Archive | December 2012

Its Monday (32)

This is a great weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. We simply post what we finished reading over the the last week, what we plan on reading this week, etc .

Books I Read This Past Week 
A Hint Of Wicked –My Review
Kiss Of Fury My Review 
Kiss Of Fire-Review Coming Soon
(Didn’t get much read because of the Holidays)

What I Am Currently Reading 

What I Plan On Reading This Week 


Book Review- A Hint Of Wicked

A Hint Of Wicked
James Family (1)
Jennifer Haymore
Paperback
Forever
Published June 2009
403 Pages
Regency Historical Romance

CAUGHT BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE . . .

Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.

TORN BETWEEN TWO HUSBANDS . . .

Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.

A HINT OF WICKED

My Review
Summary 
After losing her first husband, Garrett, it took her several years to get over his loss, with the help and comfort of her second love, Tristan. Now married a year to Tristan, Sophie can’t imagine a life better. But then Garrett comes storming back into her life, and determined to get his wife back, even though he has  been gone all of these years. Sophie at first, knows where her heart truly lies, with Tristan. But being in such close proximity to Garrett again, has caused her to doubt her true feelings. But there is a danger lurking in the corners of her home, and with the help of Tristan and Garrett, she will try to uncover the truth…..and will find out who hold the key to her heart for once and for all….

The Hero 
Tristan, has always loved Sophie, even before his cousin married her. He has always known his feelings for her. When Garrett first wanted Sophie for his wife, Tristan to fight him on it, wanting all three of them to live in harmony. But now that he has married Sophie, he refuses to just let Garrett take his wife away from him. But despite the tense situation between himself and Garrett, he also knows there is something going on, something that is trying to undermine everything he holds dear, his relationship with his cousin, and the love he has for Sophie.

The Heroine 
Sophie, suffered for years after grieving the loss of Garrett. Even though she misses her first husband, Tristan has been the one she has been able to always rely on. Then when Garrett shocks them both with his return, and now Sophie has a difficult choice to make…but only if Garrett lets her. Even though she loves Garrett and he awakens a passion that once existed between them, she can’t deny her true feelings for Tristan, and how he made her believe in love again….

My Thoughts 
Even though for the most part part I found this to be a enjoyable story, it was my least favorite of the series. It might have been better if I had read it first instead of last, however I think it also had something to do with the love triangle that exists. I have to say I just loved Tristan, I thought he was the true hero….trying to fight for the woman he loves. Sophie on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite. I understood how you can have mixed feelings, but I just felt like through most of it, she wasn’t being true to Tristan, as much as I would have liked. Garrett, is a very complex character in this story, and at times you like him and at others you just wish he would go away. Although I did like the bit of suspensful portion of the plot, and the mystery that keeps the reader engaged in the story. I don’t know if I would have kept reading, if it didn’t have some positive aspects besides the love triangle. I will admit that there have been love triangles that I have been okay with, but this one seemed so forced and out of place, and wasn’t the most easiest of books to read due to certain circumstances.  Although toward the end I really enjoyed the story a lot more. Overall a fun and enjoyable story with intense moments that keeps one involved!!!

My Grade On This Book 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
A Touch of Scandal
A Season Of Seduction

Waiting On Wednesday (57) The Lass Wore Black

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.This week I’m waiting on, Coming Out Jan 2013

Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world…and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona’s darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn’t care about the scandal their passion could cause…for this very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she’d never have again.

Little does she know that Mark is part of masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love…he will have to save her life as well

On My Christmas Wishlist (33)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth’s treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth’s treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, is about to begin…

When Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of the tarot-but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind-or about to lose her heart…

Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr and a self-reliant loner. So when he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost to himself. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed-and Quinn realizes he must risk everything- even Sara’s love-to fulfill their entwined fates…

Ex-champion bull rider-turned-cutting-horse cowboy Joe Daniels isn’t quite sure how he ended up sleeping in a horse trough wearing nothing but his Stetson and cowboy boots. But now he’s wide-awake, and a citified woman is glaring down at him. His goal? Get rid of her ASAP. The obstacle? Fighting the attraction he feels toward the blond-haired filly with the big, vulnerable eyes.

When out-of-work wedding planner Mariah Callahan learns that her estranged father has left her a rundown ranch in Jubilee, she has no choice but to accept it. Her goal? Redeem her career by planning local weddings. The obstacle? One emotionally wounded, hard-living cowboy who stirs her guilt, her heartstrings, and her long-burned cowgirl roots…(

The Man of Her Dreams

He is like a prince in a fairy tale: tall, outrageously handsome, and way too dark for her own good. Amanda has been hurt before, though. And with her daughter’s illness, the last thing she needs right now is a man. But the power of Dai King is hard to resist. And when he threads his hands through her hair and pulls her in for a kiss, there is no denying it feels achingly right.

In a Land of Nightmares

After being trapped in the Shadowlands for centuries with the goblin horde a constant threat, Dai revels in his newfound freedom back in the human realm. But even with the centuries of magic he’s accumulated, he still doesn’t know how to heal Amanda’s daughter–and it breaks his heart. Yet for the woman he loves, he’d risk anything…including a retun to the Shadowlands

Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges . . .

Leila’s psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn’t sure what the future holds. If that weren’t enough, her lover Vlad has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she’s also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won’t admit that he loves her . . .

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity . . .

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity .

Book Review-Kiss Of Fury

Kiss Of Fury
Dragonfire (2)
Deborah Cooke
Signet Eclipe
Paperback
Published August 2008
392 Pages
Shape Shifting Romance

Synopsis
Alexandra Madison has discovered an invention that could change the world. When her partner is murdered and their lab destroyed, Alex knows she has to rebuild her prototype in time…

Donovan Shea knows the Madison project is of dire importance to the ongoing Pyr/Slayer war. So when he sees Alex being followed by a Slayer, he reacts and defends her, never imagining that she’s his destined mate…

As Slayers close in on their prey, Donovan knows he’ll surrender his life to protect Alex—and lose his heart to possess her…

My Review
Summary 
Alex, has worked very hard to make the “Green Machine” happen, but then one tragic night, her lab is destroyed, and her partner tortured and then killed. She finds herself in the hospital, having dreams of Dragons, and then she finds herself being kidnapped by a breathtakingly handsome man where sparks happen whenever they touch. When she learns that he is a Dragon Shapeshifter, she is shocked, and can’t believe that such things are real. Alex is stubborn and is desperate to make the Green Machine become public known, but only with the help of Pyr, will she be able to make her dreams come true….and to hold onto a man who has stolen her heart….

The Hero 
When Donovan Shea learns that Alex is his ‘Firestorm’, he is furious with those that knew and didn’t tell him. Now he has a woman that is always leaving him and his protection to retain information that is vital to the Green Machine. Donovan is a loner, and even though he is loyal to the Pyr and fights side by side with them, he knows who he really is. So at first he denies what he truly feels for Alex, but then he comes to the point where he doesn’t know if he could let her go, because she has stolen her way into his heart.

The Heroine 
Alex, has devoted her life to the coming about of the Green Machine. When she see’s her lab destroyed, and her partner and friend killed brutally, she doesn’t know if she will be able to surving the coming storm. At first she wants to be indepenent and do things on her own, without the help of a alpha male who, it seems, is always furious with her. But a passion ignites and she only wants to surrender to the storm….

My Thoughts 
I was looking for something new and different, a author I hadn’t read before, and I came across Deborah Cooke. I have a weakness for dragon shifter romances, so I knew when I read the blurb, I had to try it out. I have found a new favorite author. I just loved everything about this book, although I thought Alex could be too stubborn for her own good, and kind of an idiot thinking she can protect herself against dragons. But I really enjoyed the blossoming romance that develops between Donovan and Alex. There was a unique quality about the plot and the way this author weaves a beautiful story of adventure, passion, and love. I really loved Donovan, he seems so like a man of steel, but I just loved seeing how he weakens toward Alex and the way he treats her is so precious. I also enjoyed getting to know the other Pyr members, and I can’t wait to read more books from this author. A WINNER!!!

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series
Kiss Of Fire
Kiss of Fate
Winter Kiss
Harmonia’s Kiss
Whisper Kiss
Darkfire Kiss
Flashfire
Embers Kiss
Kiss of Danger
Kiss Of Darkness
Kiss Of Destiny

Short Book Review-Christmas Eve At Friday Harbor

Christmas Eve At Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor (1)
Lisa Kleypas
St. Martins Press
Paperback
Published October 2010
211 Pages
Contemporary Romance

Synopsis
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas’s new series begins during the most magical time of year

ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY
One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.

ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.

SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC…
Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.

…TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE
Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…

My Review
I finally was able to get a hold of this book, which is a part of the most recent series by one of my all time favorite authors. When I first picked this up I had my doubts over whether or not I would like it, considering how short it is and all….however I was delightfully surprised by how enjoyable this story actually was. I really enjoyed how this author put the story together. I also loved the romance that grows between Mark and Maggie. Both characters were very endearing and you just want them to get together throughout it all. I especially fell in love with the little girl, Holly. I found her to be a bundle of joy, and very loveable.  Even though it was a short story, it was deeply satisfying. Overall a beautifully woven love story that teaches about the real spirit of Christmas and most of all….True Love!!! I am definitely going to have to read the next one in the series as soon as I can !!!  A TREASURE WORTH READING!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
Rainshadow Road
Dream Lake
Crystal Cove