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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 22, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 15 Comments

Happy Monday!

It’s been a crazy week at my house. Hubby is still recuperating and I’m still taking care of him. My youngest then got sick on Saturday with a high fever, vomiting and a bad cold. Oy. I think I need a caretaker for the caretaker. lol Other than that life is good. I got a lot of reading done this week…especially this weekend taking care of my youngest. She just wanted me to hold her while she stared at the wall so I read. Poor thing.

At one point this week I was trying to think of the name of a book. I had to go back through my blog to find it since I could remember the premise but not the character names. I found the book but discovered that I really have been slacking on the book descriptions and just telling how I felt about the book. I will endeavor to do better with this. If I start slacking off you can give me a cyber slap. 🙂

Book Giveaway winner!  I used my high tech name generator (aka put names in a basket and have my friend Shannon draw one out) and the winner of Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg is:

 Joder

Congrats Joder!  I have the email address that you left on my blog when you entered.  I will send you Catch Me to you on March 2nd! 

Now – on to what I read:

First up for the week was The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries. This is book one in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series about 5 siblings who were more or less raised by their grandmother. Said grandmother, who is a wealthy woman due to her husband’s brewery has said that all of the siblings must marry within a year or they will receive no money. Since none of them are flush by any means and depend on her they are not happy about this turn of events. The Marquess of Stoneville – the oldest son – decides to thwart his grandmother by bringing home the most unacceptable bride he can find…one straight from a brothel. Except he runs into Maria Butterfield and due to crazy circumstances pretty much bribes her into being his pretend bride. They of course fall in love cuz this is a romance, after all. I really liked this book a lot. I thought Maria and Oliver played off each other very nicely and it just gave me the warm fuzzies. lol 4.25 out of 5

The next book was Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon. This was a recommendation from the lady at New and Recycled Romance but I just couldn’t get into it. I may go back and finish it sometime but IDK. I got about 100 pages into the story – a botanist in Louisiana who was being investigated, but we don’t know why – and she inherits an entire preserve from her dead m-i-l who in life hated her – Oh, and said m-i-l is now haunting her and she’s the only one who can see her ghost – and I just couldn’t read any further. When the heroine of the story kept saying that she was doing things that she would never in a million years do…like breaking and entering…I just couldn’t keep reading. DNF

The Bliss Factor by Penny McCall was next and again I had to put the book down for lack of interest. Again, got about 125 pages in and had to put it down. A woman is asked by her hippie-like parents to “watch” a friend of theirs. Only the man was hit on the head and since he was working the renaissance fair he thinks that’s his time period and doesn’t understand this strange new world. Not my thing, unfortunately. DNF

 

Next up was Bareback by Chris Owen. I read this one for my m/m challenge. I really liked it. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Remember I said that I had a lot of books to read for The Book Binge? Well, I tried to get through a bunch of the ebooks this week. All but two were novellas so it made for fast reading. It looks like I read a lot but really when you think about it the 3 novellas and 1 short equal 1 full length novel. 🙂 

1) The first was Hidden Desires by Elizabeth Lapthorne. A woman goes to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and not only picks up a magical mask but meets the man of her dreams. 3.25 out of 5 Review here
2) The next was Mardi Gras by Lacey Alexander. The story of a woman who is crazy about her boss that she’s known since she was about 12. She puts on a costume during Mardi Gras so she can finally do him like she wants because she knows she can never have his heart. Things don’t always work out as planned though. 4 out of 5. Review here
3) Pet Me by Amarinda Jones. Drusilla goes to a pet store to find a replacement fish for the one she’s accidentally killed. She meets Cormack who’s fighting her for the fish and they find instant lust and eventually love. A very funny novella that I enjoyed. 4.25 out of 5. I’ll let you know when my review posts.
4) Heart of Gold by Riley Ashford. This is the story of a woman who buys an abandoned, supposedly haunted plantation in the south. She meets ghosts, learns its history and meets a very alive descendant that turns her heart and her body upside down. 3.75 out of 5. I’ll let you know when my review posts.
5) Master of Fire by Angela Knight. This is book 11 in the Mageverse series. I’ve been waiting impatiently for another addition to this series for about 2 years. It was a good one. Arthur and Gwen’s son Logan is being targeted by an assassin so they send a witch to guard him with strict instructions not to tell Logan what she is and definitely not sleep with him (doing so 3 times will turn him to a vamp). Yeah, things don’t always go as planned – with the relationship or the assassin. 4 out of 5. I’ll let you know when my review posts.

Next was the book for my DIK Reading Challenge. I chose Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts for this month’s read. The story of Emma and Jack and their friendship turning into much, much more. You can read my review on Wednesday. 4.25 out of 5

Lift Me Up by Rayne Auster was the following read. This novella is the story of Avery who has a heart wrenching experience in the elevator of his apartment building. He is so distraught he can’t quite make it into his apartment. His new neighbor, Dylan, accidentally trips over him and it’s a match made in heaven. Well, almost. It was a cute story. The telling in first person was a little odd at times but it was good. 3.25 out of 5

And last but not least was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge read (actually 3 of the books I read this week I’ve had for more than 3 months, but who’s counting?) was It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn. I had read the first 6 Bridgerton books fairly quickly but I think I’d gotten a little burned out on them. This is book 7 and follows Hyacinth who is helping Gareth St. Clair interpret his paternal grandmother’s diary. This leads them to spending more time together but also to start looking for some diamonds that are supposedly hidden in the St. Clair home. It’s a very cute love story that I very much enjoyed reading. Hyacinth had kind of bugged me in previous books but she really didn’t in this one which I was really surprised about. I liked her spunk in this book where in previous books her mouth just annoyed me. 4.25 out of 5

Happy Reading!


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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted February 9, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 17 Comments

Well it was an interesting week but an excellent weekend. My youngest was home sick on Tuesday and Wednesday and then my oldest joined the crowd on Thursday. I hate it when they’re sick – as most moms do – but I have say that only working 2 days a week is wonderful! lol

Then yesterday I met Rosie and Lisabea and their hubby’s, along with my hubby, down in Buena Park. We were to “do” Knott’s Berry Farm but alas it was pouring down rain and the park closed. We took our CT visitors to Hollywood and mosied along and had a wonderful lunch. Today the So. Cal Bloggers got together and omg did we have a great time! There were 11 of us and we just talked about books until we were blue in the face while dining on great food at PF Chang’s. It was so much damned fun I can’t wait to do it again, and soon. Of course it was an extra special treat to have Lisa there to add to our group even though she had a twitchy eye. We tried not to stare. (muah Lb)

So our group consisted of (in picture order):
Blanche, Holly, Lori, Daphne, Moi, Lisabea, Wendy, Rosie, Nikki, Alice & Renee. Aren’t we cute??

So onto what I read this week:

Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force was great. I’ve not read a lot of romance’s that have to do with sports but this one was great. Yes, there were a few misunderstandings that I could have done without but overall I enjoyed it.

Next was Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann. My thoughts are below if you’re interested. Loved it.


Everything to Lose…the new novella by Katie Reus. Good book. I really liked that it was a married couple trying to get back together. Similar to what I read in Line of Scrimmage but so completely different. I liked the characters and the sex was pretty darned hot too.


Broken Wing by Judith James was next. I really liked it. I have to say that the hero goes through some tough shit but I couldn’t completely appreciate how he handled everything (can’t give anything away, you know! :)). It didn’t stop the enjoyment of the book for me though. We also got introduced to new characters in this book that I hope will be in future stories.


At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost was pretty good. I didn’t connect with the book like I had the previous two books, but it was still good. Bones, as always is just luciously yummy and I want to eat him up with a spoon. He keeps me coming back for more, that’s for sure.


Bikini Diaries by Lacey Alexander was a book I read for The Book Binge. My review is here.


And last but certainly not least was Gobsmacked by LB Gregg. I really liked this book and give it 4 stars. I thought that the characters were likable and funny and that they just seemed like average everyday people that anyone could find in their town. I love books like this one that suck me in quickly and don’t let go. A great fast paced read!


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Guest Review: Bikini Diaries by Lacey Alexander

Posted February 8, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

Guest Review: Bikini Diaries by Lacey AlexanderReviewer: Tracy
Bikini Diaries by Lacey Alexander
Published by NAL
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Genres: Erotica
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three-half-stars

You always see those girls at the beach, the ones who somehow make you feel inferior: killer tan, long legs, tiny bikini, so comfortable in their own perfect skin, so available. I’m watching one now. I kind of hate her. But I wonder what it’s like to be her… 

While on business on Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast, Wendy Carnes spots a woman who unknowingly changes her life. “White Bikini Babe” is the personification of sex, clearly ready for action. Watching her makes Wendy wonder whether, by putting on a sexy bikini and getting a new attitude, she could land a hot beach guy of her own. Could she really indulge in casual sex for the mere sport of it?

Armed with a daring bikini and a new attitude–along with the journal in which she records her secret thoughts on the whole adventure–Wendy soon finds herself engaging in a wild and very naughty affair with her perfect fantasy man, who pushes her to sexual extremes that she’s never imagined. But at what point does the game become reality? When does the person she pretends to be become the person she really is? And worse, what happens when her private diary falls into the wrong hands?

Yes Wendy starts to live out her sexual fantasies by buying some sexy clothing and going out to troll the bars. She figures that she’s 34 if she’s going to try to see if she can just have sex for sex’s sake it’s now or never.

On her first night out she runs into Brandon, a gorgeous male specimen. Immediately they hit it off and the sexual chemistry is mind-boggling. They’re off to the beach to engage in some mighty hot sex. But when Brandon is walking Wendy back to her hotel room he finds that he wants to see her again, which is unusual for him since his norm is one-night stands.

Wendy agrees to see Brandon again and so begins a week of sexual adventure. Wendy is sexy and fun and adventurous in all aspects of her sexual awakening (including m/f, m/f/m & one f/f scene) and she and Brandon are inseparable.

The problems begin when Wendy finds that she’s feeling more for Brandon than she wants to and is denying these feelings to herself and to the journal that she’s writing in faithfully.

I found this book very interesting. Yes it was a fun story about Wendy’s sexual adventures, of which there are many (and most were blazing hot), and a heart-warming love story. But what really caught my attention were the issues that Wendy was having with self-awareness. She had always thought herself average, but when she really took the time to look at herself she realized that she wasn’t as average as she thought. The story really brought to mind body image issues that women all over America have on a daily basis. If you dress sexier, are you sexier? If you have crazy hot sex is that really you or the person you want to be…and how do those people blend together…if they do at all? Interesting questions.

I really liked the book and if you want a great erotic read this is a good one.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 8, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 13 Comments

Hello again!

I’ve read some really great books this week. I’ve been horrible about posting reviews and need to do more, I know. As much as I’ve loved the books I’m reading I’ve just not been able to get in the review typing mode. I’ll be better soon, I swear.

I started my week off with Lover Enshrined. You all know my opinions by now and if you missed that just go down one post and all will be revealed. If you’ve never read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series then shame on you! (except you Sarai!)

After seeing all the talk about Josh Lanyon and his Adrien English Mystery series on Lisabea’s blog I felt compelled to read the books: Fatal Shadows, A Dangerous Thing & The Hell You Say. This was my first foray into the M/M Fiction (well, full-length, I’ve read shorts) and I loved it. The mysteries were great, JL kept me guessing through most of the books wondering whodunit. I loved Adrien – he’s funny, sarcastic, good looking (supposedly like Montgomery Clift – yeah, baby) and he has this dialogues with himself that I just love. His serious love interest throughout the series is Jake Riordan. Ah, Jake. I love Jake, but yet…I want to slap Jake. Let’s just say it’s an ongoing relationship that runs through all of the books and they just need to be together – forevah!! Great books – I highly recommend them. I can hardly wait for the next in the series – Death Of A Pirate King


The next was a short from Shiloh Walker (RAW author) Drastic Measures. It was a nice short story and a good distraction

Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie was up next. I love Crusie’s work and have read almost all of it. This one didn’t disappoint. The main characters were down to earth and easily likeable, the story was funny and quirky and I loved it.

On the recommendation of a friend I read Lacey Alexander’s Voyeur. It was an erotic story of Laura Watkins who has writers block. She goes away to a friends cousins house in Colorado for R & R to see if she can rid herself of this block. The owner of the house, Braden, is checking out the house on his webcam from California and see’s Laura pleasuring herself. What follows is hot, hot, hot. I liked this story and the “relationship” between Laura and Braden…it was a good read. Just be warned if you don’t like a ton of sex, don’t read this book! lol
(FYI – Lacey Alexander is aka Toni Blake who wrote Letters To A Secret Lover that I liked so well)


Last but not least was Unsung Hero, Book 1 of the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann. This is the first book that I’ve read by Ms. Brockmann and it was great. I loved Tom and all of his so called paranoia. I loved Joe and Charles and their quarrels, their flashbacks and their friendship. I liked heroine Kelly, but she just got a little annoying after a while. If you haven’t read this put it in your TBR. Thanks Shannon! 🙂

Happy Reading!


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