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Lisarenee | 392 comments 1) Shadow Magic (Magic Series, Book 4)by Cheyenne McCray

2)Much Ado In the Moonlight (MacLeod 9)by Lynn Kurland

3) The Dark One (Wild Wulfs of London, #1)by Ronda Thompson

4)The Heiress(Montgomery Saga) by Jude Deveraux

5)Born of Fire (The League, #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

6)Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

7)Guardian Angel(Crown's Spies #2)by Julie Garwood

8)Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1)by Gail Carriger

9)Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands

10)The Duchess (Montgomery Saga)by Jude Deveraux

11)How to Abduct a Highland Lord by Karen Hawkins

12)Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab, #2)by Karen Chance

13)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)by Maggie Stiefvater

14)Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet, #2)by Mary Balogh

15)Castles (Crown's Spies, #4) by Julie Garwood

16)The Untamed One (Wild Wulfs of London, #2)
by Ronda Thompson

17)Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey

17 1/2) The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu by Beth Fantaskey

18)Hunted (House of Night, #5) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

19)Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, #3)by Richelle Mead

20)Wish List (Anthology) by Lisa Kleypas, Lisa Cach, Claudia Dain, Lynsay Sands

21)The Wedding (Lairds' Fiancees, #2)
by Julie Garwood

22)The Princess (Montgomery Saga)
by Jude Deveraux

23)The Virgin's Secret by Victoria Alexander

24)Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux

25)The Cursed One (Wild Wulfs of London, #3)

26)The Invitation by Jude Deveraux

27)The Awakening (Montgomery, #8)by Jude Deveraux

28)The Taming (Peregrine, #1) by Jude Deveraux

29)The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)by Victoria Alexander

30)Full Blast (Full Series, #4) by Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes

31)Seduction of a Proper Gentleman (Last Man Standing, #4) by Victoria Alexander

32)At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet, #3)by Mary Balogh

33)To Scotland, With Love (The MacLean Curse, Book 2)
by Karen Hawkins

34)Legend by Jude Deveraux

35)A Tapestry of Spells: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms
by Lynn Kurland

36)One Pink Rose (Rose, #2)by Julie Garwood

37)One White Rose (Rose, #3)by Julie Garwood

38)One Red Rose (Rose, #4)by Julie Garwood

39)The Switch by Lynsay Sands

40)Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

41)The Gift (Crown's Spies, #3)by Julie Garwood

42)Playing Easy to Get (Includes: Immortals After Dark, #1; Vikings Underground, #3; and B.A.D. #5)by Kresley Cole, Jaid Black, Sherrilyn Kenyon

43)The Ideal Wife (Dark Angel, #5)by Mary Balogh

44)Heartbreaker (Buchanan, #1)by Julie Garwood

45)Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

46)Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3)by Loretta Chase

47)Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

48)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (Goodreads Author), Margaret Stohl (Goodreads Author)

49)The Maiden (Montgomery, #1)by Jude Deveraux

50)Deep, Dark and Dangerous (Vikings Underground, #4)
by Jaid Black

51)Running Wild (Wild, #1, #2, & #3) by Sarah McCarty

52)A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine

53)For the Roses (Rose, #1) by Julie Garwood

54)The Perfect Wife by Victoria Alexander

55)Seducing an Angel(Huxtable Quintet, #4) by Mary Balogh

56)I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Marc Aden Gray (Narrator)

57)The Marriage Lesson (Effingtons, #3)by Victoria Alexander

58)Poison Study (Study, #1)by Maria V. Snyder

59)A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

60)Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood

I gave Deep, Dark and Dangerous a 1 out of 5 because I didn't like it. Also, thought Running Wild was okay, but it gets a little kinky in the last 2 stories so proceed with caution if you decide to read it. Shadow Magic was pretty good but a little crude with the wording. Also, liked Succubus dreams, but had scenes that were a little disturbing (she is a Succubus after all) and *slight spoiler* the main relationship which I loved came to an end so decided not to read the series any more.

Favorites thus far are The Switch, Poison Study, and Shiver.

61)The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, Book 4) by Victoria Alexander

62)Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, #1) by Gena Showalter

63)The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Highland Pleasures #1) by Jennifer Ashley (Goodreads Author)

64)A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
by Megan Whalen Turner

65)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9) by Kresley Cole

66)Caleb (Shadow Wranglers, #1) by Sarah McCarty

67)Taming Her Irish Warrior (Harlequin Historical Series) by Michelle Willingham (Goodreads Author)

68)Captives of the Night (Scoundrels, #2) by Loretta Chase

69)A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

70)Wild Instinct (Wild, #4, #5, & #6)by Sarah McCarty

71)Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)

72)Untouched by Anna Campbell (Goodreads Author)

73)The Enchanted Land by Jude Deveraux

74)Magic Study (Study, #2) by Maria V. Snyder (Goodreads Author)

75)An Irresistible Bachelor by Jessica Bird

76)Irish Rebel (Irish Hearts #3) by Nora Roberts

77)Sullivan's Woman by Nora Roberts

77)Sullivan's Woman by Nora Roberts

78)Twice as Hot (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, #2)
by Gena Showalter

79)Leaping Hearts by Jessica Bird (AKA JR Ward)

80)Irresistible (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #3)
by Mary Balogh

81)Her Irish Warrior (Harlequin Historical Series)by Michelle Willingham (Goodreads Author)

82)Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson

83)And Then He Kissed Her (Girl Bachelors, #1)
by Laura Lee Guhrke

84)Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase

85)Simply Unforgettable (Simply, #1) by Mary Balogh

86)Simply Love (Simply, #2)by Mary Balogh

87)Call of the Moon by Ronda Thompson

88)Simply Magic(Simply, #2) by Mary Balogh

89)Promises Reveal (Promises, #4) by Sarah McCarty

90)Tempted (House of Night, #6) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

91)Dancing with Clara (Sullivan, #2)by Mary Balogh

92)A Masked Deception by Mary Balogh

93)A Chance Encounter (Mainwaring, #1) by Mary Balogh

94)Under The Mistletoe by Mary Balogh

95)Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, #5)by Patricia Briggs

96)Lord Perfect (Carsington Brothers, #3)
by Loretta Chase

97)Fire Study (Study, #3) by Maria V. Snyder (Goodreads Author)

98)Deep Kiss of Winter (Includes: Immortals After Dark, #8; Alien Huntress, #5)

99)Always by Lynsay Sands

100)The Billionaire Next Door(The O'Banyon Brothers) by Jessica Bird AKA JR Ward

101)The Princess and the Pea by Victoria Alexander

102)A Man In A Million by Jessica Bird

103)Come the Spring (Rose, #5) by Julie Garwood

104)More Than a Mistress (Dudley, #1) by Mary Balogh

105)No Man's Mistress (Dudley, #2)by Mary Balogh

106)A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh

107)The Last Hellion (Scoundrels, #5)by Loretta Chase

108)Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

109)Tears of the Moon (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts

110)A Precious Jewel (Dark Angel, #6) by Mary Balogh

111)The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde

112)The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Goodreads Author)

113)Miss Wonderful (Carsington Brothers, #1) by Loretta Chase

114)Bliss by Lynsay Sands

115)The Reluctant Reformer
by Lynsay Sands

116)Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Trilogy, #1)
by Simone Elkeles

117)Heist Society by Ally Carter

118)Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward

119)Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2)
by Loretta Chase

120)The Lion's Lady (Crown's Spies, #1)
by Julie Garwood

121)Not Quite A Lady (Carsington Brothers, #4)
by Loretta Chase

122)The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1) by Lauren Willig (Goodreads Author)

123)At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker

124)Bad Attitude (B.A.D. Series, #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

125)Born to be Bad (B.A.D. Series, #1- #3)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

126)Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (Includes Vikings Underground #2; B.A.D. #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, Melanie George

127)Castles in the Air by Christina Dodd

128)The Key (Deed, # 2) by Lynsay Sands, Lyndsay Sands

129)Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1) by Lisa Kleypas (audio book) - Reread

130)Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, #2)
by Lisa Kleypas (audio book)- Reread

131)Viscount Vagabond (Regency Noblemen, #1) (Regency Romance) by Loretta Chase

131 1/2)Twelve Minutes by Melina Marchetta

132)The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

133)The Deed by Lynsay Sands

134)Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep (Goodreads Author)

135)The Devil Inside(Morgan Kingsley, #1)
by Jenna Black

136)Catch A Mate by Gena Showalter

137)Heart of Gold by Jessica Bird (AKA JR Ward)

138) The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

139)To Wed a Wicked Earl by Olivia Parker

140) Burned by P.C. Cast & Kirstin Cast

141) Rules of Surrender by Christina Dodd

142) Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd

143)Incarceron (Incarceron, #1) by Catherine Fisher

144)Irish Thoroughbred (Irish Hearts #1)by Nora Roberts

145)Irish Rose (Irish Hearts #2) by Nora Roberts

146)Married By Morning (The Hathaways, #4) by Lisa Kleypas

147)Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3) by Julia Quinn (Goodreads Author)

148)Rules of the Game (Language of Love #18 - Gladiola) by Nora Roberts

149)The Name of the Game (Language of Love #33 - Trumpet Flower)by Nora Roberts

150)Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10) by Charlaine Harris

151)Mistress of the Night by Charlotte Featherstone (Goodreads Author)

52)The Masquerade (de Warenne Dynasty, #7)by Brenda Joyce

153) Beastly by Alex Flinn

154)Dark Angel (Dark Angel, #1)by Mary Balogh

155)Lord Carew's Bride (Dark Angel, #2) by Mary Balogh

156)The Warrior's Touch (Harlequin Historical #866) by Michelle Willingham (Goodreads Author)

157)That Scandalous Evening by Christina Dodd

158)Taming the Highland Bride (Devil of the Highlands, #2) by Lynsay Sands

159)Rules of Attraction (Governess Brides, Book #3)
by Christina Dodd

160)Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr (Goodreads Author)

161)The Elusive Bride(Black Cobra Quartet, #2) by Stephanie Laurens

162)Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress, #1)by Gena Showalter

163)In My Wildest Dreams (Governess Brides, Book #4)
by Christina Dodd

164)Full Scoop (Full Series, #6)by Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes

165)Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
by Sarah MacLean (Goodreads Author)

166)To Wed a Wicked Prince (Cavendish Square, Book 2)
by Jane Feather

167)Blue Bloods(Blue Bloods, #1)by Melissa de la Cruz

168)Jared (Shadow Wranglers, #2) by Sarah McCarty

169)Masquerade (Blue Bloods, #2)by Melissa de la Cruz

170)The Rake(Lessons in Love, #1)by Suzanne Enoch

171)Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Goodreads Author)

172)The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow (Goodreads Author)

173)Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (Daughters of the Glen, #1) by Melissa Mayhue

174)A Belated Bride (Rogues, #2) by Karen Hawkins

175)No Man's Bride (Misadventures in Matrimony, Book #1) by Shana Galen

176)The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

177)A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet, #5) by Mary Balogh

178)One Dance with a Duke (Stud Club, #1)by Tessa Dare

179)Into the Dark(Lords of the Underworld, #.5 & #3.5, Plus Bonus Material, Atlantis, #5)

180)The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife (Boscastle, #9)
by Jillian Hunter

181)Stolen(Women of the Otherworld, #2)by Kelley Armstrong (Goodreads Author)

182)Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways, #5) by Lisa Kleypas

183)The Season by Sarah MacLean (Goodreads Author)

184)Good Groom Hunting (Misadventures in Matrimony, Book #2)by Shana Galen

185)Mercy (Buchanan, #2) by Julie Garwood

186)Highland Destiny (Murray Family, #1) by Hannah Howell

187)The Leopard Prince(Princes Trilogy, #2)by Elizabeth Hoyt (Goodreads Author)

188)The Charmer (Liar's Club, #4) by Celeste Bradley


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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (Gatadelafuente) | 3737 comments So awesome, Lisa. :)


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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish | 8001 comments WOW! I sit in awe! I'm a stay home mom, too. And I can't get out much due to some health problems, so I understand. AND, home schooling the kids makes it so there's no TV on all day... lots of time on my hands!!!

What did you think of Devil of the Highlands? Have you read Monica McCarty?


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Lisarenee | 392 comments I loved Devil in the Highlands. I read my first Lynsay Sands book in November or December of last year. I am now a big fan. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have many of her historical romances on their shelves, so I will slowly need to collect them on my own.

I just noticed Monica McCarty's books somewhere recently and still need to check her books out. I am, however, trying to get rid of my library stash so I can actually read some of the ones I own. It may be awhile before I get to her books.


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Cheryl (ghemomma) | 900 comments What a great list! I'd love to read what you thought of some of these.

I am a stay at home mom too, but when my youngest started school I went to work for my dad part-time. I do work from home so I get easily distracted! I also go to Jazzercise which takes up some time and then homework etc. with the kids when they get home from school. So, I usually read in the evening, I quit watching tv back in May, I still watch movies and stuff off of Netflix though.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 1) Shadow Magic (Magic Series, Book 4)by Cheyenne McCray

Liked the book but man it was a little more crude when it came to the relationship interaction than I care for. Made me appreciate all the finesse my favorite authors use when they try to write a romantic scene. About witches, demons, fairies, etc. The city of San Francisco is on lock down after a demons and a previously deceased witch and warlock are released from the underworld reeking havoc on the city.

2)Much Ado In the Moonlight (MacLeod 9)by Lynn Kurland

Once again I went reading a book at the far end of a series. Liked it but not as much as if I'd started at the beginning of the series. Will I ever learn? Gah! :) About a trio of match making ghosts who periodically match their descendants with their soul mates. Loved the characters but the match making between a person with a ghost was a bit much. May need to read prior books to appreciate the story.

3) The Dark One (Wild Wulfs of London, #1)by Ronda Thompson

Really Loved this one. About Armond Wulf and Rosalind Rutherford. He is attempting to escape his family's curse by vowing to never marry. She is attempting to avoid a unwanted match her stepbrother is attempting to set up by asking Armond to ruin her. Mystery, Murder, Mayhem, and Romance all are involved in this one. Oh, did I mention his family curse it to turn into a werewolf during the full moon after he falls in love?

Here is the riddle left by the first cursed Wulf:

"Damn the witch who cursed me.
I thought her heart was pure.
Alas, no woman understands duty,
be it to family, name, or war.
I found no way to break it,
no potion, chant, or deed.
From the day she cast the spell,
it will pass from seed to seed.

Betrayed by love, my own false tongue,
she bade the moon transform me.
And in the witch's passing hour
she called me to her side.
Forgiveness lost, of mercy none,
she spoke before she died:

"Seek you and find your worst enemy,
stand brave and do not flee.
Love is the curse that binds you,
but tis also the key to set you free."

Her curse and riddle my bane,
This witch I loved yet could not wed.
Battles I have fought and won,
and still defeat I leave in my stead.
o the Wulfs who suffer my sins,
he sons who are neither man nor beast,
solve the conundrum I could not
and be from this curse released.

Ivan Wulf,
In the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and fifteen"


4) The Heiress(Montgomery Saga) by Jude Deveraux

Loved the main story, but there was a character that seemed to go out of character at the end and made me not like the story as much as I would have otherwise. About an heiress who is sent to marry a man she has never met. Knowing her father and the fact the man's father paid her father money for the match she is sure there is something very wrong with her fiance. While on the trip to her wedding her cousin and her switch places so that she may for once have a taste of what life would be like if she wasn't the richest heiress in the country being forced into a match she doesn't want. A very fun read.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 5)Born of Fire (The League, #2)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Loved it! Have the next book already and can't wait to read it. Set in a futuristic world this one is about Syn and Shahara. He is a man shadowed by his father's sins and is wanted by several governments. She is a futuristic bounty hunter with a mission to bring him in not knowing he is her brother's best friend. Very fun read.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 6)Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

Gah! I am officially a big time Garwood fan. LOVED this book! Starts off in London then moves to US. Time period in the mid 1800s. The Matriarch of the family is dying and before she leaves this earth she sets events in place to change her will. Taylor, her favorite grandchild, has been humiliated by her fiance eloping with her cousin Jane(notice no y) just weeks before her wedding. The Matriarch's eyes have finally been opened to her Son's and his daughter's(Jane) character and decides to rectify the situation before she dies. She sets events in place to protect her beloved granddaughter, Taylor. Taylor is to marry a man of her Grandmother's choosing and then sail to America to take custody of her nieces. It is the only way she and girls can be protected from their Uncle Malcolm. Very enjoyable read. Highly recommend!


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 7) Guardian Angel(Crown's Spies #2)
by Julie Garwood

I'm nothing if not consistent. LOL Once again reading something other than the first if a series. Loved the book although I would rate it below some of the other Garwood's books but only by a smidge. Fun read with lovable characters. This one is better to go into with a blind eye to the story. There are twists that could easily be ruined by trying to describe the story. The book starts out with a women seeking the infamous pirate Pagan and then asking the man to do her a favor. She'll pay him in silver to complete the task. Things begin to get interesting when the favor she asks of him is that he kill her.

8)Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1)
by Gail Carriger

Loved this book. Wasn't sure about it at the beginning but once I got in a few chapters didn't want to put it down. Will definitely need to get Changeless, it's sequel, once it comes out in March.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 9)Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands

This is now my second favorite Sands historical novel. This is the type of book I was expecting after reading her book Love is Blind. Loved it. About a woman who has just been told by her Cinderella type Stepmother she is betrothed to a man with a reputation for being cruel. Reported to have killed his uncle, father, and previous wife his nickname is the Devil of Donnachaidh. Very fun read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 10)The Duchess (Montgomery Saga)by Jude Deveraux

You know how you sometimes feel you know a lot about an author after reading their books? I'm starting to wonder if Deveraux is a romantic at heart who has been disappointed by her suitors. After reading this book I didn't know what bothered me about the ending. I kind of just sat there in a daze wondering why I couldn't make up my mind about what I thought about the book. Then it hit me the guys says he doesn't know if me can be monogamous but he'll give it a try in the middle of a dialogue. What???????????????? Oh yes, a guy says that to me and I'm sure I'll head off into the sunset with him, no problem. NOT!!!!! I seem to be disappointed by Deveraux's endings quite frequently. Yes, the girl gets the guy, but sometimes I wonder if they're really all that great of a catch. This one was about a woman who is infatuated with an explorer who writes about his travels. Some of his writings include the mating habits of different cultures - and yes, he's participated in each just to make sure he can write about it. We are well beyond rake here. Oh, but I'm sure it was all for a scientific reasons. Well, the guy ends up being the brother of her fiance. That's when things get interesting. Okay, usually not so cynical, but I can't help it. Plus, the fiance is something else also. Disappointed.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 11)How to Abduct a Highland Lord by Karen Hawkins

Found it most enjoyable. About a women who decides to stop her family feud and, thereby, save her remaining siblings by marrying a member from the opposing feuding family. Helps he and she previously had a relationship. I liked the way she handled her husband and thought it funny it was the female in the story that forced a man's hand into wedlock. The weather condition was also fun.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 12)Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab, #2)by Karen Chance

I don't think anyone else reads Karen Chances series but I really do like them an awful lot. The two series follow 2 different characters that live in today's time in the midst of many supernatural entities. There are vampires, werewolves, fey, etc. Chance also introduces some not so average supernatural creatures such as Dhampires. This is what Dorina is. It is a half human/half vampire offspring. She has lived over 500 years. So if you're into Twilight Resnamay (and I'm sure I spelled her name wrong and need to look it up) would be considered a Dhampir in Chance's world. The two series are Dorina Basarab and Cassie Palmer. Cassie is a women with magical abilities which takes on a roll later in the series which yields both power and a title - don't want to spoil anything. Cassie's books have a more silly type of atmosphere in that she lives in Las Vegas in a bar owned by a vampire, but decorated and inhabited by a crazy cast of supernatural creature which might put some people off. There are creatures who are Elvis impersonators, talking heads on tables, and other such things. Dorina's books so far have mainly dealt with vampires and fey and is my favorite of the 2. I just got this book on Friday from Amazon it's a new release. Loved it just as much as the first in this series. This one deals with mainly wars between different groups of vampires. These books also include romances.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 13)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)by Maggie Stiefvater

Loved it. Felt so bad for poor Grace and Sam. Can't wait to see what happens in the sequel.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 14)Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet, #2)by Mary Balogh


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 15)Castles (Crown's Spies, #4) by Julie Garwood

Good. Had a murderer in it which made it suspenseful, but really didn't want to know what was going on in the mind of the murderer. Princess Alesandra's uncle has died. She is now the last of the families heirs. Her father abdicated his throne to marry her mother (of English descent). She poses no threat to taking the country over, but a general looking to fill the spot of ruler feels by wedding her the people will be more accepting of him. She leaves the convent she has lived at since her parents died and goes to stay with her guardian in England. The plan is to have her marry so that the general won't be able to force her to marry him. The plan is to find her a suitable husband in a short period of time, but within days of her arrival a kidnapping is attempted......


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 16)The Untamed One (Wild Wulfs of London, #2)
by Ronda Thompson

Loving this series. This one involves a witch, Lucinda, with the youngest of the Wulf brother, Jackson. Jackson thinks if he kills a witch he may be able to end his families curse. Did expect much when started reading, but was pleasantly surprised.

17)Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey

Really loved it. Very fun read. Loved Lucius' letters home. Nice to see his thoughts and they were quite humorous.

17 1/2) The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu by Beth Fantaskey

I love it when authors add a short story to fill in the missing pieces.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 18)Hunted (House of Night, #5) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Still addicted to these books. Can't wait till I get my hands on Tempted.

19)Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, #3)by Richelle Mead

***Spoilers***
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! So upset with this book will probably not read any more in the series. Loved the relationship with Seth and Georgina and it ended in this book. The relationship is what made me read the books. Skipped ahead to read the description on the next 2 books and decided there is nothing left to interest me anymore because there was no reconciliation in sight. Very upset with the ending. Finished it very late in the evening and had to go and find one of the Kleypas anthologies I hadn't read to put me in a good mood so I could go to sleep. Very disappointed and rated the book a 2.

20)Wish List (Anthology) by Lisa Kleypas, Lisa Cach, Claudia Dain, Lynsay Sands

Thought this was a most enjoyable anthology. Loved all the stories but loved Sands and Kleypas' stories most. May have to check out Lisa Cach's and Claudia Dain's books and see if I like them.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments ***Spoilers for Succubus series by Richelle Mead***

So the series is about a Succubus who really doesn't want to be a Succubus. She wishes she was human again and doesn't like hurting people. She tries to only take advantage of those who have a not so nice nature because she doesn't take as much from them and doesn't feel so guilty. She became a succubus some 500 years ago. She cheated on her husband with his best friend once (not that only once makes it any better) and he caught them. Her husband was so upset that he was thinking about suicide. She was approached by an Imp(someone who purchases souls) and traded her soul in exchange to erase her existence so her husband wouldn't remember her, thereby, making it so he wouldn't kill himself. The series picks up with Georgina (as she now calls herself) falling for a writer (her favorite writer) and starting a relationship with him and falling in love. He knows she's a Succubus and still loves her (or so he says) and he wears her defenses down and she abandons her policy to never have a relationship. Because she's a Succubus she can't have an intimate relationship with him without shortening his life span and stealing some of his soul (which she refuses to do). She's told him since the beginning if he needs to have a tryst with someone else she's okay with it especially since she must have trysts to actually survive. Well this book he has tryst with a friend of hers (after they have a fight and she reveals how much she really cares about him) and tells her "I don't do casual relationships." Thus, he starts dating the other woman and drops her like a hot potato. The friend of hers, not realizing Georgina's dating Seth, tells Georgina all about the night she spent with Seth. Okay considering she's a Succubus the guy is probably better off with out her. But the relationship was the main thing I liked about the series and with that gone there's not to much left I like. Also, in this book there was a hint she may be able to get out of the deal because something may have been wrong with her contract so that makes it even worse.

I think the author figured she'd done all she could with the relationship without ending the series so instead she ended the relationship. Didn't really care for the succubus side of the story, but they did have other characters - Angels, Vampires, etc that made the series somewhat interesting, but they seemed mainly there to give some insight and depth to Georgina's character. Didn't really care to hear about the "Succubus" exploits Georgina had so really don't see myself continuing with this one.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 21)The Wedding (Lairds' Fiancees, #2)
by Julie Garwood

Loved it. About a young woman on her way to Scottland to get married. On her way to her wedding she is kidnapped by her fiance's rival, a man she proposed to when she was a little girl. A very fun read.

22)The Princess (Montgomery Saga)
by Jude Deveraux

Finally one of Deveraux's books where I have no complaints about the men. Takes place during WWII when a foreign princess is rescued from two assasins by J. T. Montgomery. After rescuing her from being shot and/or drowned she tells him "You may not touch me. I am royalty.". Talk about saying the wrong words to your hero. Cute, funny, and a little silly. Really liked it.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 23)The Virgin's Secret by Victoria Alexander

Loved it, although not as good as a McNaught or Kleypas book. About a girl looking to reestablish her dead brother's reputation after someone stole his archeologically discovery - one the the Virgin's seals. The seals lead to the hidden city and the location is referred to as the Virgin's Secret.


24)Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux

This was an okay story for me, but Deveraux had a character raped and then had that character kill herself. That should not be included in a romance. Some of her books are so good and then she throws something in that takes it down a notch or two or three. I don't get her. Also, most of the ending seemed really strange with the reactions of characters. Had potential, but the ending did it in.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 25)The Cursed One (Wild Wulfs of London, #3) by Ronda Thompson

Loved this one and am now sad. The author who wrote this series passed away. You can tell she was goint to write more books for this series and now I'm sad that she'll never get to write them. Loved her series.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 26)The Invitation by Jude Deveraux

This book contained 3 short stories all in my opinion to short because I enjoyed them all and the endings seem to come to quick.

The Invitation
About Jackie, a 38 year old woman, who is a widow and has come back to her hometown. Takes place in the 1930's and she is a renowned airplane pilot. She is about to head back to the airfield when her plane hits a bird and her engine stops and she needs to make a emergency landing. She ends of being rescued by William Montgomery. They spend the night together in the Colorado wilderness as his car has broken down or had a flat tire (not quite clear what was wrong with it). They get along extremely well, but things look different when she finds out he's 10 years younger then she is. Really like this one.

Matchmakers
About Kane Tagert. Kane is a widower whose family talks him into leading a bunch of single New York women on trail rides in the Colorado mountains for his parents neighbor (who is getting up in his years). Parent's mission is to find him a new wife. Very fun read.

A Perfect Arrangement
About Dorie attempts to hire an aging gunslinger who reportedly has a heart of gold to pretend to be her husband. She is trying to put a stop to her sister's plans to find her a husband. Very fun read.


27)The Awakening (Montgomery, #8)by Jude Deveraux

About a woman who has had her life dictated by her father and fiance. She is given a schedule of what to do with her time right down to how long she can spend in the bathroom. When something goes amiss food is withheld from her. Enter Hank Montgomery who decides things are going to change..... Also a bit of historical significance because Deveraux based some of the characters and events off of a true story. Deals with unions. Really enjoyed this one.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 28)The Taming (Peregrine, #1) by Jude Deveraux

Loved it. About two feuding families the Howards and the Peregrines. The Peregrines had their family wealth and home stolen from them when their father's second wife. She destroyed all evidence of first wife's marriage, had the Peregrines decreed not the legal heirs because not records could be found, and made her sons the heirs(not sure why there are two different family names). This story deals with the "taming" of one of the Peregrine brothers by his new wife. Not a nice guy by any means at the beginning. Some people may not like the guy in this one at all. If I hadn't read this story out of order I may have not liked this story as much. I already knew some of what happened from one of the sequels.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 29)The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)by Victoria Alexander

Loved it. Not as steamy as a Lisa Kleypas but a very fun read. About a woman who will inherit a great deal but she needs to wed by her 30th birthday or lose it all. After having 2 male friends help her create a husband list she chooses one of the men and proposes to him. Very fun.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 30)Full Blast (Full Series, #4) by Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes

Very fun read. A murderer is on the loose and there may be a connection to the personal ads that Jamie and Max ran in their paper. Jamie and Max finally get their romantic moment - 3 books in the making.

31)Seduction of a Proper Gentleman (Last Man Standing, #4) by Victoria Alexander

I didn't like this one as much as Alexanders other books. I think because I read it out of order. *smacks head* Ooops! I did it again. About a women who must marry in order to break a family curse. Her intended husband just won a bet that he would be the last of a group of men to get married.

32)At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet, #3)by Mary Balogh

I so loved this book. Loved it more than the first 2. About Margaret who finally decides at 30 love is not in her future. She decides she will finally say yes to the Marquess of Allingham. But things don't go as planned and she finds herself telling a little lie that she is engaged to another man to save face and finds herself trust into the midst of a scandal. Two of my favorite passages:

"marriage is a journey, just ast life is. I must not expect it to be perfect from tht start. If it were, we would have nowhere to go with it, would we?" Page 406 large type book

"Opening ourselves to love is to make ourselves vulnerable," he said. "We might get hurt - again. We might lose the little of ourselves that we have left or that we have pieced back together. But unless we can open ourselves to recieve as well as give we can never be truly happy. Shall we take the risk? Or shall we decide to be content with contentment?" page 425 Large Type book


33)To Scotland, With Love (The MacLean Curse, Book 2)
by Karen Hawkins

Loved this book as well. Much better than the first. About Venetia who is absconded (Yay! a new word) by Ravenscroft to Gretna Green. She thought her mother was ill and, therefore, was being taken to her. Gregor MacLean finds out and rushes off to save her and her reputation but when your emotions have a direct affect on the weather (due to a family curse) things don't go as plan..... Really enjoyed this one.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 34)Legend by Jude Deveraux

Most of the times it seems I complain about something in Deveraux's books this is not one of those cases. I Absolutely Enjoyed and Loved this book!! About a woman who is engaged to be married who finds an old wedding dress and accessories in an antique flour bin she's purchased. Thinking the dress looks to be about her size she puts them on. She instantly transported back in time to the early to mid 1800's where she meets another man who tricks her into marriage. Really cute, funny, just has a little bit of everything in it. I think this is the book I figured Deveraux had the potential of writing. Gosh I loved this story. So good!


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 35)A Tapestry of Spells: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms
by Lynn Kurland

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It ended so suddenly. Was not prepared. When is the next book coming out? What a cliffhanger. Gaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 36)One Pink Rose (Rose, #2)by Julie Garwood

37)One White Rose (Rose, #3)by Julie Garwood

38)One Red Rose (Rose, #4)by Julie Garwood

These were okay, but not my favorite Garwood books. Set in Wild West. Still need to read the first, but it's still on hold.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 39)The Switch by Lynsay Sands

LOVED this book. Very funny, fast paced, and thoroughly enjoyable. This is now my favorite book by Sands. Set in England. About a set of orphaned identical twins who decide to take their fate into their own hands. They runaway from their uncle and their undesirable prospective bridegrooms in search of more acceptable husbands. Their uncle, who ran the family estate into debt, is basically selling the twins into marriage to whomever will pay the right price. Their plan is to escape to another uncle and ask for help. Dressed as brother and sister so they can travel, (2 women traveling alone just isn't done) they put their plan into motion. While attempting their escape things start to go awry when they are spotted by another individual who decides to take the pair under his wing.

The story is funny as situations are encountered when everyone thinks one of the girls is a boy. The two actually enjoy the privileges being a young man allow them and they take turns being the young man known as Charles. Very fun especially when they each fall in love with a different man and there is only (supposedly) one of them. I don't want to give away too much because I'm afraid I'd ruin some of the funny moments for you. I was laughing so hard. This will probably go into my top 10 favorites for 2010. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one.

40)Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

I really enjoyed this one. About a girl who is thrown into the world of the Farie because of her powers which she is only just becoming aware of. Romance, mystery, suspense. Will definitely need to get the sequel.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 41)The Gift (Crown's Spies, #3)by Julie Garwood

Pretty good, but not my favorite Garwood story.

42)Playing Easy to Get (Includes: Immortals After Dark, #1; Vikings Underground, #3; and B.A.D. #5)by Kresley Cole, Jaid Black, Sherrilyn Kenyon

I now cannot wait until I get my hands on Cole's next book. May need to read the Bad series. I may also need to look into the Vikings Underground. Hmmm..... Fairly decent anthology that I didn't have to force myself to read. Always a good sign. :)

43)The Ideal Wife (Dark Angel, #5)by Mary Balogh

Historical Novel. This one was okay, but not my favorite Balogh book. About a women who seeks help from a remotely realated earl. She is being fired her current position for scolding her current employer for having roving hand where her friend, the employer's governess, is concerned. When she arrives at the Earl's house he see's her as the answer to his prayers. He wants a wife who is easily manipulated and forgotten. Unfortunately for him she's not what he thinks. Story was good until the end where you just wanted to slap some sense into the leading lady and get her to be the strong young women she was at the beginning of the book.

44)Heartbreaker (Buchanan, #1)by Julie Garwood

Different from the other books by Garwood I have read. I'm thinking something must have happened in the book world to cause so many author's of romance novels to go more dramatic (McNaught, Iris Johansen, and now Garwood). The only thing I wish had not been in the book was the killer's point of view. A little too sinister for what I was hoping to read. Good book, however. Will probably read more from this series.

45)Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

Very fun read.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 46)Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3)by Loretta Chase

This one I really like and found funny as well. About two individuals who both are not looking for marriage, but you know how the saying goes - when you least expect it love finds you. The guy in this one is lacking all the qualities you'd want in a husband except for looks and money. He really doesn't like women and is of the attitude that women in the profession can satisfy a man's needs so why marry anyone. The women of this book doesn't want to loose her independence and, therefore, never intends to marry. Her plans are to open a store. Almost didn't like the guy in this one but by the end he turned out to be pretty likeable. Gave it a 4 out of 5.

47)Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

This one ended pretty good even though Kylemore was a jerk at the beginning. About Verity who becomes a Courtesan to support herself and her siblings after their parents die. Her plan has always been to leave her profession behind once she has raised enough money to support herself and her siblings comfortably. Finally after 13 years in the profession, the last year of which she was Kylemore's courtesan, she has finally achieved her goal and disappears into the night. Kylemore doesn't like this and tracks her down and isn't so nice when the two are reunited. Kylemore seems to grow as an individual during the book and goes from a child like jerk to a man who I actually liked by the end. I give this one a 4 out of 5.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 48)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (Goodreads Author), Margaret Stohl (Goodreads Author)

Liked it, but had a lot of unanswered questions at the end so I'm hoping there will be a sequel.
****SPOILERS****
Still don't know Lena's name. What's with the 17th moon? Does that mean she's going to get a year reprieve? Are Hunter, Larkin, and Sarafine really gone or not? Why did Lena's eyes change? Does it mean she is claimed by neither or both or undecided until the 17th moon? Is Ethan really only human? Why does he have power and how can Lena and he have had such a bond even before the two met? Why did everyone know they would? I originally thought Ethan and Lena would be the reincarnation of Ethan and Genevieve, but if they saw her ghost can that really be? I'm so confused. Also, could the spell used on Ethan have changed him? Could the two be bound in a way that they can be together now? Parts reminded me of Carrie, but less violent and Firestarter(mainly because of the hair). There's something else too, but I can't seem to bring the name to memory.
Rated it a 3 out of 5.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 49)The Maiden (Montgomery, #1)by Jude Deveraux

Really liked it. Love story about a prince who pick a somewhat reluctant wife whom he must win over.

50)Deep, Dark and Dangerous (Vikings Underground, #4)
by Jaid Black

The first 1 out of 5 I've ever given. Didn't like it. It was crude and although it started out okay just progressively got worse. Skimmed the end because lost interest.

***Spoilers for Deep, Dark and Dangerous***
The book was ridiculous. It's about an well known (almost 30 years old) actress who decided she wants to retire(or at least take a break) and moves to Alaska. While her sister is visiting the two are abducted by the Vikings that live underground. The Vikings abduct women because apparently they have a shortage of females. So you've got a Viking who lusts after an actress (Hmmm... wonder which actress that could be?) and "entertains" (for lack of a better word) himself to get over that lust. Not something I want to picture and he did it more that once in the book. Okay, I'm sure someone would find that sexy, but not me. So this actress is "married" or "claimed" by a man (yes, the lustful self entertaining guy) who lives in one of the poorest sections of the underground world. The women of this section are considered undesirable. Okay, so if they are so desperate for women how can this be the case? So a lot of the women in this area basically end up selling themselves (if you get my drift) to help earn money for their families. The women from the group with the actress (her sister and her hubby's mom and sister) are left alone while the guys go off to war. The women get so desperate for food that they put on some sort of stripping show to earn money(Okay, by this time I was skimming so don't know a lot of the details). My thoughts here were "Are your kidding me? This actress is loaded and all the men would have to do is use her funds and smuggle whatever they need into the underground and they'd be set." The whole story had me shaking my head and thinking the only purpose I could see for this book would maybe be for making some sort of X rated movie with all the scenes where people are naked and what not. The thing is the people who like those kinds of movies would probably not like the book because they'd probably prefer to see that type of movie instead. For me this book had no real entertainment value so it earns the 1 rating. So glad this one was at my library because I so would have kicked myself if I'd bought it.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 51)Running Wild (Wild, #1, #2, & #3) by Sarah McCarty

This book was okay for me, but not my favorite. It's about three werewolves and three human sisters who get paired off and fall in love. One of the things that may lower the rating of a book for me are the words used in it, such as f@ck, p*ssy, and cock. Somehow just the usage distracts from a story for me. I guess all those times my mom washed my mouth out with soap actually worked (and oh yes, she really did). I guess I still have a bad taste in my mouth from it. Anyway the story itself was interesting. This book contained the story of three werewolves (a pair of twin brothers and a cousin). Where on story ends the next story takes off. The first story starts off with a women coming into a bar to beat up the man who beat her sister up. Must admit with each story the love scenes got a bit more daring and kinky. Not sure if I'll read the follow up to this one even though I already have it sitting on my shelf from the library. Still may check out her vampire book though and see if it's more of the same.

52)A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine

A contemporary love story. About a women who becomes reacquainted with her first love in an odd way - she gets poisoned by a dress. This one was okay for me.

53)For the Roses (Rose, #1) by Julie Garwood

Loved it. Definitely should have read this book first before going on to other books in this series. About three discarded children who banded together while living off the streets of New York in the 1800's. One of the things that secured their bond was a little girl they came to call Mary Rose, whom they found abandoned in a dumpster and saved. They decide to form their own family and raise the little girl as their sister, although none of them are related.


54)The Perfect Wife by Victoria Alexander

Almost decided not to read this one after reading the back cover. Decided to read on anyway and am so glad I did. Really liked it. About a Lady who ran a smuggling operation when her husband died and left her with only debts and a daughter to raise.

55)Seducing an Angel(Huxtable Quintet, #4) by Mary Balogh
I liked this one, but not as much as the first or third.May expand on this more at a later date.

56)I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Marc Aden Gray (Narrator)
Liked it and thought it was a cute story. Loved the message.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 57)The Marriage Lesson (Effingtons, #3)by Victoria Alexander

Loved it. About Marrianne and Thomas. She is a bluestocking and he is looking for a wife who will be easily managed. When he is put in charge of Marianne and her sisters for their first season sparks fly. Very fun read. I'm sure Alexander's books will keep me busy for some time.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 59)A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
I like this book, but am unsure of my feelings at the end. I think I'll need to ponder my thoughts a bit more before I write more of a review.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 60)Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood

Loved this one. About Elizabeth and Geoffrey (aka the Hawk). He has come to protect her home. She has just lost most of her family. She is unsure who to trust for she fears her uncle may be behind the massacre that destroyed most of her family. She is afraid for her brother, the heir, and that if her uncle becomes his guardian there will be no "guarding" of him. Geoffrey is the the Baron in charge of the land her family lives on. He has been gravely injured and she has been called upon to try to heal him. Her uncle has been summoned and will arrive in a weeks time. She has only that time to heal Geoffrey in the hopes he will awaken and believe her concerns or try to flee to safety with her brother. The story really takes off at this point. Strongly recommend this one. *sigh* I just love a good love story.


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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish | 8001 comments Excellent lists, Lisa! And the reviews of each book is a nice touch!


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 61)The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, Book 4) by Victoria Alexander

Jocelyn has dreamed of marrying a Prince since she was a little girl. What little girl hasn't? The difference is her dream may come true. She is the center of Prince Alexi's attention. Unfortunately, while waiting to talk to him in private (she believes to propose to her), she over hears a conversation of conspiracy that proves to ruin her plans. In order to be protected from those who think she can identify them she must run away with the mysterious and handsome man who has saved her from their first attempt at killing her. To protect her reputation, however, she must wed this unknown man. Sometime you just can't win or can you???????? A very fun read. I am now a definite Victoria Alexander fan and am working my way through her books.

62)Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, #1) by Gena Showalter

About a girl who is given a formula (without her consent) that gives her control of 4 elements. She is now being pursued by agencies who wish to control her and find out how she survived the formula (she is the only person ever to do so). Now she must flee bad guys and try to control her new powers while trying not to hurt or kill anyone. She also needs to figure out if her feelings for a certain agent should be trusted and, more importantly, can he be trusted. Started out weak but progressively got better. Will need to read the sequel that came out in January.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 63)The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Highland Pleasures #1)by Jennifer Ashley (Goodreads Author)

About a Ian MacKenzie a man considered to be a bit eccentric by some and crazy(mad) by others. He saves Beth Ackerly from making one of the biggest mistakes of her life - marrying a man intent on keeping several mistresses after they wed. Ian informs Beth of her fiance's infidelity and propositions her with his own proposal. Fun read and a little different because of his "madness", which may categorize him a a high functioning autistic individual (Hey, I'm no doctor so I'm not sure what the true diagnosis would be. I'll need to check the book again and see if his medical condition is mentioned).

64)A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
by Megan Whalen Turner

Love Turner's books. Will write more later.

65)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9) by Kresley Cole

Gah! Another cliffhanger! Drats! Will not say more since I know a bunch of you will probably be reading this one. This one is about Garreth (Lykae) and Lucia (Valkyrie). Garreth has just wished a female would present more of a challenge for him. While Lucia is out hunting bad guys she comes across Garreth, who recognizes her as his mate. Lucia is attracted to him, but with an evil husband lurking in the background (whom every 500 years she must imprison after he rises) and a vow of celibacy, Garreth really should be more careful what he wishes for. Once again loving

66)Caleb (Shadow Wranglers, #1) by Sarah McCarty

This was the author of Wild Instincts. I liked this book much better although she still uses words I would much rather she did not. About 3 cowboy vampires (brothers) from the 1860's who are now living in the present. They can shape shift and mainly keep to themselves, until Caleb meets Allie. The story starts out with Allie trying to capture more of Caleb's attention by wearing a wonder bra. When she gets little more response than usual she decides to give up. On her way home, she is attacked by a wolf and in the process of saving a second wolf that saves her from the first she is thrown into a world she never expected and changes her life forever. I have to admit the author over does it with the love scenes (too long and too frequent in my opinion), but I liked the main story. Ranking a 4 out of 5, perhaps it should be a 3.5, but anyone who liked Twilight may like this one as well. You get Vampires and Werewolves and there are some similarities between the story lines as well. I don't think I've ever complained about a book's love scenes, but I wanted to hear more of the story and less about their romance.

67)Taming Her Irish Warrior (Harlequin Historical Series) by Michelle Willingham (Goodreads Author)

I gave this one a 4 out of 5. Very fun read. About a widow who falls for one of her sister's suitors. Very fun read. The two try their best to fight the feelings they have for each other and that's when things get interesting.***Note 1st book finished of the March Irish challenge Woohoo!***


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 68)Captives of the Night (Scoundrels, #2) by Loretta Chase

Rated this one a 4 out of 5. Good story and had me wondering what the "real story" was about what happened to Leila. Leila is spirited away in the middle of the night by two men one of whom is her new guardian. Her father has been murdered and they are rushing her to safety. She has been drugged and is unclear of what happened until it is explained. Jump ahead 10 years to find she is married to one of the two men and slowly things will be revealed as to what really happened that night and how and why she truly came to be in the hands of the men who spirited her away. Not a lighthearted read. Story delves into the dark side of the man Leila married and she discovers she really didn't know him.

69)A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

Absolutely loved this one. Very fun read. About Reginald and Annabelle. Annabelle attempted to elope with her father's coach man, Thomas Till. Shortly after their journey began they are caught, but it is too late. She is ruined. Reginald is the son of a business man who would like to get his son's foot in the door with the ton. He decides that Annabelle will do nicely as the stepping stone to his ultimate goal. Thus, the two father's agree to have the two wed and the story begins. There is a twist in this story. A lighthearted read. Tragically not really steamy.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 70)Wild Instinct (Wild, #4, #5, & #6)by Sarah McCarty

This was the best of McCarty's books I've read. Beware of this author because she has, as one person kindly put it, "backdoor romps". Plus. she seems to be a little into the pleasure/pain thing. So while I like the main story I could do without some of her character's extracurricular activities. That said this story begins with the Haven (Haven is a new pack that takes in half-breeds werewolves, something other packs shun) trying to round up some werewolves who desire to join their new pack. They find the women and children held up in a cave fending off rogue werewolves. One of the children might be one of legend which states that whatever pack holds a half breed child with certain powers will end up ruling all the werewolves (or something like that). Also, one of the woman is a "breeder" which means unlike some werewolves that can only have children by one man she can have them with more than one. As the race is dwindling in numbers this make her more desirable to other werewolves. Once mated, however, she will be safe from other werewolves.

71)Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
Loved it but it reminded me of an episode of Sliders. You know where you enter an alternate reality. Kind of WWI meets Star Wars, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and was disappointed it had a cliffhanger. I have to say I enjoyed Deryn's story more than Aleksander's and found myself wanting to skip Alek's story to get back to Deryn's. Set in an alternate WWI setting in which Stormwalkers (sounds to me like the combination of Storm Troopers with Walkers for the name, but the machines are more like the Walkers) and Darwin creations (animals created for fighting - very different) exists. Deryn is a girl masquerading as a boy to get flight time. Aleksander is a Prince who is trying to escape being killed like his parents as his it their heir. And so the start of WWI begins. Very fun read and short to boot.

72)Untouched by Anna Campbell (Goodreads Author)

Love it, but I think I'd prefer more lighthearted romances. This one is about Grace who is drugged and abducted to be used as a whore by the nephew of a man who is pure evil. The uncle declared his nephew as insane (though he isn't) so he could steal his inheritance. Sounds really bad, right? Actually better than it sounds.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 73)The Enchanted Land by Jude Deveraux

I don't know why I torture myself by reading Deveraux's books. Decent story but too much sadness interspersed for my tastes. About a girl with an inheritance deadline and an uncle determined to keep her from meeting the terms of her father's will in order to gain the inheritance himself by default. The terms she must meet in order to inherit are she must marry by her next birthday and live a year with her husband in New Mexico. Desperate the girl asks a man whom she finds owns a ranch in New Mexico. ***SPOILERS***
She is kidnapped twice and sold to a brothel after the second. Separated from her husband for a year's span followed by another 2. He spurns her due to a misunderstanding and she winds up left pregnant and alone to have their child by herself. This is the second book where a similar thing has happened. I must stop reading Deveraux's books. I hate this type of thing even if in the end the two get back together.

74)Magic Study (Study, #2) by Maria V. Snyder (Goodreads Author)
I LOVE this series. Reminds me of how much I love the Hunger Games. In this books Yelena finally meets her family and comes to understand her magic powers. Danger, power struggles, and mysteries keep you from losing your interest and wishing the book was longer and glad there is a sequel.

75)An Irresistible Bachelor by Jessica Bird
JR Ward before she started writing the BDB books. Once I love an author's books I try to read all their books including the ones before they hit the "BIG" time. I like seeing where they started and where they ended up. It's fun to see them grow as an writer. About a woman with family secrets who, against her better judgement, falls for a man with a playboy past and a current fiance. Very fun read. Not as steamy as the BDB books, however.

76)Irish Rebel (Irish Hearts #3) by Nora Roberts
Liked it. About a woman who falls for her father's horse trainer. Really liked it.

77)Sullivan's Woman by Nora Roberts
Liked it. About a woman who loses her job only to find another one when an artist literally grabs her off the streets of San Francisco. She later finds herself fighting the feelings she has for him because she figures there could be no future with him.


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Anna | 1 comments Lisa, thanks for all your reviews! I share your feeling about the Ronda Thompson Wild Wulf series--I have read them all except Jackson's story, which I am on the lookout for. Enjoyed the 2 novellas too, about Sterling and the illegitimate brother Merrick. I also share your view about Cheyenne McCray. I read one of those, and enjoyed the characters but the sex scenes were not to my liking! I took the book to the used store and traded it in. It wasn't a keeper!


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 79)Leaping Hearts by Jessica Bird (AKA JR Ward)

So some of you are preparing for Lover Mine by reading some of the BDB books. I, however, am enjoying some of Ward's pre-BDB books. This one had it's steamy moments. I can't believe I read two books with horses in only a few days. I don't remember even reading one last year. This one dealt with woman who loved horses and decides to take a chance on what seems to be an untrainable horse with great potential and bloodlines. When she buys the horse it creates a rift between her and her family that leads her to break off on her own. The trainer she wants for her new horse just happens to be a very handsome guy (I know big surprise in a romance novel. LOL). Enjoyed the book.


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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish | 8001 comments Lisa, I need to read these. I spent a ton of time tracking them all down on ebay and now that I have them, I REALLY should read them!


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Lisarenee | 392 comments Anna, Glad you like the reviews and they come in useful. I tend to get a lot of my books from thrift stores, but splurged to get the Wild Wulf series. The last book started going a little more to the paranormal side than the previous books. Would have loved to see what Thompson would have done with the series. I've got two of Thompson's other books, Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel and Call of the Moon, that I need to read. My library just happened to have them.


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Lisarenee | 392 comments 81)Her Irish Warrior (Harlequin Historical Series)by Michelle Willingham (Goodreads Author)

About a women who's fiance is abusing her. She asks a stranger to help her. At first it seems he won't, but later he shows up and that's when things start getting interesting. Takes place in Ireland. There is a twist at the end I wish had not happened, but otherwise loved it.

82)Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson

Okay I absolutely loved this one. It was funny and had some romance and mystery going on as well. The main character is a werewolf. 7 years ago she found out the hard way when she was attacked on her way home from her high school prom. She woke up the next morning knowing she'd killed and buried the boy who attacked her after transforming into a werewolf. Apparently the transformation did come with one up side, she went from Ugly Duckling to Supermodel beautiful. So she ran away from home and became a Supermodel. Flash to future and after 7 years with no more transformations she is suddenly having a case of "werewolf" breakouts (she all of a sudden grows fur where there should be no hair) and this is where the story gets interesting. Loved it. You can tell Thompson was going to make a new series out of this one. So sad she passed away before she could finish it.


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