Sunday, 9 November 2008

My Reading Week

I have a whole lot of books to get through this week. After a weeks just lazing about with the odd computer magazine and crossword puzzles aplenty - I am inundated with reads I must catch up on.

Five Wishes - Gay Hendricks

Blurb - As Found on Website

The Gift
An Invitation To You From Gay Hendricks
In my thirties I received the gift of a conversation that changed my life.
At the heart of that conversation was a certain question.
Answering it gave me a life blessed with love, happiness and wealth,
a life in which all my dreams came true.
Now, I want to offer you the same gift,
in hopes you will use its power to create your own fulfilled life.

My Musing:

Not a big fan of self help books or food for thought books....but I have to admit very impressed with the logic behind the need and setting goals for five of your wishes. a must read.

See review at: Update to follow.

Into the Lair” by Maya Banks

Blurb From Samhain Publishing

Falcon Mercenary Group Book 2

It was supposed to be an easy mission. But nobody told her that.

Ian and Braden Thomas return to the U.S. to extract Katie Buchanan, the sister of the teammate who betrayed them. She could very well be the key to taking down the man responsible for turning Ian and Braden into unstable cat shifters. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones after Katie.

Katie has no intention of going quietly or of offering her trust on a silver platter. She’s got troubles of her own that don’t include two pain-in-the-ass men who claim her dead brother sent them. She’s too busy trying to stay one step ahead of Ricardo de la Cruz, the brother of a man she killed.

As the bodies pile up, Ian and Braden are only sure of one thing: Katie makes them crazy. Something about her calls to their inner predator. They both want her, but she’s made a practice of making bad decisions and trusting the wrong men. And by the time she realizes that she can trust these two warriors, it might just be too late.

My Musing:

A menage, shifter story with all the plus that make up a great Maya Banks story. Second in the series and a stand a lone book if you only get the chance to read this one. Ian , Braden and Katie are more than your average threesome - the men are very demonstrative in and out of the bedroom. She is the unexpected force that no one told them about - but did not regret meeting.

See review at: Update to follow.

The Englor Affair” by J. L. Langley

Blurb From Samhain Publishing

In hiding who he was, Payton found himself…and the man he would grow to love.

After his brother is kidnapped, Prince Payton Townsend masquerades as an Admiral’s assistant in order to track the culprits through the tangled mysteries of the planet Englor. He finds way more than he bargained for in the form of Marine Colonel Simon Hollister.

Simon is no ordinary soldier. He’s heir to Englor and his life is mapped out for him: throne, bride, and eventually an heir. He never expected a dalliance with Payton to blossom into love, or that the organization that taught him to lead would threaten that love—and their lives.

Danger and intrigue abound as they learn more about their shared enemy, and about each other. What they learn could help them rise above to an enduring love—or pull them apart.

My Musing:

Another winner for Ms. Langley. Other than the fact that I was awaiting the release along with quite a bit of her fans. when I saw the cover on Samhain a few weeks ago - that only upped the pace to get this book post haste. Not a book filled with little pockets of stories as her first one was - this was is Payton's and Simon's story alone - and it is brilliant.

See review at: Update to follow.

My Deepest Love -Zack - Marie Rochelle

Blurb From Phaze Publishing

Traci Wells has never thought about dating any of the men from Make You Sweat, her local gym, until he catches her eye - the sexy blue-eyed stranger with the most unbelievable body she has ever laid eyes on. However, Traci promises not to let herself fall for Zack, but that vow is put to the test as the two of them grow closer and closer.

Zack Drace isn't usually the one who approaches women for dates, but when he spots the alluring mocha skinned beauty Traci Wells, that policy goes out the door. He wants to make her his more than anything in the world. He isn't going to allow the opinions of his brothers or her sister to stand in his way.

My Musing:

The queen of hot spicy inter- racial romance is back, and she has blown us away with her two protagonist - Zack and Traci - They are dynamite together. Ms. Rochelle has hit home with this book - filled with family obligation, soul searching and appreciation of the things we take for granted.

See review at: Update to follow.

Closer to You: Lee - Marie Rochelle

Blurb from Phaze Publishing

The ultimate bachelor, Lee Drace never thought there was a woman out there who could stop in his tracks. He only wanted three things out of life: money, power, and more money. He wasn’t going to become attached to any woman who wouldn’t be staying around that long. Besides, he had never met a woman strong enough to stand up to him until…

Cherise Roberts hated that she was attracted to her mouth-watering brother in-law, Lee Drace. He had been nothing but a pain in her side since his brother Zack married her sister, Traci. She tried to stay out of his way as much as possible because she couldn’t let him find out her secret.

She wanted him like CRAZY!!

Will these two be able to overcome each others' tough exteriors to find love?

My Musing:

It's Lee's turn to sort out the headache and heartache that is Cherise Roberts - does he have what it take to face up to a woman who is strong even to mange him? A fun read and a excellent follow up to My Deepest Love.

See review at: Update to follow.

Burn Card - Laura Baumbach

Blurb from Aspen Mountain Press

Take one buff private security owner, Gil Turko, mix in one hunky police criminalist Cody Baxter, and you've started off on a hot m/m adventure. Things get wilder, though, when Cody is kidnapped and no one is 100% sure why. Cody struggles to save himself and his kidnapper before Gil finds him--and rescue becomes revenge. This story is high adrenaline all the way, and you won't want to miss the conclusion!

My Musing:

My first Laura Baumbach book and certainly wont be my last. I like her characters, she bring a freshness to her men with her straight to the point writing. I think I had better stock up on a few more of her work....great between the sheets read.

See review at: Update to follow.

Tangled Web - Terry O'Reilly

Blurb From Aspen Mountain Press

Fifty-eight year old, reticent banker, Kevin Baker works out regularly hoping to spot the man he's become infatuated with, hunky Jake Whittiker. Kevin and Jake both have secrets. Secrets capable of destroying even a remote chance at happiness for the two men as they attempt to escape the meaninglessness of one night stands and brief encounters. Passion and testosterone, lies and omissions, tangled webs brought about by deceit. Untangling the myriad threads and revealing the truth is their only chance, but what will it truly cost?

My Musing:

Not for the faint of heart. Deals with a lot of issues that are never romanticised. A short story but good. The issues dealt with and writing style made this a big winner in my book.

See review at: Update to follow.

Delighting Miss Daisy [Wayback Texas Series] - Abbey MacInnis

Blurb From The Wild Rose Press

When Sam Howard, CEO of Sam’s Smooth Sliding Ale, arrives in Wayback to advertise his product for the rodeo, bakery entrepreneur Daisy Porter goes on a crusade to tear down every poster in town. Can Daisy look past the businessman to the compassionate man underneath, or has the lock to her heart finally rusted shut? Sam is a patient man, who doesn’t force his way through the walls she’s placed up to guard her heart. With the threat of someone from her past shadowing her, can Daisy reclaim her self-confidence and strength to find happiness with Sam?

My Musing:

Who can't love a man who knows when he's wrong and does the right thing. All of us that is, except for the feisty poster crusader in Wayback, Texas

See review at: Update to follow.

Return of the Prodigal Daughter [Wayback Texas Series]-Marguerite Arotin

Blurb From The Wild Rose Press

Famous prodigal daughter Sherrie Porter comes home to Wayback after a wildfire destroys her Malibu home and ruins her super model stardom. While she longs for the comfort of family and friends, there’s one person she wants to avoid— her ex-boyfriend Jake Serrano. Jake thought he did the right thing by leaving her to her modelling career, but when they meet again, he can’t deny the flames that never died. Can they rekindle their passion or will stubborn pride tear them apart?

My Musing:

We've all had our share of tragedy at one time or the other, as is beautifully describe in this sweet story of family united and love rekindled stronger than ever.

See review at: Update to follow.

Re-ride At The Rodeo [Wayback Texas Series] - Anne Carrole

Blurb From The Wild Rose Press

Saddle bronc rider Clay Tanner is looking for a good time and the tempting little blonde who’s working the beer concession at the rodeo looks like she could use one—except she turns him down. Feeling like he’s been bucked off his bronc before the eight second buzzer, Clay’s betting he can score if she’ll give him a re-ride. But qualifying may call for more than he’s prepared to give.

Dusty Morgan’s nonplussed when hard-bodied cowboy Clay Tanner hits on her. She doesn’t exactly have the kind of figure that attracts Texas cowboys. Besides, even though Clay’s deep timbred voice sends tingles clear to her toes, he’s an undependable rough stock rider and a player to boot. Though he may be what she desires, Dusty knows from experience he isn’t what she needs—or is he?

My Musing

I am becoming a fan of the Wayback series - The only draw back is that they seem to be coming out faster than I can read them. A great read this was. Protagonists are great and good old western charm runs rampant through these pages.

See review at: Update to follow.

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