Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: The Marriage Mistake

Posted by Ann Roberts at 6:01 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:55 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:50 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.

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



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Review: Christmas on Main Street

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:49 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:44 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 3:04 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 3:01 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:55 PM 0 comments

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

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:52 PM 0 comments

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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Review: Moonlight Kiss

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:37 PM 0 comments

Moonlight Kiss
Moonlight Kiss by Luann McLane

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A quick enjoyable read. I enjoy the Cricket Creek series but this one wasn't really my favorite. It was a little predictable (Rick) and I didn't really connect with Addison. Who goes on vacation then makes it a permanent move and opens a business within moments?

It isn't really necessary to read these stories in order.



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Review: Rumor Has It

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:32 PM 0 comments

Rumor Has It
Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book is FULL of useful facts and scientific information. Oh, and it is an enjoyable story as well.

Science Lesson
“He told me that when a male honeybee mates, its testicles explode and the penis is left inside the queen bee.”

Good to Know
“Having sex is three times more effective as a pain reflector than a morphine dose.”

Now you know why I do...another reason to do Downward Facing Dog
“Yoga can alleviate both the cause and the symptom of physiological stressors.”



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Review: Born Wild

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:27 PM 0 comments

Born Wild
Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I always enjoy the BKI stories the characters are nicely developed. The character development usually happens over several stories so I recommend reading the books in order. Of course, good character development always leaves me wondering what is next. So looking forward to #6.



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Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 October Goodreads Reader Challenge

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:05 PM 0 comments

9 of 10 Completed

Goodreads Challenge Thread

1. 'O' is for October: 
Read a book that starts with 'O' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'O'.
2. Member of the Month – Caroline: 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover(Hex, #1) by Wisdom, Linda 10/13
Caroline has been a member of the RRRC since 2011. Here is the link to Caroline's Shelves Please read a book from any of Caroline's shelves or a book published in 2011.
3. Geography: Cowboy Justice (Catcher Creek, #2) by Melissa Cutler 10/12
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Idaho.
Facts about Idaho:
★Idaho is also known as the “Gem” State. Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones.
★Idaho is the No. 1 producer of Potatoes, Trout, Austrian Winter Peas and Lentils. -
★Shoshone Falls at 212 feet drops 52 feet further than Niagra Falls.
You can also read a book with jewelry on the cover or part of the plot. Or read a book with a farmer or rancher. Or read a book where characters spend majority of their time outside or involved in some type of outdoor recreation.
4. National Cookie Month: Anything But Love (Cupcake Lovers, #3) by Ciotta, Beth 10/5
Enjoy the sweet flavor of cookies. Read a book with dessert on the cover (chocolate, cupcakes, cakes, etc). OR read a book that has food, cooking, baking a big part of the plot.
5. Fire Prevention Day (October 9): The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman 10/31
Read a book where character fights/investigates fire. OR where a fire plays major role in the plot line.
6. Columbus Day (October 14): Deadly Descent (Bagram Special Ops, #1) by Cross, Kaylea 10/20
Land, ho! Read a book/author you “discovered.” OR read the first book in a series.
7. Sweetest Day (October 19): Love and Lists (Chocoholics, #1) by Sivec, Tara 10/12
Read a book that was recommended by your friend or a special someone. OR Read a sweet OR clean romance.
8. National Nut Day (October 22): Christmas on 4th Street (Fools Gold #13.5) by Mallery, Susan 10/8
Read a book where a character is focused on healthy eating and exercise. OR Read a book that is a sports romance.
9. Happy Halloween (October 31): One Lucky Vampire (Argeneau, #19) by Sands, Lynsay 10/15
Boo! Read a book where the characters are in costumes OR read a paranormal romance (vampires, shifters, witches, etc).
10. Reader's Choice: Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover, #3) by Foster, Lori 10/12
Read any book of your choice.

Review: The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap

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The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book also contains recipes and lots of other great tips. And it is an entertaining read, too.

Cooking Tip
The textbook method of submerging pomegranates in cold water so the seeds could gently separate from the pith was time-consuming as hell.

Favorite Lines
"You man, me woman, we mate like bunnies. Then you leave cave and me with big smile on my face."

Something to aspire to:
“They did most everything together,” he mused. “They had their own lives during the day, but come six o’clock, they were inseparable. Weekends, they were one person.”
“They didn’t take each other for granted.”



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