Review: Conquering India by Melissa Schroeder (Rating 4 Steamy Wine Glasses)

Review: Conquering India by Melissa Schroeder (Rating 4 Steamy Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Caterer India Singer is getting her life on track, hoping to make it big with her new company. She doesn’t need any distractions…especially a younger man. She won’t get involved with another man destined to leave her. But security expert Wade Thompson won’t take no for an answer. Wade knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it. He’s pulling out the stops because he’s sure India’s the woman for him and his best friend and business partner, Marc Jasper. Marc isn’t too sure and tries to keep India at arm’s length. When a threat to India has her in constant contact with Marc, the lure of the curvy older woman is too much to ignore. But when both men raise the stakes and ask for more than just a fling, will India play it safe to protect her heart, or will she take another chance on love? Bought from Amazon*adult only title* How was the Sexy: I loved me some Marc!  He was just hotness garnished with just enough seriousness to make him scrumptious.  Wade was a good balance to Marc and brought the playful to the story.  India was all woman and perfect for the two of them.  The scenes with all of them were pretty hot and steamy.  It worked well the way they all meshed together.  It was an excellent blend of steamy and romantic. How was the Story: The story was really heartwarming.  India got to heal from a very bad relationship before and she found completion in a way I am sure she wasn’t expecting!   Complaints: None Why I Gave it a 4: This was a steamy read with enough story to feel really connected to the characters. Who would I recommend it too: Erotic Romance Readers Author Website: http://www.melissaschroeder.net/ Other books in this series: Conquering IndiaDelilah’s Downfall Challenges:

Posted January 17, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: Can’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards (Rating: 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: Can’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards (Rating: 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: For sharp-tongued food critic Miranda Wake, the chance to spend a month in Adam Temple’s kitchen to write an exposé is a journalistic dream come true. Surely Miranda can find a way to cut the hotshot chef down to size once she learns what really goes on at his trendy Manhattan restaurant. But she never expected Adam to find out her most embarrassing secret: she has no idea how to cook.Adam’s not about to have his reputation burned by a critic who doesn’t even know the difference between poaching and paring.  He’ll just have to give the tempting redhead a few private lessons of his own—teaching her what it means to cook with passion…and doing more with his hands than simply preparing sumptuous food.   Bought from Amazon What I Loved:  Characters, Characters, Characters!  Let me explain, the people in this book: Frankie, Jess, Wes, Devon, Market (yes a restaurant but is a character in its own right), and of course Miranda and Adam are what made this book a fantastic read. Each in their own way brought something to the overall story, of the journalist in the kitchen, and made it a fun (though sometimes very emotional) read.  There was a couple of lessons in this book: don’t judge a person by their appearance and sometimes things happen outside your control–the most you can do is try to make it right. What I Liked: This was a fantastic look into the world of running a kitchen and how much like a family it needs to be in order to be successful.  It was also a great look at NY restaurant culture: farmers market, after hour clubs, etc. While I am sure it just skimmed the surface it was fun to look into that world. Complaints: Just that the end was wrapped up quickly but I think that also says a lot of about the power of forgiveness.  So I guess there are none 🙂 Why I gave it a 4:  I enjoyed this book and the glimpse into the restaurant world.  As a food network junkie (and yep I know this is work of fiction), I couldn’t help but cast my favorite chefs in some of these roles.  That made it into an even more fun read. Who I would recommend it too: Contemporary Romance Readers Author Website: http://www.louisaedwards.com/ Books in this Series:    Can’t Stand The HeatOn the Steamy SideJust One Taste Challenges:

Posted January 16, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 4 Comments
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Review: Understood by Maya Banks (Rating 3.5 Wine Glasses)

Review: Understood by Maya Banks (Rating 3.5 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads:  When she breaks free from the bondage of her past, he’ll be waiting. Jake Turner committed the ultimate mistake of falling in love with his best friend’s wife. The distance he puts between them costs both him and Ellie Matthews dearly. Jake will never forgive himself for not seeing what a bastard his friend was. Now that Ellie is free from her nightmare, Jake waits, needing and wanting. He’ll be there when Ellie is ready to spread her wings. Bought from Amazon*adult only title* How was the Sexy: The heat between Jake and Ellie was smoldering yet tender and sweet. Due to the nature of the backstory the “bedroom” scenes were almost like a discovery time for Ellie and Maya did an excellent job of making them hot/steamy/exciting. How was the Story: The story was excellent though a little heartbreaking. The blend of the hotness and the story was done in a really good way that you got the right amount of both. Complaints: There was a section that had to do with the ex that wasn’t very believable to me: The Apology. I don’t think it distracted from the Jake/Ellie story very much though. Why I Gave it a 3.5: This was a really steamy quick read with a good story to boot! Who would I recommend it too: Erotic Romance Readers Author Website: http://www.mayabanks.com/ Other books in this series: UnderstoodOverheard Undenied Challenges:

Posted January 15, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Intelligence: high. Body: hard. Mission: what no one else can do.   It’s been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he’s received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise Bought on Amazon to read for Book Club What I Loved: The Kelly’s are such a wonderful close-knit family that was the first thing that struck me about this book. The brothers each had such unique personalities and yet they mashed together really well. This was one cohesive unit even when they were disagreeing, mad because others were making unilateral decisions, and at times growling at each other (mom and dad included) but it all seemed to reinforce how important family was to them. The strong story that introduced all these wonderful characters was engaging and thrilling. It was very military based though more in covert ops type of way and you were rooting for them all the way. Rachel and Ethan had a very moving storyline that had you pulling for them against all odds and I will admit I cried a few times. What I Liked: Rio, Steele, PJ, and all other ops team members were on the tops of my list to learn more about. They weren’t in the book overly much but they were refreshingly fun. Sean and Rusty were also good additions to this character palette enforcing the family principle whether by blood or heart. It was the well rounded cast of characters that really made the book shine. Complaints: None Why I gave it a 4: I had fun reading this book from beginning to end. I laughed, cried, got angry, and wanted to reach through the book a couple of times. All signs of a good read. Who I would recommend this too: This is a romantic thriller that I think would appeal to military thriller readers and contemporary romance readers a like. I am thinking of suggesting it to my dad–I bought it on Kindle so he never has to see the cover LOL. Author Website: http://www.mayabanks.com/ Other Books in the Series:The Darkest Hour (Ethan’s Story)No Place to Run (Sam’s Story)Hidden Away (Garrett’s Story) March 2011 Challenges:

Posted January 14, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Review: Divine Justice by David Baldacci (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: Divine Justice by David Baldacci (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Known by his alias, “Oliver Stone,” John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who hid the truth of Stone’s past and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But Stone’s freedom has come at a steep price; the assassinations he carried out have prompted the highest levels of the United States Government to unleash a massive manhunt. Joe Knox is leading the charge, but his superiors aren’t telling him everything there is to know about his quarry-and their hidden agendas are just as dangerous as the killer he’s trying to catch. Meanwhile, with their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club must fend for themselves, even as they try to protect him. As Knox closes in, Stone’s flight from the demons of his past will take him far from Washington, D.C., to the coal-mining town of Devine, Virginia-and headlong into a confrontation every bit as lethal as the one he is trying to escape. Free from Audible when I downloaded the client for my blackberry What I Loved: The 2 simultaneous stories worked well in parallel.  When they finally came together it was a very good ending to the story.  Stone and Knox were great anti-heroes, they both were trying to do what they had to knowing that they were caught between a rock and a hard place.  Annabelle was a fantastic character also as a 3rd player in this thriller. What I Liked: The pacing of this book was pretty good.  It did lag a bit at times but picked up pretty quickly.  You don’t have to read these books in order.  This is the first one I have read and never once felt lost. Complaints: None Audio Review:  I loved the narrator Ron McLarty, he was perfect for this book.  The music chapter changes though I am not a huge fan of and they were a bit distracting. Why I gave this a 4: It was a good story from beginning to end.  The plot was solid and the characters believable. Who I would recommend this too: People who enjoy political thrillers and enjoy intrigue. Author Website: http://davidbaldacci.com/ Books in this Series: The Camel ClubThe CollectorsStone ColdDivine JusticeHell’s Corner Challenges:

Posted January 13, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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