Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Read Around the Genres Challenge


This challenge is being hosted by Cindy W.

This challenge can be done with any other challenge. It’s pretty simple.

Here’s the Deal:

-On your blog, post a link back to my post that you are participating in the challenge.

-Leave a comment on my blog that your post is up.

-Challenge will run from September 1 – December 15 (That means you started reading the book after 9/1)

-Post reviews on your blog for all 10 books

-Leave a comment when you are done with your 10 and post a Challenge Wrap up of your list.


Trophies up for grab:

-First Person Completed (leave me a post when you’re completely done)

-Most Pages Read (applies to these 10 books)

-Least amount of Authors read (JD Robb and Nora Roberts count as 2 authors)

-Challenge Winner (a random drawing will be held for all who complete the challenge)


Here’s my list:

1. Pirate or Viking - What a Pirate Desires by Michelled Beattie~completed~
2. Vampire - Fangs but no Fangs by Kathy Love ~completed~
3. Contemporary - Hot Property by Carly Phillips ~completed~
4. Chick Lit - Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella ~completed~
5. Medieval - Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood ~completed~
6. Time Travel - Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill ~completed~
7. Romantic Suspense - Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney ~completed~
8. Inspirational - At His Command by Brenda Coulter ~completed~
9. Historical - Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas ~completed~
10. Paranormal - Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy ~completed~

You can always check out allaboutromance.com if you need some help. They have a powersearch tool that you can search genre only! Good luck and Have fun!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Summer Romance Reading Challenge Wrap Up

I finished my first reading challenge!!!
I have included my final list of books I read for this challenge below along with the Wrap Up Questions.
1. Title that includes a Flower: Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
2. Title that includes the word 'Love': Love with a Scandalous Lord
3. Title that has a wedding word: Tall Tales & Wedding Veils by Jane Graves
4. Title with a Color word: Black Rose by Nora Roberts
5. Book with a one word title: Incognito by Kate Hoffman
6. Read one new author: Caine's Reckoning by Sarah McCarty
7. Title that includes the word Prince or Princess: One Night with a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries
8. Title with a jewel in the title: Diamond in the Rough by Marie Ferrarella
9. Title with a work that makes you think summer: How to Knit a Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgway
10. Title includes a 'W' word any word: The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
11. Title that includes a number: Once Smitten, Twice Shy by Lori Wilde
12. Title with a time word: After the Night by Linda Howard
13. Title with Lord or Lady in the title: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
14. Author whose first/last name starts with 'J': No Choice but Seduction by Johanna Lindsey
15. Author whose first/last nanes starts with 'A': Cutting Loose by Susan Andersen

If you could recommend ONE book for others to read in the Fall Challenge, what would it be and why?
That would be either Tall Tales & Wedding Veils or One Night With a Prince.


What was the worst book you read? Diamond in the Rough by Marie Ferrarella





Was there an author you found that you LOVED or HATED? I found that I still love Nora Roberts after not reading her for awhile. I discovered Jane Graves and I'm trying to get her backlist. I didn't read anything that I really hated.





Did you review books that were reveiwed by other readers? If so, were the reviews alike or totally different? I had a couple of books that other people read. My reviews were pretty much the same as the others.





Any other Comments or Suggestions? This was my first reading challenge and I have to say I have become a challenge addict. I'm always looking on people's blog for new ones.

After the Night by Linda Howard


FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel.
GRAY ROUILLARD: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott -- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To care for her was impossible, unthinkable...because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her.



Review:
This is the last book I read for the challenge and I changed it from another title because Cindy W’s review intrigued me. I have just recently discovered Linda Howard, I have read Mr. Perfect and Dream Man. Even though this book wasn’t as good as those two I still enjoyed this book. I liked the storyline of the poor girl coming back to her hometown to show everyone that she made something of herself. I did have two problems with this story. The first is that Faith’s childhood was so horrible I didn’t really understand why she wanted to move back there. The second part was the relationship between Faith and Gray. I understand why Gray was so mad at anyone named Devlin, but I felt that he was to mean for to long. I would still recommend this book, but I would tell someone to read Mr. Perfect or Dream Man first.


Rating 4!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Diamond in the Rough by Marie Ferrarella


Book Description:
Miranda Shaw's world shattered the instant her star pitcher father was accused of cheating—and her family was destroyed forever. Decades later, the last thing she needed was some sportswriter digging into their business. No matter how handsome and charming he was...
Mike Marlowe knew there was more to the story—and to the beautiful, elusive woman who stirred him even more than sniffing out a scoop. But Miranda was as fiercely protective of her heart as she was of her family name. Mike's relentless pursuit of the truth could rob him of the real headline: true love!
Review:
This was the first Silhouette Special Edition that I have read in a while. I find it hard to review this book, because even though I enjoyed the story and it was a quick read. The characters weren't as developed as they might have had this been a longer book. The end was a little to neat and tidy. I did enjoy it enough that I will read the next book in the series.
Rating 3 stars!!

Love with a Scandalous Lord by Lorraine Heath


Rating 4 stars

Book Description:
You first met Lydia Westland in A ROGUE IN TEXAS. Her mother, Abbie, married the dashing English rogue, Grayson Rhodes. Now Grayson has been called home to pay his respects to his ailing father, and he's taken his new family with him...
Lydia wants nothing more than to be seen as a lady, to be accepted by the peerage, and to marry nobility. She loves the rules, the etiquette, and the glamour of London. She believes her father's half-brother, the Marquess of Blackhurst, can help her achieve her goal.
But Rhys Rhodes has lived much of his life in the shadows where polite society's dark secrets flourish. To help Lydia will mean revealing his infamous past. But when the innocent lady steals his heart, how can he not risk losing all that he holds dear--including her--in order to ensure she obtains all she dreams of?
Review:
I really enjoyed Rhys and Lydia story. One of the things I liked is that Lydia makes no secret that she has longed for the glitter of the London's ballrooms. I have read so many historical romances where American ladies come to London and hate everything about the 'ton'. I also loved Rhys he was the spare that was never meant to be Duke. I don't want to give any spoilers.
I would suggest reading Heath's Rogues in Texas trilogy first.
A Rogue in Texas (which introduces Lydia as a young girl)
Never Love a Cowboy
Never Marry a Cowboy

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Challenge


I have become a challenge addict!! I join another challenege that is being hosted by Reading, Writing and Ranting. This is a great idea and hope everyone will join!!


So you want to support your country this Olympics but the extent of your sporting expertise is running from bookstore to bookstore searching for the latest Philippa Gregory novel? Well then do I have a challenge for you!
For the entire period of the Olympic Games (08 August 08 till 24 August 08) I'll be hosting a unique mini-challenge. It's country against country in the battle to prove your reading patriatism. The ultimate prize will be awarded to the individual who earns the most gold medals - a US $20 Amazon.com Gift Voucher. The runner up will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Voucher. Both 1st and 2nd place will also receive a special 'winner' badge to place on their blog.
How it Works...
1) You are to read as many books possible written by authors from your own country during the period the Olympics are on. The genre and length of the books will be up to you.
2) Each time you finish a book, post your name, country, blog address, book title and author as a comment. That will earn yourself and your country a silver medal. If you do all the above plus post a link to your review of the book you earn yourself and your country a gold medal.
3) A running country medal tally will be kept down the right hand side of this blog as well as the individual currently topping the leader board.
4) To win the Amazon Gift Voucher, you must be a gold medal winner (ie you must have submitted a review).
5) I don't mind if you've read the books before or were half-way through when the challenge started either.

Cutting Loose by Susan Andersen

Book Description:
Jane thinks nothing can make her lose her cool.
But the princess of propriety blows a gasket the night she meets the contractor restoring the Wolcott mansion. Devlin Kavanagh’s rugged sex appeal may buckle her knees, but the man is out of control! Jane had to deal with theatrics growing up — she won’t tolerate them in someone hired to work on the house she and her best friends have just inherited.
Dev could renovate the mansion in his sleep. But ever since the prissy owner spotted him jet-lagged, exhausted and hit hard by a couple of welcome-home drinks, she’s been on his case. Yet there’s something about her. Jane hides behind conservative clothes and a frosty manner, but her seductive blue eyes and leopard-print heels hint at a woman dying to cut loose!Jane thinks nothing can make her lose her cool.
But the princess of propriety blows a gasket the night she meets the contractor restoring the Wolcott mansion. Devlin Kavanagh’s rugged sex appeal may buckle her knees, but the man is out of control! Jane had to deal with theatrics growing up — she won’t tolerate them in someone hired to work on the house she and her best friends have just inherited.
Dev could renovate the mansion in his sleep. But ever since the prissy owner spotted him jet-lagged, exhausted and hit hard by a couple of welcome-home drinks, she’s been on his case. Yet there’s something about her. Jane hides behind conservative clothes and a frosty manner, but her seductive blue eyes and leopard-print heels hint at a woman dying to cut loose!
Review:
One of the things I like about this book was the Hero. Dev is not a cop or in the military, he is just a regular guy who comes home from Europe to help with the family business while his brother is battling cancer. Jane was a good heroine having survived her less than wonderful childhood she has some hang ups that Dev helps her with.
This starts the trilogy featuring Jane and her two childhood friends Poppy and Ava. By the end of this book you kinda know who Poppy's hero is going to be, but we have to wait until next summer to see for sure. The one thing I didn't like about this book is that you also get the point of view of the bad guy, which I didn't really enjoy. So instead of 4 stars I'm going to give it 3.75.
Rating 3.75

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What an Animal Reading Challenge



I decided to join another challenge. This challenge is being hosted by Kristi (Passion for the Page).

The rules are simple:

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of these requirements:
a. an animal in the title of the book
b. an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal that plays a major role in the bookd. a main character that is or turns into an animal (define that however you'd like ;>))..

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragons, mermaids, centaurs, fairies, vampires...you get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. You can still sign up after July 1st as long as you can get 6 books read by June 30th ;>).

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or just list them as you find them.

6. Books may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossover books with other challenges is permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.



My List:
1.) Echanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy ~DONE~
2.) Fangs for the Memories by Kathy Love ~DONE~
3.) The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood ~DONE~

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

July Book Blowout Challenge Comes to a Close


Thank-you Mrs. S for hosting this challenge.

My goal for the July Book Blowout was to read 12 books between July 1st and July 31st. I fell far short of my goal. Between working two jobs I just didn't have as much time to read as I usually do. I did read 7.


1. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase {4 stars}

2. Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts {5 stars}

3. Black Rose by Nora Roberts {5 stars}

4. Red Lily by Nora Roberts {5 stars}

5. Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockman {5 stars!!!!!}

6.Incognito by Kate Hoffman {4 stars}

7. Sam's Creed by Sarah McCarty {4 stars}
Mrs. S from Blue Archipelago asked everyone to answer a few wrap up questions:
1. Did you discover a new author? I didn't read any new authors for this challenge.
2. Where was the most unusual place you found yourself reading? Work (shhh don't tell)
3. Did you read more than usual? Sadly no, I actually read less. Due to working 2 jobs.
4. Did you give up anything in order to read more? Not really
5. If you won the Amazon voucher what would you spend it own? Books (of course!!)
6. Would you like to see a 2009 Book Blowout? Absolutely!!