge of the KISS [Keep It Simple Sweetie] rule for writing romance. She creates a few, multi-layered characters, gives them a few warts, drops them into realistic situations any reader can relate to, then makes them fight their way out.

This first book in the Love And Chaos series shows the author’s skills to their max—and we weren’t disappointed.

 On a scale of 1-5, Rocked By Grace deserves a 5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Murder Unrehearsed by Roxanne Dunn

 Heather Shelton has man problems: an unfaithful lover, a mysterious stranger, and a psychopathic assassin.

 

     Murder Unrehearsed, a mainstream mystery, released by the Wild Rose Press, written by Roxanne Dunn.

      The story opens as a young, aspiring actress escapes the problems in her life, taking refuge in her family’s cottage on an isolated lake near Seattle, Washington. Within hours of her arrival she witnesses a brutal murder. Using her wits, a devoted dog, and a cast of local “lakers”, Heather uncovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had to save herself and those she loves most.

      In Murder Unrehearsed, Roxanne Dunn takes a familiar, comfortable second home, then tosses in murder and depravity. What does a woman do when she’s on her own, with little to no support, and a bunch of good guys who aren’t there when you need them most?   

      For a fast-paced ride in search of answers, pick up Murder Unrehearsed. It’s a winner.  On a scale of 1-5, it deserves a 6.

      Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Haunted Purse

 . . . A fifteen-year-old throwaway and a thrift shop tote make their way in the world. . .

The Haunted Purse, a current YA paranormal release out of the Wild Rose Press, is written by Kimberly Baer.

Fifteen-year-old Liberty Dawson was thrown away by her mother long ago. Not to let things like little nourishing food, lack of parental guidance and serviceable well-fitting clothes get in her way, Libby has survived—and in her own way—survived well. Using what she has at hand, and with the help of a few eagle-eyed neighbors and friends, she does okay for herself. She’s bright, gutsy and motivated to get out of the slums and do something—anything to rise above what she has now.

Enter one of her frequent trips to her favorite thrift shop, she finds a purse/tote/backpack which seems to speak to her. And Libby listens. Watch out for a girl and her newfound bag. A match made in heaven.

Almost immediately the purse shows it has a mind of its own—and it’s confusing and scary at the same time. Libby and her best pal Toni start out on an adventure to find the girl who once owned the purse and the reason behind her disappearance twenty years ago.

Our Review:  Libby could be any of us—except there aren’t many fifteen-year-olds who have her innate survival skills. And guts. And generous spirit. And heart. She’s a joy and we’re so glad we got to meet her. You will be too. Promise.

On a scale of 1-5, The Haunted Purse deserves a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Gravity

 Gravity: a force pulling together people and hearts.

In Gravity, a 2020 contemporary women’s fiction, released by the Wild Rose Press, and written by Mona Sedrak, two complex characters, injured emotionally and deserving of love and attention for themselves, are drawn together immediately—almost by force of gravity. But will that often irresistible pull might just tear them apart.

     Mona Sedrak has rewritten the book for creating complex, layered characters then complicating the situations with emotional heartbreak and trauma. Having read and enjoyed Six Months, author Sedrak’s debut novel with the Wild Rose Press, we looked forward to her next venture. With Gravity, we were not disappointed. She only gets better and better. Do not miss this one. It’s a wonder.

On a scale of 1-5, Gravity deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




Monday, August 31, 2020

Life For Sale

 A sentient human-like android and his owner race to stop and insane robot before someone else dies in Life For Sale, a fantasy romance by Linda Nightingale, a current release out of the Wild Rose Press.

     Having escaped from their creator, four sentient androids go to great lengths to create new lives for themselves—only to discover not only is their creator on their trail—but one of the four is out to destroy them all.

     Paraphrasing a line from this intriguing romance “. . . man fears what he does not understand. Fear breeds hatred. Hatred becomes danger. . .” we had to keep reminding ourselves that several characters in this page turner are not human.

     In truth, after only a few pages, it did not matter. Life for Sale is filled with author Nightingale's signature flair for lush settings as well as delicious descriptive phrasing. An excellent sequel to Love For Sale.

On a scale of 1-5, Life For Sale deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




Thursday, August 27, 2020

Love, Art and Other Obstacles

 She's a free spirit. He's a one-woman man.

     Artists Margot DuPont and Elmer Byrne struggle to get by. Not only to get their work noticed but simple daily survival often feels like an enormous mountain to be climbed. One might ask, why not give up? Try something else? Work at the local fast food joint to pay the bills?

Because art fills their souls. It fulfills them.

     Having survived dysfunction and abuse on the home fronts, Margot and Elmer both look to the families of their hearts for support and guidance. One important part of those families is Maxie, a surrogate grandmother, who encourages each to apply for a grant through a local foundation. Thrown together—literally and figuratively—they compete on several levels, personal and professional. In the end each wins what they desire the most—and in most deserving fashions.

     As with her other stories, Sadira Stone again offers her fans rich, multi-layered characters—either protagonists or antagonists. And she does it in such an effortless manner when the final denouement hits the page, we stood up and shouted “Yes!” If you like detailed, complicated romances, with a lot of heat, this is the book for you.

On a scale of 1-5, Love, Art and Other Obstacles deserves a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




Monday, August 24, 2020

Forever Kind Of Woman by Susan Payne

 A woman ahead of her time

          Fresh off the death of her physician husband in Chicago, Tess McLeish accepts an offer from a doctor in a small western town, not only to join his practice as a practicing surgeon but to become his wife. She makes the rigorous journey to Forever, Texas only to be treated as a servant and hand-maiden by Dr. Waverly and his high society lady friend. Within days, the man who proves his rather lackluster skills in the medical area, packs up and leaves town with the love of his life.

          Alone and on her own with a medical practice in a town where in 1886 female physicians are viewed with jaundiced eyes, Tess has only local sheriff Noah Carter to lean on. Slowly but surely, with his support and respect, she wins the townspeople over—then sets out to win over Noah. And it's a real treat to watch.

          Author Susan Payne once again shows her talent for meticulous research. When Tess realigns a badly fractured femur, Payne puts the reader right there in the hot, stuffy bunkhouse—then treats us to the "popping" familiar to every Orthopedic Operating Room in the world. Her mastery at describing an emergency appendectomy is perfection. Though there are a few squeamish worthy scenes, Forever Kind of Woman is a pure delight to read. Very well done, Ms. Payne.

On a scale of 1-5, Forever Kind of Woman deserves a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bloodbond, Book 2 The Bloodborn Series

         Zachariah Degore spent ten years locked under ground as a feral vampire. Now he has to redefine what it means to be healthy and whole. With his human life behind him, he starts anew in the vampire city of Ichor Knell with the vampire shah as his kin. He must prove he is worthy of his place in this new world.

Laurel Covaci is vampire elite, she would never court a feral vampire. After two hundred years she has yet to find a mate who meets with her satisfaction. She hides the pain of past hurt and abandonment behind a cold fa├žade. Zach is confident that Laurel is the vampire for him, but can he break through her icy walls and convince her he's the mate she's been waiting for?

Our Review: One might think Zachariah is a pitiful character given the abuse he suffered in the past and the intolerance he often suffers in his present. Not so. The last words we would use to describe this well-drawn character is pathetic or pitiful. Likewise, one might consider Lady Laurel—again, at first glance—a spoiled, pampered dilletante. Again, not so. Laurel is a product of her social class and mores and upbringing. Her strength lies in her ability to recognize when she is wrong, then doesn’t hesitate to make amends.

In addition to creating multi-layered characters, author Sydney Winward’s other strength—and there are many—is her uncanny ability at world building. Ichor Knell comes alive in Bloodbond, as well as the Vampire culture with all its customs and vagaries.

Well done. Very well done!

On a scale of 1-5, Bloodbond deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews



Monday, August 17, 2020

Grendel's Mother by Diana Stout

. . . Her family, outraged by the unwanted pregnancy, sacrifices her to the local dragon who, intrigued by her bravery, saves her from clear death. Alone in the wilderness, she becomes one with Nature, then raises a monster no one wants. She is Grendel's Mother. . .

     Set in the late-5th, early 6th century in Denmark, Grendel’s Mother is the journey of a girl who dreams of freedom, with a desire to marry the young many she loves, when her father tells her that she'll wed a widower with young children instead. Then, a horrific event changes her life forever. Pregnant and having brought shame to her family and community, she is sacrificed to the dragon for death, but the dragon saves her instead, unbeknownst to her family and the community.

     Grendel’s Mother is the story of social injustice, a girl’s love for Nature where she discovers special skills that enable her to survive, to give birth, and to raise a baby—deemed a monster—in the wild, entirely on her own. From his birth on, she battles to keep Grendel safe from himself and, then later, from others who would do him harm.

Our Review:

     A remarkable story, told in narrative style, is gripping for its intensity, savage for its description of Her bravery and drive to survive the horrors Nature often brings to one alone and seemingly defenseless. She is intrepid. And inspiring.

On a scale of 1-5, Grendel's Mother deserves a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Thursday, August 13, 2020

Gelato Surprise

           She went to the beach for peace, quiet and healing. What she got was . . . him.


      Newly divorced speech therapist Danielle Peters finds herself all alone at the annual family vacation spot in Ocean View, Washington after her ex-husband plays the “one-up card” by taking their kids to Disneyland with his new girlfriend and her two kids. Determined to use the time wisely, Danielle discovers a new side to herself as well as the part-time helper at her favorite gelato shop: Matteo Veducci.

     The town she thought she knew so well after so many visits takes on a new vista as seen through Matteo's eyes. And the steamy sexual attraction to a younger man ain't bad either.

     Together Danielle and Matteo forge a bond based on trust and honesty—two qualities new to her in a partner. Two weeks is all he asks for—then she must make a decision to return to her home and life—or start a new life with him and Ocean View.

For steamy romance, filled with exceptional realism for the plight of single parents as they navigate the potholes and pitfalls of post-divorce behaviors, Sadira Stone has created a perfect story—and it's a true delight.

On a scale of 1-5, Gelato Surprise deserves a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Always, Almond Fudge by Charlotte O'Shay

 A wartime romance starts a sweet family tradition . . .

Always, Almond Fudge, part of the One Scoop or Two series for the Wild Rose Press, is written by Charlotte O’Shay.

It is the summer of 1941 in Langford, Rhode Island where the weather is hot and the ice cream cool. Seventeen-year-old Meredith Franklin has one goal: to become a doctor. To offset the costs of the upcoming college semester she works summers and weekends at Seymore’s Ice Cream Shoppe. The focused, organized teen will let nothing, and no one get in the way.

Until the day semi-pro ball player Anthony Fanelli, who dreams of playing professional baseball, walks into Seymore’s. It takes only one look at pretty Merry for Anthony to launch his own campaign—to win her heart as well as discover her favorite flavor of ice cream.

Many years later, in the middle of the annual family vacation in Langford, seventeen year-old budding baseball player Sebastian learns the details of his great parents’ love and devotion to each other in a time of tremendous uncertainty.

        As a woman of a “certain age” this could be my parents’ story, or that of my aunts and uncles, and my in-laws. Always, Almond Fudge: sweet, innocent and absolutely delightful, taught me many lessons, reminding me of the selfless contributions by the Greatest Generation. For that I am very grateful. Thank you, Ms. O’Shay.

On a scale of 1-5, Always, Almond Fudge deserves a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews




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



Monday, July 13, 2020

Wild Rose Pass, Karen Hulene Bartell

. . . .Cadence McShane, free-spirited nonconformist, yearns to escape the rigid code, clothes, and sidesaddles of 1880s military society in Fort Davis, Texas. She finds the daring new lieutenant exhilarating, but as the daughter of the commanding officer, she is expected to keep with family tradition and marry West Point graduate James West.
. . . . Orphaned, Comanche-raised, and always the outsider looking in, Ben Williams yearns to belong. Cadence embodies everything he craves, but as a battlefield-commissioned officer with the Buffalo Soldiers instead of a West Point graduate, he is neither accepted into military society nor considered marriageable.
. . . Can two people of different worlds, drawn together by conflicting needs, flout society and forge a life together on the frontier?

          Rarely have we found a blurb which so accurately describes its nove. Karen Hulene Bartell has given western historical fans an action-packed story, filled it with a lush setting, and populated it with diverse, well-drawn characters.
          Cadence McShane has a mind of her own, but isn't pushy with it. She simply. . . yearns to live a life different from the expectations pressed on her by the society she lives in. As an aside, it came as a refreshing to realize gossip, bias and bigotry are not unique to the 21st century. Clearly, by Bartell's extensive research, these societal woes have been around for awhile.
          And now we come to Ben Williams—a hero worth knowing, appreciating, and respecting. In one word he is yummy. Nicely done, Ms. Bartell.

On a scale of 1—5, Wild Rose Pass deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, July 6, 2020

Happy Endings by Susan Payne

....1874 Sweetwater was growing in all sorts of ways. New bank, new school and new houses for the families settling there joining the original ranchers. This busy town was earning a reputation for peaceful living and prosperity for everyone.
....Will an unwanted intrusion from outsiders bring all that to an end? Would the townspeople and those in the perimeter of protection be endangered? Or will everything work out as it was meant to for the people living and loving in Sweetwater?

     Each in their own way the graduates of St. Michael's Orphanage know how to care for others—and their efforts are wrapped up in a neat, detailed package in Happy Endings, the concluding story in Susan Payne's Sweetwater series, released by the Wild Rose Press.

Author Payne has incorporated each lead character from the earlier Sweetwater stories, showing the reader what became of them, how they grew and thrived. Each in their own way has achieved their life goals and brought their special skills to the small but ever growing town of Sweetwater, Kansas.
     Happy Endings features Maggie St. Michaels, manager of the local restaurant, and the love of her life, Franklin Johnson, a man of mystery who aids her in taking care of the local populace. Over the past few years, Sweetwater, Kansas has grown by leaps and bounds. Which only means the workmen who take care of the construction of businesses, homes, and other domiciles—and their families—need safe residences as well as nourishing food.
     Enter—or re-enter if you will—Matthew St. Michaels, “rescuer” of all things who need rescuing whether it's a woman in an abusive situation, a man down on his luck, or an abandoned mother and her children. Trust Matthew to utilize the values instilled in him and other orphanage alumni who populate Sweetwater to see to the needs of others before their own.
     Overall, the Sweetwater series has been a joy to read and treasure. We thank Ms. Payne for offering us this opportunity.

On a scale of 1-5, Happy Endings deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews