Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Island of Dreams - Katherine Stone

Island of Dreams - Katherine Stone C

Way too much funk-i-ness going on in this one. Again, the characters were pretty good, and I wanted to make sure everyone had a happy ending. But over all, too much imagery, not enough plot movement. From the beginning of the book I knew which character was Grace, but it took way too long for everyone else in the story to figure it out.

Monday, January 30, 2006

The Bartered Bride - Mary Jo Putney

The Bartered Bride - Mary Jo Putney C+

Typically I like historicals, however this one just made me cringe at points. The characters were compelling, but my god, can this poor heroine have any more problems!! Yeesh! I really liked the end though... so that redeemed the book back up to the score of C+.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Hidden Heiress - Amanda Scott

The Hidden Heiress - Amanda Scott B+

Second of the Secret Clan series. This one was a little better than the first. I think because I liked the heroine more in this one that I did in the first. They are sisters but for some reason I liked this one more. It may be because the book is sort of a play on the Cinderella story. Evil "stepsisters" and "stepmother" make her work hard and not have any fun.. she gets dressed up to go to a ball.. that sort of thing made it more of a fairy tale.

Friday, January 27, 2006

It Had to Be You - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

It Had to Be You - Susan Elizabeth Phillips A-

Very cute story based around football and family. (Can I just say I love books based around sports.. I am such a guy sometimes) The characters are ones that I met in another of SEP's books. One is the coach of the Chicago football team (not the Bears) who has decided to marry someone simple and sweet, then he meets the new owner of his team. She is a bombshell and as dumb as they come... or is she!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Abducted Heiress - Amanda Scott

The Abducted Heiress - Amanda Scott B-

First of the Secret Clan series. I happened upon this series because I went to school (well actually she was in my brother's class) with a girl named Amanda Scott. LOL so I thought I would make sure she wasn't an author and I didn't know it. It was an entertaining book, not by the Amanda Scott I knew, and the characters were easy to like.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Devil's Due - Rachel Caine

15. Devil's Due - Rachel Caine A

Good follow up to the first book, but I was disappointed in the ending. I wanted more info about what happens next!! The characters in these two books were so vivid and compelling I didn't want the book to end.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Memory in Death - JD Robb

16. Memory in Death - JD Robb A+

Ahhhhh, ever pleasing Eve and Roarke continue their life amidst death and evil. Something I really liked about this book.. everything wasn’t tied up nice and tidy by Christmas.. like in real life, Eve had to force herself to put work aside in order to enjoy her holiday.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Katie Fforde - Second Thyme Around

Katie Fforde - Second Thyme Around B+

This was my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed her humor. There were a few moments when I wanted to smack the heroine and tell her to wake up. But it was overall a sweet story about two people who loved young, screwed it up, and were able to reconcile.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie A-

Crusie tickles my funny bone with everything she writes, but I identify with most of her heroines so easily. This story takes place in Cincinnati (well Riverbend) and its the story of a 40 yo divorcee trying to get a handle on life post being a trophy wife. Insert 30 yo hot doctor in her apartment building, a not so perky dog, and a best friend who is writing a novel of her sex ploits and let the games begin.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Romantic by Madeline Hunter

The Romantic Madeline Hunter B+

This is part of a series (which I didn't know until I had already bought it) and I broke my own rule and read them out of order. However, the characters were good and the storyline was sweet (almost too sweet) so it was an enjoyable read.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

Blue Diary Alice Hoffman C+

This book had SO much potential. The story line was one filled with fodder for the imagination, but by the end of the book, all I felt was cheated that the story didn't end. If I find out there is a sequel to this book.. the rating would probably go up

The Royal Pain by Mary Janice Davidson

The Royal Pain Mary Janice Davidson A-

Very sexy sequel to The Royal Treatment, this book follows the world of Princess Alexandra while she figures out how to cope with the fear of losing her family. Insert hot marine biologist (named Sheldon for goodness sake) and you have the all-cure... sex! LOL This book was hilarious at times and creative, and not soo far fetched that anything was absolutely unbelievable in the world that was created... however, there was one moment when Sheldon's best friend turned down sex.. which shocked the heck out of me! That moment was sort of unbelievable, but hey.. maybe some guys do have scruples.. lol I just haven't met them!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward - A

Yall were right... Dark Lover was very good. The whole time I was rooting for Butch (who's girl I picked out for him about two seconds after meeting her character) to NOT die. I was afraid both he and Marissa's brother were going to go into cahoots to try and destroy Wrath.

Thankfully, my imagination's path was not the one that JR's took! I loved the story and the world that has been created... I can't wait for Rhage's book!!!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Unleash the Night Sherrilyn Kenyon

Unleash the Night Sherrilyn Kenyon A-

I love the Dark Hunters... but oh how the Were's are holding their own. Wren is an outcast from the world of his people, both his mother's family and his father's are ashamed of him. Sanctuary has been his home for most of his life but when he finds he is attracted to a human woman he threatens to upset the precarious balance of Sanctuary

Monday, January 09, 2006

Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister

Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister = B-

Took me a while to get into the whole Pirate world when I realized that the MC wasn't going to get out of it for most of the book. I would have liked to see them get in and out instead of being stuck there. I liked the thought that went into the reasoning of why they couldn't get out and how they were able to see one another as they were through brain wave activity. I know its not technically possible.. but its a very cool concept. Hell I might get into multi-player online role- playing games if I thought they could be as realistic as this one!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah

Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah = B+

I kept talking about this one while I was reading it. Most of this book I was on the edge of my seat wondering who Mike was going to choose, her husband or the hollywood star. The ending was a bit disappointing. Both because of character development and how quickly everything was "resolved"

Friday, January 06, 2006

Night Game by Christine Feehan

Night Game by Christine Feehan = A-

I was very excited to finally read this one and I wasn't disappointed.

Flame and Gator were both very fun to read about. The interesting plot twist that occured about halfway through this book makes me believe that they are going to get even better.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Wedding Survivor by Julia London

Wedding Survivor by Julia London = B+
This one was a cute little story as well... my only problem with it was the whole Survivor bit in the middle. Now I understand that a lot of people like Survivor, but if she hadn't referenced it two or three times I would have enjoyed the book more. It kept bringing me out of the action. Some of the stuff that the characters did was amusing... I especially liked the sandwich canon.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Manhunt by Janet Evanovich

Manhunt by Janet Evanovich = C+
I should just stop reading these rereleases. I liked the story and there were a lot of funny moments in the book, but again there were parts that seemed straight out of plum. The main characters in this one were more unique, but the situations and supporting cast were typical JE slapstick.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Bad Attitude by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Bad Attitude by Sherrilyn Kenyon = A

Much better than the small books, getting in depth with more characters in BAD was nice. The plot was a little overshadowed by the romance but hey.. I didn't mind! :-D

Sunday, January 01, 2006

There's Something About Christmas by Debbie MacComber

There's Something About Christmas by Debbie MacComber = B-

Cute story where Christmas ties two completely opposite characters together and teaches a bah-humbug man how to love the holiday and someone else.