★★★☆☆ Here I am reading another “snowbound” romance. I didn’t like this one as much. It had a lot of potential, but it really didn’t deli[image error]
★★★☆☆ Here I am reading another “snowbound” romance. I didn’t like this one as much. It had a lot of potential, but it really didn’t deliver anything new. The characters were a bit too… one dimensional, despite the author’s attempt to give them some angsty history.
The Italian hero, Severo Constanza, just arrives at the ski lodge when he has to trudge back out in the snow after our innocent heroine, Neve Macleod, steals his car to chase after her spoiled and inconsiderate step-daughter, Hannah. And she can’t figure out why he is so angry? Neve worries about Hannah, with good reason, but conveniently forgets about her when consumed by Severo’s kisses. Plus, he was wearing that ski mask (you know, the one that only has eyes, nose, and mouth slits?) way too long. I’d be freaked out by that alone. ...more
★★★★☆ Why do I love ‘stuck-in-the-snow-together’ stories so much? I guess I have a not-so-secret fantasy about getting snowbounArtwork by Leigh Kerkam
★★★★☆ Why do I love ‘stuck-in-the-snow-together’ stories so much? I guess I have a not-so-secret fantasy about getting snowbound with a brooding billionaire. Anyway, this one worked for me.
Cesar’s brother has a mystery project and Cesar’s hoping it doesn’t include a romantic relationship with designer, Jude. He finds her way too attractive, despite her ever-present blue jeans. She sleeps in baggy tee-shirts, he slumbers in the nude. He’s also a city dweller; she loves gardening in the countryside. Luckily Mother Nature’s elements and his “silly car” (it’s a classic Bentley!) took care of the set-up to passion for these two total opposites – at the mercy of the weather – in a cozy little English cottage.
★★★★½ This is a review of the audiobook, with excellent narration by DavidThe Wild Ones, by artist Andy Thomas [image error] http://www.andythomas.com
★★★★½ This is a review of the audiobook, with excellent narration by David Strathairn. It is from first person POV, and Mr. Strathairn is at his best as a young gunslinger that uses his wits and reason as well as his talent to talk more than one man out of drawing against him. Mr. Strathairn does NOT use a falsetto voice for the innocent young female voice, but a butter soft Spanish accent. Very nice!
Still, it is a Western in the truest sense of the word, so we get plenty of horses, cattle drives, Indian & bar fights, disagreements over found gold, and life-changing decisions as the two young Sackett brothers, Tyrel & Orrin, grow into men over the years. This is an old Western, written by the master, with a dash of “one foot on the floor” romance thrown in just to keep me happy. ...more
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★★★★✩ Ah, yes. A reckless brother who loses his half of the Wyoming ranch in a game of poker, sadGrand Teton National Park Wyoming, U.S.A. [image error]
★★★★✩ Ah, yes. A reckless brother who loses his half of the Wyoming ranch in a game of poker, saddling his hardworking twin sister with a seductive new partner. It’s been done before, but Ms. Davidson has a few tricks and surprises up her sleeve. Her books may be a little dated for some of you, but I quite enjoyed her – enough to track down her backlist and start this first in the Davidson's Texas series. Sweet, but not too sweet! It comes with a little spice and grit. Nice.
a) Neligh Mills in Neligh, Nebraska. An old flour mill along the Elkhorn River, beautifully preserved. b)This one came out in eBook in January, 2013!
a) Neligh Mills in Neligh, Nebraska. An old flour mill along the Elkhorn River, beautifully preserved. b) A Danish immigrant built this wind-powered grist mill near Boelus. c) Map of the Great Plains State d) Pastoral Nebraska. a) b)* c) d)
★★★★✩ Too Tall Thea has been passed over for love. . . or has she? Enter a man statuesque enough to see eye-to-eye with Thea on the welfare of his niece. Add his obvious appreciation of Thea’s giving nature, and you’ll find an enamored ex-major, Booker, who is just perfect for romance.
Booker’s tracking down his niece who was mistakenly placed on the Orphan Train. He finds her in Nebraska, where he just happens to own property on which he plans to build a mill. The cast is rounded out with a selectively mute niece, Zoe; a traumatized run-away boy, Lucas; and a Native American Indian friend, Red Horse. (view spoiler)[ A bit cliché, when the little girl saves the day in the end, finally using her words in a crisis. All of which might be excused with a 1995 publication date, if you’re as generous as the heroine. However, it was just my cup of tea; very palate cleaning after another book with a surprise rape in it. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
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Keeping the Characters Straight - Help (you're going to need it) from Shelfari.com Sara Keegan: An Ac tee-shirt available @ http://www.allposters.com/
Keeping the Characters Straight - Help (you're going to need it) from Shelfari.com Sara Keegan: An Accountant, owner of a new age book shop called "The Scrying Glass". Quinn Tyrell: Pyr, a silver and blue dragon, the Smith. Erik Sorensson: Pyr, a pewter and onyx dragon, leader of the Pyrs Donovan Shea: Pyr, lapis lazuli and gold dragon Lucien: Slayer, topaz yellow dragon Boris Vassily: Slayer, ruby red dragon, leader. Ambrose: Slayer, gold dragon Niall Talbot: Pyr, amethyst and platinum dragon Rafferty Powell: Pyr, opal and gold dragon Sloane Forbes: Pyr, tourmaline dragon Sigmund Guthrie: Slayer, malachite green and silver dragon, Erik's son Sophie: Wyvern dragon, Pyr, crystal white, only female. Everett: Slayer, tourquoise dragon Xavier: Slayer, garnet red dragon Magda: Sara's aunt Delaney Shea: Pyr, emerald and gold dragon
★★★½✩ I was really enjoying this first in the Dragonfire series; loved the characters (and there were a lot!), loved the plot, and this made it for a fast page-turning read.
Then. Things. Changed.
I felt the author played a little fast & loose with the abilities and magic of the characters and world. She didn't have her “rules” firm enough, IMHO. Why didn't a character used that ability earlier? (Which happened more than once!) (view spoiler)[What was with the hero’s keen not-so-keen sense of smell? Why didn't a character recognize another character? Why didn’t the hero ensure the safety of his lady before antagonizing a potential foe, and then rapidly try to erect a defense? Especially given his history. (view spoiler)[Why could one character shape shift to enable escape, but didn’t do so earlier? Oh, because they didn’t know. But wait, they did! (hide spoiler)] Why didn’t the dirt in the tunnel stop the smoke? I don’t know about that world, but here in the Real one, it does. (hide spoiler)] And on and on.
Some parts of the book were fun and engaging, I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and I could forgive a few little things as a “first in the series book” - but the inconsistencies just started snowballing out of control, making me roll my eyes one too many times and lose interest. (And I was really, really interested the first 3/4 of the book!)
I did this as a “buddy read,” so of course I finished; I think my fellow “BRs” liked it more than I did, so you should probably give it a chance. In fact, I’m willing to give this author another shot. I’m just getting the next in the series from the library. ☺
★★★★½ Man-oh-man! I love my GoodReads app! (Who said I’m not ready for the New Millennium?)
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★★★★½ Man-oh-man! I love my GoodReads app! (Who said I’m not ready for the New Millennium?)
I went out in the rain yesterday to run an errand for a friend. I figured, while I was out and about, I’d stop at the library (yeah, twist my arm). I checked out the “Friends of the Library” for-sale-books and there were a bunch of Harlequin Presents (my guilty pleasure!). I used my iPod/Touch and connected to GoodReads. I was able to see there were a bunch of 4 and 5 star reviews for this one entered by my friends from the Harlequin Presents Readers group, so I picked it up. So glad I did! I’m a sucker for a “trapped in a snow-storm” theme. This one is funny and poignant and well worth the 50¢ I spent – even more!
Reader Beware?: Some people don't like the adultery theme, but it is NOT between the main protagonists. ...more
[image error] ★★★★✩ Sweet and loaded with charm! This is a fast read, but that doesn’t make it any less H.O.T. Kudos to this “new-2-me-author” for maki[image error] ★★★★✩ Sweet and loaded with charm! This is a fast read, but that doesn’t make it any less H.O.T. Kudos to this “new-2-me-author” for making me care about these believable people in a relatively short amount of time. I’ll definitely be reading more of this author’s work.
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★★★★½ Yes, yes! I know Christmas is over with; nonetheless, I put this audiobook on request at the public liVictorian Christmas II, by Thomas Kincaid
★★★★½ Yes, yes! I know Christmas is over with; nonetheless, I put this audiobook on request at the public library and didn’t receive it until after the holiday. So, I stayed up on New Year’s working on all my lovely new 2012 challenges and – lo and behold – I’m delighted to say I’ve found a charming new author! I’m pretty sure I tried one of her books before and it didn’t grab me, but Susan Duerden narrated this one to near perfection.
There is nothing new here in the first of Ms. Alexander’s Sinful Family Secrets series, but it is light and breezy and well done. What happens when an independent widow is set on her first seduction and the target of her desire is determined to convince her to become his wife instead – then his family pushes their way into the mix? There is a gradual, subtle build up that is pure fun. It helped that I didn’t know if I was listening to a “one-foot-on-the-floor” type of sexual tension or not.
★★★★✩ I like to make greeting cards. In fact, my BFfL (best friend for life) insists on dragging me out of the house (and away from my books!) every n
★★★★✩ I like to make greeting cards. In fact, my BFfL (best friend for life) insists on dragging me out of the house (and away from my books!) every now and then to a card-making class. I love a good mystery, too. Throw in a little romance and I’m ecstatic. Combining these three elements, the bases of this series, piqued my interest when I saw book #4 was on audio at my public library (everyone knows I’m addicted audiobooks).
Since Debbie, one of my GRs friends, has a fit every time I start a series out of order, I thought it might actually be worth the effort for me to arrange an interlibrary transfer via my computer (the easy part) and physically go (the hard part) to my Brick & Mortar Public Library to retrieve the first in the Wollie Shelley Mysteries available to me only in the Dead Tree Version (hardback). Surprise! It was.
What can I say? This is a fun book, with occasional touching moments. I thought the heroine was going to be TSTL when she instantly falls for a potential murderer, but she held my attention. Got to love a woman named after an eighteenth century feminist (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) who keeps a Regency Romance in her jacket pocket – just in case there’s time to read it.
Time? That Wollie doesn’t find; there’s a lot happening in this book. There is also wit and charm; enough that I’ll be making another trek to the library for the second in the series. That’s saying something, since I’m the spoiled “Download Queen of Cyberspace” now. Ms. Kozak’s writing flows at a nice clip making it well worth the journey. I liked sentences like: “He hacked again, hard enough to rearrange his lungs.”
★★★½✩This is a review of the audiobook. Well narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I had a hard time with the hero, Rafe Bowman. His sensitivity came just a lit★★★½✩This is a review of the audiobook. Well narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I had a hard time with the hero, Rafe Bowman. His sensitivity came just a little too late for me; he played the asshat too long. I don’t like the “you want me/I can make you scream with desire” dialogue too much, but when someone is being a conceited asshat while doing it, it makes it even worse. I did like touching base with the Wallflowers. What a good laugh? Check out Lily Bart’s review about how the four Wallflowers compare to the Fab Four (Beatles). ...more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) It was pure pleasure to return to the first in Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways series and the wondePooka at Midnight
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) It was pure pleasure to return to the first in Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways series and the wonderful Rosalyn Landor, the narrator, brought it to life all over again. She does an excellent job of discerning these unforgettable characters’ voices with their multiple accents and distinct personalities. She helped me remember why this quirky family tugged on my heart strings the first time around. You can hear Cam and Amelia discover a tender, lasting love. **sigh** In addition, Ms. Landor coveys the aching emotions of Leo’s grief for his lost first-love. (I had forgotten she was also Amelia & Win’s best friend!) All this happens while the loving Hathaway family tries to settle into their new home and elevated social standing. I delighted in Merripin, Win, Poppy, and Bea and experienced the family bonds with love, tears, upsets, and laughter as if they were my own.
★★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook. Jayne Entwistle does a perfect eleven-year-old Flavia in this audiobook – in tone, iThree-speed BSA Keep Fit
★★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook. Jayne Entwistle does a perfect eleven-year-old Flavia in this audiobook – in tone, intellect, and mischievousness! I know I enjoyed it twice as much than if I’d only read Alan Bradley delightful book. What fun! This first in the Flavia de Luce Mystery series is a jewel.
I loved being transported back to the 1950s and joining Flavia as she took her bicycle*, Gladys, on her investigation round her charming English village of Bishop’s Lacey. She needs to prove her father (a philatelist and former amateur illusionist) innocent of murder, stopping only long enough to torture (or be tortured by) her older sisters. I really don’t know if it is for children; it is too deviously, deliciously witty by half. Can’t wait to hear the rest.
★★★★✩ I liked this one, the second in the Psy-Changeling series; but not as much as the first. Don’t get mVaughn D’Angelo in jaguar form. [image error]
★★★★✩ I liked this one, the second in the Psy-Changeling series; but not as much as the first. Don’t get me wrong; four stars are impressive. And I LOVE this author’s “voice”. I’m almost tempted to bump it up to 4½ stars. However, I had to put it down for a couple days. The “darkness” – or The Über Creep – that was plaguing Faith was a little too dark for me right now. Maybe I’ll listen to this on audio in about a year and I’ll love it. There were a couple other things that bugged me: (view spoiler)[Was she too valuable for the Psy Council to kill? Yes, then no, then yes, then no… Urgh! Plus, the villain was a fizzle, don’t you think? Unless remaining nameless is a set-up for something that comes later in the series, maybe? (hide spoiler)]. But none of these “things-bugging-me” were the chemistry and relationship between Vaughn and Faith; they made for a hot couple!
★★★★★ (Review of audiobook.) Good Gravy Beans, I LOVE this book. I’ve read it over a dozen times; so, of course, when the opportunityLuke [image error]
★★★★★ (Review of audiobook.) Good Gravy Beans, I LOVE this book. I’ve read it over a dozen times; so, of course, when the opportunity arose, I just had to do the “buddy read” of it with Jill (BTW, expect spoilers in that thread!). Since I had the brilliant idea of listening to the audiobooks of this series this time ‘round, I’ve been worried that one (or all) would let me down. No need for doubts here; I’m really happy I chose to “re-read” it with my ears.
Emily Durante is the narrator for this third installment of Ms. Kleypas’ Travises series. I had to get used to her reading, but that didn’t take long. I must admit I found subtle, unrealized things in the book when it was read to me. There is one spot where Ella apologizes to Jack; I always thought she should have done a better job of it. However, on the audio, Ms. Durante makes her sound quite contrite. Very nice.
Who am I to argue with Lady Jayne? She said, Auntee’s GoodReads review is the best, and I agree (though, I think I liked Ella better from the start than most people do). Auntee also has the best picture of Jack. **sigh** I always saw this picture as Joe, but since Ms. Kleypas tells us Joe is a younger version of Jack, I’ll happily go with it. (BTW, Auntee’s review has a larger picture. In case you want a close up. ☺)
Auntee wrote: “Just add some chest hair, and this could be Jack…”