Monday's Muse

Monday, June 28

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I'm declaring this week cowboy week @ Seductive Musings. Yee-haw!  

Last week I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Raising Kane by Lorelei James.  Kane is described as having a goatee and mustache so I thought it only fitting that our Muse this week not only be a delicious cowboy a la Kane, but also one with the facial hair that his heroine, Ginger, loves.  He doesn't have the dark hair or blue eyes that is a trademark of the McKay men, but I think you will agree that those small details can be overlooked....for obvious reasons :)

Not only will I be featuring Raising Kane this week, but I will also have author Emma Lang as my guest to celebrate her debut novel Ruthless Heart.  After reading Raising Kane I wasn't ready to give up cowboys so I also read Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel, and Consent to the Cowboy by Abby Wood.  Texas Tangle was pretty good, but Consent to the Cowboy just didn't click with me.   I will have reviews for all of these books soon (I hope)

After reading all of these ebooks I have to say that I was sorely tempted to buy a Kindle now that they dropped the price to $189.  I almost did it, but then my conscience said, "You already have a ereader, your Sony is only a few years don't NEED it you just WANT it", but then the little devil on the other shoulder said, "...but think of all of those FREE reads you could take advantage of...and think of all the money you have spent on ebooks that you could use your Amazon GC's that you received as gifts towards so it'd be like getting them for free too!".  I'm still undecided.  It's such a great price, but the thing that keeps holding me back is that the books I buy for the Kindle won't work on any other device....I hate that!

I didn't read just ebooks last week.  I also read Stroke of Genius by Emily Bryan which was an enjoyable read with great dialogue between the hero and heroine with fun supporting characters.  At the end I felt that some things were briefly touched upon and was wanting more.  This book was relatively short and I wanted it to be a little bit longer to explore more of every relationship.  And I read One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare, which I loved but had a slight problem.  I was reading along and the hero and the heroine were beginning to have an intimate moment....I turned the page....and it didn't make sense.  I was on page 304 looked at the next page and it was 307.  I was missing pages 305-306!  Now, normally I would just lament the loss of the scene and move on, but this was a pivotal moment because it was the beginning of the end of the story.  Events that happened on TWO PAGES set up the entire ending and I MISSED IT!!  I was left guessing what had happened.  I tried Google books to see if they had a preview with those pages, but just my luck they were omitted.  Despite this, I finished the book, but now I wonder if I should go back and seek out another copy with the missing pages.  Will it make a difference?  Probably not, but I can't help but wonder what really happened.  I have a general idea....but still, it totally ruined the ending for me.

How did I get the chance to read all of these in one week you might ask?  Well, there's a reason I didn't post all that I had planned last week.  My Dad called me Monday and told me he was in the hospital.  He's fine now, but he was in the hospital the entire week so I got a lot of reading done while I was there, and on top of it all I also had a sick toddler to take care naturally by Friday I was sick too.  It's so not what I needed, but I count my blessings that everyone is on the mend including me, but unfortunately now I am even more behind than I was before.  What can you do?  That's life.

The only other blog updates I have for you is a new Tempting Trailer for Jeanine Frost's new Night Huntress World book, Eternal Kiss of Darkness.  I've heard so many good things about this author that I am going to have to give her a try before the end of the year.  And later this week I will have a new giveaway for you from Forever Romance to celebrate all of their titles that have been nominated for RITA's.  You won't want to miss it!

Hope you all have a great Monday!

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Armenia June 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

Glad to hear you are on the mend. You certainly did a lot of reading and I'll look forward to your reviews.

Wonderful choice of yummy man candy for cowboy week. You've always have the best Monday's Muses.

I just got One Dance With a Duke in the mail and haven't read it. Had to make sure I wasn't missing those 2 pages. I hate when that happens, too.

I'll be sure to come back for Cowboy Week.

Caffey June 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

Love cowboys, so I'm so going to enjoy it this week! I just read a sizzling cowboy read that's releasing today from Carina Press by Abby Wood (Consent to the Cowboy) too. For me it worked out great. So exciting on Emma Lang's debut! I have TEXAS TANGLE to read this week too.

The Kindle is a great price. I don't know how you can use the gift certificates when buying books on Kindle. You should check that out. I can't figure it out yet, I just have a couple dollars but figured I use it up but unable to do that. I believe you have to have one click on with Kindle. I'm not sure. Right, the books won't work on the Kindle if you buy from there. But you can put any of your books and convert to the mobi and put in the kindle just like you do with the Sony.

You had a great reading week on the historicals too! I have both on my wishlist to get yet.

Glad your dad is doing better. My dad is doing so and so and I will be going up to visit next month. Glad you doing well too!

Do read Jeanine Frost!! I haven't read the Night Huntress World series but did on the first couple of her debut and second book (I'm so behind shopping)! But if you do start with her debut series, which this new series is a kick off from, you'll love Bones!

See you this week!

Artemis June 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

I was missing you last week and it's good to hear everyone is on the road to recovery.

Bones! I've heard so much about him but have yet to read any Jeanine Frost. *heavy sigh* Just not enough time in the day. Where does one begin.

Booklover1335 June 28, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

You guys are so sweet! You all are the reason I keep on blogging :)

Two more endorsements for Ms. Frost, yep I'm definitely going to have to find out what I've been missing.

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