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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 23, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 15 Comments

It has been like Hades where I live. The heat has been anywhere between 107 and 113. Remind me why I live here again? I think they’re taking the Sunny Southern California thing a little far. Well, it just made me want to stay indoors in order to stay cool so I read A LOT this week.

We’re having a great time over at the DIK ladies blog. Don’t forget to hop over there daily to see everyone’s “About Me” questions and answers.

I read The Sun Witch by Linda Winstead Jones first. See below for review. I liked the book overall but didn’t like being left with unanswered questions. I guess they got me though since I do plan on reading the next books for find out what happend.

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter was next. This is the second book in her Lords of the Underworld series. (I think there’s an ebook prequel too but I haven’t read that yet). I really liked this book. Lucien is scarred yet wonderful and I loved Anya’s feistiness. She wasn’t afraid to go for what she wanted and I liked that alot. We got some good insight into the other Lords’ futures too and that was great.

I read The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson last week and really liked Valenti and O’Brian’s characters so when I saw the 2 shorts, I’ll Be Hot For Christmas and Fireworks, she had with their characters I was up for reading them. I have to tell you I was more than disappointed. They basically had the same story lines – one of the characters is acting strange after a major event in their lives, won’t communicate…let’s pound em with sex to get em talking. I’ve read the story lines before, it’s just not my kind of thing…although it may be someone elses.

The 3rd installment in the Troubleshooters series is Over The Edge by Suzanne Brockmann. I have to tell you that I emailed Shannon M. to thank her for recommending this series to me. I seriously loved this book. I laughed, I cryed. Just an awesome read!

Dr. Feelgood by Alice Gaines. Heh. Funny name. Cute little novella. Lots of sex.

Finally got around to reading Through the Veil by Shiloh Walker (RAW author). I honestly wasn’t sure about it even halfway through, but by the end I was really liking it. I’m hoping there will be a follow up book with Morne! 🙂

The Power of Love Anthology I won at Book Binge. 12 authors have written shorts about love. I really enjoyed reading it and it just kinda warmed the cockles of my shriveled little heart.

Happy Reading!

TBR Review Challenge: The Sun Witch

Posted June 18, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 14 Comments

TITLE: The Sun Witch
AUTHOR: Linda Winstead Jones

SERIES: Yes this is the first in the Fyne Witch trilogy (aka Sisters of the Sun)
#2 The Moon Witch
#3 The Star Witch

Reason for reading:
The series was recommended to me over a year ago. I bought all three books right away but never got around to reading them.

The three Fyne witches are sisters. For 365 years all Fyne witches have been cursed to never have a true and lasting love. Sophie is the youngest and the least powerful, or so she thinks, of the three sisters. She dreams for 3 nights of a man with green eyes. During her early morning swim she meets the man from her dreams and they share a sexual encounter. Sophie realizes how sad the man is and wishes him luck and well-being.

A year later the man, Kane, comes back to the pond where he first met Angel, which is how Sophie had had identified herself. Kane believes the woman from his dreams is not real. Kane ends up seeing Sophie at the pond, but she’s also with their daughter Ariana. After learning of the baby, Kane wants to marry Sophie but she refuses. She knows herself enough to know that if she spends time with Kane she might fall in love and the Fyne witches can’t fall in love because the men they love end up dying before they turn 30.

During the time Kane is town to try to talk Sophie into marrying him a scorned suitor kidnaps Ariana and takes her to the Imperial Palace with instructions that if Sophie wants her child back that she will need to go to the palace and marry him.

Once at the palace the Emperor plans to marry Sophie as revenge on her father. Kane and Sophie need to save Ariana, but then they need to save themselves as well.

This book had a lot of stuff going on with many different characters.

There was Sophie who was not planning on loving just one man. Since the Fyne woman were not to know love she would just give her body to men and have children that way. (Ok – not the best of plans – but it worked for her mom so why wouldn’t it work for her?) She was a virgin when she went to Kane and then could not stop thinking about him. Once Kane returns, her feelings grow despite her attempts to quell them. Once Ariana is kidnapped she just wants her baby back. While she is on the journey to the palace to retrieve her daughter her powers, as well as her feelings for Kane, grow and grow. By the time she is at the palace she is learning to control those powers. She discovers that not only is she not the least powerful witch in her family…she’s the most powerful. I truly loved Sophie. She was a quiet unassuming woman before she met Kane but love for her child and eventually for Kane makes her strong and capable. It sounds like a cheesy thing…but the strength she gains from her love works for the story.

There was Kane who was a rebel against the Imperial Army and his quest is to unseat the Emperor. The Imperial Army kills his family and he is left for dead. He only wants to die and is lying by a pond hoping he can drink himself into a grave when Sophie finds him. After their sexual encounter Sophie, unbeknownst to Kane, wishes him good luck and well being. When Kane awakes he is happy, healthy and has great luck for 1 year. Unfortunately he can’t remember anything of his life before the day with Sophie. After a year and finally finding Sophie her sister takes the spell off. He remembers that his family is gone and is extremely mad at Sophie. He eventually gets over this – learning that he can’t live without Sophie after she is taken by an Anwyn, Ryn…which I got the impression of being a werewolf of sorts…who thinks she’s his mate. (This was kind of an odd way to introduce this character into the story and it was a very short part. I haven’t read the backs of the other books but I’m guessing he plays a part in one of them). Kane saves Sophie and realizes he loves her. Kane is just nothing but hot. He not overtly sexual for most of the book but he just has this sensuality about him that just kind of oozes from him. He’s very protective of Sophie and Ariana as he should be and I loved that.

Then there’s the ongoing story about the Emperor and Liane. She is a concubine and assassin at the palace but also has the ear of the emperor. She hates him and wants nothing more than to be trusted, and not bodily searched each time she sees him, so that she can bring a knife to his bedroom and kill him. Later we discover that Liane is Kane’s sister who was stolen from their home when she was 15. After all is said and done she ends up loving the Emperor. (I can understand that Liane has learned to have feelings for this man, but she wanted her freedom sooooo badly it was hard for me to see that she was given it and didn’t take it.) The Emperor also decides after hearing of Sophie’s sisters that they need to be brought to the palace but we never learn for what use. Because of Sophie’s powers Liane ends up being pregnant at the end of the book but we’re left up in the air as to what will happen since she is a concubine and of course not married. The entire book the Emperor would only accept a legitimate heir.

The end of the book kind of left us hanging which I’m never a big fan of. Kane and Sophie and Ariana are all together and Sophie is pregnant again…but the curse isn’t broken. The end states the fact that they will be trying to discover a way to break the curse so they can have their HEA but I wanted happy, happy, joy, joy! Kane also planned on rejoining his rebel forces to unseat the Emperor and I’m wondering where this will leave Sophie and the babies since the chances of him getting killed are huge.

I love my HEA’s in my book. This book just didn’t provide that for me. I’m glad that Kane and Sophie are together and in love but it just wasn’t enough. Although I didn’t think the curse would be broken in this book, since it’s a trilogy, I was definitely disappointed that more steps weren’t taken toward that end. Overall though I thought it was a good read.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
I read one other of her books, Raintree: Haunted, that was pretty good. I will read the other 2 books in the series because I was left with too many unanswered questions from this one.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
I haven’t actually decided. I guess it depends on the other 2 books and how I feel about the series as a whole.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes

Would you recommend this book to others?
Not at this time, but again, maybe after I finish the other 2 books. I can’t imagine you could read the other 2 without reading the first.
Score: 3.5 out of 5

Anything else? Um, no.

What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 16, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 13 Comments

What a week!

It was a fabulous reading week to say the least. There wasn’t one I read that I didn’t really like and most I loved – that’s a very rare thing as far as I’m concerned.

Then there was the start of the DIK Ladies blog which has been brain fryingly wonderful. You can visit there daily for info on a different DIK lady starting tomorrow. Then soon we’ll be talking about our DIK book picks as well as our DIK hero picks and then visits from some fabulous authors (check the right side of the blog for the current author schedule) who’ll do the same. Should be a ton of fun!

So onto the books…

I started off with Wicked Game – you can check out the review I did last week for further details but let me say it’s definitely worth the read.

After reading about vampires I wanted to move on to something that was the polar opposite so I then read The Lost Duke of Wyndham. What a great book! I truly loved Grace and Jack. And some of those tender thoughts that Jack had? OMG – so stinkin romantic. This was my first book by Julia Quinn but it certainly won’t be my last.

Ok so I’d done Vamps and a historical so I figured I’d delve back into the contemporary world of the Troubleshooters again with The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann. I kind of figured that since I had liked the first book so much that it liking just couldn’t continue. Well it definitely proved me wrong! It was a wonderful book and again loved moving through time with Eve’s stories of her past with Ralph to the problems with Nilsson & Meg. I also freakin loooooved the subplot with Starrett & Alyssa Locke – I mean, how could you not? Can hardly wait to read more of the stories of Team Sixteen.

A Lady in Waiting by Samantha Kane was a nice novella in the middle of the week. It was a good story with lots of hot sexin – oh yeah baby. There was one part at the end that was little disappointing but after talking to a friend and hearing that she actually really liked that part – I have to question myself! lol You can read an excerpt here.

My big SQUEEEEE for the week was an ARC that I received for Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh. Holy cow and I loved, loved, loved this book. I loved Dorian before this book and now I’m even happier that he’s in my hut on the DIK island. What an amazingly wonderful man…who’s fuckin HOT!!! Oh yeah, the heroine was good too I think. HAHA! Just kidding. The book was great, the romance was great, I love Nalini’s work and I will definitely be reading it again when it releases in September.

My last book of the week was The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson. This was m/m fiction and I loved it. Nick and Sean are cops, partners, best friends. Nick has discovered that he’s in love with Sean. Their current assignment is to infiltrate a gay resort to catch a coke dealer. What follows is hot, hot, hot…but parts are so touching and loving it was amazing. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of E.A’s work!

Happy Reading!

Through The Veil Book Giveaway!

Posted June 12, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 19 Comments

Who doesn’t love a book giveaway? I have a copy of Through The Veil by Shiloh Walker in my hot little hand. Unfortunately it tells me it wants to go live with someone else. I shouldn’t be surprised, my kids tell me that all the time! Ok, just kidding.

Anyway, all you have to do is leave a comment by midnight Saturday (pacific time) and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Sunday and post the name here. Good luck!!

Lee Ross always knew she was not entirely human. But when the man who has plagued her dreams her entire life appears in the flesh, can she give up everything she knows to follow him to another realm?
Read exerpt here.