Tag: Tracy’s Reviews

Re-Read Challenge Review: Montana Sky by Nora Roberts

Posted February 28, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 14 Comments

In life, Jack Mercy hadn’t been a kind man. In death, he was no different. His daughter Willa expected to inherit his ranch, the place she’d put her heart and soul into. But at the reading of the will, she learns that her home has been given not just to her, but to two sisters she barely knows as well. And in order to inherit, they must all live on the ranch for a period of one year.

None of the three sisters are happy with the arrangement. And apparently, neither is someone else as deadly incidents begin occurring around them. Willa, Tess and Lily find themselves fighting for their lives alongside the men who have become part of the lives and their hearts.

Willa is heartsick and pissed off that her father has willed the ranch that she’s worked her ass off on to not only her, but her two sisters as well. Jack Mercy had cast off two of his daughters and their mothers when they failed to produce sons. He would have done the same to Willa’s mother, I’m sure, had she not died when Willa was a baby.

The sisters must live on the ranch in order to receive their inheritance. Willa of course will be there til the end of her days, but now she has to run the ranch on her own.

The oldest sister, Tess, is from California and wants nothing to do with Mercy Ranch. She’s a screenwriter and wants Rodeo drive and spa treatments. When she finds out how much the ranch is worth, however, she’s willing to stick it out for a year so that she can be bought out at the end.

Lily, the middle sister, thinks she’s found heaven. She’s running from an abusive ex-husband who can’t seem to leave her alone. She’s finds Mercy Ranch to be the solace that she needs in her life.

I read this book when it first came out in 1996. I absolutely loved it. Of course I wasn’t reading a whole lot of anything Nora Roberts at the time so the diversity in my reading was pretty much non-existent. I remember this book as being laugh out loud funny in a few parts and pretty awesome in the romance department. All I can say is: what was I thinking? Lol

The romance with the 3 different girls and their 3 men was ok, but relatively unexciting (not that romances have to all be exciting but I just remembered it that way) . Tess’s was mostly based on sex even though her man was in love with her. The resolution came extremely quickly and then the story moved on to the next girl. Very dissatisfying.

Willa’s romance was written about the most but was kind of stilted. Neither party wanted to admit their feelings, and when they did it was done in a grumbling manner as if they truly just wanted to say it and get it the hell over with.

Lily’s romance was the best of the three in my opinion. She fell in love and found what she had deserved all along: a good man. Was it perfect all the time? No, but they worked it through and it was all good.

I have to say though that the suspense portion of this book was probably the best part. Kind of bloody, but Roberts kept us pretty much in the dark about who it was for most of the book. I had my ideas but not until a few pages before the end did we know whodunit.

Overall not a bad book but just not what I remember it being.

In 1996 I would have rated it 4.5 out of 5.

Today’s rating: 3 out of 5

Guest Review: Fragile by Shiloh Walker

Posted February 17, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 10 Comments

Guest Review: Fragile by Shiloh WalkerReviewer: Tracy
Fragile by Shiloh Walker
Series: Rafferty #1
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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three-half-stars

Battle Scarred

Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty still hasn’t found what he’s been searching for: a normal life. At his job, Luke is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield, none more so than the abused children brought in by a pretty redheaded social worker.

Heartbroken
For Devon Manning, being a social working is a rewarding job, but also a constant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon takes everything one day at a time–unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues.

A Desire to Heal…
When Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he’s been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants, Luke has to break through Devon’s emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs…

Devon had a horrific childhood and has pretty much been an island unto herself for most of her life. Although she had a wonderful family adopt her she is still scarred from her early childhood. As a social worker she takes care of the children and adults that she needs to so that she can maybe make a difference in their lives, as one particular social worker made in hers.

 

When Devon and Luke meet they are incredibly attracted to each other, but Luke puts off asking her out. After finally running into each other off the job Luke makes his intentions to date her known. It starts off rocky but things go very well from there. They find that they have a wonderful time together and enjoy each others company immensely. Luke has guessed at Devon’s past and is being gentle and loving in his courtship of her. But don’t get me wrong, once things heat up between these two it’s mighty hot.

Unfortunately there’s a psycho out to get Devon. She has to live her life, but wonder if she’s ever really safe.

Fragile is a book that got my attention right away. There was something about Devon that appealed to me. Maybe it was because she’d had such a crappy childhood and I wanted her to have a great life with Luke, I’m not sure. But once I started reading I was pretty hooked.

Luke was a hottie but he was truly almost smothering in his over-protectiveness for Devon. At other times it seemed like it was just a boyfriend trying to take care of his girlfriend. Granted she’s being stalked and horrible things are happening but as fragile as Luke thought she was she had lived through hell as a child and come out on the other side as a strong, independent woman. I think he finally realized that at the end.

Devon lived through some horrifying things during the course of this book. It almost got too much for me at times but it was well done. If you like stories with resilient heroines this will be a great book for you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

three-half-stars

Guest Review: Techno Thrall by Storm Grant

Posted February 15, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Techno Thrall by Storm GrantReviewer: Tracy
Techno Thrall by Storm Grant
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: February 16, 2009
Genres: Science Fiction
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two-stars

This man’s too hard, this man’s too soft, this man’s just…a robot? 

Detective Deyla Reckard lives in a time of communication implants and spray-on condoms. Robots are common as workers, soldiers, and pleasure-toys. And sometimes as criminals. A case of an e-companion attacking its owner makes Deyla question her firm belief that humans are good and robots are bad. Then she meets the man of her wet dreams and begins to fall in love, although who’s human and who’s robot, she’s not sure.
Deyla Reckard is lonely. She doesn’t have anyone at home to cuddle up to but when she stops to think about it, she doesn’t really want that. But she does want the skin to skin contact. So she picks up men and sleeps with them. Unfortunately she’s not getting the emotional feedback she needs.Eight years earlier Deyla was a Marine. She had been in a plane crash due to pilot error…the pilot was a robot. Since then she’s had a strange version of PTSD and her senses have been heightened. She hates technology because of what happened years earlier. During a confrontation with the pleasure robot that they’ve been looking for she kind of has a melt down. Heading to her cabin to decompress she meets a man who looks like the pleasure robot but he says he’s the original model that the robots are based on. Deyla starts to fall in love after a day and can’t wait to spend more time with this man. Unfortunately things take a little turn when not expected and she heads back to work and civilization.

Will she find the companionship she’s looking for…and will the man she loves turn out to be a robot or a human?

This book was very unusual. It flowed nicely up until the end but I never really got a sense of who Deyla was. She wanted the companionship, but she didn’t. She wanted human contact, but she didn’t. She was very at odds with herself and I just couldn’t connect with her on any level.

There is a huge twist at the end of the book that I more or less had figured out but was still mildly surprised by. Unfortunately right after the twist was revealed the book ended with nothing further happening. It was jolting to have it end that way and didn’t give me any sort of satisfaction. Although the book started off well it quickly went downhill for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars

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 Trade
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, 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

Guest Review: Border Moonlight by Amanda Scott

Posted February 5, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Border Moonlight by Amanda ScottReviewer: Tracy
Border Moonlight by Amanda Scott
Series: Border Series #3
Published by Grand Central PublishingGenres: Romance, Historical
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Lovely nineteen-year-old Lady Sibylla Cavers is marriageable, yet she has rejected the first three candidates her father has introduced. Lord Simon Murray (appearing in the first two novels of this Borders Trilogy) is one of these three spurned suitors — and Simon is famous for never forgiving an offense. One day when Sibylla is out riding, she sees a child drowning and guides her horse into a raging river to save the child. But the powerful current sweeps her up with the child in her grip. Lord Simon, riding nearby, hears screams and heroically helps Lady Sibylla rescue the child. To her surprise, Lady Sibylla feels a powerful attraction to her rescuer.

Lord Simon, surprised to feel the same strong attraction, is tempted to forgive her earlier rejection so that he may woo this lass anew. But political intrigue fueled by the power-hungry governor of Scotland will throw obstacles in the path of Simon’s and Sibylla’s burgeoning love. Simon will fight for his inherited estate of Elishaw, while Sibylla will use all her wits to protect their future together.

I have to say that the first, say, ¼ of this book completely held my interest. With the child going into the river and then Simon rescuing Sibylla after she attempts to save the child I was very engrossed. Soon after that, however, the book started getting quite tedious. Not much of import was happening and I kept waiting for something to occur whether it was intrigue or romance, but nothing did.

It seemed that by the time I stopped reading (page 230 out of 387) that Sibylla and Simon were getting to like each other better but even after 2 kisses and time spent together I had no clue how either of them felt other than finding each others company enjoyable. IMO there was no emotion with either the romance or the political plot for me and I found it lacking.

Sadly this was a DNF.

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