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Maiden (Sarah's Story)

Maiden (Sarah's Story) - Deborah Hainley Bonnar This could have been a higher rating if Silvanus didn't have the attraction to 13 year old Sarah. Even though it was repeatedly stated that his attraction wasn't sexual, it clearly was by his thoughts. He kissed her and had to show great restraint physically (she noticed his visibly growing erection) well before her 17th birthday. If you've ever raised a child, you know at 13 they are still a child. Had it just been Sarah infatuated with him at that age, I would have been ok with it. It bothered me even after she turned 18.

Silvanus nearly killed Sarah when she was 16 by drinking her almost dry. If she hadn't been taken to the hospital by her Uncle's family for transfusions, she would have been dead. This incident was never mentioned again by her or Silvanus. Not why he did it. No apologies. Nothing. Yet she was so in love with him that she could spin it in her mind to actually believe it was her fault!

There are also inconsistencies in the timeline of the book. This story was supposed to start out in 1977 but the terms used and the subjects spoken about were not from that era. I have started "Mother" and have also run into these type of inconsistencies. For example, when Sarah goes to the picnic in Hannum, she heard the teenagers talking about the latest CD one of them bought. This would have been 1987, they would have more likely been discussing cassette tapes.

Actually, those would be my only complaints with this story. It has kept me entertained and reading until the wee hours of the morning, which means it is doing what a book is intended to do. I would recommend this book to others but with a warning that I did have problems with some of the content.

Accidentally on Purpose (Accidentally on Purpose, #1)

Accidentally on Purpose (Accidentally on Purpose, #1) - L.D. Davis 3.5 But since I was up until 3:30 AM finishing it, I rounded up.
Getting Away With It - Infinite Ideas This was hilarious!

Some of the chapters in this book are:

"Faking the big O" (yes, it really is what you think it is)
"Lying and not being caught"
"Disposing of a body"
"Of course I didn't forget darling"
"Making her happy.... after not-so-great sex"

This book is meant to be a self-help guide for both men and women, but it is kind of like watching a BBC comedy as the authors are from the UK and have that British humor. Good entertainment even if you don't take their advice.

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) - Samantha Young 3.5 but I rounded up for the first 80% of the story.

Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love, #1)

Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love, #1) - Gina L. Maxwell Another book rated highly on the Kindle list that I didn't like. The story is just too coincidental to be taken seriously.
How to Kill a Rock Star - Tiffanie DeBartolo Really good book. I was telling a friend today that I have only cried while reading a book on three occasions, and this book was one of them. You can read most of the reviews on here to see that I am not in the minority on this one. I loved the musical references. It brought back so many great memories.

I both loved and hated the characters. I screamed "Really? Are you that stupid?" at them on my Kindle several times. As well as "You have got to be kidding me!" more times than I can count. I never yell at my Kindle, so this is a really big deal. Then I had the "Oh My God! That did NOT really just happen!" moment. If you read the book, you know that Part 3 will give you some type of emotional reaction. Yes, I kind of had a feeling of what was going on because if you pay attention, you will see the foreshadowing well enough. But I can overlook it since I haven't been this invested in a story in a very long time.

So, why only 4 stars? I have a pet peeve of changing a POV without a chapter heading letting you know whose head you’re in now. There were 3 different 1st POV and then three random sections of a 3rd POV where you are just a bystander watching the scene happen for no important reason at all. There were also a few times where the story dragged and I found myself skimming the random daily activities. Other than that, I would recommend this book as one of my almost favorites.
Angels' Blood - Nalini Singh How does an archangel wear a shirt?

His bathroom, bedroom and well, his entire house accommodate his wings because they are so large and heavy, but his clothing isn't really addressed. There are a couple of scenes where she is tearing at his shirt or lifting it up. How does he put it on and how would he wear it?

I know this book is loved by many, and my question is trivial, but it just goes to show the lack of detail that made my rating of only 3 stars.

I'll add angels to the list of paranormal heroes that just don't do it for me, along with ghosts, goblins(yes, really) and zombies.

Knight (Unfinished Hero, #1)

Knight (Unfinished Hero, #1) - Kristen Ashley I wish I could unread this book!

Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1)

Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1) - Cherise Sinclair The cover of this book is NOT the full figured woman the story is about. Keep in mind that they only knew each other for TWO nights. She didn't even know his name until the last chapter, yet I am expected to believe they will be together forever? I don't know if she made the stupid decisions she did out of low self esteem, or if she was just really not that intelligent outside of her accounting profession. Can you tell I really disliked this book?


Easy - Tammara Webber I wouldn't have downloaded this one to my Kindle had I realized this was YA. I actually deleted it after I started reading the first chapter thinking "I don't want to read another teenage angst filled story!". But after seeing it on the Kindle top 100 list, I read some of the reviews and figured it was short so I wouldn't be wasting that much time if I hated it. I retrieved the download and read it.

Surprisingly, I am happy that I read it. It was a really good story that wasn't whiney and had some real issues that should be addressed in the real world. Landon/Lukas was a great hero and he wasn't the typical possessive asshole, trying to pass off as romantic, that I hate so much! He was actually down-to-earth and more realistic than most of the hero type characters I've read about in a long time.

I am still not a fan of YA, and I will never go out of my way to read that genre, but this was a happy accident. Good Job Ms. Webber.
The Vampire King (The Kings, #1) - Heather Killough-Walden This book would have been better if the story concentrated only on the story of the Vampire King. There were 4 or more chapters from unrelated character's POV which distracted from the main story. I understand it was the author's way of paving the way for the series and future stories, but I bought the book for the story in the synopsis not the side stories. There wasn't anything phenomenal about this story that I haven't read in other paranormal stories so nothing really stands out for me. Maybe after the series picks up it will get better.
Eternal Hearts - Jennifer Turner I'm so disappointed after the previous book in the series. Everything I liked in that book was lacking in this one. It's not a good book when the leading lady cries twice, sometimes three times, in every chapter. The miscommunications were just a little too convenient and there is not one character that I really liked in this one.

Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves - Robin O'Bryant This was good for a free book on Kindle. I smiled and nodded a lot at the things kids do that I could relate to. I wouldn't pay $5.99 for the stories but it was entertainment none the less.

The Desperate Dad's Guide to Getting Some

The Desperate Dad's Guide to Getting Some - Jackie Papandrew Hilarious and so true! A must read for desperate husbands wanting some "alone time" with their wives. Or in my case, I read it for him and told him all about it.

Dead to the Max (Max Starr, #1)

Dead to the Max (Max Starr, #1) - Jasmine Haynes What I liked about this book enough to read the entire story was the fact that it's not an average Paranormal Romance. It was a new twist on a strong female character who happens to be "special". She doesn't change in a full moon or grow fangs at the scent of blood. She is a regular flesh and blood woman who has an accounting job and I could relate to her in a lot of ways. The writing itself kept me drawn in and I got that unfamiliar "Don't talk to me right now, I have to finish this chapter!" feeling. I love that feeling; my husband on the other hand is not so thrilled with me on those rare occasions.

So why did I only give it 3 stars?

The ending was incomplete. I don't mean it ended in a cliffhanger. I mean it ended with no further explanations. There are 15 important characters and at some point most were possibly the killer. When the true killer is revealed, I was left questioning all the motives and actions of the other characters. If they didn't do it, then why did they lie about alibi's and speak to Max with such malice for no reason? The story just ended.

Another thing that bothered me is the fact that Max's libido was in overdrive the entire book. The story had a time span of about a week. Yet there was still time for her to have sex with her ghost husband nightly, sleep with a prime suspect and find almost every guy she met attractive and would fantasize about them constantly. You would think that she would be too busy tracking down a murderer and trying not to get killed herself. I like a good erotic book, but it just didn't seem to fit this story.
Eternal Seduction - Jennifer Turner Usually when you get a free book on Kindle, you really are getting what you pay for. But sometimes you read one that surprises you. This is one of those books. Don't let the title throw you off of what kind of book this is. It's not your normal PR. This is really about the heroine first and the romance second. What I liked about it most, is she didn't whine about anything! There is nothing worse than a heroine who is supposed to be a strong and smart woman who complains about everything. She is also not your typical heroine who is beautiful or rich or wants a better life for herself. She is content being who she is (no matter how bad off the reader think she is). That doesn't mean that she doesn't change for the better, but even at the HEA, she is still not perfect and there isn't some Alpha male asking her to be what he thinks a good woman should be.

The humor was definitely there. She has a great banter with Odin that I haven't found amusing in other books since the BDB series.

Another aspect of the book that was refreshing, was the history behind the vampirism. The author is talented enough to bring her imagination to the pages where I can visualize the story she is telling about where they came from and the hierarcy in it. I will happily read other books from this author based on this book alone.