Hey there - my guest review for Gorgeous As Sin by Susan Johnson has been posted at The Book Binge.
Fitz Monckton, Duke of Groveland, has never encountered a woman he can’t seduce—until he clashes with the beautiful Rosalind St. Vincent, whose bookshop sits in the way of Fitz’s lucrative development deal. If money won’t entice Rosalind to sell her shop, Fitz must tempt her in other ways—hopefully mutually pleasurable, and profitable to them both.
Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world-and to build a future with the woman he loves.
With Florentyna's ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception reaches out from the past-a blood feud between two generations that threatens to destroy everything Florentyna and Richard have fought to achieve.
It’s interesting to me that the blurb for this book reads like a romance, which this book is not. It’s more a life story with a relationship intertwined. The book basically is about the life of Florentyna Rosnovski. It pretty much starts with her birth and moves on with great detail through her schooling, her successes and her failures – which there aren’t many.
Florentyna had wanted to be the President of the United States since she was 11 and her father was all for it. I don’t know that he actually believed that it was something that she could accomplish but he was behind her 100%. Her father being a polish immigrant that came to America and became a hotel mogul and subsequently a millionaire.
Florentyna made some decisions that her father didn’t care for…mainly falling in love with his life long rivals son, Richard. But they were very happy – she started her own business and eventually took over the hotel business for her father putting her political aspirations aside for many different reasons. Eventually she runs for office becoming first a Congresswoman then a Senator and eventually…well, I won’t ruin it for you if you plan to read it. :)
This is a really good book but I have to say it wasn’t quite as good for me as it was 20 years ago. The main issue I had with the book was the fact that I was told the story with a few instances of being shown thrown in from time to time. It drove me batshit. lol By the time I was a quarter of the way through the book I just wanted to say to the narrator, for that’s how it felt to me, to shut the hell up and let me read! It truly put a damper on my enjoyment of the book. What I didn’t even notice before drove me crazy now.
Again I say…this was a good book. It’s a great story and it’s interesting. But if you don’t like being told a story then this wouldn’t be good for you to read as it will probably have the same effect on you as it did me! I have the next book in this series that I never read but I think I'll have to pass on it. Maybe in 20 years...
Rating in 1989: 5 out of 5
Rating in 2009: 3.75 out of 5
I kept meaning to post this earlier today but real life got in the way. My oldest has her state project due tomorrow and we were putting the finishing touches on her display board and her speech. Hopefully she'll ace this one...I think she will.
The hubby's b-day gathering with my family was fun. Everyone was late so we were starving by the time everyone got here. I swear I need to tell my family to arrive at least a 1/2 hour earlier than everyone else. Of course when they're the only one's attending... What's a body to do?
And I just opened my email and got one from Kelley Armstrong! Holy shit if that's not enough to put icing on the cake of a great weekend, I don't know what is! lol She was just letting me know I'd won one of her books on DIK but dang - that's very cool! If you didn't get a chance to read her posts this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday you should - they were great.
I didn't post it last week cuz there was so much going on but if you want to read my review on Bound and Determined by Shayla Black you can do so here.
Ok - so I didn't feel like I read that much this week but when I stopped and looked at the list I guess I did. 5 were short stories so they don't really count as 5 - just 1 novella, really. lol
So my first read of the week was Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh. Book 112 in the Breed series...ok, not that many but the latest. I liked the story but yet I didn't. It hurt my heart. Truly it did. I thought that the heroine held onto her anger way too long but she finally let it go and saved herself nicely. Then the hero did something uber retarded...and frankly the way his character was written he should have friggin known better. He knew the score on soooooo many things - things other didn't - in fact he made it his job to know. The fact that he pulled this thing and supposedly didn't know what would happen was too unlikely for me - and I'm a damned forgiving reader. It made it just an ok read for me in the end. I still liked the series though and I'm looking forward to Cabal's book.
Next up was The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer for my re-read challenge. I'll post my review on Tuesday. Oh and I'm only 2 weeks into the TBR challenge that I gave myself and I've fucked up already. This one has been on my shelf for so long I'm counting this as my re-read and my TBR. Yeah, I suck! lol (the book is so old I couldn't even find a decent picture for it!)
Next were 4 short stories by Amber Kell...the Moon Pack Series - Attracting Anthony, Baiting Ben, Courting Calvin and & Denying Dare (all m/m stories). I read about these at Kris 'n' Good Books and since I like novellas and shorts I picked them up and read them quite quickly. While they weren't the best shifter stories I've read...since out of the 4 shorts only 2 people actually shift, but they were cute. I had some issues with editing and words left out & giggling men (which is never my favorite) but other than that they were ok.
When I was buying the Moon Pack series from All Romance ebooks I got a free short called Friends with Benefits by Cat Johnson. A very short story about a couple who've known each other since 8th grade and just recently have become friends with benefits. However when one of them sleeps with someone else (they weren't exclusive) then the female of the pair starts to look at her feelings about the relationship. Cute short read. Heroine a tad annoying but she was ok.
Gorgeous as Sin by Susan Johnson I read for The Book Binge. I'll let you know when my review is posted.
Last but not least was Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr. Good book. For the most part I really liked it. It was a little syrupy in parts but overall a good story with a lot going on...which is one of the things I love about the series. I have to admit that when I closed the book I said "awwwww" lol
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
He wanted no party and didn't really want to go away anywhere (although I bet I can talk him into a combined his/hers b-day weekend in Vegas in a couple of weeks since my b-day is coming soon) but I've invited family over for dinner tomorrow night and we'll have a great time.
So Happy Birthday Baby - I love ya!
Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face to face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they’ve kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as co-workers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm.
...there are no rules.
But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. At first apprehensive, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection doesn’t last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar . . .
So Payton and J.D. have just found out that there will only be 1 partner chosen out of the two of them. They have no love lost for each other so the gloves are off and they will stop at nothing to get that partnership. The problem starts when they realize that the other isn’t quite as bad of a person as they thought they were and do they really want to sabotage the other person or get chosen on their own merit? Merit wins it by a mile. But that doesn’t quite stop some things from happening. Although there are arguments and antics that seem unforgivable these two come to think that as much as they don’t like the other, they do admire them for being a good attorney.
I loved this book. As much as I liked Just The Sexiest Man Alive I just loved this one so much more. It was such a wonderful story to get wrapped up in. I couldn’t seem to pull my eyes from the book once I started. I laughed out loud at several parts of the book. A couple of those I just kept laughing and couldn’t stop…my husband was looking at me like I’d lost my mind. I guess he doesn’t figure that anything could be quite that amusing in a book – he obviously hasn’t read Julie’s books.
J.D. and Payton were wonderful together…whether they were arguing or not their dialogues made for some darned good reading. The secondary characters in the book were fab as well – Payton’s friend Laney, J.D.’s friend Tyler and of course Perfect Chase all made the book that much better. In fact one of my favorite parts of the book is when Tyler and J.D. are in a cab and Tyler is trying to get J.D. to understand the necessity of being “nice” to a woman…it’s all about the gesture…and starts talking about Pride and Prejudice. Dear Lord I thought my stomach would pop I was laughing so hard with J.D.’s response. I don’t want to print it here and ruin it for you but it’s worth reading! Then there’s the ending. It wasn’t the ending I was expecting – it was so much better and it’s exactly the reason I read romance novels – the ultimate HEA.
This one has to be my favorite contemporary of the year so far.
Rating 5 out of 5
George - 24 years old...in the army.
Judith - 19 years old...college student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago
One day George's friend Jane (I don't really know her name so we'll call her Jane for the heck of it) told him that she had a friend, Judith, and she thought that they'd get along great together. Being the adventurer that he was *coughnotcough* he got Judith's number from Jane and decided to call her. Jane told Judith to expect the call but Judith just wasn't holding her breath.
Lo and behold George called Judith one day not long after and they had a 3.5 hour conversation on the phone. Now George wasn't quite sure what to think of Judith after he got off of the phone with her. She was so sarcastic! But he really had enjoyed talking to her so he thought maybe he could overlook the sarcasm.
So 2 days later Judith was visiting her parents for the weekend in Indiana and was about to leave to catch a train back to Chicago when she got a phone call from Jane. Jane said that George wanted to meet her and that he would be at the train station when Judith got in and she would recognize him because he's be wearing his dress blues. Judith said fine and hurried on her way. The problem was, Judith had no friggin clue what dress blues looked like.
Judith got off the train and waited around for a while for the crowd to thin out and then saw a man in a uniform. She walked up to him and asked him what hotel he worked as a bell hop in. George was not a fan of that line, to say the least, but Judith was so pretty that he figured he'd ignore it. George took Judith out for dinner to George Diamond's Steak House in downtown Chicago (which has since burned down from what I understand) where they got along famously and he then took her back to her dorm. Needless to say that by the end of the night they were both suffering from love at first sight...and George was learning to appreciate the sarcasm.
They talked on the phone all that week and then the next weekend went to go see the movie South Pacific. While in the theater George leaned over, and being the uber romantic guy that he is, said, "Let's get hitched". Judith just looked at him and told him he was crazy but he said he was serious. Judith thought about it for about a minute and a half and decided that they should go for it.
George and Judith decided to get married the following Friday but sometime that week decided to wait another week as they didn't want to have their nuptials on Friday the 13th. So on March 20, 1959 George and Judith got married in the West Pullman Church of God there in Chicago. After the ceremony the minister asked what they were going to do and they said that they were just going downtown so the minister said that the church was having a missionary dinner and invited them to join them and they'd be the guests of honor. They accepted and though they didn't have a wedding cake they had a wonderful apple crisp to celebrate with.
George and Judith are my parents and this past Friday they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. According to both of them despite their times of trial during the past 50 years - having 4 kids in 5 years, money issues, parental problems - it has been wonderful marriage.
On their anniversary my siblings and I threw a surprise party for them to celebrate this wonderful occasion and it was incredible. My parents were thrilled and overwhelmed and my dad even started crying (he'll deny that if asked). My mother is a Presbyterian minister and we had one of her good friends, who's also a Presbyterian minister, do a renewal of vow ceremony and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
So many times I read in my romance novels about people falling in love in a day, or 2 days or even a week and I scoff. I do, I admit it. But then I look at my parents and realize that it can happen in "real" life - and last.Congratulations Mom and Dad. I love you with all my heart!
A P.I., Bree had come undercover to Ravencrest to find its owner, Troy, and ensure his well-being. But Bree knew she was out of her league the moment she saw its dark rock spires and its creepy inhabitants who claimed a crazy Troy was prisoner in his own chambers. But Bree heard his husky voice, felt his sizzling touch...Exactly who was weaving an undeniable, erotic spell around her?
Bree has been asked to act as a teacher to Troy London’s daughter, Dinah, by Troy’s sister Helen. Bree is anxious to get to Ravencrest because she’s been in love with Troy for 7 years but hasn’t seen him in as long. But when she gets to Ravenscroft she finds that she doesn’t understand anything that’s going on.
The “cousins” of Troy and Helen who are supposedly taking over the house because Troy has had a nervous breakdown are just strange. Bree’s not sure what to make of them. The lady of the pair, Nola, can’t stop talking about a ghost from 100 years ago and its supposed sexual exploits. Then there’s her belligerent husband, the super nice housekeeper and the scarier than hell groundskeeper. If that’s not weird enough she’s kissed in the middle of the night. Is it a dream or reality, she can’t tell.
When Bree starts looking for Troy because he’s just never around, she finds him, but he sounds confused and he never wants her to look at him. He comes up to her from the back and holds her so she can’t look at him. Then there are these weird special powers that Troy has that are freaking Bree out and she’s not sure what to make of them.
This was a strange bizarre book. About 18 months ago I bought about 15 Harlequin intrigues from a garage sale for $1.00. I hadn’t read any of them. Yikes. So when it was time to pick a category for this month’s challenge I started reading the backs of the books to try to decide which one to pick. This is the one I chose, obviously, but I’m not sure I chose wisely. The book wasn’t bad per say, but it just wasn’t my thing. I guess I was expecting more of a straight contemporary suspense story but this definitely had paranormal elements.
I do have to say that the book did keep me guessing until the last 1/3 of the book. I didn’t know who the mastermind behind the scheming was and why they were scheming. That was done very well. I was never quite sure what was going on with Troy because his character was so vague. As Bree was thinking – did he get hit on the head and now he has these weird psychic powers? Was he a ghost? What? It truly wasn’t ever answered but it ended with a acceptable enough conclusion. And Bree – I just couldn’t connect with her – determined one minute, flighty the next…it just didn’t’ work for me.
That being said…if you like odd, bizarre tales of suspense this might work for you. Written well, just not my type of book.
Rating: 3 out 5
This was apparently the week for my kids to say cute/funny things - this one was from my oldest daughter and just shows you how the 11 year old brain works. The 2 of us were driving home from the anniversary party on Friday which was held in Pasadena, which is about 45 minutes from home. It was about 10:45pm and we were getting on the freeway.
Oldest: Wow, there's a lot of people out people out and it's really late.
Me: Well, it's late for you but in this city there are a lot of people who don't even leave their houses to go out until 9 or 10 at night.
She thought about this for a moment
Oldest: I guess that makes sense since McDonald's is open all night. (which it's not)
I, of course, burst out laughing
Oldest: What? McFlurry's!!
Omg is that hilarious? I couldn't stop laughing it was too cute.
Before I get on to the books I've read let me announce the winner of the Highland Warrior book giveaway:
Congratulations! Please send your snail mail address to redneyrae at ca dot rr dot com and I'll get that out to you asap.
So my books for the week:
Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty was my first read. My uber mini review is below. This was my first read of this author and I really enjoyed it. The first part of the book was better in my opinion than the second...but still pretty darned good.
Next was The Diary of Cozette by Amanda McIntyre. Wow - really good book. There were a couple of aspects of the book that weren't really my thing but it was written so well that I enjoyed it anyway. You can read Barbara's review here and Amy's review here if you want more about the book.
Next I tried to read Casual Hex by Vicki Lewis Thompson and couldn't get past about 70 pages. Not that the book was bad it just wasn't my type of book. I think it was a little too chick-lit"y" for me - a little too cute for my tastes.
For my TBR book (that's what I'm calling the book that I read 1x per week from my tbr that's older than 3 months) this week I read Insatiable Desire by Rita Herron. This is the first book in her Demonborn series. While I liked the book there was something about it that didn't gel right for me. I'm not sure if I can explain it but it was just a feeling of my skin prickling while I read. Maybe it was the fact that the evil demon in the book was killing women by using their worst fear against them. If they had a fear of heights he'd push them off of a cliff. If they had a fear of suffocation he'd wrap them in cellophane from head to toe. IDK that I can put my finger on it but I'm not sure if I could sit through that again so I'm debating whether I want to read the rest of the series.
After that I read Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley) for The Book Binge. I'll let you know when my review is posted.
I read a novella by Joanne Wylde called Catherine's Awakening next. About a widow and her brother-in-law coming together after his brother dies. about Catherine learning that she can trust a man and still maintain some independence. Pretty cute. Love cowboys.
Last but not least I read Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James and it was....you'll just have to wait and see. lol I'll post a review this week.
(And my pictures are wonked out and I can't seem to fix it - I really need to learn html! lol)
A man in the shadows
Some say he is dangerous. Others say he is mad. None of them knows the truth about Marshall Ross, the Devil of Ambrose. He shuns proper society, sworn to let no one discover his terrible secret. Including the beautiful woman he has chosen to be his wife.
A fallen woman
Only desperation could bring Davina McLaren to the legendary Edinburgh castle to become the bride of a man she has never met. Plagued by scandal, left with no choices, she has made her bargain with the devil. And now she must share his bed.
A fire unlike any they've ever known
From the moment they meet, Davina and Marshall are rocked by an unexpected desire that leaves them only yearning for more. But the pleasures of the marriage bed cannot protect them from the sins of the past. With an enemy of Marshall's drawing ever closer and everything they now cherish most at stake, he and Davina must fight to protect the passion they cannot deny.
Me: Yeah baby?
Y: I love you.
Me: I love you too, baby.
A minute or two of hugging commenced, then:
Y: I love you more than a chicken.
Me: awww...wait, what?
Y: (with a big ole silly grin on her face) Well, if we had a pet and it was a chicken, I'd love you more than the chicken!
She didn't let me respond to that - she just crawled off of my lap and ran laughing into the other room.
Yep, she's my kid. Crazy!
Cosseted and adored by her family, Caitrina Lamont has no intention of abandoning her beloved father and doting four older brothers for a husband—especially a
I love a good Highlander romance and this was a good one. I loved Jamie – he knew who he was, what he wanted, who he was loyal to and didn’t waver from that. Caitrina I didn’t like quite as much but she still had a lot of spirit and loved her family dearly. There were some points toward that the end of the book where I wanted to slap her silly but I have to say she did learn, eventually, from her mistakes. I’m pretty sure Jamie carried this book, IMHO. That being said, I’ve already bought the next book in the series, Highland Outlaw, and look forward to reading it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Book Giveaway: I haven’t a clue how I ended up with 2 copies of Highland Warrior but I guess that just works in your favor, doesn’t it?
Go ahead and leave a message on this post up until 11:59pm on Saturday, March 21st and I’ll pick 1 winner and post it on Sunday in my "What I've Been Reading This Week" post. Oh, and I don’t have a problem shipping out of the US so anyone can enter. Good luck!
For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth’s treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth’s treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, is about to begin.
Haunted by dreams of a lover who takes the form of a dragon, Eileen Grosvenor searches for the truth. She never expects to find a real dragon shape shifter, let alone one who awakens her passion and ignites memories of a forgotten past.
Erik Sorensson is focused on leading the Pyr against the Slayers when a powerful ancient relic reveals itself. Erik tries to retrieve it from Eileen’s possession—and is shocked by a fury of passion. Her presence touches him in unexpected ways, reminding him of mistakes he’s determined not to make again, and Erik is forced to make a choice—duty or love.
A beautiful, vulnerable woman appears at the high country cabin where Hunter and Jericho live between assignments. They are captivated by their stunning, reticent visitor and vow to protect her—and uncover what she’s hiding. Neither is prepared for the unbelievable. Their beautiful innocent is a cougar shifter who’s spent a lifetime alone.
In the shelter of their love, Kaya blooms, finally willing to trust—and embrace her humanity again. Then Hunter and Jericho are called away on a mission that goes terribly wrong. Now, pregnant, and alone once more, she must find her way in a world she doesn’t belong to—and hope that the two men she loves will find their way home.
Cold, hungry and hurt Kaya approaches the cabin of Jericho and Hunter with much trepidation. She's been alone and on her own for a very long time and being a cougar shifter she finds it extremely hard to trust anyone.
Jericho and Hunter have big hearts and take the woman in but with lots of questions on their minds. They find that both of them are attracted to her but had been a relationship together with a woman before and swore they would never do it again. Yet they find they can't stop themselves. It doesn't seem to matter when every time they wake up they find Kaya missing.
They eventually all learn to trust and start a relationship. Kaya believes that these two men are her mates and wants to be protected and cared for by them. For all of her independence she is quite innocent due to her lack of connection with humans.
Unfortunately Jericho and Hunter get called away on a mission but will only be gone for a couple of weeks. Kaya has enough food to last months so there is no issue there. Unfortunately for all of the men's good planning Kaya finds herself pregnant, unable to shift back to her cougar and alone for months. The men return home to find her gone.
This is a great story. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good shifter story and this is a good one. I thought that even though this was a 3 person love story which is always difficult to pull off and there are a couple of menage scenes involved which were very erotic, the story has a great romantic flow to it. Hunter and Jericho were very concious of Kaya and her needs as well as their own needs (not sexual) and worked with each other to make the best of the situation. Their previous relationship lacked a trust factor so they were very aware of the other people involved.
I thought Kaya's twist at the end of the story - being alone and pregnant was horrid but a nice change. With two alpha males normally you wouldn't think that could/would happen but I thought it flowed nicely. There was another part of the story for Kaya as well dealing with her family issues and even though I felt that that part of the story was the weakest it was still good.
Rating 3.75 out of 5
I just saw this in my email and had to let you all know!
For a limited time (I have no idea how long) Diesel ebooks has Larissa Ione's Pleasure Unbound for a $1.99 download (earlier price adjustment made)! What a perfect time to start the series!!! It's available in Adobe (I'm pretty sure that's Adobe Digital Editions), Microsoft Reader, Mobi and Palm formats.
Go forth and download now! You won't be sorry!
So as I said in my post a few days ago it was a nutty week and I didn't post much - hopefully that will change for the upcoming week.
Talking to Christine earlier this past week and discussing our massive TBR's I made a decision. The decision is that since I tend to ignore older books on my tbr (not intentionally there are just so many good ones that get released that I tend to forget the poor lonely ones on my shelves) I'm going to try to read 1 book a week that has been on my shelf for 3 months or longer. And there are plenty to choose from. The keyword here is try. We'll see how it works out.
My girls went to one of the local high schools yesterday and they had a 3 hour cheer clinic with a little demonstration at the end. It was so cute and the girls had a great time. They now want to be cheerleaders and learn how to do all the acrobatics that go with it. We'll see how they feel about it when they get into high school which is a while away now...thank heavens.
My youngest was sick this past Monday so that gave me plenty of time to read as she slept most of the day while I was home with her. I thanked her for being ill on a Monday since I had already cleaned the house on the weekend I didn't have chores to do and could relax.
First up was Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione. Great book. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Luckily I didn't have to. If you haven't started the series yet you should do so now. lol I liked the first book but this was fabulous and I can't wait until the next one -and luckily we don't have to wait long since it comes out on March 31, 2009.
Next up was Slave by Cheryl Brooks. After reading Ms. Moonlight's review and seeing that Jenb loved it as well I decided to dive in. I'm sorry to say that this one just didn't work for me. It was a good story and that's what kept me reading but there were several things that just rubbed me wrong. It's a first person pov which I'm not a fan of but have read some really great books lately that have it so I was open to it. This was an great example of why I don't like them. The endless thinking and self examination in the book was driving me slightly batty. Captain Jack wasn't a character that I enjoyed and having only her pov was frustrating at times. I wanted to get to know the male character, Cat, more as well but that didn't happen - couldn't happen with the pov. There were a few other things that didn't appeal to me but I'll stop there. :)
After that I read Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell. I really liked this book a lot. A great m/m story of Aaron, an independent paramedic and Joey, a accident prone man who seems to go through men like bottles of water. I thought the story was wonderfully well written, the sex was hot and the characters were likable.
Next I read Delicious by Sherry Thomas and it was just that...delicious. I loved it. I read some reviews when it first came out last fall and they were definitely mixed on the like/dislike scale. I'm definitely in the like category. A wonderful story of love found and then lost and then found again. I found myself smiling for a couple of hours after I read the last page.
Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James was my next read. This is book 3 in her Rough Riders series. The story of AJ who has been in love with Cord since she was a little girl. While it was more like hero worship when she was a kid now that she's an adult she's got her eye on the prize. But with Cord pretty much off relationships after his wife left him AJ has to be satisfied with just sex. Oh darn. lol Fortunately there was a good story in here as well as all that sex and I also got to know the rest of Cord's extended family. I'm axious to read more.
Amber Eyes by Maya Banks was my next book. Good book - I'll post a review this week.
Angels' Pawn by Nalini Singh was next. The prequel to Angels' Blood was great. It left me with some great questions about Ashwini but I have no doubt that Nalini will answer them eventually. And Janvier? omg - totally hot vamp. lol
Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke is one I read for The Book Binge so I'll let you know when my review posts.
Last was Phantom Lover by Rebecca York that I read for the Year of the Category Challenge so you won't get that review until next week, sorry. :)
So not wanting to spend too much time on the computer puts a huge cabosh onto writing reviews. I've read some really good books this week but I've just not been motivated to review them. I did hop on last night and went on a tiny little shopping spree for ebooks. As. If. I. Don't. Have. Enough. Seriously people, I have issues. But I think got some great books:
Shaken and Stirred by Kathleen O'Reilly - I read Christine's review on this in January and have wanted to read it.
Triple Threat by Jennifer LaBrecque - it was free on the eharlequin.com site so I went for it. What the heck.
Diary of Cozette by Amanda McIntyre - I read Barbara's review and Amy's reveiw and couldn't resist.
It Happend One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas - this was the only one in the series I didn't already have and I couldn't go any further without it so that's excuse enough for me.
Angels' Pawn by Nalini Singh - I should have gotten this before I read Angels' Blood since it was released first but I just didn't. I can't wait to read this prequel.
Amber Eyes by Maya Banks - I love shifter stories and this sounds pretty darned good. Hope it is.
Polar Reaction by Claire Thompson - after reading the blurb on DIK recently I added it to the pile. How could I pass up m/m/m? Ok I could have, but I chose not to. So sue me. :)
Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins - I loved Too Good To Be True so wanted to read more of her books. This one seems to be a fan favorite.
Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone. I picked this one up at the last Blogger Get-Together and then put the darned thing down again. Then I read a great review and kicked myself for not buying it. That being said I do have some reservations about the story. I'm not big on 2 people in love finding solace in another person's bed. However, if it's written well I can deal with it so hopefully this is one that will prove to be worth the purchase.
So my biggest problem now is figuring out what to read first. It's not like I don't have 200 other books to read but still. What? Stop laughing!
Oh, and my review for A Toy for Two by Jennifer Cole went up on The Book Binge on Wednesday. You can check it out here if you're interested.
Happy Friday and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I have been awarded the Premio Dardas Award by both Anna from Anna's Book Blog and Renee from Renee's Book Addiction. Thank you so much ladies. I send you many flying kisses! And since they've been so wonderful to pass their luuuuuve onto me I will pay it forward as best I can.
About Premio Dardos:
The award “Dardos” appreciates the merits - culturally, literary and individually- of every blogger who expresses him/herself on his/her blog. Here are the rules.
1. be tickled pink - check
2. copy an paste the award picture to your blog - check
3. write down the regulations - check
4. link the blog who bestowed you the Award - check
5. and finally nominate 15 blogs for the Award - ooooh...more difficult but, check
Rosie at Nobody Asked Me
Kati at Katidom
Katie at Babbling About Books And More
Amy C at Romance Book Wyrm
Christine at The Happily Ever After
Carolyn Jean at The Thrillionth Page
Jen at Well Read
Ms. Moonlight at Moonlight to Twilight
Holly at What Were You Expecting?
Wendy at The Misadventures of Super Librarian
Lisabea at Nose In A Book
Ana and Thea at The Book Smugglers
Tumperkin at Isn't It Romance?
Sula at Sula's Space
Lori at Living in the House of Testosterone
I would award this to all my blog friends if I was allowed. But the last time I tried that it didn't work out so well. lol
Enjoy and don't forget to pay it forward!
**Two things...I have no fooking clue why this font in this post is two different colors. I tried to fix it and finally gave up. (arg) Also, I haven't been able to blog hop the past couple of days but hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. If you see your name on my award list and I haven't "pre-notified" you yet - surprise!
So, that being said I'm going to do an abbreviated version of my weekly post and not do pictures or links. I know, it's horrible but I just don't have the energy. Sorry. Ok - I posted 1 picture for your enjoyment cuz it was alread on my computer!
First up was Honeymoon Castaways by Dawn Halliday. Cheese with a little wine. lol A couple gets stranded on a deserted island on the way to their honeymoon and the pilot of the plane, the grooms best friend, is also obviously stranded. Menage follows. Not a bad book but I just can't see it happening in a million years. Maybe I live in a cave. Not sure. Novella
Next was The Wolf's Sister by R.F. Long. Also a novella (I read a lot of those this week) about a princess running from her psycho brother and the warrior she runs into. This was great. I read this on Amy C.'s recommendation and I'm looking forward to reading more of Long's work.
Then I read A Toy For Two by Jennifer Cole for The Book Binge. Another novella - I'll let you know when my review posts. (It was apparently menage week at my house...for books - get your minds out of the gutter!)
On Lori's rec I read What Mattered Most by Linda Winfree. This was a book about a man who was living with his pregnant girlfriend but believed he was in love with his ex-partner (he's a cop). Wow - what an emotional rollercoaster. Good story but I felt at some points that the antagonism that the heroine had for the hero was going on a little too long.
Next was Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh. Loved it. It was fabulous. See review below. I loved all the characters in this book - the vamps, the humans and the angels. She's just hands down one of my favorite authors.
Next novella was Sweet Dreams by Jenny Penn. This was an odd little story but not bad. This is book 1 in The Cowboys' Curse. The oldest brother in a family of 6 boys sleeps around on his girlfriend. The girlfriends sister puts a curse on the brothers. Apparently the books will go on where the curse will be handed down, or really up in this case, so that all the bros. get it. This story was the story of the youngest brothers, twins, Shawn and Trent. Trent is a complete ass and needs no woman according to him. Shawn's slightly better but not a ton. They get cursed and need to have their soul mate fall in love with them in order to break it. It was a funny/strange story but it did have it's good parts. (again, menage) There was one scene toward the end that pissed me off to no end and the book didn't really have a actual conclusion which kind of sucked - but I'll probably still see what the next has to offer.
The Devil Wears Tartan by Karen Ranney I read for The Book Binge. I'll let you know when the review posts.
And last but not least...Secrets of A Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas. I did it. I've been saying that I would start the Wallflower series for I don't know how long and I finally did it. And it was wonderful which I knew it would be. I loved this book. I liked Annabelle and Simon and *sigh* it was great. The ankle boots - omg. And the chess game. Such simple parts of the book but so significant in the long run. Makes my heart go all squishy. lol I'll be reading book 2 soon.
Ok - that's it. Sorry for the non colorful post but what can I say? It happens from time to time. :)
So I decided that I was going to ask my 2 rugrat daughters the same questions - separately of course and here's what they came out with.
I've separated their answers so that you can see what the 11 year old said and what the 6 year old said.
1. What is something your mom always says to you?
11 – Put your shoes away (hey, maybe she’s actually listening!)
6– Go to sleep
( I have to tell you that when my 6 year old was in preschool the teacher asked the kids a few questions like this for the 3 years olds mothers day tea. I'm friends with her teacher and at the time she had to run down to my office to tell me that when she asked my daughter what my favorite thing to say was she said "shit". Omg how wonderful/mortifying is that? lol It was all the teacher could do not to bust out laughing and just ask for something else mommy might say!)
2. What makes your mom happy?
11 – When I do what she tells me to do
6 – If I pass my timed (math) tests
3. What makes your mom sad?
11 – When we get hurt
6 – I really don’t know
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
11 – When she tells us jokes.
6 – When she pretends to laugh (apparently I have a sarcastic fake laugh that she loves – who knew?)
5. What was your mom like as a child?
11 – A sweet, caring little girl (she’s obviously trying for brownie points! Lol)
6 – She liked to read books
6. How old is your mom?
11 – 43
6 – 43
7. How tall is your mom?
11 – 4 feet (dayum)
6 – 3 feet (double dayum…I’m actually 5’5”)
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
11 – Read
6 – Read
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
11 – Read
6 – Go on the computer
(I think they’ve figured me out)
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
11 – Reading (she's totally laughing at this point - the little stinker)
6 – You’d be famous cuz you’re really good at reading
11. What is your mom really good at?
6 - Reading
(I’m sensing a theme - unfortunately I have no life other than work and family so there you go! lol)
12. What is your mom not very good at?
11 – Math (ain’t that the truth)
6 – Homework (hey! I help with everything – just not the math!)
13. What does your mom do for her job?
11 – She files papers and answers the phones – she’s a secretary
6 – She works at a church
14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
11 – Low Carb Chicken Club Sandwich from Carl’s Jr.
6 – Chicken
(While I love both of those it’s my long deceased grandmothers depression era inspired spaghetti recipe that makes my heart go pitter pat. Thank heavens I inherited the recipe)
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
11 – That she’s always there for me
6 – (At this point she stopped the questions and said...Her: Wait, is this all about you? Me: Yes, I told you that. Her: Wow.) That you buy me cool videos (awww to be 6 again)
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
11 – Wonder Woman (Right on!)
6- Snoopy cuz he dances funny (uh, I do not)
17.What do you and your mom do together?
11 – Shop
6 – We hug together
18. How are you and your mom the same?
11 – She loves me and I love her
6 – We both like to laugh
19. How are you and your mom different?
11 – She has bigger boobies than I do - guffaw, guffaw. (and thank God! Lol)
6 – She has brown eyes and red hair and I don’t
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
11 – She kisses and hugs me
6 – Because she always kisses me
(love them kisses!)
21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
11 – The library
6 – Knott’s Berry Farm (I think she was channeling her favorite place at this point)
(after the questions were done I just looked at them and said: Hello! The bookstore! They just hit their heads in an "Oh, yeah" moment)
Anyway that's the scoop from my wee ones. Well, 1 wee one and one that's not so wee any longer - oy.
Life's Breath by Nancy Wald
The prince usually saves the girl but can the girl save the prince? Fifteen years ago, sorceress Arlana created something evil. It now threatens to destroy the kingdom she calls home. To defeat it, she must fulfill her destiny. Not only does the future of the realm hang in the balance, so does the life of her beloved Prince Garrett.
Magic, treachery and loyalty gives Prince Garrett reason to doubt, to resist...and love Arlana. When she asks him to set honor aside and tie his blood with hers, can he sort through the scars left on his heart and accept the obstinate sorceress? Is love enough to save a kingdom in crisis?
Seducing a Scottish Bride by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Lady Gelis MacKenzie, one of the most desirable heiresses in the
With his dashing good looks and smoldering eyes, Ronan MacRuari, known as the Raven, is every woman's dream. Yet with his late wife newly buried and the MacRuari curse haunting him, he weds only to satisfy his clan. Refusing to believe in curses, Gelis trusts the magic of her second sight. As she kisses away the Raven's doubts, she unleashes a torrent of desire. Yet Ronan knows that loving Gelis places her in mortal danger. Soon he'll fight dangerous forces to protect her as only a Highlander can -- with his whole heart, his honor, and his life....
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.
This is a world where Angel, Vampire & Human coexist. Not necessarily under friendly terms but they exist. The Angels are in control and for the most part vampires follow their “sires” - the angels who Made them.
Then there’s the Guild - the group of hunters that are hired to bring the vamps to heel for their angels. Elena is located in NY and she’s the best of the best when it comes to hunters. Raphael, Archangel and ruler of NY, has hired Elena to find another Archangel. She’s not given much info and is pretty much kept in the dark but is expected to do her job.
In the meantime though she’s making some pretty serious enemies among the vamps and the angels; when her job of tracking is done she’s pretty sure her life will end. So as long as she’s going to die she decides that giving in to her lust for Raphael. But is it just lust? And how exactly is Raphael feeling about all of this?
Once again Nalini Singh has brought us a truly magnificent world. As in her Psy/Changeling series it’s a world that is very similar to ours yet just different enough. It seems that angels are pretty commonplace, yet there are rare enough sightings that humans are clicking away on their camera phones when they are seen. It all seems so normal for 2009 but these are angels! Not something we catch a gander at on a regular basis.
The story, as well as the wonderful world-building, had me entranced with this book.It was great to read about Elena’s kick-ass character go head to head with Raphael in all his long-lived cruelty. The emotional & sexual tension that was crackling off the pages was truly mesmerizing.
There were a few questions that I still had at the end of the book that weren’t cleared up but I know that they will be answered in future books so I’m not too worried about that. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this series. Of course that seems like forever away but I’ll think about that another day.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so…right?
Grace Emerson is really not over her ex-fiance and the fact that she has to endure her cousin’s 3rd wedding is really grating on her nerves – especially since said ex is here with her sister, Natalie…whom he’s dating. Can it get more complicated? Not only is she there by herself and having to endure her relatives “kind” utterances, which is enough to make her rather be anywhere but there, but Natalie is now saying that she’s going to break it off with Grace’s ex so as to not hurt her sister any longer. What’s a girl to do? Well, make up a boyfriend, of course! He’s kind, he’s charming and of course she’s so over her ex so no need to worry. I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing in Grace’s place.
Then there’s the new neighbor, Callahan O’Shea, who is hot, hot, hot but they don’t meet under the best of circumstances to say the least. Besides their horrid first meet and greet Grace finds out that Callahan has just gotten out of prison – definitely not someone she should be attracted to – but she kinda is. Yet she’s fighting it because, you know, he’s a criminal and they just can’t be trusted.
Can I just say I really, really, really liked this book? Yeah? Ok, I will...I really, really, really liked this book. This was one of those impulse buys that had such a huge payoff for me. I picked up my ereader and I did not want to put it down until I was done. I don’t even think I ate dinner that night. The kids were gone, the hubby was off with friends and I stayed up ‘til the wee hours of the morning finishing the book and smiling to myself while I read. (and then read it again the next day)
I really liked Grace and her crazy, crazy family – even with the issues they had. The glimpses into her classroom (she’s a teacher) were fun. I liked her gay best friend Julian, who was also looking for love, and their relationship. And I really liked Callahan tremendously...he was an honest and pretty darned up front guy. But what I enjoyed the most from this book was the relationship between Callahan and Grace. It was just refreshing in its simplicity – yet it really wasn’t simple at all – if that makes any kind of sense. They were just so great together and I could really see this relationship happening. I suspend belief on a regular basis when I read – even with contemporaries - but with this one I didn’t need to and I loved that.
The sense of humor in this book is great as well – dry in some parts but just great. For example:
Grace had been looking for a date for her cousins wedding with no luck. Her friend Kiki is questioning her the day of the wedding
…”So, Grace, did you find a date?”
I grimaced. “No. I didn’t. It won’t be pretty.”
“Oh, shit,” she said. “I’m so sorry.”
“Well, it’s not the end of the world,” I murmured bravely.
“You sure about that?” Like me, Kiki was single. And no one knew better than a single woman in her thirties that hell is going to a wedding stag. In a few hours, my cousin Kitty, who once cut my bangs down to the roots when I was sleeping over at her house, was getting married. For the third time. In a Princess Diana–style dress.
(more conversation ensues)
…“So you’re going stag,” she said in the same tone as a doctor might use when saying, I’m sorry, it’s terminal.
“Well, I did try, Kiki,” I reminded her. “Johnny who delivers my pizza is dating Garlic-and-Anchovies, if you can believe it. Brandon at the nursing home said he’d hang himself before being a wedding date. And I just found out that the cute guy at the pharmacy is only seventeen years old, and though he said he’d be happy to go, Betty the pharmacist is his mom and mentioned something about the Mann Act and predators, so I’ll be going to the CVS in Farmington from now on.”
This whole exchange had me laughing outright. Many, many more great moments occur in this book but it’s not all light. The parts where Grace had to deal with her ex and her sister together made my heart twinge in sadness for Grace every time and there were a few other periods of conflict that got me as well. But overall it was pretty fun.
I could go on and on but I have to stop sometime, right? I recommend this book (and I’m not even a fan of 1st person pov!) to anyone who enjoys a great contemporary. If you enjoyed reading Just the Sexiest Man Alive I think you will very much enjoy Too Good To Be True.
Rating 4.25 out of 5
Life in Sunny So. Cal is just going along pretty well. My youngest did another poetry recital this past week - again not letting me record her (she really needs to stop that). I think she was less confident about this one. It was about Abraham Lincoln and it was 4 stanza's 4 lines to each stanza - wow. It had words she didn't even know and were hard for her to remember - poverty, slavery, Civil War (she kept saying silva war ;)) but she did well. She said she had to be prompted a little on the last stanza when she was doing it in class - but of the 6 kids who "recited" this week she was the only one who didn't read it so I was pretty damned proud of her.
My oldest is doing well. We've temporarily stopped the tutoring which is sad (husband's job is crazy). She's improved tremendously though and it was well worth the money spent. Hopefully we can get her back in when life settles down a bit. Her big news this week (she wanted to make sure I wrote this) was that she got her bangs cut. lol Isn't that cute? She's crazy. We started growing them out when she was 4 so she doesn't really remember ever having them. She loves them! I think she looks younger with the bangs - she insists she looks older - yay, just what I need. lol
I also went to the Bookstore today for the first time in almost a month (holy cow!) and bought 4 more books. Dear God they're starting to take over my office! lol My hubby just rolled his eyes. Hey - if you don't want me to buy books don't buy me a Borders gift card! :)
So on to what I read this week:
First up was The Commander's Desire by Jennette Green. Jennette randomly befriended me on myspace and I went to check out her page. This is her first published book (from what I can tell) and on a whim I decided to purchase it. I'm so glad I did. This was a great book that takes place in the Middle Ages. A king who is trying to take over another kingdom sends his sister to marry their king. Only the king doesn't want a wife and gives her to his Commander - a huge, scarred man with a bent/broken nose. The problem is the sister is there under false pretenses and is supposed to murder the Commander - which she is willing to do because she hates him for killing her older brother. What happens between the two kingdoms as well as the romance that blooms between the sister and the Commander was well done. I was completely captivated and didn't want to put my ereader down for a moment. I did, but quickly picked it up at the next possible moment. I'm looking forward to any other books Jennette comes out with.
Next I read books 2 and 3 in the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series by Suzanne Brockmann, Forever Blue and Frisco's Kid. I have to say I'm really liking the series. The books are category short so there's not a ton of story there but what is there is great. I particularly liked Forever Blue. I thought the banter and coming together of Blue and Lucy was very sweet.
In Frisco's Kid Frisco is just a pain in the ass and feeling sorry for himself but the way that Mia and Natasha bring him around was pretty cool. This was one book where I didn't mind seeing the hero cry. Oh and I love the cover there to the right. Humina, humina love those arms! :)
Seducing a Scottish Bride by Sue-Ellen Wolfender was my first read by this author. I read this one for The Book Binge so watch for my review over there. I'll try to let you know when it posts.
Life's Breath by Nancy Wald was a novella I also read for TBB so again, keep your eye out for the review.
I started Crate and Peril by J.D. Warren but just couldn't get into the story after 5 chapters. It may have to do with the fact that I felt like I was missing stuff not having read book 1 in this series (which I didn't know existed until I was completely annoyed and looked it up). Has anyone read this series and if so would you recommend reading book 1?
Sweet Release by Pamela Clare was my next read. Nikki had given me this trilogy a while back and I just hadn't picked it up. Silly Tracy. This was a great book. An English shipping magnate who is kidnapped and shipped off to the Colonies under the guise of him being a "defiler and ravisher of women". A woman who is running her father's plantation buys the convict's indentured servitude evne though he's almost dead by the time he gets to America. Will the man who is supposedly a rapist be able to clear his name and can he resist the plantation owners daughter? I loved the characters and the story equally. I read this one pretty quickly as I was so engrossed in the story. I'll definitely be picking up book two sooner rather than later.
Last up was Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins. I hadn't decided until this moment to do a review on this book but I feel one coming on. lol Yes, I'm thinking I'll post it Tuesday.
Have you read any of these books and if so what did you think?