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Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270305
Pages: 437 pages
Genre: Romance/Paranormal/Steampunk
Series:  London Steampunk-1
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


In the mist-shrouded streets of London's dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires, and a clockwork army are one step away from battle...

No One to Trust

Dangerous. Unpredictable. That's how people know the hulking Will Carver. And those who don't like pretty words just call him The Beat. No matter how hard Will works to suppress his werewulfen side, certain things drive him beyond all control. And saucy Miss Lena Todd tops the list.

Lena makes the perfect spy against the ruling Echelon blue bloods. No one suspects that under the appearance of flirtatious debutante lies a heart of iron. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can't wrap around her finger and the one man whose kiss she can never forget. He's supposed to be protecting her, but he might just be her biggest threat yet...


My Review: 

Kiss of Steel was the book that got into steampunk. So my expectations we pretty darn high. And for the most part, my expectations were met. Bec McMaster is turning out to be one of my favorite authors.

I really liked Lena in the last book and loved her even more in this one. She was strong, smart and brave. There were moments when her bravery bordered on foolhardy stupidity but not many and she remained likable through it all. Will is one of my favorite type of heroes--a love that started with Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas' Dreaming of You. He's rough around the edges, doesn't speak the most eloquently and has an iffy background but he's kind, noble and gentle. I really loved him quite a lot. Possibly more than Blade.

I loved this book. I really did. It's the perfect continuation to a series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The action was great. Usually I find myself drifting off during action sequences in novels but they were just as engrossing as the romance. The chemistry was also excellent. It was a slow burn. It wasn't insta-love at all even though Will and Lena were clearly in love before the book started. It took a good bit of work before they actually could be together--stubbornness, misunderstanding and such. It takes a while but don't get impatient like I almost did--their chemistry is worth it.

 I have been searching and searching for a steampunk series that is as good as this one---to burn time until the next book is released. But this is a pretty high standard to live up to. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear

A Highland Werewolf Wedding (Heart of the Wolf, #11)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402266839
Pages: 384 pages
 Series:  Heart of the Wolf-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


On The Run...
After werewolves Elaine Hawthorn and Cearnach MacNeill almost have a head-on collision on a foggy Highland road, they're pretty well stuck with each other. It'll be hours before anyone can get there to pull his car out of the ditch and they both have better places to be.
And Nowhere to Hide From Each Other...
The sexy little American brings out all of Cearnach's big bag protective instincts. If she thought she was in trouble before, Elaine has no idea what kind of complications a hot Scot can cause...
Delightful, steamy, and devilishly funny, join the hundreds of thousands of readers who already discovered that USA Today bestseller Terry Spear delivers a sizzle worth howling about.


My Review:

I apologize for my lack of reviews lately. Rainy weather cause my migraines to worsen. Usually they are a rarity but when the rain comes, I can always guarantee at least one and it's been pretty bad lately.
Terry Spear has a bit hit or miss with me lately. I loved most of her books but the last couple haven't quite worked for me. I have been waiting for the one book to get me back into her series and I think this may be the one.

Initially, I had the same feelings about Elaine that I have had about some of Terry Spear's heroines lately—I just didn't like her—but as the book went on, she grew on me. She was likable and she had a real strength that I like to see in my heroines. I was so happy to see her rebound after we got off on the wrong foot because if I don't like the heroine or hero, I usually hate the book. Cearnach was such a great hero. He was probably my one of my favorite heroes in the whole series...and it's quite a long series. He was strong and brave but a bit scampy too.

I was so happy to find another Terry Spear book that I loved. This series was definitely one of my favorites and it has rebounded for me after a few misses. The chemistry between Elaine and Cearnach was great. Cearnach's sorta scampy nature made it interesting. I didn't like how Elaine treated Cearnach in the beginning but it didn't last long. I also thought that the action in this one was pretty great. It didn't take over the storyline or the romance which I really appreciated. I really can't wait for the next Terry Spear book.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0-Thursday Updates

Bout of Books 

Currently Reading: To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Pages Read: 2513
Up Next: Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves
Finished: Undone by Sara Humphreys, A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear,
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster, A Wedding in Springtime by Amanda Forester,
To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt, To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt, It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis
Tea Drinking:Pu'er day. So probably a Pu Wen Coin from Mandala Tea. It's my last one :(
Goal: My 30 book goal may have been a bit ambitious (crazypants) so I am aiming towards 15 now.
So 7/15

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0-Wednesday Updates

Bout of Books 

Currently Reading: A Wedding in Springtime by Amanda Forester
Pages Read: 1109
Up Next: To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt
Finished: Undone by Sara Humphreys, A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear,
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Tea Drinking: I think today I am going to go with something flavored. I think Apres Ski from Davids Tea.
Goal: My 30 book goal may have been a bit ambitious (crazypants) so I am aiming towards 15 now.
So 3/15

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0-Tuesday Updates

Bout of Books 

Currently Reading: A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear
Pages Read: 288
Up Next: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Finished: Undone by Sara Humphreys
Tea Drinking: Big Red Robe Dark Roast from Mandala Tea-Roasty toasty goodness with a bit of chocolate flavor. Love.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0-Monday Updates

Bout of Books 

I am experimenting with winging it for a readathon. Usually I have a set list for what I want to read but this time I think I am just going to aim for TBR reduction and be all loosey goosey with it. 

Currently Reading: Undone by Sara Humphreys
Pages Read: On page 105--earlier today
Up Next: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Finished: None yet
Tea Drinking: Yunnan Beauty Oolong from Mandala Tea-Tastes like stone fruit. Peaches and Apricots. And sometimes molasses and honey.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Goals

Bout of Books

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading all week. I have been in a slump and this is the perfect opportunity to get out of it.

My Goals

  • My goal is to read at least 30 books. And to lessen my review pile.

Books to Read

  • Still no clue. But I'd like to mix it up between review books and books that have been on my TBR for a while. I'm starting with a review book, I think.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (May 10th)

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

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Q: Happy Mother’s Day! Who is your favorite mom from fiction?

Hmmm. I think it has to be a tie between Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables and Mrs. March from Little Women. I've always loved Marilla. She was a bit tough at the start but she is one of the best mother figures in literature. Mrs. March was such a supportive and kind mother to her daughters...and she set such a good example for them.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: Darius by Grace Burrowes

Darius (Lonely Lords, #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402278519
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:   Lonely Lords
Challenges- TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


Nicholas Haddonfield has something to hide...
After a wild youth, Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, has promised his ailing father he'll finally take a bride, though doing so will force Nick to make impossible choices and face old, painful wounds.
Leah Lindsey is glad to find refuge from her own desperate situation in a marriage of convenience with the gallant viscount. But soon convenience is not enough, and Leah can't understand why Nick remains so distant. What is he hiding, and will he never allow her into his heart?
An extraordinary and passionate tale of courage tested and fears overcome. Once you enter the lush Regency world of award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes, you'll never want to leave.


My Review:

Grace Burrowes is one of my go to authors. Actually, with this one she pretty much skipped to the top of the list. This book was that good. I loved everything about it...and instead of squeeing like a fangirl, I should tell you why I liked it, now shouldn't I?

Vivian was an ideal heroine. I very rarely say that about heroines because, most often, they annoy me but Vivian was perfection. Even when she did things I did not agree with, I still liked her because I could understand her motives and they came from a good place. They were never selfish or vindictive and I really liked that. And, if it's even possible, I loved Darius more. He was a bit broken and battered but he was oh so kind and honorable. There were just some passages in this book that just made me fall a little in love with him.

I loved this book. In case you couldn't already tell by my semi-pathetic ramblings. I knew Grace Burrowes was an amazing author but this one was just beyond. Everything was perfect...the writing, the story, the chemistry. Nothing fell short of splendid. Darius and Vivian were perfect together. Their connection was so tender when it could have been sort of sleezy. And I loved how William, Vivian's much older husband, was not made into the villain. He was a good and honorable man who only wanted the best for Vivian. He was just as much of a hero as Darius. I know this sounds strange but in most romances where the heroine is married already before meeting the hero, the husband is made out to be creepy, cruel, a dunderhead or a combination of those. Not so with William and it was a nice addition to an already lovely book.

The only issue I am having with this book is I cannot order the next book in print. I looked for Nicholas on Amazon and it takes a month or two for it to ship! I know I could get an e-book but I share books with my mother--she loved this one-- and she cannot read on an e-reader and it tends to give me migraines. I could see myself becoming really addicted to this series but a month between ordering and shipping is kind of crazy.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Review: Highland Fling by Amanda Scott

Highland FlingPublisher: Open Road
ISBN: 1480406821
Pages: 490 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
Series:   Highland
Buy this Book: Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Kobo


Forbidden passion has never been more dangerous—or more irresistible—in the first novel of bestselling author Amanda Scott’s spellbinding Highland series.

Scotland, 1750. In the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, Maggie MacDrumin vows to keep fighting to liberate her people. But the intrepid Scotswoman is risking her life for a dangerous cause. When her latest mission lands her in a London courtroom on a trumped-up larceny charge, she has only one hope of survival. Enlisting the aid of Edward Carsley, the powerful fourth Earl of Rothwell, is a two-edged sword. The seductive aristocrat who awakens treacherous desire is her clan’s mortal enemy—a man she can never trust.   Edward will do whatever it takes to quell another bloody uprising. But how can he fight his passion for the rebellious Highland beauty in his safekeeping? As their lives come under siege, Maggie lays claim to the one thing Edward vowed never to surrender: his heart.

My Review:

Amanda Scott is a rare case for me. I usually prefer an author's early works. I don't know why but I do. But with Amanda Scott, her later works are my favorite. Nevertheless, I was excited to read Highland Fling.

I really liked Maggie. I loved her independence and strength. She was such a strong heroine. She's not like many of the heroine I have come across recently. She very rarely crossed the line between being strong and brave and being fool-hardy and obnoxious. I really liked Edward as well. I enjoyed him. He had just as strong a personality as I liked watching him try to figure out how to control Maggie when there is simply no controlling her. It was a battle of wills and it was interesting to see how that battle played out.

I really liked this one. It did take me a while to get through this book—about 2 or 3 days---but I am in the middle of an epic reading slump of great magnitude. I loved how historically detailed it was. At times, it did not feel as if I was reading a romance novel. That may not be a positive point for some but I am a history geek and I appreciate such things. It didn't take any focus away from Maggie and Edward as well. I thought Maggie and Edward's chemistry was great. I love that they were on opposite sides and it really played well into the conflict.

Highland Fling may not go on my list of favorites but if you like romances with great historical detail, give this one a try.

Bout of Books 7.0

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I am planning on participating in Bout of Books 7.0. I need a readathon right now. I have so much reading to catch up on. I have no idea what I will be reading as of yet but this post will be updated with the list soon.

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