Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reading Recap: Week of October 2nd

This week I managed to finish 6 books (only one of which was a novella, about 75 pages). I wrote a review for two of those books, one of which is already posted and the other, since it was a NOR book, will be posted later on. 

Here's what I read:

The Rules of Seduction by Madaline Hunter was an enjoyable enough read, but it wasn't enough to make me want to read it again and again (a sure sign of a top rated favorite book). I can't pinpoint what was missing exactly, but it was simply a good romance novel, not a great one I'm sorry to say. I have read one or two of her books in the past and enjoyed them, and I still plan on reading more of them in the future (especially in this series, as I am intrigued with the other two Rothwell brothers). However, this one will no doubt sit on my shelves without being picked up for a second read. 3 Stars.

Blazing Star by Suzanne Ellison is the fifth book in the Tyler series. It's an older series (in fact, all the books in it have long since been out of print; I had to find all 12 of them used online and in stores), but a very good one. Sweet romance, nice storyline, a big mystery regarding a dead body that won't be solved until the very end book...I'm in love with the town alone, it sounds so cozy and friendly, very different from the busy and chaotic cities that surround most of us. I had a bit of a problem with this one though, compared to the last four I've read. Karen's refusal to let any man into her life, refusing to sleep with Brick because that would mean "surrendering the reins" annoyed  me, And Brick's inability to see all that she's been through and try to work with her to overcome her emotional baggage also annoyed me. They fought for 3/4 of the book, and even when they finally got together (one brief, not very specific scene, mind you!) it wasn't long before they were back at each other again. And yet, by the end of the book, mere pages after this scene, they were suddenly find and dandy, in love completely and both okay with the situation. I still liked the book, as part of the overall series, but this particular story wasn't my favorite at all. 3.5 Stars.

Moon Dance by Amy Blankenship was my next read. I've finished my review for it, and you can view that HERE. 4 Stars.

Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance was the next book I tackled. I quiet enjoyed it, though I would have liked it more had I actually read the books prior to it in the series; at times I was a bit lost. The conversations were almost always witty and I found myself laughing multiple times during the book (one major laugh came from the body swap between Cassie and Pritkin...Oh, I still chuckle over it now. You'd have to read it to get the entire joke. :) ). However, sometimes when describing what was happen, during fight or chase scenes for example, I would find myself easily distracted and skip ahead until it was more interesting. But, I very much am intrigued by the storyline concept, and I liked many of the characters, along with Chance's wit and humor, so I plan on reading the rest of the series (in order this time!) as soon as I can. 4 Stars.

Next came Automagically by Sommer Marsden. This is another e-book I received from NOR. I will say that I very much enjoyed this novella, something that is rare for me to say. It was more than just a quickie (take that however you want... *wink*), it had some depth to it and the passion was enough to burn the pages! I'll be looking for more of Marsden's work as well. 4.5 Stars--read my full review HERE!

Playing with Fire by Gena Showalter has got to be my favorite book ever (written by her), and one of the top contenders for my favorite book of all time! It was amazing, very interesting, and the passion between Rome and Belle was literally like playing with fire! :D I simply loved it, Showalter made me laugh and grin like crazy so many times throughout this book, and the rest of the time I was either fanning myself from the flames their love scenes created or sighing over how sweet Rome sounded at times (especially towards the end when they're ready for their HEA of course). I've decided: I want a Rome Masters of my own! Being dosed with superpowers like Belle had to be to meet him is completely optional--though if that is what it takes to get Rome, I'm willing to do that. All in the name of duty for a yummy, sweet Cat Man like Rome! 5 STARS!

What did you read this past week? Or, have you read any of the books I just listed above--if so, what were you thoughts on them? Let us know!


Until Next Time,

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