August 2011 Archive

Past Her Time

by: Melissa Jarvis

Pages: 269

Published: June 7th, 2011 by BookStrand Romance

ISBN: 1610343689

From Goodreads: Agent Alex Raines takes no prisoners—in her job or in her personal life. But all of that changes when the time travel organization The Lineage sends her to 1793 Revolutionary France. Used to a “get in, get out,” modus operandi, she finds her heart and will tested by local English nobleman Lord Gabriel Huntington, whose reasons for being there are as deceptive as her own.

In the midst of revolution and betrayal, can these two learn to take off the disguises and trust each other? Or will the fate of the world and time travel rest on Alex’s ability to betray the one man she has come to love?

 

This was a wonderful story and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve always been a sucker for time-travel romances, but this has got to be one of the best ones I’ve ever read. The characters are believable and the chemistry between the main characters is undeniable. This book will have you routing for their love through everything that happens throughout the story. Alex is a strong heroine and someone that readers can look up to. She fights for herself and does what she feels is right, regardless of what time period she’s in. Gabriel is a hero that readers can find themselves falling for. One thing that always bothers me is when the hero in a romance just isn’t attractive and there is nothing substantial between the hero and heroine. That isn’t the case in this novel.

Another aspect of this novel that is so great is that you can never be sure what’s going to happen next. I was guessing until the end and even THEN the author kept surprising me. I would definitely recommend this book to romance lovers out there, especially if you have an interest in history and/or time-travel. It is definitely worth it to pick this book up. It is a very well-written novel. 🙂

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To Wish For Adventure

by: Jayme Evans

Published: July 7th 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: B005BRRWNK

From Goodreads: Princess Elkava of the family Ominar is third in line for the enormous Euphratorian Empire, but she wished for adventure beyond the empire’s scope. When a new star system is discovered she wants to go ‘solo’ and explore but her emperor father refuses to let her travel without a detail of warships as escorts. Little does she know that the adventure could be more than learning about a new planet.

Kandon of the family Vaker is concerned for his dwindling family, refugees from a distant solar system. As leader of his people, even at his young age he must find the truth. The lovely intruder could only be a Vaker or Ominar, even though she gives another family name, but has she come to back the government who seeks genocide against his family?

 

This book really captured my interest. This was a romance but it also had a very “Star Trek” like feel. I really enjoyed that! I think that anyone who is into both science-fiction and romance, like I am, would really enjoy this book. The world that this book takes place in is very well described and easy to believe in. I felt sympathy for the Vaker, and enjoyed all of the history I learned throughout the course of the novel about noth the Vaker and Ominar races. The only thing I would have to say that I didn’t enjoy about this novel was how long I felt like it dragged out at the end. I thought that maybe some of it could have been cut down and the story wouldn’t have lost anything. But even with that it wasn’t so long that I got bored or stopped enjoying the story. Overall, it was very well written and the characters were very believable. I found a few typos but there weren’t so many that it was annoying… and it was obvious what word was supposed to go there. I’d say that anyone looking for a new romance to read, especially if they are into science-fiction, would definitely find this novel interesting and a great read! 🙂

Cupcakes:

Zucchini-Spice Cupcakes!

Just a quick little update on my progress through Martha Stewart’s Cupcake book:

I made the Zucchini-Spice ones last weekend and they were awesome!

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WIld Montana Sky

by: Debra Holland

Published: April 28th, 2011

ASIN: B004YKZCD2

From Goodreads: A “Sweet” Romance set in 1893 Montana

With the tragic death of her fiancé, Elizabeth Hamilton believed she’d never love again. The comfortable life she’s settled into with her brother in Boston, is upset when he abruptly marries. Displaced by her spiteful new sister-in-law, and hoping to find a home for herself, Elizabeth allows handsome cowboy Nick Sanders to escort her from Boston to her friend’s Montana ranch.

In Montana, Elizabeth meets attractive Caleb Livingston, a wealthy banker who strongly resembles her beloved fiancé, and believes she has a second chance at love. Yet, she has to fight a growing attraction to Nick. In braving the dangers and hardships of the West, Elizabeth discovers unexpected strengths within herself–strengths tested when an influenza epidemic ravages the town. As a child’s life hangs in the balance, Elizabeth must choose between the man who has everything, and the one with nothing but his heart to offer.

 

I absolutely loved this story. It was beautifully written. While reading this novel I felt like I was actually there experiencing the beauty of wild Montana. The characters were refreshing and each of them was truly unique. I felt connected to these characters in a way that is rare in a novel. The love story completely captivated me and I found myself routing for their love until the very end. Elizabeth’s character was also fascinating to me because of the transformation she undergoes throughout the course of the story. She becomes almost a completely different person, and this person is much more open to love. I could almost feel her change within myself and by the end of the novel I felt like I could breathe again for her.  Nick is a wonderful hero that would make any woman want to fall in love with him. He is incredibly attractive and strong, everything Elizabeth needs to become the person she wants to be. Their connection is undeniable, and with both of them having experienced similar traumas in their lives they are able to comfort and relate to one another in a way that they couldn’t with other people. I throughly enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend it to romance lovers. It is completely sweet and clean, so it is appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers. I hope I get to read the second book in the series soon! 🙂

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Ghost Story

by: Jim Butcher

Pages: 481

Published: July 26, 2011 by Roc Hardcover

ISBN: 045146379X

From Goodreads: The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Timesbestselling Dresden Files series. 
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic..

This review isn’t going to be like my normal ones. Simply because I’m completely biased when it comes to this series. Storm Front, the first novel in The Dresden Files series, is the first book that really made me the reader I am today. I’d liked reading before but I’d go in and out of phases of reading and not reading. So… after that I’ve never been without my nose in a book. So when this newest novel was released I woke up early, drove to Barnes & Noble, and dove right in. It delivered. This novel is very different from the rest of the books in the series. Harry Dresden is dead throughout this novel, so he has to try and save his friends while being a ghost… which proves to be a lot tricker than doing it when he has a regular mortal body. A lot of connections from previous novels were made that made me even more convinced that Jim Butcher is a genius. There’s not much I can say without spoilers, but I loved this book. It definitely took me on an emotional roller coaster considering how attached I am to all of the characters. This novel is definitely heart-tugging and makes you think. Butcher is one of the few authors that can make me yell at scream and laugh at his novels. So basically, if you haven’t read anything by him, I suggest you go pick up Storm Front and work your way up to this novel. It is well worth your time. 🙂 I guess this wasn’t a review so much as me telling you how much I love Jim Butcher and how this is my absolute favorite book series. So there you go!

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