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Making It Last by Ruthie Knox (Book four in the Camelot series)

Title: Making it Last Author: Ruthie Knox Series: Camelot Genre: Contemporary Published: 2013 Rating: 5 stars Making It Last by Ruthie Knox is the fourth book in the Camelot series, which follows the stories of the Clark siblings in the fictional town of Camelot, Ohio. It continues the story of Amber Clark and Tony Mazzara that began in book one, the novella (or short story, as my Nook tells me) How to Misbehave. For fans of the series, it’s a must-read. As the author herself points out in her note at the end, romance novels tend to end at or around the wedding, and readers are to…

Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

Title: Love at High Tide Author: Christi Barth Series: n/a Genre: Contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 4 stars Love at High Tide is like a trip to the beach—light, frothy, fun, and over too soon! It *almost* made up for the fact that we haven’t gone to Ocean City in (sigh) two loooong years…. Darcy Trent, the only daughter of two academics, has just finished up her doctoral dissertation in cultural anthropology, and has one week to decide if her career will take her back to Africa—an option her parents love, but Darcy is less sure about—or somewhere else. It’s a…

The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

Title: The Story Guy Author: Mary Ann Rivers Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 5 stars Wow. For a novella (it’s just over 100 pages of story total), this one packs quite a wallop. I managed to make it through to the end okay, but then the first two paragraphs of the author’s acknowledgements, of all things, had me in tears. The good, happy kind, of course. I’m going to start stalking this author’s website to see when her next book comes out for sure. Carrie West has my dream job—well, one of them, anyway—she’s a librarian in the teen…

Freefall by Jill Sorenson (Book two in the Aftershock series)

Title: Freefall Author: Jill Sorenson Series: Aftershock Genre: Contemporary romantic suspense Published: 2013 Rating: 3 stars Somehow I totally missed the fact that this book was related to Aftershock when I requested it from NetGalley. I’m not sure how that happened—I even thought to myself, Hey! She’s the one who wrote Aftershock! I liked that one, when I hit the button, but it wasn’t until the hero mentioned being trapped and in a coma during the LA earthquake that I made the connection. Once again proving that yes, the blonde really is natural. 😉 Anyway…. Park ranger Hope Banning is looking forward to a relaxing…

Operation Blind Date by Justine Davis (Book three of Cutter’s Code series)

Title: Operation Blind Date Author: Justine Davis Series: Cutter’s Code Genre: Contemporary romantic suspense Published: 2013 Rating: 4 stars Okay, I admit it. Sometimes I don’t bother reading the author notes before or after books, though I do read them more often than not these days, looking for insight into the writer’s mind and the art of writing itself. In the case of Operation Blind Date, not only did I read the author’s note at the beginning of the book, I immediately read it out loud to the Mini Moes. I’m pretty sure Mini Moe #1 had headphones in, but #2 thought it was as…

Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley (Book two of the Chaos series)

Title: Fire Inside Author: Kristen Ashley Series: Chaos Genre: Contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 4.5 stars Oh my goodness, I still can’t believe I’m reading books about a motorcycle club. AND LOVING THEM. SO MUCH. Note to self: must read Dream Man series, and soon. Fire Inside is the second book in Kristen’s series about the Chaos Motorcycle Club, and its timeline pretty much runs parallel to the events of the first, Own the Wind. We see little glimpses of Shy and Tab throughout (and they’re super cute!), but the focus is definitely on Lanie and Hop–where, of course, it should be. Lanie Heron is Tyra’s…

Willowleaf Lane by RaeAnne Thayne (Book five of Hope’s Crossing series)

Title: Willowleaf Lane Author: RaeAnne Thayne Series: Hope’s Crossing Genre: Contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 3.5 stars Candy store owner Charlotte Caine recently turned her life around. She grew up with six older brothers and had always been on the chubby side, but it wasn’t until the age of twelve when her mother died from cancer that she began to really put on weight as a method of coping with life. Fast forward fifteen years or so, and another life altering event–one of her brothers losing an eye and part of his arm fighting overseas–inspires her to eat smarter, exercise, and lose eighty pounds. Life…

Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan (Book two of the Legendary Lovers series)

 Title: Lover Be Mine Author: Nicole Jordan Series: Legenary Lovers Genre: Historical romance Published: 2013 Rating: 3.5 stars Lover Be Mine is the second book in the Legendary Lovers series by Nicole Jordan. I haven’t read the first one yet, Princess Charming, though I do have it–if memory serves, I bought it back when Eloisa James featured it on one of her Barnes & Noble columns, maybe? I’m not sure. All I know is it looked good, I bought it, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I received this one through the Early Reviewers program at LibraryThing, though, so I wanted to read…

Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley (Book one in the Chaos series)

 Title: Own the Wind Author: Kristen Ashley Series: Chaos Genre: Contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 5 stars Favorite quote (okay, one of many): “I decided that all’s well that ends without bloodshed.” An excellent rule of thumb. Oh. My. Gosh. I sooooo get the Kristen Ashley fangirl squeeing that’s been going on online now. I. Loved. This. Book. Must read book two SOON. Like, REALLY soon. You feel me? 😉 Own the Wind is the first in Ashley’s new series, Chaos, which focuses on the Chaos Motorcycle Club. It’s her first published with a “bona fide publisher”, as Kristen writes in her acknowledgements (previously, she self-published). It’s…

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…

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