Archive | July 2012

Library Loot (31)

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.

Lusting For Covers (50)

Lusting for Covers is a meme found on TBQ so come and join in on this fun meme!!!
 
1- Take the graphic (left) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ).
2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.
3- Copy the direct link to your own L4C post into the comment section on my post (when in doubt, use this link and then scroll down to find the post), and allow others to come and see what you picked! (OPTIONAL):
4- Besides posting the picture of the book cover you chose, it’s nice to provide the book summary, title, author, or a website link for the book. It’s not required, but it can help you readers’ to add more books to their own list! A brief “Why I choose this cover” is also appreciated, but not required

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her dutyunprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love

Book Review- Let Love Find You

Let Love Find You
Reid Family (4)
Johanna Lindsey
E Book
Gallery Books
Published June 2012
368 Pages
Historical Romance
ISBN 1451633270

Lady Amanda Locke has struck out miserably in her two Seasons on the marriage mart. Beautiful, titled, and charming – even if she does talk a bit too much, Amanda doesn’t understand why love eludes her. Even her father, the Duke of Norford, is so perplexed he is prepared to take drastic measures to ensure his daughter’s happiness. Now, as Amanda begins her third Season, she gets a little help from Cupid, a darkly handsome horse breeder whose knowledge of basic animal attraction has guided him in arranging more than a few successful matches between the young ladies and gentlemen of the ton. Hired by Amanda’s family, Devin Baldwin produces results for Amanda and soon she is happy to be courted by one of his clients, the dashing Viscount Altone. In order to secure Amanda’s match to a nobleman obsessed with horse racing, Devin must teach Amanda how to overcome her fear of horses. But as Devin shows her the joys of riding, hunting, and racing, will their own hearts run astray as Amanda finds herself falling in love with Cupid himself?  

Summary:
Amanda, has gone two seasons without finding a husband, and even though she is beautiful, she is looking for something special and unique: true love. However she wonders if she will ever find it, as does her family. Amanda is drawn toward a brute of a man, a horse breeder, who has recently started in the Ton’s circles. However he is too rude and blunt for her tastes, so she sets her sights on someone else who has a love for something that is her greatest fear: Horses. So Devin, is her instructor on overcoming her fear, but in the midst of it, at fierce attraction grows between Amanda and Devin, and before they realize it, they are both falling hard for each other…but will their love be enough???


The Hero (Devin Baldwin)
Devin, has a deep love for horses and has made a profitable stable and business, despite the way life was handed out to him. Abandoned by his father, and not having a strong mother influence, he has had to work his way up on his own, but he still wonders who his father really is? And why it seems like there is someone out for his life? In the midst of all the intrigue Amanda enters his life, and even though at first he thinks she is too stuck up for her own good, he sees that there is alot more to her than on the surface, and her amusing personality only captures his attention and before he knows it….he knows he will never be the same.


The Heroine (Amanda Locke)
Amanda, used to love riding, but when she had a terrible experience when she was young, she has had a incredible fear of horses, and has never been able to overcome that fear. But when she meets a young lord who captures her attention she knows she must find a way to overcome that particular fear. So with the help of Devin she works toward her goal…however she never imagined that instead of falling in love with the handsome Lord she finds that her heart is leaning towards someone that is totally wrong for her in some ways….but totally Right for her in the important ones!!


My Thoughts 
Let Love Find You is the fourth in the Reid Family series and even though I have enjoyed all of Lindsey’s books, except lately….I don’t know what it is….I feel at times it isn’t even her. I have read her previous books plenty of times…but this one just didn’t reach out to me really at all. I had a hard time really getting into the book. The story line was great, I really loved the layout of the plot and I liked the characters but it just didn’t ring out to me as a fantastic romance as I know Johanna Lindsey can produce. It may just be me since I haven’t been reading a lot lately, however even though this book had some admirable qualities it was also lacking something vital: Depth….it seemed like everything was on the surface, and there wasn’t any substance that grabs hold of the readers attention. I am sorry to give it such a low rating….but it just didn’t fit into my standards for a good and solid romance….:(


My Grade On This Book 
3 Blossoms


Other Books In The Series 
The Heir
Devil Who Tamed Her
A Rogue Of My Own

Short Book Review-The Lady Is A Vamp

The Lady Is A Vamp
Argeneau (17)
Lynsay Sands
Avon Romance
E Book
Vampire/Paranormal Romance
ISBN 0062078070

New York Times” bestselling author Lynsay Sands, one of paranormal romance’s original superstars, delivers a scorching and delightful story of a mortal man on a mission–and the Vamp who is his only hope.

One late night leads to . . .

Kidnapped When Jeanne Louise Argeneau left work, she never thought she’d end up tied down by a good-looking mortal. More attracted than annoyed, she quickly realizes there is more to her abductor than meets the eye.

One desperate act leads to . . .

Love? Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him . . . never imagining that he would fall in love. But with the immortal world’s answer to law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out . . . and Paul and Jeanne Louise will need to risk everything to spend an eternity together

Short Book Review
I think I just fell in love with this latest release in this series. Definitely a bit different story line than the others, but with the same level of passion, adventure, danger and tender love scenes that will just break your heart, and bring a tear to your eye. The emotional aspect of the story was very strong and laid out in a way that could be felt strongly by the reader. The characters were charming and I couldn’t help but fall in love. There were part that were humorous and I just burst out laughing throughout the book, and I think its at the top of my list of favorites by Sands. I really enjoyed the whole aspect of a kidnapping scenario, one that proved to be delighfully entertaining, and I enjoyed seeing the dilemma that was faced, the conflict that showed the meaning of true love and the strength it gives to those who trust in it, …..an marvelous romance!!!

My Grade On This Book
5 Blossoms

Lusting For Covers (49)

Lusting for Covers is a meme found on TBQ so come and join in on this fun meme!!!
 
1- Take the graphic (left) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ).
2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.
3- Copy the direct link to your own L4C post into the comment section on my post (when in doubt, use this link and then scroll down to find the post), and allow others to come and see what you picked! (OPTIONAL):
4- Besides posting the picture of the book cover you chose, it’s nice to provide the book summary, title, author, or a website link for the book. It’s not required, but it can help you readers’ to add more books to their own list! A brief “Why I choose this cover” is also appreciated, but not required

#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers into the ballrooms and country houses of England’s elite society in the sparkling, passion-filled tale of a desperate debutante who learns in a most delightful way that she can’t fight her scandalous attraction to her virile matchmaker.Lady Amanda Locke has struck out miserably in her two Seasons on the marriage mart. Beautiful, titled, and charming – even if she does talk a bit too much, Amanda doesn’t understand why love eludes her. Even her father, the Duke of Norford, is so perplexed he is prepared to take drastic measures to ensure his daughter’s happiness. Now, as Amanda begins her third Season, she gets a little help from Cupid, a darkly handsome horse breeder whose knowledge of basic animal attraction has guided him in arranging more than a few successful matches between the young ladies and gentlemen of the ton. Hired by Amanda’s family, Devin Baldwin produces results for Amanda and soon she is happy to be courted by one of his clients, the dashing Viscount Altone. In order to secure Amanda’s match to a nobleman obsessed with horse racing, Devin must teach Amanda how to overcome her fear of horses. But as Devin shows her the joys of riding, hunting, and racing, will their own hearts run astray as Amanda finds herself falling in love with Cupid himself?   

Book Review-Again The Magic

Again The Magic
Bow Street Runners (4)
Lisa Kleypas
Paperback
Published Feb 2004
391 Pages
Victorian Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-380-81108-3

Synopsis 
She gave him her innocence . . .
Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable — John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside . . . an exile from London society

. . .and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned — more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll . . . or risk everything for his first, and only, love.

Book Review
Summary 
Aline once fell in love with John McKenna, who she grew up with as a child, but when she became a woman everything changed, and after she had to force him to leave, her life changed forever….and now he is back in her life, and she knows that the least thing he is thinking of is the love they once shared, but revenge that is directed toward her. However as much as she wants to she knows she can’t risk telling him the truth no matter how much it makes her ache inside. John, knew that there was no future for them but now he is forever changed from that young innocent stable boy who believed in love and hope for the future. He has created his own future, but Aline has always haunted his thoughts and has come back to get his revenge, only things don’t add up and his passion for Aline resurfaces only stronger than ever…..

The Hero (John Mckenna)
John, grew up as a stable boy, and his future was looking pretty bleak, at least apart from having Aline part of his life. But when she betrayed him and he was sent away, he knew he would never forgive or forget. Now he has made a very prosperous life for himself, and his need for justice against Aline is even greater, even though he doesn’t know how far he is willing to go….until he tastes her kiss and he knows that the spark between them had never died. And even though he wants to take his vengeance out on her, he knows that he has always loved her and doesn’t know if he can bring himself to hurt her….

The Hero (Aline Marsden)
Aline, grew up knowing that there was no future for her or John, especially given whom her father is, and her position in society, however she always had hope in her love for him, but when she was caught and had to force him to leave so that he could make a life for himself, she knew she would never forgive herself and has regretted her decision ever since. But is shocked when he comes back into her life, and the love she once had for him reawakens ever stronger. 

My Thoughts 
Again The Magic, is the fourth in the Bow Street Runners, I think I may have read this one once before, but I don’t remember it but there were parts that seemed familiar. I just fell in love with this book, it was everything I could have hoped for. Aline, is darling, even though I think she could have used more spine to fight for what she really wanted. For some reason John seemed so amusing to me, I really have no idea why, just that his character appealed to me in a certain way that made me smile. I just loved how the story progressed, the bed scenes were very heated but at the same time romantically sweet. I find the more I read this author the more I wish more authors were like her, I just love her stories and how they connect even though the series are different from each other. I also loved how their was a side love story to Aline’s and Westcliffs younger sister….I found Again the Magic a very charming love story that just sang to the heart…..even though it had some flaws overall an sweet love story……

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Where’s My Hero
Someone To Watch Over Me
Lady Sophia’s Lover
Worth Any Price 

Took A Vacation

Hey Everyone!!! Sorry I have been gone so long, I was training for my job, and then I went to Canada on vacation!!! So now I am back!!! Hope all of you are well and eager to get back to my books!!!!