Saturday, January 22, 2011

Scandal 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
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From a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London Society, comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a sweet love that is sheer poetry.

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heals in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen-pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But the mysterious Earl of Blade is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily... never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous wit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of his golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known..


 Scandal is about a poet and writer Emily who marries The Earl of Blade. The two of them have been writing to each other and Emily quickly falls in love with him without even meeting him. When he comes and meets her they get married and she find out that he is not the person he portrayed in his letters and that he married her to get revenge on her family. Emily is a naive writer who believes that most people are inherently good, especially her husband. She continually talks about how she and Blade connect on a higher plane, it's actually really irritating. She keeps getting herself in troubling situations because of her naivety. Blade is a cold hard man who is only interested in destroying the people who made his father commit suicide. His only emotions through out most of the book are anger and indifference. Even when he and Emily are "connecting on a higher plane" he still seems cold and methodical. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the book and I found myself somewhat indifferent to what happens to them. The only reason I gave this book a four was because the writing itself was good and there where a few parts of the book that I did like. I normally really like Amanda Quicks books but this one just didn't work for me.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Sizzle 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
  Sizzle (Buchanan, #8)
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Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.

After she unwittingly captures a shocking crime on camera, a rash of mysterious, treacherous incidents convince Lyra that she's trapped in a sinister scenario headed for a violent ending. Running scared, she turns to her best friend, Sidney Buchanan, whose connections bring dauntless and devilishly handsome FBI agent Sam Kincaid into Lyra's life. As the noose of deadly intrigue tightens and the feelings between them deepen, Lyra and Sam must place their faith in each other's hands—and stand together against the malevolent forces about to break loose.

No one mixes life-and-death suspense with feverish desire better than Julie Garwood. In Sizzle she burns hotter and brighter than ever, keeping the action and passion blazing till the incredible, unforgettable end.


Sizzle is the eighth book in the Buchanan series, it follows Lyra and Sam. Lyra is a film student who gets mixed up in something that she doesn't understand. When her and her roommates’ apartment gets broken into, her roommate calls her brothers the Buchanan brothers. They send Sam as a bodyguard for Lyra until they can find out what is going on. People keep trying to kill Lyra and Sam keeps saving her. They are instantly attracted to each other and as time goes on they start growing attached. Lyra is a beautiful girl who is not conceited and she doesn't use her beauty to get what she wants. She is funny and has insecurities that are normal and real for any woman. Sam is a larger than life gorgeous hero, he has some emotional insecurity, yet he is aware of them. They are good together and it’s not just about the physical attraction. You would feel the emotional pull that they have towards each other. The book is exciting and has a surprise at the end that I didn't think was going to happen. I really liked this book and would read it again.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tribute 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents her latest blockbuster novel, the story of a big-screen legend, a small-town scandal and a young woman caught up in the secrets and shadows of both.

Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life restoring homes. So she comes to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to save the dilapidated farmhouse that once belonged to her grandmother—a legendary actress who died of an overdose more than thirty years ago.

Plunging into the project with gusto, Cilla’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer. Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, though she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But it’s reality that holds its share of dangers for Cilla. A cache of unsigned letters found in the attic points to a mysterious romance in her grandmother’s life—and may be the catalyst for a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.


Tribute is about an ex-star named Cilla who buys her grandmothers house and fixes it. Along the way she meets Ford and in the process she is finally able to find out what really happened to her grandmother and her true inner strength. Cilla is a really likable woman, she is strong with a great sense of humor, yet she has an inner vulnerability that only gets seen by those close to her. Ford is interesting, he is an artist and comic geek, yet he is not feminine nor is he shy. He has strong opinions and a wonderful sense of humor. He balances out Cilla's larger than life personality and when things get tough he is right there with her. While Cilla is fixing up the house she has someone sabotaging her project, someone trashes her bathrooms and calls to change her orders. There is a mystery behind Cilla’s grandmothers’ death, her and Ford try to find out who her grandmother was having an affair with before she died. This book is one of my favorite Nora Roberts, it starts out as a lazy day read and I kept telling myself oh I'll put it down after this chapter. This book really sucked me in and before I knew I had finished it. 
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Grave Sight

This book does contain some sex, but nothing graphic.

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1)
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Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever.


Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series; Harper can find dead people and can see their last moments. Her and her brother Tolliver get paid to help people find their dead loved ones or tell them what their last moments where like. Harper is weird and not the good kind of weird. Nothing about her makes sense and I found myself not really caring what happens to her. I couldn't connect with her at all, she was dull and at times I thought that she was just plain stupid. Her relationship with her brother Tolliver was just not healthy, he is in the middle of getting it on with some chick and he kicks her out so that he can go sit with his sister during a storm. I know that Harper has problems with storms but really, that’s just not normal. I couldn't connect to any of the other characters either and when I got done reading the book my response was what the hell this book was even about. It didn't even take five minutes for me to forget about it. I know that Harris is a good writer, but this book really did not show it.
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