Another short week in reading, but a good one. Two keepers to join the other ones packing my shelves.
Again this week I found myself in Borders. While my daughter looked for a a book to give her sister for her 21st birthday, I went to hunt down The Hollow by Nora Roberts. Of course, I couldn't walk out with just one book - it's just not done! LOL! That coupled with several books ordered from Amazon are going to keep me busy reading, reading, reading. The pile by my bed is as tall as the lamp now, not to mention the three bookshelves full of stacks still untouched. I love having lots around I haven't read, because then I'm prepared for whatever mood strikes me.
As I said a couple of weeks ago, I read a short story by Alyssa Day in the Shifter anthology. That book compelled me to go back and find her other books. I was fortunate to find the first one at Borders. The rest have been ordered from Amazon.
I have a ranking system in my reading journal that helps me keep track of what I thought in a simple manner. I borrowed it from The Romantic Times Magazine, then modified it. Essentially, 1 (Horrible) to 5(Classic). My keepers are labeled 4+Golds. I have never given anything so far a 5. I tell you this so you'll know when I give something a 4+Gold that it's the absolute best - according to me.
On to the week's reads:
(The first book in the Warriors of Poseidon series)
Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlanteans, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule-desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken...
When she calls... Riley Dawson is more than a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She's blessed with a mind link that only Atlanteans have been able to access for thousands of years. Being an "empath" may explain her wistful connection to the roiling waves of the ocean, the sanctuary it provides, and the sexual urges that seem to emanate from fathoms below...
He will come. Conlan, the High Prince of Atlantis, has surfaced on a mission to retrieve Poseidon's stolen trident. Yet something else has possessed Conlan: the intimate emotions-and desires-of a human. Irresistibly drawn to the uncanny beauty, Conlan soon shares more than his mind. But in the midst of a battle to reclaim Poseidon's power, how long can a forbidden love last between two different souls from two different worlds?
As a writer, I frequently get caught in how the story is being crafted, caught in words, story structure, etc. I didn't have that problem with this book. I sank into the fantasy from the very first words and didn't come up for air until the last page. I've been a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series for quite some time. Alyssa Day will now be added to my automatic buy list because these sparked my enthusiasm as much as The Dark Hunter books have. I could not put it down, even when I should have been working, should have been doing chores, should have been sleeping. I kept justifying sitting on my *you know what* and reading. It was so worth the stack of dishes and pile of laundry and editing pages that did not get finished! 4+Gold -
KISS AND TELL
She was looking for adventure.
Marnie Wright has seen more than her fair share of testosterone. Growing up with four overly protective brothers was one thing. Now a mountain man named Jake Dolan has invaded a peaceful day of soul-searching at her grandmother's secluded cabin. Sure, she was trespassing on his private property, but did he have to pull a gun on her? There's more to this longhaired soldier of fortune who calls himself the Tin Man, but she's not sure she wants to stick around to find out what. Then he stashes her in his secret lair-an underground techno-fantasy complete with security monitors and an arsenal-and Marnie realizes the guy is military, top secret military. He's also got the most beautiful mouth she's ever seen.
He could get her killed.
There's not much I love better than an action-adventure romance. That's why I love Suzanne Brockmann, Marliss Melton, Linda Howard, and Catherine Mann. That's also why I was thrilled to discover Cherry Adair and her T-FLAC series. This is book 2 and spurred me to Amazon.com to find the rest of her work. Her website is a seriously interative website that rocks too, (T-FLAC.com), much like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter site. Once again, another 4+G.
Finally, I'm finishing Marliss Melton's Don't Let Go. It's been in Zach's room where I read it when I'm sitting in there while he rolls around on the floor and is learning to pull himself up to things. It'll be on next week's list.
Until then, I hope you find time for a good book this week, too.