Announcement: Blog Closing

Hello my friends,

After some deep thought and a few, ok many, internal arguments I've decided to close Tracy's Place.  It wasn't an easy decision as I've been blogging here for 6 years.  When I began in 2008 I never thought I'd even blog this long!  I've met some incredible women and men that I wouldn't have met otherwise and have read a shit ton of books that I might never have known about had I not started blogging.  You all have been so wonderful and supportive throughout the years and it's been incredibly awesome.

My life has been crazy lately and instead of life getting easier as my kids get older I'm finding that it's actually more complicated.  On top of that I've taken a part-time job with LB Gregg that should keep me suitably busy (er).

It seems that the blog has been suffering in the past few months and the last thing I want to do is have a blog that slowly peters out.  I'd rather stop while I feel like I'm ahead...kinda.

Don't worry, however, I won't be completely absent from the blogosphere. I'll still be a guest reviewer at The Book Binge and while I'll leave Tracy's Place up for a while, Book Binge has been incredibly kind and they've offered to eventually absorb my content to their blog so that all of this beauty *snort* won't be lost.  I'll also still be posting ratings on Goodreads and now that I'm not blogging here I may even post reviews there - novel concept, I know. :)

So..as of today it's goodbye to Tracy's Place but not to Tracy.  (Sorry, not getting rid of me that easily folks!)

Love you all!

Book Spotlight & Review: Dangerous Territory by Emmy Curtis

A SEXY STRANGER

Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger's modus operandi. But she's learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she's embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she'd see him again-let alone need him to rescue her . . . 


AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT

Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk the lives of his team to save some reporter who's been separated from her patrol, he's not happy-until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. Even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in, he can't deny the desire. This might be the end for both of them-or one hell of a beginning.
Excerpt:

He withdrew his arm from her shoulders and grabbed his water bottle. “Do you want to rehydrate?”

“Sure, I drank all my water in the M-RAP.”

“Here.” He reached up into the darkness and his hand collided with bare skin. He felt further up and encountered more bare skin. “What the…?”

“Oh! That’s embarrassing. When you bought me in from the bathroom, I had only put my panties back on. My jeans are still out there.”

“What? You take your pants off to pee?” He was getting a strange insight into women here, and he was incredibly uncomfortable and intrigued. Not about the pee, but about the type of woman who felt comfortable enough to take off her clothes in the middle of a war zone.

“I don’t have a dick, you know. How did you expect me to pee?”

“You might not have a dick, but you have balls,” he said grudgingly. “Do you want me to get your pants?”

“It’s okay. I’ll get them. I know where I left them.” Her voice trailed off as she went around the corner toward the entrance to the cave.

“No wait!” he hissed. Shit. What was he thinking, letting her wander around outside. He jumped to his feet, ignoring the pain that shot up his leg, and rounded the corner, to see her perfectly silhouetted in the mouth of the cave against the moonlit sky. “Get down!”

She turned to look at him instead of ducking. Damned civilians. He launched himself at her, pulling her to the ground, but trying to brace her fall. He didn’t really succeed.

Breath huffed out of her as he landed right on top of her. “Shh,” he said against her ear. In the distance, he could hear voices. With the echoes it was difficult to know if they belonged to people who were directly in front of them or across the valley. And suddenly, as the voices drifted off into the distance, he became aware of her body under his. The silence. When he moved slightly, his mind shifted to the perfect night they shared in D.C. The night he’d thought about so often. The night that had sustained him through some difficult deployments. He’d wanted to find her, but was honestly too scared to let go of his fantasy. Reality always sucked, and her being a damn reporter sucked the most.

He raised himself on his forearm and whispered against her ear, “Are you all right?”

She nodded, causing her short black hair to brush against his face. He closed his eyes and inhaled. His body weakened, and then got a lot harder. Fuck, he almost wanted to cry. He had dreamed of being this close to her again, to be on top of her, to be able to feel her scent overwhelm him again. But hell. Fate had played a dirty trick. Here, in a fucking cave in Afghanistan. What a fuck up.

She moved under him, and holy shit, he was sure she had moaned. Or wait, maybe that was a groan. “Am I hurting you?” he asked, suddenly concerned.

“In ways you can’t possibly imagine.” She let out a sigh. “No, I’m fine. I might need help up, though.”

He pulled himself off her and helped her up, and was very, very glad for the darkness of the cave. He knew his dick was tenting his BDUs. Thank god no one could see him. Then she stood to one side and the moon shone directly at him.

“Well, soldier, is that a night vision scope in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?”

“I’m a fucking airman, not a soldier. And what did you expect, you writhing under me when I was just trying to save your sorry ass.”

“Oh. I’m sorry. I was joking, I thought that was your scope in your pocket. I was just trying…”

Shit. Shit. Busted.

He took a deep breath. And tried to laugh. “We seemed to understand each other better three years ago.”

“Well, we didn’t exactly do a lot of talking back then.” She smiled wryly.

Josh tried really hard not to close his eyes and give in to the emotion still coursing through him from being so close to her again after all those years of just dreaming about her.

Holding up one finger, she turned. She pointed at her jeans and nodded for his approval. He gave a tiny nod, and she virtually scampered out to pick them up.

As she entered the cave again, with a grin, he leaned against the wall to watch her in the moonlight. She bent to step into the pants and her glossy dark hair swung in front of her. She pulled them up, and started to fasten them. He couldn’t help himself, God help him.

His hand hooked over the top of the jeans, preventing her from finishing doing them up. She straightened. She should have had a quizzical look on her face. But she didn’t. It was like she knew. She met his eyes and he detected a tiny flicker of her eyebrows, as if saying “Yes?” Still holding her jeans, he pulled her toward him, his whole body throbbing for her. Every one of his cells felt as if they were reaching for her. Every feeling he had ever had, every warm thought, wrapped around her. He wanted her so badly. Had wanted her for three years. If he didn’t think about it, maybe he could forget she was a soul-sucking hack. His body certainly seemed to have forgotten already.

Desperate to taste those lips again, he abruptly pulled her against his body and in the same instant, claimed her mouth as his. She tasted every bit as good as his memory served. His body responded instantly, as if it had been waiting three years just to find itself in this very place.

Her mouth opened under his, kissing him back, her tongue dancing under his, making him long for the feel of her tongue elsewhere on his body.

A crack of a twig or something from outside put his instincts back in place as he wrenched away from her. Christ, what had he been thinking? He never broke the rules. She looked puzzled, but still she didn’t say anything.

He took a huge step away from her, shaking his head at himself. What. The. Fuck. Was wrong with him?

She took a deep breath in and let it go in a long sigh. But still she remained silent. Why didn’t she say something? Shit was she planning on writing about this? Of course she was. That was what she did. His career was over. His status as one of the most fast-tracked senior enlisted airmen in his career field was over. Damage control.

“I don’t know why I did that. I’m sorry for breaking protocol. I hope we’re still off the record?” He hated how hopeful he sounded.

She laughed lightly. “Exactly what about this…” she gestured around the cave. “…is protocol? Exactly what are you breaking?”



Review:

I really liked this story of reunited lovers.  Sure, they only spent one night together but it made an impact on each of them enough that neither could forget it.  

With Josh having to rescue Grace and finding out he's someone he may not like very well (a reporter) it was definitely a tense situation.  I thought that Grace handled the situation with Josh very well even though I could tell that she was hurt by his disdain.

Josh didn't necessarily handle the situation well, at least to start, but I think that was really his fear reaction to having Grace's life in danger.  He acted tough with her but when it came down to it I knew that he wouldn't be able to keep himself away from her - which was good!  I also felt that he was very professional when the situation called for it and was very brave in the end.

Overall I thought this was a very good read and I'm looking forward to reading more in this new series.

Review: 4 out of 5


About Emmy Curtis 
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her
homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She's lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.
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What I Read Last Week

Ok.  I'll be the first to admit it.  I'm a slacker. That's the reason that this post, which is normally up on Mondays, is going up just now.  And in the middle of the afternoon, no less!  Sorry about that. I'll try to mend my slacker ways but I fear it's all set in stone. :)

So...getting the girls ready for school.  Holy shit it's expensive.  As my oldest gets older the prices just go up and up!  Oy.  I had to register them both today and for the oldest it was $215.00 and the youngest $70.00.  That last number seemed like a dream compared to the high school charges. Geez.  Oh well, whatcha gonna do, right?  I certainly hope so.  

Giveaway: Violet...I sent an email last week but haven't heard from you.  I just sent another so please check your spam folder to make sure it didn't end up there. :)

On to what I read last week:

I started off the week with Lick by Kylie Scott.  I really liked this story of a woman who wakes up after a 21st birthday binge in Vegas and finds herself married to a rock star.  The book tells us their ups and downs and everything in between.  You can read my full review here. 4 out of 5

Next up was The Right Wrong Number by Barbara Delinsky.  This was a free story I picked up about a woman who is excited about a business deal and calls a friend to tell them about it.  She doesn't get her friend, however, she gets a guy named Charlie.  The two actually hit it off and have a long conversation but then the woman drops her phone and the call ends.  She tries to get him back on the phone but has no idea which wrong number she dialed.  The story was cute and sweet but really short.  3 out of 5

Blurred by Kim Karr was next on the list to read.  The story, if you've been following this series, shows us Ben's side of the story.  Ben was Dahlia's boyfriend at one time.  The novella takes us through Ben's emotional turmoil after his mother dies and him trying to get his life back together.  I think it was a good story as it takes care of all the details and back story for Ben that won't crowd up his love story, Frayed, when it releases. You can read my full review here 3.5 out of 5

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg is the story of a couple who have a one night stand.  She finds herself preggo but when she calls the bar that she met him at (he was the bartender) they say they'd never heard of him.  Two years later and the man who is the father of her child shows up to be her administrative assistant.  She's not sure she wants someone who is a drifter, from job to job, to be in her daughter's life.  Unfortunately for her the minute he sees his daughter he knows.  He's not what he seems but he's not sure he can make her believe he's solid.  Good story - very enjoyable. 3.75 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart is a novella about a woman who has a one night stand with a noble who has no desire to marry and no desire to have children.  Six years later the noble is looking for a certain cartographer and he finds her instead - who is the cartographer's widow.  This was a short but sweet story.  I liked both the characters and the story.  3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh.  I know this isn't coming out til Sept. 2nd but when I got the ARC I couldn't stand to not read it.  Unfortunately I didn't care for it as much as I wanted to.  Still a good story but I did have some issues with it. I'll post my review closer to the release date. 3.5 out of 5

Wilder's Mate by Moira Rogers is a kind of a paranormal western but set in an alternate universe.  The first book in the Bloodhound series, the story is about a woman who is searching for her mentor who was kidnapped by vampires and the man who helps her - that she happens to fall in love with.  It was an interesting story and I was intrigued.  I wish it had some more back story about the Bloodhounds, one of which our hero was.  Definitely needed more on that.  3.5 out of 5

Claimed by the Alpha by Renee George is a short story about a woman who has been fighting cancer for 4 years.  The man who loves her dearly is a wolf shifter and wants to change her but she refuses.  The story is about him taking some definite risks and trying to make her see his side of things.  It was cute but very short. 3 out of 5








 Last for the week was Fangs of Anarchy by Dakota Cassidy - a 5 part story.  It's really a (approx.) 200 page book that's broken up into 5 parts.  The story follows Claire who is a werewolf and has just killed her alpha.  She is aided in disposing of the body by Irish who is a vampire and president of his MC.  The men in this story might be in MC's but really it's not an MC read.  It's a love story between Claire and Irish with a mystery that is the catalyst to throw them together.  I liked the stories, the world building, the romance and the humor in these.  I'll definitely be reading more of this series in the future.
Fangs of Anarchy - 
Killing the Alpha (Part 1) 4 out of 5
Forbidden Alpha (Part 2) Girl Most Lycan 3.5 out of 5
Forbidden Alpha (Part 3) Were in the World is Gannon Dodd? 4 out of 5
Forbidden Alpha (Part 4) In the Zone 3.5 out of 5
Forbidden Alpha (Part 5) Revelation 4 out of 5
 


My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
 
Happy Reading!


Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.


Evelyn Thomas has a plan. She’ll finish her architectural degree, work at a mid-level architectural firm – moving up to a more prestigious firm eventually and then start her own consultancy firm when she’s about 35. Then she would have time for a relationship and kids. Of course this plan gets shot to hell as Evelyn gets taken to Vegas for her 21st birthday and wakes up the next day married to a rock star. Oops.

The problem with getting really drunk is that sometimes you have a hard time remembering things. Unfortunately this happens to Ev and she’s can’t actually remember getting married to David, the lead guitarist in the band, Stage Dive, or even meeting the man. David does not take this information well and he storms off promising a quick divorce. Ev heads home to Portland thinking she can keep this info from her parents but the paparazzi take that decision right out of her hands as they hound her, having found out about the marriage already.

David comes to her rescue and flies her to LA to try and protect her. They end up in his home in Monterey getting to know each other and Ev decides that she actually really likes David, a lot. She makes a decision, along with David, to stay married but while they’ve also decided on complete honesty, David is keeping some serious secrets from Ev. When those come out – as secrets always do – Ev decides that she can’t trust David and leaves him. He doesn’t fit with her life plan anyway, right? Fortunately for Ev, David doesn’t give up that easily.

When I was perusing the Amazon sight and found this book I was thrilled. Woman wakes up after a drunken night in Vegas and is married with no memory of it? SOLD! I have no idea why that scenario appeals to me so much, but it does. (I try not to analyze these things too much, ya know? lol) This story hit the nail on the head for me right away. The initial scene with Ev and David, with her trying to figure out why this gorgeous guy is helping her when she feels vomitous is priceless – I loved it. The book went up and down from there but I couldn’t seem to put it down.

Ev is young and while she had her whole life planned out she was never that gung-ho on the plan. This detour with David makes her really look at her life and she finally decides that the plan was more her father’s than her own. I was quite happy when she figured it out and stood up to her parents. Her parents weren’t ones to take their little girl doing something on her own and I loved seeing her stand up to them about her plan as well as David. She was a good person who had a good head on her shoulders.

David was…gorgeous. The way he’s described in the book had me wiping a bit of drool off my chin, I must admit. He really was a good guy who was messed up for a bunch of different reasons. I think he had kept things to himself and private for so long that he thought keeping things from Ev was better for her. He got a swift kick when she gave him the what for. While he didn’t react like I hoped he would he certainly made it up to her at the end – at least imho.

The secondary characters in this story were almost as fascinating as the MC’s. I loved hearing about Ev’s roommate, brother and her friends at the coffee shop where she worked. Of course David’s family and bandmates had their own type of appeal and I appreciated that we didn’t get too in depth with them as I felt that it could have taken away from Ev and David’s story.

I’m looking forward to reading more in this series and I hope I like them just as much as I did this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kylie Scott

Review: Blurred by Kim Karr

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.

Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.

Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?


If you’ve read the first two books in the Connections series you’re quite familiar with Ben Covington. He was Dahlia London’s first love until she met River Wilde. Ben went through a really tough time in his life while he was away from his family, (I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to give too many spoilers if you haven’t already read books 1 & 2 in the series) and returned to find his one true love in love with someone else. That really messed with his head.

This book continues months later and Ben is messed up yet again as he deals with the death of his mother. She was an anchor in his life and when she dies he just can’t handle life in general. He starts drinking heavily and screwing around with women which, of course, doesn’t help at all. He makes a decision to get out of the country and heads to Australia for a while for some much needed head-clearing.

Unfortunately all good (and life avoiding) things must come to an end and he is called home to testify in a trial. He heads back to California but is again at a loss. He has no job, no car, no place to live and not many friends. This story takes us on Ben’s journey while he reminisces about his life, his friends, the women in his life and how he’s handled all of it – the good and the bad. It also show Ben dealing with his current life and the positive and negative things that happen to him.

The story is a decent read and gave me some much needed background on Ben. I can’t say I particularly liked him all that well in the first two books and while this novella didn’t have me falling in love with him, I can say that I liked him a hell of a lot better than before. By the end of the book he seemed to have gotten his shit together and started moving into a more positive part of his life which I was quite happy about. I’m actually looking forward to reading his full novel, Frayed, to see where he heads next with Bell Wilde.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Kim Karr

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani (+ a Giveaway)

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.


Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

Ellie is a 21 year old virgin who is obsessed with getting rid of her virginity. She’s also pretty fascinated and obsessed with her vagina & the surrounding area, i.e. pubes.

When Ellie was just 17 she thought she was about to lose her V-Plates (as she puts it) but the boy turned her down flat. (He had his reasons – which were very good - and if she would have stuck with him I think her story would have been very different.) Since then she wants nothing more than to lose “it.” She doesn’t understand what’s wrong with her and wants to fit in and discuss things like all the other girls do.

While in the process of trying to lose it she gets into an argument with her best friend and they don’t speak for a while. She makes a new friend, Emma, who she starts a Vlog with…a vagina blog. It’s along the lines of anything you need to know about your vagina but were afraid to ask. Ellie is the virgin and Emma is a self-proclaimed slut and proud of it! The pair work great together but Ellie still needs to get that pesky virginity to go away.

During the story Ellie meets a guy who she thinks that she really likes but things don’t go exactly how she wants them to and that makes her look at her life – which is a good thing.

The story is a journey for Ellie and one she really needed to take. She was annoying and at times ridiculous while on this journey but she was also amusing at times as well. She had no self-confidence for most of the book and that showed. She was so desperate to lose her virginity that she would approach or kiss guys she didn’t even find attractive. Why? IDK. The story went a lot of directions but I felt it all came together nicely in the end. Though Ellie wasn’t my favorite character throughout the book, she redeemed herself near the end. I was happy she came to the life conclusions she did and hoped for her sake they stuck. :)

I don’t believe this book is for everyone. You have to be comfortable reading about pubes and vaginas up close and personal and not all people are. lol I found the book to be somewhat adolescent at times but a decent read overall.

Rating: 3 out of 5
 

Radhika Sanghani

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Review: Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue For Every Lady

London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom, thanks to his lovestruck brother, Highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen's mask promises just that . . . until he discovers that she's the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry's longtime rival. Despite their families' grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…

The Thrill Of The Forbidden


Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox's mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn't have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she's promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to catch flame, love is worth every risk…


Arran MacLawry is a man who has the Highlands in his blood. When his brother seems to be falling for an English woman, Arran heads to London to stop it. He’s too late to stop anything, unfortunately. Now he’s in England, the last place he wants to be, watching his brother, the Laird of his clan, seeming to become more English every day. Arran’s fed up with his brother and decides he won’t play whatever games his brother is playing.

Arran is also trying to escape any young English marriage minded debs that want to get close to him. He especially wants to stay away from one woman in particular and when he tries to escape her attentions at a masquerade ball he ends up dancing with someone who sparks his interest. The woman is dressed as a fox, as is he, and he is fascinated by her. He finds out later that she is Mary Campbell – the granddaughter of his clans rival. Though the Campbell’s and MacLawry’s are in a truce at the moment neither clan expects it to last and each tries to make connections with other clans to back them up in case of a break in the truce. Unfortunately Arran and Mary are key parts to those deals as they’re each to marry…not each other.

The pair form a friendship that should never be. They find themselves getting closer and closer and Arran finally admits to himself he’s in love. Mary’s not sure what’s happening but she knows she wants nothing more than to be with Arran. The question is…how can these two star crossed lovers be together when their families want nothing more than to kill each other? If either family finds out, the couple will be ripped apart forever. Arran obviously doesn’t want that to happen so he makes a plan to save them both.

This was a wonderful second book in the Scandalous Highlanders series. Arran was definitely scandalous, that’s for sure. He defied his brother at almost every turn and then went and got himself attached to a Campbell no less! The scandal that ensues causes both families to make rash decisions and Arran and Mary are the two that end up paying the price. I loved Arran’s personality and strength and I adored Mary’s staunch belief in herself as a highland lass – even though she was raised in England.

The story was engaging and intriguing almost from the first page. I was taken with how sweet Arran was with Mary even when he was telling himself that he needed to stay away from her. They were so very perfect for each other that I wanted nothing more than for them to be together from the first moment they met. Of course like any story of rivaling families that’s not how it works, as we all know. I thought that Enoch did a lovely job of giving the characters depth. These weren’t shallow youths who had no idea what was what. They each knew what they wanted, didn’t deny it, knew their families would do anything to stop it and went after it full force anyway. I loved that.

This has been a wonderful series so far and I can’t wait to see where Enoch takes us in the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Suzanne Enoch