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

Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy

Book Description:

In a world where magic ruled everything, Felicity Seymour couldn’t perform even the simplest spell. If she didn’t pass her testing, she’d lose her duchy—and any hope of marriage. But one man didn’t seem to mind her lack of dowry: a darkly delicious baronet who had managed to scare away the rest of London’s Society misses. Sir Terence Blackwell knew the enchanting woman before him wasn’t entirely without magic. Not only could she completely disarm him with her gorgeous lavender eyes and frank candor, but his were-lion senses could smell a dark power on her—the same kind of relic-magic that had killed his brother. Was she using it herself, or was it being used against her? One needed a husband, and the other needed answers. But only together could they find the strongest magic of all: true love.



My Review:
I read this book for 2 challenges. Fall Reading Challenge and What an Animal challenge. I really enjoyed this book. I loved how different it was. Felicity and Terrance were great separately and together. There was their love story and then each had their own story and they came together in the end. I don't read a lot of paranormal/shape shifter type stories, but after reading this one I'm starting to change my mind.

Rating 4.5


Sweet Trouble by Susan Mallery


Book Description:

Home, sweet home?
Jesse Keyes has done some serious growing up. With a steady job and a vibrant four-year-old son, she's in a far better place than when she left Seattle five years ago…pregnant and misunderstood by almost everyone in her life.
Now it’s time to go home and face her demons. But her sisters, Claire and Nicole, aren’t exactly impressed with the new and improved Jesse. And then there’s Matt, Gabe’s father, who makes it clear that he never wants to see her again despite the lust that still smolders between them.
Jesse doesn’t know if she can make up for all the mistakes of her past. But the promise of sweet nights with Matt might just give her the extra incentive she needs to make it worth the trouble…


My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It's the last book of the Keyes Sister trilogy, it takes 5 years after the first and second stories. I like the way the sister finally come together and start acting like sisters. I also enjoyed the story between Jesse and Matt, I liked the way Ms. Mallery switch between the past and present. It flowed nicely which doesn't always happen with that type of story. I thought Matt took a little to long forgiving Jesse, but I like the way she made him grovel in the end.

I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being able to read 3 of Susan Mallery's stories right in a row was great!!


Rating 4.75

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sweet Spot by Susan Mallery (Keyes Sister #2)

Book Description: If only her life was more sinful than sweet…
“Responsibility” should be Nicole Keyes’s middle name. After all, not many people would sacrifice their lives to run the family bakery and raise a younger sibling. But with Nicole’s twin sister now blissfully married and her younger sis turning out more femme fatale than girl next door, superreliable Nicole is getting sick of putting everyone else’s needs first!
Enter Hawk. The deliciously sexy former NFL player offers Nicole a taste of the freedom she craves. Hawk may know the way, blindfolded, to her sweet spot, but Nicole’s not about to let him get close enough to break her heart. Of course, she might not have a choice in the matter if Hawk’s past keeps getting in the way of their present…


Book Review:

I was curious to see what Ms. Mallory was going to do for Nicole's story. In Sweet Talk Nicole was very hard on Claire and came across as a bit of a b*tch. I liked that about Nicole and I was happy to see that even though she's a little bit softer, you still saw a lot of the toughness that was in the first book.

Nicole feels she has gotten a raw deal in life. Her twin sister Claire left when she was six because she was a piano prodigy and has just reconnected with her after 20 years. She caught her baby sister that she practiclly raised in a comprising position with her husband. She is also still recovering from knee surgery. So Nicole has had a rough few months.

I love Hawk and Nicole I felt there was more chemistry between them then there was with Claire and Wyatt. There is also a secondary storyline between Hawk's daughter Brittany and the Raoul (foster kid that Nicole takes in).


Rating 4.75

Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery (Keyes Sister #1)

Book Description:
Is there anything sweeter than a first love?
Don’t ask Claire Keyes. The twenty-eight-year old piano prodigy has never had a regular boyfriend, much less a real romance. Her music career has left little room for friends or family — which is just part of the reason she’s estranged from her two sisters.
But now Nicole is sick, and Jesse is AWOL. Despite the fact that Claire can’t boil water, she’s determined to play caretaker. Connecting with her sisters tops her to-do list….along with falling in love, or at least in lust, for the first time.
Ambitious? Maybe. But a girl’s gotta dream. And ruggedly sexy Wyatt is a dream come true. Although he keeps telling himself that he and Claire come from entirely different worlds, he lights up hotter than a bakery oven whenever Claire is near. If this keeps up, she just might sweet-talk him into her bed….and her life.

My Thoughts:
Claire Keyes is trying to take her life back after having it controlled by her overbearing manager since she was six years. So when she gets a call from her baby sister Jesse asking her to come home and help take care of her other sister Nicole so jumps at it. When the story starts Claire is not very self sufficient she doesn’t know how to cook or do laundry. My favorite scene is when driving for the first time since getting her license she realizes that she has to drive on the freeway. I thought it was very funny.
I have read some reviews that didn’t like Claire’s twin sister Nicole she has a very hard time accepting Claire back into her life. I liked Nicole I thought she was very real. I think when you have thought of someone one way for years and all of sudden you realized you were wrong it’s hard to accept that. I couldn't wait to read Nicole’s story.

Wyatt is a loving father and a great friend. He has his dumb moments, but overall he was a good hero.



One thing I didn’t like is I thought the Claire and Nicole’s relationship overshadowed Claire and Wyatt just a little bit.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.
Susan Mallery is on my auto buy list. What is really great about this trilogy is that all three are already out. They were released Jul, Aug and Sep.


Rating 4.75

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

AAR Top 100 Romance Novels (2007)

My friend Cindy W created a group at Shelfari for AAR's Top 100 Romance Books (she was inspired Melinda P to do this as she is also plowing her way through the 100 too). You can do this as a challenge, which will end 10/1/09, or you can join the group to get some great ideas. Please contact Cindy if you'd like to get the list in excel format. If you are joining, and have a blog, are you going to keep track of it on the blog? If so, how?

I have changed my mind on how I'm going to track which titles I read for this challenge. I'm borrowing the idea from Beth (carpoolqueen).

I'm going to update this post as I read the titles I'm also going to put the challenge in the sidebar.
Purple = Already Read
Red = in my TBR pile

1. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

2. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

5. Flowers From The Storm byLaura Kinsale

6. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

7. Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas

8. Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

9. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cruise

10. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

11. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

12. Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

13. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

14. It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

15. Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase

16. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

17. The Bride by Julie Garwood

18. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

19. Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

20. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh

21. Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

22. Dream Man byLinda Howard

23. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

24. Paradise by Judith McNaught


25.
As You Desire by Connie Brockway

26. MacKenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard

27. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward


28. The Secret by Julie Garwood

29. Son Of The Morning by Linda Howard

30. Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward


31. Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens


32. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

33. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

34. To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney


35. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught


36. Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


37. The Shadow and The Star by Laura Kinsale


38. Cry No More by Linda Howard

39. A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught


40.
Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

41. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts


42. Ravished by Amanda Quick

43. Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas


44. To Die For by Linda Howard


45. Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught


46. This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

47. The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

48. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas


49. The Proposition by Judith Ivory


50. Honors Splendor by Julie Garwood


51. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood


52. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


53. When He by Was Wicked Julia Quinn

54. Persuasion by Jane Austen

55. All Through The Night by Connie Brockway

56. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

57. Born In Fire by Nora Roberts

58. Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney

59. Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

60. Out Of Control by Suzanne Brockmann

61. After The Night by Linda Howard

62. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas

63. The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

64. Once and Always by Judith McNaught

65. More Than A Mistress by Mary Balogh

66. Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory

67. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

68. The Rake by Mary Jo Putney

69. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

70. Perfect by Judith McNaught

71. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

72. The Duke by Gaelen Foley

73. One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney

74. Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney

75. The Windflower by Laura London

76. Dream A Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


77. Frederica by Georgette Heyer

78. Passion by Lisa Valdez


79. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

80. The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone

81. Morning Glory by Lavryle Spencer

82. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas

83. Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth


84.
My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway

85. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas

86. Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer

87. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

88. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

89. For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale

90. Rising Tides by Nora Roberts

91. Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward

92. Open Season by Linda Howard


93. Born In Ice by Nora Roberts

94. Ransom by Julie Garwood

95. Venetia by Georgette Heyer


96. Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase


97. Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

98. The Notorious by Rake Mary Balogh

99. The Prize by Julie Garwood

100. Slave To Sensation by Nalini Singh