I have pictures! My youngest got her glasses this past week and she loves them. No problem with getting her to wear them as she wants to wear them constantly! I tried to get pictures that showed the true colors of the glasses but I don’t think they turned out well. The front of the glasses are a brown color with a turquoise and green inside. Very stylish and cute!
I’m just happy that her eyesight has improved! :) We also had a parent/teacher conference with her teacher this week and she’s doing really, really well in school so that’s wonderful! (She obviously takes after her father in the math department because I suck at math! lol)
Other than glasses life is moving along in our house. It seems like life has its highs and lows but isn’t that how it is all the time? I think ours are just more intense.
I did go and see the movie The Adjustment Bureau yesterday. Kind of a strange movie but it had a very sweet romance in it so it made it all worth it. lol. I’m such a romantic!
Anyway, on to what I read this past week:
I was trying to catch up on my Book Binge reading this week so I read quite a few for that site. I started off with Hidden Away by Maya Banks. This is book 3 in her KGI series and was Garrett’s story. He’s put in charge of watching a woman in hopes that her half brother will be drawn out and he can then be arrested as he’s not a nice man. Garret doesn’t expect to fall in love with the woman though. I really liked this book – not quite as much as I liked book 2, No Place to Run, but still a very good read. You can read my review here if you’re interested. 4 out of 5
Next was a very short book called A Good Bargain by DC Juris - another Book Binge read. This was a 10 page story of a 40 year old man who was married to a woman for various reasons - even though he's gay and is now divorced and has decided to get back into the dating scene. He ends up going to a bar and picks up a very young man and brings him home. He starts to have doubts about whether he should really be bringing young men home but things end up working out in the end. It was cute. More sex than story but cute. 3 out of 5
I read Saddled and Spurred by Lorelei James after that – yet another Book Binge read (I told you I was trying to catch up!). This is book 2 in the Blacktop Cowboys series. The story was about Harper who lives in Muddy Gap, Wyoming and holds two part-time jobs. When one of her jobs goes under she is desperate to find work and there are very few options open to her for a variety of reasons. Her friend hooks her up to work as a ranch hand for a friend of hers, Bran. Harper is a nail technician and past beauty queen but she’s not afraid of hard work. Bran and Harper, though trying to keep things on a professional basis can’t deny their attraction to each other – or eventually their feelings for one another. This was another good installment in the series. I would have liked to have seen more depth with the characters at some points in the book but overall pretty good. 3.75 out of 5
My next read was The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason. The series is about Regency Vampires and the first book was about, you guessed it, Voss. He’s fallen for a human woman but she’s not all that happy to hear he’s a vamp. You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5
Love in an Elevator by Vivian Vincent was one of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week. This was a pretty short novella about a woman who is stuck in an elevator with her ex-boyfriends twin. They’ve always had feelings for each other but have ignored them. They do the nasty in the elevator but then Trey steps back and shuts himself off from Dana because he knows that he’s not her type. The sex was steamy in this one but the main characters acted so childish in this story I wanted to slap both of them. 2 out of 5
Another of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week was An Indecent Proposition by Emma Wildes. This was the story of a Duke and an Earl who are mighty drunk and decide that to make a wager about who is the better lover. They get many offers from women who want to be the one to decide between the two but only one offer really intrigues them. When they meet the woman they find that she is a widowed lady who they have met before but she is known for her standoffish, icy demeanor. They are intrigued and the duke decides that they will spend a week together. I really liked both the lady and the duke together – there’s was just a sweet romance, even though the duke wouldn’t see it as a romance. The earl wagered but only because the woman he loved had gotten engaged to someone else. During the course of the book he not only helps the lady and the duke come together but gets off his ass and goes after the woman he loves. This was my first time reading Ms. Wildes’ work and I really liked it. I have another of her books on my shelf and will have to pull it out sooner rather than later. 4 out of 5
Another Book Binge read was Never Again by Michele Bardsley. This is book 1 in the Wizards of Nevermore series and it was good. I really like Ms. Bardsley writing. She has a great way of bring intrigue and fun together to make a great combo. In this book we meet Lucy who is desperate for shelter and is running away from an evil man. She heads to Nevermore to ask her ex-brother-in-law to help her. He turns her away – after all her sister tried to kill him 10 years before, but he gets a bout of conscience and heads after her. On top of the romance which was good but a bit rushed, imho, there was the story of a resident of Nevermore who was trying to gain power in an evil way. Despite the romance going to fast I really liked the book. 4 out of 5
Last on the list for the week was Mongrel by KZ Snow. I really loved KZ’s writing. She has this way of dragging me in to whatever story I’m reading of hers and not letting go. Mongrel was no different. This was a steampunk m/m novel where we met young and thoroughly human, Will, who works for the mechanical circus selling medicine/tonic. He meets Fanule who is a mongrel one night at the circus and eventually the two fall in love. But there’s so much more than a romance in this book. The story covers the constant hate and distrust of the humans of the mongrel community as well as the horrible things leaders of the province are subjecting the mongrels to. I really liked the world – although I think I would have liked to have learned more about Taintwell, where the mongrels lived. It’s a story about acceptance and fighting for your rights as a living soul and it was very good. 4 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week