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Sep
22

 

 


I missed doing this last year but decided to jump in when I saw the announcement via Callapidder Days come through my Twitter feed a few days ago.

My reading has been iffy a lot in recent months so my list is not going to have that many on it.

HEART OF DANGER by Lisa Marie Rice
Copyright: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Avon Red
Series: Ghost Ops Novel, Book 1
Source: ARC

They are Ghosts. They do not exist. Their birth certificates have been destroyed, all traces of their civilian and military pasts wiped out. They have no official military rank and wear no uniforms or insignia, save a tiny steel pin of a striking hawk forged from the rifle that killed Osama Bin Laden. Once again Lisa Marie Rice delivers a sizzling, heart-stopping new series as only she can tell it

Ghost Ops. A small team of super elite soldiers so secret only two men know of their existence-General Clancy Flynn and their commanding officer, Colonel Lucius Ward. On a mission to destroy a US-based lab working on weaponized bubonic plague, the team is betrayed by their commanding officer. The Team is massacred and only three men survive to be court martialed: the Team Leader, Tom ‘Mac’ McEnroe, tech genius John Ryan, and lethal Nick Ross. They disappear en route to prison and are never heard of again.

Mac and his men hole up in a high tech lair, completely off the grid. But when a beautiful woman somehow finds him, he doesn’t know whether to kiss her, or kill her.
Dr. Catherine Young is on a mission, propelled by forces beyond her control to find a man who has disappeared off the face of the earth. She is bearing a deadly message from a dying man. Catherine has a gift that allows her to see into the heart of others. But looking into Mac McEnroe’s heart is like looking into the heart of danger itself.

SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED by Anna Campbell
Copyright: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing / Forever
Series: Sons of Sin, Book 1
Source: Bought Kindle Copy

Will a week of seduction…

Desperate to save her sister’s life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

…Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

DRAGON’S MOON by Lucy Monroe
Copyright: September 2012
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Series: Children of the Moon, Book 4
Source: Bought Kindle Copy

He’s a dragon intent on saving his people from destruction by the Fearghall and she is a wolf who blames the dragon for the deaths of her brother and mother. They’re true mates, but will that be enough to overcome ancient prophecies, debilitating visions and a dragon’s fire?

When Erik, the only living dragon shifter, and prince of the Ean, killed her brother, Ciara was left alone to face her prophetic dreams. Now, in order to find the wolves’ sacred stone and save all the Chrechte from destruction, she needs her enemy’s help.

Erik was only protecting the children of his people, but that day in the forest left a mark on him as well. Controlling his dragon’s fire is the most difficult thing he’s ever done—until he and Ciara are forced to face not only their shared tumultuous past, but a hallowed bond stronger than they realize. As avowed enemies and predestined mates, their quest ushers them into a world of great danger, and a passion hotter than the dragon’s fire.

HOW TO LOSE A DEMON IN 10 DAYS by Saranna DeWylde
Copyright: September 2012
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Series: 10 Days, Book 1
Source: Bought Kindle Copy

GOT DEMON?

Grace does. She’s got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she’s got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She’s also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue. See, her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend didn’t take kindly to her smutty Mephistophelean contract. It’s not that she’s conspiring with fiends; that was his idea. It’s that she’s conspiring against him with outrageous devilry that runs the gamut from embarrassing to a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul.

One should never trust demons, let alone shag them. They don’t have hearts. Yet Grace is buying hers some slightly tarnished armor and hoping that once he’s been shoveled into it, kicking and screaming, he’ll find it’s just his size. This wicked witch needs a white knight–or at least a Prince of Darkness for a Happily Ever After.

ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER by Sarah MacLean
Copyright: February 2013
Publisher: Avon
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels, Book 2
Source: ARC

The second in the incredible new Rules of Scoundrels series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean.

Lady Philippa Marbury is…odd. The brilliant, bespectacled fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she’s never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa’s done her research and Cross’s reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion – the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it’s more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts – and giving the lady precisely what she wants.

ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young
Copyright: August 2012
Publisher: Self-Pub
Series: n/a
Source: Bought Kindle Copy

Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare… to the very soul.

PLANNING FOR LOVE by Christi Barth
Copyright: September 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Aisle Bound Trilogy, Book 1
Source: Bought Kindle Copy

Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes and anti-Cupid Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for their disaster of a courtship

Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she’s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent—and heartbreaking—one-night stand.

Bennett Westcott admits he didn’t handle his encounter with Ivy very well. But looking at her beautiful smile—and great body—through a camera lens every day? He can’t be faulted for suggesting they have some no-strings fun.

The more time they spend together, the more Ben realizes Ivy isn’t the wedding-crazed bridezilla he’d imagined. But if he doesn’t trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance?

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Apr
20

 

 


Have been having some sleepless nights lately so I find myself browsing online late at night. Have been browsing for books and here is just a sample of what I’ve added lately to my wishlist. :)

ALL AFTERNOON WITH A SCANDALOUS MARQUESSby Alexandra Hawkins
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Lords of Vice #5

Sinfully seductive and wildly wicked, the notorious Lords of Vice are no strangers to desire—or the many pleasures of indulgence…

HE’S NO SAINT

Simon Jefferes, the Marquess of Sainthill, has done the unthinkable—he’s fallen in love. The so-called “Saint” has spent his life gambling, dallying with women, and satisfying his every whim. And he fully intended to continue his wicked ways, until he met the mysterious, exotic, and irresistible Madame Venna—the one woman he can’t have…and the only one he’s ever wanted for more than an evening.

SHE’S NO LADY

The proprietress of the Golden Pearl, one of London’s most exclusive brothels, Madame Venna takes pride in the lush, decadent club she’s created. With a half-mask to conceal her identity, she’s careful to safeguard something even more valuable—her heart. But Saint is determined to tear down the walls she’s built around herself, and to finally expose the truth—that Madame Venna is a woman very much in love…with him.

ALMOST A SCANDAL by Elizabeth Essex
Release Date: July 31. 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Reckless Brides #1

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues.

Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they always get their man…

A LADY IN DISGUISE

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

A MAN OVERBOARD

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…

PLAYING TO WIN by Jaci Burton
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: Play-by-Play #4

Someone’s going to have to let down their guard…

Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she’s determined to give it her best shot.

When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

CHARMED BY HIS LOVE by Janet Chapman
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Jove
Series: A Spellbound Falls Romance #2

New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman takes you back to the magical town of Spellbound Falls, where Duncan MacKeage is about to uncover great love with hidden dangers…

All Duncan MacKeage wants is to keep his crew building roads and bridges up the mountain to the fancy resort overlooking Spellbound Falls’ new inland sea. He doesn’t want anything to do with his own family magic or with the beautiful widow, Peg Thompson, and her tribe of little heathens. But when Duncan is tasked with keeping an eye on the widow Thompson, trouble starts.

Because of a family curse, Peg fears that giving in to her desires will mean killing off another lover. But Duncan—the strong, handsome man buying her gravel—is unbelievably tempting and determined to take care of her. Torn between her head and her heart, will Peg find the strength to break free of her black-widow curse? Or will pursuing their attraction put these lovers in harm’s way?

ONE MORE KISS by Mary Blayney
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Bantam
Series: n/a

Mary Blayney, the acclaimed author of Courtesan’s Kiss, returns to the Pennistan family with this new historical romance—the delectable story of a free-spirited beauty with no interest in marriage who gets more than she bargained for when a seductive kiss leads to the possibility of love.

Dispatched by their ambitious father to snag a titled husband, Beatrice Brent and her twin sister, Cecilia, attend a house party with an array of eligible gentlemen. Defiantly ignoring her father’s wishes, Beatrice flirts shamelessly with Lord Jessup Pennistan, a gamer with scandal in his past—and the one man her father has warned her against. But when flirting goes too far, Beatrice suddenly finds herself engaged and, worse, estranged from her family. Though convinced that her fiancé’s wicked ways will bring nothing but heartache, Beatrice is powerless against Jess’s masterful seduction and the anticipated delights of the marriage bed.

A gambling man who has lost more than his family is willing to forgive him for, Jess quickly realizes that compromising Beatrice was the best mistake he ever made. But to keep her he must right the wrongs of the past, reclaim his lost fortunes, and place the boldest wager of his life. For now he has everything to win . . . and everything to lose.

NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT by Maya Banks
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: n/a

This sinfully sweet new romance from Maya Banks features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but considered “touched” to outsiders. Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Eveline taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world view her as daft, content to stay with her family. But when an arranged marriage with a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, she accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful she can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled he awakens her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by his new bride, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation, whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE by Manda Collins
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Ugly Ducklings #2

You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can’t make her bloom—unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat…

DANCING WITH DANGER

What’s a nice girl like Miss Juliet Shelby doing at a place like Lord Deveril’s ballroom? With her shy demeanor, she’s a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze…

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the “fashionable” ladies he’s accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence—and an explosive secret. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms…

THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE by Stefanie Sloane
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: Regency Rogues #5

Lady Sophie Afton wants one thing and one thing only: Revenge against the man who ruthlessly killed her mother fifteen years before. Painstakingly preparing herself for the task and awaiting just the right moment, she approaches Lord Carmichael armed with the skills required of a spy and the knowledge that the Corinthians have reached an impasse in her mother’s case despite all the progress made by her dear friend Viscount Hardwicke. The Rook was only the beginning. Another man cut her mother’s throat, but it will take a woman to bring his identity to light.

Carmichael cannot refuse her. And just at the moment Sophie believes she’s on the cusp of experiencing the defining moment of her life, Nicholas Young appears. The younger brother of her betrothed, Nicholas had disappeared years before into the wild of the East Indies, where, if rumors were to be believed, he’d made his fortune through questionable means. In truth, Sophie had given little thought to her childhood friend. Until now. There was no denying that she adored Langdon Young, Nicholas’s older brother and the man she was meant to marry. But the moment Nicholas stalks back into her life, Sophie knows she will never belong to another. His touch inspires desire, his kisses need, and his skin on hers brands Sophie for life.

Aided by her Corinthian counterparts, with Nicholas at her side, Sophie delves into the dangerous depths of the London crime world in search of what she’s longed for her entire life. Or is it? Can revenge mean more than love?

STOLEN by Shiloh Walker
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: n/a

Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself.

Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.

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Apr
15

 

 


For the last few weeks I’ve been in a weird mood when it comes to reading. I’ve started and stopped so many books that I’ve lost count. I’ve bought new ones to try to get myself interested in them. Will read the blurbs, they sound great, buy it and then I’m just not interested in reading it right then. I have received e-ARCs in my inbox that I have been eager to get my hands on but now that I have them? They’re just sitting there on my Kindle. I’ve received ARCs in the mail and they do are just sitting there waiting for me to pick them up to read. I hate slumps and I feel I’m falling deeper and deeper into this one. Yesterday on Twitter, several ladies recommended SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley as a “romangsty” read and their comments made it sound so good that I immediately went into my Kindle’s archives and started reading it. That was yesterday. Tonight, I’m still at 17%. I know it’s not the book, it’s my mood. I haven’t read much of anything today.

Actually, haven’t read much in the past few days. I’ve been watching TV. I’ve taken to watching my DVR’d shows. In the last few weeks, I’ve watched Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy (Jax and Opie, be still my heart). I love this show. In addition, I’ve watched all the Desperate Housewives episodes that I had on my DVR. Cried my eyes out in the episode where Mike was murdered and in the following episode when they showed his funeral. I know it was a show and it was pretend but that hit a little too close to home for me. Watching Susan and MJ grieving for Mike and trying to move on just made me sob. Then, on the flip side, I watched episodes of New Girl that had me rolling, they were so funny. I watched the new show, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 last week. Not sure about this one, will give it a couple more episodes before I decide on it. I’ve watched all the 20/20, Dateline, 48 Hours and ID channel shows that lured me in. Have been watching The Amazing Race with my oldest daughter every Sunday. This is one of our must see together shows. Criminal Minds and Justified are still on the DVR to get to. As is Once Upon A Time. Have heard a lot about this show but have yet to watch any of the episodes, although I have them all on the DVR. Another couple of shows that I want to see are Ringer and Revenge. I started out with Ringer but then stopped watching it for some reason and now my oldest says I need to catch up because it’s gotten good. I’ve got several episodes of Hart of Dixie on the DVR too. This one, I’m iffy about. Some episodes are good, others just make me grind my teeth watching it.

What do you find yourself doing when you find you’re falling into a reading slump? How do you avoid them?

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Apr
14

 

 

  • 2 Lillies Reviews

THE COMFORTS OF HOME by Jodi Thomas
Copyright: November 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Series: Harmony, Book #3
Source: TBR

In Harmony, Texas, twenty-year-old Reagan Truman has found her place, and found her family. But with her uncle taken ill and her friend Noah lost and disheartened with his life, Reagan is afraid of ending up alone again, and she’s not the only one. When a terrible storms threatens the town, the residents of Harmony are forced to think about what they really want. Because making the connections they so desperately desire means putting their hearts at risk…

From my notes at GoodReads:

March 2012 –

Had to DNF it. One of the secondary characters was just ruining the book for me which is sad as I read and enjoyed the first 2 books in this series. I just couldn’t get past her actions and her treatment of another character.

ETA — 4/11/12

Have been in a weird reading mood. Went back and read/skimmed the rest of this one last night. Still hated Claire and her attitude towards Denver and how she was just using him for sex while he, the sucker, seemed to really love her.

There were 4 or 5 different stories going on. Ronny & Marty. Reagan & Noah. Claire & Denver. (If you can even call their story a “relationship”. Tyler & Kate.

We can go ahead and mark off Reagan & Noah because both were 20? 21? Too young to really decide anything more than the back and forth that was going on between them.

Claire & Denver, skimmed through most of their scenes after Claire annoyed me so much.

Tyler & Kate, didn’t think they’d ever decide to finally take the next time and make the choice to go to the next step, the emails, will she reply, when will she reply, were getting old, seriously old. Almost to the point of wanting Tyler to just move the heck on and just forget about her.

Then we have Ronny & Marty. Ronny is 26? Lives at home and her mother is the rudest person alive, IMO. The way she treats her daughter is horrible. Ronny grew up basically not wanting to be noticed. Didn’t talk much, hated to be touched, etc. Marty was 30? Had been in a accident that put him in a wheelchair and he was grumpy at first. But they met one day when Ronny delivered the mail to his apartment. They struck up a friendship where they would have lunch once a week where Marty would give Ronny “lessons” (kissing lessons to begin with) and it seemed the book was focusing on their relationship, even though each chapter was about one of the couples.

The last 10% of the book had a storm come through, blah blah blah. Tyler & Kate decide to marry (Thank you, God, they finally decide to take that step after 4 years of being friends). Noah decides to tell Reagan to wait for him until he was done from being part of the rodeo. Said he saw them married with 3 kids blah blah blah. Claire & Denver? Honestly, I have no idea what happened with them. Was hoping the storm would snatch Claire away like the wicked witch she was and just make her go *poof*, that’s how much I cared about her.

Then we have Ronny & Marty. Ronny was injured one night and ended up at Marty’s place where he helped take care of her injured leg. She ended up falling asleep on his bed and by the time she got home, her mom had basically called her trash and kicked her out (or Ronny may have just walked out before she kicked her out). After the storm, Ronny goes to Marty’s to see him and he’s not there. Somehow he’s moved out, something having to do with his father, but he’s not there when she goes and she ends up renting his place for herself. The book ends with her finding a paper that Marty left for her saying “Grow”. No goodbye. No nothing, just “Grow” and the book ends. Just like that.

I’m slightly puzzled. I know the previous two books also featured several storylines but we went in knowing who the h/h of each book was. This one, I thought it was about Ronny & Marty but the ending confused the hell out of me and my skimming most of it didn’t help any but damn, I couldn’t take much of Claire. Does this mean Ronny & the absent Marty will be in book 4? I have no clue and right now I’m very leery about giving that one a try. Might have to wait a bit before I dive into that one.

I hate to say that because this one came off reading as WF (Women’s Fiction) to me when the first two did not have that vibe at all. I don’t know yet which category book 4, JUST DOWN THE ROAD, will fall under. I would have said both WELCOME TO HARMONY (Book 1) and SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (Book 2) fell under romance, loved the small town feel to them but this one, for me, it fell under Women’s Fiction. No real romance, and no, I do not count Claire and Denver’s “relationship” as romance. I’d say they were just f*ck buddies for the most part. The rest of it was just…way too sugary sweet for me.

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Apr
7

   Still Around

 

 


This is the first time I’ve logged into this blog since my last post, which was on March 1, 2011. It’s been 13 months since I’ve posted here. A week after my last post, I answered a knock on my door, at 3:30am, to be told by the officers at my door that my husband had been shot and killed in a robbery as he was closing up for the night to come home. That was on March 8. Everything is still a blur about that time. What I do remember are the few days before his death. I remember my 18 year old daughter coming back from her senior trip to New York with her classmates on March 3. I remember my 12, almost 13 year old daughter had a doctor appointment on March 6 for her latest infusion at the Children’s Hospital. Since the hospital is an hour and a half away and it was an early morning appointment, we left on March 5 to stay in a nearby hotel. I remember calling my husband and telling him we were on our way and I’d check in when we got there. I remember talking with my husband on the phone later that night to let him know we had made it to the hotel OK. I also remember calling him the next day to tell him we had made it home and the appointment went fine, no real issues popping up for us to worry about. I remember he told me he was busy with a line of customers waiting to buy Lottery tickets and that he would call me when he had a free moment. That was Sunday, the 6th. I ended up falling asleep before he came home that night and was so exhausted from the long day infusion the day before that I was still sleeping when he left for work on Monday, the 7th.

Monday was my usual running-around-doing-errands day after I took the girls to school. I don’t remember what all I did that day but I do remember thinking to myself that I needed to call him and see what he was doing. Just our usual checking in with each other. I don’t remember why but I do remember when I answered that door that I never did do it that day and he must have been swamped at work that day because he also didn’t get the chance to check in with me.

I remember having a weird feeling that night. The later it got, the weirder the feeling became. I knew his hours. I knew on the weekends what time he closed and I knew what time he closed on the weekdays. I remember looking at the time and seeing it was 12:30am and thinking any minute now he’ll walk through the door. Once it hit 1:30am, I thought maybe one of his friends had stopped off at the store and he was just running late in getting home. I called and the machine picked up. At 2:00am, I was calling every 5-10 minutes and still the machine was the only thing picking up. My husband was one of those people that hated cell phones and didn’t want one. He always said if he wasn’t at home, he was at work & if he went somewhere else, I was with him and since I had a phone, he didn’t need one. Around 2:30am, I changed clothes and went looking for him. Last time I had done that we ended up meeting each other at the stop sign at the end of the street and we got into an argument because he said I was worrying “for nothing.” That the customers/neighborhood knew him to be “crazy” and although there had been robberies going on in the neighborhood off and on for the last few years, he was sure no one would mess with him because he didn’t take any gruff from anyone. My response to that was “there’s going to be a day where someone is going to be “crazier” than you and yes, when you don’t come home at the time I know you should be there, I worry.” That night I made it all the way to the stop sign again and then made myself come back home. I kept saying to myself that he would be home soon. Less than an hour later, the knock came. Just like that, because of cowards who were willing to take instead of working for what they needed/wanted, our lives changed forever.

They still haven’t caught the guys who did this. We still know nothing about why it was done. I’ve heard several different stories about what happened but until the person or persons who did it are caught, we don’t really know anything. I will say there have been some good days and some not so good days since it happened. With four girls, each one is going to react a different way and not at the same time so while one could be having a good day, another could be having the worst day ever so it’s hard at times. I’ve heard “It’s not fair!!” a lot in recent months and yes, it isn’t fair and as much as I want to change things, nothing can go back to the way it was and the “what ifs” could drive a person insane if allowed that access and I try not to let the What Ifs take over. Family and friends have been constant in our lives and for that they have my gratitude forever.

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Mar
1

 

 

  • 3 Lillies Reviews
  • No Smexy Time
  • WTF

When I first had my friend Dee design this blog for me, I told her I wanted icons to be able to use on the blog. For reviews and such. I loved what she and her husband made for me but I always felt I needed one to portray my feelings when I read something that didn’t work for me at all. I think her hubby got it with this icon…I love it! What do you think?

I think I need to think of some more icons for her hubby to make me…these are so cool! :)

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Mar
1

 

 


Today was a huge day in book releases…at least it seemed like that to me. :) My newest possessions, some for my Amazon Kindle and some from Books-A-Million, include –

HIDDEN AWAY by Maya Banks
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Series: KGI Series Book 3
Format: Kindle copy & paperback

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.

Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

A man who shoots first and asks questions later…

Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who’s in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother—and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it…

…and the ultimate moving target.

But Garrett hadn’t counted on falling for Sarah. He’d considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah’s dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe—even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn’t know exactly who, or what, Sarah’s running from, but whatever it is, she’s running for her life…

ANY WICKED THING by Margaret Rowe
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: N/A
Format: Kindle copy

One disastrous night…

At twenty-one, Sebastian Goddard, heir to the duke of Roxbury, desperately sought diversion from a life smothered by peerage and position. His quest led him to one night of reckless passion, resulting in betrayal by his oldest friend Frederica Wells, and the discovery of his father’s darkest secret. Reeling from the devastation, he embarked on a ten-year debauch that well earned him the nickname–”Lord of Sin.”

One delicious bargain…

Now Sebastian has returned to find his late father’s estate in ruins and Freddie more seductive than ever. He’s determined to drive her from Goddard Castle to pay her back for her deception and to protect his own dark secret. But Freddie makes him an offer he can’t resist…she’ll be his mistress for a month if he’ll consent to sell her the crumbling castle afterward.

Everything he could desire…

The Lord of Sin plans to shock and scandalize Freddie—to tease her every desire and leave her wanting. But his fiery-willed lover soon teaches him the past may not be what it seemed, the present more tempting than he could have imagined, and the future filled with more promise than he dared dream. For thirty-one nights is not nearly enough when you’ve been given a license to do any wicked thing…

CRAZY FOR LOVE by Victoria Dahl
Copyright: July 2010
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: N/A
Format: Kindle copy (Am on a Dahl binge & thought this was already in TBR but couldn’t find it so fixed that today.)

Chloe Turner thought she was going to marry the perfect man—until her fiancé’s plane crashed. And then she got the really bad news: he’d tried to fake his own death to avoid marrying her. Now America’s most famous bridezilla (a tag she most definitely does not deserve), Chloe escapes to a remote island to avoid the paparazzi. And right next door is a man who just might be the cure for Chloe’s heartache….

A magnet for wild, complicated women, Max Sullivan is relieved to have finally found someone “normal.” Chloe is his girl-next-door fantasy come to life, and best of all, she gets him. With her, he can be himself, a treasure-hunting millionaire who desperately wants out of his sexy but reckless job. But when Chloe’s notoriety catches up with them, will their torrid romance make it to the mainland?

A LOT LIKE LOVE by Julie James
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Series: Works as a stand alone just fine but characters from SOMETHING ABOUT YOU appear in this one too.
Format: Kindle copy & paperback after getting an ARC from publisher a few months ago.

THE FBI WANTS HER COOPERATION.

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

AGENT MCCALL JUST WANTS HER.


As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .

VICTORIA’S GOT A SECRET by HelenKay Dimon
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: HCI
Series: True Vows Series
Format: Print copy.

HelenKay Dimon puts her hot pen to paper to tell the breathtaking, sizzling true love story of Victoria Sinclair, lead anchor of Naked News Network, as she finally exposes all: her true identity, do-tell drama behind the camera, and the whimsical courtship that inspired it all.

When Canada’s Naked News lead anchor chose her stage name as “Victoria Sinclair” and debuted her risqué take on global headlines, little did she know that millions of viewers would soon tune-in to watch her alter-ego artfully disrobe in front of the camera. But behind every alter-ego is a real person, often carefully hidden from public view, and there’s much that ‘Victoria’ is hiding …


Raised in a family of artists and intellectuals, the young Victoria-to-be excelled in school—as well as in the tutorials of her exotic grandmother who felt she should know how to hold court in a salon . . . and a bedroom, when the time came. Which it does in high school, compliments of a handsome, talented scrapper named Paul who gives his heart, body, and soul to her—only to be devastated when he loses the girl he’s crazy for to dreams and ambitions too big for their small Canadian town to contend with.


Those ambitions are realized in Toronto as she climbs the corporate ladder—and falls under the seductive spell of an older, worldly man who orchestrates her transformation from a shy brainiac in a business suit into a sensual siren named Victoria Sinclair. With a come-hither voice and seemingly nothing to lose but her clothes, Victoria isn’t as easy in her own skin as a growing legion of fans believe her to be. Victoria’s got a secret—actually a few. So when a twist of fate brings Paul back into her life, will he even recognize the girl she once was?

Will she?

HIGHLAND HEAT by Mary Wine
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Series: Highland Series Book #3
Format: Kindle copy.

Ruined, betrayed, and banished…

As brave as she is impulsive, Deidre Chattan’s tendency to follow her heart and not her head has finally tarnished her reputation beyond repair. But when powerful Highland Laird Quinton Cameron finds her, he could care less about her past—it’s her future he’s about to change forever…

But it’s never too late for redemption…

From the moment Quinton sets eyes on Deidre Chattan, rational thought vanishes, for in her eyes he sees a fiery spirit that matches his own and he’ll be damned if he’ll let such a wild Scottish rose wither under the weight of a nun’s habit…

With nothing left to lose, Deidre and Quinton band together to protect king and crown. But what they can accomplish alone is nothing compared to what they can build with their passion for each other.

CAPTURED BY THE HIGHLANDER by Julianne MacLean
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Highlander Trilogy Book #1
Format: Kindle copy.

From bestselling author Julianne MacLean comes the fiery saga of three Highland warriors sworn to protect their homeland—and fight for the women they love…

THE ENEMY IN HER BED

Lady Amelia Sutherland would rather die than surrender to a man like Duncan MacLean. He is the fiercest warrior of his clan—her people’s sworn enemy—and tonight he is standing over her bed. Eyes blazing, muscles taut, and battle axe gleaming, MacLean has come to kill Amelia’s fiancé. But once he sees the lovely, innocent Amelia, he decides to take her instead…

THE LOVER IN HIS ARMS

Stealing the young bride-to-be is the perfect revenge against the man who murdered Duncan’s one true love. But Lady Amelia turns out to be more than a pawn of vengeance and war. This brave, beautiful woman touches something deep in Duncan’s soul that is even more powerful than a warrior’s fury. But when Amelia begins to fall in love with her captor—and surrenders in his arms—the real battle begins…

IT HAPPENED ONE BITE by Lydia Dare
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Series: Vampyres Series Book #1
Format: Kindle copy.

He’s lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity…


Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence-trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably…

Unless he can persuade her to set him free…


Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother’s ancestral home-stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire…

DEADLY LIES by Cynthia Eden
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Series: Deadly Series Book #3
Format: Kindle copy.

She wants to hide the past…

FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn’t fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.

He needs to uncover the truth…

One night isn’t enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable—until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn’t who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of blood-thirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.

As a merciless criminal spins a web of . . .

DEADLY LIES

DEVIL’S OWN by Veronica Wolff
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Series: A Clan MacAlpin Novel Book #2
Format: Kindle copy.

Fifteen years after he was kidnapped and sold into slavery, Aidan returns to Scotland to find the home he knew long gone.  His mother, a proper education, a chance at love—gone. All he has now are dreams of vengeance…

Only one woman could restore his tormented heart.

Aidan MacAlpin appreciates the hospitality of his brothers and sisters, but after surviving hell on earth, they feel more like strangers than kin. They could never understand his one ambition: To exact bloody revenge on the bastard who enslaved him all those years ago…

Elspeth Farquharson had already resigned herself to the life of a spinster when she’s hired to tutor dark, brooding Aidan—a real-life hero more enticing than any from her adventure books. If only she could convince this tragic rogue that she’s not the nervous, stuttering bookworm she appears to be. But when Aidan shows her a clue to his tortured past, she’ll be thrust into a dangerous game of passion and deception that will awaken the sexy heroine within—if it doesn’t kill her first…

I’m in the middle of LEAD ME ON by Victoria Dahl then I have to start on DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR by Kresley Cole for our next Book Club meeting, after that I can dive into these new goodies! :)

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Feb
26

 

 

  • 3.5 Lillies Reviews

PLEASURE ME by Monica Burns
Copyright: March 2011
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: Works fine as a stand alone but the couple from KISMET make appearances in this one.
Source: Received from Publisher.

Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.



Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is not only out to ruin his reputation, but frame him for murder.

First time reading this author. Not usually a fan of younger man/older woman stories (like it the other way, yes, I am a hypocrite, sue me *g*) but I was intrigued by the blurb and wanted to see what his terrible “secret” was. To be honest, not sure what the big deal about it was so I might have missed something? Although it felt kind of repiticious after some time when he kept worrying about his “deformity”. Another thing, her constant worries about her age and being older than him got a little old after a while.

There was just so much going on. How Ruth became a courtesan. Why Garrick was still a virgin at 29 years old. What shaped them the way they were and how they overcame it all to be together. On the flip side, I can’t say it wasn’t an engrossing read because it was as I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it.

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Feb
24

 

 

  • 3 Lillies Reviews

WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE by Julie Anne Long
Copyright: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Avon
Series: Pennyroyal Green Series, Book 5
Source: Purchased e-copy for Kindle via Amazon

For years, he’s been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he’ll seduce Ian’s innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he’ll capture her heart . . . and then he’ll break it.

But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke’s dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won’t do for a duke?

Really think I’m getting burned out on historicals right now. Have heard the “buzz” about this and it’s either my mood or the hype not living up to my expectations. I think I need to move on to another genre other than historicals for now.

I had issues with the hero targeting the heroine for revenge because of something her brother did that she had nothing to do with. I had issues with the pansy brother who was willing to throw his sister under the bus to get the duke’s attention off him and on someone else. I had issues with the heroine, who was “so in love” with her best friend that she felt the need to confess her love for him…while in bed with the hero after they shared some good times. I had issues with the friend who felt the need to do this “test” on the heroine because he was a flaming coward. Yes, the hero was clever, the heroine was clever, they were just both clever together but nothing about this story wowed me until the last 20-30 pages and even then I wasn’t wowed, just felt a sense of “Thank God, it’s about time.”

I’ve come to the conclusion that one of two things are going on. Either I’m slipping into a slump already this year or I need a bit of a break from historicals right now. The second part is a huge thing for me as historicals are my first love but looking over my reads so far this year, I can only count on one hand the historicals I’ve read and actually enjoyed.

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Feb
18

 

 


Finally remembered to take a picture of us a Book Club! Yay for us! :smile_wp: See? We really do exist! Heh.

Sitting: Roxie, Me & via Skype: Mamakitty — Middle Row: Tina & WendyK — Back Row: Tonya, Jennifer & Kiara

We tried something new tonight. One of the new members joined us via Skype as she’s not a local NC lady. She lives in Texas. It was so great meeting a “new” member this way!

First Book of the Month discussion was a huge success!! Our next read will be DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR by Kresley Cole. I have been assured that this one works just fine as a stand-alone as I haven’t read any of the books in this series yet. I’ve already told WendyK if she’s steered me wrong, I might have to hurt her because she knows how anal I am about reading in order. Feel twitchy when I start a series mid-way. :lol_wp:

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