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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 31, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 8 Comments

What a crazy, insane week!
At work it was not only monthly newsletter time but it was also time for the Annual Meeting and haranguing people to get their reports in, etc and then having to organize it all really isn’t my idea of a good time. Thank heavens it only happens once a year! lol
On top of that my oldest had a really rough week with her math teacher and so it was emotionally charged at home. *sigh* Even Calgon couldn’t take me away. 🙂 Hopefully this will be a better week for her.
Oh, and she went to spend the night at a friends house and came home with her hair 5 inches shorter! Now I’ve been wanting her to get her hair cut because it’s super thick and really heavy and gets into a tangled mess but she kept telling me NO! But even so, don’t you think the friend’s mom who cut it would have had my daughter ASK me before she took scissors to hair? I mean, really? I found that incredibly presumptuous. It looks adorable and was exactly what I wanted her to do – and I know my daughter, I’m sure she didn’t even think to call me because that’s just how she is…and she’s heard me tell her to get her hair cut – but still! I know I shouldn’t have an issue with it since she obviously accomplished what I could not but it just irks me. I know, I’m strange. lol
Ok –enough about me – how are you? What were you up to this past week?
So on to why we’re all here…here’s what I read this past week:
I started off my week with The Wicked Wickerly by Patricia Rice. I didn’t like the characters in this one and frankly the story was starting to grate on my nerves after only 30 pages. I’m not sure I can even call this a DNF because I only read 60 pages but I just couldn’t get any further than that but I’m gonna. DNF
My Tracy’s TBR challenge book for the week was A Brush Of Wings edited by Anne Regan. This is a Dreamspinner Press anthology and it was a good one. There were all different types of stories having to do with angels in some way – whether it’s a real angel, a guardian angel or just someone you think is an angel. Darned good. 4 out of 5
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf was my next read. This was the story of 4 women whose live get interwoven by 1 small boys life and it’s not all fun and games, lemme tell ya. My review will post tomorrow. 3.75 out of 5
Werewolf Me by Amarinda Jones was a book that I read for the Book Binge. Well, I didn’t actually get all the way through it. 60 pages is apparently the magic number for when I stop reading a book – only this book was only 147 pages. I didn’t like the characters all that well. Everything seemed over-dramatized and when the guy said I Love You and he’d just learned the girls name I was done. You can read my DNF review here if you’d like. DNF.
The Lady Most Likely…: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway. This was the story of an Earl who enlists his sister to make a list of eligible women who he can marry. He’s 28 but has decided that it’s time to have an heir. The sister decides to have a house party since it’s after the season and invites the women on her list as well as other women and eligible bachelors. The story covers the women on the list as their find their loves – but is it the earl? Just an adorable book. I really liked all three stories and thought they were connected quite well. 4 out of 5
The Tourist by Clare London was next. Clare was nice enough to send me this lovely book that comes out on Feb. 28th. The story is about a spirit, Ace, who jumps to different bodies in order to have fun and mostly, sex. But on one jump he jumps into a man, Dan, who is in a relationship with Ricky. Ricky has issues with his ex…who doesn’t really think of Ricky as an ex. Ace jumps from Dan to Ricky and for once stays and gets to know the men. I’ll be posting my review of this a little later this month. Great story. 4.25 out of 5
Next up was Dangerous Secrets by Katie Reus. This is the story of Izzy who is living in Florida and working as a bartender. She’s got the hots for Adam who works at the bar too but Adam is working there to watch over Izzy for her father who is a wealthy businessman. There’s a madman on the loose and Adam is determined to keep Izzy safe. A really great read – my review will post on The Book Binge on the 4th. 4.25 out of 5
I decided to read Trusted Bond by Mary Calmes but realized it’s been a little over a year since I read Change of Heart which is the first book in the storyline. I decided to re-read Change of Heart first and it was just as good a read this time as it was the last. Jin who is a werepather, but a very rare type, who was kicked out of his tribe for not only being a reah but also because he was gay. His best friend Crane left the tribe with him and they’ve been moving from town to town ever since. He ends up meeting Logan Church who ends up being his mate. Jin has a hard time dealing with the fact that Logan had not been gay before he met him and Jin has problems believing in their bond. Just a great story. 4 out of 5
Trusted Bond by Mary Calmes takes up with Jin and Logan 6 months later. Jin is having issues, again, with believing that Logan can love him as much as Jin loves Logan because of the fact that the mating bond chose them. He thinks that Logan wouldn’t have even noticed him if not for the mating bond. On top of those issues Jin gets kidnapped by an old flame that isn’t right in the head. Jin goes through some horrific things and is eventually purposely kept from Logan. It’s an action packed story and really good. 4.25 out of 5
After that I decided to catch up a bit with my yaoi manga reading. I’ve been a bad little yaoi swapper and not read the books that Kris gave me when she left LA….in Nov. I know, I know, I suck. I got a few read yesterday and will continue on this week so that the next person on the yaoi swap list can get a package from Santa. lol
First up was Your Love Sickness by Hayate Kuku started off telling the story of two foxes who guard a shrine. One is a white fox who is very high up in the fox class system and the other is a red fox who is the lowest of the low. But the white fox loves the red fox despite that. There were other stories in this book that were cute as well. 3 out of 5
Next up was Skyscrapers of Oz by Yoshino Somei. The story revolved around 2 men and 2 boys (seriously 1 looked incredibly young to me – like 12 but I think he was supposed to be older than that) whose lives are all interwoven. The two men run a business and get caught up in one of the boys lives after being given a job. I really liked the graphics in this one and the story was good as well. 4 out of 5
Next was 9th Sleep by Makoto Tateno. This is classified as yaoi manga but really there was no boy love involved. It was the story of 2 kings who are in a crazy cycle to either die and go into a sleep for 100 years while the other creates an heir who then inherits the previous kings memories. It’s pretty convoluted. But 1 king doesn’t want to either die or sleep so he keeps getting reborn into different women. The graphics were good but the story really left something to be desired imho. 2 out of 5
Last for the week was I Can’t Stop Loving You by Row Takakura. Kyouji is training as an exorcist but can’t actually see the ghosts. His boyfriend, Yu, sees the ghosts but can’t exorcise them. Yu has serious jealousy issues in this book – not helped by his cousin who keeps trying to get Kyouji for himself. It was cute and well drawn. 3 out of 5
My Book Binge Reviews that posted last week:

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: Werewolf Me by Amarinda Jones

Posted January 30, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy’s review(ish) of Werewolf Me by Amarinda Jones

Truro Simpson is confused. What the hell is going on in the sleepy town of Ludlum? One moment her life is quiet and boring and the next she’s having orgasmic sex with a hot, tattooed stranger and odd people are turning up talking about werewolves and soul mates. Do the wolves of Ludlum have something to do with that? And does any of it really matter when she is having the best sex of her life?

Every fifty years, a clan of wolves seeks new mates. Murphy Green is a werewolf. He is in Ludlum for Truro, his soul mate. The problem is the lady doesn’t believe it. That’s okay. His plan is to seduce her with sweet words and hard cock until she’s as breathless with need and as hungry to touch and taste as he is.

This was a DNF for me.

Truro lives in a small town in Australia. One night she decides to pick up a hot man in a diner and they head to a motel for what she thinks is a one night stand. But as she is blowing him the man starts psychoanalyzing why she’s doing it? What??? He gets really into her really quickly and that was, quite frankly, a little creepy. Then he tries to figure out why she’s feeling inadequate – which she is, but still. Now?  Really? He was talking about “forever” and “mine” during the first scene – it was just bizarre . When he started with the pet name – Petal, no less – on the second page of the book my hackles started to rise. I wanted to give the book a fair shot though so I read on.

It looked like there was going to be some sort of a coup to try and take down the werewolf clan by a man who hated the alpha but this was only one scene in all of the pages I read. I kept waiting for more of that but it wasn’t forthcoming.

The couple had sex twice before they exchanged names and when he said I Love You on page 63 after having just exchanged names I was done. DNF

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Guest Review: Hard Man by Amarinda Jones

Posted April 4, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Tracy ‘s review of Hard Man by Amarinda Jones

The last place Ashbea Somers wanted to be was stuck at a shoe convention with her crazy boss, selling trashy shoes to drunken women. When Ashbea runs into the surly, hard-bodied Harry, things start to get exciting. After a few terse words, she finds herself skin to skin with him up against a wall in a hot, body-shaking moment. Maybe the convention isn’t so bad.

Harry only ever has one-night stands. Hot, wild sex with Ashbea was supposed to be just that. In and out and over, with no regrets, just a passionate memory. But Harry can’t forget the woman who held him so tight and close. He wants one more taste of her luscious body before he walks away. That is, if he can. There’s something about her that’s unforgettable.

Ashbea isn’t sure what Harry’s problem is but she does know one thing. Sex with Harry Hardman is not something she’s about to give up without a fight.

Ashbea is in Melbourne at a convention with her insane boss. The company she works for makes fuck-me pumps and her boss insists Ashbea wear them. At one point when she teeters on her heels, because she’s not used to 5 inch heels, she runs into Harry who is the convention manager. While the initially fling some harsh words to each other it doesn’t stop them from finding each other attractive and having sex in a storage room. This begins a series of romps that the two can’t seem to help themselves from having. But Harry has some issues from a past relationship that he is dealing with and though Ashbea is falling for Harry she doesn’t want to be a rebound girl for him. On top of all this there’s a small mystery with her bosses shoe company where shoes are being damaged and then stolen.

I really liked this book when I first started reading it and it started off with a bang – literally. While I very much enjoyed Ashbea’s up-front attitude and sense of humor and Harry’s admiration of her, it started to wear on me just a bit. I thought that Ashbea started to be a bit too brash by the end of the story and it didn’t endear her to me at all.

For Harry’s part he seemed like a very sweet guy. He was gun shy with women – not having sex with them, just being in a relationship with them – and hadn’t slept with the same woman twice in the past year. He had been severely hurt by the betrayal of a woman he thought he loved and he needed to time to heal. Him falling for Ashbea seemed meant to be and I liked them together, but for someone who had so many issues he seemed to fall very hard, very fast. The sum of their relationship was about 3 days before they declared their love. That’s just a bit too fast for me.

So, while I liked parts of this book and it’s humor, there were other parts that just didn’t work for me unfortunately.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 29, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 8 Comments

Good morning!
How are you all doing today?  Well I hope.  I know that some of you with children have them home this week for Spring Break – hang in there if you’re home with them. 🙂  My two are off next week and are so looking forward to it.  They love hanging out with their Papa (my dad) because he loves taking them places.  He’s 75 but has more energy than I do!
This past week we got to attend my youngest daughter’s 2nd grade play/musical – Life Cycles.  It was seriously adorable.  Everything went off without a hitch and I was so happy for them.  My girl got a little speaking part as “plant 2” and she was so proud (and so were we). 🙂  I’d love to share a picture with you but at this little shindig we realized that our camera sucks at distance and low light…even on the low light setting.  Ah well.  It’s only a 3x zoom and normally takes great photos and video so I shouldn’t complain but dammit – now I don’t have good pictures! lol
It was also my hubby’s b-day this past Saturday. The girls and I spent the morning and afternoon running errands and having lunch with my in-laws and then yesterday my parents, brother and niece came over for dinner.  It was a great time.
Because I was running around all weekend I didn’t get very much reading done.  I think I read a total of 150 the whole weekend.  I know, shocking.  I started 2 books on Friday and have finished neither of them.  lol
So what did I read last week?

First was Hunter’s Need by Shiloh Walker – book 11 in the Hunters series.  This was a book that I read for The Book Binge for review but it was also a book for my Finish the Series Project.  I think I still have 4 stories to go with the Hunters.  This was Analise and Duke’s story.  She’s a psychic with minimal psychic ability and he’s a hunter/shapeshifter.  They have a nasty past with each other but they have a connection that neither can deny.  This was good, but not great for me.  I like Walker’s writing but I didn’t care for the heroine in this one and it really put a damper on things for me.  I’ll let you know when my review posts on TBB.

Next up was Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale.  I loved this book.  Say, loved it so much I want to have babies with it.  Ok, maybe not that but still – it was fantastic.  It’s now available in ebook as well so if you haven’t read it – do it!  You can read my review here  5 out of 5 (this was also part of my m/m challenge)

Next up I read HardMan by Amarinda Jones for The Book Binge. This was the story of a girl at a fuck-me shoe convention and the convention manager.  They meet, grumble at each other and then have wild sex in a storage closet. They start a sexual relationship but soon see it’s more.  Again this was a cute book but I did have some difficulty with the heroine.  I like Jones’s sense of humor but the heroine and her snarkiness got to be just a bit much after a while.  3.25 out of 5

My next read was my Tracy’s TBR challenge read for the week and one of my FTSP – One the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn.  I’ve finished the Bridgerton’s!!!  Took me long enough, geez! lol  This one was good but probably my least favorite of the 8 books.  Gregory falls in love with Lucy and wants to marry her but she’s promised in marriage to someone else…and her uncle is blackmailing her into holding her to the promise.  Don’t get me wrong it was still a pretty good book but it was a little fantastical and a little sappier than I like.  Wow, that sounds like I didn’t like it…but I did – just not as much as the others! 3.75 out of 5

Next was Totally Captivated volumes 5 and 6 by Hajinn Yoo (yaoi manga). I really love this series.  The story of Ewon who is more or less conned into working for a loan shark, Mookyul, but throughout the series Mookyul falls for Ewon and there’s much angst and much sweetness.  It’s beautifully drawn and it’s definitely a keeper. 4.5 out of 5 for both books.

Next was another yaoi manga called Yokai’s Hunger by Naona Bohra.  This was a paranormal manga that involved Norito and Koma – who had been pledged/promised to Norito in a past life.  They get together again but then have to deal with demons and Koma’s brothers – almost the same thing.  It was pretty good.  The graphics were ok but made me laugh.  Norito’s nose was always shaded so it looked kind of animalistic to me and he seemed to have, most of the time, one of his eyes shut.  It was just funny and I couldn’t quite understand why the author did that.  3.5 out of 5

That was it for me last week!  I did have one review post this week on The Book Binge:

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: Pet Me by Amarinda Jones

Posted February 27, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Pet Me by Amarinda JonesReviewer: Tracy
Pet Me by Amarinda Jones
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publication Date: January 27, 2010
Format: eARC
Genres: Erotica
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When Drusilla Camm accidentally kills Arthur, her niece’s wonky-eyed goldfish, she’s desperate to find a replacement. The only one to be found is the same one that a hot, hard-bodied man wants and he’s not about to give up. While this guy may be sex on a stick, Drusilla is determined to get that fish. As for the man, she might just have him as well.

Newspaper reporter Cormack Flint loves women and is rarely surprised by them—until he meets sexy Drusilla. Instantly in lust, he might just be persuaded to give up the fish if some sweaty sex is on offer.

Yes, Drusilla has accidentally killed her niece’s fish, Arthur, and is determined to find a replacement that looks just him before her niece gets home from vacation. Drusilla heads to the nearest pet shop and finally finds a goldfish that will pass for Arthur, well, kind of. When the shop attendant comes over though he’s with a man who says the fish is his. Cormack Flint is actually in the shop trying to write an article for his column that proves that you can pick up women anywhere – including the pet shop. But when Cormack meets Drusilla all thoughts of his article go flying out the window. He’s completely taken with the brash woman and has to have her NOW. Drusilla and Cormack crazily end up in Drusilla’s care knockin it out (was there no one in the parking lot at all?) and this begins a sexual relationship that very quickly turns into much, much more.

I really liked this story from the first page. It had humor, great witty repartee and hot, steamy sex. Drusilla’s personality was the type that she just looked at things plainly and didn’t filter that from her brain to her mouth and that made for some great reading. When she first met him she more or less said the first thing to come to her mind but as she got to know Cormack more, uh, intimately and found herself caring for him she had this great internal dialogue going with herself. Actually, Cormack did to. But Cormack knew almost from the beginning that Drusilla was the woman for him and he made no bones about showing her he cared. He was a very lighthearted yet strong character that I would have to have read more about.

This was a fun, humorous romp I thoroughly enjoyed.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5



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