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What I Read Last Week

Posted July 8, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

This is a really happy Monday in Tracyland as it is my youngest’s 11th birthday!! Woohoo! I can’t believe that she’s anywhere near that OLD but alas, she is. This is the crazy kid:

and just think, this is how she looked when I first started the blog: 

I know! 

She’s so funny. This weekend she was going to go somewhere with me and she was wearing a decent top but was wearing her dance shorts. Normally around the house it’s A-OK that she does that but it was just inappropriate for where we were going. I asked her to change her shorts and she whined and didn’t want to.

I said, “Come on chick, just humor me.”
She said, “OK. Did you hear the one about…”

OMG I just started laughing…and then pushed her into her room to change. 🙂

We had a good Independence Day – just hung out and watched movies and then my hubs and youngest went to watch fireworks.

My oldest got home from her week long mission trip stinking, with paint in her hair and more tired then I’ve ever seen her. She slept for 12 hours straight then woke up, ate and went back to bed. lol She had a great time though so it’s all good.

Ok – on to what I read last week: 

I started off the week with Lover Reborn by JR Ward. This is Tohrment’s story. If you’ve read the books you know that his love died and he’s still torn up about it but he’s told that Wellsie is in the In-Between and the only way she can get to the Fade (heaven) is for him to truly let her go. Now this is not a horrible scenario but when they said that it had only been 14 months since she died I was a bit put off. I think that was just too soon for him to be pushed, but whatever. His love interest was a woman named No’One who is actually Xhex’s mother. The story was decent but not fantastic. It was good to catch up with the past characters and of course to see what Blay and Qhuinn were up to. 3.25/3.5 out of 5 

Next up was Codename: Autumn by Aubrey Ross. The story is set on Earth but it has been taken over but aliens. The humans have either been killed or forced into prostitution or to work in the mines. Autumn chose to be a prostitute as the female mine workers got raped repeatedly. She figured it she was going to have to give up her body she might as well have a choice about it. Anyway, she gets into a bad sitch with a fellow prostitute and is saved by a commander, Ra’jen. He doesn’t pay for sex but they manage to work things out and next thing you know she’s his woman exclusively. The story also has a rebellion in it that Ra’jen is a part of and he brings Autumn into it as well. While this story has somewhat of an HFN ending the rebellion story is on-going and that was a bit frustrating. 3 out of 5 

The Switched Baby Scandal by Theresa Meyers is the story of single mom Taylor who finds out that her daughter is not the one she actually gave birth to. Her baby was switched with another at the hospital. Taylor isn’t willing to give up her child even though she’s not the one she carried for 9 months. She does want to meet her biological child though. Unfortunately when they contact the other family they find out that the other mom and Taylor’s real child were killed in an auto accident a year earlier. The story then covers Taylor’s interactions with her daughter and the father of the deceased child and how they fall in love. It was a decent story but the heroine kind of drove me nuts with her ups and downs and the hero with his survivors guilt. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick was next and follows Emily the week before her wedding to Grant at a destination in Vermont. Her mother is nuts, her fiancé is just about completely absent, her ex-husband shows up and Grant’s family is so prim and proper it drives her a bit crazy – even though she’s longed for prim and proper most of her life. This was an amusing story and it made me laugh on more than one occasion. The secondary characters almost ran the novel but it was still good. Emily was a bit wishy-washy but I loved Ryan and his quiet steadfastness. 3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

Up next was What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries. The story is about the bastard daughter of a viscount, Lisette, who is trying to help a duke, Max, find her brother who supposedly has info on Max’s brother. Max wants the info and Lisette wants to make sure that Tristan is safe from their hal-brother who wants Tristan arrested. It’s mostly a romance that takes place while traveling and I always love those. It had Jeffries great writing and it was a decent read. 3.75 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Pieces of Dreams by Jennifer Blake is a novella about a woman who is supposed to marry Caleb but is actually in love with his twin Conrad who has been at sea for years. Conrad shows back up and things get a bit hairy between the brothers. It was a good story except for the sex scene where “he drew off more layers of clothing like shucking an ear of corn to reach the tender kernels.” Oy. It kind of went on like that. It honestly almost was like someone else wrote the sex scene because the rest wasn’t like that at all and that really ruined it a lot for me. 3 out of 5 

From This Moment On by Bella Andre was my next read and is the story of Nicola who is a pop star and Marcus Sullivan who is 11 years her senior. They head off for a one night stand that doesn’t actually happen until much later but they both realize that one night isn’t enough and decide to spend time together until she leaves San Francisco. Of course they fall in love but it’s much more complicated than that. This was MUCH better than book 1 and I really enjoyed it. 4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

The Savage King by Michelle M. Pillow is about a race on another planet, the Var – a race of large cat shifters, who are at war with the Draig, who are a race of dragon shifters. Ulyssa is sent to the planet from Earth to investigate a doctor but by the time she gets there the doc is dead. She has 3 months to wait for her ride off the planet and plans to camp – until she’s taken by the King of the Var. He dies like a day or so later and she ends up with his son, Kirill, and they fall in love, but not before they have lots of misunderstanding, arguments, and attempts at escape. There’s also a who part of the story that has to do with the late king and his plan for biological warfare. It was a decent read for a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal. I don’t normally read this kind of thing but I liked it. 3.5 out of 5 

Last for the week was The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male by Jessica Clare. This story has Beth Ann out in the forest looking for her sister. The rain causes flooding and an evacuation but Colt who is volunteering see’s Beth Ann’s car and decides that he’s going to play a trick on her and tell her they can’t get out. It was only supposed to be for one night but Colt is surprised at the spine that Beth Ann shows and the next thing you know they’re sleeping together. The relationship moves from there but Beth Ann’s first requirement in a relationship is honesty and she has to trust her partner. Yeah, you can see where that’s going. The story was a good one though and I really liked both Beth Ann and Colt. I do wish that Beth Ann would have stood up for herself a bit more and MAN was there a lot of sex in the book, but I still really liked it. 4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James
Finding Billie by Priscilla Brown

Happy Reading!

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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 3, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

So what do you do when you get a call from the High School your daughter attends telling you that she’s in trouble and oh, yeah, gonna be suspended. Yikes. That’s how my week went – from bad to worse. Apparently some boy called her a bitch but instead of blowing it off my daughter the bruiser took him by the backpack straps, picked him up and when she put him down he fell and hurt himself. She was suspended for use of force. Oy. She knows better than to touch another kid in anger or any other way but apparently the bitch comment sent her over the edge. My daughter was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder when she was younger but in her case it’s usually being incredibly argumentative…about everything. This kid obviously hit her switch and my kid got a day spent in the school office and a day at home. sigh My hubby and I sat and talked with her but it’s “I know, Mom!” If you KNOW why did you DO?  So, any wise words that have worked for you with your kids (if you have them) or worked on you (when you were a kid)??

That was the excitement for my week…on to what I read…

First off was A Dragon’s Seduction by Tamelia Tumlin. This story was about a dragon shifter who is from a, I think, alternate universe, and he’s a gatekeeper. He is after an evil dragon who shouldn’t be on Earth at all. His path leads him to sorceress who is smack dab in the middle of it all but only on the side of good. This was an ok story. Pretty predictable and not to intricate of a world, but cute. 2 out of 5

The Red Hot Holiday anthology by KA Mitchell, Leah Braemel and Anne Calhoun was next. This had Christmas stories that were all very different. I’ll post my review on Wednesday.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton was next. This was a darned cute story about a woman who moves into an apartment and her next door neighbor is having sex almost constantly with 3 different women. She thinks he’s just a sleaze but when they eventually become friends she sees that he’s not at all. The friend and love story was great and it kept me laughing, that’s for sure. Yes, there were some thing that annoyed me – like when the heroine was more worried about her missing “O” than the hero while having sex…and other things but overall I really liked it. 4 out of 5

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas was next. I had very mixed feelings about this book. I liked the characters very much when they were getting along but they were only getting along because the heroine had amnesia. Normally she hated the hero so much she could barely be in the same room with him. He, of course, has been in love with her since he was 14. The thing is that over the years the hero felt that he’d rather rile the heroine and send out nasty verbal barbs and have her get pissed off rather than have her ignore her completely. I just didn’t see the logic in this. I mean, I did, but what he did only made her hate him more. So while the writing was good as is usual with a Thomas novel, the story had me on the fence. 3 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was the novella Just One Bite Vol. 1 anthology which includes: The Unlikely Vampire by Scarlet Blackwell, Sacrifice by J.L. Merrow, One Last Wish by Josephine Myles, Mayan Time by Erik Orrantia, Fire Can Make It Rain by Nix Winter, The Hunter & the Hunted by Stevie Woods. These was vampire related short stories with some odd, some ok, some great – they were all pretty much very hot and I liked this volume a lot. 4 out of 5

Another book I’ve had in my TBR pile for a while was The Virgin Proxy by Georgia Fox. This was a medieval erotic romance and it was really good. The story is about a woman who has lived most of her life in a convent during the Norman invasion. She is asked by fellow convent dweller to be her virgin proxy. Deorwynn will take Sybilia’s place on the wedding night, behind a heavy veil, because Sybilia’s not a virgin and she doesn’t want the marriage to go bad because of it. But Guy the groom is quite a bit smarter than the women think AND he’s got the hots for Deorwynn rather than Sybilia. I liked the characters the writing, the setting – almost everything. The cover is a bit misleading as looking at it you would think that the woman ends up with two men but while there are multiple partners at one point it’s just a h/h romance. This is book 2 in the Conquerors series so I’ll definitely have to go back and read book 1 and then on to the others. 4 out of 5

Next up was Courting Carolina by Janet Chapman. This is book 3 in the Spellbound Falls series. The story is about Alec who is out in the wilderness blazing a trail, literally, for his friends resort. He ends up harboring a woman who he found escaping from kidnappers. She, however, is the daughter to Titus and is a mythological princess from Atlantis and her father wants her to marry a warrior of his choosing. She’s run but there’s someone after her. While with Alec they fall in love but Alec plans on never getting married so that puts a kink in things. While I found this book cute and at times fun and funny it didn’t move fast at all. The second half of the book had Alec and Jane (Carolina) apart almost completely until the end and that just didn’t work for me all that well. 3 out of 5

Last was a free short I got from Amazon called Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake. The story was about a woman who was using her honeymoon suite even though her wedding had been called off. A man shows up at her door claiming to be from Rent-A-Gent and is there to escort her so that her fiancé will think she’s over him. We could tell the man, Race, was up to something but we didn’t know what but it was sweet watching Gina and Race get to know each other. It was a short but the couple did fall in love in 2 days. That being said they did state that they would take it slow and get to know each other so that saved the insta-love a bit. 2 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that have posted since last week:
When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes

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