Tracey’s Week in Books – Week 10, 2013

 This week started with me finishing off Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison, another good book and a worthy addition to the series – check out my full review here.

Next I plucked Simply Magic by Mary Balogh out of my book pile and the title says it all! I really enjoy this author’s work, her premise is usually quite simple, very romantic and so well written. There were a couple of things I felt were left hanging without being resolved properly but a definite 4 star book for me and I totally fell in love with the hero myself, at numerous points in the story. This is the third in a series but I do not feel I missed out by not reading the others first.

My next book was by a new author for me – One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon and I would only give this 2.5 stars. I hated the heroine and could not really put my finger on why, but I didn’t warm up to her at all and the hero also didn’t do much for me either! I nearly gave up half way through but the suspense plot kept me reading and the last quarter of the book picked up pace leading to a very unexpected ending. So 2.5 stars because the plot was good but no higher because I didn’t like the protagonists.

Shadow dance by Susan Anderson was up next. This was a good book and I’m giving it 4.5 stars. This is one of her earliest books and is a romantic suspense. I absolutely loved loved loved the hero and the build up between him and Amanda. There was a good suspense plot going on but for me the interaction between the protagonists was the highlight.

How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn was my next book – This was brilliant, and a 5 star review is coming soon. I completely adored the story and the protagonists.

That concludes my reading for this week, haven’t decided what to start next – all will be revealed next week!


Tracey’s Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey, catching up on everything she’s read recently.

 

Serpent’s Kiss

 Wyr Sentinel Rune Ainissesthai owes a debt to Vampire Queen Carling, when she calls in that debt he finds a woman on the edge with no one to turn to and everything to lose.

This is the third book in the Elder Races series and another excellent one. It took me a little while to get into as it was difficult to associate the bad ass mean Queen Vampire from the earlier book with the woman we see here, ditto for Rune. Having said that, I soon got caught up in the intriguing (but at times confusing) storyline and found it extremely difficult to put down. I only realised what time it was when the kids asked what time dinner was – oops should have been half an hour ago!

Carling is so different from how she is perceived in previous books but she still has her bad ass moments. Finding about her extremely long life was interesting and the plot kept me wondering what we would find out next. Rune is a typical alpha male, prone to frequent bouts of growling and can be very masterful, but also very tender when needed.  His declaration of love when it came was awesome but has too many swear words to quote here! The sex was, as always, wild and hot.

Thea Harrison manages to bring her world to life so well, the imagery is great and I am easily able to lose myself in her writing as evidenced by my poor starving children (well 15 and 17 year olds).

This book was very focused on Carling and Rune with very little input from characters from previous books. This worked because there was so much we had to learn about Carling and how deep her connection to Rune actually was.  We were introduced to a couple of new characters and from the little interaction they had, I suspect they will be getting their HEA in the not too distant future.

I did find some elements of the plot a tad confusing at times, but overall this was a great book and was intriguing, sexy, romantic and hot. Roll on the next book in this series, I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Thea Harrison
  • Series: Elder Races (3)
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Tracey’s Week in Books – Week 9, 2013

 Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian was the first book I read this week and what a great book it is, a worthy addition to the Midnight Breed series (see my 5 star review). I then dove straight into One Good earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (full review) which I also really enjoyed, suffice to say 2 for 2 great books so far this week.

I next picked up a historical romance by an author I have never tried before – The Marriage Bed by Laura Guhrke. I’m giving this book a solid 3 stars. I enjoyed it, but it did take me a while to warm up to the hero, and the heroine was also a bit irritating at times.  Despite that, by the middle of the book I was rooting for them both, and ultimately the hero’s declaration at the end was just divine.

I initially followed that with Outcast by Rachel Caine, but quickly realised I really needed to complete the Weather Warden series first.  Although Outcast is part of a new series it does seem to contain spoilers about what was going on at the end of the Weather Warden books. Since I have about 3 books to go in the Weather Warden series I shelved this one after about 30 pages and will return to it at a later date.

I’m currently reading Serpents Kiss by Thea Harrison which is the third book in the Elder Races series, and I’m about halfway through, it is excellent so far – a review will follow in next weeks “Week in Books” I promise!


Tracey’s Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey, catching up on everything she’s read recently.