Thursday, 27 February 2014

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb

Delusion in Death (2012) (Piatkus)
J.D. Robb a.k.a. Nora Roberts
Grade: B
Genre: romantic suspense
Sex scenes: mild
Source: library 
In Death: (1) Naked in Death ... (34) Celebrity in Death, (35) Delusion in Death 

It began as another normal night at In the Rocks: colleagues winding down after work and friends catching up over drinks. Yet, in the space of twelve minutes, eighty-three people are dead. When Lieutenant Eve Dallas arrives on scene, she is greeted with one of the worst sights of her career. A powerful hallucinogenic was released onsite, causing headaches and murderously violent behaviour where the roles of victim and perpetrator were inextricably intertwined, death a curse and prayer to all its targets as they mindlessly plundered without mercy, using whatever items were handy.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Stones by Polly Johnson

Stones (2013) (The Friday Project)
Polly Johnson
Grade: C
Genre: young adult
Source: NetGalley 
YA Reading Bingo Challenge 2014: A book with a female heroine 

Sixteen year old Coo is finding it difficult to grieve for her deceased brother. Sam had been a perfectly adequate older brother when they were both younger, but once he found drink, he turned into a different person. Life with this new Sam had been depressing and at times, unbearable. For Coo, her needs were always marginalized or forgotten and her parents seemed to have little consideration for the effects of Sam’s behaviour on her. Her parents would breathe a sigh of relief when he didn’t come home, yet never turned him away when he returned, reeking of alcohol with an undercurrent of violence.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard

Duncan's Bride (1990) (Harlequin)
Linda Howard
Grade: A+
Genre: contemporary romance
Sex scenes: hot
Source: own 
Patterson-Cannon Family Saga: (1) Duncan's Bride 

Reese Duncan needs a bride and this time, love (or more accurately, lust) won’t be playing a part in the equation. His first wife, April, had been wholly unsuited to ranch life. After two years she fled back to the City, mercilessly taking half of Reese’s ranch in a divorce that almost bankrupted him. Seven years later, he’s almost back in the black and he wants children to carry on his family’s legacy.

Madelyn ‘Maddie’ Patterson is twenty-eight years old and bored of her City life. Her step-brother Robert gave her a job in his company after the death of his father and her mother to help her cope with the loss, but Maddie feels that she has long overstayed her welcome. When she sees Reese’s advert in a newspaper, she intrigued and tempted. She’s always loved country life and she feels that it’s time to settle down and have children. What better way to do it without the hassle of a time-consuming courtship and engagement?

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath (2013) (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Maureen Johnson
Grade: B-
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: NetGalley/own 
Shades of London: (1) The Name of the Star, (2) The Madness Underneath

After the events of last term, everyone understands if Rory doesn’t want to go back to school. After all, she was the sole witness to the Jack the Ripper murders and she has just discovered that she can see ghosts. While that latter fact isn’t quite so widely known, her school and new friends recognise that she’s had an ordeal; no one’s more surprised than Rory when her therapist suddenly does a complete U-turn and suggests that the best thing would be for Rory to return to her normal routine at Wexford.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil (2008) (Piatkus)
Lisa Kleypas
Grade: A+
Genre: contemporary romance
Sex scenes: hot
Source: own 
Travis family: (1) Sugar Daddy, (2) Blue-Eyed Devil

As the youngest and only daughter of the “market wizard” Churchill Travis and society beauty Ava, Haven has always been a bit of a rebel. Churchill has no qualms about setting one standard for his three sons and another for his only daughter, never scared about giving any of his children a big dose of reality. As a result, Haven has always rebelled against what her parents want and expect of her. Haven meets Nick Tanner while studying at her liberal arts college and when she marries Nick without Churchill’s blessing, she’s quickly disinherited.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz

Misbehaving (2014) (novella) (Harlequin)
Tiffany Reisz
Grade: A
Genre: contemporary romance / erotica
Sex scenes: HOT - no one writes sex quite like Tiffany Reisz
Source: NetGalley

Beatriz is a translator by day and a sex blogger by night. That’s right: she gets paid to have orgasms. A last-minute plea from her editor has Beatriz agreeing to submit a 1,000 word book review just as she heads off for her foster sister’s wedding. There’s just one problem: the sex-position manual that she’s chosen means that she needs a partner for her orgasms.

Ben is more than willing to take up the job. Five years ago, he  turned down graduation-night sex with Bea and he’s regretted it ever since. Also attending the wedding stag, he won’t be making the same mistake twice. As the pair work through THE MANUAL, will they be able to remember that all this incredible sex is purely for Bea’s work, or will their old feelings be reawakened?

Friday, 7 February 2014

2014 Reading Challenge(s)

I discovered these beauties from Random House Canada on Pinterest at the end of last year and immediately committed myself to doing them - in my head. Of course, merely mentally agreeing to something is a sure sign that I won't actually get round to doing it - something I've learnt from experience.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor Lavalle

Lucretia and the Kroons (2012) (novella) (Random House)
Victor Lavalle
Grade: C+
Genre: horror
Source: NetGalley 

On the day of Lucretia’s (Loochie) birthday party, Loochie’s elder brother Louis warns Loochie and her best friend Sunny of the Kroons. The Kroons have lived in apartment 6D for as long as anyone can Louis can remember and as a result of their crack addictions, are deformed beyond measure.  Louis regales Loochie with the tale of how the Kroons very nearly once captured him and how when children go missing at the hands of the Kroons, they are never seen again. Loochie, who was only looking forward to spending time with her best friend after Sunny’s cancer treatment, is horrified.

Monday, 3 February 2014

A Woman of Virtue by Liz Carlyle

A Woman of Virtue (2001) (Pocket Books)
Liz Carlyle
Grade: C+
Genre: historical romance
Sex scenes: a little shy of hot
Source: own 
Lorimer Family and Clan Cameron series 

As the widow of the late Lord Walrafen, Cecilia Lorimer has free reign over her life. Her short, two-year marriage was anything but a love match and she now revels in the freedom that widowhood affords her. She has chosen to devote her time to the Daughters of Nazareth Society – a charity mission for former prostitutes, run by an old friend. When that same friend ropes in his brother-in-law David Branthwaite, Lord Delacourt to take over in his absence, both Cecilia and David are disgusted. Just six years before, David  compromised Cecilia against her will, which led to a hasty proposal. Adamant that she wouldn’t let society’s derision dictate her life, Cecilia jilted David publicly and he has never forgotten – or forgiven – her.