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What I Read Last Week

It was a pretty quiet week this week until we got to Saturday.  Apparently on Friday my father had taken my girls to a local drug store for some ice cream and while they were wandering while eating it they happened upon a pet supply.  In the pet supply they happened to have a 3 month old kitten that was a rescue that they were trying to find a home for.  After many hours of my girls bugging the ever-livin crap outta me...we are now officially cat people.  Yes, I caved - especially when I saw the kitten and saw how cute she is.  We brought her home on Saturday morning and so far so good.  The girls named her Echo and she's incredibly sweet and lovable...and litter box trained (that was a must before I even said yes. lol)  Here are a couple of pictures.  They don't really do her justice but they're what I've got.  I think she's camera shy because every time I try to take an up close picture she turns her head. :)

Besides that - a pretty quiet week. lol

On to what I read:

I started off the week with a romantic suspense novel called She Can Run by Melinda Leigh.  This story was about a woman who is running from her husband (for many reasons) and trying to protect her kids.  She takes a position as a caretaker at a home and falls in love with its owner.  You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Next was a novella called A Waltz at Midnight by Crista McHugh.  I normally don't read books so very far in advance (ok, sometimes I do) but this one just spoke to me when I got it from Netgalley.  It comes out at the end of February from Carina Press.  The story is about a man who starts writing a woman that his father wants him to marry.  The woman is in love with someone else so her maid writes the man intending to dissuade him from writing again. Not only doesn't she dissuade him but they end up corresponding.  The problem is, he thinks she's someone else.  It was a really good story.   I'll post my review next month. 4 out of 5

Buckle Down by Eve Cassidy was the story of Ty who has a police record who has moved to help his brother start the rodeo that he purchased.  He is attracted to Dane the sheriff but the sheriff thinks that Ty had something to do with a local robbery.  The story of the two men being attracted to each other when they were so opposite was compelling but the sheriff thinking that Ty had something to do with the robbery with absolutely NO supporting evidence really drove me a bit nuts.  Ty knew he was innocent so he took it with a grain of salt but STILL. Ug.  In the end it was a bit too pat for me as it all got worked out. 3 out of 5

Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn was my next read and I read this one for The Book Binge.  A great story that wove political intrigue (back in the 1600's) and romance really did it for me.  The heroine drove me crazy at first and I almost stopped reading but in the end the book ended up being really good.  The hero, Connor and heroine, Mairi had fallen in love and promised to each other but then Connor went off to fight for England.  Feeling betrayed Mairi started to hate Connor and though he wrote and begged her to come to him she refused.  Now she's in England for a coronation and they see each other after 7 years' separation.  Love blossoms once again (after a bit of viper biting on the heroine's part) and all seems well - until the King and Queen get involved. 4 out of 5 You can read my review here.

She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath was my next read.  This one I really liked - you can read my review on Wednesday.

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Enforcer by Lauren Dane.  I can't tell you how long I've had the Cascadia Wolves series and haven't read it.  Shame on me.  Lex is watching Nina in hopes that her brother, Rey, will surface.  Rey is a werewolf and ran when some bad shit went down.  Nina and Lex end up together but Nina has to deal with some weird werewolf rituals and she's not all that pleased with it.  I really liked Lex and his brother, the Alpha, Cade.  I liked the supporting characters the story.  I really had a problem with Nina's mouth.  Yes, she was incredibly strong and intelligent and she distrusted werewolves on principle...but, she was so forthright that there were times I just wanted to tape her mouth shut! lol  3 out of 5

Next up was Safe Harbor by Derek Adams. This story was about Mike Vickers who had his life planned out after high school when he gets sideswiped by the fact that his ex-girlfriend finds herself pregnant with his daughter.  During the summer he meets Eric who is an artist and though they come from different backgrounds they form a friendship.  That friendship turns into becoming lovers but when they are discovered by guys in Mike's high school he turns on Eric as well.  10 Years later Mike and Eric meet again and try to form a relationship.  I liked the premise of the story but I just didn't get to see the two men reconnecting as much as I would have liked.  Yes, we get to see some but not enough imho.  I loved the daughter in this one.  3 out of 5

How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes was next up and it was a historical romance about a woman who had her heart broken and bounced back.  I'll post my review for this later this week.

Last for the week was Reluctant by Lauren Dane.  This was a short about Lex and Cade's sister Layla.  She heads out for the night to have some fun and ends up with a mate that she doesn't want.  Not that she doesn't want Sid himself but she has a plan for herself professionally and it certainly doesn't include a mate.  The story of Layla coming to terms with having a mate was pretty good.  I will definitely keep reading the Cascadia wolves. 3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

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What I Read Last Week

Good morning!

Whatcha up to?  Anything fun happening in your life?  My life last week was pretty fun.  We had back to school night for my oldest so we got to meet all of her teachers and walk around the campus.  They all seem pretty nice so that's a bonus.

Then Friday night my youngest had another belt test.  She technically hadn't qualified since she took the entire month of July off (and you need a certain amount of class time to qualify) but for some reason they made an exception for her.  So instead of having 3 or 4 months to learn all she needed to know she had already learned it in 6 weeks!  Yikes.  That girl is determined to be a black belt.  Go baby! :)  This time she had to break a board with a punch instead of a kick. She passed and is now a blue belt. Here she is breaking the board:

Then on Sunday I drove out and met some of the So Cal Bloggers for lunch.  Ames was visiting from Canada and it was so good to meet her!  She's just adorable and so, so nice.  We all had a great time eating at The Cheesecake Factory and shopping at Borders.

Lori, Ames, Wendy, Rosie, Rowena, me, Holly  Nikki

On to what I read this past week:

My first read for the week was book 4 in the Psycop series, Secrets by Jordan Castillo Price.  This was an excellent read!  The story continued Vic and Jacob's relationship which had some wonderful as well as stressful moments.  Jacob and his Psycop partner, Carolyn, are working on a sex crime in a retirement home and it's taking it's toll on Jacob.  Vic tries to help figure out who the culprit is.  This one vies for first with book 5 as my favorite.  I loved everything about this book.  Such a good series.  5 out of 5

Next up was a read for The Book Binge, Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn.  This is book 2 in the Children of the Mist series and is Tristan's story. Tristan meets Isobel at the king's coronation but doesn't know she is part of his clan's mortal enemy.  He starts not to care and is determined to have her.  I really liked Tristan in this story and though the heroine was a bit hard headed it really worked for me. 4.25 out of 5

Next was The Sweetest Deal by Mary Campisi.  This releases from Carina Press on the 6th of September.  The hero is trying to make a real estate development deal with a financial backer.  Only the backer wants something in return - he wants the hero to impregnate his daughter.  Talk about getting too involved in your children's lives! lol  The hero agrees because he's desperate to make the deal, but once he meets the daughter (though he doesn't know it's her at the time) he falls hard and fast.  The heroine has been severely burned in a relationship and is reluctant to put her heart on the line again.  This was a cute book but I have to say I didn't like the heroine very much.  She wanted to be A-#1 in her dad's eyes but was positive that she couldn't get there because she was a woman instead of a man.  She was a barracuda in her work place but she was also pretty whiney and immature and it grated on my nerves a bit. The hero definitely saved this book for me. 3 out of 5

Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley was another book that I read for The Book Binge.  This is book 7 in the Broken Heart Vampire series.  It was about a staid vampire woman living in Broken Heart who's having issues with what appears to be a ghost.  She's saved by a were-cat who wants her all to himself.  It was a great little romance and mystery all rolled into one.  Bardsley's books are always fun, entertaining reads.  4 out of 5

Next up was Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price.  This is book 5 and the last book in the series - so far.   It was another excellent read.  More Vic and Jacob as well as Vic looking into his time and "training" at Camp Hell.  You can read my review here5 out of 5

For The Love of Mollie by KT Grant was my next read.  This is a cute romance about a woman, Mollie, who is determined to lose weight so that the man she's had a crush on forever will finally notice her.  She heads to the gym and ends up meeting the owner, Connor.  Connor is all over her and wants more.  They start a sexual relationship but Mollie is just positive that Connor is too good to be true.  Why would a man like him be interested in a woman like her, she asks herself.  As I said, very cute.  Mollie was a bit of a hypocrite at times but I really liked Connor and his determination with Mollie.  3.75 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Snowbound by Larissa Ione.  Olympic silver medalist, now working as a ski patroller and EMT, Sean, wants to break his sexual dry spell but for some reason the blonde bimbos aren't doing it for him.  When he sees Robyn who is back in her hometown for her high school reunion he falls for her.  Robyn wants nothing to do with anyone who is anywhere near celebrity status.  She can't seem to stay away from Sean though.  This was a very good book about learning what you want out of life and the importance of trust in a relationship.  I really enjoyed it. 4 out of 5

I read A Matter of Duty by Elizabeth Jewell for The Book Binge.  This was a bizarre little book about a shapeshifter and his wife.  He's not a typical shapeshifter (I always think werewolves and were-cats, etc) - more like he can morph and make himself look like any human he wants.  Being the head of the shapeshifters only he can impregnate women who are married to humans as humans and shapeshifters can't procreate.  But his wife wants a baby too.  So the other woman's human husband steps in - in a bizarre 4 way.  Wow.  2 out of 5

While I was on my way to the blogger get together I actually listened to my very first audio book.  It was a 2.5 hour drive each way - it really made the time go by quicker - ok, it only seemed to, but still. :)  I listened to Someone to Watch Over Me by Judith McNaught.  The story is about a Broadway star who is married only her husband is missing, then found dead.  Did she do it or did her stalker?  Or maybe it's the known criminal who keeps showing up.  It was a good story - the narrator was a bit breathy and I can't say I loved all of the voices she did for the characters, but the book was good.  It was romance "light" and the romance seemed a bit rushed, imho, but still good. 4 out of 5

And last on the list was The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie.  I have to thank Orannia for recommending this one to me. (It was when we were talking about how petite and little the characters were and how beautiful.  This book has the heroine as a plain woman but the hero thinks her beautiful and doesn't even notice her 4 sisters who are gorgeous.)  5 orphaned sisters being beaten by their grandfather escape to their great-uncle under false pretenses.  The oldest, Prudence, creates a betrothal to a Duke she's never met in order for her sisters to be presented into society.  The book is so good.  Hilarious and touching. It got a bit sappy at the end for my liking but still wonderful.  4.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:

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What I Read Last Week

Hey there peeps! I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday. Mine started out strangely with some weird calls at work but it’s looking up now.

It was a quiet weekend – we just went backpack shopping for the girls to get ready for school. Yes, they start on Thursday! It just doesn’t seem like it’s been 2 months since they got out of school but apparently time flies when you’re having fun. lol! They’re both very excited – my youngest to see her friends and my oldest to start Jr. High. Oy, I still can’t imagine she’s old enough to start Jr. High but the facts are staring me in the face so I guess I gotta go with it. lol

It was a good reading week. I look at my list of weekly reads on Goodreads and sometimes I’m honestly shocked that I’ve read so much. It just doesn’t feel like I have, especially this week as I spent most of the weekend watching movies with my girls and playing the wii. J

So what did I read this week?

First up was Serengeti Heat by Vivi Andrews. I’ve had this novella for a while and finally decided to delve in. It was about a girl in a lion shapeshifter pride who is the smallest lioness in the bunch. Ava gets the worst of everything because the pride always fights for what they want and since she’s so small she doesn’t win. She decides she’s going to go out and get some human booty one night at a bar but is stopped by the new alpha, Landon, who puts the big kibosh on her anticipated night of sex. But he’s not immune to the little lioness and decides small or not she will be his new queen. He just has to convince her of that. I liked the story for the most part – Ava was just too insecure for me - only when she was in bed did she let loose. I guess that was good for Landon! lol 3.5 out of 5

Next was the second book in the Serengeti Shifters series called Serengeti Storm by Vivi Andrews. Another novella within the lion pride but this one was about Shana who had left the pride when Ava became queen. Now she’s back and she’s out to get Landon. But Caleb, Ava’s brother, has always been in love with the woman and he’s decides she’s finally going to be his. I liked Andrews’ writing in this story as well but Shana was a brash, harsh, bitchy woman and I just couldn’t like her too much. I thought it was great that Caleb loved her despite her faults, and there were many, but I just didn’t get the attraction. 3 out of 5

The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter was a darned good book. This is book 6 in the Lords of the Underworld series and was Gideon’s story. He’s the keeper of lies and he was introduced in the previous book to Scarlet who is the keeper of nightmares – oh, and she says that she’s his wife! He has no recollection of ever marrying her, but there are definite signs that he knows her – like his tattoos that match hers. It was just a darned good story – along with info on Amun, Strider, Paris and we got to see a bit of Torin in this book as well. 4.25 out of 5

My next read was for The Book Binge. Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn tells the story of Rob who gets attached to and decides to protects a nun named Davina. Only she’s not a nun yet, and she’s being protected by the king for reasons that she can’t tell Rob. They fall in love but there are major roadblocks to bypass before they can have their HEA. This is the first book in the Children of the Mist series but kind of a continuation of the MacGregor family. We read about Rob’s parents in Laird of the Mist. 4 out of 5

Next was The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller. This is a new YA book that will come out on August 31. It’s the story of Haven who has visions of her past life and finally decides to investigate. I’ll be posting my review of this book on reincarnation on Friday.

Next was Claimed! by Vicki Lewis Thompson. This was a cowboy/bartender romance. You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was The Key by Lynsay Sands. I just love her historical romances and this was no different. This one told the story of an English woman who married a Scottish Laird’s son. She starts making changes in the household and he’s just not happy with them. The one he’s most unhappy about is that she puts on a chastity belt and refuses to have wifely relations with him until he bathes. But he’s not going to change his routine for her, who does she think she is?! He bathes twice a year and the next time is at the end of July and it’s only June…so no! OMG, just a fun, funny historical. 4.25 out of 5

My next read was a novella that I think every person should read whether they read m/m romance or not. It was Fugly by KZ Snow and it was so wonderful I can’t tell you how much I loved it. The story involved characters Adin Swift and Jackson Spey but they were in it just a bit. It told the story of 4 gay friends – 3 of whom are always on the hunt for the most beautiful men to sleep with. They’re condescending to those they don’t feel are pretty enough or up to par and never ever look beneath the surface – in their prey or in themselves. Jackson decides to show them that there’s more to people than their looks and puts a spell on them so that they have facial lesions - only not everyone can see them. They themselves can and the people they are attracted to can see them and now the 3 men are the ones getting spurned for not being the perfect specimens of manhood. Watching the three men come to terms with who and what they really are inside and finally seeing other people for who they are and not what they look like was incredible. I laughed, I cried. Just. So. Good! A very definite 5 out of 5 from me.

Razor Burn by Scott & Scott was my August pick-it-for-me challenge book. Ben picks up Blayne in a coffee shop. Though Blayne is adamant that he isn’t gay he agrees to have lunch with Ben. Ben takes him back to his apartment and the two men have a bit of afternoon delight – after which Blayne tells Ben that he’s married. Ben’s friend Emily decides to have some fun and sends unemployed Ben’s resume to Blayne’s work – where Blayne’s father, the owner of the company, hires Ben to be the Creative Head on his ad campaign for the new razor they’re coming out with. The story revolves around Blayne and Ben’s relationship but also the relationship between Blayne and his father and a bit about Blayne and his wife. It involves amnesia, power struggles and so much more. There were some issues I had with the book but overall a pretty darned good read. 4 out of 5

And last on the list for the week was Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey. A story about a woman who works for a magazine that wants to the scoop and scandal from a reclusive best-selling author. When Keri’s editor finds out that Keri is Joe’s ex-girlfriend she sends her to get the interview. She’s to get the interview or lose her job. I’ll be reviewing this on Wednesday.

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:

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What I've Been Reading This Week

Hey there, all! Not much going on in the life and times of Tracy this week. That's a good thing. No drama mamma! Just the way I like it!

So on to what I read:

First up was A Highlander Never Surrenders by Paula Quinn . As much as I've liked all of her books I think the last two she's done have been my fav (the other one being Laird of the Mist). This was great. I really liked Graham and Claire together and loved how the whole story panned out. Good read.

Next up was Loving Lies by Lora Leigh. This one was ok. Slade has loved Jessie forever but he is taken away from her by his secret job. She has suffered for 5 years and now he's back to claim her. Slade was an ok guy but there were a few things about him that bugged well as a few that bugged me about Jessie. I actually ended up being more interested in one of the secondary characters but apparently his book hasn't been written yet. I'll just have to wait and see if it ever is! :)

His Son's Teacher by Kay Stockham was next. The review for this book is below a couple of posts. Sweet book.

Trial by Fire by Jo Davis was a good book. I liked the story and will be very interested to read about the rest of Station Five and their lives. Of course this was the book that had the heroine going down on the hero without washing first (see below post) so I'm hoping that doesn't happen in subsequent books. lol

Mercury's War by Lora Leigh. I know there are quite a few out there that don't like this series for whatever reason...I'm not one of them. I love the Breeds! :0) This book was more similar IMO to the ebooks in the Breed series - before they started in print. I wasn't thrilled with the series when it went to print just because I thought the writing lost something. I thought it came back slightly in Dawn's Awakening but with Mercury's War it came back full force. Those who enjoy the Breed's will really like MW.

Last on for the week was The Cat by Jean Johnson. I have such mixed feelings about this series but yet, I keep reading them. I think it's like I just need to know what happens but I'm not a huge fan of the writing. Ms. Johnson writes well she's just incredibly descriptive and sometimes it just gets to be too much for me. Describing is fine - describing for 2 to 3 pages...not ok for me. But, as I said, I just keep reading them. I guess I figure this was the 5th brother and there's only 3 more to go and then I can stop the insanity! lol Despite these mixed feelings though it was a good book - I'd still give it 3.5 stars.

Happy Reading!