What I Read Last Week

Happy Monday and for you US dwellers Happy Memorial Day. (For you non US people Memorial Day is the day set aside specifically to honor deceased US Soldiers.)

Let's see - what happened this week? Friday I went to an awards ceremony at the school.  My youngest got an award for excellence in math (obviously her father's daughter since I suck in math) and my oldest got one for her participation in Toastmasters and the valet program at school.  Then they had the family picnic later that day.  There's a park right near the school so we all hiked up there and had a great time.  It was sunny but pretty windy but nice anyway.  Saturday I took my girls and one of my oldests friends out to see a movie. The youngest and I saw How To Train Your Dragon.  Very cute.  Then we went to the used book store where I was very good and only got 2 books - I know, can you believe it? (Then when I got home I put them in Goodreads and it says I already read one of them.  I have absolutely no recollection of ever reading this book.  Maybe when I re-read it it will all come back to me.)  Then we went to the nearest mall and moseyed around for a while.  To say that I was tired after I got home would be a gross understatement. lol  Other than that it's been a pretty uneventful weekend.

Update on my Finish the Series Project: I suck.  Moving on....lol
Actually saying that I was going to finish it in a month - or even 3 months was pretty high and mighty of me.  When I look at the list I had made from when I started in March I had 46 books to read in order to finish all the series I wanted to.  Dear god!  It's just wrong that I let those books go so long!  Now, I did go through the list and I decided that there were some series I just didn't care if I ever finished and I marked them off of the list (total of 11 books). Then I read a whole bunch of books and marked them off the list (total 23).  So the list - as it stands today is at 12 books remaining. I guess I'll try to be industrious and finish those 12 in the next month (or so) *sigh* so many books, so little time. :)

Ok - on to what I read this past week:

First up was A Strong and Sudden Thaw by RW Day.  I read this one for my DIK reading challenge, my m/m reading challenge & my goodreads May pick-it-for-me challenge.  An excellent book that I highly recommend.  You can read my review here.  5 out of 5

Next up was the novella Worth the Risk by Savannah Stuart.  This was book 2 in the Miami Scorcher series and it was a good one.  This book told Stephan's story - he's a DEA agent undercover as an arms dealer when he meets his mate.  I read this one for The Book Binge and I'll let you know when my review posts.  4 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Dangerous to Touch by Jill Sorenson.  I won this one on DIK a while back and was looking forward to reading it.  Then it just kind of got lost in the shuffle of the flash drive.  This is the story of Sidney who has psychic visions.  She has one and contacts the police.  She meets Marc who does not believe in psychics - but he can't seem to stop wanting to see Sidney even if she believes she's a fake - and possibly a suspect in the disappearance and murder of two women.  A very good story indeed.  Marc's coming to terms that yes indeed Sidney is telling him the truth and Sidney getting the touch and love she's needed all her life - good stuff. 4.25 out of 5

After that it was His at Night by Sherry Thomas.  I just adore Thomas's books.  The way she writes just flows so easily and her stories always grab me and suck me in.  Lord Vere is an agent for the crown.  All his peers believe that he is a bubble-headed idiot but he's not - he just plays one very well.  He's investigating Elissande's uncle but she's not aware of it.  She just wants to be compromised so that she can get the hell out of her uncle's house with her aunt and she's only got 3 days to do it. She manages to snag Lord Vere but she starts to realize that there's more to the man than everyone thinks. It's a story of secrets and lies and it's so good!  4.5 out of 5

The next book I read was The Wolf Next Door by Lydia Dare.  This is book 3 in the Westfield Brothers trilogy.  While it was good it wasn't great.  I had some issues with the heroine, Prisca, and the hero as well.  I read this for the The Book Binge 3.5 out of 5

Next up was Swap Meet by Lolita Lopez - another book for TBB.  This was a very good category type romance between a French billionaire financier and a Houston. TX, firefighter who meet at a partner swap.  They hit it off and start a relationship.  4 out of 5

And last for the week was Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas.  I loved this book.  While I enjoyed the couple of western historicals that I've read from Jodi I just really enjoy her contemporary books so much more.  With this one she's in Harmony, Texas and telling several different stories of the townspeople at once.  While there's a large cast of characters I never once felt overwhelmed with info and couldn't read it fast enough.  Read this one for TBB as well so as with the other I will let you know when my review posts.  5 out of 5

My Book Binge review that posted this past week:
Impulsive by Cathryn Fox

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

After watching The Lake House again this past week I just had to play this one for my Saturday Song.  This Never Happened Before was from Paul McCartney's album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard released in 2005 but was included in The Lake House soundtrack in 2006 and I think that's where most people heard it.  I've always loved Paul McCartney's work both in and out of The Beatles since my oldest sister listened to his album's nonstop when I was growing up.  I really like this song a lot - enjoy!

DIK Reading Challenge Review & M/M Challenge Review: A Strong and Sudden Thaw by RW Day

This was one of Jenre’s DIK picks. I belong to an m/m group on Goodreads and each month they have something called a pick-it for me challenge. If you join you are partnered up with another member and they choose a book for you to read. When ASaST was chosen I thought it was a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone (poor birds). This review actually is doing triple duty as it covers my DIK reading challenge, my pick-it for me challenge and my m/m challenge. Now who says I’m not a multi-tasker?

The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Department of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, stealing sheep, and attacking children, the townsfolk quickly learn that they don't have the weapons or the skills to fight off such predators.

David Anderson is a farmer's son who has explored the world through books. When he meets the new healer in town, Callan Landers, he doesn't quite know what to make of the strange warmth stealing over him. It's not until he surprises Callan with another man-and both men are promptly arrested for sodomy-that David finally realizes the truth about his own feelings.

When David and Callan stumble over a secret in a nearby abandoned town, their personal problems fade before government politics and corruption that threaten lives. It seems the dragons aren't the worst dangers facing Moline.

David meets Callan by chance when he takes his sister to the local healer. Callan is the healer’s assistant. They click immediately and find common ground in their love of books. David borrows a book and then goes back to Callan a few days later to discuss the book – this starts a routine between the two men. But as much as they like discussing the books that David reads they also just like being together. By chance David walks in on Callan when he isn’t expected and finds Callana and another local man, Taylor, in the middle of having sex. David was with town trouble maker, Elmer, and Elmer runs to authorities and Taylor and Callan are subsequently arrested.

Callan is sentenced and paroled for being a sodomite and part of that parole is that he cannot be near David as it is feared that Callan, being the sodomite and pervert that he has been proven to be, will influence and corrupt the young boys of Moline. But David and Callan find a way to talk despite the restrictions that are put on them. One of the times they are together they discover serious information about the Dept. of R & A and events come to a head when Callan and David are sent off to help find and fight the dragons.

There is so much going on in this book that it’s hard to tell all the main points without giving important information away. I don’t want to give spoilers as I think that the surprises in this book are way better when they aren’t given away first.

I have to say that I’m so glad that this book was chosen for me. There were just so many things that I loved about the book I don’t think I can tell you all of them.

The first thing that struck me as I was reading was the desolation of the environment. What had happened to the world was almost a reversal. When I think back to the 18th or 19th centuries and all that they didn’t have that we do today, it’s mind-boggling. But in David and Callan’s world they had, at one point, everything that we have today only it’s been destroyed or frozen. When David first takes his sister Almond to see Callan she is very sick. Callan believes that she has strep but of course he has no antibiotics to treat her with and it’s incredibly frustrating for him.

David and Callan’s relationship was one of the things that I loved best about this book. It was very sweet and touching and so very emotional. David believing that he’s not good enough for Callan yet Callan believing that he’s not good enough for David – it just got to me on so very many levels.

I feel I would be remiss in not telling you that this is a highly emotional book. There are tragic deaths, floggings, emotional heartache and family trauma but all of the elements in the book happen for a reason and are told in such a way that you feel that you are there with David and Callan experiencing everything that they do. I found myself crying, gasping, crying again, turning pages at the speed of light (which is difficult to do on an ereader lol) but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. This is a wonderful book that I can’t recommend to you enough.

FYI - from looking at RW Day’s website I see that Out of the Ashes, the sequel to A Strong and Sudden Thaw, is due for paperback release on July 10th. I’ll definitely be reading that one.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Tuesday Teaser - A Strong and Sudden Thaw

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's Teaser comes from A Strong and Sudden Thaw by RW Day page 56:

I told him, made him repeat it seven times because Benny C had a memory like a sieve and he was likely to get confused and end up telling Callan he was imposing taxes without consent or some other bit of the Declaration, but in the end he had it down.

Mam had given her consent that I could spend the afternoon in town, returning the healer’s book and doing some marketing for her; Callan had sent a message, garbled horribly by Benny C, that either invited me to visit or told me that I should keep a standing army and quarter troops in his house.

I'm reading this one for my May DIK Challenge and so far I am loving it.

What I Read Last Week

It's Monday again. Why does this keep happening every stinking week? lol

Well, I'd love to say that my life is so exciting and I'd love to regale you with many a fun and funny anecdote but the truth is, nothing happened this past week of any import. Just a normal week in Tracyland. Maybe this week will be so exciting I'll be bursting at the seams next Monday to share things with you. Let's hope. lol

I read a lot of books for The Book Binge this week in a desperate attempt to catch up. I'm almost all the way through the books from May so I'm making headway! lol Only a few more to go and I'm all caught up - yay! :)

So what I read this week:

I started off the week with a new to me author, Marie Sexton, by reading Promises. This was an m/m story about Jared who had lived his whole life in a small town in Colorado except for his years in college. He is gay but pretty much resigned to living on his own for the rest of his days. Then Matt comes to work at the Coda police department and Jared and Matt become instant friends. Jared falls for Matt, but Matt's not gay...or is he? This was such a damn good story. I liked it so much. I enjoyed the writing and could really feel the things that were happening between Matt and Jared. Good stuff and highly recommended. 4.5 out of 5

Next up was Impulsive by Cathryn Fox. The story of a woman whose lover is killed and she's turned into a werewolf. 100 years later and she's scented her dead lover - who's been reincarnated into Kane...a werewolf hunter. Wow, what a couple. This was read for The Book Binge. 3 out of 5

Next up was Tracy's TBR Challenge read as well as an FTSP read - Destined For An Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost. I bought this one the day it released and yet it's sat on shelf til now. I think I was a little leery to start it as I wasn't a huge fan of book 3. This one was a good read though with Cat running from a man who claimed to be her husband. It was a very emotional book between Cat and Bones and was hard to read at times but it was a good one. 4 out of 5

Next was Out of Bounds by TA Chase. This was the story of a professional basketball star who is gay - but he's not out (except to his family) because he doesn't wanted to take the chance that he might be removed from the team. Despite his qualms he begins a relationship with a nightclub owner. Kasey has real feelings for Gram but is hesitant to reveal his personal life to the press. The is a novella and I almost wish it had been a longer book. I felt kind of let down that what Kasey worried about the whole book was almost minimized because the book ended so soon after things happened. Beside that it was good. There was more sex than story imho but the sex was definitely steamy. 3 out of 5

Next up was Line of Fire by Jo Davis. This is book 4 in the Firefighters of Station 5 series - Tommy's story. He's pretty much in love with nurse, Shea Ford. She is afraid to get close to him because she's afraid he is similar to a man in her past. She finally breaks through her misgivings and they fall in love. I really liked Tommy and Shea and they were so cute together - but almost too cute at times but it worked. The suspense part of the story was a little much but a pretty good story. Another Book Binge read. 3.5 out of 5

My next read was a short by Julie Kenner called Wrapped and Ready. I'm not sure what prompted me to pull out a Christmas short in May but I did. The story of Annie who's had a thing for Brent most of her life - but they come from different lifestyles and she doesn't think that Brent knows she exists. Oh, Brent knows and when Annie proposes that she get Brent as a Christmas present he's definitely game. Cute. 3 out of 5

Bonded Souls by Nina Pierce was next. This is a prequel in her Shifting Bonds series. This tells the story of Jayda and how she met Cole (a wolf shifter) and became his mate. She is part of a prophecy and until she went on vacation to get some peace and quiet didn't even know she was a shifter. Not only a shifter, by a polymorphic shifter - part wolf, part cougar, part human. A Book Binge read. 3.75 out of 5

Next I picked up Sucker for Love by Kimberly Raye for part of my FTSP. This is book 5 in the series and I got about 1/2 way through the book and realized I just didn't care. I didn't care about Lil, her family, Lil's missing friend. Sorry to say the series has run it's course for me. DNF

Another book I started and just couldn’t get into was Once a Bride by Shari Anton. I don’t have a clue where I got the book but it’s been on my shelf for a while. The story was about a man who accused of treason so goes into hiding and leaves his daughter (age 17) to face his accusers at their home. The man the king has sent to oversee the property while the matter is dealt with knows that he should have nothing to do with the daughter – and she’s pissed off at him for taking over the property – but that doesn’t stop their attraction. Again, I got about halfway through the book and nothing was clicking with me. DNF

Last but not least was another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read. This was The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd. Though I read all of Dodd’s Darkness Chosen series I wasn’t thrilled with it. I definitely liked this historical book better. It was pretty simple – an easy read with some silly parts but very cute. The story of a prince who finds his runaway princess – only she’s not the princess – just someone who looks like her. No matter her protestations that she’s an orphan from England and her guardian was the one who taught her about their respective countries, he thinks she’s fabricating it all to get out of marrying him and won’t believe her. So was she the princess or not? As I said – pretty cute. 3.75 out of 5

Some of my Book Binge reviews that have posted:

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

Today's song, Odd One, comes from the Australian band Sick Puppies.  I really like their music and when this one came out I kind of latched onto it - probably because I was thought of as odd when I was a teenager (and well, most of adulthood lol).  The video is very sweet (well, except for that surprising bit at the end) and I hope you like it as much as I do!

Crazy Ass Dreams

Do you have strange dreams when you sleep?  I don't dream very often but when I do they are crazy ass dreams!  I wonder what the hell is up with my subconscious mind!

The dream I have most often - but yet it's always a variation on the same theme (and it's actually more of a nightmare) is that I'm driving on an extremely high overpass and I drive over the edge.  How effed up is that?  Always different scenarios but still the end result is the same - me flying off the edge.  What does this really mean?  When I drive on extremely high overpasses I'm never worried I'll drive off one so why do I dream about it?

I've also had a few sexual dreams where I've been a man...having sex with a woman.  I've also been a man in my dreams having sex with another man...and yes, one of them was my husband.  Does anyone hear the twilight zone theme?  I do! lol  Honestly I've woken up a few times where the first sentence out of my mouth is, "what the fuck was that?"

What brought this post on you may ask.  Well, this past Saturday I woke up from my beauty sleep and realized that my dream that night was...me playing naked football.  That's right, naked. football.  I was in the huddle and was worried about people seeing my ass and someone in the huddle said, "they just saw it when you were running the play, what's the big deal?"  OMG mortifying!  The sad thing is that I can't remember if I was the only one naked or not.  lol

So tell me - what have some of your crazy dreams been? 

Tuesday Teaser - Impulsive

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser comes from Impulsive (An Eternal Pleasure Novel) by Cathryn Fox – page 195:

“Holy fuck!”

Kane pulled in a quick breath and stepped back, but before he could put any distance between them, she grabbed him by the collar, and with a strength no mere human possessed, she spun him around until he was pressed against the door.

What I Read Last Week

It's Monday again! I can't believe the weekend went by so quickly but I guess that's how it always is when you have days off.

This weekend was a bit crazy with kids. I took my oldest to get her 6th grade graduation/promotion pictures. These were actually retakes because when she had them done at school she had worn a t-shirt that said center of attention. lol They were pretty funny lookin. Anyway, we dressed her in the dress she'd planned on wearing for graduation - we bought it a month ago - and yeah, it was TOO SMALL! Well, we got it zipped enough to take the picture but there's no way she'll fit in it in another month. That girl really needs to stop growing. We then shopped for yet another dress - oy.

Then my youngest had to go to the doctor as well so we heaped that on the pile of weekend activities. She's much better now though so it's all good.

Other than the weekend the rest of the week was relatively quiet so that was nice.

All right - on to what I read...

First up was Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren.  A rewritten and expanded version of Warren's Fur Factor.  The book was just as good as the first time but it had a lot of editing issues which were annoying. You can read my review for The Book Binge here4 out of 5

Next up was Love Means...No Shame by Andrew Grey.  This was the story of Geoff who takes over his family farm after his father dies.  While there he meets Eli who is an Amish man who is taking a year away from the community.  Eli and Geoff start a relationship but Eli is concerned about his family and them being shunned if the community finds out he's gay.  This was an incredibly good story.  I really liked Grey's writing and his characters - they felt like old friends. I've already bought the other two in this series and plan on reading them soon. 4.5 out of 5

In and Out by LB Gregg was my next read and boy did I love this one.  You can read my thoughts here. 5 out of 5

I read the three books that are in the Lucani Lovers seris by Stephanie Julian for The Book Binge (I did a lot of TBB reading this week and plan to do more next week to catch my ass up!).  The first book was Kiss of Moonlight, the second was Moonlight Menage and the third was Edge of Moonlight.  All four books I found to be very good.  4 out of 5 for all the books.  I'll let you know when my reviews post.

My Tracy's TBR Challenge Read for the week was The Love Affair of an English Lord by Jillian Hunter.  I had a very hard time getting into the book and actually debated not finishing it - but I'm glad I stuck with it.  The story was about Dominic who was stabbed and thought dead.  He's actually quite alive and after being chased ends up climbing in a window at his neighbors house and ends up in the closet in the trunk of her unmentionables.  Chloe Boscastle finds Dominic in the closet and is persuaded by him to not tell anyone he's there. This begins a clandestine relationship that is very sweet and romantic.  I very much enjoyed the story and will look into seeing about reading about the rest of the Boscastle family. 4 out of 5

Next was Delicious by Shayla Black.  I really like Black as well as her alter ego, Shelley Bradley, but this book was not a favorite.  I met Luc in the previous story and expected him to be at least similar in personality.  This book showed him in a whole new light and frankly I didn't like him very much at all.  I read this one for The Book Binge so will let you know when my review posts. 2.5 out of 5

Last book for the week was Highland Surrender by Dawn Halliday.  This was Cam's story.  We met Cam in Highland Obsession and he was a little crazed.  This story showed him bringing his new English betrothed home to Scotland. They are set upon by Highwaymen and Cam is shot.  He is found by Ceana who is a healer and she takes care of him.  This is Cam and Ceana's story as well as Rob (Cam's half brother) and Elizabeth's (the English lady) story.  I liked it.  Read this one for The Book Binge so I'll let you know when my review posts. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge review that have posted this week (besides the one above)

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

Another fairly new-to-me band is Cold from Florida.  Lately I hear a song I like and just have to go check out the rest of their work.  A little freaky lookin' - and the lead singer never looks like he's actually singing - but hey, whatever works for them, right? lol

So here is Stupid Girl for your listening pleasure!

Mini Review: In and Out by LB Gregg

Today is the release of LB Gregg's fourth book in the Men of Smithfield series and it's a wonderful book. We've got Holden who used to be an adventurer and television celebrity who is now agoraphobic and really pretty lonely. Then there's Adam who is Holden's new nubile gardener that Holden can't stop staring at. There's the dead body behind the shed and there's the whole cast of characters that are involved. While the mystery is being solved of who the dead man is and of course who killed the guy, Holden and Adam are starting a relationship.

I have to tell ya, I loved this book. The mystery is great, the dialogue is witty and engaging and the characters are well developed. But the thing that I loved most was Adam and Holden's relationship. Holden with his doubts about his age (he's 40 to Adam's 24), Adam with his literalness (he doesn't pick up on verbal or facial cues) and the two of them together finding a middle ground was just something to behold. 

He was the out to my in and the rough to my smooth. He balanced me, he comforted me, he unleashed the mean and the man in me.

Oh man it gives me the chills! I think this is my favorite MoS book...and that's saying something since I loved Happy Ending so very much. Gregg has definitely hit a home run on this one.

What other bloggers have to say about In and Out:

Jenre from Well Read

Rating from me: 5 out of 5 

(You can buy it here from Aspen Mountain Press)

A Bodacious....Blogging Award

This week I was given the Bodacious Blogging Book Reviewers Award by Lover of Romance.  Thank you so much!

Here's how it works: 
  1. Leave a comment on the post you were nominated on. 
  2. Then copy and paste the post and add it to your own blog. Make a list of the last 5 books you read and pass the award on to 5 other bloggers.
  3. Please also identify the blog from which you got the award and don't forget to tell them they have a blog award!
(Hey and the chick in the award even looks like me only...thinner. lol) 

So the last 5 books I read were:

I am paying this award forward to:

Tuesday Teaser - Love Means...No Shame

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's book is Love Means...No Shame by Andrew Grey page 92 (ebook in pdf format):

Actually, the truth was that the two of them sleeping together this way was probably one of the most erotic experiences of his life. He’d had hot, athletic sex with very attractive men—pounding-each-other-into-
the-mattress type sex—but nothing was more erotic than this wonderfully warm, kind, sweet, innocent man with a fierce fire just below the surface coming into his bedroom each night to sleep with him, that work-hardened body pressed to his, their skin separated by thin layers of cotton, his scent drifting into Geoff’s nose each time he breathed.

What I Read Last Week

I hope you all had a great week last week.  My week was relatively quiet - until my oldest daughter decided to wake me up at the butt crack of dawn on both days this past weekend.  Death to the television.  Ok, not death - but maybe some headphones so she can watch movies at 7am and I won't have to hear them! Or earplugs for myself! lol

Not much happening in life right now so I'll get right to the books:

This was actually a book I read week before last but forgot to mention - Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews. Very good story about an assassin and the man who falls in love with her. 4 out of 5

My first read was Tall, Dark and Wolfish by Lydia Dare.  This is book 2 in the the Westfield brothers trilogy.  Unlike book 1, where the hero lied about his Lycan side, Ben came clean pretty quickly about what he was.  He shared a bond with Elspeth and I really liked their relationship.  Good book.  You can read my review at the Book Binge here. 4.25 out of 5

Next was another free read from the GLBT Bookshelf called Crimes of Passion by Mel Keegan.  A short story about the in-laws coming to visit.  Brad and Frank are happily co-habitating when Frank gets word from his parents that they're coming to visit.  Frank freaks out and Brad can't seem to figure out what the hell is wrong with the 'rents as they sound fine on paper.  Yeah, not so fine in person.  Cute, funny short.  4 out of 5

Dancing in the Dark by Jennifer Dunne is a novella I read for The Book Binge.  The story is about a woman who gets invited to a Halloween party at the opera house where she volunteers.  She decides to go as a slave girl and orders a costume online sight unseen.  She gets the costume and it's a bdsm slave girl costume.  She wears it anyway and decides to become a slave to a man she meets at the party.  You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5

Next up was Finding Home by Cameron Dane.  A book where I loved the first part of the book and the second part - not so much.  You can read my review here3.5 out of 5

One of my FTSP reads for the week was Pack Enforcer by Crissy Smith - book 2 in the Were Chronicles series.  This is set in the same world as book 1 but deals with people from another pack than book 1.  Unfortunately it's been some time since I read book 1 so I had to really stop and think about who these people were.  I figured it out and enjoyed the story. Werewolf man denying his feelings toward his mate - misinterpreting something that happened while he was away and then regretting his actions.  Good story. 3.75 out of 5

Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon was my next read and one of my Tracy's TBR Challenge Reads.  This was a story about fighter pilots in WWI.  The story of Bat who is grieving for his love who was killed in a air fight.  Now he's being blackmailed into having sex with another pilot.  As much as I was angered at Cowboy for blackmailing Bat I just knew that there were underlying feelings on Cowboy's part.  The story was incredibly good.  The action and fight scenes had me on the edge of my seat and yet the stories of the other pilots dying every day had me tearing up.  Just a great novella.  4.5 out of 5

Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran has been a book that I've really been looking forward to.  Unfortunately while a good story I didn't love it.  Gwen, jilted twice at the altar, decides that there will be no more Miss Nice Girl and decides to be Wicked.  She is aided in this by family friend Alex.  I couldn't feel the connection with Gwen and Alex on anything more than a superficial level.  Alex was an ass most of the time until the end and by then, for me, it was too late.  I think Ana from The Book Smugglers spoke my thoughts perfectly in her review here3.5 out of 5

The Reawakened by Jeri Smth-Ready is the 3rd book in the Aspect of Crow Trilogy.  Why this book sat on my shelf for so long is beyond me.  It was so damned good!  I loved this trilogy on so many levels.  This book takes place 18 years after book 2 but is no less powerful.  We see how life has changed for Rhia and Marek, their children and their friends and family.  Just a wonderful read.  5 out of 5 (also part of my FTSP)

Another series finished! Woohoo! The Legend of the Four Soldiers series by Elizabeth Hoyt was completed this weekend by reading To Desire A Devil and loving it.  The story of Reynaud - who was thought dead. His fellow soldiers had seen him burn and when he returns after 7 years they don't know what to make of it.  On top of that his father has died which means he's the new Earl - but when he was presumed dead the title was given to someone else.  He's determined to get the title back and keep his cousin (by marriage), Beatrice, with him forever.  Great end to the series.  Loved Reynaud and his possessiveness.  Sometimes that can go over the line but it didn't in this book, at least for me, and I was digging it. 4.5 out of 5

Reasons by Tracy Fabre was a book I read for The Book Binge.  The story of a woman who goes back to a ranch in Colorado where family friends, the Laughlin's live.  Only she's found out that the car that hit her 9 years ago in a hit and run was driven by one of the sons of the Laughlin's.  Good story.  Witty dialogue. An engaging read of family secrets and new love.  4 out of 5

And last was a yaoi manga - A Foreign Love Affair by Ayano Yamane.  Great graphics.  The story was ok - about the 3rd highest in a yakuza family that was on a cruise and had just gotten married to a woman who he didn't even like and she certainly didn't like him either.  He was old fashioned and wore kimono's.  The ship captain had a thing for Japan so was instantly drawn to him.  I couldn't figure out if the Italian captain liked Ranmura or just the fact that he was Japanese. 3.5 out of 5

Happy Reading!