Well it’s a rainy Monday here in So. Cal and I’m home with a sick child. She’s just a lump on the couch the poor thing (my youngest). So far I’ve gotten some much needed reviews written – thank heavens!
This past Saturday I was lucky enough to be able to attend a So Cal Blogger/Author gathering. We met at Renee’s house for a potluck and it was Renee, KB Alan, Nico Rosso, Zoe Archer, Vivienne Westlake and me. It was a small group but we had a great time talking and of course having our book swap. It was a good time.
So on to what I read – it will be brief as the queen bee on the couch over there is calling for attention. 🙂
I started off the week with Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry. This was a cute contemporary about a professional football player coming to terms with the possibility that he’ll never play again after an injury. You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5
Next up was Bicycle Built for Two by Jeff Adams. This was a cute m/m about two men who meet at a charity bike event. They hit it off but they live in two different cities. Besides the location of their romancing the book but just sweet. There was really no angst and I liked that about the story. 3 out of 5
Next was a very short story called Hollow by AC Ruttan that is a bit of a take off on Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. It was ok but just really short. 2 out of 5
Mate Test by Amber Kell was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week. It was a novella about a man who thinks he’s being sent to a planet to make a mineral deal but he’s really been signed up for the Consort contest for the King. He’s blind of a sorts but he’s bonded to a dragon so the dragon helps him see. The romance was more of an instant attraction and besides feeling the attraction and doing the contests there just wasn’t a lot of “romance” per se. 3 out of 5
Next up was Men Under the Mistletoe by Josh Lanyon, Ava March, KA Mitchell & Harper Fox. This was a 4 novella anthology about men, their loves and all had a Christmas theme. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5
After that was Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender by Vivienne Westlake. This was the story of a woman who fell in love and then when the man went off to war she was never contacted again. She was convinced the man never loved her by his best friend and she ended up marrying the friend. Now years later the husband has died and the love has come back to try to win her love. They find they still love each other as well as finding some deceptions in their pasts from people they trusted. It was great little story at only 55 pages. 3.75 out of 5
Scandal of the Year by Laura Lee Guhrke is the second book in the Abandoned at the Altar series and it was a good one. Two people who think they know what the other’s about but really they have no idea. It was a good story and was well worth the read. 4 out of 5
Last for the week was Holiday Kisses by Jaci Burton, Shannon Stacey, HelenKay Dimon and Alison Kent, another great anthology from Carina Press. The stories are all sweet and again, all based around Christmas. I posted this one on The Book Binge site so when it posts I’ll let you know. 4 out of 5