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Month: June 2013

Blurred by Tara Fuller (Book two of the Kissed by Death series)

Title: Blurred Author: Tara Fuller Series: Kissed by Death Genre: Paranormal YA romance Published: 2013 Rating: 5 stars Tara Fuller’s Kissed by Death series is about reapers–it focuses on teen/young adult aged ones (I’m not sure if there are adult ones or not, I haven’t seen any, anyway)–who are charged with taking souls to their final destination. Or at least, their final destination for now. In this world, reapers are assigned to specific  geographic regions, and each reaper usually is only responsible for souls bound for a specific destination (Heaven, Hell, or Inbetween, a kind of limbo), unless he or she is filling in for or assisting another…

Vacay!

On vacation, finally! We’re staying in a gorgeous A-frame cabin in Indian Lake. I’ve got the loft bedroom, and here’s the view I can see from my couch: It looks even better from the back porch. See? The only *teensy* problem is that it’s still raining on and off and it doesn’t look like it will be totally clear and sunny for any significant part of the week. It’s pouring right now, as a matter of fact. This will not be a huge problem, though, because I brought books! This week, I’m starting with Nicole Jordan’s Lover Be Mine, because I…

Deja Voodoo by Elle James (Book three in the Cajun Magic series)

Title: Deja Voodoo Author: Elle James Series: Cajun Magic Genre: Paranormal romance Published: 2013 Rating: 2.5 stars Alexandra Belle Boyette is fairly content with her life. Sure, she’s almost thirty and the second oldest of nineteen children, but she runs her own business, has two close friends in Calliope and Lucie, and a loyal golden retriever named Sport. So what if Lucie’s blissfully married now to Alex’s older brother Ben and they’re expecting their first child? Alex isn’t jealous–much. And she might have a sometime-stalker in the guy she never should have given the time of day to but did during a weak moment at the…

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery (Book eleven in the Fool’s Gold series)

Title: Two of a Kind Author: Susan Mallery Series: Fool’s Gold Genre: Contemporary Published: 2013 Rating: 3.5 stars I went back and forth on this one. And back. And forth. And back again. There were things I liked, things that drove me a little crazy, things that made me go “Huh?”, and parts that were mildly disturbing. I really enjoyed the ending, though, for all its abruptness (quick endings seem to be the way of things in Fool’s Gold, I’ve noticed), so I’m sticking with three and a half stars. My love/hate relationship of sorts with this series continues. Two of a Kind is the eleventh…

Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen (Book two of the Accidentally in Love series)

Title: Act Like You Love Me Author: Cindi Madsen Series: Accidentally in Love Genre: Contemporary Published: 2013 Rating: 3 stars Brynn McAdams had a rough time of it in high school, and has never gotten over that fact. Two events in particular have stuck with her through the years, bringing her fresh pain whenever she remembers them: accidentally flashing the entire school during a dress rehearsal (this earned her the nickame McFlasher) and getting turned down for the prom by her crush, high school superstar Sawyer Raines. Time has passed, though, and she’s more poised, more confident, and a pretty good actress. Or is she? Sawyer…

This Girl by Colleen Hoover (Book three of Slammed series)

Title: This Girl Author: Colleen Hoover Series: Slammed Genre: Contemporary New Adult Published: 2013 Rating: 4 stars The Slammed series tells the story of Will Cooper and Layken Cohen (her mother wanted to name her Layla, her father Kennedy, so they compromised). When the series begins, newly eighteen-year-old Layken has just moved to Michigan from Texas with her mother Julia and much-younger brother Kel. Her father had died unexpectedly six months earlier, and Layken is dealing with the after-effects of that as well as resenting the enforced move. Will and Caulder (his much-younger brother) are their new neighbors, and the first people the Cohens meet in Michigan. Slammed deals…

What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (Book One of the Duke’s Men series)

Title: What the Duke Desires Author: Sabrina Jeffries Series: Duke’s Men Genre: Historical Romance Published: 2013 Rating: 4 1/2 stars What the Duke Desires is the first title in Sabrina Jeffries’ new series Duke’s Men, and if the first one is any indication, it could be my favorite series by her yet! Lisette Bonnaud is the illegitimate daughter of an English viscount and his long-time French mistress. After her father’s unexpected death, George, his eldest son and heir, turned Lisette, her mother, and older brother Tristan out of their home. The three are forced to leave for the continent when Tristan steals a…

School’s out…time to read!

I spent a grueling seven hours at school today, packing up my classroom for the summer. THANK GOODNESS I’m finally done. (I could have been home around four PM instead of six, had I gotten up immediately when my alarm went off this morning instead of finishing the book I’d been reading on my Kindle–Cindi Madsen’s Act Like You Love Me–and starting a novella I purchased last night–Try Me–and not getting up until the dog’s bladder was ready to explode. We’ll not talk about that, though.) Now it’s time to get reading for real. Finally! “Reading” while working on my room–Make…

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