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Quote-tastic Monday: Dragon Fall

I know it’s been a few weeks since I have posted, but I have a good reason.  My dad died on April 2nd.  It wasn’t unexpected, but this blog was no where on the list of things I had to deal with.  On that note, it feels wonderful to get back to normal, such as it is.

I am still reading the Sept Dragons by Katie MacAlister and loving them.  I am finally to one that I had not read before which makes it even better.  Aoife (EE-fuh) is human but has accidentally acquired a magic ring.  Kostya, who has to be the grumpiest of all dragons is her mate, although he won’t admit it.

There are Star Trek references in this one, but that is not where I am going to focus today.

Aoife’s feelings are hurt because she believes Kostya is only interested in her because she owns the ring.  He is defending himself and in all honestly doing a good job of it.  And that’s when Aoife gets mad.

“Of course I’m not,” I snapped.  “And stop being reasonable when I’ve got hurt feelings.”

That is right up there with “Don’t confuse me with facts.” and “Listen to what I mean, not what I say.”   And yes, I have used both of these myself.

Anyway, there are only three more books so far in this series and I think I’m going to take a break.  I received two new books this week, one I purchased and one to review, and I think I will give them a try.

I will definitely come back to the Sept Dragons soon.   That’s a guarantee!

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Quote-tastic Monday: No Star Trek Reference This Week

I am reading another of the Sept Dragons however.  This is the first one that is not about Aisling Grey, so I guess that is why there is a dearth of Star Trek references.  –sigh–

It really is a good book though and like all Katie MacAlister books, it is definitely funny.  So without further ado . . . the quotes.

Gabriel and May are newly mated and in his opinion May can do no wrong.  Drake, the dragon who is mated to Aisling, knows better however.  He tells Gabriel,

“She’s a female American.  No doubt you will soon understand the true depth of hell she can put you through.”

And, of course, I have to include something about the demon in dog form, Jim.

Several of the dragons are fighting.  This is nothing new.  It’s almost a constant occurrence in this book.  Aisling has just told Jim to stop them.

“Stop them how?  You want I should pee on them or something?”  Jim asked Aisling.

Which apparently was a good idea because

The threat of urination had more effect than all the pleading in the world.  En masse the dragons hastily got to their feet, dirty, bleeding, and furious, to a man.

And so, my contribution to the Quote-tastic Monday annals.  Enjoy!

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Quote-tastic Monday: Holy Smokes AND Another Star Trek Reference

Okay, I don’t know how I missed/forgot the Star Trek references the first (2nd, 3rd, ?) time(s) I read this series, but I have found another one.  I’m reading book four, Holy Smokes, and Aisling, Jim, Rene, and her Uncle Damian have just traveled by portal to Tibet.  The company they used is Budget Teleporters.  I’m just throwing that out there.  Anyway, the Star Trek reference:

“I feel like I’ve just participated in a Star Trek episode,” Uncle Damian said.

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Ow!  Star Trek?  You mean one of the episodes when the Enterprise was being attacked, and everyone was shaken off their seats?”

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“No,” Uncle Damian answered my question,  . . . “I’m talking about how one of the characters always protested having his atoms beamed around the universe.”

And just in case you don’t know, that character would be none other than Leonard “Bones” McCoy, MD!  My all-time favorite Star Trek character who was played by DeForest Kelley, a native of Georgia – both the actor and character.  And yes, I’m from Georgia.

 

 

 

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Quote-tastic Monday: Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister

fire-me-upQuote-tastic Monday AND a Star Trek reference:  what’s not to love?

I am still in re-reading mode, although this time I blame my friend Patty Burdette.  I loaned her my Aisling Grey series books and she loves them.  So do I, so when she told me I had to re-read them so we could discuss them, I agreed.  It’s been way too long since I read these books and I don’t think I have ever read the entire series including the Sept dragons straight through.

I am on book three now, Light My Fire, but the quote that I picked for today came from book two, Fire Me Up.  Jim, the demon dog, ate something poisonous and has just been released from the vet.  He is delighted to be out, but still worrying/obsessing about his health.  Aisling is just thrilled he didn’t “die.” (He is a demon after all, so can’t really die.  His corporeal body can however.)

When he asks her if she thinks his IV site looks infected, she hugs him and says,

“Dammit, Jim, I’m a Guardian, not a doctor.”

And I lost it!  This is the only Star Trek reference I remember, but the funny lines never stop.  This is one of the funniest romance series I have ever read and I look for books with lots of humor.  You really need to give them a try.

By the way, the demon dog Jim’s real name is Effrijim, but he prefers Jim.  He thinks his real name is too girly.

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Quote-tastic Monday: Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

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I always think of book reviews posts as focusing on new books or books that are soon to be published.  Since I am in a re-reading phase, that is not happening for me right now.  Of course, I can always tell myself that I am introducing readers to new-to-them books/series and alleviate the guilt of not writing about new books.

Hey, I’m easy to convince of things that go along with what I want any day.

So, Shelly Laurenston is one of my all time favorite authors.  I particularly love the Pride series of which this is book eight.  I have reviewed it before and gave it a well-deserved five stars.  This post is simply to highlight a couple of my favorite passages.

Reece is not a main character in this book, but the younger brother of Ricky Lee, the male lead.  He is the really goofy one of the group.

And when Reece was a bit uncomfortable, he started looking for things to do.  Things he probably shouldn’t do but couldn’t keep himself from doing because he bored so easy.

It wasn’t his fault, he’d just been born that way.  According to his momma, he was like that as a baby, too.  “Couldn’t leave you alone for five minutes, Reece Lee Reed,” his momma still said to this day.  “Because once I turned my back, you’d find something to get your dumb ass into.”

Ricky and Toni are talking about the fact that her father can’t handle the fact that his jackal daughter has fallen for a wolf . . . a hillbilly wolf no less.  Ricky is not sure that Toni has really fallen for him . . .

When she pulled back a bit, Ricky softly asked, “You sure about that?  The falling, I mean.  Because I can’t really tell.”

“Because you’re male and all of you are hopelessly stupid.”  She smiled at him and went back to the stove.

This is one of the funniest books in the series and that is saying something.  If you are ever down and need something to cheer you up, I cannot recommend this series enough.  You will laugh out loud, and I’m not just LOLing!  I have two series that I grab when I don’t know what I want to read or I really need something to get me out of a slump.  Jayne Ann Krentz’ dustbunny books is one and this series is the other.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Quote-tastic Monday: All You Need is Love by Marie Force

all-you-need-is-loveI read this book because a later one in the series was recommended to me.  Because I am compulsive about reading series in order, I, of course, had to read the first one first.  And I have mixed feelings.  Let me say before I start, I am in a reading slump.  I have four books going at once and I don’t want to read any of them.  This is not a good time to start a new author.

Anyway, the book was good.  It’s a straight, contemporary romance with really likable characters.  And that is what has me hooked.  I love everybody in this book.  There are ten adult children, their parents, and a grandfather.  And I love them all.  I never intended to start a new series, not really.  I am so behind in my reading as it is, but these people are great.  I want to meet them and be friends with them.

See what I mean about mixed feelings.  The story is good, not outstanding, but good.  It is the characters that make this book.  I can’t seem to stop gushing about how wonderful they are and that’s why you should give it a try.

And because the whole point of this post is that it is Quote-tastic Monday, here are some of my favorite lines.

“You weren’t very nice to him,” Cameron said.  “I don’t have to be.  He’s my brother.”

I have a brother.  That makes perfect sense to me.

“You were right.”

“I thought women weren’t wired to say those words to a man.”

“It certainly doesn’t come naturally to us, but it’s the truth in this case.”

It happens, not often, but it happens.  I try not to say them in front of witnesses.

Anyway, even though I originally read the book just to ready for whichever one was recommended, I had decided not to bother.  By the end of the book, I knew I couldn’t abandon these characters.  I have to know they all get a happily ever after.  So, here goes another series.

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Quote-tastic Monday: Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

in-deathI don’t read a lot of Nora Roberts, but I love her J. D. Robb “in Death” series.  I have all of the books and there are over forty of them.  They’re futuristic, murder mysteries, and some of the best romance I have read.  Roarke is to die for . . . pun intended . . . and Eve is one of the strongest, most human, female characters I know.

Anyway, the books are just good.  That sounds like faint praise, but really, it’s not.  There’s a reason they’re still going on after forty books and it’s because they’re so good.

Because these are murder mysteries, they are intense.  The dialogue can definitely give the reader a chance to breathe because it lightens things up.  In this excerpt, Roarke is telling Eve about the first wife of one of the victims.  This woman had moved to Australia after the divorce.

Roarke —

” . . . she used to purchase a sheep station in Porongurup — that’s Australia.”

Eve —

“Why do sheep need a station?  Are they catching trains?  Where are they going?  Why do they have to go there?”

Roarke —

“I imagine they find themselves herded onto trains from time to time, but a sheep station’s a ranch.”

Eve —

“They why do they call it a station?”

Roarke —

“Blame the Aussies.  In any case,” he continued before she could take him further into the weeds, . . .

I love Eve’s literal take on things.

Later on, Roarke is trying to get Eve to take a break and she refuses.

“A pick-me-up then.  Milk and cookies.”

“I’m not drinking milk.  Do you know where it comes from?”  The idea made her shudder.

“As does the cheese on the pizza you’re so fond of.”

“Entirely different. . . .”

And her logical illogic.

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Giving In (Surrender, #2) by Maya Banks

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Title: Giving In
Author: Maya Banks
Series: Surrender, #2
Pages: 320
Publisher: Penguin Group
Date: May 6, 2014

 

Summary:

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

Review:

I thought I would like this book better than I did. I read it when it was first released and had so-so feelings about it. I still gave it four stars, but I thought Jensen was just too good to be true. He was just too noble and in touch with what Kylie needed. Perfection is unnerving, don’t you think?

Anyway, I re-read it a few days ago, so I could give it the review it needs. My opinion didn’t change. If anything, Jensen annoyed me even more this time around than he did originally. The only time he reacted as a human was when

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he had a nightmare and hurt Kylie. Even then, he was giving up what he wanted most in the world to protect her.

Of course, it all works out in the end and my opinion did not make me dislike the book. I think it was saved by Kylie. If ever there was someone who let her emotions, especially the hidden ones, affect her relationships with everyone around her, it was Kylie. I actually liked her the most because she seemed the most real.

Read this book, but read Letting Go first. This trilogy is tightly knit and you don’t want to miss out on anything. There are any number of great lines, so I’ll share a few.

“Some things are inevitable, Kylie. You and I are inevitable. No matter how much you fight it. No matter how much you deny it. We are inevitable.”

Yes, it’s sappy, but it is sweet.

Kylie, Joss, and Chessy are best friends with really distinct personalities. Joss and Chessy know Kylie is keeping something from them and she is determined to find out what.

Without Joss, the peacemaker, as a buffer, Chessy would latch onto Kylie’s ass and wouldn’t be able to be pried loose with a crowbar.

And regardless of how I feel about sappy, this is an absolutely wonderful description of Kylie’s and Jensen’s relationship.

But she didn’t want to exist without him and therein lay the truth. Loving him, leaning on him, didn’t mean she was helpless or hopelessly dependent on him. It just meant she was better with him.

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Quote-tastic Monday: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

accidentally-on-purposeI wanted to read this book as soon as it was released, but I was in the middle of another series (one of which I need to review as well) and I just couldn’t get to it FOR ALMOST A WEEK!  I mean really, I had to wait a week to read the new Jill Shalvis book.  That’s cruel and unusual punishment.  And, like normal, I was laughing out loud from the first page.  My poor husband . . . I kept interrupting his reading to make him listen to passages.

So without any further buildup, here are a few of my favorite quotes.  And no, I didn’t include the one from the first page.

“It’s just tea, you weirdo. And I could totally survive without it if I needed to.” She paused. “I just can’t guarantee anyone else’s safety.”

Personally, I love my tea, but I don’t feel I am a danger to anyone else without it.  Don’t get between me and my Diet Coke however.

“Okay,” Max piped up. “I have a girlfriend now so I know this one. When Rory says ‘wow’ like that, it’s not a compliment. It means she’s thinking long and hard on how and when I’ll pay for my stupidity.”

Another word that men need to look out for is “fine.”  When a woman says fine in the middle of an argument, it’s never really fine and she certainly isn’t agreeing with anyone.

He snorted. “Elle, you’re always right. It’s your world and we all just live in it.”

Love it!  Love it!  Love it!

Read this book!  Read it now!  Don’t wait like I did.  It deserves your immediate consumption.

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Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels, #3) by Samantha Kane

Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels, #3)Jacked Up by Samantha Kane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Jacked Up
Author: Samantha Kane
Series: Birmingham Rebels, #3
Pages: n/p
Publisher: Loveswept
Date: January 31, 2017

Summary:

The secret about the Birmingham Rebels is out: With a girl in the middle, two mouth-watering football studs are better than one.

Linebacker Sam Taylor feels like a ticking time bomb. He left the army with emotional wounds as fresh as the scars on his back. Sam’s been living like a monk, but his best friend, defensive lineman King Ulupoka, wants to get him laid. Easy for him to say. The larger-than-life Samoan is a hard-bodied, tribal-tattooed fantasy. Sam agrees, under one condition: King stays to watch.

ER nurse Jane Foster is done being a good girl, and nothing says wild like picking up two of football’s sexiest players and bringing them back to your hotel room. Trouble is, she can’t decide which one she wants more. Sam is hot, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane’s more than willing to ride him into oblivion. But King’s intense gaze from across the room promises that the best is yet to come.

Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones. Seeing Jane and Sam together turns King on more than he ever imagined. If they’re game, he’s ready to tackle a three-way play.

Review:

This is the third in the Birmingham Rebels series and I have loved each of them. I didn’t expect to. I don’t like football and I don’t understand it. And yes, I realize there is probably a correlation there.

So, why did I read the first one?

Samantha Kane people! Brotherhood in Arms! One of my favorite series ever.

Of course, I had to give the book a chance, even if it was based in the world of football.

And I am so glad I did.

I think this may be my favorite book of the three if for no other reason than I adore King Ulupoka. As the description says, he is larger-than-life and that is just physically. He has a wonderful, wonderful personality and he knows how to go for what he wants. Unfortunately, that sometimes means he rolls over people because, of course, he knows best. It doesn’t matter. I love him. I love how he works to make the relationship between Sam, Jane, and him successful. And it takes a lot of work. Sam is suffering from PTSD and Jane is a “good girl.” They can be their own worst enemies.

And that is my one problem with the book. I wanted Sam to get over himself. I know that sounds harsh considering his background, but I wanted them to have a happily ever after.

Did they get it?

Obviously. This is a romance, albeit a nontraditional one.

It’s not absolutely necessary to read the first two books in the series (Broken Play and Calling the Play), but it will make this one more fun. Previous characters show up and have important parts to play. Not to mention, they’re great books.

Give these books a try. I promise you don’t have to be a sports fan at all.

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