Tracey’s Week in Books – Week 12, 2013

 Well, what a lovely week I have had courtesy of Stephanie Laurens, surrounded by the Cynster family. Last Sunday I picked up a Cynster novel that had escaped me previously – A Secret Love. This one was all about Gabriel, another fine male specimen and definitely worthy of the Cynster name. As with all Ms Laurens books I loved this one – 4 stars.

This then reignited my passion for the Cynsters – well they are extremely sexy men who become even sexier when they are bought to their knees by  a woman! I dug out my well worn copy of Devil’s Bride which is the first book in the series and I think I enjoyed it even more this time round. This was swiftly followed by books two and three – A Rake’s Vow and Scandal’s Bride. I really cannot recommend these books enough. If you have never read this author but enjoy sexy historical romances with a guaranteed happy ending, you really should give her a go.

To my delight I discovered two Cynster books on kindle for 99p but have not yet had a chance to read them, as what dropped through my door but a copy of “And Then She fell” which is due out in paperback on 8th April! It is really good and a full review will follow in the next week, but I did love the way all the Cynsters had cameos in this book and even some characters from the Bastion Club appeared.

The only question for me now is shall I spend more time lost in the Cynsters this coming week, or should I move onto something else?

Tracey’s Week in Books – Week 11, 2013

 This week started with a thriller by Greg Iles called Dead Sleep. Wow that was good, see my full review here, but suffice to say I want to read more by this author, and I’d give it 4.5 stars.

Feeling like a bit of romance I picked up a Mills and Boon I had sitting about called The Surprise of her life by Helen R. Myers, it was the story of ex-neighbours who moved away when their respective spouses married each other, only to find they had taken up residence in the same town! This was okay, satisfied the romance craving – I would give it 2.5 stars.

The next book plucked from the pile was an Erica Spindler one – Forbidden Fruit. I did not think this was as good as some of her other books. There was a lot of background to the characters built up during the book but it was chapter 38 before we got to the present day. While the back story was very relevant to the overall story, it resulted in the actual thriller aspect of the book being very rushed and almost an afterthought to what was going on with the characters. I also felt there were some loose ends not tied up. Having said that it was a good read just not what I have come to expect from this author – 3 stars.

It was a quiet week for reading this week but my last read of the week was As  You wish by Eloisa James – this includes the novella Seduced by a Pirate and With this Kiss parts 1, 2 and 3. I absolutely loved this, keep an eye out for my 5 star review appearing later this week.

I seem to have been very busy with all sorts of stuff this week leaving me with little reading time!


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

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.

 

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.