What I Read Last Week

It's sad when on a holiday I have to send my hubby and kids to the movies just so I can have a computer to work on. lol  Seriously - we have 2 computers and a laptop and between my oldest and her friend chats and youtube, my hubby's war games and my youngest playing games on barbie.com and disneychannel.com I couldn't get on at all today.  Oh well, at least they were having fun, right?   Of course now I not only have a computer but a completely quiet house - woohoo! lol

It was a pretty peaceful week.  I only worked 4 days as I took Thursday off to attend my youngest's family picnic that her school has each year.  It was a lot of fun for the kids and I got to chat with friends that I don't often get to see.  After the picnic my oldest talked me into dying the underside of her hair black.  Not fun to do, but it looks pretty cool.  My youngest now says that I'm going to dye the underside of her hair purple when school ends.  I just keep laughing at her but she keeps insisting.  Funny girl.

Diet and exercise.  I know those words should mean something but this past week they didn't to me...at all.  I only exercised once and it was pretty half-assed if do say so myself.  Then food wise - ug.  From Wednesday to Sunday I ate like I was condemned and it was my last meal....for every meal.  If it was in my pantry and not super-glued to the shelf I was eating it.  I actually gained 1.2 pounds this week so now I'll have to lose that weight again and keep on going.  I started being good again today so I'll keep on keeping on.

It was a good reading week overall - here's how it went:

I started off with Primal Passions by Stephani Hecht.  I had read about the Lost Shifter series on Chris's blog but hadn't gotten any of the books.  I was lucky enough to meet Stephani at RT and she talked me into it (not too difficult as I loves me some shifters).  20 years prior the Ravens had attacked the cat shifter families and killed everyone - or so the surviving family members thought.  They later found out that the Hawks (who were supposed to be helping the Ravens but really weren't) had taken tons of children, erased their memories and then placed them in human foster care.  Now the alpha cat is looking for 4 of his missing siblings along with many, many other shifters.  The first book in the series tells us the story of Logan who is looking for one of the alpha's siblings, Jacyn. Jacyn has no clue as to what he is and when he's attacked by the Ravens he doesn't have any idea why.  Logan is out to save him and take him to his family but in the meantime they fall in love.  This was a good start to the series and I very much enjoyed it.  4 out of 5

Next was the second book in the series by Stephanie Hecht called A Feral Christmas.  Brent, one of the alpha's brothers (one who wasn't lost) goes after the alpha of the Hawk's in order to find out if they can get the information about where the lost shifters are.  But the alpha, Daniel, has been on the run from the Raven's and doesn't have the information the cats seek.  But he knows where to get it.  As Daniel and Brent run from the Ravens to the HQ of the cats the two fall in love.  I liked this story as well but it was very similar to book 1 with one of the characters going to retrieve another and on the road trip back to HQ they fall in love.  3.5 out of 5

The third book in the series by Stephani Hecht was Savage Awakenings.  This was Rat's story (whose real name is Carson) who gets a distress call from lost shifter Keegan and goes to help.  Keegan is great for Rat's self-confidence and Rat/Carson finds the one man he can be with forever.  Again, very similar to the first two stories in theme (Chris assures me this changes in subsequent books) with the finding/road trip/fall in love, but still good.  3.5 out of 5

Next I tried to read The Homecoming by JoAnn Ross.  I read about half of the book and just couldn't read any longer.  The story was about a SEAL who has gone back to his hometown in Oregon and wants to get together with the woman he always had a crush on in high school but she was one of his friends' girlfriend and later, wife. The story wasn't really keeping my attention in the fact that some of the conversations just seemed so irrelevant to the story and I just wanted things to move on.  It definitely felt more like a women's fiction novel than a romance.  I think I'm in the minority with disliking this one but it just didn't work for me. DNF

Lady of Seduction by Laurel McKee is book 3 in the Daughters of Erin series. I read book two and really enjoyed the writing, the romance and the setting of the book.  In this book Caroline goes looking for Grant Dunsmore on a pretty desolate island in Ireland.  Grant had kidnapped Caroline four years prior but she never thought of him as truly bad and after her husband died she couldn't get him out of her thoughts.  But as much as she wants Grant and he wants her there are more sinister plans that Grant has - are they truly bad...or not?
This was a good story and I liked the romance although there were times where it wasn't completely keeping my attention as the story dragged in a few places. 3.5 out of 5

Kiss a Falling Star by Barbara Elsborg is the story of Ally who leaves London after a series of accidents - one being pushed in front of the train - and she thinks to hide at her brothers country estate from whoever is trying to kill her (and no one believes her).  There she meets Caspar who is an ex-con who once worked for the Foreign Office.  Caspar is pretty much shunned from the community but Ally sees something under all the belligerence that Caspar spews and becomes his champion - as well as his lover.  I loved seeing Ally stand up for Caspar and see all the good in him - despite what all the villagers were telling her about him.  She didn't judge him based on talk but was willing to get to know him and make her own decisions and that's always nice to see in a heroine. lol  There was a lot going on in the book but it worked pretty well overall and the romance and sex scenes were great. Elsborg always has great humor in her books and some of the lines that Ally had - as well as some of Caspar's - had me laughing out loud. 4 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.  I've had this one for forever and tried to start reading it a year or so ago and I just couldn't get into it.  I love the Edge series by Andrews though so I thought I'd give it another shot. With Kate being a kick-ass heroine but not being completely stoic and invulnerable the story ended up really working for me.  I know from reading reviews about subsequent books that Kate and Curran start a relationship so the romantic in me is looking forward to reading the next books. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey which is the 3rd book in the Kowalski series and it was a good one!  This is about Sean Kowalski who has just returned from Afghanistan and has been discharged from the army.  His first day back he meets a woman who says that he is her "fake" fiance and she would like him to pose as such while her grandmother is town - for a month.  This includes living with her and acting the part.  Needless to say he send the hot yet batshit crazy woman on her way.  But Sean ends up taking the role as well as changing his life forever.  I'll be posting my review of this one later this week - keep your eye out.

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

I heard The Pretty Reckless when Lisabea/LB Gregg posted a vid on one of her posts on DIK and I really liked them. I've been listening to them and I really like this song, Just Tonight.  Enjoy!

Review: Guarding a Notorious Lady by Olivia Parker

Exquisite trouble . . .

A woman of pristine breeding, Lady Rosalind Devine is also an unrepentant meddler and snoop— which is why her brother refuses to leave her to her own devices while on his wedding trip. But Rosalind will not make things easy for any unseen, unwanted “nursemaid”—and vows to use her considerable wiles to expose her mystery guardian.

Nicholas Kincaid, the Marquess of Winterbourne, agreed to secretly guard his friend’s spoiled, stubborn sister, though her infuriating penchant for mischief is causing him to question his decision. Though bound by the rules of society—and friendship— Rosalind’s spirit and sensuality have sparked a fierce desire in Nicholas to play a very different role in her life, one that entails passion, ecstasy . . . and unavoidable scandal.

Rosalind’s brother, Gabriel, is going on his wedding trip for three months. Gabriel knows that his sister is very sought after and that the minute he leaves town the men that have been after her beauty and money will come calling. All those men that Gabriel has been successful in keeping away will now pounce since he’s gone. So he decides to get someone to watch over Rosalind while he’s gone.

Rosalind is determined to find out who her guardian is so that she can either charm him into laying off his guard – or paying him off. But when she finds out that her guardian is Nicholas Kincaid, the man she’s been in love with for years, she realizes that her hopes of shaking the man are completely dashed.

For Nicholas the whole guarding of Rosalind is complete torture. He has to watch a woman that he’s been in love with for years – even though he won’t admit to himself that’s he’s in love with her – and it’s making him a crazy man. He tries to keep his distance but Rosalind draws him like a bee to honey. Even though he knows that at times he’s unnecessarily mean he can’t seem to be completely cruel when all he wants is to be near her.

Do you ever read that just hits all your buttons and you end up finishing it with a great big smile on your face? This was that type of book for me. I really liked book one in this series and book two was good too, although not as good as the first for me…but this one just worked for me in almost every way.

I loved Nicholas – he was gorgeous and strong but he could be gentle and humble as well and it made his character on the page just come alive that much more for me. Rosalind was so much more fun in this book than she seemed in other books because we got to know her better and we didn’t just see the face that she was showing to the world. She was only 24 but had been out for so many seasons. Sure she’d gotten marriage offers but she had been in love with Nicholas for years and wasn’t willing to marry anyone, including Nicholas unless she knew that the man truly loved her. Parker showed us Rosalind’s vulnerability and I really liked that about this book. The banter back and forth between the h/h was just fantastic and made me laugh on occasion.

Just a great love story that I will definitely be reading again in the future.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

My review of Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh is up at The Book Binge

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

Sienna and Hawke have been dancing around each other in previous books – mostly because of two things: Hawke’s hesitance about going after a woman who can never be his bonded mate and Sienna’s age.  Read more---------->

Review: Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle

Lord Langley and Minerva, Lady Standon, began their faux engagement with three simple rules set down by the baron's all-too-proper (and utterly unlikely) bride-to-be. 

1. No more kissing. The intoxicating kiss Langley stole from her lips still has Minerva aflutter.
2. She will not share his bed. (For if his kiss is that tempting, Minerva doesn't dare imagine what a night in Langley's embrace will do to her already addled senses.)
3. No scandals during their engagement. With the infamous Langley back in Town, there is no lack of trouble he can bring to Minerva's unblemished reputation.

Oh, the wily Lord Langley will keep his word—but that doesn't mean he won't use every rakish trick he knows to get Minerva to break her own proper rules, especially once he realizes that this convenient arrangement has led him to the only woman he's ever loved . . .

Ellis Langley is dead. At least that’s what the people who killed him thought but they were really wrong. He was instead put into a French prison and forgotten but now he’s out and he wants his life back and to find out who is trying to frame him as a traitor and trying to kill him…again.

He heads to London and stays at the home of his daughter, Felicity, the Duchess of Hollindrake, but the Standon widows are now living there. He manages to wrap the servants around his fingers but when the last remaining Standon widow discovers he’s there she’s not happy at all. On top of that Langley decides that instead of hiding the fact that he’s back in town he should head out into society and force his killers to come to him. In order to do this he needs an entre and that entre is Minerva Standon. Minerva’s not thrilled, to say the least, to be pretending to be engaged to Lord Langley but she’s willing to do it not only because his personality seems to be growing on her but also to hide her own secrets from not only Langley but the rest of society as well.

This was a cute book. The romance and fake engagement were made for some interesting scenes in the book that’s for sure and Langley’s sense of humor kept me smiling through most of the book. The “intrigue” part of the book, I felt was lacking in intensity. It seemed pretty mild when you consider that Langley was supposedly killed for it.

The “nannies” as they are called…really they are Langley’s past paramour’s…were actually quite annoying to me in the story. They were pushy and demanding and they seemed added for humor’s sake but I just didn’t find them too amusing. There were a couple of the ladies that ended up being quite nice to Minerva in the end and I thought that was a nice touch, showing us the more human side of them, but overall I frankly didn’t see their appeal.

We got Boyle’s typically great writing in this story which was nice I just didn’t like this one quite as much as I liked the last in the series.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by. Of course while it’s happening it doesn’t seem like it’s going by quickly but now that it’s the end – wow. My oldest daughter’s last day of 7th grade is on Thursday – how the hell did that happen? Seriously, wasn’t I just posting pictures of the first day of school and wondering how she’d grown so fast? It’s crazy. My youngest is quite put out by the fact that her sister’s last day is this week because she doesn’t get out of school until the 10th of June. I can just imagine how fun it will be to try and get her up every morning when her sister gets to sleep. Ug. lol

Diet and exercise – I was bad this week and didn’t do any exercise routine at all. I did, however, go on a 90 minute hike on Saturday morning with my youngest and not only was it great exercise but it was fun and a beautiful day to boot. Here are a couple of shots I got with my phone. There was a lovely small waterfall at the top of the trail and I thought I had gotten a picture of it but apparently I had accidentally switched my phone to video mode and I got a jumble of nothing instead. :)
I did lose 1.8 pounds this week which brings my total lost to 4 pounds. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Yeah, I just keep telling myself that.

I read a lot this past week. Mostly because I was sick for 2 days and when I’m home, in bed, with what felt like the Bubonic plague, there’s nothing to do but read. I hated being sick but it was nice to have quiet alone time. It’s amazing how much I can read when the kids aren’t around. lol I also read quite a few shorter books so it seemed like I read more. :)

First up was Mate Hunt by Amber Kell. This is book one in the Dragonmen series. It was the story of Joriah who is sent to a mate hunt on the dragonworld so that he can A)find a mate and B)get away from his brother who supposedly wants him dead. Joriah ends up finding not one but 2 mates. This story had some good potential but it was so short the world and emotions weren't explored fully. 3.25 out of 5

Next up was The Clearing by Heather Davis. I read YA novels that often but I got this one at RT and I’m so glad I did. It was the story of Amy who goes to live with her great aunt in a small town after she has some abuse issues with her ex-boyfriend. She ends up meeting Henry in a clearing near her aunts house and they become friends and start to fall in love. But Henry’s not exactly in the 21st century. On Henry’s side of the clearing it’s still 1944. The story tells of their friendship, their sweet romance and the difficult choices that have to be made by both Amy and Henry. It was a really great book though I have to admit the last chapter threw me a bit. I understood why the author wrote it the way she did…except for one aspect of it that I couldn’t quite wrap my head around and thought about for days afterward. A really good read. 4 out of 5

My next read was Dark Enchantment by Anya Bast. This is book 3 in the Dark Magick series and it was pretty darned good. The story was about Charlotte, a human accountant, and Kieran who is from the Seelie court. Kieran bonds with Charlotte to get her to Piefferburg so that the dark fae can delve into the memories of her ancestors. A good story just like the first two in the series. You can read my review on The Book Binge here. 4 out of 5

After that I picked up Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle. This is the story of Lord Langley who is back in town. lol Kidding, ok, he IS back in town but he’s trying to clear his name and falling in love at the same time. I’ll post my review on Wednesday.

Feral Craving by Jenika Snow was a short story about a woman who is looking for something in her life but doesn’t have a clue what that might be. She gets invited to a weekend party by her friend and during the weekend meets Killian and has a wonderful night – but on the second night he seems quite different. Maybe because there are two men who just look alike? It was good erotic read but not too in depth with the characters 3 out of 5

A Lot Like Love by Julie James was my next read and it was a good one. The story of an FBI agent who gets roped into playing boyfriend to a rich woman so that he can get the bad guy and she can get her brother out of prison. It was a great story and I really liked it. It had James’s humor as well as some great romantic moments. 4 out of 5

Love Ahead, Expect Delays by Astrid Amara was my next read. This was the story of a man who has to drive his grandmothers Geo Spectrum to her from Seattle to Colorado at Hanukah. He invites his boyfriend who’s not thrilled about the Geo but agrees to go. It was a story of everything that can go wrong, will go wrong which normally isn’t my favorite thing to read but Amara really did a great job of working Austin and Zach’s relationship issues into the story along with great humor. 4 out of 5

Next was Ice Cream on the Side by Wren Boudreau. Architect Dylan meets Michael Gilmore and start a relationship but there are some strange things happening. First a dead body shows up…and it’s a guy that Dylan dated. Then another friend of Dylan’s dies and Michael almost gets killed. Now they just have to figure out who wants everyone out of Dylan’s life. A cute story. 3.75 out of 5

Anchor by Jorrie Spencer was next. I bought this one not realizing that there were a few other stories in front of it in the series but once I started reading I didn’t feel like I needed to read those others to know what was going on. Yes, there were a few times where previous knowledge of the town, etc. would have helped but not too much. This was the story Mala who had been having stories about wolves since she was a child. She always thought that they were just dreams but then she finds out that everything was real. She ends up in Wolf Town trying to help find an evil wolf shifter and falling in love with the alpha, Angus. I liked the dream portion of this story as well as the interactions with the different people that Mala had but the I felt the romance part of the story was definitely on the light side. 3.25 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was The Perfect Stranger by Anne Gracie. Yes, I’m slowly making my way through this series – just 1 more book to go. This was Faith’s story and I really liked it. It was definitely on the darker side compared to the previous books but really good. Faith had eloped with a man and married him but after a month finds out that the wedding was a sham and that he was already married with 5 children! She runs from him but ends up pretty much living on the streets until she runs into an ex-soldier. The ex-soldier, Nick, says he’ll marry Faith in name only but once they’re married she’ll go straight back to England (they’re in France) so that he can complete his journey. Faith agrees but then reneges and ends up traveling with Nick and of course, eventually falling in love. It was a sweet story and quite emotional at times. The resolution to Nick’s issues was a bit out there for my liking but the book was good overall. 4 out of 5

Pack Rogue by Crissy Smith is a novella that is book 4 in the Were Chronicles series. This was the meeting and mating of Kiley – a rogue/were/P.I. – and a visiting Alpha, Austin. The series itself deals with the were’s possibly coming out to the humans but the stories are SO short that we really never get total resolution at the end of the books. The romances are short and sweet but the rest of the story needs more too it imho. 3 out of 5

Last on the list was St. Nacho’s by Z.A. Maxfield. This was a great book about Cooper is trying to outrace his demons by hitting the road on his motorcycle – which he’s been doing for three years. He stops in Santo Ignacio, California and ends up working for his room and board…and falling in love with Shawn, the deaf busboy at Nacho’s. But his past calls and he has to head back to help a friend and ex-lover deal with similar demons. It was great read and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. Too bad I have books 1 & 3 only. lol I’ll get #2 soon and work on that. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
Hidden Embers by Tessa Adams
Devil’s Own by Veronica Wolff
Dark Enchantment by Anya Bast

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

Ok people...where were you when you first heard....The Love Shack by the B52's?  One of those songs we always made fun of but loved just the same. lol

Here's a blast from the past - just for you!

Review: Man from Tennessee by Jennifer Greene

After a whirlwind courtship, Kern Lowery whisked his young bride away to the mountains of Tennessee to start a new life. Unfortunately, Trisha's sheltered Grosse Pointe upbringing didn't prepare her for marriage or the hardships of country living, so she left with barely a goodbye.

Five years later, an accident brings Trisha back to Tennessee. No longer the shy, helpless girl she was, she keeps her composure when she comes face-to-face with the stranger she is still technically married to. Inside, however, her emotions are a riot of passion—and fear. Fear of falling for the man she loves once again...

Trisha was a bit scared but completely enthralled with Kern Lowery when she first met him. He was intelligent and kind but definitely different from the young boys she knew at age 20 as he was older. When Kern talked about the mountain in Tennessee that he had inherited she was equally enthralled and the couple talked about their dreams and what exactly they thought they wanted – which was to live at that mountain and start a life together.

That was five years ago and not long after arriving in Tennessee Trisha gave it all up to return to her hometown. The isolation and hard work was difficult but she couldn’t quite handle her relationship with Kern and fled. Now she’s back in Tennessee with Kern’s mother, who has been her friends since Trisha married Kern. She’s not sure what she expects but she certainly didn’t expect it to be so beautiful and in no way frightening as it was five years prior. Trisha is also not prepared for the man that Kern has now become. The sexual tension and heat between them hasn’t diminished at all but Trisha is not ready to start anything with Kern as she plans on leaving for home as soon as she can. Trisha’s plans change when she starts to have feelings for Kern once again, or should I say, admitting to herself that she still has feelings for her husband.

This was, from what I understand, the very first book that Jennifer Greene got published back in 1984 under her pseudonym Jeanne Grant. (It’s being re-released through Carina Press on 5/30 under Jennifer Greene) I wasn’t sure what to expect from the story as I’ve not read any of Green’s work before but I love a good reunion trope and this one was a good one.

I can’t imagine how hard it was for Trisha to return to the place where she had given up. She’d given up on her dreams, on her man, her marriage. Those are difficult things to stare in the face but Trisha did, and I think she handled it all very well. Greene did a great job of putting the city woman into the rural yet lush setting and having her be comfortable. Greene also described the countryside quite vividly and I almost felt like I was there.

We got to see Kern and Trisha interacting and trying to become relaxed with each other once again but it was pretty tense between the two. The pair didn’t actually talk about anything too deep until near the end of the book and I must admit I would have liked to have seen that happen prior to when it did but in the end they both learned that communication was their biggest issue – as it is in so many relationships. Simply talking to each other can solve so many issues between a couple, it’s amazing really. I mean, we all talk to each other daily but really sitting down and discussing issues and how your feeling sometimes just solves a multitude of problems. This solved problems for Trisha and Kern and they got their HEA.

In the end it was a very cute book and I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Green.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

TBR Challenge Review: The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan

This month’s TBR Challenge theme was arranged marriage/pretend engagement. I figured I had a few arranged marriages in my TBR but I had no idea I had so many pretend engagement books – there were about 5 to choose from – who knew? lol

WHEN A GOOD-GIRL DIVORCÉE Playing by the rules has left Samantha Monroe with an AWOL ex-husband, maxed out credit cards, and the task of raising three children on a hairstylist's salary. It's time for a new game plan. When Sam learns that politician Jack Tolliver needs someone to play the part of his fiancée for six months in return for a generous paycheck, she's ready to sign up on the spot.

Jack needs Sam and her kids to help tone down his image from womanizing cad to dependable dad. But he was expecting Sam to be a frumpy single mom, not a wickedly smart, sexy redhead. Keeping nosey newshounds from discovering that his engagement is a charade is going to be a tough job, but one mind-blowing kiss from Sam and suddenly Jack is ready to put in all the overtime necessary…

Now, with scheming opponents itching to bring Jack down, Sam's ex returning to stir up trouble, one stubborn pre-schooler, two squabbling teenagers, a crazy dog, and some out-of-this-world sex, Jack and Sam are discovering that playing make-believe can be complicated—but not nearly as much as falling in love…

Three years ago Samantha Monroe’s hubby told her he was gay and then left her with two kids and one on the way. She’s worked her ass off as a hair stylist to try to be a good and attentive mom while keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. But she’s exhausted! When her friend and hair client, Kara, approaches her with a proposition she takes it. But she’s not dumb redhead, she makes sure that the details are hammered out to her liking and that her kids are taken care of.

The proposition? Pose as a senatorial candidate’s fiancé for six months. She gets to move in to the family mansion, her kids get to go to private school and she gets a monthly stipend – what could be better?
The reason behind the whole farce? Well, the senatorial candidate is considered a playboy and a misogynistic pig. The voters don’t want someone like that as a Senator and so Jack’s “people” came up with the scheme to show him in a better light – more of a family man.
The problem? Even though Jack is warned to only “act” like he’s in love with Samantha – the pair can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other.

So the details of the game are hacked out and everyone is satisfied – but when Jack first meets Samantha he feels “different” about her than he has other women. He tries to stay away but he can’t and since Samantha hasn’t had sex in 18 months – and even then it was really bad – she’s up for playing some bedroom games with Jack.

Now Samantha for being as smart as she was really fell hard and quick for Jack and I had to think that maybe she should have waited longer – but Jack was quite the ladies man and knew how to work it so Samantha came over to his way of thinking. Jack – for all of his reputation was a nice guy. We were told that he was this awful man who just played with women but we never really saw that in his interactions with Sam. From the moment he met her he was a nice, polite guy. Yeah, he had sex on the brain all the time but really, how is that different from any other man? lol The two of them together were quite lovely.

I would have loved to have seen more interactions with Jack and Sam’s older children but they showed him more with her 3 year old and I guess the toddlers are harder to deal with.

In the book we also met Christy who had a huge bone to pick with Jack since he really treated her badly and since she was a journalist with her own show she took that position and used it to get back at Jack for all his previous wrong-doing. I didn’t like this woman or what she was doing at all but that was the whole point so I guess it was written well since it put me on edge. :)

Overall a really cute book.

Rating 4 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

It was a pretty good week here in Tracyland. No complaints which is always a good thing.

Diet and exercise – exercised twice and lost no weight. I’d be upset about that but seeing as with PMS I usually gain 3 so I’m pretty happy with staying even. lol Total lost still 2.2 pounds.

Hubby and I went to an auction at my work and I ended up with an iPod shuffle (for only the price of a $1.00 raffle ticket – woohoo!) Anyone have one? Can you put audio books on those or do they shuffle the chapters? lol Just curious.

Good reading week this past week:

My first read for the week was Man from Tennessee by Jennifer Greene. This was a reunion story between a married couple that’s been separated for 5 years. I’ll post my review on Friday. :)

Next up was Claimed by Desire by KayAnna Kirby. This was the story of a woman who had a one night stand with the hopes that more could come from it but when she woke in the morning the man was gone. Now she’s pregnant and runs the man again. He wants them to be together but she’s resisting. You can read my review here. 2 out of 5

My next read was actually a re-read of a book that hasn’t come out yet. How can you do that, you might ask. Well it was Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh and it comes out at the end of the month. When Holly first sent it to me in March to read and review for The Book Binge I gobbled that sucker up and loved it! I know, I didn’t tell you – I’m so mean. I wanted to give it a couple of months and then re-read and see if I felt the same about the book now that I’d read it and it was just as good if not better the second time around. This is Hawke’s story. He’s the alpha of the SnowDancer wolf changeling pack and he and the Psy, Sienna, have been circling each other for years. She was way too young before but he’s finally made his move. Along with the awesome romance we get lots of political Psy/Changeling conflict and it was just SO.GOOD. Excellent book. 5 out of 5

Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith was the story of Peat the repeater who is trying to save the life of Jake and finds himself falling in love. It’s a great story and one I’d recommend. You can read my review here. 3.75 out of 5

Devil’s Own by Veronica Wolff is book 2 in the Clan MacAlpin series and I really liked this book. The story was about Aidan who was kidnapped 13 years prior and worked as a slave until he escaped. Now he’s at home and trying to find the man who kidnapped him. But he needs assistance and finds it in a neighbor, Elspeth, who helps him learn to read while he works on her family farm to pay for the lessons. This was a very sweet romance that I really enjoyed. There was definitely some intense moments with Aidan and kidnappers but for the most part just a nice romance. 4.25 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

I haven’t read any Yaoi Manga for a while – bad Tracy! I only had one - Stallion by Kosen. While I really liked the graphics I didn’t really like the stories all that much. The Stallion story was the best of the three but very abbreviated. There was a lot of advertising in the book– one including what looked like a full grown man and a boy of about 12 – ewww. 2 out of 5

One of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week was Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast. This is book 2 in the Dark Magick series and it was a good one. The story was about Emmaline who is Seelie but had escaped imprisonment when the rest of the Fae was walled and warded into their own area. She was an assassin back then and had accidentally killed Aeric’s love. Aeric hates Emmaline and wants to kill her but when he has the chance he finds himself changing his mind. I really liked this story it had a lot of ins and outs that made the story that much better. At first I didn’t see the romance as Aeric started falling for Emmaline but in the end I was happy to see them together. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read that I read for Wendy’s TBR Challenge – the Kept Woman by Susan Donovan. This was a pretend engagement story (the theme for May) and it was a good one. I’ll post my review on Wednesday.

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

This week I was looking through the CD drawer of older CD's and pulled out Jamie O'Neal's Shiver from 2000.  It was a really hard year in my life and the songs on this CD meant so much to me at the time all for different reasons.  Now I listen and just kind of smile and think back and I'm really happy I'm not in that same place! :)

I'm going to post two songs today from that CD - the first one is There Is No Arizona and is a sad song about a love being left behind - but it's a good song!

This next one, Frantic, I always thought was really fun and when I listen to it now I just laugh because it kind of describes my life (although I don't actually LIKE things frantic!)  I would have liked to have found a video with just words and music but the ONE they had on you tube hurt my eyes. Just listen to the words lol Enjoy!

Review: Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith

After reliving the same day sixty-two times, Repeater Peat Harris is about to give up on his latest case: saving Jake Schwinn. In the past, Peat has solved some seriously twisted crimes, caught the bad guys, and kept an emotional distance. But this time, his heart’s involved, a definite must-never-do on Repeats, and he can’t just walk away—even if that means putting himself into the bullet’s path.

A year ago, Jake’s best friend was gunned down, and Jake has been playing bait to catch the killer. But now a wicked-looking hottie named Peat is warning Jake that he’s about to die—again—unless they can catch the shooter. Yeah, right. Then Jake starts to remember the previous Repeats and how he and Peat hooked up…

Peat is a repeater – he gets “called” (or something similar to that) to certain people and locations and he has to repeat that one day until he changes the circumstances of the day enough that the next calendar day will appear.

He heads to Boise, Idaho to Jake Schwinn who is a young college student and avid skate boarder. The first time Peat sees Jake is in a skate park. No sooner had he found him when Jake is shot and killed. Peat now knows that his job is to save Jake from death and find out who the killer is.

Days pass and while Peat makes some progress on the case he can’t seem to get it right. After two months of trying Peat finds himself falling for Jake – even though Jake can’t remember him from day to day…or can he?

Jake’s not sure what’s going on but he seems to “know” Peat, and things about Peat, but he can’t actually ever remember meeting Peat – which is just all kinds of freaky for Jake. Despite the freakiness of the situation, however, Jake feels inexplicably pulled to Peat and when Peat starts spewing information that is completely impossible, Jake starts to believe.

What an interesting concept – someone who repeats days until they get it right. But unlike the movie Groundhog Day Peat has to save someone else instead of himself. As we see in the story when we learn about some of Peat’s past repeats, they don’t all go the way he wants them to and sometimes people get hurt no matter what he tries. With Jake, Peat just wasn’t willing to give an inch and have Jake end up getting hurt.

I can’t imagine how hard and frustrating the whole situation was for Peat. He’s trying everything he can think of to help Jake and find the killer but yet the day keeps repeating. Then there are Peat’s feelings for Jake that start growing but no matter what kind of headway Peat might make with Jake in a day, at midnight it starts all over with Jake not knowing who Peat is. Wow – that’s gotta hurt the old heart. I know I hurt for Peat on several occasions during the story.

My biggest niggle with the story was the fact that we never truly found out how a repeater comes to be – they just ARE. As a reader I found that incredibly frustrating – I can’t imagine how frustrating it was for the repeaters themselves. When the repeaters were nineteen they just started repeating days until they figured out what to do. There were no guides, no explanations, no clue as to how many other repeaters there were out in the world, no idea if they would be repeaters for the rest of their lives. Ug – maddening! And if that’s not enough how exactly do you have a relationship with someone? I mean, yes there are days in between repeats, normally, but though that other person, in this case Jake, has no idea that a repeat is happening, Peat knows and has to be away from Jake for untold days. I can’t imagine what a strain that would put on one side of a relationship.

This also brings me to the surface thoughts about life being manipulated and whether that’s right or wrong. Since we have no idea who the creator of the repeaters is…God, possibly? How can we say that what they’re doing is right or wrong? Is that person the repeater is helping not supposed to die that day or have that awful thing happen? IDK. I think that gets into a whole theological question that’s a bit deep for this blog but it does make me think.

In the end I liked the book and would definitely read something by this author again.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

I Have the BEST Friends!

I really do have the best friends ever.  I get little notes just to say hi and see how I'm doing and it really makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that people are thinking about me.  It's so thoughtful and so deeply appreciated.

This is one I got yesterday and nothing says friendship better than this:

Didn't I tell ya? Warm and fuzzy.

The Best. Friends. Ever.

(Sorry, Blogger ate this post so I'm re-posting - but your comments disappeared. :( )

Review: Claimed by Desire by KayAnna Kirby

A Good girl Gone Bad…

Certified Public Accountant Allison Cain screwed up. Against her better judgment, she sleeps with a man she meets for the first time. The next morning he is nowhere to be found. She is left alone and feels used. But that wasn’t the end of her torture, because Allison discovers her one night stand leaves her with more than hurt feelings.

A Billionaire with everything except…

Bryson Anderson Jr., multi-billionaire real estate developer has it all; money, power, women, even his own island. A real estate acquisition brings him face to face with the alluring Allison once again on the tropical Cayman Islands. When he hears Allison is expecting his heir as a result of their explosive one night stand, a primal urge for a family is born. However, he has to convince an angry Allison to be a family even if it’s just for their child.

He didn’t realize he could lose his heart in the process.

When Bryson becomes the target of a rival out to destroy him, Allison and Bryson will have to fight for their lives and their hearts—before it’s too late.

Allison is in the Cayman Islands with her accounting firm when she runs into the man that she had a one night stand with 2 months earlier. They had had a quick but hot encounter in which Allison felt they could build upon. Unfortunately when she woke up in the morning, “Daniel” was gone. When she finds out she’s pregnant she is determined to have the baby but put it up for adoption.

“Daniel” is actually Bryson Anderson and is floored when he overhears Allison telling her friend that she is pregnant and that she plans on giving the child up for adoption. That’s his Heir! He may not have wanted children at this stage in his life but now that he will have one there’s no way someone is taking that away from him. The problem: Allison is so pissed off at Bryson for leaving the morning after that she can barely talk to him. Are her reactions over the top? Absolutely! How could he have done that to her, she thinks. But honestly, the man tries to explain to her what happens but she doesn’t want to hear his excuses.

When Bryson plans a trip to his private island under the guise of looking at some work papers things go horribly wrong. A man whose company is being taken over by Bryson’s company wants to get Bryson out of the way and sabotages the private plane. The plane crashes and though Bryson and Allison are bruised and battered, they survive. They find they have been stranded on Bryson’s island and head to his home (where there is no communication to the mainland) and there they finally have the chance to talk and rekindle their feelings for each other.

My thoughts:

The characters: I didn’t particularly care for either one of them and couldn’t get emotionally involved in their stories even through the end of the book. Though I think I should have felt bad for Allison – especially being left by Bryson after he seemed so into her – she was just so bitchy that I wanted to slap her a time or two. I understand hormones played a role in her actions (I‘ve been preggo a time or two and yes, hormones like to play havoc with a personality) but it was so over the top that I found it a bit annoying. She did calm down a bit towards the end of the story but it was almost too late for me to begin liking her by then.

Then there was Bryson. I liked him a bit better but I really didn’t get to know him all that well as we saw most of the story from Allison’s pov. When he first heard that Allison was pregnant and resolved himself to the fact that he was to be a father the first thing he thought was that he and Allison had to get married and of course she couldn’t work any more. What? I was kind of shocked for this modern billionaire to think such Neanderthal thoughts but there it was. He did seem to loosen up as the story went on which was nice and he seemed to genuinely care for Allison even though he had some family issues to work through. His hesitation with her prior was that his family was deciding who it was best for him to marry (and he had actually be engaged at the time of the one night stand *bastard!*) and he wasn’t sure that his parents would approve of Allison. I understand pleasing your parents but come on, you’re 37! And in the end the parents were never confronted so we never found out how the ‘rents actually reacted.

Other issues that I had with the story were scenes that I felt were unnecessary to the story and seemed to be put in for filler. The emotions of the characters in those scenes either felt over the top, insensitive or lacked emotion all together. I just couldn’t get a handle on why those secondary characters acted the way they did and it left me confused.

I didn’t particularly care for the writing style of this author but my biggest problem with the story was the editing or really, the lack thereof. It seemed to be non-existent. The spelling errors, typos and words put in that didn’t fit into a sentence made the story, at times, quite hard to read.

The book had a decent premise and a few good parts to it but in the end the story just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

Hello there!

Here it is…Monday again. How does that happen so fast? The weeks seem to go by faster and faster. Remember when we were in high school and the time just crept by because you wanted nothing more than that bell to ring so you could be free? lol I could only wish for the time to creep by that slowly now. :)

I hope all the mom’s out there had a lovely Mother’s Day (if you were celebrating it). I had a lovely day with the family. My hubby took me to see Thor and it was good! Of course when they showed Chris Hemsworth with just the low rise jeans and no shirt on my hubby leaned over and whispered, “Don’t look.” My reply, of course, was, “How can I not???” That man is one fine specimen of the male anatomy. lol

Fitness and weight update: I am a lazy bitch. It’s true. I hate to exercise – I’m sure I’ve said this before. I hate changing into workout clothes when I get home, WORKING OUT…SWEATING!, having to shower yet again. I just hate the whole production! *sigh* but I did exercise this week – only twice, but I did do it. Between my birthday and Mother’s Day I only ended up losing 4 oz this week as I splurged a bit, but at least I still lost. That brings my total loss to 2.2. Not great but I’m happy. :)

Reading this week…I started off really slow and gained speed as the week went on. lol I read some really good books which made the week that much better.

I started off with The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis. This is book 2 in the Lucky Harbor series and it was a good one. With Tara the controlled and Ford the uber-relaxed it was quite a good story. I’ll let you know when my review posts on The Book Binge. 4 out of 5

Next up was This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. I’ve read all 5 books in the Night Huntress series but I think it’s starting to die out for me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Bones and Cat but I’m almost to the point where I just need to say – enough already! Enough has happened to them! And how many more freaky things can happen to Cat? I mean, really. lol This story had Cat and Bones and friends trying to find Apollyon who was trying to start a war between the ghouls and the vampires. I had very mixed feelings about this story. It started out great and then fizzled a bit for me…then got really good again and then fizzled again…rinse and repeat. Overall it was a good read, but not great for me. 3.5 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch was one of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads and it was a good one. I really loved that none of the heroes in this series were actually titled gentlemen. This story tells us of Phin Bromley who takes leave from the army to rush home at his sisters request because supposedly their older brother is on his deathbed. Well, he’s not, which is great, but when Phin returns home he finds that there’s some hinky stuff going on with the family estate. Sets out to find out what’s behind it all and starts up a romance with former friend, Alyse. Just a really good story – the romance was good but Alyse bugged me at first. She definitely grew on me during the book, however, and I ended up liking her by the end. 4 out of 5

My next read was Precious Boy by KZ Snow. This story was about a man who catches his one night stand watching porn on the computer. He then thinks he recognizes the boy in the video and eventually realizes it’s his ex-lovers son who was only 10 the last time he saw him. Jonathan contacts Ethan and Jon tries to talk him out of the porn/escort lifestyle, along with contacting his father to try and help. It was a good story and her books are always well written. I personally had some issues with Jonathan and the way he acted with his ex. 3.5 out of 5

I figured I might as well finish the Notorious Gentlemen series so I picked up Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch as another of my Tracy’s TBR series reads. Besides, I just HAD to know what happened with Bram! Bram is the second son of a Duke. The Duke pretty much can’t stand the sight of his son and because of this Bram has made himself into a rake – a really bad one. Bram has decided that anyone that is friends with his father should pay and so he becomes the Black Cat – a burglar – and steals from his fathers friends. He gives all of the loot to a church. On one such expedition he overhears a family who is basically selling their youngest daughter into marriage to pay off their sons 10,000 pound debt. The man who she will marry is the evil man who pretty much made Bram who he is. Bram gets involved and eventually falls for Rose but he has to figure out how to get Rose out of the marriage so that he can have her for himself. I liked the story a lot. Bram fell a little more quickly than I thought he would – especially for someone who laughed at his friends who were married – but the story was done well and it was very enjoyable. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was Talker’s Redemption by Amy Lane. I read Talker back in November of last year and it was SO GOOD! This was a follow up with Briand and Talker and it was gut wrenching and highly emotional…but oh so good as well. The story revolves around Talker’s thoughts and him dealing with a certain incident in his past and how it’s affecting him, his life, his relationship with Brian and the resulting fall-out from the incident. Amy Lane is such a great writer and this one had me sucked in from the get-go. Just a great book. 4.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

Happy Reading!

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mom's who read this blog:

It's a tough job some days but I know we wouldn't trade it for anything!  You all deserve a great big hug!

Have a great day!

Saturday Song

I just heard this song for the first time this week but I really, really like it!  It's called Not Strong Enough by Apocalyptica featuring Brent Smith (from Shinedown).

The official video for the song was a bit bizarre for me but when I looked around - apparently every vid for this song was a bit on the odd side. lol  (the song brings it out? IDK)  Anyway, the vid I ended up choosing has a unlikely collection of photos but it was one that had no bubble pop ups with comments (I hate those) or lyrics so you can just enjoy the song itself.


Book Trailers - Useful or just fun to watch?

Tessa Dare's Stud Club

I adore this video!  It tells me about the book and lets me know that the author has a sense of humor as well which when I watch the vid makes me think that the books might have humor in them as well.  But in truth I had already decided to read the Stud Club trilogy prior to seeing this video.

I have to say that this is the exception to the rule for me when it comes to trailers.  I don't normally watch them and when I do it's just for fun. They really don't make me want to read the book any more than I did before - or at all.  Why is that?  I don't have a clue! lol  Part of me thinks that it's because I don't care for movies that are made from books (except a rare few) and therefore I don't want to see a visual of what the book is about.  Does that make sense?  Another part thinks that if I really didn't get the gist of the book by reading the blurb then why would a trailer push me over the edge? 

So what do you think about book trailers?  Do you watch them and if you do, do they sway you one way or the other to read the book?


Trivia about the number 46...

There are 46 chromosomes in each cell - except for sperm & egg that only have 23.

Forty-six is a Wedderburn-Etherington number, an enneagonal number and a centered triangular number. It is the sum of the totient function for the first twelve integers. 46 is the largest even integer that can't be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers. (I have no effin idea what this means!)

Valentino Rossi, one of the greatest motorcycle riders of all time, uses 46 as his number. (who?)

The number of mountains in the 46 peaks of the Adirondack mountain range.

There are quite a few books with the words forty-six in the title.  I tried to count but got distracted by something shiney.

The number that unlocks the Destiny spaceship on the popular Sci-Fi TV show Stargate Universe. (I know, incredibly useful information. You know, in case you ever need to open the spaceship, hello!)

The name of a defensive scheme used in American football. 

The code for international direct dial phone calls to Sweden. (Ok, who lives in Sweden so I can double check this info?)

The age that I turn today.

It's true - today is my birthday and I turn..you guessed it, 46.  

And when I was younger I thought that people who were 40 were freakin ancient.  lol

What I Read Last Week

Greetings and Salutations!

How are you this fine day? Me? I’m doing pretty well. The week was crazy at work and home, but overall pretty good. My girls and I watched Royal Wedding highlights on BBC yesterday and my youngest has decided that she wants to marry a prince too. I just told her she’s got as good of a chance as any! lol

Reminder: The giveaway is still open to win a copy of It Happened on Maple Street by Tara Taylor Quinn.  Contest open until Friday, May 6th at 7:00pm pacific. Comment here to enter.

Weight loss/fitness update: If you remember from last week the program I’m using is 6 days a week for 6 weeks. I only managed to do 3 days this past week because of sore muscles but I have to say I was damned proud of myself for not giving up when I found it hard to even walk! lol I stuck to my healthy eating plan and food diary and weighed myself this morning – I lost 1.8 pounds! Woohoo. Not much but a good start.

I’ve become a lurker. I haven’t been able to blog hop all that much and was feeling more and more out of touch with the book world – not a good feeling. I never have used my google reader because I hate feeling guilty when I get on there and see 400 posts that I’ve missed. Well, I ended up downloading the google reader app on my android phone and now I can read all of the posts! I still have to log in to your site to comment but I can “like” a post from my phone. I feel much more informed now but am commenting very little. Unfortunately it’s too damned time consuming to comment from my phone. Yes, Tracy=lazy.

I read a lot this past week. I read a bunch of shorts in between books because I’m trying to catch up and get some of these out of my tbr! I think I need to take a month off of work, hole up and read. Can you imagine how I could plow through my tbr? lol Ahhhh, nice dreams.

What I read this past week:

I started off the week with a read for The Book Binge called The Perfect Family by Kathryn Shay. This is the story of a 16/17 year old boy who comes out and the effect it has on his friendships, his relationship with his brother and father, the upheaval it causes in his parents’ marriage – basically his entire life. A really good read. You can read my review here. Also, Lori wrote an incredible review and you can read it here. 4 out of 5

On of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week was a short called The Pleasure Cruise by Raven Starr. This was the story of a woman who goes on a cruise to relax and ends up meeting a great guy. He ended up being a great guy but when he is first described I thought yuk. He sounded smarmy and seriously, I thought it was a joke and the heroine was going to be saved from the smarmy guy by the hero. Yeah, the hero was the smarmy guy. lol Only in the end he wasn’t bad – he apparently just dressed badly, imho. This was an erotic read so there was sex from the get go. Not a bad story, but for me, just ok. 2 out of 5

Another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read was The Sixth Cursed Halloween by Mechele Armstrong. This was the continuing story of Deidre who was cursed and moves from tree to bush to plant until the tree/plant/bush is cut down or dies then she moves to the next one. She has been cursed for hundreds of years and has been in a bonsai tree owned by Brad for the past 15 years. On Halloween one year Deidre realizes that she and Brad can actually communicate telepathically – but only that one day a year. Brad is determined to break Deidre’s curse but many years pass with no luck. During this time Deidre realizes that not all men are like the one who cursed her and Brad starts falling in love with someone he might never see in person. It was a cute story and much better than the previous books where I didn’t care for Deidre at all. 3.5 out of 5

Next up was Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney. The story was about a demon fighting warrior clan that’s been around forever. One of their warriors, Faelan, gets put into a time vault for 150 years and is set free by Bree who thinks she’s treasure hunting. Faelan isn’t sure whether to trust Bree and vise versa. I thought it was a great book and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. You can read my review at The Book Binge, here 4.25 out of 5

Rougaroux Social Club: Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz was my next read. This is the story of Sheriff Scott Dupree who is a werewolf. He finds his mate but has a seriously hard time coming to terms with who the mate is: a man. That man, Ted, is not thrilled with having all of these feelings toward a straight man as he’s been hurt in the past by falling in love with his ex-partner. Scott’s not sure if he wants to claim his mate and what the ramifications in his life and pack will be. It was an interesting story that had quite a few bits in it that I could have done without. At the beginning there’s a detective following Ted, who is an ex-cop, because he’s “watching” Ted to see if he’s a bad guy, but then nothing ever is mentioned of it again. Why? IDK. While not a bad book I found parts of it quite comical and funny when I don’t think they were intended to be. :) 3 out of 5

Kitsune Wedding by Tracy Rowan was my next read. This about a warrior who has left his master and feels he has nothing to live for. A Kitsune talks him into going to a new master as well as becoming his husband but the warrior has no idea that the fox is a man when in human form. They continue their marriage but years later the warrior sees his husband with another man. While he thought that he was a good husband the warrior wouldn’t admit his feelings for his husband. When he sees him with another man, however, he is devastated. I won’t tell you more about if they work it out but I liked the story. I was unsure of the story because of the possibility of infidelity but I thought it was very cute and a nice short fantasy read. 3 out of 5

My next read was Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean. A great book. I really loved both the hero and the heroine in this one even though I wanted to slap the hero a time or two. The story is about an Italian woman trying to fit in with the London Ton (and not doing a very good job at it) and the stuffy Duke she wants to thaw. You can read my review here. 4.5 out of 5

The Time Weaver by Shana Abe was the continuing story of the Drakon. The stories are about dragon shapeshifters living in historical times. Honor is taken from her home when she is just 14 and raised by a fellow drakon in order to save her life. Because Honor grows into her powers and is a time weaver she receives notes from herself telling her things she should do or not do. It was a good book but jumping back and forth through time, knowing how Honor was in the previous book, having chapters that gave stuff away all made the book an…uncomfortable read if that makes sense. I was on edge while reading it and I found myself putting the book down several times to try and calm myself down and relax. I hate being on edge while reading! lol 3.5/3.75 out of 5

Secrets by Brenda Joyce was my next read. This was an amnesia story that while good was a book that I had quite a few issues with. I haven’t read the previous books in the Bragg Saga but it didn’t matter in this one – I really didn’t need to read those other books. Regina Shelton is on a train in California in 1899 when it is robbed by bandits. Rather than give them her jewelry…or her body, she jumps from the train. When she is found she has amnesia, is thought to be Elizabeth Sinclair and is taken to the home of her now dead fiancé. She ends up falling for brother #2, Slade, who is dark and brooding and though he starts to have feelings for Elizabeth won’t act on them because of honor and the fact that his brother loved her and now can’t be with her. They do end up marrying just to save his rancho because she is an heiress, but he ends up taking off the day after the wedding with no intention of returning. I had issues with both the hero and the heroine but really the story just kind of fell short for me. I just wasn’t as emotionally involved as I thought I should be and I ended the book with the thought “well that should have been better.” Not a good thought to have after 416 pages! This is another one I read for The Book Binge. 3 out of 5

And last for the week was book 10 in the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James. This was Jessie and Brandt’s story and it was a good one. Jessie was married to Luke who was a philanderer and cheated on Jessie constantly. It’s been 2 years since Luke died and Brandt, Luke’s brother, comes to Jessie for assistance with Luke’s son who was born to one of the women that Luke had an affair with. Taking care of Landon is the last thing on earth that Jessie wants to do but she agrees anyway. Brandt moves in with Jessie so that they can help each other with the boy and they decide to take their relationship to the bedroom. This is more than fine with Brandt as he’s thought himself in love with Jessie since the day he met her. I really liked this book. I enjoy reading James’ books because she always has such a great dynamic going with not only the h/h but also the whole MacKay family (which in this family’s case was quite contentious). Good stuff. 4 out of 5 
FYI - Lorelei announced that Samhaim is giving away the first book in her Rough Riders series for free the entire month of May on Kindle & Nook.  If you haven't started this series here's your chance to do so - for free!

My Book Binge reviews that posted this last week:

Happy Reading!