Sunday, July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox {105}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Half Price Books
Captivated by Lauren Dane

Books via Paperback Swap
A Strong Hand  by Catt Ford

Books via Publisher/Publicist

Books via Reader Service
Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak
The Lovesick Cure by Pamela Morsi
Where Azaleas Bloom by Sherryl Woods

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Storm Bound by Alice Gaines

Storm Bound
Alice Gaines
Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: August 14, 2012
Source: Publisher
Genre: Menage
Christie Lovejoy, Wolf Martin, Jon Tucker
Challenge: 100+
Buy the Book: Amazon

Stranded on a steamy tropical island, these three will create their own heat…

Christie Lovejoy is normally all business. But when a hurricane bears down on the exclusive resort she's sharing with two sexy businessmen, it's time to throw caution to the tropical winds. How often do you find two gorgeous men with the hots for you…and the willingness to share?

Wolf Martin and Jon Tucker have been friends for years, and their taste in women has never overlapped…until now. Wolf, Jon, and Christie use the luxurious resort to take the kind of sensual journey that only total isolation will allow. But when the storm recedes, will they be ready to leave their island paradise?
This novella was just okay, not something that will draw you in. My biggest gripe with this story is how Christie tricked the two men into staying on an island during a hurricane. The fact that she took that decision from them didn't sit well with me. From that point on, I had no interest in Christie what-so-ever.

The menage scenario seemed more like they were together because they were each others only options. The guys were okay, but not much depth. I didn't know any more about them at the end of the story than I did at page one. I guess that's sometimes the case with novellas.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

In My Mailbox {104}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Publisher/Publicist
Run the Risk by Lori Foster
Savage Hunger by Terry Spear
Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
Deception by Kris Kennedy

Books via Paperback Swap
The Rivals by Mechele Armstrong

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Love's Strategy by Samantha Kane

Love's Strategy
Samantha Kane
Series: Brothers in Arms #3
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publish Date: May 2007
Kindle {p.56}
Source: Personal Library
Genre: Historical, Menage
Leah Marleston, Valentine Westridge, Kurt Shillig
Challenge: 100+
Buy the Book: Amazon

Valentine Westridge and Kurt Schillig are lovers, and have been since the Peninsular War when lonely young officer Valentine let himself be seduced by the equally lonely Kurt. Now they're back from the war and intent on beginning the future they dreamed of together, one that includes a quiet country estate, horses, dogs, children, and each other. Their plan, however, also requires a wife. At the suggestion of a mutual friend, Valentine and Kurt believe the financial security they can offer to impoverished widow Leah Marleston will help her accept the unusual sexual relationship they are suggesting.

Leah is at her wit's end, creditors having taken everything she owns to pay off her late husband's gambling debts. She must find a way to support herself and her two children, or be forced to marry her abusive and obsessive brother-in-law. In Valentine's and Kurt's arms, Leah discovers a passion she never knew existed. Brought together by necessity, bonded by desire, these three lonely people find themselves fighting against all odds for a love that was never part of their plans.
The instant attraction among these three I believed, but the instant love, not so much. Kirk and Valentine have been in love for some time, so the thought that the minute they laid eyes on Leah they fell in love cheapened the love between Valentine and Kirk to me.

I am glad however that both Valentine and Kirk took an instant liking to Leah's children. That won them over with me. I would have liked to see the relationship between this trio grow, but with it being a very short read, that didn't happen.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday {95}: Dark Storm @FeehanBooks

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It is showcases upcoming releases of books that I'm looking forward to. It is somewhat similar to one of my previous posts, Anxiously Awaiting. {Button courtesy of Bewitched Bookworms}

Dark Storm
Christine Feehan
October 2, 2012

A DARK STORM IS ON THE HORIZON…Return to Christine Feehan’s “steamy and dreamy” (Publishers Weekly) world of her New York Times bestselling Carpathian novels as roiling passions collide in a perfect storm of dangerous desire that only a precious few can hope to outrun…

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries.

But there are some things that never change.

His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man—and beast. Even his friends and family weren’t safe from Mitro’s bloodlust. Neither was Mitro’s lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts.

But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun—one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Incoming Freshman by Carol Lynne

Incoming Freshman
Carol Lynne
Series: Campus Cravings #13
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publish Date: August 1, 2011
Kindle {p.87}
Source: Personal Library
Genre: LGBT
Bobby Ray Sikes, Chet Sloan
Challenge: 100+
Buy the Book: Amazon

Three years ago, Chet Sloan left a promising job as Offensive Line Coach at the University of Arizona in an effort to put distance between himself and an Incoming Freshman. Bobby Ray Sikes first came to Chet’s attention as a high school sophomore when he took his small Arkansas town’s football team to a state championship. For two years Chet watched Bobby Ray Sikes play, knowing the boy was meant for greatness. When he recognized his feelings had grown from adoration to something more, Chet ran. In an effort to save his career and Bobby Ray Sikes’s chance to one day go professional, Chet took a job at North Central Idaho University.

For three years, Bobby Ray Sikes played for a team he hated. Not only was he expected to act like the rest of the guys on the team, but the one man he’d agreed to play for had left him high and dry. After reading an article on BK House, a privately funded all-gay dormitory, in OUT magazine, he decides to do the unthinkable and transfer colleges his senior year.

Most coaches would be thrilled to learn a two time All American was transferring in to play ball for their team, but Chet’s feelings for Bobby Ray Sikes haven’t changed. Will he be forced to run again or can he coach the man he loves?
I was excited to see the return of the Campus Cravings series, but this installment fell a little flat. Bobby Ray and Chet have been in love with each other pretty much since Booby Ray has been legal. Even still Chet didn't feel that a relationship between them was a good idea because of the age difference and the fact that he was Bobby's coach.

There didn't seem to be any real depth between these two once they reconnected three years later. Sure they had a physical attraction to one another, but as a reader I didn't become invested in either one of them. I ended up connecting more with Bobby's roommate Dane than the two main characters. Now his story is one I'm looking forward to reading.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

In My Mailbox {103}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Barnes & Noble
Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown

Books via Reader Service
All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller
Catching Fireflies by Sherryl Woods
That Thing Called Love by Susan Andersen

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: A Long From Home by Gwendolyn Heasley

A Long Way From You
Gwendolyn Heasley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback {p.314}
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult
Kitsy Kidd
Challenge: 100+
Buy the Book: Amazon

For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne's family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.

Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers--namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin--Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a "lot" more than figure drawing.
Kitsy is a cute, likable character with a big heart and even bigger dreams. She leaves her small-town Texas home to live in New York at her BFF's house while she's away at summer camp. I didn't really get the friendship between these two. It seemed that all Corrinne did was make snide remakes and digs at Kitsy's hometown.

As for Kitsy's boyfriend Hands, he was okay from what little I knew of him. He and Kitsy didn't seem to have this grand love affair but more of an elementary type of love. Not that that's a bad thing, they were just more buddies than anything else.

"Art Boy" or Tad, never really took off for me either. He too was an okay character, but more of a big brother type to Kisty.

I just kept seeing Kitsy as the adorable side-kick, but not the leading lady.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

List of Five ~ July 2012

I got the idea of making a list of the books I'm going to read for the month from a similar feature done by GalleySmith. Although she lists 10 books I'm only doing 5, to take into account ARCs I may receive or just falling into a reading slump.

Hopefully this will also cut down on the time I spend sitting in front of my bookshelf trying to decide what to read next. Plus maybe it will help with my need to read my own books. I have this problem of putting books on the shelves in favor of reading newer, shinier books and forgetting all about the previously purchased ones.

My goal is to stick to this 5 with the addition of others throughout the month. I may not read them in the order they are listed, but it is my goal to read all five.

July 2012 List of Five:

  • Monument 14
  • A Long Way From You
  • Storm Bound
  • Big Sky Mountain
  • Spring Fever
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14
Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publish Date: June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback {p.294}
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult
Dean Grieder
Challenge: 100+
Buy the Book: Amazon

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
Reading this novel was like getting caught up in a block-buster movie. I truly couldn't put it down.

It starts out straight to the point. Once they're taken shelter in the neighborhood Greenway Store, they elect a leader and try to deal with the situation the best way they can. For some, that means self-medicating.

All the characters bring something the to the table. There were no useless characters to be found. Yes, there are some irrating, pain in the behind characters but they all served a purpose. For instance, Brayden, one of the popular jocks, ,I couldn't stand from minute one. But every novel needs its jerk, right? Even in the time of a national crisis he's still the obnoxious bully.

But on the flip side, I loved the characters that the kids found annoying. Namely, Batiste, Chloe and Max, three of the six little kids trapped in the store. I could help but laugh at their antics and love the adorable little twins, Henry and Caroline. I couldn't help but want a very happy outcome for the both of them with their mother.

The writing was excellent; the author did a great job of capturing the voice of every character right down to the kindergarteners. It was left unfinished so I'm hoping that means a sequel. There are so many unknowns in the end that it would be downright cruel to not offer up some kind of follow-up if only to tie up the loose ends. This is definitely one of those books that by the last page you'll be screaming at the book, "Wait, what happens next!?!"

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