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Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
7:48 pm
I have been reading alot of Hannah Howell lately, her Hughland series is pretty good but I still prefer Scottish Highlanders to English Highlanders. So far my favorite from her has been Highland Angel. It is about a woman who escapes her abusive husband who has a fondness for little boys. She seeks out a knight to help her blacken her husbands name and bring him down.  
I was really good and I enjoyed reading it.

I have also read:

Highland Lover
Conquerer's Kiss
His Bonnie Bride 
and Highland Vampire
all by Hannah Howell

Sorry Im not that great on the reviews, but I do reccomend them all to you ladies.
I have just started Highland Savage tonight, I hope it's a good one.
Happy reading to you all. :)
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
11:29 am
ARC Review of Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Grade: A

I’ve just finished reading Nalini Singh’s 4th novel in her Psy/Changeling Series entitled Mine to Possess, and all I could think of was, ‘So when is the next book coming out?!’

Mine to Possess is Clay’s book, one of the fiercest and most dangerous sentinels in the DarkRiver leopard clan. A ghost from Clay’s past comes forward to seek his help—Talin McKade, a girl whom he loved from the past but thought was already dead. Talin was working as a social worker, until a lot of the kids started disappearing and ended up dead.
Together, Clay and Talin must seek the killer before time runs out and at the same time reconcile with their past, or else risk losing not only their lives, but also each other all over again…

Nalini Singh continues to surprise me with each release of her novels. I’ve read several novels which are supposed to be part of a series, but carry the same plot with only different characters and different situations. Clearly that is not the case here. Nalini Singh is such a fresh voice and her Psy/Changeling series is the most original I’ve read so far.

Mine to Possess definitely does not disappoint. The plot is fast-paced, and I absolutely couldn’t put it down. Clay is the ultimate alpha male hero. To carry that much love and devotion for so many years to someone whom you thought was dead and suddenly comes back into your life… Wow.

At first, I didn’t like the heroine, Talin, all that much. I just couldn’t understand the reasons why she could have let Clay think she was dead after all he’d done for her and why she was wary of him in the first place. But as the story progressed, Talin’s behavior became more understandable, and she transitions from a scared mouse to a mate worthy of a leopard, the perfect match to Clay.

Mine to Possess has added a whole new other dimension to the world that Nalini Singh has created. It was interesting to see other clans aside from DarkRiver and the SnowDancers, and also more new elements about the Psy/Changeling world. It was really nice seeing all the other couples from the previous novels again. I’m just wondering when Lucas and Sascha are going to get their own cubs. *lol*

Although Mine to Possess is a great book, my favorite one will always be the first one, Slave to Sensation, since it makes the reader more emotionally involved with the story. Bottom line is that I’m anticipating good things to come for Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, and I can’t believe that I still have to wait until September to read her next book… Can I have another ARC, pretty please??? *lol*
Monday, December 17th, 2007
4:21 pm
Excerpt: Medicine, Horses, & Motherhood
I have permission from publisher Sunstone Press to distribute an excerpt from an unusual crossover novel by Texas surgeon Barbara Bergin. "Endings" mixes Bergin's own worlds of medicine, horses, and motherhood with a strong romantic core.

It's the story of Leslie Cohen, a 40-year-old doctor who perpetually takes temporary "locum tenens" assignments to stay on the move. While filling in for an orthopedist in Abilene, Texas, she meets a man who might make her quit running.

"Endings" is laced with loving descriptions of ranch and horse life, packed with fascinating accounts of medical procedures, and loaded with mystery surrounding Leslie's hidden history.

The excerpt is entitled "Reining" and is a detailed scene at a horse event that Leslie and her date attend. It shows off the author's background as a nationally ranked horsewoman.

You can read the excerpt at the following URL:

Saturday, August 25th, 2007
8:27 pm
Best book I've read in awhile, okay since Deathly Hallows but that book wasn't a romance so it doesn't count here.

This book is by Stephenie Meyer and is soo good.  I decided to read about because of all the rave reviews about it and so I thought I might as well read it and my only thought is why didn't I read it sooner and why didn't anyone tell me and if they did, why didn't I listen?

Okay some spoilers here so don't read if you haven't read the book.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Monday, August 20th, 2007
10:57 am
A very Scotish Weekend
Okay let me start out with the best one.

Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue.  I got this one because a) it has a Scotsman in it and b) it involves time travel.  I really liked this book because the heroine, Caitlyn Coryell is a weak woman at the beginning, letting her icky fiance walk all over her, so the last straw is when he tell her it is her fault for his cheating.  I love how she gets back at, she puts on sexy underwear and gets drunk on Scotch.  It is then that our hero Duncan MacKiernan arrives pleading for her help to save his sister.

Throw in some Fae magic and this is a great story.  Especially when Cate realizes that she is the one to control her destiny and puts the plan into action to save her highland husband, his family and to defeat Connor's evil uncle and brother to live happily ever after.

I was quite sad when the story ended and now I need to go check out this author and see if she has anymore and if she will continue the story through Cate's brothers and Connor's sister.  I really hope so.

Another reason I bought this book besides the fact it had a Scotsman in it is because it reminded me of one of my favorite authors, well she needs to get her act together otherwise I'm going to stop reading her, her latest stories haven't really got me like her first ones did.  Okay am rambling on, but Melissa's story reminded me of Karen Marie Moning's earlier work.  Except of course different authors and different styles.  I almost think this one is better because as I mentioned before Karen's work is getting blah. 

If you like contemporary novels with a dash of historical, this is a must to read.

Second Book is To Tempt a Scotsman by Victoria Dahl.

This one was good and I'm wondering if it's the author's first book because the price was only 3.99 but I paid 2.99 for it.  Got to love Meijer's discount prices.  Anyway it it was, it's a good start and if it wasn't, still a good book.

Our heroine is Lady Alexandra Huntington who after a scandal and a duel which leaves one man dead, has exiled her self to her brother's estate to live out her life.  In comes Collin Blackburn, the dead man's half brother to avenge the death and believes Alex, as she is called, knows the whereabouts of his brother's killer and will do anything to find him.  Or will he?

Both are instantly attracted to each other but he believes all the rumors about her and she is tired of being judge by it.  I like how she thinks, if a man can do it and not be censured by society why can't she?  So now how will she get Connor to come to her, not because of what she knows about his brother's murder, but because he wants her that much.

It's fun seeing how they get together, how they deal with her past, his secret, her secret and finding the man that killed his brother.  And for her first book this is pretty good.
Friday, August 10th, 2007
12:59 pm
Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, June 29th, 2007
10:31 pm
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
Another amazing book by Julia Quinn, and how I adore her books.  Before I start reviewing this book I just want to say my two favorite of hers are Splendid and The Viscount Who Loved Me.  I love both the heroes in these books, sigh, some really romantic guys, okay Anthony did kick Kate in The Viscount Who Loved Me, but it was a good scene

Sunday, June 17th, 2007
12:09 am
Just an update
I've been rereading a lot of books lately so I haven't really felt the urge to review.  And if I like a book enough to keep it, I'll reread it again and again.  Lately its been Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christiana Dodd, oh and Karen Marie Moning.  I did read a new one by Nora Roberts.  I like her and have a lot of books from when she wrote for Sillohuette, crap that isn't spelled right, let me look into it.  Hold on I love Google.  Of course it's wrong it's Silhouette.  Anyway I like those books by her.  Short sweet and no deep dark secrets, just fun fluff which I like.  Of course she is extremely popular and now writes more suspense style romance or more modern and well her sex scenes are less steamy and it's more about the story.  So i read her's when I want a story and not for sex. 

The one I read is Birthright and my friend went to Maryland and found a Nora Roberts store where all they sold is her books.  That's sorta cool.  I'd love to be an author who is so immensely popular that she can have her own bookstore.  Yeah cool.  Anyway my friend stopped by there and bought me the book mentioned above and guess what makes it cooler.  It's autographed.  Yeah! It's pretty awesome.

So the book is good, and the mystery, yeah I figured it out, but still it was a good story.  If you have a chance pick it up.  I'm sorta in a bummed mood so I don't feel quite like totally reviewing it. 

Now to watch my new favorite show called The Starter Wife.  I dvr it so I can watch it without kids and husbands.

Keep reading and let me know which ones are good because I'm always on the look out for new books and new authors.


Okay enough shouting, time to watch my show.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
10:07 am
More books with Scotsmen in it. Yay!
I've been reading quite a lot lately since it's one of the few things that doesn't hurt.  One of the best ones lately is Beware a Scots Revenge by Sabrina Jeffries.  One of my favorite things about this book is the inside cover art.  I giggled when I first saw it, and I still giggle when I look again or just think about it.  Check it out here!

I soo need to get a plaid and try it out.  He he he he.

Anyway this is the third book in Sabrina's School for Heiresses series.  I've read the other two but you don't need to read them before you read this book.  I liked this book because it

a) it has a Scotsman in it
b) he kidnaps our heroine
c) it has a very handsome, of course, Scotsman in it.

The heroine Venetia Campbell, okay don't really like her name, not even sure if I pronounced it correctly, is our heroine who desperately wants to go home to Scotland, only her father won't allow it because of his deep dark secret.  But when news reaches that the Scottish Scourge is dead, he allows her to go to Edinburgh but no further with her Aunt Maggie.  It is here she meets our hero Sir Lachlan Ross at a masquerade dressed up as Bonnie Prince Charlie and she as Flora MacDonald.  (Man I love the named Lachlan) .  They banter, they talk about wearing the plaid the old way, aye, the old way. :)

The plot is very good, even the old falling in love with her kidnapper, well truth be told she had always been in love with him.  Him confronting his past and her father's past, defeating said past so everyone can live happily ever after.

It has some very funny moments, some good scenes, and over all a good book.  Much better then the last one I read by Eloise James, she's hit or miss and her latest is a miss.

So this one is a very solid 9 out of 10.
Monday, May 21st, 2007
11:16 am
Not Quite a Lady by Loretta Chase
First all, three more days to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.  Yes I'm seeing it Thursday night. w00t!  I'm sooooooo excited, I can hardly contain myself.  I am practically giddy with delight at the thought of seeing Jack, my beloved Jack again............mmmmm.......jack........

Okay enough, well there can never be enough of Jack, but onto my last book I read is called Not Quite a Lady by Loretta Chase is incredibly sweet and awesome.  It was perfect, absolutely perfect in every way.  I can say nothing bad about it at all.  It did take me while to get into it but that was my problem, I kept trying to watch tv, read, knit and play my on line game so everything suffered.

Onto the book.  I loved the heroine, Lady Charlotte Hayword, has almost 300 ways Not To Get Married, for reasons that would ruin the book, she is also 27.  In come her parents who want her to get married.  She is 27 after all and not getting any younger so they host a house party and bring in eligible young men who she hasn't turned down in attempts to marry off their daughter.  And next door, a new neighbor has moved in to the dilapidated house, our hero, Darius Carsington who is a good for nothing philosopher who writes treaties on the mating rituals of mammals.

So does this book have the following
Do the main characters fight?  Yes.
Do they have chemistry? Yes.
Is there dastardly villian?  Yes but he's not all that bad, just thinks he is right and puts no one in mortal danger, almost likable.
Was there a good plot?  Yes.
Are there farm animals? Yes.
A cranky old Grandmother? Yes.
A happy ending that is awesome? Yes.

One of the reason I believe this book to be so good is the fact that everything worked well, from the father/daughter relationship to the heroine/hero's attraction and how well both are.  Everything was perfect, yes I know I'm saying that a lot but lately I've been kinda sorta disappointed in some of the books.  This one had some surprised, which are good and didn't strike me as contrived or "yeah sorta saw that ONE coming".

Over all, this book gets an 11 out of 10.  Definitely get this one and read it, it's awesome.
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
10:02 am
I found this

Hi Ladies! I found this website that has a monthly newsletter with the new romance novels, so I thought I would share it with you. It is www.betweenyoursheets.com  check it out!!!

Monday, May 14th, 2007
7:30 pm
Two New Books
The first one is Highland Savage by Hannah Howell.  I've been going through this medieval Scottish phase it seems.  I was reading a whole bunch by Sue-Ellen Wolfander, is her name I believe, nope is Welfonder.  So to continue it I read the above book.

She writes about a whole clan called the Murrays.  Mmm, not sure about that spelling either.  I've read quite a few of hers before and she is really good.  I like how she doesn't make the times seem so glamorous, because it wasn't.  I like how her characters, the hero's again, are battle scared and such.  This one I spent most of the book wondering about the title.  He is a Highlander, mmmmm Highlander, mmmm should put in some Duncan, okay side track, back on track Miss Erin, but where did the Savage part come in.  T

he hero, crap the book is on it's way back to the library via the husband, hold on, let me get his name, okay thanks to Amazon it's Sir Lucas Murray and he was beat up and left for dead by the woman he loved.  So now a year has gone by and he has come back to take vengance, wha ha ha hahah!  Only he learns the woman who is responsible for it is dead, or is she?

So anyway he spends the whole book being nice and trying to get the bad guys who are really responsible for his beating and yes our heroine because really, would our heroine really be responsible for our hero's beat down.  So anyway it isn't until the last few pages that our heroine, the lovely resourceful Katerina Haldane calls him a savage.  Me frowning.  How can she call him that when he is really nice?  Oh well, I guess the author can call her book anything she wants.

So this book, I'd give it a 8/10.

Book two is entitled The Duke's Indiscretion by Adele Ashworth.  Am miffed because after I purchased this book realized it's the third in a series.  Ugh, I hate that.  This one is good, not great because once again I really didn't see much of and indiscretion as much as going after and getting what he wants.

What our Duke wants is an opera singer.  Only she isn't really one, well she is by night, by day is the mild manner sister of an Earl, Lady Charlotte Hughes who just happens to be in love with our Duke, Colin Ramsey, the Duke of Newark, no not NJ either, he he he.  Yes I'm in a strange mood, okay.

So she gets him to marry her, he gets what he wants, or does he? Then they spend the rest of the book really getting to know each other, find out her is out to steal something from her and fall in love.

Like I said it was okay.  I really wanted an indiscretion here, oh wait, perhaps the indiscretion isn't her, but what he does on the side for the crown, mmm naw too boring there.

So this book gets a 6/10 because I'd sell it instead of adding it to my collection.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
5:35 pm
Just random thoughts about romance books
Who writes the blurbs on the back covers on romance novels?  I'd really like to know.  Why?  Because some do a totally awesome job, others really should be strung up by their toes and forced to watch the Teletubies.  (mmm did I even spell that right?)

I just read an awesome book called Until the Knight Comes (0kay very bad immagry there but come on, I've had a pain fill day and the would come, well let's just say my mind is fully in the gutter and doesn't want to surface.) by Sue-Ellen Welfonder.  Any way the back blurb was okay, the story awesome, will review it here later.  Yet my favorite part of the story wasn't even mentioned on the back. 

Did they do that on purpose or did the person who writes them didn't think it was important?

At least they had the names of the characters right.  Once I read a book and the heroine's name was incorrect?  Huh?  Oh well. 

Oh and 23 days till At World's End is out.  w00t!
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
5:27 pm
One totally awesome book and one awefully bad book
First the good book

When Seducing A Spy by Sari Robins is about our heroine Lady Tess Golding who by chance happens to spy for the Crown.  Our intrepid hero, Heath Bartlett, is a lawyer whose soon to be mother in law wants him to investigate Lady Golding for a crime.  Without giving much away to insinuate himself into her life, he makes a bed with his friend.  The bet, to see if they could join an exclusive woman's club.  To top it off they even allow the women of the society to know about the bet.  Genius.

Now on to Tess and Heath, as they bungle through their affair and fall in love.  It's funny how they are each suspecious of each other.  Her because of her spying and him because he doesn't want her to be guilty of the crime she has been acused of.  Even some side characters look like they may fall in love themselves, which is always nice.  I love when everybody is happy.

Unlike the other book, ugh I never should have bought it much less read it.  This bad book is called Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell.  I hate saying this but possibly the worst love story every written.  I mean really I could have cared less if either character lived or died.

The hero is a duke and I usually love them, not this one.  He asks his mistress to marry him mainly to bug his family but she says no then leaves in the dead of night.  Their year arrangement was over and she wanted to give up her lifeof shame and become respectable again.  Only he can't believe she would leaves him, calls her all sorts of names and tries to find her.  Three month later he finds her, kidnaps her, and then forces himself on her until she say yes.  So to me that is basically raped in my world, she says no, anything after that is not with her consent and therefore is rape.  Basically he made her want it and that did not turn me on at all, off actually.

Basically he brakes her to his will then she falls in love with him.  WHAT!?!  A case of Munchhusen if I ever saw one.  And each spends time mopping over their life, how bad it is.  Man I wanted to smack them both.  I don't even know when I had less fun reading a book.  I may take it back and get my money back.

Total waste of time and money.

In the end when they get together I was like, yay book over, time to throw it away in the fire.  I don't think I will read this author again.  She's new and I can't believe it got publish.  Wow it was awful.  Ugh I can't describe it.

I use books to escape and because they are fun, give me a nice tingle sometimes, other times gives me ideas and that makes my husband happy, not to feel so depressed.  I don't need a book to make me feel that way.  I read books for pleasure not pain.  (which is why i didn't finish reading my book for book club way to depressing again for me.)

So my advice DON'T READ THIS BOOK EVER!  The first one yes, read it, it's good.
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
9:42 pm
Highlander in Her Bed
Highlander In Her Bed by Allie Mackay is just awesome.

Reason #1 why it is awesome
    Hunky Highlander
Reason #2
    See Above

You can't go wrong there.  It is a contempary novel where there heroine Mara McDougall inherits a castle, man is she lucky.  Because of this she buys a bed she saw in antique store, which just happens to be haunted by the sexy hunky Highlander which she dubbs the Hottie Scottie.  I'd go along with it.  He's yummy, okay the author makes him sound yummy.  The ghost is our hero, the hunky Sir Alexander Douglas who died trying to defeat a traitor, only to be blamed after his death for what the traitor did.  Oh and the bad guy steals his wife to be and his lovely bed.  So now Alexander is doomed to room the world trying to keep people out of his bed, especially the evil MacDougalls.  Uh Oh see a problem here.

So along comes Mara McDougall who just happens to be distantly related to the dastard who is behind his downfall.

The dilema is now will he fall in love with her, forget his grudge against her clan and somehow over his deadness so they can live happily ever after?  I love how she makes it all happen without facing an actual bad guy.  It rocks.  And how they get together is pretty cool and oh soo romantic.  He proves he loves her and I wanted to climb into this book and be the heroine.

When I read the epilogue, I was ugh, I want more.  Then I realized she has other book(s) and a new one coming out in November. ("I hate waiting.")  So yay!

I'd rate this a solid 10!

So pick it up at your local library or bookstore.  Heck I may go buy it since it was so good.  I borrowed it as to save money and look where that got me.
9:39 pm
Book 30 and a very good one
Highlander in Her Bed by Allie Mackay.  Wow, this is a good one, much better then I thought it was going to be.  I found this book by someone who put it here and it sounded good.

I can't wait to read others by her.

If anyone is interested, I'm going to review it on romancebklvrs.
Friday, April 20th, 2007
6:06 pm
A Thief in a Kilt
My husband is just awesome.  He will go to the library and get me books.  And he knows me so well he brought me some books with Scotsmen in them.  He's the best.

Okay this one I read today before the migraine became so bad.

A Thief in a Kilt
is by Sandy Blair.  I read on by her before called Rogue in a Kilt and it was good.  This one was nice too.  It took place in Scotland during the 1400's, not my favorite time because at one point they are kissing and I could think about was how she was dirty two pages before because of her escape and how her hair was in tangles and now the hero was brushing his hands through her silky hair.    So now I'm thinking "How did she find time to get a brush and brush her hair when escaping through the wilds of Scotland?"  Which was followed by "And if her legs hurt so bad because she had ridden hard all day how can she want sex?  I've ridden before and if you aren't used to it, like I was, there is no way in heck I'd be letting some guy touch me like this?"

Besides that it was good.  I know I should not think so hard when I read sometimes but honestly, if I think of these things, surely others will too.

What I liked best is the heroine, Kate Templeton, was not your typical heroine.  She tall, bigger then normal and curvy. Yay for breaking the mold.  One good part of the book is when she stood up and towered over a slightly bad guy, not the main bad guy, and yell at him and he trembled because of it.  It was great.

Another good point but at the end of the book I couldn't stand it but mostly it was due to the headache is there is a lot of historical facts in this story.  I scimmed over it but will go back now that I'm feeling slightly better and get more of the history part down. 

I would rate this book a solid 4 out of 5.

One part is one side character mentioned she was from America and that mad me curious because in 1411 America hadn't discovered yet so now to research the first book Sandy Blair wrote and see if this side character was the main character in that one.  So now research time.

Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
10:31 am


Sunday, April 15th, 2007
7:33 pm
Laurie Campbell
I've been going through a reading slump as of late, but I have a bag of books in my floor, so I'm trying to check them out.

And I read a really good one today. It's called Wrong Twin, Right Man by Laurie Campbell and it's a Sihouette Special Edition from October of 2004.

Anne and Beth are twins, who go on a yearly vacation together and this year there's an accident and one twin dies.

I'm sure you can see where this is going but they get the twins mixed up. They think Beth is dead and Beth's husband, Rafe, brings Anne home while she's recuperating. They figure out the switch pretty early on, more than half-way through.

It made me cry and I couldn't put it down.

I'm not very coherent but if you can find it, it's an excellent read.
Friday, March 30th, 2007
12:16 am
Moon Awakening
Okay this was a paranormal romance set in the Middle Ages in Scotland about how part of the more regal Scots had werewolves in them.  Man I'm getting so sick and tired of these not so good trying to make money because paranormal romance is becoming the biggest thing in Romance sales since Danielle Steele.  This one was okay.  I didn't realize it was in the middle of series the author Lucy Monroe is writing otherwise I might not of picked it up.  I did like it, just wasn't thrilled with it.  It didn't keep me interested at all.  I am going to see if her others are better, but I'm getting sick of all these stupid paranormal ones.  I want a stupid typical Regency love story and those are getting hard to come by because now even vampires are showing up in those.

Okay I'm ranting but I'm the only who post here so guess what.  I can.

Any way check it out, you may like it.
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