My Reading List (part two)

Whilst awaiting the return of my wounded computer, I binge read many of the books piled up beside my bookshelf. (yes, my bookshelf overfloweth and I’m trying to cull.)  Here are snap reviews of some more of the books I sped through.

5) Alejandro’s Sorceress by Alyssa Day  Amazon

genre Humorous Paranormal Romance Novella

A paranormal cop and a witch join forces (and lust after each other) in a battle against a garden creature that turns people and animals to stone.

verdict  Snappy and fun writing style that makes me want to rush out and buy other works by this author.  Unfortunately in this story she forgot to include much of a plot. The cop’s partner is turned to stone, but that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern for anyone.  Meanwhile, an army of wacky extras run in and out of the story solely for comic effect.  definitely try another work by this author.

6) Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley  Amazon

genre  Women’s Fiction with Romance and Mystery

Actress travels to Italy to star in a play written for the actress she was named after.  A couple of the staff at the mansion/theatre they are staying at go missing. Some mystery evolves, along with a bit of discreet smut, and then all is solved.

verdict Lush descriptions and fantastic attention to details, but the pace dragged for the first half of the book and the eventual denouement was anticlimactic.  But great descriptions and characters.  It was also interesting to see backstage of a theatrical production.   try something else by this author.

7) Someone Like Her by Sandra Olsen  Amazon

genre  Navy Seal Romance

Navy Seal lusts after a co-worker’s sister but due to his slutty reputation and inability to commit to one woman, is determined not to have her.  She’s got issues of her own, but once they are thrown together trying to thwart her would-be assailant, all bets are off.

verdict Exciting and sexy read. recommend

8) This Thing Called Love by Miranda Liasson  Amazon

genre Contemporary Romance with Baby

Successful and driven big city editor returns to her small hometown after inheriting dead sister’s 4 week old baby.  She is torn between career, sexy ex-boyfriend she had left behind years ago, and baby guilt.  (no one in town seems to be actually mourning the dead parents much. then again, how much grief do you want in a romance?)

verdict  Easy to read and easy to forget. a tepid recommendation

9) When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn  Amazon

genre Historical Lite

Michael Sterling, the Earl of Sterling, has hidden his unrequited love for Francesca, the wife of his cousin, for years.  But now that she is widowed, will their passion win out over their sense of propriety?

Well of course it will.  This wouldn’t be much of a romance if passion didn’t win, but Julia Quinn writes a delightful and steamy story of how these two charming lovebirds get together despite themselves.

verdict Sexy, fluffy fun without too much of those pesky historical details to drag the pace down.  recommend

and more book reviewlets to come.  stay tuned…

last days of sale!!!

Love At First Sniff is on sale at Amazon.com for 99 cents for August only!

new review:  Witty and hot

on August 28, 2015
Loved this book! It was hard to put it down and yet didn’t want to finish it so fast. It’s like a cake you enjoying so much that you want to devour but still want to enjoy a bit each day. I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but do yourselves a favor and grab the copy of this book and the next one in the series “Love at first bite” and spend some time in the company of sexy werewolves that are all but scary. These books explore the playful, puppy side of the werewolves and they are great.
first sniff

When Rosie meets Lucas in a crowded nightclub, it is love at first sniff. But after a fabulous night together she overhears that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his child and he is being pushed into a shotgun wedding. Rosie figures why not just give up and buy that trailer in hurricane country? She obviously already has the lifestyle down pat.

Lucas has finally met the woman of his dreams, sexy, funny, bright. The only trouble is- she’s human. His werewolf clan won’t allow him to marry her. Meanwhile they’re trying to push him to marry a suitable mate within the pack. The fact that his only brother was neutered by the SPCA a few years ago only increases the pressure for him to produce offspring. If he can just downplay the negative aspects of being a werewolf – fleas, the desire to chase motorcycles, and Uncle Harold – maybe he can convince Rosie that it’s not such a bad lifestyle choice.

My 8 Days of Reading

If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing during the last eight days whilst my computer languished in the cold and unfeeling confines of the computer infirmary, well wonder no more.

I have been reading a variety of romance genres.

Non-stop.

Eleven books–well two of them were novellas–have been shifted from my “to be read” pile over to my “who should I pass this book to?” list.  And apparently binge reading lends itself to snap decisions on what worked for me, and what did not. Here’s my reading list:

  1. Once A Princess by Johanna Lindsey  Amazon

genre A bodice ripper–honest. The hero kidnaps an American woman he claims is a princess and seduces the reluctant virgin on the boat trip back to his country where (after they fall in love) he marries he and makes her his queen. The only thing missing was the shirtless Fabio cover.

verdict Despite my feminist sensibilities,  I did find this novel scintillating and fun.

2) Chocolate Muse by Zelda Benjamin  Amazon

genre Chocolate  Chick Lit    A chocolate pastry chef meets up with the food critic who destroyed her reputation. Lust and dessert preparations ensue.

verdict Tasty, but not very fulfilling.

3) Something Sweeter by CandisTerry  Amazon

genre  Cowboy Romance  A cynical event planner from Seattle goes to small town Texas to see if her father’s southern fiancée is a gold digger.  She falls for the woman’s cowboy son as much as the huge mass of lovin’ Texas family.

verdict  Fun and Steamy! What did y’all expect, Dostoyevsky?

4) a Harlequin Presents Novel

genre Ruthless Billionaire/Sweet Virgin romance.   Wounded ballerina falls for cruel (but gorgeous) billionaire after he threatens to fire her brother-in-law unless she goes out with him.  Her pure love redeems his blackened soul and they both learn to heal from their sorry pasts.

verdict Remarkably poor writing and editing especially considering it was from an award winning writer.  Aside from the lame plot and thinly-drawn characters, there were a couple of “Z”s (?) randomly placed mid story,  incorrect word usage, and an uncurbed addiction to exclamation marks!!!

my reading list will be continued in next post…