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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 20, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 11 Comments

Rain, rain, go away, come again…never! Ug! It’s been raining here for the past 4 days and I’m done with it, thank you very much. But I guess it doesn’t matter what I want because it’s supposed to rain til Wednesday. Double ug.
So there’s never a dull moment in Tracy Land. Friday the fam all marched over to the taekwondo studio so that my youngest could take her belt test for her brown belt. My oldest had asked for money so that she could go buy her sister a bottle of water. My oldest ended up slipping on the rain soaked cement and went down hard. I ended up taking my oldest to the urgent care after we got her up (after 20 minutes of lying in the rain) and she got x-rays. Nothing broken, thank God, but they said she wrenched her back pretty badly and she has stretched ligaments all around her spine. She’s pretty immobile for the next few days and is going a bit crazy. I missed the brown belt test but she passed. Woohoo!
Let’s see – I was really behind on Christmas shopping and this past weekend was to be my catch up. With having to be home with the oldest and being at her beck and call I’m still really behind. Yeah, Christmas is in a few days. I’m totally screwed. lol Hey, at least I can laugh about it.
You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know that the DIK Winter Giveaway is afoot at the DIK blog. Every day there will be 2-3 posts with giveaways in each one. Each contest only runs until midnight pacific so leave a comment with your email address to enter.
Oh and LB Gregg’s new Romano and Albright book came out today – Trust Me If You Dare! Woofreakinhoo! Congrats Lisa! And btw – it’s fabulous! Really, really great. Love Dan, love Ce, loved the story. 5 out of 5
On to what I read this week…
First up was The Kiss Test by Shannon McKelden. A fun road trip friends to lovers story that I really liked. Yeah, there were things about each character that I would have changed but hey – they’re human, right? Anyway, if you’re interested about hearing more you can read my review here. 4 out of 5
Next was Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian. This is book 8 in the midnight breed series and was Brock’s story. The hero’s name threw me out of the story every single time. It was just so 80’s! lol But despite that it was a good book. A very nice action/adventure story with a romance in it as well. 4 out of 5
No Place to Run by Maya Banks was my next read. I read this one for The Book Binge and it was really good. Two people who meet in Mexico – neither telling the other who they really are – have a steamy hot affair and all but fall in love. Five months later and the woman shows up on the man’s doorstep (or in the river in front of his house) and is pregnant and says that there are people after her and now he’s in danger as well. Another great action story with a nice romance as well. 4.5 out of 5  Now I just have to find book 1 since I liked book 2 so well. 
Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle was next on the list. This was the story about a woman who is infatuated with a man who is a sex addict. She doesn’t realized he’s a sex addict but she ends up helping him deal with his obsession with sex. I’ll be posting my review soon. (I love the cover of this book – the color s are very eye catching) 3.5 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell. This was an intense book about a 20 year old who is found in a paramilitary raid in Venezuela. Turns out he’s a millionaire’s son that had been kidnapped 5 years prior. The horrors that he’s dealt with are unbelievable. The book mostly takes place 2 years after he’s found and how he’s dealing with life and the one man that he’s ever loved. A really good read. 4 out of 5
Another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read was She Wolf by Teresa D’Amario. The story is about a vet who finds out that she’s half wolven (basically a werewolf) and meets her mate. It’s the coming to terms with who and what she is as well as dealing with her mates issues of who and what he really is. It was a very good shapeshifter book. 4 out of 5
Overall a pretty darned good reading week!
My Book Binge reviews that have posted since last week:

Happy Reading!

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Review: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted December 8, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Casee‘s review of Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breeds, Book 8) by Lara Adrian.

In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand—and control—a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse.

As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself—until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire.

I thought this was one of the better books in Adrian’s Breed series. Instead of Breed + Breedmate = lurve, Jenna was a human. Well, sort of human. In the previous book she was held captive by the Ancient and he put some kind of parasite or equally sci-fi strange thing in her body that has attached itself to her spinal cord. All of a sudden she’s not quite human. Her ability to heal is faster, she can hear things she shouldn’t, she can run faster and leap tall buildings in a single bound. The thing is, she doesn’t like it. All she wants to do is go back to her old life.

Brock has felt responsible for Jenna since the moment the Order found her on the verge of death in her cabin. Since bringing her back to the compound, Brock has stayed at her side using his gift to block her pain. When she wakes up and freaks out (which is putting it mildly) he is there to take the brunt of her anger and pain. The weird thing is he doesn’t mind it. His feelings for Jenna are bewildering, especially since she isn’t a Breedmate.

As the days go by, Jenna’s natural fear of what is happening wears off and her desire to help kicks in. As she gets to know the Breedmates, she realizes the enormity of the task they face. Finding missing Breedmates is something she thinks she can help with, using her years of experience as a cop. As she begins to help, she also opens up to Brock which is something that she isn’t ready for. It’s something that she hates herself for as a matter of fact. Since the night that her husband and daughter were killed in a car accident, Jenna has blamed herself. She believes that she has no right to happiness.

There was definitely forward momentum in the series as a whole. I’ve been reading the series since the first book came out, so I really appreciate how far it has come. I think that Adrian has continued to make it interesting and has kept the reader guessing. That’s important when you have a series that has as many books as this one.

What I liked about this book was that Brock didn’t let the fact that Jenna didn’t have a Breedmate mark effect his love for her. He loved her. Period, end of story. Sure, there were drawbacks, but Brock wouldn’t let that get in his way of being with Jenna. He also helped Jenna overcome her past. How can you not love a guy like that?

4.25 out of 5.

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

The series:

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Review: Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted January 22, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Casee‘s review of Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed Series, Book 7) by Lara Adrian.

In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

I didn’t really like Ashes of Midnight. It split the series off from the core of the series which is the Order. Even though I didn’t like Ashes of Midnight, I really enjoy this series. I like where she’s taken the series and look forward to seeing how it end. And there is an end in sight. I really hope that Lara Adrian doesn’t go the whole “this series is open ended” route. That would be really disappointing.

Alex is speshal, but she doesn’t know it. She’s a Breedmate, a woman that is revered by the Breeds and protected at all costs. Breedmates have unique psychic gifts that can easily be explained away if the woman in question doesn’t know what she is. That’s the case in Alex’s situation. She has always been able to detect when people are lying. It’s an uncanny ability that she has just accepted about herself.

When Alex goes to deliver goods to the settlements in the Alaskan bush, she walks into a nightmare from her past. A family of six that she has know for years have been brutally murdered. By something that’s not human. Alex recognizes it right away, but doesn’t know where to turn.

Kade was sent to Alaska by the Order to check out the murder of the family and see if it’s Breed related business. Being from Alaska, he’s the obvious choice to send. When Kade meets Alex, he knows she’s different in some way, but he can’t figure out how. It doesn’t take much investigating for Kade to know that it’s more than a Rogue on the loose in the bush. Now he needs Alex’s help. Then he’ll scrub her memory. Yeah, I didn’t like that very much.

Kade finally figures out (d’oh) that Alex is a Breedmate. He wants to do the right thing and leave her alone, but he just can’t. He thinks he’s cursed b/c of his gift and that he would hurt anyone that was stupid enough to love him. He’ll just stay with Alex for a little while.

The story was good, but it wasn’t captivating. I thought Alex fell for Kade too fast, but then isn’t that usually the case?

3.25 out of 5.

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

The series:

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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 5, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 16 Comments

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. I tried to stay awake but just couldn’t! I finally turned the light off at 11:40pm because I just couldn’t stay awake any longer. lol

The girls went back to school today. They were actually excited to get back to all of their friends. I think that will last about a day and a half and then they’ll realize that with school comes homework! Oh well.

My hubby has been saying that he’s going to start Taekwondo with my youngest for months now. Yeah, that hasn’t happened – he’s put it off for one reason or another time after time. So for Christmas I signed him up for 4 months, got him a uniform and said he’d start January 5th. He was happy, but I think he’s a little afraid that he’ll not catch on quickly. He’s a smart guy so I know he’ll do fine. I’ll take pictures…he’ll hate that! lol As far as work is concerned I’m pretty darned glad the holidays are over.

My office is nutty around Christmas and Easter and it’s nice to have it settle down to being somewhat normal.

Oh and my mom, Judith, the woman who got me reading romance when I was 13, is now doing a guest reviews for The Book Binge! Her first review posted today – The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens. She loved the book and said it very well. The woman is a Ph.D and knows how to write! This was one I gave her because I just couldn’t get through it. Just shows you that there’s something for everyone out there. 🙂

Hey – I found the picture of my eye tattoo! I knew I had it somewhere! Lol Here it is:) If you missed it you can see the cover up here.

On to what I read this week:

My first read was A Highlander’s Christmas by Dawn Halliday, Cindy Miles and Sophie Renwick. Three novellas in 3 different time periods with women who are linked by their clan pin that’s been handed down through the ages. You can read my review here.

Next up was Cheating Chance by James Buchanan. I really liked this story a lot. It was an m/m book that had an openly gay, goth agent for the Nevada Gaming Commission, Nick, and Brandon, an in the closet, biker boy cop with Riverside, CA PD meeting at a Goth convention in San Diego, CA. They hook up and then start an online relationship. The story covers the issues – long distance and of course Brandon’s closetedness (is that a word? It is now) – and pleasures of Brandon and Nick’s relationship. When Nick starts to be looked at as a person of interest in a murder, which he had nothing to do with it’s puts things on edge for both Nick and Brandon. This was just a fabulous book and I really liked both the relationship aspect of the book as well as Nick’s investigation into his former co-workers death. The attention to detail was so interesting when it could have very easily been dry. I will be reading the next book about Nick and Brandon. 4.5 out of 5

Next was my re-read for my Re-Read Challenge: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. You can read my review/thoughts here. 5 out of 5

On New Years Day I decided that I needed to read some of the manga that had come to me from the Great Yaoi Swap. My girls couldn’t understand how every time they came into the office where I was reading I was reading a different book. I kept saying: It’s like a comic book. They just didn’t get it. lol. Anyway, I started with Love a la Carte by Haruka Minami. I really liked the graphics in this one and the story about the members of a photography club were great. There was some borderline non-con sex, but it was ok. 4 out of 5

Manga #2 : Junior Escort by Sakurako Hanafubuki. I didn’t really care for this one much at all. I didn’t really like the main story of the 2 actors getting together. Then, dear Lord, there was a story in there about a 5th grader and a kindergartener. I. Shit. You. Not. It was horrifying and I was thoroughly disgusted. Just wrong! 2 out of 5 Manga #3: Rising Storm by Yuzuha Ougi. A guy takes a part-time job taking care of the horses for a rich family. The master of the castle decides he wants to be with him but decides that the only way that can happen is if it’s in the form of punishment for say, breaking things. It was a little weird at first but then was just amusing as the master kept putting priceless items right where the boy would break them. Pretty funny. But then it went into this dreamlike thing and got kinda bizarre. 3 out of 5
After that I delved into the latest saga with the Midnight Breed’s by reading Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian. I didn’t particularly care for the last installment in this series so I was a little anxious to read this one. I have to say I really liked it. I thought that Kade’s story was really good and if you’ve been involved in the series I think you’ll like this one. There was a bit of a small pity party going on towards the end of the book but I didn’t think that it took all that much away from the story. 4.25 out of 5

After that was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read which was Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas. Why, you ask, would I buy a book right when it came out just to have it sit on my shelf for months? I have no friggin clue. That question is right up there with why is the sky blue and why do zebra’s have stripes. I don’t have the first idea and will probably never know. sigh Ah well. Anyway, I really liked the 3rd installment in the Hathaway series. Although I felt that Harry was a bit rough around the edges I liked his character a lot. Poppy was good for him and I liked seeing his transformation. I could have done with the last bit that was added in there (and if you’ve read the book you’ll know which bit I’m talking about) but it wasn’t awful – just unnecessary in my opinion. 4.5 out of 5
And last for the week was Captive Desires by Diane Whiteside – a book I read for The Book Binge. I’ll let you know when my review posts. That was it for me last week. I hope you have a great one! Happy reading!

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Review: Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted June 10, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 8 Comments

A woman driven by blood. A man thirsting for vengeance. A place where darkness and desire meet…

As night falls, Claire Roth flees, driven from her home by a fiery threat that seems to come from hell itself. Then, from out the flames and ash, a vampire warrior emerges. He is Andreas Reichen, her onetime lover but now a stranger consumed by vengeance. Caught in the crossfire, Claire cannot escape his savage fury–or the hunger that plunges her into his world of eternal darkness and unending pleasure.

Nothing will stop Andreas from destroying the vampire responsible for slaughtering his Breed brethren… even if he must use his former lover as a pawn in his deadly mission. Blood-bonded to his treacherous adversary, Claire can lead Andreas to the enemy he seeks, but it is a journey fraught with danger–and deep desire, unbidden desires. For Claire is the one woman Andreas should not crave, and the only one he’s ever loved. A dangerous seduction begins–one that blurs the line between predator and prey, and stokes the flames of a white-hot passion that may consume all in its path…

Andreas Reichen is not quite himself. His fury over the death of his family has him literally lighting him up. His anger is manifesting itself in flames that are gradually taking over his body and his soul. He is out for revenge against the man who is behind the deaths of his family and he won’t stop until that man is dead.

Claire Roth, the wife of the man Andreas wants dead, used to be Andreas’ lover. It has been 30 years since Andreas has seen Claire and there is more than a boat load of animosity between the two. But as they spend more time together they find that the two of them can’t seem to be apart. I was very much looking forward to reading Andreas’ story. I had read about him in the past Breed books and wanted his story badly. I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the end result.

I still really liked Andreas and I liked Claire (to a point) but for me the story had too much of the “we want to be together, but we can’t be together” and I understand people sacrificing for each other and their love but there is a point where for me it just gets slightly old. Unfortunately this was the case with story for me.

There was also the issue of Claire’s blood bond with her husband. Because of the blood bond she was aware of where her hubby was and could more or less track him. This being said the opposite could be true. One of the major bonuses of the blood bond, according to her hubby and his evil overlord, is that they can lure The Order to one spot and do them in. My question….why wait for them to come to you? You know that your wife is doing the horizontal mambo with someone else and that the person is most likely, if not most definitely, with The Order…yet you wait for them to come to you? Blow up their friggin headquarters for crying out loud! Don’t wait for them! You’re evil…work with it. Ok, not that I wanted that to happen at all, but it just seemed so obvious to me. They’re evil…evil people think of that kind of shit! Lol

Ok…now you probably are thinking that I didn’t care for the book at all. Not true. I liked huge parts of the book and it really did have some great parts. I thoroughly enjoyed a little view into the other members of The Orders lives and as always Ms. Adrian’s writing style is addictive. Now if I could just deal with those other issues…

Rating 3.75 out of 5

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