Lemon Drop: I am working Auntie Wendy. I can't be waiting around for you forever, this girl has work to do.
Me: Well, well, my apologies! Did it occur to you that I am late because I to have work to do?
Lemon Drop: Oh, I know you do Auntie Wendy, but you obviously aren't doing it.
Me: How do you figure?
Lemon Drop: I've seen The Batmobile. It's filthy.
Me: Well hardy har har.
Summer Nights by Susan Mallery - Contemporary romance, 2012, HQN, Part of series, Grade = D
- Librarian heroine needs to raise money for a bookmobile and thinks the way to do is "horse dance" in some local parade. She goes to the hero, a cowboy-type, to teach her. Liked the "librarian stuff," but thought the hero was a stupid jerk-face and all the cutesy small-town series stuff made my head hurt.
- The latest book in Cain's series about eff'ed up Portland homicide cop, Archie Sheridan, and female serial killer, Gretchen Lowell. After a reprieve, the violence is back - as is Gretchen's character. A solid read, not perfect, but so damn readable and addictive it's hard for me to be critical.
- My TBR Challenge read of the month. After he loses his men and ship at sea, hero hides out in lighthouse. His former lover, the heroine, shows up to give him a mysterious box her father bequeathed to him in his will. Since the hero blames the heroine's father for his disgrace? Yeah, this reunion is bumpy. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Hero Done Wrong, Well Born Lady Heroine Laid Low By Tragedy, One Conniving Dead Daddy, One Oily Would-Be Fiance', Reunited!
- High-powered business woman heroine enters into a BDSM relationship with her male personal assistant. Pretty standard stuff until the ending - which really cooks thanks to the couple having to admit they have more than "just fling" feelings for each other. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Boss/Secretary, Just A Fling
- Lawyer hero with political ambitions needs the heroine's help to bring down a corrupt judge. Things get complicated when he finds himself attracted to the Native American woman, who has turned her life around after spending her youth as a junkie prostitute. Not exactly the stuff of potential political wives. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Native American, Heroine With A Past, Ambitious Hero With Mommy AND Daddy Issues, Different Worlds.
- Hero looking to put some shine back into his professional reputation proposes a temporary business partnership with the heroine. She agrees, but only after she finds out she needs a husband in order for a foreign adoption to go through. Not a perfect book, but extremely readable with just the right amount of character baggage to propel the conflict forward. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: One He Been Done Wrong Hero, Heroine Taking Over Daddy's Business, One Orphaned Kidlet, Marriage Of Convenience
- Hero comes home from work to find his lover having icky, sweaty, hairy sex with their landlord. What's a guy to do? Well for starters, how about going to the noon mass where his lover and mother are in attendance, grabbing the nearest Bible, and beaning the cheater upside the head? Then the hero finds out that his bank accounts have been cleaned out, and that's when the local law - an unrequited crush, steps in. Funny, charming, a well-told "chick lit" style story that features gay men.
Lemon Drop: Not yet. Although it's not so bad. The boss don't mind sometimes when I act the fool.
Me: I know The Boss AKA Mommy does tend to prefer that over tantrums.
Lemon Drop: If she would just resign herself to the fact that it's all about me there would be no need for tantrums.
Me: Yeah, Mommy tends to be unreasonable like that.