What I Read Last Week

Hello there!

Another week has started!  How was your weekend?  Mine was spent running errands, looking for Halloween costumes for, and with, my girls (which would drive many people, including me, to drink heavily) and hanging with the kids. 

I can't say I'm in a reading slump, exactly.  I haven't stopped reading but I started 3, yes 3, books and kept putting them all down!  What is up with that?   See the thing is, none of them are bad.  They're all quite good, in fact, but they weren't keeping my attention.  I finally just picked 1 up this morning and said - I will finish this book and of course, it's wonderful.   *sigh* oh well.  Hopefully the other 2 will end up being just as wonderful.

Um, what else?  Huh.  I guess that's it.  On to what I read last week...

First up was Stud by Brigit Zahara.  I read this one for The Book Binge.  It was the story of a beautiful and highly paid prostitute, Sasha, who is swept away by gorgeous Kyan for a night of passion.  Only Kyan is not exactly what he seems and he wants more than one night from Sasha - he wants eternity.  Not bad.  Pretty good sex scenes but also graphic maiming scene as well (not between Sasha and Kyan) so not for the faint of heart. 3.5 out of 5


Next up was Love Bites by Adrienne Barbeau.  This was book 2 in the Vampyres of Hollywood series and it was a great vampyres against werewolves - as well as other kinds of wolves - story.  You can read my review here as well as enter to win a HC copy if you leave a comment by 11:59pm on Wednesday, Oct. 13. 4.25 out of 5  (and is it me or does the chick on the cover of the book look like Milla Jovovich?)

My Tracy's TBR challenge read for the week was Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands and I freaking loved it!  This has got to be one of my favorite of her historicals so far.  They all have the typical Sands humor and this was no different.  Lady Clarissa is blind as a bat without her spectacles but her evil stepmother won't let her wear them because she thinks that no man will want to marry Clarissa after they see her in them.  So the stepmother actually breaks the glasses - the bitch!  But nobody wants Clarissa cuz she's a clutz and just a menace to society without her glasses.  But Adrian Montfort, the Earl of Mowbray, looks beyond the blindness and does some absolutely lovely things for Clarissa - such as reading to her since she has no glasses, and giving her on a picnic during a ball because her stepmother won't let her eat or drink anything in public for fear she'll spill.  It was just a touching and very sweet love story.  5 out of 5

Next was Unrequited by Abigail Roux.  A cute story that lacked a bit of depth.  One man who's in love with another but is determined to forget about him during a month long vacation with his best friend.  Only the best friend has for him too.  You can read my review here if you're interested.  3.5 out of 5

Next I read an Ellora's Cave books for The Book Binge - Horsing Around by Wynter Daniels was cute.  It was a pretty short story and told of a woman who had come to settle her deceased father's estate.  Only there's a business partner there that she didn't know about. They start a hot affair but then what's to happen to them when she has to sell the business?  Like I said, cute, but short and I felt like I wanted more.  3.25 out of 5

Next was Shaken by Dee Tenorio.  This was a book that I will review on Wednesday about a man and his wife who are dealing with a divorce and grief over the loss of their daughter.

Next was another read for The Book Binge (trying to catch up!) called Waiting for Wednesday by Mari Carr.  Lane goes into the pub that Tristan's family owns every Wednesday.  She looks forward to these weekly visits because her marriage is crap and Tristan has become her best friend.  When she tries to leave her husband and he beats her, Tristan is there for her.  But Lane disappears to try and get her life together and doesn't come back for a year.  When she returns, divorces, Tristan can't hide his love for her any longer and he's determined that Lane will  accept him into her life. 4 out of 5  You can read my review here.

Last on the list for the week was another for TBB - Nebulous by Shiloh Walker.  A fantasy/historical read that deals with demons and reincarnation.  A good story but I was left hanging with one of the characters and now I want to read her story! lol  4 out of 5



My Book Binge reviews that posted since last Monday:
Moonlight Protector by Jessica Coulter Smith (this one was from almost 2 years ago! lol)

Happy Reading!

18 comments:

Christine said...

Hi Tracy!!
I have that happen to me now and then, too, where I start and stop and start and stop a few books before settling on one. Sadly, it sometimes takes me a whole week or more to actually settle on one and in the meantime, I barely read anything!

So what did the girls decide to be for Halloween? My youngest and her two friends are trying to decide on something to dress up as in a trio. I have this sinking feeling I'm going to be making powerpuff costumes... *sigh*

Have a great week! xo

Christine said...

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Tracy said...

Christine - I have that happen with books so rarely that it's an odd thing to happen. Oh well, I've stuck with one now and it's good! :)
My girls - God love em - are SO unimaginative. :) They never know what they want to be and they cringe at the thought that I would make them something. Whatever. lol One will be a referee and the other a candy corn witch (whatever that is.:)) They'll look adorable though.

Christine said...

Oooo, a referee is a great idea! I happen to know *exactly* what a candy corn witch is. Doesn't everyone?

I have gotten away with NOT sewing a Halloween costume in several years now, but I have a sinking feeling about this one...

Tam said...

Not a bad week considering you have a case of the book blahs. BTDT Sometimes nothing appeals and I can't focus, no matter how good it is.

Got the kidlet's costume today. She tried on a large and a small last week (they had not medium), the small was so tight she could hardly get it over her hips and the large was like a mumu. So today we drove to the one other store (they only set up for October) and they were closed. So we went BACK to store one and I took a chance and asked if they had more in the back and yay, the guy found a medium. It's still a bit snug, but the large was just too large. We need a red/black feather boa now. LOL You'll get to see it in SF anyway.

Kristen tried on the candy corn witch for adults. Ummm. We would need some serious leggings under that sucker. She's 15, not a 25 year old prostitute. LOL But she went for the other which is closer to knee length.

Tracy said...

Christine - IDK, those Power Puff girls are pretty cool. Maybe...
the 3 girl chipmunks from Alvin - the squeequel? lol
I found this on a yahoo search:
The Spice Girls
The Shirelles
The Pipettes
The Pusycat Dolls
Sugarbabes
Girls Aloud

Faira, Fauna and Merriweatrher {the fairies in Sleeping Beauty]
Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Billie Jo [the three daughters on Petticoat Junction TV show]
Corn, bean, and squash [a three sisters garden]
DC comic female super girls- batgirl, supergirl, and hawkgirl]
The 3 evil assasins in the movie Kill Bil
Veronics, Betty, and Cheryl Blossom [the 3 girls in the comic strip, Archie]
Powerpuff girls-Blossom, Bubbles. and Buttercup
Mary Tyler Moore Show- Mary, Rhoda, and Phyllis
Bewitched-Samantha, Andora, and Aunt Clara
The Cheetah Girls
Jenny, Hermonie, and Luna -Harrypotter
anime characters- sailor moon, sakuro Nuruto, Pikachu
Good luck!

Tam - So what did she end up buying?
My oldest almost decided on the flapper costume but they didn't have a medium. Aren't the costumes for teens outrageously racy? Absolutely ridiculous!
My youngest is the CC Witch but it came with leggings or I would have said NO WAY! lol

Dev said...

I haven't been much of a fan of Lynsay Sands in the past, but Love is Blind sounds amazing! I've got to go find it right now :-)

Tam said...

Red flapper. :-)

Chris said...

You had a pretty good week, for having trouble settling with a book. I switch to shorts when I get in mood like that. Before ebooks, I think I just didn't read when I got like that...

Christine said...

Wow, Tracy! LOok who's the Halloween supermom!!???

Thanks so much for doing all that research! ^_^

I suggested a few of these to my daughter and apparently we're too late. They are being the powerpuff girls. Period. Not sure yet if I'll be sewing...

nath said...

Hi Tracy :D So, what are you dressing up as?

I do hope you get back into reading rhythm. Still, I think you did good this week as usual :P

Tracy said...

Dev- I really have liked her historicals but they've mostly been set in Scotland. This was a nice regency and so sweet! And with a scarred hero no less. :)

Tam- Cute! My oldest tried on the black one. :)

Chris - I tend to read shorter ebooks now as well. The EC books helped this week since they were all relatively short. I used to pick up anthologies when this happened before but I've gotten out of reading a lot of those since I started reading more ebooks.

Christine - Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you! They'll be so cute though. :)

Nath - I plan on being the same thing I am every year...Mom. I know, it's terribly original. lol Lisabea once said she should have a cape that says: Super Sub-Par Mom. I think I need one of those as well. lol
I think having to catch up on the EC books help because as I said - they were shorter reads. :)

Leslie said...

I don't even want to think about costumes. The boys keep changing their minds on what they want to be. Ugh!

I think I've got the Sands book in the tbr pile. :) I have a bunch of her books both historicals and vamps. Will need to dig them out.

Tam said...

Hmmm. I wonder if I have something for you for Saturday night. Hmmmm.

Lori said...

Love is Blind sounds great. Am looking for it now. Ooh, and a scarred hero? Yummy.

Also, I adore Dee Tenorio's books. Must read that one as well.

Thankful my kids are happy to put on a baseball cap and carry a glove and say they're in costume. I don't really see them anymore on Halloween - too busy at parties, etc. Gives me a mix of happy and sad, ya know?

Tracy said...

Leslie - I think boys are SO much easier! Maybe I only say that cuz I have girls? lol

Tam - Oh my, intriguing. lol

Lori - There's a mystery in Love is Blind as well but it was pretty easy to figure out. The romance is the main thing I focused on and it was so sweet. :) Hope you like it.
OMG I'm so jealous. Baseball gloves and catcher's mitt? I'd die of happiness! lol

Lori said...

I already bought it used on Amazon. Should be here soon :)

orannia said...

Sorry to hear about the stop-start reading :(

The cover of Horsing Around makes me want to run and hide...