It was a quiet week as far as events went. My hubby had to go back to Vegas for a convention/show/whatever for his work so he left Thursday and didn’t get back until last night. Gave me time to read more though. heh. Always a good thing imho.
The girls are doing well in their jazz and taekwondo classes. (no it’s not a combined class! lol) Now that I’ve got them settled in I can just plant it at the taekwondo studio and read for an hour with no interruption. That’s sheer heaven right there, let me tell ya.
I read a lot of good books this week!
First up was The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. Although I have one of her other books on my shelf I’d not read this author before. I truly loved this book. I know it won’t hold that appeal for everyone but it was just a fabulous read for me. You can read my review here.
Next up was Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher. This was an impulse buy for me and my first read by this author. I believe I saw the cover on Kmont’s blog a while back so when I saw the book on the shelf it caught my attention. It was a pretty good book. There was some stock paranormal elements in it but it did have a nice story to tell. I have to say that this being a series it did leave me a lot of questions unanswered at the end of the book. I’m sure that was the authors intention but I personally would have enjoyed the book more had I received more answers. 3.75 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read for this week was Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. I love Jennifer Crusie’s books but hadn’t read one of the books she wrote with Bob Mayer. I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book! I really loved it. It was a fun, funny, lol suspense book. I just loved Agnes and of course the hitman, Shane, was wonderful. Not something I would usually say…hitman was wonderful…but in this instance the shoe definitely fits. Great book. 5 out of 5 from me. There just wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the book.
The newest release by friend and fellow DIK Lady, Katie Reus, is Dangerous Deception. I bought and read this the day it came out (Friday). This was a story about Sage and Trent. After Sage’s sister was murdered Sage decided to travel and do all of the things that her and her sister had talked about but never done. Now she’s settled in a quiet town and wants to go on with her life. Trent, a man that she spent 1 glorious week with shows up unexpectedly and just when Sage starts to get threatened by an unknown villain. Trent got a little he-man-I’m-in-charge-now for my liking at times but overall I enjoyed the story. 4 out of 5
Next book was Aftershock by Jill Shalvis. This was an impulse read but I think it will be my Year of the Category read for the month. That being said I’ll post my review on this on the 26th.
The Unlacing of Miss Leigh by Diane Gaston is a Harlequin Undone. It was a short historical story about Miss Leigh who takes a position as a companion to a scarred gentleman. She knows the man from her past but he doesn’t know who she is. It’s a cute little story. 3 out of 5
Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre was my next read. I very much enjoyed this book. I don’t normally read a book when I know that there will be no HEA at the end but it had been raved about so much that I just needed to dive in. I’m so glad I did. It had a great story, great characters and never a dull moment. Corine, the story teller, was the main character and while I liked her for most of the book she did start to annoy me just a tad at the end. It definitely won’t stop me from reading the next book however. 4 out of 5
Last read for the week was another Harlequin Undone by the name of The Viking’s Forbidden Love Slave by Michelle Willingham. Yep, I actually read a book with that name. Sometime I shock even myself! lol It was a short story about how Tharand steals Aisling from her village as a gift for his King so that he can get his 15 year old sister back from said King. The problem is that Tharand is having feelings for his fiery captive and eventually she for him. As all work out in the end it was a cute story but for such a short story it left me kind of hanging. Aisling’s village was being raided and pillaged…but why her village? Tharand walked through his village and the villagers avoided him and the kids ran…why was he so shunned? Just because he was a fierce warrior? Aisling’s brothers were stolen as well but we don’t hear where they are. I’m thinking this is part of a series but I’m not sure. 3 out of 5 stars.
That’s it for me this week. I’m exhausted just typing this! lol Any opinions about the books? I’d like to hear them.