Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- 4.5 Star Review – Bittersweet Blood by Nina Croft
- 4 Star Review – Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
- 4 Star Review – Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
- 4 Star Review – Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
- 4 Star Review – Deep Down by Deborah Coates
- 3.5 Star Review – Planesrunner by Ian McDonald
- 3 Star Review – Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin
- 3 Star Review – The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
- 2.5 Star Review – Pack of Lies by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber
- Debut Author Spotlight: Traci Douglass “Seal of Destiny” (Paranormal Romance)
- Bookish News: Stephanie Meyer Produces Movie, Fifty Shades Counter Suit, Female Werewolf Terrorised Village & More!
- Carolyn’s Postbag Highlights: Books I Bought in February
- Cover Art: The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands & Entwined With You by Sylvia Day (UK Editions)
- Featured Author: Author Gina Lamm Talks About The Hero and Heroine From Her New Novel THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL
- Thoughtful Ramblings: Bobby Asks the Question: Does Length Matter?
- New Series Alert: Fate of the Gods by Amanda Dillin
- Melanie’s Favourite Kick-Arse Heroines
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This week I read m/m paranormal erotic romance Blacque/Bleu, book #1 in the Arcada series by Belinda McBride. I enjoyed this one. It was a bit more sex than plot, but I liked the characters and the overall story. I will be reviewing very soon. I also finished Stars & Stripes by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (Cut & Run #6) and Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #5) – both were very enjoyable. Again reviews to come soon.
I’m now reading Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane the latest instalment in the Downside Ghosts series, and I’ve also picked up Losing It by Cora Carmack, a New Adult contemporary romance about a 22 year old woman losing her virginity. The synopsis is what peaked my interest:
“Bliss Edwards is a virgin. But her plan for a no-strings, one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially the next day in class when she recognises her hot new English professor. She’d left him – naked – in her bed just 8 hours earlier…”
Hehe, how fun does that sound? I’ll let you know how it all pans out next week. Until then, happy reading!
Phew, by the time you read this post I will have finished Lover Reborn. I was hoping to finish it a bit more quickly this week, but in my defence it is nearly a 600 page book! Next up, is The Gilded Fan a historical romance by Christina Courtenay, while I await in eager anticipation for the arrival of Lover At Last *drums fingers impatiently* 😉
I have finished listening to Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts as my audiobook, I don’t know while I enjoyed it, and I think I will finished the Quartet, I don’t think I’m loving them as much as her other books, I guess I will see with the remaining two. I haven’t quite decided what my next audiobook will be, at the moment I’m deliberating between The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole and I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. I’m also hoping that Bitter Blue by Kristin Cashore will be released as an audiobook soon as I’m eager to continue with the series after enjoying Fire so much.
I currently have an Amazon voucher burning in my pocket so I’m definitely going to be buying a couple of books over the next week, one is definitely going to be Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs and Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost. I haven’t quite decided on the third, so watch this space!
OK slap my wrist, I’ve not got much to report this week. With year end is taking masses of my time, I’ve done no reading again! I’ve never been this behind on my reading before, I’m 4 books below my 100 books in a year target already and it’s only March.
So of course with no reading done, I have bought a couple of new books this week, I couldn’t resist the deals on Kindle and picked up Poison Princess by Kresley Cole and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I have to say I’ve wanted Poison Princess since I read Vickie’s review but it was a little more than I wanted to pay, so when I saw it on Kindle daily deals for 99p, I was shouting it from the roof tops!
No excuses next week, I will have my nose buried in a book or my kindle to catch up and escape into a much needed fantasy world.
Well, Monster Hunter International and more specifically Larry Correia has a lot to answer for! I had a vampire/demon/witch/zombie/evil monstery type dreams every night this week. I am so tired but that isn’t to say that MHI isn’t a great book because it is. It is also a whopping 800 pages so it was pretty much the only thing I read this week. I will be reviewing this book soon so keep your peeps open to find out what its all about.
I also had two lovely surprises on my Kindle this week…. well really not surprises as I had pre-ordered them, but I was still surprised to find them pop onto the screen with a big *NEW*NEW*NEW* beside the title. So what did I get? Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs which I am currently reading. So far I am liking this one much better than book 6 which I didn’t enjoy. I thought this was the last book in the series but I am 76% through and I can’t see how Briggs will wrap up the series with so few chapters left. Maybe there is going to be more? My second buy that came this week was Ever After by Kim Harrison. I really like this series and apparently this one has some seriously funny lines from our favourite pixie, Tink. I hope to start it tomorrow so will definitely be able to give an update next week. That’s it for me so Happy Reading.
This week was a better reading week for me, in quality of books if not quantity. I read Protecting What’s His by debut author Tessa Bailey, and it was awesome. Plus, I started at a work experience placemement recently, and (despite my rather vehement argument for full length novels in a post earlier this week) the slightly shorter length worked really well for me because I could fit it around other things. I also read Wayward One by Lorelie Brown, which was good – although not as good as I thought it would be from the synopsis. I also read Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan, which I will be reviewing later this month. I don’t think I read anything else, but my head is all over the place at the moment.
Next week I will finish reading Darius by Grace Burrowes, which I have made a good start on, and am enjoying so far. I also still have review books for next month to finish, so I’ll get on with that. If I can squeeze anything else in, I’ll try to read Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, which I was excited to get but just haven’t had time for.
I bought (surprise, surprise) some books this week, but all on my kindle. It was my and my fiancé’s seventh anniversary last Sunday and he gave me a giftcard for Amazon (as well as some Lush bath goodies, and the Les Miserables soundtrack). So far I’ve used the giftcard to buy Protecting What’s His and Wayward One. I also got Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, which has been showing up in my recs for weeks and was on sale for 77p, so I grabbed it. I got Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts, which was 77p, and Miami, Mistletoe and Murder by Katie Reus because I felt it was high time I tried something by her.
I actually got to the cinema this week (for my anniversary) and we went to see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters which was much better than I thought it would be. My fiancé didn’t really enjoy it as the witches really freaked him out, but that’s not really the point, is it?
Anyway, that’s it for me, I think. I hope everybody had a good week, reading-and-otherwise.
So this has been a so-so productive week. By the time you read this weekly update, I will have finished Tall Dark & Divine by Jenna Bennett and Corralled by Lorelei James. As you can see, I haven’t mentioned finishing Angels Ink by Jocelynn Drake, nor have I even started The Lost by Vicki Pettersson.
In the case of Angel’s Ink, its not because I am not enjoying it, far from it, but I happened to have left the book in my locker at work. Desperate for something to read, I picked up Corralled by James. This author is a guilty pleasure for me, but so far I do not really love this book. I will be reviewing this later, so you will see what I mean.
I’m not sure what I will pick up next. I *think* I may start London Falling by Paul Cornell or Crash Into You by Roni Loren. I’ll see how the mood takes me. I may even pick up The Lost.
Away from reading, I have undergone my regular task of Book Culling. (Before you all have heart attacks, this is not when I get a shredder and shred the books.) No, this is where I go through my TBR pile and put a number of books into the charity shop. Mostly it’s books I know I’ll never get round to reading. This time it has been particularly brutal. I just don’t have the space anymore, so it’s buh bye! Do not worry. I think of these charity shops as re-homing centres for unwanted books. Every time I do this, the other girls on the blog cringe and try to convince me to save a book.
At the cinema, I did manage to go see Hansel and Gretel, which was some mindless fun. True it will never win any awards, but I found it rather entertaining. I didn’t get to see Mama, instead I went to see Broken City. I won’t be reviewing this film but overall the plot was ok. Mark Wallberg was really good…
This week I was a real culture vulture and went to see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the theatre. Jason Donavon was in this and he was ok. It was an enjoyable little romp and made me want to get on my boogie shoes. By the time you read this, I should have gone to see Oz, the Great and Powerful. I love this world and I can’t wait to see this film.