Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
This is not a romance but our review wanted to let others know about this great book. This is an American adventure of epic proportions. Our characters (Lewis and Clark) are on a journey across what will one day be known as America while they face overwhelming odds of survival. Their courage serves them well in the face of adversity.
Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre
Didn’t like it at first, but it grew on the reader. Her relationship with husband starts to be a love story about 1/3 of the way in. She leaves him, something unheard of at the time, to pursue her art. Husband has issues. Reader is about halfway through, and racing to finish reading.
The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale
Big disappointment for two readers. The sex is almost non-existent until the end—but he’s been painted as a roguish adventurer with no restraints! It’s thick and frustrating because the characters go in circles.Meh.
My Lady Captor by Hannah Howell aka. Anna Jennet
Should have been a neat premise. She wants to ransom the hero to raise money for her brother’s ransom. The hero is seething that a WOMAN captured him. It doesn’t stop them from having sex with each other. Later he turns the tables and captures HER, too. And the plot goes on for ever. It took too long.
Breakaway by Deirdre Martin
The descriptions about the town was the best part of the book. Everything else was meh to wallbanger. Our main character gives her love interest the “marry me or else” ultimatum, and he leaves her. Three years later, he wants her back. Secondary mother character is very unlikeable. Heroine is a wuss. Her “I’m never going to be good enough” attitude is grating. Three out of three readers didn’t like it.
Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl
The main character thinks she had sex with him, but it’s really the older brother. They met at a trade show. Later they actually meet, and sparks fly. Just the right amount of tension and conflict. Women are strong characters.
Tempted Again by Cathie Linz
Good read though one fault of the book is that its pop culture references will age quickly. A few coincidences? Yes. But a lighthearted read.
The Principal's Office by Jasmine Haynes
Great premise, but unresolved issues. Our reviewer couldn’t finish the book. It suggests that it might be explicit, but is not really.
Before we get onto the reviews from March, I would like to take an opportunity to remind our readers that the Romantic Times Convention is next week and that some of us will be attending. We will have lots to report for our next post and can't wait. If you are unable to attend the full convention don't forget that your favorite authors will be hosting a Book Fair on Saturday April 14, 2012 and it is FREE if you show them your library card. Otherwise it is $5.00 to get in. Now on to the reviews!
Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash
A bunch of aristocrats get stinking drunk one night and wake up trying to piece things together. It’s like “The Hangover” but in Regency form. It’s SO hysterical! I would love to see this turned into a movie. You can almost hear the zany music when the actual mob (with torches) shows up. This is a first in a new series and I can't wait for the rest of them.
Supreme Clientele by Ashley and JaQuavis
Our reviewer found that the story line was very weak and there was just too much happening. Don't judge this book based on reading the back cover blurb. It doesn’t really explain what happens in the story and it is not even remotely close to what occurs in the book. Our reviewer does not recommend the book.
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Another winner from powerhouse Kresley Cole. The latest in her Immortals after Dark series we follow Lothaire (The Enemy of Old) as he discovers his mate. The hillbilly heroine made me laugh out loud, and she totally screwed with the Big Bad Scary All Powerful Aristocratic Vampire. She’s believable and doesn’t have a lot of superpowers in comparison, yet she holds her own.
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Paranormal Beauty and the Beast. She has pyrokinesis, and desperately tries to keep it a secret—she melts marble. Hero hints at being horribly disfigured and is fully masked all the time. She is forced to marry him right off the bat in order to pay off her father's debts. Nothing physical happens until later in the book. I enjoyed the story as a whole and didn't expect what happened in the end. This is first in a new series.
Texas Pride by Leigh Greenwood
Written by a male author who has been writing romace for over 25 years. That made it interesting to the reader, however maybe not his best book. The biggest surprise was the sex scene: “Really? Is this what men think women think during sex?” A little flowery for a man writing it. Good western, not so much a good romance.
A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale
Heroine insinuates in the newspaper that our hero might have “possibly switched teams” when she catches him in a questionable embrace with another man (actually an actress in male costume). Her article ruins him. So of course he sets out to ruin her. And he does. With both of them ruined the only way out is for them to marry each other. Characters argue non-stop, it’s so enjoyable.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Heroine is a runner for a Chimera shopkeeper who collects teeth (human and other). She doesn’t know why he trades for teeth but he does. Trying to live a normal life as a student, but in a paranormal world things are never normal. Suddenly Seraphim are trying to destroy her master’s shop and she gets wrapped up in a war that she barely understands. No black or white characters, everyone has some elements of good, some of bad. Desperately waiting for the next book.
A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day
Angels who have fallen. Watchers who keep them in line. Reincarnation as punishment. Heroine doesn’t remember her past lives. Her father is looking for her, so he can turn her into a vampire. Very interesting bedroom scenes—think about wing anatomy on angels. Reader has a hard time explaining the world building, but she loved it! Already looking for second book in series.
Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl
Younger man/older woman. She’s teaching his class and ends up dating him. Her ex-husband tries to put a wrench in the works.
An Unexpected Gentleman by Alissa Johnson
Hero compromises heroine in public for vengeance against her intended. That leaves her Untouchable. Heroine becomes pragmatic about her circumstances, and protects her family through smart negotiating. It’s the relationship—conjugal relations 10 times a day?!—that has her panicking. Hero is totally clueless as to why she isn’t thrilled by his attitude.
First Grave on the Right by Daryanda Jones
She’s the Grim Reaper, a living portal for the dearly departed. She runs a PI business because she can talk to the dead. The crazy sex dreams are a bit of a bother. The other entity (with powers kinda like hers) is responsible for the dreams and a whole lot more. The characters are funny, ridiculous, and one of the best reads ever. If you like this one, check out Grave Witch by Kalayna Price.
Locked and Loaded by Alexis Grant
Two readers were very disappointed by this book. She writes the internal dialog in 'too’s': too stilted, too detailed, too unnatural. And the action was not that good.
Baby it's Cold Outside by Addison Fox
Heroine tries to help her grieving friend who's stuck in Alaska. Of course when she gets there she meets the hero, town local and slightly embittered loner. Fun, light, cute, and cheerful read that sets you up for the next two books.
Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden
She’s a monster doctor. She senses auras and can tell when folks are NOT HUMAN. So she's not someone you want around you when you’re trying to hide it, especially for the hero. Great scene where she calls time out—it’s gone too far! Hero calls her out on it: what exactly is “too far” when he touches her, when he’s touching skin, or when he’s about to merge skin cells or what?! It was fun, if a little disjointed.
We're back again and counting down until the Romantic Times Convention in Chicago in April. Until then here is the list and reviews of what we have been reading this past month.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Reader loved it. Hero is dying from drug use. He was forced into it through his parents’ murder. Has a cliffhanger ending.
Dream Machine by Jayne Rylon
Great idea. Machine is hooked up to a person, and helps them act out their fantasy. Intimate scenes were pretty good, but story writing was a little invasive. Eventually it stretched the patience of the reader and the ending seemed a little convenient. Our reviewer liked the book because it was about going beyond your limits. Maybe a 3 out of 5 stars.
The Virtuoso by Grace Burrowes
Reader LOVED it. Don’t read Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish. It was bad. But this one was great! Hero is a pianist who is forced to stop playing—huge emotional shock. Our Hero and Heroine come to the relationship in a believable manner. “I’ve never read a book where I believe in the relationship as much as this one.” I would definitely recommend this one.
To Wed a Wild Lordby Sabrina Jeffries
It should be awesome, but it wasn’t (2 readers agreed). I skimmed the bedroom scenes because by the time I got to them, it didn’t matter. This book didn’t do the characters justice which is sad because the rest of the series was really enjoyable.
Finding Your Mojo by Stephanie Bond
He’s thinking, “what is wrong with me when I’m around this woman?” He doesn’t realize she’s a person from his past. The heroine is in the Witness Protection Program so no one is supposed to know her. This book had some fun wacky characters and is a light fluffy read.
If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker
Wasn’t steamy like I expected, but story was good. The heroine is blind and the author does a good job making the reader believe it for the most part. The first time hero sees her, he’s instantly attracted to her. She “senses” the attraction. Book is not a scorcher like the Romantic Times review suggested. Final thoughts on this title would be, beware the ending.
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
You think that you know the real Romeo and Juliet, but that tragic tale isn't the real story. In this tale Romeo kills her—to preserve his immortality. But supprisingly Juliet was also granted immortality. And ever since, Romeo’s been trying to kill her for 700 years. This time, something changes.
Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione
Book two in the series. Heroine was a bit juvenile. Liked the setup for book 3. That one promises to have a real crusty situation.
Nightshine by Lynn Viehl
This book is part of a series and while the other books were interesting this one was not. Our reviewer couldn't even finish it, and that is a first for this author.
What Barnes & Nobel has to say: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Finishing a book is bittersweet. You spend days getting to know the characters. Learning their nuances, their faults, their loves, their lives. They become your friends, acquaintances, enemies. And after the story ends, you miss them. You look for them in your own life, wonder where they’ve gone, you forget that they aren’t real. You fall in love with the hero and dream of him at night. The strange girl becomes your best friend. Their heartaches become your heartaches. You laugh when they laugh. And cry when they die. Eventually you realize they aren’t a part of your world, you were just briefly visiting theirs.