Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November 2009 Reads & Minis

November is done! I can't believe it... I read almost half the books I read last month, and didn't like some of them as much as I did my last month's reads, but those months/weeks/days don't come around too often. I did, however, find a few wonderful surprises along the way.

I got hooked on the paranormal Guardian series by Meljean Brook and that's great for me. I've had some disappointments this year and my PNR list of authors has dwindled down to three must-read authors -- this is an excellent addition to my list. I also have a new-to-me author whose backlist I'm going to explore, Cheryl St. John writes historical romances set in the west. I love the genre and can't wait to read more books by her. And, I was very happy to read Lisa Dale's latest book and hope to read more. I'm thinking maybe I found a new contemporary romance writer I'll be following in the future. So, a productive reading month, if not in quantity, for the most part in quality. :)

1) Demon Angel by Meljean Brook

2) Joe's Wife by Cheryl St. John

3) Demon Moon by Meljean Brook

4) Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts - Upcoming Review

5) It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale

6) The Cowboy (Bitter Creek Series #1) by Joan Johnston

The Cowboy by Joan Johnston was a DNF for me. I read as far as the end of the 3rd Chapter and closed the book. There's a feud going on between the H/h's families and while at college, these two young people meet and fall in love. In the opening scene, while the two are in bed together, she receives a phone call telling her that her brother was tragically paralyzed in a football game accident. The person who made the unlucky play and hurt her brother is the hero's brother. She decides right there and then that she has to end their relationship. He begs her to go with him and marry him, to confront their families and end this feud. She won't do it even though she secretly knows she's pregnant. Yes, pregnant. *sigh

Eleven years pass and the hero finally returns home. When they meet again, (by Chapter 3) she accuses him of LEAVING HER! All of the sudden it's HIS FAULT! All of this while she is still trying to hide the fact that the child belongs to him. See, she married another man 1 month after he left and is now a widow. I have no patience for this type of storyline and that was the end for me. I actually thought of reading the trilogy by Ms. Johnston... the other two are The Texan and The Loner, but decided against it. Frustrating, just frustrating.

7) One Good Man by Alison Kent

A Blaze category romance. I was actually enjoying this book. It was a pretty fast read and it had really hot moments between the H/h, a Texas Ranger and the victim of a crime. The romance was one of those fast, "I think I have feelings for him/her" within the first 24 hours (insta-love), but okay... it was HOT. But, but BUT, their whole story was entrenched with the crime. You couldn't really separate the two. After the climax to the story where the villain is caught at the end? The how, who and why were NOT answered... Can you believe that? I read this WHOLE book and it felt incomplete. I cannot describe my frustration...to read all the way to the end only to get no answers. Frustrating! However, this is a Blaze, the H/h had their hot HEA and if you don't find not finding out these details frustrating, then you might enjoy this book. I have one more book by Ms. Kent on my TBR pile that I'll be reading.

8) He's No Prince Charming by LuAnne McClaine

Okay... this book is hmm... I don't even know how to describe it! I started it, put it away and started to read it again. The heroine is an ex-teen star singer and the hero is a has-been bull rider. The hero is bitter, lonesome and he comes off as okay, but the heroine in this book just killed me! This girl/woman.. I'm not sure how old she is in the book (I might have missed that), acts like a bubble head, air-head, child/girl/woman... and I just did not KNOW what this man saw in her. She might have been just a wee bit too superficial for my taste. The woman in the secondary romance was more appealing than the heroine, at least to me she was. Maybe I just didn't quite appreciate the "Three Stooges" style of romantic comedy in this book. The book does have a very nice Southern atmosphere to it that I enjoyed and I'll try one of her other books with this same theme to see if it works for me.

9) Almost Like Being In Love by Steve Kluger (M/M)- Upcoming Mini

10) Slow Burn by Tori Temple (M/M)

This is a very short Sip by Torquere that covers one very hot encounter. I love Tori Temple, so it was worth the read for me. :)

11) Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James - Upcoming Mini

12) Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James (Re-read)

I re-read A Long Hard Ride in preparation for Rough Raw and Ready since two of the main characters in that book are introduced in this installment. (Not that I minded too much re-reading this book *g*) Lorelei James style, this is the story of Colby McKay & Channing Kincaid. -- how they meet on the rodeo circuit and their sexual adventures before they fall in love and reach their happily ever after. This is a hot installment with lots of M/F/M, M/F, & M/M & one M/M/F/M scene included. A Long Hard Ride is the perfect title for this book. It's not really my favorite in the series, but that's mainly due to the short time it takes for Colby and Channing to realize they're in love and I had other issues. As for the erotic part of the book, there's no question that it was hot and I enjoyed that part of it plenty!

13) Rough Raw and Ready by Lorelei James - Upcoming Mini

How was your reading month? Any good ones?


8 comments:

  1. Great post and mini reviews.
    November was a good reading month for me with a variety of genre (YA, romance, erotic, paranormal etc)and a few re-reads.

    :o)

    MsM

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  2. Hi Hilcia,

    I'm sorry to say I have Joan Johnston's The Cowboy and The Texan sitting in my TBR pile. They have actually been there for well on to 6 years now but I don't think I will ever get around to reading them after reading your DNF mini-review - it annoyed me just reading about it.

    November was a better reading month then October for me but that's probably because I read alot books that were part of series that I already knew I was going to enjoy :)

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  3. Gosh, I used to read Johnson a long time ago but don't remember exactly why I stopped. I think they got to be too similar.

    The Kent would bug me too. Just a few sentences, a paragraph to clear things up probably would have gone a long way. :(

    I think my favs for November were my challenge reads. Both fun, touching reads.

    I'm hoping to find time for a few Christmas themed books or novellas this month to get me in the mood. :)

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  4. Thank you, Ms.M. I have to go check out your list. You always have great recommends. :)

    Novelnelle, I'm so glad you had a good & enjoyable reading month! I was lucky in that I read samples of The Texan & The Loner before purchasing the whole trilogy by Johnston. Definitely not for me. :(

    Leslie, re: the Kent. That's exactly what I thought! 1 or 2 paragraphs would have suficed! I think it frustrated me more than the Johnston because at least with that one I only read 3 chapters & I knew the book was not for me. With the Kent, I read the whole book.

    You've had some great reads lately, Leslie. :) I haven't found any Holiday books I want to read yet that don't involve babies galore, lol!

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  5. What a varied list!

    It's too bad about One Good Man. Things like that drive me crazy!

    I've really got to start the Guardian series. It's good to know I'm not the only one who is just getting to it! :-)

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  6. Renee, I think I read a lot of contemps this month, more than usual. Had a craving, I think. :)

    LOL on the Guardian series... it's never too late, I say. I write down names of books & series and sometimes it takes me years to get to them. ;P

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  7. Good list Hilcia :) LOL, on the upside this month is that you weren't sick, so you can accept a decrease of number right? :)

    Just too bad that you have so many so-so reads :(

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  8. LOL, nath, I'm so glad I wasn't sick too, plus I think I burned myself out! Hmm... yes, quitea few of those so-so reads on my TBR pile. Oh well, now I know.

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