Monday, March 31, 2014

Her Teddy Bear: Complete Collection by Mimi Strong

18+ Erotic Romance
Naomi is a little bored with her life.  She has made some mistakes with men but she needs to get laid! Her sister,  sets her up with her boss, Trevor. They have a great attraction for each other and have some hot sex. But he gets distant with her and then Naomi finds out his wife (soon to be ex) is staying at his house. That throws her. He won't really talk about anything and sort of rejects her.  They come back together and have more hot sex.  Will they have more than that?

From the author:
Naomi, twenty-seven and still living at home, is set up on a blind date by her older sister. Naomi expects to hate Trevor, but she feels an undeniable attraction to the tall, handsome, dark-haired man.

Trevor is mature, a powerful business man who develops real estate. He couldn't be more different from Naomi, who loves musical theater and playing dress-up, yet the two find common ground, plus intense flirtation over dinner. They're gripped by lust and tear each other's clothes off in Trevor's truck, before their first date is half over. Naomi expects a casual fling, but there's much more to Trevor than meets the eye.

pages: 183
Published: 2013

2014 Historic Fiction Reading Challenge Wrap Up


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I read Slipping through time 6-12 books:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

I liked this book. I did not suspect the right person! Poirot, who knew the murdered woman, just happened to be in the area. His old friend, Captain Hastings, called him in to help with the case. He was on leave - staying at Styles- recovering from his war wounds. Emily Inglethorpe was fatally poisoned but found in a supposedly locked room. Hastings assumed the murderer was Emily's husband. Then he suspected a few other people.  Poirot was testing Hastings' ability to investigate. Unfortunately Hastings' ability was very lacking!
This was an exciting mystery. I remember telling my family to leave me alone because I needed to find out who the killer was! I got this book for free here on Gutenberg.

From goodreads:
In World War I England, Styles mansion residents awake to find Emily Inglethorpe fatally poisoned. Guest Captain Hastings enlists his old friend, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, of the magnificent mustaches. Although evidence mounts against one family member, Poirot uses the unique deductive technique of his "little grey cells" to find the truth in his first appearance.

Excerpt:
1
I Go to Styles
THE intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, we trust, will effectually silence the sensational rumours which still persist.
  I will therefore briefly set down the circumstances which led to my being connected with the affair.
  I had been invalided home from the Front; and, after spending some months in a rather depressing Convalescent Home, was given a month's sick leave. Having no near relations or friends, I was trying to make up my mind what to do, when I ran across John Cavendish. I had seen very little of him for some years. Indeed, I had never known him particularly well. He was a good fifteen years my senior, for one thing, though he hardly looked his forty-five years. As a boy, though, I had often stayed at Styles, his mother's place in Essex.
  We had a good yarn about old times, and it ended in his inviting me down to Styles to spend my leave there.
  "The mater will be delighted to see you again—after all those years," he added.   5
  "Your mother keeps well?" I asked.
  "Oh, yes. I suppose you know that she has married again?"
  I am afraid I showed my surprise rather plainly. Mrs. Cavendish, who had married John's father when he was a widower with two sons, had been a handsome woman of middle-age as I remembered her. She certainly could not be a day less than seventy now. I recalled her as an energetic, autocratic personality, somewhat inclined to charitable and social notoriety, with a fondness for opening bazaars and playing the Lady Bountiful. She was a most generous woman, and possessed a considerable fortune of her own.
  Their country-place, Styles Court, had been purchased by Mr. Cavendish early in their married life. He had been completely under his wife's ascendancy, so much so that, on dying, he left the place to her for her lifetime, as well as the larger part of his income; an arrangement that was distinctly unfair to his two sons. Their stepmother, however, had always been most generous to them; indeed, they were so young at the time of their father's remarriage that they always thought of her as their own mother.
  Lawrence, the younger, had been a delicate youth. He had qualified as a doctor but early relinquished the profession of medicine, and lived at home while pursuing literary ambitions; though his verses never had any marked success.10
  John practised for some time as a barrister, but had finally settled down to the more congenial life of a country squire. He had married two years ago, and had taken his wife to live at Styles, though I entertained a shrewd suspicion that he would have preferred his mother to increase his allowance, which would have enabled him to have a home of his own. Mrs. Cavendish, however, was a lady who liked to make her own plans, and expected other people to fall in with them, and in this case she certainly had the whip hand, namely: the purse strings.
  John noticed my surprise at the news of his mother's remarriage and smiled rather ruefully.
  "Rotten little bounder too!" he said savagely. "I can tell you, Hastings, it's making life jolly difficult for us. As for Evie—you remember Evie?"

Read more here.

Pages: 294
Published: 1920

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

My daughters had the same first grade teacher, Mrs. David, even though they were 9 years apart in school. Mrs. David loves Shel Silverstein poems.  She named her store after one of his books, The Giving Tree. I had to read some poetry for a challenge so I thought of him.  Then in another challenge I needed to find books by authors born in September, which he was!

I loved this book.  The poems are so cute. Just the thing for first graders! My favorites were these:




I love the drawings in the book.  Some of them are so funny.



Melinda Mae who ate a whale!



This one is about a boy who watched too much TV.
Little kids (and some adults) love these poems!! 

Pages: 183
Published: 1974

Elegy For April by Benjamin Black

This is the third Quirke book. In this story, a friend of Phoebe's goes missing. Her name is April Latimer. She is a junior doctor at Quirke's hospital and her family is quite well known in Dublin. Quirke has gone in to rehab to try to get off alcohol and when Phoebe visits him, she tells him of April's disappearance. When he leaves rehab, he tells Inspector Hackett that April has not been seen for over two weeks. they go to her apartment and the Inspector notices that there is blood between the floor boards. It gets analyzed and it's blood from an abortion. Who's the father? Where is April?

From the author:
April Latimer, a junior doctor at a local hospital, is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. She’s known for being independent, and her taste in men is decidedly unconventional. Now April has vanished, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke follows April’s trail through some of the darker byways of the city, and finds himself deeply involved in April’s murky story, facing ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred. Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.

For an excerpt, click here.

Pages: 293
Published: 2010

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring into a Good Book Read-a-Thon (1) 2014 Wrap Up



Spring into a Good Book 
Read-a-Thon
March 20 - March 26
Midnight to 11:59 p.m. (your time)

Hosted by Book Dragon's Lair.

For the first Read-a-Thon I read:
1. Domino Falls by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due
2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
3. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
4. Doll Bones by Holly Black
5. A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson
6. Friends With More Benefits by Luke Young
7. The Earl's Inconvenient Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin
8. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
9. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
10. Stardust by Mimi Strong

Stardust by Mimi Strong

18+ Erotic Romance
I got this book for free from amazon. Peaches is a curvy girl who is the manager of a bookstore. She falls off a ladder at the store and is caught by a famous TV actor who happens to be in her town shooting a movie. They are attracted to each other and begin to date. Peaches has a hard time believing that Dalton would actually want her because she thinks she is fat. They have fun and some sex.  The boy Peaches had a crush on in high school moves back to town.  It seems like he is flirting with her but then he always says something that sounds like a crack about her weight and she feels bad.
Because Peaches is dating a celebrity, she is stalked by a crazy lady who sells her photos to gossip rags and an underwear company offers her a job.  She takes it and goes out to LA and stays with Dalton. But she finds out something heartbreaking!

I liked this story. It was funny and sweet. But you have to get the next book to find out what happens in LA.

From goodreads:
There I was, minding my own business at Peachtree Books when this lunatic comes racing in the door and knocks me into his arms. I would have ripped him a new one, but he was hot. Like I-want-to-have-your-sexy-babies-now hot.

I feel like I know him, because I stare at his gorgeous face on TV every week. Dalton Deangelo. In the firm, sculpted flesh. Have I mentioned how hot he is? My panties practically flew right off.

Now he wants to get to know me. I can't say no to that face ... or those captivating green eyes.

I'm just a regular girl, and he's rich and famous with no body fat. So, why is he chasing me? And what is this secret of his the reporters are trying to uncover?

I try to keep my eyes wide open. I've made terrible, stupid mistakes in the past. But Dalton Deangelo's touch turns me to Jell-O.


Kindle Edition236 pages
Published June 22nd 2013 by Mimi Strong

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This is a beautifully written story. Victoria was abandoned as a baby.  She was in and out of foster homes until she went to Elizabeth's home. But something happened and it reshaped the lives of four people. Victoria got put into one group home after another until she turned 18. She had to leave the place she was living.  She camped out in a park (living on the streets). One day she saw a woman in a flower shop and asked for a job. The lady, Renata, asked if she had experience.  She said no and Renata told her she had no job to give. The next day Victoria gave Renata a bouquet that she put together from her flowers from the park.  She had planted them there before leaving the last group home. Renata gives Victoria a job and it is then that Victoria starts to make bouquets for people based on what they need or wish for.  She had learned all about flowers from Elizabeth. This gives hope to Victoria that she just might become something.  Then she meets someone from her past at Elizabeth's house and it all changes.

From goodreads:
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Excerpt:
Chapter 1
For eight years I dreamed of fire. Trees ignited as I passed them; oceans burned. The sugary smoke settled in my hair as I slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as I rose. Even so, the moment my mattress started to burn, I bolted awake. The sharp, chemical smell was nothing like the hazy syrup of my dreams; the two were as different as Carolina and Indian jasmine, separation and attachment. They could not be confused.
Standing in the middle of the room, I located the source of the fire. A neat row of wooden matches lined the foot of the bed. They ignited, one after the next, a glowing picket fence across the piped edging. Watching them light, I felt a terror unequal to the size of the flickering flames, and for a paralyzing moment I was ten years old again, desperate and hopeful in a way I had never been before and would never be again.
But the bare synthetic mattress did not ignite like the thistle had in late October. It smoldered, and then the fire went out.
It was my eighteenth birthday.
In the living room, a row of fidgeting girls sat on the sagging couch. Their eyes scanned my body and settled on my bare, unburned feet. One girl looked relieved; another disappointed. If I’d been staying another week, I would have remembered each expression. I would have retaliated with rusty nails in the soles of shoes or small pebbles in bowls of chili. Once, I’d held the end of a glowing metal clothes hanger to a sleeping roommate’s shoulder, for an offense less severe than arson.
But in an hour, I’d be gone. The girls knew this, every one.
From the center of the couch, a girl stood up. She looked young — fifteen, sixteen at most — and was pretty in a way I didn’t see much of: good posture, clear skin, new clothes. I didn’t immediately recognize her, but when she crossed the room there was something familiar about the way she walked, arms bent and aggressive. Though she’d just moved in, she was not a stranger; it struck me that I’d lived with her before, in the years after Elizabeth, when I was at my most angry and violent.
Inches from my body, she stopped, her chin jutting into the space between us.
“The fire,” she said evenly, “was from all of us. Happy birthday.”
Behind her, the row of girls on the couch squirmed. A hood was pulled up, a blanket wrapped tighter. Morning light flickered across a line of lowered eyes, and the girls looked suddenly young, trapped. The only ways out of a group home like this one were to run away, age out, or be institutionalized. Level 14 kids weren’t adopted; they rarely, if ever, went home. These girls knew their prospects. In their eyes was nothing but fear: of me, of their housemates, of the life they had earned or been given. I felt an unexpected rush of pity. I was leaving; they had no choice but to stay.
Pages: 323 epub version
Published: 2011

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Pick Your Fate Adventure

A Pick Your Fate Adventure from Wacky Reading Challenges on goodreads.

From the goddess Themis and The Great Lord Zeus was born three very lovely daughters. As time passed they were known as the three ugly hags of destiny dressed in white robes and sat by the throne of Zeus.


The names of these daughters were Clotho, who combed and spun the wool yarn life of man. Lachesis was to measure the length that was given to each and every living being which was their life form and last but not least was Atropos who is the oldest and smallest of the three sisters. Atropos was also known as the Goddess of Death and was the one that did the final act and snipped the yarn.

It is time for the Three Fates to retire, and they have invited you on a journey to take their place as one of the three fates. They place before you a series of quest. Whose place will you take?

This Challenge starts April 1, 2014. It has no end date.

It is a choose your own adventure where you will be taken to Three Different Groups on Goodreads, as well as different areas on Goodreads.

To Play you will need to Join all three Groups:

A Million More Pages: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

Wacky Reading Challenges:

All Challenges All The Time: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


When you sign up, you only need to sign up in ONE Group. 


Pit Stops along the Way:



Atropos cuts the thread of life.
Complete these tasks.

Behind The Covers
Don't Cut That Off Read a book that has someone with long hair,a beard, or a mustache on the cover. 



Night Broken by Patricia Briggs 4/10/14








It Must Be Fate
CUT!!!Take One Read a book that was made into a movie, or a book that was based off a movie. 
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Just For Fun Cut It Out "Ow! What the hell, JoAnne?"  The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre


Lachesis Measures the thread of life. 
Complete these three tasks.

Behind The Covers Measure It Out Sweet Home Carolina by Patricia Rice

Its Fate Measure Your Time  Read a "short" book. A short book(to me) needs to be 250 pages or less. Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young 4/8/14

Just For Fun Measure Your Weight -  If I were a book, I would weight 675 pages. 


Clotho is the Spinner of life.

Behind the covers Spin The Bottle Read a book that has a picture of a type of Bottle on the cover.

Champagne Life by Nicole Bradshaw

It Must Be Fate Spin The Wheel 
The Keeping by Nicky Charles

Just For Fun Spin a Tale On All Challenges I said I am always innocent in las vegas...

The Quests

Quest One: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Quest Two: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Quest Three: Black Arts by Faith Hunter
Quest Four:  Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Quest Five: One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
Quest Six:  Soulless by Gail Carriger
Quest Seven: Maid For the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello
Quest Eight:   The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
Quest Nine:  And Justice There Is None by Deborah Crombie
Quest Ten:  The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax
Quest Eleven:  Swimming Lessons by Mary Alice Monroe
Quest Twelve: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Quest Thirteen: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Gwyneth and Gideon are preparing to time travel to an 18th century soiree to see the Count. Giordano and Charlotte try teach Gwyneth how to behave in that time and she hates every minute of it. They are punishing her because of her mother's trick with her birthdate. She does not understand what is going on and no one will tell her because they suspect her of wrongdoing. Her cousin Lucy and her time traveling Paul are up to no good, OR are they?
Gwyeth has feelings for Gideon but suspects that he is just trying to worm his way in with her.  Xemerius, a demon stuck in a gargoyle (by magic) follows Gideon and reports to Gwyneth.  This whole thing stinks to high heaven.  Just when will she figure out what is happening?  She gets to the past and talks with her grandfather.  He is trying to figure things out too.

I cannot wait to read the next book!! I am curious to find out who is the good guys and just who is the bad guys and what have they done!

From the publisher:
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice oneverything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

Excerpt:
“YOUNG PEOPLE, this is a church! No kissing allowed here!”
Startled, I opened my eyes and hastily sat up straight, expecting to see some old-fashioned priest hurrying indignantly toward me with his cassock billowing, all set to deliver a stern lecture. But it wasn’t the priest of this parish church who had disturbed our kiss. It wasn’t a human being at all. The speaker was a small gargoyle crouching in the pew right next to the confessional, as surprised to see me as I was to see him.
Although that was hardly possible. Because basically my state of mind couldn’t be called mere surprise. To be honest, my powers of thought had switched off entirely.
It had all begun with that kiss.
Gideon de Villiers had kissed me—me, Gwyneth Shepherd.
Of course I should have wondered why the idea came into his head so suddenly—in a confessional in a church somewhere in Belgravia in the year 1912—just after we’d been running full tilt in headlong flight, and my close-fitting, ankle-length dress with its silly sailor collar kept getting in the way.
I could have made analytical comparisons with kisses I’d had from other boys, trying to work out just why Gideon did it so much better. I might also have stopped to remember that there was a wall between us, and a confessional window through which Gideon had squeezed his head and arms, and these were not the ideal conditions for kissing. Quite apart from the fact that I could do without any more chaos in my life, after discovering only two days ago that I’d inherited my family’s time-traveling gene.
The fact was, however, that I hadn’t been thinking anything at all, except maybe oh and hmm and more!
That’s why I hadn’t noticed the flip-flop sensation inside me, and only now, when the little gargoyle folded his arms and flashed his eyes at me from his pew, only when I saw the confessional curtain—brown, although it had been green velvet a moment ago—did I work it out that meanwhile we’d traveled back to the present.
“Hell!” Gideon moved back to his side of the confessional and rubbed the back of his head.
Hell? I came down from cloud nine with a bump and forgot the gargoyle.
“Oh, I didn’t think it was that bad,” I said, trying to sound as casual as possible. Unfortunately, I was rather breathless, which tended to spoil the effect. I couldn’t look Gideon in the eye, so instead I kept staring at the brown polyester curtain in the confessional.
Good heavens! I’d traveled nearly a hundred years through time without noticing because that kiss had so totally and absolutely … well, surprised me. I mean, one minute here’s this guy grousing away at you, the next you’re in the middle of a wild chase to get away from men armed with pistols, and suddenly—like, out of nowhere—he’s telling you you’re something special and kissing you. And, wow, could Gideon kiss! I instantly felt green with jealousy of all the girls he’d learnt to do it with.
“No one in sight.” Gideon took a cautious look out of the confessional and then emerged into the church. “Good. We’ll catch the bus back to the Temple. Come on, they’ll be expecting us.”
I stared blankly past the curtain at him. Did that mean that now he was carrying on as if nothing had happened? After a kiss (or before a kiss would really be better, but it was too late for that), you’d think a few basic questions might be cleared up, wouldn’t you? Was the kiss some kind of declaration of love? Or had we just been snogging a little because we had nothing better to do?


Pages: 362
Published: 2012

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Let's Get it Started! - First-in-Series Challenge


Let's Get it Started! - First-in-Series Challenge  From goodreads.
Starting: April 1, 2014
Duration: Open-Ended


Is there a series (or multiple) you've been meaning to read? Maybe you keep forgetting or you just haven't had a chance to get to reading one for some reason or another. Well, perhaps this is the challenge for you! For this challenge you will read ONLY the first book in a series. 

CHALLENGE RULES:
* To sign up, name at least one series that you plan to read. You may list more than one series you want to read, of course! Post a link to show the first book in the series (cover or title or both is fine), only. No need to list the entire series. 
* If you started a series in the middle for some reason but you want to read book 1, feel free to count that book here for this challenge.
* This challenge is perpetual and open-ended, so feel free to add to your list as time goes by and inspiration strikes. 
* All book formats are acceptable, and cross-challenge posting is encouraged. 
First books in a series are the only acceptable books for this challenge.
When you complete a book, please list the date you finished it, a star-rating if you'd like and let us know if you plan to continue on with the series. 

Here's what I have read:
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber 4/2/14
Murder Past Due by Miranda James 4/3/14
Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders Book 1 by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden 4/6/14
Rush by Maya Banks 3/3

Circle of Fire (Damask Circle #1) by 

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

Innocent in Las Vegas by A.R. Winters
Irresistible Desire by Danielle Jamie
Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates 3/3
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Maid For the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello
Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Brood of Bones by AE Marling
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
True Love by Jude Deveraux
Theirs To Keep by Maya Banks 1/?
Virgin River by Robyn Carr completed
Water Bound by Christine Feehan
Chasing Charlie by Kathy Carmichael
A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes
Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Hope Flames by Jaci Burton 2/?
Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden 2/?
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews 2/?
Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr finished Grace Valley series
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren new series
Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr 5/6 waiting for new one
The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Out of the Mist by JoAnn Ross 3/3
Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel  - won't read more
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Naked In Death by JD Robb 2/40
Emily: Sex & Sensibility by Sandra Marton 
Elusive by Sara Rosett
Breathe by Abbi Glines 5/9
Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear 1/3
Turbulent Passion by GL Ross
Midnight Secrets by Ella Grace 1/3
Reckless by Skye Jordan 2/3
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass won't read more
Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan 2/3
The Substitute Millionaire by Susan Mallery 3/3
The Next Always by Nora Roberts 1/3
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong 1/3
The Homecoming by JoAnn Ross
Driven by K Bromberg 4/6
Still Midnight by Denise Mina 2/4
Zero Day by David Baldacci 1/3
Surrender by Melody Anne 4/4 finished
The Tycoon's Revenge by Melody Anne
Ember X by Jessica Sorensen
What's A Ghoul To Do? by Victoria Laurie
Arouse by Nina Lane 3/3
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Here's a list of what I want to start:

Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1)by 


The Earl's Inconvenient Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin


I found this book for free on amazon. It's also free at Barnes and Noble.
Claire's father is looking for a husband for her and her sister Lucy.  They are a party and Claire is feeling faint.  She goes outside and Nate is there.  He warns her to go inside.  She is without a chaperone.  Then she falls off the porch and he tries to help her up and her father and sister come outside. Her father insists Nate marry her since she is found in a compromising position. Nate will marry her but he is not happy about being tricked.
This is typical because after a few months they fall in love and live happily ever after.  It was not a bad book. Just a typical romance with a bit of explicit sex.

From the author:
Nathaniel Buford, Earl of Roderick, doesn't want a wife, but his brother died, passing on the title of earl to him.  Now he is bound by duty to get an heir.  Unfortunately, to get the heir, he must find a lady to marry.  As luck would have it, he gets caught in a scandalous situation not of his doing, and the next thing he knows, he's married...and to a lady whose family is reported to desire money above all else.

Miss Claire Lowell wanted to get married.  But she never intended to marry a gentleman who felt trapped into it, and she certainly never thought her family would have a hand in the scandal that forced Lord Roderick's hand in marriage. Can love find a way to thrive under such conditions or will her father's eagerness to see her married off to an earl condemn her to a loveless marriage?



Kindle Edition234 pages
Published May 19th 2012 by Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC

Friends With More Benefits by Luke Young

Erotic 18+
This is the third book in the Friends With Benefits series. Jillian and Brian are getting ready for their Caribbean wedding. Her latest book comes out and it is really starting to sell but someone sends Natalie a copy and she decides to sue Jillian. Jillian thought the lawyers signed off on the book. Jillian and Brian decide to forget about it until after the wedding.
Things heat up at Rob's job and apartment building.  This was the one section of the book that I did not like. The sex was too gross for me.  Jim and Caroline get closer. Victoria is doing well with her pregnancy. Will she tell the father?
But it all explodes at the wedding.

From the author:
Picking right up where he left off in Book 2, Luke Young rockets readers into the melĂ©e of relationships, drama, and comedic fun that readers have come to expect. Only now he bumps it up a notch. Our heroines’ (and heros’) fabulous lives have gotten complicated. Still fun, mind you. But complicated without a doubt.
As Jillian and Brian’s destination wedding date nears, Jillian’s just-released novel’s complicated success threatens to destroy their big day. Rob’s new job grows extraordinarily more mysterious as Brian’s becomes infinitely less fulfilling. Victoria finds it more and more difficult to hide her secrets. And while Natalie may not be quite as flexible, she’s back and everyone is wondering she’ll do next?
Excerpt:
READER ADVISORY:
This excerpt contains content some readers may find objectionable, including explicit sex and language.
Brian was lying naked on the bed, rubbing his hands together impatiently while he craned his neck, struggling to peer into the bathroom. He sighed. “Come on.”
Jillian poked her head through the door. “Just a second.” She disappeared and then called back, “Hey, did you send the prenup to your lawyer friend?”
“No, I signed it. I trust you and I just want my birthday present.”
“I really wish you’d have someone look it over.”
“Please get out here so I can look you over.”
She appeared in the doorway wearing a white lace teddy, her full breasts busting out of the top, and her pink nipples showing through the sheer fabric. She stood there for his pleasure. “Do you like?”
“I do.”
“How does it feel to be twenty-seven?”
He smiled. “Awesome, now.”
Jillian grinned as she slowly made her way over to him. “I’ve got a surprise for you—a couple actually.”
“Really, what?”
“One at a time.”
Brian eyed her up and down, and his penis began to grow as a result. He said, “Is that new?”
She nodded. “This is the first surprise.” She ran her hands down slowly over the lace fabric and stopped between her legs. “It snaps way down here, if you need to open this up for some reason.”
He swallowed hard. “That’s, uh, good to know.”
Jillian’s eyes traveled down his lean, muscular body to his erection as she climbed on the bed. She ran her tongue over her lips and gasped, “You are ready to go.”
He nodded, as she knelt between his legs and took hold of him with both hands. His cell phone rang on the nightstand. He sighed. “My mother said she’d call tonight. She has the worst timing.”
Pages: 233
Published: 2011

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

April 2014 Mini Challenge

This month I am doing a mini challenge from Wacky Reading Challenge on goodreads! I have found some interesting books I hope I will like!

APRIL 2014 MINI CHALLENGE
DATE: 04/01/14 - 04/30/14

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Spring is here! To celebrate, we have a mini challenge. There are four tasks below relating to the Spring season. You may choose to complete a task, do a spell out challenge using any word/words you associate with spring, or you may do a combination of both. How much of the challenge you do is up to you. Just have fun!

Challenge Rules:
Books should be at least 125 pages. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine--just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting a book read, please include: title, author, and date you finished reading the book.

When posting books you've read, please include the following info: Title, Author, date you finished reading the book.


1. April Fools: – Read a book whose title ends in ‘L’ or ‘S’ – OR read the first book of a series – OR read book #1 or #11 from your TBR.

2. Spring Has Sprung: – Read a book by a new-to-you author – OR a book published in April – OR a Series or TBR book #2 or #20.

3. April Showers: – Read a book with raindrops or an umbrella on the cover – OR a book whose author’s first and last initials can be found in APRILSHOWERS – OR a Series or TBR book #4, #14 or #24.

4. Spring Fever: – Read a book with “spring” or “fever” in the title – OR a book with a flower(s) on the cover – OR a Series or TRB book #3 or #33.

Spell out words relating to Spring are listed below. You may use one of these words, or one of your own. Please feel free to use any word that relates to Spring for you. It does not have to be a traditional word for Spring. It can be anything.

April Fools Day
Spring Has Sprung
May Flowers
April Showers
Spring Fever 
Rain 
Sunshine

As always, many thanks to JenniferJ for the graphics! 

I have read:
1. April Fools: Buckhorn Beginnings by Lori Foster Read a book whose title ends in ‘L’ or ‘S’ 
2. Spring Has Sprung: Carolina Moon by Jill McCorkle  Read a book by a new-to-you author
3. April Showers: Sweet Home Carolina by Patricia Rice Read a book whose author’s first and last initials can be found in APRILSHOWERS 
4. Spring Fever: Complete Me by J. Kenner  Book #3 in a series

Spell out - Our anniversary is on Easter this year and Easter is in April:
E -  Elizabeth Spann Craig - A Body in the Backyard
A - An Apple for the Creature edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelcher
S - The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe 
T - Tempted by Megan Hart
E - Elizabeth George Speare - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
R - Release Me by J. Kenner