Im not really a notetaker. I use a calendar, but really only to track when books are being released or remind me when I’ve scheduled a brunch. To run my life, I pretty much depend on my brain. And lately, my brain is full and tired of braining.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
The Cost of Love and Sanity by Jaye Cherié Expected publication: January 14th 2014 by Strebor Books Summary: For Alex Carter, everything is going according to plan she’s built a successful career and has a steady boyfriend, until life decides to throw a wrench in the mix. Suddenly, her company threatens to downsize and her boyfriend ends their relationship. It is then that she realizes that, like many women, she has neglected to pursue love and family;the goals closest to her heart in favor of a career. As a new year begins and Alex decides to focus on personal concerns, she runs into an old flame, Nathan Chestnut. Though she once had it bad for Nathan, she’s careful about trusting him again. Alex’s remedy is to ask him for an unexpected favor, which seems like the perfect resolution to her broken belief in happiness until she realizes that it can only grant her a piece of her dreams. As her heart and reality get in the way of her request, Alex reaches a major crossroad. Will she gather her faith and fix the situation? Or will she suffer in silence for the rest of her life? My rating: 3 of 5 stars Review: Alex Carter is a woman on track to Having it All- great job, nice car, her own home, a dedicated boyfriend. However, just under the surface, a giant rift tosses a tsunami into her life. Her job suddenly isn’t going so well. Her boyfriend turns all jerkface and to top it off, she’s got baby fever. With jerkface boyfriend out of the picture, Alex feels like she might never have a baby. Her boss gives her an opportunity to save her job, but to do so, she has to work with an employee she doesn’t like and doesn’t get along with. Nathan, an old beau comes back into her life and, surprisingly, Alex feels like this might be IT. But just when she starts to feel […]
Brown keeps us wondering, thinking, mentally investigating each character, because we don’t know which ones are clean and which ones are out to get Honor and keep her from helping Coburn uncover her husband’s secret.
What’s in the TBR pile for the weekend??? This weekend I have two books that I hope to finish by Sunday evening, and I’m pretty excited about both of them. I’m still working on the long list of Sandra Brown novels that I want to read. Lethal was released in Jan 2011 and the synopsis looks great: When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that “sick” man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won’t be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word. But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can’t be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it — at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society. I’m also working my way through the newest novels from Harlequin Kimani Romance- the line of black romance novels from Harlequin. Hearts Afire by Deborah Fletcher Mello will be released January 21 and I am reading it for review for NetGalley: After a nasty divorce, Maitlyn Boudreaux is ready to reclaim her sensuality and rediscover her inner wild child. A luxury cruise to exotic ports of call is just what the New Orleans negotiator needs and meeting Zak Sayed on board could be an added bonus. The high-stakes poker player wants the same thing she does: a sizzling hot fling with no strings attached. A […]
Badlands by Jill Sorenson Published December 31st 2013 by Harlequin HQN Summary: Every day, bodyguard Owen Jackson puts his life on the line — and keeps his feelings for Penny Sandoval locked away. Assigned to protect Penny’s father, a presidential candidate, Owen can’t get emotionally involved. That is, until Penny and her young son, Cruz, are abducted and taken deep into the California badlands. Owen knows the bleak territory from his childhood. Worse, he knows the gang leader making ransom demands — his own brother, Shane. When a terrified Penny escapes into the desert with Cruz, Owen has to save her: from the elements and from the gang in close pursuit. Owen has hidden the darkness in his past from Penny. Now his only chance of keeping her alive is to let her see the man he really is — even if it means losing the only woman he’ll ever want. Review: My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you want to read a well written review of this book, head to Dear Author and check out Guest Reviewer Rose’s opinion. She did a much better job reviewing this book than I did! Checking out her review reminded me that I must not have posted mine because it was so blah. In my own words: It’s always difficult reviewing a book that is part of a series, with characters that recur or characters from previous books that get their own story. Series are the new Black in book writing, I suppose. So for me, Badlands was an ‘okay’ read. Not the best I’ve ever read but certainly not the worst. It did seem to get better, the deeper into the plot and the more characters that were introduced. Learning early on that Shane was Owen’s brother kept me reading when I probably would have stopped otherwise. I liked the back and forth between them, the obvious love that each brother has for the other, despite their huge differences. The story […]
There aren’t really any books I read where I am shocked that they didn’t get more love or attention. Books that I expected to be panned were pretty much ignored. Books I expected to do well (based on sheer name recognition– Grisham– did very well.