What I Read Last Week

Hey there!

This was an all around quiet week at home once Halloween passed.  I did attend my friends funeral on Saturday which was really difficult but that was ok too.  We have a memorial garden here at the church I work at and he was buried there and that was nice. I told his sister I can now go bug him whenever I want. :) Here’s my favorite picture of the garden – its very serene.

So on to what I read:

I started off the week with Never Seduce a Scot by MayaBanks.  As you’ll see if you read my full review I saw this on Nath’s blog and just HAD to read it.  It was really good and I’m so glad I did.  Warring clans, a deaf mute heroine, hot highlanders – what’s not to love?  You can read my full review here.  4.25 out of 5

Next up was My Regelence Rake by JL Langley.  This is the newest in the Sci-Regency series and while I didn’t find it quite as good as books 1 & 2 I still really liked it.  This is Colton’s story and has him pining after the Captain of the Guard at the palace, Sebastian.  Sebastian is also a Lord in his own right and though Colton has made no secret of the fact that he wants Sebastian, Seb has pretty much brushed him off.  When Colton finally decides to move on as he feels he’ll never get the man, Seb finally notices him.  Now this was a good story but there were a few things that bothered me.  The main one was the fact that Colton and Seb had to get married to avoid scandal.  While this always adds a bit of angst, this is the 3rd book in this series that’s had that happen.  Really?  Three boys married from the Royal family and all of them had to get married to avoid scandal?  I’d like to see just a plain ole romance with some other angst involved.  Not that this one didn’t have “other” angst.  We also got a bit of Raleigh/Steven page time and I enjoyed that immensely.  3.75 out of 5

Some Like it Wicked by Carole Mortimer was my next read.  This is the story of a Pandora who is a widow and is being cut by the ton after she gets out of mourning because her husband supposedly died in a duel with her lover.  She is saved from being attacked at a ball by a man the ton calls Devil and has a horrid reputation himself but yet never gets cut.  He saves Pandora and then won’t go away and eventually ends up asking Pandora to marry him for his own reasons.  This was a cute book and was pretty entertaining.  You can read my full review here. 3 out of 5

Next was a re-read called Kiss and Kin by Kinsey W.Holley.  I wanted to read book 2 in the series but couldn’t really remember book 1 so I dragged it out again.  I remembered what happened almost immediately after I started reading but re-read the whole thing anyway.  The story is about a wolf shifter, Taran, who is in love with his brother’s cousin by marriage, Lark, but she’s a woman who was basically raised by his parents so it’s a bit weird for him, and her.  Lark’s in love with Taran but has no idea that she’s his mate.  He’s a cop and investigating the disappearance of some women in town and when Lark is almost abducted he has to protect her and one thing leads to another, etc.  I gave this book a 3.75 after the first read and a 3.5 after the second.  The ending wasn’t quite as satisfying this time around.  Yes, the “bad” guy was caught but he wasn’t the only bad guy out there so the fact that everything seemed A-ok was a bit annoying.  3.5 out of 5

Next in the series was Yours, Mine and Howls by Kinsey W.Holley.  This story is pretty unrelated to the people in book 1.  The characters are vaguely connected but it can definitely be read on its own.  The story is about a 30 year old woman who is bringing the son she raised from the age of 5 to his uncle’s house to meet him for the first time.  Ally and Cade, the Uncle, don’t get along but yet their mates.  Ally actually died and was brought back to life by a deity of sorts.  The story is about Ally and Cade’s romance as well as several other things.  While a good book I thought there was way too much packed in to just one story.  Too many bad guys for sure, and when they started getting into the history of Cade’s family it was nuts.  Good, but a lot to take in.  3.5 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read and last for the week was The Rebuilding Year by KajeHarper. This is the story of 2 basically straight men, John and Ryan who become friends, then roommates, then lovers.  The story centers around their romance and the way they deal with their feelings toward someone of the same sex, as well as issues that come up with John’s ex-wife, her husband and his kids.  There’s also something funky going on at the college that Ryan attends and John works at that causes angst as well.  I really liked the story a lot.  I thought that the issue of the problems on campus pulled me away from the romance a bit too much but it all tied in nicely in the end.  I really liked how Harper set this up so that Ryan was 30 but just starting med school and John 37 and starting over without his former family.  It added a depth that wouldn’t necessarily have been there had the men been younger and not “lived” yet.  I liked the writing and will be reading more from Harper in the future. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted since last week:

Happy Reading!


nath said...

Pretty good week, Tracy :) Glad you enjoyed Never Seduce a Scot :)

Tracy said...

Nath - I did, thank you! :) It was a pretty good reading week...I love those.

Chris said...

What a lovely place to be able to go to remember your friend!

You'll have to read Kaje's romantic suspense series set in Minneapolis. :)