What I Read Last Week

Hey there,

Another week has gone by and wow - they're going so fast.  Yesterday the fam headed down to Anaheim to have an early family Thanksgiving dinner with my hubby's family which was really fun.  The girls were apparently having fun with mom's phone in the back seat while on the way down there.  Here's just 2 of the MANY photos that were on it lol  Who would know that just 2 hours earlier they were at each others throats?  Ah, the joy of childhood. lol

So on to what I read last week:

I started off the week with The Sergeant's Lady by Susanna Fraser.  This story was about Anna who was following the drum with her soldier husband but he was a complete ass.  She is on her own and trying to get home when her convoy is detained by the French.  When one of the French commanding officers decides that Anna would make a tasty treat in bed.  She's saved by Sergeant Will Atkins.  They escape and while traveling start a sexual relationship that turns into so much more.  But they can't be together because she's a lady and was an officer's wife and he's just a  sergeant.  This was a really great book of love and trying to maintain that love while trying to deal with class differences.  It was emotionally charge and oh so good. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser.  The story follows Elizabeth and Jack's marriage after he's been gone in Canada for 5 years and been cheating on her.  But now he's back and wants to make a go of the marriage.  You can read my full review here. 3 out of 5

My next read was All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey.  This is the 5th book in the Kowalski series and it was the story of Ryan Kowalski and Lauren who was once the wife of his best friend. They finally get together after many years but it's not an easy road  You can read my full review here.  4.25 out of 5

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis is a short story in the Lucky Harbor series that comes out next month.  This story is one about Tara and Ford's daughter Mia and her relationship with Nick who hasn't known love his entire life.  It was a good one and definitely one that shouldn't be missed.  4 out of 5

Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare was the story of a girl, Livi, who is sent by her father from New Orleans to England to her grandfather to learn how to be a lady.  She's pissed off and wants nothing more than to be home running wild with her brothers in the swamps.  She meets Grayson who is besotted with her and ends up offering for her hand. When he doesn't show up for his own wedding though things get a bit hairy.  Cute story but there certainly wasn't enough shapeshifting with the shapeshifters for my liking.  lol  3.75 out of 5

Heart of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice was my next read.  Fugitive soldiers, psychic scientists and hidden fortresses.  You can read my review on Wednesday.

What Binds Us by Larry Benjamin was an m/m story about friends who meet at college, become lovers but then just friends again.  Dondi is a total playboy and sleeps with any and every man.  He's definitely in it for the fun.  Thomas-Edward is a black student who loves Dondi but after a year of a relationship Dondi breaks it off in their sophomore year.  Still friends T spends a summer at Dondi's family home and ends up falling in love with Dondi's brother, Matthew, but neither make a move.  The story is about friendship, love, the horror of AIDS and the strange ties that bind people together.  It was a really good book and highly emotional especially at the end.  I cried more in this book than any other that I can remember.  The epilogue threw me off a bit and some things throughout the story did as well but overall very good.  4.25 out of 5

Last for the week was Mr. Real by Carolyn Crane.  The story is about a woman who brings a man to life through a spell on her computer and things are not exactly how she expects them to be.  You can read my review on Thursday.

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Charmed by His Love by Janet Chapman
Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis

Happy Reading!


Patti (Caught in a FAB Romance) said...

Your daughters are beautiful!!

I'm dying to read All He Ever Desired and Mr. Real, glad to see you liked AHED and curious to see your review of MrR.

I gave Wolfishly Yours the same rating and am hoping there will be some stories set in NOLA...

Tracy said...

Patti! Hi there.
Thank you for the compliment on my daughters - they have their moments. lol Now if I could just get my oldest to stop wearing that awful eyeshadow I'd be much happier. :)
I really liked AHED - just love those Kowalski's! MrR didn't work as well for me but it did for some people so you'll have to let me know what you think after you read it. :)
I seem to recall one of the writers from the Dare duo telling me at RWA that there won't be too many more books. I know they'll write Grayson's brother's story but after that? Not sure. I would LOVE to read about the NOLA boys as they seems so out of control. lol

nath said...

Awww, aren't they adorable? :) LOoks like they get along good! That's pretty awesome :)

And wow, I'm jealous at your reading week, Tracy! I wished I had such a good one. Sigh.

Is the Jill Shalvis novella final? I mean, Mia is pretty young no? She's what, 19 or 20? Is she already getting her final HEA ending?

Susanna Fraser is an author I gotta try... and All He Ever Desired. I was going to skip this one, but all the reviews are so favorable. Ugh!

Tracy said...

Nath - Thanks! They get along OK, but not great. I think that's why I was so surprised and happy to find these photos on my phone. :)
The Shalvis novella is with Mia but it's 5 years after Chloe and Sawyer get together so she's almost 24 at the time.
You shouldn't skip AHED - it was good. I missed the last book and I'm still kicking myself...I need to get it!

Chris said...

Those two wouldn't be at each others throats! :D

Wow, cried more than any other book you can remember?! Eeep. *is afraid*

Tracy said...

Chris - LOLOLOL Oh, you are SO funny. I wish they were like that all the time, but alas, no.
I did - it was so sad. I expected it to be sad when I was about halfway through the book but it hit me harder than I thought it would.