Sunday, February 26, 2012

Between the Waves and the Flames by Eve Foss

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I finished Between the Waves and the Flames by Eve Foss & gave 3 stars. Good story & characters, bad edit.

OK, I actually liked this story.  The characters were nice, the story was interesting but the editing of the book really left a lot to be desired.  Words misspelled, a large number of he/her mistakes, extra words as if they tried to edit a sentence then forgot to take out the words they were going to and continued on. Really annoying.  It took you out of the story and broke the flow of words.  Except for this unfortunate lousy editing the actual story and characters were



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Karate instructor Nikki Kammer has been looking for love but has never found anyone who really rocked her world. Now, after sexy masseuse, Alex Martin, saves her life by dragging her out of the undertow of the waves, she wonders if she has been looking in the wrong place all along. Perhaps she should not have been looking for a man, because this woman seems to get her heart going in a way a guy never has. Can she overcome her inhibitions, and her insecurities, to look for love with another woman?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Finding Lisa by Carolyn LeVine Topol

Finding Lisa
This was a very nice read.  It was fun, funny and touching.  I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story was fascinating. Lisa celebrated her 40th birthday by coming home to find her husband and her best friend in bed.  Not the best present in the world and really a life altering/shattering experience.  She left, not knowing where she was going, just driving and trying to come to grips with the events she had just witnessed.  After a one night stand that brings her sexual awareness to the forefront and a realization that she's spent the past 20 years in passionless, loveless marriage, she finds herself in New York and taking up a false identity to get the time to work her way through the changes suddenly thrust themselves at her.  Renting an apartment, finding a job and finding a sudden and electric attraction to her landlady, trying to work through her shock, fear and sudden sexual awareness shows an inner struggle that carries you along with this story on the edge of your seat.

Excellent story, great characters, an absolutely wonderful read.


From Amazon.com

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Finding Lisa is the story of Lisa Barnes Singleton and her year-long journey, beginning with finding her husband, Robert, in bed with her best friend, to realizing her true nature and potential, personally and professionally. Lisa's journey takes her from Connecticut to South Beach, and then back to New York City. She ...experiences the thrill of her first real orgasm, and the beauty of a loving and deeply passionate relationship with Gigi, the woman who owns the brownstone she moves into when she arrives in Manhattan.Lisa is also fighting to keep the integrity of the lingerie empire her father built years earlier intact. Despite Lisa's sexual confusion and difficult romantic entanglements that .... read more at www.amazon.com
 
Definitely worth your time!
 
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Stolen Hearts by Karen Erickson

Stolen Hearts by Karen Ericson was a short, fun read that I really wished had more to it.  This was billed as a sequel to Virgin Jewels which I haven't read but really didn't need to to enjoy this story.  This was more like a vignette.  A really short story that covered all the bases but went by too fast.  I liked the characters and would really like knowing more about them.  A reformed jewel thief, a lovely jewelery store owner with a piece that has a history she knows nothing about.  A gang, pressure from a demanding parent and a sudden flash of connection between thief and store owner.  I would really have loved this to be longer and more detailed.  It was good, fun and a very nice read.  Worth the time to read.

Stolen Hearts
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Stolen Hearts is a stand-alone sequel to Virgin Jewels. Celeste Anderson doesn't believe in love at first sight. She intends to marry someone with the same interests and financial aspirations and have a neat, orderly life. But there's something to be said for the thrill of the unknown — and when Alex enters her family jewelry store, her body decides it's more than ready for a few thrills. Desperate for his father's approval, ex-jewel thief Alex Moretti reluctantly agrees to steal an antique diamond bracelet from a tiny, ill-secured shop. No problem for a pro like Alex — until he meets Celeste. Now the only thing he's interested in stealing is her heart.

Hailey's Coyote (Bear Canyon Shifters) by Dawn Smith

February 20 at 5:28pm via Kindle

I finished reading Hailey's Coyote by Dawn Smith.  This was a fun read, enjoyable but nothing really stood out for me.  The characters were likable but a bit thin for my liking.  Girl just moves in to new apartment, immediately gets marked as the mate of the coyote pack enforcer and then is ripped from her still unpacked apartment and dumped in the pack for her own protection while the male goes out to try and capture the rogue coyote's out to kill anyone and anything that stands in their way. It was a fun read as I said but compressed.  This could have stood from a lot more expansion to really flesh out the story and build the characters a bit deeper, more real. 


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Evan is on a mission to bring down the rogue pack that has been terrorizing the community. He didn't expect to stumble across his mate in the process. Hailey just moved in and was not prepared for the man of her dreams to knock her off her feet. Only one thing is stopping them from their happily ever after, Evan's prey has turned the tables and now Hailey's life is in Evan's hands.

The way I read

I read new books, I re-read favorite books, I listen to audio books ... it all depends on where I am and what is going on.  I read all the time when I can.  I have books at work that I crack open when I have a break or need a bit of a get-away.  I listen to audio books as I drive in to work in the mornings and home in the evenings and during the summer I listen to them while I mow the lawn.  We have about 3 acres to mow and riding on the mower for about 2 hours can get a tad boring without a good audio book.  I read while waiting for my granddaughter to finish her dance classes. I read at times when my wife and granddaughter are clothes shopping. Yes waiting while they try on clothes or decide which clothes are right, finding size, color and style can get a bit slow and reading keeps me close while not feeling like a third wheel.  I read when I take the truck into the shop. 

Currently I'm listening to Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara.  This is a really great series and I love the way Khristine Hvam reads.  Cast in Courtlight is book 2 in this series and I'm looking forward to listening to the rest. 

I've listened to the entire Twilight series on audio CDs.  These make great listening on my drives to and from work.  And yes, like reading these books I love listening to them over again.

To me, reading is fun and a wonderful way to spend my time.

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Re-read: At All Costs (Honor Harrington Book 11) by David Weber

I really LOVE the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.  The characters are so alive, so full and rich you lose yourself in the stories.  In At All Costs Honor and Hamish and Emily come together and become a family just as all heck breaks loose as the war with Haven comes to a head.  There are so many emotional high points in this story.  I go back and re-read these stories at least once a year just because they are such emotional roller coaster rides.  Honor Harrington is the ultimate in heroines.  She's strong, honest, principled and moral. She epitomizes the woman warrior.  Her people idolize her.  Yet Honor is so human.  She's strong, yes, but she has self doubts, she carries her pain for lives lost and taken inside and it she forces herself to higher standards than anyone else.  Awesome reading!

At All Costs (Honor Harrington #11)
What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander." But what most of the public DOESN'T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse. Eighth Fleet's job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It's a job which won't be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high.

Re-read: Like Lovers Do by Lori L. Lake

This is another book that is well worth re-reading.  I love the characters and the drama.  The emotions run high and the character interaction is very gripping. It isn't just the main characters that pull you in.  There's Max & Renae & Olivia and all the wonderful tenants of the Allan Arms. It touches all their lives and brings the whole place to life.  This is a sweet and exciting story that I know I'll come back to again and again.

Like Lovers Do
A romance from Lori L. Lake, winner of the Ann Bannon Award

Kennie McClain is a security guard who, unbeknownst to her tenants, owns the Allen Arms where she works. She’s still recovering from the loss of her partner three years earlier and has moved from upstate New York to Portland to escape the tragedy. In her off hours, she rehabs apartments and nurses a broken heart.

Lily Gordon, a nationally-acclaimed painter, lives in the Allen Arms penthouse. She’s beautiful and accomplished – and haunted after her lover ditches her.

Sparks fly in a big way when Kennie and Lily finally connect . . . but then in one shattering moment, Lily betrays her, and Kennie’s world comes crashing down, leaving her untrusting and in deep emotional pain. Can Kennie ever rise above these losses and risk her heart again?

Re-read When Dreams Tremble by Radclyffe

Yep, I'm at it again.  Re-reading! For one I love going back to favorite books and characters.  There's always something that grabs at you and makes you smile or cry.  Another reason is that I would have to win the lottery in order to keep me in new reading material! LOL! 

When Dreams Tremble
Leslie Harris's visit to her upstate New York lakeside family home after a decade of triumphs and disappointment resembles a nightmare more than the quiet vacation she'd heard for. The unexpected appearance of much-changed town eco girl Devon Weber, with whom Leslie shares a secret that haunts them both, rekindles an old heart ache—and reminds Leslie of just why she left. Even though her attraction to Dev comes roaring back, the one thing Leslie doesn't want is to pick up where they left off, especially not when she already has just the life she wants—a rewarding high-power law practice, a condo in Manhattan, and a lover who satisfies her without demanding the intimacy Leslie avoids. Unfortunately, environmental biologist Devon Weber doesn't play by Leslie's rules. Two women whose lives turned out far differently than they'd once imagined discover that sometimes the shape of the future can only be found in the past-and love is strongest When Dreams Tremble.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Winds of Heaven by Kate Sweeney

Winds Of Heaven  Winds of Heaven by Kate Sweeney is a fantastic book!  The characters are real and the story is gripping and demands your attention.  It's an emotional roller coaster that takes you to the highs of love, passion and laughter and down to the depths of sorrow, loss and helpless anger.  Kate Sweeney draws a very vivid picture of the loss of a loved partner on top of the hormonal roller coaster of pregnancy and a resurgence of feelings long thought lost and out of reach.

Liz Kennedy's partner of 5 years, Julie, has died, leaving Liz pregnant and caring for a 3 year old daughter.  Money depleted from the pregnancy, the sudden hospital stay and funeral, Liz finds herself at the end of her rope. Strongly independent but left with no where to turn she find herself and her daughter placed into the hands of her partner's ex-lover. 

Knowing she was dying, Julie, wrote to her ex-lover, the only person she knew that she could depend on to help her pregnant partner, and asked her to help Liz through this rough time and care for her and her unborn child. 

Casey Bennet, a strong, arrogant, musician, has reached the top of her career.  Independent, good enough to demand the best, she lives her life as she sees fit, enjoying women for all their worth yet never letting anyone actually touch her life.  Julie was the only one she had felt close to and when she had broken things off Casey knew she wouldn't let that happen to her again.  Now she find herself put into a position of having to care for her ex-lover's partner, child and child to be and it is a very uncomfortable feeling.  Feeling put upon and angry she agrees to see Liz through her pregnancy and help out till she can get back on her feet. What she felt when she saw Liz for the very first time and how 3 year old Skye, reached out and touched a part of her she didn't know existed threw her ordered life into a tail spin. 

This is a fantastic book, with good, strong characters and enough twists and turns to keep you turning pages right from the start.  A wonderful, loving story that reaches into your heart.  Laughter and tears and the wonder of child birth.  A great story you'll really enjoy!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Inner Secrets by Suzie Carr


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Hope Steele destroyed her marriage by being unfaithful to her husband with a woman. Plagued by guilt and committed to be a better person, she seeks a fresh start by renting a room in an estate home with five people from various backgrounds. But before long she develops a deep attraction to her roommate Lucy, who is in ...a relationship. Lucy makes her feel free, sexy, and whole. Further stoking her desire is the sense Lucy is keeping a secret of her own. As Hope struggles to preserve her integrity, what ensues is a dance between right and wrong and truth and forgiveness.
This was a very good read! It started out a bit slow ... journal entries are good and great fill in but for me it's a glossy cover and I don't get the real feel of the characters.  Once the real characters emerged there was a real sense of identity.  The came across full bodied and grabbed your attention.  Emotions, ideas, feelings ... as I read the story I actually felt myself tensing up as something happened and I started to think about how the others in the house were going to react to it.  That's the kind of story I like to read.  Easy to put yourself in some of their positions, identify with their insecurities and fears.  It was good story that wrapped you up and pull you along with the characters, laughing, cringing and wincing as the story unfolded.  It was a good story that was both sad and uplifting in many ways. 

Another good story from Suzie Carr!

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

In Fire Forged: Worlds of Honor by David Weber

In Fire Forged (Worlds of Honor)I just finished In Fire Forged by David Weber.  It was a good read. I didn't think it was as good as the others in the series but the stories in themselves were quite interesting and good reads.  This book didn't strike me as being as interesting as the others.  It was a good read, but the stories just didn't grab the attention as well as the earlier books did.  David Weber's story about Honor was good, interesting but lacked the excitement and drive of the previous stories.  Over  all it was a good book. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

17 February 2012 Update -- Recent & Current Reads/listening

Wow ... since the 11th .. my last post .. I've re-read 3 books, currently re-reading At All Costs by David Weber, Sequestered Hearts by Erin Dutton.  I finished listening to Lover Mine by JR Ward Saturday afternoon and just finished listening to Lover Unleashed by JR Ward last night. This coming Tuesday I start listening to Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara on my drive in to work. 

I know a lot of people don't like re-reading a book.  My wife always says once she reads a book she doesn't need to read it again.  She's kind of like that with movies too.  I'm just the opposite in these respects.  I love re-reading books, especially those that made me laugh or cry and had characters and plots that grabbed my attention.  Books like these are like coming back to old friends that keep you warm on cold, gray days and bring laughter into your life.  Take, for example, in the book I'm re-reading now ... At All Costs by David Weber.  There's a scene about midway through the book where Honor comes to the White Haven home and discovers not only Emily & Hamish there but her parents too.  Emily sits in her life-support chair and tells Honor that she's come up with a solution to the current sticky situation that they find themselves in.  Here's a part of that passage:

"Not really," Emily said, with a sudden, huge smile and a matching internal swell of delight.
"You see, Honor, all you have to do is answer one question."
"One question?" Honor blinked as her eyes prickled suddenly and unexpectedly. She didn't even know why—just that the joy inside Emily had reached out and blended with a matching tide of joyous anticipation from Hamish into something so strong, so exuberant and yet so intensely focused on her, that her own emotions literally couldn't help responding to it.
 "Yes," Emily said softly. "Honor, will you marry Hamish and me?"

For an instant that seemed an eternity Honor simply stared at her. Then it penetrated, and she jerked upright in her comfortable chair. "Marry you?" Her voice trembled. "Marry both of you? Are . . . are you serious?"

This is one of my favorite passages in this book. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.  If you've read the Honor Harrington series by David Weber you'll understand.  If you haven't ... you really should!  Awesome characters and the stories are so gripping and exciting. 

This series grabbed me from the very first book, On Basilisk Station.  The emotions evoked by the characters and their interaction with Honor are just awesome.  She's one of those larger than life characters and how her people respond to her and the situations they find themselves in is so wonderfully emotional that I find myself going back and re-reading this series over and over again. I've re-read these books well over a dozen times.  The next book in this series, A Rising Thunder, comes out 6 March 2012.

J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels are the same way.  The characters and the stories are so wonderfully alive.  The laughter and the tears come and go throughout the entire series and there's a connection to the people that keeps me coming back over and over again.  The next book in this series, Lover Reborn, comes out 27 March 2012 and I am so looking forward to that!


Another series that does that is The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.  Awesome books and characters.  I can't wait till next week when the 3rd book of the 2nd series is released.  Echoes of Betrayal is released on 21 February 2012. 

Lynsay Sands Argeneau series is yet another!  I can't get enough of these people!  The next book, Wanted: Undead or Alive comes out the 27th of March 2012.  I look forward to each and every new book with excitement and expectation knowing it will only wet my appetite for even more! 

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dying to Live (Elite Operatives) by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou

I finished Dying to Live (Elite Operatives) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou and gave it 4 stars.
This is a great read! The characters are very strong, very much alive and the story is exciting and grabs you from the very start.  I've enjoyed all of the Elite Operative stories I've read so far.  Looking forward to the next one which comes out next month! 

 
Can you outrun death? Zoe Anderson-Howe's pampered life is abruptly shattered when she's taken hostage by FARC guerrillas while on a business trip to Bogota. While her father struggles to come up with the ransom, the British socialite must endure hardships that test her both mentally and physically.Elite Operative Fetch... has been living in the Colombian jungle for six months on a mission to infiltrate the FARC and orchestrate the rescue of western hostages. When Zoe is added to her assignment, Fetch's sense of duty must override the disdain she initially feels for the self-indulgent tabloid queen.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

To Command and Collar (Masters of the Shadowlands) by Cherise Sinclair

To Command and Collar (Masters of the Shadowlands)

What to say .... this story lived up to all my expectations. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Masters of Shadowlands books. The characters are all so real and vivid. Larger than life and oh so captivating. Strong, fascinating and wonderful characters that pull you through the stories and leave you wanting to know more! I really like these books. Each one pulling another Dom out of the shadows and letting you look in on their lives. Their stories are exciting and full of drama and the full gamut of emotions. Laughter, tears, anger and sorrow ... so much to absorb and feel.
Like all good series each story is like coming back to old friends and familiar faces. Seeing how they've grown and looking in through the windows on their lives and loves. This story brings Master Raoul to the fore front and introduces us to Kim, Gabi's friend who had been taken by slavers as well.
This is a roller coaster ride of emotions that grab you from the very first paragraph and keep you reading till you reach the end. An excellent read and one you won't regret picking up!

Product Description

Genre: BDSM Contemporary Suspense
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands; Previous Book: Make Me, Sir

Determined to find the human traffickers preying on Shadowlands’ submissives, Master Raoul gets himself invited to a small slave auction. Once informed, the FBI orders him to reject the limited choices so the slavers will invite him to the big auction. To Raoul’s shock, one of the slaves is the kidnapped friend of a Shadowlands sub. She has a scarred body...and an unbroken spirit. He can’t leave her behind. Ruining the FBI’s carefully laid plans, he buys her.

Kimberly’s freedom has come at a devastating price: the other women are still slaves. An FBI raid is their only hope for rescue. Desperate to help the Feds locate the big auction, she agrees to pose as Master Raoul’s slave. Wearing a collar again is terrifying, but under the powerful dominant’s care, Kim starts to heal and then to blossom. This is what she’s been drawn to—and fled from—her entire life.

She escaped the slavers who captured her body—can she escape the master who’s captured her heart?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to: bondage, fire play, flogging), violence.
 
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Tangerine Twist by Suzie Carr

Tangerine Twist

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Becca James wants to make it big. And she will, as soon as the idea of performing doesn’t scare the voice out of her. Until then she orchestrates another life…predictable, responsible, and dull. Then Kara walks on stage, a flirty goddess with long, wavy hair and sultry caramel-flecked eyes that drip with sex appeal. Inhibitions and commitments fall like shattered glass, as the duo form a musical sensation. Becca is big! But can self indulgence substitute for self respect? Can a wild ride stop at happiness? In this fast paced, sexy novel, finding out what really matters in life doesn’t always mean you get it. Or does it?
 
 
I like Suzie Carr's books.  Her stories are always interesting and I like the characters in them.  That being said I have to say Tangerine Twist just didn't catch my interest the way her other books have.  I enjoyed the story and the characters were interesting but it just didn't grab my interest.  I couldn't get into this story like the others.  The story kept me reading but the characters didn't pull me into their lives like the others did. 
 
It was a story of finding one's self.  Becca's journey wasn't easy and there were a lot bumps along the way.  In discovering herself Becca also discovered that appearances aren't always what they seemed and the great and exciting life she'd wanted since she was little didn't bring her the satisfaction she thought it would. 
 
Inner Secrets is the next book in my reading list by Suzie Carr. I'm curious to see how this one pulls me in. 
 
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Currently Reading/Listening to

I'm currently reading No Where to Run by Maya Banks.  I really enjoy this series.  This is the only book in the series I've yet to read.  Kind of out of order but that doesn't take away from the intense drama and excellent characters in this series.  Maya Banks has a great series in the KGI books and every one of the characters are great. 

I'm listening to Lover Mine by J. R. Ward right now. This is John Matthew & Xhex's story and is really an excellent story.  I really love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  I've read them all but its great to listen to them while I drive in and back from work.  Makes the hour and a half drive go so much faster.  I've also managed to pick up the next book in the series Lover Unleashed which is Payne's story.

Another audio book I picked up this weekend is Cast In Courtlight by Michelle Sagara.  I'm finding this series quite interesting.  This is book #2 in the series and the characters are very interesting and the story is gripping.  This is a great listen.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Surfacing by AnneMarie Buhl

Surfacing by AnneMarie Buhl and gave it 3 star only because it was too short. This was a good story.  The characters were very interesting, the story compelling but it was just too short. It was like reading the 1st chapter of a book and wanting more.  It was a fun read and well worth the time.

 
Ostracized by her friends and abandoned by her mother, JJ wanders through high school confused and alone. Then the most mysterious girl in school asks her on a date and JJ sees a way to take her life back into her control. She accepts and embarks on a first date she won't forget and finds a second chance she never thought she'd have.  "Surfacing" is a short story by AnneMarie Buhl, a writer who lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.

A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins

A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins         Awesome story full of fun, laughter & great characters!
This story was such a fun read! It was full of laughter and excitement.  I read this through in the space of a couple of hours and it was just so enjoyable.  I laughed so much.  This was one of the best just plain fun reads I've had in a long time.  The characters were real and the interaction between the teens of this world and the Princess was too funny.  This was light and easy and a very very enjoyable read.


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Bianca’s life is tediously normal until the day she rescues a fairytale princess from a troll. Then, everything changes and Bianca finds herself being thrust into the role of Prince Charming whether she likes it or not.Despite her misgivings, she’s drawn to the strange Princess and her ways and befor
she... knows where she is she’s forced to fight for her love - and her life.

Some Kind of River by Andi Marquette

finished Some Kind of River by Andi Marquette and gave it 4 stars. Fun, a very enjoyable read.  This was a kind of short story.  Not very long but the characters were really very interesting and the story had just enough drama and fun to make it a very good read.  I wish it could have been longer as I would really like to have learned more about these interesting characters.  A good, short read!


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River rafting guide and kayaking nut Dez Parker figures her best friend Mel Hammond just isn’t into her romantically, which bums Dez out because they’ll be spending the summer guiding together and Mel seems like the right kind of woman for her. Then again, Dez doesn’t want to ruin a friendship by admitting her feelings to Mel. That changes when she finds out that Mel might be interested in someone, and Dez is torn between wanting to take a chance and respecting Mel's choice. Is it really too late for Dez? Or is there something she doesn't know? Whichever it is, a summer on the river isn't always a smooth ride.Novella: 28,000 words

Friday, February 3, 2012

Finished this week --- Shadow of Saganami & Lover Avenged

I finished reading Shadow of Saganami by David Weber this week.  This read was done in bits and pieces over the past two weeks.  A couple pages here and a couple pages there.  The book was excellent and the characters as always were strong and so vivid.  I've said before how much I like David Weber's Honor Harrington series.  This one is one of the Honorverse novels and follows Crown of Slaves.  Excellent stories and fantastic characters.  I highly recommend all of David Weber's books. You can get this book free from http://www.baenebooks.com/p-370-the-shadow-of-saganami.aspx

 Fom David's site:  

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STUDENTS OF HONOR...
The Star Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven after a stunning sneak attack. The graduating class from Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are going straight from the classroom to the blazing reality of all-out war.
Except for the midshipmen assigned to the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma, that is. They're being assigned to the Talbott Cluster, an out of the way backwater, far from the battle front. The most they can look forward to is the capture of the occasional pirate cruiser and the boring duty of supporting the Cluster's peaceful integration with the Star Kingdom at the freely expressed will of eighty percent of the Cluster's citizens. With a captain who may have seen too much of war and a station commander who isn't precisely noted for his brilliant and insightful command style, it isn't exactly what the students of Honor Harrington, the "Salamander," expected.
But things aren't as simple — or tranquil — as they appear. The "pirates" they encounter aren't what they seem, and the "peaceful integration" they expected turns into something very different. A powerful alliance of corrupt Solarian League bureaucrats and ruthless interstellar corporations is determined to prevent the Cluster's annexation by the Star Kingdom . . . by any means necessary. Pirates, terrorists, genetic slavers, smuggled weapons, long-standing personal hatreds, and a vicious alliance of corporate greed, bureaucratic arrogance, and a corrupt local star nation with a powerful fleet, are all coming together, and only Hexapuma, her war-weary captain, and Honor Harrington's students stand in the path.
They have only one thing to support and guide them: the tradition of Saganami. The tradition that sometimes a Queen's officer's duty is to face impossible odds... and die fighting.

Lover Avenged
I also finished listening to Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward.  This is Rehvenge's story.  As usual this has all the great pieces that make for a memorable story. Awesome characters, excitement, vampires and a really fantastic story.  I really enjoy this series and I'm looking forward to the newest book coming out in a few months, Lover Reborn.  Next up for me is listening to Lover Mine -- John Matthew's story.  From J. R. Ward's web site:

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
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