Book Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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With Penny Reid’s books, I always know I’m gonna get a great laugh. And the opening of Truth or Beard, with the main character, Jessica James, dressed up like a sexy Gandalf–oh, I laughed so hard. I love Reid’s humor and there are tons more laugh-out-loud and giggle moments to this novel (for example, there’s a thing with sausages that I can’t even think about without laughing). Jessica and Winston are believable characters and perfect for each other, & I swooned at the HEA. I am once again impressed by Reid’s work! The rest of the series looks equally as promising, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Book Review: Yours to Keep

yours-to-keepSuper cute, and with some laugh-out-loud moments. Those LOL moments are why I keep coming back to Stacey’s books–this family is hilarious and I’d totally hang out with them. Especially because it would mean I get to bag a Kowalski man (seriously, they’re everywhere. This is the biggest family I’ve ever read about). (Also, in this daydream, I’m a single woman. In real life I’m happily married!)

I wanted to shake both the hero and heroine at one point near the end because really JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER, but otherwise I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Funny, sexy books with ensemble casts really work for me.

Like in Exclusively Yours, there are zillions (rough estimate) of characters because it’s a big family packed with sequel bait, so I think it would be better to be familiar with the series, but I managed just fine with only having read Exclusively Yours, and I probably didn’t even need the background provided there.

Stacey’s got me hooked on this series, and I’ll be loading up my kindle!

Book Review: Prime Minister

prime-ministerPrime Minister, by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller, is a contemporary erotic romance.

Some readers complained that they got bored midway through, and it’s true that the pacing isn’t super tight–however, I was riveted by the characters! Ellie and Gavin had me cheering for them from the very beginning! Especially fun was the first third or so, when they were figuring each other out. Obviously the prime minister couldn’t come right out and tell her he was kinky.

There’s a LOT of sex in this one and it’s at turns hot and funny. It broke some of my preconceived notions about kink, and I always love a book that challenges my beliefs about sex and sexuality.

Gavin’s best friend makes for excellent sequel bait, so I’ll be reading the next book in the series, Doctor Bad Boy, soon!

Book Review: A Promise of Fire

promise-of-fire-coverBrilliant book! I loved the characters, and I loved the world–a place where Greek gods are very present.

The heroine sometimes used words or phrases that felt too contemporary for a fantasy world, with some silly idiom replacements “the olive doesn’t fall far from the tree” and “don’t beat around the harpy’s nest” (not exact quotes) which took me out of the story, but compared to how much I liked everything else, that’s such a minor thing.

The voice also had a YA feel to me, which is great because I love YA.

The romance was slow-burn at first, and it was scintillating. Usually I write insta-love, but I’m definitely seeing the appeal of the slow burn! Some of the scenes where Cat makes herself invisible for bathing, but she’s totally naked right there next to him–WHEW!

I also liked how lighthearted the book was. Yes, people died, and there’s some gore and violence, but the tone isn’t dark or gory at all.

This was fast-moving adventure, not a slow-paced epic fantasy, and really it’s the characters I fell in love with, and the characters I want to see more of.

Bitten: The Television Series

Last week on the Pocket Romance blog, I talked about one of my “first loves”–one of the first urban fantasies I ever read, which was Stolen, by Kelley Armstrong. Imagine my utter delight when I discovered her Otherworld novels had been made into a television series!

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Unfortunately, the television series didn’t stay true enough to the novels to make me happy. As often happens when I read a series, I get a very good picture in my head of what characters are supposed to look like, from their appearance to the way they move around in a scene, and the film version just did not translate well for me (although Laura Vandervoort is actually pretty close to my imagined Elena, so yay!). The story line is also quite different, and without giving spoilers I’ll say I was disappointed in the finale of Season 1. I tried to watch Season 2, but I was too confused to get into it. I think this is a situation where my love of the books is getting tangled up and confused in what I want the television series to be. I’m curious if anyone else out there has watched the series and liked it, and whether they’ve read any of the books.