Our Week in Books – Week 27, 2013

 Tracey

This week I read six books – in no particular order.

I read a couple more of the In Death series by J.D. Robb – Vengeance in Death and Holiday in Death. Both excellent books and each rated at 4.5 stars. I highly recommend reading this series if you are a fan of detective stories with a good dollop of romance. As the series goes on there is still romance but definitely much less than in the first couple of books.  Surprisingly for me, I don’t mind! The romance that’s there is great but the stories themselves are really good.

I finished off Key of Valor by Nora Roberts and again really enjoyed that, the Key Trilogy comes to an end with this book. You definitely need to read the series in order however, as they do follow on almost seamlessly.

I also read three historical romances this week – the first was More Than a Mistress by Mary Balogh. I find Ms. Balogh’s books very romantic and they always manage to elicit a very satisfied sigh at the end and this one is no exception – 4 stars.

I last two were Mills & Boon books by Helen Dickson – A Question of Marriage and The Wedding Wager. I loved both of these regency era romances with very feisty heroines and would give them both 4 stars.

So there you have it, a nice healthy dose of romance for me this week – nothing new there then!

 Grete

I’m still caught up in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire but sadly I’m almost finished with the available books.  I finished A Feast For Crows, moved swiftly on to A Dance With Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust and am now reading A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After The Feast.  I don’t think I am going to know what to do with myself but will be avidly for news of when Winds of Winter will be released!

That’s all from me this week, happy reading!


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

Our Week in Books – Week 23, 2013

 Tracey

This week I varied my reading a bit, although it wouldn’t be right not to have any historical romance in there!

The first historical romance I read this week was Emma and the Earl by Paula Marshall, a tale of  a young penniless woman who was forced to become governess to the children of the man she nearly married when she was rich. Of course he doesn’t recognize her but she has never forgotten him! This was a very enjoyable story, a good read and a solid romance – 4 stars.

Scandals by Georgina Devon was the other regency romance I read this week, and it took me a while to warm up to the hero – for most of the book I wanted to slap him. Enjoyable, but not one of my favourites although it did get quite intense at times – 3 stars.

Feeling like a change I delved back into the world of the Dark Hunters reading Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I absolutely love this series and this book in particular. If you have never read the Dark Hunters and enjoy paranormal romance you must read this (the sex is always hot too!) Despite having read this book a couple of times before, I could easily read it again and again – 5 stars. The problem is I now want to re read all of them but I have so many books waiting to be read I am not sure I can!

I then read a couple of suspense novels, the first one I picked up was Death Notice by Todd Ritter. The plot was excellent but there was no romance! Oh my god, how disappointed I was to realise the police chief and FBI agent were not going to get it on!! So while the story was good I was left feeling  decidedly dissatisfied. Of course, if romance is not your thing you will enjoy this even more – 3.5 stars.

Love You to Death by Shannon K Butcher was next and wow that was good. A romantic suspense with a seriously creepy serial killer and super hot sex between the protagonists. The plot was very good and I liked the main characters. Towards the end there was a scene which I am sure we all wished happened more and was very satisfying! When you read it you will know what I mean – 4.5 stars.

 Grete

While I wouldn’t recommend it as a means to get some time to yourself, my back throwing a massive wobbly last week and still not having recovered did mean I got some solid reading done.  Since all I could do was rest it, I was casting about for something to keep me occupied. I remembered I had Hounded by Kevin Hearne (the first book of the Iron Druid Chronicles) to read on my Kindle and a few chapters in I was hooked!  It was so amazing I finished it and immediately bought book two, then book three (you can see where this is going!), until I reached the last two books which I had kindly been sent physical copies of.

So in order, I raced through Hounded, Hexed, Hammered, Tricked, Trapped, Hunted AND the two accompanying Novellas – Two Ravens and One Crow and The Grimoire of the Lamb.  Phew!  And I still want MORE.  This is an utterly fantastic series, 5 stars all the way and one I will definitely be re-reading again.  Reviews are coming once I can sit upright for long enough 😉

Hunted actually arrived mid-week, along with another book I had been eagerly awaiting – Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey.  I dived into that yesterday and am almost finished.  Another excellent and very tense book from the Expanse series and there will be a review (also one for Caliban’s War which I re-read in anticipation and also realised I had neglected to do one the first time!).

Hoping my back will be back to what passes for normal this week, but also hoping that my thirst for reading continues unabated!

Have a good week 🙂


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

Our Week in Books – Week 15, 2013

 Tracey

Another slow week for reading this week but I still managed to fit four books in. I finished Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones – a very good start to the series and I am looking forward to the rest, full review to appear later this week – 4 stars.

I then went back to my Kindle and started Scandal of Love by Janelle Daniels, I enjoyed it but it was a bit too short for me, I am not a big fan of novellas unless they are linked to a favourite series. The story was good though, definitely more of a pure romance and not really as scandalous as the title suggests. I do enjoy a good romance though and would look to read the others in the series if I could find them very cheap or free on kindle – 3 stars.

Next I started a review copy I received from NetGalley – What a Lady needs by Kasey Michaels (Published by Harlequin), and is released 30th April.  I loved this one and a full review will follow this week – 4.5 stars

Having been nagged constantly by my husband about reducing the amount of physical books I have, I felt I should read another and picked up a romance by Kathleen Creighton – The Sheriff of Heartbreak County. While I expected an enjoyable romance I actually got a good suspense story too. A good read which kept me glued throughout and of course a wonderful romance – 4 stars

Thats all for this week folks!

 Grete

I’m still trying to get up to speed with my reading as I have so many great books begging to be read!

I finished Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan which ended up really surprising me.  Find out why in my review in the next few days 😉

Next I turned to Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series.  I read, loved (and reviewed) the first book at the start of the year but with my memory being what it is right now, I wanted to re-read it so the characters were fresh in my mind before I moved on to the second.  So First Grave on the Right was just as good the second time round and I finished Second Grave on the Left yesterday which was fantastic.  A review will be coming and I am going to start Third Grave Dead Ahead tonight!

That’s it from me, time to get my nose stuck in a book 😉


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