A Revolutionary love story

RebelClick on the top line of titles to open each item!  The Rebel Pirate: Renegades of the Revolution by Donna Thorland is sexy tale of intrigue, deceit, greed, and espionage set in Boston and Salem during the American Revolutionary War.

When Susan Ward’s ship is boarded by the British Royal Navy her first thought is not her smuggler’s cargo but to protect her younger brother Ned. But, Commander James Sparhawk quickly sees through her disguise and spots her as woman. In a moment of distraction, Susan and her crew seize Sparhawk as a hostage and flee back to Salem where she lives with her father, once a famous pirate.

Susan has no desire to be a pirate, but her family is desperately in debt. Smuggling is her last attempt to save her family. James finds himself attracted to feisty young woman. As Susan tries to save her family and James tries to recover his lost ship the two star-crossed lovers are drawn into a web of blackmail and espionage that threatens their lives.       

Thorland deftly weaves her fiery love story through early events of the American Revolutionary war around the Boston seacoast.  Thorland uses history to set the stage for her romance and to create tension. Her grasp of events is impressive. As a native of Lexington, Massachusetts – who grew up familiar with the events and area – I was alert for errors. Thorland was pitch-perfect in her descriptions of Colonial New England and had a great grasp on events. The Rebel Pirate: Renegades of the Revolution will delight fans of the genre with its blend of romance and suspense.




Sizzling beach read

 Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel by Elizabeth Lowell is all a beach read should be.
Sexy professor Lina Taylor believes she is being followed, but can’t imagine why. Her mother, antiquities dealer Cecilia Reyes Balm, is a direct descendant of Mayan royalty and has made a fortune selling Mayan artifacts. Her father, Phillip, is a famous, but eccentric archeologist. Lina keeps her professional life as an academic in Dallas separate from that of her flamboyant family.
As the Winter Solstice of 2012 approaches, the “Mayan Long Count “ calendar resets and heralds the end of world. Crazy cults surface sound the event. Lina even notices an increase of nutty myth-obsessed students in her university classes.
When investigator Hunter Johnson asks for Lina’s help in interpreting Mayan glyphs linked to a serious drug case, it becomes clear that Lina is being followed by very dangerous people. After thugs attempt to kidnap Lina, she and Hunter are on the run.
Beautiful Sacrifice is a sexy, chilling mystery. Lowell weaves Mayan mythology with intrigue, drug dealers, and a sizzling romance. This is an intelligent, well written summer sizzler.