The Mark of the Yakuza Series from Marie Hampton

Push for Power (Mark of the Yakuza) [Kindle Edition] Marie Hampton (Author)

Push for Power (Mark of the Yakuza)   by Marie Hampton

In the second book of the Mark of the Yakuza, Kasumi Yoshida is fresh from the fight and training for the opportunity at revenge. The appearance of an Oyabun from Tokyo scatters small sense of normality Kas had gained.
With Oyabun Shinto in Las Vegas, Kas and Akira have no choice but to play nice with Jiro since Shinto insists the two lines forget their differences and work together to strengthen the Yakuza. He offers a new position of power to combine the lines. Everyone turns to the problems Shinto’s ideas create, but Kas can’t push aside her intuition that Jiro is involved in something more sinister.

Kas reaches out for someone to understand but even her friend Hak refuses to turn from the problems with Shinto. Ryan is the only worker that makes Shinto happy, but Kas knows he plays both sides. Akira trusts Ryan, but Kas cannot decide if he is worth her trust, or her heart.


Hunting Heartbreak [Kindle Edition] Marie Hampton (Author)

Hunting Heartbreak is the 1st book in the Mark of the Yakuza seies

On the flashy Las Vegas strip, Kasumi Yoshida tracks down her marks– assassinating gamblers who pay their loans with their lives. Business becomes scarce when a past lover and fellow Yakuza member betrays the honor system and rescues Kasumi’s future clients.

Her boss insists she works with Ryan, a hired gun, to find the cause, but Kasumi becomes distracted by his arrogant charm, and soon her adrenaline-filled world of death and motorcycle racing is muddied by her obsession with the past and her uncontrollable attraction to her partner.

Kidnapping, torture, and betrayal allow the enemy to capture Kasumi, and she is forced to trust in friendship and love to free her from guilt so she can take her revenge.

Review of Hunting Heartbreak
5 stars
Hunting Heartbreak review    reviewed by Peggy Brillhart
the story is fast moving, very hard to put down. the ending leaves you hanging for the next book. i can’t wait for book II, just to see what the future holds for Kaz.. really a good read for a first time author. Marie Hampton has a great future ahead.


Book Review: Snow Bride by Lindsay Townsend

The Snow Bride

5 stars(an Amazon review)

reviewed by Mrs. Jennifer M. Black “Jen Black” (UK) 

The Snow Bride is a lovely title, and snow figures largely throughout the story which makes for chilly yet picturesque reading.
Set at the times of the Crusades, from which Sir Magnus returns scarred so horribly that young maidens run from the sight of him, his destiny directs him to Elfrida, the witch of the woods who is so feared by her neighbours that no man will speak to her, let alone marry her.

Elfrida’s sister has been snatched by the Forest Grendel, a misshapen creature of whom grotesque tales abound in the neighbourhood. Elfrida’s sister isn’t his first victim. Elfrida hatches a cunning plan with herself as bait, hoping that she can use her magic to overwhelm the creature. Magnus finds her tied to a tree in the woods, and rescues her – and she’s not at all grateful! Indeed, she thinks Sir Magnus may be the misshapen beast!

It’s an engaging story, and I particular liked the character of Magnus, so accepting of his fate and yet still brave and willing to help Elfrida find her sister. How they do, will keep you reading right to the end of the book.

The Snow Bride

(BookStrand Publishing Romance)

by Lindsay Townsend

  • Publisher: Siren Publishing (January 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071MSB4M

An interview AND a review – WooHoo!

I was interviewed as a (PROUD) member of the Hudson Valley chapter of RWA, please check it out…

Chelle has written some memorable stories over the years. Her books include Bartlett’s Rule, Forgotten, Within the Law, Courage of the Heart, Hostage Heart, A Chaunce of Riches & most recently Common Bond,Tangled Hearts. Her murder-mystery thriller, Final Sin, was published in May 2009.…read more

Another Review of Hostage Heart – 4 Hearts!

Review of

Hostage Heart

Chelle Cordero
Romantic suspense
Vanilla Heart Publisher
ISBN: 978-1-935407-71-3
July 2009

Deanna Blair moved to New York City to make more money so she could send it home to her parents whose home and business were ravaged by the hurricanes. Then Deanna is accidentally caught up in the middle of a bank robbery and taken captive. One of the brutal men seems different from the rest and he keeps Deanna safe from the other men and she is very attracted to him. When the police find and raid the group, the man she has feelings for is shot down in front of her. Now Deanna’s entire life has been turned upside down. But there is more to the story than even Deanna knows¦

This is a highly emotional and stressful read. My heart pounded and I cried for Deanna in several places in the story. Deanna is truly an innocent in all of this and now she will likely live with the aftermath from the kidnapping for years to come and no one seems really concerned about helping her get on with her life except one man but can she trust him? Deanna’s heart has been broken, her innocence shattered, and she doesn’t trust her instincts anymore. How does she move forward with her life? I found the first part of the story, when Deanna is with the kidnappers, very hard to read and I was tempted to put the book down. I kept going though and I am very glad I did, Deanna proves to have a fighting spirit and the rest of the book about what she does after the incident is wonderful! Chelle Cordero is an author I will keep my eye on; her story telling ability is riveting and she has a gift for making even unlikable people likeable! If you want a suspense filled, emotion charged story, then read Hostage Heart!

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Steph B.
August 28, 2009

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