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Friday, February 21, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday (February 21)

It's been a while since I have done one of these but the question for this week is perfect because I've cried over books this week--in public.

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Reviews Posted This Week: 

What was the last book that made you cry?

I have two books that have made me cry—perhaps weep may be a better word---lately. One is an annual reread and the other is a favorite romance

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables-it wasn't even the scene that makes most people cry. It was the part where Matthew goes to buy Anne her dress with puffed sleeves and bumbles his way through it. I was just struck by his kindness and generosity and I just couldn't stop myself from bursting into tears. Mind you, I was reading on my Kobo in a doctor's office at the time. Matthew...all the feels...all of them.

Never a Gentleman (The Drake's Rakes, #2)Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer-This book is...difficult. Not in a bad way but there are some scenes that just make your gut turn inside out. There is a scene towards the middle that would make anyone cry because you just feel so terrible for the heroine and you want to beat the hero up with a pipe and them stomp on his face for good measure...while crying of course because the heroine is awesome. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Jill Shalvis, author of Once in a Lifetime

Top 5 Reasons Jill Shalvis Thinks Owning a Bookstore Would Be AWESOME

1. Could read every single day.
2.  Could read every single day.
3. .  Could read every single day.
4. .  Could read every single day.
5. .  Could read every single day.

(Note from Grace: This makes total sense. It's also a great reason to become a librarian)


 Aubrey got a look at the man she’d inadvertently drenched and stopped breathing. Oh, God. Had she really thought her day couldn’t get any worse? Why would she tempt fate by even thinking that? Because of course things had gotten worse. They always did.

Ben McDaniel slowly stood up from his barstool, dripping vodka from his hair, eyelashes, nose… He was six feet plus of hard muscles and brute strength on a body that didn’t carry a single extra ounce of fat on him. For the past five years, he’d been in and out of a variety of Third World countries designing and building water systems with the Army Corp of Engineers. His last venture had been for the Department of Defense in Iraq, which Aubrey only knew because Lucky Harbor’s Facebook page was good as gospel.

He swiped his face with his arm, deceptively chill and laid-back.

In truth, he was about as badass as they came.

Aubrey should know, she’d seen him in action. But she managed to meet his gaze. Cool, casual even. One had to be with Ben, the man could spot a weakness a mile away. “I’m sorry,” she said.

“Are you?”

She felt herself flush. He’d always seemed to see right through her. And she was pretty sure he’d never cared for her. He had good reason for that, she reminded herself. He just didn’t know the half of it. “Yes, I am sorry,” she said. Her heart was pounding so loudly she was surprised she could hear herself speak. “Are you okay?”

He ran his fingers through a sexy disorder of sun-streaked brown hair. His eyes were the same color, light milk chocolate marbled with gold caramel. It was hard to make such a warm-colored gaze seem hard, but Ben managed it with no effort at all. “Need to work on your aim,” he said.


Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor #9)SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT
After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

About the Author:

 New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Gentlemen Prefer Mischief by Emily Greenwood

Gentlemen Prefer Mischief (Mischief, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402276346
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
Series:  Mischief-1
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


When Adversaries Clash, Mischief Ignites Passion...

If it hadn't been for the crazy rumors, Lily Teagarden would never have approached her neighbor, Hal, Viscount Roxham—the careless rogue who broke her fledgling heart. But strange noises and lights on his property are causing serious problems for her, and she needs his help.

Trouble is oh-so-diverting for Viscount Roxham, and what could be more amusing than investigating what's plaguing his prim, beautiful neighbor—haunted sheep, of all things. Every time he seems to make progress, though, she throws mischief in his path, and his attraction to her is becoming extremely distracting...too bad Lily's the only woman in England who doesn't think he's Lord Perfect.

My Review:

Intro Babble-I have been a bit delayed with this review. When writer's block hits it, apparently, can even prevent you from typing a review out properly. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, A Little Night Mischief, and I was looking forward to this one in a pretty heavy kind of way. In a “this could be a favorite author one day” kind of way.


Heroine: Lily-I love heroines who keep it very close to the vest and don't really dramatic about things. Lily was one of them. She was very proper and very restrained. I find that a welcome trait in heroines because then when they do show emotion , it is more profound. I do think she perhaps took it too far with punishing Roxham for breaking her heart. She was needlessly cruel at times and it just frustrated me.

Hero: Hal-I really loved him. He was much less buttoned up than Lily which provided a nice contrast in personalities. He was unrestrained and lively. He also was a pretty good dude and I felt myself feeling a little bit badly for him. He was basically clueless about Lily's feelings for him but gets a hard time from Lily because of it.

Chemistry-I didn't have a difficult time with these two really. I liked them both—together and apart. But I did have some trouble with Lily and her past crush on Hal. I wanted to thwap her upside the head at times because she wasn't always nice to him and came off as judgmental and callous. Oddly enough, this didn't detract from my enjoyment of he book or how much I loved this couple.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I am officially a huge fan of Emily Greenwood. It usually takes an author about a half a dozen books for me to declare him/her “Auto-Buy” but I think I am going to do that here. I loved this book. Even with my quibbles with Lily. The writing was spot-on and I loved Hal. I also found the whole unrequited childhood crush aspect very appealing. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Review: Between a Rake and a Hard Place by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe

Between a Rake and a Hard Place (The Royal Rakes, #3)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402272464
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  The Royal Rakes: 1,2
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


The Fate of England's Monarchy Is In The Hands of Three Notorious Rakes.

To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be seduce the dukes' intended brides. These wickedly debauched rakes will rumple sheets and cause a scandal. But they just might fall into their own trap...

After he's blamed for a botched assignment during war, former cavalry officer Rhys Warrick turns his back on "honor." He spends his nights in brothels doing his best to live down to the expectations of his disapproving family. But one last mission could restore the reputation he's so thoroughly sullied. All he has to do is seduce and ruin Miss Olivia Symon and his military record will be cleared. For a man with Rhys's reputation, ravishing the delectably innocent miss should be easy. But Olivia's honesty and bold curiosity stir more than Rhys's desire. Suddenly the heart he thought he left on the battlefield is about to surrender...


My Review:

Intro Babble: Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe have produced some of my favorite romances lately. The rakes are very rakey and the heroines are very relatable. It's a perfect combination.


Heroine: Serena- I really liked her. She was smart, strong and very likable. She was so even keel. Nothing really shook her. And I absolutely loved that. She was realistic in the best way possible. I became quite protective of her and I really wasn't expecting that.

Hero: Jonah- His intentions were so very bad at the start. He lived up to the term "rake" especially in the beginning of the novel. It took a bit for me to really trust him but I do think he really did truly fall in love with Serena. But I was surprised at how hard it was for me to trust his intentions with a heroine I really like.

Chemistry: I did love them together. I really did, but still, it took me awhile to trust Jonah. It definitely stayed in the back of my mind that Jonah's intentions weren't the best to start. I did wish that Serena had given Jonah a more difficult time. I very rarely want the heroine to give the hero more of a hassle but I did here.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe write books that I like. All of them. Without fail. I love how rakish the rakes are, how relatable the heroines are and how interesting the storylines are. The rakes are especially excellent. They have this "nice boy who is also quite naughty" thing going. They are never too well-behaved but are never egregiously naughty. I absolutely love this series and I can't wait for the next book.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Review Rewind: Healing Luke by Beth Cornelison

Review Rewind is a new feature of mine where I look back at older reviews of mine to see if the book holds up/gets worse with a reread. I find myself rereading books often...way often...and my opinions are never the same. 
Healing LukeHealing Luke by Beth Cornelison
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Original Review /Posted on August 9th, 2009/Gold Star rating-

I loved this book the first time around. I picked this one up when I was just getting back into reading romance after a very long layoff and I just fell in love with it. The angst, the characters, the storyline. Everything was perfect. And it still is. I love Luke perhaps a bit more now. I do want to shake him for not being thankful that he survived such a horrible accident. He mopes and grouses an awful lot. I was really hoping that this series would continue with Aaron's story but it never did. Through some internet sleuthing, I learned that the publisher rejected both storylines for Aaron...please publish it. Please. I am begging. 


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