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Monday, May 31, 2010

Made the Grade: Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 341 KB | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: HarperCollins

"Voices of Dragons" by Carrie Vaughn

My Book Summary : Have you ever wondered what it would be like if dragons lived among us? Well, for Kay that is her reality. However, in recent years humans and dragons have been isolated from each other and stayed out of each other's territories for the past sixty years because of the treaty that was signed. The only problem with that is now each side doesn't know a thing about the other, they just base what they know on fear and legion which make it so each side lives in fear of what the other might do.

For Kay, she has grown up right in the middle of it. As she lives in Silver River, Montana a town that is the closest to the border of the dragon territory in America. Also, with a father who's the sheriff of the town and a mother who works for border control, Kay knows this area really well, which doesn't hurt when she likes to seek adventure type of activities (i.e. free-climbing on the mountains the border is on).

The story starts off when Kay is partaking in one of these types of activities, she decides to free-climb in an area on the border that she knows her parents (or anyone working with them) won't be looking at. However, once she gets down and decides to wash her hands off in the river, then slips, and falls into that river taking her over the border into dragon territory .... and her life really gets adventurous!

After being in the water for a while unable to get herself out, something saves her .... a young dragon named Artegal. Artegal wants to know/learn more about humans and just really wants to talk to someone, and is happy when Kay agrees to come back to do so. Which is how they grow to become friends, but they keep it a secret since the treaty states that once one from the other side crosses the border an all out war can happen.

Nevertheless, after a couple of months the reality of their friendship comes into play when the military on the human-side starts testing the border and the dragons’ patience. Will they be able to stay friends when they are supposed to be enemies? Or maybe will their friendship show that both sides are able to live in peace once and for all?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Not as good as I had hoped. I mean it was cute, and a VERY touching story about friendship and love. And for a good portion of the book I cried like a baby. However, I just think it could have been better. It's like Romeo & Juliet only between friends ....

Book Teaser :
"We have stories," the dragon said. "Of people with swords. They hunt us down. Seek us out. Wicked deeds."
Kay wondered what stories the dragons told about human beings. Saint George--Silver River High's mascot was Saint George--must be like the devil to them.
"Foolish, maybe," he said. "But I want to see for myself. To understand. We used to talk to people. Maybe we should again." ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Carrie, then please check out her website.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Feasted On: Vampire Academy Series, Book 5

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 489 | Release Date: May 2010 | Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill Books

"Spirit Bound" [Vampire Academy Series, Book 5] by Richelle Mead

My Book Summary : This story leads off with Rose back at St. Vladimir's with Lissa and her friends getting ready for their last few days of school. With those last few days come the tests to see if she'll be able to become an official guardian. After she does go through the course, came the celebration of it all and then the reality that she is now on her own, officially.

Afterwards, Rose heads to the Royal Court, along with Lissa, Christian, and the rest of her guardian graduating class. However, once there Rose plans on going through with finding a way to save Dimitri (a way that will turn him back from being a Strigoi), but in doing so she needs to find her source which would be Victor Dashkov's half-brother Robert who supposedly had already turned a Strigoi back before. The problem is to do all of that she needs to get to Victor first who just happens to be in a maximum security prison for all of his crimes, among his crimes was trying to control and hurt Lissa, which happened in "Vampire Academy" (Book 1).

Once they return back to Court, Rose gets in trouble for braking them out and is set into a lot of busy work to keep her away from her friends as punishment. But when Lissa goes away to check out the college she plans to attend during her birthday, Dimitri catches up with her and uses her as bait to get to Rose.

Then all hell brakes loose .....

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This book leaves you with more questions then answers, but it was a great lead up story to what will be the final book in this series "Last Sacrifice." It was heartfelt, funny, intriguing, suspicious, and all-around entertaining! The characters got more developed in this book, with major twists that you don't see coming. I hope that things will turn out well during the last book and answer all of my questions .... I can't wait to find out!

Book Teaser :
His eyes widened, focusing on something just behind Lissa. At that same moment, a hand grabbed Lissa's shoulder and whipped her around. This is it, a small voice inside her whispered. This is where I die.
Then, she understood Christian's astonishment.
She was facing Dimitri. ~ within Chapter 14
My Musings :
  • Adrian is so sweet, I hope things work out for him.
  • With that being said ... I still love Rose & Dimitri as a couple and I hope they are able to work out their "issues" and get back together.
  • I wonder how Abe is going to help Rose out of this mess she's in? Any suggestions?
  • Who do you think the Queen was talking about in her note that Ambrose gave Rose?
    • I think they might be talking about Jill. However, it could be someone new ...
  • Do you remember in the last book, "Blood Promise," how Avery put Rose into that space inside her head, where she was at a home and Dimitri was there and everything was okay, only it was a lie? Well have you ever thought that that could have been the actual future of events to come, instead of some dream that Avery put together. I mean I know it's a long shot, but since we don't really know everything that spirit users can do ... you just never know. So, that's one thing I'm hoping for at least.
For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Richelle, then please check out her website.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lucky Duck Derby @ the 2010 NC Potato Festival

The 2010 North Carolina Potato Festival was on May 15th in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Here's what happened at the Lucky Duck Derby ....


To find out more about this event go to: www.ncpotatofestival.com or www.albemarlehopeline.org

Created By: Jessica Faulkingham

Video Footage & Photography By: Jessica Faulkingham & Judith Maynard

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Idolizing In: Children of the Goddess Series, Book 3

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 245 KB | Release Date: May 2009 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

"Twilight Guardian" [Children of the Goddess Series, Book 3] by R. G. Alexander

My Book Summary : Kit & Jesse have a unique relationship ..... they meet in each others dreams. They have been doing to ever since Jesse was a little girl. The only problem is that neither of them knows that the other is real, they have been thinking for a long time that the other is just a figment of their imaginations.

But when things start happening for Kit that might end up killing him, Jesse feels like she has to save him. So, on a whim she flies to the United Kingdom in search of Haven where she will prove if the world she has grown up dreaming of and her dream lover are real or not.

Once she finds it will just be the first step in saving Kit, as she emerges herself into this new life/world she battles with people to get them to believe her story, then finding Kit and dealing with the upcoming situation that he is thrust into. Will she be able to save him before it's too late? And in the end ultimately save herself?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Really even though this is the 3rd book in this series, reading this description for this book was what got me interested in reading this series in the first place (even though I've only read the first book in the series other then this one, and skipped over the second one). *sigh* It met all of my expectations and then some!! The characters were GREAT! I loved how it developed the storylines from the previous books in the series! And Kit & Jesse were just adorable together! ♥

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Wicked Sexy | My Shifter Showmance

Book Teaser :
It was her.
She looked frightened and tired, and more beautiful than anything he'd seen in his life. But why were her wrists tied in front of her like a prisoner? "Sarasvatti?"
"Kit." Her smile was tremulous, hopeful. He understood the feeling well. She was real? His angel was real? ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by R. G., then please check out her website.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Made the Grade: NASCAR Series, Book 2

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 208 KB | Release Date: August 2007 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

"Almost Famous" [NASCAR Series, Book 2] by Gina Wilkins

My Book Summary : Jake is taking a brake from his racing career, the media, and anything else that goes along with it ... and tries to recuperate from a boating accident in cabin Arkansas. The only problem is after living a life in the spotlight being alone now is getting kind of boring, so when he meets his cute next door neighbor, Stacy, he hopes that he might have someone to hang out with. But Stacy doesn't wants alone time herself as she is staying at her brother's cabin to get away from the recent media about an incident at a local courthouse that she was involved in, and she hates that people know about her now before they even are introduced to her. But then fate steps in when Stacy suddenly needs assistance in getting her foot trapped out of a whole in the woods, and Jake helps out. While they get to talking they both realize that neither of them really know who each other is, since Stacy's story was a little more of a state story instead of national and Jake finds that she doesn't pay attention to NASCAR racing, which both appeal to them so they both go out of their way to not really tell specifics about themselves to each other.

However, after a week of hanging out, they get closer becoming something more then just friends, then their secrets become revealed. Neither is upset with the other, but with one hating anything to do with the media and the other living a life in the spot light .... how can they make it work?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. *sigh* This one was almost heading into 'Disappointmentville' but it had some good parts to keep that from happening. However, Stacy was borderline annoying when it came to making a decisions about their relationship. So you may not like this book as much as I did if you can't stand indecisive people. Jake was a great character though!

Book Teaser : CLICK HERE

For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Gina, then please check out her website.

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Shadowfever

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Shadowfever" [Fever Series, Book 5] by Karen Marie Moning
    Publication Released Date: December 7, 2010

    Book Description:
      MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

      Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

      What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh--a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.

      In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

      Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

      From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it.

    I fell in love with this series after randomly picking up "Dreamfever" at the library. I cannot WAIT until this for this conclusion novel to the series!! I hope that Jericho & Mac will get together and STAY together! And I really hope that Jericho is okay ....

    My Previous Reviews for this Series: Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: Almost Famous


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Almost Famous" [NASCAR Series, Book 2] by Gina Wilkins

    My Teaser:
    All she needed was to have some reporter show up on the front porch of her hideout, hoping for a filler feature story for a slow news day.
    It wasn't as if there was anything left to write about her, she thought grumpily, but that had never stopped the local newshounds before. ~ within Chapter 1

    Made the Grade: A Bride for All Seasons Series, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 528 KB | Release Date: February 2009 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "The Bride's Baby" [A Bride for All Seasons Series, Book 1] by Liz Fielding

    My Book Summary : Sylvie has planned so many weddings that she is now the most sought after Bridal Planner, however when one of her friends decides on ditching their groom three days before their wedding for one of her employees her whole world changes.

    Tom has just been left/dumped by his run away bride and now wants to confront the person who he would like to lay the blame on, Sylvie, especially since it was her employee. While hassling her at a meeting to go over the invoices that he needs to pay for the wedding, even though it never happened, sparks fly in more ways then one! Once the dusts settles they find they can't deny what is between them any longer, and they find themselves together in his bed.

    Afterwords, Tom leaves the country as he planned but can't get her out of his mind, while Sylvie finds out she's pregnant and plans for what will happen next, and it is all uphill for them miscommunications galore! Will the truth ever come out before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Predictable but cute story! The good thing about it was that with all of the miscommunications between them it was written in a way that didn't make me feel like either character was annoying or make me not like one character because of how they could have acted.

    Book Teaser :
    "Tell me what he's seeing that's making him melt," Geena persisted.
    His gaze dropped to the unmistakable bulge where his baby was growing beneath her heart and, shattering the illusion, said, "Sackcloth and ashes would do it." Then, turning abruptly away, "Mark, have you got everything you need in here?" ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Liz, then please check out her website.

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    2010 NC Potato Festival's National Potato Peeling Contest

    The 2010 North Carolina Potato Festival was on May 15th in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Here's what happened at the National Potato Peeling Contest:

    Part 1 -- Team Competition

    2010 NC Potato Festival's National Potato Peeling Contest - Part 1 of 2 from From Me to You ... Videos on Vimeo.


    Part 2 -- Individual Competition & Awards Given to the Winners

    2010 NC Potato Festival's National Potato Peeling Contest - Part 2 of 2 from From Me to You ... Videos on Vimeo.


    To find out more about this event go to: www.NCPotatoFestival.com

    Created By: Jessica Faulkingham

    Video Footage & Photography By: Jessica Faulkingham & Judith Maynard

    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Made the Grade: Aspect of Crow Series, Novella 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 124 KB | Release Date: 2006 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "The Wild’s Call" [Aspect of Crow Series, Novella 1] by Jeri Smith-Ready

    My Book Summary : It's past 'the end of the world as we know it,' and for best friends Elysia and Darien that means fighting for their lives. Baltimore [and everywhere else in the world] is in ruins, money is non-existent so bartering is the only way to get by, that or stealing.

    However, past "mistakes" have lead them to drift apart for a while ..... Darien finds Elysia and tells her it's time to leave Baltimore and follow their Spirit animals. Yet, Elysia has trouble putting all her eggs into one wishing basket, she refuses to believe anything good could come from what Darien is asking. But once her life goes from worse to terrible, she goes along with him to find out the meaning is with these Spirit animals, and possibly see if they still have feelings for each other ....

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. Very cute! Good characters. This is a prequel story to the full Aspect of Crow series, and I'm definitely curious as to how the community they build will work out.

    Book Teaser :
    "It's not safe."
    She whipped out the knife out of her back pocket and waved it over her head. The jagged blade was still stained with Leo's blood. "I can take care of myself, remember?"
    "If you stay, you're an idiot."
    "And if I go with you, I'm a nutbag. I'll wait for a third option." ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Jeri, then please check out her website.

    Video Creation Programs Suck Sometimes

    Okay ... this is a ranting post since I'm having a hell of a time with what I'm doing so I thought I'd spill. I created a video using my usual software [Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8.0] and after getting it all set up ... the f***ing program is saying I can't create it. I've tried everything I can think of but nothing is working. GRRRRRRR!!!!!! So, tonight I'll give up for now .. let my computer cool off [since with the thunderstorm it was hot today] .. and HOPE that it'll load/create/save tomorrow. *crossing fingers* Please wish me luck!

    Since if not you won't be able to see the 2010 North Carolina Potato Festival's National Potato Peeling Contest Video(s). *sigh* That or I'll have to redo the video from scratch, which I'd rather not do if possible. =0P

    Also ... once I'm finished with this one [whether it saves or I give up], I am hoping to create and upload two other Potato Fest videos about the Lucky Duck Derby and MOA's Pirate activity! Therefore ... keep checking this blog or www.YouTube.com/FromMetoYouVideo to see if they have been uploaded for viewing!

    2010 North Carolina Potato Festival


    2010 North Carolina Potato Festival from From Me to You ... Videos on Vimeo.


    The 2010 North Carolina Potato Festival was on May 15th in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Here is a montage of some of the events that went on that day!

    To find out more about this event go to: www.NCPotatoFestival.com

    Created By: Jessica Faulkingham

    Video Footage & Photography By: Jessica Faulkingham & Judith Maynard

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    A vendor at the 2010 North Carolina Potato Festival (May 15th 2010) makes his ice cream!

    Feasted On: Carnal Powers Series : Tales from Mystic Valley, Novella 1

    Format: On Author's Website | Pages: 33 | Release Date: UNKNOWN | Publisher: Freebies

    "Moonshine" [Carnal Powers Series : Tales from Mystic Valley, Novella 1] by Moira Rogers

    My Book Summary : After getting dumped by her human boyfriend Claire goes into a bar called Dos Culebras trying to awaken her wild side, if she has one. Once there Lars catches her eye, they start talking, and after awhile he seem open to help her out so they take a little Moonshine [a drink that is like a shifter aphrodisiac] in the back alley and go back to his place.

    However, after they get into the swing of things Lars wants to have her but only when she isn't intoxicated. It also doesn't help that Claire has never let her wild side out before so she doesn't know if it'll happen for her without assistance of Moonshine or alcohol.

    Will she be able to change her ways? Since she was raised a good girl will she even want to?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. For a really short story I did like it! The characters were great! And if I ever read the actual Carnal Powers Series then I'll be interested to see the parts they play in "Last Hope".

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Crossroads

    Book Teaser :
    He paused for a moment, then set down his bottle. "I know who you are, you know."
    It figured. Coyotes weren't rare, but there were only ten female coyotes in town compared to the fifty or so males. She turned her eyes back to the man and ran them over him in an assessing manner that bordered on insulting. "Really? Haven't seen you in any of my classes. You don't look like the college type."
    He just grinned, and the simple action transformed his face from broodingly dangerous to dangerously handsome. "Touchy bitch." ~ within Chapter 1
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Moira, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    Made the Grade: Maximum Ride Series, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 413 | Release Date: May 2006 | Publisher: Warner Vision

    "The Angel Experiment" [Maximum Ride Series, Book 1] by James Patterson

    My Book Summary : Fighting for your life and protecting those around you isn't easy, especially when you are only 14 yrs old and the oldest in your group of misfits.

    Max and her friends were genetically engineered so that they are 98% human and 2% other .... which make them possibly look like Angels if they someone saw them flying in the sky. However, they are far from it. They have wings and other abilities that are growing and expanding by the day.
    • "The Flock" :
      • Max - The leader. The 14 yr old mother hen of the group but also built to be the smartest and strongest out of them all. However, she recently learned that she has a "Voice" in her head that helps her out, yet not sure if it is a friend or foe.
      • Fang - 14 yrs old [younger then Max by 4 months]. The tall, dark, brooding, and silent type. Not sure what Fang's strengths are. But he is Max's best friend and she is slowly starting to think of him as more then just a boy.
      • Iggy - 14 yrs old [younger then Max by 6 months I think]. Tall. Strawberry-blonde hair. Blind. Great with creating items or taking them apart [i.e. bombs]. Also, great at breaking into places [i.e. picking locks]. And probably more.
      • Nudge - 10 or 11 yrs old. She's a motormouth! Just learned a new skill about looking into items more in depth.
      • The Gasman - 8 yrs old. Cute and sweet. Not sure what he can do yet...
      • Angel - 6 yrs old. Thinking she is kind of a prodigy since she's the youngest but has the most abilities it seems ... so far.
    HOWEVER .... nothing is all hunky-dory in Max-land. The Erasers [other mutants meant to hunt them down and kill them] find them, attack, and kidnap Angel back to the lab they escaped from 4 yrs earlier. So, now its a mission to get her back before anything serious happens to her or worse...

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! I really wasn't sure what to expect at first with this book. But once I got started I couldn't stop! Kind of written with the same type of thing as the Darkest Powers Series, but with quite a few unusual twists! I'll be interested what the next book in the series, "School's Out-Forever", entails.

    Book Teaser :
    Fang and I exchanged a look. This was a little scary. Actually, a lot scary.
    "Um, what do you mean, exactly?" I asked Angel. Okay, so she can pick up on most people's thoughts and feelings. But this was the first I'd heard of her sending a thought.
    "I just asked her, in my mind," Angel said absently, straightening the bears' small white wings. "And she said okay. And she bought it for me. I'm going to call it Celeste." ~ within Chapter 92
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by James, then please check out his website. Or you can check out www.MAX-DAN-WIZ.com!

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    North Carolina Potato Festival 2010


    Above: A collage of some photos I took at the 2010 NC Potato Fest held in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on May 15th.

    Left Side: A picture of Ray Donnelly, holding the award for peeling the most potatoes!

    It was a great turnout and a wonderful event! For more information go to: NCPotatoFestival.com

    {Snapshot of the Week} 05/20/2010


    This photo was taken on September 7th 2008 in Avon, North Carolina. I'm not completely sure why I love this shot ... but I do. =0)

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Made the Grade: The Three Sisters Inn Series, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 240 KB | Release Date: February 2009 | Publisher: Steeple Hill Books

    "Hide in Plain Sight" [The Three Sisters Inn Series, Book 1] by Marta Perry

    My Book Summary : Financial expert Andrea is rushing home to Churchville, PA (also known as Amish Country), to help her family and their inn they are trying to start up. She has been against the idea of the inn from the beginning, but with her younger sisters recent hit-and-run accident she has to help out, and being the oldest sister that means she needs to take charge.

    However, once she gets there she finds her grandmother loves having her there, wants her to help with the inn as much as she can, but doesn't want Andrea to help with their financial struggles. In addition, she finds out that some people in the community really don't want the inn to be operational and might try to have it so the inn never opens at all costs.

    To top it all off Andrea meets Cal, her grandmother's tenant, who is living and works in the renovated barn behind the inn and he's keeping his own secrets....

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! I wasn't expecting to like this book when I started reading it but I was pleasantly surprised! The plot was very well written. Good characters.

    Book Teaser :
    "There's someone, a man, out on the east side of the house."
    "Andrea?" His voice sharpened. "Are you sure?"
    "The lightening makes it as bright as day. He's there, watching the house. We didn't put lights---"
    They hadn't thought they needed to where there were no outbuildings to be broken into. Maybe the intruder's goal wasn't the outbuildings. Maybe it was the house itself. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Marta, then please check out her website.

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Linger

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Linger" [The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2] by Maggie Stiefvater
    Publication Released Date: July 20, 2010

    Book Description:
      ...grace...

      This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

      Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

      But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin.

    Click here to check out the book trailer!

    I'm curious as to where the author plans on taking this story ... since I love Grace and Sam's relationship ... I just hope nothing happens to permanently destroy it. *crossing fingers*

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Feasted On: True Mates Series, Book 3

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 307 KB | Release Date: March 2009 | Publisher: Loose Id LLC

    "Nikolai’s Wolf" [True Mates Series, Book 3] by Zena Wynn

    My Book Summary : Shannon has had to deal with her older brother (and also her pack leader) pushing possible mates onto her for quite a while now. But she's not scared because being alpha-fem she can fight just as good as her brother and make sure none of them mark her as theirs. Then ... her brother decides to give her a taste of her own medicine and calls a "hunt." That is where all the unmated females in the pack run out into the woods, then minutes later all of the eligible unmated males in the pack chance after them, and whoever claims the female first is mated for life. Shannon wants none of it or the wolves that decide on following her, but when they close in, she tries to fight them off. Thankfully her brother watches the fight to make sure no one gets seriously hurt, yet unfortunately after the fights her brother decides on chancing her off out of his territory and into the wolf territory in the next town, where he believes she'll find a good mate for her while still keeping good standing in the pack which he runs.

    The good news is Shannon finds her true mate! The bad news is Nikolai is a vampire! Will she accept his wanting to mate with her? And if so, is she willing to give up everything she knows and loves to do so?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! I really like how this book was portrayed! Great characters! And I loved the plot!

    Book Teaser :
    "Yes, I'm on the Pill."
    "You have to come off of them."
    Her mouth dropped open, and she bit back the urge to rail at him. Did he understand what he was asking her to do? "Alex, you know I can't do that, especially not now." If she did, she might as well lie down in the street naked and hang a sign around her neck that said FUCK ME. ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Zena, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Made the Grade: Imperia series, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 305 KB | Release Date: March 2009 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "The Stone Prince" [Imperia series, Book 1] by Gena Showalter

    My Book Summary : A brotherly feud gets out of hand ... turning one brother into a statue. Such things happen when they both have the powers of sorcerers. However, by the following day Percen finds that his vengeance against his brother, Jorlan, has to be delayed since Jorlan, now a statue, is no where to be found. Later he finds that their mother has sent Jorlan away from Percen's vengeance and also in hopes he'll find the one true person to complete him and cure him from the spell. Therefore, Percen sets out to find Jorlan and if he has broken from the curse when he does so, then he'll kill him.

    But as only a day has passed on Imperia about a thousand years or so have passed on Earth, where Jorlan now happens to be waiting for that one woman to be the cure to his curse. Finally, that day arrives and his savior is Katie, a woman who is more likely to do the guy thing instead of the girl thing in any situation. However, to save Jorlan, Katie must do more then just kiss him, she must profess her love for him and mean it. Which scares the shit out of her! So, she tries to keep him at arms length as much as possible ... but how long can she truly keep that distance going? And will she be able to save him before Percen arrives to get his final revenge?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. I had such hopes for this book. *sigh* I mean it was good .... but around chapter 19 or so I was getting sick of Katie, who kept running away from her feelings just because she never believed what he said. I just wanted to smack her. But this book did make me laugh ... cry ... smile .... and it had a great ending!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Catch A Mate | Playing With Fire | The Nymph King | Heart of Darkness : The Darkest Angel

    Book Teaser :
    "As you won't be getting pummeled in this house, I feel no responsibility to respond to that statement."
    He crossed his arms and gave her an amused look. "Your denials grow tiresome."
    His self-assured pitch irked her, so she placed her hands on her hips and glared at him. "Did you ever consider the fact that I could have a boyfriend? Someone I'm in love with and committed to?" ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Gena, then please check out her website.

    Friday, May 14, 2010

    Made the Grade: Dark Series, Book 8

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 382 | Release Date: January 2002 | Publisher: Leisure Books

    "Dark Legend" [Dark Series, Book 8] by Christine Feehan

    My Book Summary : Gabriel has been fighting his personal darkness and those of his race who've turned into vampires for centuries. But as luck would have it he stumbles upon his lifemate, Francesca, once he awakens from being secluded in the earth after a long time. However, at first she wants to help him, but once she realizes who he is, she would like him out of her life as soon as possible.

    Gabriel will have none of that though. Will he earn Francesca's affections? In addition, will he be able to protect her from the vampires whom are closing in on them at a rapid rate?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Sweet book, however I would not considerate a favorite in this series for me. =0P

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 12

    Book Teaser :
    Gabriel's dark eyes swept the child huddling close to Francesca for protection. "Look at me." It was a soft command, but impossible to disobey. Skyler's large eyes met his instantly. "You will trust in me, in Francesca, and believe that we can sort this out. There is no need for fear. Those under my protection cannot be abused in any way. Francesca will continue to heal you and you will cease to worry over trivial matters such as this ugly argument. They cannot touch your life, little one. They will never be allowed to do so. They only believe they have such power." ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Christine, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Glimmerglass

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Glimmerglass" [Faeriewalker, Book 1] by Jenna Black
    Publication Released Date: May 25, 2010

    Book Description:
      Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

      Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with... until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again...

    There's seems to be a lot of books like this coming out lately, like "The Iron King", but it definitely interests me to see the different take on this type of thing. Especially to get into another type of faerie world! =0)

    WWW Wednesdays [May 12, 2010]

  • Today's WWW Wednesdays by MizB - click here

  • My Personal Q&A:
    • What are you currently reading?
      This morning I just finished reading "A Little Magic" by Nora Roberts which is three short stories in one book - READ MY REVIEW

    • What did you recently finish reading?
      Answered in previous question.

    • What do you think you’ll read next?
      Later today I'll be starting "Dark Legend" [Dark Series, Book 8] by Christine Feehan

    Disappointmentville/Made the Grade: A Little Magic by Nora Roberts

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 293 | Release Date: December 2001 | Publisher: Berkley Trade

    "A Little Magic : Spellbound" by Nora Roberts

    Pages: 96

    My Book Summary : Calin (Cal) has grown up with dreams about a certain girl .... sometimes they were good dreams other times nightmares .... but the doctors his family took him too said it was just his over-active imagination. But once he's older he suddenly feels the need to take a trip to Ireland. After he arrives there he just drives and ends up at a ruin castle that has a quaint cottage in front and the girl from his dreams living inside. Now he finds that some things were destined to happen .... and if he just believes enough he might be able to stop an enchant curse that has fallen on his shoulders to deal with.

    My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. Can I just say awwwwwwwwww ...
    It was a cute story but not one I would ever read again ... to predictable and BORING!

    Book Teaser :
    There was a moment of blinding, searing joy. Another of dark, primal lust.
    Her taste, sharp, potent, soaked into his system as the rain soaked his skin. He was helpless to do anything but absorb it. Her arms were chained around his neck, her slim, curvy body pressed intimately to his, the heat from it seeping through his sodden shirt and into his bones.
    And her mouth was wild and edgy as the sky thundering above them.
    It was all terrifyingly familiar. ~ within Chapter 2


    "A Little Magic : Ever After" by Nora Roberts

    Pages: 95

    My Book Summary : Allena has spent most of her life trying to fit in where she never could, including her own family, by chance she finds herself in Ireland and possibly somewhere she can belong. The only problem is Conal wants nothing to do with her. Can she prove to him (and herself) that she is worth taking a chance on before it becomes to late?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. I really liked this story more so then the first one! The characters were great. I loved Allena's spunk!

    Book Teaser : CLICK HERE


    "A Little Magic : In Dreams" by Nora Roberts

    Pages: 100

    My Book Summary : A magician has dealt with living in dreams for five hundred years with only actually enjoying the comforts of his senses (touch, taste, smell, etc.) one week every century he's lived. But when the woman from his own dreams appears on his doorstep on the first day of his most recent week of enjoyment he doesn't know what to believe, then realizes that he can't survive without her with him. But since when you love someone the only way to prove that is to let them go .... will he be able to once his week is up?

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was ok .... not any real shockers on how I thought the ending would go ... so if your looking for a predictable romance then this is the one for you!

    Book Teaser :
    Look at her. He thought. She grows more beautiful by the hour. "Such as these?" He held out his hands. From them dripped a string of luminous white pearls with a clasp of diamonds.
    She laughed, even as her breath caught. "Those aren't bad, as an example. They're magnificent, Flynn. But I didn't ask for diamonds or pearls."
    "Then I give them freely." He crossed to her, laid the necklace over her head. "For the pleasure of seeing you wear them." ~ within Chapter 6

    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Nora, then please check out her website.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: A Little Magic : Ever After


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "A Little Magic : Ever After" by Nora Roberts

    My Teaser:
    She looked like a faerie, standing there in a wavery sunbeam. Tall and slender, her bright hair cropped short, her eyes long-lidded, tilted at the tips, and enormous.
    Not a beauty. Her face was too sharp for true beauty, and her mouth a bit top-heavy. But it was an intriguing face, even in rest. ~ within Chapter 3

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Made the Grade: Heart of Darkness : The Darkest Angel [Lords of the Underworld Series, Novella] by Gena Showalter

    Format: On Author's Website | Pages: 131 | Release Date: January 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "Heart of Darkness : The Darkest Angel" [Lords of the Underworld Series, Novella] by Gena Showalter

    My Book Summary : A demon-killing angel named Lysander has just found the one thing that can destroy him .... a Harpy named Bianka. So, he stalks her then kidnaps her, thinking that he will kill her before she'll be able to damage him. However, things don't go as he plans .... and he himself begins to change in ways he has never felt before.

    When he finds he can't bring himself to kill her .... he plans on trying to change her, just as Bianka decides to change him. Who will win? Or will they doom each other?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It was a good addition to the Lords of the Underworld Series ... and I especially liked this new look on Angels! *evil grin* Lysander & Bianka do make a cute pair!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Pleasure Slave | Catch A Mate | Playing With Fire | The Nymph King

    Book Teaser :
    ""So what do you do for fun around here?" she asked.
    "I destroy demons."
    Like you, she finished for him. But he'd already said he had no intention of killing her, and she believed him----how could she not? That voice..."
    ~ within Chapter 2
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Gena, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, May 9, 2010

    Made the Grade: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 3

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 442 KB | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

    "Wolf Games" [Granite Lake Wolves, Book 3] by Vivian Arend

    My Book Summary : Seven years ago her previous pack did some terrible things to her and her family, since then she has been running and hiding from all other "wolves", but now Maggie has to rejoin the ranks of those like her, even if she's scared to death. Erik is sent to bring her to her knew home in Alaska, to the pack her sister is now a part of, and she finds she is immediately drawn to him, which scares her even more.

    Thankfully, Erik doesn't plan on pushing her into anything, but that doesn't mean he's backing off either, since she is his mate and he'll do anything to have her be safe and keep her with him. But when she gets randomly chosen to participate in the Wolf Games (that are like the wolf version of the Olympics), she'll have to deal with her past and the issues that come along with that sooner then she expected.

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. I have yet to read the other books in this series but if this one is like the others then I have high hopes for it. It's a sweet tale about the meaning of love and what you are willing to do to pull through during the difficult times.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tidal Wave

    Book Teaser :
    "Missy leaned in again and whispered with a laugh. "Oh goodie, that's Jared. If there's a challenge involving getting into the girls' pants, we're now guaranteed a win."
    Rather than watching what happened with the selection, Maggie was more intent on keeping an eye on Erik. He shook his new team member's hand then stood back, his gaze once again meeting hers. Calming her from across the room.
    He was there for her. Could she believe that?"
    ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Vivian, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    Book Trailer for The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2 [aka Linger]

    Have you read "Shiver" [The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 1] by Maggie Stiefvater yet? If not I really think you should ... especially when "Linger" [The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2] comes out on July 20, 2010!

    Check out this cool new trailer for "Linger":

    Made the Grade: Chicago Stars Series, Book 3

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 374 | Release Date: 1997 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Nobody's Baby But Mine" [Chicago Stars Series, Book 3] by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : Dr. Jane Darlington really wants to have a baby, and on her birthday she makes up her mind to do just that. She plans on seducing Calvin (Cal) Bonner, the Chicago Stars' quarterback, to be her "sperm donor" ... since she wants to have a baby but it can't be just any man. The "sperm donor" type she has in mind won't be quick witted and the more she watches Cal on TV doing an interview she can't help but think she's choosing wisely, specially with that Southern drawl.

    The seduction goes as planned .... and a while after she PREGNANT! YAY! But her plans change when someone spills her plans and her pregnancy to Cal and he is determined to be in his child's life ..... along with getting revenge for what she has done to him.

    Now for the woman who just wanted a baby .... without having the "sperm donor" in the picture and wanting it without any legal, financial, or custody situation from Cal ..... she now finds herself in a mess of trouble, married to Cal so the baby won't be born legitimate (even though the plan is to divorce when the baby is born), and living with Cal in his hometown of Salvation, North Carolina.

    What else could go wrong? How about finding out that Cal isn't as dim-witted as she suspected, so much so that he actually graduated college at the top grades. Or how about the fact that she has to make sure that everyone hates her so when they get a divorce no one will be sorry to see her go ....

    What will she do to get through this mess??

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. I love this series! And by reading the description at first I wasn't sure I would like it. However, I was happily mistaken! "Nobody's Baby But Mine" was sweet, funny, fast paced, and just a plan ol' great read!! It definitely lived up to the mark of all of the other books in this series I've read!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love

    Book Teaser :
    ""I've met a lot of women who were liars, but you take the cake. Admit it, Professor. I turn you on so much you can hardly stand it. If I put my mind to it, I could have you naked and begging in thirty seconds flat."
    "There's nothing more pathetic than an aging man boasting of his flagging sexual prowess."
    "Flagging!"
    She watched a slow flush spread across his cheekbones and knew she'd really done it. She'd pushed him past his limit, and now she absolutely had to shut up. "Don't worry, Cal. Somewhere there's a woman who'll care enough to take her time with you."
    The flush spread to his ears.
    She patted his chest. "And if that doesn't work, I've heard they're doing wonders with implants.""
    ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Feasted On: Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series, Book 10

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 311 | Release Date: May 2010 | Publisher: ACE

    "Dead in the Family" [Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series, Book 10] by Charlaine Harris

    My Book Summary : Things seem to be going well for Sookie, even though she has to heal from her major wounds from the war, people she grew close to passed away while trying to protect her, and now her roommate is moving out. But just as things seem to improve ... and her relationship with Eric is going so well ... other people step in and try to mess up Sookie's life, in more ways then one. She has to put up with her cousin Claude asking to move in with her, having Alcide's wolf pack using her property (with her permission), having to deal with her "father-in-law" (aka Eric's maker) coming into town with a new young protégée, and more fae and vampires out to get her. Will one of them finally succeed?

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Charlaine has done it again!! This Sookie Stackhouse novel is one of the best thus far, with all of the drama that they usually entail, but included with new characters and plots that I didn't see coming! I recommend this book and series to anyone that likes reading paranormal! Plus ... I LOVE how she has created Eric and Sookie's relationship, since they make such a good couple ... so far.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 & 2 | Book 3, 4, & 5 | Book 6 | Book 7 | Book 8 | Book 9

    Book Teaser : CLICK HERE

    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Charlaine, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    WWW Wednesdays [May 5, 2010]

  • Today's WWW Wednesdays by MizB - click here

  • My Personal Q&A:
    • What are you currently reading?
      "Dead in the Family" [Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series, Book 10] by Charlaine Harris -- So far it's got me hooked ... I'm curious as to what will happen next and I'm only a little over 100 pages into the book! YAY! *hahaa*

    • What did you recently finish reading?
      "Ready or Not" [All-American Girl Series, Book 2] by Meg Cabot -- Read my Review

    • What do you think you’ll read next?
      I'm not 100% sure since I might decide now then change my mind at the last second, so unless something comes up soon, it'll probably be - "Nobody's Baby But Mine" [Chicago Stars Series, Book 3] by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: You Wish

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "You Wish" by Mandy Hubbard
    Publication Released Date: August 5, 2010

    Book Description:
      Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteenth sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla’s secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin’ do.

      Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year’s supply of gumballs arrives. And a boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla’s wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride… but they MUST STOP. Because when she was 15? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her.

      And Ben is her best friend’s boyfriend.

    This sounds like a really cute book. And if it's as good as Mandy's other books then I can't wait to check it out!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author: Prada & Prejudice

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: Dead in the Family


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Dead in the Family" [Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series, Book 10] by Charlaine Harris

    My Teaser:
    "He could have slain me about sixty times in the seconds I stood there. Despite the fact that he didn't, I still didn't want to take my eyes off him." ~ within Chapter 11

    What was I thinking?: All-American Girl Series, Book 2

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 238 | Release Date: July 2005 | Publisher: HarperTeen

    "Ready or Not" [All-American Girl Series, Book 2] by Meg Cabot

    What was I thinking? : Probably that I liked the first book in this series so the second one would be good too .. right?

    My Book Summary : Samantha (Sam) deals with the issue of sex. Should she and her boyfriend take the next step in their relationship? However, being known as the girl who saved the president and having a boyfriend who just happens to be the president's son makes the situation even tougher, with all eyes watching them.

    My Book Review : 1.5 out of 5 stars. Meg Cabot has a way of writing books that I usually like ... but in this instance the narrative ramblings and worries of Sam make reading the book a very slow process. I mean I did enjoy the highlights throughout the book but I only enjoyed them since I skimmed through to find them once I got sick of reading over and over about her worries. =0P I will say I did like the relationship between Sam and David still, since he understands that she always sticks up for what she believes in ... yet their whole communication issues about the topic of sex got blown way out of proportion. =0/

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : How to Be Popular | Avalon High

    Book Teaser :
    ""And Lucy?"
    "Mmm?" she said.
    "You do realize," I added awkwardly, "that the same guy who played the Count of Monte Cristo played Jesus in that movie Mel Gibson directed."
    It was finally Lucy's turn to look shocked. "He did not!"
    "Um, yeah, he did. So, in a way, all those times in the bathtub, you've been---"
    "DON'T SAY IT!" Lucy said. And then ran for her room."
    ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Meg, then please check out her website.

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    Made the Grade: The Demon Underground Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 465 KB | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

    "Try Me" [The Demon Underground Series, Book 2] by Parker Blue

    My Book Summary : Val is back on the streets of San Antonio helping keep the peace between the vampires and demons, while protecting the humans. However, since released Lola fully for the first time she has been told to take some time off so she'll be able to get more control of herself. Thankfully, Micah is planning to help her accomplish that, and a little or more help from Shade too.

    But when powerful Encyclopedia Magicka becomes stolen time off comes to a halt. Not that Val's complaining since she was getting bored anyways, but once she returns to work .... it seems that everyone there is out to get her. To top that off her partner, Dan, is being a jerk to her for some unknown reason and he seems to be trying to avoid her at all cost.

    As she goes into searching for the books ... things start happening again to those around her .... but will she be able to find them before anything really bad happens?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! I really liked this book! However, it had more twists then I expected, NOT that I'm complaining since I was addicted right up until the end! I LOVE the thing going on between Shade and Val!! And I'm really curious as to where and what Val will be doing now that this latest "situation" has come up (which you'll find out at the very end of the book). I did like the depth that the author brought to the characters more so then just Val (like last time).

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser :
    "I didn't want to lose the very things that made me special. I'd always been defined by my strength, speed, and healing powers. If I lost those, who would I be? Just a girl with the ability to control men and make them feel horny. Oh yeah, great gift." ~ within Chapter 20

    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Parker, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    Disappointmentville: NASCAR Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 246 KB | Release Date: December 2006 | Publisher: HQN Books

    "In the Groove" [NASCAR Series, Book 2] by Pamela Britton

    My Book Summary : Sarah just keeps getting kicked to the curb with all of her ex-boyfriends but this most recent time was a doozy! Recently some racy photos of her became published without her permission (not to mention that they were photoshoped). Because of these photos, she has lost her job as a kindergarten teacher (that she loved), and her most recent boyfriend broke up with her and kicked her out of their place to live. Therefore, she's trying to make a new start .... drives across the country to North Carolina looking for a job ... but the only thing she seems to be able to get is to become the bus driver for Lance Cooper (a famous NASCAR racer), who she has never heard of in her life. They seem to have an instant spark between them as soon as they meet, but being his employee, Sarah tries to have it go nowhere. Will Lance just give up trying? Will Sarah's past just go away or will it come back to haunt her?

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. Cute NASCAR story ... but the way Sarah handles the situation kinda upset me ... I mean the book is well written but it made me not like the book's ending too much.

    Book Teaser :
    "She opened her eyes. Her head--still attached to her body, miraculously--had come to rest against something hard and cool. A windshield, she realized. Her cheek and the front of her body pressed against the glass.
    Oh, great.
    She was now a human bug. How appropriate."
    ~ within Chapter 1


    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Pamela, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Made the Grade: "Prince of Frogs" by Barbara Plum

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 320 | Release Date: October 2004 | Publisher: Zebra Books

    "Prince of Frogs" by Barbara Plum

    My Book Summary : In the flick of an eye your life can change ...

    Ben has had to learn how to deal with that fact over the past eleven months since his wife passed away. Knowing the facts though doesn't change what happened, and the only way he is able to forget his heartache is by getting overly involved at work. However, now being a single father to a four-year-old, being a CEO, and dealing with his loss is becoming hard on him, even though he tries to get by.

    Then one day, while standing in line at Starbucks, he meets an overly cheerful woman named Dr. Risa Taylor (nicknamed: La Ti Da), who suddenly turns his world upside down. Risa looks nothing like his Amy, but she is the first person to wake-him-up since his wife's death. What turns into a one time meeting, moves onto finding out they have mutual friends (one in particular who start playing matchmaker), and getting to know each other real fast within a short time period. What could be more perfect?

    Risa on the other hand thinks it could be a little too perfect. In addition, with adopting three boys (Charlie, Tom, & Harry) within the next month by herself, she feels that no one (not even Ben) would want to take on the role as "boyfriend" for her and sub-daddy to her infant sons anytime soon. So ... what's the point? Can her best friend or Ben change her mind?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It was a cute fairytale. Overly sweet and definitely a PG romance ... but I'm glad I read it. What actually held my attention was the background of both main characters and how wonderfully the author merged their tale.

    Book Teaser :
    "Eyes closed, feet on his desk, he pinched the bridge of his nose. His bottom lip was on fire, and he knew he had to be careful. Go with safe topics, nothing sexy. No innuendos. "What's Molly wearing instead of a nightgown?"
    "One of my T-shirts. It barely covers my bu--it's like a tent on her. But she loves it."
    "I bet I never get her to sleep in nightgowns again."
    "Oh, gosh. I'm sorry. I never thought---"
    "Hey, I'm not complaining. Where's it written she has to sleep in nightgowns?"
    "I did till about...thirteen. Then I switched to T-shirts. The ones with celebrities' faces plastered on them. I slept with Mick Jagger every other night.""
    ~ within Chapter 9

    Which song do I think goes along good with this book? : Fix You by Coldplay

    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Barbara, then please check out her website.
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