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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Betrayed - Claire Robyns This is a sensational debut romance from Claire Robyns. In the romances I enjoy, the hero is the most important character. Krayne Johnstone is exactly my type of hero. A lusty, alpha laird who makes no apologies for his strength and his raw masculinity - even when they lead him into a little bit of trouble! - he is also flawed and vulnerable as he learns to love and trust Amber. She is a fitting heroine for Krayne - feisty, strong and courageous. There is an energy to this book that just kept me reading. The authentic setting, which thoroughly evokes mediaeval Scotland; the dynamic main characters; the well-fleshed out secondary characters (HINT: a sequel with Graham Douglas's story would be nice!); the complex plot with its twists and turns and the clever wit kept me engrossed. And so did the very sensual and steamy love scenes! If you like Virginia Henley, you'll like this author. In the same way as Henley, Robyns doesn't flinch from portraying the baser side of humanity, but it's balanced with the good things too. All these are woven into a rich tapestry of love and savagery, revenge and honour, loyalty and betrayal and make for an exciting read. I'm already looking forward to the next romance by this new author.