Monday's Muse

Monday, January 16

As you know I've been mostly absent from the blog for the first few weeks of the new year.  It was completely unplanned, trust me when I say that I wanted to be here...I was just feeling too badly to even sit at the computer any longer than it took me to check my email every couple of days.  While I'm still not completely well, I have hopes that by the end of this week, and about 23 days on antibiotics, that I can finally kick this thing.  Finally.  I've been sick since Christmas and I'm beyond sick of being sick!

The only good thing to come out of my inadvertent sick bed was that I was able to read a few really really good books.  I had been wanting to read Surrender by Pamela Clare ever since I fell in love with her I-Team series last year, but knew they were being reissued with new material so I waited....and WOWZA!  I think the hero, Iain MacKinnon has to be one of my all time favorite heroes and ranks right up there with Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.   I won't have time to write an official review of the book, but I would give it 5.0 stars.  I though it was perfect in every way!  If you haven't read it I think you will love love love it.  I did.

I fell massively in love with this book!  I actually even dragged my miserable self to Barnes and Noble to track down a paper copy of the second book in the series Untamed because it was a need that could not be tamed :)  And for some reason I had to have the book in paperback.  I tend to be that way with books that I buy that I plan to add to my keeper library.  With technology always changing...the books that I love and want to keep I buy in paperback.  That way no matter what format, or what happens in the future I will always be able to read it.  I have no problem buying a digital book that I know I will only read one time...almost like it's disposable so it's not a big deal if some day it becomes obsolete.  Am I the only one with this weird quirk?

Again, I won't have time to write a review for Untamed because I am so far behind on official commitments, but this was a solid 4.25 stars.  If I hadn't read it right after Surrender I might have loved it more, but I was thoroughly enamored with Iain at this point, so Morgan kind of paled in comparison...not that his story wasn't great, because it just wasn't Iain and Annie.

Anyways, since I have some serious mad looooove for Pamela Clare and the MacKinnon's I've chosen the cover model used for both the new and improved versions of Surrender and Untamed as this year's first Muse (photo from Pamela Clare's blog).  Anyone know his name?  'Cause, yeah....just holy cow yeah :)  Could be just me projecting my Iain love on him, but yeah...he's pretty yummy.

This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Tuesday:  I will have some winners from past giveaways to announce and maybe a review too  (cause I'm even farther behind than it's scary now)
  • Wednesday:  I hope to have one, maybe two reviews to post
  • Thursday:  I hope to post my 2011 Year End recap that is sadly overdue.  I meant to post this the first week of the year, but then the plague hit so....yeah it's late too.
  • Friday:  Author Mia Marlowe will be my guest to share with us her new historical romance written with Connie Mason, Sins of the Highlander.  This is one of the books I read while sick and it was everything that I love about Highland romances.  If possible I will try and post my review of the book on this day as well. 
  • Tempting Trailer:  This week's Tempting Trailer is for the second book in Charlotte Featherstone's The Brethren Guardian series, Pride and Passion that was released in December.  It's one of the books I have to read.  I enjoyed the first one, so I have high hopes for this one too.

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors will new releases this week.  Congrats, Ladies!

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Sheree January 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM  

I hope you feel better very soon!

Only one book (THE DEPARTED) with Paul Marron on the cover? And he's fully clothed, too. :(

On the other hand, I really like the cover of WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks with Steve Kuchinsky and his pouty lips, not to mention awesome abs, on the cover.

Carol L. January 16, 2012 at 5:44 AM  

I hope you're starting to feel better. That's a long time to be sick and I hope looking at the Muse will kick start you into good health. :) And Surrender just went on my to buy list. Anytime someone can be put up there with Jamie Fraser I'm 100% sold. Can't wait to meet Iain. I'm off to Pamela Clare's site to check these books out.Thanks for sharing about these 2 books. I love te wilderness look and most definitely the size of his thighs. I have a thing for well developed men's thighs. :)
Carol L
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Anonymous,  January 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

Sorry you have been so ill. That is no way to have to spend the holidays or start the new year. Glad you are on your way to recovery.

I heard about the MacKinnon series while reading an interview about her I-Team books. Since Fort Ticonderoga is a place I have visited many times and this area is where I grew up, I had to read the series. As you said, WOWZA. I devoured all three books in about a week and they are firmly on my Keeper Shelf. I have wanted to read the I-Team books but not had the opportunity yet. Will correct that soon as I dig through my massive TBR mountain. I have to fight the urge to re-read the McKinnon series. I woould like to see what new material was added.
While the picture of the cover model is nice, He is too "pretty" to match my image of these rugged brothers.

I am looking forward to SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER. This is the type of book that first attracted me to romances. Connie Mason was one of the first authors I read when I did start reading historical romance. Mia Marlowe (and her books under two previous names) is a newer discovery, and also enjoyed.

Take good care of yourself. Don't push too hard to catch up. The last thing you need is a relapse.

Kathleen O January 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM  

Sorry to hear you have been so ill, but glad you are back amongst us once again.

I have not read or heard of this series, but it sounds like something that must be on my tbr list.
YOu mention that Mia Marlowe is coming to the blog and I have my first book ever of hers to read.. I think maybe I should make that my next book to read...

Please take things at your own pass, get your strength back and if you don't get to certain things, well it will just have to wait..
Sending you warm wishes for better days ahead.

The_Book_Queen January 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

Ah, I hope you are feeling better now! It's never any fun to be sick, especially right around or after the holidays.

I'm going to have to put Pamela's books on my list! I know I've read one or two of hers, but not those particular ones. But you have my wanting to run right off to B&N as well to buy them--and my closest store is 70 miles away! LOL. So that means you've done a damn good job and making me want to read the books! :D

Love this week's Muse. He doesn't have to have a name for me to love him...though it would be nice to know! 'Course, I could always give him my own name...:D


Booklover1335 January 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM  

I finally feel like I am getting better.

If anyone would know the name of this cover model I would think you would, and I'm actually kind of disappointed that you don't know his name. You're my go to girl for that kind of info :)

Booklover1335 January 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM  


Thanks for the well wishes.

You are in for a real treat my friend! I really can't sing the praises for Ms. Clare's MacKinnons enough. The only thing that I was disappointed in was that I have to wait until July to get to read the third and final book in the series.

Booklover1335 January 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM  

Oh Library Pat,

The I-Team series is excellent! Frankly, I don't think Ms. Clare can write a bad book even if she tried. She's so talented, and has quickly become one of my favorite authors that is an auto buy. There are a few of her other historicals that I have yet to read that she released in ebook last year that I need to buy. Stress on the NEED. I'm sure they are just as fantastic as her other books.

I know that Ms. Clare is going to be planning a MacKinnon Ranger reading challenge leading up to the release of the third and final book so that would be the perfect time to re-read them to see the changes.

As far as Sins of the Highlander. I thought it was excellent! I too read almost every Connie Mason book I could find (and I found almost all of them). Though recently I haven't really been following her as much as I felt they were kind of stale. But not this one! I would highly recommend it.

Booklover1335 January 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM  

Oh Kathleen! These are a must!

And also a yes to Mia Marlowe. I read her book To Touch a Thief and thought it was very good, and just this last week I read her story in the anthology Improper Gentlemen and it was also very good. I think she is a good writer and I know seek out her new releases. Though the Highlander book isn't related to her other novels, so it's not really necessary to read the one you already have before this one...unless you want to get a taste for her writing style.

Booklover1335 January 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM  


It took a lot for me to make my way out that day to find Untamed. But I just HAD to have it...I considered it necessary to my health and well being :) I have yet to read a bad story by this author, no matter which subgenre of romance it is (RS or Historical)

I love this week's Muse to. And I have to totally agree with Carol, that great thighs are totally underrated :)

Lexi January 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM  

Way to look at the silver lining, you got to read some great books! Hope you get through the rest of winter with out visiting the sick bed again.

Nice pic for the week! (I am guessing the model wasnt crazy about the braid in his hair, but he sure does strike a pose!)

Artemis January 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM  

Hey Girlfriend,

Take all the down time you need, but no getting sick to do it! Not allowed around here.

I had to do a double-take at this week's Muse. Seems like a Ken doll. LOL!!!

PRIDE & PASSION is better than the first one. So much more. You will like.

I didn't think there would be many books in this week's releases until I started going through your widget. Why oh why did I do that....

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