Friday, September 30, 2011


Fall is in the air and it feels wonderful.

My son is home from Iraq and although it is hard to get use to a non-empty nest home again we are enjoying him being around.

I have a day off from work today (Friday) and am looking forward to a nice long weekend full of fun with friends. Starts with going out to eat with friends tonight - and making up some tasty breakfast burritos for tomorrows tailgate party for an early BSU Football game. We are seeking redemption against our loss last year with the UNR Wolfpack. And with my dad being an alumni of Reno - the emails have been flying back and forth!

GO BRONCOS - can't wait to cheer you on and eat those burritos!


Marked (Eternal Guardians, #1)Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful launch of a new series.

Marked was such an enjoyable read that I am looking forward to the next book.

A fast past story about Casey (Acacia), currently a book seller and waitress that has always known she did not fit in anywhere. Her life changes drastically as she leaves the club she works at and stumbles upon a man who is fighting for his life against beings she can't quite believe exist. She chases them away (or they leave when they figure out who she really is) and helps get the stranger to her home. Theron, a descendant of a Greek demigod just needs to rest and heal before he can return safely to his home and can't think of a better place than Casey's to hide out from the daemons who look for him.

Theron and Casey feel an instant attraction to each other and after Theron has gained his strength and returns home he finds out who she really is and the prophecy that involves both Casey and her sister Isadora (Theron's future wife). The King (Isodora and Casey's father) is dying and wants to save Isadora and the future of his kingdom and asks Theron to bring Casey to their homeland. Theron realizes this means sacrificing Casey for the good of his people, however he is all about being loyal and does his duty to bring Casey back to fulfill the prophecy.

The story is full of action, twists and turns that involved not only the hero and heroine but secondary characters that you enjoy reading about.

Love the interaction between Casey and Theron. The fact the Theron is so duty bound and loyal just adds to the story and angst between them.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In Bed with a Highlander

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #1)In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book.

Ewan is a clan leader desperately trying to keep his clan from going hungry and cold. Ever since his father and wife died he has been keeping the clan together. The keep may look like it is falling down but he has been progressively improving the welfare of the clan.

When his son, Crispin goes missing he is beside himself with worry and sends out both brothers to find him. Alaric finally finds Crispin with a strong willed mysterious women named Mairin, as they were making their way back to Crispin's home.

The two fight an enemy that will stop at nothing to marry Mairin to produce an heir to inherit a fortune. As the danger increases the two become closer and the chemistry between them is electric as they spar both in and out of the bedroom.

I enjoyed all the characters in this book. Ewan had just the right mix of alpha and tenderness with Mairin being spirited and fun. Loved her personality. I am looking forward to Alaric and Caelen's story, not only to meet new characters but to visit the ones we just met.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Last Detail

The Last DetailThe Last Detail by Melissa Schroeder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lou Campbell wants to go back to Earth and she has just one more job to do to get her wish. Lou is one of the best hunters out there and she has just received an assignment that will earn her enough credits to make her dream come true. The job involves finding and bringing in a man that has gained secrets from his employer, Zenich Industries and has been selling them for profit.
Lou lands on the planet Arcadia to search for Sam Dawson. Arcadia is a planet full of vices that are not allowed on other planets, the cities look like Earth cities from the 20th century with gettos and smog and corruption. She finds her target at a seedy bar sitting with a couple of gals that look to be ladies of the evening. As soon as she walks over the gals leave and she strikes up a conversation pretending she has one thing on her mind. Dawson is drawn to Lou and leads her off to his rented room. Although Lou is attracted to Dawson, she has a job to do and soon gets him into a postion where she is able to handcuff him. He is outraged and when she explains what is up, he immediately says he is framed.
They take off to find a transport so she can bring him in when they see the bar they were in has just exploded and there is more security around the city than there should be. She starts to feel that something is very wrong with this job.
Jared Flores is Lou's boss and also has a past connection with Sam Dawson. He heads for Arcadia as soon as he finds out who Sam really is and now can't contact Lou. Jared has a safe house on the planet and he knows that Lou will hold up there if there has been any difficulty with the job.
Lou and Sam find trouble along the city streets and make there way to the safe house and where their mutual attraction heats up. Jared finds the two of them and realizes what has been going on and is furious. Jared has been in love with Lou for years and has been waiting for the right time, and how he might have lost his chance. However, Sam and Jared also have a history that eventually bring them all together.
Sam is desperate to find out who is framing him and while the three are sorting out their feelings for each other, he takes it on himself to find out sending him into dangerous territory that Jared and Lou follow. There is more than just solving the mystery for a future for the three of them.
I enjoyed this book, the story was thrilling and fast paced and the chemistry between all three was wonderful. Enjoyed the scenes with just Lou and Sam and when Jared joined in it was even hotter. Great story.

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