Hey guys! Hope you’re having a nice Monday. For those of you in the US…Happy Memorial Day.
Nothing much has been happening around here lately so I guess I’ll just get down to what I read last week:
I started the week with The Witch of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney. This story is about Mairi Sinclair who lives in Edinburgh and runs her deceased father’s printing press. She is getting more involved in women’s rights and this ends up butting heads with the Provost of Edinburgh. The pair squabble but they can’t deny their attraction to each other. This was a really great story and I very much enjoyed both Mairi and Logan’s characters. 4 out of 5
Next was Don’t Blackmail the Vampire by Tiffany Allee. Rachel is trying everything to get her sister away from her loser of a fiance and Charles is trying to figure out if the loser fiance, Brent, is making threatening phone calls to his sister-in-law. Rachel finds out that Charles is a vampire and attempts to blackmail her into help her with her sister. The story is cute and fun. I’ll post a review later this week. 3.5 out of 5
The Reiver by Jackie Barbosa is a short story about a Laird who captures a reiver on his land and throws him in the dungeon. Then he figures out he’s a she and ends up falling in love with her. Too bad he doesn’t anything about her. It’s a pretty fast story as it’s so short but it was cute. 3 out of 5
Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti is Nate’s story in the Sin Brothers series. He’s still looking for the codes to deactivate the kill switches and tries using his connection with his old love to get them. He doesn’t realize that’s he’s never stopped loving her and that poses a problem when he’s trying to stay objective. A good book – I’ll post my review later this week. 4 out of 5
There’s Wild, Then There’s You by M. Leighton is the story of Violet who meets Jet at a Sex addicts anonymous meeting and neither can get the other out of their minds. The problem is that Violet stood up and said she was a SA but she’s not. She hates deceiving him but she likes him so much and is afraid to lose him. I’ll post my review of this one soon. 4 out of 5
Last for the week was Planning for Love by Christi Barth. This is a cute story that involves wedding planner Ivy who ends up falling for Bennett. Ivy is a head in the clouds, everything’s rainbows and butterflies type of girl and Bennett is an anti-romance, cynical, the glass is half empty kind of guy. They make a strange pair but Ivy is determined to make Bennett fall in love with her. It’s cute but a little slow in the middle. It wrapped up with a nice bow at the end which was a little disconcerting as I just didn’t see Ben changing his mind about love. shrugs 3 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
For Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett, marriage was merely the vehicle to buy her father a title. Widowhood, however, brings a host of problems. For her husband deliberately spent the money intended for Virginia and her in-laws, leaving them penniless—unless she produces an heir. Desperate and confused, Virginia embarks on a fateful journey that brings her to the doorstep of the only man she’s ever loved…
He’s known as The Devil, but Macrath Sinclair doesn’t care. He moved to a tiny Scottish village in hopes of continuing his work as an inventor and starting a family of his own. He bought the house; he chose the woman. Unfortunately, Virginia didn’t choose him. Macrath knows he should turn her away now, but she needs him, and he wants her more than ever. Whatever game Virginia’s playing, Macrath intends to win—one wickedly seductive deed at a time…
Virginia is in a pickle. Her husband of 9 months is dead and her and her in-laws, who she’s come to know as family, will be kicked out with no money as soon as the new Earl takes his place. Should she take the chance that she will be able to find work or will she take her mother-in-laws suggestion and get pregnant by another man and pass it off as her dead husband’s heir? Virginia chooses option B and heads to Scotland to see her once and only love, Macrath Sinclair.
Macrath and Virginia had fallen in love the year before and planned to get married. Unfortunately Virginia’s father didn’t want him in the family for many reasons. Instead he contracted for Virginia to marry an Earl who ended up hating her. Now Virginia is in Macrath’s home and they realize that even though time has passed they still love each other. Macrath sees her in his home forever but after only a day, Virginia leaves again.
The plan works and Virginia ends up giving birth to a bouncing baby boy who then becomes the eleventh Earl of Barrett. Of course Macrath knows nothing of the baby as Virginia never told him she was pregnant. Of course Macrath can’t leave Virginia to go back to her life now that she’s free so he eventually goes to see her in London and finds out the baby’s his. When Virginia’s sick and out of it he takes the baby back to Scotland but of course she follows but he’s not about to give up his son – ever.
I’ve only read about 5 books by this author and the majority of those I really liked. This one was no different. I think she does a lovely job writing her characters and they draw me in and I end up wanting to read more and more. Of course all those burly Scots in her books are wonderful! Lol
In this book I really liked reading about Virginia’s strength. Did she make some big mistakes – oh yeah, most certainly, but she learned from them and tried not to make them again. She was incredibly stubborn but not so much that she couldn’t see when she was wrong. I did think that she could have gone to Macrath and asked him to help her and her deceased husband’s family after he died and I know he would have helped but then we wouldn’t have had the book, would we? 🙂
Macrath was part stubborn fool, part romantic, part sensitive father. I really enjoyed reading about him and frankly the fact that he couldn’t stay away from Virginia endeared him to me. He wasn’t so pigheaded that he thought “she left me once after she was a widow, why try again?” He swallowed his pride (ok, it took him months
!) and went to see her hoping for the best. He really was a great character.
Overall I really liked the story and can’t wait to read more about Clan Sinclair.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Well it was another interesting week around Tracyland. With hubby still gone – he got back this past Saturday – I felt like a freakin taxi service running my oldest and her friends around. And of course none of them live nearby, it’s always to the other side of town and back which shoots about 40 minutes. sigh No time to read (or do anything else for that matter)! lol The kids start school this week so I know things will calm down now crosses fingers
When I said there was no time to read I wasn’t kidding. My first book of the week was Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook. This book was so so so so good I didn’t want to put it down but with my schedule it ended up taking almost 5 days to read it. It was sheer unadulterated torture. lol The wonderful think about Meljean’s books is that there’s so good that it doesn’t lose any of its punch when you have to put it down for a while. This was Michael and Andy Taylor’s book and I loved every moment of it. I can’t say enough good things about it and think everyone should read it. 🙂 5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge – my review will post on 8/14/13, fyi)
I then read a very short story in the Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook called The Hook. Very short – like 5 pages, very good with Mina Wentworth and Constable Newberry. You can read it here on Meljean’s website by clicking here. 4 out of 5
Next was The Devil of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney. The story is about Virginia and Macrath who fall in love but then Virginia’s father contracts her to marry someone else. After about 9 months her husband dies and when the new earl takes over her and her in-laws (all women) will be left destitute (the husband was a true bastard). The mother in-law and Virginia devise a plan to get pregnant and pass the child off as her husbands. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Yep, she has Macrath’s child but doesn’t tell him about him and then when he finds out he takes the baby. This was a really great story and I loved the characters and the way they were written. You can read my full review on Wednesday. 4 out of 5
Fighting Fate by Linda Kage is a New Adult read about a girl who goes to college and ends up falling in love with the guy who killed her brother. That sounds bad but it really was a true accident and he suffered from it as well. The story was really good and though there was a lot of tragedy to read about, most of it was in the past. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series when they’re released. 4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)
That’s it! I know – there’s hardly anything there. Oh well, I’ll hopefully have more time to read now that hubby’s home. 🙂
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney
Series: Scottish Sisters #2
Published by Avon Romance
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world…and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.
No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona’s darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn’t care about the scandal their passion could cause…for this very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she’d never have again.
Little does she know that Mark is part of masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love…he will have to save her life as well.
Catriona Cameron has not lived a great life – it’s been pretty charmed for the most part – but it hasn’t always been great. Her mother died at her father’s hands (euthanasia) and then he was hanged. Catriona and her sister were left with no one and nothing. Though we don’t get too in depth about what happened directly after their parents’ death we can tell it’s not good. She then became a maid but when her sister married an earl she was given the option to kind of reinvent herself and she took it. She then went to London for a season and that’s when we first see Catriona. She’s having a gay ole time at a party when she sees her old lover. Oh yes, Catriona has not been chaste and Andrew is but one of the three lovers from her past. She’s more than a bit shaken and leaves the party – only to get into a horrible carriage accident which ends up scarring her face horrendously.
After quite a bit of recovery Catriona is taken home to Edinburgh and is taken care of by her aunt by marriage. Her Aunt Dina is beside herself with worry. She believes that Catriona is slowing trying to kill herself by not eating. She won’t leave her suite of rooms except at night to take a walk when everyone else is asleep. Catriona won’t even see any doctors – she’s through with them. Dina decides to ask for help from a doctor she knows, Mark Thorburn. Mark is a saint. He helps not only the rich but is also engaged by the city to go into the slums of the city to take care of the poor. He is kind and compassionate and really an all around good guy. When Catriona refuses to open the door to him, however, he decides to do things an unconventional way and kicks her door in. He tells her that he’s the new footman and then forces her to eat.
The relationship between the footman and Catriona is contentious to say the least with Mark browbeating her into eating but they also start to talk. Mark hopes that he can win her confidence and then he’ll be able to examine her. Catriona is having none of it. She constantly wears a veil so that no one can see her scarring. She wears black all the time and Mark believes it’s a sign of Catriona mourning the loss of her beauty. The two become friends and then lovers but Catriona still doesn’t know that Mark is a doctor. When that news comes out Catriona feels used and Mark’s not sure what to do. Catriona is a woman who now has time to examine her life and she’s not sure she likes what she sees. Yes, she’s been in mourning for her beauty because she knows there’s not a whole lot inside that she has to offer anyone. Besides – she believes that no one would love her because of her scarred face. When Mark shows up she’s rude and mean but eventually she starts to realize that you attract more bees with honey than with vinegar (and I don’t mean that in a manipulative way). She realizes what a total bitch she’s been and decides to change her ways.
The romance between Mark and Catriona is…different. He’s not always there because he has patients and this leaves Catriona a long time to sit and think – which is a good thing. Unfortunately it didn’t leave all that much time for the romance, except sex. Yes, they do talk and get to know each other but as lovely as that was it lacked something. I have no idea what that something is however but it was like the electricity was missing between the hero and heroine. IDK. I know that I was a bit shocked when Catriona asked Mark to sleep with her for money – and he did it…and took the money. Whaaaa? I know he didn’t do it for the money but it just seemed wrong to me.
I have to say that I liked seeing Catriona grow in this book because she definitely did. Ms. Ranney did a wonderful job of turning Catriona around from her previous incarnation. I could see Catriona growing more in the future and that was great. Mark was wonderful as well and I really liked his character. I thought he had the perfect personality and disposition to be with Catriona. I did have an issue with his pretending to be a footman as I’m never a fan of people pretending to be something they’re not – it’s just never a good thing in a romance novel as it never works out well. There was also a suspense part of the book that had to deal with Andrew, Catriona’s old lover, and his obsession with Catriona but that was definitely more background than anything.
In the end it was a good read that I had some issues with but an entertaining read overall.
Rating: 3.25 out of 5
What a crazy Monday! This is getting to you a bit late today but hey, it’s Monday. lol
So it was back to work for me last week and that was seriously the longest 5 days EVER! :0) Starting back to work after vacation is never fun but that just sucked.
It was a good week despite that. My kids were bored out of their minds because it was the last week of a 3 week break for them. They went back to school today and they were both pretty excited.
Other than that not much to tell so I’ll get on to what I read last week. I don’t have much time today to write this so it’s going to have to be title, author & rating for now and then I’ll come back and write my thoughts at a later time – sorry!!!
Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane 4 out of 5 (m/m)
Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau 3.75 out of 5
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 4.5 out of 5
Abby’s Twin Mates by Darlette Clarke 2 out of 5 Link to review
How To Misbehave by Ruthie Knox 4 out of 5
The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney 3.25 out of 5
Tri Mates by Lauren Dane 3 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina
Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman
Abby’s Twin Mates by Darlette Clarke