17 July 2013

Weekly Reads

It pains me a bit to say that I have not really read anything of substance in months. I think reading Shantaram kind of broke me. But it is also summer which makes reading over the top "romance" novels a little more appropriate.

A Celtic Witch by Deborah Greary
Cassidy Farrell is a world-class Celtic fiddler. And if she has her way, that's exactly who she'll stay.  
Except that's not what the rocks have in mind. Or a certain fetching spell. Or the truth working its way free in her own heart. 

Can the music, and perhaps a certain grumpy curmudgeon and his baby girl, help Cass find her life's new song? 

A Celtic Witch is book six of the top-rated A Modern Witch series. Light contemporary fantasy with a good dose of humor, a little romance, and characters you won't want to leave.

I do really enjoy this series. It is lighthearted, fun and packed full of characters you can immediately fall in love with and wish were part of your inner circle of friends.

Like the previous titles in this series, not only does this book introduce a new character into the fold, we also get to know more about previous characters in the series. This time, it was Marcus and the witches of Nova Scotia with a few cameos from the witches of Berkely, which is what many of the other books focus on. This is absolutely a series I'd recommend to anyone wanting to just simply get lost in a good story.

This is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair
When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won’t even admit she’s a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She’s everything he knew she would be…except for her bullheaded determination to be ‘normal’. 

Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be ‘normal’? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn’t he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He’s amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor can’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. Soon she realizes she wants him to stay. 

When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she feels as if she’s found a home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.

I am absolutely fascinated by this series. And the main character in this one, Sam. The whole time I was reading it, I kept picturing Sam Elliot in my head. Hopefully that doesn't ruin it for anyone, but if you read the book I think you'll understand.

I think more so than the others in the series, this one is not for the faint of heart. Sam is a sadist which made reading parts of this story really hard to get through. But the underlying theme of the book was enough to keep me reading even if  I had to skim through a few scenes.

The Billionaire's Obsession by J.S. Scott
Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity? 

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants...until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he's never experienced and definitely doesn't like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

Oh this book. Actually it was four novellas in one "collection". Don't. Just don't. Save your dollar. Last week I read a really back knock-off of Twilight and this week it was a really back knock-off of the Fifty Shades series, which is saying something because I HATED those books.

An overbearing billionaire who grunts more than he speaks, sweeps the damsel in distress of her feet asking for just "one night of passion" which inevitably causes them to fall in love and live happily every after--all in a matter of three, maybe four weeks. I just don't know. Can't someone out there come up with a semi-original storyline. I know this is the current "it thing" in the romance novel world, but someone has to have a fresh idea. But more importantly, when.....WHEN will I stop falling for these titles.

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  1. haha, if it makes you feel any better, i hadn't really read ANYTHING in months until yesterday. I went to the library and got six books. I'm 26 books behind on my goodreads goal... we'll see if I can make it. :)

  2. Jennifer @ grimmricksenJuly 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I LOVE the Shadowland series! The most recent book isn't my favorite, but Cherise Sinclair really seems to be the best of the best when it comes to this genre.

  3. I was up 8 books for my reading goal and then fell 2 or 3 behind. Good luck on getting your goal completed! I've promised myself I will reach my goal this year not matter how many nights of sleep I miss.

  4. I so glad you recommended this series to me! It's been a great one--really interesting on soooo many levels.


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