I didn't enjoy this BHV book as much as the others mostly because in the first half of the book the main character just had an annoying voice. Other t...moreI didn't enjoy this BHV book as much as the others mostly because in the first half of the book the main character just had an annoying voice. Other than that, it was OK.(less)
Holy smokes what doesn't this book have? It's got everything from the Sidhe, to Wiccans, to vamps, to werewolves, to dragons. It even has some dude wh...moreHoly smokes what doesn't this book have? It's got everything from the Sidhe, to Wiccans, to vamps, to werewolves, to dragons. It even has some dude who was former ??? alphabet organization for the government with all manner of batman like toys. Man, and Buffy thought Sunnydale was crazy? It has nothing on the town in this book.
Nonstop action and a wild menagerie for a cast. Definitely check it out! I see why it was up for awards!(less)
I'm embarrassed to say that I really enjoyed this book. I mean it's a Harlequin for crying out loud! But let me tell you why I even read it and maybe...moreI'm embarrassed to say that I really enjoyed this book. I mean it's a Harlequin for crying out loud! But let me tell you why I even read it and maybe you'll understand.
It's a historical love story that transverses time. It's the story of a couple from the civil war. He was wrongfully hung and now his ghost is knocking around her old attic for 150 years. She's reincarnated and has just moved in prior to starting her teaching job at the local university and runs into him. It is a story of reunited love crossing centuries.
OK, so it's a bit cheesy. Here's why I liked it.
It's set in my home town and was written by a local author. Only reason I snagged it from my mum (and probably the only reason she got it in the first place). Fredericksburg, VA claims to be the country's most historic city. It has been home to five US Presidents, signers of the Declaration of Independance lived here, it was the home of Alex Haley's ancestors (seriously Roots was set about a 20 minute drive from downtown), and it was home to half a dozen major battles during the Civil War. Now it's a 'burb of DC.
With historical romances loving the Civil War timeframe (why???? War is NOT pretty, it is NOT sexy, and it is NOT fun. And the Civil War was neighbour against neighbour and us burning our own towns, killing our own people, and etc.) I have never run across one set in Fredericksburg. Everyone focuses on Gettysburg and the like for the Civil War. Maybe it's the bloodbath that ensued in Fredericksburg? No one wants to touch on major bloodbath? Well anyway, about dang time si all I gotta say.
Fredericksburg is home to so many awesome ghost stories. So I liked that, too. I've read a ton of different ones. My best friend's house is haunted by a Civil War soldier. Trust me.
So yeah, I love that this book pulled in a ghost story from town, that it hit on Fredericksburg during a very difficult time in our history. And best of all? The bulk of it was set in 2007 so the main character was hitting up places all over town. My biggest complaint? It was summer and this lady never went to Carl's for some ice cream? Please. Where was that? But I cheered when she went to Claibourne's and I stuck my tongue out at Hyperion (seriously how can a coffee shop screw up hot cocoa, no thanks!). I giggled at the awesome reference to our downtown library and this character even went to crazy Old Man Beck's bookstore next to the Visitor's Center!
And there wasn't even that much sex, which I basically skipped over. I thought these books were mostly thinly veiled plots to get people in bed, but this one had a story. The character was damaged and found healing through her digging into the past of her house, her ghost, and her past life. It seemed more like the author went 'Oh yeah, this is a harlequin, better throw in a bed scene' and made these as after thoughts.
Hope Tarr should get out of the Harlequin business. This book should have been picked up by a non-Harlequin publisher. (I'd like to say reputable but there are people who adore Harlequin.) I'm not gonna become some Harlequin junkie, but if Hope Tarr writes another Fredericksburg book, I'd be willing to give it a go in a heartbeat! Seriously, I hope she gets out of the Harlequin business. She could do some great things with ghost love stories that don't need to be Harlequin.(less)
This was so much better than the first book. I love the cast of characters in this world and was glad to jump in with smart and sassy Nina. She makes...moreThis was so much better than the first book. I love the cast of characters in this world and was glad to jump in with smart and sassy Nina. She makes a great acidic vampire. (less)
Meet an unlucky in love witch and a gimp hockey player who work together for a charitable foundation. More importantly meet twin orphans who steal the...moreMeet an unlucky in love witch and a gimp hockey player who work together for a charitable foundation. More importantly meet twin orphans who steal the show with every scene.
I know this was supposed to be a funny romance but I fell in love with the boys. There's a whole pack of orphan boys that the main characters work with and each one is absolutely adorable. What a cast of supporting characters!(less)
This book was OK. Some of the stories I liked, others I did not. So I only gave it a three star rating. I was only familiar with a couple of the autho...moreThis book was OK. Some of the stories I liked, others I did not. So I only gave it a three star rating. I was only familiar with a couple of the authors, which may have hindered me. Not being familiar with the worlds of some of these short stories... at any rate... if you like vamps and fae and werewolves, check it out. See how many ways a honemoon can go horribly horribly wrong! (less)
In a life before Plum, Janet Evanovich wrote a series of stand alone, short, quirky romance novels. Reading these you can see her progression towards...moreIn a life before Plum, Janet Evanovich wrote a series of stand alone, short, quirky romance novels. Reading these you can see her progression towards the characters fans know and love in her bestselling Plum series.
Perhaps one of her better early books, Back to the Bedroom definitely keeps the reader entertained viewing a whirlwind relationship of two DC residents.
Fiery redheaded cellist, Kate, meets immature cartoonist Dave when something crashes through her room after falling from a helicopter. Her home and life would never be the same. Can the two find a way through their immediate lust to the love they could share with one another?
The emotions are hot, the hijinks are hilarious, and you can't go wrong with a gun-toting Grandma Mazur precursor named Elsie.
The book has everything Evanovich's romances are known for: quick reading, good story, and fiesty women with men that wonder if they can ever handle the women in their lives.
Set in DC, one of Evanovich's previous haunts, this book hits a little closer to my home. Grab a copy, a cup of cocoa, your fuzzy blanket and head Back to the Bedroom.
There are many things I think of, when I hear the name Stephane Plum. Cupid is not one of them.
I would go to Stephanie Plum for advice on making my h...moreThere are many things I think of, when I hear the name Stephane Plum. Cupid is not one of them.
I would go to Stephanie Plum for advice on making my hair bigger than Mt Rushmore or what boots might make my husband sweat behind his knees. Relationship advice from the largest commit-phobe in all of Trenton probably would not get me very far.
This is one of the only books where Stephanie doesn't destroy a car and Grandma Mazur manages to not cause hairy-kairy at a funeral, but the laughs abound none the less.
Shorter than the number books, grab this between the numbers book for a good laugh as Stephanie runs around trying to do Cupid's dirty work.
While it's a quick read, I'd highly recommend not reading this over morning coffee or lunchtime. Unless you like the idea of wasting good food to spew on your book!