Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Reviews: The Caldwell Sisters Trilogy by Lucianne Rivers (Hold Me, Thrill Me and Entice Me)

Hold Me by Lucianne Rivers
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publish Date: August 2011
ebook, 69 pages

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Novella
ISBN: 9781937044169

My Review:
Wow, spicy and romantic.  Quick yet tells the full story.  Ms. Rivers does a great job introducing the sisters and telling Jane's story in Hold Me.  As Jane goes off in search of the first Zachary Caldwell that could possibly be their long-dead father, this book heats up when she meets a handsome stranger in Mexico heading to Guatemala.

I liked Jane, underneath it all she's practical (despite the high heels) and when she sees something she likes, like sexy Harrison, she knows how to go for it.  I also like Harrison, who is obviously hiding something living down in Guatemala, but you know he is a good guy at heart because he is so protective of Jane and takes care of her.  The story speeds along and their attraction is instant, but they took a little time to act on it (even though the story is short).  I felt that the attraction was believable and definitely steamy.

I enjoyed Jane and Harrison.  I also enjoyed the plotline of Jane looking for Zachary and where that led.  I found the novella as a whole to be a very satisfying experience and a great read.  I couldn't wait to go from the finish of Hold Me right to Thrill Me to read Margo's story which was happening at about the same time.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
Still reeling from her mother’s death, news anchor Jane Caldwell’s life is upended further when she learns the father she lost twenty years ago is still alive. Her mother’s will unleashes a manhunt—the Caldwell sisters must find their father, or their mother’s estate will not be settled, and their questions about his disappearance will remain unanswered.

Jane’s search leads her to Guatemala to investigate a man who claims to be her father and heir to the family fortune. Needing a translator, she enlists enigmatic Harrison DeNeuve, a sexy ex-patriot with a penchant for wearing dark sunglasses in public.

As Jane struggles to reunite with her would-be father, Harrison fights to suppress his desire for Jane. He has a secret—one he’s sequestered himself in a third-world jungle hideaway to keep safe—and falling for Jane puts more than his heart at risk.

Jane finds two men in Guatemala—a father and a lover—but can she trust either of them

Hold Me can be purchased at Amazon and B&N for $0.99 for a limited time, so make sure you check it out!

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Thrill Me by Lucianne Rivers
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publish Date: September 6, 2011
ebook, 80 pages

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Novella

ISBN: 9781930744

My Review:
I'll admit I'm writing this before reading Entice Me, but I'm pretty sure this book will be my favorite in the series.  I thought Harrison was sexy, but I am in love with Adrian and he's 13 years my junior and I'm happily married for 14 years next week.  Okay now that I got that off my chest.  This was another satisfying romp.  Margo heads off to the Virgin Islands in search of the second Zachary Caldwell and first she finds Adrian Prince.  Margo is self-sufficient and has just made detective in the Santa Fe Police Department.  She goes through men and has never really found one that she wanted to stay around for long.  Until she meets Adrian.

Adrian is a local boy who has been dating a local girl for several years.  He has his dream job owning his own charter service and owns his own boat.  He never imagined a woman like Margo would step into his life and turn it all around.

As Margo and Adrian island hop making deliveries for his injured cousin and look for Zachary Caldwell, the romance blooms and it gets steamy. They also find themselves in hot water with one delivery.  The action ratchets up Ms. Rivers will definitely hold your interest in this novella between the romance and the suspense.

Another great installment in this series.  I loved this one, great combination of romance, steamy scenes and suspense, add in a couple of "awww" moments (without the cheesy factor) and this novella was a complete winner for me.  Margo and Adrian make an amazing couple! 

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:
Santa Fe Police Detective Margo Caldwell needs a vacation, but the wild goose chase her mother’s death triggers isn’t quite what she had in mind. Margo and her sisters must locate their father, or the Caldwell estate will remain unsettled—and they’ll never know why their father didn’t return from the Gulf War.

Pursuing a lead, Margo heads to the Virgin Islands in search of Zach Caldwell. To navigate the waters of the Caribbean, she needs a boat and a captain. Too bad Captain Adrian Prince, with his mesmerizing muscles and wicked grin, may be gunrunner.

Adrian takes Margo on his delivery route to small islands near St. Thomas that hide more than wildlife, booze, and sexy boaters. On a remote, mangrove-ridden patch of sand, they find gun-toting Zach Caldwell. When their mission turns deadly, Margo must save Adrian’s life—and her own—even if she loses her heart in the process.

Entice Me by Lucianne Rivers
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publish Date: October 4, 2011
ebook, 76 pages

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Novella

ISBN: 9781937044329

My Review:
Entice Me is Allison's story and it's the least steamy of the three, though it is still plenty warm and has plenty of romance.  It focuses more on the relationship building and on the search for Zach Caldwell in Afghanistan.  It was a great ending to the series and I enjoyed this third installment very much.  It still had great relationship building and good suspense plot as well.

I really liked both Allison and Robert.  I liked Allison's innocence yet her strong will and her knowing her own heart.  Robert had a little harder time coming to grips with his heart due to the age difference and the difference in life experience.  But I really liked him. He cared for Ally and it really showed.

Ms. Rivers did a great job crafting this story and creating a realistic and happy ending to the series in this novella and I look forward to future works by her and hopefully longer ones.  Though I must admit the novella length does lend itself to nice quick reading when you don't feel like getting bogged down in a whole book.

All -in-all The Caldwell Sisters series is well worth your time and money to read and enjoy.  It has romance, heat, suspense, and happy endings, what more could you ask for?
My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
Heartsick over the untimely death of her mother, Allison Caldwell is blindsided again by the secret revealed in her mom’s will. Her supposedly dead father is alive, and she and her two sisters must find him in order to settle the Caldwell estate.

Robert Rivera, private investigator and former Navy SEAL, alerts Allison to new intel identifying her father as a P.O.W. in Afghanistan. With her sisters out of the country pursuing leads, Allison insists on heading to the war-ravaged country to find him. Robert doesn’t want his naïve client to take the risk. He knows what danger lays in that godforsaken land…he’s lived through it. Barely.

But Allison is determined to go, and Robert can’t let her travel alone. Reluctantly appreciative, Allison quickly realizes how much she needs his guidance and protection, and how deeply she longs for his love. Robert struggles to understand her effect on his battle-weary heart.

The path to Allison’s father is blocked by terrorists, traps and treachery—all demons of Robert’s past. Can he survive a second round with the enemy and keep Allison out of harm’s way?

About the Author: 
Lucianne writes romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Cobblestone Press. Born and raised in Ireland, she currently lives in New Mexico with her young daughter. Formerly a stage and television actress, she now manages a non-profit and is NM State Champion in her weight class for Olympic style weightlifting. Long story.


FTC Information: I received these books from the publisher for an honest review.