Me: Getting a little light reading in kiddo?
Lemon Drop: As you know, my favorite thing to do is pull all my clothes out of my dresser and dump them on the floor. However, Mommy has decided this is not a fun game (pfft, what does she know?), so I've resorted to looking for something to read. All I've found are Daddy's textbooks. Help!
Me: Say no more. Your Auntie Wendy is here to save the day. I had a very solid month, getting through 12 books, and only one DNF in the bunch!
Title links will take you to full reviews
Her Wyoming Man by Cheryl St. John, Historical western romance, Harlequin Historical, 2011, Grade = B-
- Former "kept woman" heroine (OK, prostitute) escapes her old life by answering a mail order bride ad. Hero is a widower with three young children and political ambitions. Vintage St. John. Feel-good vibe. Heroine with a past. Gentle love story. My only quibble? The resolution to the main conflict was a little too pat. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine With A Past, Widower, Single Father, Mail-Order Bride, Big Secret.
- Heroine desperate for adventure, but with little funds, agrees to a home-swap style vacation with the hero. She'll be at his posh London home, and he'll be working on his neglected novel at her tiny island cottage in Australia. A nice romance, about nice people, who develop their relationship through an e-mail exchange. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Lookin' For Love Heroine, Well-To-Do Hero, Pen Pals, Big Secret
- The latest entry in the author's Rizzoli/Isles series. Solid suspense thread set against the backdrop of Boston's Chinatown. Can't wait for the next book.
- A Beauty and the Beast book that I picked up for the TBR Challenge. I gave up after 75 pages or so, mostly because I was bored. Honestly, it's Beauty and the Beast. Where's the angst? There wasn't any. I don't want to label it "fluffy" - but it did fall flat for me.
- Hero made promise to heroine's husband before he died - hence, he's on her doorstep. A lovely, quiet story about a wounded hero and a heroine who finds love again. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Widow Heroine, Military Hero, One Not-So-Talkative Kidlet, Big Secret
- Behind-the-scenes look at the business, and personalities, of the Pawn Stars TV show. A super quick read, but one that will probably be best enjoyed by those already addicted to TV show. Excellent book for "reluctant readers" - says me.
- Heroine in desperate need of a job hires on to be the hero's temporary housekeeper. He just didn't plan on her bringing a kid with her. Nice, believable angst - although I thought the hero's logic behind why he couldn't have a family of his own was a bit cracked. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine Done Wrong, One Lonely Little Boy, Wounded Hero, Rancher Ahoy!
- Hero comes home from America to discover his family has invented a wife for him. The "wife" in question? A woman he has a serious case of love-at-first-sight for. Sexy, fleshed-out story with likable characters and plenty of shenanigans. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Ruined Heroine Down On Her Luck, Love At First Sight, Reunion, Meddling Family
- Cinderella heroine with a vapid, dippy sister and a shrew of a mother, ends up falling for Army major slash Earl who needs to come up with real wife to replace the one he invented via letters home. Really enjoyed the heroine, but wasn't nearly as enamored with the hero.
- Jilted heroine is visiting her married sister in Arabia when she hires on to be a governess for a neighboring sheikh's hoyden daughter. Likable romantic couple, but felt the conflict needed a shot in the arm. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Sheikh Ahoy!, Heroine Done Wrong, Happy Couple From Previous Book, One Ill-Behaved Little Girl
- Heroine who was bullied in high school gets invitation to 10-year reunion. She wants to make a splash, gets on the make-over train, much to the dismay of the hero, her BFF. A lovely story that utilizes one of my absolute favorite tropes! Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine Done Wrong, Hero With Daddy Issues, High School Reunion, Friends To Lovers
- Breast cancer survivor heroine strikes up pen-pal relationship with Army Ranger hero. When he returns home, they meet in person. Naturally sparks fly. Emotionally angsty story about two wounded characters. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Military Hero, Widower, One Over-Protective Brother, One Surly Teen, Big Secret
Me: Uh, not quite. Seriously, your father is going to kill me.