What I read in July…

I’m posting this a little early this month, but I won’t be finishing a book today so I know it’s a complete list of what I read in July. My favorites were: A LADY NEVER LIES, RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT, TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP, and PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY.

Here’s what I read:

  1. ONE DAY TO FIND A HUSBAND – Shirley Jump
  2. A LADY NEVER LIES – Juliana Gray
  3. CHERISHED – Maya Banks / Lauren Dane
  4. INVITATION TO THE PRINCE’S PALACE – Jennie Adams
  5. RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT – Gayle Callen
  6. TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP – Candace Havens
  7. PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY – Jennifer Haymore
  8. THAT THING CALLED LOVE – Susan Andersen
  9. MELT INTO YOU – Roni Loren
  10. WHEN YOU WISH UPON A DUKE – Isabella Bradford
  11. AIN’T MISBEHAVING – Molly Cannon
  12. AT LAST – Jill Shalvis
  13. ALMOST A SCANDAL – Elizabeth Essex
  14. THE LADY IS A VAMP – Lynsay Sands
  15. CAPTIVE BUT FORBIDDEN – Lynn Raye Harris
  16. HIS MAJESTY’S MISTAKE – Jane Porter
  17. THE LEGENDARY PLAYBOY SURGEON – Alison Roberts
  18. NEVER STAY PAST MIDNIGHT – Mira Lynn Kelly
  19. LIGHT ME UP – Isabel Sharpe
  20. THE GUY MOST LIKELY TO… – Leslie Kelly, Janelle Denison, Julie Leto
  21. SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK – Meg Cabot
  22. SHARING HAILEY – Samantha Ann King
  23. FOREVER AND A DAY – Jill Shalvis
  24. WHERE THE HEART LIES – Michelle Garren Flye
  25. THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE – Sabrina Darby

I’m Baaaack!

We are home from vacation. It was one of our best and I wished it hadn’t ended. (Of course, coming home to 110 degree heat might have something to do with that.) I read a couple of good books while on vacation, but mainly just enjoyed the uninterrupted time with my kids and hubby. Tomorrow is my baby’s 6th birthday, so we are going from vacation mode straight into birthday mode. He has grand plans for the next few days and I still have to wrap presents and bake a cake! My goal is to get everything back on track by the first and then it will be time to get ready for the beginning of school, soccer season, and dance lessons starting again. Life sure is never dull 🙂

Review: THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE by Sabrina Darby

About the book:

Wanted:

A beautiful young woman—preferably one with no connections, who won’t ask too many questions—to spend two weeks in the North of England with an obstinate, aloof, and utterly handsome man.

Must love dogs, fixing up crumbling castles, and gorgeous and complicated war heroes who may or may not be hiding hearts of gold under their gruff exteriors.

Must not, under any circumstances, fall in love . . .

Simpering misses need not apply.

I really enjoyed this story. Angelina is unrepentant about her past and doesn’t hide who she is to John. Their connection is real and sweet. They listen to each other and seem to understand more than just what’s being said. John’s “injury” isn’t something to be fixed and Angelina knows this and doesn’t attempt to fix him. She even tells his mother to give him space. The story is short, but well written with characters and a story line that are completely fleshed out.

(The book is $0.99 on Kindle with a release date of 7/31 – Print is $3.99 with a release date of 8/14)

the book girl gives THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE a 5/5

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Review: RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT by Gayle Callen

About the book:

Her marriage of convenience seems far too convenient . . .

Desperation drove Cecilia Mallory to seek a union with a stranger—one who would wed her sight unseen and grant her full access to her inheritance with no expectations whatsoever. She anticipated, perhaps, an older, undesirable, equally desperate husband—never the young, vibrant, and devastatingly attractive man who answered her call. What could such a man really be after?

Unknown to Cecilia, Viscount Michael Blackthorne, a soldier and gentleman, owes a debt of honor to Lady Cecilia’s father, and granting her unusual request to wed seemed a worthy way to repay it. But an unseen threat perilously close at hand is convincing Michael that his true responsibility is to protect the beautiful, warm-hearted lady he has married . . . the woman he is unexpectedly coming to love.

I loved so many things about this book. First was the usual circumstances between Cecilia and Michael. They wed via proxy while he is in India and she is in England. Neither one has met the other and when they finally meet they both admit to having expected someone different. Cecilia has expected a much older man and Michael had expected someone unattractive that had no other choice but to marry a stranger. Their instant attraction to each isn’t something either of them expected to have to deal with at any time in their relationship. My second favorite thing was the mystery of who is trying to harm Cecilia. After Michael’s arrival several “accidents” happen to Cecilia and it is up to the two of them to work together to find out who is behind it and to stop them. The third thing I loved about this book was the writing. I’m a huge fan of Ms. Callen’s writing style. The flow and rhythm of the story is elegantly done. The dialogue between the characters flows and their emotions are expressed through their words and actions. From beginning to end this is a fantastically written and romantic tale.

the book girl gives RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT a 5/5

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In My Mailbox / On My Kindle

These are the books that came before I left for vacation. I’m planning on reading several of them while away (When this posts I probably already have read at least two or three)

 

Review: TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP by Candace Havens

About the book:

Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.

But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?

I have always been a huge fan of Candace Havens. I especially love her paranormal romance books. They are written with the right balance of humor and sexiness. TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP is no different. Nick is one sexy vampire dude. He is super rich, super good-looking, and super nice. I liked that there wasn’t anything really wrong with him. He wasn’t terribly broody or angst-ridden. His only flaw is that in trying to protect Casey from things he hides some bits and pieces of his life from her. Casey is also an amazing character. She’s super flawed (in her own mind) and constantly puts herself down (and Nick builds her back up), but unlike most characters that act this way it didn’t get on my nerves. I’m not really sure why it didn’t, but I liked her warts and all. The action between Nick’s ex and Casey is fantastic. The story moves quickly and is hilarious. The sex (when Casey finally gets her way) is explosive. I’m hoping that we get more set in this world created by Ms. Havens. (I really, really want Nick’s best friend Linc’s story!!)

the book girl gives TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP a 5/5

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Review: PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY by Jennifer Haymore

About the book:

DANGEROUS DESIRE
Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child–and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own . . . 
After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge–and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .

When I read the teaser at the end of SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS and found out that Meg was alive I did a really comical What? (dramatic pause) What?  (said like the 10th Doctor for those who are fans). My husband was laying in bed beside me asleep and I woke him up. He patiently listened to me explain my excitement about this twist to the series and then went back to sleep. So, to say I was excited that Meg was alive and we were going to get a happy ending for her and Will might would be an understatement. I really love their story, but boy do they have to work for that happy ending. They face obstacles both external and internal. I never wondered if they would overcome the external ones(both Meg and Will are super tough and willing to do whatever necessary to beat their foe), but the internal ones are much harder to fight. Meg goes through so much in the eight years she is separated from Will. She doesn’t believe that he loves the woman she is now. She also has trouble connecting with her sisters who she was once so close with. Everyone has to work to get to a place where they know each other for who they have become now and not for who they were before Meg disappeared.

There is a secondary story with the youngest Donovan sister, Jessica. Her story had me laughing and added just the right amount of comic relief to the drama of Meg and Will’s story. I especially loved that Jessica, they biggest flirt, can’t get her man to make love to her! She finds a true gentleman.

the book girl gives PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY a 5/5

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Vacation Time!!

 

The family and I are on vacation this week! We have a lovely house-sitter watching our precious pets and plan to spend the week hanging out with each other not worrying about anything. I still have posts posting everyday (I worked hard to get all of my July books read before we left!) I hope everyone has a great week 🙂

 

Review: WHERE THE HEART LIES by Michelle Garren Flye

About the book:

All widowed Alicia Galloway has left of her war-hero husband are the flag that draped his coffin and his final wishes: to move to his hometown, take over the family bookstore and enjoy a simple, quiet life with their two small children. When she arrives, her husband’s best friend makes that new life anything but simple. How can she be so drawn to Liam Addison?

Liam only intended to help Alicia get settled. But one unexpected kiss awakens his long-held forbidden feelings. Soon, the town busybodies swoop in to warn Alicia away from him. Because no matter the man he’s become, he’ll never live down his reputation as town troublemaker and wolfish womanizer.

No one wants the war hero’s sweet widow and the supposedly former bad boy together. But the more everyone tries to keep them apart, the closer he and Alicia get. And the more determined Liam is to prove he’s a changed man. Will it be enough to convince Alicia to let a new love in her life?

This book is sneaky. I was enjoying the book, but not loving it, and the next thing I knew I couldn’t put it down. The characters drew me in. WHERE THE HEART LIES is definitely a character driven book. Alicia is coming to terms with the loss of her husband, moving to a new town where everyone buts into her business, and taking care of her children. I really liked her. Liam was a little harder to understand. He is keeping a secret from Alicia for most of the story and because of that he doesn’t show his true self until the end of the book. As a couple they work well together. The secondary characters help move their relationship along. I enjoyed most of them, but Penny (who’s also keeping a secret from Alicia) really got on my nerves. She wouldn’t explain her animosity toward Liam, but kept telling Alicia to stay away from him. She treats Alicia as if she isn’t old enough or smart enough to form her own opinion about the man. I think what I liked the most was that the relationship develops slowly between Liam and Alicia – there is no rush to sleep together or rush to make their relationship permanent in some way. WHERE THE HEART LIES is a great love story.

the book girl gives WHERE THE HEART LIES a 5/5

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