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Review: Tempting by Susan Mallery

Posted July 10, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 8 Comments

Review: Tempting by Susan MalleryReviewer: Holly
Tempting by Susan Mallery
Series: Buchanans #4
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: June 15th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
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four-stars

After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost "love child," Dani could seriously derail the election—something his handsome campaign manager Alex Canfield isn't going to let happen.

Dani isn't about to let Alex run her life, no matter how tempting she finds him—and Alex isn't going to allow Dani to melt his cynicism, no matter how close he has to get. The last thing either of them wants is love, especially with scandals brewing and family trouble on the way. But Dani and Alex are forced to trust each other, and when trust turns to passion, the potential for disaster is only a tabloid scandal away.

This is the fourth book in the Buchanan Series and Dani Buchanan’s much awaited story. For a recap of Dani’s previous escapades and the rest of the Buchanan clan, go check out Mollie’s review at Biblioharlot’s Bookshelf.

Dani is the youngest of the Buchanan siblings and the only girl. She’s had a pretty bad run of luck throughout the series, but the most devastating blow -even worse than her husband divorcing her after she nursed him back to health, or her first lover after the divorce turning out to be married – was the fact that she wasn’t truly a Buchanan. Her spiteful grandmother informed her that Dani’s mother had had an affair and Dani was the result.

Dani learns her biological father is a State Senator, Mark Canfield, who’s thinking of running for president. To get to him she must go through his eldest adopted son, Alex. If finding her real father isn’t bad enough, dealing with an attraction to Alex is just the icing on the cake.

Alex is skeptical of Dani’s claim that she’s Mark’s daughter and takes it upon himself to watch her like a hawk. He has her investigated and insists on a DNA test, even though Mark is convinced Dani is his daughter.

I really liked this book. Dani was a good heroine, even if she did start to annoy me toward the end of the book with her obsession to commit the “ultimate sacrifice” for the “greater good”.

You see, The Senator and his wife, Katherine, have adopted 8 special needs children over the years. Alex is the oldest and a beautiful little girl with HIV is the youngest at 5. As Dani gets to know Katherine and her children, she falls completely in love with them. She adores Bailey, the 15-yr-old with Down Syndrome and finds herself falling in a different kind of love with Alex. But more than anyone else, she wants the approval of Katherine. Having lost her mother at a very young age, she sees Katherine as a sort of surrogate mother. Naturally Katherine is upset by Dani’s appearance, because it makes her question her husbands feelings for her and it reminds her of her own inability to conceive children. She doesn’t put any of the blame on Dani, and she’s always gracious, but Dani realizes she’s struggling and wants to do the right thing.

In this case, according to Dani, the right thing is walking away from all of them. The Buchanans and the Canfields. I seriously hate the “ultimate sacrifice” storyline. These characters are all adults (for the most part) and are more than able to make their own decisions. For one person to decide she knows what’s best for EVERY DAMN BODY pisses me off. She almost, almost, crossed the line into Too Stupid To Live-ville. Luckily she stopped running and realized what a stupid ass she was being -with the help of her brothers and her father’s family – so she was partially redeemed. Still, that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

I also had a slight issue with her grandmother’s transformation. I didn’t read the first two books in this series, but from what I understand Gloria was a complete and total waste of a human being. We saw her transformation in Sizzling -Reid’s book- with the help of Lori, Gloria’s nurse. But from some of the things Gloria said and did to Dani, I was surprised at how easily Dani let her back into her life. I’m on the fence with that whole element.

Overall the story was good, though. Despite the issues I had, I was drawn to the characters and really enjoyed the storyline.

I’m going to give this one a 4 out of 5.

The series:

Delicious (February 2006) – Cal’s book
Irresistible (July 2006) – Walker’s book
Sizzling (January 2007) – Reid’s book
Tempting (July 2007) – Dani’s book

PS. I’m being a rebel. I wrote most of this review about 5 days ago and haven’t re-read it since. Forgive any grammatical errors, please. And if the review doesn’t make sense, well…

four-stars

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Review: Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton

Posted July 7, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly BartonReviewer: Holly
Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton
Series: Raintree #3
Also in this series: Raintree: Inferno
Published by Silhouette
Publication Date: July 1st 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy
Pages: 288
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three-stars

War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary—the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret—one Mercy has kept to herself for six years.

As the solstice looms and the battle heats up, Dranir Judah Ansara gathers his forces, intending to wipe every Raintree from the face of the land. Including Mercy, whom he's claimed as his to kill. Then he comes face-to-face with her—and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy's closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle—but also Judah's own bitter heart?

This is the third and final chapter of the three author Raintree Trilogy and my first ever read by Beverly Barton. I’d say she did a fairly credible job of wrapping the series up.

I tried writing a summary of this book, but it just came out jumbled and confused sounding, so I’m going to take the lazy way out and link Casee’s review of it instead. Go check out her summary and then come back and read my thoughts. 🙂 (Thanks Casee!)

Alright, here we go:

The action was good. I really enjoyed the final battle between the Ansara and the Raintree, and learning more about the Ansara, whom were were led to believe were evil from the previous two books, was enlightening.

I thought the characters were interesting, but I found some of their actions to be highly annoying. Judah has vowed to kill Mercy. Even after he finds out they have a daughter together, he still plans to kill her when the time is right. He especially wants her dead so he can take his daughter home with him. While I understood his reasons – and Mercy’s for wanting to kill him – I think Barton took it a bit too far. I would say at least once a page (when we were reading from Judah’s POV) it was mentioned he was going to kill her.

It was the same for Mercy. She loved him, she hated him. She wanted him, she vowed to kill him. As a mother, I can understand her need to protect her daughter, no matter what the cost. But she waffled back and forth so much I wanted to scream!

I also had a major issue with a certain scene in the book. I think I’m going to go ahead and spoil it, so beware.

Spoilers Ahead

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Eve was an interesting character. She acted extremely grown up for a six year old, which I know bothered Casee. But since my own child is extremely bright (I’m not just saying that, I swear) I didn’t think Eve’s behavior was odd. Especially since she was very powerful and seemed to have talents no other Raintree or Ansara possessed. As the story progressed and we found out more about her and what her role would be with both clans, I found myself on the fence about her, however. We’re told she was born to save her Father’s people, which seemed like a rather large responsibility for a child to have to carry. I don’t think Mercy or Judah spent enough time worrying about the toll it would take on Eve. As a mother that would have been my first concern, but it wasn’t ever mentioned. I found that rather frustrating.

I was also highly annoyed with Lorna and Hope, the heroines from the previous two novels. Towards the end of this book, Lorna decides to chase after Dante (who left her rather abruptly at the end of Inferno). I can understand this to a point. Lorna was rather powerful herself, even if she hadn’t learned to harness or control her powers yet. And the way Dante left would leave me, if I were in Lorna’s position, ready to chase after him as well.

Anyway, she takes Dante’s address book and calls Gideon (the hero from the second novel, which I never reviewed). Only he isn’t home and a woman answers for him. Lorna has no knowledge of who this woman is, but without asking any questions tells her “I’m coming to get you. We have to help our men. I’ll be there in 6 hours.” Hope says, “Ok, I’ll be waiting” and that was that.

This bothers me on several levels. One, Lorna knew secrecy was a major thing for the Raintree in general and Dante and Gideon in particular. A strange woman answers the phone and you go, “Hey. Wanna go save my man with me?” I don’t think so. But whatever, that’s not even the part that bothered me the most. What really irked me was that Gideon begged Hope to stay home, because he needed all his energy focused on the coming battle and didn’t want to have to worry about her. She’s completely mortal with no powers at all, so it made perfect sense. But in true TSTL fashion, she rushed after him, certain she could “save” him. WTF? Who does that?!?! Ugh. Then, naturally, she almost gets him killed, because she rushes right into the middle of a battle. See, shit like that pisses me off.

Deep breath Moving on now…

Despite my issues with it (and now that I’ve typed this out I see they were numerous) I still enjoyed it. My moments of annoyance were brief (with the exception of that part I spoiled..I’m still salty over that) and I was able to get past them. I think Barton wrapped the trilogy up nicely and really tied up all the loose ends left by LH and LWJ.

I would recommend the trilogy, but don’t go into it thinking this is going to be AMAZING, because IMO, it wasn’t. But it was good.

3 out of 5

The series is at follows:

Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard
Raintree: Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones
Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton

three-stars

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Summer Binge Contest: The WINNER IS….

Posted July 1, 2007 by Holly in Giveaway Winners | 12 Comments

With some help from random.org we’ve chosen a winner…….

The Lucky Winner Is….

Please email us ASAP with your selection of books so we can get them mailed out.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Stick around, because we’ll be having another contest in August.

And because we’re feeling extremely generous, and because so many people entered, we chose 1 extra person to win a copy of Heart of Fire by Linda Howard. We all agree that book is amazing and we love sharing it with others…so, the winner of Heart of Fire is:

Bamabelle!

Please email us @ thebookbinge at gmail dot com (no spaces) with your address.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Holly, Isabel and Rowena

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Summer Binge Contest

Posted June 30, 2007 by Holly in Giveaways | 28 Comments


There’s nothing I love better than summer. Even living in Southern Cali where temps can soar into the mid 100’s, I still love it. I love the sunshine, the trips to the beach, the BBQ’s, the fireworks, moonlit walks on hot summer nights and reading. Is there anything better than laying by the pool with a cool drink and a hot book?

To help kick off summer, and to celebrate Independence Day, we here at Book Binge want to help you overload on good books. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite books by our favorite authors along with some new summer releases. We love nothing more than sharing our favorite books with our friends, and that’s exactly what we’re doing now.

We’ve each complied a list of our five favorite reads and we’re offering one lucky winner 2 books of their choice from each of our lists. That’s a total of 6 new summer reads.

But that’s not all!

We’re also offering two new releases of your choice. And the kicker? It can be any two new releases for the entire summer! Dying for the new Harry Potter book, but not too excited about spending the money for it? Well, we’ll take care of it. Want to try the new Linda Howard, but don’t want to pay the hardback price for it? We’ve got you covered. As long as the release date is between the months of June and August, it’s yours from us.

Holly’s List

  • Paradise by Judith McNaught
  • Virgin River by Robyn Carr
  • Demon Moon by Meljean Brook
  • Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Isabel’s List

  • The Wedding by Julie Garwood
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  • One Night of Scandal by Teresa Medeiros
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
  • Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Rowena’s List

  • See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
  • The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan
  • Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
  • Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
  • The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Entering is simple and easy. We want to know what you love best about summer. Is it the lazy, hot summer nights with your significant other? The extra time with your children? The trips to the beach? Simply answer here in our comments section or on your own blog, and then leave us a link. Your name will automatically be entered and on July 1st we’ll draw the name of the lucky winner. Your books and tote will be mailed no later than the 2nd so you’ll have them for the July 4th holiday. Our international readers can enter, too, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee you’ll have your books by July 4th.

Enter today!

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Summer Binge Contest Update

Posted June 29, 2007 by Holly in Giveaways | 4 Comments

Silly me. When I set the dates for the Summer Binge Contest I wasn’t really thinking about what DAYS those dates were. The1st, as I’ve come to realize, is a Sunday. My plan was to overnight the books to the winner, but now that I think about it, I’d have to mail them Monday for them to be received by Tuesday and if we don’t draw the winner until Sunday it may not give us enough time.

So…

We’re going to draw a winner tomorrow instead. The six books the winner chooses from our lists of favorites will be sent out Monday, overnight. The two new releases will be sent as soon as they’re available. Or they’ll be preordered for immediate shipping upon release.

So, if you haven’t entered yet, do it now! You’ve only got one more day. We’ll be announcing the winner at noon, PST tomorrow, Saturday the 30th.

Good luck!!

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