What I Read Last Week

Posted October 5, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 16 Comments

Greetings and Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was nice and sunny here but also a little cooler which was really nice since it’s been damned hot lately. It feels like Fall – finally! 🙂

It was a fun weekend with the girls – we went Halloween costume shopping and got that out of the way. They changed there mind about 1,000 times before they finally decided. Whatever happened to a sheet with the eye holes? lol Just kidding. 🙂 We also went to the library, the rummage sale that our church was having, to Borders, to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (cute, but they liked the book better), and to the park among other things. It was a busy weekend, but good.

This week I had a totally incredible Mommy moment with my youngest daughter. The kids had wanted breakfast for dinner – which they love (I think it’s cuz no vegetables are involved) – and so I made them waffles and eggs and bacon. A while later my youngest came in to the office and sat on my lap to give me a hug. This is what was said:

Me: You smell like syrup.
Her: You smell like a Momma.
Me: laughing Really? What does a Momma smell like?
Her: thinking for a moment Kind, beautiful and nice.

Omg I about broke down in tears! Isn’t that the sweetest thing? She’s just a little lovebug!

So on to what I read. I read a lot this past week. I look at my list sometimes and try to figure out when I had the time to read all of it and just can’t do it! lol This is one of those weeks.

First up was my Re-read Challenge book Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. I love this book and I think I’ll read the next book in the series for my next re-read, IDK – definitely thinking about it. You can see my thoughts here.

Next up was The Protector by N.L. Gassert. This is an m/m story about a straight-laced security expert and a guy in his 20’s who needs protecting. It was a good story with a few issues but I liked it. 4 out of 5

Next I read Covet by J.R. Ward. I have to say I had very mixed feelings about the book after I was done. This is a story about Jim and how he’s chosen by both the Angels and the Demons to save the world. If he fails then everything that exists, including earth, heaven and hell (although they don’t actua lly call them that) will disappear. That’s kind of a big load to carry, don’t you think? Jim has to help some people make the right choice between good and evil and there is a romance involved in a small way. The story takes place in Caldwell which I wasn’t thrilled with. I think Caldwell’s got enough shit going on with the Vamps and the Lessers but who am I to say? I kind of got the feeling that the next book would take place somewhere else but I’m not sure. While there are some really great parts to the book there are some other meh moments as well and after putting the book down I had to really think about it. 3.75 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas. It fell just slightly short of the 3 month rule, but hell, it’s my challenge, I’ll cheat if I want, right? lol Anyway…good book! I really loved seeing Cam Rohan again and him falling for Amelia was great. I wasn’t thrilled with the paranormal element even though it wasn’t a massive part of the story. I think when I read a Kleypas or Quinn historical I don’t want anything paranormal going on just a good, straight historical. I’m looking forward to reading the next book though and bought the latest in this series yesterday while at Borders. 4.25 out of 5

I read Midnight Treat by Becca Simone after that. This was a novella about a man meets a woman at a Halloween party and she tells him to meet her in her apartment – go up the fire escape and act like he’s breaking in. The woman wants him to role play and she says she loves to be scared while having sex. Well Josh breaks in to the wrong apartment and when he discovers the mistake (after the fact) he’s mortified and expects to be arrested. When that doesn’t happen he contacts the woman he had sex with to make sure that she’s ok – but he doesn’t reveal who he is. She’s more than ok with Zorro’s break in – she wants more! While Josh and Cassie start a sexual relationship and Josh is being gentle and kind she longs for the raunchier sex Zorro gave her when he broke into her apartment. I think I have a thing for Halloween stories in general. I’m always attracted to them for some reason and really enjoy reading them – even with they’re a little “out there”. This was cute and a fun sexual romp. 4 out of 5

I read a very short free read from Wild Rose Press a while back called Mischief in the Garage. I never quite got around to reading the story it was attached to but I finally did. Mischief in the Dark by Liza James is another Halloween story about 2 people who go to a haunted house and somehow get stuck in the dark warehouse behind locked doors. What can we do while we wait? Have sex, of course! lol It was a very cute short story (24 pages I think) and I like how the author interjected humor with the sex. 4 out of 5

Holly from The Book Binge sent me the latest 2 books in the Warriors of Poseidon series by Alyssa Day. I started reading one for my BB read this week and pretty much didn’t have a clue what was going on. I decided to read the series and see what was happening. Luckily my local library had books 1 and 3 in stock and I had the novellas that make up books 2 and 4 already on my shelf. So I read Atlantis Rising and it wasn’t bad. It’s kind of like a shape-shifter story in that the Warriors of Poseidon are finding their mates – only they don’t mate they soul-meld. I’m thinking that the stories will focus on the Prince (book 1), his brother and the Seven which are the warriors that protect the prince, but I’m guessing. This story followed Conlan who had just been returned to Atlantis after being held prisoner and tortured by THE evil vamp goddess, Anubisa. He meets Riley and is immediately drawn to her and wants to protect her and of course then she’s in danger, etc. I thought that Riley held her own with not being bossed around which was good since there was a shitload of testosterone going around. lol I personally thought that even though the Atlanteans discovered that Conlan wasn’t mentally damaged from his 7 years of torture he adjusted pretty damned well to being free and all of a sudden falling in love but that’s me. 3.5 out of 5

Next was the next book in the Warriors of Poseidon series by Alyssa Day, Wild Hearts in Atlantis which is in the Wild Thing novella (which I already had because of the Meljean Brook story in it. :0)). This was another warrior, Bastien, who goes to Florida to try and check out some rogue shape-shifters and falls in love with Kat, who is part human and part shape-shifter. In these books vamps and shape-shifters were revealed to humans about 10 years earlier and some evil ones have pretty much started to take over. The Atlanteans haven’t been revealed but are trying to help stop the take over. 3.5 out of 5

My last read for the week was Neck and Neck by Elizabeth Bevarly. I read this one for The Book Binge and will let you know when my review posts.

Oh and I posted the list of what I read for September (if you want to see it all in one post) here, or you can click on “booklist” at the top of the page and it will take you there.

Happy Reading!

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16 responses to “What I Read Last Week

  1. Wow, lots going on! Your kids are so sweet; mine like breakfast for dinner too!

    Loved Kiss of the Highlander, haven't been able to finish Covet. Those Alyssa Day books look good!

  2. OMG – how sweet is your youngest? Give that kid an extra hug tonight.

    I love, love, love breakfast for dinner. Mmmmmm, pancakes.

  3. Aww, what a sweet little girl you have. 🙂

    And wow, look at all those great books! I enjoyed Kiss of a Highlander. Really liked the Protector. I tried to read Atlantis Rising a few months back, but I had a problem with the writing style and the way the guys talked. But it sounds like it might be worth another shot.

  4. Aww Tracy,a moment to treasure for sure. 🙂

    Covet just sounds soooo… hmm.. Angels & demons in the middle of vampire & Lesser wars. Those 2 worlds colliding like planets, ready for doom. I don't know. One world just doesn't fit with the other. I haven't heard anything good yet about this book yet. 🙁

    I have Atlantis Rising on my TBR, but read the novella in Atlantis Rising. I really want to try this series.

    I'll look up the Gassert. 🙂

  5. That's one "get out of trouble with mom" pass earned right there.

    I had to laugh at this: …Halloween story about 2 people who go to a haunted house and somehow get stuck in the dark warehouse behind locked doors. What can we do while we wait? Have sex, of course! ".

    Will remember that come this Halloween.

  6. Patti – I've always liked breakfast for dinner as well but never related it to veggies! lol
    Have you tried to read Covet and just can't get into it?

    Wendy – I KNOW. She really got brownie points with that one. I mean she's always sweet as pie but that was just wonderful.
    Yep – pancakes for dinner are my fav.

    Jenb – I really liked The Protector too. I think the author could have done a little more of showing us some more attraction between the two men while they were on the boat, but that's me.
    Yeah, Atlantis Rising did take some time to get into. They guys did talk in a very old fashioned way since they're a few hundred years old and haven't really been exposed to current modes of speaking. The author does do some funny things with their speech though when they don't understand a certain slang term.
    And the guys do pull the he-man thing but they are taken down a few notches by the women, which is always nice to see. 🙂

    Mandi- I liked Jim too. He dealt with everything pretty well while still being: WTF. lol

    KB – You should read it eventually. Like I said, not bad but not great either.

    Hilcia – That's exactly how I felt about Covet – doesn't Caldwell have enough going on? As I said, I'm hoping that the next book takes place somewhere else. This book had Marie-Therese (from ZeroSum) as the love interest so maybe that's why she started in Caldwell. We can cross our fingers that it will be somewhere else. I mean, Jim can't completely save the WORLD and not leave Caldwell. 🙂

    Chrissy – lol Well isn't that what YOU would do with a stranger? teehee. Actually it sounds corny but it was pretty darned cute.
    That child doesn't usually need the Get out of Jail pass but you never know. It will be sitting there waiting! 🙂

  7. That's too sweet about your youngest! I've read some other works by Liza James and I really enjoy her too 🙂 Maybe it's been too long since I've stopped by but I LOVE the new look of your blog.

  8. Katie – I knew that was you silly.
    Thanks for the Kudos on the site. I had it done by Smitten Blog Designs and they were just wonderful to work with. For not having a clue what I wanted when I went in they did a fantastic job. 🙂

  9. How darling is your little girl? Talk about knowing how to melt a momma's heart!! Extra presents for Christmas for that one! ;o)

    I love the cover for Neck and Neck! I'll keep a look out for your review.

    What a great idea for that reading list blog!! 😛

  10. Your youngest is just gorgeous! To be able to express herself so openly….WOW!

    I just *heart* Cam Rohan. I so need to re-read that book. And I loved that the heroine wasn't super lean or super gorgeous… *SIGH* I love books like that!

  11. Lori – I know, she really is a lovey dovey child.

    Christine – she does, doesn't she! 🙂
    Thanks – I used to keep the reading list on myspace but so many people didn't see it there. Not that they're lining up here, but you know what I mean! lol

    Orannia – She gets that from me, ya know. haha. NOT. 🙂
    Cam…oh my heavens. Love that gypsy man. I can't wait to read about Kev!

  12. I know all about your book lists on myspace, silly girl! Or did you already forget that we kept those monthly book lists on our myspace blogs together?! *gasp*! That's why I made that "good idea" remark 😉

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