Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finding Great Romance Books

Romance novels are one extremely popular genre to read. You'll find hundreds of them at the library, book stores, and even online. That's right! Nowadays you can easily find and read romance books online!

As technology continues to improve, it is no surprise that we can now read some of our favorite books online. Many websites offer free romance books, while others will require you to pay for them just as you would when purchasing a normal book. Today, there are even on-the-go devices that allow you to read whatever you want at the touch of a button.

There are various ways you can read Romance Novels online. If you decide to read a book online, you're actually reading what is called an eBook. These eBooks can be read off of a website or downloaded to your personal computer so that you can read them at your own leisure. There are all types of eBooks offered, from Erotic eBooks, romance eBooks, love story eBooks and tons of others.

If you are new to online books and eBooks, you may not be familiar with how to find them on the Internet. Below are some tips to use if you're searching for books to read online. Remember, there are literally hundreds of Romance Books Online to choose from, so take your time in finding the ones you like best!

Search engine query - If you're looking for a specific eBook, you may find that doing a query using a search engine is best for you. This way you will be given direct links to that eBook online.

Look for eBook websites - There are many websites that are dedicated to hosting and providing eBooks for readers all over the world. Keep an eye on popular online book forums as you are sure to find plenty of help there.

eCommerce websites - Many websites that sell common day items will sell eBooks. Also, any bookstore that operates a brick-and-mortar location will usually have a website where you are able to purchase and download eBooks as well.

Author websites - Sometimes authors will post eBooks on their personal websites for downloading or so that readers can purchase from the site and then download the book. If you have a favorite author don't hesitate to check his/her website for eBooks! Many authors offer them nowadays.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sex, Romance, and Redemption

Sexy, sweet, and touching are three words I'd use to describe the fantastic novel, Hana-lani, by the talented author Christine Sunderland. There is a definite theme of hope and the possibility for redemption that runs through the novel, but Hana-lani's tone never gets heavy. Reading it is like breathing in a fresh breath of island air, and its depiction of rural Hawaiian life in Hana-lani, the old family home of one of the novel's main characters, old Nani Lei, is guaranteed to lift your spirits and brighten your day. Materialistic and beautiful Meredith Campbell, 36, who might have stepped right out of the TV program Sex In the City, seems to come from an entirely different world than Nani-Lei, her widowed 52-year-old grandson, Henry, and his six-year-old daughter, Lucy. What will it take for these two people, Meredith and Henry, to meet each other, fall in love, and to change their lives for the better?

City girl Meredith Campbell seems to have it all: a great paying job, a rockin' body, and a handsome lover who is a doctor. Her life in San Francisco is sweet, but Meredith is also very self-centered, and believes her body will ensure her happiness. She doesn't like being around children, she thinks going to visit her father in a Florida home is a waste of time. Also, she thinks, and past experience in general has shown, that with her attractive body and by flirting with men she can get almost anything she wants. She's not an evil person, but she is one who knows what she wants and is not above using her natural charms to get it.

One day, her world starts to unravel. She loses her job, and discovers Nick, the doctor who is also her live-in boyfriend, in her bed with his ex-wife. Meredith decides to get away from it all, and though Nick has cheated on her, she has fantasies of his tracking her down in Hawaii and riding shirtless up to her on a beach. At first, Meredith seemed too shallow to me, and I didn't especially like her character, to be honest. As I continued to read, though, I became more and more intrigued with her character and wondered what could possibly happen to change her for the better and to turn her life around.

It turns out that it took the small plane she's in to crash, killing the drug-running pilot of it whom she's had sex with the night before, to begin heading her life in a different direction. The expected and anticipated arrival of Nick never comes, it's the rainy season, there's not much for her to do, and she seeks to leave and return to San Francisco and look for a different job. The trouble is, all flights have been canceled due to the weather. A shady guy she meets offers her a flight in return for sex, and though she is not really attracted to the dude, she agrees to the arrangement because she wants off the island so badly and doesn't care about any potential consequences. Both engines fail, and the plane crashes, despite the pilot's efforts to glide it in for a landing.

Fortunately for Meredith, the plane crashes near Hana-lani. Lucy notices a "wisp of smoke," curling into the air across the acres of field surrounding the house, and she leads her Nani tutu (grandmother) to the smoldering wreckage of the plane. There are not the most advanced medical facilities on the island, but though Meredith is unconscious for a few days and is cut on her face and thigh, her injuries don't seem all that severe. Nani tutu has her brought to Hana-lani to personally care for her there, while she recovers.

Henry is a professor of history who is on a sabbatical to work on a book his deceased wife, Maria, had planned on writing and getting published. He is lost in his many shelves of books, and just wants to concentrate on researching and writing the book, as a way to honor Maria's memory, if nothing else. He tolerates Meredith's presence, but at first, doesn't want much to do with her, believing (rightly, at the time) that she is shallow. How can he find himself again, and deal with the terrible loss he's suffered at the death of his wife?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"The Privateer" Book Review

Thorne pens an intriguing tale of pirates, privateers, and Caribbean secrets with "The Privateer." Kate O'Connell is looking to start a new life for herself on the island of San Madrid, but her new life is full of challenges, including the handsome Captain Adair and Captain Bertrand. Who will win her heart?

Set in the early 1700's in the West Indies, Captain Adair is in charge of the British Navy sailing ship, The Indemnity. Captain Julius Bertrand is a privateer in charge of The Specter. It's their job to protect the island from pirates. Bertrand soon discovers there's a plot to acquire great wealth spearheaded by the pirate Moreaux.

Kate O'Connell, a young woman, arrives on San Madrid along with her father who has been commissioned as the island's doctor. At a welcoming party, Kate makes a poor impression by speaking her mind and being honest. The island's society women frown upon her. Adair and Bertrand find themselves intrigued with Kate.

Captain Adair makes an effort to court Kate, but it's Bertrand who has caught Kate's interest, despite the fact he gives his cabin boy a lashing that Kate doesn't approve of. Bertrand shows Kate he cares with little gestures, by sending her a parrot and saving her during a shark attack, but he never vocalizes his feelings.

Both men realize they have to marry, but who will be the one to capture Kate's heart?

The plot does revolve around Kate and Bertrand, but rarely do their paths cross until the end when the pirates attack.

What Thorne does well is bring a rich authenticity to the story which puts the reader right in the scene with the characters. The writing is crisp and the dialogue is as well. The descriptions paint a vivid picture of the setting. Thorne paints island life perfectly from the dangers of a shark attack to day-to-day occurrences.

The supporting cast is a delight - from the dashing Captain Adair, to the boy, McAllister, and to the Spencer ladies who embody the prestige and privilege of the nobility.

Kate is a spunky heroine. She knows her mind and is true to herself. The hurricane tests her courage and will to her limits. Bertrand is more an enigma. He's very methodical and thorough, however there are times he does things the reader doesn't expect.