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  • Desert Fire on Aug. 14, 2012
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    I was drawn to the "clean romance" description because I don't need graphic love scenes to complete a reading experience. I enjoyed Desert Fire from the first words and felt Ms McClure did a fine job with the story. Familiar plots with interesting twists, and not totally predictable either! I'm a granny and not a "young adult" but definitely enjoyed the story anyway! A young woman rescued by a man living with his widowed mom and two adult brothers living in an area where folks don't automatically assume the worst?! Recipe for romantical things, all right! In my library of re-readables.
  • Sagebrush on Aug. 14, 2012

    This is an amazing story. Lots of interesting narrative and Austenish dialog. I'd like to find this in print to add to my Desert Island library! Reading the sequel right now.
  • Blue Bells of Scotland: Blue Bells Trilogy One on Aug. 17, 2012

    Wonderful story. Complex characters I wanted to like and care about and oh joy, for me, clean romance. Another reviewer compared this to Ms Gabaldon's series which I loved, but this book surpassed the depth of that series by not having to rely on sex to flesh out the drama. Definite wow!!!
  • Just North of Bliss on Sep. 18, 2012

    I'm so behind on my reviews that I'm going to be copying many of them to save time. Alice Duncan has become one of my favorite authors despite her need to add the superfluous sex. I appreciate the research that has gone into Ms. Duncan's novels about the era she seems most interested in and her characters are real. I'm sad when a series ends and I don't get to follow my "friends" any longer! I didn't even know about the Chicago fair of 1893! Sounds amazing! There's a 3rd novel but I can't copy this review there as I didn't purchase it from this site. It's the first in the series, although each is a story in itself. Ms. Duncan's specialty seems to be the non-traditional love story!
  • A Bicycle Built for Two on Sep. 18, 2012

    I'm so behind on my reviews that I'm going to be copying many of them to save time. Alice Duncan has become one of my favorite authors despite her need to add the superfluous sex. I appreciate the research that has gone into Ms. Duncan's novels about the era she seems most interested in and her characters are real. I'm sad when a series ends and I don't get to follow my "friends" any longer! I didn't even know about the Chicago fair of 1893! Sounds amazing!
  • A Lady's Point of View on Sep. 18, 2012

    A sweet story. I enjoy "clean romance" so much more than the gratuitous sex many seem to feel their books need. I enjoy a Regency Romance now and then to Clean the Palate now and then and thought the description sounded a bit far fetched but once you begin reading, you can see how the poor dear could indeed end up where she didn't belong. And then the fun begins! I had a good time and hope you will too!
  • A Taste of Heaven on Sep. 18, 2012

    I discovered Alexis Harrington on another site and have several of her books but can only review 2 here. Taste of Heaven is a silly title! Libby is a cook - thus the title. But I really liked the book and if you want another suggestion, "Harper's Bride" is amazing and in fact my fav Harrington book! But back to Libby - she's not had a great life so far but she's not a giver upper and Ms. Harrington gives her a great storyline to work with!! You'll enjoy this ranch!!! I did!!
  • The Bridal Veil on Sep. 18, 2012

    Another Alexis Harrington original! Luke is grouchy that he didn't get his original mail-order bride, but instead got her sister. I'm thinking, he didn't know either one, what difference does it make? Why is he being such a bear? But of course Ms. Harrington draws Emily through the bear, the darling daughter, the witchy mother-in-law and life's trials to a wonderfully satisfying story. You'll also enjoy "Homeward Hearts" and Desperate Hearts" by Ms. Harrington which I can't review here but which are GREAT!!!
  • Montana Born and Bred on Sep. 18, 2012

    This is such a wonderful story and I believe one that could have happened because people are people. Miss Sarah conceived a child out of wedlock and yes, in the 1800s that was a major no-no but the way Harrington played it out in the end, well, you'll see! I truly believe it could have happened that way. The double standard for men and for women has long been a huge burden but every now and then, there is justice if she is brave enough to grab it with both hands!
  • The Maiden At Midnight on Sep. 18, 2012

    Cute, sweet, fun!!
  • Pecos Valley Diamond on Sep. 18, 2012

    This is the 1st in the Annabelle Blue Series of mysteries. Annabelle is an interesting character in a town full of characters! You'll enjoy the series!
  • Pecos Valley Revival on Sep. 18, 2012

    This is the 2nd in the Annabelle Blue Series of mysteries. This story got a lot more in depth and I really enjoyed getting to know Phil a bit more.
  • Pecos Valley Incident on Sep. 18, 2012

    This is sort of the 3rd in the Annabelle Blue Series of mysteries although it's a very short story, but a good story nonetheless. I understand a 4th (or would it be 3rd) full novel is in the works! Yay!!
  • One Bright Morning on Sep. 18, 2012

    Yes, I'm an Alice Duncan fan! This is one of my two favorites along with "Wild Dream" which I did not purchase here but I highly recommend!!! I've already read "One Bright Morning" twice. I identified with Maggie having to function despite migraines and wished someone had wandered into my life with an aid! The one flaw, if you will, to me, and maybe that's just me, is that none of my kids/grandkids were able to talk so well at 15 mos as little Annie. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book both times I read it, and no doubt will again! Oh, and give "Wild Dream" a looksee if you need a giggle!!
  • Silky on Sep. 18, 2012

    I love this series. A young slave puts his life on the line and is rewarded by being purchased by a man with anti-slavery leanings. And the adventure begins. Up and down and around. I didn't want it to end! I'm hoping the author will let us know what became of Jami. This must be read in order!
  • Silky 3: The Queen's Champion on Sep. 18, 2012

    If you are here without reading the first or second book, please stop! You won't enjoy the reading and the story won't make sense! I truly hope the author will continue. There is so much more! Jami, of course!!! And, really, does anyone believe Amity went quietly into exile? Silky was just finally getting a sense of himself and regaining his full health (I think) so he deserves a book of wakefulness. I want to meet the children, too!
  • Silky 2: Lord of the Land on Sep. 18, 2012

    Wonderful.
  • Kingdom of the Sky on Sep. 18, 2012

    I fell in love with Kent/Pendragon and the way he handled finding himself in an alternate reality. Fantastic story and can't wait for the continuation!! Took a bit getting used to the journaling as opposed to story telling but still enjoyed book very much. Just a bit of storyline: Kent and a bunch of other Earthlings are violently transported with neighborhoods, cars, whathaveyou, to an alternate type earth with some differences, like language, dress, level of civilization. Many die in process. People being people, most are shocked and helpless, others act like jackwipes. Kent being a professional student seems to take it in stride and tries to be organized and there you have it! Storyland!!! Fantastical!!! I loved it!! Can't wait for more!
  • Wild Highland Rose on Sep. 18, 2012

    21st Century man wakens in 15th Century Scotland married to a woman who hates him and he remembers nothing. Good story with satisfying ending. Enjoy time travel stories!
  • Kat Among The Pigeons on Oct. 08, 2012

    Wonderful story. Caught from first page and reread because so fun! Would love more stories about Kat, Cato and Galord. Oh, and the African Grey!! You are one of my fav "new" authors. Thanks for keeping it rated PG for us old - fashioned types.
  • Desert Fire on Oct. 14, 2012

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  • Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers on Nov. 17, 2012

    Great book! I'm a Mutt Person myself, but anyone who truly loves dogs as the wonderful furpanions they are and not merely a Status Symbol is fantabulous in my opinion! I had my own Robo and my own Drama Queen and, oh, how I love reading about these critters! Oh, and the storyline is good too! :) I'm so disappointed not to find more of these stories!! Where are the Rottie mysteries, Ms O'Connell?!!! Four Muttpanions and I are waiting!!
  • Pebbleton-On-Edge on Nov. 17, 2012

    Enjoyable visit to English village with fun and funny people - I think I know some of them! Having dealt many years with the public myself, Ms. Gregory perfectly portrayed how it is often challenging and hysterical to decipher what they mean from what they say! Well-crafted story! Wonderful characters, sweetly pictured places and scenery. Looking forward to Pebbleton At Sea!! MUST we wait SO long?!!
  • Not Past Redemption on Nov. 17, 2012

    I really enjoyed this novella and my only whine is that it's too short! The young pilot thinks she's in a jam not of her doing but the crusty older pilot teaches her otherwise and the sticky adventure for justice is can't-put-down-but-too-dern-short!! If you like Andre Norton syfy, this one's for you.
  • Loose Screw (Dusty Deals Mystery Series) on Nov. 17, 2012

    Enjoyed the story.
  • Cut Loose (Dusty Deals Mystery Series) on Nov. 17, 2012

    Second book in series is better than first. Very nice!
  • A Study in Deception on Nov. 17, 2012

    Wonderful, dry humor throughout this "something's not quite right but I can't put my finger on it" mystery. But I don't understand, why Max?! What did he do to you?! Snif. I hope there will be more Susan and Hewitt stories!!
  • Too Dead To Dance on Nov. 17, 2012

    I had fun visiting the Polka festival! I miss dancing!! Lovely word pictures, people portraits, created a feeling of thereness I totally enjoyed. Looking forward to more - I hope!!!
  • The Betwixt Book One on Dec. 18, 2012

    Once again I'm behind on my reviews so a bunch of these will look a lot alike! Odette Bell is brilliant and has become a favorite author. I hope she doesn't move out of my price range because of her amazing talent! Betwixt is a great story and you won't see the end coming - at least I didn't! Makes the insecure person inside you sit up and believe! That's a gift!!
  • Gladys the Guard on Dec. 18, 2012

    Once again I'm behind on my reviews so a bunch of these will look a lot alike! Odette Bell is brilliant and has become a favorite author. I hope she doesn't move out of my price range because of her amazing talent! I cannot believe this book is FREE!!! It is so good, I've read it twice so far and added it to my favorites and wish Ms. Bell would consider a series about Gladys! and her man, of course! I love how Ms. Bell takes the ordinary people and makes them extraordinary without being ridiculous about it! Give this one a chance. More than one, even. It might be slow for you but it WILL catch your imagination!!
  • A Plain Jane Book One on Dec. 18, 2012

    Once again I'm behind on my reviews so a bunch of these will look a lot alike! Odette Bell is brilliant and has become a favorite author. I hope she doesn't move out of my price range because of her amazing talent! The title caught me and well, the author, of course! I'm a bit of a Plain Jane at first! :D Jane is so sssllllooooowwww to catch on and then her Hero! Well, this is a Must Read! Ms. Bell's other species are terrific too. I'd love to travel her Universe!
  • Journey To Light: Part I of the High Duties of Pacia on Dec. 18, 2012

    Wonderful introduction - you can kinda tell that's what it is from the description - to the characters and land. And the characters are so likable and real! Well, except for their powers, which aren't that extraordinary as a rule. I've read the other two books and can truly recommend this series as one guaranteed to entertain to the very end and keep your interest throughout.
  • Return of the High Protector: Part II of The High Duties of Pacia on Dec. 18, 2012

    Totally enjoyed and recommend this series as "clean" entertainment.
  • And the Young Shall Lead You Home: Part III of The High Duties of Pacia on Dec. 18, 2012

    Rich ending ... does it have to end?! Would love to know how everyone is faring! Looking forward to another of Mr. Craton's books! Yep, he's that good, gonna keep him on my list!
  • The Servant Girl on Dec. 18, 2012

    I check to see if Lazette Gifford has a new book out at least once a week! One of my top 5 Smashwords authors! I feel badly I forgot to review this as it is a wonderful story! Reading Eliza's story, you might see the end coming as you get close to the end, but not before! You won't say until almost the end, "I knew it!" A wonderful story of faith and love in a non-romantic setting!
  • Ada Nish Pura on Dec. 18, 2012

    I check to see if Lazette Gifford has a new book out at least once a week! One of my top 5 Smashwords authors! I am so certain I wrote a review of this wonderful book back when I read it but it isn't here so... Another great Gifford book! I love the planet and the peoples who have adapted to live on a watery world and Marcus who adopted this world so completely that he learned to love the water. This is another story I wouldn't mind expansion on. Okay, I admit it, I love Ms. Gifford's worlds! I don't want them to stop!!
  • Trouble and Treasure (#1, Trouble and Treasure Series) on Dec. 23, 2012

    What a fun book! Could have done without the slight overuse of the f-word in the beginning, however, I love "clean" adventure! No falling into bed at every other chapter. Violence portrayed clear but not graphic. I can "see" the villainy going on without getting grossed out! Thank you, Ms. Bell! Amanda and Sebastian are such an unlikely team but, of course, they partner up beautifully! Amanda starts out whimpy and lost; Sebastian starts out arrogant and superior. Oh, I know, it SOUNDS formulaic, but give it a chance!!! There's very little Ms. Bell does I won't try. I'll be off to #2, when I catch up on other reading. Why, oh why, did my reader have to die now?!
  • Transfiguration on Feb. 28, 2013

    Great book! For me the Prologue is slooow and even the story is a wee bit slow but I was still quite interested even though I thought the beginning was sluggish. SUCH a great story! I'm definitely not an advocate of evolution, but I don't believe in dragons either and I love dragon stories so don't let the theme stop you! Wonderful "what if" book and such amazing insight into humanity's oft times idiocy. Mr. Weber, if you wanted to do a Part Two, I'd actually BUY it! I will see what else you have listed and I definitely recommend this book.
  • Child Of Snow, Spirit Of Wind on March 21, 2013

    First Wind book I've been disappointed with. About 70 pages, so way overpriced, IMO, and although I enjoyed reading Danoe's story, it was much too abbreviated and rushed through. I kept wondering what the hurry was! A side story was a great idea and there are probably more that are anxious to be told but only if the time is taken to tell them properly! Danoe deserved more of your time and attention, as did the characters around him who were barely cardbord cut outs. Happy to read anything from the Wind series but what a let down! Still, there was a whiff while we await the next course!
  • Mirrors on March 22, 2013

    Another fantastic novel from Ms Gifford! The fae are such interesting people in her hands, not one dimensional magical beings, they become people with all the personality quirks and failings, ups/downs of any race. Mirrors helps us get to know Skye who is my first genderless hero, an odd concept but Ms Gifford created this persona with all the depth she brings to all her characters and I want to see more of Skye and the human/fae family! You are immediately drawn in with a missing person and the exciting way Skye travels across St. Louis! If only! As usual, Ms Gifford tells a superb story with minimal violence and no sex! I have to read online because I can't figure out how to load books onto my Samsung Galaxy and haven't rec'd help anywhere I've turned so that must tell you how much I enjoyed this book to read it so fast in such discomfort! I reread a couple of Ms Gifford's other books when I need a quick pick-me-up and I think this will be another one of those.
  • Every Last Mother's Child on June 21, 2013

    It took me three starts to get into this book but something made me want to keep trying and I’m happy I did as it is such a great story. The main characters are well drawn as we slowly get to know them and I look forward to continuing to get to know them in upcoming stories and I hope more attention will be given to others lightly touched on. One thing that is troubling and somewhat annoying is the misuse of English throughout the book. I don’t think English is the author’s first language and he desperately needs a good editor to make this great book amazing! This book is also quite long, but not needlessly so. In fact, I think this book could have been fleshed out into two books easily without losing integrity. I’m looking forward to the next segment! For those of you who care, there is SOME profanity and no sex. Thank you, Mr. Carty! (Editing-4 stars, story-5 stars!!!)
  • Artifice: Episode Two on July 16, 2013

    I did like this second book but frequently found myself lost in the sea of characters. I totally appreciate the lack of bad language and what sex there is, is via innuendo, THANK YOU!!! I'm looking forward to the next installment and I wouldn't mind if the author would spend a little more time reminding us who is who. Not like when the "pirate" was being eased in to, but like when we're bouncing from scene to scene. On the other hand, maybe it's just me and it certainly won't keep me from haunting Smashwords for part three as I did part two! Good clean fun will always be eagerly sought in this Ereader! But, wow, you take "cliffhanger" to a whole new level!!
  • The Bodies Out Back on Aug. 12, 2013

    Good clean story, told without overt violence or foul language. The main characters are quite likeable and I didn't guess either storyline! Cannot ask for better in a book. Thanks for freebie, will be buying Phil n Pat's next cozy mystery.
  • Xenation: Draw the Line on Sep. 23, 2013

    Another brilliant story from the mind of Ms. GIFFORD! Unlike most of her ebooks there are a few typos here, please don't fixate on those because the facilities that make books perfect also take them out of my budget and I dread the day mainstream fantasy/syfy readers "discover" Ms. Gifford and a few of my other Smashwords authors and pull them out of my reach! Stepping off my soapbox, Ms. Gifford has created yet another cast of characters I would love to revisit on an alien built space station that amazingly adapted itself to welcome the explorers! We enter right into human drama, fascinating alien races with their own drama. The characters are so real they could be folks you work with or know, truly wonderful job drawing each person. Without spoilers, my only whine is that I just don't think it truly would have taken so very long to figure out the "pets." But I'm ready to read it again to check it out! I own most Gifford ebooks on Smashwords. Color me - a fan!
  • The Water is Wide on Jan. 03, 2014

    Finally!!! Third book. It was bound to be somewhat disappointing after so much anticipation. Story great but told in such a disjointed, breathless fashion and the ending so abrupt and unsatisfactory. Five stars for story but not told with same depth as first two. Will it be another two years until conclusion? But not sorry I bought cuz I just had to know. Now gonna start over and read all three again. Loved part one, part 2 kinda slow and now part three a whirlwind rollercoaster BUT wouldn't miss it!
  • Don't Go Home for the Holidays: A Tale of Spies, Aliens and Very Bad Timing on Jan. 26, 2014

    Fantastical book! This is a series of novellas about two sisters who are spies for what turns out to be an intergalactic group. I enjoyed most of the stories and wish Ms. Gifford has fleshed out each story into a series of books! There was one story, well, maybe two, that seemed a bit rushed and not quite complete but that might be just me. I read the book through and then started over from page one to enjoy it again! I could see brother Cloud joining up in future stories if such were to be written. I hope THIS review stays.
  • Waiting for the Last Dance on Jan. 26, 2014

    I enjoyed this story and as I read a LOT I felt I had it figured out quite early on. Yes. And NO!! Great story, I do recommend, of course, a departure from syfy but still a pleasant read. Considered YA but this granny loved it!
  • For the Honor of the Hunt on Jan. 26, 2014

    Wonderful novella that I sincerely hope is an introduction to a series! Gender abuse and chauvinism are not new but Ms. Gifford's story is definitely not cliche! More, please!