Saturday, January 31, 2009

Broken Wing by Judith James

Rating 4.75!!!

Book Description: Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, Gabriel St. Croix has never known tenderness, friendship or affection. Although fluent in sex, he knows nothing of love. Lost and alone inside a nightmare world, all he’s ever wanted was companionship and a place to belong. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy fa├žade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy’s family has found him, and they are coming to take him home.
Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother’s disappearance. When he’s located, safe and unharmed despite where he as been living. Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own.
Becoming a mercenary, pirate and a professional gambler, Gabriel travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again and all he knows of love. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey, and the greatest gamble of all, is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.


My Review: I'm not sure I can say much more than what has already been said about this book. I thought it was great. I want to thank Cindy W and Kristie's for their great reviews which made me want run out and get this book.

I loved reading as Sarah and Gabriel fell love, all the sweet and natural things that happen as people fall in love. My favorite scenes are when Gabe would come through Sarah's bedroom window. The only thing I didn't like was the long separation where Gabe and Sarah were apart for way to long. I understand why the author did it I just felt it was to long. If you a truly like your tortured hero and sweet understanding heroine make sure you pick up Broken Wing as soon as possible you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Look What I Bought Today!!

I went to the bookstore today and picked up some new releases today......




Do you think I got some good books??








Only His by Elizabeth Lowell


Rating 4.75!!!!

Book Description: With a team of Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War-ravaged home, hoping to join her brother in the Colorado Rockies-entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for vengeance and a woman's tender touch.As wild as the uncivilized land he loves, Caleb Black guides the gently reared Willow with revenge in his heart-challenged at every turn by the spirited southern lady who has become a fever in his blood. . .and who awakens within him need so fierce he must possess her at any cost.

My Review: I love this book. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because Willow had a TSTL moment that brought the book down just a little bit. If you like romances where the hero and heroine are together through out the whole book, you will love this book.

You have your alpha male hero, the heroine was sweet with being annoying (though she did have the TSTL moment towards the end of the book). I listened to this book and just listening to the description of traveling through the mountains.

I'm not usually a fan of stories that center around a BIG secret, but Ms. Lowell made this work for me. I highly recommend this series to everyone.

Light My Fire by Jane Graves



Rating 3.5!!


Book Description: He was too hot to handle. . .Defense attorney Ethan Millner is paid handsomely for his ability to charm a jury while ruthlessly slashing the prosecution. He's living life in the fast lane, until he's slapped with a reckless driving charge and sentenced to forty hours of community service on a crime watch patrol. Now he's under the thumb of the chairman of the city's crime watch council--a beautiful but no-nonsense woman determined to make him pay his debt to society. . . . she couldn't resist the heatSandy DeMarco is familiar with Ethan's cutthroat character in the courtroom, as well as his notorious "bad boy" reputation with women. Still, when Sandy's quiet neighborhood is shaken by a brutal murder and an employee of hers becomes the prime suspect, she knows the accused's only hope is the man who will win at any cost. Working alongside Sandy, Ethan begins to feel sparks of attraction that ignite into love--even as a killer burns to silence those who threaten to uncover his secrets...




My Review: This book is very hard to get, it is always wishlist on PBS and it is always expensive on half.com. So I think I was expecting to much from this book. I like both Ethan and Sandy and one of the things I really liked was the opposite attracts storyline. I didn't really care for the mystery part of the storyline. I thought the chemistry was there, I just didn't love it.

If you are going to try this author I would start with Tall Tales and Wedding Veils.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

TBR Challenge

I have found another Challenge. This is a TBR Challenge that is being hosted by Avid Reader at avidreader.com. Please see the description below.

Welcome to the TBR Challenge for 2009 Info page. TBR Challenge was an idea I had when I was a regular poster at AAR several years ago. As readers, we collect or buy _so_ many books over the years and now we must make a concerted effort to read them. Adopting ebooks as my preferred format has cut down my need to buy paper but I have so many paper books that are waiting TBR and I’d like to actually _read_ them so that I can get _rid_ of them. So, without further ado, please join me and the other readers in this challenge!

This challenge is an OPEN one and it is to be whatever you want it to be. Here is just a list of monthly suggestions for you with another table for reader references. Readers are always welcome to join anytime during the challenge by contacting me here. There are no penalties for skipping a month. No purchase is necessary to join in and you do not need a blog to participate. What you _will_ need is discipline and _enthusiasm_ and a awesome group of readers alongside you to cheer you on!

January was read a Category Romance -
I missed this review period!

February was read a DIK reviewed at AAR -
Broken Wing by Judith James
Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann

March was Historical romance or fiction or mystery -
Wild and Wicked in Scotland by Melody Thomas

April was Urban fantasy, paranormal, SFR or fantasy -
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

May was Friends to lovers or unrequited love -
I missed this review period!


June - Tortured heroes or tortured heroine



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trial by Fire by Jo Davis






Rating 3.75!!


This book has very, very steamy love scenes!!




Book Description: Howard may love being a firefighter and riding his Harley, but there's nothing he values more than his bachelorhood---until a feisty, curvaceous teacher named Kat McKenna falls into his arms at the scene of a blaze and melts the six-foot-six tower of bronzed muscle.
But just as passion ignites of sexual and a thirst for vengeance becomes their worst nightmare.

Review: This book has already be reviewed a lot of the book blogs already so I'm going to give a brief review {most of my reviews are brief. I'm not much of a writer, but I'm trying :-) }. Overall I liked this book. One thing I found very distracting is that they would call a character by their first name and then by their last name or nickname. There were a lot of secondary characters and I found it confusing at times. With that I thought that it was overall a good romance, I thought mystery was pretty good to.


I will definitely be picking up Zack's story that comes out in May '09.








click here to read an excerpt.

Corbin's Fancy by Linda Lael Miller

Rating 4 stars!!

Book Description: When a traveling carnival left Fancy Jordan stranded in the rugged Washington Territory, she thought her luck had run out. Alone, penniless, she welcomed a most intriguing offer --to live in the home of Jeff Corbin's brother, and coax the wounded withdrawn Jeff back to health and happiness.
But a villainous attack on his ship had hurt only his body --- a far deeper sorrow tortured him, heart and soul. For as the beautiful gamine fell deeply in love with this handsome, brooding man, she faced a phantom rival....one that only the most splendid, most heartfelt passion could conquer.

Review: This is the 2nd book in the Corbin Family Series. When we left Jeff at the end of 'Banner O'Brien' you wonder who would be able to help him get over Banner. Fancy is a great heroine, one of my favorite type of heroines are ones that are down on their luck. As the story unfolds you understand why Fancy feels the way she does. I think everyone at some point in there lives have felt not good enough. Jeff is very strong, alpha male it takes him a little to long to figure out his feelings. The a twist at the end that will break your heart and run out to get the next book.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge


Brie at Musings of a Bibliophile is hosting a Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. This sounded like a lot of fun and I love Contemporary Romances. Sign up here.
Rules are as follows:
1. Any contemporary romance of your choice is eligible. By contemporary I mean any book placed in a contemporary setting with no paranormal elements.
2. Read at least one contemporary romance a month and post a review for that book within the month. I haven't set a unified date because I'm not good at sticking to dates, and having no monthly time limit should ensure that everyone in the challenge is able to read at least one contemporary a month.
3. After posting your review leave a link to it here. This will make it easier for me, and anyone else interested, to find your review.
That's it. Please leave a comment letting me know if you want to join in so that I have a complete list of participants to link to each month. Happy reading!

Jan - Light My Fire by Jane Graves
Feb - Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force
Mar - Sunset Bay by Susan Mallery
Apr - For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper
May- Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery
Jun - The Mighty Quinn: Brody by Kate Hoffmann
Jul - Mischief Becomes Her by Kasey Michaels
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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Unread Author Challenge - COMPLETED -

This challenge is being hosted by Pour of Tor. This is a great idea for a challenge!!

The rules:

1.) The challenge will run from August 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009. You may join at any time before or during those six months.
2.) During those six months, read at least SIX books by an author whose work you have never read before.
3.)
You may choose six different "unread" authors to introduce yourself to, or you may choose just one or two and explore their work in greater depth.
4.) Authors may be drawn from any genre of literature. The only requirement is that they be authors whose work you substantially regret not having read yet.
5.) Your choices may overlap with other challenges you have underway.


To join the challenge:
1.) Make your list of at least six unread authors or works.

2.) Write a comment in response to this post expressing your immense, irrepressible desire to join the Unread Authors Challenge. If you have a blog, include a link to the entry in which you lay out your challenge goals. (Be sure to link to the specific entry, rather than to the blog as a whole, for the ease of those who want to view your choices.) If you don't have a blog, type out your list in the comment.
3.) If you would like to join the Unread Authors Blog (which will allow you to post copies of your list and any reviews you write directly to the blog), and you are not already a member, include an email address. I suggest using the format "email AT email DOT com" to avoid evil bots who seek out your email address for their own nefarious purposes. I will then send an invitation to join the blog's authorship to that email address.


**I completed the Unread Author Challenge**

My List:
1.) Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy (will read again)
2.) One Night Stand by Cindy Krik (will read again)
3.) One Smitten Twice Shy by Lori Wilde (will read again)
4.) What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie (new auto buy author)
5.) Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (will read rest of series)
6.) Dancing with Fire by Susan Kearney (probably won't read the author again)
7.) Trial by Fire by Jo Davis (looking forward to the 2nd book)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Butterfly Award




Thank you so much, Emeraldfire. it's beautiful! This is a meme award to be passed on.


The rules are:


1. Post the logo on your blog


2. Add link to the person who awarded it to you


3. Award up to 10 blogs


4. Add links to those blogs in your award post


5. Leave a message for awardee on their blog






Lemonade Blog Award

DeSeRt RoSe from DeSeRt RoSe BoOklogue has awarded me my 2nd blog award. So thank you very much. The Lemonade Award is for blogs with great attitude and/or gratitude. Now I'm supposed to pass it on.. and since no specific number of blogs was indicated I will pass it to..




Cindy Read Romance

Heather's Books

Heather's Reading Romance

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Show and Tell

So today on a lot of blogs people are posting pictures of there book collections. I saw the post first on Cindy W's blog. I thought it sounded like fun so here are some of my pictures. Now my collections is nowhere as neat and organized as lot of peoples. Keep in mind that I work at a book store and get a very nice discount......

This is my book case and the shelves are double stack top and bottom.....






Some close ups.....



























This is my headboard......


Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

Rating 5!!
Review: This is the best book I read (ok technically listened to) in 2008. The way Nora Roberts described Alaska you felt like you were there. Nate takes the job as sheriff in Lunacy, Alaska after tragedy almost destroys his life. A former cop from Baltimore Nate is trying to bring the law to Lunacy. There a ton a secondary characters that make the story even better. Nate and Meg's chemistry just leaps out at you and you watch as they slowly fall in love. The story really gets going when Meg's father who disappeared 16 years ago is found in a mountain cave with an ax in his chest. I don't read a lot of mysteries so it took me a while to guess who the murderer was. One of the things that is really different about this book that I didn't think I would like, is that is told mostly from Nate's point of view with only a few views from Meg's, but it worked. This is a long book at 672 and I probably didn't give it the justice it deserves!!
I loved this book highly recommended!!

Some Like It Wicked by Teresa Medeiros


Rating 4

Book Description: Some like it dangerous...When Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid storms Newgate Prison to seek the help of disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue Simon Wescott, she is prepared to offer him both wealth and freedom. She never dreams the wicked rake will be bold enough to demand a far more sensual prize.Some like it seductive...Simon is shocked to discover the tomboy he met long ago has blossomed into a headstrong temptress. Although he's sworn off being a hero, he can't resist striking a devil's bargain that may very well end up costing him his heart. Some like it wicked...Catriona comes looking for a hero. What she finds is a man...
Review: I loved Simon he is my kind of hero. I love when heroes are bad boys and they stay bad boys. They just become bad boys in love. You can feel him slowly falling in love with Catriona. This has a lot of different themes, marriage of convenience, on the road and Highlanders.
My favorite part is when you think Simon is going to save Catriona, but it doesn't quite work out the way you think it will.

I'm looking for to Connor's story 'Some Like It Wild'



Pamela Darby needs a man—preferably a Highland brute with more brawn than brains. Determined to save her sister from selling her virtue, the resourceful beauty requires a strapping specimen to pose as a duke’s long-lost heir. Pamela plans to collect the generous reward, then send him on his way. Lucky for the brazen beauty, the seductive, silver-eyed highwayman who just held up their carriage could be her man . . . Connor Kincaid has given up on his dream of restoring his clan's honor. And now this plucky Englishwoman is asking him to take part in a risky charade that could land them both on the gallows. Never a man to resist a challenge or the allure of a beautiful woman, Connor strikes the devil’s bargain that could seal both their fates. The highwayman and the hellion journey to London as both enemies and allies—a woman who has everything to gain and a man who has nothing to lose...but his heart.

The Gift by Julie Garwood

Rating 4.5




Book Description: A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan's family from her own...and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome...a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.
Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely -- yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion...for all time!

Review:
Julie Garwood is author I have recently re-discovered. I don't usually laugh out, but there were some parts of this book that were laugh out loud funny. One of my favorite part was when Sara tried to light a fire on a ship!! Also when she made the soup. All of secondary characters that were mostly Nathan's crew were great.
The only thing that stop this from being a 5 was it took Nathan little to long to realize that he loved Sara.
I can't wait to read Castles with Colin's story.

Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas

Rating 4.5!!

Book Description: Reckless and wild, beautiful Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society -- and will break any rule to flaunt her independence. And now she is determined to rescue her helpless sister from an upcoming, undesired marriage to Lord Alex Raiford, the arrogant Earl of Wolverton. Through fair means and foul, the headstrong hellion succeeds outrageously -- but her handsome adversary is not to be outdone. A master gamesman, Lord Alex counters Lily's scorn with kindness, and parries her blistering barbs with gentle words and a soft, sensuous touch. For he has resolved to make the spirited miss pay dearly for her interference -- with her body, her soul...and her stubborn, unyielding heart.

Review: I love Lisa Kleypas, she is one of my favorite authors. I read the sequel Dreaming of You first and it's one of my favorites. I wish I had read this first, because it really sets up Derek' story. You also get to see Derek's and Lily's friendship which was different in this book then it is in Dreaming of You.

Lily is a great! I love historical with a heroine who is unconventional and Lily is definitely unconventional. I don't unusually like when there is a big secret that the hero or heroine is hiding for each other, but Lisa Kleypas even made that work. After reading this I can't wait to go and re-read Dreaming of You.

Flashback by Jill Shalvis

Rating 4.5
Book Description: Firefighter Aidan Donnelly has always battled the flames with trademark icy calm. That is, until a blazing old flame returns—in the shape of sizzling soap star Mackenzie Stafford! Aidan wants to pour water over the unquenchable heat between them. But that just creates more steam….
Kenzie is not the delicate, fragile female she looks like. She has one clear objective, and nothing will stand in the way of her goal—well, nothing but the red-hot touch of a certain dangerously sexy fireman, that is!


Review: This book has two of my favorite themes Firefighters and old loves. I love books where the hero and heroine have had relationship in the past. For such a short book (211 pages) it was a really good story. Great chemistry between the hero and heroine, a decent mystery and a nice twist at the end. I don't want to give to much away. I would recommend reading the first book in the series Flashpoint or you might be a little lost.

Jill Shalvis is a new auto buy author for me and I'm working on getting her backlist.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Crazy in Love by Lani Diane Rich


Rating 3.5!!

Book Description: Flynn Daly needs a drink. Under the crush of family guilt, she's agreed to move out of her dangerous South Boston neghborhood and join the family business. Her first assignment: running the inn left by a deceased aunt Flynn's never hear of. The problem? It's in the middle of the country where there's nature and bugs and no public trasport; her dead aunt is haunting her dreams; and the hotel's bartender is making her lose her mind...in more ways than one.

When bartender Jake Tucker's beloved boss meets an untimely end, he intends to find out who's behind it. If cozying up to the eccentri niece gets him the information he needs, so be it. But once he gets close to that wild hair and captivating smile, he decides that some things are more fun with a partner...even if she sees dead people. After all, for a woman like Flynn, he'd be nuts not go for it.

Review: This book was OK. I enjoyed Jake and Flynn who had really good chemistry. I thought the story started off really good. Flynn isn't the typical spoiled rich girl everyone thinks she is, but she does have trouble keeping a job. So she goes to upstate New York to take care of her aunt's Inn while her Dad and sister prepare to sell it. The aunt haunting Flynn I thought was funny and a cute part of the story. Where the book started to lose me was the crimes Jake was investigating and part of the reason he lost his job as a cop. It was a little of the top. Overall not a bad read.

I already have Flynn's sister book in my TBR pile and I hope to read it in the next couple of months.

Who Needs Mistletoe? by Kate Hoffmann


Rating 4 stars!!
Book Description: Pilot Sophie Madigan practically drools when her last-minute client walks in on Christmas Eve. Wealthy Trey Shelton III has bedroom eyes, a wicked grin and a body to die for! Sophie can't think of any Christmas gift she'd enjoy more…until they're forced to make a crash landing.
Finding himself on a deserted Pacific island isn't exactly the Christmas Eve Trey had in mind. At least, until he and Sophie leave their inhibitions—and their clothes!—behind.
It should have been nothing more than a holiday fling— island-style. Too bad nobody told either of them….

Review: I really enjoyed this story. Whenever I want a fast, easy read I will pick up a Harlequin Blaze. This didn't disappoint. One of the reasons I picked up this title is because I'm a huge fan of Kate Hoffmann's Quinn Family series she wrote a few years ago.
I usually not a big fan of stories where the hero and heroine fall in love within a few days of meeting, but after experiencing a near death experience I found Trey and Sophie falling so quickly easy to believe. I do think you look at your life differently and what you have been doing with your life. This was a fun read and I highly recommend it.