Our Week in Books – Week 22, 2013

 Tracey

Been a busier reading week this week, primarily my good old favourite, the historical romance.

I seem to have been on a bit of a Mills and Boon kick this week, starting with His lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls.  I really enjoyed this one and if you are a fan of regency romance definitely worth a read – 4 stars.

I also read A Very Unusual Governess by Sylvia Andrew, another regency romance involving a gentleman and a supposed governess. This book made me laugh a lot in places – 4.5 stars.

How to sin Successfully by Bronwyn Scott is also an historical romance and quite coincidentally involves a governess. No, I haven’t suddenly gone on a mission to find all the books involving governesses but they seem to have found me! This had a bit of a mystery plot surrounding it and a truly despicable villain, overall a good story – 3.5 stars.

My last Mills and Boon book this week was The replacement Wife by Caitlin Crews – shock horror, not a historical romance! I was not overly keen on this one. I would have liked a bit more background information about the hero and the ending seemed too quick and convenient. However I did finish it – 2 stars.

I then read the first two books in a series by Liz Carlyle – One Little Sin and Two Little Lies. Watch out for full reviews coming soon.

In between all this I also read Forever by Jacquelyn Frank – again look for a full review coming soon.

So seven books this week, wow possibly a record, even for me.

Grete

Well Tracey puts me to shame this week (and the last couple!).  Back flare ups, visitors, and MCM London Comic-Con (not in that order!) put paid to a lot of reading I’ve been wanting to do.  Strong pain medication also makes what I have read a little fuzzy!  Fingers crossed I will be back in action soon or I may go a little (more) nuts!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Hunter

 This can’t be happening to her.  A random break down…an isolated mountain road, a seemingly chance meeting with a hotter-than-hot stranger. Tatyana is a modern gal who can handle any crisis, but before she knows what’s hit her, she’s sensing a hideous threat, not to her but to this man who draws her like a moth to flame. Hunter.

“I know things…I saw it.”

When the attack comes, she is his protection from a diabolical enemy, even as he initiates her into a startling world of magic, sorcery and sensuality. For in a moment of terrifying danger a spark has been struck, and neither can escape the erotic fire to come…

Wow this was hot and steamy but still had a great plot! There is so much going on that the description above doesn’t do it justice. I understand that this is hopefully the first book in a new series but oddly, it read as if there should have been one before and I felt like I was missing the story that set the scene for this one. There were a lot of references to it and in all fairness, I thought that even if there had been a previous book, then I wouldn’t rush to read it because most of it is given away here.

There are a lot of characters all living in a coven together that there is a lot of potential for future books, which I would definitely be eager to read. What little I learned about the secondary characters, I loved.

Hunter – sex on legs, gorgeous and to die for, I think I am in love with him myself.  Tatyana is a very strong character and definitely no shrinking violet when it comes to sex! The banter between the two of them is good and the sex is explosive – it has been a while since I have said this, but get a cold shower ready!

I love the world, the concept and the characters but I do have one criticism in that there was a lot of sex and it did detract a little from the story. While the plot was very good, it did seem to get rushed along a bit; one minute they were talking about what to do and the next it was in progress with no preparation. I would have liked a bit more explanation but want to keep the sex too, so really the book needed to be double the size.

Overall a good book, steamy, sensual and erotic – works for me!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Jacquelyn Frank
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Our Week in Books – Week 19, 2013

 Tracey

Having had a very expensive trip to New York with lots of shopping I surprisingly found little time for reading! We were so exhausted from all the walking! So what have I read in the week since getting back?

I started reading Ambersley by Amy Atwell on the plane but couldn’t really get into it – probably just too tired. I left it for a bit and didn’t go back to it until much later in the week, having read other books in between. It started off a bit slow and I struggled with the concept of how I knew the book would ultimately end; that the child and grown man we see interacting together for the first third of the book, then end up together in the girl’s adulthood. I know age gaps in this period of history are not uncommon but it just felt a bit weird, and I think it’s probably another reason why I didnt finish it in one go. Having said that, when I did go back to it and we got past childhood stage, the story picked up pace and I ended up enjoying the romance. We were introduced to various characters who get their own story later on and I will probably look to read them at some point – 3 stars for me.

I was clearly in the mood for some more historical romance and picked up His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley. This is the seventh book in the Knight Miscellany series and brings home the mysterious Lord Jack Knight who in previous books had only been mentioned in passing. It was another enjoyable story in the series and has a good plot and romance, although Eden Farraday did get on my nerves a bit at times. You do not need to have read the series previously to know what is going on but as we get reintroduced to the characters and their partners from those books, it is nice to have the background info. This could definitely stand alone though – 3.5 stars

And yet more historical romance! Slightly Shady by Amanda quick was my next read. A light historical romantic suspense which was a quick easy read. I again found the heroine to be a bit of a pain in the butt at times – I don’t know what is up with me this week! The suspense aspect felt more believable than the romance for me, but overall I enjoyed the story – 3 stars.

A Bite to Remember by Lynsay sands was next and was a return for me to the world of the Argeneau vampires. This book focuses on Vincent and Jackie Morrissey (a mortal PI who knows all about their world). As with all the books in this series this was very good. I always love the Argeneau men and Vincent is no exception. Marguerite, the interfering matriarch of the Argeneau’s, features heavily in this book as well and I love her and her interference. This can easily stand alone if you have not read any of the others but why start with this one – go get the first one and work your way through! – 4 stars

I am currently reading Hunter by Jacquelyn Frank and loving it, in fact I feel the need to get back to it – review to come in the next couple of weeks 🙂

 Grete

Well my reading rate has been down again but I have a good excuse – I’m in the process of giving up smoking!  It’s a very weird thing but I’m having to learn how to do things without an ever present cigarette in my hand – everything still feels a bit wrong but I’m getting there 🙂  So lets see what I’ve read over the last two weeks (including while a certain review partner was off gallivanting in NYC!)

I re-read Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson and it was as entertaining as the first time.  Jessica McClain is a great character and I love her starting story!  I went straight into book two, Hot Blooded and actually was a bit disappointed with it.  It was still enjoyable but it seemed to turn into a bit of a slog towards the end.  Full reviews are coming, anyway.

I had to wait my turn to read The City by Stella Gemmell as Tony got there first – he did an excellent review which can be found here.  I thought I might have a slightly different opinion to him as a female reader but actually, I agree with him completely – 4 stars for me too.

I then picked up a recently arrived book which had me intrigued from the moment I first heard about it – The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty.  I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it!  You can read my full review here

My fantasy nose was twitching again so I picked up The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham.  This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages and as book three is sitting there looking at me imploringly, it was incentive enough.  Full review is coming but suffice to say it’s a fantasy on an epic scale with the sense of a full world and history behind it.  I’m half way through The King’s Blood which is book two, and is proving a little slower going but still as enjoyable.

And there we are, all up to date!  Same time next week? 😉


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Forbidden

 One minute Docia Waverley is on her way to work, the next she is crashing into a river and having the weirdest near death experience. When she regains consciousness she realizes nothing will ever be the same,  starting with being kidnapped by a stranger who insists she is his queen and must be protected.

Ram has waited thirty years in this incarnation for the arrival of his queen from the ether, knowing he is destined to protect her while she awaits the sure return of their king. He finds himself torn between a desire for Docia and loyalty to his best friend and leader – any such liaison is totally forbidden.

After a confusing start, this turned out to be a great book! This is about Bodywalkers and is set in the world of the Nightwalkers.  Apart from a very brief history lesson in the prologue, the original Nightwalkers are not mentioned or acknowledged and you can easily jump into this series first. Initially I was very confused with Forbidden, not really sure what was going on but explanations soon came in thick and fast. Being the first in a new series introducing a new concept there was a lot of exposition needed and as a result the plot was a bit slow to get going. Once it did get going however, it was very good. Docia is learning about the world at the same time we are, and some of her reactions were pure gold. I particularly enjoyed her reactions and questions on finding out who Ram is.

Without giving too much away as the reader needs to discover the secrets for themselves, about two thirds of the way through the book something happened that took me completely by surprise but I really should have seen it coming!

Docia is a great character, intelligent and funny while Ram is your typical alpha male – hot, bossy and very sexy. The body sharing was a bit weird and did take some getting used to, particularly during a sex scene later in the book which as Ram says is like  a “menage a everybody”. There are some great secondary characters too – I cannot wait to find out more about Singsing and her dragonlets. When she turned Ram and Docia into poodles I laughed out loud it was so completely unexpected. Jackson, Docias’ brother is a strong character who has his own storyline and I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book.

In summary a good book once it got going, but there was a lot of world building. As with any new series it was both necessary and informative but stick with it. The next book has been nicely set up and I cannot wait to read it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Jacquelyn Frank
  • Series: Bodywalkers (1)
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Adam

“Nightwalkers dwell in the shadows, they live in a world where every night holds secrets. Hunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. When the unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power and the will to save them: Adam”

Adam disappeared into thin air four centuries ago, the greatest enforcer ever known and his whereabouts remained a mystery. Suddenly against all expectations he appears just when he is needed most, as disorientated with his surroundings as everyone else is with his appearance.

Jasmine has carried her two brief encounters with Adam with her for 400 years, wondering what happened to the demon who threatened her tight control simply with a look. For Adam it is merely hours. When he returns into a world where inter-relationships are no longer illegal, will they be able to fight the attraction between them while battling the greatest enemy demon-kind has ever known.

The start of the book was a bit of a shock and even though I was not invested in the characters from the previous books, it still made me very emotional – a testament to the writing I think!

This novel was very enjoyable and unlike a lot of similar style books, the relationship between the two main characters did not take over the entire story, in fact the relationship seemed almost secondary to everything else that was going on. When I picked up this book I realised it was not the first in the series but figured like most others, I would be able to read out of order with no problems. While this was the case, I do feel that I missed out by reading this book before the previous ones, simply because the plot which has clearly traversed a number of books is so integral to this one. Having said that, the story was explained enough that I quickly gathered the gist of what was happening – it is simply a personal opinion that I should have read them in order.

I enjoyed the writing style and liked the fact that the romance did not take over the book (although I do love a good romance). I will definitely be looking for further books by Jacquelyn Frank.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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  • Author: Jacquelyn Frank
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