Me: I sure am Lemon Drop! Are you ready?
Lemon Drop: Well, I guess this is a good time. I can pencil you in between begging Mommy for more food and leaving her a present in my diaper.
Me: Alrighty then. Ahem. I started out the month in a bit of a slump, but managed to get 10 books read. OK, so mostly Harlequins. And two short stories. But still....10!
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Wanted! by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Harlequin Blaze #544 , 2010, Book 1 in series, Grade = C
- Heroine on vacation decides to get her groove back with sexy, sweaty, anonymous cowboy. When cowboy turns out to be the middle son of the family whose ranch house she's staying at complications ensue. Lick-able hero, but found the heroine annoyingly wishy-washy. Also, by the time the Big Family Secret conflict was introduced, I felt there weren't enough pages left to adequately deal with the fallout in a semi-believable manner. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Cowboy, Heroine Done Wrong, Just A Fling, Sequel-Baitin' Brothers, Big Secret
- Rodeo-ridin' hero comes home to take care of injured horse he saved from slaughter house and hooks up with heroine, a girl he knew back in high school. Plenty of sizzle, sexy banter, and enjoyable characters. But the slapped-on introduction of Does The Heroine Want To Have Babies Some Day? conflict at the end and the way it was "resolved" pushed every single one of my hot buttons. The only thing that saved this book from a big fat D (or F) grade was the fact that the first 3/4 of the story were really great. As it was, I deserve a medal for not hurling my Sony Reader across the room in total disgust. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Cowboy, Heroine With Flaky Family, Just A Fling, Sequel-Baitin' Brother
- Uptight older brother hero, who still feels guilt over his father's death, hooks back up with the heroine, the woman he was seeing before the family tragedy. Felt the heroine should have been able to control her hormones better considering how badly the hero had previously treated her, but other than that, this was an enjoyable read and saved the trilogy for me. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Guilt-Riddled Hero, Heroine Done Wrong By Hero, Just A Fling, Reunited, One Disapproving Brother
- Down on her luck heroine gets rescued by hero after her car dies in the middle of nowhere. Pretty soon she's working as a waitress in his bar and renting a tiny apartment above his garage. A really lovely story about two people haunted by their pasts. The only bump in the road for me was the hero's annoying as hell sister, who drove me batshit crazy. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Abandoned!, Heroine With Strong Survival Skills, Beta Hero Done Wrong, One Annoying Relative
- Heroine whose husband sucked in the sack (and not in a good way) goes to an exclusive "shop" to get confirmation that sex is supposed to be "good." Naughtiness ensues. Did feel that the romance portion of this story was pretty thin, but liked that the heroine didn't automatically think "I'm bad at sex" just because Hubby #1 was a moron. I also liked that her "awakening" was handled in a believable manner, and she wasn't swinging from a chandelier while cracking a whip. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine In Desperate Need Of Orgasm, Mysterious Hero, Mistaken Identity
- Heroine gets "abducted" after leaving her ladies sewing circle and has her wildest fantasies of being "seduced" by a mysterious stranger fulfilled. Naughtiness ensues. Readers need to be willing to roll with the fantasy, otherwise you could poke holes in this story all day long. But it's quick, sexy, and I really liked the ending. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine Who Likes the Sexy Times, Mystery Lover, Kidnapped!
- The city of Portland is experiencing epic rain fall and the flooding has washed up several dead bodies. It's believed these people are the victims of accidental drowning, but when the medical examiner determines one of them was poisoned before hitting the water, it's up to Detective Archie Sheridan and plucky newspaper reporter Susan Ward to get to the bottom of things. Loved every minute of it. A full-length review will happen closer to release date (March 1, 2011). I know, I'm mean.
- Heroine and hero hook up for a spy mission in World War II era Germany. Great use of history, wonderful plot, but the inspirational elements were problematic. Sometimes they "fit" into the narrative, and other times they felt shoe-horned into a story, like a God Quota had to be met. Also, while the Crisis Of Faith on the part of both characters is very believable, the hero's whiplash turn-around on that issue didn't satisfy me. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine Desperate To Protect Family, Secret Agent Hero, Crisis of Faith, Living A Double Life
- Heroine is going to be bridesmaid for BFF #3 and desperately wants some arm candy to throw off the matchmaking scent of her well-meaning friends. Enter, stage left, the hero, who she knew when she was younger, and who broke her heart. A charming story about nice people still hung up by their pasts. Quite lovely. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Ugly Duckling To Swan, Workaholic Hero, Big Secret, Reunited, Fake Boyfriend/Girlfriend
- Widowed heroine with no desire to remarry finds herself taken captive by Viking hero when he storms her former guardian's castle. Nice sense of place, nice characters, and the author stays away from the ol' "forced seduction" bug-a-boo. However the resolution to the conflict felt a bit like a cop-out to me. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Widowed Heroine, Viking, Kidnapped!
Me: Ahhhh, Lemon Drop, you shall quickly learn that your grandfather has gotten through parenthood by choosing to not think about certain things concerning his daughters. For the record, he thinks your Mommy stumbled across you in a cabbage patch.
Lemon Drop: You mean Mommy didn't find me in a cabbage patch?!
Me: Uh, never mind. Forget I said anything. Here! Look at these shiny car keys!
Lemon Drop: Oooooh, pretty......