What I Read Last Week


How are you this fine Monday? It’s beautiful out today in my part of the land – I wish my desk was outside and not in a stuffy office. I just keep looking out the window with longing. lol

Not much happened this week. I did realize that I completely forgot my blog anniversary! Yep, on April 16th it was the 4th anniversary of Tracy’s Place. Damned hard to believe that it’s been that long. It really only seems like a year or so – weird. :)

This past weekend we went to the Santa Barbara Fair. The weather was great and we had a wonderful time. The kids rode a ton of rides, we watched pig races, got to see adorable baby goats and my oldest daughter got hypnotized. It was hilarious. I did get a dvd of my oldest so that she could see what she did while she was under. Too funny. I asked the hypnotist if he could make it so that every time I snapped my fingers she would listen to me but he just laughed. lol

So on to what I read this week:

I started off the week with The Witness by Nora Roberts. This is a wonderful romance and a bit of a mystery/suspense story all wrapped into one. I really, really liked it. You can read my review here. 4.5 out of 5

Next up was a YA book called Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm. This is the story of a girl who goes to spend the summer at a living history museum. It was another really good book. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

My next read was Country Mouse by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov. This was the story of an American guy who is visiting London. He meets a guy in a bar on his first day there and they end up spending the weekend together. You can read more about this great story and my review here. 4.5 out of 5

Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Grace Burrowes was a book I read for The Book Binge. This story was about a woman who is a by-blow but was “adopted” by her father (a duke) and raised with many siblings. She is 30 years old and living in her own household. She loses her purse and hires a man to find it. She’s got secrets though and the man knows that there’s more to things than just a lost reticule. This was a bit of a frustrating story as we didn’t get to know Maggie’s secret until right before the hero did. The romance was great though and I really liked the book. 4 out of 5

Next was The Walls Have Ears by Erica Pike. This is the 3rd in the College Fun and Gays series. Harley is a guy who has been having a relationship with the guy next door – but through the wall. They masturbate to each others voices until the guy on the other side of the wall, Devon, asks Harley’s roommate out instead of him. Harley ends up crying on Devon’s roommate’s shoulder but Tasha wants more from Harley than just being friends. It was a short story but so cute. My heart ached for Harley’s situation and that was written so well but Harley made me a bit crazy with his child-like emotional outbursts. I loved Tasha and admired him for his infinite patience with Harley. I look forward to reading the rest of the series! 4 out of 5

Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre was my next read. This is book 4 in the Corinne Solomon series. I’ll be posting my review of this later this week so stay tuned.

Sunrise by Kody Boye is a zombie apocalypse novel that I read. I’ll post my review of this on Wednesday so keep your eyes peeled.

Last on the list was What We Deserve by Kerry Freeman. This is the story of 2 best friends. One falls in love with the other but then the older boy, Jamie, heads off to the army without telling his best friend…the night after they sleep together for the first time. Sean is devastated but moves on with his life. Twelve years later Jamie is back but Sean is in a committed relationship and none to thrilled about Jamie coming back and wanting to talk and pick up where they left off – after 12 years of non communication. Eventually Sean does talk and after that Sean, Jamie and Tyler, Sean’s boyfriend, all fall in love to make a household of three. The story is about the falling in love but also dealing with the men’s families and their reactions. It was a good story even if I did have a couple of issues. There were things left unresolved with one of the men’s parents which bothered me and I never did feel that Sean and Jamie talked enough about Jamie’s jackassedness and ultimate silence when he had left all those years ago. 3.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

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Saturday Song

Here's a little Andy Grammer for you this wonderful Saturday morning. Fine By Me is just a fun song and always makes me smile when I hear it. Enjoy!

Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems--and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something--and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Elizabeth is 16 years old when she finally decides to rebel against her mother. Her mother isn’t a mom, she’s someone who gave birth to Elizabeth and is more like an instructor than a parent. Elizabeth is highly intelligent and at 16 is already attending pre-med at Harvard. When Elizabeth rebels she goes to the mall and buys all the wonderful teen clothes that her mother forbid her and meets up with a girl that she had gone to school with. The pair shop til they drop and Elizabeth makes fake ID’s so that she and Julie can go to a club. They go out and drink Cosmo’s and dance and dance. They meet up with two men who are connected with the club and Julie talks Elizabeth into going home with them. Elizabeth’s “date” has to stay at the club but promises to catch up with them soon. Once Elizabeth is out of the club she just wants to go home. She’s sick from the alcohol and knows that going to the one man’s home is NOT a good idea. What happens next is a nightmare. Elizabeth witnesses a murder and runs for her life. She calls the police and is brought in and protected but can you really hide from the Russian mob? The events that follow are both good and horrific. I don’t want to tell you too much as part of the beauty of the story is the slow revealing of it all. Suffice it to say that Elizabeth found herself on the run once again and that’s not a good thing.

The second part of this book begins 12 years later and center around Abigail Lowry, who we know immediately is Elizabeth and her life in a small town in Arkansas. She has set up a home, has a dog, Bert, as a companion and highly trained attack dog (who is a big ole sweetie) and works from home. When the relatively new Chief of Police becomes interested in Abigail – not just on a professional basis but also on a more personal level – Abigail is a bit put out. He’s too curious and the last thing that Abigail needs is a curious police chief hanging around and making her life more complicated. What Brooks Gleason actually does is change her life in a good way. He not only makes her life more interesting it makes Abigail herself look at herself in a different way.

Abigail is, as I said earlier, a highly intelligent woman. She’s freaking brilliant but her interpersonal relationships really have suffered – for good reason. Because of this, and the way she was raised, she speaks in a very logical way. It almost reminded me of Spock from Star Trek – how he would analyze things and give the logical answer – yeah, that’s Abigail. At first it was almost like an alien and really kind of put me off a bit but as I read and got to know her character a bit better I saw that she had a lively sense of humor – it was just dry.

Brooks was an amazing man. He had been a cop and then detective in Little Rock and had recently taken the job as Chief of Police there in Bickford. He was competent and creative when it came to his job but fair and reasonable as well. I loved seeing his interactions with the different townspeople because it gave us some insight into his moral compass. He was smitten with Abigail almost from the word go. He loved her look, the fact that she constantly packed a gun, that she was so logical. He found humor not in her but with her and got her to relax - not her security but enough to enjoy life a bit. Brooks knew that Abigail was hiding from something and as much as he wanted to know he didn’t push. When Abigail trusted Brooks enough to tell him the truth he was understanding and anxious to set it all to rights. It was because of Brooks that Abigail saw a future and that just made me love them as a couple even more.

This story is so very good and one that I highly recommend. Roberts has really done a fabulous job of bringing us a bit of suspense, romance and inner strength all rolled up in one great package.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Country Mouse by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov

Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but he’s loving his vacation in London. After a long day playing tourist, he’s on the hunt for some cheap beer and a good burger. Instead he finds a man hunting him, an arrogant prick with only one thing on the brain: the kind of meat that doesn’t come on a bun.

Eighty-hour weeks at a trading desk don’t leave Malcolm Kavanagh much time for meaningful relationships. Besides, in his world, everything’s a competition—even sex. When his newest one-night-sub fails to show, Malcolm sets his sights on the pretty young Yank on the bar stool beside him.

Owen’s all for an adventure with a native, but he’s not the pushover Malcolm thinks he is, and Malcolm’s not as shallow as he tries to be. They both soon learn that nothing's too intimate to share with a stranger, and the strangest things happen when two people share the most important pieces of their hearts.

Owen has been in London for 17 hours and the friend he’s traveling with has already dumped him for a hook up. He’s not too torn up about it and decides to go get a beer. He randomly walks into a bar, that when he gets in there is quite seedy, and isn’t sure he’s going to stay. His eye travels to a man in a very fine suit who seems completely out of place. The man, Malcolm, heads over to Owen and they start to make conversation. Malcolm is acting like a controlling ass but Owen is intrigued enough that they agree to hook up. They head back to Malcolm’s place and the fun begins.

Malcolm is a dom who is an anomaly. He likes playing the dom, and he has had to in his world, but he likes being taken care of as well. Malcolm is not one to come out with this confession but as the night with Owen moves on there’s no way to hide the information.

Malcolm and Owen decide to spend the weekend together with the plan that Owen will head off with his traveling buddy (an ex-girlfriend...yes, he's bi) to Paris on Monday morning. Malcolm takes Owen to all the touristy places around London and they have a great time together. They eat, talk, have great sex and get to know quite a bit about each other…which brings a different flavor to the “relationship”. When it comes time for Owen to head out to Paris any future contact between the two men is left hanging - or is it?

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I read the blurb. I was thinking, two men that are far apart in their lives yet find common ground in sex. I was thinking – story about quick fun hook up and we’re done. Well I should have know that if Amy Lane was involved it would be so much more than that – and it was. (This is my first read of Voinov's.)

The story was a revelation for us as well as for Malcolm when he gets to see himself on a different level. The person he thought he had to be – and he did have to be to a certain extent due to his job – and the person that he was deep down inside that was rarely, if ever, seen. Owen, just by being himself, unwittingly brought that other side out in Malcolm and I loved seeing the layers peel away from the man.Owen was an interesting soul. He was submissive to a point but wasn’t the “manageable” young college boy that Malcolm first thought he was. Owen had a great sense of strength about him but a softness as well and it really made him such a well rounded character.

In the end it was a wonderful and sweet story that I very much enjoyed. I say sweet because it definitely was but it’s also very hot and sexy as well and shouldn’t be missed.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Libby Kelting had always felt herself born out of time. No wonder the historical romance-reading, Jane Austen-adaptation-watching, all-around history nerd jumped at the chance to intern at Camden Harbor, Maine’s Oldest Living History Museum. But at Camden Harbor Libby’s just plain out of place, no matter how cute she looks in a corset. Her cat-loving coworker wants her dead, the too-smart-for-his-own-good local reporter keeps pushing her buttons, her gorgeous sailor may be more shipwreck than dreamboat — plus Camden Harbor’s haunted. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, Libby learns that boys, like ghosts, aren’t always what they seem.

Libby loves history so she’s very excited to be spending the summer as an intern at a live history museum. She’s assigned to run 8-10 year old girls in a Girls of Long Ago class where they learn to cook in a hearth, do needlepoint, quilt, press flowers, etc. Sounds like fun – wish I could have done that when I was young. lol

When Libby gets to the museum she’s put into the intern house with a quiet girl named Suze and the bitch from hell, Ashling. We have no idea why Ashling is all up in Libby’s grill but she really makes life miserable for Libby from day one. When Libby has the chance to move on to a schooner she immediately takes it – even though she doesn’t like the guy that she’ll be sharing a room with.

The guy is Garrett and he is a reporter for the local paper. Because of ghost sightings on the one of the museum’s schooners he asks permission to camp out to see if he can sight the ghost. Because he’s not really a museum employee they get Libby to room with him. Garrett is a sci-fi geek and kind of judgmental of Libby at first but he soon figures out that Libby has a brain under all of that blonde hair and she knows how to use the brain!

So while Libby is putting her huge brain to work and giving us a great dose of her humor at the same time she meets with Cam. He works on one of the other schooners and he’s adorable, kind, gallant, chivalrous, and a great kisser! Libby is falling for the guy but he’s got some not so great friends and sometimes he acts weird. Libby is all about the romantic. She’s always dreamed of the fairy tale romances and at age 16 she’s still got her head a bit in the clouds about that. She wants all the things that she believes that Cam is and believes that he will sweep her off her feet – but is it realistic?

Then there’s Libby’s best friend who is Dev. Dev is gay and destined to be a fabulous clothing designer. He’s spending his summer as an intern in New York. Libby thinks that Dev is having a great time but she keeps getting these weird phone calls from him that make her think that all is not well in fashion land.

This is a really fun story. I have to admit that I was a bit concerned about whether I would like Libby at first but her humor, inner thoughts and attitude toward everything just sucked me in. I was soon a Libby fan. I loved how she was with her 8-10 year old girls and with most everyone at the museum.

Libby’s relationships:

With Cam I knew that things would not go well and knew this almost from the word go. He was a weasel dressed in a very nice package and I wanted him out of the picture!

Garrett I didn’t feel like I got to know very well but I felt he was a very sweet guy who had a great heart. I was happy that things worked out for him as well as they did. (avoiding spoilers!)

Dev was just so great. He was just out and proud and not afraid to show everyone that he was as great as he thought he was! lol He had personality plus and was a great addition to the story.

Overall I liked the book a lot. The interpersonal relationships along with the history and humor just hit the spot for me. This is Strohm’s first novel and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

Greetings Earthlings

It wasn’t too busy of a week this week. Now that Easter’s over the office has calmed considerable so it’s kind of business as usual. I like the super busy times but I also like when my days are just “normal”. That doesn’t happen very often as I never know who’s going to walk through the office door but when it happens it’s great. :)

The fam and I managed to get to a (very small) carnival yesterday that they had in town for a few days. The girls had fun riding the rides and I managed to win them a couple of toys to take home. Yep, I’m mean with a water pistol. lol

I just had to share this picture of our kitten Echo. She was just so cute hanging out below the window as we have a mother bird nesting under out back patio cover. I was zooming in and she turned around right when the flash went off and this was the result. LOL Too funny.

Have you ever seen the movie The Iron Giant? Great movie but this picture reminded me of the giant when he turns his eyes “on”.

Anyway, on to what I read this week:

I started off the week with Deadly Nightshade by Victor J. Banis. This was my TBR Challenge read for the month and it was really good. Gay cop gets partnered with a straight cop to investigate a series of murders and it looks like a drag queen’s the murderer. Stanley and Tom investigate the murders and kind of end up investigating each other. You can read my review here. 4.25 out of 5

I liked Deadly Nightshade so much that I immediately started on Deadly Wrong by Victor J. Banis right after. This had Stanley headed from San Francisco to Bear Mountain in Southern California to do a childhood friend a favor. Stanley’s supposed to see if he can figure out any info about a supposed manslaughter case. Unfortunately Stanley apparently asking the wrong questions and gets himself into trouble. Tom finds out about Stanley heading south and isn’t thrilled at all – to say the least. This was another great story. I love how Banis seamlessly weaves the relationship portion of the book with the mystery so that it’s all just one great story rather than 2 portions of the same book. I can’t wait to read book 3! 4 out of 5

My next read was North of Heartbreak by Julie Rowe. This story took me to Alaska where Willa has been living and running a clinic. She meets the new pilot Liam who takes her to other villages and to the hospital when needed to deliver a patient. Liam is attracted to Willa right off but she’s leery of men as she was horrible abused by her previous husband. You can read my full review here. 3.5 out of 5

Next was Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant. This story was about a multi-billionaire who wants a man he’s met to play his submissive for 6 months in exchange for 3 million dollars. You can read my full review here. 3.75 out of 5

Priceless by Cat Grant was next up. This story was about a professor who gets sent a rentboy for his birthday by one of his friends – only the professor has no idea that the guys a rentboy and starts having feelings for him. I’ll be reviewing this one this week so keep your eyes open.

Natural Evil by Thea Harrison is a novella in the Elder Races series. This story was about human Claudia Hunter who is driving through Nevada and sees a large dog by the side of the road. She decides to stop and help the animal but starts to think that he may not be a regular dog. He isn’t, he’s a Wyr shifter by the name of Luis who definitely would have died if left on the side of the road. The story follows Luis’s recovery – the reason for his almost demise as well as Claudia and Luis getting together. I really liked the story even though it was to terribly deep. I didn’t care for the fact that it cut off without a HEA but it did give us a Happy For Now ending. 4 out of 5 (Is it just me or does the guy on the cover look like Antonio Banderas?)

A Gentleman Says “I Do” by Amelia Grey was a book I read for The Book Binge. This is the story of Iverson Brentwood who is pissed off because a man wrote a parody about him and his twin brother that basically made his deceased mother look like a loose woman. He goes to the man’s house to knock some teeth and instead of the man finds the man’s daughter Catalina. Iverson and Catalina are instantly attracted to each other and have some great conversations.. But Catalina is keeping secrets from Iverson and isn’t quite sure he’d like her too much if she told him what they were. This was a cute story. It started out slow and got a bit too dramatic at the end but I very much enjoyed the middle. The intelligent yet witty banter between the h/h was pretty darned good. 3.5 out of 5

Under the Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands – another book read for The Book Binge – is book #16 in the Argeneau series. This was about Christian Notte, Marguerite’s son, who heads to the Caribbean on his mother’s request. There he meets his life mate, Carolyn, but she is not going to get close to Christian because she’s 42 and she believes Christian to be around 25 (he’s actually about 500). Christian’s cousin comes up with a plan where she tells Carolyn that Christian is gay and needs a Beard – that way Carolyn can hang with Christian and get to know him without feeling guilty. I like this series - it’s just fluff and humor and just hits that spot for me every time. 3.75 out of 5

Last for the week was a short called Realize by Kerry Freeman. This was about a senior in college who “takes care” of his roommate who is 3 years younger. He has feelings for his roommate though he’s never acted on them. This story has to two getting together. It was a good story but too short! lol I would have loved this to be longer but oh well. :) 3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

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Review: Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

The blurb pretty much gives you a background on the story so I’ll start with Jonathan offering the contract to Brandon.

Jonathan wants Brandon as his submissive for six months. At the end of the six months Jonathan will give Brandon the three million dollars he needs to buy the construction company that he works for. Jonathan really likes Brandon’s ideas about building and very much wants to help him out - while getting what he wants as well. Brandon has to think about it for a while – especially after Jonathan shows him his dungeon – but agrees. Jonathan asks Brandon if there are stipulations he needs to make in the contract before they begin. This is where I had my first issue with the story. Jonathan basically has told Brandon nothing about what being a submissive is all about. Though Brandon is consenting to it with the one stipulation that there be no blood involved – he truly has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Yes, he consents but in BDSM if it’s a completely uninformed consent is it truly consent? I’m nowhere near an expert on BDSM but it seems like Jonathan should have told Brandon what he would expect from him - even if he didn't go into complete detail he should have been given some clues. Would Brandon have consented then? I have no idea. In my mind BDSM is for both participants enjoyment and in this case Jonathan crossed a line as Brandon enjoyed very little of what he got.

Jonathan shames and humiliates Brandon and borders on torture to get him to be submissive. What started as a possible relationship between the two men really turned into a master/slave relationship immediately and at some points it was incredibly hard to read. This is a very graphic book with beatings, cage imprisonment, taser shocking and much, much more. When Brandon finally gives in to Jonathan on a certain level (and strictly for on the surface – not truly in his mind) Brandon is rewarded with Jonathan’s attention and caring. I think Brandon was so exhausted from the treatment he had been getting that any show of affection was something he wanted to soak up.

After 3 weeks Jonathan finally realizes that the situation with Brandon isn’t going to work. Since Brandon refuses to leave – he needs that 3 mil – Jonathan does everything in his power to force Brandon’s hand so to speak. The BDSM play got more forceful, ugly and angry. Though I was near the end of the book and definitely wanted to see how it ended I almost stopped reading for good. Jonathan had the power to break the contract – in my eyes he should have just told Brandon flat out that he was done and left it at that. I know he wanted it to be Brandon’s choice but the way he went about it was all wrong.

In the end the two actually talk and work some issues out and decide to move on. Unfortunately this is where the book ends and we’re left not knowing how matters are handled from that point. Jonathan does admit that he handled the situation all wrong but can an old sadist learn new tricks? IDK. Though I want to see how their relationship goes I don’t know that I can read the next book when it comes out. The BDSM was a little too hard core for me in this one and it took me several weeks of putting this book down and taking a break in between readings for me to get through it.

Despite my misgivings about Brandon’s consent and subsequent BDSM scenes the story between the two men was strangely compelling. The book wasn’t what I expected at all from reading the blurb but it was well written and that was a big plus for the book. The romantic in me wanted more of an interpersonal relationship between the two men and less BDSM but, there it is.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Saturday Song

I have a sister that's 5 years older than I am and when I was growing up she was a complete and total Chicago fan.  When she had kids they became fans as well.  I even remember when my niece when she was only 1 (she'l  be 28 on Sunday - yikes) and she would listen to Chicago and just bounce up and down on her chubby little legs. lol  So cute!  I have to say that the Chicago concert I went to (a long time ago) was one of the best I'd ever been to.  Anyway - I've been listening to this band a lot this week and just thought I'd share.  Here's Feeling Stronger Every Day and...a couple of others. :) Enjoy!

25 or 6 to 4

Baby What A Big Surprise

Review: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified -- but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can't bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she's losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?

After Hannah’s husband died she had no family or means of support. Her late husband’s aunt agreed to take her in as an unpaid companion. While the aunt is napping one afternoon Hannah witnesses something very strange. She watches as her cousin by marriage has sex with one of the house maids. She knows she should alert them to her presence but she’s taken with the fact that the maid is giving Leo a blow job and actually seems to be enjoying it! Shocking!

When the couple is finished Leo calls Hannah down to see him. He was aware of her presence but when she made no sound and seemed so interested in the coupling he kept quiet. Leo and Hannah have a pretty frank discussion about what Hannah knows of sex and Leo is nearly horrified that Hannah’s mother and late husband made her believe that women should not enjoy sex – they should just endure. Leo offers to show Hannah the many different ways a woman can enjoy the different things that men and women can do together and both enjoy it. Hannah agrees and the lessons commence. The weeks fly by and the “lessons” continue but Hannah fears that she has lost her heart to Leo while his mother makes plans to wed him off to an Earl’s daughter.

I have to say that I’m always a sucker when it comes to books that have “lessons in love” tropes. I think because the ones I’ve mostly read have been somewhat secretive, illicit meetings that they have a sense of excitement to them that attracts me. This story was no different and I very much enjoyed it.

The story is told in the first person so we only get to see things from Hannah’s point of view. As much as I liked that I did miss seeing what Leo was thinking at the time. In this case I believe it was a good ploy by the author as we were left in the dark as to what Leo’s thoughts would be when their affair came to light. Although I’m not normally a fan of first person pov the writing was engaging enough that I didn’t notice it all that much – which was a very good thing!

Though we didn’t read too much about the romance portion of the book we did get to see enough of Hannah and Leo together to put it all together. Yes, their relationship was based, at first, on sex but the story told me enough about the couple that when the “I Love You’s” were spoken I definitely believed they were true. This was a lovely erotic novella and I very much enjoyed reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: North of Heartbreak by Julie Rowe

Since her divorce, Willa Hayes has thrown herself into her work as a nurse practitioner in the remote town of Stony Creek, Alaska. She's regained her self-confidence and her heart is almost healed. Then her newfound peace is shaken by the arrival of sexy flyboy Liam Reynolds. Willa can't deny she's instantly, intensely attracted to him—even if she's convinced he's yet another Mr. Wrong.

Liam has his own reasons for fleeing to the isolation of the north, and a relationship is the last thing he wants. He wasn't counting on being drawn to the pretty nurse who accompanies patients on his flights to southern hospitals.

Fortunately, the temptation—and the desire to avoid anything serious—is mutual. So the pair comes up with an arrangement: sensual, steamy, no-strings fun. But when things heat up on a cold Alaskan night, the rules of the game may change forever...

Willa is a nurse practitioner working in a small town in Alaska. She has lived and worked in the town since she escaped her abusive husband and has tried to heal the emotional wounds that he inflicted. Even after many years she’s not anxious to begin any sort of relationship with any man. Liam, who is a new pilot in the area, is more than interested in Willa. While Willa is scared of Liam at first – and more than leery of him the two become friends.

Liam proposes that he and Willa just have fun. Just kissing – no touching below the waist – or in the front. While Willa is still skittish she is so entranced by Liam’s kisses that she agrees. But Willa has more than a few issues to work out and Liam also has some healing to do after he was burned by a woman himself.

In this story Liam is the new kid on the block but he quickly insinuates himself into the townspeople’s hearts and is a constant fixture in Willa’s clinic. When Willa comes clean about what her ex-husband did to her Liam is angry but it makes him realize that he needs to walk softly around Willa. I loved that he got that. He may not have known exactly what he wanted when it came to a relationship (the fact that he thought he didn’t want one) but he was so kind and gentle with Willa when he needed to be – he was very attuned to her and her needs.

Willa had every right to be wary of Liam at first and I liked that the author didn’t have Willa jumping into a relationship with Liam on day one. Later in the story when there’s some angst between Willa and Liam I did think that Willa needed to trust in Liam and communicate to him her feelings about the angsty subject (trying to avoid spoilers here!) without coming to the conclusion that the best way to deal with things was to push Liam away. I didn’t like the defeatist attitude she got and it really bothered me after the two had been so honest with each other.

Another part of the story – but something that played a very small part was Liam’s relationship with his father. I almost thought that it could have been left out and the story would have gone along just fine. Liam had mentioned family troubles but we never truly delved into what those troubles were – we just got a taste of it. It was more of a telling of a contentious relationship but not showing us why.

In the end I really liked the book. Liam was definitely my favorite character even though I never got all of his background. It was a fun book even though it had some angst – just my kind of read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

TBR Challenge Review: Deadly Nightshade by Victor J. Banis

This month's TBR Challenge was to read a book that was in your TBR by an author you hadn't read before. I wanted to review an m/m book this month and there were only about 5 m/m authors in my cache that I hadn't read before. What does that say about me? That when I get a book by a new author I read it right away or that I just don't try new authors all that often? I have no idea! Lol This book was one I got for free from a site about 2 years ago (and no, can't remember the site) and it's been languishing on the old stick drive ever since. Of course now that I've read it I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I guess I should look on the bright sided – there are plenty of books in this series so I'll get lots of Stanley and Tom! Yay!

Straight cop, gay cop, and a woman who "isn't real." Tom and Stanley are on the trail of a drag queen serial killer, and along the way, they find themselves engaged in a more intimate pursuit, trying to resolve another mystery: their unexpected attraction to one another.

Stanley Korski has been a cop for a week when he's assigned to be a lead detective on a homicide. He knows he'll rock the case but his new partner, Tom Danzel, isn't so sure. You see Stanley is gay and Tom isn't too thrilled to be partnered with a big ole queen. Stanley of course, being the great guy he is stands up to Tom and they manage to rub along just fine.

The victim has been killed by what the witnesses are calling a drag queen. Tom and Stanley decide to check out the drag clubs to see if they can find their suspect. Tom isn't entirely comfortable with the men who dress up like women but he finds after a while that it's not as horrible as he thinks.

When Tom gets a roofie and almost becomes a victim himself Stanley takes him to his house to take care of him. One thing leads to another and soon Stanley's more than happily blowing Tom's mind – if you get my meaning. Tom's not sure what to make of it all in the morning but that doesn't stop the two from doing it again, and again, and again. But it's all for Tom's pleasure – which makes Stanley happy. Of course Stanley's not necessarily thinking with his big head – more like the little one.

The detective team find that they work well together and Tom's phobia's start to wane along the way. They figure out who the culprit is but what will happen between the two of them when the case gets closed?

Let me start by saying – oh how I loved Stanley. Seriously, that guy was all kinds of fun and funny. He made me laugh one minute and then had my heart breaking for him the next as he was just in a quandry. Tom was a great character as well. He was just so macho but he obviously had an open mind – he just didn't want anyone but Stanley to know about it.

The mystery in the story was well done. The different avenues that the author took to figure it all out made such sense in my mind and I loved that I didn't have to go over it multiple times in my head to figure out what the hell they were talking about. Lol It was not simply solved but definitely logically.

I loved that this book had the relationship with Stanley and Tom as the real focal point of the book even though they were solving the mystery at the same time. The two parts worked so well together and the author did a great job of weaving them together. Yes, my romantic heart wanted the ultimate HEA but I knew from almost the first chapter that that wouldn't happen. Tom was just too confused. *sigh*

I will definitely be reading more in this series as I can't wait to see what happens next in the Tom and Stanley saga. Great book – I definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Victor J. Banis

What I Read Last Week

Nothing to report this week. Just a pretty quiet week and I LOVE that. I do have to register my oldest daughter for HIGH SCHOOL this week. That’s kind of freaking me out, I must admit. When did that happen? How could she have gotten older and I stayed the same age? How? How? How? lol

I read a lot this past week so let’s get to it:

First up was Taming An Impossible Rogue by Suzanne Enoch. This was the story of Camille Pryce – an Ear’s daughter - who ran out on her own wedding a year ago and was then disowned and shunned by her family and friends. She actually became a maid in her aunts home until she found out about the Tantalus Club and the fact that it was hiring women. She got the job and is now hostess in one of their dining rooms. The man she was to marry is still technically engaged to her but he has been banned from the Club and since Camille never leaves it makes it difficult to talk to her. Lord Fenton employs his scandalous cousin, Keating Blackwood, to get into the club and makes a deal to pay him 10,000 pounds when he gets Camille to the altar to marry Fenton. But Camille and Keating fall in love and where does that leave them and Fenton. I really liked this book. I’m becoming a fan of Enoch’s and really like what she does with a romance. 4.25 out of 5

Wolf Tracks by Vivian Arend is the story of Pam who comes to the Granite Lake pack to be the maid of honor at her best friends’ wedding. Pam has no idea that she is among wolf shifters. TJ – the best man – discovers that Pam, who is VERY human, is his mate. After the wedding Pam goes on a hiking excursion and TJ basically kidnaps her. She discovers his wolf secret and TJ spends the week they are together trying to make Pam believe that they are meant to be together. This was another great addition to the Granite Lake Wolves series. I loved TJ and his tenaciousness and I loved that Pam didn’t just accept TJ without some damned good proof. A fun read. 4 out of 5

Sierra Falls by Veronica Wolff is a book that I read for The Book Binge. This is the first in a series about the citizen’s of Sierra Falls, California. In this story we have the daughter to the tavern/lodge owner and the new sheriff in town. Sorrow is trying to help her parents when a whole lot of things are going wrong at the tavern, along with dealing with her current boyfriend, and Billy thinks that the “accidents” at the tavern aren’t accidents at all. Along with that Billy is trying to get over the death of his wife and move on. While this was a good book there was really just too much going on for me. There were many side stories branching off from Sorrow and Billy’s relationship as well as other relationships between Sorrow and her family and some townspeople. Cute, but not wonderful. 3.25 out of 5

Pretty Monsters by Andrea Speed was next. This is a free short and the first story in the Josh of the Damned series. It’s about Josh who works the night shift at the Quik Mart and there’s a hell portal right out back. Josh’s customers range from vampires to zombies and there’s never a dull moment. In this story he meets the hottie, Colin the vampire, and becomes quite friendly with him. This was a fun story and a good introduction to Josh and his world. 3 out of 5

Peek-A-Boo by Andrea Speed is the second free short story in the Josh of the Damned series. This one involved a Yeti who is visiting Josh and slapping dead animals on his counter. Colin comes in and lets him know that the Yeti might have more on his mind with Josh than he originally thought. Again, fun story and funny! I definitely was laughing out loud more than once during this one. Don’t let the monsterish covers freak you out. These are definitely comedic reads. 3.5 out of 5

The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare is book 5 in the Westfield Wolves series. This story was about Weston Hadly, a nothing and nobody in the ton, who is caught by Lady Madeline, a Duke’s daughter who has a huge dowry, changing into his wolf form. He manages to corral her and then they’re off to Gretna Green to get married as a mate won’t tell the shifter’s secret. They are soon chased by Madeline’s father but during the trip Madeline manages to fall in love with Weston. I read this one for the Book Binge – you can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5

Josh of the Damned Triple Feature by Andrea Speed was next. This contains 3 short stories that are just great. This one contains a huge man eating mustache, a hentai monster and then Josh has to visit Colin’s boss who is the monster that all monsters are afraid of. Wow. It was really good and I can’t wait to read what happens next. You can read my review here. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie. This is the conclusion to the Devil Riders series. I didn’t read all the books in the series but I really didn’t need to as this one is good all on it’s own. The story is about Luke who was in Spain during the war and came across a young girl being beaten and raped. He saves her and in order to save her from having to marry her nasty cousin Luke marries the 13 year old – with the thought that the marriage can later be annulled. He drops her off to her aunt in a convent and goes about his life. Eight years later he finds out that the marriage can’t be annulled. He heads to Spain to collect his bride but she is nothing that he expected – she’s better. Bella takes him on a merry ride through Spain and they actually get to know each other. Bella falls completely in love and Luke does as well – while ridding himself of the nightmares that have plagued him since the war. This was a good story. I really liked both Luke and Bella and the whole premise of the story. I thought Spain was a great location for the book. Some parts didn’t work for me as well as others but overall I liked it. 3.5 out of 5

Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy was my next read. This is the story of an assassin, Abby, whose cover has been blown. Her boss asks a mercenary group to go in and get her. Her choice to drop her cover was to try to get closer to the young girls that were being kidnapped and held for auction. When she’s rescued she convinces the mercs to go in and save the girls. The story focuses on the mercs getting ready for the mission but also the budding relationship between Abby and one of the mercs, Kane. The story premise was good but a lot of the book didn’t work all that well for me for different reasons. I read this one for The Book Binge so I’ll let you know when my review posts. 3 out of 5

Next was another book for The Book Binge (yes, I’m trying to catch myself up!) called All For You by Lynn Kurland. This was the story of Peaches Alexander who wants the whole fairy tale relationship thing. Nothing else is going right in her life so when she’s invited to a ball at a Duke’s house she’s sure that he’s interested. Also at the ball is Stephen de Piaget who is thoroughly in love with Peaches but gets tongue tied and blows it every time he’s near her. Peaches doesn’t care for Stephen at all but when she walks through a time gate and ends up in medieval England Stephen’s the one that can save her. This was a very sweet and good story. Stephen is lovely and he’s so good to Peaches. (I honestly had a problem with her name though – I know it was her hippi parents but yuck. lol) I liked the story, the romance, the time travel and almost everything else. It just worked. 3.75 out of 5

Wanting by Piper Vaughn is a short free read and one I read about at Tam’s…then realized that I already own it and must have had it for a while – oops. lol Anyway, the story is about 18 year old Jonah who’s got it bad for his older brother’s best friend, Laurie. Jonah asks Laurie to take his virginity. He does and the pair end up in a relationship. It I really liked all the characters in this one. I would have loved this as a full sized book but it really worked as a short and was great. 4 out of 5 Written for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's "Hot Summer Days" anthology.

Last for the week was Joy & Pain by Celia Kyle. This was another free short that had an ex ballet dancer working at a strip joint. Tevin has a certain “kink” that hasn’t been fulfilled in a while. His boss introduces him to one of his friends, Zeke, who is more than willing to fill the kink for Tevin. This was good but pretty short. I really couldn’t connect with the characters as it was told from Tevin’s pov but it was definitely on the spicy side. 3 out of 5
Free novelette written for the Goodreads M/M Romance group's "Hot Summer Days" event.

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

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Saturday Sunday Song

If I could get my dates straight when I schedule stuff it would be most helpful!  So you're getting this on Sunday instead of Saturday - sorry!

I've really been enjoying Trapt lately - they've got the rock yet melodic thing down, I think.  Here's Headstrong for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy!

Review: Josh of the Damned Triple Feature by Andrea Speed

What most people call a hellish shift, Josh Caplan calls a normal evening. After all, he works nights at a convenience store beside the mouth of hell, selling snacks to zombies and lizard men.

Some monsters are odder—and more dangerous—than most. Like the rampaging, oversized mustache who skips the Pringles and eats the customers instead. Or Cthulhu’s half-brother Stan, who doesn't know how to take no for an answer . . . or where to put all those tentacles.

But killer facial hair and inept hentai beasts pale in comparison to the monster even other monsters fear. When hell’s big boss demands a sit-down with Josh, she reveals a destiny bigger than he’d ever imagined—or wanted. You'd think preventing the apocalypse would net Josh more than minimum wage and a hot vampire boyfriend, but it turns out saving the world can be a pretty thankless job.

In book 1 of the Josh of the Damned series, Pretty Monsters, we meet Josh Caplan. He works the night shift at the Quik Mart and since there’s a portal to hell right behind the Mart he gets a ton of strange customers. One of those customers is Colin – a vampire – and they become an item.

Night of the Mustache

As our Triple Feature begins Josh and Colin are on the roof of the Quik Mart having a little tete a tete and Josh is getting bitten for the first time. It renders him a bit bleary eyed, weak knee’d and his memory’s got a bit of a hole in it. On the whole though Josh pretty much thinks that being bit by Colin is the best thing since sliced bread. Josh is almost back to normal when they hear a strange noise. As they watch a huge…mustache…comes out of the sky and lands in the parking lot of the Quik Mart. It a bit freaky and even Colin has never seen anything like it. When it starts eating the bikers in the lot and then gets Colin, Josh is more than anxious to figure out how to get rid of the oversized facial hair.

This was definitely my favorite of the three stories. It was so bizarre and unreal that it made me laugh and of course Josh’s thoughts had me cracking up. Here’s an example:

Man! When he’d taken this job, he thought he’d most likely die at the hands of a robber. If he had known “ingested by ’stache” was a possibility, he’d have never signed on. Not without a raise and the promise of an on-site electric razor.

Needless to say it all ends well and Josh still continues to work at the Quik Mart – despite its strange occurrences.

I Was Cthulhu’s Love Slave

It’s Christmas night and Josh is at the Mart again. Yes, his boss told him that he could take the night off but with no family around and his roommate gone he figured why not go to work and be entertained by the monsters – and get time and a half.

His most interesting and annoying customer of the night comes in wearing a large black hat and trench coat. When he finally gets a good look at the guy he finds himself faced with green skin and many, many, many tentacles. The guy claim’s he’s Cthulhu and then starts to make his move on Josh. Luckily Colin walks in to try and save the day and then an even better helper arrives in the form of the Yeti that has been courting Josh (see book 2). Together the Yeti (that Josh has named Professor Bobo) and Colin take care of the hentai monster and save the day.

This was a pretty funny story. Stan Cthulhu was a complete overachiever and I loved that Colin and Bobo took care of him quickly. Josh has such a quick wit and comes up with fabulous quips on a regular basis.

Interview with the Empire

The night after Christmas Colin comes to see Josh. One of the things that’s been bothering Josh is that he can not only see these monsters but he remembers them as well. Most other humans see them but then quickly forget them and move on. When Colin says that his boss wants to see Josh he is none too thrilled but hopes that maybe he can figure out who and what he is. Josh heads off to Dev (what Josh thinks of as hell) to meet the big boss who was described to him as the monster that other monsters are afraid of. Yeah, no fear there, right? When Josh meets the boss she figures out what he is and sends him on a mission. Now we don’t actually get to see a conclusion to the mission but it’s a doozie and should keep Josh busy for a while. Josh also finds out some disturbing info about Colin that pisses Josh right off and they’ll have a time getting it back together.

The final story in the triple feature was a good one. We got to see where Colin came from and learn some interesting tidbits from his boss. I think what I liked about this story so much is though it’s “a day in the life” type story which is what we’ve got of Josh so far, it also gave Josh a mission that will continue, I assume, into the next book. The mission is definitely life or death so it will be interesting to see how Josh handles it all – as well as Colin.

Overall the triple feature was great and definitely a great continuation of Josh’s trials and tribulations at the Quik Mart. I would definitely recommend reading books 1 and 2 (which are 15 and 12 pages respectively) and can be read for free right now at Goodreads – go here and here. While definitely not romances all of the books there was enough of a relationship between Josh and Colin to soothe my romantic heart. Get ready to laugh – cuz they’re pretty darned funny.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Review: Catch Me A Cowboy by Katie Lane

Shirlene Dalton has it all: a dream marriage to a man who spoils her rotten and the most outrageous mansion Bramble, Texas, has ever seen. But when her husband unexpectedly dies, Shirlene finds herself right back where she started-in a rundown trailer on the wrong side of the tracks. Never the type to let a little bad luck and a whole heap of heartache get her down, Shirlene is ready to prove to the local gossips she can make it on her own... until she ends up living next door to the most tempting cowboy in town. 

Billy Wilkes has a score to settle and a plan to wipe Bramble right off the map. But when his sexy, redheaded neighbor figures out what he's up to, his good ol' boy charm won't be enough to save him. With the town on his tail, Billy will have to come clean quick -- or kiss Shirlene goodbye.

Shirlene has been evicted from her mansion. She just is horrible with money and instead of getting help after her husband died of a heart attack she just shopped til she dropped. A lot of good it did her now that the bank has taken everything. She heads off to the trailer that she grew up in but discovers a family of runaways living there. She's always wanted kids but truly she doesn't have a clue what to do with them.

Enter Billy Wilkes. Billy kind of lives in the trailer next door. He basically uses it when he comes to town for hunting and fishing but that's not all he does in Bramble. He tries to help Shirlene but he doesn't want to get too close to the woman that he believes is a conniving gold digger.

As the story goes on Shirlene tries to find a way to feed herself as well as the four urchins she's taken under her wing and tries to get her house back. But in the process of all of that happening she really takes a hard look at who she is and what she wants out of life.

Billy sees a different side of Shirlene than he even thought existed and it really turns his world upside down. She's not the person he thought she was and he kind of likes the town of Bramble. His revenge plans might have to take a back burner but his brothers aren't too thrilled with his change of heart.

This story continues about 9 months after the last book left off. Shirlene was depressed over her husband's death and since she's never had to deal with money besides spending it she just ignored the very real evidence that things weren't peach keen. When she's put out on the street with just the clothes on her back she's just sure that she can make everything right with her charm but that doesn't get her very far. I can't say I loved that fact that she was trying to use what is described as her rockin body to try and get men to do what she wanted but in her defense it had always worked before – why wouldn't it work when she's in desperate need? The last person she actually wants to work her magic on is Billy Wilkes and he's the one that can't stop thinking about her.

Billy is portrayed, at first, as a dumb hillbilly. He's actually a wealthy man and wants revenge on Bramble for something that happened to his great-great-grandfather. But history isn't always completely accurate and what he thinks happened may not have happened the way he thought. Besides getting a different view of Bramble he really gets an inner look at Shirlene. She's got nothing but she's doing her all to keep the kids that took over her trailer in food and clothing. I liked that Billy got to see her for who she was – or at least could be – down deep.

The book had some slow parts but also had some great humor and hot sex scenes as well. Billy and Shirlene were great together and that made the story fly by most of the time. There were a few parts of the story that to me, were a bit ridiculous and unrealistic but overall it was pretty darned good.

Rating: 3.75/4.0 out of 5
(yeah, I couldn't make up my mind about the rating so it kind of fell in the middle)

Katie Lane

Review: College Boys by Daisy Harris

When soccer star Chris Fischer moves next door to an openly gay classmate, he doesn't realize the wall between their rooms will be so thin he'll hear his neighbor's every move. But soon he and Peter become friends, and Chris is intrigued—imagining what happens on the other side of the wall.

Active on the Queer Student Council, Peter Cohen wishes he wasn't so damn hot for his straight neighbor. He can't tell if Chris is flirting or in denial or what, but Chris's innocent overtures lure Peter into flirtation that throws his world into chaos. Peter doesn't want to date a closet case, but he desperately, passionately wants Chris.

Soon Chris must choose whether to run away from his new feelings or embrace a relationship with the guy he loves. And Peter must decide if he can give his heart to a guy who hasn't yet figured it all out.

Chris's mother died and as much as he likes his friends he needs to just be alone. He moves into a single room that's the size of a closet and then finds out that it used to be a double room that just had a wall erected in the middle of it. They didn't spend a whole lot of money when they did this and subsequently the wall is paper thin and you can hear everything from the room next door. The guy who now lives next to Chris is Peter – an gay guy that Chris had met at orientation. They had “roomed” together during that orientation (which was in a tent) and the two had migrated together while sleeping. Chris was embarrassed but Peter got a crush that just wouldn't quit.

Peter is thrilled that Chris has moved next door except that since his crush is closer than he ever hoped he can't seem to get any sleep because of his constant hard on.

Because of the thin walls Chris and Peter start talking and become friends. But Chris finds himself liking Peter way more than he thought he would and when push comes to shove Chris discovers that maybe he's not as straight as he thought he was.

I just love stories that are either gay for you or guys discovering for the first time that they ARE gay. There's something about the discovery of their feelings that just gets me almost every time and this was one of those stories.

Chris and Peter have their friendship first and I really loved that about the story. They were comfortable with each other and it wasn't just about sex. Chris dealt with his budding feelings quite well. At first I thought that he was going to have more issue with it all and he did have a bit of a freak out but really he was open about it all and it really worked for the book.

The story is sweet and funny and definitely sexy and one I would more than recommend. I can't wait to read more about the Men of Holsum College.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Daisy Harris

What I Read Last Week


How are you all? I certainly hope you had a great week last week. Mine was damned busy but then I got 4 days off so I've had time to recover. I took today off as I knew I'd be busy with family yesterday for Easter. The girls had a great time at church yesterday and hunting for eggs after. They never get too old for that, do they? Lol

Oh - and fyi - my non mechanical hubby made me proud, hooked up the water in the fridge and now I have water and ice - yay!!!  

Not much else to say so I'll get right to what I read...

I started off the week with a book that I read for The Book Binge called Romancing Olive by Holly Bush. This is a western historical which normally isn't one of my go-to locations/times but the blurb sounded intriguing enough that I decided to go for it. I was glad I did. Puckered up 35 year old spinster Olive heads from Philadelphia to Ohio to get her niece and nephew after her brother and his wife are killed. What she finds when she gets there is pretty shocking and the kids have no desire whatsoever to go with Olive...ever. The kids were taken in by a neighbor, Jacob (age 25) and his three kids. Jacob offers a place for Olive to stay while she gets to know the kids until they are comfortable with her enough to head back to her home. They story follows Olive's discovery of life and love and it's a pretty darned good book. You can read more review here. 3.75 out of 5

Next up was Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann. The first in the Fighting Destiny series. It takes place in the not too distant future but the world has changed dramatically. You can read my review here. 3.75 out of 5

Next up was The Duke's Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley. Another one I read for The Book Binge and it was wonderful. This is Hart's story and reunites him with his first love, Eleanor, who is a calming force in Hart's uber-controlled world. It was a great love story and really showed a great side of Hart that we hadn't seen before. Good stuff. 4.75 out of 5

Having Faith by Nancy O'Berry is the first novella in the Sweetbrier series and was my Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week. The series is about a place that is basically a high class brothel but the girls are educated and looking for protectors – the 3 books cover the “best” 3 girls. This story was about Faith and how she is up for grabs in a poker game – for the night with the option to continue the relationship long term. She really is hoping that one man will win her as she really likes him. The book, to me, was completely unrealistic. The way the story is set up really made me feel that Faith was completely snobby except when she was with Thaddeus, the man she hopes will win her. I know it's a high class place but I felt like I was in the middle of a girls finishing school than a brothel. While the second half of the book was better it still was just an ok read for me. 2 out of 5

College Boys by Daisy Harris was my next read. This is set at Holsum College and has Chris finding out a huge fact about himself that he's never known before – he's gay. I'll post my review this week.

Whitetail Rock by Anne Tenino is a free read on Goodreads and was great. The story is about a guy going home from graduate school for his break and meeting a butch cop. Despite the fact that Nik tries to get under Jurgen's skin, Jurgen doesn't give up pursuing Nik. It was a great story and definitely worth the read. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was Catch Me A Cowboy by Katie Lane. This is book 3 in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series. I did read book 2 but was a little lost because I hadn't read book 1. This was better as I knew background and pretty much knew most of the characters going in. I'll post my review later this week.

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Romancing Olive by Holly Bush

Happy Reading!