Re-Read Challenge Review: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

Turn Left at Small Town Secrets

Sophie Dempsey is content living a quiet life filming wedding videos until an assignment brings her to Temptation, Ohio. From the moment she drives into town, she gets a bad feeling; Sophie is from the wrong side of the tracks and everything in Temptation is a little too right. And when she has a run-in with the town's unnervingly sexy mayor, Phineas Tucker, making a little movie turns out to be more than a little dangerous.

Yield to Oncoming Desire

All Sophie wants to do is film the video and head home. All Phin wants to do is play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. They both get more than they bargained for when Sophie's video causes an uproar and the proper citizens of Temptation set out to shut them down.

Welcome to Temptation

As events spiral out of control, Sophie and Phin find themselves caught in a web of gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, and really excellent sex. All hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble ...and in love.

Sigh…I love this book. I loved it the first time I read it (and this was my very first Crusie book) and I loved it this time around. I loved getting to know all the citizens of Temptation all over again and of course revisiting Phin and Sophie’s love affair.

I think what I like most about the book, besides it’s wonderfully witty banter is the fact that we got to see the story from all angles. We were in Sophie’s head, we were in Phin’s head, we were in Amy’s head for a bit and Davy’s too (Sophie and Amy’s brother). The story wasn’t one sided so even if the person was saying one thing out loud we were allowed a glimpse into their head to see what they were really thinking and personally I appreciated that. Although I’ve become fond of 1st person pov, which I loathed just a mere year ago, 3rd person pov is still my favorite way to read a story.

Sohpie and Phin’s relationship was great from the word go, imho. Even though they resisted each other for only a day it was enough for the reader to want for them to be together. And they had such great senses of humor that it made the sex fun even when it was intense. The two also kept their sense of humor, or mostly, when it seemed the town was turning against them.

The townspeople were also quite engaging. There’s a lot going on with Sophie and her family and the non-porno porno film they’re making and it sets the whole town on its ass. Crusie just has a way of bringing the entire cast of characters together in such a cohesive way that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Overall a wonderful re-read!

Rating in 2007 (when I read it originally): 5 out of 5

Rating now: 5 out of 5

All my thanks to Nath for holding this great re-read challenge! I've re-read some books this year that I probably never would have unless I had to...and since I joined the challenge - I had to! lol It was fun Nath, thanks again!

Year of the Category Challenge Review: Home for the Holidays by Sarah Mayberry

Joe Lawson has a thing for his new neighbor Hannah Napier. As a single dad, he shouldn't be thinking what he is about her. Still, that doesn't stop them from getting close. And the way she connects with his kids, it's as if they're a family.

Turns out it's too good to be true. Seems Hannah has plans that don't include staying in Melbourne. Joe won't stand between her and her dreams, even though letting her go is nearly impossible. The holidays are looking grim, with him and his kids missing Hannah like crazy. But it is the season of surprises, and Hannah may have one for them!

Joe Lawson and his kids move into a new home in Melbourne. He’s moved his family from Sydney so that he could be closer to his mother so that she can help him with the kids. It’s been 2 years since his wife died and he’s still trying to figure things out. The first night in his new home he has an altercation with his next door neighbor, Hannah Napier. She’s working on her motorcycle’s muffler and apparently making way too much noise. When Joe confronts her, as mad as he is, he can’t help being attracted to the beauty that is Hannah.

Despite an incredibly rough beginning Hannah and Joe start to become friends. His 10 year old daughter, Ruby, has become Hannah’s garage assistant every day after work is done and Joe can’t help but admire the way Hannah handles the girl. Hannah also has a hand in “helping” Joe’s son and this brings them a bit closer together.

Things start to heat up between Hannah and Joe but they realize that things aren’t going anywhere. Hannah’s figured out that Joe might not be completely healed from his wife’s death and Joe knows that Hannah is leaving on a motorcycle trip around Australia that will have her gone for months. However, even though they both know that it just wouldn’t work they can’t help but have feelings for the other person. The sexual tension is wonderful in this story and I love that.

I don’t want to delve too much into the details of this book because there are many twists and turns in it that are unexpected – I don’t want to give anything away. I do want to say though that the book is definitely worth reading.

When I first started the book and saw Hannah and Joe arguing I wasn’t sure how things were going to work out and I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue reading. Joe just seemed like such a meany but I kept going; I’m so glad I did. The dialogue, banter, love and friendship that is in the book makes it one of my favorite category reads this year.

Hannah and Joe were just so good together – not only in a romantic relationship, but as friends as well. Hannah was hurting from a previous relationship gone very, very bad but Joe made her see what a worthy person she was. She was able to come to terms with what had happened in the past and move on. For Joe’s part he was able to deal with his attraction for Hannah and the feelings of guilt it brought while thinking of his deceased wife. I also very much enjoyed watching both Joe and Hannah deal with Joe’s children. I can’t imagine it would be easy to step into a relationship with a widower and have to deal with his kids thinking you’re trying to take their mom’s place.

Near the end of the book there was a tragic issue with Hannah. Although I didn’t particularly care for the way that Hannah dealt with it, I believed it was definitely in character for her. (FYI – this part of the book made me cry so just be prepared.)

Just a fun yet emotionally charged holiday read and one I’d definitely recommend.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This is my last YOTC review for the year. I have probably read more category romances this year than ever before. If Kmont were to run this challenge again I don't know that I'd join, but I'll probably keep up the category reading just for fun. :) Thanks, Kmont, for a great year!

What I Read Last Week

So Merry Christmas to you all! I know I already said that in a previous post but I just had to do it one more time. We are still in the 12 days of Christmas so I have the right, right? :) I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and received everything your little heart desired.

We had a lovely time at the Tracy household. As I told you I went to 2 services on Christmas Eve so that my ding-a-lingers could play their chimes. I managed to get video of them playing Away in a Manger at the 3:00pm service but the lighting sucked. Sorry. AND the priest (my boss) apparently was talking to a child in the back of the sanctuary and hadn't turned her mic off - how like her! lol Just ignore that part. Please take into consideration that these kids have only been chiming for about a month...but they're still damned cute! (My two are the the end one on the left with her back to you and the tall one in the blue dress.)


Christmas Day saw my family gathering at my house with my mom and dad, brother, s-i-l and 1 niece for dinner. It was a nice smallish group and we had a great time. Now I just have to get ready for my oldests 12th birthday tomorrow - yikes! lol

I received a new ereader for Christmas! Yay! I ended up getting the Astak 6" ezreader and I have to say, I love it. The page turning thing is really the only thing that is taking some time to get used to since it's more delayed than my ebookwise was but I'm learning to hit the page turning thing a tad early and it's working out nicely. The lovely Chris, who has an ezreader as well, informed me of some little tricks and tips for adjusting to the new reader and it's been even better. (I have to admit to ordering it myself. I asked my hubby, which I never do, what he was going to get me and he hemmed and hawed about a new ereader - he didn't want to let the cat out of the bag. I told him which one I wanted and he told me to order it. Of course I couldn't open it until Christmas but it was a small price to pay. :))

What I read this week: I actually read 1 book last Monday and then didn't get to read a novel again until after Christmas. It was nice to catch up this weekend though.

First up was Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella. Lexi Smart wakes up in a hospital and is confused. She's apparently been in a car accident and can't remember the last 3 years of her life. She's got a great job and what seems to be the perfect husband but she remembers none of it. Things have changed greatly for Lexi but she has no idea how or why. Also...the job and the hubby? Are they really so great? I really liked this book. I thought that, unlikely as it was, Kinsella did a great job of showing us that things can change immensely in a short period of time. But are the decisions we make under pressure always the right ones and the ones we really want to make or the ones we feel we have to make. 4.25 out of 5

Next was A Good Neighbor by Clare London. I thought I had read Ms. London before but apparently not. I did read a short that she did in an anthology which I liked but never a novella or novel. I'll be reading more of her in the future. This story was about a teacher from a small town who was gay but hadn't come out. He was having a once a month fling with his neighbor but they both wanted more. However the on the road job that the neighbor had didn't really coincide with the domestic man that the teacher wanted to be. It was a sweet story and though it started off a little slowly it built up to a great finish. 4 out of 5

Next up was Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. I read about this book over a Chris the book pimps place and since I love shifter stories I just had to scoop it up. This book involved a man, Jin, who was beaten and exiled from his werepanther tribe because he was gay. Also because he was what was called a "reah" and apparently his tribe thought that was just all about wrong because reah's could only really mate with "semel's" (basically the alpha of a tribe) and since semel's were all men his tribe thought he was an abomination. When he meets his semel mate and is accepted he has a hard time coming to terms with it all...especially since Logan, his mate, wasn't gay before he met Jin. This was just a great story...a little of the "gay for you" going on but it was done so well that I just didn't doubt Logan's feelings for Jin. 4 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was The Angel and The Highlander by Donna Fletcher. A man is sent to bring home a neighboring clans daughter from a convent. The daughter is supposedly a shrew. When the man reaches the convent he finds that the daughter is dead but he falls in love with a woman there. When he finds out that the woman he loves is actually the shrew he takes matters into his own hands. I really liked this book up to a point. The romance that was going on between Alyce/Terese and Lachlan was just great until he finds out she's Alyce and puts his foot down about things. On one hand I see that the man just wanted to be with Alyce and this was the only way he saw he could do it but on the other he tore her away from everything she loved and cared for. Yes, it all worked out in the end, and the whole "having a choice" thing was a major trope and I know that since it was a historical that that's how they did things but I didn't have to like it! lol 3.5 out of 5

One of the major highlights of my week was my last read; The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon. This is the 5th (and for now) final book in the Adrien English mystery series. How do I love Josh's work, let me count the ways. He just writes a damned good mystery!
Adrien has been renovating the other part of the hotel where his bookstore is located. When the construction workers make it to the 3rd floor they discover a skeleton under the floorboards! Adrien, who is recovering from heart surgery and being shot, hires Jake Riordan to look into some stuff for him regarding the 50 year old murder of the skeleton (well, he wasn't a skeleton when he died. You know what I mean). In the meantime Adrien is trying to sort out his feelings for Jake after having Jake come out. It's just not as easy as it would seem especially when he has all his old loves coming by to confuse him.
I have to say that I was so very pleasantly surprised when I started reading TDT. Not that I thought the book would be bad but I assumed that Jake and Adrien would be together and trying to work out the logistics of all that. Silly me. Josh just wouldn't be that predictable and I'm so glad he wasn't. The story was interesting and intricate in its mystery and I loved every word. If you haven't read this series yet, do it! Just good stuff! 5 out of 5

Overall a damned good reading week! Did you read anything fabulous this past week?
Happy Reading!

So Behind!

I'm very behind in my posting! Ok, who am I kidding? I'm very behind in life! lol I have so much to do today at work and many posts to get up this week - plus I still haven't started my Re-read Challenge book and I have to post that review on Thursday!

So, I will attempt to get up my post up today (sometime) about what I read last week...along with Christmas stuff and (hopefully) the video of my ding-a-lingers. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Here's a lovely to occupy you while I'm away.

Merry Christmas!

Tonight I'll be going to two Christmas Eve services as my girls are in the chime choir and they'll be chiming at both services (we call them ding-a-lingers). Should be fun. I'll try to get pictures but since there are no flashes allowed in the service it may be tricky...I'll do my best.

I hope you all have a wonderful and joyous Christmas!

Half Past Dead Review

My guest review for Half Past Dead by Zoe Archer and Bianca D'Arc is now up at The Book Binge. It's the latest in Zombie books...are they dead? Are they not? What exactly are they? Check it out and see.

The Undying Heart by Zoe Archer

Samuel Reed had no idea magic existed, until it almost destroyed him. Thirsting for vengeance against the enemy who made him something less than human, Sam returns to England and crosses paths with Cassandra Fielding. His best friend's little sister has become a fearless woman on a dangerous mission of her own. And against all odds, she sees past what he's become, and stirs a desire he thought he'd lost forever...

Simon Says by Bianca D'Arc

Special Forces soldier Simon Blackwell ended his affair with Mariana Daniels three years ago, but he hasn't stopped protecting her. Mariana has no knowledge of the dark, deadly creatures that lurk in the forest surrounding her clinic, or of the mysterious powers that make Simon the only one who can defeat them. But soon he'll have no choice but to reveal the truth, and urge her to trust in an explosive passion that never faded.

What I've Been Reading This Week

Hi there!

How is everyone? Are you all ready for Christmas...well, the ones celebrating it, that is? :) I think I am. Well, I need to wrap a lot of stuff but I can't do that when the kids are around so I'm excused, right? lol

I'm out of whatever kind of reading thing I was in a couple of weeks ago. Thank heavens! I've had no problem picking up books this week. I think what did it was A) Your suggestions and B) reading a bunch of m/m. I love reading it...but sometimes it makes me long for a good m/f HEA I guess.

Anyway, on to what I read this week:

First up was Star Crossed: Demon Tailz by Reno McLeod and Jaye Valentine. This is an m/m novella that I was totally into up until the twincest started and I just couldn't do it. I had to stop reading. I can read a lot of stuff...apparently that's not included. Ew. DNF

I liked the writing by McLeod and Valentine so my abrupt halt in my previous read didn't stop me from picking up Star Crossed 2: Opposite Ends of the Spectrum. This story involved a demon and an angel who meet while being held captive and were shown off at what appeared to be a carnival freak show. The two men escape and start a relationship. 10 years later and they're still in love, but trouble is a brewing - how will the two work things out? I liked this book but was slightly confused by the end and the whole angel thing. If you've read this - we need to talk. lol 3.5 out of 5

Next up was Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling and Ginn Hale. I really liked these story about 3 different cops who work in the city with demons and sorcerers and all kinds of various beings. They're called hell cop's because it's pretty much hell working there. 3 really good m/m stories. 4.25 out of 5

Accidentally Were? by Anne Douglas was next on the list. Another impulse buy at ARe. It was the story of a straight laced woman who has a one night stand and now all the dogs in the area are following her around. lol She goes to talk to her best friend's neighbor cuz he's a vet. Well he just wants to do her on the floor of his he does. See - she had had sex with a were-being of some sort and one of them had nipped her enough to change her and she happened to be ovulating so she was in heat and all the beasts in the neighborhood were following her scent. Sounds weird but it was pretty funny. The book has some hot sex, humor and of course twu wuv. :) 3.75 out of 5

Half Past Dead by Zoe Archer and Bianca D'Arc was a book I read for The Book Binge. If you like zombies you'll want to read these two stories, maybe. lol I'll let you know when my review posts.

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas. This was Win and Kev's story and I really liked it. I had read mixed reviews of the story and though the book made me want to crawl through it and smack Kev at times I really liked it. 4.25 out of 5

Bad Boys, Bad Boys by Mia Watts was my next read. Another impulse purchase (yes, I do that a lot) but it was pretty darned good. Two cops, best friends and partners, and one's been having erotic dreams about the other. One night when Geo is drunk he puts the moves on his friend, Mack, and Mack's freaked out, but can't stop thinking how good it was. I loved how the two worked it all out. There's one scene when they're on a stake out and they're in the car kissing, yet practically beating each other up as well. Great scene. Do I think it would happen when they were on a stake out? Probably not but that's where suspension of belief comes in to play. :) 4 out of 5

Next was Jock Dorm: Dar and Gregg by Bobby Michaels. Dar and Gregg meet because Dar, a non-jock, gets put into the Jock Dorm. He falls hard for his roommate and they become great friends. But Dar can't handle being in love with Gregg when Gregg's not gay. Guess again. This part of the story was just cute. Gregg and Dar falling in love was pretty cool and I liked that part of the book. Their sex was hot too, the first couple of times, but then it was just too much for me. I think if the book had been shorter with about 1/3 of the sex I would have loved it. I'm sure there are others out there that loved the length of the book and the amount of sex, I'm just not one of them. :) 2.5 out of 5

And last but not least was yet another book that I read for The Book Binge, Smolder by Melina Morel. This one didn't work for me - which was sad since I was looking forward to reading it. I'll let you know when my review posts.

My Tattoo aka "Wow, it's big"

So here it is...not exactly healed but close enough. Every person that's seen the tat, except for my 25 year old niece, has looked at it and said, "wow, it's big." I swear it's like I'm a girl so therefore have to have something that's small and dainty. Fuck that. lol Yes, it's big and I love it! I have to say that they mention they love it too, after they exclaim over it's giganticness. Gotta love my friends. :)

The tat is on my lower back and the bottom part of the bottom leaf is pretty much on my butt cheek and that's why the tip of it is cut off in the picture. I love you all, but personally I just don't feel the need to show you my butt crack. I'm thinking you're appreciating my kindness at the moment. :)

The right middle leaf is actually covering up another tattoo that I got 19 years ago and have been wanting to cover up for a while. It was an eye. Why an eye you ask? Not a clue in the world. I was extremely odd at the ripe old age of 25 and thought it was cool and different. Yeah, not so much. Just weird. I thought I had a picture of the eye somewhere but I can't seem to locate the damn thing so you'll just have to take my word for it. I also added my kids' initials in there which they thought was just totally awesome...and I do too.

So do you have any tattoo's? Where? What of? I want all the info! :)

Ereader...What To Do?

A couple of years ago I finally got an ereader. I had heard from a couple of friends that they had an ebookwise ereader and I checked it out. Not being flush with money at the time (when am I ever?) I thought it was a wise $$ choice and purchased one. I have been nothing but thrilled with it ever since. It has a back light and once I got the hang of loading books on it from the GEB Librarian it was even better. (I got the hang of it within just a few books).

So now it's been a couple of years and I think I might have dropped the ereader or something, I'm not sure what I did, and the darn thing has a mark on it...internally. It was small at first but now it's gotten a tad bit bigger and it throws me off my reading on almost every single page. (The picture on the left was taken with my phone - the blob doesn't look all that big but it is compared to the word on the screen..and yes, it looks like the blob's on my head. haha). I have to stop myself while reading to try and figure out what the darned word behind the blob is. lol Funny, yet frustrating.

So I've been thinking about getting a new ereader but I'm torn. I don't know whether I should get a new ebookwise (which is currently on sale for $89.95), which I already know I love, or move to another one that I've been looking at, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition ($199.99). I've read some great reviews about this reader but I really am scared (yes, I'll admit it) of heading into the unknown. Will I like it? Will it be as comfortable to hold as my current reader? Will it be as easy to work with as my current reader? Will the lack of back light bug me because I can't read in bed without the light on and not bother my hubby...or while driving in the car at night? I tell ya, I'm torn!! I did read this review from Dear Author about the SRPE which helped answer some questions but I'm still up in the air.

So I want to get feedback from my reliable online friends. Do you have an ereader? Do you like it? Which one? Is it easy to use? What are the good and bad points? Is the lack of a back light (which is huge point in favor of the ebookwise) a problem for you? Are you looking at another? And if so, which one? If any of you have the Pocket Edition please let me know what you think. I'd like all the feedback I can get. And Christmas is coming! :)

What I Read Last Week

Happy Monday!

How are you all today? I'm only fair - I started off the day with a phone call from my oldest teacher....not a great way to start the week if I do say so myself. Ug...she's a handful and a half and I'm about at my wits end. That's all I'm saying. :)

I got a new tattoo on Saturday night. I've been waiting a month since the initial consultation so was very excited to finally be getting it. It only took 3 hours and it is seriously cool if I do say so myself. :) As soon as it heals I will take pictures and post them.

My reading slump is kind of still in effect. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions you gave last week. I did manage to read a short st
ory and a whole book after that! lol I tried re-reading a couple of books but couldn't get into them. I did re-watch movies though...X-Men, Serendipity, Definitely, Maybe and I took the kids to see The Princess and the Frog yesterday. I also watched a few episodes of Full Throttle with my husband on Saturday. I thought he was gonna go into shock that I was watching tv. Funny guy. Hopefully I can get back into things (reading) soon.
So what did I read last week?

Well I started the week off with The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens. After 3 days and 200 pages I put it down for good. I wasn't caring for the flowery writing at all. The heroine was annoying the heck outta me as well which didn't help matters. The story follows 4 British Officers who are all carrying information on the true identity of the Black Cobra - a horrid person who is raping, pillaging and murdering people in India, back to England so that the BC aka a British citizen can be caught. One man has the original and the other 3 have copies…but the Black Cobra doesn’t know who has what so he needs to stop them all. Besides not being in to the story at all, I just couldn’t see how the other 3 books would be different. I could be very, very wrong – as I’ve been before – but the men are traveling to get their information to the correct person and while in the course of their travels meet their mates…would I be reading 4 books with the same stories but different names? IDK. Anyway – this just wasn’t for me. Rating: DNF

Next I read 2 yaoi manga’s that were sent in the swap. The first was Our Kingdom by Naduki Koujima. I didn’t really care for this one because I just couldn’t get into the 15 year old cousins falling in love, but maybe that’s me. Rating 2 out of 5 Then I read Crimson Wind by Duo Brand. I liked the graphics in this one a lot. It started off with one man being in a relationship with a warrior but then the man was reading a journal about the warriors past relationship and that was more the focus of the book. I was slightly confused but now understand that this is like book 2 in the series. I might look into reading the first book to see if I can catch up. Rating 3 out of 5

I read about Wanting by ML Rhodes on Lily’s blog and found it interesting. This was a good read. Short, but good. Jeremy had sex with his best friend and house mate, Ben. Ben’s gay…Jeremy has always thought of himself as straight. But why does he keep thinking about Ben then? This was a great story about self discovery, friendship and family - not the family you’re born with, but family as you create it. Rating: 4 out of 5

And last on the list (I know, isn’t the list small and sad?): Vision in White by Nora Roberts. I read Montana Sky for my re-read challenge at the beginning of the year - before that I hadn’t read a NR book in years (maybe 12?). This was a good choice to re-introduce myself to her as an author. I really enjoyed this book. The friendship between the 4 women who ran the wedding consultation/planning business was wonderful. They were there for each other – just as friends should be. The hero to the story just cracked me up to no end. He was so unsure of himself at first – shy. One scene I loved was when the h/h were having coffee and Carter was admitting, because he felt he had to, the fact that he had had a crush on Mac, the heroine, way back in high school:…Are you always so forthright over coffee dates?”

“I don’t know. You’re the only one I ever had a crush on.”

“Oh boy.”

“And that was stupid.” Flustered again, he raked his fingers through his hair. “Now I’ve scared you. That sounded scary and obsessive, like I have an altar somewhere with your pictures over it where I light candles and chant your name. Jesus, that’s even scarier. Run now. I won’t hold it against you.”

I love that! And then later when he’s talking to his 3 legged cat and only getting stared at by said cat (of course):

“Well, she’s not as reasonable as you. I’ll tell you something else while we’re on the subject. I’m good for her. I’m exactly what she needs. I understand her. All right, no, I don’t. I take that back. But I know her, which is a different thing altogether. And I know I can make her happy once she gets over being too pigheaded to admit it.”

Just great stuff. If you haven’t read it and like a good contemporary I’d say go for it. Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Oh and my review for Lord of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff has posted here.

Anyway, I’m hoping to pop out of this slump this week – I’ll keep you posted!

A Slump? IDK

I wouldn't really call what I'm going through a slump...but I'm not sure what else to call it. I want to read but nothing looks good. I have at least 250 books on my shelves + another 350 in ebooks (at least) but I can't seem to choose a book! It's frustrating!

It all started this past Friday night when I was getting ready to go on a jaunt/bus trip with my church. I wanted to take a book to read on the bus and for the life of me couldn't choose one. I ended up throwing 2 novels and my ereader in the bag figuring something would click. That's when I ended up reading Black Ice by Anne Stuart and it was wonderful. After that...back to the drawing board.

I figured I would read a book for The Book Binge and chose the new Stephanie Laurens...which after 3 days and only 200 pages I DNF'd. Ug. Help. Last night I called a halt to my frustration and decided to hang all the pictures, etc. that I've been meaning to hang for forever and that helped. But this morning when I wanted to choose something to read at lunch today...nothing. Wahhhhhhh! I've not had this issue before. Again, it's not that I don't want to read, but can't seem to find one I want to read. (I did pick up a couple of the yaoi manga's I had but even those took forever for me to grab..I only did it cuz I knew others were waiting to get them after me.)

I usually mix my romance sub-genre's up so that this doesn't happen...reading a historical, then a contemporary, then a paranormal, etc. each week....but, but, but....arg. It's not helping!

What do you all do in these situations? Have any of you ever been in a situation like this? What do you recommend for therapy? lol I need all the help I can get.

What I've Been Reading This Week

Hey there!

I hope you all had a great week. My was fairly good overall.

My youngest did it again. She kicked butt and took names and got her orange belt in Taekwondo. She really is doing a great job. I, of course, am a horrible mother and forgot the damned camera! She went up first thing too so I didn't have time to run home and get it. I suck, I know. My hubby took a couple of shots with his blackberry and 1 came out ok but most came out pretty blurry. I'm gonna post a few anyway cuz I'm so proud of her.

Here's what I read this week:

I started off the week with The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston. I really enjoyed her Magnus Pack series so I thought I'd venture over to the Pride series. While I was overwhelmed with love they were definitely cute. The Mane Event had 2 stories in the book. The first was Christmas Pride which Dez, an NYC cop and Mace a shapeshifting lion who has had his sights set on Dez since he was 14 years old. There was a murder involved in the story and some other conflict but overall it was more sex than story. The second story, Shaw's Tail, involved Shaw, a shapeshifting lion and Ronnie Lee, a shapeshifting wolf. Talk about mixed breeds. lol Ronnie Lee is trying to settle her life down from the craziness of her youth and Shaw is a wealthy hotel owner. Besides their breeds they really don't have a whole lot in common. This was a really cute story - when the h/h spends the day together and the story shows them going from activity to activity it was highly amusing and very enjoyable. 3.75 out of 5

My second read for the week was Lord of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff. This was a book that I will review for The Book Binge - I'll let you know when the review posts.

Next up was Bastards and Pretty Boys by KZ Snow. A gay man who's not quite happy in his 5 month relationship buys a summer home on a lake. His neighbor is hottie mchot hot but he's not gonna stray...until his "boyfriend" tells him that he's been with other men. He's positive that's sealed the door on the relationship and moves forward with his neighbor. But his neighbor has some secrets of his own. He's an ex-con and he's got a man pretty much stalking him. This was a great 74 page read. KZ just has a great way of phrasing the simplest words and making them wonderfully emotional. 4.25 out of 5

After that I read To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear. This was an impulse buy while down at the UBS (the first time) but it being a shape-shifter book it was high on my list to read. The story covered Tessa who's brother is convicted of murder - but she knows he's not the murderer. Then she finds a naked man on the beach who ends up having amnesia. Not knowing who he is doesn't stop Hunter from making a bargain with Tessa. She will let him stay at her place and he'll find out who was the real murderer. Who Hunter really is? An Alpha wolf from a pack that has pretty much deserted him. He falls for Tessa, even though she's not one of his kind and he can't mate with her. On top of all this there are humans being turned to wolves, bad wolves stalking Tessa, Hunter's sister is missing and there's buried treasure! It is a lot in one book but Terry Spear pulls it off in a way that, hell, it could happen. lol Anyway, an enjoyable read. 3.75 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson. My friend gave me this book a couple of years ago and there is has sat on my shelf. And I have to say...after reading it I could have let it sit there a couple of more years and not missed it. The first chapter almost had me putting the book down. Fred, the half mermaid, half human is such an incredible bitch I wanted to slug her...yes, in the first chapter. I did finish reading the book since it was so few pages but I can't say I enjoyed it too much. I didn't care abotu Fred, the sea prince, Artur or the water fellow, Thomas. If you don't care about the characters, do you really care about the story? For me? No. 2 out of 5

The Dickens with Love by Josh Lanyon was released on December 1st and I scooped that puppy up right away. It was 97 pages of wonderful Lanyon goodness. From the first meeting between the two men, to the crazy things that happen (yes, there's an ocelot involved) I was riveted to my ereader. The story of a lost Dickens novel, a newly uncloseted son of a vicar and a tainted antiquarian is one that I will probably read every year at Christmas time. I think the love and self-awareness that the characters experience was very moving and this is a story I would definitely recommend. 4.5 out of 5

I read a yaoi manga this week. It was ZE1 by Yuki Shimizu and I have to tell ya, that was pretty odd. A guy who's grandma has died goes to live in this house but he finds out that half of them are dolls and take away pain. It was truly bizarre but the graphics were pretty darned good. The main character's story was just touched upon in this volume but I'm not sure I want to read any more - IDK, I'll have to think about it. 2 out of 5

My last read for the week was another book from my shelves that's been there a long while and that is Black Ice by Anne Stuart. I have to tell ya - I loved this book. From the heroine who seems kind of weak at first but is truly the hero who is working undercover for the good guys but the line between good and evil is so thin he's not sure where it crosses over anymore. Just a fantastic read. There were a couple of minor discrepancies (editing issues) in the book which were a little annoying but nothing that took away from my overall enjoyment. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. In fact I have Fire and Ice on the shelf so I won't have to go buy anything. :) 4.5 out of 5

Happy Reading and have a great week!

Guest Review: Never Marry A Stranger by Gayle Callen

My guest review for Never Marry a Stranger by Gayle Callen is now up at The Book Binge

The prodigal returns . . .

It's an absolute scandal when Captain Matthew Leland arrives at Madingley Court. Presumed dead in battle, his sudden appearance gives the ton quite the shock. But no one is more surprised than Matthew, because waiting for him at home is a bewitching, blue-eyed beauty—and she claims to be his wife!

Miss Emily Grey was alone in the world when a knight in shining armor came to her rescue, claimed her heart, and then disappeared. But now her little white lie, a desperate act of self-preservation, has come back to haunt her. Her husband, once a far-off fantasy, is now a flesh-and-blood man who insists she share his bed . . .

Matthew has no memory of any marriage to this scheming seductress, and he's determined to expose her in every way. But a life with the exquisite Emily will prove irresistible . . . and a marriage of deception will become a marriage of sweet, sweet surrender.

So Matthew Leland has been dead for a year, or at least that what his family thought. You see he was in the Army and was sent to India. He was wounded and had a long recovery. When he was healed he changed regiments but his old regiment had thought him dead and notified his family. He was out of communication range with his new regiment but when he found out about the mix up he went right home. He's changed since being away from his family and England and he's not about to be the controlled, repressed man he once was. Read more------->

Help A Girls Out with Erotic Romance Suggestions

A friend of mine wants to give her hubby, as a joke, an erotic romance for Christmas (among many other things). She thinks it will be funny. I think it will only cement the thought that he already has that she reads porn, not romance. But hey, it's not my husband so whatever. I'm just here to help a girl out.

So what I need is some erotic romance selections that have been released in paperback. I have some (and so does she) but they are only in ebook. What are your suggestions?

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