Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekly Reader

I've been remiss. I've had so much going on that I totally missed writing this column over the weekend. Sorry folks! I'll do better. Only three books this week. Occasionally, I do other things besides read! ;-) -- like cook, play Mario, cross-stitch, do sudukos. This week was one of those weeks. Lots of Mario and lots of sudukos and only three books. Let's get to it.



The first novel of the Sons of Destiny...a romantic tale of magic, superstition, and a love that transcends dimensions.

Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day-they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting their destiny, the brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, a land where women are strictly forbidden. But, when the youngest of the mage-brothers rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever.

Kelly Doyle had wanted to get away from the world. Threatened, attacked, and accused of witchcraft, Kelly had enough of her narrow-minded small town. And now she has somehow landed in another, magical dimension-the only woman in a realm inhabited by eight men who are desperately in need of a woman's touch.


I liked this one in spite of some of the writing. I loved Kelly and Saber, the oldest brother. I like her guts and her style and the way she took over as only a woman can with men who are clueless. I had issues with how much Ms. Johnson walked the dog with mundane housecleaning issues and the brothers were hard to tell apart until the wedding gift exchange scene - then I put it together. Still, it was an enchanting story and well worth the read. 4.



New York Times bestselling authors Maggie Shayne and Marjorie Liu join two hot talents in an anthology of all-new sexy paranormal romance.

New York Times bestselling authors Maggie Shayne and Marjorie M. Liu, and sizzling newcomers Alyssa Day and Meljean Brook discover the wild instinct in everyone with four all-new stories of feral heat. Fans will get swept away by the passions in the unfathomable depths of Atlantis; they'll follow the shadows that stalk both the living and the undead in a world of vampires and guardian angels; they'll enter the forbidden world of the demon horde and their willing victims; and they'll be privy to the secrets of a beautiful animal-whisperer who's drawn closer to the most suspect of all male animals-man.


I only read two of these. Alyssa Day's Wild Hearts in Atlantis - Bastien and Kat's story is a wonderful addition to her Atlantis series. Kat is a tough, vulnerable shape-shifter; Bastien a smart, sexy warrior. The two together were just the right dreamy combination. 4+

Then I read Maggie Shayne's Animal Magnetism. A unique heroine and a sexy cop. There were twists here that I liked and being an animal person, the whole story touched my heart. 4+

I set aside the other two. I wasn't in the mood for two bump-in-the-night type stories.



She'd been stranded by a snowstorm with nowhere to turn. But when all seemed lost, mom-on-the-run Janette Black saw the sign for Wild West Protective Services - and found Dalton West.

The loner of the West clan had no time for love and family. But protecting was in Dalton's blood - and he knew when a woman carried secrets. He would take Janette and her baby into his home to wait out the storm, and bar the door from any danger. And when Janette's demons tracked her down, Dalton would take on hell itself to keep her safe from harm.


I've been a huge fan of Carla Cassidy's Wild West Bodyguard series from the very beginning - I'm a huge fan of hers period. Her stories never disappoint. This one was no exception. I've been waiting for Dalton's story for quite some time. I went to bed tired last night at midnight and knew I shouldn't have started it - but what can I say. I confess. No willpower. Read until 330 am. That seriously says something about the book - especially with a baby in the house that will be up at 6 am. (and he was!)

Only a couple of things - The baby's name annoyed me a tad - Sammy. Reminded me of Days of Our Lives. And Dalton was a tad slow on the uptake after Janette told him she loved him, but he came around. Anyway 4+.

Yes, I made another trip to Borders this week. Zach is teething and I just had to get out of the house and break his routine to improve his mood. Borders is always just the right spot. Bought three category romances and a Suduko puzzle book - see I told you I do other things besides read! I was thrilled to finally get my hands on Rachel Lee's new Conard County book. So watch for that review next week.

Please leave me a comment. I'd love to know what's in your weekly reading stack!

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