Me: Clifford The Big Red Dog? Really? Well, tell you what. Let's talk about what Auntie Wendy read back in March, and afterward we'll tackle your issues with Clifford.
I had a wildly uneven reading month, finishing 11 books. OK, so the vast majority were short stories. See, one of Auntie Wendy's friends, Sybil, owns her soul. Sybil keeps me in Harlequins, and in return, she expects me to do some book reviews for her. I have a backlog, Sybil needed reviews, so that meant catching up on all those Harlequin Historical Undones I've collected on my Sony Reader.
Title links will take you to full reviews.
Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright, Paranormal romance, Signet, 2010, Grade = DNF
- Wright did my library's literary event and that meant I broke out of my Dear God Not Another Paranormal Burn Out to read this first book in her new vampire series. Yeah, it didn't really work for me. I read about half of it, and skimmed the rest. If you're curious about it, I suggest checking out the review over at Smexy Books. I had a number of the same issues with it that Mandi did. But hey, if you can't get enough of Ye Olde Hunky Vampire Brothers trope? Might be worth a look for you.
- Here's something telling - my favorite part of this story? The hero's teenage daughter. A heroine who needs a therapist and a hero who comes off as childish and immature meant a romance that I never connected with. Actually, scratch that. I thought this romance was doomed. But I did like some of the secondary players, and Kilby is a competent writer. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Pleasantly Plump Heroine, Athlete Hero, Single Father, Sequel-Baitin' Siblings, One Teenage Daughter, One Social-Climbing Ex-Wife
- My TBR Challenge read. An annoying secondary character, and some unconvincing behavior on the part of our amateur sleuth sunk this one for me.
- A pleasant story, but the romance never quite gelled for me. Also, the self-sacrificing heroine caused some heavy eye-rolling on my part. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Reclusive Author Hero, Down On Her Luck Heroine, You Can't Choose Your Family, Beauty And The Beast
- Heroine in pursuit of hunky hero who works on Daddy's ranch. The "history" in this one was what caused me to put on the brakes. Yeah, things were more liberal in the American West, but they weren't that liberal. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Virginal Heroine in Pursuit, Cowboy Hero, The World's Most Self-Indulgent Parents
- I normally enjoy Willingham's Undones, so it was with much disappointment that this one....well didn't work at all for me. In order for the happy-ever-after to work, a secondary character gets thrown under the bus. It bothered me. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Vikings Ahoy!, Arranged Marriage, Unrequited Crush, One Widow Woman
- Desperate heroine wants to find her long lost brother, which means begging a favor from the hero, a man she done wrong. Naturally, he'll grant her this favor, for a price. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Hero Done Wrong, Heroine In Dire Straights, Betrayed!, Reunited!
- Gambling addict hero, trying to pull his life together, is given assignment at newspaper to cover the murder of a Native prostitute. A procedural-style suspense thread, a nice sense of place, a seriously messed-up hero with oodles of baggage, and a brain-bending finish will give readers plenty to talk about.
- Detroit PI hired by far-left lawyer to uncover evidence in a car bombing case her mobster client was accused of. The problem? The victim of the car bombing is the PI's BFF. Typical Estleman fare. Lots of noir-y dialogue, colorful characters, solid mystery.
- A prequel to a multi-author series, this sets the wheels in motion quite nicely. Hunky hero, plenty of sexy sizzle, although I did think the heroine took to the "Gypsy lifestyle" amazingly well. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Outsider Hero, Poor Relation Heroine, Scandal!, One Missing Boy
- Hero wants revenge against villain and intends to kidnap his bride-to-be. Instead, he mistakenly kidnaps the girl's chaperone. Oopsie. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Hero Done Wrong, Heroine With A Crush, Revenge!, One Sequel Baitin' BFF.
Lemon Drop: There's just a lot of unanswered questions Auntie Wendy. What were Emily Elizabeth's parents thinking? Did they fully grasp how much it would cost, in this economy I might add, to feed a giant dog? And dear heavens, I hope they had him neutered! The book is lacking in a number of important details. And my Mommy is no help at all! She knows lots of stuff, but she can't tell me if Clifford is going to populate the world with giant red dogs that will undoubtedly start running amok!
Me: Oh honey, Clifford was "born" in 1963. Since dogs generally don't live to be 48 years old, and there are no news reports out there about a pack of giant red dogs - I think it's safe to say Clifford was neutered. And I'm sure Emily Elizabeth's parents were independently wealthy.
Lemon Drop: Whoa, whoa, whoa - wait a minute.....Clifford is dead?!?!?!
Me: Sigh. I should just start saving up for your therapy bills now.