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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Book of the Week!

It's review time for Phantom Pleasures, the first book of Julie Leto's new Phantom series.

It's been a long time since I've read a ghost story and this is by far the sexiest ghost story I've ever read. The plot has wicked twists and turns that continue taking the story deeper and arousing anticipation for the next books in the series. Damon Forsyth is a delicious phantom trapped inside a cursed castle, and only Alexa Chandler can save him from the dark magic that has held him prisoner for centuries.

I love folklore, and Phantom Pleasures is steeped in romantic gypsy magic that promises to continue throughout the series. There's a well-crafted mix of historical and contemporary romance elements that lends depth to the novel that a lot of books don't achieve. The hero and heroine are explosive together and the threat outside the castle walls is complex enough to carry us well into the series. I'm looking forward to the second book, Phantom's Touch.

Next week I'll be reviewing First You Run by Roxanne St. Claire.

Leave a comment today for a chance to win a copy of Witchy Business by Julie Leto, Rhonda Nelson and Mia Zachary.
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Faith said...

I like your site! Very nice! Found your contest announcement on JERK.

It's been a while since I've read a good paranormal romance, so I'll have to watch for these recommendations. The trouble is finding time to read right now with all the editing and writing that I do, LOL!

Wendi said...

Thanks for stopping by, Faith! I have trouble finding time to read, too. That's why I committed myself to this weekly book review - so that I feel obligated to read at least one book each week. :)

Wendi Darlin

ddurance said...

I love a good ghost story too. There really aren't many of these out right now. They all seem to be vampires or shifters of some kind. I'm not complaining, I love anything paranormal. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one not finding much time to read these days. Busy, busy, busy!

Beth Caudill said...

Good to hear Phantom Pleasures is good. It's on my To-Be-Read pile. Can't wait to read it.


Debby said...

The book looks great. I enjoyed reading your review. I don;'t read too many like this and would love to try this.

limecello said...

I found your contest through JERK too - I haven't read anything by Julie Leto so I'd love the chance to get Witchy Business. :)

judy said...

Phantom Pleasures sounds like a very good read. Something that would appeal to me. I love a good ghost story. I like the aspect of the historical part. I enjoy any historical books with all the flavors added. This will go on my TBR pile for sure.

Ruth said...

Sounds like not only a fun read,but a great series!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the comments and have now added this book to my TBR list.

Judy said...

I love a good ghost story and this one sounds good. I like the site too!

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Loved your review, Wendi. Good job. Loved your video of Cowboy Games. Good pics and good music. Very sexy. Looking forward to it.


Anonymous said...

The book sounds good. I love reading paranormal. I am glad you posted a note about this blog, that's how I found out about it and the contest. I don't have much time for reading either, but reading is an addiction with me. So somehow, even if I give up things that need to be done (like lunch, or sleep) I read. Is there a book readers anonymous out there? (Just kidding!) I wouldn't give up reading for anything!

I am only posting under anonymous because my google/blogger always says I have an account, but will never let me post (wrong password, wrong username) so that's really a problem! I never get an answer back from them, so I don't know what to do other than post under anonymous. I hope that this does not ruin my chances of winning...Thanks for your indulgence.

Sandy said...

Great site, and very nice review. I don't have time to read any more, but the book sound interesting.


Roxanne St. Claire said...

I loved Phantom Pleasures - thought the hero was absolutely fantastic and the story was a great ride from beginning to end.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to watch the Cowboy Games video ten more times. Nice!!!

Thanks for picking up FIRST YOU RUN - hope you love it!


lrwirum said...

I love ghost stories. This sounds like it is an interesting book. Great cover too. :-)

Amber Leigh Williams said...

PP sounds really great! Can't wait to read it! Congrats again on the Linda Howard! You're awesome! BTW, who told you about the rum in the bread pudding? LOL


Amber Leigh Williams
Steamy Romantic Adventure & Suspense
FOX & HOUND, SR Reviews "Outstanding Read"

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Jill James said...

Wendi, I loved Phantom Pleasures too! It was a unique story and I can't wait for the next one.

Wendi said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Looks like the hat's going to be full for the drawing. :) I'm a big fan of Julie's books so I understand the draw. I'll choose the winner sometime after midnight tonight and post the winner's name tomorrow.

Thanks for all the compliments on the Cowboy Games video. I aim to please. ;)

Anonymous, you're in the drawing. I won't let blogger keep you out. :) Next time, you might want to sign your name at the bottom of your post in case there's more than one anonymous poster.

Rocki, I have a feeling it's going to be hard not to like a smokin' hot bullet catcher! I'm really looking forward to reading First You Run.

Wendi Darlin

Shannon said...

I love paranormal romances! Thanks for the heads-up Wendi! I actually just finished the first book in Nora Roberts' trilogy Seven Signs - Blood Brothers. That is a good one too with great paranormal entities.
Love, love, love the Cowboy Games video - Wooowee!!
Shannon Robinson

Kissa Starling said...

These are great covers! Thanks for sharing.

Kissa Starling

Wendi said...

Thanks, Kissa. The covers are beautiful. Phantom Pleasures' cover almost looks metallic. The internet picture really doesn't do it justice.

Wendi Darlin

Carol Burge said...

I luv spooky stories! Phantom Pleasures sounds like a great read!

By the way, nice eye candy! :)

Karen Lingefelt said...

Hi, Wendi!

PHANTOM PLEASURES is Julie's best book yet. For me, it's one of those rare books that I enjoy so much, as soon as I finish it I want to read it all over again.

acdaisy95 said...

I have Julie's book on my TBR list.