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review 2018-02-12 06:20
Playing House (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series Book 5) - Amy Andrews
This is book #5, in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Eleanore AKA "Nell" has a family who does not understand her.  They have no idea why she prefers to think about an earlier era in history, as well as design costumes appropriate for it.  She has other matters she finds pressing, so she tells herself to take a chance.

Bodie has no idea he has met the little sister of his teammate and best friend.  If he knew, he would never be thinking hot as Hades ideas about her.  Much less acting on them.  When he does find out, can he forgive her for wanting a life of her own?

This story was so sweet and yet so very sexy.  Right at the beginning, these characters had steam coming off the pages as I read.  The sparks were flying and I felt them as if I was there in the story.  I was excited to see such an amazing addition to the series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

***This ARC copy was given in advance for honest review purposes only.
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text 2014-02-07 19:38
Deadly Women: Best Romance Heroines Who Can Defend Themselves
The Battle Lord's Lady - Linda Mooney
Guardian Of Honor - Robin D. Owens
The Courtesan - Julia Justiss
Battered Not Broken - Ranae Rose
Sexy/Dangerous - Beverly Jenkins
Captive Star - Nora Roberts
The Scottish Selkie (Long Swords, Hot Heroes, & Warrior Women) - Cornelia Amiri,Julie Darcy (Cover Artist)
The Sword Dancer - Jeannie Lin
Moon's Fury - C.T. Adams,Cathy Clamp
Heart of a Traitor - Angela Verdenius

Kickass Women Warriors Reign in Paranormal and Romance Suspense. I enjoy reading about a women who can protect herself.


I like weapons too. I fenced for years so I have a particular love of edged weapons through archery also appeals.


Great woman archers can be found in The Battle Lord's LadyThe Scottish Selkie, and The Bride.


Here is a fencer! The Courtesan by Julia Justiss.


Some swords women: The Sword Dancer

Guardian of Honor,  Magic Bites, and Dagger-Star.


Ah, knives: The Lion's LadyBlade Dancer and Big Bad Beast.


Fine ladies of the gun: CreedGunmetal MagicNever a Gentleman  and  Sexy/Dangerous


Female brawlers, boxers, and martial artists enjoy the advantage of surprise: martial arts in The China Bride and .Captive Star Fisticuffs: KinkedBear Meets Girl and Battered Not Broken.


Then, there are the magic as a weapon divas: Kiss of a Demon King and Soul Kissed (Shadow Kissed).


My very favorite though is the Dagmar "The Beast" in What a Dragon Should Know, she uses her brain and sometimes her war dog. 


Here is a great list of well known Deadly Women of Romance that if you haven't read you should.


1. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress) Jeaniene Frost:  Cat, Vampire Hunter

2. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) by Patricia Brigg: The ever scrappy Mercy

3. Magic Burns (Kate Daniels) by Iiona Andrews. Kate takes a licking and keeps on ticking

4. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter) by Nalini  Singh. Elena takes on an Arch Angel.

5. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta  Chase. Ms Jessica Trent and her gun.

6. Dragon Bound (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison. Pia--Spry. You can't catch her.

7. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. The one and only Eve Dallas

8. Harvard's Education by Suzanee Brockmann. P.J!

10. I could go all day listing every Shelly Laurenston/GA Aiken's heroine. 



Here is a great list of lesser known Deadly Women of Romance that if you haven't read you should.


1. The Challenge (Rystani Warrior 1): Volume 1 by Susan Kearney Secret Service agent Tessa Camen 

2. Heart of a Traitor (Heart and Soul) by  Angela Verdenius. I highly recommend the entire Science Fiction Romance series. Disgraced ex-sniper Oriel 

3. The Warrior Prince (Dragon Lords) by Michelle Pillow. Another great Pia.

4. Moon's Fury (Tales of the Sazi) by Adams, C. T. and Clamp, Cathy. Cara Salinas, Alpha Wolf.

5. Heart Journey by Robin Owens. Helena, a renowned cartographer and explorer

6. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1) by Faith Hunter. Vampire hunter

7. To Catch a Bride (Berkley Sensation) by Anne Gracie.  Ayisha, so full of secrets. 

8. Sam's Creed (Hell's Eight) by Sarah McCarty. Isabella, the gunslinger.

9.The Protector by Madeline Hunter Anna de Leon, Commander

10. A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer. The princess has a brace of pistols. 


Do you have recommendations? Please let me know! I would love more contemporary deadly women especially. 


If you would like to vote for the best of the best, go to the Goodreads List: Deadly Women: Best Romance Heroines Who Can Defend Themselves.


If you would love to see some amazing images of deadly women from history today, and film check out my Pinterest Board: Kickass Heroines of Romance


An onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Would she make a great heroine in a Romance Novel? 




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