Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Haunted Spring by Anthony Diesso


Title: The Haunted Spring
Author: Anthony Diesso
Genre: Contemporary with Paranormal Elements
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Sighs: 5 sighs


Jay Bennett, a comfortably maladjusted man in his early 20’s, finds Anna LaMonica knocking on his apartment door, looking for someone else. Seeing more of each other, however, they quickly fall in love. After overcoming an extended separation, as well as hostile family and friends, they marry and begin a new life together.

But Anna’s sudden death during childbirth leaves Jay to watch over their infant, born premature and requiring an extensive hospital stay. Grief-stricken, helpless, and alone, he is tormented by apparitions of his lost wife, recalling their love and ruined hopes. These apparitions, at times horrifying, at others pathetic, yet others darkly alluring, threaten to crack loose his grip on reality. Attempting to overcome such frightening occurrences, he struggles to piece together his life, to pull some sanity and hope out of the world around him, and to become a good father to his newborn son.


Jay is a quirky and funny guy who is making his way through life as best he can when Anna knocks on his door and disrupts his life. He finds himself in the midst of a courtship whirlwind and his staid and almost boring life changes drastically. With a pregnant wife, he prepares to settle into the new world of father and husband, but life throws him another monkey wrench. Instead of finishing the nursery and welcoming a healthy newborn, his wife dies, his son ends up in the NICU, and his sanity is tested by ghostly visitations.

Mr. Diesso’s debut is full of romance, humor, and emotion. His writing is almost like poetry at times, it’s so beautiful. His characters are real and honest, even when they make mistakes. All in all, I would recommend this book, and it’s made its way to my keeper pile, for sure.

The Haunted Spring is the hauntingly beautiful and achingly sweet story of a man who loves a woman so much he can’t let her go, even when she’s gone. I really loved this story and if I could give it six sighs, I would. 5 sighs.


Under a Rodeo Moon by Roni Adams

Title: Under a Rodeo Moon
Author: Roni Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sighs: 4 sighs

Carrie Montgomery has given up her life of luxury to chase down bull rider, Dusty Wulfsen, who she walked out on. She sells her fancy car, gives up her home and takes a job as a waitress in a town she knows he’ll be coming to soon.

Dusty is literally thrown to his butt when he sees the woman who tore him up sitting in the stands when he makes his ride. What is Carrie doing in Wayback, Texas? She was supposed to be married to some rich guy and living large. At least that’s what she told him when she gave him an ultimatum that he refused six months ago.

Under a Rodeo Moon was a delightful, romantic read. Carrie is one determined lady, but her softness comes through. She gives up a lot to show her cowboy she means business. Dusty is one hot bull rider that I fell in love with right away. The story is fresh, the characters strong, and the ending satisfying.

I highly recommend Ms. Adams’ Under a Rodeo Moon, and suggest you get your copy and settle in for a real cowboy ride!

By: Callie Hutton,
Author: Oklahoma Lovers Series

Dane’s Restraint by J.J. Ranger

Title: Dane’s Restraint
Author: J.J. Ranger
Genre: Erotica
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Sighs: 4 sighs

Review –

Tired of being the shy and quiet one Sara decides that she is going to let loose at her cousin’s bachelorette party this weekend. When she meets Dane she throws all caution to the wind and hopes for the best. Only things may not go as easy as Sara plans when her ex boyfriend decides he wants her back. As if she doesn’t have enough to worry about as she tries her luck at seducing one hot cowboy.

I really enjoyed this story. Dane is a good man. He may not be looking for love and someone to settle down with but it looks as if love has found him. I loved Sara; she is a strong woman when she needs to be. Watching Sara find her self as she begins to try to seduce Dane was a great read. The two make a wonderful couple. The sparks ignite right from the beginning and seeing them grow into so much more as the story goes on made for a nice read. Not only do Sara and Dane burn up the pages but they also find love. This author does a wonderful job of bringing the Dumen Ranch and its inhabitants to life. Making the reader feel as if they are visiting family not just characters in a book. This fast paced read grabbed my attention right from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I enjoyed my visit to the ranch and hope that I get to visit again sometime soon.

Reviewed by Gabrielle