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Tucker, by Juliana Stone

17 Sep

TuckerTucker, by Juliana Stone

Amazing, I’m going to make this month’s SLWendy’s TRB Challenge–even if by the skin of my teeth.

w00t! w00t!

Two things to know before you read this review: first, I met Ms Stone briefly at RWA 2009 in Washington DC. If memory serves, it was also her first RWA, and she had just signed with HarperCollins (which published His Darkest Hunger, first in her Jaguar Warriors series). I have not kept in contact with Ms Stone, and I still have my copy of His Darkest Hunger somewhere in the TBR mountain range of doom.

Second, I won a copy of this book in a giveaway for Jen’s July Monthly Glom over at the Fiction Vixen blog, which is where she recommended it.

Without further ado, the blurb (from the author’s website): Continue reading

The Mistress Diaries, by Julianne MacLean

3 Mar

The Mistress DiariesThe Mistress Diaries, Julianne MacLean

I honestly have no idea how this book came to be in the immense TBR Mountain Range, though it must probably landed here from some giveaway at some point in the past five years or so. However, I have heard good things about Ms MacLean’s work* and since this months’ TBR challenge is a “new to me” author, I thought I would finally try it.

Boy oh boy.

Let’s just say that I’ll look for another book for the challenge—there’s bound to be something in this house that I haven’t read yet that will not make me wish I could stab its protagonists. With a fork.

Reader beware: profanity laced ranting ahead.

While the novel is narrated in the traditional third person, the blurb is—apparently—taken from the eponymous mistress’ diary:

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A Man of His Word, by Sarah M. Anderson

1 May

A Man of His Word, by Sarah M. Anderson

A category length romance (scarcely 187 pages) published under Harlequin’s Desire imprint, A Man of His Word is Ms Anderson’s print debut and (from what I gather) the first in the Lawyers in Love trilogy, with the next two titles released in July and September.

My copy comes directly from the author, via a giveaway at Novel Thoughts right around the release date. Life being what it is and reading/reviewing mojo in the state is was, I only read this book a couple of weeks ago—and just now am I writing the review.¹

Confession number one: I can’t read the heroine’s name without giggling. Yes, I know, I suck and I’m mean, but there you have it: an acquaintance has a 14 year old teacup Yorkie named Rosebud. So, after giggling a few times in a row where laughter really wasn’t warranted, I mentally changed her name to Rose—and the book flowed so much better for me!

Here is what the blurb² tells us about the story: Continue reading

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas

17 Feb

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas

At just over 200 pages, this is another one of those skinny hardback novels put out by St Martin’s Press during the 2010 holiday season. In all honesty, despite liking most of what I’ve read by Ms Kleypas¹, I wouldn’t have picked this up for myself—$17.00 for a book that’s barely longer than a SuperRomance? erm…nope. Luckily, I didn’t have to—I was one of the lucky recipients of a giveaway held by the lovely Christine (who happens to be one of Lisa’s Divas).

A contemporary romance, this one of those rare beasts with nary a suspense thread nor a psychotic ex or malicious family members working over time to thwart a budding romance. In fact, there’s basically no conflict in the novel.

But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself—here’s the jacket blurb: Continue reading

Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

5 Jan

Reader beware: In compliance with FTC guidelines, readers should be aware that my copy of this novel was obtained directly from Ms Milan in a multiple-title drawing she held at her blog in early December. Thank you.

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Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

Published by Harlequin Historical Romance, this novel is Ms Milan’s full length debut. Set in London during the late 1830s, Proof by Seduction follows the story of one Jenny Keeble—aka Mme Esmerelda, soothsayer and future diviner—and a marquess.

Here is the (much hated) back cover blurb: Continue reading

Beyond the Rain, by Jess Granger

25 Aug

Beyond the Rain, by Jess Granger

I blogged just a few days ago about my moral hangover about the ARCs I have in my forever-growing-like-the-blob-thing TBR mountain range, and how I agonize over what to read next, and…

Yeah, well, I’m also a mood reader, which means that when a book calls loud enough, nothing will do but for me to devour it. Best thing ever is when that compulsion is rewarded by an engrossing read that keeps me awake half the night and has me grabbing for the book first thing upon opening my weary eyes in the morning.

That was the case with Beyond the Rain.

This futuristic/science-fiction flavored romance is Ms Granger’s debut novel and may I say, what a GREAT way to start a career it is? Seriously, people. Not only is the world building near flawless, the characters are extremely engaging.

The basic setup for the beginning of the novel is given by the (unusually accurate and perhaps just a teensy bit spoilery) back cover blurb: Continue reading

“Show Me” by Jaci Burton

8 Aug

“Show Me”, by Jaci Burton

Published in electronic format by Samhain as part of the Sneak Peek duet, “Show Me” is one of Ms Burton’s erotic romances. As such, it contains graphic language and sexual scenes, and should be avoided by all minors as well as by adults with objections to either.

Here is the blurb from the publisher’s site: Continue reading