Me: OK, Lemon Drop. Just don't tell your Mommy what we've talked about. None of these books are ::ahem:: very age appropriate for a 5 month old.
I hit a bit of a slump in mid-August, but managed to rebound somewhat and finished six books. OK, one of these was a short story. So sue me. Here's how it breaks down:
Title links will take you to full reviews.
Blame It On The Moonlight by Tracie Sommers, Harlequin Spice Briefs, 2010, Paranormal erotic romance digital short story, Grade = B
- Nice atmosphere, well-done erotic elements and a neat spin on the whole "soul mates" thing that tends to crop up in werewolf stories. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine Done Wrong, One Slimy Asshole Ex, Hot And Sexy Werewolf.
- Good erotic elements, interesting characters, interesting backdrop/setting - but too much story stuffed into too few pages left the romance lacking.
- Just an all-around fun and interesting story. A manly non-titled hero, an unconventional heroine, interesting historical setting (Mongolia!), treasure hunting, convincing bad guys, and a light touch with the fantasy/paranormal elements. Looking forward to the next three books in this series.
- A nice romance about nice people. Cop and single mother falls for former military man determined to live a no-strings, no-commitments, slacker lifestyle. Naturally when their paths cross, and attraction ignites, complications ensue. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Single Mom, Kindly Neighbor Woman, Former Military Hero With Shades Of PTSD, One Runaway Kid, One Cutesy Toddler, One Well-Adjusted Teen Girl.
- Nice spins on the old amnesia and Cinderella tropes. A solid compelling mystery, but a romance that didn't always work for me. After a while, I wanted Cinderella to grow a spine and the insensitive hero to catch a clue. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine With Scandalous Family, Disapproving Family Members, Amnesia!, Cinderella, Mean Old Society Biddies.
- Military hero who may be a long lost Prince falls for a proper young lady who is "too good for him." Liked that the heroine acted the way a well-born Victorian lady might. The hero is the stuff of all good romance heroes - smart, brave, honorable and flirtatious. After a while the "We can't be together because...." did get tiresome, but otherwise, I rather liked this one. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Long Lost Royalty?, Soldier Hero, Heroine Trapped In Gilded Cage, Scandal!, Reverse Cinderella.
Me: Good idea. Mommy might not think you're ready for sexy werewolves just yet. She can be unreasonable like that...