Monday, September 17, 2012

The Month That Was August 2012

Lemon Drop:  Yo, yo, yo Auntizzle Wendizzle!

Me: I have no idea what you just said, but um....hi?

Lemon Drop: Just keepin' it real.  Like Snoopy With The Double G hangin' the LBC....

Me: You could quite possibly be the whitest white kid to ever white.  How about I just tell you about what I read last month and maybe by that point you'll stop trying to be all gangsta up in here.

Lemon Drop: Drop it like it's hot Auntizzle!

Me: Good Lord.

Title links lead to full reviews.
Thunder on the Plains by Rosanne Bittner - Historical western romance, Sourcebooks, 2012 (1992 reprint), Grade = DNF
  •  A writing style that wasn't flowing for me and a Mary Sue heroine ultimately led to this DNF.  Bittner has worked well for me in the past, but not with this particular book.
Sweet Temptation by Maya Banks - Erotic romance, Berkley, 2010, Grade = D
  • I'm done.  I'm completely over BDSM.  I couldn't wrap my mind around a "hero" who thought it wasn't right to be in a relationship with his dead BFF's sister, but it was totally OK to screw her brains out and arrange a gang-bang for her.  My hero.  Not.
Starlight by Carrie Lofty - Historical romance, Pocket, 2012, Grade = B
  • Daughter of a famed union organizer falls for the new owner of the mill, who inherited it from his Dead Daddy with the stipulation he turns a profit within one year or his inheritance is bye-bye.  A heavy adversarial relationship melded with a marriage of convenience and a seriously villainous villain.
Copy That by HelenKay Dimon - Harlequin Intrique, 2012, Grade = B
  • Hero shows up at twin brother's house just in time to rescue heroine from hired goon.  A heavy action-style plot similar in style to Dimon's other Intrigues.  She works well with plots of this nature, and this was a quick, fun read.  Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Twins!, Heroine Done Wrong, Two Romances For The Price Of One, Law Enforcement
The Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah by Marguerite Kaye - Harlequin Historical, 2012, Grade = C-
  • Chalk this one up to me not being able to suspend disbelief enough to buy a Dowager Countess going on a house-breaking adventure with a former military man turned vigilante Robin Hood-type.  Did find the aspects of "secret identities" and the revelation about the heroine's first marriage interesting reading however.  Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Widowed Heroine, Horrible First Marriage, Military Hero, Author Author!, Revenge!
The Navy SEAL's Bride by Soraya Lane - Harlequin Romance, 2012, Grade = B
  • Former Navy SEAL coping with his new desk job falls for pretty elementary school teacher who hasn't had the best luck when it comes to big, strong military men.  Lane does overplay some old school category tropes, but it all leads into a wonderfully emotional confrontation scene.  Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Navy SEAL Hero, Heroine Done Wrong, Daddy Issues
Lemon Drop: BDSM?  What the heck is BDSM?

Me: Let's just say it's one less thing I'll be reading that would cause Papaw to have a massive coronary....

Lemon Drop: That's a good thing, because I've got Papaw wrapped around my little finger.  He didn't stand a chance when faced with the sheer awesome cuteness power of Lemizzle Dropizzle.

Me: This is getting out of hand.

Lemon Drop: Like a boss Auntizzle.  Like. A. Boss.

Me: I'm way too old for this.....


JamiSings said...

Lemon Drop needs her own reality show. With Auntie Wendy dropping by every week with a new book review, of course.

nath said...

She is sooo cute! LOL. Great pics, Wendy! Thanks for sharing them with us! Wow, your month didn't start well, but happy to see it ended on a better note!

Wendy said...

Jami: There would be no living with that child then :)

Nath: Oh man, yes - the beginning of the month was BEYOND rocky. I was so glad I finished things out with a couple of B reads, otherwise y'all would have had to talk me down off the ledge.....

Anonymous said...

Love the "white white" comment especially if you have her "white dancing" hiphop as well. ;)

Ruth (CO)

Wendy said...

Ruth: My sister shot video of her dancing - it was....very white. Or as my sister said, "Lemon Drop dances like nobody is watching!" LOL

Poor kid, obviously got her "sweet moves" from her Auntie Wendy.

Lil Sis said...

Best post eva Aunt Weigh-ah! :) Ceci was beyond geeked to find the "bear hat!" to match her shirt. :)

Leslie said...

So cute as always. :) She's really rockin the hat!

Good seeing the B for the Lane since it's on my tbr pile.