What I Read Last Week

Another interesting week in Tracyland. There’s just never a dull moment! Among the many other things that happened: my daughter went on her first date. OMG talk about nerve-racking – she’ll be 16 in a couple of months but…still! The boy (her boyfriend) is very nice though so I wasn’t too worried and it was just dinner and a movie. I dropped them off and the boy’s parents picked them up – she was home by 10. Why do I feel so old? lol Here they are before the date. My girl had her eyes closed but the other one I took while they were in the back seat of the car looks pretty funny – he looked like a deer caught in headlights and she looked like her head was about 5 times too big for her body. lol 

I've still got a couple of giveaways going at the moment - click on the links to go to post to enter:
A print copy of Steam Bath: Sweaty Gay Erotica edited by Shane Allison
My 5 Star Read (so far) Giveaway
A print copy of The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery by James Lear (US Only) 
Congrats to Rowena who won Protector by Joanne Wadsworth!

Anyway, on to what I read:

I started off with the upcoming book Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey. This is a short story/novella that tells the tale of a man and his assistant that are stuck in a hotel in a blizzard unexpectedly. Each has been attracted to the other for a while but both have kept it on a professional level…until now. The story is about their weekend together and the things that happen once they get back to work and their everyday lives. It was a good one and I really enjoyed it. 4 out of 5

The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery by James Lear was a different kind of read for me. There was very little romance so that’s a big change but also the man character, Dan, was very promiscuous and for some reason it just worked for me – which it normally doesn’t at all. Because of this I really didn’t think that any kind of relationship that happened in the book would work but I still enjoyed it all immensely. You can read my full review here. 4.25/4.5 out of 5

Grabbed by Vicious by Lolita Lopez was a sci-fi romance. Due to an agreement between worlds men of one planet can come enter a Grab. Girls are chosen (I was a little unclear about how – lottery?) and then they are corralled and let loose to run, or not, away from the men. If they are Grabbed then that means that they are now married. Primitive but it works in this story. One girl is Grabbed when she doesn’t want to be but soon succumbs to Vicious’ attentions in bed and they soon fall in love. There are a few other things that happen but it was a decent, entertaining read. 3 out of 5

The Captain’s Promise by Susanne Matthews is the story of a girl of royal blood who is in love with guy when she is just 16. He goes off to be a soldier but he makes a promise to her father to always look after her. When he returns 10 years later and finds her in a big predicament he goes about trying to help her. It was a good story that had it’s issues. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre was my next read. I was sadly disappointed by this book. I mean, I liked Andre’s writing as in previous books and I liked the premise but when all the sex was taken out there just wasn’t a whole lot of story left over. What was there was good. I’ll post my review for this next week. 3 out of 5

Last for the week was a novella called Single Wolf Female by Jessica Sims. Alice was co-Alpha with her brother Chase but he died. She has to get a new alpha but she’s out of family members. This means she must mate the new alpha. Unfortunately a guy named Roscoe who is mean and nasty wants the position. Alice heads to a shifter dating agency and ends up finding Jackson who is an alpha who runs his pack of two. He takes the position but getting to know a stranger that’s going to be your mate plus dealing with a pissed off Roscoe makes for some strange days. The story was a good one. I really liked all the characters in the book and I very much appreciated that Sims didn’t have the h/h falling in love in a day. When the book ended you could see that it would happen but there were no I Love You’s spouted and that was awesome. :) I definitely need to read more in this series. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick

Happy Reading!


Lori said...

Yikes on the dating thing. I alternate between being excited for my kids (such an exciting time in their lives), and being terrified of unintended consequences (ahem).

I can't believe how grown up she is.

Tam said...

Awww. Getting grown up. I have to say I missed that whole dating thing. Actually none of Kristen's friends had boyfriends through high school. Now she's old enough I'll probably just see the aftermath (and gave "the talk" before I left Vancouver - no unintended consequences needed LOL).

Mind you, she only wants to date a guy with some money, so I'm not sure university is the place to find him. :-) Priorities.

Tracy said...

Lori - I know, right? Her guy is really nice and the first boy who's actually wanted to take her on a date. She was so nervous. :)
Yes, unintended consequences scare the crap outta me but I'm trying to breathe deeply. lol

Tam - Isn't she? I kinda wish I'd missed the whole boy thing but since she's been nutty over boys since she was 6 I didn't think that was gonna happen. :)
Money? Yeah, not at university, that's for sure.

orannia said...

I hope your daughter had a good time?

And some interesting books. I just finished Kaje Harper's Learning Curve and I'm almost through Michelle Sagara's Cast in Peril. (Very different books :) Then I think I'll read a PJ Tracey book...obviously I'm in a Minnesota frame of mind :)

Chris said...

That's a pretty big event! :)

Hilcia said...

OMG! Is that your daughter on her first date already?! She's so cute, Tracy. But, but, but... already?

From your reads last week, I'm getting Snowbound with the CEO, and I just entered the giveaway for the James Lear book. :) I didn't know he had new work out. He writes some hot erotica, but this one looks different.

nath said...

Wow, the kids are growing so fast! First date?! Already? :P Hope she had a good time :) LOL, you can always comfort yourself with your second, Tracy :P

As always, you had a good reading week! Lucky!

Tracy said...

Orannia - They had a great time.
I'll have to look up that Kaje Harper.

Chris - Yes it was! :)

Hilcia - I know, she's grown up too fast for my liking. :)
I didn't read The Back Passage so I can't compare the two but this was a good one.

Nath - The kids are growing by leaps and bounds and hitting some milestones I'm not quite ready for, that's for sure. :)
The second child is so VERY different from the first it's like night and day. I sometimes wonder how they both came from the same two parents! lol