Monthly Archives: June 2010

Into the Dreaming (Highlander, #8) by Karen Marie Moning


Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee was completely in love with her fantasy man—the hot and strapping dark-haired Highlander who’d been coming to her in her dreams for years and inspired her sensual flights of literary fancy.

But is was more than her imagination that conjured up the brilliantly woven tapestry sporting the spitting image of her magnificently arrogant warrior. It was more than than a dream that transported her to medieval Scotland to break an evil spell. And it was more than she could handle when she found herself wrapped in the muscular arms of Aedan MacKinnon, who had his own fantasies to fulfill…

This book was a re-read for me.  I love Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and this was the last one published.  It was released in 2006, so I guess there are no plans for another one.  Anyway, she has another series called Fever.  I thought it was a spin off of the Highlanders and wanted to refresh my memory of the book.  It turns out that they have nothing to do with each other.

Into the Dreaming is actually a novella with only 112 pages.  It is amazing the emotion she can pack into such a short book.  All the things Aedan lived through at the hands of the Unseelie king were heartbreaking.

I did feel that there was room for another story.  There were enough references to his family that I felt like the plot was leading up to something that never came to pass.

I did not particularly care for the ending with the Seelie queen and Unseelie king, but it was not totally unforeseen.

Anyone else catch the play on Jane’s last name?


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Love in the Time of Dragons (Light Dragons, #1) by Katie MacAlister


Tully Sullivan just woke up in a strange place, surrounded by people she’s never met. Which is bad enough. But then the strange people insist they are dragons. And, worse, that she is also a dragon, named Ysolde de Bouchier, one of the most notorious figures in dragon history.

She doesn’t buy it. She can’t breathe fire or shapeshift. She’s not even bothered by gold. But they’re adamant. And she’s in trouble.

Because these dragons also want to sentence her to death.

If she’s going to survive, Tully realizes she is going to have to find a way to solve the crimes she’s being accused of. Even though they happened in a past she has absolutely no memory of living.

Okay, when I read this book, I thought it was a continuation of the Silver Dragon series, and in a way it was.  Gabriel, the Silver Dragon wyvern, still wants Baltic dead.  After all, he’s already supposed to be dead!

I did not expect Tully to be Ysolde.  I never really believed she was dead, but I certainly didn’t think she was murdered and then brought back to life.

This book had a lot of “Say what?” moments.  However, it did explain the back story regarding Baltic.

As I said, I did not realize it was the beginning of a new series.  If I had, I might have waited until the entire series was published before reading it.  That’s what I did with the Silver Dragons and it worked out very well.

As a matter of fact, that’s what I recommend.  Read the first seven books:  four Aisling Gray and three Silver Dragons.  Wait for the entire Light Dragon series to be published so you can enjoy them all together.

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Me and My Shadow (Silver Dragons, #3) by Katie MacAlister


May Northcott is at the end of her tether. Her demon boss has moved in and is making life hell. Her scorching hot dragon lover seems to think everything can be solved with a fiery kiss. And worse still, she’s being shadowed by her ditsy twin sister — a naiad who simply can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The arrival of a nearly-dead man on May’s doorstep could be the final spark that sets light to their tinder-box world. And with dragon war imminent, it’s looking increasingly like it will be up to May (and her watery shadow) to stop it before the fire consumes them all, and their lives end up in smoke!

This is the final book in the Silver Dragon series, although I didn’t realize it at the time.  May is still having issues with her demon lord, but since he is nearly powerless in his current form, it’s nothing she can’t handle.

Although this book did wrap up most of the relationship issues between May and Gabriel, it seemed to be designed more to setup the storyline for the next book in the “series.”  I originally thought Love in the Time of Dragons was the fourth book in the Silver Dragon series.  However, it turns out to be the first in the Light Dragon series.  The two books flow so seamlessly together that it was hard to tell.

I cannot wait for the next book to be released!  The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons is due out in May 2011.

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Up in Smoke (Silver Dragons, #2) by Katie MacAlister


Though May Northcott’s heart belongs to Gabriel, leader of the silver dragons, being stuck in Abaddon has significantly cooled down her love life. Especially since a demon lord is trying to woo her. Looks like May will have to barter to gain her freedom and fulfill her destiny by Gabriel’s side…

This is the second in a set of three books.  I did not read any of the books until all of them were published and I am very glad I did so.  These books flow one right into the next.  They are so entertaining I would have hated to have to wait on any of them.

I liked Gabriel in the original Aisling Gray series and I am pleased that he has found his mate even if she comes with some issues.  I mean, what kind of story would we have if there wasn’t some type of conflict?

You have to admire an author that can almost make you like a demon lord.  He is not evil in spite of himself.  He is just evil, but for some reason, I think I like him.

And speaking of demons, Jim the demon Newfoundland dog is back!  The books would not be nearly as much fun without his snide comments.

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Playing with Fire (Silver Dragons, #1) by Katie MacAlister


This is the first in a group of books that I read while on vacation.  For some strange reason I actually wrote about my vacation in my journal instead of the books I was reading.  LOL

Anyway, I am going to have to work from memory on when exactly I read these books.

Playing with Fire is the first in MacAlister’s Silver Dragon series.  This series is a spin-off of the Aisling Gray series which is a favorite of mine.  I was delighted to find that Aisling and the dragon septs show up in the new series, not to mention Jim.  Jim, the demon Newfoundland dog, is the most important character in the books to me.

Gabriel Tauhou is the wyvern of the Silver Dragons.  His sept is under a curse that no mate to a silver dragon shall be born.  Enter May Northcott.  She wasn’t born because she is a doppelganger, a being created by her twin.  Has Gabriel found his mate?  There is only one problem.  May was bound at creation to a demon lord.  It seems Gabriel can’t get a break.

I actually waited until all three books in this series were released before I read them.  I did not think they could be as enjoyable as the original series, but I was happy to be proven wrong.  The storyline flowed well between books and there was enough description to remind me of key plot features.

I do not like the character May as much as I do Aisling.  I think it is because she has something of a defeatist attitude.  To offset that, I like Gabriel much more than I do Aisling’s mate Drake.  It all balances out I guess.

Either way, I highly recommend this series.  It is not a stand alone however.  To really understand and enjoy it, you will have to read the Aisling Gray series first.  The title of the first book is You Slay Me.

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Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3) by Julia Quinn

from publisher

I read the first book in this series, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, when it was originally released.  I think it may have been the first book by Julia Quinn that I ever read.  Recently, I won a copy of Ten Things I Love About You from Goodreads Giveaway and discovered that she had written not just one, but two sequels to Miranda Cheever.

The second book is What Happens in London which I have previously reviewed on this blog.  I purchased it when I received this book.  I also did a re-read of Miranda Cheever which was not a hardship at all.

Anyway, Ten Things begins a short while after the ending of What Happens in London.  In book two, we met Sebastian Grey who is a cousin of the hero Harry Valentine.  Sebastian is in the unfortunate position of being the possible heir to an earldom.  His widower uncle, Lord Newbery, does not have a living son and despises Sebastian.  Therefore, he plans to marry a young woman who can give him an heir.  Needless to say, he is thoroughly dislikable.

Enter Annabell Winslow – She is the eldest of eight children and her father has recently died.  The family is in dire straits financially.  She is also built like a “fertility goddess,” so of course, Lord Newbery is very interested.

As to be expected in any good romance, Annabell and Sebastian meet and fall in love.  But how can she marry him when she is responsible for the well being of her family?

Not to mention, who really is the author of those wonderful/horrible novels by Sarah Gorely?

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What Happens in London (Bevelstoke, #2) by Julia Quinn


Miranda Cheever’s (The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever) best friend and now sister-in-law definitely needed her own story. After all, Olivia Bevelstoke tried so hard to get Miranda to marry her brother.  Of course, she didn’t know that Miranda was in love with her other brother.  Anyway, she did try to help.

Olivia’s biggest problem is that she is gorgeous. And since she is gorgeous, most women and all the men think she doesn’t have a brain in her head.  They would never believe she doesn’t read novels, but prefers the newspaper.  And, she has definite opinions regarding the political situation in England.  Olivia knows how the game is played in London society and she does not plan to lose.

Then Harry Valentine moves in next door.  “They” say he murdered his wife or was she just his fiancee?  Who are “they” and did Harry even have a fiancee?  Olivia doesn’t believe the stories, but she is determined to find out the truth.

Conveniently, her bedroom window looks into Harry’s study where he spends an awful lot of time going over papers.  No one spends that much time on paperwork.

I liked this book better than The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever because the characters were more likable.  I also felt there was a lot more humor in this book.  Harry has a dry sense of humor and he loves to use it on Olivia.

I cannot wait to read the next book: Ten Things I Love About You .  I was delighted to see that it is about Harry’s cousin Sebastian.  He was one of my favorite characters in the book.

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Promises Keep (Promises, #2) by Sarah McCarty

Promises Keep (Promises, #2)
Every time I read or re-read a Sarah McCarty title, I remember how good she really is as an author.

Promises Keep is the second book in her Promises series.  There are four now with a fifth promised (pun intended) in 2010. The first three were originally published with Ellora’s Cave which tells you how sexually explicit they can be.

The thing about these books is that the sex is not the point.  These books are romances through and through.  There is an alpha male with a strong female who is normally overcoming a violent past.  That is a particular twist in Promises Keep.

The only reason I haven’t bought and read more of her books is that she hasn’t released them yet.  Sarah McCarty is definitely on my “gotta have them” the first day they are released list.

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1) by Julia Quinn


I originally read this book when it was first released and really enjoyed it.  I did not know a sequel had been written, What Happens in London, until I received the third book, Ten Things I Love About You as a Goodreads’ Giveaway.

Of course, I immediately ordered book two and re-read book one.  I am pleased to say I enjoyed The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever just as much on the second reading.

However, for some reason I was less patient with Turner and his refusal to face up to how he felt about Miranda.  I thought it showed a lack of maturity on his part.

Book two is supposed to be delivered today and I will probably be up all night reading it.  I cannot wait!

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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan


I rarely if ever choose to not finish a book, but I made an exception for this one.  After the first few pages, I told my husband I did not like the book.  I needed to read it though because it is a Young Adult novel and I am a YA librarian.

After 160 pages of forcing myself to read and it just did not get any better, I quit!  I think there were three different worlds intersecting, but I am not completely sure.  I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, so the different worlds was not an issue.  They just didn’t make sense in this book.

I originally picked up the book based on a recommendation from a blog I follow.  I wish I could remember which one, so I would know to hesitate before taking another of their recommendations.

I rarely react this negatively to a book.  At least I can give it the compliment of saying it elicited a strong reaction.

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