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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 24, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Hidee ho neighbor!

Wassup? Did you all have a wonderful week last week and a great weekend? Last week was pretty good but then I was down for the count with headaches all weekend. It was beautiful here, too, so not getting out of the house sucked.

Nothing much happening around here so I’ll get right to what I read last week:

My first read was Before You Break by Christina Lee. This was a wonderful story about a guy who is dealing with guilt over a car accident that killed his best friend – when he was driving –  and the woman is dealing with her own guilt over her brother’s suicide. Together they deal with their emotions and fall in love. It was oh, so good. I’ll post my review this week. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was Have You Any Rogues by Elizabeth Boyle. The novella is about Crispin and Henrietta who are members of rival families. They fall in love but then different events occur that keeps them apart for years. The story takes place while the pair are locked in a wine cellar and is told mostly in flashbacks but it’s like the characters are telling the story to each other. I really liked it but admit that I wanted more of the current time period but unfortunately there wasn’t much. I also thought Henrietta was way to impulsive over the years and was surprised that A) Crispin still wanted her after all of her rash decisions and B) she was even available after getting married so many times! 4 out of 5

Scent of a Mate by Milly Taiden was the story about a girl who is writing a book, per request, on the history of werewolf traditions…or maybe history. Anyway, she and her friends stake out a scenting ceremony but she gets a bit distracted when her mate, who is her best friends’ brother, decides to claim her that night. The book was cute although the heroine kept getting hurt which was annoying. This was definitely more erotic romance than straight paranormal with sex added – just fyi. 3.5 out of 5

The Bancroft Affairs: The Beginning by Liberty Valens. This short was free from Amazon and I’m really glad I didn’t spend money on it. The story is basically about Jillian who is blackmailed and forced to work as a call girl/prostitute. She is looking for a way out of her situation and trying to help her friends who are in the same sitch. I didn’t care for the story all that much (although there were parts that were ok), or the way the story was set up. It kind of felt like 2 stories in one which was amazing since it was so short and there was no conclusion. 2 out of 5

Stranger Delight by Tabitha Levin is a short erotic romance (also free on Amazon) about a woman who is at a party and is watching through a window as her friend has sex with her boyfriend. While watching a man comes up and has sex with her but she has no idea who it is – when she looks he’s gone. It was an ok story but was just too convoluted for me. 2 out of 5

Best Gay romance 2014 edited by R.D. Cochrane & Timothy J. Lambert was an anthology of short gay romance stories. I wouldn’t call this the BEST gay romance but there were definitely some good ones in there. I’ll post my review of this one later this week. 3.25 out of 5

Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye is book 2 in the Hard Ink series and it was really good! This is Shane and Crystal’s story. My review will post tomorrow to tell you my thoughts. 4 out of 5

My next read was a short novella called A Countess by Chance by Kate McKinley. This is mostly the reconciliation of a couple who had once been engaged but she had broken it off two years prior. There is a wager involved while they’re at a house party and erotic hijinks ensue. It was a cute story I just wanted more background. 3 out of 5 

In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye is a novella dealing with King of the Vampires (I thought he was THE king but since the series is Vampire Warrior Kings I’m guessing he’s A king. :)). He needs to feed every so often from either his mate or a virgin (called Proffereds) in order to hold on to his immortality and his humanity. His mate died 300 years ago so he feeds from virgins. He hates the ritual until he meets Shayla, one of the Proffered, who ends up being his mate as well. It was a cute story that was sexy and not too deep at all. 3 out of 5  

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre was last for the week – book 7 in The Sullivans series. This is Smith’s story and has him falling in love with the sister of one of his co-stars. I’ll post my review of this one later this week. 3.5 out of 5

 

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Fall For Me by Sydney Landon
Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Happy Reading! 


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Review: If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyle

Posted December 27, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Harrriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life: the Earl of Roxley. But when he ignores her at a ball, she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley’s heart. So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin. But Roxley’s proposal isn’t quite on the up and up and when she finds out she’s just another piece in one of his plots and japes, she vows revenge.

Roxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin, and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that’s he’s “reformed” his life and is determined to settle down. But the bride-to-be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down. Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew, but now this siren of a stranger he’s engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible. Harriet is about to steal not only his heart, but quite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortune.

Harriet has been in love with Roxley for years. Roxley has been in love with Harriet for years. He has tried to hold himself back from her (although he’s not sure why) but one night she tempts him just one time to many and they share a wonderful night under the stars. Unfortunately Harriet wakes up from a night of being thoroughly and deliciously ruined to find that Roxley is gone.

Now it’s 8 months later and Harriet is back in London with Roxley’s Aunt Essex. She is determined to get Roxley and not let him escape this time. Unfortunately what she finds is Roxley “almost” engaged to another woman! She figures out that everything is not right with the soon to be match and is unwavering in her decision to stick to Roxley like glue and decipher what’s going on.

Roxley left the morning after he bedded Harriet to ride to London to get a special license so that they could marry immediately. Needless to say he never got the license and hadn’t seen Harriet in the 8 months since then. He still loves her with all his heart but he’s in a bind. His luck the last 8 months has been horrible with losing games, his man running off with his money and now one man holds all his vowels and wants him to marry his daughter, Miss Murray. He puts it off as long as possible but he fears he’s going to have to propose before he finds out what’s or who’s behind all of the bad luck. He just has a hinky feeling that someone is behind it all and he needs to find out who.

Let me start out by saying that this was a very good book. I really liked the writing style (as I usually do with Boyle), the characters and for the most part, the story. Roxley and Harriet were so very perfect for each other and I could feel that whenever they interacted. Unfortunately this didn’t happen quite as often as I would have liked during the book as they were constantly being torn apart from each other.

That being said I did have a couple of issues with it. The first was Roxley’s friends. He had them, in multitude. He had worked for the Home Office and he had friends there – they even gathered to let him know that they knew there was something weird going besides just bad luck on his part and that they wanted to help them. Wonderful! To me that meant not only would they help find the blackmailer but also since at least one of them was rich that they would buy his vowels from Mr. Murray and therefore stop him having to marry Miss Murray. Of course no one even suggested that – they just wanted to find out who was behind it all. What? He mentions that he has to go see his aunts – one that is in Bath – but then mentions that she told him she wouldn’t allow him in the house until he brings a bride. The guy from the Home Office tells him to get engaged quickly to Miss Murray. Again, what? The whole point is to not get engaged to that woman. Ug. So his friends did help but not exactly in the way that made perfect sense.

Another issue I had with the book was the whole 8 month gap between Roxley leaving to get the special license and then the current time. What the hell was he doing? He says, eventually, that he met with a friend on the way to London. Ok, then were you stuck under a large rock for the rest of the 8 months? I just didn’t get the delay, the non-communication with Harriet, his almost unforgivable disregard of Harriet in general. I loved them together but really, Roxley? You go for a special license the night after you bed the woman you supposedly love but yet you not only DON’T get the license you go on to live your life without one single word to that woman for EIGHT LONG MONTHS. WTH? Seriously. The fact that Harriet never asked and that the information was never offered by Roxley really stuck in my craw to say the least. Poorly done on both of their parts, imho.

As the story line goes these are really two very minor details in the book but I couldn’t stop thinking about them throughout the book and that brought the rating down, unfortunately. Despite those two issues I thought that book was fun, funny, romantic and definitely worth reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Elizabeth Boyle 


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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 9, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Top of the morning to you! Uh, afternoon, I mean. Well I started this post this morning but it just didn’t get done very quickly!

There wasn’t a whole lot of action in Tracyland this week so I’ll just get on to what I read. 🙂 

First on the list was If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyle. I know this doesn’t come out til later in the month – and I’ll be posting my review later as well – but I was so looking forward to this story. The book was about Harriet and the man she loves, Roxley. Roxley wants Harriet as well but he’s being blackmailed into marrying another woman. The book is their story and it was a good one. I did have a couple of issues with it but nothing huge. 4 out of 5

Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis was up next. The story was a great one and had us reading about Kate who is a giver and a doer for everyone but herself, and Griffin who is back from the Army and is completely out of place – or so he thinks. I really enjoyed this one as I have all Shalvis books lately. 🙂 4.25 out of 5 (read for Book Binge.)

Next up was a paranormal called Delicate Freakn’ Flower by Eve Langlais. This one made me laugh out loud more than once. Naomi is the only girl in a sea of brothers and she hates that they argue and fight all the time. her parents’ house is always wrecked and she hates that too. She moved out and always has a serene home. She meets her mates, Ethan and Javier, but refuses to accept them as she just sees them as brute shifters just like her brothers and wants nothing more than to marry a staid human. She is stubborn and has a serious temper but insists she’s a delicate freakin flower. lol The story was fun and funny and sexy and I liked it a lot. 4 out of 5

My next read was Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti. The story follows Matt who was born in a test tube and raised to be a soldier and killer at the whim of a psycho. He and his brothers escaped but are in dire need of help before they all die due to implants in about six weeks time. Matt’s in Charmed, Idaho, looking for a doctor that they’ve tracked down, who can possibly help them with deactivating the implants, when he meets Laney – a bar owner. This is their romance. A good one, lemme tell ya. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

On A Highland Hill by Kara Griffin is a medieveal historical romance that has Kenneth McInnish marrying Elisa Macquarrie for her own protection. Neither wants the marriage but they must keep her hidden from the Scottish King and a man who had kidnapped her and kept her captive for 5 years. This was a good story and I’ll be posting my review of it this week. 4 out of 5 

Last for the week was A Christmas to Remember by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon and Marilyn Pappano. This was a great Christmas anthology! I’ll post my review of it this week as well. 4 out of 5

 

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Her Soundtrack by R. Matthews

Happy Reading!
 


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Review: And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle

Posted March 22, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Daphne Dale never could have imagined that when she answered an advertisement in the newspaper that she would find true love. Now she has the opportunity to meet her unknown suitor, but it means traveling to Tabitha’s wedding, and into the heart of her family’s sworn enemies. Everyone knows the Seldons are terrible rakes and bounders, but Daphne will risk anything to gain the happiness she is certain is right around the corner.

Lord Henry Seldon is aghast at the latest addition to the house party guest list—one would think after the unforgettable scandal Daphne Dale caused at the duke’s engagement ball, she wouldn’t dare show her face at the duke’s wedding. But here she is, poking her nose where she shouldn’t and driving Henry mad . . . with an unforgettable passion that will turn enemies into lovers.

Lord Henry Seldon is rather mad at his nephew Preston who put an ad in the paper saying that Henry was looking for a wife. Of course he didn’t put Henry’s actual name in it and he didn’t have it sent to his address directly but Henry’s now inundated with letters from lonely hearts all over London. Henry has no intention of writing to any of the women but one letter falls out of the basket and he opens it. The woman is impertinent but funny and Henry finds himself writing back to this Ms. Spooner under the pen name Mr. Dishforth. The correspondence goes on for over a month when they find out that they’ll both be at Preston’s engagement ball. (Preston and Tabitha were the main characters from the previous book in this series, Along Came a Duke.)

Ms. Spooner is actually Daphne Dale, a good friend of Tabitha’s, otherwise she wouldn’t be anywhere near the ball being held in a Seldon home. The Dale family and the Seldon family have been enemies for centuries and they’re not about to make up now. Daphne is so excited to finally meet Mr. Dishforth but she has no idea how to identify him. He told her to wear red, which she did, but little did he know that red was a popular color that season and there were quite a few women in red. When Daphne and Henry spot each other from across the room they are captivated. Not realizing who the other is they dance and have a wonderful conversation. They don’t actually tell each other that they are Spooner or Dishforth but each is sure that the other is THE ONE…until both families intervene and their true identities are revealed. That puts an end to any intimate feelings they might have for each other and go their separate ways.

Much to Henry’s dismay Daphne ends up at Preston and Tabitha’s house party that is being held as part of their wedding. Daphne really doesn’t want to be there but was told by Mr. Dishforth that he would be there as well so she heads to the country. Henry can’t believe a Dale is in his house but he’s excited to hear that Miss Spooner is in attendance and tries to ferret out who she is among the unmarried attendees. While each is trying to figure out who their pen pal is, Henry and Daphne somehow become closer and actually fall in love, must to their dismay. They won’t admit their love because they are each waiting for their correspondent to show up and save them from loving the wrong person.

This is what could have been a complicated premise that was made quite readable by Boyle’s writing. She made the madcap adventures of Henry and Daphne fun and enjoyable and the feuding families interesting enough to want to know more.

Daphne, even at the end of the book, was a bit of a mystery to me. I didn’t know anything about her immediate family, siblings, growing up, nothing. I learned some facts when Henry and Daphne were together and they seemed to have something in common but other than that I felt that Daphne was a complete mystery to me. While I wanted her and Henry to get together I wasn’t sure that they were right for each other.

Henry I got to know a bit more but the story was really based on their time together and not anything from the past. While this was fun it left a certain depth out of the story that would have made it that much more enjoyable for me.

The feud between the families seemed to be an ongoing thing. It was mentioned several times by various members of both families in the way of…remember so and so Seldon with so and so Dale and see who that turned out. We were never given any information and to what actually happened with those people so it was hard for me to see where the feud started.

In the end the book was good. I do think that the secrecy about their identities was taken a bit to far for my liking but it all worked in the end. The end was sweet and it all worked out and that made me very happy.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Elizabeth Boyle


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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 11, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 5 Comments

Happy Freaking Monday!

How’s tricks? Do anything fun this past week?

My week was pretty bland…as usual. 🙂

I completely forgot to share a picture from the week before last. My youngest was in her 5th grade performance of “Internal Organ Hall of Fame” and she played the heart which got a Lifetime Achievement Award. Too funny. She got the only solo in the whole thing and she did really well if I do say so myself. Here’s her solo (sorry about the poor quality) and of course her hamming it up afterward.

 

So on to what I read this past week:

Is started off the week with Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. This was a wonderful book that I just loved. You can read my review on the story here. 5 out of 5  

 Next up was Mating Instinct by Katie Reus. The story is about Jayce who is the Enforcer for the Werewolf Council. He and Kat had been dating but then broke up 9 months ago when Kat left Jayce. Now he’s in her new town and she’s a newly turned werewolf. He is there on other business but he decides that he’s not going to let Kat get away this time. This was another great story in the Moon Shifters series. Reus does shifter stories well and this one was no different. 3.75 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle is the next book in the Rhymes with Love series that comes out on the 26th. The story is about Daphne and Henry. They have been corresponding under pen names and have fallen in love. They don’t know, however, that they are from rivaling families who can’t even stand to hear the others name. They fall in love again as Daphne and Henry without knowing that they are each others pen pal. It was a good story that could have been tighter. I thought the fact that their identities didn’t get revealed sooner was a bit much but it was good. 3.5 out of 5 

Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox is the second book in the Camelot series. This story is about Ellen who is fiercely independent after having been under first her mothers then her husband’s thumbs. She meets Caleb when he is hired for security by her famous brother and sparks fly. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5  

Pestilence by TA Chase was a free book on ARe not long ago. The story is about a man who is a doctor who’s wife and son die during the black plague. He is devastated and guilt ridden and kills himself. He is brought back though by Death and charged with spending his life as the First Horseman, Pesitilence. Centuries later he meets a dying man in the Amazon and they fall in love. The story decent, if a little stilted. Bart who was the dying man seemed a bit dim as he couldn’t figure out that there was something “other” about men named Pestilence and Death. Entertaining. 3 out of 5 

The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman in book 4 in the Spellbound Falls series. This was Nicholas story and has him courting Julia who is a housekeeper at the resort that was started by Nicholas’s friend Mac Oceanus. The story is about Julia’s struggle with her attraction to Nicholas as she was burned in her first marriage but a cheating and nasty husband. Nicholas was a great hero and I liked the book. You can read my review here at The Book Binge 4 out of 5 

Last for the week was The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. This was a re-read for me but it’s the Book Binge’s Book Club book of the month so I dug it off the shelves and devoured it. I’ll post my review this week.

 

My Book Binge reviews that posted since last Monday: 
Going Under by Lauren Dane 
The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch 
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman

Happy Reading!


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