Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Month That Was February 2012

Lemon Drop:  Cheese!

Me: ::distracted silence::

Lemon Drop: I said CHEESE Auntie Wendy!

Me: Oh, hi sweetheart.  Sorry, your Auntie Wendy is a little crazed at the moment....

Lemon Drop: ::huffy flounce::  What could you possibly be distracted by when I'm right here, wearing this pretty dress?

Me: Work.  Also, leaving for San Francisco for the weekend to hang out with all the awesome-sauce romance writers and various blogger/Twitter peeps that live up there.

Lemon Drop:  Seriously, like any of them could possibly be half as cute as I am?

Me: You may have a point there.  OK, how about in between doing some laundry and packing my overnight bag, I tell you about what I read last month?  Wasn't very much quantity-wise, but I'm pretty happy with the quality.

Title links will take you to full reviews.

Wildest Dreams by Rosanne Bittner, Historical western saga, 2012/1994, Sourcebooks, Grade = B+
  • This romantic historical saga was a little slow to start for me, but once I got through the "set-up" I inhaled it.  A rip-roarin' soap opera set against a gritty western back-drop.  More saga than traditional romance, but it really satisfied my inner western-junkie.
Conor's Way by Laura Lee Guhrke, Historical romance, 1996, Harper Monogram, Grade = A
  • My TBR Challenge read of the month, and one less book for KristieJ to nag me about.  A very hero-driven romance featuring a ::swoon:: haunted Irish hero and a plucky heroine determined to save the family farm after the Civil War.
Her Cowboy Defender by Kerry Connor, Romantic suspense, 2012, Harlequin Intrigue, Grade = C-
  • Connor's writing continues to be crisp and clean, but I had real issues with the time frame and set-up to this story.  The hero is just....too good to be true.  Also, I tend to get annoyed by inept hired goons.  But the action-style plot never lets up, and the pages turn easily.  Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Rancher Hero, Heroine In Peril, Inept Hired Goons, One Villain Bent On Revenge, One Kidnapped Baby Sister, One Twin Sister In Coma.
Tempting the New Guy by Alegra Verde, Erotica digital short story, 2011, Spice Briefs, Grade = B-
  • Second short story in a series following personal assistant at ad agency heroine and the various hot sexy times she has with colleagues.  Ever read stories you know you shouldn't enjoy, but Lord help you, you do anyway?  That's kind of where I'm at with this series.
Lemon Drop: So, any members of my fan club going to be there?

Me: Ha!  Probably.  Do you want me to give a message to your adoring public?

Lemon Drop:  Don't worry, someday I will have my own social media site and you all won't have to wade through Auntie Wendy "stuff" to get your fix.....

Me: Oh nice!

Lemon Drop:  But they'll have to wait.  I don't know how to type.  Or spell.  Or speak in complete sentences.....

Me: That's OK - neither do I!  Ha!


Leslie said...

Lemon Drop is still as cute as always!

Is there anyone who didn't love Conor's Way? I'd be curious to see last month's sales for the e-book version. I have the original print copy but still bought the e-book.

Anonymous said...

I adore Lemondrop and so look forward to her gifting us with her presence on your blog.

I have Conor's book on my kindle but have not read yet. Sounds like I need to get a move on that however it is supposed to be warm this weekend here in Colorado and my nephew has his first Highschool baseball game (ever) on Saturday. Yea baseball is back.

Regards, Ruth (CO)

Tara Marie said...

I really need to blog hop more often, Lemondrop is getting so big and is just too adorable.

Conor's Way is one of my favorite LLG books and downloaded it as soon as I saw it on Amazon.

Hope you have a great visit in San Francisco.

Lil Sis said...

Sorry Auntie Wendy - not crazy about this month's picture choice. I mean, yes, I took the picture but meh, I don't think it full captures her "cuteness." :) She was saying "cheese" there though and does the whole squinty eye thing. :)I'll post pictures soon - lots of cute videos including one with her "boyfriend" Alex.

Wendy said...

I knew several of us were planning on reading, and I meant to check the Amazon ranking prior - and of course forgot. I was really interested to see that it was a winner for just about everybody too! Some of us gushed more than others - but nobody thought it was a stinker :)

Wendy said...

I'm dying for baseball to get underway! I get my first televised spring training game this week - yippee!

Wendy said...

Tara Marie! You've come up for air! Yes, she's getting so big. It's fun to go back through my blog and see pictures of her as an infant, and then to see her now. She turns 2 next month (yikes!)

Wendy said...

Ahem, well I had to post a recent picture and this was really the best one that my SISTER had available ;) And I'd post pictures of her with Alex, but since I'm not blood related to him, I always feel a little weird about that. Not sure if his mother wants him to be an Internet sensation.....

nath said...

LOL, she is so cute Wendy!! :) how old is Lemon Drop now? Time goes by so fast, it's hard to keep track LOL.

And yay, not many books, but some good books!!! Also, the Rosanne Bittner was a big book right? :)