Saturday, December 20, 2008

First BIG Snow of the Season!!





Normally only use this blog to talk about books.


I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I took today.

We had our first major snowstorm here in the Northeast. We have another storm moving in for tomorrow that will give us anther 3-6 inches.
It took me an hour to shovel out my car.

I can't imagine living where it doesn't snow, but this is too much too soon.

What are your feelings on snow. Love it? Hate it? Never seen it?










Fall Into Reading 2008 Challenge ~ Wrap Up



Today the Fall into Reading 2008 challenge officially ends. So before I go shovel out my car so I can finish my Christmas shopping. I thought I would post my Wrap Up for the is challenge.

My goal for this challenge was 18 books. My list change through out the fall, but I met my goal.


Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not? I did finish
Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along? No my list changed through out the challenge.
What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why? My Favorite would have to be First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Least favorite would be Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney.
Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Did you love them? Not love them? Michelle Beattie I read her debut book 'What a Pirate Desires'. I love it and can't wait until her next book comes out in September.
What was your favorite thing about the Fall Into Reading challenge? I love that you were able to change your list.
Would you like to participate in another challenge here this spring? Absolutely!!

My final list is posted below:

1. Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella - 3 stars

2. Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries - 4.5

3. Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann - 4 stars

4. Paradise Wild by Johanna Lindsey - 3 stars

5. Fang for Memories by Kathy Love - 3.75

6. Houston, We Have a Problem by Erin McCarthy - 4.5 stars

7. Banner O'Brien by Linda Lael Miller - 4.5 stars

8. Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood - 4.5 stars

9. Seduce a Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas - 5 stars

10. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas - 4 stars

11. Power Play by Deirdre Martin - 3.75 stars

12. Hot Property by Carly Phillips - 4 stars

13. Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill - 4.5 stars

14. What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie - 5 stars

15. Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy - 5 stars

16. At His Command by Brenda Coulter - 3.75 stars

17. First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - 5 stars

18. Who Needs Mistletoe? by Kate Hoffmann - 4 stars

19. Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney - 3 stars

Monday, December 15, 2008

The 2009 Pub Challenge



I found another fun challenge. The 2009 Pub Challenge is being hosted by 1morechapter again this year.

Here are the 2009 rules:

1. Read a minimum of 9 books first published in 2009. You don’t have to buy these. Library books, unabridged audios, or ARCs are all acceptable. To qualify as being first published in 2009, it must be the first time that the book is published in your own country. For example, if a book was published in Australia, England, or Canada in 2008, and then published in the USA in 2009, it counts (if you live in the USA). Newly published trade paperbacks and mass market paperbacks do not count if there has been a hardcover/trade published before 2009. Any questions on what qualifies? Just leave a comment here, and I’ll respond with the answer.

2. No children’s/YA titles allowed, since we’re at the ‘pub.’

3. At least 5 titles must be fiction

4. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.

5. You can add your titles as you go, and they may be changed at any time.

6. Sign up HERE using Mr. Linky.

7. Have fun reading your 2009 books!

Tentative list:

1. Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann - Jan. '09

2. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas - Feb '09

3. Romancing the Pirate by Michelle Beattie - Sep '09

4. With a Twist by Deirdre Martin - May '09

5. Tucker's Claim by Sarah McCarty - April '09

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Read Around the Genres Challenge ~ Wrap Up


I have completed Cindy W's read Around the Genres Challenge. I was really worried that I wasn't going to be able to complete this challenge in time, but I did!! Yay!!
Below is my completed list:
1. Pirate or Viking - What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie ~ rating 5!!
2. Vampire - Fangs but no Fangs by Kathy Love ~ rating 3.75!!
3. Contemporary - Hot Property by Carly Phillps ~ rating 4!!
4. Chick Lit - Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella ~ rating 3!!
5. Medieval - Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood ~ rating 4!!
6. Time Travel - Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill ~ rating 4.5!!
7. Romantic Suspense - Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney ~ rating 3!!
8. Inspirational - At His Command by Brenda Coulter ~ rating 3.75!!
9. Historical - Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas ~ rating 5!!
10.Paranormal - Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy ~ rating 4.5!!

Started Challenge: 9/1/08
Completed Challenge: 12/13/08
# of Pages Read: 3199

Favorite Titles: Seduce me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas and What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie

Least Favorite: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney


This was a really fun challenge and I want to thank Cindy for hosting it!!

Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney


Rating 3!!

Book Description:
Accident or Murder?
Dance instructor Kaylin Danner has sacrificed her opportunity on Broadway to help her father raise her younger sisters in Florida. When her father's laboratory blows sky high and his priceless formula for a revolutionary new fuel disappears, Kaylin is left with nothing but her father's business partner Sawyer Scott and a cache of deadly trouble.
Life or Death?
When the Danner home is vandalized and her sisters threatened, Sawyer and Kaylin team up to unmask the killer terrorizing her family. Sawyer's bent on pursuing both Kaylin and the missing formula, but Kaylin fights the attraction, believing Sawyer's a dreamer like her father-and in her experience dreamers end up dead.

My Review: This book started off so slow that it took me 8 days to read it. I had a hard time with the some of the actions of the Heroine. I thought that the mystery wasn't that good. One of the things I did like was the hero Sawyer. I love smart heroes who are also hot!!

Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Rating 3!!

Book Description: Becky has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can't bear to read—and they're getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something....Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever. Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times—and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance

My Review: I had to pick a chick lit book for the Read Around the Genre Challenge I was participating in. I decided to listen to Confession of a Shopaholic, if I tried to read it I know I wouldn't have finished it. I really don't like stories told in the first person. With that said I like this, but I didn't love it. It was funny, at some points of the story Becky could be very annoying. This didn't make me a fan of chick lit. I do think, I will eventually check out the rest of the series (probably on audio).



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What's In a Name? Challenge 2009


Annie is hosting What's in a Name? Challenge.
*This is a challenge that anyone can join, no matter what types of books they like to read. You should be able to find books from any genre that will work.
*Dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories.
1. A book with a "profession" in its title.
To Catch a Thief by Christina Skye
2. A book with a "time of day" in its title.
Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann
3. A book with a "relative" in its title.
The Pirate's Bride by Shannon Drake
4. A book with a "body part" in its title.
Hot Wheels and High Heels by Jane Graves
5. A book with a "building" in its title.
Castles by Julie Garwood
6. A book with a "medical condition" in its title.
Temperature's Rising by Karen Kelley
*You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don't use the same book for more than one category.
*Again, there will be some small prizes scattered throughout. No set schedule, so just be sure to check in once a while. There will also be a prize awarded at the conclusion to one participant who completes the challenge.
*You don't need to decide exactly which books you will be reading ahead of time, though you're certainly welcome to. Either way, I'd love to see your lists of possibilities, and I'll bet everyone else would love to read them as well. To join in, simply leave a link here. Or, if you don't have a blog, simply leave your name (and feel free to share your list in the comments if you'd like).

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Romance Reading Challenge 2009


Bookworm is hosting a Romance Reading Challenge 2009

Read on for the rules:
1. Now, "Romance" isn't limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.
2. Choose at least 5 novels read them between Jan 1st though Dec 31st 2009. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.
3. Read them at your own pace in 2009 then come here and post the link to your review(s).
1. The Gift by Julie Garwood
2. Some Like it Wicked by Theresa Medeiros
3. Corbin's Fancy by Linda Lael Miller
4. Trial by Fire by Jo Davis
5.

Read Your Name Challenge

This challenge sounded like fun. It's being hosted by Victoria (aka Ink Heart). The challenge is to read your name in book title first letters, ultimately spelling out your name. That means:
1. Using your first name, or blogger name, or your pets name, or even your favorite literary character's name; whichever you like, choose books with first title letters that spell out your name. Such as my name: Victoria. the first book's title would start with the letter V, then the next book title begins with I, etc. Make sense? (I hope so!) :p
2. Bloggers and non-bloggers alike are free to join. If you do not have a blog and would like to post your reviews/titles that spelled your name somewhere, you may do so here at the group blog. Just send me an e-mail (phantombibliophile [at] gmail [dot] com), or leave a comment letting me know you'd like to use this blog.
3. If you have your own blog, come back here every month and leave a comment containing the link to your challenge page containing the books you've read or each review you've written for books that count for this challenge. (Crossovers with other challenges are okay.) I will make a new post for this on the first of every month.
4. The challenge runs from Jan. 1st 2009, to Dec. 31st 2009. You may join at any time.
5. Last but not least, be sure to sign up using Mister Linky Below! & Leave a comment with what name you're going to use, and the name itself of course! Oh, and don't forget to link back to the challenge from your blog (if you have one of course) to show you're participating!

I am going to post my tentative list here:
R
Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye
Ready by Lucy Monroe
A
Able by Lucy Monroe
And then he Kissed Me by Patti Berg
Anyone but You by Jennifer Cruise
N
Night's Kiss by Amanda Ashley
Nightkeeper by Jessica Andersen
D
Down and Dirty by Sandra Hill
Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig
I
I Got You Babe by Jane Graves
In the Bed with the Devil by Lorriane Heath

Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy



Rating 5 stars!!

Book Description: Independent single mother Tamara Briggs wanted to find a new, sexy, no-strings-attached man—just not one as young as NASCAR driver Elec Monroe. But he sure does get her heart racing. And after she’s tricked into a blind date with him, Tamara gives in to her passion. Things screech to a halt, though, when he asks to meet her children. Whatever happened to wham-bam-thank-youma’am? Suddenly Tamara has to decide how much risk she’s willing to take to experience the power of true love.

My Review: I don't think there is much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. This has been reviewed on several book blogs over the past few months. Erin McCarthy is one of my favorite authors. I discovered her Vampire Series first I have been slowly collecting her backlist. I have not read a book of hers that I haven't loved.

I have to say I agree everyone this is a fabulous book!!

What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie

Rating 5!!!
Book Description:
A LADY IN DISGUISE
When her family was murdered by the brigand named Dervish, all that Samantha Fine cherished was swept away in the churning waters of the Caribbean. Driven by revenge, she masquerades as Sam Steele, the most cunning pirate of the seas, striking terror in the hearts of every merchant who dares to cross her path. If only they knew the legendary buccaneer’s extraordinary secret…

A MAN IN NEED
One man has discovered that a fiery female spirit wrestles beneath Sam’s fearsome exterior: the pirate, Luke Bradley. He once sailed with the vile Dervish, and now has a score of his own to settle. But as he joins Sam on her journey across the unpredictable Caribbean Sea, Luke is drawn to her loyal heart and courageous strength. Now, making Dervish pay for his sins is second to the quest to win Sam’s heart…

EVERYTHING A PIRATE DESIRES

My Review:
I truly enjoyed this first novel by Michelle Beattie and can not wait for her next book which won't be out until Sept 09!! This book had everything. Action, adventure and a flawed hero and heroine.
I know a book is good when I can remember the characters names a few days after I have read the book. I loved both Luke and Sam.
Luke is one of those heroes you fall in love with. Sam was great for the most part, there was a small part at the end where you just want to shake her.
Highly Recommend

Check out an excerpt from Michelle Beattie's next book.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Contest Alert!!!



My friend Cindy is having a contest on her blog Cindy Reads Romance today for a chance to win a copy of...

Do Not Disturb Until Christmas by Charlene Sands

All millionaire businessman Cody Landon wanted for Christmas was sweet payback. Superstar singer Sarah Rose had betrayed him for the limelight—and now she’d taste his revenge. He’d seduce her, then leave her forever. But Cody didn’t count on being hungry for more.
Or on the resulting pregnancy. To save her image and career, Sarah Rose would have to marry him. Giving Cody what he’d wanted all along: all access—all the time. Once their baby was born, he’d divorce her. Or would his Christmas bride get what she wanted?

Contest ends Monday 5PM EST
Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

November Wrap Up


November was a decent month. I read 6 books and listen to 1 on my IPod.
Challenges:
Fall Reading Challenge @ Shelfari.com - completed 5 also completed the challenge which ended 11.30.08
Fall Into Reading - completed 7
Reading Around the Genre - completed 2
What an Animal Challenege - completed 1

Books Read:
1. Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key Trilogy book 1) - 4 stars
2. Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries(School for Heiress book 1) -4.5 stars
3. Paradise Wild by Johanna Lindsey - 3 stars
4. The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood - 4.5 stars
5. Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill - 4.5 stars
6. At His Command by Brenda Coulter - 3.75 stars
Audio Books:
1. First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - 5+++ stars
Happy Reading!!

I'm counting the days until Dark of Night is released!!



I cannot wait for this book to be release on January 27th.

Troubleshooters is my favorite series. I have been reading the series since Unsung Hero was released in 2000.

Jacket Blurb:
Badly shaken after the loss of one of their own, the men and women of Troubleshooters Inc. go up against their most deadly opponents yet —- the clandestine organization called The Agency. Blackmail, extortion, murder: The Agency's black-ops sector will apparently stop at nothing to achieve their objective. But this time they've gone too far and hit too close to home.
Led by former Navy SEAL Lawrence Decker, a team of investigators —- from FBI agent Jules Cassidy and former CIA operative Dave Malkoff, to Troubleshooters Sophia Ghaffari, Tess Bailey, and even receptionist Tracy Shapiro —- band together to uncover the truth, and bring the killers to justice.
But the stakes are raised even higher when Decker barely escapes an attempt on his life. It soon becomes clear that the hunters have become the hunted —- and the Troubleshooters are no longer just solving a crime -— they're fighting for survival.

Suzanne Brockmann just posted an excerpt. Check it out!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bookworm Award




Desert Rose at Desert Rose Booklogue tagged me with this gorgeous award, my very first award. Thank you Desert Rose.
It's a meme too so here goes. Here's how it works: Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following there.


The book nearest to me is the book I'm reading right now.

What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie

Joe cast Luke a warning look and moved down the beach, his boots sinking in the pearly sand.

"So what's the rest of this pland of your?" Luke asked, toying with a piece of driftwood he'd picked up.

"I plan on staying close to you, Luke."

He stepped near enough to touch, but didn't. The wind gently tugged her hair and swept it across her shoulders.


Now I have to tag five blogs that I love and haven't already been tagged....

1. Heather at Heather's Books

2. Jill at Romance Rookie

3. Kristie at Rambling on Romance

4. Rowena at CoFFee HouSe BanTer

I WON!!

I just found out that I won the weekly trivia contest that AAR After Hours Blog hosts.

I won autographed copies of Pamela Clare's Untamed, Unlawful Contact, Surrender and Carnal Gift. In addition, each winner receives either Ride the Fire, Extreme Exposure or Hard Evidence.

I'm so excited because Pamela Clare has been getting a lot of buzz with some of my online friends and was going to check her out.











Twilight - the movie - Review


REVIEW:

OK, so I'm probably one of the only people who have not read the Twilight books, but I do know a lot about them. My sister has read them and a lot of my online book buddies have read then. I also work at a bookstore. With that said I did go with my sister to see the movie.

I really enjoyed the movie. I thought the relationship between Bella and Edwards was great. I love some of the one liners that Edward had. I did think that the fight seen with Jacob was a little anti-climatic.

Overall I thought that it was pretty good and worth the price of admission. So much so that I have picked up Twilight just to see how different it is compare to the movie. Who knows maybe I will fall in love with the series like everyone else.

First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips




RATING 5!!!


Book Description: How does the most famous woman in the world hide in plain sight? The beautiful young widow of the President of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of First Lady. Not for long, however, because she has made up her mind to escape-if only for a few days-so she can live the life of an ordinary person. All she needs is the perfect disguise....and she's just found it.

With the entire nation searching for her, she meets a seductive man who has a secret of his own and an appeal that threatens to awaken the woman behind the national icon. With him are two orphaned little girls desperate for a family. Together, they'll take a journey across the heartland chasing their own American dream.

Review: SEP is one of my top fav authors and an auto buy. For some reason I never read this book. I'm so glad I finally read it, well I listened to it. It's a great story, the chemistry between Matt and Neely was great. I know a lot of people don't like kids in their romance books, but Lucy and Button were great and the story wouldn't have worked without them. The concept is so different the First Lady out in the real world after living her whole life in the public eye and not being able to have a normal life. It was great seeing the simple things people take for granted through Neely's eyes.


At His Command by Brenda Coulter



Rating 3.75

Book Description: In one short month, cheerful army nurse Madeline Bright has become the darling of Prairie Springs, Texas. And if ex-pilot Jake Hopkins isn't careful, she might just conquer his heart. She's young, pretty and blithe-spirited…he's older and jaded. But being around Maddie brings back too many painful memories. Jake still feels guilty about failing to save Maddie's brother in an army helicopter crash years ago. So no matter how much Maddie wants to be in his life, for her own good, Jake can't allow that. He'll never have a normal, stable life.
And sweet Madeline deserves nothing less.

Review: This is not the type of book I typically read. I had to pick an inspirational book for a challenge I'm trying to complete. I'm glad I picked this one. Jack and Maddie are a very believable couple and their relationship very real. This story is about a solider who comes home from the middle east feeling like he lost everything. Jack is a flawed hero, but you can understand why he has become the way he is. Maddie is a great heroine she has know Jack most of her life and has been trying to reach out to Jack. If your looking for sweet romance with a message pick this up.

Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill

Rating 4.5

Book Description: It takes nothing short of a miracle to catapult Lt. Torolf Magnusson and his team of Navy SEALs back in time to eleventh-century Norselands. First on the agenda: destroy the evil villain who terrorized his ancestors and a nation.
But when the sexy SEALs find they've landed in the middle of a sanctuary--filled with women, well, Hoo-yah! Their game plans are put on hold, much to the distress of Hilda, the head of the sanctuary. At first resistant, she soon succumbs to Torolf's passionate advances. Suddenly the term "Special Forces" takes on a whole new meaning. But with victory in sight for Torolf, Hilda must face the fact that their love may not survive the test of time...

My Review: This book is pure fun!! All Sandra Hill books are fun!! I haven't read a Sandra Hill book in a long time. I love Torolf he is sexy, funny and a Navy Seal (my favorite type of hero). What makes this different from other time travel books that I have read is that they go back and forth. If your looking for a fun, sexy read definitely pick up this series.

The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood

Rating 4.5

Description: Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past untily the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching sensous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to posess her...
But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be do easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love... for then, she must also forsake her precious secret... and her promised destiny.

Review: This book was great. I love it because it was a little different. The heroine Christina was raised by Native American Indians. When Christina turns 19 she goes to London to seek revenge against her evil father. What I love the most about the story was seeing London and the English through Christina's eyes. I also loved Christina and Lyon as always Julie Garwood's writes a great couple with great chemistry and some laugh out loud scenes. The only complaint I had I would have like to see more of Rhone and Diana. Highly recommended.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Paradise Wild by Johanna Lindsey

Rating 3
Book Description:
A well-born Boston beauty, Corinne Barrows has traveled halfway around the world in search of Jared Burkett -- a dashing rogue and a devil; a honey-tongued charmer who seduced and despoiled her. . .and then abandoned the impetuous lady after awakening a need that only he could satisfy.
She has found him on the lush and lovely island of Hawaii. And now Corinne will have the revenge she craves: the total ruin of the blackguard who brought shame and scandal into her life. But Jared still possesses the power to excite her as no man has ever done--even as his own reckless heart is taken captive in their blistering war of wits and will--igniting a fire that could consume them both unless they surrender to it with wild abandon in the heat of the tropic night.

My Review:
The only Johanna Lindsey books I have read are her Mallory Series, which I love. I had to pick a Johanna Lindsey book for a reading challenge I was participating in at Shelfari.com. I picked this book because of the setting, it takes place in Hawaii 1890s.

I like books where there is a lot of banter and arguing between the hero and heroine. This book there is so much anger and fighting between Corrine and Jared that it was hard to read at times. Jared has so much anger toward Corrine's father that his treatment of Corrine is horrible. I just have a problem when the hero crosses that line. In the end I liked how you saw Corrine grow up and mature through out the book. So I'm giving it 3 stars.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jefferies


Rating 4.5
May contain spoilers

Book Description:
Lady Amelia Plume has many admirers; too bad they’re all fortune hunters and fops who can’t provide the exotic adventures she seeks. The ballrooms of Mayfair have become more appealing since the arrival of Major Lucas Winter—an American marine with a dangerous past and a brooding air. Lucas is brash, arrogant…and scandalously tempting. Every thrilling kiss sparks deeper desire, yet Amelia suspects that Lucas has a hidden motive in wooing her and she means to discover it, by any means necessary…
Lucas came to London to find the cad who embezzled money from a naval contractor. The captivating Lady Amelia could be the key to his quest, but what started as simple flirtation has become a delicious dance of seduction. And when a rival jeopardizes Amelia’s reputation, Lucas must choose what he wants most—the chance to avenge his past, or a future filled with fiery passion…





My Review:
I have just recently discovered Sabrina Jeffries this year. Earlier this year I read her The Royal Brotherhood Series and love them all. This is the first book in her School for Heiresses series. On of the themes I love is when the hero or heroine suffer from a condition that is common knowledge today. In this story the hero suffers from claustrophobia and one of my favorite scenes in the book is when the Amelia helps Lucas deal with it. I really enjoyed Amelia and Lucas' story. It is unusual for the hero to be American, it seems that there are a lot of historicals where an American Heiress goes to London to find a husband.
If you enjoy Lisa Kleypas, Julie Garwood, or Julia Quinn you should give Sabrina Jeffries a chance.



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann

Rating 4!!


Book Description:

When Leila Hunt is swept off her feet by a ninja at a New Year's Eve costume party, she has no idea who the masked man is—but after he disappears into the night, she’s determined to find him. When the clock struck twelve, what began as a friendly New Year's greeting quickly became the most unforgettable kiss Leila had ever experienced with anyone—including her absent boyfriend. But of all the possible suspects, Leila hardly imagines that the ninja is the same man who’s teased, tormented—and secretly intrigued her—since childhood.Marshall Devlin is finally ready to face the terrifying truth: he’s in love with his best friend’s sister, and has been for years. There’s just one complication: Leila didn't know he was her ninja. To win her, Marsh will have to woo her. But can he make Leila forget their decades of verbal sparring in time to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life?


My Thoughts:

Suzanne Brockmann is one of my favorite authors. Her Troubleshooters Series is one of my favorite series. In the 90s Suzanne wrote for the Love Swept line for years a lot of her early titles have been out of print. At one point they were selling for hundreds of dollars on EBay. In the last few years they have been slowly re-released.
Kiss and Tell is the first book in the Sunrise Key trilogy. If you like straight up contemporary romances then you should check this out. I thought the romance between Marsh and Lelia is a sweet story. The story is a little dated (original release date 1996), but it still works.
I can not wait for to read Lelia's brothers story in March 09.

Friday, October 31, 2008

October Wrap-up


October was a really good month for me. I read 6 books and listen to 3 on my IPod.
Challenges:
Fall Reading Challenge @ Shelfari.com - completed 5
Fall Into Reading - completed 5
Reading Around the Genre - completed 1
What an Animal Challenege - completed 1
Books Read:
1) Fangs for the Memories by Kathy Love - rating 3.75
2) Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas - rating 5
3) Hot Property by Deirdre Martin - rating 3.75
4) Houston, We Have a Problen by Erin McCarthy - rating 4.5
5) Banner O'Brien by Linda Lael Miller - rating 4.5
6) A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas - rating 4
Audio Books:
1) Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas - rating 5+++++
2) Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - rating 5
3) This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 5+++++
The Fall Reading Challenge @ Shelfari.com end on November 30th. I have 5 more books to read to complete the challenge.
Happy Reading!!

Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

Rating 4
Book Description:
The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…
It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.
A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.

My Review: This was a nice, light, holiday read. I'm not usually a fan of Holiday books (especially novellas), but I seemed to have a lot of Christmas books this season. I just hope I get to read them all, because I can't read Christmas books after Christmas is over!!

I love revisiting characters from previous books. Two scenes I really enjoyed was one between Evie and St. Vincent and one with Lillian and Westcliff. If you haven't read the others in the series I wouldn't start with this one. I would at least read Devil in Winter and It Happened One Autumn first.

Now on the hero and heroine of this story. I really enjoyed Rafe and Hannah's story my only complaint that it was too short. I did believe the instant chemistry the two had. I though it was a very sweet story, that was a little steamy.

If your looking for a quick read and love Lisa Kleypas it is worth picking up.

Check out the rest of the series first:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Banner O'Brien by Linda Lael Miller

Book Description: In 1886, lovely Banner 0'Brien overcame every obstacle and won her coveted medical diploma. Still she longed to escape from Oregon...and the nightmares that left her shaking, screaming one man's name. Banner fled to the Washington Territory to accept position with Dr. Adam Corbin...arrogant, handsome and rumor said, violent. Although Banner respected his skills, she was unnerved by the very nearness of this moody, powerful man. His past was a mystery, that would challenge her to the utmost...for Banner was determined to win Adam Corbin's heart!

Review: This is the first book in the Corbin series. This is an older series first published in the 1980's. I read my My Darling Melissa first which was re-released earlier this year. I really enjoyed that book so I decided to get the rest of the series. Banner O'Brien had a lot of my favorite themes. Heroine with an interesting occupation (for 1886 anyway), great chemistry, surprise marriage, some great secondary characters and a little twist at the end.

Rating 4.5

Also check out the rest of the series:




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Winter '08 Reading Challenge

Winter Challenge FAQ’s December 1 - February 28

1. Select 5,10, or 15 books to read that fit the category.
2. Post your list on the discussion board and blog (Name’s Winter Challenge List)
3. If you need title suggestions please use the Discussion titled WINTER TITLE SUGGESTIONS if you don't see it please search (to try and minimize number of discussions)
4. Once you have read a book please find the corresponding discussion by searching you can search by 08 Winter # and use the number that corresponds with the list. (one will be created for each number on December 1, again, to try and minimize number of discussions) and post the book and title you read and rating, and review.
5. It is not required, but if you could post your review on the blog that would be great.
6. Reviews on the blog please include labels list the rating, author, and # of challenge only.
7. Audio books are okay
8. Rereads are okay
9. You can change your list at anytime

NOW FOR THE LIST...
1. Reader’s Choice Place any book here - Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann
2. Book that was read and Reviewed in the Fall Challenge - Trial by Fire by Jo Davis
3. Read a book that has a “D” word in it for December - Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney
4. Read a book that has an arranged marriage or Marriage of Convenience (AAR Special Titles could be a big help!) - The Gift by Julie Garwood
5. For Valentines Day, read a book that has love, kiss or heart in the title - Crazy in Love by Lani Diane Rich
6. Read a book by Lisa Kleypas - Then Came You
7. A book that makes you think about Christmas - Who Needs Mistletoe? by Kate Hoffmann
8. A title that has 4 words in it - Some Like it Wicked by Teresa Medeiros
9. Read a story that has a military or civil servant (firefighter/cop/fbi/clan chief/commander) in it –can be any genre - Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
10. Read a book that has a Viking or Pirate in it! - What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie
11. Pick a book that was first published in 2008 - Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy
12. Read a series (Harlequin or Sillehoutte) - Flashback by Jill Shalvis
13. Read a book that the author has 3 names (ie Susan Elizabeth Phillips/ Karen Marie Moning)- Corbin's Fancy by Linda Lael Miller
14. For the New Year-Pick a book that has been in your TBR pile for a long time --Out w/ the old in w/ the new! - Light My Fire by Jane Graves
15. Read a book that has a “W” word for Winter - Broken Wing by Judith James

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reader's Block


Has anyone ever had readers block?? When every book you pick up you just can't get into it. I picked up The Raven Prince and have read nothing, but great things about this book. So how come I just can't get into it?? I have also tried to start Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard, but the same thing happen. Maybe I just need a break.


What about everyone else? What do you do when nothing is appealing to you?

Houston, We Have a Problem by Erin McCarthy


Rating 4.5 stars

Book Description:
Dr. Houston Hayes has never had trouble maintaining his professional distance with both patients and co-workers...until he meets resident Josie Adkins. Every time the tiny tornado of cheery clumsiness drops a chart in his presence, he's treated to a view that makes him extremely interested in her bones. Jumping them, that is. For a man who prides himself on control at all times, this is getting to be a problem. And problems always have solutions...All her life, Josie has wanted to be a surgeon. But how can she do that while she's suffering from the debilitating Dr. Hayes Induced Dropping Medical Equipment Syndrome? Honestly, with those ice blue eyes and powerful shoulders dipping down to a - whoops, there goes the blood pressure cuff - what's a girl to do? And then Dr. Hayes shocks her by prescribing a very sexy cure: one night of sheet-burning passion to erase the sexual tension for both of them. But only one night...he won't need more than that...Suddenly, Josie has her mission - a chance to prove the arrogant Dr. Hayes wrong. One night with her will never be enough if she has her way. And soon, both doctors may be falling into a desire deeper than any they've ever known.

My Review:
This was a fun, sexy read with and interesting twist. When Dr. Hayes has his own medical emergency Josie is right there to take care of him. I also liked that the heroine is little on the curvy side. I highly recommend this author. If you like Jane Graves or Jennifer Cruise give this author a try.
After you finished the book the author has posted a deleted scene on her website. If you click on book list and scroll down until you see this title and you will see bonus click on the that and it will take you to the deleted scene.
Erin McCarthy is an author that I have recently discovered. I am in the process of reading her back list. I discovered her vampire series first, which if you like light vampire romances I highly suggest her Vegas Vampire series.

Vegas Vampire Series:





















Sunday, October 19, 2008

Power Play by Deirdre Martin





Book Description: A leading soap opera actress, Monica Geary is good at faking it. But pretending to fall for NHL star and notorious playboy Eric Mitchell is going to be her hardest role ever. Yet she has no choice, for she desperately needs an edge in order to maintain her daytime diva status.


Eric Mitchell is a man in demand. First he was traded to save the New York Blades, and now the publicity department has loaned him out to help save Monica Geary's career. What no one knows is that one of People magazine's hottest bachelors is also a closet soap opera fan. He's had his eyes on Monica for years-and can't wait to get his arms around her.


Review: I have read all of Deirdre Martin's books. I love her NY Blades series. I like this book, but it wasn't my favorite by this author. There were times that I didn't really like the heroine. I loved the hero Eric (twin brother to Jason the hero from Chasing Stanley), he was a small town boy who made it to the big time. I also loved revisiting Jason and Delilah. If your going to picked up a book by Ms. Martin I would start with Body Check.

I still enjoyed this book and she is still an auto buy for me.

Rating 3.75!!

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas



Book Description:
Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.
Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…


Review:

All I'm going to say is that I loved this book. I don't think there is a book that Lisa Kleypas hasn't written that I didn't like. I just recently read both her contemporary books and loved them both.

I loved the way she tied up the loose ends from Mine Till Midnight. To really appreciate this story I would read Mine Till Midnight which is the first book in the Hathaway Series. I liked that not only do you re-visit the characters, but the story is also told from their point of view which I loved.

Rating 5 stars!!

Check out the first Hathaway book....




Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fangs for the Memories by Kathy Love



From the Back Cover:
Oh, Brother!
I'm watching my brother swagger through our New York City apartment...smiling. Rhys, the detached, surly man who turned brooding into an art form. But he's not brooding now. No, he's practically threatening to pistol whip me for shaking hands with the beautiful, half-dressed creature named Jane who just tried to sneak out of his bedroom. Weird. Brother Grim has a sex drive?
That's not all that has me freaked out. Something terrible happened last night, something that made Rhys break his own rule and save the life of a mortal. Trouble is he doesn't remember anything from the past two hundred years. Like that he's a vampire, not a Regency viscount with an English accent.
All I know is this mortal woman has managed to touch my brother's frozen heart, and I, Sebastian Young, will do whatever it takes to help him keep her...

Review:
This is the first book in the Young Brother Vampire Series. The plot is very interesting.
A vampire with selective amnesia. Rhys believes it's 1780 and that he is a viscount in England. He wants to forget all the horrible things that have happen so he can be with Jane guilt free. Rhys' brother gets Jane to go along with this so not the shock Rhys with the truth. I enjoyed this story and can't wait to check out the rest of the series.

Rating 3.75!!



Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas


Review:
I loved this book. It took me a long to time to give this book a chance. I don't like when one of my favorite authors changes genres. Another thing that had me skipping this was that it is told in the first person.
After seeing so many great reviews about this book I decided I had to give it a try. So I decided to download it onto my Ipod and listen to it as I drive back and forth to work. I am so glad I did. This was a great story!! I got about half way through listening to the book and decided that I am going to buy and read it also.
I not going to really give a review there are so many reviews already. I'm just glad I gave this book a shot and I have already downloaded Blue Eyed Devil onto my IPod. I can't wait for Jack Travis' story to come out in March.
If you are like me and don't think you will like reading stories told in the first person, please give this book a chance.
Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors and is an auto buy for my both historical and contemporary!!
Rating 5!!!!!

Hot Property by Carly Phillips


Book Description:

How can he keep his eye on the ball when she's in view? Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare. Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track. Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming...


Review:

John and Amy seem like opposites at first. Then as you get to know both of them you realize how alike they are. Both have spent most of there adult lives taking care of their families. Amy trying to live up to what she think will make her deceased dad proud. John being pulled in different directions by his family.


I think John and Amy are a great couple and I enjoyed their story.


I love sport romances. Doesn't matter what sport!!

I have read all of Carly Phillips' books about the Hot Zone Agency. This is the last book in her Hot Zone series. To really enjoyed the story I would read the other books in the series first.

1. Hot Stuff

2. Hot Number

3. Hot Item


If you like sport romances check out these authors:

Deirdre Martin

Kate Angell

Rachel Gibson

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Rating 4!!

Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood


Book Description: In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, she rode again through the fortress gates, disguised as a peasant...to seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, the powerful baron who had routed the murderers.He heard her pleas, resisted her demands, and vowed to seduce his beautiful subject. Yet as Elizabeth fought the warrior's caresses, love flamed for this gallant man who must soon champion her cause...and capture her spirited heart!


Review:

I enjoyed this story. I love the fighting between Geoffrey and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a very independent woman (especially for the time period). Geoffrey is the typical alpha-male (which I loved) wanting to take of the "little woman" who didn't need to be taken care of. I also enjoyed the mystery of who killed Elizabeth's family.

Rating 4 stars!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall Into Reading 2008 Challenge


Katrina at Callapidder Days is hosting a fall reading challenge. The rules are easy: You can pick any number of books to read between 9/22/08 and 12/20/08. Your list can change at anytime. And there are prizes. If you would like to join head over to Callapidder Days to find out more and sign up for the challenge.

Below is the list of the books I hope to read for this challenge.

1. Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

2. Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries

3. Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann

4. Paradise Wild by Johanna Lindsey

5. Fangs for the Memories by Kathy Love

6. Houston We Have a Problem by Erin McCarthy

7. Banner O'Brien by Linda Lael Miller

8. The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood

9. Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

10. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

11. Power Play by Deirdre Martin

12. Hot Property by Carly Phillips

13. What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie

14. Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill

15. Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

16. At His Command by Brenda Coulter

17. Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney

18. Who Needs Mistletoe? by Kate Hoffmann

Monday, September 15, 2008

Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis


Book Description:

Zach Thomas risks his life battling flames every day. But since sexy EMT Brooke O'Brian joined the crew, he can't resist playing with fire. Brooke is feisty, a little uptight…and sexy as hell. And as Zach soon discovers, she's definitely hot stuff between the sheets. Still, every firefighter knows that the hotter the blaze, the faster the action's over….
After the whirlwind ride Zach's been taking her on, Brooke is ready to do anything for this man-in and out of bed! But she knows footloose and fancy-free Zach doesn't do commitment. So she plans to build up a five-alarm fire between them. The kind he won't ever want to put out…
My Review:
I love books about firefighters. The firefighters in this book are hot, hot, hot!!! I though Zach and Brooke story was beautifully told. You also meet all the characters that work in the fire house, some you know are going to get their own story. There was also I nice mystery that surprise me. Even if you don't usually read Harlequin, I would definitely pick up this book.
I picked this book for the fall reading challenge I am doing over at shelfari.com. I had to pick one book based on the cover, need I say more......
Rating 4.5

Sunday, September 14, 2008

One Night Stand by Cindy Kirk



Book Description:

Weddings can make a girl a little crazy…


Which is probably why Marcee Robbens found herself in the arms of a sexy stranger before the bouquet was even tossed at her best friend’s wedding. And after a night of knee-weakening kisses in handsome Sam McKelvey’s arms, even happily single Marcee is humming the wedding march. So when the sun comes up and Sam hits the road, the usually touch-as-nails beauty finds herself nursing a tender heart…
Sam’s not the kind of guy who would have a super-hot hook-up with a woman he barely knows. But something had him mesmerized—enough for this usually sensible single dad to abandon his responsibilities for one unforgettable night. But Sam never thought his one night stand would turn up as his new next-door neighbor. Or that once he glimpsed the soft side of this captivating woman, he’d find himself falling in love…

My Review: I will admit I pick up this book base on the cover and the title. I thought it would be a quick, fun read. I was right. The chemistry between Marcee and Sam was very hot. I also like the secondary story between Sam's daughter and Marcee's half brother. It also had one of my favorite themes and that's when the hero or heroine go back to home to face some demons. So if your looking for a quick read I would definitely recommend this book.


Rating 3.75