Monday, February 09, 2009

When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James

I really enjoyed the characters in this one. It's part of a loose series. By that I mean there are characters referenced and that play a small part in the book that are in the other books, but they are independent and sometimes overlapping storylines.

I don't think I have read them all so I need to find the rest.

Basically this was a good little historical with a decent plot and without too much unnecessary drama.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Heart of Courage by Kat Martin

Third in Kat Martin's series about the Heart to Heart Gazette. This one was the brother I was looking forward to, and coincidentally fit in for my Eye Spy Challenge of a title with "heart" in it from the book group.

Of course I was already familiar with the characters before this one and enjoyed their romance immensely.

There were a couple of times that I laughed, a moment when I almost cried, and even a "oh my gosh they are not going to let that happen to her" moment.

There is something so attractive about the idea of a Viking - or an almost Viking - thrust into a world where he has to learn his way... or maybe that's just me.

Overall a very entertaining couple of hours. I would recommend it to those who like historical romance.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Playlist for La Femme Nikita

Here is why I haven't been reading.. I have been rewatching all the seasons of La Femme Nikita. All five of them.

I needed to find a place to post my playlist of songs from the episodes, hopefully this works.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Foul Play by Janet Evanovich

Originally published under the name Steffie Hall, it never should have been resurrected.

I like a romantic comedy as much as the next person. However, belittling the romance part of it just irritates me.

I should have known better than to read this book. I have enjoyed the Stephanie Plum books for the most part, but the books that Janet had written before them are horrendous.

By page two, he's in love.

By page 25, he's in her house a mere fifteen minutes after meeting her.

By page 32, we've discovered she's a 26 year old virgin, and he's happy about it cause he's already decided to marry her.

Are you freaking kidding me?

This is where I send the book back to the library and say.. thank goodness I didn't buy the thing.

Harlequin American Romance Series

Okay so all the Harlequin American Romance Series books are not complete duds. There was a little more entertainment in these novels from the collection. I have a bunch of these that I bought a few years ago off ebay, so I am not absolutely convinced the one book was the exception rather than the rule. These four books were much better than the other though.

One Daddy Too Many by Debra Salonen

His Baby Bonus by Laura Marie Altom

Capturing The Cop by Michele Dunaway

A Family At Last by Jacqueline Diamond

None of these were so special I have to go out and tell someone to read them all, but they served the purpose of an hour of entertainment.

Snowy Night With a Stranger - Jane Feather

To Meet the January challenge at Booklovers Group I had to read a book with Snow in the title.

This was a cute little anthology. All historicals written by authors I enjoy. A bit far fetched in the Charlie Dickens story, but I liked them none the less.

Overall the stories were sweet and entertaining, with not all that much substance. The best of the three was written by Jane Feather.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Texas Born by Ann DeFee

A part of the Harlequin American Romance Series, and if this is how horrible they all are they should just shut down the series. This book was so bad I nearly didn't finish it. The plot was so easy to figure out I had serious doubts about the safety of the people in the town since their county sheriff was such a moron.

The only thing cute in it was the Fluffy dog that they picked up.

There is nothing worse than having a novel with characters who are so out of whack from reality that they do things even fiction can't explain.

I mean seriously what investigator goes to an amusement park when there are mobsters trying to kill a friend and someone trying to break into your girlfriends house to find some missing disk. No one.

Ann DeFee, you just went on my... NEVER again list.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Booklovers Challenge: 12 TBR's in 2009

One of the groups I am a part of (and have been on hiatus from) is the bookloversgroup on yahoo. It's a great group run by a sweet friend of mine, Merry.

They pose different challenges during the year to keep people reading and to start conversation. This challenge was to check out your TBR (too be read) stack of books and choose 12 to read during the year that have been sitting there a while. Most of my choices have been looked over to read other books or series or because I have started the novels several times before putting them down and reading something else.

So without further ado Miranda's 2009 TBR Challenge

1. Gregory Maguire - Wicked
2. Shana Abe - The Dream Thief
3. Tanya Huff - Blood Price and Blood Trail (two story paperback)
4. Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha
5. Jim Butcher - Furies of Calderon
6. Piers Anthony - On a Pale Horse
7. Savannah Russe - Beneath the Skin and In the Blood (2 books same series I have been passing for other books)
8. Lilith Saintcrow - Saint City Sinners
9. Majorie M Lui - The Red Heart of Jade
10. The Tomb - E Paul Wilson
11. Diana Gabaldon - Outlander (yes after years and years I WILL read this book)
12. Billie Letts - The Honk and Holler Opening Soon

Shew... Now I just have to actually do this.

I wish I would have done it last year - Some of these books would have been off the list already!! :)

Christmas Celebration - By Anne McAllister

An old book from a lot bought off ebay that I pulled off the TBR shelf. One story in this was really good... the other so horrible I couldn't finish. Sadly the one I couldn't finish was by Kasey Michaels (After having read so many of her novels it was very disconcerting to know she could write that poorly.)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Starting Over again...

If you want to check out what I have been reading lately, head on over to GoodReads and see my listings.

From this day forward I am going to post all my books in here.. if only by Title and Author without a review.

I can do this! And I will!