September Book wrap up

September 29, 2008

#42. Zero to Zillionaire by Chellie Campbell.

Great book. A few days into it, repeating the affirmation “People LOVELOVELOVE to give me money” I was approached at worked and asked if I’d like an extra day. HELL YEAH. and THANK YOu world.

This is a money book that works both sides of the equation. Both the energy side, law of attraction type stuff. But it also focuses on the practical. You can’t make more money if you aren’t trying to sell your product (even if your product is just yourself),  budgeting the money you do have all ready. And you aren’t really rich unless you are working a job you love, surrounded by people you love and having fun in all areas of your life. Well rounded book for people who want to be wealthy and not must monetarily.

#43. Enslaved by Hope Tarr. The book before this was Vanquished, which was the first book I reviewed for the site. In the first book it was Hadrian Stone and Callie Rivers. This book is Harry’s childhood freinds, Gavin Carmicheal and Daisy Lake. They and Patrick Rourke (whose book I suspect is next up) were friends in the Roxbury House for Orphans sponsored by British Prime Minister William Gladstone.
The book starts with budding actress Daisy Lake and the boys preforming in the attic. Shortly thereafter Gavin is”rescued” from the orphanage by his grandfather who was estranged from Gavin’s mother (who died with her husband and infant child in a housefire). Gavin has spent a small fortune trying to find where Daisy disappeared to after being adopted by the Lakes. But, alas he cannot and his friends drag him to an East End supper blue with bawdy dancer Deliliah du Lac.

Gavin jumps on stage to rescue her from her lifestyle. Daisy is happy just where she is. Except that she’d like to be a real actress on a proper London stage.

So with Gavin’s help and money, she embarks to gain a part in Drury Lane’s run of “As You Like It”, in exchange for living with him for one month. Sex is just sex, right? Besides he didn’t even bother to contact her after leaving Roxbury House. He couldn’t really have thought about that much over the years.

.. Someone’s going to be Enslaved. If you see the front cover, Daisy does dress up like that for Gavin. She greets him at the door. And he thinks “she’s dressed like this for someone before.” But it’s nonetheless erotic for him. Poor Gavin. And just what secrets is she keeping form him?

Not my best review. I’ll revise it another time. My tooth aches some more.


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End of summer reads

August 21, 2008

Actually there are a few books I haven’t done, going back to the end of July. I’ve just been lazy.

#33. Suzanne BrockmannInto the Night. Mike Muldoon (whom we met in Book 2 Over the Edge) and White House staffer Joan DeCosta are working together so the President can witness a demonstration of SEAL rescue techniques. Tommy Paoletti feels something is wrong. This book also chronicles Sam Starett’s crumbling marriage to Mary Lou. The historical story is Joan’s grandparents. Joan’s grandmother’s first husband was killed at Pearl Harbour (I think) and she’s working as a secretary for a governor or senator, when she encounters young serviceman Vincent DeCosta who has seen action in the Pacific and knows how they can minimize casualties there in the future. He eventually becomes a frogman which was the start of the Navy SEALS.

I love the beginnings of the stories because they usually start with combat. And this one is great.

“Remember the time Captain Muldoon ran down a mountain in Afghanistan with a broken kneecap?” WildCard said.

His words didn’t make sense. “Meat to tell that reporter- I’m not a captain.”

“Lieutenant, I gave you something for the pain,” Lopez said, speaking slowly and clearly, “because you broke your kneecap.”

“Then ran a few miles,” WildCard added.

No way.

“But I’m okay,” Muldoon said as the ship’s hospital corpsman carried his stretcher off the Seahawk. There were intravenous tubes attached to the back of his hand. It was surreal. “NO, really, you guys, I’m okay.”

Great stuff there. Not as funny as Jules thought processes which I’ll get to later, because I reread Breaking Point. But first.

#34. Suzanne Brockmann- Out of Control. Ken “WildCard” Karmody is a computer genius. He’s created his own mini-tracking system which some computer company wants to buy for an insane amount and set him up for life, and keep him on staff. But he isn’t going for it right now, right now he wants to blow more shit up and shoot guns and whatever else. Fun. And he’s finally over that lying bitch ex-gf of his.

Savannah von Hopf is American Royalty. She’s a heiress as well as lawyer in New York. Her Uncle has been kidnapped and she’s been asked to bring the ransom money to Indonesia. She knew Ken back in college, she was “freinds” with his ex-gf. Anyway, skip over the good details and they end up wandering the Indonesian jungle being hunted down and no one really knows.

Molly (whom also stars in Breaking Point) is working in a camp, where she meets Grady Morant aka. Dave Jones, ex-SEAL, wanted on both sides of the law. Can we hear a romance in the works? Well, strange but true.

Annnd the historical is Savannah’s grandmother, Rose who was a double agent during the second WWII and has a best seller based on her memoirs. (The missing grandfather is Austrian Royalty … so the American royalty works out there).

#35. All through the Night- Suzanne Brockmann. This was the story she claims Robin Chadwick made her write (you can read it about it on her website). To get his happy ending with Jules Cassidy.

All the usual suspects are there. Will Schroeder crashes the party (he was also in Flashpoint briefly) who has a thing for the boys’ personal assistant. Adam claims to being stalked. Cosmo and Jane, Molly and Jones/Grady, Alyssa and Sam. Some ends are tied up. Very sweet. Plus Jules is AWESOME, very awesome.

#36 Mr. Impossible- Loretta Chase. Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is in Egypt digging in the sand, when he isn’t getting into trouble and being thrown into jail. Which is where he is at the beginning of our story.
Daphne Pembroke is a widowed scholar (except everyone thinks it’s her brother who is the scholar) studying hieroglyphics. Her brother is kidnapped and she wants Rupert to help with the rescue. Strictly business she’s the brains, he’s the brawn. Good times.

And, I’m not going to count this on my list, because I don’t think double reads should, but I have to quote some of Jule’s thoughts, which made me laugh outloud!

Greta was neither typical Hollywood thriller forger-nerd, with pocket-protector, thick glasses and streaks of ink on her face and hands, nor James Bondian cat-suit wearing babe-of-evil. She was, instead, 100 percent German hausfrau. Fifty and frumpy. Good for her, for not conforming to expectations.

Except wait. Not so good for her- considering they were watching the last few minutes of her life. She was about to be the newest poster girl for the Crime Doesn’t Pay campaign.


And okay. Jules so couldn’t die now. He absolutely refused. That was way too melodramatic- like this guy had studied Evil Overlord technique, sitting at the feet of famous James Bond movies villains. It would be just too pathetic if this conversation with this idiot was the last thing Jules did on Earth.

I’m going to dust my shrine to Suzanne Brockmann (aka my bookshelf).

I think Jones/Grady and Molly are my favorite couple from all the books.

#37. Never Seduce a Scoundrol- Sabrina Jeffries, which I accidently picked up twice this year, but I can’t find it in my list of this count so here we go.

Lady Amelia Plume loves to dream of adventure. She wants to marry a man who can give her many, but most men are looking for fortunes to spend. Then Major Lucas Winter a brash American arrives on the scene with the promise of adventure. Except, that he is hiding an investigation into her step-mother’s past. Typical book my Ms. Jeffries.

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28 ) Secret Shadows- Judie Aitken. I love Native romance. This was a contempoary mystery. Dane White Eagle is an undercover FBI agent who is searching for the lab of the drug dealers who are killing Reservation residents with designer narcotics. When his severley ill sister is killed with his gun he ends up in Dr. Claire Colby’s ER declaring the death was his fault. The have a strange connection of dreams, and a pack of rez dogs when Claire takes a job as the reservation doctor.

29) Duke of Scandal- Adele Ashworth. Olivia, seller of French perfume, is taken by Edmund Carlisle, who runs with her inheritance on their wedding night. She tracks him down in England, only to discover that it’s really his twin brother Samson, Duke of something. Together they return to Paris, where Samson pretends to be Edmund, while they search for Edmund and her missing money. Ah Regency Romance how I love thee. Read this one in nearly a day. Shisha, I need to slow down.

Throw me a title

June 20, 2008

I’m terrible with titles. My friend at BRCM just found this out. He’s all like, “Can you title your stuff?”

No. Not really. I suck at titles. I never know how to make them descriptive enough, with some sort of y’know catchiness. (Hey lookie, Zementa has a linked article on the Do’s and Don’ts of Blog titles)

Anyway … Suzanne Brockmann. I know it’s an obsession. A problem, but I got a lot of her books at the library. I have Made to Stick which is in progress and then I have 2 Brockmann’s and 3 Harelquin Blaze books to read from Bookmooch.

Suzanne Brockmann- Gone too Far. This is the story of Sam Starrett, Texas hottie SEAL and Alyssa Locke, FBI superstar. They met in the first SEAL book, Unsung Hero. And they had sex a few times in the inbetween books. But them Sam got a bar bunny knocked up and tried to do the right thing and marry her. But that didn’t work out. This books gives Sam’s back story, which is very sweet. His racist father who beat him, his best friend Noah and Noah’s grandfather who befreinded him, Walter Gaines.

So, Sam shows up on his soon-to-be-ex-wife’s doorstep to find out where his divorce papers are, only to find out she’s dead and his daughter is missing. He’s suspect #1 of course. There’s a terrorist plot tied in, bringing Tom Paoletti into the storyline.  As well as Max Bhaget and the young girl he saved.

Sam goes on the run from Alyssa trying to find his daughter. Alyssa ends up with him and things get heated, yet again. Good book. Sam and Alyssa are the most popular of the Brockmann’s characters, they show up in nearly every book after. In the back of Hot Target there was supposed to be a short story about them, you can find it on Brockmann’s website. And in the back of Into the Storm (coming up next) there’s another short story about them.

Suzanne Brockmann- Into the Storm. The Troubleshoot’ers are on a training mission with Team Sixteen. The story revolves around Mark “Jenk” Jenkins and Lindsey Fontaine. Jenk has a think for the TS secretary and Lindsey has a think for Jenk. The secretary has a thing for her cheating laywer ex, Lyle, as well she flirts with every guy she comes across, leaving Lindsey to do the secretary job half the time.

Anyway, the secretary is pretending to be the hostabge on the training mission. She sneaks off from her captives and then gets kidnapped by a seriel killer.

There’s subplots with Sophia and Larry Decker. And, the secretary and Jenk’s player best freind Izzy. Good times.

And as I mentioned before there’s a short story between Sam and Alyssa in the back of the book.

Book count=23 over nearly 3 months.

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Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D Levitt-Freakonomics. I listened to this one on CD in the car on the way to and from work. Everyone knows what this is about, but really challenges all the common “wisdom” and modern folk lore. Like the rich drug dealers, and parenting wisdom. Really neat, I suggest reading the book or it’s accompanying blog in the New York Times.

Suzanne Brockmann– Body Guard. Can’t get enough of this woman. Alessandra Lamont unwittingly married into the mob. Only her husband double crossed the boss Michael Trotta and stole a million dollars. After Alessandra returns the money someone still wants her dead. Harry O’Dell is a sexy FBI agent who lost his ex-wife and eldest son by Trotta’s will, and he wants vengeance. Solid book, not one of my favorites, I couldn’t bring the characters into mental picture. But I’ve got three Brockmann SEAL books on the way. So happy days will come again.

This one is the spoilered one.

Lisa KleypasSugar Daddy.

I liked and didn’t like this one. The ending wasn’t satisfying to me.

Liberty Jones is an awkward teenager, living with her widowed mother in a trailer park in Welcome, Texas. She meets Hardy Cates, who is sexy and self-assured. Hardy is her friend, he helps her with basketball and studying. But he won’t touch her, which is all she really wants from him. He doesn’t want to fall for her and get stuck in Welcome in the trailer park.

So eventually he leaves. And tragedy strikes for Liberty as her mother dies, leaving her as sole guardian for her 2-year-old sister, Carrington.

Liberty, barely 18, gets into beauty school. She also works part-time and raises Carrington in the trailer. After graduation she manages to get a job at a high-end salon in Houston. She meets Churchill Travis, who is a millionaire and wines and dines hers. Except it’s not for romance. Eventually he hires her as his personal assistant and Liberty and Carrington move into his mansion.

She falls for Churchill’s son, Gage. But then Hardy Cates shows up again. He’s a self-made rich boy now. Who will she choose her first love or a rich future?

Here comes the spoiler:

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Hot Target

June 11, 2008

Okay, Suzanne Brockman, on the off chance you find this, I LOVE YOU.

On the same library trip as Unsung Hero I got Hot Target. It’s actually 8th in the series, so I may have some buying to do to catch the stuff inbetween. Since Kelly gets hurt at some point. But anyway, Hot Target has a lot going on. We have Cosmo Richter Navy SEAL boy, on leave to take care of his mom, gets restless and takes a job with Good ol’ Tom’s new venture TroubleShooters. The assignment is babysitting maverick producer Jane Mercedes Chadwick who is receiving death threats about her new movie protraying a real life hero’s secret sexuality.

There’s a ton of “secondary” plots. I wouldn’t call them secondary they get as much or nearly as much page time as Jane and Cosmo’s plot. Jane’s brother, Robin and her assistant Patty have some issues. Robin and FBI agent, Jules Cassidy, who is gay, have some issues. Jules and his ex-boyfriend, Adam have some issues. And there’s Robin and Adam who also clash.

The reason I love Suzanne Brockman’s writing is she makes everything come to life. Without it being infodump or boring description. All the scenery and character description flows into the story. Cosmo’s pale blue eyes, and (Jane) Mercedes’s very revealing clothing. The change between FBI Jules and clubbing Jules.

Brockman is just freaking brilliant with it. And I need to read the books again to study them, not just for entertainment purposes. I look foward to reading more.  On my TBR pile is Gone Too Far and another one I can’t recall. I’m also listening to Freakonomics on CD and reading “A Complaint Free World

But for now I can’t stop gushing over Suzanne Brockman.

Bookcount: 19.

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Books I missed

June 6, 2008

These are the 5 books I read but failed to gather and write about:

Donna Alward- Hired by the Cowboy. A harelquin romance, which means No sex. But, it’s set in Canada, so that’s cool. Alex is single but pregnant, cowboy(!) Conner needs to get married to get his trust fun to save the family farm. Marriage will save everything. Or will it? Can they stick to their orginal agreement? This one is going on my shelf.

Cara Colter- The Prince and the Nanny. These Harelquin romance hit all the fantasies. He’s a prince of some obscure Irish island and he needs a nanny for his two young, motherless children. And she’s an outspoken nanny who gets some press for putting herself slightly in harms way but saving her charge. And then she finds son and father not bonding and forces them to together. How can they resist each other? Sweet, but I’m not the prince fantasy type of girl.

Amy Knupp- The Boy Next Door. Harelquin Super Romance and another of those bad boy, good girl neighbour things. and another of those she used to watch him at night (this time in his workshop, not his bedroom). And they are brought together by his nephew who is living with his ailing grandmother (the hero’s not the nephew), and she’s a social worker. Is she just dragging up the old fued between their families or is it the attraction come again 12 years later that’s so frustrating? Bad boy, love it!

Liz Fielding- The Secret Life of Lady Gabriella. She pretends to be a titled Lady with three kids for a magazine job, while being inspired by the house she’s sitting. So, when the owner returns unexpectedly she fears losing her inspriation she desperatly needs. He brugudingly says she can stay, since he’s likely to flit off again. Until they hit it off. It was sweet, but lacked conflict, imho. most of it centered around her drawing and dead husband.

Jessica Hart- Barefoot Bride. HQ romance again. She’s been look for stability. He likes to flit around the world as a biologist or something. So they broke up, a few times. But, now she’s out of work and dumped, so she goes to visit her friends on a tropical island, only to run into him again. Still gorgeous as ever, but now with a motherless child in tow. She can feel for this poor kid, being dragged around in instability. But, she agrees to nanny for him anyway. Of course, things don’t stay platonic. SO when her dream job is offered to her in London will she leave him again and take it? Or will she finally throw caution to the wind?

So those were the five I missed quite some time ago.

Here’s 3 recents I haven’t counted.

Jennifer Crusie- Anyone But You. I love Jenny Crusie. It doens’t matter what she writes. In this one Nina is recently divorced and wants a puppy. Instead she gets Fred- and overweight, slightly depressed basset hound. But he does bring about the cute decade younger ER doctor from downstairs around. He’s sexy as hell, doesn’t want kids, but he’s 10 years younger! Way too young for her of course.

J.D. RobbCeremony in Death. This is the fourth of the series. I started reading it after a letter from a suvivor of sexual abuse posted anon on the Smart Bitches website, talked about the Main Character, Eve Dallas‘s recovery efforts. This one was about evil, and black vs white magic. They seem to wrap up rather cleanly with the two main characters, Dallas and her husband, sexy Irish and very rich, Roarke, kicking the bad guys’ asses and walking away. I like the books, it’s been a very interesting read so far. I have to see if the library ahas the next one. This one had to come via Bookmooch. Since Zemanta likes to give me links, you can read the letter at this link, here. This one seeit? I ❤ Nora Robberts. She’s like my hero. Srsly.

Meg Cabot– Every Boy’s Got One. This was a strange format. Written not in first or third person, but from the view point of personal journals, and emails between the two main main characters, the two secondary characters and their ensuing families. Jane Harris is a cartoonist of WonderCat based on her crazy cat at home. Her best friend is eloping to the Italian Riveria with her long time boyfriend, who brings his best friend also. Cal Langdon is a stuck up journalist (in Jane’s opinion) who has just written a book on Saudia Arabia oil. It’s pretty much hate at first site. And even more annoying when she’s all for the wedding and he’s against long term love. Very funny book. I love Meg Cabot. Definatly going to get some more of hers.

So that brings my total count to: 18. Seems too small, but move on we will. After I figure out which books are mine and which are the librarlys.

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This may in books

June 4, 2008

I got a few at the library and finished some of them.

Carly Phillips- Summer Lovin’. (I didn’t like the title since it really has nothing to do with the book). I read Under the Boardwalk which was the sister book to this one, last year. I’ve read two of her three Chandler series. I like her. This was a good book. Solid. It didn’t make me swoon and the lack of justice didn’t make me feel really good about the ending. But it was a good book. The characters learned and grew in a believable fashion.

Suzanne Brockman- Unsung Hero. Now, what good girl who has a naughty streak hasn’t dreamed about the bad boy? I’m jealous of this good girl ‘cuase the bad boy lived on her property and she got to spy on him. Anyway, this book made me swoon for the hero. I wanted to be Dr. Kelly Ashton and get the bad boy. Jeez. Not many books make me do that. Not many books make the characters come right to life before me. So I love Suzanne Brockman and I can’t wait to read the other book that’s laying around the bedroom, HOT TARGET. A+ there. This one may go on my must have list.
Finding Water by Julia Cameron. This is the third in the Artist’s Way series. I’m only 4 or so chapters in, but I’m going to consider it read, because it’s getting redundant. The points: WRITE(well produce art, in my case that’s writing for other people it’s not), every day, even if you don’t really feel like. Surround yourself with people who encourage your art.  That’s about it. I got more than that out of Micheal Neil’s HayHouse show, You Can Have What You Want episode, Romancing Your Creative Genius. I’d link to the exact show, but it requires log in to get that far, which is free, but anyway, it was the May 10th, 2007 show if you want. I recommend all his shows.

Cindi Myers- Good, Bad … Better. This was a Harlequin blaze that I bookmooched. I so wanted to read it after I saw it. It’s one of those good girl, bad boy type things. (see my pattern emerging here?). Bad boy runs a tatoo shop. Good girl is overprotected by her chief of police father, still lives at home, but gets a tattoo and wants to join a dance company far far away from home. Bad boy is really a good boy who was rejected from art school and is a frustrated artist and rides a bike. It was average. What I’d expect for a Harlequin.

What I got most from it was I was going at my own novel in entirely the wrong way. So, now I’m nearly done the first draft and ready to tackle the second already. This has been going on since November. Hooray for NaNoWriMo.


April 16, 2008

Right my last post was supposed to be about books, but I forgot and meandered into weekend kitchen renovations. So books …

For What it’s Worth by Sandra Brown.
Another one of thise high school reads. This one had less angst then the usual category romance. I dunno why, still it was kinda cute. It wasted sometime.

Ways to be Wicked by Julie Anne Long.
Sylvie is the darling of the Paris Ballet. Tom is the darling of London’s night scene, running a “theatre” of bawdy dancing girls. Of course, they are both gorgeous and attracted to each other and deny that through most of the book. Oh yeah and Sylvie ends up in London after finding a letter from a woman looking for her long-lost sister and might she be Sylvie. Of course, the man who raised Sylvie hid these letters and she gets pissed and runs off to find her sister and her sister has gone to Paris to find her. This is a trilogy of course, which Sussanah being the first of the books. Sylvie is the second and while I enjoyed her story, I’m not compelled to go search out the other two. I dunno why, I keep falling into the middle of trilogy’s and not being thrilled with the other books, but loving the middle one.

Count is 9?
Working on Mists of Avalon, and some other ones that I can’t recall. Urban Tantra, Pratical Intution and In Defense of Food still grace my bedside when I’m bothered.

Used books extravaganza

April 6, 2008

Well, I broke my Buy Nothing April promise. April 1 I went into a used book shop and got 3 books on my MUST OWN list. *bows head in shame* However they are used books and it only cost me $12 and I get $80 in spending every month and I never buy anything except pizza with that money.

So I’ve read them all, plus one I got through Book Mooch.

In Order read they are:

Tiger Prince by Sandra Brown. Which I loved as a viriginal teenager. It was as good as I remembered. Just as corny anyway. And who wouldn’t want to be seduced by a half-Arab, half-American demi-prince. *swoon*

Angel by Johanna Lindsey. Another teenage read. A gunshot wedding to a gunfighter for revenge, who takes half the book to tell the bride he wants to stay married but until then he just keeps sneaking around and fucking her. Strange but sweet. Plus there was the black panther who I loved. So exotic.

Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleyps. Hot sexy half-Roma in England chasing after a woman who swore she’d never marry. Of course, he starts out saying he’s going back to his roaming Roma ways and then gets side-swiped by her innocence and since he’s got a good luck curse running and her family has a bad luck curse going, it’s a match made in heaven. Espcially since she’s got an older suicidal brother and four unmarried sisters. Did I mention he’s sexy and confident? I have to go search out the sister books for Miss Amelia Hathaway.

And last but not least, Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Allessandro. Sarah is a dork, wearing glasses and looking completly unfashionable in regency England. She’s prefers to garden and play with her giant dog rather than shop and whatever else was acceptable for women to do. She’s not rich. Her beautiful sister married some Lord or something so she’s titled, except her husbands dead. And they are invited to a house party at Marquess Langston’s house (I know nothing about the English title system, but apparently this is a very sought out status). So he’s on a search to find some gold hidden in his garden and save his family’s estate, because his dad was a gambler. And Sarah has gardening knowledge. Of course, there’s also her penchant for sneaking into his bedchamber and watching him bathe.

But for all us girls out there who were ignored at high school dances, or just geeky in general. This book was a path to my heart, becuase I was that girl. And this girl gets the man that everyone wants. ANd what geek doesn’t want that?

Books I’m reading currently:

Choosing Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce. I’m getting bored of this so I may not finish it. But I realize I don’t finish a lot of books.

Urban Tantra by Barbra Carellas. You can read about this at my other blog Coming Alive

A Survivor’s Guide to Sex by Staci Haines. ALso featured at Coming Alive. I’ve been working on this book for nearly a year now.

In Denfense of Food and the Ominvoire Dilemina both by Micheal Pollen.

SO I guess that brings my count so far to 5.