What Jaclyn is Reading, Week of August 8
I may be the slowest writer and least frequent reviewer of the DA crew, but I surely do read a lot. I have this funny (at least it’s funny to my husband) habit of buying more than one ebook at a time. If I’m going to go to the effort to surf the bookstore and type in the payment information, I figure I should buy a few things. Anyhoo, here’s what I’ve read in the past week.
An ARC of Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis. I’ll post a review closer to publication date. (Yes, I like it.)
Red Ribbon by Lila Dubois. New-to-me author. Liz has issues of shame over her masochist cravings creating the relationship drama and compelling emotional development arc in this 119 page story. I got to know these characters and cared what happened to them. I’ll read more books by Ms. Dubois.
Blood and Steel by Angela Knight. Cyborgs and vamps. I liked this cyborg mercenary hero. And the heroine? Poor (vampire) baby needed someone to love her after almost 100 years of torture at the hands of her (now dead) vampire master. Dear readers, sometimes WTFery is fine entertainment. J
Hope’s Kiss by Angela Knight. The truth is I’ve got vamp fatigue, but I like Ms. Knight’s characters and, well, her characters are vamps. In this story the villain was a one-dimensional tool to help the hero and heroine come together. I’m not going to run around recommending this unless you’re ape-shit for vamp books or, like me, you read a book because it has Angela Knight’s name on it. Also? Coming in at 58 pages this short story is, well, short.
Forbidden Fruit by Anne Rainey. I was dinging around Red Sage’s web site, I’d never been there before, and I recognized Ms. Rainey’s name so I clicked on the book. This is a Cinderella story about a vet more comfortable in baggy clothes with her hair in a ponytail than in skirts and heels. For a while I thought the hero was a dumb-ass but I forgave him. So did the heroine.
Feeding the Vampire by Jeffe Kennedy. I follow Ms. Kennedy on Twitter, she cracks me up. I thought this was too short, coming in at only 29 pages. I was interested in the characters and whatever the heck happened to make the world go boom and then BAM! The story was all done. I wanted more.
I re-read Nalini Singh’s Kiss of Snow on Sunday. I need an infusion of Psy-Changlings every couple months. Addicted much?
Anne Calhoun’s Fighting Fair. Damn but Ms. Calhoun creates characters that are so real. Also, in writing about married people who have Issues, she cuts through the WTFery set ups that a lot of short story/novella erotic romances have.
Wild & Steamy, an anthology that includes Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, and Carolyn Crane. I bought this because of the Iron Seas story; it was my first read of both Jill Myles and Carolyn Crane—I’ll be seeking more books from both. I’ve gotten disinterested (or maybe really, really picky) in ménage stories, and I liked this one by Ms. Myles. Ms. Crane’s world has peaked my interest and now I want to read more.
She Knows His Secret by Racy Li. I’m a sucker for superheroes so the cover of this book caught my eye. Toss in a heroine who is a brainiac scientist-medical doctor and I bought it. I was expecting shoot-‘em up superheroes vs. aliens and got an emotionally wrecked hero fighting to get his girl back after she dumps him for keeping secrets. Smart woman made him work for her. Win.
While buying school supplies for my son I slipped a copy of Christina Dodd’s Secrets of Bella Terra into the shopping cart and plan to read it next.
What are you reading? Have you read any of these? What do you think of them?
Cheers fellow readers,