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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Review: A Dangerous Craving

A Dangerous Craving
By Amy Redwood

Chloe likes to steal--for her it s better than sex. For the last thirteen weeks, she steals flowers, and fantasizes about the man in the flower shop. When he catches her red-handed, she has the choice to turn fantasy into reality.

Daniel is a successful artist--a painter. While his sister recovers from an accident, he runs her flower shop--and tries to cope with his blocked creativity. Fascinated by the woman who steals each Friday a single flower, he hatches a plan to catch her and seduce her.

Whoa...seriously, whoa! I just finished A Dangerous Craving. I don't usually read stories this hot, but this was surprisingly good. Amy Redwood takes the reader on a wild ride from start to finish. The first thing I noticed was the ease of her style of writing. There was nothing jarring or out of place. There is no purple prose. The pace was quite fast; the book is only 38 pages long.

As for the content itself, it's pure fantasy. I don't condone stealing or unprotected sex with strangers, but that's why it's fantastical. This is definitely a 'bed time book'. Put the kiddies to bed and give the flannel pj's the night off! I think I might read it again. Bravo Amy Redwood!


Friday, November 2, 2007

Review: Only Man For the Job

Only Man For the Job
by Liza James

She never should have left, he never should have let her. Too bad it takes two years and many sleepless nights to realize he's always been the Only Man For the Job.

Laney Peters is back in town, and this time she's here to stay. When she decides to have the master bath in her new home remodeled, she is unprepared to discover the love of her life standing on her front porch ready to fulfill all her needs.
This short story is quick in the telling but sufficiently long in heat. Right away we meet Laney Peters, a lady in dire need of a bathroom overhaul.

In saunters Keith Jansen, a handy man with the skills to do the job right. The trick is that these two are fated mates who have a past steeped in misperceptions, hurt feelings and pride.

How do you ask for a second chance? How do you get past the past?

These two realize through their verbal thrust and parry that the passion they shared was the only true and uncomplicated thing they agreed upon with enthusiasm. Could it be the basis for reconciliation? Is the passion still as hot as they remembered? Is Keith really qualified to overhaul her bathroom and her heart?

After reading this, I'm still not too sure about the fate of the bathroom, but I think Laney might be in good hands.

Did I say "might"?

If I had my own Keith Jansen, I'd hope I had more than one bathroom in need of remodeling!


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cherry Rating Explanation

1 Cherry -- At this time, we at Whipped Cream do not post these reviews. If the book was boring, badly edited, poorly written, had little or no plot, stilted dialogue, and /or unsympathetic characters, we will decline the review.

2 Cherries -- Not wonderful, but tolerable. There may be some minor editing glitches but not enough to stop you reading. Not a wall-banger, but nothing you'd re-read. This is a book you would borrow from the library - not buy- and never check out again. You might recommend it to a friend with a mention of the glitches, knowing that something in the plot or story would still appeal to them regardless.

3 Cherries-- Good. Mostly enjoyable. You made it through and didn't consider it a waste of time or money. The story was strong enough or the conflict tight enough, so even when the book faltered,it was able to draw you back in and keep you. There's a good chance you'll recommend it to a friend, but it wouldn't go on your keeper shelf.

4 Cherries-- Very Good. You're glad you were the one who got to review this book. You would probably buy it and would definitely recommend it to your friends. You liked the characters and the plot. The writing style was good and the editing clean.

5 Cherries -- Great! You would definitely buy this book. You would definitely recommend it to your friends. You really loved the characters and the plot and would consider looking for this authors back list or making her an autobuy. The writing and editing were superb.

Whipped Cream Best Book -- For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you're not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. It will go on your keeper shelf. It has re-readability. The highest praise - and reserved for only a few.