Me: That's a pretty sweet ride you got right there Lemon Drop!
Lemon Drop: Sometimes I like to kick it old school Auntie Wendy, plus these old pick-up trucks are awesome!
Me: Couldn't agree with you more. They're pretty cool looking and nothing beats a classic
Lemon Drop: It's also the easiest way to snag a cowboy! Cowboys love pick-up trucks!
Me: A sure sign you've been spending too much time on this blog! Moving along before your Daddy kills me, I started off the new year kind of slow in reading quantity, but man - I had a great month filled with some quality reads. Here's hoping the rest of 2013 is like this!
Title links will take you to full reviews.
Aftershock by Jill Sorenson - Romantic suspense, 2012, HQN, Grade = B+
- A humdinger of a romantic thriller that was high on action, characters in peril, and the unpleasantness that will surely follow if The Big One (as in earthquake!) ever hits southern California. I loved every moment of this book, and am so happy it's the first in a trilogy.
- My TBR Challenge read of the month was this single-author erotica anthology by Stein. While every story wasn't a winner for me, I really appreciated seeing all the different tones and emotions she explored in this one anthology. If you're hooked on Stein, this a great one to get your hands on.
- When Lane works for me, she really works for me. When she doesn't, you get this book. I liked everything about this story except for the way the heroine dealt with and felt about her infertility issues. Admittedly a hot button for me.
- I read a lot of good books this month, but this one may be the winner just because it was such a pleasant surprise! Heroine who used to be a spy for England is turned loose after the war and decides to auction off her virginity in the name of financial security. Hero is a Bow Street Runner hired to investigate on her behalf, but is really using her auction as an excuse to hunt down his twin sister's murderer. First book in a trilogy, a good story helped along by a really great heroine.
- A last-minute addition to my reading month when I was asked by Heroes & Heartbreakers to provide a "First Look." Librarian heroine with limited sexual experiences (most of them not very good!) falls into bed with a man-whore she meets at a "sexual self-help" group. Funny, challenging, different, a nice change of pace from the asshole billionaires who seem to be overrunning erotic romance of late.
- A solid debut romance featuring a chef heroine and food writer hero. Great use of setting, beautiful neighborhood "big city" feel, and a great family dynamic that sets up the next two books in the series.
Me: Your father and your Papaw will surely be relieved to hear that. You're not even in kindergarten yet.
Lemon Drop: Yeah, I don't know what I was thinking. A classic old pick-up truck like this one? Surely I could snag myself one of those ranching or oil-tycoon types like you read about in Harlequin Desires! They'd see the classic truck as an investment, plus I'm hella cute! Win, win!
Me: Oh brother. Maybe I need to lay off the cowboys and start reviewing more Dr. Seuss or something. You're too young to be this corrupted.....