Wednesday, September 9
It's a little late but here is the tally for August. Overall I don't think it was a very bad month. There were some surprises and some disappointments, but no complete and utter failures. I hope (key word is hope) to have a review of some of the surprises (both good and bad) this week and next....we'll see what happens.
- Summer of Two Wishes by Julia London (5.0 stars) Was really surprised by how much I loved this contemporary by Julia especially after reading her last historical which I was more than disappointed in. Absolutely loved this one and can't wait for the next in the series.
- In Bed with a Stranger by Mary Wine (4.75 stars) My first book by Mary Wine and absolutely loved it. This was a great historical romance set in the highlands and was almost a 5 star read for me, but thought the ending was a little weak and could have been much stronger with the plot she had built. Can’t wait for the next in series out in Feb 2010.
- Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Lorelei James (4.25 stars) I have never been disappointed in a Lorelei James novel, and while this one wasn’t quite as good for me as some of the other McKay family stories it was still very good. If you have not read this series you absolutely should but definitely read them in order…otherwise you may have a hard time keeping track of all of the family members.
- Reckless by Maya Banks (4.75 stars) Loved this little novella :)
- Sweet Seduction by Maya Banks (4.5 stars) I won an ARC of this October release and could not wait to read it. It was not as emotional as her last one in the Sweet series, but I enjoyed it just as much. Am thinking I will re-read this one before writing the review to post at the end of this month.
- The Tycoon's Secret Affair by Maya Banks (4.0 stars) While I don’t read a lot from the Harlequin Desire series I enjoyed all three of them. The first was definitely my fav, followed by the second, and the third was the one I liked the least. Not bad just thought the other brother’s stories were better.
- Heat of the Moment by Elle Kennedy (4.25 stars) First book I have read by Elle and will not be the last. Very good novella.
- Bengal's Heart by Lora Leigh (4.0 stars) I had been looking forward to this one all summer, and while it was good I didn’t think it was as good as the last two in the series so was a little bit disappointed. However, she did introduce a new wrinkle in the Breed series which I thought was interesting, and gave us an insight into Jonas’s story which is next. Can’t wait!!!
- Show No Fear by Marliss Melton (4.0 stars) I’ve never read a Marliss Melton before and believe they should introduce a new genre Action Adventure romance. I’ll explain this more in my review which will post later this week. Light on the romance, which was still good, just played a lesser role to the adventure part. Very enjoyable read and don’t think you will be disappointed if you pick it up.
- Drawn Into Darkness by Annette McCleave (3.75 stars) This is Annette’s first book in the Soul Gatherer series and is classified as a paranormal romance. Like Show No Fear the romance parts plays a very small part, and actually think the story would have been stronger without it. Look for my review soon.
- Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart (3.75 stars) Like the last two thought it had a very good plot, but some of the characterizations were a little weak for me and didn’t seem consistent and thought there were some missed opportunities to make this a better story.
- Color My Heart by Red Garnier (3.50 stars) Never read Red before but was part of the Red Hot Summer anthology that I picked up for Maya’s Reckless novella. Was a pretty good read, but really felt the short length in the story and felt kind of rushed or incomplete.
- Dark Hunger by Rita Herron (3.5 stars) Was a little disappointed in this one. Had not read Rita before, and was a little put off by the whole Bird thing. I could tell that Alfred Hitchcock’s movie was a big influence for here and that bothered me. I also expected more of an internal battle with the hero to fight his bad nature but didn’t seem to be as intense as I wanted it to be based on the premise of the book. Parts of it I really enjoyed, just felt it did not live up to it’s potential.
- My Wicked Marquess by Gaelen Foley (3.0 stars) I was most disappointed by this one. I hope to write a review to explain my reasons, but the story felt very unfinished. It’s a new series and there was a lot of setup with no resolution. I’m sure it was necessary to the arc of all of the stories as a whole, but as a stand alone was a real disappointment. Maybe if the sequels were released back to back I would have felt differently, but as of the last time I checked there is no scheduled release date for the next one in the series.
- Lady Sings the Blues by Mallery Malone (3.0 stars) Story was well written, just didn’t really connect with the characters, and didn’t really feel the story.