Oh so many things are going on in Tracyland but you would all be bored to tears to hear it all so I'll give you a a couple of good tidbits.
My youngest had an eye appt. since she was having problems seeing the board at school. Though the prescription will be weak she will still need glasses. She, being the stylin 8 year old that she is, picked out some adorable glasses. As soon as we pick them up I will pass pictures along.
Then when I went to visit and have lunch with my parents on Saturday it snowed! I know for a lot of you this is not exciting but since that's an unusual occurrence I thought I'd share. :) This is what the road leading to their house looked like from the storm the night before
and this is what it looked like when we got out of lunch. It was actually coming down pretty steadily while we were eating lunch and this was just 45 min. worth. By the time I left their house my youngest was having a great time throwing snowballs at her grandpa!
So what did I read this week:
First I started off with yaoi. I've had this since Kris was here (yes, back in Nov!) and I was sucking at reading it and getting it to Chris who was next in the swap. So these became my Tracy's TBR challenge reads for the week as well since I've had them so damned long. So I first I read I Can't Stop Loving You vol 2 by Row Takakura. Kyouji is at a mountain retreat doing his monk training when he's accused of murder. Yu comes to see him and gets involved. It was cute but odd at times. 3 out of 5
Next was Thunderbolt Boys Excite vols. 1 &2 by Asami Tojo. These were stories about models and frankly I thought they were a bit ridiculous and it was all I could do to keep reading. They were drawn well, though. 2 out of 5 for both.
Then I read Incubus vols. 1, 2 & 3 by Yayoi Neko. This was an interesting story about Lenniel who is half human and half demon who lived with Judas in the demon world but then Judas had to leave and lost all of his memories. Lenniel has finally found him again but Judas is madly in love with his professor. Judas also has serious self-esteem issues which he comes by after everyone, including his parents, constantly putting him down. There's also a second story with a demon who is a butler for a rich family and the young master who he loves and loves him back. It's quite good at times and others, not so much. :) Vols.1 & 3: 3.5 out of 5, vol. 2: 4 out of 5
After that it was The Swing by Lissa Matthews - a book I read for The Book Binge. This was a decent story about a man and a woman who are deeply in love but haven't been together because she was once married to his now dead twin. Sounds creepy but it was actually a very good short story that was quite emotional. 4 out of 5. My review is here.
River Marked by Patricia Briggs - another Book Binge Book - and so damned good. I really loved Briggs' writing and all of the wonderful scenarios she comes up with for Mercy and Adam to get involved in. This followed Mercy and Adam on their honeymoon (no, not a spoiler!) and they have to end up fighting beasts and meeting others that they never expected to meet. No, I'm not telling any more. I don't want to spoil things. Suffice it to say that it's great. I loved every bit of it and am sad that I'm done reading it. 5 out of 5
So has anyone read any of her other series and if so which did you read and what did you think?
I finally picked up How To Woo A Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries. This is book 3 in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series and it was good. This was Minerva's story and she is still pissed that her grandmother is making her grandchildren get married so she decides to advertise in a ladies magazine for a husband. Giles Masters, a friend of the family, shows up to try to win her hand but she thinks it's all pretend and he really wants to marry her. Great romance and of course humor and intrigue as well. Good stuff. 4 out of 5
Last on the list for the week was All or Nothing by James Buchanan. This was book 3 in the Taking the Odds series and it was a good one. Buchanan writes so well that I get drawn into the story and next thing you know it's over! How the heck did that happen? lol Brandon is visiting Nick in Vegas the week between Christmas and New Year and he's brought his daughter, Shayna, along. She's not thrilled to be at Nick's, nor with Brandon and she's got the attitude to prove it. When Shayna is taken life goes on the emotional roller coaster from hell. Such a great story and I certainly hope there are more books about Nicky and Brandon in the future. 5 out of 5
My Book Binge review that posted since last week:
The Swing by Lissa Matthews
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