Sunday, July 14, 2013

WEEKLY RECAP: July 8-July 14, 2013



Dare You To by Katie McGarry -- This is the second in the Pushing the Limits series.  This one had a different feel to it than its prequel, but was just as enjoyable.  Review coming soon.

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster -- A steampunk romance that is part of the London Steampunk series.  It focuses on a verwulfen (similar to a werewolf) named Will and the human he has been in love with for years.  A very complex and fascinating world that mixes historical, paranormal, and steampunk elements.  Review can be found at the link above.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves -- An engrossing tale of a teenage boy and his tutor who are stranded on a deserted island.  There is romance here, but not until the boy is almost nineteen which I appreciated.  The first half was much more entertaining than the second half.

Freshman: Uncut by Daisy Harris -- The beginning of a m/m romance series that shows the development of a relationship between a graduate student and a college freshman.  Readers only learn a little bit about the two heroes, but it was enough to make me want to know more.  Review coming soon.

Breaking by Claire Kent -- An erotic novella that features Ander and Lori from Escorted.  I wish it had been longer especially because it was told from Ander's point of view, but pretty good.

More Than Friends by Aria Grace:  A m/m novella that had definite potential, but I never really cared about either of the main characters.  Plus there were some editing problems that disrupted my reading at times.


MacRieve by Kresley Cole -- Latest in the Immortals After Dark series with a tortured werewolf hero and a heroine who is more than she first appears.

Conspiracy in Death by JD Robb -- Ninth in the In Death series that focuses on a serial killer who is taking organs from some unusual "donors."

Catch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes -- M/M romantic suspense that reminds me of Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series which is a good thing.


White Cat by Holly Cat (YA paranormal)
Insatiable by Meg Cabot (paranormal romance)
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck (YA fantasy)
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lili St. Crow (steampunk)
Blade Song by J.C. Daniels (urban fantasy)
Lazy Valentines by K-lee Klein (m/m contemporary)


The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)
(Brothers Sinister #0.5) 
by Courtney Milan  

Historical Romance


She will not give up…
Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she’s demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it’s not the duke she fears. It’s his merciless man of business—the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke’s dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn’t stand a chance. But she can’t stop trying—not with her entire future at stake.

He cannot give in…
Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don’t work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can’t bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He’ll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love…

(Love by Numbers #1)
by Sarah MacLean

Historical Romance


A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.  
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.  
If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

by Alex Flinn

Young Adult Fantasy


I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright--a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever--ruined--unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

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