Just finished reading . . .
The weekend, and the days leading up to it were hectic! A lot of family activities, including the visit of my big sis and her partner from up north, my dad’s 83rd birthday, and furious knitting to finish a birthday gift for my niece’s boyfriend. At least the e-books and audiobooks were convenient to read/listen to while I was knitting, since I could enjoy them from my laptop (my iPod is still MIA,) with my knitting sharing lap space.
Because I’m so behind on my reviews, I decided to just do brief ones, so I don’t get overwhelmed (I’m still finishing my review for the Re-read Challenge, due tomorrow!)
White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows series, book 7) by Kim Harrison AUDIOBOOK
I was in the middle of this book when my iPod went missing, so it’s taken me a while to accept reality and acknowledge that the only way I’d finish the book is to listen to it on my husband’s iPod when he wasn’t using it, and on my laptop when he was. It was a cumbersome process, but well worth it!
Here’s the book description:
This was definitely a book that is impossible to read if you haven’t read the previous books in the series, but very rewarding if you have. Rachel pursues the killer of her lover, and (as usual) the process reveals much about who she is and where she goes from here. It felt like a transitional book, wrapping up old business and creating new relationships and situations for future Hollows’ books.
I loved the re-introduction of Pierce, whom I find a really intriguing character. I really liked him in the short story, “Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel” from the Holidays are Hell anthology, and am glad that he will be around in the future. One thing I found interesting was that a lot of the storylines from Hollows short stories figured prominently in WWBC. Not just “Two Ghosts”, but also “Dirty Magic” from Hotter Than Hell and “Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil” from Dates from Hell. The book is enjoyable without reading these stories, but I definitely got more out of the book because I had read 2 of them. While listening to WWBC, I kept wanting to stop and read “Dirty Magic” which I had started but never finished, knowing I would have more understanding of “apex predator” Mia, a fascinating character who was introduced in the short story. I never did stop and read it, but will definitely go back to my tbr shelf and read it now.
Smooth Talking Stranger (Travis family series, book 3) by Lisa Kleypas. 3/26/9 AUDIOBOOK
Much anticipated, I was thrilled when I saw it offered in audiobook format at Audible before its release on March 31st.
Here is the book description:
While I was listening to this book, I could not stop. There’s just something about Lisa Kleypas’ contemporaries that are utterly compelling and truly distinctive. However, as I thought about the book over the weekend, I realized it was one of those books that just isn’t going to “stick” with me like Blue-Eyed Devil and Sugar Daddy have.
I had to really work hard to recall details about the book. It happens that way for me, sometimes. What I do remember, however, is loving Jack’s intensity and drive, especially once he knew that Ella was the one for him. Ella, OTOH, faded a little for me. I wasn’t really crazy about some of the decisions she made regarding Luke’s father, and she tended to adapt to boyfriend Dane’s lifestyle (and then Jack’s) rather than develop her own, which rankled a bit.
However, overall it was a really good romance, though it may have suffered a bit for my exceptionally high expectations of a Kleypas romance.
Wolf Signs by Vivan Arend 3/27/9 E-BOOK (Novella)
I saw this novella over at Amy C’s Romance Book Wyrm, and really liked the premise.
Here’s the book description:
The format meant that things moved swiftly (it was under 130 pages.) At times things were resolved very conveniently (like Robyn’s brother, Tad’s acceptance of Robyn’s new mate) which of course was a necessity, due to the novella’s brevity.
On the whole, a good read, and I’d love to read more about the world Vivian Arend created in Wolf Signs. (Maybe a mate for Tad or Keil’s brother, TJ?)
Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson 3/28/9 EBOOK
This was a Kimani Romance category romance I downloaded free (scroll down, on right) from eHarlequin, in celebration of their 60th Anniversary. I haven’t read much category romance in the last few (15?) years, but this was one that intrigued me.
Taylor is a career woman who has decided she wants a baby, but not a husband, or even a short-term lover who could provide one. She makes a business proposal to successful businessman, Dominic Saxon, whom she knows is also interested in children, but not romance.
Their week of baby-making become much more complicated than Taylor and Dominic bargain for when they both find themselves falling for the other, in direct contradiction to their agreement.
While I missed a more meaty story (which is impossible in a 250 page category) Irresistible Forces was enjoyable and extremely sensual. I loved reading Dominic’s perspective, especially when it came to the love scenes. Overall, a satisfying read!
I hope you had a fun weekend, and have a great week!
Are you looking forward to reading any books this week?
Entry filed under: Category Romance-Contemporary, Just Finished Reading (Review), Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy. Tags: Brenda Jackson, Irresistible Forces, Kim Harrison, Lisa Kleypas, Smooth Talking Stranger, The Hollows series, Travis Family series, Vivian Arend, White Witch Black Curse, Wolf Signs.