Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 December Goodreads Reader Challenge

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10 of 10 Completed
Goodreads Challenge Thread

1.'D' is for December: Delicious by Lori Foster 12/6
Read a book that starts with 'D' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'D'.
2. Member of the Month: A Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster 12/1
Carolyn F.- Carolyn has been a member of the RRRC since February 2010. Here is the link to Carolyn F.'s shelves- https://www.goodreads.com/review/list... . Please read a book from any of Carolyn's shelves or a book published in 2010 or a book published in the month of February of any year.
3. Geography: Slow Summer Burn: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance by Barrett, Elisabeth 12/30
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from New Mexico.
Facts about New Mexico:
Nickname: Land of Enchantment
Has the second highest percentage and 4th highest total number of Native Americans of any state in the US.
Is well known for an extensive artistic community and large number of museums, art festivals, and performing arts venues and events.
So, you may also read a book in which someone is enchanted or casts spells, includes a Native American character, or has a character or plot somehow involving the arts.
4.Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day: Take Over at Midnight by M.L. Buchman 12/9
Read a book with a wartime setting or with a military or paramilitary character, OR a book with a pearl or pearls in the title, storyline, author or character's name, or on the cover.
5. Dec. 8 - International Children's Day: The Maverick's Christmas Baby by Pade, Victoria 12/30
Read a book with a child in the storyline, or a children's or YA book.
6. Dec. 8 - Take it in the Ear Day: So Irresistible by Plumley, Lisa 12/21
Read a book with an ear or part of an ear visible on the cover, or with the word 'ear' found anywhere in the title (Ex: heart, Earl, search, etc.), or listen to an audiobook.
7. Dec 19 - Look for an Evergreen Day: Barefoot by the Sea(Barefoot Bay #4) by Claire, Roxanne 12/29
Read a book in which a significant part of the story involves the outdoors, has a tree on cover, or has a primarily green cover.
8. Dec 21/22 - Solstice (Longest/Shortest day of the year): Caribbean Crush by Bayley-Burke, Jenna 12/29
Read a short book (under 200 pages) or a long book (over 500 pages)
9. Dec 25 - Christmas Day: A Christmas to Remember(Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis (Goodreads Author), Kristen Ashley (Goodreads Author), Hope Ramsay (Goodreads Author), Molly Cannon (Goodreads Author), Marilyn Pappano 12/15
Read a book in which a holiday is celebrated or that has a holiday theme/setting.
10. Reader's Choice: Autumn in the Vineyard (St. Helena Vineyard, #3) by Adair, Marina 12/23
Read any book of your choice.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: A Very Merry Christmas

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A Very Merry Christmas
A Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A quick and easy holiday read



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Review: Delicious

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Delicious
Delicious by Lori Foster

My rating: 0 of 5 stars



Mixed reviews on the stories. I liked that the stories were all tied together.



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Review: Take Over at Midnight

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Take Over at Midnight
Take Over at Midnight by M.L. Buchman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I can't say enough about this series. This books comes with some interesting information that can be viewed by pasting the coordinated into your favorite map viewer:
Ravar Iran is located at: 31.30593, 56.76981
Desert One is located at: 33.083236, 55.799088

Helps give you some perspective.



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Review: Hot Pursuit

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Hot Pursuit
Hot Pursuit by Jo Davis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars







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Review: Full Throttle

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Full Throttle
Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Definitely a HOT read.



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Review: A Christmas to Remember

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A Christmas to Remember
A Christmas to Remember by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Enjoyed some stories more than others. But was a chance to enjoy some more Lucky Harbor and Last Chance stories.

Favorite Line:
What you see is what you get. People loved her, or they didn’t, and she was okay with that.



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Review: So Irresistible

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So Irresistible
So Irresistible by Lisa Plumley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



An entertaining read.



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Review: Autumn in the Vineyard

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Autumn in the Vineyard
Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Really enjoyed this St. Helena Vineyard installment. Frankie and Nate are great, well developed characters.

Most interesting line...not sure if it is wrong or intended to be this way...but it caught my attention and made me chuckle:
"ruined by a bunch of yuppies with their hybrid kids and entitled SUVs."



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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Climb the Stair Challenge

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COMPLETED

Goodreads Dare You To Read > Climb the Stair Challenge
July 15 – December 15

Level Category
1 Chunky Book (>400 pages)
2 Different Genres
3 New Authors
4 Favorite Author: Jill Shalvis
5 Favorite Genre: Suspense
6 Novella (<250 pages)
7 New 2013 Release

Informed Risk &amp; A Hero for Sophie Jones

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake, #14)Holiday Games (Play by Play, #6.5)

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Hex, #1)Uncharted (On the Island, #1.5)Christmas on Main Street

Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism, #4)Merry and BrightAlways On My Mind (Lucky Harbor, #8)Nothing To Lose

Tempted into Danger (ICE: Black Ops Defenders #1)Absolution (Suspense Series, #5)Deadly Descent (Bagram Special Ops, #1)Lethal Pursuit (Bagram Special Ops #3)Born Wild (Black Knights Inc., #5)

Singed (Titanium Security, #2)Burned (Titanium Security, #3)Last Chance Summer: A Short StoryDeathwatch (Broslin Creek Trilogy, #3)Tempted in the Tropics (Suddenly Smitten, #2)Serving Pride (The Pride, #5)

Outlaw LawmanTempted into Danger (ICE: Black Ops Defenders #1)Blue By YouFiance by Friday (The Weekday Brides, #3)Cowboy Seeks Bride (Spikes & Spurs, #7)Perfect Fling (Serendipity's Finest, #2)The Perfect Match (Blue Heron, #2)

2013 November Goodreads Reader Challenge

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:30 AM 0 comments

10 of 10 Completed
Goodreads Challenge Thread

1. 'N' is for November: Best of Three by Nicholas, Erin 11/28
Read a book that starts with 'N' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'N'.
2. .Member of the Month: Uncharted (On the Island, #1.5) by Garvis-Graves, Tracey 11/30
Suzanne- Suzanne has been a member of the RRRC since April 2011. Here is the link to Suzanne's shelves - HERE Please read a book from any of Suzanne's shelves or a book published in 2011 or any year in the month of April.
3. Geography: A Maverick under the Mistletoe by Harlen, Brenda 11/2
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Montana.
Fun & Crazy Facts about Montana:
★It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
★The official state animal of Montana is the Grizzly Bear.
★It is illegal for unmarried women to fish alone in Montana.
BONUS:You can also read a book with a bear on the cover or part of the plot. Or read a book with a Fisherman. Or read a book where characters spend majority of their time outside or involved in some type of outdoor recreation.
4. Sadie Hawkins Day (November 3rd): Caribbean Casanova (Under the Caribbean Sun, #2) by Bayley-Burke, Jenna 11/18
This is the holiday where the girl asks the guy to the dance. Read a book where the heroine is the pursuer or has what is typically a "man's" job (fireman, construction worker, etc). Or is a dancer or goes to a dance.
5. Guy Fawke's Day (November 5th): Long Simmering Spring (Star Harbor, #3) by Barrett, Elisabeth 11/29
Guy Fawke's had his plot foiled when he tried to blow up British Parliament in 1605. Read a book where a character works with explosives or an explosion plays a major role in the plot line. OR the book is set in England or one of the characters are British.
6. National Saxophone Day (November 6th): Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Ramsay, Hope 11/24
Also known as the "baby making music" instrument. Read a book about music or a musician. OR where there is an unplanned pregnancy.
7. International Tongue Twister Day (November 7th): Holiday Games (Play by Play, #6.5) by Burton, Jaci 11/23
Read a book where a tornado is a part of the plot or the character is flexible or contortionist (twister). OR read erotica or an erotic romance (tongue).
8. Red Planet Day (November 28): Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism, #4) by Shalvis, Jill 11/9
Read a book where a character is a scientist or interested in planets. OR Read a book that is red or has red in the title.
9. Happy Thanksgiving (November 28th): Maria's Christmas Table(Angelo's Hearth, #2) by Buchman, M.L. 11/4
Read a book where the characters have a large gathering of friends or family. Or where turkeys are a part of the plot. Or where the character has something big and obvious to be thankful for (having their life saved, something they've worked hard for or really needed to come through, etc.)
10. Reader's Choice: Born Wild (Black Knights Inc., #5) by Walker, Julie Ann 11/10
Read any book of your choice.

Review: Best of Three

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Best of Three
Best of Three by Erin Nicholas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



An enjoyable read. Great idea for a group gift game.



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Review: Long Simmering Spring

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Long Simmering Spring
Long Simmering Spring by Elisabeth Barrett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



An enjoyable read with some intrigue to keep things moving along.



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Review: Uncharted

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:04 AM 0 comments

Uncharted
Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I originally selected to read this book to satisfy a Goodreads challenge. What I found was a fascinating story of love, loss, and personal discovery.



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Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: The Marriage Mistake

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The Marriage Mistake
The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

My rating: 3 of 5 stars




"Marriage is a two-way street. You need to be strong on your own before you can be strong with someone else.”



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Review: Caribbean Casanova

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Caribbean Casanova
Caribbean Casanova by Jenna Bayley-Burke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Quick easy beach read.

Favorite Line:
“He’s like a comic book villain. Caribbean Casanova, the lethal lothario.” Even Sass couldn’t resist the infectious laughter. “Faster than a bullet with fresh batteries, stronger than Anguilla rum punch.”



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Review: Holiday Games

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Holiday Games
Holiday Games by Jaci Burton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



A recap of the lives of the Riley family. A quick enjoyable read.

Favorite Line:
"Geez, her husband was annoyingly psychic at times." -- and so is mine!



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Review: Christmas on Main Street

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Christmas on Main Street
Christmas on Main Street by JoAnn Ross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Short holiday stories from a many of my favorite authors in some of my favorite small towns.



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Review: Holiday Games

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:46 PM 0 comments

Holiday Games
Holiday Games by Jaci Burton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



A recap of the lives of the Riley family. A quick enjoyable read.



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Review: Last Chance Knit & Stitch

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Last Chance Knit & Stitch
Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Enjoyable characters. I really liked Simon while at times I wanted to punch Molly. But family can be annoying and it is hard to not get sucked in to others drama.



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: A Maverick under the Mistletoe

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A Maverick under the Mistletoe
A Maverick under the Mistletoe by Brenda Harlen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A quick enjoyable read. Some back story in the previous books in the series but could be enjoyed without needing to read the previous books.



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Review: Red Hot Christmas

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Red Hot Christmas
Red Hot Christmas by Jill Sanders

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



As a character, I really enjoy Luke...an all around good guy who wants a bad guy reputation. Of course, Amber has him pegged as a "man-boy" but she's been there and done that.

This story doesn't have to be read in order because there is very little of the other residents of Pride Oregon front and center of the story.



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Review: The Perfect Match

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The Perfect Match
The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Families are complicated these days...and this story reflects that family is so much more than the people we share DNA with.



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Review: Maria's Christmas Table

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Maria's Christmas Table
Maria's Christmas Table by M.L. Buchman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



A romantic enjoyable story with "mature" characters in the prime of their lives. I'd suggest reading Where Dreams are Born because it really introduces Maria's character.



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Review: Peter's Christmas

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:43 PM 0 comments

Peter's Christmas
Peter's Christmas by M.L. Buchman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Peter is probably my favorite Night Stalkers character. He's a down-to-earth POTUS who hasn't lost sight of where he came from. And I like that Genny is a strong, independent woman. Just what Peter needs.

Also, having traveled in SE Asia, I enjoyed the references to places that I have traveled.



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