I did get some reading done during the week, though. Here’s what I read:
May 2: “Vampires Gone Wild” by Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, and Kim Falconer. Four paranormal romance shorts. Blurb on back: “V is for VampWoman”: Pamela decides to shed her prim and proper ways for spandex and mask to help fight the Malcontents. Now if only she weren’t so distracted by the sexy vampire fighting by her side… “A Forever Love”: Trapped in
Lukas has been unable to return to the beauty who stole his heart. But now that
she’s stumbled into his world, it will take every ounce of cunning he possesses
to keep her alive. “First Dates are Hell”: Valiance’s first date in a hundred
years is going great…until they’re attacked in the parking lot and quiet,
unassuming Esme turns out to be way more than she appears. “Blood and Water”:
Beneath the waves of Vamp City
lives a vampire race that wants nothing to do with the “landers” except to feed
on them. But when Stellan sets eyes on Angelina, everything changes.
I bought this book because of Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love At Stake story, because I
just love them! VampWoman was okay, but did feel rushed. This story probably
could have easily been a whole book. Palmer’s Vamp City story intrigued me
enough to check her out, but her books tend to be on the dark side and her hero
identified as mean (uh, no thanks), so I’m not bothering. This story had
different characters and was enjoyable, it just didn’t have a very satisfying
ending (because the series is still on-going, I assume). My favorite of the
bunch was Arista’s First Date. So much so, I WANTED to buy her others. BUT (and
yes, it’s a big but) while this short was written in third person, the other
books she has are written in first of a minor character in this short. Oh well…
But if she ever gets to writing another romance like this one, I’ll read it for
sure. Falconer’s Water story was interesting, but I did foresee the end (based
upon the dates), though. I wasn’t sure what kind of creatures were featured
here--Mermaid? Vampires? I’m still not sure. A little too much head hoping (and
jolts from third to first without the italics to know the person was thinking!)
for my taste, too. But the ending was satisfying. Overall, a fun read of four
stories. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. San
May 6: “Immortal Ever After” by Lynsay Sands. This is the eighteenth book in the Argeneau series, a paranormal romance. Blurb on back: Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires--until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate! Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for! Yep, number eighteen and still not stale. I love this series and knew as soon as I started reading this one, I wouldn’t be able to put it down (and it WAS hard!). These books just make me feel GOOD! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.
My friend recommended I read Jim Butcher’s books, so I will check out the first Harry Dresden book from the library and see if it’s something I will like. I’m almost afraid to read it. What if I like it? Then I’ll have to read them all! Like I need to find another series to read - arrrgh!
So, have you seen “Iron Man 3” yet? Or read any of Jim Butcher’s books?