Saturday, December 7, 2013

Book Club Friday, On Saturday

Hey y'all,

While I doubt I am going to make my original goal to read 113 books this year I was bit by the reading bug recently and have been able to finish quite a few books! I can't remember the last time I did a book update so here are the books I read in November!

One Lucky Vampire. I love the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands and this book was suprising that it did not involve the family directly but I am glad that some minor characters we had been introduced to in the past finally have some backgrounds and stories. I really enjoyed the book, as I do all of Sand's writings and can't wait for the next book in the series as usual.
Luck be a vampire tonight . . .
When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.\
. . . and every night
Who wouldn't want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He's barely had time to adjust to his new state before he's roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First he'll put a stop to whoever's targeting her. Then he'll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.

I have been generously given a lot of book copies by Netgalley recently and I have enjoyed the following:

In Pursuit of a Princess. I enjoyed the mystery of who was causing all the problems with the Princess. The book is by Love Inspired Suspense but I think it was mainly a suspense story with the romance taking a back burner.
Princess Lara Kincade returned home to New Orleans to continue her late husband's humanitarian work. She also hopes to force his killer out of hiding. But a priceless painting has put her plans and life at risk. Embroiled in a deadly art scandal, Lara must depend on handsome photojournalist Gabriel Murdock to help her expose a murderer. Gabriel's determination to keep her safe has softened her heart to love's possibilities again. Somewhere among his photos lies the identity of the murderer, but can they uncover the killer before this heist turns deadly?

Colton by Blood. While actually the second book of the Coltons of Wyoming series I really enjoyed this Harlequin Romantic Suspense. While there was a lot of the story between Dr Levi and Kate in regards to flirting, the mystery of who was causing all the accidents and the murder that must have occurred in the first novel.
An unsolved murder haunts those who live and work at Dead River Ranch. When called to care for the ailing Colton patriarch, Dr. Levi Colton must face the father who never claimed him. He's not looking for distraction, but he finds it in Kate McCord, the irresistible pastry chef. Beneath her sweet smile are scars from her own tragedy and a determination for justice. 
As a wildfire forces them together with an unknown killer, Levi and Kate must confront an attraction that flares hotter than flames. They edge closer to the truth, discovering that the secret that links their pasts could lead them straight into the killer's trap.

Conveniently His Princess. Book two in the Married by Royal Decree book is a quick book about misconceptions and discovering the meaning of home and family. 

Only one thing stands between Aram Nazaryan and the high-powered position he craves: the proper wife. Although this billionaire would do anything to return to Zohayd, the desert kingdom he considers home, marrying Princess Kanza Aal Ajmaan is too high a price to pay. Or so he thinks—until he meets Kanza…and she turns his world upside down. 
After claiming Kanza as his princess, everything falls into place. But then she learns the truth. She may have married for love, but his vows are tainted by ambition. Will doubt, betrayal and mistrust end this too-convenient union?

Pawn. The Blackcoat Rebellion #1. Ok y'all, I am obsessed. I began this book since I loved Aimee Carter's Goddess series but this book was so engulfing. I started it Wednesday this week and finished last night before the movies since I had to know what was going to happen next. While it is another dystopian teen novel it had so many twists and turns and while there is a bit of a love triangle the focus was more on a girl and a family running the country.
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

The Marquess Who Loved Me. Muses of Mayfair #3. This was an interesting romance story about two former lovers and all the anger, revenge, longing, etc. that comes from being separated over ten years due to their families. It reminded me a bit of Jane Austen's Persuasion of the two lovers whose familes keep them apart and the need to punish oneself in the interim and the thought of coming back together and not really knowing the person that is their former love today. I liked it but I wasn't in love with the story.

A not-so-merry widow…
The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.
A man determined to destroy her...
Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.
A love they can’t escape…
Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.

What have you been reading?

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