Lemon Drop: Do you like it Auntie Wendy? Mommy says I look positively "retro" - whatever the heck that means....
Me: Yeah, they made sofas with that print 40 years ago.
Lemon Drop: Don't hate the player, hate the game Auntie Wendy. Mommy says it looks like something Auntie Big Sis wore back when she was a wee lil' wiener. A magical, mythical time known as.....1970s.
Me: ::shudder:: Well now that we've gone back in time through fashion history, how about I tell you about what I read last month? I did alright, with 8 books read.
Title links will take you to full reviews.
Locked And Loaded by HelenKay Dimon - Romantic suspense, Harlequin Intrigue, 2011, Grade = B
- Book 4 in the Mystery Men series. A harder-edged heroine partnered with a sexy computer geek hero. Swoon. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Geek Hero, Heroine On The Run, Returning Happy Couples From Previous Books
- Final book in the Mystery Men series. I love the strong, silent, brooding Alpha-style heroes, and we get one here. A heroine who is slow to trust, but who isn't brain-dead about it. Also, really enjoyed the way the author wrapped up the overarching suspense that carried through all five books in the series. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Personal Assistant Heroine, Brooding Hero, Returning Happy Couples From Previous Books
- Hero and heroine reunited years later after their betrothal is broken. The heavy emphasis on Insta-Lurve really kept me from buying into the romance. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Arranged Marriage, Broken Engagement!, One Politically Minded Papa, Hero With Revenge In His Heart
- Breast cancer survivor heroine returns home to family ranch and must confront her feelings for their neighbor - her brother's BFF and her childhood crush. Emotionally draining read with plenty of angst. Stubborn as mud characters though, so readers have to be patient and ride them out. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Unrequited Crush, Friends To Lovers, Hero Haunted By His Past, Cancer Survivor Heroine
- Feared warlord with epic reputation arrives on the heroine's doorstep, a former consort to the dead Emperor, after he learns from an anonymous tip that she's in mortal danger. Excellent use of 8th century China back-drop, but that also manifests itself in slow-to-trust characters. Also, while there is a happy ending, reader is left with feeling that it won't be all sunshine and rainbows. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Political Unrest, Big Secret, Warrior Hero, Heroine With A Past
- Adventurous heroine attends masquerade party to put the moves on her dead brother's BFF, just returned from World War I. Great use of 1920s setting, although I wanted "more" about the heroine's family. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Free Spirit Heroine, Wounded Hero, Unrequited Crush, One Dead Brother, Masquerade!
- Heroine with scandalous past has affair with rake hero. Plenty of sexy sizzle, but didn't buy in to heroine's back-story and there is zero resolution to the conflict at hand. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Heroine With A Past, Rake Hero, Wrong Side Of The Tracks
- My TBR Challenge read for the month. Final book in the author's Princess Diaries series. Mia finds herself fretting about high school graduation, the prom, what college she should go to, and the fact that her ex-boyfriend is back in town. A bit padded, but a good read and an excellent way to end the series.
Me: Oh yeah, just what we need to revisit. Neon, day-glo color, jelly shoes, and leg warmers. I can't believe I'm saying this - but stick with the 70s.
Lemon Drop: You forgot about leather jackets with fringe on them.
Me: ::shudder:: Oh yes, thanks for reminding me dear.