Tag: 3.75 Reviews

Guest Review: Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale

Posted June 2, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Book CoverKris‘ review of Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale, a standalone historical. Sourcebooks Casablanca is reprinting 3 titles by Laura Kinsale in October, though a little birdie told me they’re already showing up in some bookstores.

Merlin Lambourne is a famous inventor-and her life is in danger from Napoleon’s advancing forces. Lord Ransom Falconer, in service of his government, comes to rescue her, bringing her back to his estate where he promises she can work on her inventions and stay safe. But her dream is to build a flying machine, and Ransom is terrified of heights …

This was a cute book. I enjoyed it for the most part. The heroine bugged me a little. She is sooooo naive and innocent it is hard to believe. She was funny in her naiveté but there was no connecting with her because she was so clueless. It is hard to swallow just how sheltered she had been.

She has never left her isolated house in the country. She and her uncle just worked on their experiments and that was their life. She has never seen a child or baby, she has never seen a young man or been courted by one. She knows nothing about titles or that there is a hierarchy in the country besides the king/queen. She knows absolutely nothing about sex or lust or even kissing (never even heard of it). But this book appeals to my love of nerds. I love nerdy characters whether hero or heroine. She is very much the absent minded professor.

Ransom, the hero, was a protector and very arrogant. Which is funny with a heroine like Merlin. He was a lot more alive to me than Merlin because I could relate to his fear and understand his POV. He is petrified of heights and equates heights with falling and dying. So the thought of Merlin finishing her flying machine and trying it out equals her death, which he is trying to prevent. Especially at this point in history when flying was not a thing that people could do. I don’t think that what he did to it was very nice, but I can understand the reaction.

I thought there would be a little more suspense or action and there was not but that was okay, this was not a romantic suspense. So for me it dragged in a couple places. It was a cute fluffy book, and good if you can get past the heroine. I just had a hard time with it. So I would give this one a:

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca October, 2008. But you can buy it here.

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Guest Review: Narcissus In Chains (An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Posted May 30, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 6 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Book CoverMelissa‘s review of Narcissus in Chains, book ten in Laurell K. Hamilton‘s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.

“The last thing on God’s green earth that I needed was another man in my life…
I didn’t have a clue what to do with the two I had already. The fact that they were, respectively, a Master Vampire and an Ulfric, werewolf king, was only part of the problem…They both had my libido, but I was trying to decide who had my heart…

Obsidian Butterfly is still my favorite LKH book. I had very high expectations for Narcissus in Chains.

It starts off well enough. Even though it wasn’t within my comfort level. Anita is up against a couple of different monsters. She has been spending the last 6 months separating herself from the 2 men in her life, trying to move forward with out them. But, it is weakening her, and them (yes, we learned this from the last book).

So, here we are. The time has come for Anita to call on her men, she needs their help. To save one of her leopards, they marry the marks that bind the 3 of them together, which allows them to share and grow their powers, then the fight begins. Anita almost dies.

Now the some monsters are revealed. She doesn’t die, but they think she may have been infected by a shapeshifter AND Anita gets Jean-Claude’s ardeur. These are just some of the changes Anita is going through, internal monsters she has to fight. Plus there is a new man in the picture, a leopard, and we can’t forget about the real bad guy that is out there. The one that is hurting people.

I liked this book, just not as much as I liked the others. I feel like the vibe is changing. Anita used to kick ass and take names. She is still kicking butts, just checking out all the butts she didn’t kick, too. She is not sleeping with all of them, yet. A big part of it is the ardeur, but you just sense that pretty soon she is going to change.

I am going to take that change hard, she had such high standards in the beginning. Her morals are slipping and with them my respect of Anita.

My favorite Line:

“Well, that just fries my bacon,”

Grade: 3.75


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Review: Finding Her Place by Midnyte Dupree

Posted May 28, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Finding Her Place by Midnyte DupreeReviewer: Holly
Finding Her Way by Midnyte Dupree
Published by Resplendence Publishing
Publication Date: May 27th 2008
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three-half-stars

The war is over and Cameron Cabot no longer knows who she is. Her life was enveloped and consumed by the fight, but suddenly things have changed. Instead of fighting creatures wanting her planet, Cameron is now fighting the urge to lay claim to two men who believe she is their mate. Has Cameron found her new assignment in the arms of a Noah and Mars? Yes, if a mischievous little spirit has anything to say about it...

 

Cameron’s ship crash lands on a strange planet, and she wakes up naked in a strange bed to find two strange men snuggled up with her. They claim their king gave her to them and they want her for their mate, but Cameron is skeptical about love, because her heart has been broken before. A cute little spirit knows Cameron craves a family, however, and does her best to play matchmaker.

This was a cute little short story, with a fun setting and really hot sex. I liked both Mars and Noah. Mars is Commander of the Methuse army and Noah is their chief doctor. Both were strong and sexy in their own right, but I think Noah was the more sensitive of the two. At first Mars thinks this will be great, because he figures the only thing he’ll contribute is his seed to start a family. Watching him change his mind was great. I would have liked to know just a bit more about them, but since this is a short story, I’m willing to forgive the fact that we didn’t know them super well.

I did have a couple of issues, however. I found it odd that Cameron wasn’t more concerned about finding her friend, Simone, and making sure she was really ok,. Although an explanation was giving, it wasn’t a satisfactory one, in my opinion. Cameron is supposedly a soldier, a warrior, but they tell her her friend is recovering and fine and she just says, “Ok, I believe you.”? That didn’t really work for me.

There was also some cheesy dialogue between the three that I had to snicker over. It wasn’t too horrible or over the top, but it did make me roll my eyes.

I did really enjoy it, however, and I’m definitely interested in reading more from this author. I especially can’t wait to read Simone’s story (There is going to be a story for Simone, isn’t there??). For a short, erotic story it really hit the spot.

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Resplendence Publishing. You can buy it here in e-format.

The author is going to be visiting tomorrow, so be sure to check back for that. We’ll have a copy of the story to give away, too! =)

three-half-stars


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Review: Earthly Pleasures by Karen Neches

Posted May 14, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Welcome to Heaven. Use your Wishberry to hustle up whatever you want. Have an online chat with God. Visit the attractions such as Retail Rapture, Wrath of God miniature golf and Nocturnal Theater, where your nightly dreams are translated to film.

Your greeter might just be Skye Sebring who will advises her newly dead clients on what to expect now that they’re expired. “Heaven is like a Corona Beer commercial” she assures her clients. “It’s all about contentment.”

So different than Earth where chaos reigns. Unfortunately for Skye, she’s been chosen to live her first life. She’s required to attend Earth 101 classes, which teach all of the world’s greatest philosophies through five Beatles songs.

Skye has no interest in Earthly pursuits, until lawyer Ryan Blaine briefly becomes her client after a motorcycle accident. Just as they are getting to know each other, he is revived and sent back to Earth.

She follows his life via the TV channel “Earthly Pleasures” but discovers he has a wife as well as a big secret. Why then does he call a show for the lovelorn to talk about the lost love of his life?

I read this book about a week ago, but waited to review it b/c I had mixed feelings. I’m glad I waited b/c it was my expectations as a reader of romance rather than the book itself that was effecting my opinion. This is not a romance in the fact that you can expect to read a HEA between the hero and heroine. As a matter of fact, there is only one scene that the h/h are actually together. That aside, I really enjoyed this book. It was hilariously funny and I’m glad that I read it. Here’s one of the many passages that made me laugh out loud while reading this book.

Saturday was always a brisk day. People on Earth had more time to drown, wreck their cars, or fall off roofs. The only day busier than Saturday was Monday, which ushered in the cardiac arrest and stroke victims. Apparently the prospect of facing another long workweek eked the life out of many people on Earth.

Skye Sebring enjoys her work as a greeter in Heaven. As a greeter, it is her job to make the transition as easy as possible for the people who have left Earth for Heaven. As a greeter, she has seen a variety of people. When Ryan Blaine turns up in her cubicle, she is astonished to see the man that many people in Heaven watch on their TV channel, Earthly Pleasures. Before she can begin adjusting Ryan to his new life, he disappears back to Earth. Thus begins Skye’s obsession with Ryan Blaine.

Ryan Blaine wakes up in an ambulance with a fuzzy image of someone named Skye that looks astonishingly like his wife, Susan, before the car accident that changed everything. Ryan has been having a hard time adjusting to his new wife and feels adrift as he tries to reconcile Susan before and after the accident.

There are several side stories that are happening simultaneously. There is also the back story of Ryan and Susan’s romance. I thought that Neches did a great job of tying all these stories together. The reader will understand what’s going on long before it’s revealed. I really did enjoy this book, though I didn’t like the ending at all. For that reason, I give it:

3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from Simon & Schuster. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Guest Review: The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

Posted May 4, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 5 Comments

Nath‘s guest review of The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise. Originally published with Bantam‘s Loveswept in 1996.

I love Jennifer Crusie, LOL 🙂

I discovered her a couple of years ago with Strange Bedpersons and she’s one of the few authors whose books I hunted down on ebay. When I first discovered Jennifer Crusie, most of her category/silhouette romances were out-of-print; however, I’ve been able to get my hands on most of them… even Sizzle. The only one that I haven’t read was The Cinderella Deal… Well, thanks to Holly and Book Binge, I finally got my hands on a copy of this book 😀

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

published by Bantam Loveswept in 1996

Heroine: Daisy Flattery
Hero: Linc Blaise

Hmmm, I can’t find a synopsis, so here’s a quick summary…

Daisy Flattery is an artist. Four years ago, she quitted her job as a teacher to focus on her art. Now that her savings have been spent, Daisy is having doubts. She’s tired of being worried and scrambling for money and not having time to paint…

Linc Blaise is a history teacher with great credentials, writing his second book. Problem? He’s too busy teaching to write. That’s why he’s looking for a new position at private Prescott College. The hick? The dean seems more interested in Linc’s marital status than credentials and now, Linc has to bring his imaginary “fiancee” to his jobtalk audition. So Linc turns to his Little House On The Prairie on acid, downstairs neighbor, whose job is telling stories for help.

Genre: contemporary romance

What did I think? This book was a quick and enjoyable read. The premises reminded me a lot of Strange Bedpersons: both heroines are happy-go-lucky while the heroes are straight, dignified and very serious. Then of course, there is the fake “fiancee” plot… The difference is in The Cinderella Deal, Daisy and Linc do not know each other – they’re just neighbors that actually don’t really get along well. However, they both agree to this asinine plan because it advantages them both… Daisy needs money while Linc needs a fiancee. They also take it a step further than Tess and Nick from Strange Bedpersons by getting married. The whole resolution at the end however, is a bit similar.

Personally, I enjoyed Strange Bedpersons better. I thought it was funnier and I really enjoyed Tess and Nick – it helped that they had a relationship before. The Cinderella Deal is enjoyable and perhaps, more well-written. The plot is also a bit more realistic (as realistic as you can get for a fake fiancee plot). The whole marriage is pretty much a secret marriage of convenience, without the sex. I liked that Linc and Daisy didn’t jump into bed right away, that they got to know each other. I also liked that the storyline spanned several months, it just made it more real.

I enjoyed Linc and Daisy as characters a lot. Linc is serious, he has goals and is willing to do a lot to reach them. It’s a bit sad how oblivious he is to Daisy’s efforts at first, but once he got to really know and understand her, he was there to offer his support and help whenever she needed. I like how Daisy put colors, warmth and friendship in Linc’s life. Daisy is a fun character; however, she kind of faded away in the middle of the book. It’s not just that she conformed to what Linc wanted, but also because all the positive changes came from Linc… but I really like her character.

All in all, The Cinderella Deal has all the successful ingredients from Jennifer Crusie: great H/H, wacky animals, complicated situations and lots of weird secondary characters. It’s just too bad that there’s a sense of deja-vu to the storyline.

My Grade: 3.75/5

The book is currently out-of-print and I don’t know if there’s any plan for re-printing it.

You can check out more reviews from Nath on her personal blog Natuschan

and her joint review blog Breezing Through.


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