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Maggie AAR
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dime A Dozen Round 2

Contemporary Done in Round 1
Fantasy
Futuristic Done in Round 1
Gothic Done in Round 1
Historical Done in Round 1
Inspirational Done in Round 1

Paranormal
Romantic Comedy Moon Over Tokyo Siri L. Mitchell Sushi for One? Camy Tang
Romantic Suspense Chase the SunTracie Peterson, Edge of Night Jill Sorenson
Time Travel Overseas Beatriz Williams
Urban Fantasy The Gathering, Kelly Armstrong
Young Adult Done in Round 1

Edge of Night
Jill Sorenson

April Ortiz is a waitress at a bar in the not-so-great part of town. When Officer Noah Young comes out to investigate the death of one of her co-workers, April finds herself inexplicably drawn to the blonde haired, blue-eyed clean cut young gang unit cop. But April is Mexican-American and has numerous ties to gangs herself. Can the two of them make it work when they come from such different worlds?

There is a well earned DIK review of this book on the sight. Personally, I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed the suspense as well as the relationship between Noah and April.

maggie b.

The Dime a Dozen Round 2, 6 down, 6 to go
New Release Calendar Challenge 6 down, 6 to go

The Hign Noon Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
Dime a Dozen Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
The Calendar Challenge 12 down, 0 to go
The Clock Challenge: 12 down, 0 to go

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The New Release Calendar Challenge:
June – Undercover Soldier by Linda O Johnston:
It took me forever to get through this book. It was my “purse” book since I got it in late May and I never felt compelled to take it out of my purse and finish it as I normally do. Which is a shame because the blurb sounded very intriguing. But the actual story was convoluted and I never felt the characters were connected or that they even liked each other much less were in love. The heroine’s stubbornness crossed the line into TSTL territory.

July – Samurai Game by Christine Feehan: The GhostWalkers are my favorite series of Feehan’s and I am glad she’s gone back to the first team to tell Sam’s story with Thorn. As the series has progressed Whitney has turned in to an über-villain extraordinaire. Some things happen in this book which make the good guys seem less than at their best (trying not to be spoilery). The plot is over the top, but I really liked both the h/h. Add a big dose of the h/h from book one and updates on the Norton twins and their wives and I was a happy camper while reading this book. Despite the issues I had with it, I would rank it in the top half of this series.

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The Duodenary Category Romance Challenge: 12 down 0 to go…
The New Release Calendar Challenge: 7 down 5 to go…
The Clock Challenge: 4 down 8 to go…
The High Noon Challenge: 9 down 3 to go…
The Counterclockwise Challenge (Marie Ferrarella): 4 down 8 to go…
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jury Challenge
4 books which are AAR contest winners

Best Romance - Annual Reader Poll 2008

The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

A beautiful story of a tortured hero (Simon) who finds his path away from darkness with the support of a heroine (Lucy). The book won the Best Romance category in 2008 in a tie with If His Kiss Is Wicked by Jo Goodman. Although I liked If His Kiss Is Wicked better, I think The Serpent Prince well deserved the recognition of readers, and also the DIK review here at ARR:
http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=6357

The Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge: Done!
The High Noon Challenge: 8 to go
The Jury Challenge: 6 to go
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dime A Dozen Round 2

Contemporary Done in Round 1
Fantasy
Futuristic Done in Round 1
Gothic Done in Round 1
Historical Done in Round 1
Inspirational Done in Round 1
Paranormal Haunting Jasmine Anjali Banerjee
Romantic Comedy Moon Over Tokyo Siri L. Mitchell Sushi for One? Camy Tang
Romantic Suspense Chase the SunTracie Peterson, Edge of Night Jill Sorenson
Time Travel Overseas Beatriz Williams
Urban Fantasy The Gathering, Kelly Armstrong
Young Adult Done in Round 1

Haunting Jasmine
Anjali Banerjee

Jasmine is asked to care for her aunt's bookstore while the elderly lady visits India. When Jasmine arrives she is bitter and hurt from a horrible divorce. Slowly, the bookstore works its magic on her fragile heart.

maggie b.

The Dime a Dozen Round 2, 7 down, 5 to go
New Release Calendar Challenge 6 down, 6 to go

The Hign Noon Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
Dime a Dozen Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
The Calendar Challenge 12 down, 0 to go
The Clock Challenge: 12 down, 0 to go

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The New Release Calender Challenge

July:
Heart to Heart
Kayla Perrin


Deanna Hart returns home to Cleveland when her recording career gets sidelined. She is delighted to spend the time being reunited with her sisters and nephew but gets a surprise when she takes Kwami to school. Eric Bell, once a close friend, is now the school principle. Eric is hot, smart, talented, together - and interested in her! But Deanna's past seems determined to mess with her present. Is there any hope for her and Eric to have a future?

This was a solid B read for me. Both Eric and Deanna are collected, down to earth people. Deanna has issues but she has plenty of reasons to have them and she deals pretty well with them. I liked the mystery from her past and was plenty pleased with how the story went.

This is my first Kimani romance and I certainly picked a good one. I am excited to see what else this author has available.

maggie b.

The Dime a Dozen Round 2, 7 down, 5 to go
New Release Calendar Challenge 7 down, 5 to go

The Hign Noon Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
Dime a Dozen Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
The Calendar Challenge 12 down, 0 to go
The Clock Challenge: 12 down, 0 to go

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jury Challenge
4 books which are AAR contest winners

Top Ten Frontier/Western Historical Romance Titles (2007 Mini-Poll)

Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

Loved it!
Amelia is a mail-order bride, who agrees to marry Dallas Leigh, but falls in love with Dallas's brother, Houston. I was afraid this might end up in a love triangle (a plot which I usually hate) or that Dallas would conveniently be killed somehow to clear up the path for the HEA, but the author makes a great job of creating a very compelling story without using a easy way out. I also loved both the hero and the heroine, and I am now looking forward to see them again in the next books in the series - and also, of course, to see how Dallas will get his HEA.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge: Done!
The High Noon Challenge: 8 to go
The Jury Challenge: 5 to go
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dime A Dozen Round 2

Contemporary Done in Round 1
Fantasy
Futuristic Done in Round 1
Gothic Done in Round 1
Historical Done in Round 1
Inspirational Done in Round 1
Paranormal Haunting Jasmine Anjali Banerjee Aztec Gold
Caridad Pineiro
Romantic Comedy Moon Over Tokyo Siri L. Mitchell Sushi for One? Camy Tang
[b]Romantic Suspense[/b] Chase the SunTracie Peterson, Edge of Night Jill Sorenson
Time Travel Overseas Beatriz Williams
Urban Fantasy The Gathering, Kelly Armstrong
Young Adult Done in Round 1

Aztec Gold
Caridad Pineiro

When her archeologist boyfriend Rafe goes missing while on an expedition, Cynthiia is devestated. Then she uncovers startling new evidence that might enable her to bring him home or at least confirm his death. Setting out on a second expedition she learns that the devils forest is not just a nick name for a bad jungle. Something sinister awaits her team in those dark trees and tangled vines. Will she be able to unlock the codes left in legends and save herself and her friends?

The positives were the authors smooth writing, the fascinating story and satisfying HEA. The only negative really was the constant use of the term lover. For whatever reason, this got on my nerves :p

maggie b.

The Dime a Dozen Round 2, 8 down, 4 to go
New Release Calendar Challenge 7 down, 5 to go

The Hign Noon Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
Dime a Dozen Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
The Calendar Challenge 12 down, 0 to go
The Clock Challenge: 12 down, 0 to go

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dime A Dozen Round 2

Contemporary Done in Round 1
Fantasy
Futuristic Done in Round 1
Gothic Done in Round 1
Historical Done in Round 1
Inspirational Done in Round 1

Paranormal Haunting Jasmine Anjali Banerjee Aztec Gold
Caridad Pineiro
Romantic Comedy Moon Over Tokyo Siri L. Mitchell Sushi for One? Camy Tang
Romantic Suspense Chase the SunTracie Peterson, Edge of Night Jill Sorenson
Time Travel Overseas Beatriz Williams
Urban Fantasy The Gathering, Kelly Armstrong Hemock Kathleen Peacock
Young Adult Done in Round 1

Hemlock

Kathleen Peackock

Mackenzie's best friend is killed by a werewolf. This tragic event starts a chain of catastrophes that seem determined to bring her other friends down. Desperate to help and protect those around her Mac looks for clues to what really happened that fateful night. Meanwhile, Kyle determines it is time to move from friends to lovers.

I couldn't help feeling this book was written by a frustrated Team Jacob member. I liked it but doubt I will be interested in finishing the series.

maggie b.

The Dime a Dozen Round 2, 9 down, 3 to go
New Release Calendar Challenge 7 down, 5 to go

The Hign Noon Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
Dime a Dozen Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
The Calendar Challenge 12 down, 0 to go
The Clock Challenge: 12 down, 0 to go

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the Dime a Dozen challenge, I just finished Eva Ibbotson's A Company of Swans which falls into the Young Adult Romance category.

I have to say, this was a really stellar book. It's well-written, with an interesting story full of unusual elements. The plot begins in 1912 England. The heroine is a very learned 17 year old who is being raised by a strict father and aunt in Cambridge. The ONLY outlet they will allow her is ballet lessons. Other than that, they are pushing her to marry a stuffy, stodgy young university researcher/teacher whom she has no interest in. Through a series of small events that, on the surface, seem unlikely to kick her into gear, the heroine is inspired to take action, run away from home, and join a ballet troupe heading to South America to entertain rich rubber plantation owners in the Amazon....

Well, that should be enough to wet your curiosity, so I'll leave it there. But, I'll add that, before she leaves, she is asked by an 8 year old young man to be on the look-out for a long, lost relative of his who he calls "The Boy" -- someone he hero worships, although he has never met him, who left for the Amazon a decade earlier.

This story is chock full of color, of drama, of unique characters, of odd developments. I enjoyed it very much. I'd give it an "A." It's definitely tame enough for a young adult to read, but it's so well-written and doesn't speak down to anyone, so adults would enjoy it just as much.

Okay ... this is #8, so on to the next book.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandlynn wrote:
For the Dime a Dozen challenge, I just finished Eva Ibbotson's A Company of Swans which falls into the Young Adult Romance category.
I have to say, this was a really stellar book. ... This story is chock full of color, of drama, of unique characters, of odd developments. I enjoyed it very much. I'd give it an "A."


I am glad you liked it, Sandlynn! I have read it for a 2012 Challenge too (as the "Day 7 - Book with 'Swan' or 'Swans' in the title in the Twelve Days of Christmas challenge), and I liked it very much - I still find myself fondly remembering some of its passages from time to time. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jury Challenge
4 books which have won or been nominated for a RITA Award

2002 Best Contemporary Single Title

True Confessions by Rachel Gibson

Hope Spencer is a big-city girl forced to spend some time in a small town in Idaho. On her first day in town, she meets sheriff Dylan Taber, and they are instantly attracted to each other. The problem is, none of them can afford to be involved with each other now: Dylan is a single father, and thinks relationships are just not a good idea at this point, and Hope is going through a career crisis. Of course, these reasons do not stop them from eventually falling in love...
Nice book. It was not hilarious, but it was funny enough. The main couple was engaging, and the plot was a little bit predictable, but still interesting. Rating: B

The Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge: Done!
The High Noon Challenge: 8 to go
The Jury Challenge: 4 to go


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dime A Dozen Round 2

Contemporary Done in Round 1
Fantasy
Futuristic Done in Round 1
Gothic Done in Round 1
Historical Done in Round 1
Inspirational Done in Round 1
Paranormal Haunting Jasmine Anjali Banerjee Aztec Gold
Caridad Pineiro
Romantic Comedy Moon Over Tokyo Siri L. Mitchell Sushi for One? Camy Tang
Romantic Suspense Chase the SunTracie Peterson, Edge of Night Jill Sorenson
Time Travel Overseas Beatriz Williams 11/22/63 Stephen King
Urban Fantasy The Gathering, Kelly Armstrong Hemock Kathleen Peacock
Young Adult Done in Round 1
11/22/63

Stephen King

Honestly, this was a long rambling look at Lee Harvey Oswald. I wasn't interested in him. The love story was OK but I had to push myself to finishe the last 300 or so pages.

maggie b.


The Dime a Dozen Round 2, 10 down, 2 to go
New Release Calendar Challenge 7 down, 5 to go

The Hign Noon Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
Dime a Dozen Challenge, 12 down, 0 to go
The Calendar Challenge 12 down, 0 to go
The Clock Challenge: 12 down, 0 to go

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The High Noon Challenge: NEW AUTHORS!
Stolen Secrets by Nancy Radke:
I found the writing to be disjointed. This is apparently the third book in the author’s Sisters of Spirit series and I definitely felt I was missing something as I read it. The mystery is convoluted. The heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue (ex-Silver Medal Winning Olympic gymnast, down on her luck office temp worker). And the hero spends much of the story thinking the heroine may be a criminal. The bad guy is obvious from the first time we meet him. There are a bunch of secondary characters and subplots introduced which seem to be there merely to act as filler. Not the worst book I’ve ever read, but the type where I wish I could have my time back.

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The Duodenary Category Romance Challenge: 12 down 0 to go…
The New Release Calendar Challenge: 7 down 5 to go…
The Clock Challenge: 4 down 8 to go…
The High Noon Challenge: 10 down 2 to go…
The Counterclockwise Challenge (Marie Ferrarella): 4 down 8 to go…
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Clock Challenge:
4 Contemporary books:
2) Little Matchmakers by Jennifer Greene:
I enjoyed this book’s first few chapters, but the hero became more unlikable as the story continued and the heroine rather whiney. Their respective sons are front-and-center when needed, but conveniently “disappear” when the h/h need alone time. It took me over a week to finish as it was easy to set aside and forget about.

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The Duodenary Category Romance Challenge: 12 down 0 to go…
The New Release Calendar Challenge: 7 down 5 to go…
The Clock Challenge: 5 down 7 to go…
The High Noon Challenge: 10 down 2 to go…
The Counterclockwise Challenge (Marie Ferrarella): 4 down 8 to go…
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The High Noon Challenge (new-to-you authors) 
Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry 

Amy has been in love with Quinn since she was 14- years old. He was her best friend since early childhood, and he broke her heart when he started to date Lisa, Amy and Quinn's close friend. Quinn went on to marry Lisa, but after 6 years of marriage, Quinn and Lisa are getting a divorce, and Quinn is back in town. Will Amy's chances be better this time?

Although the book is well written, there was nothing remarkable or memorable about the story or the characters. Not a keeper for me.

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The High Noon Challenge: 7 to go
The Jury Challenge: 4 to go
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