Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Club Friday

Hey y'all,

I know the past two months I have barely written anything on this little blog besides What I'm Loving Wednesday, Book Club Friday and Sunday Sayings posts but after this weekend my apartment will be mostly done so stay tuned to those posts and I have consistent working internet at my place so we are all set for lots of adventures including recipes, life as a chapter advisor, home decor and more. So thanks for waiting around as I get my life together. IT IS FRIDAY! Seriously, y'all don't know how I am excited that it is the end of the week. I have now finished one of the busiest weeks of the year for my job. Classes started back at UNC on Tuesday so this week my job has been constant but next week we are back in the normal swing of things and I am excited the students are back but that I have a real schedule. Now onto all the books I have been reading  (or not reading since Goodreads keeps telling me that I am 8 books behind my goal pace) since my last Book Club Friday post....

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.
But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.
If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die
This is the third and I believe final novel in the Abandon series. It ends on a good note but it took me a while to get into it. I loved the characters from the beginning of the series and this was the necessary drama and fight between good and evil to end a series. 

An innocent lady’s education could be a gentleman’s wicked seduction.
Lysandra Keates is running out of options. Her father is dead, her mother is ill, and her efforts to find respectable employment have ended in failure. With her small savings bleeding away, she swallows her pride—and her terror—and turns to Vivien Manning, an infamous courtesan, to match her with a wealthy protector.For years, Viscount Andrew Callis has lived a monastic existence at his country estate, hardening his body against the snobbish, lazy young man he once was, hardening his heart against grief over the deaths of his wife and infant son. When Vivien asks him to spend one month training a young woman in the ways of a mistress, his mind resists…but his body responds with an ache he thought long dead.
As Andrew begins his gentle tutelage, he finds himself falling under the spell of Lysandra’s innocent charms. And as they give in to the powerful hunger, the last thing Andrew ever expected, or wanted, forms between them. An emotional connection that could carry them well past the training period—if only Andrew can open his heart to the possibility of love. 

I got this book as an Amazon free Kindle novel for my computer and it is more steamy then I expected. I thought it would be more of the love story between Lysandra and Andrew as they navigated between mistress and teacher but it was good nonetheless.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.
Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants

I thought this book was adorable and reminded me a bit of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days which I love. The story and heartbreak were very well written and as usual I was a bill ball of tears at one point but all ends well.

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What happens when the masks come off?When one of the supersexy Gage brothers blows Molly Devaney away with a scorching kiss at a masquerade ball, she thinks she's met her soul mate. But why does her masked seducer act as if she doesn't exist the next day? To win him over, she'll make him jealous, so she turns to his brother Julian Gage, who offers to play the role of her lover.
But Julian is playing for keeps. There's nothing fake about the way this woman makes him feel, and now he's going to show her just which Gage brother is right for her.

I love short romances during the summer if you can't tell and this Harleguin book's description caught my eye on NetGallery. I loved the drama between the Gage brothers and Molly and can't wait to continue the story line (I have to back track a book).

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. 
Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

I wanted to grab this book before the movie came out and I am glad I did. There were some big surprises at the end and I am looking forward to seeing the movie as well as reading the rest of the series.

Ms. Davidson has her own brand of wit and shocking surprises that make her vampire series on of a kind" (Darque Reviews). And heroine Betsy Taylor has problems that only a suburban vampire-queen housewife could possibly understand, such as...FIFTY THOUSAND ANGRY WEREWOLVES.
That's what Betsy is facing when she takes her werewolf friend Antonia's body to Cape Cod, where the Pack resides at Wyndham Manor. Because Antonia died in her service, Betsy is alive and well—and wracked with guilt. She has no idea if the Wyndham werewolves will greet her with fangs or friendship.
While Betsy and her husband, Sinclair, try to make nice, their legal ward, BabyJon, freaks out every werewolf he meets. Meanwhile, Betsy's posse back at the St. Paul mansion is not LOLing. Increasingly frantic e-mails alert Betsy to her half sister's increasingly erratic behavior. Looks like the devil's daughter is coming into her own—and raising hell. All in the name of making Betsy's life easier, of course.

I have always loved the Betsy series but while I was in college it went on the backburner and I am finally getting around to grabbing the past four books I have missed. I love the wit and banter in the books and this one did not disappoint.


In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .A Beast In Torment
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
A Beauty In Chains
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.
A Full Moon On The Rise 
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?

I love Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series and I was worried about Macrieve's story. I shouldn't have been but the past few were not my favorites (apart from Lothaire). I was not as surprised by Chloe's creature as some other GoodReads reviewers but I am excited to see where the series continues to head!

What have you been reading?

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