What I Read Last Week

Posted February 21, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 8 Comments

Hi there!
I’m a day late with this but I’m finally putting it together.
Unfortunately my lovely 3 day weekend was spent taking care of a sick child (my youngest again) and heading to the urgent care. Luckily she’s better now and on the road to recovery but I think I might need 3 days off to recover from my 3 days off! lol
Since she wasn’t moving much we played a lot of games and watched a lot of movies while cuddled on the couch together.  (Unfortunately mommy couldn’t be too far away from her baby before baby started whining. :).) This weekend I saw (again): Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan (the live action one), The Prince of Egypt, Willow, Jumanji, Thor and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think I’m movied out for a while. 🙂
My reading was a bit schizo this week as I had lots of little bits of time to read rather than long periods. Hopefully this week will be back to normal.
I started off with Sea Change by Darlene Marshall which is the book that I read for my TBR Challenge. It was a great historical – ship – with a cross-dressing heroine book. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5
After that it was I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. The story with this one starts with our heroine, Poppy, looking for her engagement ring after a tea with friends. She then gets her cell phone stolen and because she gave out the number to everyone to contact her about the ring – which is a family heirloom from her fiancé – she’s beside herself. She then finds a cell phone in the trash that still works and since it’s finders keepers she keeps the phone. She’s not really willing to give up the phone even once she discovers that the phone belonged to a personal assistant and the man she was assisting needs it back. A fun and funny story. You can read more in my review here. 4 out of 5
My next read was for The Book Binge and it was a novella called Love Revealed by Sorcha Mowbray. This was the story of a woman who is on the outs with the ton because of the fact that her now dead husband had syphilis. Of course it is thought that she must have it too – which is untrue. She takes care of her baser needs at a place called The Market where she can play out her sexual fantasies – and those she hadn’t ever thought about before. There she meets a man who goes by the name of Sir who wants her as a long term partner. Little do they know that they know each other. The story was definite an erotic historical romance that was light on the romance. It was a good book but just too short. There were lots of things to work out between the couple and I just didn’t think they were fleshed out enough by the end of the story. 3.25 out of 5
After that I picked up Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant. I liked this story so much but I wish there had been more of it! lol The story is about two boys who are fighting demons with one going the traditional demon hunter route with the speech and all and the other going more street gang. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5
The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands was my next read. This is book 3 in the Madison Sisters series and the story was about Lisa. Lisa is in love with Robert who she practically grew up with. Robert only sees her as a little sister and Lisa goes back and forth with giving up on him and hunting for a husband then trying to make him jealous. I really wanted her to choose one or the other and stick with the plan. You’ll be able to read more in my review when I post it this week.
Another book that I read for The Book Binge was Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel. This was the story of a woman who was visiting a friend and falls for her brother. Only she doesn’t exactly fall…more like makes a slow slide into it. lol The book was really great and I’ll definitely let you know when my review posts. 4.5 out of 5
Happy World by Kiernan Kelly and Tory Temple was about a man who works at Happy World (kind of like Disneyland) as a groundskeeper. Kyle loves working at Happy World but would really like to get into the theatrical part of it and become a “character”. For now Kyle is stuck training Rory as a groundskeeper and Rory isn’t one to follow rules to the T. The more time the men spend together the more they attracted they come and eventually start a relationship. But there are people who are out to get one or the other and secrets that are kept and this all might bring the relationship skidding to a halt. The story was very sweet and fun. I really liked both men and the story was great. Thanks for the rec., Tam! 4 out of 5
Another of Tam’s recommendations was Grand Jeté by Diana Copland. This story is about an ER nurse, Jordan, who starts falling for one of his patients, Davis. Davis is a ballet dancer who has been hurt and then deserted by his boyfriend and his dance company. He has nowhere to go so Jordan offers to let him stay at his place since he’ll only really be around for about a day. That day…and some…is enough for the two men to get together and form a bond. But Davis has to go back to the west coast and when Jordan tries to contact him his cell is turned off. Jordan has no way to contact him and eventually resigns himself to the fact that he was a bit used. But was he? This was a great story. I loved Jordan and Davis and though the book is pretty simple it was very sweet and pretty darned hot all at the same time. 4 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Happy Reading!

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8 responses to “What I Read Last Week

  1. I think all three of your m/m reads need to go on my tbr! 🙂

    Glad your youngest is feeling better!

    Altho now I feel as if it's Monday again…

  2. Lots of books read, you go girl! I didn't get many books read at all, I've fallen into a slight slump. Woe is me. =P

    I'm glad your youngest is feeling better too!

  3. Tam

    Bummer your kiddo was sick on the long weekend. That stinks but glad she's feeling better.

    Whew, glad my recs didn't fall flat. I did enjoy Happy World, kind of a poke at Disney World, not that I've ever worked there, but I can imagine. 🙂 I think I'm reviewing that Storm Grant one for BER. It's Riptide right? I must get to it. Glad to hear it's a worthwhile read.

    Hope your week is more restful.

  4. Thanks for all the well wishes guys – I'll pass them on to the youngest.

    Chris – I know, I love 3 day weekends but then I spend the rest of my week being a day off in my thinking. lol
    I really liked all the m/m books I read this week so yeah, put them on your list!

    Rowena – I hate reading slumps! Maybe read an old favorite and get your mojo back. 🙂

    Tam – Yes, thanks for the recs. I liked both Happy World and Grand Jete.
    Yep – The Grant is a Riptide title and pretty short so you may be reviewing it over there. I really liked the humor in that one.
    Yeah, the kid being sick on a long weekend was bad but at least I didn't have to call in yesterday since I had the day off. Unfortunately it was kind of a bummer weekend for the oldest. I'll have to make that up to her.

  5. Orannia – Thanks. It took 5 days but she's finally better. She went back to school today. 🙂
    Grand Jete was a pretty simple story but I really liked it.

  6. Glad to hear your daughter is feeling better. My oldest was home sick for two days the other week and she watched episode upon episode of CSI and Supernatural–at the same time! She'd flip back and forth. It took me a while to realize she was watching different shows every time I walked in the room. I was getting so confused. lol

    I've been wanting to read Sea Change for a while and more recently Not Wicked Enough! So glad you liked both!

  7. Wow, awesome week Tracy!!! I'm definitively jealous now! I've barely been reading lately 🙁

    Been planning to read the Carolyn Jewel 🙂 I've been seeing I've Got Your Number pretty much everywhere… I really like the cover 🙂 I think I might give it a try, just for a change of pace 🙂

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