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review 2015-08-03 02:53
"You've seen me naked, so I'd say you're definitely qualified to say which is my best side."
That Night with the CEO (Harlequin Desire) - Karen Booth

One of my favourite contemporary romance authors debuts with Harlequin Desire this month! Karen manages to push all of my "like" buttons every time out, and her latest effort, "One Night with the CEO" is no exception. (copy of the book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review).

 

To summarize: Melanie Costello is working her butt off to keep her small PR firm going. No small feat, after her business (and romantic) partner defected with one of their clients. When telecom mogul Roger Langford retains her to repair his playboy son's image after his latest tabloid scandal, she comes face to face with her best-kept secret: her one-night stand with Adam Langford.

 

Adam is gorgeous, interested, and still out of reach, now more so than ever.  Can Melanie keep a professional distance from Adam? If she can it will make her career.  If she can't, more than her firm is on the line - her heart is at risk as well.

 

So here's the thing.  I am SO excited for Karen - she was with Ellora's Cave, did three books with a small-press, re-released her old stuff herself, and this is her debut with Harlequin. So cool! The only drawback to a Harlequin is that an author is constrained by the company's guidelines, and I believe that includes the length of the book.  I would have loved to see more of both characters, and as I know how good she is at character development, it's hard not to feel a bit like she was just able to scratch the surface with Melanie and Adam's story.

 

That being said, Adam Langford is a hard-working, custom suit-wearing, stubble-bearing, swoon-worthy Hero, well worthy of all of Melanie's efforts.  Melanie is a heroine we can all relate to: burned once, she has trouble believing Adam could be as into her as she is him.  With snappy banter, sizzling chemistry and a sigh-worthy happily-ever after, "One Night with the CEO" is a worthy companion to a cold drink and a lounge chair in the summer sun.

 

And, I also need to say this:  Best. Cover.  Whew!

 

PS: Checkout Karen's backlist - this is just a taste of what she can do.  :)

 

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review 2014-06-13 04:58
Mr. Mercedes ( Unnamed Trilogy #1 )
Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King

Brady Hartfield is one creepy and disturbed character whom I could believe is real because of such people like Ted Bundy.

 

I was engrossed in page after page of how the perpetrator was so close yet failed to get caught. How did that happen? Brady may have evaded getting caught in the City Center Massacre that killed 8 people but he was never going to allow anyone to take his recognition as a massive killer away from him as he prided himself in it. Ugh! what a sicko!

 

He may have promised Hodges the retired detective -DET RET that he would never do it again, but he had plans on killing again.

Even though I'd enjoyed a few books by Stephen King, I am not a big fan. He's such a cynic and he shows it in his writings on just about everything. i.e.:

"To Hodges she looks like Princess Leia after a year on the Karen Carpenter diet?"

 really? I was interested in the characters like Jerome and Holly; the main "heroes", but I was sad about what happens to Hodges' love interest Janey, because I liked her a lot.

 

Oh and I suspect we haven't seen the last of Brady Hartfield . 

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text 2014-06-08 20:10
2/3 read, 1/3 to go...
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

I may have to refrain from reading this directly before bed - I dreamed of epidemics last night.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-06-08 09:23
The Children of Húrin (Middle-Earth Universe)
The Children of Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien,Alan Lee,J.R.R. Tolkien

The Children of Hurin was amazing, and I love the illustrations, but what a tragic ending! Hurin was finally released from Morgoth's bondage and was reunited with his wife Morwen, but it was too late!

I loved that Turin slays the dragon (Glaurang) like Hercules. I loved the Fey in Lord of The Rings and this story too.


The story concentrates on a Man of the House of Hador, Túrin Turambar, and his sister Niënor Níniel, who are cursed along with their father Húrin by the Dark Lord Morgoth. The events take place more than 6,500 years before the War of the Ring.

According to the Tolkien Estate:

The Children of Húrin takes the reader back to a time long before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle-earth that was to be drowned before Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron was only Morgoth's lieutenant. This heroic romance is the tale of the Man, Húrin, who dared to defy Morgoth, and his family's tragic destiny, as it follows his son Túrin Turambar's travels through the lost world of Beleriand...

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My Favorite Scene: 

The Death of Glaurung The Dragon

 

"Turambar, Turambar, come back! Hear Me! Awake! For it is Niniel. The Dragon is dead, dead, and I alone am here by you."
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review 2014-06-08 09:17
Endlessly : (Paranormalcy #3)
Endlessly - Kiersten White So. I'm finally getting around to read the final installment of Paranormalcy. What is so special about Evie that she is qualified to open a gate so the paranormals stuck on earth can waltz on through? I must have forgotten the part that explains that. Of course there is so many ridiculous twists and turns about this world but particularly in Endlessly I noticed that Evie was so busy with school and her relationship with Lend that she totally neglects the more important things to do on her list , like saving the world . I understand totally being 17 years old and all. She just wants to live a normal life. I get that she doesn't want any part of the IPCA anymore which is cool. They changed and Mrs whatever whatever is a snotty old hag who is working with the evil fairy's who want to kill Evie and the rest of the paranormals. I didn't think Evie should have been responsible for that whole business of saving the world even though she did succeed with the help of a few of her friends, and proved remarkable, it seemed like a dirty and thankless job. Ha! This book wasn't serious but it was fun.
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