Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What I Read Since Last Week

When it rains it pours. Yeah, it’s a cliché, but ain’t it true? Case in point: I received three books I want to read (and I have another on order) at the same time I received four books I have to read (judging). True, I have a couple of bookcases full of books I haven’t read, but when you have a favorite author, you want to read them first. Right? Well, guess they’ll just have to wait. Because before I can do any serious reading, my edits are due first. Doesn’t mean I won’t read, just means I won’t spend all day doing it! Oh well… On to what I read this past week (as if you didn’t know):

Mar 27: “Reckless” by Allison Brennan. Book/Novella 5.5 in the Lucy Kincaid series. Blurb from Goodreads (in blue): FBI trainee Lucy Kincaid's spontaneous weekend camping trip with her boyfriend, P.I. Sean Rogan, turns into a deadly nightmare when they come across two hikers looking for their lost son. But when Lucy and Sean split up to help find the missing child, each quickly realizes that the parents have a dark secret they'll kill to keep. Nice, short story to hold me over until the next Lucy book comes out. And until I got “Lover at Last” from my daughter (who surprisingly did not finish it in one sitting). I’m beginning to think Lucy and Sean will NEVER have a normal vacation. Ah, but then, what’s really normal? I gave this short story 5 stars on Goodreads.

Mar 29: “Lover at Last” by J.R. Ward. Book 11 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Blurb from Goodreads (in blue): Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another.... Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand. Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one. I believe this one is now my favorite book and was sad when it ended! Still amazes me how Ms. Ward keeps all the separate plotlines going (I’d get confused without a chart). It was also hard to read these new plotlines, since I (and my daughter) was more interested in reading about Qhuinn and Blay, but I was patient. This is definitely not the end of the series, but in this case I don’t care. I love it too much to gripe, I guess. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

Don’t be surprised if I do not post anything on Friday. I really want to get my edits finished on time and don’t want to wait until the last minute because there are instances where I have to ~gasp~ THINK of how to fix. And I ain’t a fast thinker. At least where it counts anyway.

Happy Reading!!


Anne Gallagher said...

I envy you. I haven't read anything in such a long time. I used to read all the time, until I started writing. Now if I get one or two books in a YEAR I'm lucky. Waiting for summer. Hopefully, I'll be able to hop on my TBR pile.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Anne - I can't imagine NOT reading anymore. There was a time when I limited myself to a few authors, so I didn't read much. No more! Since writing, I've found MORE to read and I always make time (even if it's only during my lunch break).

LD Masterson said...

I can tell you what I'm reading next - just picked up Heather (Webber) Blake's The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Linda - You'll have to let me know how that one is. I've read some of her books under the Heather Webber name. Curious to know why she needed to change her pen name for the new series.