Aug 052016
 
Review Hodgepodge (#6)

Well, this is me, so as usual, I picked up one M/M book fully prepared to move on to something else when I was done. That rarely happens, and it sure as heck didn’t happen this time. I don’t know what it is about the genre (sub-genre?) that grips me. Once I’m in, it’s hard to find my way out. I find M/M to be brimming with emotions that don’t feel forced and filled with angst that is beautifully done. I found some really good (and funny) reads with this bunch. And one full-on bust. 🙁 Adulting 101 by Lisa [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 222016
 
Review Hodgepodge (#5)

As you can see from my reviews below, I had some really good reads this month from historical romance. Again, it was contemporary romance that was lacking for me. (Insert heavy sigh here.) But I have to be honest; I’m done talking a good game. I can’t give this genre up, so yeah. I’ll be back for more. Hopefully I’ll find a diamond in the rough to gush about soon! ~*~ The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie Book #1 in Chance Sisters Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: February 5th, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 072016
 
Audiobook Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan Book #1 in Devil’s Rock Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: March 29th, 2016 Synopsis from Goodreads: Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way. Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 172016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | The Truth About Forever

So far I’ve had a great experience with Sarah Dessen books. The Truth About Forever really upped the ante. I just can’t help but wonder what took me so long to dive into the Young Adult genre. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads: A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 262016
 
New Release Review: Mister O by Lauren Blakely

Mister O by Lauren Blakely Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: May 2, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: Sebastian York Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power. Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time. I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver. But then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 232016
 
Review: The Pirates of Pacta Servanda by Jack Campbell

The Pirates of Pacta Servanda by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #4 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Jan 12, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain have survived every attempt to stop them, but their enemies are determined to kill Mari, the only one who can save her world from a storm of destruction. As armies begin to gather and cities seethe with tension, Mari, Alain, and their friends must prepare to confront the storm in the place it first appeared: the broken kingdom of Tiae. The dangers facing them demand perilous raids, [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 232016
 
Reviews: The Bedding Proposal & Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren

The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren Book #1 in The Rakes of Cavendish Square Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015 ARC Provided by Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcĂ©e Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls…. Once a darling [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 052016
 
Audiobook Review: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne Book #1 in Victorian Rebels Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads:  STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him
and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception—and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands
 COURTING DESIRE But Farah is no [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 202015
 
Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell

The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #2 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Feb 10, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Someone wants to kill Mari, a young Steam Mechanic in the Guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization, and that Mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young Mage who has learned that Mechanics are not frauds as his Guild teaches, and that Mechanic Mari is the only person who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 20, 2015 at 6:45 am

New Release Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling

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Nov 122015
 
New Release Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling Series: Cormoran Strike #3 Genre: Mystery Release Date: Oct. 20th, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: Robert Glenister When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 152015
 
Review Hodgepodge (#1)

Sometimes I get so caught up in the joy of reading, I forget I’m also supposed to (hopefully) be helpful and informative to other people when they’re choosing books or if they just want to compare notes. Today, I have some books I’ve read, but been so gung-ho to start my next read that I’ve blown straight past reviewing. May these reviews be helpful and maybe spark some note comparing! One More Shot by Victoria Denault Book #1 in Hometown Players Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: They [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 022015
 
Review: The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell

The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #1 Genre: Fantasy Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2014 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 2, 2015 at 6:39 am

Should You Read This Series? – Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Jun 252015
 
Should You Read This Series? - Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wouldn’t center my reading goals around the number of books I read. The pressure to read a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time was too much. I set my goal way too high and got stressed out when I had to lower it. Instead, I’d step outside of my comfort zone, which is primarily Contemporary and Historical Romance. Young Adult is one of the genres I wanted to explore more of, and I discovered the Dairy Queen series when I needed a third book for a challenge I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Daring by Elliott James

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Dec 192014
 
Review: Daring by Elliott James

Daring by Elliott James Series: Pax Arcana #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: September 23rd, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Roger Wayne THE WEREWOLVES HAVE A NEW LEADER…AND HE CANNOT BE STOPPED. Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar—keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind—who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 19, 2014 at 6:47 am
Jul 212014
 
Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Series: Don Tillman #1 Genre: Humor, Romance Release Date: May 1st, 2013 Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2014 at 6:44 am
Jul 092014
 
New Release Review: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #7 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: Jun 17, 2014 For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

Summertime and the Reading is Easy…..

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Jun 262014
 
Summertime and the Reading is Easy.....

SUMMERTIME READS June 24th marks the beginning of summer in my part of the world. Summer means hot and humid days, sultry nights, and daylight up to 9PM. Living in Canada means making the most of our favorite season and we try to spend as much time outdoors relaxing with a tall cool drink and a good book (and lots of sunscreen and bug spray, too!). 2014 has been a fantastic year for books and I’ve come up with some great summer reads. Here’s my list of suggestions: The Martian by Andy Weir This book came highly recommended by Michelle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

An Oldie but a Goodie: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

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Feb 092014
 
An Oldie but a Goodie: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts First Published: 1991 Genres: Romantic Suspense Available in Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook Burned out and still reeling from a love affair gone bad, world-class violinist Caroline Waverly goes to her grandparents’ home in Innocence, Mississippi, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Instead she finds herself overwhelmed all over again—first by Tucker Longstreet, a charming local with a sideline in no-strings-attached relationships, and then by a deadlier, more disturbing development. For Innocence is being stalked by its very own serial killer, whose brutal knife blows have pierced the veil of tranquillity in this sleepy Southern town and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 9, 2014 at 6:24 am
Jan 132014
 
Double Feature Review/Anthology Maddness!: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden and Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin

Anthologies can be hit or miss for me.  Often, they seem to be positioned as a way to introduce readers to series and authors.   Now this is just my opinion, but too many times short stories aren’t as engaging and just don’t pull me in like a novel.  The characters may not be as well introduced because they exist in a series or novel already.  There are exceptions of course.  For example, Alice Munro, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher write beautifully executed short stories.  But honestly, too often there are so many authors in an anthology that I don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am
Nov 252013
 
Author Spotlight: Linwood Barclay

The everyday Joe… How appealing is this for a main character, he is a contractor? I’m not talking about a person who takes contracts out to kill. Nope, just an everyday, hardworking house building contractor. If that doesn’t excite you, maybe you’ll find the lawn & garden guy more appealing. His exciting career is lawn maintenance. These are some of the given careers of the main characters in Linwood Barclay books. They don’t have military training, secret CIA clearance or millions of dollars to buy the top surveillance gadgets. They are everyday people who gain their muscles from hard work, have seemingly normal families & [ Read More of this Review ]

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