Category: Reviews

How to Abduct a Highland Lord by Karen Hawkins

Posted July 27, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

It’s hardly the type of wedding Fiona MacLean dreamed of. No family, no guests, just a groom who’s been dragged — literally — to the altar. But if marriage to Black Jack Kincaid, the handsome wastrel she’d sworn never to see again, will avert a bloody war between their clans, so be it. Surely she can share his bed without losing her heart….

Known throughout Scotland and London as a wild rogue, Jack is accustomed to waking in dire situations, but…married? Long ago, he and Fiona reveled in a youthful passion. Now, the fiery, sensual lass is his once more. And though their marriage is in name only, Jack is determined to win her forever — body and soul….

The Plot:

Hoping to end the feud between their families, Fiona kidnaps Jack Kincaid and marries him while he is drunk. Will Fiona be able to tame his wild ways?

What I Liked:

Fiona’s family is cursed. They can control the weather. Actually, they can make it stormy and rain. Kind of like Storm from the X-Men however, it only turns to bad weather when they are upset/mad/annoyed. So if someone is annoyed, there might be a little wind. If someone is downright pissed, you get a full blown storm. When Fiona is upset, her stormy weather bears the faint smell of lilacs.

There is one scene where Jack’s former mistress confronts Fiona. Fiona tries to control her anger but to no avail. She doesn’t make it completely storm but jack remarks he thought he heard thunder and smelled lilacs. She ends up pouring a vase full of water on the mistress’s head. The next day, Jack learns there is a storm cloud over his former mistress’s residence.

I also like when Fiona gave Jack a dose of his own medicine. Jack was very upset with how Fiona married him. He made it clear he would not give up his freedom. He would continue to go out and have fun. Minus the mistresses. Well to teach him a lesson, Fiona decides to do the same thing which Jack doesn’t like.

What I Disliked:

The ending was just too fast. I was reading along expecting more and it was done.

I’m guessing the brother’s will have a book and the last book will be the one where they break the curse. (To break the curse Fiona and her brothers have to do a good deed.) The brothers wonder if Fiona marrying Jack to end the feud between their families is her good deed.

I thought this book was set in Scotland. It’s not. They get married in Scotland and then they move to England. Towards the end of the book, Jack decides to move back to Scotland. Bummer, I wanted a Scottish highland story.

Would I recommend it: If you have nothing else to read. It does look like a promising series so I plan on reading the others later. Maybe the rest of books will be better.

Grade: 3.5/5

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Broken by Megan Hart

Posted July 23, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 8 Comments

My name is different every month—Brandy, Honey, Amy…sometimes Joe doesn’t even bother to ask—but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I’m called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.
My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn’t know is that, in my mind, I’m the star of every X-rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I’m practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life. I know it’s wrong. I know my husband wouldn’t understand. But I can’t stop. Not yet.

Wow. Two reviews from me in one week. Never thought I’d see this happen.

Chantal reviewed this book her blog. Her review made me order the book. Since she does a run down of the plot, I’ll go and dive into what I liked and disliked.

What I liked: The sex scenes were H.O.T. I admit to rereading a couple a few times already. I also like how she captured the attitude of each girl and then flowed back into Sadie’s point view. The only other erotica I’ve read is Lora Leigh. What was different for me in Broken, is there are no plugs or vibes involved. No ass smacking. Just sex. Which to me was kind of nice, different but still hot.

I liked Sadie. She is one amazing woman. In the book, she’s married to Adam. He’s paralyzed from a skiing accident. She loves her husband very much but sometimes she’s angry with him. He rarely makes loves to her and hardly talks to her anymore. Not like they used to. Once on a while, Adam will kiss her but that’s really the extent of their intimacy. There is once scene, where she cries while getting massage. It’s the first time someone has touched her in years. I wanted to hug her.

Her relationship with Joe is non physical. They meet once a month for lunch. He tells her stories about his sexual adventures. This is how Sadie lives out her fantasies. Part of her feels guilty for looking forward to meeting Joe. Adam even notices she dresses up these days but never asks why.

Joe. He’s hot. He’s sexy. He smells like soap. I knew a guy like once. I loved the way he smelled so that made me have a soft spot for Joe. Though he’s been with a lot of women, he doesn’t lead them on. He doesn’t make false promises. I should hate Joe for being a little slut puppy but for some reason, I don’t hate Joe.

What I disliked: I didn’t dislike anything really. There were a few scenes that made me upset. For example, there are scenes where Adam is really nasty to her. He’s frustrated and he lashes out at Sadie. She does her best not to let it bother her but you can only take so much before you fight back.

I was frustrated that Sadie just wanted her husband back and for a while it’s like Adam doesn’t really try. Towards the end it seems like they have a chance. That they are both trying to reconnect.

Also there is a scene towards the end with Sadie and Joe. I don’t want to say much but I did want to smack Sadie. But… I do think she did the right thing. She needed to find herself.

I’m not sure about the ending. I liked it but I feel bad for liking it. Again, I can’t really write it down cause then I’ll spoil the book.

Would I recommend it: Yes I would. It’s a very good book. I really enjoyed it. Enough to visit Megan Hart’s website to look for more. Actually, there is a book that comes before this one, Dirty. (Chantal, it’s Dan and Elle’s book.) The two main characters in Dirty make cameo’s in Broken. Elle is Sadie’s patient. So yeah, this one is on my wish list.

Grade: 4.5/5

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Posted July 20, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

2 March 1810 . . .
Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

The Plot: When Miranda was 10, she knew she was an awkward thing. However her best friend’s older brother, Turner, tells her she just needs to grow into herself. He also advises Miranda to keep a diary so one day she can look back and smile. It’s then she falls in love with him.

About 10 years pass. Miranda is still in love with Turner but he has changed. Being married to an evil slut puppy has changed him and made him more… hard I guess.

What I Liked: I like the friendship between Olivia and Miranda. Best friends who are more like sisters. I liked Miranda. I loved how she was determined to buy a book from a Men’s bookshop. The guy made me want to slap for not selling it to her. But I guess those were the times back then.

I also like when she was labor, Turner is outside the room with Olivia. He says, after hearing her scream, “I’m never touching her again.” Then they hear Miranda scream, “HE’S NEVER TOUCHING ME AGAIN!” That made me laugh out loud.

What I Disliked: Turner could be a butthead sometimes but that was more annoying than disliking. It was missing something. Something that made me fall in love with Julia Quinn’s books.

What I thought overall: This book was ok. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t horrible. I thought it was so much better than On the Way to the Wedding though. I don’t know, the story line was ok. It kept me interested enough to keep reading but it didn’t really make me care about the characters. I felt nothing really. I don’t know how to explain it. I can’t say it was emotionless cause the bookshop owner made me mad but hmmm. I know I’m not explaining myself well. I just felt like something was missing from the book but I can’t pin point it.

Would I recommend it: If you had nothing to else to read, then sure. But don’t race out to the store.

Grade: 3/5. I didn’t like but I didn’t dislike it.

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It’s All Rowena’s Fault

Posted July 17, 2007 by Holly in Discussions, Reviews | 13 Comments


As Casee pointed out this morning, we haven’t updated here in awhile. I’d just like to take a moment to say…This is all Rowena’s fault.

You see, the truth is, Isabel and I are rather lazy bloggers. I haven’t even updated my personal blog in..well, too long. And I hardly ever post here. Ok, not hardly ever, but you get what I’m saying, right? The truth of the matter is, Rowena pretty much carries our blog. She’s the one who posts every day and makes sure new reviews go up. She’s the one who yells at Izzy and I when we haven’t done anything in awhile. She’s the one who is constantly updating our sidebar and coming up with new topics for us to talk about.

So what happened? Well….

Rowena got a life.

Sad, isn’t it? Which means she’s been kind of busy and hasn’t been harping on me and Izzy to do stuff around here. And she hasn’t been updating herself. Rowena gets a life = no BB updates.

I know, I know..I find it rather depressing myself. I mean, she got a life. Who does that?

*sigh*

Anyway…I promise to be more diligent in the future about updating here. The truth is, I have something like 20 drafts saved. Various non-review posts I want to put up and quite a few books to review, too. I just…well, I need some motivation.

I’m working on it, I swear!

I promise to post at least one post a day for the next week. Maybe by then Rowena will have realized real life isn’t near as fun as blogger life and get back to doing what she does best…motivating me.

Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

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Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.

Posted July 15, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 26th 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 293
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four-stars

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

FINALLY!

I haven’t been able to sit through an entire book to read and enjoy a book the way that I zipped right through this book this weekend. My weekends have seriously slowed down for the next little while with family reunions and social obligations out of the way, so I was able to enjoy the heck out of this book. I’m just not in the mood to read, gasp and fear for characters lives in romantic suspense as I thought I was so I picked this book up which is a book that me, Daphne and Holly picked up the last time we all went book shopping together a few weeks ago.

It was perfect!

Jenny Greenley is a junior at Clayton High School in Clayton, Indiana. Everyone loves Jen, she’s everyone’s best friend and she’s the “mayonaise” ….without her, everything falls apart. When we first meet Jen it’s really hard to not like her, I mean, just like everyone in her town and school, you can’t help but love her and befriend her. She’s one of those do gooder types and it’s just cute. She’s the girl next door that all of the parents love and want to babysit their kids. She’s the perfect person to keep your secrets and help console you when the other kids are being big time dookie sticks to you.

She’s an undercover columnist for the school’s newspaper. She writes the Ask Annie column and it’s the most secret job in all the school because she’s annonymous. Nobody can know who she is because they won’t think she’s nuetral so keeping secrets is like second nature to Jenny. So, the higher ups at her school didn’t think it was too big a job to entrust Jenny with the one secret that seriously needs to be kept.

The secret being the identity of the biggest heart throb in Hollywood according to Seventeen and Teen Vogue magazines.

Luke frickin’ Striker.

Luke will be “transferring” to Clayton High to research a new role he’s taken on as a high school student from the mid west. Having grown up in Southern California with a Starbucks on every corner and the Beverly Center just up the road, Luke knows next to nothing about living in a small town, so he heads to Indiana to find out how to act like a normal teenage kid, since normal for him was tutors on set of the tv series that started his career off on the path it is now.

So Jenny is entrusted with Luke’s secret…she must be his student guide at his new school and show him the ropes, all the while maintaining his “Lucas Smith” (I think that was his alias, I forget and my book is at home) persona. It was really hard considering everyone was falling in love with “Lucas”, everyone including her best friend. Jenny’s best friend, Trina is like Beyonce’ says in her song, Crazy in Love with him. Him, meaning Luke Striker. She knows everything about him, she knows all about his love affair with Angelique Tremaine and how she dumped him for some older than her director and left him alone and heartbroken.

And now it seems that she’s falling head over heels with Lucas Smith much to Jenny’s chagrin. The whole book centers around Jenny and everything that she does for everyone and everything everyone does for her which is a big fat NOTHING! You see the transformation from everyone’s best friend to changer of all bad things at the high school.

It was so cute to see Jenny go from being taken for granted to teen saver from the bullies of the school. And as much as I loved me some Luke Striker, for me, like Jen, it was ALL ABOUT SCOTT!

I loved how smart Scott was and how he was the only person who really knew Jen. He knew what she liked, what she didn’t like and he was just great to her, even though he was with Geri Lynn. It was cute to see how these two connected, I loved the whole car wash scene when Luke’s identity came to the front and I loved seeing Scott and Geri break up because of Scott’s little water fight with Jenny….ooh so cute!

I just love little teeny bopper books that have me reminiscing back to when I was in high school and having water fights with cute boys. Oh those were the days.

This book was really good, I totally recommend it to those of you who enjoy a good Young Adult book every now and again. This book made me laugh a lot and it was just great fun to read. I’m so glad that we picked this book and it has made me want to devour ALL OF MEG CABOTS BOOKS!

I need to go to the bookstore and stock up on the rest of the MC books, they’re just great and I promise that you won’t regret picking this one up, you can even read it with your daughters and nieces, it’s a great family friendly book to read…get it shorty!

four-stars

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