Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Secret Seduction

Posted by Ann Roberts at 12:42 PM 0 comments

Secret Seduction
Secret Seduction by Jill Sanders

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The first book in the Secret Series is a continuation of the Pride Series. Both series have characters that you enjoy reading about. Secret Seduction takes us to Europe to see how Katie is dealing with the devastating surprises in her life.



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2013 August Goodreads Reader Challenge

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August Goodreads Thread

10 of 10 Completed

1. "A" is for August: Just In Time (Alaskan Nights, #3) by Fox, Addison 8/11
Read a book that starts with 'A' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'A'.
2. Member of the Month: Tina "coffee and books":  The Heart Won't Lie by Vicki Lewis Thompson 8/9
Tina"coffee and books" has been a member of the RRRC since June 2010. Here is the link to Tina"coffee and books"'s shelves - Tina"coffee and books"'s shelves. Please read a book from any of Tina "coffee and books"'s shelves or a book published in 2010.
3. Geography: The Next Best Thing by Higgins, Kristan 8/24
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Kentucky.

Fun Facts about Kentucky:
A. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin.
B. Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.
C. More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.

You may also read a book that is set in a food industry or where food plays an important part in the story, or where a main character is involved in politics, or where one of the main character is wealthy.
4. Girlfriend's Day (August 1st): Fiance by Friday (The Weekday Brides, #3) by Bybee, Catherine 8/24
Read a romance novel or a book with a female on the cover.
5. National Night Out (August 3rd): Absolution (Suspense Series, #5) by Cross, Kaylea 8/3
Read a book where the main characters meet at a bar, nightclub or at a party or a book with a black cover.
6. Work Like a Dog Day (August 5th): The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire, #4) by Probst, Jennifer 8/5
Read a book where the main characters work together or read a book with a dog on the cover.
7. National Relaxation Day (August 15): Last Chance Summer: A Short Story by Ramsay, Hope 8/11
Read a novella or read a book you've been meaning to get to or read a book where a main character is on vacation.
8. Best Friends Day (August 15): Secret Seduction (Secret Series, #1) by Sanders, Jill 8/24
Read a book with a friends to lovers theme or where a friend plays an important role in the book.
9. Be An Angel Day (August 22nd): Secret Pleasure (Secret Series, #2) by Sanders, Jill 8/25
Read a book with angels or one that has angels in the book title/series title or read a book where a main character does something nice or helps someone in need (can be physical help or emotional help).
10. Readers Choice: Three Little Words (Fool's Gold #12) by Mallery, Susan 8/5

Review: Secret Pleasure

Posted by Ann Roberts at 12:15 PM 0 comments

Secret Pleasure
Secret Pleasure by Jill Sanders

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I enjoyed reading this story in the Secret Series but there wasn't much suspense. Even though the story was fairly predictable, I enjoy the characters. Even the end of the story where Kathleen and Katie are together with Airlea...how did that happen? Did they reconcile their differences?

I'm hoping Secret Guardian (Secret Series, #3) isn't quite as obvious and predictable. Although, I am looking forward to seeing how Ethan integrates into the series.



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Review: Cowboy Seeks Bride

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Cowboy Seeks Bride
Cowboy Seeks Bride by Carolyn Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I loved that Haley is a strong heroine. Glad to be back in Texas with the O'Donnell family. No need to read the earlier books before reading this one...but you will probably want to go back and pick them up.

Favorite Line:
"If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes."



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Review: The Next Best Thing

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:36 AM 0 comments

The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I can't believe how long it took me to reed this book. When it was first released in 2010, I started to read it and couldn't get into it. It popped up on my Amazon recommendations and I didn't look close enough to see that it was the same book. Really wish I hadn't picked it up...the actual story could have been much shorter...to much angst. I don't care for the heroine and the story left me with questions about Ethan's relationship with his parents. Their relationship issues suddenly settled. Curious about the addition of the dead husband lookalike.

Worst Thought in the Book:
"Life’s going to be a lot less complicated if you stay alone. It doesn’t sound very exciting, but there’s a lot to be said for playing it safe."

Favorite Line:
"There’s so much love in the world. Sadness, too, and heartbreak, but more than those, there are love and happiness and miracles of joy."



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Review: The Next Best Thing

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:32 AM 0 comments

The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I can't believe how long it took me to reed this book. When it was first released in 2010, I started to read it and couldn't get into it. It popped up on my Amazon recommendations and I didn't look close enough to see that it was the same book. Really wish I hadn't picked it up...the actual story could have been much shorter...to much angst.



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Review: Fiance by Friday

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Fiance by Friday
Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The third book in the Weekday Bride series finally resolves the tension between Gwen and Neil. I love that Bybee gives Gwen great character to be an equal to Neil. And I anticipate the next book will bring an interesting conclusion to Karen's wedding.

Favorite lines:
“Sometimes the journey is the destination.”
“Do it right, or don’t do it at all,”



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Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: Absolution

Posted by Ann Roberts at 6:35 PM 0 comments

Absolution
Absolution by Kaylea Cross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



It was odd reading this story. I've read all of the earlier stories in the series yet I can't remember anything about the earlier stories or characters.



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Review: Three Little Words

Posted by Ann Roberts at 6:32 PM 0 comments

Three Little Words
Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I love Fool's Gold! Some of my favorite lines...
“Do you wave back at them? It’s what’s expected. Because hitting them or shooting them is really frowned on.”
“You should have a top-ten moment every day.”
“You’re trusting people you love. If they betray you, the fault is theirs.”



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Review: The Marriage Merger

Posted by Ann Roberts at 6:29 PM 0 comments

The Marriage Merger
The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I was definitely looking forward to Julietta's story. There were some great quotes from this story. My favorite: "Life is more than surviving, don’t you think? Life is about choices. Hard ones. There is something bigger than us out there, something called karma. Every good deed goes back into the universe, and every bad one reaps retribution. Maybe not here on Earth, but later."




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Review: The Heart Won't Lie

Posted by Ann Roberts at 6:25 PM 0 comments

The Heart Won't Lie
The Heart Won't Lie by Vicki Lewis Thompson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I love the Last Chance.



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Review: Just In Time

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Just In Time
Just In Time by Addison Fox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This might be my favorite story in the series. We finally get Avery and Roman's story. And it is great seeing that they have grown in to their relationship...and the Indigo community.



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Review: Castaway Cove: A Shelter Bay Novel

Posted by Ann Roberts at 6:15 PM 0 comments

Castaway Cove: A Shelter Bay Novel
Castaway Cove: A Shelter Bay Novel by JoAnn Ross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I really enjoy reading about the folks who live in Shelter Bay. Great idea! Field greens dressed with a tequila lime vinaigrette. Can't wait to try that at home.



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Review: Last Chance Summer: A Short Story

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Last Chance Summer: A Short Story
Last Chance Summer: A Short Story by Hope Ramsay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Really looking forward to the rest of the story...



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Friday, August 2, 2013

2013 July Goodreads Reader Challenge

Posted by Ann Roberts at 3:07 PM 0 comments

Goodreads Challenge Thread

10 of 10 Completed

1. “J" is for July: True Love (Nantucket Brides, #1) by Jude Deveraux 7/27
Read a book that starts with 'J’ or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'J’.
2. Member of the Month: More than Meets the Ink by Elle Aycart  7/10
Gea- Gea has been a member of the RRRC since October 2011. Here is the link to Gea's shelves- Gea's shelves . Please read a book from any of Gea's shelves or a book published in 2011.
3. Geography: Forged in Steele (KGI, #7) by Maya Banks 7/4
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Turkey.
Fun Facts about Turkey:
A. St. Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus, was born in Patara, Turkey.
B. Istanbul is the only city in the world located on 2 continents - Europe and Asia.
C. The Trojan War took place in Turkey.
You may also read a book with a Christmas theme, or where there is travel involved from one continent to another, or a book with a military character or setting, or a book with a horse on the cover or located within the story.
4. Stay Out Of The Sun Day (July 3rd): Lasting Pride (The Pride #4) by Sanders, Jill 7/16
Read a book with a vampire/shifter character or a book that has a moon or night scene on the cover.
5. Independence Day (July 4th): Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance) by Vicki Lewis Thompson 7/4
Read a book with a red, white, and/or blue cover or a book with a character who lives alone.
6. Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13th): Heavy Issues (Bowen, #2) by Elle Aycart  7/13
Read a book with a nerdy/geeky character or a book with glasses or a book on the cover.
7. I Forgot Day (July 2nd): Dire Distraction by Davis, Dee 7/7
Read a book that has been lingering on your tbr shelf for awhile, or maybe there is a series you have been neglecting and you would like to get back to it.
8. National Nude Day (July 14th): SEAL of Honor (HORNET, #1) by Burrows, Tonya 7/7
Read a book with a painter or sculptor, or a book with a bare chest or beach scene on the cover, or a book with a beach scene in the story.
9. Sidewalk Egg Frying Day (July 4th): Hot Summer Nights by Phillips, Carly 7/6
Read a book with a Summer setting, cover, or a book with a character in the food industry or a book with food or a sidewalk on the cover.
10. Readers Choice: Wild at Heart by Thompson, Vicki Lewis 7/4

Review: Tempted into Danger

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:56 PM 0 comments

Tempted into Danger
Tempted into Danger by Melissa Cutler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



First let me say that I will probably read the next book in the series. Having said that, I'm not sure there was anything particularly special about this story. And it didn't always seem very believable. But I'm a fan of romantic suspense so I will probably give Black Ops Defenders another try.

For a book published in 2013, I was surprised to see a reference to a "zip drive." That is so 1990's.



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