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What I Read Last Week

Posted May 16, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 10 Comments

It was a pretty good week here in Tracyland. No complaints which is always a good thing.
Diet and exercise – exercised twice and lost no weight. I’d be upset about that but seeing as with PMS I usually gain 3 so I’m pretty happy with staying even. lol Total lost still 2.2 pounds.
Hubby and I went to an auction at my work and I ended up with an iPod shuffle (for only the price of a $1.00 raffle ticket – woohoo!) Anyone have one? Can you put audio books on those or do they shuffle the chapters? lol Just curious.
Good reading week this past week:
My first read for the week was Man from Tennessee by Jennifer Greene. This was a reunion story between a married couple that’s been separated for 5 years. I’ll post my review on Friday. 🙂
Next up was Claimed by Desire by KayAnna Kirby. This was the story of a woman who had a one night stand with the hopes that more could come from it but when she woke in the morning the man was gone. Now she’s pregnant and runs the man again. He wants them to be together but she’s resisting. You can read my review here. 2 out of 5
My next read was actually a re-read of a book that hasn’t come out yet. How can you do that, you might ask. Well it was Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh and it comes out at the end of the month. When Holly first sent it to me in March to read and review for The Book Binge I gobbled that sucker up and loved it! I know, I didn’t tell you – I’m so mean. I wanted to give it a couple of months and then re-read and see if I felt the same about the book now that I’d read it and it was just as good if not better the second time around. This is Hawke’s story. He’s the alpha of the SnowDancer wolf changeling pack and he and the Psy, Sienna, have been circling each other for years. She was way too young before but he’s finally made his move. Along with the awesome romance we get lots of political Psy/Changeling conflict and it was just SO.GOOD. Excellent book. 5 out of 5
Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith was the story of Peat the repeater who is trying to save the life of Jake and finds himself falling in love. It’s a great story and one I’d recommend. You can read my review here. 3.75 out of 5
Devil’s Own by Veronica Wolff is book 2 in the Clan MacAlpin series and I really liked this book. The story was about Aidan who was kidnapped 13 years prior and worked as a slave until he escaped. Now he’s at home and trying to find the man who kidnapped him. But he needs assistance and finds it in a neighbor, Elspeth, who helps him learn to read while he works on her family farm to pay for the lessons. This was a very sweet romance that I really enjoyed. There was definitely some intense moments with Aidan and kidnappers but for the most part just a nice romance. 4.25 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)
I haven’t read any Yaoi Manga for a while – bad Tracy! I only had one – Stallion by Kosen. While I really liked the graphics I didn’t really like the stories all that much. The Stallion story was the best of the three but very abbreviated. There was a lot of advertising in the book– one including what looked like a full grown man and a boy of about 12 – ewww. 2 out of 5
One of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week was Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast. This is book 2 in the Dark Magick series and it was a good one. The story was about Emmaline who is Seelie but had escaped imprisonment when the rest of the Fae was walled and warded into their own area. She was an assassin back then and had accidentally killed Aeric’s love. Aeric hates Emmaline and wants to kill her but when he has the chance he finds himself changing his mind. I really liked this story it had a lot of ins and outs that made the story that much better. At first I didn’t see the romance as Aeric started falling for Emmaline but in the end I was happy to see them together. 4 out of 5
Last for the week was another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read that I read for Wendy’s TBR Challenge – the Kept Woman by Susan Donovan. This was a pretend engagement story (the theme for May) and it was a good one. I’ll post my review on Wednesday.
My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
Happy Reading!

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Review: Claimed by Desire by KayAnna Kirby

Posted May 11, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 5 Comments

A Good girl Gone Bad…

Certified Public Accountant Allison Cain screwed up. Against her better judgment, she sleeps with a man she meets for the first time. The next morning he is nowhere to be found. She is left alone and feels used. But that wasn’t the end of her torture, because Allison discovers her one night stand leaves her with more than hurt feelings.

A Billionaire with everything except…

Bryson Anderson Jr., multi-billionaire real estate developer has it all; money, power, women, even his own island. A real estate acquisition brings him face to face with the alluring Allison once again on the tropical Cayman Islands. When he hears Allison is expecting his heir as a result of their explosive one night stand, a primal urge for a family is born. However, he has to convince an angry Allison to be a family even if it’s just for their child.

He didn’t realize he could lose his heart in the process.

When Bryson becomes the target of a rival out to destroy him, Allison and Bryson will have to fight for their lives and their hearts—before it’s too late.
Allison is in the Cayman Islands with her accounting firm when she runs into the man that she had a one night stand with 2 months earlier. They had had a quick but hot encounter in which Allison felt they could build upon. Unfortunately when she woke up in the morning, “Daniel” was gone. When she finds out she’s pregnant she is determined to have the baby but put it up for adoption.
“Daniel” is actually Bryson Anderson and is floored when he overhears Allison telling her friend that she is pregnant and that she plans on giving the child up for adoption. That’s his Heir! He may not have wanted children at this stage in his life but now that he will have one there’s no way someone is taking that away from him. The problem: Allison is so pissed off at Bryson for leaving the morning after that she can barely talk to him. Are her reactions over the top? Absolutely! How could he have done that to her, she thinks. But honestly, the man tries to explain to her what happens but she doesn’t want to hear his excuses.
When Bryson plans a trip to his private island under the guise of looking at some work papers things go horribly wrong. A man whose company is being taken over by Bryson’s company wants to get Bryson out of the way and sabotages the private plane. The plane crashes and though Bryson and Allison are bruised and battered, they survive. They find they have been stranded on Bryson’s island and head to his home (where there is no communication to the mainland) and there they finally have the chance to talk and rekindle their feelings for each other.
My thoughts:
The characters: I didn’t particularly care for either one of them and couldn’t get emotionally involved in their stories even through the end of the book. Though I think I should have felt bad for Allison – especially being left by Bryson after he seemed so into her – she was just so bitchy that I wanted to slap her a time or two. I understand hormones played a role in her actions (I‘ve been preggo a time or two and yes, hormones like to play havoc with a personality) but it was so over the top that I found it a bit annoying. She did calm down a bit towards the end of the story but it was almost too late for me to begin liking her by then.
Then there was Bryson. I liked him a bit better but I really didn’t get to know him all that well as we saw most of the story from Allison’s pov. When he first heard that Allison was pregnant and resolved himself to the fact that he was to be a father the first thing he thought was that he and Allison had to get married and of course she couldn’t work any more. What? I was kind of shocked for this modern billionaire to think such Neanderthal thoughts but there it was. He did seem to loosen up as the story went on which was nice and he seemed to genuinely care for Allison even though he had some family issues to work through. His hesitation with her prior was that his family was deciding who it was best for him to marry (and he had actually be engaged at the time of the one night stand *bastard!*) and he wasn’t sure that his parents would approve of Allison. I understand pleasing your parents but come on, you’re 37! And in the end the parents were never confronted so we never found out how the ‘rents actually reacted.
Other issues that I had with the story were scenes that I felt were unnecessary to the story and seemed to be put in for filler. The emotions of the characters in those scenes either felt over the top, insensitive or lacked emotion all together. I just couldn’t get a handle on why those secondary characters acted the way they did and it left me confused.
I didn’t particularly care for the writing style of this author but my biggest problem with the story was the editing or really, the lack thereof. It seemed to be non-existent. The spelling errors, typos and words put in that didn’t fit into a sentence made the story, at times, quite hard to read.
The book had a decent premise and a few good parts to it but in the end the story just didn’t work for me.
Rating: 2 out of 5

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