Fiction Vixen Reviewer Recommendations: February 2012

Fiction Vixen Reviewer Recs

Here are the Ficiton Vixen reviewer recommendations for February. These are books we read and recommend in February.

Jen’s February Recs:

I had a several pretty decent books in February but I am only going to to mention the ones that jumped up and screamed at me.  And that is because they are all from the same series.  I have a new love affair.  A new mad desire for more.  Charley Davidson.  I adored all three books.  I waited to buy the first one until it came out in mass market paperback but once I finished it I could help myself from buying the next two even though they are pricey.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones– Other than lol every two minutes while reading this book the promise of Reyes and who and what he is kept my nose buried in this book.  He reminds me so much of Barrons where you just can’t figure out if he is a bad or good guy or maybe a little of both.  But his adoration of Charley is quite clear.  Charley is the Grim Reaper which could be so dark and depressing but she takes it with so much humor that it almost makes me want to see dead people too!

Favorite Quote:

“My fore-parts, as you so ineloquently put it, have names.”
I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.”
After a long pause in which he took the time to blink several times, he asked, “You named your breasts?”
I turned my back to him with a shrug. “I named my ovaries, too, but they don’t get out as much.”

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2 by Darynda Jones–  I admit I might be a bit hormonal lately but this book made me cry.  Like big tears running down my face.  There is a part at the end where Charley feels so betrayed that I was feeling it right along with her.  I felt like this was a transition book between being introduced to Charley and the gang in book one and Charley finally figuring out what she can do- in book three.  There was still a lot going on and the end is pretty tense.  Reyes being bound to his body does not make him very happy.  At all.

Favorite Quote:

“Make it quick,” I said when I picked up.
“Okay. Two men from the FBI are here.” Cookie said. Quickly.
Crap. “Men in black are at the office?”
“Well, yes, but they’re actually in more of a navy.”
Crapola. I so don’t have time for men. In any color. “Okay, two questions. Do they look mad, and are they hot?”
After a long, long, pause, Cookie said, “One, not really. Two, no comment at this time. And three, you’re on speakerphone.”
After another long, long pause, I said, “Okie dokie then. Be there in a jiff.”

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3 by Darynda Jones– Holy smokes, this book blew me away.  After binding Reyes to his human body Charley is unable to sleep because he is always there.  She is running on 13+ days without sleeping for most of this book.  This leads to much hilarity and disaster by Charley.  However, I was like a fish out of water at the end; my mouth gaping open.  Talk about a betrayal on both sides- one from Charley and one from Reyes.  I want, no NEED, book four NOW.  I totally feel a book slump coming on after finishing this one.  Cliffhangers are the worst.  And even after book three I still haven’t figured out Reyes.  Good guy?  Bad guy?  Who cares?

Favorite Quotes:

“Oh, my god!” I said, throwing my hands over my eyes and hurtling my body against the counter.
“You’re naked.”
“I’m not naked.”
“I’m blind.”
“You’re not blind. I’m wearing pants.”
“Oh.” That was embarrassing.”


”We need to talk.”
“Does this have anything to do with the mustache I drew on you while you were sleeping the other night?”
“No. This has to do with drugs.”
“You’re on drugs?!?”
“No. You are.”
“I’m on drugs?!?”

Read Jen’s series review HERE


Samantha’s February Recs:

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham: A sweet story about a guy with social anxiety when he’s around other hot guys. This is a sweet and romantic read with two lovable heroes.

A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan: I loved this book – a historical with one hero who has a bad stammer which almost renders him speechless matched with a prostitute trying to fight through his past. My favorite Heidi Cullinan book so far. Review HERE.

Both of these books showcase adorable ways the heroes have to communicate with each other. You’ll have to read them to find out. 😉

That’s it for me for February, but only because I started my annual Black Dagger Brotherhood re-read. I re-read this series every year starting in February before the release of the next new book in March. What am I going to do when it’s up to 15 books? Soldier on I guess! I’m through Book 4, Lover Revealed…Butch’s book. Can I just say how much my love for Butch grows every time I do a re-read of this series. What I love about doing a re-read is that I pick up on little things that are new because of the last book release. For instance after reading Lover Mine, when I re-read Dark Lover and Tohr is with Darius at the beginning of the book – that scene brought on a whole new meaning to me. The WARDen sure is a trickster.

And for you BDB fans out there, you can read the first 4 chapters of Lover Reborn here Sorry, looks like they took it down :(

Sophia’s February Recs:

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham: I love an imperfect hero. Mark Apolostolos is cripplingly shy. His courtship with Seth Miller was one of the sweetest journey’s I’ve read in a while. I really enjoyed this one. So romantic. Review coming soon.

Thief: Brook Street Trilogy by Ava March: An aristocrat who is not sure of his sexuality, and a thief who falls for him mark. I loved both heroes. Review to come.

Virgin River by Robyn Carr: I finally read my very first Robyn Carr novel and I loved it! The hero is very masculine, sexy, and so likeable. The heroine really touched me. She is grieving when she arrives in Virgin River, looking to start fresh. The romance was so sweet, and emotional. Very well done. I’ll be ready many more Robyn Carr books. ***Get the first four books in the series bundled for Kindle for only $8.83***

Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton: This my first book from this series. I know, I know, how did I resist with those hot covers? I am definitely going to go back and read the rest. I loved the romance and can’t wait to read more. *whispers: there was ice skate sex* Review to come.

Time Out by Jill Shalvis: Another sports related romance, and it was a hit for me. The hero was very alpha and I really liked him. He is the friend of the heroines older brother and she had a crush on him as a teen. Now that they’re all grown up it’s time to get busy. :)  Review HERE.

Amy had a computer catastrophe this month. We’ll post her recs if she gets a chance to get them together. If not, we forgive her :)  Catherine’s recs are coming soon!

So what did you read in February that you can recommend?

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  1. says

    Jen – I just got the first Jones book on Audio! Excited to start this series.

    And…I loved Moving in Rhythm! Sigh.

  2. says

    And for you BDB fans out there, you can read the first 4 chapters of Lover Reborn here.

    I’m sorry but did I read what I think I read? Because I went to the page at Shelfari and I don’t see a link to excerpts, let alone 4 chapters.

    (Yes, I’m a fan, just can’t seem to rationalize this series. I read the problems and yet I still read the books.)

    Please confirm or infirm this info. Thank you in advance.

  3. says

    Yay to reading Virgin River. That series changed me into a contemporary romance reader. Before I just said that I didn’t read contemp romance at all.

  4. says

    Wow Jen, I was about to start with the second book in this series, but your warning about a cliffhanger makes me reconsider. I loathe cliffhangers. I’ll just wait till I have all four books.

    Sophia, I still have to start reading sports contemporary romances.

    Looking forward to those of the other ladies.

  5. says

    @Jen – I plan to read that series so I’m stearing clear of your reviews and blurbs, even though I’m tempted. I’m glad to hear you loved all three books that much, though!

    @Samantha – I like to reread all the books before a new book comes out in certain series, too!

    @Sophia – Ooh, Moving In Rhythmn sounds good. I like the shy heroes almost as much as I like the asshats. 😀