Then He Kissed Me by Christie Ridgway

**WARNING**My review may contain SPOILERS**

So, I received an advanced copy of this book and I did finish reading it before it’s release date which was this past Tuesday. I just didn’t get around to doing my review….I know, I know, bad Jessica. But, to be honest, it has been a really rough couple of weeks. My husband was diagnosed with a brain aneurism (that turned out to be TWO aneurism and a return trip to Seattle on the 17th) and so we spent days in the hospital, where surprisingly, my review was the last thing on my mind. No offense meant to the author, or to anyone else. I just thought I would explain a little bit, as to why I am putting up a review late.

I am usually not that big into romance books, just for the romance of them. I don’t mind reading drama that has romance (ie: vivid sex scenes & torrid love affairs), I just have found that romance for the sake of romance isn’t my cup of tea. I have also found that most romance novels share the same basic outline: one person loves another who doesn’t want to be loved and in the end, they wind up together. Happily ever after. So, like I said, I like a book that isn’t all about the romance and has a whole separate storyline ahead of the love. But, in this case, I was interested in reading the book, because I hadn’t read a good chick-lit, love book in a while, and to be honest, just needed the happy ending.

In this book, which I found out is the second book in a series, we meet Stevie Baci. She is a limo driver (she owns her own company) and also is part of a family business of making and selling wine in Napa Valley. The opening chapter had my attention instantly and I wound up finishing this book in about a day and a half. Stevie is having to drive her ex around on New Year’s Eve with his current fiance. Ouch. To make things worse, there is a tall, dark, and handsome (not to mention instant attraction) brother of the bride-to-be to contend with. Jack, has a very bad reputation. For loving and leaving and a number of other things. He gets into her car and let’s her know that since she is now in charge of his sister’s wedding that she is now his new best friend. Because, he isn’t letting his sister’s wedding get ruined over a jilted lover.

The instant attraction between these two is wonderfully written. The fact that Stevie tries (and fails miserably) to have sex like a man and to keep things simple, is a strong basis in the book. She thinks that if she keeps telling herself that it’s just sex that maybe she won’t fall in love with Jack and that she may be able to salvage what is left of her life since he ex left her. She knows that in the small town they live in, everyone knows the nitty-gritty and they feel sorry for her. She doesn’t want their pity, so has decided to play the game with Jack in the hopes that with him around, everyone will see she isn’t mooning over her ex. And that she is fully capable of planning and executing a wedding for him and his bride-to-be.

But Jack and his sister have secrets of their own. Like being kidnapped and not ever wanting to go home. Or the fact that Roxie stole Stevie’s boyfriend knowing fully that he was already taken. Plus, Jack doesn’t want to admit that he is falling for Stevie. That although she shows the world a tough tomboy she is really a softie on the inside.

I really did enjoy reading this book. And now knowing that it is part of a series, I want to go and read the first one. AND can’t wait until the third one comes out in June. (especially since there was a teaser in the back of my book, to give me an idea of what is to come!)

All in all, if you like romance, I would say to give this author a chance. There is a story that goes along with the romance. The Baci sisters trying to save their winery, or Jack & his sister trying to escape their pasts. So, it makes it worth the read.

Here are some places to find/learn more about the book:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8310766-then-he-kissed-me

http://www.amazon.com/Then-He-Kissed-Three-Kisses/dp/0425239179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294538473&sr=8-1

and here is a way to follow the author on twitter:

@ChristieRidgway

Until Next Time….Happy Reading!!!

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 19 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 18th with 41 views. The most popular post that day was Do You Have Your Library Card?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, slashingtongue.com, digg.com, thebookishtype.blogspot.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for indulgence in death, sexii, laura kreitzer, shadow of the sun laura kreitzer, and jd robb.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Do You Have Your Library Card? February 2010
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Night World-Daughters of Darkness March 2010

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Indulgence in Death by JD Robb November 2010
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Book Lovers & Affiliates March 2010
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Shadow of the Sun-Laura Kreitzer April 2010
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Amnesia-Prologue (trial)

No one thinks that their life can change in 20 seconds, but sometimes it does.

 Cheyenne sat at a red light, impatiently thrumming her fingers on the steering wheel. She glared at the red light and sighed. She was the only car on the road at this time in the morning and still she managed to catch the light. Looking left and then right, she began to debate just going through the light, when it finally changed to green. But, before she was able to pull away something hit the side of her car, hard, causing her to about jump out of her skin.

And that’s when the screaming started.

 Cheyenne sat stunned for a second looking at the half naked woman banging on her car and screaming at the top of her lungs for help. Without thinking, she unlocked the door and let the woman in. It took a second for Cheyenne to register that the woman was practically covered in blood, and tried to calm her down enough to get some answers from her. “What the hell has happened to you?”

Before the woman could answer, an engine revved high and caught Cheyenne’s attention. “Shit.” Was all she got out before her world began to spin. Her head snapped to the side as the truck hit the back end of her car. Cheyenne felt the window crack as her head hit it, and the seatbelt held her body in place. It all felt like slow motion, but could have only been a few seconds.

Sitting there dazed, Cheyenne glanced over at the woman and seen her with her head on the dashboard. She reached over to shake the woman’s shoulder, “Hey, are you okay?” Nothing, shaking a little bit harder, “Hey….hey lady. Wake up, you’re bleeding all over my dash.” Swallowing a small bout of hysteria, and trying not to laugh at the absurdity of the statement she just made, she tries to get the woman to answer again, only to be rewarded by the woman almost biting off her fingers. “What the-?!”

Suddenly, the car was flooded with light, and for a second Cheyenne thought it could be the police and was relieved, but something told her to move. She started the car, surprised that it caught at once and floored the gas pedal. She was rewarded with hearing tires squeal to a stop, and risked a peek up into her review, to see a truck across the road where she just was.

“I’m not sure what you are into, lady. But, I don’t really want to know. I don’t know where you came from, or what is going on. But, I’m not ready to die for helping someone. I know that is selfish, I can’t help that. I’m going to try to get you to a hospital, and then I am as good as gone.“ Cheyenne felt herself rambling, and couldn’t help it. Something like this had never happened to her.

A scream tore from her throat as she was hit from behind. “Oh please, oh please. Just let me get out of this.” Another hit from behind. “Where is everyone? Can’t anyone hear this?” Cheyenne looked up into her mirror and her eyes widened, the truck was further back, but she could tell it was just giving space to get a good running start. Panic, that’s all she could do. There was nowhere to go, and no one seemed to be out. Small moans were coming from the passenger seat. “I’m sorry I wasn’t the help you were looking for.”

Cheyenne tried to brace as best as she could for the next hit, for surely her car couldn’t take much more of this abuse, except, the hit didn’t come. Risking a look behind her, she realized the truck had been joined by another set of headlights and was now tailing close behind her. Afraid to sigh in relief at the temporary reprieve, Cheyenne quickly tried to get her bearings to figure out the best way to get to either the cops or the hospital. Stifling a groan, she realized that she was going to have to turn to get to the hospital, which could mean losing the safety of the third car. Because, for surely that was the reason for the truck stopping it’s onslaught.

The light up ahead was changing from green to yellow, and yellow to red. Taking a deep breath in and hoping for no cross traffic, Cheyenne hit the gas and spun into a left turn. Hoping that she caught the driver of the truck unawares, she took an immediate right and then a left. The hospital came into sight, just as headlights filled her car again.

Cheyenne sped up and pulled the steering wheel hard to the right, causing the bleeding woman to fall into her. But, was rewarded with making it into the emergency entrance of the hospital, the light of which blinding her temporarily. When her vision cleared, she seen the truck turn a corner up ahead and disappear.

Cheyenne looked over and noticed the nurse with a shocked look on her face. Pressing the button for the passenger window, she called out, “A little help here, please?” and promptly passed out.

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Soul Stalker by Laura Kreitzer

So, I finally got around to finishing this book after about a month and a half of having it. In my defense, the Robert Jordan book came out and I have been waiting a year for that one! Plus, it was over 800 pages!! To top it off, I got the Soul Stalker book sent to me as an e-book, and my computer ate it. It completely refused to transfer into my kindle, which was frustrating to say the least 😦 . I finally just went and bought the book from amazon and started in on it. Slowly….

Not to say that Ms. Kreitzer is a bad writer, that is not that case at all. Soul Stalker is the second book in her Timeless series, the first being Shadow of the Sun (read my review here: https://thesexiilibrarian.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/shadow-of-the-sun-laura-kreitzer/ ). I just had forgotten where the previous book had left off, and felt a little lost in the first couple of chapters is all.

I did enjoy getting back into Kreizter’s style of writing. She writes very fluidly and it is easy to follow along and get caught up in the emotions of the moment. That being said, let’s get down to the details, shall we?

When Shadow of the Sun ended, we, as the reader, knew that our heroine and Illuminator was still alive, whereas pretty much no one else was privy to this information. So, in the beginning of this book, Gabriella has revealed her still living, if a little altered, state of being to Joseph. The extremely attractive FBI agent. Together, well, mostly Gabriella, makes a plan to find her Angels (Andrew, Ehno, Aiden, and Lucia), she just needs the help that the FBI can give her.

First thing on her list, get to Italy. Second thing, save Zola. Third, save her Angels. And fourth, try not to die *again* during any of this.

In the first book, the attraction between Joseph and Gabriella is very noticeable, as is her instant love and infatuation with Andrew (one of the Angels, her kindred spirit to be exact). I am usually a big fan of love triangles, they add a little paunch to any story. And every reader will always choose one side or the other. In my case, I felt the choice was a little biased. I really like Joseph. He did meet her first, he’s human, attainable, super sexy, and he likes Gabriella. But, he is no match for a celestial being. So, I was sad at the end of the last book when things really hadn’t been resolved in the love triangle. I like happy endings, I’m a bit of a sap that way. I don’t want to see Joseph just hanging around hoping that Andrew will fly away…all puns intended. Then, in this book, you find out that Joseph and Jenna (Gabriella’s sister) went to each other during the time of grieving over the death of Gabriella. And things are looking very good (and a little cute) for the two of them.

In Soul Stalker, Gabriella finds herself facing more problems and still grieving over the loss of her mother. searching for Andrew and trying to really get control of her new Angelic powers. Trying to save the world and trying not to get killed by the Soul Stalker. She is a very busy woman! I really like the character development, and hope that in the end, most things work out for the best.

And I say “most” only because I know that there has to be more tragedies and drama for the books to stay alive and keep interest. If Gabriella always got her way, and things always worked out the first try, I think that I would be almost disgusted with the book and not want to read more. But, the way that this book is handled is great. Enough sad things happen, to make you more emotionally attached to the book. You find yourself rooting for Gabriella and wanting to get in there and help her out. All in all, I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone I know. I would caution however, to read the first book relatively close to the same time, just so some of the details are still fresh in your mind.

Excellent book, Laura Kreitzer, can’t wait for the next!

If you would like to follow this author on twitter @LauraKreitzer .

Until Next Time…..Happy Reading!

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Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

**WARNING**My review may contain SPOILERS**

So, I have a dilemma on blogging about this book…It is #13 in a series, that I have never previously blogged about, (only because I started my book blogging llloooonnnggg after starting this series). I just feel that explaining this book is going to leave a lot of people in the muck :(. I apologize for this ahead of time, and hope that some can still find it useful. I also hope that I can get more people to read the series as well. I already got my husband listening to the audio books this week 🙂

So, in the Towers of Midnight, we pick up where the Gathering Storm left off. Everyone in this world is preparing for the Last Battle. The fight between good and evil that will ultimately decided the fate of everyone. And whether or not the Dark one will rule, and if this Age is over. Just to start again and hope that it comes out differently. Although, from some of the books, I got the feeling that even though the Wheel of Time turns and Legends come to pass….that everything starts over, that this time around will be the LAST Battle. There will be no more Ages after this one, depending on the outcome. But, that’s just my opinion.

Rand (the Dragon Reborn) has finally came to terms with his destiny. He no longer is angry and mean to everyone. He realized that not feeling anything, is not the way to go. In realizing this, he has become stronger. He also has decided to break the seals on the Dark One’s prison. Which to most is crazy, especially Egwene who is now the Armylin at the White Tower. She spends the book trying to find Mesaana (one of the forsaken) in the White Tower and building up a force to stop Rand from breaking the Seals. Rand gave her a date that he would be in place to break the seals. He tells her knowing that she will try to stop him, although hoping that she will aid him, because he knows now that he will need all the help that he can get. That he can’t do everything on his own. Even with being the Dragon Reborn and all.

Elayne is having her own issues in Andor. She has become queen, and is holding onto that title. Barely. After hearing that Rand has decided to break the seals, she decides to go and take the other throne that Rand has offered her. She figures if she can rule both kingdoms without letting one devour the other, that she will be a force to reckon with should the Final Battle go bad. Plus, two armies, added to what Egwene rounds up, is better than one. Oh, and she is carrying Rand’s babies. Twins. Which was finally confirmed by a midwife, although Min (who gets visions about the future) had already told her that she was having twins. To make matters even more shaky for Elayne, her mother, long thought dead to all, has resurfaced. Which could really muddy up things, if it is seen that it is not Elayne ruling, but Morgase.

There really is a lot going on in this book. After all, it is over 800 pages! To try to explain it all, would mean doing a very loooonnnngggg blog post. Suffice it to say, if you like fantasy and strong female characters, this is definitely a series for you. Listening to book 1 (Eye of the World) with my husband, has brought back a lot of things I had forgotten. The characters are very deep and you get to know each one’s strengths and weaknesses throughout all of the books.

I really like that it is written from each person’s point of view, and that I am not just stuck in the mind of one person throughout the entire series. I feel like I would become bored this way. But, in doing the book in this manner, it keeps everyone fresh in your mind, and helps you to understand what everyone is thinking and doing in preparation for the Last Battle.

The way I understand, there will be only one more book in this series, and this actually makes me very sad. Yes, I want to know what happens, and if everyone that I have come to know and love, survives. But, in learning all that, I will also have to deal with it being THE END. That there will be no more returning to the world of Aei Sedai & Trollocs. Unless, of course, I want to pick the books up and start again. Which is always possible….even probable. 🙂

I know that a lot of people feel the way I do, in so far as, fantasy books are not my cup of tea. Whenever I think fantasy, I get Star Wars & Star Trek stuck in my head. Not to say this is a bad thing, so I don’t want any Trekkies wanting to hang me…or laser me…or whatever it is they do…lol. I just have never had a “want” to read those types of books. So, I really hesitated when the first book was recommended to me. The guy assured me, it wasn’t that kind of fantasy book and that I would surely like it. So, I bought it. And I fell in love with the first book. Before knowing it was a series.

And even though, Robert Jordan died, and the series is now written from his notes by his wife and Brandon Sanderson, I find that I still love the story. And enjoy getting lost in it. It has fighting and scheming, love and betrayal, good vs evil, it has everything….except spaceships. 🙂

In short, excellent read. Can’t wait for the next one. Hope that more people read the series, and can share in my passion.

Until Next Time…..Happy Reading!!!!

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Geist by Philippa Ballantine

Let me just say, I love books that run in a series. Because I always just feel at all sad when a book ends and I can’t find out what happens to the characters later on, if they live happily ever after and all that. It’s too final when there is only one book. That being said….I find that sometimes single books are good too, because keeping up with a bunch of series is sometimes hard to do! I really enjoyed this book. And I am not a huge fan of fantasy books. I got hooked on Robert Jordan as my first fantasy author a couple years ago, to find out he died before finishing the WoT series. I was grumpy until Brandon Sanderson came on as the ghost writer, but I had to read some of his books to make sure he would do my series justice. So, up until a few days ago, those were two of the only fantasy authors I had really every read. I’m glad that I didn’t just limit myself to them, and decided to read this book. 🙂

 The author is really great at building the characters in this book. Sometimes I feel like an author forgets to “fill in” the character, and is worried more about the story and/or back round. Not so in this case. There was never a point in this book where I wondered what any of the characters were feeling during a particular scene. Sometimes, the story was told from two or more perspectives and it was done in such a way that I was not upset at reading the same thing, essentially, twice!

This book is based in another world, and there are Deacons in here that battle Geists. Now geists come in many, many forms so there are many ways to send them back to the Otherside. There are different levels of geist requiring sometimes more then one pair of Deacons (made up of a Sensitive and an Active) to banish them. I liked that this book was pretty fast paced. I didn’t really get bored at all once I was into the book. There was always something happening. The main…well….one of the main characters is Deacon Sorcha Faris. She is a red head with a temper who has gone through many partners, for a number of reasons. She is one of the most powerful Actives in the Order. I really like reading books with strong female leads. Sometimes, I don’t want to read about how the girl is in distress and the guy saves her. It’s nice for it to be the other way around once in a while. Don’t get me wrong. There is some romance written into this book. After all, it’s hard for a male & female to be thrown together in a perilous situation and sparks not happen. Even in real life. Plus, I gotta say, Captain Raed Rossin, is as good a candidate as they come. His character to speaks to the side of every woman that just wants to fix the guy and make him better. It helps that he is tortured by a family curse that has been around for generations and turns him into a type of geist that kills anyone around him. So, he is perfect for our Deacon.

In the beginning of the book, Sorcha is with her husband (and forth partner) when an attack happens. He is seriously wounded, almost killed, causing her to get temporarily assigned a new partner. Which is not usually how things are ran. But when the Arch Abbot says, “Hey, you are going here & this is your new Sensitive” there is not much you can do to say “No”. So this is how she gets hooked to, or should I say bonded to, Merrick. Who is young and has secrets of his own. His own fears for being close to this particular Deacon. Stemming from a childhood memory and the death of his own father.

The three make an unlikely pair and are forced to keep the alliance, even strengthen it throughout the book, based on events and happenings around them. They just keep falling into the worst luck ever. Whether it is a sea creature ripping a ship to shreds and taking down to the depths of the ocean, a head Deacon at an Abby that turns out to be trying to bring powerful geists over instead of sending them back, to their own internal struggles with facing that facts that no rules are absolute and that all their lessons don’t really mean much.

The book is hugely compelling and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy laced with a little bit of romance, suspense, and action. Great book, really. And I cannot wait until the next book in this series comes out!

Until Next Time….Happy Reading!

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Indulgence in Death by JD Robb

**WARNING** May contain **SPOILERS**

I have to say that I absolutely love reading books that are part of a series. While I hate waiting 6 months to a year between the new books to come out, I am always thrilled when I hear that the next book is already in the works. I feel like I have come to know the characters and love them each in their own way. Kind of like the real people in my life.

 

That being said, Indulgence in Death is definitely worth the read. If you have never read one of the “In Death” books by JD Robb you are completely missing out. She is a homicide lieutenant based in the future and before you go all “Ewwww I hate Sci-Fi and futuristic novels” this is not in that genre. Not really. The writing and the things that are in the future are things that you can actually envision being part of our everyday lives at this point already. After all, these books are only based about 50 or so years ahead of us now, and some of the technology in the first book, has already come out.

Buuuuuttttttt…..back to the book at hand. It is the latest edition in a long line of books. (each one with the same major/key characters but each book it’s own case). This time, it starts out with Eve (lieutenant Eve Dallas, Homicide) and her husband Roarke (read: mega hot, mega rich and oh yeah Irish) are on a vacation, which is something they normally don’t do, as she’s the top cop and he is usually buying up pieces of the known universe.

When they get back to New York, Eve catches a case that is slightly bizaar. Not to say that all of her cases are normal, per se. But, in the future (even now come to think of it) a limo driver being killed be a cross bow bolt is very unique. Turns out this guy was the best in his field, built a company up from one broke down limo to a fleet with a full staff and the highest marks in society. The “client” that he had to pick up, turns out to be a complete ID theft kind of situation. Guy has no clue how his company credit card got used or any of that and has an alibi for the time in question.

Add to that a second body. Same MO. Mostly. It’s a LC (licenced companion AKA a hooker) that is the top of her field and she is killed in a pretty public place, same as the limo driver. Only she isn’t killed with a cross bow bolt, but a bayonet. What are the chances that two crimes are done in public areas, with weapons that are considered antique, old school, and take special skills to use AND killing people at the top of the food chain in their respected areas of employment?

So, now Eve has to find out who done it and why. I love getting inside her head and knowing her thought process. She has become someone that I wish was real, just so I could meet her. She connects to every crime on a personal levels, to make sure no one’s death ever makes them a no body. To her, they are all somebody and nobody deserves to die.

Working with Eve, is her husband Roarke who is a man of very man talents. In bed and out…he he he he. She has an excellent bunch of supporting people around her. And it is awesome to see how her life has changed from book one to now.

I was reading this book on Tuesday at work and my coworker was all, “That must be a good book, because you keep smiling” I answered, “It’s like seeing old friends and I love how Eve and Roarke interact”.

I give this book 5 stars all the way. But, that’s probably because I’m slightly biased and completely hooked into the series. I always recommend these books to people who are into books that are part of a series, or like drama, crime, and a bit of romance thrown in.

Until next time….Happy Reading!!!!

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