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Blog Tour: TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni Blake

Posted December 9, 2015 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment

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You can’t go too far when you’re fighting for love…

USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Toni Blake continues her new, heartwarming series set in the beachside town of Coral Cove. This time the town troublemaker, Jeremy Sheridan, gets his chance at love!

Tamra Day swore off men a long time ago. Her art, her friends, and her garden have always been enough…until now. Suddenly Tamra is aching for a connection. Unfortunately, Coral Cove’s most eligible bachelor is the troublemaker who’s building the mini-golf course she’s designing. Brusque and sarcastic, he’s made it a habit of annoying Tamra. But more infuriating is the fact that Tamra can’t help noticing how sexy he is.

They call him a war hero, but Jeremy Sheridan knows better. Still haunted by painful memories from Afghanistan, he’s just hoping for a fresh start. So far, the only problem is his new boss, Tamra, a control freak who’s easy on the eyes—and way too fun to tease.

Despite their differences, Tamra and Jeremy aren’t as alone as they think they are. And together, with a little Coral Cove magic, they’ll discover how good it feels to embrace a bright new future.

We’ve got an excerpt for TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni Blake to share with you guys and it’s a good one. Check it out!

Excerpt:

He was only vaguely aware of nearing a tall privacy fence, painted a weathered sort of white, before passing through the open gate. He caught sight of Tamra’s legs and tennis shoes, too, and said, “Am I about to walk into anything?”

“No, you’re good,” she said.

“Where am I going with this thing? I want to put it down once.”

“Well, I haven’t had a chance to plan for this, so it might have to be twice – unless you want to stand there holding it while I think.”

“Nope,” he said, and let it drop right in front of him on the stone.

And then he took in everything around him. It was as if he’d entered a whole new world. One of lush greenery and bright blooms. Her entire backyard was a beautiful garden. “Shit, you weren’t lying,” he said without thinking.

“About what?” she asked.

“You could be a landscaper if you wanted.”

“Thanks.” She sounded shockingly bashful. It threw him, drew his gaze to her face.

She was actually blushing a little. He wondered why, but didn’t spend much time trying to figure it out as his attention was drawn back to the garden.

From the trees hung delicate windchimes and other pieces, all made of colored glass. He caught sight of a blue glass bird that seemed to be flying past, and numerous butterflies in yellow, purple, pink. From the ground sprung the occasional birdbath, and more pieces of glass mounted on wrought iron sticks—a green glass dragonfly, a row of glass daisies. In between it all ran the stone path — it seemed to make a circle around the yard, and near the house, where they stood, it widened to encircle a large fire pit. Wooden chairs rimmed the pit, and farther back in the garden he caught sight of a hammock that looked like the perfect resting spot.

“This is . . . freaking amazing,” he told her.

“Yeah?” she asked. Again, she sounded so much more delicate than usual.

“Yeah.” He nodded, still taking it in.

The truth was, he kind of never wanted to leave. It was . . . the perfect place to be alone, the perfect place to hide.

And then . . . he understood. The same way he liked to hide—so did she.

When his gaze returned to her, he saw her differently. He understood her better now—not completely, not by a long shot, but better. He’d sensed a certain beauty in her before—he’d witnessed hints of it wanting to creep out from around her more rigid persona— but now he really saw it. Looking down at her, here, she was . . . prettier. Her eyes more innocent. Her lips fuller, softer. Maybe he was crazy, or maybe the late day shadows were playing tricks on him, but she was truly beautiful here in a way he’d never seen her look before.

“What are you staring at?” she asked. Like an accusation. Softness vanishing before his eyes.

“Nothing.” No way would he tell her the thoughts in his head—she’d just reminded him that she liked to keep that wall up between them, that employer/employee thing. “Where do you want the bush?”

She looked around the garden and he realized that, even as dense as it was, she knew it like the back of her hand.

“That back corner,” she said, pointing.

“Okay.” He hefted the massive bush’s rootball up into his arms.

When he reached the spot where it was necessary to leave the stone path, he again couldn’t see where he was going. Which earned him a “Don’t crush my ivy!”

“How am I supposed to get it in the corner then?”

“Just watch where you’re stepping. This garden is a lot of work.”

“Well, I can’t see where the hell I’m walking.” That’s when her fingertips touched his arm. And he felt it—damn—in a lot of other places.

“This way,” she said, now guiding him, leading him with the gentle pull of her hand.

And hell, it felt good. To be touched. At all.

When was the last time he had been? By anyone? Other than having handcuffs put on him. Or a cat rubbing up against his leg.

It almost made him forget how heavy the bush was, focusing on that touch, the ripples it sent up his arm, the slight reaction that tingled through his thighs, groin. Shit. From a touch so simple, so practical.

“Here,” she finally said, pulling her hand away. And the bush suddenly weighed a ton again, so he let it drop directly in front of him on the ground.

Though next to him, she gasped. “Not there!”

“What?”

She pointed slightly to the left of where he’d dropped it. “There.”

Another sigh. Stooping to lift the bush from hell once more, he found himself murmuring through slightly clenched teeth, “Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Then he plopped it back down about two feet from where it had just been. “Is that right?” he asked as he stood to face her again.

Though he hadn’t realized the move would put them in much closer proximity—suddenly only a few inches lay between them.

“Yes,” she said—except now she looked annoyed. “But what’s that supposed to mean? What you just said.”

Jeremy wasn’t in the mood this late in the day to pull any punches, even if she was his boss, even if he’d learned to mostly try to keep the peace with her. So he replied, “Guess I was just thinking that for a good-looking woman, you sure are hard to get along with.”

Her green eyes bolted wider in the shade of the tree they now stood beneath, gangly branches sprawling overhead and all around them. “Is that a compliment or an insult?”

He shifted his weight from one dusty workboot to the other. “A little of both, I guess.”

She still stood very close to him—he could feel the closeness. Especially when she let out an irritated breath and said, “Then I’m not sure whether to slap you or kiss you.”

And at this, he couldn’t keep himself from flashing a cocky grin. “You’d never get away with the first one, honey.”

“And the second?” she challenged, now planting her fists on her hips.

His eyes flitted down her body, then rose back to her face just before he said, “That you’d have a shot at.” Their gazes stayed locked now and he’d have given anything to know what thoughts flashed through her pretty head. An invisible heat moved between them that had nothing to do with the late-day Florida sun.

But then, in the very split second Jeremy thought something amazing was about to happen—Tamra let out a harrumph, rolled her eyes at him dramatically, and turned to walk away.

Only he wasn’t going to let her. No way. They both might like to run from things, but he wasn’t letting her run from this. As she took the first brisk step away from him, his hand closed warm and firm over her wrist.

She gasped, her gaze rising back to his. He still couldn’t read her eyes—he had no idea if he was seeing fear or wonder or hope or — hell, maybe it was a little of everything. His heart beat like a hammer and every instinct he possessed told him to go for it. Still grip- ping her wrist with one hand, he lifted the other to her face and brought his mouth down on hers.

Tamra had a split second amidst her shock to decide: Push him away the same as she did everything else . . . or be in it, all the way. And while her initial instinct was to do the first, some tiny ounce of courage and desperation rose up inside her and made her choose the second.

She didn’t know the last time she’d been kissed. She barely remembered how, and she felt a little foolish as she tried to kiss him back—but she stayed with it, moving her mouth against his, and soon reveling in what it felt like simply to be kissed, to know he’d wanted to, that something in her had drawn this from him.

Soon she even quit thinking — and progressed only to feeling. His hand cupping her face, the warmth of his mouth. She drank in the scent of him — they’d been working all day, but a little sweat and dirt had never smelled so very masculine and powerful to her. His mouth moved over hers in a slow, firm rhythm she felt in her gut, and she matched it.

At some point, the hand that held her wrist let go — and moved to the curve of her hip. Her own hands rose to his chest, her fingertips pressing lightly through his T-shirt.

As he eased her back, back, she soon realized he was leaning her gently against a thick tree trunk— and then bringing his body closer, until it connected with hers, their legs intertwining. His thigh lodged between hers and she let out a gasp as pleasure spread outward from the spot between her legs.

Oh God — this was too much. What was she thinking, doing?

This wasn’t her—it was reckless, crazy!

And she had to stop — now. If she didn’t . . . it would get out of control. And her whole life would feel out of control. And she couldn’t have that.

At the same moment she turned her face, ending the kiss, she pushed him away to bring an end to this madness.

They were both panting. God. How had things turned so downright feverish so quickly? Who was she? And who was he? That, she realized, was the bigger question. She really didn’t know him at all, so what on earth was she doing making out with him as if she did? As if, as if . . . they shared some connection.

“We have to stop.”

“Why?” he asked on labored breath.

She looked into his eyes—or tried to. But she still found it so hard to see past the beard, and all that hair. I can’t see you. I don’t know you. I don’t have sex with strangers. None of those things were answers she could really give him, though, so she blurted out, “We’re so different.”

“Are we?” he asked without missing a beat.

“Yes. Of course.” She spoke emphatically. Because wasn’t that obvious?

“How?”

Sheesh. Really? He was going to argue this with her? She let her eyes go wide. “In . . . every way.” But she didn’t elaborate, because all the ways she could think of seemed . . . cold. You have no home or direction. You’ve been screwed up by war. You’ve been arrested.

“Tell me how,” he insisted.

She let out a sigh. Lord, why was he making this so difficult? When a woman pushes you away, does it really matter why? But Tamra closed her eyes and tried to summon an answer that would make him under- stand . . . without hurting his feelings. A few days ago, she wouldn’t have cared about that, but now she did. She supposed that if he’d been worthy of kissing, even just once, that he was worthy of her kindness.

“I . . . don’t really know anything about you,” she said. “And I . . . I can’t even really see your face.” She finally drew one hand from his chest and motioned vaguely to his beard. “And I guess that all just makes me . . . nervous. Working with you is one thing, but this . . .” Lord, simply looking down, seeing their bodies still so close together, remembering how much closer they’d just been, nearly stole her breath. “This is another.” And she concluded by finally drawing her other hand away from his chest, as well.

As she stood there awaiting his reply, she grew more aware of his body again, aware of the sinews in his arms, the tattoo on his right biceps, the muscles in his chest she’d unwittingly felt beneath her palms. In that way, she knew him far better now. It was one thing to see a man’s body, but another to feel it, experience it, press into it. Yet it was the rest of him she still didn’t have a handle on.

“The truth is, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, that we have a lot more in common than you think — you just don’t want to see it.”

Her eyes flitted from his chest to his gaze, un- planned. “What are you talking about?”

“The very fact that you’re pushing me away,” he said. “That’s what I do to people. Neither one of us wants to let anybody get too close. Or I haven’t until now. But I’m trying to change. Trying to start being more like . . . like the guy I used to be.”

“Well, I don’t know him any more than I know you.” Which kind of sidestepped the whole point of what he’d just said. Because she didn’t like it—it felt too personal.

“He was . . . a nicer guy than me. I think you’d have liked him.” His voice held a certain wistfulness, a vulnerability she’d never heard from Jeremy before. And looking into his eyes now made her see something more. Regret. Lost youth. A strange innocence. A man who . . . needed to be loved.

She sucked in her breath at that last thought, though. Was she losing her mind? Nothing about this had anything to do with love — it was two lonely people succumbing to physical urges in her backyard. And that . . . just wasn’t enough for her.

Fletcher and Christy and Cami — they all wanted her to have fun, loosen up, be more casual about romance and sex . . . but she didn’t know how. She didn’t know how to join her body to someone she was completely uncertain of in every way.

She finally pulled her gaze from his, even turned her body away. Her eyes fell on a patch of fiery red snapdragons as she said, “I’m just not in the habit of making out with men I don’t really know. And given that we’re working together, it seems like it could only complicate things. So no matter how you slice it, it’s a bad idea. Okay?” She went so far now as to step out onto the stone path, put more distance between them, move this encounter toward a conclusion.

Still, it almost surprised her when, a few seconds later, he quietly said, “Okay.”

When she sensed him following her out from under the tree, she kept walking, back toward the garden gate. Silently saying it was time for him to go.

She almost stopped when she reached it, but decided no — to stop and turn toward him now would still be . . . awkward and tempting at the same time. Behind the garden wall, there was just too much privacy. So she walked through the open gate, following the path around the house and back to the driveway.

Suddenly they were back out in the bright sunlight, the sound of the surf in the distance more audible now, signs of vibrant life all around them — from seabirds cawing overhead to Jack backing out of his driveway next door and tossing up a wave as he drove by.

Upon reaching Jeremy’s truck, she really had no choice then but face him. And nothing had changed. He was still unkempt and not her type and still some- how sexy as hell. She dropped her gaze from his immediately. “I suppose things will be weird between us now,” she mused.

He just shrugged, the corners of his mouth turning up. “Things have always been weird between us.”

And she couldn’t help it — it made her laugh. But then she added, “Well, weirder probably.”

Jeremy tilted his head. “Doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll do my best to be normal. Well, as normal as possible. For me.” He ended on a small wink that, for some reason, she felt at the crux of her thighs.

She pushed down the response as best she could. “Me, too.”

Then she stepped back, away from the faded red door of his truck — and he took the hint, opening it and getting inside. Through the lowered window, though, he said, “I’m sorry if I made you uncomfortable.”

“It’s fine,” she said quickly, shaking her head as if it were no big thing. “Forgotten.” Ha. As if. Where was she getting this stuff?

He gave a short nod. And something in it almost made her sorry she’d said that last word — she didn’t want him to feel forgettable.

But she stayed quiet as he put the truck in reverse and began to back out. “See you tomorrow,” he said.

“Yeah,” she replied. “See you then.”

Hope you enjoyed that one!

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About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake’s love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel – nineteen notebook pages long. Since then, Toni has become a RITA-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary romance novels including her recent 2014 RITA nomination for Half Moon Hill the last installment in her popular Destiny series. Her books have received the National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller’s Best Award, and her work has been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors. Learn more about Toni and her books at www.toniblake.com.

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Guest Review: Holly Lane by Toni Blake

Posted November 21, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

The weather outside is frightful, but kisses by the fire are so delightful . . .

Sue Ann Simpkins is working hard to rebuild her life and find some holiday spirit. A weekend away from Destiny in a cabin on nearby Bear Lake seems like the perfect Christmas gift to herself—until her ex’s best friend, Adam Becker, shows up at the door, claiming the cabin is his! And if that’s not trouble enough, how had she never noticed how gorgeous he was?

Alone for the holidays and forced to play a reindeer at the local department store, Adam’s been feeling rather Scrooge-ish himself. But finding the smart, sexy woman he’s admired since elementary school waiting in the house he rented is helping to brighten his humbug mood. And when a sudden snowstorm strands them together in very close quarters, leading to one very hot night together, Adam soon realizes that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance at love. Now all he has to do is convince Sue Ann . . .
What a delightful holiday tale!!  I began reading this story largely because I am a book reviewer and this looked interesting.  It didn’t take too long before I realized that this was one terrific story about people and the relationships that either enrich or bedevil our lives.  Two divorced individuals, friends for many years–actually because of Sue’s now ex-husband.   And finding themselves both the renters of the same lake cabin over the Thanksgiving holiday didn’t set well with either of them.  Being snowed in may have been the setting for moving the relationship from simply friends to “friends with benefits” but regardless how hot the sex or how enduring the initial friendship, both were wise enough to know that rushing into any kind of relationship that smacked of permanence or even a hot affair, would not serve either of them well.
This story is really about the hurts that are inevitable when one partner decides to feast where the “grass is greener.”  Divorce is almost always hurtful but when it comes on the heels of unfaithfulness and betrayal of marriage vows, then the recovery period can be brutal.  Sue had lots to process and on top of dealing with a spouse who had little maturity, almost no sensitivity to her feelings and those of her children, and the inevitable re-ordering of her life, finding a job, and figuring out how this was all going to work, the holidays were approaching.  It is here that Sue begins to recognize that Adam is a far different kind of person than her ex. 
 He has been alone for a while, has come to resent Christmas, except now with Sue in his life just a little bit, he has begun to believe that there really might be some happiness on the horizon for him.  But there are lots of speed bumps ahead.  Sue’s need to process what has happened to her and her family, her need to find a stable foundation for her life, may or may not include him.  His willingness to be “there” for her is testimony to his maturity and his willingness to patiently wait for her to realize that things can be good between them for longer than one night.
This story is filled with the realities of life–the positive and the negative–and the people who can bring joy with their caring and those who bring difficulties because of their overwhelming self-interest.  It is a story that tells of the holidays from the stand point of those who may have little for which they yearn other than a significant other or even a good friend with which to share it.  It is also about the triumph of the human spirit–a saying we use a lot, I realize–over the thoughtlessness of others, especially people who claimed at one time to love us but who have disappointed us down to our bones.   Through it all is Sue and Adam’s story and their struggles to work through feelings, habits, traditions, and challenges.  Somehow we must all deal with some of that at some point in our lives and this story is the kind that gives us all hope that there may indeed be a “happy new year” waiting for us come January 1.
This is one of the nicest holiday stories I have read so far this year.  I highly recommend it.  
I give it a rating of 4 out of 5
You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

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

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 22, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 19 Comments

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Did your husbands/fathers have a wonderful Father’s Day? Both my hubby and my dad had a great day. Just nice and relaxing.

So we finally figured out what was happening with my email – the hard drive on my computer is complete shite! I’m not sure how it was fucking up my email but it was. Not great for a 6 month old computer, geez. Anyway – they overnighted us a new hard drive and my hubby will be putting it in this week sometime. I spent a huge portion of the weekend transferring all of the books I had on my hard drive as well as books I had on CD’s to my new 32 GB flash drive. It was a painstaking endeavor but it’s wonderful to have it all in one spot instead of trying to figure out if the book I’m looking for is on CD and if so which CD is it on, or is it on my computer, yada, yada. I’ve got all of my ebooks now cataloged via author so I can just look up the author’s name and see if I have a particular book. Heaven, I’m tellin ya, sheer heaven. I also discovered that I have shitloads of ebooks I haven’t read. I mean I had an vague idea that I hadn’t read many of them but really, there’s just a boatload in there that I haven’t gotten to. I need to add them to my TBR challenge reads instead of just the print books.

Speaking of my own self-imposed TBR challenge…I didn’t read a TBR challenge book this week. I know, I suck. But I DID read 2 the week before when I plowed through the last 2 Wallflower books so I’m counting that. Hey, it’s my challenge, I can do that. Stop arguing with me, yes I can! 🙂

So on to what I read this week – some really great stuff in here:

My first read was an absolutely brilliant book that I just devoured. Actually it took me several days to read it because I was just busy but it was one of those books that you think about even when you’re not reading it. It was The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe (there’s an accent mark over the e in her name but I can’t do that on blogger!) and it was fabulous. The writing just sucked me in and I was a goner. As much as I love the story/romance itself I think that 75% of the enjoyment of this book was Abe’s writing. Loved it. And it’s a historical paranormal/fantasy book which combines some of my favorite elements. This was a DIK book on Christine’s list and I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Ciara recently reviewed it last week and it reminded me that I had it on my list.
The story revolves around Rue and Christoff who are both Drakon – dragon shapeshifters. Drakon do not leave the compound that they live on as they cannot be trusted out in the world and the Drakon do not want their secret out. Rue fakes her own death to leave the compound, Darkfrith, and many years later Christoff, the Alpha, comes after her. Romance ensues. Good stuff. 5 out of 5

Next up was my first “official” Yaoi novel called Caged Slave by Yuiko Takamura. Kris is holding The Great Yaoi Swap so I took advantage and this was sent to me. While I understand all the facets of Yaoi this just didn’t do it for me. While I liked the story there were so many things in it that made me laugh – and I’m pretty sure that’s not what the author was going for. The noises the beta (I know there are Yaoi terms but I’m going with beta & alpha) made during sex, the way the alpha was constantly cutting off the beta’s talking totally reminded me of The Unfeasibly Tall Greek Billionaire’s Blackmailed Martyr-Complex Secretary Mistress Bride – which of course made me laugh. And the beta, had he been a woman, would have been characterized by me as TSTL. As I said though, I liked the story so it gets a 3 out of 5.

Next up was an m/m short called Marry Me or Die by DJ Manly. It was an impulse buy and sometimes I wonder why I do that. Not all of them turn out the way I want them to. lol Anyway, this was a historical (not sure where the gun on the cover comes in) where the laws have changed and single people are not allowed. You must be married because if you’re not, you threaten the sanctity of marriage due to the fact that you can seduce those who are married into illicit behavior. If you don’t get married you are sent to work camps or sentenced to death. The new ruler’s son, Crash, decides that he wants Silus, who wants absolutely nothing to do with marriage. Crash forces Silus into marrying him but can their relationship continue when the laws change back and being single is now legal? The book had a cute premise but the dialogue seemed stilted and I couldn’t get the emotion that I think the book was going for between the two men. Nice sex scenes though. 🙂 3 out of 5

My next read was One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake. Very good book. I really liked the way Toni writes and I love her books. This was a come back to your hometown and hook up with the bad boy from across the tracks (in this case, lake) that you always had your eye on story. Mick Brody is definitely from the wrong side of the lake but that doesn’t stop Jenna from continuing to see him. I loved Mick. Bad Boy was his middle name but he was trying to make a good life for himself and that got me right there. I’m kind of a sucker for the underdog. Stacy from Stacy’s Place on Earth did a review for Romance Novel TV that you can read here. 4 out of 5

Next was one of the most amazing books. Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight is simply an incredible read. The story of Mike who is bisexual but has been in a committed gay relationship for the past 12 years when his partner dies in a car crash. It’s been a year and he is struggling to make it through the days himself and still trying to take care of his 8 year old daughter who has survivor’s guilt since she was in the car with her father. Mike meets Rebecca at the studio where they both work. Rebecca is dealing with her life after being attacked and almost killed by a stalker. The relationship between Rebecca and Mike is touching and moving, stormy and rocky, and just beautiful. I definitely couldn’t keep my eyes dry while reading this one. You can read a review by Dear Author here. 5 out of 5

I loved The Smoke Thief so much I decided to dive into The Dream Thief by Shana Abe which is book 2 in the Drakon series. This book takes Rue and Christoff’s daughter, Amalia or Lia, and secondary character Zane from book 1, and mixes them together. While I didn’t feel as emotionally connected to this couple as much as I did Rue and Christoff the writing was still amazing. In case you’re wondering, yes, I have book 3 that will be read this week. 🙂 You can read Christine’s review of The Dream Thief here. 4.5 out of 5

My next read was another book that I was sent from Tell Harlequin called The Family He Wanted by Karen Sandler. This book was not really my cuppa. It’s a friends to lovers story but it also involves the heroine being pregnant by another man. The hero of the book, while being a wonderful man, has so many friggin family issues from his past it just got kind of old. 3 out of 5


Last on the list was Immortal Outlaw by Lisa Hendrix – book 2 in the Immortal Brotherhood series. I read this one for The Book Binge so as always I will let you know when the review posts.
btw – I just love this cover. I love a man’s back and with that blond hair flying and the animal in the backgroud? Niiiiiice.

Happy Reading!

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 1, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 12 Comments

Hola! I’m feeling a bit tropical today. We’ve been having yet another DIK Hero Draft this past week and my mind is on men. Mostly my hubby….but hey, a girl can have some fun, right? lol FYI I picked up Jack Travis from Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas and Callahan O’Shea from Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins. Love them both! They are firmly secured in my hut and so far only Jack is allowed 1 visitor: Kati…cuz she’s just too nice to deny! 🙂

Also, the DIK blog has Patrice Michelle, Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black, Toni Blake and Katie Allen as guest bloggers this week so don’t forget to stop by and say hi!

Thank you all again for your wonderful words the other day when I was ranting about mean kids. Luckily those kids weren’t there the next night (there’s a different schedule every day) and no one was subjected to evil words. I can’t wait to see what happens this Tuesday…if anything. I hope nothing does, but you never know.

My hubby went out this past Monday for pool equipment and came back with Rock Band (thanks to my daughter playing non stop at Holly’s house). I managed to pound some heads the other night…I um, mean, I uh, played the drums for a while to get my aggressions out and that was great. I’m realizing my hand/eye coordination leaves something to be desired, but it’s damned good fun!

So…what did I read this week?

I started off my week with Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas. A very good book. I very much liked Delicious so was curious to see what came next. This is the story of a couple who marry quite quickly, even though they met as children, but then get their marriage annuled 1 year later. She hies off to everywhere she can go beside England. When the story begins she’s in India and her ex-husband has been sent to collect her because her father is ill. The rekindling of their relationship during their journey to England along with the war that they get stuck in just made for some great reading. Sherry Thomas just has a way with words, let me tell ya. 4.5 out of 5


Next up was Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This was the book I read for my re-read challenge. You can read my review here.


Next was and ARC of Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran. Wow. I read this for The Book Binge so you’ll have to wait for my formal review but, wow. (book is due to release June 30)


My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for this week was Too Much Temptaion by Lori Foster. Gorgeous man, overweight but still beautiful woman who start what is supposed to be just a sexual relationship after the break up of his engagement…that’s he’s not broken up about at all. The couple finds that there’s more to their relationship besides sex. 3.75 out of 5


Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian was my next read. I’ve so been looking forward to this installment in the series. I just have loved Andreas Reichen in the previous books. This one fell a little short for me in the end though. I think I’m going to post a review so I’ll give more of my thoughts later this week.


Last on the list was Wait til Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley. I read this for The Book Binge and will let you know when my review is posted.

Did you read anything good this week?

Happy Reading!

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted February 23, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 9 Comments

Hey Kids! How was your week? Mine was good. It was a pretty quiet week all in all.

Yesterday the fam and I went to Knott’s Berry Farm. We had tickets from when Lisabea, Rosie and I had gotten together and never used (cuz it was pouring down rain) so we went to use them before they expired at the end of the month. What fun! My favorite was the Big Foot Rapids – totally cool! Of course my oldest’s back got completely drenched and since it wasn’t the warmest weather yesterday I had to buy her another shirt just so she didn’t freeze – but it was a blast. My youngest and I went on a lot of rides together since I’m not a huge roller coaster person. I used to be but now I get motion sickness so my hubby and oldest go on the rides together. My oldest is a complete adrenaline junkie. I swear that girl will be climbing Mt. Everest when she’s older!

Here’s my youngest’s version of fun (although she looks pretty bland about it she went on it 5 times in a row). She’s the one on the far left.

And here’s my oldest’s version of fun. Bleck. I would have barfed out my eyeballs! lol She’s the one 8th from the right, not that you can really see her.

Anyway, we had a great time and the kids were exhausted and fell asleep the minute we were in the car. Ahhhhh blessed silence! 🙂

What I read this week:


First up was Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James. Review is below. I just loved the book and thought it was a great contemporary read.


Next was Montana Sky by Nora Roberts. This was the book I read for the Re-read challenge and you’re going to have to check back next Saturday to see what I thought the second time around! 🙂


My next book was Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo. This is a civil war romance book that I was asked by the author to review. My review will be posted on Thursday.

Note the conveniently placed lock of fallen hair in this cover. I think she has more material at the back of her dress than the front.


My Year of The Category read for this month’s challenge was Private Confessions by Lori Borrill Check back Tuesday for my thoughts.


Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands was a book that I read for The Book Binge. I’m not sure when it will be posted but I’ll keep you informed. Good book. I like her historicals.


Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake was my last read. I really like her books. I seem to sit down with her books and not want to put them down. This was the story of Trish and Joe. They were high school sweethearts and so in love & planned to get married. In a stupid, retarded, idiotic, drunken moment Joe didn’t something very, very, very wrong and broke Trish’s heart. Now it’s 14 years later and Trish meets Joe again. It’s a sexy, fun yet emotional book that tells the tale of forgiveness, trust and love. I very much enjoyed it.

Happy reading!

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