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What I Read Last Week

Posted November 21, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 8 Comments

This week was another relatively relaxed week. No fires or smoke in the microwave so that was a plus! (Although that smell is still lingering every time we turn on the microwave!). The girls and I just watched movies yesterday and had fun hanging out and being cozy while it rained outside.
The highlight of my week was on Saturday the hubby and I went to a monumental event – my friend Claire’s 100th birthday party. She turned 100 on Nov. 16th and on the day of the party she told us she was 103. We just kind of looked at her funny and she said, “I’m 100 years and 3 days old and I want credit for every minute of it!” lol She’s so funny – and wonderful – and adorable – and I just can’t say enough about how much I love this woman. She has led an amazing life – she was a public health nurse and was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. She’s lived in the Philippines, Hong Kong & Hawaii (and Hawaii is one of her favorite places on earth hence the lei’s) as well as many other places in Asia while raising two great sons. She’s taken adventures and just lived a full and happy life. It was a great party and I was so glad I was asked to be a part of it. Here we are enjoying ourselves on Saturday night:
On to the reading…
I started the week with In the Eye of the Beholder by Beverly Cialone. This was the second book that I had read by this author and it was incredibly similar to the first in extreme ways. You can read my reviews for both of this authors books here. 1.5 out of 5
Next up was the book I read for my TBR Challenge which was Heart of Fire by Linda Howard. This was the story of an expedition in the Amazon and a romance that happens along the way. I really liked this book a lot and loved the hero, Ben. I may have to steal his ass from Rowena and Holly. You can read my review here. 4.5 out of 5
Next up was the third book in the Limit War Series by Nico Rosso, The Limit of Desire. This was about a Jessa and Ryder who have had a fling and enjoyed every moment of it but Jessa is Ryder’s commanding officer and though Ryder wants more from the relationship Jessa is hesitant due to many reasons. You can read my review of this very good book here. 4.0/4.25 out of 5
Love, Come to Me by Lisa Kleypas is a re-release that I read for The Book Binge. This book was originally written in 1988 and one of her earliest works. I very much could tell the incredible changes that have been made in her writing since she first began. I actually had to remind myself a couple of times who the author was! The story was right after the Civil War and is about a southern man falling in love with a northerner. They have their many ups and downs and of course a huge lack of communication but eventually work it out. I liked the book but it was definitely my least favorite of Kleypas’s work so far. 3 out of 5
Between Seasons by Aida Brassington was another book that I read for The Book Binge. This was the story of 19 year old Patrick who dies in his home back in 1970. He becomes a ghost there and the story tells of him from 1970 until 2010 (not EVERYTHING! lol) when someone new buys the house. Patrick falls in love with the new homeowner and aches because he can’t be with her in human form. Strange things happen and soon not only can the homeowner, Sara, hear him but she can eventually see him. It’s a bizarre but beautiful tale of love and I very much enjoyed reading it. 4.5 out of 5
Next was the novella, Hopes and Fears, by Rowan Speedwell. This is a follow up story of Brian McCarthy from Finding Zach. Brian has finished his book about Zach but now he’s living in Chicago and trying to deal with his life and the different feelings he’s trying to work through. He meets Jerry who is his physical therapist and is completely interested. Brian however only does hook-ups/one night stands and Jerry only dates men he might consider being with long-term. The story is so good and the tale of their relationship and how the two men get together is just told incredibly well. If you read Finding Zach then I highly recommend you reading this one as well. 4.5 out of 5 (Thanks to Tam for telling me about this one!)
Last for the week was GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price. I hate to say that this is my Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week (yes, I’ve been sadly falling down on the job with this personal challenge lately) but I have had it for a while. This is book 6 in the series and while I didn’t like it quite as well as the last few it was still very good. The story was about Vic and Jacob heading to California when they find out that their friend Lisa is missing from her school, PsyTrain. They have to deal with people they don’t care to deal with, Vic meets up with someone from his past which is a shock and there are more than a few surprises in the book (not to mention kind of cliff-hanger at the end). It was a really well written and engaging and a definite read if you’ve read books 1-5. (In fact, if you haven’t read books 1-5 then don’t read this one as you’ll be completely lost! lol) 4.25 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 20, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 11 Comments

Rain, rain, go away, come again…never! Ug! It’s been raining here for the past 4 days and I’m done with it, thank you very much. But I guess it doesn’t matter what I want because it’s supposed to rain til Wednesday. Double ug.
So there’s never a dull moment in Tracy Land. Friday the fam all marched over to the taekwondo studio so that my youngest could take her belt test for her brown belt. My oldest had asked for money so that she could go buy her sister a bottle of water. My oldest ended up slipping on the rain soaked cement and went down hard. I ended up taking my oldest to the urgent care after we got her up (after 20 minutes of lying in the rain) and she got x-rays. Nothing broken, thank God, but they said she wrenched her back pretty badly and she has stretched ligaments all around her spine. She’s pretty immobile for the next few days and is going a bit crazy. I missed the brown belt test but she passed. Woohoo!
Let’s see – I was really behind on Christmas shopping and this past weekend was to be my catch up. With having to be home with the oldest and being at her beck and call I’m still really behind. Yeah, Christmas is in a few days. I’m totally screwed. lol Hey, at least I can laugh about it.
You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know that the DIK Winter Giveaway is afoot at the DIK blog. Every day there will be 2-3 posts with giveaways in each one. Each contest only runs until midnight pacific so leave a comment with your email address to enter.
Oh and LB Gregg’s new Romano and Albright book came out today – Trust Me If You Dare! Woofreakinhoo! Congrats Lisa! And btw – it’s fabulous! Really, really great. Love Dan, love Ce, loved the story. 5 out of 5
On to what I read this week…
First up was The Kiss Test by Shannon McKelden. A fun road trip friends to lovers story that I really liked. Yeah, there were things about each character that I would have changed but hey – they’re human, right? Anyway, if you’re interested about hearing more you can read my review here. 4 out of 5
Next was Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian. This is book 8 in the midnight breed series and was Brock’s story. The hero’s name threw me out of the story every single time. It was just so 80’s! lol But despite that it was a good book. A very nice action/adventure story with a romance in it as well. 4 out of 5
No Place to Run by Maya Banks was my next read. I read this one for The Book Binge and it was really good. Two people who meet in Mexico – neither telling the other who they really are – have a steamy hot affair and all but fall in love. Five months later and the woman shows up on the man’s doorstep (or in the river in front of his house) and is pregnant and says that there are people after her and now he’s in danger as well. Another great action story with a nice romance as well. 4.5 out of 5  Now I just have to find book 1 since I liked book 2 so well. 
Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle was next on the list. This was the story about a woman who is infatuated with a man who is a sex addict. She doesn’t realized he’s a sex addict but she ends up helping him deal with his obsession with sex. I’ll be posting my review soon. (I love the cover of this book – the color s are very eye catching) 3.5 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell. This was an intense book about a 20 year old who is found in a paramilitary raid in Venezuela. Turns out he’s a millionaire’s son that had been kidnapped 5 years prior. The horrors that he’s dealt with are unbelievable. The book mostly takes place 2 years after he’s found and how he’s dealing with life and the one man that he’s ever loved. A really good read. 4 out of 5
Another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read was She Wolf by Teresa D’Amario. The story is about a vet who finds out that she’s half wolven (basically a werewolf) and meets her mate. It’s the coming to terms with who and what she is as well as dealing with her mates issues of who and what he really is. It was a very good shapeshifter book. 4 out of 5
Overall a pretty darned good reading week!
My Book Binge reviews that have posted since last week:

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