Month In Review: March 2011

Wednesday, April 6

I felt that I had a great reading month in March, with many above average reads...some by new to me authors, some by trusted favorites.  And I read three books from my TBR this month!  Yeah me :)

  • Naked Edge by Pamela Clare (4.50 stars/3.5) This book has one of the most heroic heroes I think I have ever read.  Sure most romantic suspense heroes are willing to take a bullet for someone, and Gabe does, but he is so much more than that.  I loved this story.  I especially enjoyed all of the references to the heroines heritage as a Native American.  Superbly written.  Intense, intelligent, hot, emotional and required more than a few handkerchiefs. Love this series!
  • Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare (4.50 stars/3.5) The third book in the series, and yet another great hero and heroine.  I loved the TV series Prison Break, and the hero Marc's escape from prison reminded me a bit like it for his planning and how the story evolves.  While I had a pretty good idea of what the hero did to save his sister, and also had a pretty good idea who the villains were, the story kept me intrigued and eager to turn each page to see how it would all end.  What else can I say.  It too was superbly written, intense, intelligent, hot, sweet, emotional, and yes...required a few tissues.
  • Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare (4.25 stars/3.5) The second book in the I-Team series...and I think you will begin to see a pattern here.  I found this one especially interesting since it dealt with forced prostitution of young Mexican girls since I had recently seen a news program on this same exact thing.  I think in this story, much like the others you can definitely tell that the author did her research because the heroine who is an investigative reporter actually FELT like an investigative reporter.  The reader learns and discovers at the same time as the characters do.  I LOVE that aspect of this series.   Loved the hero in all his darkness...especially that he was known on the streets as "Dark Angel", a play on his last name, but also an apt description of who he is.  The heroine, well there were times when I questioned some of the stupid decisions that she made, and the female villain was a little far fetched for me, but other than that another great read from this author.
  • Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare (4.75 stars/3.5) This was the first book in the series, and I luuuuved it!  I loved that the heroine was a single mother, and the struggles that she had in trying to juggle it all...and sometimes failing.  And the hero....really is the perfect hero.  A politician who is there to make a difference and to stand up for what he believes in.  And the ending.  WOW!  I think this was the most nail biting ending of the entire series.  Loved the investigative aspect, as well as getting introduced to all of the other characters who would eventually get their own books.   I was extremely glad that I had the other three books on hand, because after finishing this one, I couldn't wait to read the next one.  Extreme Exposure, I think is my favorite of the books.  Pretty much everything about it worked for me.  The perfect mix of suspense and romance.  This one will be a keeper for me because I can definitely see me wanting to re-read this book at some point in the future.  A must read!
  • Highland Heat by Mary Wine (3.75 stars/3.5)  The third and final book in Mary Wine's Highlander series, and in my opinion the best of the three with an interesting heroine and the kind of Highland hero you love.  Read a full review of the book here.
  • The Turning Kiss by Eden Bradley (3.50 stars/4.25) An erotic paranormal romance in a futuristic world.  The sexin' was good with a bit of a BDSM element, but not a lot of paranormal in this one because the story focuses on the hero and the heroine for the most part...and both are human.  This is part of a series, and I hadn't read any of the previous ones.  It was good, but not great.  A full review will be coming soon.
  • Northern Exposure by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (3.25 stars/4.00)  A series revolving around a group of brothers who all leave the family ranch to pursue other interests.  The hero in this book returns after a long self induced absence.  I loved the premise for the series, and the reasons why the hero left the ranch even though it is something that calls to him in the most elemental of ways.  There were a few things that didn't work for me as much as I wanted them to, but I won't go into them here.  I'll have a full review coming soon. Overall, fans may or may not completely love this story, but I think most will enjoy it.
  • The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis (4.25 stars/3.5) The 2nd book in the Lucky Harbor series.  I had really high expectations for this book since I gave the first book, Simply Irresistible 5 stars.  The hero was to die for (as most of Jill's heroes are).  I liked this story, a lot, and I might have liked it more if my expectations weren't so high, AND if I hadn't read Animal Magnetism, also by Jill Shalvis right before it.   AM was a 5 star read for me, so I had a lot to compare it to.  I liked all of the elements of the story,  and the characters...especially the contests between the ex-husband, and the summer fling to win back her heart...even though it wasn't much of a contest :)  It's kind of funny, but this book kind of felt like the middle child...not receiving the same kind of attention as the oldest (Simply Irresistible) or the favoritism often shown to the youngest (Head Over Heels) even though Tara is actually the oldest of the three sisters.  A very good read that might have suffered a bit in my ratings, but I have to stick with what I felt the book deserved at the time of reading it.
  • Lust by Charlotte Featherstone (3.50 stars/3.50) The first book in her new Sins and Virtues series.  Love the concept and love the world the author created.  This book worked for me on many levels, but where it fell short was with the heroine.  Chastity obviously represents Chastity and her hero embodies the sin Lust.  Chastity longed to break free of the constraints of her virtue, but I did expect her to struggle more with her decisions and the consequences.  I also felt that too much of the book was devoted to setting up the upcoming books in the series, instead of the relationship with the hero and the heroine.  I think much of my concerns about the heroine might have been resolved if they would have been more of the focus of the book.  Overall, I liked the story, and came away really eager to read the upcoming books in this series.  They have great potential.  But what it comes down to was that I was more eager to read the next book, than the story that I was reading.  Is it worth reading.  I think so, if only to be ready for the next Sin and Virtue.
  • Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis (5.00 stars/3.75)  Looooved everything about this book.  Everything.  Loved the three men who will make up the rest of the heroes in the series, loved the hero.  It was quirky, funny, heartfelt, hot.  Everything I've come to expect from Jill Shalvis, and then some.  I couldn't put it down and read it in a little over a day.  It was great, and most definitely worth every bit of the $7.99 IMO.
  • A Taste of Desire by Beverley Kendall (3.25 stars/3.0)  During one of the author's contests I had to read some excerpts in order to answer a question for entry and became intrigued in the story.  It was good but didn't delve too deeply in any aspect of the story.  And for a historical romance to really stand out in the crowd I want  more.  More emotion, more story depth....just more.  It wasn't bad, and not one thing stands out as being wrong with it, it was just....average for me.
  • A Lover Like No Other by Julie Anne Long (4.25 stars/3.0)  I continued my discover of this author after reading her latest novel in this series, and while I really enjoyed this book it didn't quite meet my expectations based on my impressions of What I Did for a Duke, which I gave 5 stars.  Don't get me wrong, this was a great story and deserves every bit of the 4.25 stars.  I think it falls in the same category of having just read a book by this author that was slightly better, so this one fell shorter than it probably would have otherwise. The heroine is desperate to marry after being dumped by her fiancee.  She's virtually penniless and has only her looks, and wit to gain her a husband.  During a house party which becomes her last ditch effort every single man is seem as a potential husband.  Miles, the hero, is enlisted to help her choose the best of the lot while at the same time ridiculing her for her desperation.  Great story, loved all of the characters, and can't wait to read more of the backlist in the Pennyroyal Green series.

So my picks for March as favorite reads are (ie ones I think are not to be missed):

 With honorable mentions to:

What were some of your favorite books that you read in March?  Have you read any of these books, and if so did we agree or disagree?

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Scorpio M. April 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM  

Yay, we have a new I-Team fan! My favorite is Naked Edge but I am really keen to read Breaking Point.

I also loved, really loved, Long's What I Did For A Duke but Miles & Cynthia's story has a place in my heart, too.

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