I enjoyed this book a lot! Sandra Hill has a knack for writing believable characters who have issues as well as humor. I love feeling their history and seeing how it affects their decisions! I love the humor, and the fun secondary characters. Tante Lulu and Samson & Delilah! The book was fast paced for me, and I couldn't put it down. The Love scenes were Hot! I personally prefer warm, but it was ok with me, cuz they weren't every few pages. (That's just me!) I can't wait to read the rest of these Cajuns!!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A FIERY ANGEL, A COLDHEARTED DEVIL AND A MARRIAGE HOTTER THAN HELL!
Linnet MacDonnell was the youngest of seven sisters and not the family beauty. With her flame-bright red hair, sharp tongue and strange gift of second sight no man wanted her. But the devil would take her. Bartered as a bride to her father's long-sworn enemy, the nobly born Highlander Duncan MacKenzie of Kintail, she had no choice but to enter a marriage with a man rumored to have murdered his first wife and said to possess neither heart nor soul.
Forbidding and proud, Duncan MacKenzie wanted only one thing from his new bride -- to use her special gift to determine if young Robbie was truly his son. He never expected the MacDonnell lass to stubbornly follow her heart, chase away the darkness in his castle with light and laughter and ignite a raging fire in his blood. How dare she defy him and tempt a devil like him to feel what he feared most of all -- love!
I enjoyed this book. It was paced well. I understood some of the sadness and insecurity the heroine faced, and appreciated that even though she had some issues, she was not whiny. Duncan was a strong character who obviously didn't want to fall in love. He does some self preservation to keep Linnet away, but was not cruel. Some authors really take it to the extreme. Ms. Welfonder did not. Duncan stayed a sympathetic character, and one I was rooting for. I liked the irony that there was a Great Dane and a Marmaduke. (But Marmaduke was not a Great Dane! hee hee) I rate this a 4 maybe a 4.5 since I immediately want to get the next in the series.
I'll read more from Ms. Welfonder and hope that the books written as Allie MacKay are just as good. I have to say I'm growing addicted to men in kilts and/or plaids.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
While Emma Collins wonders who in their right mind would use her hard-won divorce settlement to purchase a bed-and-breakfast down in the Ozarks, her free-spirited sister Katy fantasizes dreamily about how this move to a small town will be just the thing for her six-year old son, Josh.
And, as usual, Emma is right. But it is not until they drive to Warbler Lake, Missouri, to take over Bitsy's B & B that they realize just how right she's been. In this part of the country, B &B stands for Bait and BBQ! The firls know little enough about running a bed-and-breakfast, but a bait-and-BBQ?
With their money and futures sunk into a run-down, roadside rattletrap, the girls have no choice but to roll up their sleeves and get to work. But as they settle in and get to know the difference between fatheads, night crawler, mealworms, and shiners, no one is more surprised than they are when they actually get the place up and running.
But trouble is brewing. Katy's ex-husband is having second thoughts about the custody arrangements for Josh, and he fully intends to get him back. With the prospect of losing the little boy, the sisters face another challenge, only this time it's Katy who proves that she, too, can solve a problem.
I liked this book fairly well. It was a slow start for me, and took me 2/3 in, to get invested in the story and characters. However, once I was finally invested, I was Hooked! (Pun intended! I crack me up!) I loved all the secondary characters. There is a strong religious tone to this story, which I liked. It was not, a standard romance! The characters where real, they had fun and were warm and had flaws too. Noone was perfect, and their imperfections weren't cute, they were real. Kinda makes you want to spend some time fishing at the lake.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Hey, everyone! Cindy over at, Cindy Reads Romance, gave me an award for my blog! Woo Hoo!
Here are the rules:
Put the logo on your blog. Add a link to the person who awarded you. Nominate at least seven other blogs. Add links to those blogs on your blog. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.
Here are my Seven in No particular order.
- Readers of Romance is the first blog I'd ever seen. It got me interested in doing one myself. Yay!
- Emerald Fires Romance Spot is cool. Way cool! We do challenges from Shelfari together.
- Heathers Fave Books is good. She does great reviews! She does challenges with me too!
- Talk about my favorite Authors, is a great site for reviews and author interviews. Phoebe must be a speed reader. I stand in awe!
- Aunt Rowena has a great site. It's simple and elegant and she writes really deep insightful reviews. I love that, she's also a Shelfari buddy.
- Heathers Reading Romance is a pretty blog. It is also colorful, which I like! She also keeps me up on new book challenges, which I love!
- Randi Romance Reader is great. I visit there often. It's definately a girlie girl site. Girls Rule!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I was at the store getting stuff and found in the baking aisle a $0.99 box of carrot cake mix. Woo Hoo!! So I get some can cream cheese icing and get to it. I added some crushed pinapple (with juice) and some raisins to the mix and baked it up. It was sooooo good. Almost everyone at his party was asking for the recipe. Wha?? Some one even said it was better than his mother's carrot cake. What a complement! I love dressing up a 99 cent box mix and turning it into something really cool!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Dane Hearne -- also known as the Irish fertility god Cernunnos -- must choose a bride quickly. His long-time goddess has run off with a salsa dancer, and Dane must be married by Beltane, just a week away, or become a mortal -- and die. When he meets American travel writer Megan St. Clair, he knows he's found his soul mate. But while Dane is a sexy Irish hunk with his fair share of blarney, can he convince Megan to marry him in just one week?
Alrik Sigurdsson is cursed to sail his Viking ship along the same stretch of Scandinavian coastline forever. So when lovely American Brynna Lund skids her car off the road into the ocean, he and his men are happy for the diversion of rescuing her. Then Alrik discovers that Brynna is the only woman who can break the curse. Is it any wonder that he's determined to keep her...forever?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Olivia Darling had never done anything impulsive---until she left the east and opened a boarding house in Springwater. But still an outsider at heart, and struggling to make a success of her business, Olivia finds herself turning to the other newcomer in town, the rough-hewn and embittered man she's taken in. As the Christmas season brings them together, Olivia finds in Jack's arms a passionate sweetness she never knew existed. And with the stunning revelation of Jack's true identity, all of Springwater witnesses a heartwarming reunion that will change their lives forever.
I liked this story quite a bit. I find Linda Lael Miller very hit & miss. I really don't love her older works much at all. This one, though was sweet and tender. I really felt the depth of emotion felt by Olivia and Jack. I enjoyed little Jamie, too. Who doesn't love a chicken stealing urchin? I guess there is another book in the series, I will have to check that out. I would give it a 3.5 to 4. It was definately a quick and heartsy read.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
10. Devil In a Kilt by Sue Ellen Welfonder
11. Love Potion by Sandra Hill
Monday, July 14, 2008
But while night is a time for passionate embraces, Liv discovers that her irresistible husband can be as autocratic as he is extravagantly generous. While Alex balks at Liv's independent ways, he refuses to explain his own comings and goings. When Liv learns one of Alex's secrets she only loves him more. But when she learns the other secret, will she feel wickedly betrayed?
Friday, July 11, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
"Wouldn't it be fun it "friend" could come with us?" "Yea, that would be fun!" (Uh oh!)
"Can we go, can we, can we, Pleeeeeeeeease!" (Yikes!) So, I call my friend thinking it's a couple of days away, If it's meant to be... Yes, she says, and Wooeee!
So, it hits me today that it's Hotter than Fish Grease here now. We'll be going to camp, in the heat! (Zoinks!!) Now, I ask you, who thought this was a good idea. Why couldn't summer camp be in Minnesota, or someplace where it's not 100 degrees outside. (Canada anyone?!)
So, Hi Ho, it's off to camp we go. If, I don't melt, I'll have fun kid camp stories to tell. I'm looking forward to everything, except the heat.
I find, that I can't remember whether, they had finished their fight yet, or where still arguing. Hmm. It seems like 45 minutes of quite reading time under an umbrella, on a lounge chair sounds really great in theory. It's the reality that doesn't exactly work. So, until the kids no longer neeeeeed to show me everything they do, I'll probably have to hold onto reading until a later time. Sure, did sound great! *sigh*