Hope you’re all well. It was a quiet week this past week. My hubby did manage to get the Christmas lights on the house yesterday and we got the Christmas tree put up. We’re leaving it ornament free at the moment to see how Echo the cat takes to it. This is her first Christmas with us so who knows how she’ll be. She seemed fine yesterday but let’s see what happens today when there’s no one home and she gets bored. :0)
I have a lot of giveaways going on at the moment so be sure and check those out to see if you’re interested in any of them.
Sinful Seduction Blog Tour giveaway: Print copies of Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee & Ripe for Seduction by Isobel Carr – ends 12/12/12 at 7:00pm
O Come All Ye Kinky Blog Tour giveaway: Riptide Publishing is giving away a $100 gift card to The Stockroom and I’m giving away 1 copy of O Come All Ye Kinky – ends 12/16/12.
Anne Calhoun’s giving away 1 copy of her new release Breath on Embers to one lucky commenter.
Historical Romance Giveaway: Print copies of To Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliot & The Laird’s Choice to Amanda Scott – ends 12/15/12 at 7:00pm.
So....did anyone watch Christmas for Holly on ABC last night? I guess it was a movie version of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. If you did watch it, what did you think? I DVR'd it but haven't watched it yet.
I started off the week with a book that Holly suggested to me and that book was The Gamble by Kristen Ashley. The book involves an American woman who lives in England who has rented a house in Colorado so that she can take a time out from her life an from her fiancé. When she arrives at the house the owner is there and tells her there must have been a mix up and she has to go to a hotel. She tells him off and then promptly drives into a ditch. The man ends up taking care of her and they fall in love. Now a BOATLOAD of other stuff happens in this book other than them falling in love but that is the major part of the story. This guy is uber alpha male but the woman doesn’t put up with all his crap all the time. The book has major editing issues and whole parts that could have been left out, imho, and yet, I couldn’t put the damned thing down. Seriously. I just wanted to keep reading as I was so involved in it all and actually had a hard time not immediately picking up the next book in the series when I was done with this one. I will soon, that’s for sure. 4 out of 5
Next up was The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway. The story revolves around a nutty Scottish laird who is determined to get his nephews married so he kidnaps women and brings them to his keep and they have to stay there because of a snow storm and their rescuers can’t get through. The novel was really good and I loved it. 4 out of 5
Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly was a freebie on Amazon so I downloaded it. The story is about Megan and Connor who meet in Vegas one night and have a great time together. When Megan wakes up in the morning, however, she can hardly remember anything about the night, or Connor, and oops, they got married. Megan wants an immediate divorce but Connor talks her into giving the marriage a 3 month trial as he honestly believes that they would be good together. The problem is that Connor’s thoughts on marriage are really quite different from Megan’s and they end up being at odds with each other. I’m happy I downloaded it as it was a good book. Megan had her issues but so did Connor and I thought the author worked them out well. 4 out of 5
O Come All Ye Kinky edited by Sarah Frantz is anthology of m/m, f/f & m/mf stories that are a little bit kinky – some much more than others. I will post my review this week.
Honored Vow by Mary Calmes was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week. Ya know, I bought this book right when it came out and I would SWEAR I read it then but when I found it on my Kindle and started reading I realized I hadn’t read it. Duh. lol Anyway, Jin is dealing with the power of his Nekhene cat and Logan has to go through a challenge (of sorts) in order to become the semel-aten. It was a really good story but pretty bloody – just be warned. I still love Logan and Jin together and in this one we also got to see Domin and Yuri finding their mates. 4.25 out of 5
Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection is a historical romance anthology that has 5 different stories that varied from London to South Dakota to medieval times. I liked them all and will post my review this week.
Maya Banks is PJ’s story. After reading a little more than half of this story I’m sad to say that I just couldn’t finish it. PJ and her teammate Cole get together and then right after that PJ gets raped while on a mission. PJ quits KGI and goes rogue as she goes after the men who raped her. I really tried to give this one the old college try but no matter how loving Cole is to PJ I just can’t see her healing emotionally for years…not 6 months down the road. Maybe I’m skeptical but I’ve known too many rape victims to think it’s otherwise. I won’t even get into her turning assassin. DNF
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon & Christi Barth