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Archive for September, 2006

To Quote Tom Petty….

Posted by Jenn on September 6, 2006

The waiting is the hardest part.

Anyone who knows me knows that just like it rains in spring it is fairly certain that I will quote this famous song at one time or another. But for me even though this song is about waiting for love it always about waiting for books. I never seem to be caught up and for that I’m grateful. It leaves me happily waiting for the next book by my favorite authors. It’s after that is always tough. I mention this today because I have been waiting, none to patiently I might add, for one of my favorite author’s new book. I’m not picky I will read eBook or paperback, but when I find an author I like I want it right away. The greatest part about an eBook is instant gratification. On release day you can have the book on your plam or computer with just a few keystrokes and a credit card.

Just like I did this morning. I’ve been waiting and now I have received. Of course I read it over lunch so I’m back to waiting in the meantime here’s a little review of this lunch time read.

Autumn Animalia – Drakon’s Treasure By N.J. Walters

Allrights reserved. Ellora’s Cave Publishing Sept.06

Eartha has spent the last five years as a slave. By day she labors in the fields and by night she is forced to share Hameon of Gradoc’s bed. But Eartha bides her time and when an opportunity comes for her to escape, she flees. With Hameon’s guards in pursuit, she ducks into a dark tavern. The only hope has of saving herself from being recaptured is to join the company of a man.

Arrik Varkas Drakon is more than just a man. He is a Drakon lord. Half-dragon, half-man, his kind usually ignores the affairs of men. But from the moment Eartha steps into the bar, she intrigues him. Once he sees her face, he knows he must have her.

Arrik sweeps Eartha away from the danger, but it follows them into the mountains. When Hameon and his forces come to take her back, they discover that, above all, a dragon always guards and keeps his treasure.

I admit that I’m a huge NJ fan, so much so that if she wrote it I will buy it, when it comes in print, I’ll but it again. That being said I will also admit to not being a big fan of romance books involving Dragon’s. Silly I know coming from someone who reads books about vamps, lycans, and other paranormal species. The truth is I never gave it a chance, Dragon’s seem so big, enormous really, so I wasn’t sure if I would love this story as much as her other books. I was wrong. Arrik was believable to me, the thought of him as a Drakon was not as overwhelming as I thought in fact he was pretty damn hot. The story is a quickie from the Autumn Animalia series from Ellora’s Cave and my only complaint is it wasn’t long enough.

As usual NJ pulls me into the story and has me cheering for the underdog. Eartha is strong yet feminine even after enduring the life of a slave and Arrik may be big and tough, but he is still caring and complex like any good alpha man should be. I wish I could have spent more time with them, the world she has created seems vivid and real, luckily for us she’s indicated that she has more planned for her Drakon world. So for now I will come down from my new release high and patiently wait *snort* for the next book from NJ. October 18th can not get here soon enough.

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September TBR Challange

Posted by Jenn on September 3, 2006

They’re the good guys fighting the bad guys. They’ll get the job done—if the price is right and so is the cause. And what cause could be nobler than the heart’s desire? Rough and ready, tough and tender—when it comes to love and security, these hunks are definitely for hire…

As a writer, Lise Barton is used to coming up with wild scenarios for her characters, but the one that’s playing out for her right now is no fiction—it’s frighteningly real. Someone is stalking her, someone who knows where she lives and what she does. Someone who has even threatened her family—her brother, his wife, and their precious baby girl. Lise isn’t about to let someone hurt them, so she packs up and leaves Texas for the anonymity of Seattle. And then the threats start again…

Joshua Watt’s mission is simple: Go to Seattle and bring Lise home for Thanksgiving or he’ll never hear the end of it from his sister. It’s not like “Aunt Lise” to stay away from their adorable niece, and Joshua’s pretty sure he’s the reason for it. He’s spent months trying to forget the taste of her lips, the feel of her soft hair in his fingers. Yeah, okay, he wants her—badly—but family comes first. But the minute he sees the fear in Lise’s eyes, his survival instincts kick in. The former Army Ranger isn’t about to let some creep terrorize an innocent woman—not on his watch. He’s going to do what it takes to protect Lise and try to keep his personal feelings out of it. Because if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that sex and work don’t mix. Not ever. So far…

Title: Ready

Author: Lucy Monroe

Year published: 7/5/2006

Why did you get this book? She was recommended by the women on Lora Leigh’s Forum as an author to check out.

Do you like the cover? The cover fits the book’s theme. I liked it well enough, but don’t know that it would have drawn me to it had I not known about the author before hand.

Did you enjoy the book? Yes, I pretty much enjoy any book revolving around the military, police, special forces and other secretive jobs. The story however is what pulled me in. The characters are believable, Lise the heroine, is not a push over letting the hero rule her. Thank GOD!! She is intelligent and can think for herself, but is smart enough to know when she has to defer to the hero. Joshua is tough but caring and is fun to watch fall for Lise. He is a former Army Ranger and now merc for hire who is convinced love is not for him. The way the two of them interact is worth the price of this book and more. The secondary characters are just as enthralling, the other men Nitro and Hotwire, Josie, a merc they pull in to help catch Lise stalker, and Lise and Josh’s families make Joshua’s need to protect Lise even harder. This is the first book of her series Ready, Willing, and Able. I have to be honest I already started on the next book, I just had to see what happened to the remaining guys Joshua brought on board to protect Lise.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes and Yes

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Yes I’m sure I would read this one again.

Anything else? Nope

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