Monday's Muse

Monday, August 2

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Our Muse this week is inspired by my most recent read.  I read Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone this weekend and it completely blew me away.  I knew that I liked this author's story telling, and knew that Barbara from Happily Forever After loved it so I had high hopes, but it was so much more than I even expected.  I practically read it in one day (even though it's over 400 pgs) because I just couldn't put it down.  I loved Sinful, but I think I might love Lindsay and Anais's love story just a tad more than Wallingford and Jane's....but it's a close call.  If you've not read either, but love historical romances then I think these are both MUST reads.  Really.

I'm at a place right now after finishing Addicted where I even hate to start a new book, because I fear it just won't be as good.  Do you get that way after reading a great book?  I almost wish I could  reread it and experience it for the first time all over again.  So to savor my Addicted reading high I searched my Muse archives for someone who might embody the hero, Lindsay.  He's not typically the type of hero I go for....he's not as alpha as I usually like, he's more of a poet type, sensitive and a romantic, yet intense. I absolutely loved him and Anais both.  I loved them together.  In the book he of course is handsome and has longish dark somewhat curly locks and beautiful eyes. If I were to reread the book this is who I would envision when picturing Lindsay in my mind.  I could just stare at him ALL day. 

Here's what's happening this week:
  • Monday:  author Lorelei James
  • Tuesday:  author Jaci Burton
  • Wednesday:  author Kate Pearce
  • Thursday:  author Megan Hart
  • Friday:  author Erin McCarthy
  • Saturday & Sunday:  maybe some reviews, and definitely some winners and a day of much needed rest :)
What else is new on the blog this week?
  • I'll be updating the Tempting New Releases in the left sidebar with all of the new print releases out this month.  Hopefully I'll be able to get this done by Tuesday
  • I have a new Tempting Trailer for your viewing pleasure in Shiloh Walker's VEIL OF SHADOWS which releases on Sept 7th.
  • I also updated the Upcoming Events calender with a few new additions
  • And there are a few new sponsors.  You might be interested in Lila DiPasqua's Awakened by a Kiss, or the new e-book publisher Decadent Publishing.  You can check them both out on the right hand sidebar. 
  • Finally, over the weekend I also thought some more about the "Feel the Heat" giveaway and my readers who don't have blogs and didn't really have a way to earn those 25 bonus entries.  So I added an update to the original post for way that you can earn bonus points even if you don't have a blog that I hope you might find fun.

p.s. don't forget that every meaningful comment you make from Aug 1-Sept 4th will earn you an entry in the "Feel the Heat" giveaway.  Click the link for full details.

That's it for now, have a good one!

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Ivy August 2, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

OMG, those eyes...I have a thing for eyes & those are something else. Snag you right off the bat..
Having perused my shelves after reading this I found Cherie Feather but not Charlotte Featherstone. Yet another name to add to my whopping list....O' well, there's worse addictions & this one is pretty harmless!

Scorpio M. August 2, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

I have been in a reading slump, started 3 books but none of them engaged me. So glad you wrote this post. I have ADDICTED sitting in my TBR!!! I should start it soon. I really loved Matthew & Jane from SINFUL, too. It wasn't a perfect book but the story & CF's writing left a lasting impression.

Thanks for the muse, it will help me envision Lindsay.

Booklover1335 August 2, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

Scorpio M,

Run don't walk to your TBR and grab it! But just so you know it is a somewhat emotional read as it deals with Addiction and pride and how both affect the people you love. I would love to know what you think of it once you've read it.

I'm with you. Romance novels are my addiction too, but it's one that I never hope to cure :)

Artemis August 2, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

ITA! SINFUL is one of the best I've read this year and it has been very hard finding something else that even comes close. The emotions it stired in me. Damn, that woman can write. I haven't read ADDICTED, so now, to a bookstore I go.

And thank you, once again, for the great reviews, author interviews, and beautiful Muses you continue to bring.

Booklover1335 August 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

If you loved Sinful (and I agree it was one of my best reads this year) then I think you will really enjoy Addicted too.

Scorpio M. August 2, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

I was saving ADDICTED because I knew it would be a soulful read. Your high praise confirms that. I just started Megan Hart's, Pleasure and Purpose yesterday (so far, so good!) so once I wrap that up it will be up next. I'll definitely let ya know what I think. :)

Cecile August 2, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

OMG....Addicted is at my top ten list of the best book of my life. I was beautifully scarred with this book. It has done things to my heart and soul that no other book has ever done before. It forever will remain in my heart, soul and my shelf. No... my Mama doesn't even get to touch it, lmbo.

Addicted was awesome!!!!!!! I reviewed it when I started blogging. Believe it or not, it was my first historical... OMG... it was that awesome!

Armenia August 4, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

I love this Monday Muse. Such lovely eyes, and Addicted and Sinful are in my TBR pile.

The last book I read that touched me was Broken Wing by Judith James. I'll have to put Charlotte Featherstone's books up to read next.

Pam S (pams00),  August 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

This is one of my fav Monday Muses you've posted :)!!

I have heard such great things about Addicted and Sinful, they are on my wishlist to hopefully get soon.

Pam S
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