Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cam's Holiday by Ciana Stone

Just finished Cam's Holiday by Ciana Stone.  This was such a fun read.  I love happy endings and I enjoy  characters that bring a story to life. Cam & Lee make a great couple.  Cam's been dumped and dumped on by her ex for 20 years and when she find him in bed with another, younger woman, then have him move out the next day ... it devastates her.  It's taken her a year to get back on her feet but feeling like she's nothing and a sexual nobody is slowly tearing her apart.  In comes the Tempt the Cougar group and Cam hates that she's never had the courage to follow through on it.  Still she signs up for a gym to see about getting her jiggly bits into better tone.  She signs up for a personal trainer but when she sees Lee Holiday thoughts of the gym fly right out of her mind and thoughts of getting her exercise in a more physical form swamp her mind.  Then in walks her husband's young, surgically enhanced bimbo and Cam utters a soft, "Sorry about this," and kisses Lee like a lover.  Instead of getting rid of her it just makes Kandy all that more interested and she ends up asking if Lee is going to be Cam's date for the benefit on Friday.  Suddenly in much deeper than she intended Cam is at a loss for words.  In steps Lee to the rescue saying of course he's going to take her and that it was about time to take their relationship public.  The fact that Lee is 10 years younger than Cam gives her second thoughts but Lee is determined to show her that age is only a number and despite what her idiot ex had to say, Cam was one hot, sexy and sensual woman and she excited Lee like no other woman ever had.

This was a great and fun read that I would definitely recommend.  I really enjoyed reading this!

  http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7985-260-cams-holiday.aspx

Winters Thaw by Dalton Diaz

Finished Winters Thaw by Dalton Diaz and my first thought was ... it wasn't long enough!  I really liked the characters. It was easy to get into them and their feelings.  Their reactions were fantastic and I was really enjoying myself and getting into the story and ... it ended! Argh!  It was fantastic and I really really wanted to hear more about how they progressed in their relationship. I would have been more than happy to still have several thousand more words to go with this one.  It was that fun of a read.  Definitely a great Sunday read. 

   http://www.jasminejade.com/pc-7809-107-winters-thaw.aspx

Dark Dream by Christine Feehan

Just finished Dark Deam by Christine Feehan.  This is a shorter story along with a story by Marjorie M Liu in a book titled Dark Dreamers.  This is the story of Falcon & Sara.  I liked the idea of Falcon leaving Sara a message 1500 years before she was born.  What a great love story.  You get wrapped up in the story and the characters and before you know it the story is over and you just want more.  A very nice read. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dark Prince / Dark Descent

I originally began reading Dark Prince by Christine Feehan.  This is the first book in the Dark Series about the Carpathians.  I've read several of these books in the past: Dark Gold, Dark Challenge, Dark Possession, Dark Symphony, Dark Slayer and Dark Curse and I've enjoyed them all.  It took me awhile to find an e-copy of Dark Prince.  Amazon didn't have it, nor did B&N.  I finally found a version on Mobipocket.com.  The only thing I DIDN'T like about this is that it wouldn't let me read it on my Kindle.  I had to actually download the Mobipocket Reader to my PC and then read the book from there.  Frustrating and inconvenient but considering that I couldn't find a copy anywhere else it was still worth it. 

I truly enjoyed this story.  Mikhail and Raven were awesome characters.  Raven, hurt and damaged though she was from fighting all the evil alone and in her head for years was a gentle and caring woman who could not help but help people in distress.  This was how she first contacted Mikhail.  She felt his pain, his desperation and she reached out to him trying to ease him.  She had no idea what she was getting herself into.  Mikhail, driven to the very edge of ending his existence was shocked and actually afraid of this little woman.  Not so much afraid of her but afraid of the feelings, the emotions she resurrected in him.  Raven was his lifemate and even though she was human and knew nothing of his kind he could not resist the burning need to make her his.  Forced into a life she didn't understand and at first truly didn't want she could do nothing other than love Mikhail.  Even though it meant stretching herself past the limits she knew her mind could accept.  Their ups and downs, their trials and fears made for a compelling read. 

Tacked onto the end of Dark Prince I found Dark Descent.  At first I thought this was an exerpt from another book.  As I continued to read I realized it was a second complete story!  This one was wonderful to read.  Joie Sanders and Traian Trigovise were a perfect match right from the very start.  Joie is a bodyguard and is wounded while guarding Senator Goodvine and his wife.  During her travel to the hospital she does an out of body experience to get away from the pain and the feeling of helplessness it brings.  It is during this out of body experience that she comes across Traian as he lays in a cave recovering from a vampire attack.  He sees her and they speak, all the time she believes this is just a figment of her imagination.  When she is pulled away from him by the attention to her wound at the hospital he continues to haunt her mind.  Drawn to find him, Joie drags her brother and sister on a spelunking trip to the mountains she believes this 'man' is in.  She still believes he is just a figment in her mind even though he continues to speak to her mind.  When they discover that Traian is real and suddenly are thrust into a very dangerous situation while Joie tries to rescue him, their whole world is turned upside down.  Vampires, wizards and ghosts are suddenly very real and they are all thrust into a battle none of them could have imagined.  The attraction between joie and Traian is instantaneous and electric.  What surprised me was her willingness to accept Traian and his 'kind' and to have such complete trust in him.  It was touching and wonderful to read and to see her assert herself as a strong and dangerous woman was just awesome.  Protecting people was her job and she stretched this to include Traian and his kind with little difficulty.  I liked Joie and her sister Gabrielle and her brother Jubal.  Their sense of family was strong.  While the story was a tad bit short it was still full and well written.  I wanted more but didn't feel like I was shorted in any way.  It was well developed and it read well from beginning to end.  A very nice surprise.


I enjoyed both these stories.  Well worth my time.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cracklin' Rosie by Lissa Matthews

I just finished reading Cracklin' Rosie: Blue Jeans and Hard Hats, Book 2.  This was one crazy fun read.  If you haven't read Sweet Caroline: Blue Jeans and Hard Hats, Book 1 you really should.  While this book can stand on its own it also follows the exploits of Buck & Caroline.  Decker is a roofer and has been in the business for quite a few years.  He get a call from his friend Buck who has recently moved to the small town of Blue Ridge, Georgia.  He's got a job for Decker if he's interested.  Decker's moved around a lot in the past years and from all that Buck has told him he just might be ready to settle down.  If the town is a nice as Buck says.  Buck also has a proposition for him, one that makes settling down sound even better.  What he finds when he goes to the job site is Rosie.  Rosie is the owner of the town's diner and a strong and independent woman who's very comfortable in her own skin.  She's not stick thin model and while she wouldn't grace the covers of Playboy, she is everything that sets Decker in a permanent state of lust!  Luscious, curvy and so damn HOT she has Decker taking cold showers just to keep his mind straight! Looking at Rosie Decker has found the last reason he needs to want to settle down.  Rosie however is just as dead set against having anything to do with Decker.  She wants him, oh lordy how she wants him but he sets off all her alarm bells.  She is just a bit too attracted to Decker for her own good.  Thoughts of Decker turning her over his knee or bending her over the couch and pulling his belt out has her unable to sleep and the more anxious she gets the sharper her tongue gets as well.  Decker has to bring the inner wild woman to the surface.  She's hidden it away for so long, afraid to let anyone in the small, conservative town see the real Rosie she can't seem to set herself free when Decker offers her everything she's ever wanted in a man.

Decker & Rosie's story is one fun filled, laugh filled and sexy romp as these two set each others desires on fire and butt heads at every turn.  This is an awesome read and definitely one to remember!  I just hope there's more of these coming.  I really enjoyed this book.

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Purchases Today & upcoming

Well, today I did a little buying.  At Ellora's Cave I purchased:

Cam's Holiday
Drilled
Hat Trick
Locked and Loaded
Nothing But Sex
Play it Again, Sam
Sin on Skin
Winters' Thaw
From MobiPocket I purchased:

Dark Dreamers
Dark Prince
Both of these by Christine Feehan.  I definitely have a nice list of books to read in my queue. 

Also coming 1 Nov 2010 from Amazon.com I have two books:

Drink of Me by Jacquelyn Frank
Wolfs Bane by Patricia Briggs

November 30, 2010 has:

Hungry for You by Lynsay Sands (an Argeneau Novel)
Devoured By Darkness (Guardians of Eternity Book 7) by Alexandra Ivy

Yes I just LOVE to read!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

I just finished Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan.  I really like the Dark series. This is one of the earlier books originally published in 2002.  I've read the most recent stories and now I'm coming back to read the beginnings. I've been a vampire fan for ages and each different version is a revelation.  From Christine Feehan's Carpathians to J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood to Anne Rice's vampires to Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series .. each has their own fascination, their own twist that makes you want to read MORE!

In Dark Guardian we meet Lucian and Jaxon.  Lucian is so dark, so strong, so intimidating yet someone as small as Jaxon can almost bring him to his knees.  Lucian has been fighting the vampires for over 2000 years and during all this time has managed to hold onto his soul.  Finding Jaxon is all that keeps him sane after all this time.  Jaxon is unique.  She's psychic and has an inate ability to feel evil in all its myriad forms.  Her life has been one mass of fear and suffering.  Her heart and soul are so tender and giving she has this need to protect those around her.  Giving nothing of herself, afraid to care for anyone less her 'step-father' see them as a threat and slaughter them, Jaxon moves through life as a deadly force protecting those around her to the point of her own destruction.  She feels resonsible for the death that has followed her since she was a child, taking all the blame on her own shoulders for the actions of the psychotic man who kills anyone who has any feelings for her.  When Lucian finds her, she has walked into a trap to save one of her team and has been shot.  She's tired and weary and ready to give it all up.  If she's not around then no one else has to die.  To Lucian she is the light to his darkness.  The color and joy and feelings that have been denied him for centuries.  He saves her and then he has to convice her that he can protect her and those she cares for from her psychotic stalker. 
This is a story of forgiveness, redemption and love.  Two halves of the same soul finally come together to find salvation.  The tenderness that Lucian shows to Jaxon, the trust she puts in his hands, the strength they find together makes for a fantastic story.  This was an excellent read and I fully enjoyed it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wanton Wager by Morgan Ashbury

Just finished reading Wanton Wager by Morgan Ashbury. I will have to say that this was a fantastic read! The characters, the story all came together almost right from the start. This was a fun, sexy read that had me laughing and chuckling through out. I really enjoyed this story

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Touching Lace by Anne Rainey

Finished reading Touching Lace by Anne Rainey.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  Lacey is a little fireball and what a joy it was to read about her.  The chemistry between her and Nick was volatile!  When Nick hears that Lacey caught her current boyfriend in the shower with her close friend Christy he does what he's done for over two years, he comes to her rescue.  Nick is always there to help her out of her depression.  Make her smile, laugh, see her through the rough times.  This time Nick wants more than just her smiles and laughter.  This time Nick wants Lacey.  It's been tearing him up seeing her with other men but what can a guy do when all the woman of his dreams sees is a best buddy?  This time Lacey unknowingly gives Nick an opening and he's not about to let it go.  Now's his chance to finally get Lacey to see him as a man and not just a buddy.  Lacey had no idea Nick desired her.  He was her best friend, her buddy, her rock when everything else around her was in turmoil.  Suddenly she begins to see Nick in a different light.  How could she have missed the signs before?  Could there really be something more than just friendship between them? What would happen if she gives in and it doesn't work out?  Will she lose her best friend as well?  Maybe she'll gain even more!
This was a fun read.  It had me laughing throughout.  This is the 3rd book of the Vaughn series that I've read and every one has been well worth the time.  The brothers and their women have all been amazing characters and you can't help but want to find out more.  This is a very good series. 

Taking Chloe: The Vaughn Series #3

Finished reading Taking Chloe: The Vaughn Series #3.  I enjoyed this one.  Sensitive, touching and compelling.  Since I had already met Merrick and Chloe briefly in Tasting Candy this was more of a re-aquaintance.  Took me by surprise at first since I had assumed this one was PRIOR to Tasting Candy and actually it occurs 2 years AFTER.  Blade and Candace are married and doing well and Lacey and Nick are also married.  It seem that after the lovey dovey meeting in Tasting Candy Merrick has thrown himself into his work and Chloe has become a neglected and taken for granted wife.  She's reached a point that she has a decision to make and when she confronts Merrick he falls asleep on her instead of listening.  That was the last straw.  Chloe takes her bags and leaves.  Merrick wakes to an empty house and the suddenly terrifying thought that his wife is leaving him for good.  What conspires next is a renewal of feelings, a clearing of the air and for the most part an ultimatum.  Your job or your wife?  Which means more and where are your priorities.  Merrick does his best to convice Chloe that he's seen the light and will change.  He'll do ANYTHING to get her back in his home and back in his bed.  Chloe hasn't fallen out of love with Merrick.  No, even being near him, hearing his voice is enough to make her want to curl up in his arms and feel his strength and love around her.  As much as she wants this she will not be a doormat.  And if that means leaving Merrick, quitting her job and moving away she'll do it.  Even if it breaks her heart.

This was lovely story of two people in love yet afraid to really let it all go and admit to the depth of their feelings.  It's also the story of two people who will do anything, anything at all to save their marriage if there is any hope at all that they can work it out.  Chloe's strength, her persistence in seeing a permanent change in how their lives work is an uplifting drama that shows how two people who love each other can still be worlds apart without even realizing it.  I truly enjoyed this story. 

Tasting Candy by Anne Rainey

Just finished reading Tasting Candy by Anne Rainey.  This was really a fun and very enjoyable read.  The two main characters, Blade Vaughn & Candace Warner were just perfect.  The timidity, the innocence of Candace brought to life her very sexiness.  Blade is the poster boy for hulking male caveman while showing a gentler, more considerate side to bring Candace out of her fear and shell.  This was a rollercoaster ride of laughter and tears and kept me reading and wanting more.  I wish it had been longer and taken more time in developing the relationship between Blade and Candy.  The jump from panic driven fear of men to blossoming sex kitten was a bit quick but didn't really detract from the story itself.  The characters were well developed, the pace was a bit frantic but the story kept you on the edge all the way through.
Candace had been raped two yers ago, her virginity ripped from her by a callous, shallow man.  Even though she was suffering she still had the courage and strength to take her attaker to court and see him put away.  There's more strength in Candace than she gives herself credit for.  Opening to Blade Vaughn is a hugh step.  A leap of faith in trying to bring herself back from terrors that one night had forced on her.  Rough, course and totally demanding, Blade only knew that Candace affected him as no other woman ever had.  Once he made up his mind to have her nothing was going to stand in his way.  Realizing the basis of Candace's fear Blade begins a slow, gentle seduction.  Holding an iron control over his need to take Candace in every way a man could take a woman, Blade eases Candace into something she finds she really wants.  Blade makes her feel safe and doesn't run away from the panic and fear that is such a huge part of Candace's life.  He eases her barriers, makes her feel and want and realize that she is a strong and beautiful woman.  The dance between the two of them is exciting and tender and wonderful to behold.  This is a totally enjoyable read.

Tasting Candy by Anne Rainey

Just starting to read Tasting Candy by Anne Rainey.  30% into this and I'm fascinated by the characters.  It's 3 AM and I really hate to put this down. 

Caught Off Guard (Heroes of Silver Springs #1) by Tonya Ramagos

Caught Off Guard (Heroes of Silve Springs #1) by Tonya Ramagos is a wonderful read.  A good story of acceptance and love.  Rich Girl/Poor Boy coming to terms with themselves and their lives after 10 years apart.  Dean Wolcott, bad boy turned respectable fire chief has had it bad for Veronica Abbott since highschool.  She left and married and he turned his life around a became the fire chief of Silver Springs.  10 years later Veronica returns.  Her life irrevocably changed after the death of her policeman husband 2 years before.  She's re-invented herself, come to terms with her life and shrugged off the contol of her parents.  She's come back looking for Dean and wanting to fulfill those fantasies she's been harboring for too many years.  She wants the fun, the sex the freedom with no strings attached.  Dean wants Veronica but his idea is not just for a night's pleasure but for forever.  Now all he has to do is convice Veronica that the spark between them isn't just a temporary thing. 

This was a great read, fun, sexy and full of laughter.  Well written and with characters you immediately feel attached to it is a real joy to read. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Too Hot to Print by Stephanie Bond

I just finished reading Too Hot to Print by Stephanie Bond.  What a wonderful read.  It was short but well written and the characters were wonderfully presented.  This was a very fun read that I very much enjoyed.

Just Bought: Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair

I just purchase Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair from Loose ID.  Purchased in MobiPocket format that is Kindle compatible.  This sounds like it may be a very interesting read.  Hopefully I'll get to it very soon.

Masters of the Shadowlands 3: Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: BDSM, Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel

Club Cupid by Stephanie Bond

Club Cupid by Stephanie Bond.  This was a very lovely read.  Good story, well developed characters and enough laughter and tears (both happy & sad) to be an excellent way to spend a few hours on a quiet weekend. 

Frankie Jens finds herself on a Valentine's Day cruise ship, dragged into being a brides maid for her cousin's wedding.  Not having a great time she finds herself alone on a ship full of couples and wishes she were anywhere but here.  Taking a breat in Key West she has her briefcase, with the ONLY copies of her project plans and files, stolen by a young thief and ends up watching as her ship sails while she waits for the police to apprehend and return her belongings. 

Randy Tate is living the life he enjoys.  He owns the bar, has good friends and spends part of each day on the beach.  Yet Randy isn't as happy as he believes he is.  Old pain keeps him from looking too closely at that at least until Frankie Jens lands on his barstool and he finds himself wanting to help ... even against his better judgement.

Frankie only wants her belongings back.  She can't imaging a failure this castastrophic taking over her life after all the time she has put into this project.  The last thing she wants is weekend fling with a beach bum.

What they both need is each other.  Question is whether they can find what they need in only a Valentine's Day weekend.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday - Pure Sin by Rynne Raines

Pure Sin by Rynne Raines.  I belive this is book 2 in the Eden series.  Bianca spent a week 4 years ago learning about the BDSM scene.  A week of no strings, no identies, no personal information exchanged.  Just two people learning, exchanging knowledge.  Bianca though the man she met up with was the perfect Dom for her.  Loving, kind, yet strict and definitely in charge.  Then she finds out that Sin was a player and wasn't a one woman man.  Hurt, she turns herself into a woman in charge of herself and eventually finds herself in Eden, a BDSM club, where she helps couples, Masters & Subs learn how to deal with each other.  Learn how far is far enough and not abuse.  Cade Sinclair had no idea why the sub he met 4 years ago had left without a word.  He thought for sure there was something going between them and then nothing.  Suddenly Bianca & Cade are thrown together again.  The electricity is still there, Bianca feels it and with just a word from Cade she feels herself slipping back into that wonderful feeling she'd had 4 years ago.  The same feelings and then the same pain as he keeps making excuses why he can't stay.  Cade will do anything to get Bianca back into his life ... if she'll let him in.
This is a great story.  Strong characters, well written plot, a wonderfully emotional ride.  Excellent read!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday 10/20/10 -- Dirty Deeds by Lorelei James

Finished Dirty Deeds by Lorelei James tonight.  Excellent story.  A very enjoyable read that had me laughing, cussing and in the end tearing up before ending with a sigh and laugh.  Nathan & Tate are two wonderful characters.  Each so wrapped up in what they want that neither one can see anything else.  Anticipation builds, frustration abounds and the heat between these two could melt asphalt!  When they finally give in to their desires they set the sheets on fire, and the boat, and the rug and the Bobcat ... just about anywhere they found themselves.  Each one holding onto their secrets and their hearts.  In a classic case of not knowing what you've got till its gone they almost lose it all because neither one is willing to let go. 

This is a great story and I'll definitely be going back for more. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday's Read: The Cowboys Ride Again by Sofia Hunt

Finished up The Cowboys Ride Again (Delectable Bad Boys 3) by Sofia Hunt.  This was an interesting story.  Hot sex, good characters and a nice story line made this an enjoyable read. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Finished: Only You by Deborah Grace Staley

Well, I finished Only You by Deborah Grace Staley.  This was a wonderful, warm story.  Preconceptions can keep people away from things that they may really want, really need.  Class conciousness, fear of crossing the 'norm' can cause us to miss out on what might very well be the best thing that ever happened to us.  This story of Cole Craig and Josie Allen was a beautiful story.  An emotional roller coaster that had me laughing and crying and wanting to punch some people in their faces. *S* What can I say it was an excellent read. 

Sunday's Read: Only You by Deborah Grace Staley

The sun is shining and the birds are singing in the trees out back.  The leaves have only just begun to turn into their fall colors.  Odd for this late in the season.  Beautiful morning.

I'm reading Only You by Deborah Grace Staley.  Set in a small southern town with very defined class status its a story about Cole and Josie. Josie with her multiple college degrees and Cole who never managed to finish high school yet both are very similar in their lives.  This is proving to be a very intersting read and just the kind of story for a quiet Sunday.

Saturday Read: Hurt Me So Good by Joely Sue Burkhart

Finished Hurt Me So Good just a few minutes ago.  As I said in my earlier post I wasn't sure when I started this book if I was actually going to like it.  I can honestly say it was a really great read.  While I'm not into pain and originally thought the darker/harsher edge to this story would bias me against it I was very pleasantly surprised by this tale.  The characters were deep and compelling.  The story was fascinating and pulled me along without a single pause.  A great insight into these people.  This was an amazing story and a wonderful read. An excellent love story. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday's 2nd Read: Hurt Me So Good by Joely Sue Burkhart

I'm about a third of the way through Hurt Me So Good by Joely Sue Burkhart.  I wasn't sure about this one at first.  The blurb I read seemed to be taking this to the darker side and I wasn't sure I was going to like that.  Now that I've read 9 chapters the characters are so compelling and so driven its impossible not to be drawn into their story.  Harsh, rough, violent, the deeper sado masochistic side of the BDSM scene.  It's intriguing to see into that.  The fact that Victor is so torn and tormented by his own fear of loosing his baser nature seems to make Shiloh even more determined to win him as her Master.  The writing is good, the story is fascinating.  This is proving to be a very interesting read. 

Saturday's First Read: My Favorite Mistake by Karen Erickson

Finished reading My Favorite Mistake: A Tahoe Nights story by Karen Erickson.  This was a fun read.  Unrequited love, Teenage crushes and a shared family cabin all come together to make two lonely people realize how much they've missed over the years.  Julie own a successful Public Relations business and works herself to distraction.  No time for anything other than work.  Her mother worries about her and finally manages to convice her to take a short break at the family cabin for the weekend.  She agrees knowing she can take her blackberry and laptop and still be able to keep in touch and set up meeting and plans.  She really doesn't have time to just sit and do nothing.  What she doesn't expect to find is a man, sleeping in the master bedroom when she arrives. Startled and scared she backs out and grabs her phone heading for door while dialing 911.  Suddenly a voice behind her calls her name and she stops ... she knows that voice.  She turns and suddenly she finds herself facing a very grown up and devastatingly handsome Tyler. 
Tyler wakes after hearing Julie's sqeak upon finding him in the bed.  Without his glasses he can't really make out her face but he could never forget that beautiful head of hair.  "Julie?"  Shy and gangly the last time they has seen each other, Tyler has since filled out into a very well muscled and tones man.  A successful Outdoor Sports business owner he lives his job.  Tyler, how ever, has learned to take the time to relax.  Something Julie never has.  Now there's a chance he can get this beautiful woman to learn to relax and maybe get her into his bed.  Fullfilling a fantasy he's had since they were kids growning up. 
Julie and Tyler are wonderful characters.  Both successful, both shy and neither one having held a real relationship for any length of time.  No one has ever seemed just right and in Julie's case she just didn't have time to waste on less than satisfying relationships.  You find yourself drawn into their lives, their stories, the passion and chemistry is instant and electrifying.  This is a wonderful story and a really fun read.  A great way to spend a few relaxing hours.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday's First Read -- A Little Bit Naughty by Anne Rainey

This was a very enjoyable read.  The chemistry between the characters was fun and light.  Not too much second guessing of feelings.  It was a light, fun short read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Now on to My Favorite Mistake by Karen Erickson.  This is another in the Tahoe Nights Series. 

Thursday Night's Read -- Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian!  Excellent read!  In the Alaskan wilderness ex-trooper Jenna Darrow's life was coming to an end. She was ready to end it all herself and then the nightmare began.  Trapped and tortured by a creature out of horror movies she's brought to the edge of death and then the whispered words, "Life ... or death?  You choose."  Dragged back from the edge of darkness she awakes to find herself in the Order's infirmary.  What had she done?  What had been done to her?  The only anchor she had was the dark and velvety voice that kept telling her it was OK now.  She was safe.  But was she?  Her mind kept telling her it was all a nightmare and she needed to get out, away.  Her heart kept hearing that voice saying she was safe and somehow making her believe it. 

Brock stood by Jenna's bedside gently stroking her neck and face.  He drew away her pain all the while fighting the growing desire to touch her, hold her, protect her.  Huh?  What was he thinking?  Jenna was human and a liability and he, he was a warrior with too much behind him to let anything or anyone get to him.  So why was he having such a hard time convincing his heart that being close to her, touching her was wrong.

Both of these characters had baggage.  Soul wrenching, heart breaking baggage from their past the neither could forgive themselves for.  Yet somehow they had to figure out a way to work through this in order to help end the impending threat of Drago's reign of terror.

A fantastic story that grabs you from the first page and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way to last.  Those who love vampires and love and heroes will surely find Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed Novels an excellent addition to their reading libraries.  Strong characters and well written story make this a wonderful read.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday - Summer of the Cougar by Nicole Austin

Just finished reading Summer of the Cougar by Nicole Austin a novel in the Cougar Challenge series.  This was a fantastic read.  The chemistry was hot and quick and pulled me into the story right from the first page.  Rissa is approaching 40 and her kids have all left home for college. She's on her own for the first time in her life and she's in no hurry to change that.  A widow, she's spent the past years raising her kids and teaching school.  The few forays into the dating game were less than spectacular and she's ready to spread her wings a bit, shake off the staid teacher persona and explore.  Pushing her to try even more is the Cougar Challenge from her friends on-line.  Find a hot young stud and let her erotic dreams come true.  She sets off for the beach to do just that but as she gets there her car, sporty convertible she bought just for herself, sputters and burst into flames.  Firefighter JD Harmon is right there to help her out.  Sparks fly and not from the car as they meet and she knows she's found her younger man.  Her first conquest as a cougar.  JD feels the sparks to and sets his mind on getting to know this hot looking woman much much better.  JD knows right from the start that this won't be a one night fling.  He's looking for more ... now all he has to do is convice Rissa that he's her firs and last conquest. 

This was a very good read.  Love, sex and hot tempers abound.  Sex in almost every place possible and a hot summer romance that goes from one hot sweaty romp to another as JD slowly goes about breaching Rissa's walls and inches his way into her mind and her heart. 

Another great story by Nicole Austin. 

Monday & Tuesday Reads

Halo in Her Pocket by Morgan Q O'Reilly.  Devyn & Shane's story was a really fun read.  I enjoyed the immediate heat and the laughter beginning with the first page. 

Educating Rose by Lissa Matthews.  Jack & Rose's story was a bit harsh for my tastes.  A good read, short and compelling but visiting the darker, harsher side of Ds.  A healing story for Jack who'd been hurt by a past experience and for Rose, a newbie to the Life who had an instant grasp of what she wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it. 

Managing Maggie by Kate Sterling.  Maggie & Jason's story of an older woman and a younger man was a good read.  Three partners in a graphic arts design business, Maggie, Sharon & Jason.  Sharon the anchor, happily married and gently pushing Maggie to take an interest in more than her job.  Maggie, a driving force and Jason the younger member, secretly lusting after Maggie.  Maggie likes Jason but has this hang up about their ages.  Jason doesn't see a problem and uses a new sex toy account to help her see what she's missing.  Sounds simple but there's an added problem when a new employee, Amy, a young and somewhat ditzy appearing blonde suddenly throws a curve into the equation.  Funny at times yet covering some serious questions and doubts this was a very enjoyable read for me.

Do Over by Mari Carr.  This one was a really good read.  Faith & Troy have been married for over 20 years.  Both children are off to college and suddenly Faith is experiencing Empty Nest syndrom.  Wondering what to do with herself now that the children are gone and Troy is working long hours at the construction business, Faith laments the lack of excitement in her sex life.  She's feeling somewhat down and when Troy suggests a visit to  her mother and family back in their old home town she jumps at it.  Troy, feeling and seeing more than Faith realizes, uses this as a chance to "do over" their early years by revisiting important sites from their first meetings and years together.  With the help of their families, Troy sets out to show Faith just how much he truly loves her and their life together. This was a great emotional rollercoaster of a tale.  Laughter, tears, joy and sorrow all flowing freely through this tale of love and renewal.  What fun to read.

And now today I'm starting Summer of the Cougar by Nicole Austin.  With the big four-oh coming fast, widow and now empty nester, Larissa Cross, has decided to shake off her soccer mom, schoolteacher personna for the summer and let her wild side out.  Responding to the Cougar Challenge issued by her fellow romance readers on-line she decides to enjoy this summer like never before. 
This is another title in the Cougar Challenge series and promises to be as much fun to read as the previous titles. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday's 1st Read

Ok .. just finished Heart of Change by Roxy Harte.  This one turned out better than I anticipated.  I liked the blurb but the actual story could have gone either way.  As it was it took me on a great emotional roller coaster.  This one covered all the bases.  Anger, Frustration, Laughter & Tears.  Yep ... love those kind of books.  If it drags me in and makes me LOL and choke up its good.  When it makes me angry and frustrated with the characters it very good (providing I like the ending because if not I feel cheated).  This one had me going pretty much from the start.  Simone and Geri were total emotional wrecks and seriously messed up in the head.  Sometimes I felt like I wanted to just smack them upside the head and tell 'em to wake up and smell the coffee!  The journey from porn star to in-control mature woman kept changing and twisting Simone every which way but loose.  Geri had her own demons to fight and I wish we could have seen more into her head as well.  Although following Simone's convoluted thoughts was more than enough at times.  To see her taking charge and finally getting to where she really needed to be was a very interesting read.  Even seeing Simon seemingly begin to realize what he'd thrown away and actually 'help' for a change instead of 'use' was interesting.  Although I agree with Geri in that I really wanted to smash his face in at times.  LOL!  Good, interesting characters, great story and the back and forth, up and down and even sidways way the story went was excellent.

Sunday's Reading - 10-10-2010

Yesterday's reading was Halloween Fantasies by Katie Salidas and Heart of Stone by Cathryn Cade.  Both were fun reads. 

Halloween Fantasties was a bit slow for me.  I liked the lead characters, Sasha and Dante.  The story was good, moved forward well but it just didn't click for me.  I liked them but they didn't pull me in and grab my attention until the very end.  I actually got more involved at the end of the story. Sasha's feeling finally came to the fore front and I began to see her as a person, someone I wanted to know more about.  Also near the end Dante makes the comment that he and his twin are enforcers for the council.  That was intriguing and captured my attention.  This story was more like an appetizer.  Good but not very filling, leaving you wanting more.  With the way the story ended I'm looking forward to possibly seeing more about Sasha, Dante and Trevor.  I also wonder if Angela might be able to change her attitude towards Vamps.

Heart of Stone by Cathryn Cade was more of an accidental read than intentional.  In reading a tweet I came across a reference to the beginning of her story posted on Samhain Publishing.  I'm always intersted in the quick reads you can find on links like that.  I've come across some very interesting stories by following those links.  In this case the story, Heart of Stone, caught my attention right off the bat.  The characters, Stone Masterson and Rose Thorne grabbed me from the beginning.  Rose being the small, intense woman demanding that Stone tell her the where abouts of her missing brother.  It made me smile and I immediately felt connected to them.  It was a great read that kept me smiling and tense all the way through.  I'm looking forward to reading more from Cathryn Cade.

Now on to today, Monday, Oct 11, 2010.  Today I'm reading Heart of Change by Roxy Harte.  This one is different.  The main character, Simone, is strong yet vulnerable.  Torn by her past and totally messed up in her thinking.  I'm about half way through just now and its hard to see her tearing herself apart with her insecurities yet ast the same time its intersting to see how she's slowly growing beyond herself.  Adapting, changing, surviving ... its compelling to see what she does next. 

More later.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Last Night's Reading

Well, last night I read Katie & the Tramp by Titania Ladley.  It was a good, fun read.  Older woman coming to acknowledge things about her sexuality that she'd buried for years out of fear of rejection and her parent's political & social positions.  She meets her step-daughter's friend, a much younger and blatantly lesbian woman who excites her and brings her repressed urges surging to the surface.  Both women are attracted to each other but each has their own reasons for denying what they feel.  With her husband dead now for some time and her step-daughter marrying and moving to Europe with her husband it was time for Savannah to rethink her lonely life.  Kaydee's attraction to Savannah was immediate from the first time her best friend had taken her home and introduced them.  She's denied her attraction because of her feelings for her best friend and how it would possibly tear their friendship apart.  Now with her friend marrying and moving away maybe it was time to stop denying what she felt for Savannah.  It was touching and hot and had me riding the emotional roller coaster I so love a book to do. 

Loving Ellie by Dalia Craig was also a fun read.  Another coming out story of discovery and passion.  A fun read although short but just long enough to let you get a taste of the characters. 

Taming Bryanna by Dalia Craig.  Intersting, way too short and curiously unsatisfying.  It just wasn't long enough to get a real feel for the characters or fill in any details of the back story that would have made it a much more interesting read.

Currently I'm reading Copping A Feel by Lexxie Cooper.  One of the Cougar Challenge story from Ellora's Cave.  These have all been pretty fun reads so far. The premise being older woment finding love and sexual satisfaction with a younger man.  These could have been cheap thrill stories but each of the authors so far has brought the characters fully into the light.  Creating a well rounded character you can care for and giving a deeper view into their lives and thoughts.  I like the family details and the looks into their pasts that make them what they are and who they are.  The sex is hot the story is fun and each one makes me laugh.

Next up is Halloween Fantasies by Katie Salidas.  Kindle edition downloadable from Amazon.com for only $0.89!   A great deal and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Recent Reads

My most Recent Reads for this past week:

Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks
Happy Hour by Mari Carr
Rope Dreams by Eliza Gayle
Raising Kane: Rough Riders Book 9
Sugar Rush by Lisa Matthews

Reading list for the upcoming week:

Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian  Her Midnight Breed series is absolutely fantastic! 
Everlasting Desire by Amanda Ashley
Rachel's Totem by Marie Harte

Pre Ordered Books:

Blood Trinity: Book 1 in the Belador Seires by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Oct 19, 2010)
Drink of Me by Jacquelyn Frank (Nov 1, 2010)
Hungry For You: An Argeneau Novel  by Lynsay Sands (Nov 30, 2010)
Devoured by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy (Dec 1, 2010)
Lover Unleashed: Black Dagger Brotherhood #9 by J R Ward  (Mar 29, 2011)

Books & Authors

Ok, now for some details.  As I said before I've added over 300 books to my Kindle and I've been reading like there's no tomorrow! LOL!  Some of my favorite authors (both old and new in no particular order) are:
Anne McCaffrey -- I love her Brain & Brawn series, Dragonriders of Pern, Crystal Singer series and PeeTayBee series.
Kerrelyn Sparks -- her Love at Stake series is fantastic.  Her most recent release was "Eat Prey Love" all about Carlos the were-panther shifter.  I love her characters and the stories are always such a fun read. 

I should probably say here that my main reason for reading is pleasure.  I love entertainment and I tend to really enjoy strong, well fleshed out characters and stories that make me ride an emotional roller coaster as I read them.  I want to laugh, cry and really just have a great time following along on their adventures and that's what I really look for in a book. 

Kathy Love -- her brother's series is really a blast to read.

J R Ward -- Black Dagger Brotherhood and her newer Fallen Angel series are awesome.  I picked up her 3rd book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood some years ago and after reading about Zhadist and Bella I was totally hooked!  I had to search for the first two books and I haven't missed a single one since!

Amanda Ashley -- Fantastic stories, great characters, fun reads.

Cathryn Fox -- her Pleasure Inn series was a lot of fun to read.

Christine Feehan -- The Carpathian series -- lots of great reading here. 

Christine Warren -- The Others series, I've read seven of them and each one is a pleasure to read.

Kathryn Smith -- Brotherhood of Blood series.  Really great reads.

(If you think you're seeing a trend here you are.  I'm into Vampires, werewolves and all sorts of other paranormal reads.  Again I have to say it's the story & the characters that drive my buying and reading.  Consistently strong, funny, caring characters and good story lines are a guarantee I'll keep coming back again and again.)

Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Dark Hunter/ Dream Hunter -- fantastic!!  Her most recent release, No Mercy, is one I've got in both e-book format and hardback. 

David Weber -- His Honor Harrington space saga is just excellent.  What a strong female lead and a great story line.  His recent releases have all included a CD with the entire series in HTML and e-book format.  Not many of these are actually available in e-book format anywhere but on the CD. 

Stephanie Meyer -- Yes I've read the Twilight Series and follow the videos as well.  Also her alien race book The Host was a good read. Took me awhile to get into it but I enjoyed the story over all.

Nora Roberts, Jeaniene Frost, Kresley Cole, Karen marie Moning, Lorelei James, Mari Carr, Lauren Dane, Maya BanksRachel Vincent, Nicole Austin, Gena Showalter, Eve Silver, Delilah Devlin, Bianca D'Arc, Anara Bella, Nora Roberts, and so many many more! 

Starting here

Hello!  I've decided to jump in and start a blog because I feel I want to share the books I've been reading and find intersting.  I've always been an avid reader from about the time I was 11 or 12.  I started out reading the Hardy Boys and went from there to the fantastic stories of animals, Lad a Dog, Barree Son of Kazan, White Fang, and many more.  I found science fiction in High School and began with authors like; Anne McCaffrey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Roger Zelazny, Phillip Jose Farmer and Andre Norton.  Next came Max Brand and Zane Grey and eventually I discovered Louis L'Amour.  That was pretty much my foundation and I've been expanding that ever since. 

I've collected books and really hate to throw any of them away.  To say my room was getting cluttered would be a major understatement.  A few years ago I finally made the painful decision to "pass on" my books.  Well, some of them at least.  I began by having a friend put my books up on e-bay.  I sold the majority of books that I had and gave quite a few to the local library.  I kept my absolute favorites.  Sorry but they really are like old friends and there was no way I could part with them.  Of course since them my collection of books has begun to grow again and I found myself limiting my purchases to just my main favorite authors. Even so I've got stacks of books beside my bed, beside my chair and under end-tables.  It was getting crowded again!  Then I got the Kindle Reader app for my iPhone.  Now this was cool.  I had several books on my phone and really liked the idea of having something to read always at my finger tips.  Of course the small screen did make it less than appealing under certain circumstances.  Then just a few months ago I decided to buy a Kindle.  This was a real change and opened my horizions.  I began looking at books that were less expensive than paperbacks and hardbound.  I even found the "Free" section.  LOL!  Yeah there were a lot of new reads available there and quite a few old friends and classics that I love going back to from time to time.  From about the beginning of June till now I've managed to put over 300 books on my Kindle!  Yeah I went a bit crazy but WOW it's been great!  I even upgraded my Kindle to the newest version and sent the original one (about a month or so old) to my daughter who is almost as voracious a reader as I am.  My wife and granddaughter both say that the Kindle has become a permanent appendage as I'm almost never without it. 

I'm really happy with the Kindle and I really enjoy the ability to see a book, buy it (no matter where I am) and be able to start reading it immediately.  I think that's one of the biggest plusses for me.  No waiting, no having to fight traffic to get to the local book stores, no paying shipping and handling and waiting for it to be delivered.  This is not to say I don't still buy paperbacks or hardback books.  There are some books that are still (why I do not understand) cheaper to buy in printed version rather than e-version. Also there are some books that aren't coming out in e-book form and I still want them.  And of course there are a few that I buy in both versions.  There really isn't anything like the feel of a real book in your hands.  I still go for the convenience of e-books but printed books still have a place on my shelves.  I like being able to have over 300 books available at my finger tips and not having to carry anything heavier than my Kindle reader. 

Next entry, authors and books I've recently purchased.