The Reason for this Blog

Although I track my books on Goodreads, I wanted a place of my own to talk about books.  The posts will not really be reviews, but  more of a reading journal.

 

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Murphy’s Law by Lisa Marie Rice

Murphy's LawMurphy’s Law by Lisa Marie Rice
Math genius Faith Murphy breaks her own personal Murphy’s Law with hockey hunk Nick Rossi, the man she’s been in love with for the past year. When he doesn’t remember her name the morning after a steamy night together, Faith flees to a math conference in beautiful Siena, Italy. But her own Murphy’s Law follows her to Italy. The very first morning she discovers her boss’s dead body. Not that he didn’t need killing, but Faith has to convince the homicide cop, who happens to be Nick’s cousin, that she didn’t do it. A murder is a terrible thing but it doesn’t get much attention in Siena during Palio season, that no-holds-barred medieval horse race that fires up the city.

Nick’s career has come to an end due to a head injury. Devastated and drunk, he seduces Faith and only realizes once she is gone that she might be the woman of his life. He heads to Siena to convince his cousin Dante that Faith is innocent and to win her back. And he’ll stop at nothing to make sure she’s back in his arms again.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is completely different from anything else I have read by Lisa Marie Rice. It was funny and light although there were serious issues taking place.

I loved that the heroine was a math nerd. I did not like that the hero was considered to be dumb by all his friends and family. Faith is the only person in Nick’s life who has never made fun of his intelligence.

I have to wonder if she ever wrote a book about Nick’s cousin Dante. He definitely needs his own story.

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Midnight Vengeance (Midnight, #4) by Lisa Marie Rice

Midnight Vengeance (Midnight #4)Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice

Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.

Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.

Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep—a single photograph—has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.

Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I thought Douglas from Midnight Angel would always be my favorite hero in the Midnight series, but Jacko has usurped his position.

There are many similarities in their personalities, but I still like Jacko better. It could just be that I’ve read his book most recently. Of course, I can’t even count how many times I’ve read Midnight Angel, so that tells you how much I love that book.

This one is even better.

Midnight Vengeance brings back all of the couples from the previous books. They mostly have walk on parts, but it is still nice to see them again. You don’t HAVE to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to read them.

It has a combination solid ending and cliffhanger which is hard to imagine. Lauren’s and Jacko’s story comes to a satisfactory conclusion, but we are introduced to the next book’s couple in the final page.

Midnight Promises is due out on January 19th, 2015. I think I will plan a reread of the series over the Christmas holidays. That will be a wonderful present to myself.

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The Family Way by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Family WayThe Family Way by Jayne Ann Krentz

Unwilling to force Case McCord into a proposal of marriage, a pregnant Pru Kenyon decides to walk away from the man she loves, not telling him that she is expecting his baby, but she never bargained on how much Case is willing to do for love.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, this was a re-read for the who knows how many times. Like all JAK books, I loved it. It is definitely one of my favorites even amongst her books.

The only problem I had with the book is the portrayal of the “older” characters. The housekeeper is fifty and has episodes whenever she is upset. I’m older than that and I felt insulted by the characterization of a woman of that age.

Funny. I didn’t feel that way when I read this book back in the 80s.

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Show Me, Baby (Shadowland, #9) by Cherise Sinclair

Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights (Masters of the Shadowlands, #9)Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights by Cherise Sinclair

After his last lover chose her career over him, Jake knows he wants a woman who will put him at the top of her priorities—as he would with her. One of the trainees, Rainie, has caught his attention. Lush body, a gift for living life to the fullest, always laughing or smiling. Yeah. She trips all his switches. But she’s never given him a second look and that’s damned annoying.

Rainie has been burned enough times that she’s not going to get serious about any man. Sure, the BDSM club trainees are supposed to be looking for a permanent Dom, but no harm, no foul—they don’t need to know she lied. Trainees get to be involved in everything—and with everyone. But there’s one she avoids. Master Jake is always frowning at her. No matter how gorgeous he is, she doesn’t need any disapproving Dom up in her business.

Unfortunately, her best friends are having a double wedding. Little hearts are floating in the air. Every breath is filled with romance. Rainie is doomed.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this series and Show Me, Baby is no exception. The difference in this book and the earlier titles is most of Rainie’s and Jake’s story takes place outside of the club. There is still plenty of really hot bondage sex and, to me, some more extreme types of SM. Nothing, however, that freaked me out.

Okay, I’m ready for the next book.

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The Heist (Fox & O’Hare, #1) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Heist (Fox and O'Hare #1)The Heist by Janet Evanovich

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, it’s not a Stephanie Plum book. It was entertaining, but I had to make myself stick with it. I think the second book will probably be better because I already know the characters. I’m just not sure I want to invest the time in another book that I only rate a three.

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The Truth About Leo (Noble, #4) by Katie MacAlister

The Truth About Leo (Noble, #4)The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Can Dagmar flee Denmark

Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a way out of her desperate situation.

By Lying to Leo?

Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, seventh earl of March, and spy in the service of the king, finds himself on the wrong end of a saber and left for dead. He wakes up not remembering what happened…in the care of a beautiful woman who says she is his wife.

Back in London, Leo-with the help of his old friends the eccentric Britton family-sets out to unravel what he’s forgotten… Is Dagmar truly the wonderful, irrepressible woman who makes his heart sing, or is she a dangerous enigma bent on his destruction?

 

I have often said that Noble Intentions, the first book in this series, is one of the funniest books I have ever read. The Truth About Leo definitely gives it a run for its money.

Both characters, but especially Dagmar are wonderful. Her obsession with “carnal activities” is hysterical. Leo, of course, is more than happy to satisfy her interests.

I think my favorite parts were the introductions to each chapter. They were written by Dagmar’s late mother and were obviously after the fact instructions regarding her behavior.

You can read this book without reading the first three in the series. It takes place several years later. However, the entire series is so much fun, I recommend you read them all.

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Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops, #2) by Katie Reus

Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops, #2)Bound to Danger by Katie Reus

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is the second in the Deadly Ops series by Katie Reus. I reviewed the first book, Targeted, on GoodReads (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…) and could not wait for the sequel. I was sure I knew who the main characters were going to be and I really wanted to know their story.

I was so wrong.

Bound to Danger introduces two entirely new characters with their own past history. Cade was best friends with Maria’s brother when they served together in Afghanistan. He spent holidays with their family and he and Maria became friends. Through letters and emails, they become more than friends and Cade planned to return to Maria when his tour was up. However, when Maria’s brother is killed, Cade cuts off all contact with Maria out of guilt for not saving him. Not only does Maria lose her brother, she loses the man she loves.

Got all that?

Now, years later, Maria is in danger because she overhears a group of terrorists discussing their plans. Cade, who now belongs to a black ops organization, is sent in to protect her. They still care for each other, but neither one of them will admit it – Maria because she does not understand why Cade abandoned her and Cade because he feels guilty for her brother’s death AND because he abandoned Maria.

So, of course, they fall into bed with each other.

Okay, not at first. At least two to three days go by before they have sex, but from that point forward I felt the sex scenes dominated the story. They were really good sex scenes, but they didn’t do a lot to advance the plot.

That, however, is my only criticism. The book was engrossing with a unique to me plot line. Characters from the previous book had minor parts and I always enjoy seeing old friends. I definitely recommend this book, but be sure and read Targeted first.

I look forward to book three. Surely, the two minor characters from the first book will get their story. Maybe?

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