Looking back over my month I’ve realized that I didn’t read that many books. I’m not too surprised, given that I’ve been busy with home renovations and playing chauffeur for my oldest child’s athletic pursuits, but I am disappointed that so many of the books I read were ones that I didn’t enjoy much. Of the ones that I enjoyed, most were rereads. I hope next month is better. Scratch that, next month WILL be better. I COMMAND it.
A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare: Oh man, I loooooved this book. I had great fun watching Colin and Minerva fall in love. Dare earned major points from me by keeping Colin true to his prior ass behavior and showing a believable transition to a man who is willing to put Minerva before all else. Because this was an on the road romance we got a heavy focus on Colin and Minerva, which is how I prefer my romance. Even with a nitpick here and there, I still have to give this one a strong A+. The review for this is coming soon, but until then you can check out my Tempting Teaser for it.
“Don’t worry,” he said. “This is ideal, you’ll see. We do everything backward. It’s just how we are. We began with an elopement. After that, we made love. Next, we’ll progress to courting. When we’re old and silver-haired, perhaps we’ll finally get around to flirtation. We’ll make fond eyes at each other over our mugs of gruel. We’ll be the envy of couples half our age.”
Unseen by Rachel Caine: This was a reread for me (I was refreshing myself on the series before reading the finale), but it was just as good the second time as it was the first. I really love Cassiel’s character. She’s so refreshingly grounded and logical. She’s willing to do what needs to be done and doesn’t hesitate to be the bad guy in the situation if it will save them. It was great getting to see the buildup to the big finale all over again. This gets an A- from me. You can read my review of it here.
Everything’s fine,” I said. “I bought Isabel a pet.”
There was an interestingly long silence, and finally he said, “Is it poisonous?”
“Not that I’m aware of.”
“That’s…surprising, somehow, from you. All right. You can explain it all to me later.”
The Beast In Him by Shelly Laurenston: This is another reread for me. I got in the mood to laugh so I reread a bunch of Laurenston’s books this month. This one remains one of my all time favorites in the Pride series. The wild dogs are so goofy and fun, and watching Smitty get shot down again and again was great. If you haven’t read this one, I recommend that you do. It’s a blast. This gets an A from me.
Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston: I absolutely loved Cella and Crush together. She tormented that poor bear! Everywhere he went, there she was. Crush tried his best to get away from her, but before he knew it she had grown on him–like mold. Between grumpy Novikov (from Beast Behaving Badly), the Malones, and the pretend boyfriend situation, I was in stitches. This was a great addition to the series. It gets a B+ from me. You can expect a Tempting Teaser and my review shortly.
“KZS is made up of cats. In general, we’re a lazy species. So we don’t do what you’d call actual”–she made air quotes with her fingers–“‘investigations’.”
“Then what do you do?”
“Someone says, ‘I’m thinking they’re a problem’…and then they send one of us in to eliminate the problem.”
Scowling, the bear demanded, “You do that for every situation? Even nonlethal ones?”
“Oh, God, no! Of course not. If you just irritate us, then we just come to your house and pee all over everything.” She shrugged. “Sometimes shit in your shoes.” When the bear only stared at her with his mouth open, Cella quickly added, “Not me, though. I’ve never done that. Not ever. Because it’s…it’s…” She thought a moment. “It’s ‘morally‘ wrong.” She smiled, proud of herself for remembering the phrase.
“Did you just air quote morally?”
Not sure how to answer that, she said, “Just for clarity?” Probably would have sounded more believable without making it a question, but God, the bear had so many damn rules! How was she supposed to keep track of so many damn rules?
“I don’t think I want to hear any more,” he said.