Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I am going to shoot for 50 books read this year.
What are your reading plans for 2010?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Book Review: "Blue Christmas" by Mary Kay Andrews
Deck the halls with romance, intrigue, and great antiques!
It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to garnish her shop for the Savannah historical district contest. She's ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy boutique around the corner, but suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop.
Still, Weezie has high hopes--perhaps in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend, though Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual. But throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a 1950s Christmas tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas Eve.
When looking for other books to read by this author I noticed that she has two "Savannah" books before. I am very anal about series readong so I am not sure if I should go back and read the two books beofre "Blue Christmas" or not. Or if this one is a stand alone book, so if you should have read the other two first. So if you know, please let me know.
I really enjoyed this book. This is the 2nd book I have read by her. This was a quick light read. I would recommend this book at any time of the year. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Andrews.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Book Review: "McKnight in Shining Armor" by Tami Hoag
A young divorced woman, Kelsie Connors, has two children to raise while holding down two VERY unusual jobs. She's trying to be the complete Superwoman when she meets Alec McKnight. Their first encounter, while hilarious, holds the potential for disaster... as black lace lingerie flies through the air of the conservative advertising executive's office. But Alec is enchanted, not enraged -- and then Kelsie has to wonder if the "disaster" isn't what he's done to her heart.
This is the 2nd book I have read by Ms. Hoag. I enjoyed this quick read as much as the first book "The Trouble with JJ." It was a light read and a great storyline. I had a smile on my face in many parts of this book.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Book Review: "Lucky Strike" by Carly Phillips
Long ago, a witch proclaimed an eternal curse that every Corwin male who married for love would be destined to lose his woman and his fortune.... Jason Corwin knows he should resist his attraction to Lauren Perkins. But after one night of mind-blowing sex with his supposed and very seductive enemy, he can't bring himself to stay away.
All Lauren wants is to sell her late grandmother's old house and leave the past behind forever. But that's not an easy thing to do when gorgeous contractor Jason Corwin whispers sweet, sexy somethings into her ear...about staying. Then a saboteur and the promise of hidden treasure change everything, and one lucky break just might put an end to the Corwin curse....
This is a 3rd and final book in the triology (Others were Lucky Break and Lucky Charm). What a great end to the series. I really enjoyed this series and getting to know the characters. If you are looking for a great series, try this one.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
And again remember – avoid spoilers.
Seth Webster's heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family together ... he needs a miracle. And then a miracle arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle" -- and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different. Her sassy spirit is infectious, and it gives Seth the courage to approach Reba, a beautiful travel agent who's been hurt and betrayed, and is afraid to ever love again. Through the magic of faith -- and with a little help from a children's Christmas pageant and a lot of encouragement from Mrs. Miracle -- Seth and Reba might just be able to find a Christmas miracle of their very own: true love.
What a cute book! I can't wait to watch the movie next month! A nice quick read by Debbie Macomber. I usually just read her Cedar Cove and Blossom Street series so this was a nice departure...
If you are looking for a 'feel good' book, this is it. =)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wisecracking pen-for-hire Jaine Austen is back -- —and she'’s about to discover that working on the set of a Hollywood sitcom is no laughing matter…...
Jaine still hasn’'t found a good man -- —or a way to keep all those sugary snacks from going straight to her hips. But— -- with a little help from her best friend Kandi— -- she’'s finally landed a gig as a sitcom writer! True, Muffy '‘n Me (aka “Bewitched with Tits”) isn’'t going to win any Emmys. And her office at Miracle Studios needs a little sprucing up, and a few dozen rat traps. But it sure beats writing boring brochures and bad resumes, so Jaine'’s not complaining. Until the plot thickens— -- with murder…...
Jaine figures the trouble all started when Muffy '‘n Me'’s hottest star, gorgeous Quinn Kirkland, seduced the head writer— -- whose husband also works on the show. But when Quinn'’s caught in bed with the barely-legal actress who plays his niece, things really heat up— -- and his many jealous girlfriends start to figure things out...…
So when the no-good heartthrob drops dead after nibbling a poisoned doughnut, Jaine isn’'t terribly surprised. But who could have done it? A competitive co-star and a couple of scorned lovers top Jaine'’s list of suspects, but the police have zeroed in on her man-crazy pal Kandi. She fell hard for Quinn -- —and nearly fell apart when she learned of all his other women. Now Jaine has to figure out who finally stopped Quinn’'s cheatin’' heart -- before her best friend ends up behind bars…...
This is the 2nd in the series. What a great cozy!!! Fast paced and funny! I am enjoying this series as well. I don't know that I could read them back to back to back, but I will continue to read the series.
In this romantic, funny, and heartwarming classic novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag poignantly captures one eventful summer in the life of a woman facing the ultimate relationship dilemma.
It took only one look for Genna Hastings to make up her mind about her new next-door neighbor, J. J. Hennessy. She knew his type all too well: Jared Jay Hennessy was tall and handsome, a man who thought he was God’s gift to women. From the pink flamingos dotting his front yard to the all-night boozy barbecues, he threatened to disrupt Genna’'s peaceful summer off from teaching. But beneath his carefree smile and teasing nature, J.J. was a man as serious about the future as he was about Genna. He’d come to this quiet Connecticut town to change his life, and he challenged Genna to help him become Mr. Right. It was a challenge she knew she’d be smart to refuse... and one J.J. knew she couldn'’t resist.
Tami Hoag is a new author for me. When doing research before reading this book, this book was one of her first writings. She is now more popularly known as a suspense writer. I think those books are a little 'dark' for me, but this book was a nice 'light' romance book. Not too 'sugary' sweet. I enjoyed it. I might browse her other books to see if there might be a suspense book that would interest me, as I do like romantic suspense books, but not too 'dark'. But if you are looking for a new author and a light, quick romantic read, this book is it. I highly recommend.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Meet Bubbles Yablonsky, beautician -- reporter -- sleuth, and blazing star of Strohmeyer's entertaining, establishment-bashing debut as a mystery writer.
Like the mills that gird the book's seen-better-days steel town of Lehigh, Pa., the city is itself a seething cauldron. Battle lines are sharply drawn between the haves and have-nots. Bubbles is hell-bent on getting even with the overlords, especially her former husband, a heel who has gone over to the other side. Opportunity knocks when Bubbles incriminates a wealthy socialite in a brutal murder and then uncovers a murky past, where corpses are littered around the accused's steel-magnate husband.
The going is never easy, as Bubbles faces more perils than Pauline: falling off a bridge in the arms of a potential suicide; dodging drive-by gunmen and car bombers; being handcuffed and fitted for cement boots; and always searching for a better way to display her cleavage. Armed with her certificate from Two Guys Community College, abetted by a quirky array of social castoffs and fueled by Doritos, Velveeta and Diet Pepsi, Bubbles overcomes every obstacle on her way to shaking the foundations of the corporate world and, in the process, leaving more than a few wrinkles in her ex's tailored Brooks Brothers suits. Hop in the Camaro and buckle up: Bubbles is behind the wheel, and a wild ride awaits.
This series was recommended by a fellow blogger and I am finally getting around to starting to read it. This series is another one of those "I can't believe I waited so long to read this!!" Again, if you like Stephanie Plum, you will like this book (maybe even more than the previous review - Hannah Swensen). I laughed in many places in this book. I could even picture a few of the characters if this were ever to make a movie. What a great start to the series. Check it out!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
A lemon meringue pie, two pieces cut and only one eaten (an important clue or an insult to her cooking?), an empty bottle of wine and only one of two take-out dinners consumed -- these bits of evidence set Hannah Swenson, amateur sleuth and owner of the Cookie Jar Bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., on the trail of a murderer in Fluke's fourth fun, frothy cozy (after 2002's Blueberry Muffin Murder).
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were little orphans in frilly dresses and ruffled panties when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his testosterone-fuelled world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling.
Now the girls are all grown up, and publicists in their uncles firm, The Hot Zone. Yet Annabelle is all woman, despite her upbringing. And shes naturally drawn to real men - like her latest client, ex-football legend and businessman Brandon Vaughn.
The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. But Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that shed better hold onto her panties if she doesnt want to lose her heart.
This is the first in the "Hot Zone" series. I throughly enjoyed it. This is the second series I have read by Carly Phillips. The first being her "Lucky" series. This is one of those books that you wonder why you waited so long to read it. I can't wait to read the remaining books in the series.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Sometimes the greatest risks bring the greatest rewards….
Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them? When her sisters enroll her in a survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Though Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won't be left in the dark. In more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll probably never see her again. Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all.
This is the third in the "Lone Star Sisters" series. I was hesitant to read this as the last Susan Mallery series I read I was very disappointed in the plot in the last book. But then I read that there is a fourth book so I relaxed a little. =) I enjoyed this book. This is Izzy's story. I really like how the other characters are still interacting in the future books. The next book comes out in November and it is the sisters' friend Dana. Reading the synopsis...... I don't know..... I am going to TRY and read it with and open mind..... =) I promise.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Charlene Dugan started her day as usual -- single. Then, all in the space of a few hours:
Now her decision to utter those three little words -- let's get married -- has everyone around her in a tailspin. The maid of honor is in a tempest over a man of fifteen years her junior. Her daughter, the official bridesmaid, has decided to reinvent herself. The groom is spending all of his free time with the wedding consultant. And her ex-husband, a man who still drives her crazy, is making some pretty convincing arguments for a second chance.
The wedding party is out of control, they're calling for rain and the bride has cold feet. This isn't exactly what Charlene had in mind.
Who can tame the wildest man in Titanville?
Zeke Titan has a reputation for breaking hearts, but the townspeople of Titanville can't deny all the good he's done for them. So they turn the other cheek as he seduces one schoolteacher after another. Until Alethea Harbaugh comes to town.
The new teacher brings with her a passion for women's rights that invigorates the ladies of Titanville, and instills fear in the men. Zeke is intent on seducing her, if only to send her running, ruined, from the town so that things can return to normal. But Zeke just might have met his match...in more ways than one!
This is a 'prequel' to the Lone Star Sister series by Susan Mallery. This is available only as an e-book. I wish I had known about this before I had already read the first 2 books in the series. I am really particular about my series books. =) But I still enjoyed reading the backstory on Zeke. If you haven't already read the Lone Star series by Susan Mallery (I have reviewed the first 2 books here I believe) then I suggest you read this one first and then start the series.
Monday, July 20, 2009
In this funny, poignant debut, a plus-size heroine becomes a reality TV show contestant and discovers she's already beautiful enough to be the next big thing.
Kat Larson figured she had nothing to lose by becoming a contestant on the new reality show From Fat to Fabulous-except maybe a few dozen pounds. Then she'd finally be able to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Nick, the British hunk she met online, who still thinks she's a size four. She'd finally be confident and graceful and thin-and there's that big cash prize, too, to pay for all those slinky new clothes she'd need. She'd finally have the perfect life.
I am trying to lose weight so I thought this would be the perfect motivating book for me right now. Not quite, but that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy this book. I couldn't put the book down. Yes, I did get some weight loss tips and such, so that is worth reading the book in itself, but the story and characters kept me reading and wanting to know how it turned out. It is a nice quick read. Enjoy!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Every woman has a secret. The question is: How far will she go to make sure it stays secret?
Abbey Walsh never wanted anyone to find out about her shady past. After all, she's the wife of a minister now, living an exemplary life. That is, until someone shows up from her past with blackmail in mind . . .
Tiffany Vanderslice Dreyer never dreamed that she'd find herself up to her new designer sunglasses in credit card debt from one mad moment of a shopping spree. She's an upstanding wife and mother with the perfect marriage . . . right?
Loreen Murphy hadn't meant to hire a male prostitute in Las Vegas. It was all just a big, stupid, and expensive misunderstanding. . . .
Abbey, Tiffany, and Loreen are each in need of thousands of dollars and fast. Tiffany's sister, Sandra, has the perfect idea. It's fast, it's easy, it's legal, and it's the secret that kept her shoe addiction alive. It's the perfect plan. . . .
In this deliciously sassy novel, three very different women bond when they find themselves in more than one kind of trouble. It's the story of how sometimes you have a secret that can get you in---and out---of dire straits. It's about romance, friendship, kids, revenge, affairs, and, most of all, a love of the well-heeled things in life.
Monday, July 13, 2009
From Publishers Weekly
Humor is the key ingredient in this slick debut by television comedy writer Levine. Freelancer Jaine Austen (her mother loved the classics but couldn't spell) makes a living writing love letters, personal ads and industrial brochures, but she never expected her work to involve her in murder. When geeky Howard Murdoch hires her to pen a letter proclaiming his love for gorgeous fitness instructor Stacy Lawrence, no one is more surprised than Jaine when Stacy agrees to go out with Howard on Valentine's Day. But Harold arrives for their date only to find that someone has bludgeoned Stacy to death with a ThighMaster. Feeling some responsibility for the hapless Howard, now the police's only suspect, Jaine starts digging. Stacy might have been beautiful, but most people disliked her. Elaine Zimmer wanted the corner apartment Stacy had just moved into, and the building superintendent seemed besotted with her. Then there's the volatile, married producer, not to mention the girlfriend Stacy stole him from. Handsome neighbor Cameron Bannick, a straight antiques dealer, piques Jaine's interest (she hasn't had a good date in a long time), and becomes a dashing Watson to Jaine's Sherlock. Though her life is in danger, Jaine never loses her sense of humor as the story zips along to an action-filled and surprising climax. Levine delivers the goods, and readers who appreciate a heroine with wry, self-deprecating humor will hope Jaine soon gets caught up in another murder.
This was a light quick read. Unfortunately it was a little predictable, but the writing and story made up for that. It made me laugh in spots . I will continue on in the series. If you are looking for a fun quick read, this is a book for you.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Who knows the truth about her family?
Who wants to keep her past hidden forever?
Caitlin Prescott was only a baby when her parents disappeared. Adopted by a wealthy Texas oil family, she became Kate Montgomery, and grew up with no memory of her parents or her two older sisters and brother, who have been searching for her, hoping to right a terrible wrong that was committed twenty-two years ago in a small Texas town.
Now an ambitious young news reporter, Kate realizes she is being stalked soon after landing her dream job at an Austin TV station. Why did a car try to run her down? Who would want to kill her? Turning her precarious situation into a story, she takes on a bodyguard and follows him on the job. But she didn't plan on the cool, blade-sharp strength of Teague Ramos or the attraction that sizzles between them. When Teague connects the death of an Austin socialite to unanswered questions about Kate's childhood, she finds herself unlocking dangerous doors to her past. Now, with only her mysterious bodyguard to protect her, Kate is on a high-stakes chase that may lead her to the family she has never known -- or into the trap of a ruthless killer.
This is the last book in the Lost Texas Hearts trilogy. The first two books are "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Just the Way You Are". These are the first books I have read by Christina Dodd and I am now a fan of her contemporary novels. This third book sure didn't disappoint. It had many twists and turns and I couldn't wait to see how it all tied in for the ending.
I highly recommend this book (actually the trilogy) to anyone who likes romance books with a little suspense in the mix.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Until 10:30a.m., Monday, February 6, Macy Moore was Miss Most Likely To Succeed, a corporate executive on the fast track, with a marriage-material boyfriend and a cool city condo. By noon she was as good as fired... and dumped. How in the world could she go home to Beauty, Georgia, now? Thank goodness for the Single Saved Sisters. With loyal friends Lucy, Adriane and Tamara by her side, Macy retreated to the House of Joe for coffee, consolation and consultation. Could they help her put her life back on the right path?
It has been a LONG time where I read a book cover to cover without skimming over any parts of the book. This was the best book I have read in a LONG time. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE AND EVERYONE. The characters and storyline was excellent. I can't begin to tell you how much this book touched me.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Who wants to marry my daughter?
Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.
Former Navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy comes home to find nearly everything different. His wounds from battle have changed the way people treat him. His cattle ranch is suddenly organic. But time hasn't touched his desire for Skye—or the sting of her betrayal. Forget lip service. He’s asking that luscious mouth of hers to reveal the truth. But will Mitch be able to put the past aside to help Skye get out from under her father's thumb -- and help himself recover from a broken heart?
This is the 2nd in the series by Susan Mallery. This story is about Skye and I am SO hooked on this author. I couldn't wait to see how this one would turn out. There are some unfinished stories so I can't wait for 'wish' to come true on PaperbackSwap (www.paperbackswap.com) so I can finish up this series.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I am a bookaholic and I hope to share some great books with you. Some of my favorite authors are: Janet Evanovich, Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Wiggs, Robyn Carr, Joanne Fluke - just to name a few.
If at anytime you would like to recommend an author or book to me, just send me a comment.