Ruins by Janie Franz
Contemporary Romance Thriller Erotica
About the Book
Anthropology grad student Kate Ferguson is in Phoenix studying the connections between Aztec/Mayans and native cultures in Arizona when she meets architect Paul Rodriguez.
Embracing ties with the Hispanic culture and a maverick native group that is supposed to be older than other Arizona peoples, Paul is haunted by more than trying to reconcile his mixed heritage. He has deserted his position as shaman and leader of his people because of the group’s use of blood sacrifice. Kate has her own secrets. One is her gift of psychometry (being able to read psychic impressions left in objects) and the fact that she’s still a virgin. As Paul’s enemies draw nearer, Kate becomes embroiled in a power struggle between Paul and his twin sister Mala for the leadership of his people. Kate must learn to trust Paul, not only with her body, but with her very life. Can she do that?
I am a big fan of anything remotely connected to the prehistoric. The moment I saw the title and then the cover of this book I knew this was a book I wanted to grab for my e-reader and devote some time devouring.
Janie Franz was not an author I had any familiarity with, so reading her book was a new experience. Would it be an experience I would treasure and want to continue?
This is a story that takes me into the realm of the America existing before the arrival of the European explorer/conqueror, a la, Cortez, Columbus, Magellan. It is a story of cultures that pre-date the determined religious leaders/missionaries looking upon the peoples they found here as little more than savages in need of salvation, alteration, and religious redesigning.
Because of that this is also a story of having to reclaim memories and rituals lost because of time and reshaping. It is also wisdom shared by a wiser Universe in some of the least likely places because the Universe has had to fill in the gaps. Kate is a grad student in Archeology. Paul Rodrieguez is a man with a history and a supernatural bulls-eye painted upon his soul. Can she be the buffer to help him finally achieve his destiny, and if she does, at what cost to herself?
I was enraputred from the opening salvo, and held tightly captive by Ms. Franz's rich prose through the frightening, but empowering journey she took Kate and Paul on.
I admit to being surprised by the direction Ms. Franz took our hero and heroine, but must admit the direction she took them on rang truer than the direction I had been expecting, given what they were pursuing.
I eagerly look forward to reading more from this gifted author and cannot recommend her Ruins series more highly. Therefore I give FIVE STARS to RUINS: DISCOVERY and am off to dive into the second book in this series,rnrnRUINS:ARTIFACTS.
Ruins was a quite unique read for me. Fascinating and suspenseful, this novel took some surprising turns, but they all made sense. Kate is a great main character, while Paul remains nicely mysterious till the end.
The Lighthouse by Kat Holmes
Paranormal Mystery Romance Erotica
About the Book
Rachel falls in love with both Star Island and the beautiful lighthouse and cottage she’s inherited. But, odd things begin to happen right from the first day. Cold chills permeate the cottage and books fly off the shelves. And someone seems to be playing pranks on her.
But when the ante gets upped and someone tries to kill her, Rachel must turn to hunky local sheriff Craig Lewis for protection. Now bodies are turning up, people are getting hurt, and Rachel is starting to suspect her aunt didn’t die a natural death. Can Craig stop a killer from claiming Rachel as their next victim? A little help from a ghost may be in order.
bluetopaz (Wednesday, 17 April 2013)
Want to escape to another world for an afternoon? What could be more romantic than discovering that you've inherited a lighthouse on a delightful little island off the coast of New England? Our heroine finds out the sheriff is a gorgeous hunk and he's single. Despite falling head over heels for him, she has her hands full. She sees her aunt's ghost and has been run off the road and nearly killed by someone in a black SUV. And as if that isn't enough, she discovers a murder. Lots of excitement of all kinds!!! Pull up a comfy chair, grab a glass of iced tea and get lost in Kat Holmes' book. A spicy read you'll enjoy.
Penny (Friday, 21 December 2012)
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Newly divorced, Rachel Westmont's life is about to take some drastic new turns. She finds out she has inherited a lighthouse from a dead aunt, she never knew, which is great. She thinks the lighthouse might be haunted, which is unnerving. She finds out, first hand, somebody is trying to kill her, which terrifies her, and she gets involved with the local sheriff, which is incredible.
This is the first story I have read by Kat Holmes and I found she spins quite a tale.
The Lighthouse has suspense, action, humor, and sex - some STEAMY sex. I recommend this story to mystery and romance lovers. Nice job, Kat.