Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Month That Was April 2010

Looking back on my reading for the month of April, I'm struck by two things. 1) I managed to read 8 books, which surprises me (I thought I was more of a slacker) and 2) I had a good reading month as far as quality goes. A new book joined the ranks of the Bat Cave Keeper Stash and look at all those B grades! Title links will take you to full reviews.

Surrender Of A Siren by Tessa Dare - Historical romance, Regency, 2009, Grade = B-
  • Enjoyed the shipboard setting, liked the heroine, really liked the hero. That said, this was a second half read for me, mostly because the pacing made the first half slow-going. A solid book, and it sets up the final book in the trilogy quite nicely.
Under The Gun by HelenKay Dimon - Harlequin Intrigue, 2010, Grade = B-
  • A solid suspense story delivered in the postage stamp word count of the Intrigue line. Author continues to write good, solid "hero-worthy" heroes. Would have liked a bit more detail concerning hero's job as a "recovery agent" and admittedly, I had a hard time warming up to the heroine. That said, I'm looking forward to the future books in this series. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Bad Ass Secret Agent Hero, Heroine Who Done Him Wrong, Evil Ex Husband, Sequel Baiting Coworkers (But Not Annoying Sequel Baiting).
The Captain's Wicked Wager by Marguerite Kaye - Harlequin Undone, Short Story, Ebook, Georgian, Grade = B
  • Desperate heroine enters into wager with hero, and sexy shenanigans ensue. Loved the Georgian setting, and the author writes "anticipation" very well. The traditional happily-ever-after strains a bit given the short time-table, but this was a sexy, solid read and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Wager Plot, Self-Sacrificing Heroine, Military Hero.
Death Of A Trophy Wife by Laura Levine - Cozy Mystery, 2010, Grade = B
  • Latest installment in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. This time out the intrepid heroine finds herself working to clear her neighbor's name when the police label him a prime suspect in the death of an obnoxious Los Angeles trophy wife.
Leave Me Breathless by HelenKay Dimon - Romantic Suspense, 2010, Grade = B
  • Former FBI heroine is hired to protect the judge hero after he receives threats and his car is bombed. Good banter, steamy sexual tension, and a nice secondary romance involving another judge and the hero's brother.
John Riley's Girl by Inglath Cooper - Harlequin SuperRomance, 2004, Grade = B-
  • My read for Keishon's TBR Challenge. Emotionally charged story about two reunited high school sweethearts. Suspension of disbelief heavily required, but I enjoyed it. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: High School Sweethearts, Small Town = Goody Goodness, Unhappy Career Gal, One Kid (Not Obnoxious), One Dead Wife, Single Dad.
Sex And The Single Earl by Vanessa Kelly - Historical romance, Regency, 2010, Grade = C
  • A full review of this will be posted on Friday. A heroine who toes the "impetuous line," and a hero I never really warmed up to. Enjoyed the Bath setting, and the "gritty" Regency details the author included in the story. Could have done without the Evil Ex-Mistress, but admittedly this is a personal quirk of mine. An OK read.
Oh-So-Sensible Secretary by Jessica Hart - Harlequin Romance, 2010, Grade = A
  • The best read of the month. Uptight, personal assistant heroine finds herself working for the hero, a wealthy minor celebrity who is more at home traveling the world than behind the desk in an office. Great first-person narration, no silly misunderstandings, and a heroine who "grows" over the course of the story. Harlequin Cheat-Sheet: Wealthy Hero, Wound-Tight Heroine, One Ex-Boyfriend (Not Evil), Office Romance.


SarahT said...

Nice list! I like your Harlequin Cheat-Sheet. It's a wonderful addition for a reader like me who tends to shy away from romances featuring kids.

Wendy said...

Sarah: I think I'm going to do the Harlequin Cheat Sheet from now on when I do these monthly recaps. So many online readers say they don't read Harlequins because "all the books have kids in them" and that's just not the case. I read quite a few where precocious tots and secret babies are nowhere to be found.

FD said...

Agreed: the Harlequin Cheat-Sheet is genius.

Having come across two (unmentioned in the reviews) hero rape scenes in the last month I am deeply narked.

P.S. I bought the Jessica Hart on your recommendation and enjoyed it immensely.

Wendy said...

FD: Yippee! So glad you liked the Jessica Hart book!

Yeah, the Harlequin Cheat Sheet is here to stay. That now makes three of us who will find it handy :)

nath said...

Ahhh, I need to get that Jessica Hart now!! I need to keep track of your reviews on Harlequins at Sybil's site... I've been missing too many suggestions!

Wendy said...

Nath: Well you did read Under The Boss's Mistletoe by Jessica Hart based on my review. I seem to recall you gave that book a B-. I really liked that book, but I loved Oh-So-Sensible Secretary :D