Lemon Drop: ::dead silence::
Me: How's it going sweetheart?
Lemon Drop: ::crickets chirping::
Me: Oh silly child, it's going to take more than the silent treatment for me to shut-up. Well, while you decide if you're going to tell me what's wrong - let me talk about the books I read last month. Even with RWA going on, I managed to read 11 books in June! Sort of. One of these was a DNF.
Lemon Drop: ::shrug::
Title links will take you to full reviews.
The Sheikh's Impetuous Love Slave by Marguerite Kaye - Historical romance digital short story, Harlequin Historical Undone, 2011, Grade = B
- Heroine survives a shipwreck, only to be rescued by men who roll her up in a carpet and deliver her to their sheik. Sexy times, naturally, abound. A nice sexy short story. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Sheikh Ahoy!, Captive!
- Latest anthology honoring Harlequin's More Than Words recipients. A nice blend of "issues" and romance, and a great way to highlight community-active and driven women.
- After really enjoying the Shalvis entry in the More Than Words anthology, I decided to pull this one out for my TBR Challenge read. After 50 pages, I threw in the towel. It managed to set off every single one of my Danger, Danger Wacky Hijinks Ahoy! alarm bells. I so wasn't in the mood.
- Billionaire hero and the heroine who loathes him find themselves sharing joint custody of an infant after their BFFs die in a car accident. Would have been an ideal Guilty Pleasure read for me if not for the strong focus on the baby's paternity. Blah. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Billionaire Hero, Adversaries!, Baby Ahoy!, Insta-Parents
- Heroine forced out of family nest, takes job working for a writer hero with a looming deadline. OK hero paired with a bland, vanilla heroine who needed to get herself a life - not a romance. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Wounded (Literally) Hero, Big Secret, Family
- NFL wide receiver in major career slump hires heroine as a property caretaker. The fly in the ointment? They grew up best friends, ruined it by having a hot one night stand, oh - and she thinks he's responsible for the career troubles her Dear Old Dad is having. Hot, Sexy Nookie, coupled with a wonderful emotional depth. It'll steam up your glasses and pull the ol' heart-strings.
- When her husband is murdered by bandits, the heroine is rescued by the sheikh that they were traveling through Arabia to meet on a diplomatic mission. Lush, exotic setting to go along with the lush, exotic sexy times. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Sheik Ahoy!, Virgin Widow, Sequel-Baitin' Sister
- Warm for each other's form, hero decides to help heroine fulfill one of her sexual fantasies. Guess which one. What I loved about this short story? It's a romance, oh and there's an actual story here. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Office romance, Menage a trois
- A forgery painting heroine, and a bastard son playing spy for his aristocratic brother find themselves navigating political intrigue in Napoleon era Salzburg. A wonderful forbidden love-style plot, coupled with fantastic world-building.
- Sequel to Money Shot, featuring former porn star, turned vigilante, Angel Dare. When her past finds her in a run-down desert diner, Angel finds herself protecting a young hot-head UFC fighter as a favor to his father, her former lover. Releasing in October, I'm still mulling over my review. In short? I'm massively conflicted. It's a strong book, well-written, page-turning even - but damn, it's even darker than Money Shot, and there are elements in this story that really pissed me off.
- After hooking up at his sister's wedding, hero finds himself face-to-face with the heroine, who helped soothe his wounded ego after his divorce. After getting through Choke Hold, I seriously needed a "sexy and fun" read, so I picked up this Blaze. Sadly, what I got was conflict with the heft of wet tissue paper, coupled with series-itis (this is fourth book in a series - and yes, I've read the first three. That somehow made it worse for me. Blah.).
Lemon Drop: Ahem, I read your acceptance speech Auntie Wendy. There's Mommy, Auntie Big Sis, even Memaw and Papaw. No Lemon Drop. That sucks worse than diaper rash Auntie Wendy.
Me: Ahhh, so that's it. You're upset that I didn't mention you in my speech. Look sweetie, you know I love you - but in all fairness Mommy, Big Sis, Memaw and Papaw have put up with me a lot longer than you have. Plus, you'll notice I didn't mention your cousins, The Fairy Princess and The Flash, either.
Lemon Drop: ::sniff:: I guess.....
Me: Tell you what, next time I win a Librarian Of The Year award, I promise I'll mention you.
Lemon Drop: You better.