January Book Totals

0911241423_book_pileJanuary 1st I started keeping track of how many books I read on Goodreads. Last year I tried to do this in a notebook and didn’t make it very far. This year (so far) I’ve kept up and entered every book I’ve read. I read more than I review, so I thought others might find it interesting to see what books I read each month. Here is my list for January 2011!

  1. YOURS FOR THE TAKING by Robin Kaye
  2. THE PERFECT BRIDE FOR MR. DARCY by Mary Lyndon Simonsen
  3. SIN AND SURRENDER by Julia Latham
  4. KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK by Stephanie Rowe
  5. STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by Bonnie Edwards
  6. NOTORIOUS PLEASURES by Elizabeth Hoyt
  7. HAVING JUSTIN’S BABY by Pamela Bauer
  8. IN THE COMPANY OF VAMPIRES by Katie MacAlister
  9. THE LAST GOODBYE by Sarah Mayberry
  10. A GIRL’S GUIDE TO VAMPIRES by Katie MacAlister
  11. INDIA BLACK by Carol K. Carr
  12. CAUGHT OFF GUARD by Kira Sinclair
  13. WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST by Eloisa James
  14. WINNING A GROOM IN TEN DATES by Cara Colter
  15. DUKES TO THE LEFT OF ME, PRINCES TO THE RIGHT by Keiran Kramer
  16. A THOROUGHLY COMPROMISED LADY by Bronwyn Scott
  17. HOT CITY NIGHTS by Sandra Marton, Sarah Mayberry, Emilie Rose
  18. THE BOSS’S UNCONVENTIONAL ASSISTANT by Jennie Adams
  19. IF THE RED SLIPPER FITS… by Shirley Jump
  20. ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Jill Shalvis
  21. TURN UP THE HEAT by Isabel Sharpe
  22. TREACHERY IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
  23. MOLLY COOPER’S DREAM DATE by Barbara Hannay
  24. THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESS by Myrna Mackenzie
  25. SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS by Katharine Ashe
  26. TRUE COLORS by Joyce Lamb
  27. AIN’T MISBEHAVING by Jennifer Greene
  28. DEADLY HEAT by Cynthia Eden
  29. WEDDING OF THE SEASON by Laura Lee Guhrke
  30. THE GUY NEXT DOOR by Lori Foster, Susand Donovan, Victoria Dahl
  31. DEADLY LIES by Cynthia Eden
  32. NOT JUST THE NANNY by Christie Ridgway
  33. NANNY NEXT DOOR by Michelle Celmer

Wow, I read a lot. This isn’t average at all. Two of the weeks in January I had kids home with the flu. All they wanted was for me to cuddle with them and watch movies. So while they watched the same movie over and over, I read. One of my favorite things about my kindle is that I can read one handed, which really came in handy with sick kids!

Review: HOW TO WOO A RELUCTANT LADY by Sabrina Jeffries

80904993From the back of the book:

Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him. Little does she know, he really is a covert government operative. When they team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents’ deaths, their fake betrothal leads to red-hot desire. Then Minerva discovers Giles’ secret double life, and he must use all the cunning tricks of his trade to find his way back into her heart.

I adore this series. The Sharpes are one of my favorite fictional families. I was happy that we were finally getting to one of the sisters and Minerva’s story is perfect. Minerva is headstrong and unique. She is an authoress of Gothic novels and doesn’t want to get married. She equates getting married with having to give up her passions. I loved how she was trying to get around her grandmother’s decree that she must marry. Giles is a fantastic hero. He has a secret life and tries to keep it all hidden from Minerva, while trying to make her agree to marry him at the same time. His feelings for Minerva aren’t sudden, and he really understand that her writing is as important as his work as a barrister. These two have a lot of chemistry and their courtship is very romantic.  I was rooting for them. The mystery arc that has been in the whole series, what really happened to the Sharpe’s parents, is advanced quite a bit during HOW TO WOO A RELUCTANT LADY. I like the way it is going through all of the books and that in each one there is a new discovery. I can’t wait for Gabriel and Celia’s stories!

the book girl gives HOW TO WOO A RELUCTANT LADY a 5/5

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