Things around these parts were quiet this week - I like it that way more often than not.
I did get to Rancho Cucamonga yesterday where there was a Southern California Get Together. Not everyone from So Cal was there but there were a few of us and it was great getting to finally meet some of these folks! We shopped at Borders for a while then went and had some lunch then had a book swap (17 more books to add to my collection). Fun! Unfortunately there were a ton of fires going on in So Cal yesterday and lots of freeway closures so Nikki and I had to take a long roundabout way of getting to the get together but we made it. Alice got to the GT but then due to a closure couldn't get home. She ended up going home with Rosie. Then Wendy and her Man got evacuated because there was a fire practically in their backyard. They met us all and then went home with Rosie as well. I was kind of jealous of the fun slumber party they were having! :) (btw - Wendy and her Man are home now and their apartment is safe! YAY!) Here we all are in all our glory:
Ok - On to the books I read this week. I read a lot this week. A lot of the stories were novellas or shorts (some uber short). And, I want to be a nice, kind person and post book covers for you...but I just don't have it in me tonight, sorry. Hopefully you'll survive!
Meljean Brook. Holy demons Batman! Just an awesome, awesome read. You can read my thoughts a couple of posts back. Meljean is just an incredible story teller and I love reading her books.
Riding Temptation by Jaci Burton was next. The second book in the Wild Riders series. This was a great story about Diaz and Jesse and I loved it. Burton's such a fun author to read.
Sugar Shack by Paisley Scott was next. Cute little novella about a man and woman who hadn't seen each other in 10 years. She'd broken up with him because he wanted to stay put in Vermont and she wanted adventure. She's back in Vermont now and seeing the error of her ways. I thought our hero accepted her a little too quickly for what she'd put him through but overall it was a good story.
Next up were 3 short stories: Mischief in the Garage by Liza James (7 pages) this was a small continuation story of one she'd previously written. Sex on a riding lawn mower - I haven't tried that one yet. Cute story. (this is actually a free read from Wilder Rose Press)
Then there was Cowboy by Delilah Devlin. Great little erotic short (about 10 pages) of a woman and a cowboy stuck in a storm. This was my fav of the 3.
Then there was One Sinful Night by Jalena Burke (22 pages and I couldn't find a site for her to link to). I did not like this story at all. Sorry. Woman at a party kissing a guy - suddenly transported to a different house - wakes up and has had sex and been turned into a vampire. Vampire guy nowhere in sight. The woman was just TSTL let's put it that way.
Another novella: Passions by Jennifer Cole. Woman working at Caribbean resort and meets 2 men from a different universe who say she's their mate. Review will be up sometime soon on TBB.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. Just a great, well written book. I loved the h/h and their banter throughout the book. Dain was a great ass but redeemable. Jessica was a little like a Mack truck in some parts of the book but I loved them when they were together. Loved this one.
A Delicious Taboo by Jennifer Cole. After reading Passions I was a little curious about her other work. I got this book and I basically misunderstood the premise. I thought there would be 2 different menage's involved. Actually it was a 4 man 1 woman group romp. Huh. 2 male bi couples each want the woman to be their 3rd. They basically try to see who she'll pick. Things get uh, heated.
Heaven by Jet Mykles. I've been meaning to read this forever and finally did it. It was an interesting m/m story about Johnnie Heaven and his obsession with a straight hotel manager. As much as I liked the story I thought there wasn't as many getting to know each other parts. It's probably the girl in me since the story was about men, but still. I'll definitely be reading the other books in the series.
And last but not least...Wild by Lori Foster. As Nikki and I were in the car for a few hours yesterday we of course were talking about books. She recommended this one that I hadn't read and lent it to me. I really liked the story - and having not read the previous books in the series it was fine as a stand alone.