Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Heiress of Hyde Park by Jacqueline Navin

The second book in the Mayfair Bride series. Just as cute as the first one. This book finds us following a woman who ran from her childhood sweetheart when he is forced by his family to marry an heiress. Only there are a few secrets she kept from him when she left.

The Aunt's story continues in this book as well, and we find out more about her secret lover. Again... there just wasn't enough there!! I can't wait to read more about this couple.

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Published by Berkley

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Peacemaker by Lori Copeland

Lori Copeland is a new author to me, though my understanding is that she has been around for a while. I picked her up on a whim when I saw the most recent book in this Men of the Saddle series in the new books section. Since I hate to read series books out of order I picked this one up.

The story revolves around a jilted bride. She is not only left at the altar by a sweet natured scoundrel, but he also took all her money. After giving him her inheritance to invest in a business with relatives. He leaves her high and dry. So she sets out with venom in her thoughts to shoot him and get her money back, unfortunately, life on the trail is a little more than she can handle.

Now was born and raised Catholic, but I don't enjoy having religion spouted out to me in my fiction.

If she had left the Lord out of every situation and maybe only mentioned faith once I would have liked this story a lot better.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Princess of Park Lane by Jacqueline Navin

Jaqueline Navin had a story in an anthology called "The Talk of the Ton" wih Eloise James and Julia London (both of whom I had read before) The story that she contributed to the book was cute, nothing spectacular, but it was good enough to peak my interest when I saw her three book triology.

The first book, The Princess of Park Lane, was good. We have two storylines to follow. That of a woman who is searching for family, so she takes her dead brother's diary and finds that he has left illigitmate children all over London... and beyond. The second story line is our "main character" Michaela. She is living with her mother and twosisters, so different from the twins she never feels as though she belongs. She is passionate where they are not, she has striking features where they are plain. When she finds out that her father is the late Earl of Woolrich, she realizes that everything is about to change.

I really liked the storyline of the Aunt and her secret lover. Though we only get it in bits and pieces, I am sure that their story will continue in the next book as she looks for more nieces.

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Published by Berkley

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Big Guns Out of Uniform by anthology of three authors

This anthology has two good stories.. and one eh.. okay story.

Of course, if you know me at all the author I bought the book for was Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her story was in the world of the "BAD" boys and girls. These are not stories to be taken seriously, they are fun sexy reads to take your mind off the problems of the real world. In this one, a standard teacher is given the trip of a lifetime as she is placed on an island to live out her dream fantasy. Little did she know her real life fantasy was recuperating on the other side of the island.

I have read a few of Liz Carlyle's stories, though they have all been historicals. This one was modern day and I liked it a lot. Typically, I don't like the idea of wham bam thank ya ma'am relationships, but surprisingly the romance between these two characters rang true. My only peeve, the ending was too pat.

Finally an author I had never read before. Nicole Camden. To be honest, the reason I didn't really like this story is because it was a bit too far on the far-fetched side. Selective amnesia like that is probably something that Ms. Camden researched, but it was too much for me. Though I did like the relationship that the main character had with the boys in blue.

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Published by Pocket Star

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Words of the Pitcher by Kei Swanson

Kei Swanson is a brand new author to me, but thanks to an online contest I was prompted to go to her site.

This book, Words of the Pitcher, struck my fancy because I don't think that I have ever seen an Asian man as the lead in a romance novel. I have seen American Indian, all manner of European, Mexican, Cuban, etc etc etc (did you get the King and I reference) but this was the first time in print that I recall an Asian, and in this case Japanese, male lead.

So I was intrigued. Not to mention I love baseball and especially baseball players.. they have the most fun petting arms.

In any case to get back on track. This is a good book. The bits that you are shown of Japanese culture are insightful. It is obvious that the author enjoys the nuances that are different from our life in the US.

I wasn't thrilled about the heroine. She seemed to be a bit of a pushover (as much as I like alpha males I can't stand weak heroines) but all in all she was a likeable character.

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Published by Red Slipper

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling

What can I say, I was a hold out. I thought that Harry Potter was overhyped gumbledeegoop. I can admit when I was wrong. See watch... I was wrong. J. K. Rowling has created a world with great character depth, fabulous fantasy storylines and an overall theme of good versus evil.

This the fourth book in the series is the best of the lot so far. We see growth in both Harry, Voldemort and the rest of the cast of characters. I see a lot of foreshadowing in this book as well. The huge number of theories that are floating around the web and teen discussions all over the world are completely understandable to me now.

I can't wait to read the next book. And in fact put it on hold before I even reviewed the book here on the site.

Also, since the movie opened this weekend, I waited to see it until after I had read the book. My feelings were it was a much better adaptation of the original story in the book than any of the previous three stories. Of course that may be because it had a lot more depth and excitement to delve into than the prior books.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Embers of Time by Eugenia Riley

Eugenia Riley is a brand new author to me. I hadn't read any of her books and actually got this one through a group of other books that I bought on Ebay. Never the one to toss a book without reading it. I decided to try this one to see how it was.

The best part of the story was the two children. Their brief scenes at the beginning of the book is what forced me to continue to the meat of the plot. The main characters were okay. They are pretty static from start to finish. Other than the hero finally having to believe instead of only trusting what he can see.

If you like time travel pieces though, this one isn't bad. Some of the dialogue made me cringe. I wasn't alive in the late forties, so maybe that's how they really spoke to one another (but lord I hope not!).

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Published by Lovespell

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Windfall by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine has redeemed herself in this fourth book of the Weather Warden series. (If you recall I was a wee bit disappointed in book three) Though I was a bit upset at how we ended the book, I think it was a great story from start to finish.

Poor Jo is struggling to make ends meet now that she is no longer a weather warden working as a weather girl at a local news station. Little does she know that her boss, a weatherman with an unnaturally high prediction rate is causing the wardens to look a little to closely into what she is up to.

Not to mention her sister shows up on her door step sans well.. anything.

Oh and did I mention her Djinn boyfriend is perilously close to becoming a scary ifrit.

Poor Jo.

Where is a hot hero when you need one??

Great story and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

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Published by ROC - Peguin Group

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Serenity the novelization by Keith R.A. DeCandio

Keith R. A. DeCandido has written four other movie adaptations. After reading this one... I am glad I don't have to read the rest.

The book is a basic transcription of the screenplay... with a few mentions of things that happened in the Firefly series to tie into it. The content of the story wasn't bad, but the writing style was just not something I enjoyed.

There are some small moments of redemption of the book in the scene on Haven when the Operative attacks and the opening two pre-story background chapters. Those were three areas of well written prose. However, once we get into the meat of the story. Eh... let's just say already knowing the plot I struggled to finish.

I guess I am asking a lot to want the book to be as engrossing as the movie. But I truly think that this could have been a much better book than what was produced.

Don't get me wrong, Keith is a very nice guy and I enjoyed the interview that Eric and I did with him on Fireflytalk. It's entirely possible that I may have expected too much of this book because its from a series and movie that I am so involved with.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Friday, November 11, 2005

The Snow White Bride by Claire Delacroix

Claire Delacroix's medievil books are typically very good. This one was okay. I think the whole triology is good but nothing spectacular.

This is the story of the brother, Alexander. He has managed to marry off his two eldest sisters in the most unusual fashion in order to keep his family afloat. The sisters are both home for the Christmas holiday and they, with the rest of the girls left at home meet a most unusual woman in thier family chapel.

The story of course is about the girls getting revenge on their eldest brother by hooking him up with this beautiful woman on the run.

The story is cute and the outcome a bit predictable, but that doesn't stop the story from being an entertaining read. My complaint.. there are huge storylines left open. The "death" of their Aunt and Uncle in the second book was not resolved. The youngest sister's need to go to the place where they were entombed is thwarted by another of her brothers. His story of the ravens leaving Ravensmuir is left to remain a mystery. PLUS, we are left wondering what happened to the little fairy that held a grudge against their aunt.

There is just a lot she left open for another triology... which is irritating to someone who thought all would be resolved in this book.

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Published by Warner Books

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

So I have decided never to watch a movie before I read the book ever again!

I enjoyed this book even more than I have the previous two and I have come to the conclusion that it was because I didn't know what would happen next.

Getting a little bit more about Harry's parents and the past was great. The plot itself was a bit slow to unfold and then we tumbled into it full force. I never would have guessed the eventual result, though I did figure out what Hermoine was doing in order to take so many classes.

I plan to see this movie and then read Goblet of Fire before I go to see the newest movie in the theatres in a couple weeks.

Thank you to the girls at bookloversgroup for making me read this series. And Janetlee, I will never doubt you again... I'm not worthy! :-P

Saturday, November 05, 2005

A Garden in the Rain by Lynn Kurland

After reading Dreams of Stardust, I was informed that Lynn Kurland had a series of books based in that universe. So off I trotted to find more. This one was in the new book section at the library.

There is a bit of supernatural in it, which was very nice, but over all I had to fight to keep my attention on the book. It typically takes me a few hours to read a romance.. this one took a day and a half.

The hero, Patrick, was great.. dark, brooding, Scottish... carried a big sword. The heroine, Madelyn, was engaging, bucking her typical behavior and trying to make the best of her bad luck. I couldn't stand her ex-fiance Bentley and the "trouble maker" that causes the problems in the end seemed a bit odd. Though I believe his prescence was to lay a foundation for another book.

The reason I think I found it slow moving is because the plot was inconsistant. Patrick's job is to protect people, but he failed to see the danger to our fine heroine.

Don't get me wrong, I will definately have to go back and find the rest of this series, since it is a different series than I had started with the other book. I did enjoy the story overall.

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Published by Berkley

Friday, November 04, 2005

Bachelor Boys by Kate Saunders

I think I found this book by Kate Saunders while searching through the new materials at the library website ... I have no idea!
However, much to my surprise, it was a really cute book. The gist is that Cassie is asked by her close friend, and surrogate mother, Phoebe, to find wives for her two wastral sons. Phoebe is sick and dying and Cassie would do anything to make her happy, with the exception of married one of Phoebe's sons herself. So she agrees to find them each suitable spouses and suddenly she is matchmaking for every one of her friends which is great, except things aren't going so well between her boyfriend Matthew and herself.

I actually cried a bit and laughed a bit and got angry a bit... there was "a bit" of everything here.

The writer and story live in GB and to be honest this is the first book by a british author I have read that wasn't a comedy romance. It was a nice change.