Monday, March 31, 2008

The Weekly Read 3/31: Ten Second Reviews

Oh the books in the pile to read… I slowed down this past week. Things are stacked up nice and high as a friend dropped off bags and bags of books she was taking to the used bookstore, but as I need more books – cough – she let me dig through them first. I won’t even attempt to list them here.

I also spent a lot of time reading ebooks this week. I had a knitting project I needed to finish and ebooks work wonderfully for that. I can read and knit at the same time, so I made good progress on both.

From my archives, I pulled up Gail R. Delany’s The Phoenix Rebellion series that was published with Triskelion. I sure hope she finds a new home, preferably print, for this series. Damn good story and I adore her main hero, Nick Tanner. I want to wrap my arms around that man and never let him go. Hope you have an agent, Gail! I kept thinking back to Independence Day, Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica and other sci-fi movies and series. Alien invasion, gutsy humans fighting back, handsome heroes and heroines to save the day. What more could a sci-fi fan want? Oh yeah, hot sex too. Good stuff.

Buying Mackenzie’s Baby by Kim Rees. Kim likes to pull her readers into deep emotional torment. There were times I wanted to take the hero and heroine and smack their heads together. They were so rotten to each other and never really talked things out. Though if they’d done it sooner, I guess there wouldn’t be much of a story there, right? Deep and emotionally charged, a story of deep hurt brought on by miscommunication and mistaken intentions. Available at Samhain.

Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James. Hot stuff, baby! Whew! Those cowboys can really twist a girl up. Then again, when the cowgirl in question has her man in her sights, he doesn’t stand much of a chance. Good story, told well. Also from Samhain. In fact, they got my ebook business last week.

How to Conjure a Man and Lady Lillian’s Guide by Nancy Lindquist. Nancy is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She has a fresh voice and her characters and plots aren’t run of the mill by the stretch of anyone’s imaginations. Both these books are available from Samhain, but I also noticed she has a book with debuting epub Lyrical Press. In fact, several of the Dark Eden authors have moved to Lyrical, me included, so I’m thrilled to see I’ll be at a house with Nancy. Other books of hers to look out for: I Shagged the Sherriff and Red Hot Alaskan Men.

One Night on a Balcony by Samantha Lucas opens with a very hot scene of sex on the balcony, only the heroine is watching and not participating. From there it only gets hotter. And yes, she does get to participate at some point. Short and sweet, very satisfying.

Unholy Vows by Ciar Cullen. A story within a story. A woman writes an erotic tale starring her ex-husband’s younger brother and he reads it. Whew! Another writer with a voice that stands out from the crowd, I really like Ciar’s style.

Jmo, what did you get into this past week? I see you read a book I also really like, Over Hexed. Ms Thompson is a good writer. I also liked the two nerd in love books of hers I read a while back. We may have to do a review for the blog on that one. Or maybe we’ll do it for the sequel.

What did Jmo read? What did Jmo read? Gimme a minute I’m trying to remember. So many books and so little grey matter left to think with. Seriously, I had a trio of greats books last week. Two new to me and one I love to reread.

Over Hexed by Vickie Lewis Thompson.
This is my first book by her, but it won’t be my last. The book centers around two witches—you know how I loved witches—who have been exiled to small town life. But like they say you can take the witch out of the city, but you still got a witch on your hands. The pair decide to do some magical matchmaking by turning the town stud into the town nerd then bring his soul mate to town.

This book was everything I look for in a book, funny and romantic to its core. The butter scene alone was worth the price of the book.

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison.
This series keeps getting better. Book six, answers all those questions that have been keeping me up at night. A tight storyline kept me reading. Ok, as long as you promise not to tell my boss, I’ll tell you a secret. I may have come back from lunch late a couple days trying to finish it. There was only one thing wrong with this book. It ended! Now I must wait a year for my next dose.

The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
I first read this book a few years ago, but with the latest book Gone with the Witch coming out, SOON!, I wanted to go back to the book that made me fall in love with this series. The Kitchen Witch is cute funny story that is sure to warm your heart. Ms. Blair has a humorous way that draws you into her books.

Melody Seabright might not be a witch but she bespells Shane, the stuffed shirted who lives in her building. She melts his heart just like she did mine. If you’re looking for a feel good book, you can’t go wrong with this book and the ones that come later in the series.

Well, that’s my reads for the week. I’ll be back next week with more, if these stupid allergies will let me read more than 3 paragraphs before my eyes start burning and I have to go to sleep.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for reading Unholy Vows! Very gratifying. :o)