heartI wish I could find that “just right for me and what I want” blog/website theme.

I think I have the perfect one up – and then I discover days later that it isn’t doing what I thought it would when I used it.

It’s frustrating, ya know?  Somewhere, out there, there has to be a good, attractive, easy to use, does what I need website theme.  There has to be *sob*.

Anyone have any good suggestions I would LOVE to hear them.  My frustration level is about to go through the roof – and I should be concentrating on reviews not this theme search.

🙁

One Night with her BachelorTitle:  One Night With Her Bachelor
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction (Book 6)
Author:  Kat Latham
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 27, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 star
Source:  NetGalley

Cover Blurb:

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion makes him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

Read on for my thoughts on One Night With Her Bachelor.  No true spoilers, promise.

ClaimedTitle:  Claimed
Series:  Servants of Fate (Book 2)
Author:  Sarah Fine
Genre:  Paranormal, Fantasy
Published:  March 24, 2015
Publisher:  47North
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Cover Blurb:

Galena Margolis, a brilliant scientist with a tragic past, is determined to fulfill her destiny and develop the vaccine that could save millions. Yet when Galena’s test subjects meet with foul play, it’s clear that someone is still determined to stop her, and that Galena herself is a target. As the Ferry empire forges a plan to keep her safe, Declan Ferry, the politics-hating black sheep of the family, steps forward to protect her—but the emotional cost may be more than either of them is willing to pay.

As unknown enemies close in, it becomes terrifyingly clear that they threaten to destroy not only Galena’s lifesaving work but also the very fabric of fate. As Galena and Declan race to uncover the traitor, they also forge a special bond that could save both Galena and those she’s sworn to help. Torn apart by the past and hunted by those she trusted, can Galena find room amidst her fears for a passion that could make her stronger than ever? And even if she and Declan can find their way together, will it be enough to keep the future from coming apart at the seams?

Read on for my thoughts on Claimed.  No true spoilers, promise.

book confession

I love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.  So today I discovered something new.  🙂

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee called Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link to the feature post.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

From the Feature Post at Parajunkee.com:  This is a new feature, where you can participate, telling us your craziest confessions. Here’s how it works. Write a post about your most eccentric bookworm confession, and put your post link below. I will go around checking your blogs, and choosing the craziest bookworm confessions, and featuring them into our next post.

So I thought, “Why not?”  I’m all for connecting with other bookworms and sounds like a fun new feature to take part in.

My Bookworm Confession

When I write in posts that “so and so” is one of my favorite authors, people assume that I like and read all of their books.  Which is correct, but only to a certain point.

For an example of my true meaning of “favorite author” – I love Nora Roberts novels, whether under that name or writing as J. D. Robb, I will purchase, on release day, any of her books.  My confession is a bit more than just making certain I have all of an author’s books though.

I search through book sales, garage sales, obscure bookstore dusty stacks for different covers or earlier books by the author (or any other name they write under) until I have as complete a collection of an author’s books as is possible.  I have Nora Roberts’ very first novel written, Irish Thoroughbred in 1981.  I have several J. D. Robb ..In Death books from the United Kingdom.  And several duplicate books but with different covers.

I have several authors that I have done this with.  Obviously, I cannot afford to do this with every author that I read frequently.  But for those that I will never, ever miss a new book on release day – yeah.  I have two bookcases full of my book collection obsession for these books.

So maybe it’s not the craziest confession – but it is mine.  If you have a bookworm confession of your own head on over to Anila’s post and start confessing.

Here’s the link again.. now, go, shoo.

Waiting on Wednesday“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

There are so many books that I want to read – I know realistically I cannot get to all of them.  But is one that I do want to read.  It’s so easy to slip into a “group” of novels that we read all the time so that it’s almost a no-brainer as to what we’ll pick up next.  I want to shake up my reading just a bit and i think this is a good start toward that goal.

 

TakenAbducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. For one thing, her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another, the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there’s the fact that Shannon’s escape involved faking her own death. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.  

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.

I don’t know why the concept of this novel grabs me so.  But the moment I read the synopsis I knew that I had to read this one.  So, who knows – I’ve requested it at NetGalley but if I don’t get approved I’ll end up waiting ’til launch which is April 28, 2015.  Either way, I’ll let you know through a review if it was all i thought it would be.  🙂

A Touch of Passion lgTitle:  A Touch of Passion
Series:  Disgraced Lords
Author:  Bronwen Evans
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 24, 2015
Publisher:  Random House – Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

Read on for my thoughts on A Touch of Passion.  No true spoilers, promise.

In Bed with the BachelorTitle:  In Bed with the Bachelor
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction (bood 5)
Author:   Megan Crane
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 20, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.

Sold to the highest bidder!

Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.

Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.

As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

Read on for my thoughts on In Bed With The Bachelor.  Not true spoilers, promise.

teaser tuesdayOne of the fun parts of taking part in blog hops (aside from getting to visit new to me blogs) is finding great ways to interact with other book lovers.  This is one:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He wanted to call out–to stop them–but he could not.

Somewhere in the deep recesses of his mind he knew how to speak.  He even had a vague recollection of the sound of his voice.  He knew what it was to scream, even the joyful release when he did it.  But the word to describe this?  Even though he could sometimes think it, his mouth refused to curve around the word.  For years, his survival had depended on muteness.  Now, he could not seem to make his mouth remember how to form syllables, words, coherent sounds.

The Making of a GentlemanTwelve years in prison has stripped him of his humanity…Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate

Armand, Comte de Valère has lost the ability to interact with polite society, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor, and he starts to come alive again.

Felicity Bennett vows she’ll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long.

With Felicity’s help, Armand begins to heal, until a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion. ~ The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen.

What are you reading?

scattered papersMy Goodness – where has the time gone to?

I am so behind on getting the Challenges updated.  How about you?  Are you keeping caught up?  If so I am so jealous.  🙂

Not that I haven’t read the novels that go with them – I just haven’t found the system that will let me keep up-to-date on posting the titles.  Ugh!

So there are two reviews to get up tomorrow, Tuesday Teaser and then I need to spend some time getting caught up on posting the Challenge novels to their various posts and sites.  Yeah, that’s the plan.

Help!  *grin*

This one sounds like a purely fun meme to jump into.  The ladies at  Sugar and Snark  are hosting a Cover Characteristic meme.  Weekly a subject will be chosen and we search for book covers related to that week’s pick.  Why not?  I certainly have tons of book covers in my files (and I know how to find more *wink*) so this will be my first week joining in.

This week’s choice is Gardens.  Show off your favorite book covers with Gardens.  Follow the links above to join in too.

So here goes:

It’s no secret that Nora Roberts is one of my most favorite authors.  I knew what I wanted to use, but wasn’t sure if there were gardens on those covers — sure enough, there were.

Black Rose, Blue Dahlia and Red Lily all from the In The Garden trilogy.

cc Black Rose NRcc Blue Dahlia NRcc Red Kukt NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cc Wild Rain CFThen would come Christine Feehan’s Wild Rain – maybe more jungle but it reminds me of a garden gone wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

cc PrincessCharmingcoverAnd finally the completely gorgeous full cover of Nicole Jordan’s  Princess Charming.

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