Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September Wrap Up

I can't believe that September is over. Summer is offically over and Fall is upon us. Pretty soon it will be snowing!!

I didn't read a lot books in September, but I read some really good ones. I discovered two new authors Colleen Gleason and Beth Cornelison.

Healing Luke by Beth Cornelison ~ 4.75 stars

Causing Havoc by Lori Foster ~ 4.5 stars

Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye ~ 5 stars ~ reviewing coming in November!

Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason ~ 5 stars

Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason ~ 4 stars

The Pregancy Test by Erin McCarthy ~ 3.5 stars

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas ~ 4.5 stars

How was your reading for September?

Waiting on a Wednesday ~ His At Night by Sherry Thomas

"Waiting on Wednesday" is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I was sitting down to write my review for Sherry Thomas' Not Quite a Husband. I went to her website for a book description and saw that the cover for her new book being released in May 2010.

After reading Not Quite a Husband I'm looking forward to reading this.....
He is England's most foolish lordling. She is a very desperate young woman—and still not desperate enough to want him for a husband. But Fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans and Elissande finds herself married to a man whose vast idiocy makes her teeth hurt—from clenching them so hard!
But is Lord Vere really a hopeless cretin, or has Elissande accidentally married the one man who keeps his secrets as well as she does hers? And once Lord Vere gets over his shock of being shackled to a young lady who seems to be everything he doesn't want—if only he could stop desiring her madly—will he discover that she is the one who holds the key to his long-locked heart?

Book Description from author's website.

Have you read a Sherry Thomas book?

Do you have a favorite?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Review ~ Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas

Rating 4.5!!

Book Description (from the author's website): Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith's. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn't possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?
Leo has no reason to think Bryony could ever forgive him for the way he treated her, but he won't rest until he’s delivered an urgent message from her sister—and fulfilled his duty by escorting her safely back to England. But as they risk their lives for each other on the journey home, will the biggest danger be the treacherous war around them—or their rekindling passion?

My Thoughts: This was my first book by Sherry Thomas. I really enjoyed the story it had a lot of different elements that you don't see in historical romance. There was the location the story mostly took place in India and what it now Pakistan. It also took place at the turn of the century (1897). The couple is divorced and the heroine is a doctor. So with all those different elements it made for a different and refreshing romance novel. I'm not usually a fan of books that focus around a huge misunderstanding between the hero and heroine, but Ms. Thomas made this work. Bryony was a great heroine she was very strong and independent. Leo was great he is what I would call a Beta hero. I thought that they complimented each other. I did find the location a little confusing I kept googling the different places so I would have an idea of where they were. If you are looking for something a little different I would definitely give Sherry Thomas a try.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Royal's Romance Reading Challenge - Completed

The ladies at Royal Reviews hosted a challenge. For this challenge you had to read seven books in six months. To complete the challenge the title or author's name will need to begin with the letters R-O-M-A-N-C-E and must be classified as a romance novel (this includes as romance sub genre including contemporary, historical or paranormal).

My final list:
R ~ Too Hot to Handle by Robin Kaye

O ~ One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

M ~ Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

A ~ At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost

N ~ Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas

C ~ Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

E ~ To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

This was a really fun challenge. I hope the ladies host another challenge soon!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another Fun Challenge

Katrina at CallapidderDays is hosting the Fall Into Reading challenge once again. This is a fun challenge. It's also a good challenge if your new at reading challenges. So click over to CallapidderDays for all the info.

Here is my tentative list, subject to change:

1. The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason

2. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason

3. As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason

4. England's Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

5. Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

6. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

7. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas

8. Smart Mouth by Erin McCarthy

9. Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

10. To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

11. Can't Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards

12. Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas

13. To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt

14. The Pregnancy Test by Erin McCarthy

15. Castles by Julie Garwood

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Review ~ The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

5 Stars!!

Beneath the glitter of dazzling 19th-century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil...

Book Description (from author's website): Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long taken over the world.
In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.
But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria's heart is torn between London's most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.

My Thoughts: If you are looking for something a little different in your romance novels look no further then the Gardella Chronicles. This is the first book in a 5 book series it takes paranormal and combines it with the Regency time period.
When I say that this is a different type of romance I mean that you don’t really know who the hero is or who Victoria will ultimately end up with.
Victoria is a vampire slayer or a Venator she is given this legacy by her aunt who is also her mentor.
There are three men that Victoria is involved with through out the book. There is Max who is a fellow Venator. He was not born a Venator he had to go through certain tests to become one. There is a lot of chemistry between Victoria and Max. He is always there for her as she is learning how to be a vampire slayer. There is the mysterious Sebastion who is the bad boy that you’re not sure you can trust, but there is just something about him. There is also Phillip who is the normal guy who Victoria can never tell him what she is.

So who does Victoria end up with? I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say that make sure you have the second available after you finish this one or you will be very mad!!

There is a lot that happens in this book and I don’t want to give any spoilers.

Pick up this series if you’re looking for something a little different. Do you like historials? Do you like paranormals? Then you definitely want to pick up this book.

Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Book Description (from Meet three sexy ranchers-who also happen to be vampires-in the first of a new series by the national bestselling author of Wild Instinct. Allie always desired mysterious, sexy rancher Caleb Johnson, but he never seemed to notice her. Until the night she's attacked by a vicious animal, and rescued by a shapeshifting vampire that she almost seems to recognize: the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. That's because her savior is Caleb, and now he has no choice but to bring Allie into the shadows with him-to protect her from a rival werewolf pack, and to finally reveal his true feelings for the woman he's been afraid to love.

Sarah McCarty is an author that I just discovered last year. I read Caine's Reckoning and Sam's Creed which is part of her Hell's Eight series which are very steamy historical westerns. They were really good reads. I can't wait to see Ms. McCarty's take on the paranormal.

Have you read anything by Sarah McCarty?

Do you have a favorite?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NEW ~ New Moon Trailer

I haven't read the Twilight books, but I have seen the movie. I'm very excited about New Moon. I found this new trailer. Looks so good!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Countdown Challenge ~ 2010 Edition ~ is hosting the Countdown Challenge again this year. Below are the rules. I had a lot of fun trying to complete this challenge last year.

The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 10 books from 2010, 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 55.
This challenge lasts from 9/9/09 through 10/10/10.
Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.
Sign up using Mr. Linky.
Have fun reading!

I'm still working my list!!

Countdown Challenge ~ Wrap Up

I wasn't able to complete this, but I had a lot of fun trying. Here is what I read for this challenge....

Countdown Challenge ~ Book List ~

2009 ~DONE~
1 Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann ~ 5 stars!!!
2 Tangeled up in Love by Heidi Betts ~ 4.5 stars!!!
3 Sunset Bay by Susan Mallery ~4 stars!!
4 What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ~ 4.5 stars!!!
5 Montana Creeds: Logan by Linda Lael Miller ~ 4 stars!!
6 Montana Creeds: Dylan by Linda Lael Miller ~ 4 stars!!
7 Montana Creeds: Tyler by Linda Lael Miller ~ 3.5 stars!!
8 For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper ~ 4.75 stars!!
9 Vision in White by Nora Roberts ~ 4.5 stars!

2008 ~ DONE ~
1 Cutting Loose by Susan Andersen ~ 3.75 stars ~
2 Diamond in the Rough by Marie Ferrarella ~ 3 stars ~
3 Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery ~ 4 stars ~
4 Sweet Spot by Susan Mallery ~ 4 stars ~
5 Sweet Trouble by Susan Maller ~ 4 stars ~
6 Echanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy ~ 4.5 stars ~
7 One Night Stand by Cindy Kirk ~3.75 stars ~
8 Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis ~ 4.5 stars ~

1 Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas ~ 5+++ stars ~
2 Fangs for the Memories by Kathy Love ~ rating 3.75
3 Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ~ rating 5 ~
4 Crazy in Love by Lani Diane Rich ~ rating 3.5 ~
5 Wicked and Wild in Scotland by Melody Thomas ~ 3.5 stars ~
6 Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning ~ 5 stars ~
7 Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost ~ 5 stars ~

1 Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries ~4.5 starts
2 Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill ~ 4 stars
3 Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning ~ 5 stars ~
4 One Foot Foward by Rose Middleton ~ 4 stars ~

1 Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare ~ 4.5 stars ~
2 Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery ~ 4.5 stars ~
3 To Die For by Linda Howard ~ 4 stars ~

2004 ~ DONE ~
1 Houston, We Have Problem by Erin McCarthy ~ rating 4 ~
2 Northern Lights by Nora Roberts ~ rating 4.5 ~
3 Light My Fire by Jane Graves ~ rating 3.75 ~
4 The Sun Witch by Linda Winstead Jones ~

1 Love With a Scandalous Lord by Sabrina Jeffries ~ 4 stars ~

1 Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris ~ 4 stars ~

2001 ~ DONE ~
1 This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ~ 5+++ stars ~

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Review - Healing Luke by Beth Cornelison

Rating 4.75!!

Book Description (from author's website):
Ladies' man Luke Morgan has the world at his feet until a freak explosion leaves him burned and bitter. Luke's family offers gutsy occupational therapist Abby Stanford a job facilitating Luke's physical therapy, but Luke wants no part of his family's schemes or Abby's help. When sparks fly between Luke and Abby, Luke must face his deepest fears in order to claim the woman who brought his family together and taught him the real meaning of love.

My Thoughts: What I loved about this book is that you are with Luke when the accident happens and you see Luke dealing with his recovery. Most times when you read a romance novel the accident has happen either months or years ago. You are with Luke while he is trying to recover from this horrible accident. I believe in guardian angels and I think that Luke's guardian angel send Abby to him to help deal with everything that happen to him due to his accident. I loved watching Luke as he tried to overcome all these obstacles. As I was reading this I kept thinking what would I do if such a freak accident happen to me? How would I deal with burn scars and losing an eye? How would I adapt? I feel the author did a great job making the reader feel like they were going through this with Luke. The love that blossom between Luke and Abby was just icing on the cake.

I can't wait for the next book from Beth Cornelison.