Me: Cool costume Lemon Drop!
Lemon Drop: We got a call that your hopes of hitting 100 books read in 2013 are going up in smoke.
Me: Hardy, har, har. Yeah, it's not looking too good. Too much working for a living, losing the summer months to baseball season, working for a living.....
Lemon Drop: Well, I'm here. Stuck waiting for a grown-up to take me out for candy. Why not tell me abut the pittance you did read?
Me: Only five books in October, which is pretty sad. I blame work sucking out my brains. But what I did get read was pretty good. Nothing outright terrible and woohoo! I found an A read!
Title links will take you to full reviews.
The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin - Historical Romance, Harlequin Historical, 2013, Grade = B
- Take swashbuckling and frontier-style themes of justice, toss them in a blender, and you get this book. I enjoyed the action-oriented plot and Lin has this knack for including at least one scene between her romantic couple that damn near rips my guts out.
- My TBR Challenge read for the month. I liked the idea of the plot, but the execution of said plot, along with the romance, didn't really gel for me.
- Third book in a trilogy featuring motorcycle guy heroes. I was "over" this trend before it even began, but I liked the way Anderson wrote about these guys. They don't come off as hairy, tattooed, misogynistic one-trick ponies. The book was a little heavy on internal monologue for my tastes, and I wanted more dialogue - but a solid, enjoyable read.
- The last book in this series really didn't work for me, but I had high hopes for this one and I thought the author pulled it off well. The highlight? While there is the whole Sparkly Small Towns Will Save Us All vibe, the author doesn't fall into the trap of letting her heroine be "rescued." In other words? The heroine solves her own damn problems - and falls in love along the way.
- The read of the month. 40-year-old woman just diagnosed with breast cancer finds her very own sexual "wingman" in the hero - a guy who trolls AA meetings looking for one-night-stands. A gut-wrenching read - don't miss it.
Me: Uh, go ask your mother....