Archive | November 2010

Book Review-A Wallflower Christmas

A Wallflower Christmas
Wallflower (5)
Lisa Kleypas
St Martins Press
213 Pages
Published October 2008
Hardback
Victorian Historical Romance
ISBN 10: 0-312-53378-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-312-53378-6

Synopsis:
It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed.
Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants.

However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

MY REVIEW
Summary:
This tender love story begins with a gathering at Stone Cross Park, including all four wallflowers, their husbands and families. Rafe Bowman, is coming from America to meet his future bride, that much to his dismay, his father has picked out for him, and the Wallflowers, including his sisters, go about in assisting him in this endeavor, not before having ever courted a Englishwoman before, and a member of the Ton as well. When he arrives he firsts meets her companion, Hannah and finds that from their first meeting, he has a fervent desire for this woman and their interaction with each other stimulates his senses. Hannah, companion to the woman he is suppose to marry, is surprised when he focuses his attention toward her. She finds him arrogant, bold, cynical, but soon entrances her in a whirlwind of his kiss. At first she think its just infatuation that is between them, but as Christmas time draws closer, she begins to realize that her feelings for him reach far beyond infatuation and toward genuine and passionate love…

The Hero 
Rafe Bowman, has lived in America, but now that his family has settled in England for the time being, he comes for Christmas and to meet the woman his father thinks is appropriate for him to marry. Rafe, a financial speculator, has made his own way in terms of success in the financial sense. Rafe grew up in a home with four siblings, yet was isolated from all of them, and was more alone than ever. Rafe’s father thought that he should not experience happiness,, joy or love especially as a child. But despite his parents strict code, he ended up rebelling just like his other siblings, and become the rake of the century. Rafe loves machinery, gadgets, very fond of his sisters, and loves the act of drinking, gambling and bedding women. What he never expected was to fall for the one woman he can’t have, for his father would cut him off permanently if he did so.

The Heroine 
Hannah, cousin and companion to Natalie Blandord, whose father intends for her to be matched with Rafe Bowman. Hannah however is determined that Rafe isn’t good enough of a match for Natalie, who could pick any man she wanted. So Hannah goes about to prove what a rascal and a rake he is. But his kisses blind her with passion, and his tender ways at times break down all her defenses. Hannah is very beautiful, opinionated and impulsive. Perfect for another fit for the Wallflower clan. Hannah never expecting to find love at this Christmas party, and a love with a man that she could never hope to have no matter how much she deeply love him.

My Thoughts 
A Wallflower Christmas is the fifth and last installment in the Wallflower series that was written by astounding author Lisa Kleypas. When I first started this book, I didn’t know what to expect out of this story, I thought it might be enjoyable, but after reading the whole story within a couple of hours, its a classic love story, with the enchanting Christmas scene that even makes it even more magical. The character interaction between Rafe and Hannah was playful, witty and very amusing for this reader, there was also a intensity about their relationship, both on a physical and emotional level. This was such a well written story, that I found the story seemed all too riveting and entrancing. From the first page to the last page I couldn’t stop reading, I was so drawn into this love story, that I think I forgot my surrounding. A Completely unforgettable love story that you better get a box of tissues, you will need it, it will bring many laughs and at other times many tears, that will tie up your heart strings to no end!!! A Chanting Love Story To Remember!!!

My Favorite Quote 
“Then I will have to show you what happens to women who stand in my way.” Before she could comprehend what was happening, one powerful arm had brought her against his hard masculine body. With his other hand, he grasped the nape of her neck, and tilted her head backward. And His mouth took hers.

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Secrets Of A Summer Night
It Happened One Autumn
Devil In Winter
Scandal In Spring

Net Galley Book Review-In The Dark Of Dreams

In The Dark Of Dreams
Dirk & Steele (10)
Marjorie M.Liu
Avon
384 Pages
E-Book
Published November 2010
Fantasy Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-202016-1

SynopsisShe could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes . . .
She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business—a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown . . . and the incredible.
And now he has found her again, her boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human, leaving Jenny weak with desire and aching for his touch.
But with their reunion comes danger. For Perrin and Jenny—and all living creatures—their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea . . . and in the power of their dreams.

MY REVIEW

Summary

In The Dark Of Dreams is by Marjorie M Liu, its the most recent in the Dirk & Steele series. Jenny at twelve years old found a boy upon the beach, and had dreams of him, dreams of peace and love and a friendship that made her ache to find him, and to never stop searching for the boy that held her heart in his hands. Now she is a adult, and is part of a family that is both good and evil. Half of her family has tried to destroy the life that she has built for herself, the other half is part of the Dirk & Steele company. When she goes to investigate a death of a woman, she never expected on the sea to have her life torn upside down and to be saved by the one that haunts her dreams, Perrin. After having her close friend betray her, she knows that now there is something dangerous yet she trusts him as she has never trusted anyone else. But there is a danger on the horizon, which will take both Perrin and Jenny working together  where they will have to trust in the love in each other, to save each other and to save millions.
 
My Thoughts:

In The Dark Of Dreams, was a thrilling ride and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read such a read. It was filled with all the kind of aspects that I enjoy in a good romance. Jenny has loved Perrin for a long time, and after finally having found him, she never wants to let him go. She would rather fight by his side, than be left on the sidelines. Perrin, having been exiled by his people and his own father, aches to return back to the sea. Then after realizing the great danger the world is in, he knows that he needs to find the one woman that has held his heart, mind and soul for so many years. All he knows is that he must do everything in his power to protect her at all costs. Both of these two strong characters will come to realize how powerful the love for each other, and how it will manifest itself in this enticing love story that Marjorie M Liu has created for her readers. Although the beginning started up slowly, it picked up pace quickly and I fell in love with the plot and the characters. There was such powerful emotions that were displayed so riveting throughout the whole book, that made the story and the characters come alive for the reader. Marjorie M Liu has done it again, she has created a story that will stir up your senses where you will only want to cry out for more, yet leaving you satisfied.

My Favorite Quote 
  “There was a girl who loved a boy from the sea” said Jenny, smiling “And they found each other in dreams.”

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Tiger Eye
Shadow Touch
The Red Heart of Jade
Dark Dreamers
Eyes of Heaven
Soul Song
The Last Twilight
The Wild Road
The Fire King


Book Review-All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire

All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire
Love At Stake  (5)
Kerrelyn Sparks
Avon
350 Pages
Published November 2008
Paperback
Vampire
ISBN: 978-0-06-111846-3

Synopsis
Toni Davis’s Christmas wish list
1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.
2. Living somewhere that doesn’t have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.
3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.

This Christmas isn’t so merry for Toni. Her best friend’s been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she’s taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.
Although Ian’s nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.
How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion—and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . .

Summary:
Toni is furious that her best friend is locked up in a mental hospital by her only relatives, and Toni is determined to free her at any cost. After she gets attacks by Malcontents, Toni has a hatred for vampires, but then is saved by Connor, who after seeing her fight them off, asks her to be a guard for them during the day. Toni promising her friend to find proof that vampires exist so that her friend can be freed, agrees. There is one man who she has a hard time resisting, Ian MacPhie, who stirs every sense in her and she feels herself pulled into two different directions. Ian, after taking the aging potion, a very painful process, now looks ten years older than before, and looking for ms. right to spend eternity with. After centuries of the guilt of being with mortal women and altering their memories to make them see him as older, he is determined to only fall for Vamp women, however fate sometimes gets in the way, and before he knows it, he can’t resist Toni and even though he knows she is hiding things from him, he can’t get her out of his system, and crave her even more, but there is a danger with the Malcontents and he hopes that he can be able to protect her…

The Hero 
Ian MacPhie was changed into a Vampire in the 1500’s and was changed at the age of fifteen years old, and no one took him very seriously. Ian bears great guilt for what he did to women to make them see him as older, but he felt he had no choice. However after decided to go through the painful process and take the aging potion that Roman created, he now looks older and even more handsome than before. Ian after seeing his friends find happiness and love, wants the same kind of relationship with a woman, and wants to steer clear of them. But when he meets his bodyguard, Toni, his heart and body has other plans, and before he knows it he is willing to do anything to protect and keep her in his life…Ian is the kind of character that every woman wants to have a interest in her, he is handsome as sin, charming, romantic, and wants a eternal commitment of fidelity.

The Heroine 
Toni, has never felt a part of something, growing up she always felt alone especially after the only one that loved her, her grandmother, passed away, and Toni and even her own mother blamed her for her dear grandmother’s death. Now one of her two best friends are in trouble, and she is determined to not let her down no matter what. What Toni never expected was that the one of the vampires she is suppose to guard and keep secrets from, is the one her heart is drawn to, and she feels herself being pulled into two directions, and not knowing which way is the true course. Toni even though beautiful and brave and can fight like hell, has a fear of Vampires and how they could control her mind at any time, she has a vulnerability about her that attracts protective men to her side, especially that of Ian MacPhie.

My Thoughts 
All I Want For Christmas is the fifth in the Love At Stake series written by Kerrelyn Sparks. As far as Vampire Series go, this is one of my favorites to read, I just have loved every one of Sparks books, and I just can’t get enough of this amazing author, that draws me into stories, like bee’s to honey. In This book was fun to read, and helped me to get into get into the Christmas season, with a bit of a bite about it 🙂 Throughout the story, there seemed to be a emotional ring to it, yet still be full of action and romance….The characters had sparkling personalities that seemed very enchanting, and I kept cheering for these two throughout all of it. From the first to the last page, I found myself engaged and involved throughout all of it, that I could hardly keep my feet of the floor, such a fantastic read!!! I LOVED IT!!!!!

My Favorite Quote:
Ian stepped closer to her, gritting his teeth. “We’re no’ babies. We’re seasoned warriors.”

She affected a big shudder ” Ooh, I’m scared”

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 

How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire
Vamps and the City
A Very Vampy Christmas
Be Still My Vampire Heart
The Vampire Next Door
All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire
Secret Life of a Vampire
Forbidden Nights With A Vampire
The Vampire and the Virgin   
Eat Prey Love 

Teaser Tuesday (29)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme that I have just discovered, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like.

He slipped a hand around her neck. 

Her gaze dropped to his mouth, and he couldn’t resist any long. He kissed her.

2011 Audio Book Challenge

Welcome to the 2011 Audio Book Challenge.  The 2010 edition was hosted by Alaine of Queen of Happy Endings. but now is being hosted by Teresa;s Reading Corner   The 2011 Audio Book Challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. 
Here are the same levels that were previously established:
Curious:       3 Audio Books
Fascinated:  6 Audio Books
Addicted:  12 Audio Books
Obsessed: 20 Audio Books
The Level I plan on choosing will be Addicted with 12 books to read throughout the year!! 

Library Loot (10)

Eva with A Striped Armchair, and Marge with The Adventures of a Intrepid Reader, which you should check out both of them, they are great!!! This meme is created to encourage bloggers to share books that they get from the Library, and since I am a avid lover of Libraries this is going to be one meme I am going to love doing every week. And I got quite a lot of books since there was so many of them I wanted to read!! So here they are……

 I am in such of a mood for holiday stories especially when these two authors are involved!!! So very excited, and who can resist such a oh la la cover??? Not I!!!!

This is the only book out of the Wallflower series that I have yet to read, and since this is my favorite series by Lisa Kleypas, I am totally stoked to start reading it!!!

I think this is the only one out of the series so far that I haven’t read apart from the most recent release, so bring on the romance and danger!!!

This is probably my favorite book out of this whole series, but I truly love every book in the series, and its been some time since I have read the Bridgerton series!!

As far as Johanna Lindsey goes in the realm of romance, she is at the top of the list….. and I just love this book, and its been awhile since I have read it so I am looking forward to it!

Karen Marie Moning is such a great paranormal author, and I have just loved being able to read this series, such excitment, danger and passion filled in these pages!!!

I just read the first one in the series, and so I am definitely anxious to read the next installment, and what a cover, I think I could look at this Scot all day!!!!! Where is my sexy studmuffin???

I love Karen Ranney, but I just dont get to her books very often, and this one just popped out at me, so after I read the blurb, I put it in my bag to take home!!!

Book Review-Texas Glory

Texas Glory
Texas Trilogy (2)
Lorraine Heath
Topaz
358 Pages
Published April 1998
American West

Synopsis

SHE WAS GIVEN TO A STRANGER
Cordelia McQueen was a virtual prisoner in her father’s house. Until everything changed when she was shamelessly traded in a battle for land and water rights, and thrust into an unfamiliar world as the bride of Dallas Leigh.

HE BELONGED TO THE LAND
Dallas had given his life to the land. Now he aimed to put West Texas on the map. But as he gazed into the eyes of the lovely stranger who belonged to him, he caught a glimpse of another ambition–a warm, radiant desire of the heart. Was this the woman who would walk beside him as, together, they carved out a rich future with all the promise of love?

Summary:
 Cordelia McQueen has always been a virtual prisoner in her fathers home. Dee is shocked when her father agrees to give her over to marriage to Dallas Leigh, her family’s enemy. Dee is scared to death of this man, and desperately wishes that she was more important to her father than water and land that her father needs for his ranch. Having caring for her mother, after a scuffle with her father, and losing her, and her father broke his promise to her. Now she is married to Dallas and everything is unfamiliar, and feels more alone than ever. Dallas Leigh is desperate to have a son, and is determined to find a wife, and when he hears that McQueen has a daughter, he trades water rights for Cordelia as his wife. But he never realized how opposite they were from each other, he despises the fear he see’s in her eyes and wants to do anything he can to take it from her. Dee although in the beginning afraid of her husband, starts to look at him through her own eyes, instead of her brothers eyes, and slowly she starts to get to know him and the fear fades away from her, and a desire that sparks between them, and a tender love that will only strengthen their intimate bond with one another…

The Hero 
Dallas Leigh, is tormented by the war between the states, and he is still haunted by what happened during that time. Now he has built a empire, but he is desperate for a son. So when he hears that McQueen has a daughter, no many people even knew about, he marries her, but never expected that is wife would have a fear of everything in her life, including Dallas. Dallas is a proud and ambitious man, but his wish is for a son, however when Dee enters his life he starts to realize that she is the most important thing in his life, and would do anything to bring her happiness. Dallas doesn’t think he deserves love, but he needs it more than any other…

The Heroine 
Cordelia McQueen, having grown up in a home where women were seen but not heard. Dee has always had a fear of what happens between two people when they are married, after seeing her father once abuse her mother, and ever since her mother ended up parlalyzed because of a scuffle between her parents, she has cared for her mother. But when they move to a new place, she is a prisoner in her father’s house on the claim its for protection. Her father made a promise that she would never have to suffer any intimate contact with a man, but then her father broke his promise to her when he barters her for land and water. Dee is afraid of her husband especially at the beginning, and feels alone. But when she starts to see Dallas as who he really is, she realizes that he is the best things that her father could have ever done for her.

My Thoughts:
Texas Glory is the second in the Texas series by Lorraine Heath. This is my favorite book written by this author, I just love reading it, and could read it over and over and never be bored by this story. This story begins with two people that couldn’t be more opposite of each other, and each one has certain dreams, but when they truly come together they manage to have both of their dreams come to life. I found this a powerfully emotional book, that will cling to your heart. It has such a charming note about it, the characters fully of depth and promise, this is truly a sparkling gem that will touch your soul.  

My Favorite Quote:
“You were my dream, Dee. I just didn’t know it. The part of me that I was always searching for.”

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Texas Destiny
Texas Splendor