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Broken by Megan Hart

Posted July 23, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 8 Comments

My name is different every month—Brandy, Honey, Amy…sometimes Joe doesn’t even bother to ask—but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I’m called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.
My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn’t know is that, in my mind, I’m the star of every X-rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I’m practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life. I know it’s wrong. I know my husband wouldn’t understand. But I can’t stop. Not yet.

Wow. Two reviews from me in one week. Never thought I’d see this happen.

Chantal reviewed this book her blog. Her review made me order the book. Since she does a run down of the plot, I’ll go and dive into what I liked and disliked.

What I liked: The sex scenes were H.O.T. I admit to rereading a couple a few times already. I also like how she captured the attitude of each girl and then flowed back into Sadie’s point view. The only other erotica I’ve read is Lora Leigh. What was different for me in Broken, is there are no plugs or vibes involved. No ass smacking. Just sex. Which to me was kind of nice, different but still hot.

I liked Sadie. She is one amazing woman. In the book, she’s married to Adam. He’s paralyzed from a skiing accident. She loves her husband very much but sometimes she’s angry with him. He rarely makes loves to her and hardly talks to her anymore. Not like they used to. Once on a while, Adam will kiss her but that’s really the extent of their intimacy. There is once scene, where she cries while getting massage. It’s the first time someone has touched her in years. I wanted to hug her.

Her relationship with Joe is non physical. They meet once a month for lunch. He tells her stories about his sexual adventures. This is how Sadie lives out her fantasies. Part of her feels guilty for looking forward to meeting Joe. Adam even notices she dresses up these days but never asks why.

Joe. He’s hot. He’s sexy. He smells like soap. I knew a guy like once. I loved the way he smelled so that made me have a soft spot for Joe. Though he’s been with a lot of women, he doesn’t lead them on. He doesn’t make false promises. I should hate Joe for being a little slut puppy but for some reason, I don’t hate Joe.

What I disliked: I didn’t dislike anything really. There were a few scenes that made me upset. For example, there are scenes where Adam is really nasty to her. He’s frustrated and he lashes out at Sadie. She does her best not to let it bother her but you can only take so much before you fight back.

I was frustrated that Sadie just wanted her husband back and for a while it’s like Adam doesn’t really try. Towards the end it seems like they have a chance. That they are both trying to reconnect.

Also there is a scene towards the end with Sadie and Joe. I don’t want to say much but I did want to smack Sadie. But… I do think she did the right thing. She needed to find herself.

I’m not sure about the ending. I liked it but I feel bad for liking it. Again, I can’t really write it down cause then I’ll spoil the book.

Would I recommend it: Yes I would. It’s a very good book. I really enjoyed it. Enough to visit Megan Hart’s website to look for more. Actually, there is a book that comes before this one, Dirty. (Chantal, it’s Dan and Elle’s book.) The two main characters in Dirty make cameo’s in Broken. Elle is Sadie’s patient. So yeah, this one is on my wish list.

Grade: 4.5/5

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Posted July 20, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

2 March 1810 . . .
Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

The Plot: When Miranda was 10, she knew she was an awkward thing. However her best friend’s older brother, Turner, tells her she just needs to grow into herself. He also advises Miranda to keep a diary so one day she can look back and smile. It’s then she falls in love with him.

About 10 years pass. Miranda is still in love with Turner but he has changed. Being married to an evil slut puppy has changed him and made him more… hard I guess.

What I Liked: I like the friendship between Olivia and Miranda. Best friends who are more like sisters. I liked Miranda. I loved how she was determined to buy a book from a Men’s bookshop. The guy made me want to slap for not selling it to her. But I guess those were the times back then.

I also like when she was labor, Turner is outside the room with Olivia. He says, after hearing her scream, “I’m never touching her again.” Then they hear Miranda scream, “HE’S NEVER TOUCHING ME AGAIN!” That made me laugh out loud.

What I Disliked: Turner could be a butthead sometimes but that was more annoying than disliking. It was missing something. Something that made me fall in love with Julia Quinn’s books.

What I thought overall: This book was ok. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t horrible. I thought it was so much better than On the Way to the Wedding though. I don’t know, the story line was ok. It kept me interested enough to keep reading but it didn’t really make me care about the characters. I felt nothing really. I don’t know how to explain it. I can’t say it was emotionless cause the bookshop owner made me mad but hmmm. I know I’m not explaining myself well. I just felt like something was missing from the book but I can’t pin point it.

Would I recommend it: If you had nothing to else to read, then sure. But don’t race out to the store.

Grade: 3/5. I didn’t like but I didn’t dislike it.

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Booking Through Thursday: 07/19/2007

Posted July 19, 2007 by Holly in Features | 7 Comments

This week’s Booking Through Thursday is all about Harry Potter Love

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?
4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?

Holly Says

1. Heck yes I’m going to read it. It’s funny, because I held out for a long time. I was not going to get in on the hoopla. Just on principle you understand. Then, I was stuck at my parents house one night with nothing to read and picked up the first book. I was hooked! I couldn’t believe how well written it was and how gripping the story turned out to be. Needless to say, I finished all four books (the number that were out at that time) in about 4 days and I’ve been chomping at the bit for this one ever since.

2. I’m definitely reading it right away. I’ve already reserved an entire day for it. MM (the fiance) has been warned to stay away until it’s done. I’m not attending a midnight party this time. I did for the last release and it was actually a lot of fun. But this year I had plans to go camping and wasn’t going to be around, so I just ordered it from Amazon instead. Since I’m a Prime member, I’m guaranteed to have it by the release date. WooHoo me. 🙂

3. N/A

4. Yes, I think Harry will Survive. I’m not sure about his little friends, tho. 😛 And I think I’m most looking forward to Snape’s demise and Ron and Hermione snogging. haha

I know some people out there haven’t read this series. Either on principle (like me at first) or for other reasons, but I strongly urge them to try them out. They’re much better than I ever expected.

Isabel Says

1) Are you going to read it? Hell yes I’m going to read it. I usually borrow the books from a friend but I can’t wait that long. I pre ordered the book yesterday. I can’t wait! I started reading the books after watching movie number 1 or 2. I got impatient wanting to know what was gonna happen.

2) If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? Umm, when ever the book arrives on my doorstep, I’ll start reading. Nope, I’m not attending any of the parties.

3) If you’re not going to read it, why not? N/A

4) And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to? I think Harry will survive. I’m looking forward to Harry kicking Voldemort’s @$$. Also, I’ve read some spoilers (I’m a spoiler hoe. I can’t help it.) The thing with spoilers, you just never know until you actually see/read it. So I’m reading them but not taking them to heart.

Rowena’s Turn:

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it? I haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books so I can’t really participate in this week’s BTT…hmmm, am I really missing out on something good?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? No, Yes and No.
3. If you’re not going to read it, why not? Because I’m just not that into Harry, *gasp*
4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to? Hmm, I don’t know.

And there you have it, ladies…our BTT for this week! See ya’ll next week…

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It’s All Rowena’s Fault

Posted July 17, 2007 by Holly in Discussions, Reviews | 13 Comments

As Casee pointed out this morning, we haven’t updated here in awhile. I’d just like to take a moment to say…This is all Rowena’s fault.

You see, the truth is, Isabel and I are rather lazy bloggers. I haven’t even updated my personal blog in..well, too long. And I hardly ever post here. Ok, not hardly ever, but you get what I’m saying, right? The truth of the matter is, Rowena pretty much carries our blog. She’s the one who posts every day and makes sure new reviews go up. She’s the one who yells at Izzy and I when we haven’t done anything in awhile. She’s the one who is constantly updating our sidebar and coming up with new topics for us to talk about.

So what happened? Well….

Rowena got a life.

Sad, isn’t it? Which means she’s been kind of busy and hasn’t been harping on me and Izzy to do stuff around here. And she hasn’t been updating herself. Rowena gets a life = no BB updates.

I know, I know..I find it rather depressing myself. I mean, she got a life. Who does that?


Anyway…I promise to be more diligent in the future about updating here. The truth is, I have something like 20 drafts saved. Various non-review posts I want to put up and quite a few books to review, too. I just…well, I need some motivation.

I’m working on it, I swear!

I promise to post at least one post a day for the next week. Maybe by then Rowena will have realized real life isn’t near as fun as blogger life and get back to doing what she does best…motivating me.

Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

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Review: Tempting by Susan Mallery

Posted July 10, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 8 Comments

Review: Tempting by Susan MalleryReviewer: Holly
Tempting by Susan Mallery
Series: Buchanans #4
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: June 15th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
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After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost "love child," Dani could seriously derail the election—something his handsome campaign manager Alex Canfield isn't going to let happen.

Dani isn't about to let Alex run her life, no matter how tempting she finds him—and Alex isn't going to allow Dani to melt his cynicism, no matter how close he has to get. The last thing either of them wants is love, especially with scandals brewing and family trouble on the way. But Dani and Alex are forced to trust each other, and when trust turns to passion, the potential for disaster is only a tabloid scandal away.

This is the fourth book in the Buchanan Series and Dani Buchanan’s much awaited story. For a recap of Dani’s previous escapades and the rest of the Buchanan clan, go check out Mollie’s review at Biblioharlot’s Bookshelf.

Dani is the youngest of the Buchanan siblings and the only girl. She’s had a pretty bad run of luck throughout the series, but the most devastating blow -even worse than her husband divorcing her after she nursed him back to health, or her first lover after the divorce turning out to be married – was the fact that she wasn’t truly a Buchanan. Her spiteful grandmother informed her that Dani’s mother had had an affair and Dani was the result.

Dani learns her biological father is a State Senator, Mark Canfield, who’s thinking of running for president. To get to him she must go through his eldest adopted son, Alex. If finding her real father isn’t bad enough, dealing with an attraction to Alex is just the icing on the cake.

Alex is skeptical of Dani’s claim that she’s Mark’s daughter and takes it upon himself to watch her like a hawk. He has her investigated and insists on a DNA test, even though Mark is convinced Dani is his daughter.

I really liked this book. Dani was a good heroine, even if she did start to annoy me toward the end of the book with her obsession to commit the “ultimate sacrifice” for the “greater good”.

You see, The Senator and his wife, Katherine, have adopted 8 special needs children over the years. Alex is the oldest and a beautiful little girl with HIV is the youngest at 5. As Dani gets to know Katherine and her children, she falls completely in love with them. She adores Bailey, the 15-yr-old with Down Syndrome and finds herself falling in a different kind of love with Alex. But more than anyone else, she wants the approval of Katherine. Having lost her mother at a very young age, she sees Katherine as a sort of surrogate mother. Naturally Katherine is upset by Dani’s appearance, because it makes her question her husbands feelings for her and it reminds her of her own inability to conceive children. She doesn’t put any of the blame on Dani, and she’s always gracious, but Dani realizes she’s struggling and wants to do the right thing.

In this case, according to Dani, the right thing is walking away from all of them. The Buchanans and the Canfields. I seriously hate the “ultimate sacrifice” storyline. These characters are all adults (for the most part) and are more than able to make their own decisions. For one person to decide she knows what’s best for EVERY DAMN BODY pisses me off. She almost, almost, crossed the line into Too Stupid To Live-ville. Luckily she stopped running and realized what a stupid ass she was being -with the help of her brothers and her father’s family – so she was partially redeemed. Still, that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

I also had a slight issue with her grandmother’s transformation. I didn’t read the first two books in this series, but from what I understand Gloria was a complete and total waste of a human being. We saw her transformation in Sizzling -Reid’s book- with the help of Lori, Gloria’s nurse. But from some of the things Gloria said and did to Dani, I was surprised at how easily Dani let her back into her life. I’m on the fence with that whole element.

Overall the story was good, though. Despite the issues I had, I was drawn to the characters and really enjoyed the storyline.

I’m going to give this one a 4 out of 5.

The series:

Delicious (February 2006) – Cal’s book
Irresistible (July 2006) – Walker’s book
Sizzling (January 2007) – Reid’s book
Tempting (July 2007) – Dani’s book

PS. I’m being a rebel. I wrote most of this review about 5 days ago and haven’t re-read it since. Forgive any grammatical errors, please. And if the review doesn’t make sense, well…


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