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Posted June 28, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

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Weekly Reread: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.

Posted June 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Weekly Reread: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.Reviewer: Rowena
See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team #2
Published by Avon
Publication Date: January 28th 2003
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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five-stars

THIS IS JANE

A little subdued. A little stubborn. A little tired of going out on blind dates with men who drive vans with sofas in the back, Jane Alcott is living the Single Girl existence in the big city. She is also leading a double life. By day, she's a reporter covering the raucous Seattle Chinooks hockey team—especially their notorious goalie Luc Martineau. By night, she's a writer, secretly creating the scandalous adventures of "Honey Pie"...the magazine series that has all the men talking.

SEE JANE SPAR

Luc has made his feelings about parasite reporters—and Jane—perfectly clear. But if he thinks he's going to make her life a misery, he'd better think again.

SEE JANE ATTRACT

For as long as he can remember, Luc has been single minded about his career. The last thing he needs is a smart mouthed, pain in the backside, reporter digging into his past and getting in his way. But once the little reporter shed her black and gray clothes in favor of a sexy red dress, Luc sees that there is more to Jane than originally meets the eye.

Maybe it's time to take a risk. Maybe it's time to live out fantasies. Maybe it's time to....

SEE JANE SCORE!

It’s been a cool minute since I’ve read this book and I can tell you right now that this time around, I loved me some Luc Martineau just as much as I did the first time I picked it up. This is one of those feel good, underdog romances that you can’t help but love.

You see, we’ve got Jane, a columnist for the Seattle Times who is given the job of reporting on the progress of Luc Martineau’s hockey team. She’ll be staying pretty close to the team and Luc is not so happy about that. You see, he’s got this attraction to her that he can’t stop, he doesn’t even understand it because Jane is such a plain Jane, not anything near the kind of woman he’d usually go for but there you go, Luc’s got the hots for the reporter following the team around the states from game to game, reporting on every little thing.

She’s damnned irritating too but there’s something about her that gets him…where it counts, right below his belt.

LOL.

This book is about a hockey player and an aspiring reporter who fight their attraction until it threatens to burst them all into flames and man does Rachel Gibson do a really good job of making these characters real and so much fun to get to know. One of my favorite parts of this book is when Jane shows up to the team banquet in that killer red dress and Luc is thunderstruck. I loved it!

Luc Martineau is the $33 million dollar goalie who is the biggest superstitious guy in the world. He’s a hot jock and I loved him to pieces. He was smexy, smart and a complete stud! I hecka enjoyed getting to know him and his sister. The whole relationship between them was so much fun to rad. With all of the career pressure he was going through and all of the family stuff he needed to take care of, he didn’t have time for an attraction he didn’t want. But I love that he couldn’t resist Jane and I loved just about every damn thing about him, even when he was being stupid.

Jane Alcott on the other hand was a fantastic heroine. She was short, smart and sharp. She had me crackin’ up when she was given the job to write for the Chinooks. She had to buy a frickin’ Hockey for Dummies book and then she had the humongous task of winning over the whole frickin’ team who didn’t want her anywhere near them. All of the crap they put Jane had me cringing and feeling so bad for Jane but she took it like a champ and alls well that ends well. She did a fantastic job in this book and even though I was kinda miffed that she was using her relationship with Luc as a backdrop on her column that she did for that men’s magazine, you know the Honey Pie one and even though I thought Luc was too easy on her because of that, I thought, holy wow….the short, plain jane broke the hot shot jock’s heart?

I love it.

That’s mean but it’s how I felt, I thought this book was fantastic…the characters were real, funny and quirky. The storyline was smooth reading and I was just as absorbed in this story as I was the first time I read it and I seriously think that Rachel Gibson rocks my socks!

Get this book and read it if you haven’t, it’s great!

Grade: 5 out of 5

five-stars

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Review: Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

Posted June 26, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Rises the Night
Isabel’s review of Rises the Night (Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria) by Colleen Gleason.

In Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. Lady Victoria Gardella de Lacy-a vampire slayer for just over a year-races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced. She is accompanied by Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy.

But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator-and as a woman.

Really quick, I’m at work and left my book at home. So there are misspellings regarding names in the book. Sorry!

The Plot:

Nedas, vampire son of Lillith, has obtained Akvan’s Obliesk. Once activated, Nedas can control the soul’s of the dead and be one very powerful vampire. Also, after having been missing for a year, Max turns up in in Rome as a member of the Tutela. The Tutela are humans who are basically vampire slaves. They protect the vampires and let them feel off their blood. Victoria is confused as to why Max has turned his back on her aunt and their mission. Also, we have serious sexual tension between Sebastian and Victoria.

What I Liked:

I liked the tension between Sebastian and Victoria. I could really feel it. The moment they are at the opera and Sebastian says, “She’s mine.” Oh baby. Or when she asks why he’s been gone for so long he says, “I was giving you time to grieve.” Wow. We learn a little more about Sebastian, not a whole lot though. I’m still left wondering what’s in it for him and whose side is he really on.

There was a couple of things that bugged me but as a whole, I enjoyed the story. Also, I love how she titles the chapters.

What I Didn’t Like:

Ok I’ll try and not give stuff away. Max. I understand he needed do things so Victoria could be safe. I still don’t like what he did and how kept her in the dark. Aunt Eustacia also. I mean… they could have discussed other options. Maybe it would’ve been the same result but at least Victoria would have been in the know. I don’t like that she was kept in the dark about what went down and how it went down. It’s one thing for Sebastian to trick and betray her. Cause he’s still kind of shady. But Max and Aunt Eustacia are her mentors. That’s how I feel anyways. But that was the one thing that bothered me.

Would I recommend It: Yes I would. I like the series so far. Very enjoyable.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Signet. You can purchase it here.

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Review: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted June 25, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee GuhrkeReviewer: Holly
And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Girl Bachelors #1
Also in this series: The Wicked Ways of a Duke, With Seduction in Mind
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 13th 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian, General
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London’s readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she’s in the perfect position to make her dreams come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for cancan dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city’s leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he’s her best chance to see her work in print…until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can’t believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in uproar and his honor in question. Harry decides it’s time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren’t proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more…

 

I haven’t really been in the mood for a historical in ages, but Kris had a review of this book up and it sounded nice, so I decided to pick it up.

Emma is a girl-bachelor and secretary to Harry, Viscount Marlowe. She’s been writing etiquette novels with the hope of being published by him, but he keeps rejecting her manuscripts. When Harry let’s it slip that he hasn’t actually read any of Emma’s works, she gets extremely angry and resigns her position with him – without notice – and starts writing a column for one of Harry’s competitors. Harry, left in a lurch at the sudden departure of his invaluable secretary, hunts her down to offer her job back to her. Something he feels is quite gracious. Emma refuses.

Through a series of events, however, Emma ends up writing for Harry once again and they both battle their mutual attraction for one another.

Emma was a wonderful heroine. She was a bit stodgy, but she was also a woman who knew her own mind. I really liked that she didn’t fancy herself in love with Harry like so many other women and that she was very practical. She was aware of her strengths and weaknesses, and was willing to admit when she was wrong or had made a bad judgment call. She was a breath of fresh air for a romance heroine.

Harry was also very enjoyable. Though he was somewhat predictable, I truly enjoyed watching him come around and realize what a gem Emma was. He was forced to face some hard truths about himself, and he did it with aplomb. Although it wasn’t as easy for him as it was for Emma, he, too, admitted when he was wrong. It was totally refreshing.

I seem to be following a pattern here, but one of the things that worked best for me with this story was that the focus stayed on Emma and Harry. We met several secondary characters – Emma’s roommates and Harry’s sisters – but they didn’t detract from the main protagonists HEA.

Although the story was rather simple, a bit predictable and somewhat fluffy, it was truly enjoyable.

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can purchase it here.

four-stars

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Review: Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich.

Posted June 25, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich.Reviewer: Rowena
Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich
Published by Warner Forever
Publication Date: June 1st 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 285
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four-stars

Dana Wiley's True Confessions (Or How Did I Get into This Mess?)
My mother's being held by kidnappers, and only Nick Maybe, the man I left at the altar six years ago, knows how to find the ransom-a big, smelly, flightless parrot.

Manhattan isn't exactly ideal for wildlife-unless you're talking about me and Nick. How can a man I haven't seen in six years make me so crazy-in all meanings of the word?

So the bird's worth a quarter million, and it turns out we're not the only ones who want it. Great. And Nick keeps looking at me with those eyes and kissing me with those lips...Oh, what the hell. There isn't a statute of limitations on love. Is there?

It would appear that Holly and I are on the same reading wave length because like her, I’m all about the human on human action right now. I don’t want to read anything too deep nor do I want read anything too dark at the moment. What I’m itching to read is some good chick lit or some lighter and fluffier romances that make me sigh with corny gooeyness.

I’m on the run more often than not these days and I still want to keep reading but I don’t want to take the time to actually dig down deep into a solid storyline so light and fluffy? Bring it on.

This book was one of the books I nabbed from Holly’s stash a few weekends ago and I read it within a couple of days and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. When I read the back of the book, I was unsure at how much I’d actually enjoy this book since it’s a book about an ugly, stinky bird and even though I have total faith in Holly’s pimp status, I was scared to read this one. I shouldn’t have been scared at all because this book was so cute and just right for me right now.

You see, this book is about a couple, Nick Maybe and Dana Wiley. Nick and Dana used to be engaged. They were almost married until Dana panicked and jumped ship, leaving a heartbroken sexy Nick at the altar.

Nick moves out of the house they share on Dana’s family winery vineyard place and moves over to New York. He stays in contact with Dana’s mom even though Dana doesn’t. Dana’s got issues with the institution of marriage since her mother left her father and her father never got over it. Her mother’s disappearing act changed her father for the worst in Dana’s opinion and she never really forgave her mother for leaving and dumping all of her father’s crap on her door.

So anyway, Dana’s winery is in trouble, some of her grapes got sick and she had to close the winery for a season and find some way to save the winery. One way was to take a loan out, but the bank wouldn’t give her the loan without a cosigner.

Enter Dana’s estranged mother.

Dana packs up and goes to visit her mother in hopes of gaining her permission to co sign for the loan she must take out to save her suffering vineyard. She doesn’t know that her mother still keeps in contact with her ex fiance nor does she know that he does odd jobs for her and her rich friends. So imagine her surprise when Nick walks into her mother’s house as if he’s there regularly, her surprise is made all the more outrageous when she’s been having these moments of clarity where she thinks that she made a mistake in leaving Nick. She realizes that she still loves him and seeing him again after all of that made her a little crazy.

The answer to all of their problems happens to be a bird that’s worth a whole butt load money. Babs can’t cosign for the loan, Nick doesn’t want Melanie Biggs to win this battle she’s got going with Dana and Dana just needs money period. All of these problems made for one seriously light, funny and oh so cute read.

It was nice to see these two find their way back to each other and the journey it took for Dana to finally realize the error of her ways and the error of her thinking was worth having to read through all of her insecurities. The bird bit was hilarious, I loved meeting Finn the bird thief and then the crazy kidnappers and just everything about this book screamed, funny and great!

I loved all the bits of Dana and Babs. It was nice to see them mend their relationship and I loved how protective Nick was of both of those women, even though one woman was the woman who tore his heart in two and the other is the woman who birthed the woman who ripped his heart to shreds.

I thought Nick was a fantastic hero. One who wasn’t uber alpha nor too beta to turn me off. He was the right amount of both and he was just so frickin’ hot that I want one of my very own. He was a good man with bad boy tendencies and man was he a delight to get to know through the pages of this book.

Dana was one crazy lady and I enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her through this story. She wasn’t the most perfect heroine, she was normal and I liked that about her. She had the same kind of worries that everyday women had and I thought she was one cool chick.

Overall this book was great, I definitely recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a cute funny read…

Grade: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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