Saturday, January 23, 2010

Vol 36

School starts soon.
I am NOT looking forward to it.

Introducing book number *inserts drum roll* SEVEN.
Yep, that's right.
I'm already at book 7.

I wanted to read this story for a while.
It's another mixed-couple story.
Miranda, a half Brazilian half African American sports reporter, was trampled at a rock concert that her friend was covering.
Lucas, a Welsh rock star, was performing his guitar solo when he noticed that the crowd was going a little too crazy.
A "Crush" was happening.
Lucas starts to pull the victims being smashed and trampled onto the stage, and as he held Miranda it was love at first sight, for him at least.

Lucas contacts Miranda's job a few days later.
He wants to check up on her and see if she's okay.
This was the perfect publicity stunt her boss was looking for.
So the boss kinda threatens her to accept Lucas date, but one of the reporters have to go with her.
And Miranda really hated those two ass kissing smart mouth reporters.
So instead she chooses her best friend, the music reporter, to go, and they set off to Wales, to Lucas Castle.

This was a good mixed-couple story.
I liked how it Miranda and Lucas interacted.
I liked how Miranda's best friend, a gay guy, interacted with Lucas.
He was very protective of Miranda.
And I liked how Lucas best friend interacted with Miranda.
She beat the crap out of him.

Jordon, Miranda's ex, was despicable.
I really didn't like him.
But her sisters fiance, Jordan's best friend, was a good guy.

I didn't know what to expect.
But overall I enjoyed the story.

But wait, there's more.


"Tell me something."
Her expression instantly turned serious. "If I can."
"If you wanted a woman to learn to take time out to smell the flowers, what would you do? Send her roses?"
"Never," she declared at once. "Too ordinary," Her expression turned dreamy. "If I had the money, which you do, I'd plant a whole garden for her."
"You can't be serious." He studied her expression. "You are serious, aren't you?"
"Of course. If she has her own garden, she can't help but take time to smell the flowers. and every time she does, you'll be on her mind."


Molly!" he shouted at the top of his lungs. When the house keeper appeared in the doorway, he ignored the scowl that his ill-mannered shout had spawned. "Get Mr. Sparks for me, will you?"
"You're going to plant the garden?" she asked, her expression brightening.
"I'm going to plant the garden." -Sherryl Woods

This is my favorite scene from the entire book.
Kevin has to be the funnest, most infuriating guy around.
But he's adorable in a way.
Very endearing.

Gracie was the manager of an international chain hotel somewhere in France.
After up and quitting one day because she and her boss never saw eye to eye, although the two of them made an excellent time.
She has no family. No friends.
After leaving France, she goes to Virginia, just outside the DC area, to this place she visited many many moons ago with her family for vacation.
She plans to stay there for just the summer.
As she takes her daily walk, she notices this empty Victorian style house, and falls madly in love with it.
She had this idea of turning it into a bed and breakfast.
She goes in search of the owner of the house to see if she could buy it.

Kevin is the one who manages the house.
Originally it was his aunt's house, the crazy old biddy.
(The elders in this story show no mercy at all. Loved it)
Kevin refuses to sell the house, but instead he starts to court Gracie.
Not that he was interested, although he was, but he felt that Gracie was too stiff.
She didn't know how to have fun, how to lay out on the beach, sip a very drinks, stop and smell the flowers.

But Aunt Delia, Molly, and Ms. Johnson, the three older ladies in the story, have their own ideas for Gracie and Kevin, and that bed and breakfast Gracie wants to build.

I really enjoyed this story.
5 out of 5 from me.

This is one of the 4 free books I received.


Oh god!
It's funny that the first thing I say when I remember this book is, "Oh god!"
Noah Kincaid is a minister who moves to Virgin River.
It's a nice remote village somewhere in California.
I won't lie about the location.
The entire time I read it, I thought the setting was in North Carolina.

He moves to Virgin River after buying an old abandoned church he intends to fix up.
But first he needs an assistant.
In walks Ellie Baldwin, a hard working 25 year old, with two children, by two different guys, one died and one in jail, who is currently fighting a custody battle.

Of course Ellie and Mr. Kincaid developed a special relationship.
One so special that Noah even has premarital sex with Ms. Baldwin.
That had to be the funniest part.

Noah is the kind of guy you want around when times are tough.
He's very intelligent and diligent.
He'll do everything in his power, and out of his control, to help you.
The same can be said for everyone in Virgin River as they unite to help Ellie regain custody of her children after they were wrongly taken from her.
They really were wrongly taken, and they ended up with Ellie's looney ex-husband of three months.
How is that even possible?

This was another one of the free books I received.

Oh yeah, baby!
I got to ten books.
I read this book this week as well.
Another one of those free books I received.
School starts this week, so I read as much as my attention span allowed.

This story was short. About 200 pages give or take.
And because of the short length, I think this story was very very rushed.
By pages 40 or so, they were so madly in love. (Although the never admitted it, until page 100).
Andre was a charmer.
A conniving charmer.
And Jo was such a sweet heart.
But this story just moved to fast pace for me.
They were so in love three-four days after they met.
That just seems fickle.
But it's a nicely written fickle love story.

I tried to read the 4th book I received, but I found a major flaw in the book immediately, so I can't read it. This flaw is too huge.

Now I'm done.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vol 35

As I said before, I went to New York this past weekend.
I got to hang out with my lovely okaasan, Roxana, whom I haven't saw since I left Japan December 22nd 2008.
Such a long time ago.
My darling otousan, Chloe, was also there.
I finally got my TVXQ Yoochun uchiwa she bought for me last summer, but she didn't have my meiji chocolates. (Which I will order offline now)
I met Didi as well. She came to Japan after I left.
She was nice and fun to play with.

Some things we did were; ate Indian food, ice skating, ate Korean food, went to see Sherlock Holmes, ate Chinese food, Karaoke (twice), ate some more, went to the book store.
It was more fun then I make it sound.
It was a very chill weekend.
But I left a few hours early.
I'm a city girl, but New York is not for me.
I was ready to get back to the mean-streets-of-Baltimore.

I also read Never Say Never, but I didn't find it to interesting.
I pretty much skimmed through it.
I don't think I was in the mood to read while I was on the bus.
Or maybe, it just wasn't an interesting book.
I've come to realize that most of these black/white couple books are very similar in plot.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Vol 34

2 in 1 night?
I'm on a roll.
I just read Linda Goodwill's A Very Special Delivery.
The story was about Molly, who suffered from guilt and panic attacks after her nephew died from SIDS in her care.
She, and thanks to her sister, blamed herself for the death of 6 month old Zack.
2 Years later while living out of the city on a farm, alone, Molly meets Ethan and his 3 month old baby on a stormy night.
Ice and snow storm.
Ethan is a single dad and delivery man.
He had a package, gamma, to deliver to a cancer patient.
He stopped at the first house he came to in miles and asked, Molly's house, and asked a perfect stranger if she would watch his daughter, Laney, while he made the impossible deliver.
Molly nearly fainted.
Just being around a child causes her to panic.
Ethan manages to deliver the package and make it back to Molly's home, half frozen, but he and his daughter Laney are stranded at her house for 5 days.
The story follows Molly and Ethan's relationship that starts to develop after that 5 day snow storm.
This story was...different.
It wasn't cute, well it was cute with Laney around, and entertaining seems like the wrong word to use.
I liked it.
I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.
But my rating for this story is different then the other books I read.

47 more to go.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vol 33

Book 4 of 52.
This could have been book 5, but I was waiting to see if my second book was going to arrive in the mail today.
I didn't.
So I saved the original book 4, so I can read it on the bus to New York tomorrow.

I'd give it 2 of of 5.
While Taylor and Dominic had passionate hot sex throughout the whole damn book, that was pretty much it.
No real story.
Dominic had a beef with his French grandfather because his grandfather disowned his dad when he decided to marry his African-American mother.
But even that issue took book seat.
So, it rates a 2.
I managed to finish it.
I guess in a way, that makes it entertaining, although I skipped most of it....

Anyway, I'll read Never Say Never tomorrow on the bus.
I'm such a slow reader.
For the three hours I'll be on the bus, I'll make it too page 100, if I don't skip anything.

Tousan, Kaasan. Hisashiburi!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Vol 32


本の名前はFixin' Tyrone.


It's only January 5th and I already completed 3 out of 52 books.
I only started 3 days ago.
I'm pleased.
I have to read now before school starts up.
Then I won't have time to read anything until June.
Today I read Fixin' Tyrone by Keith Walker.
It was about this woman, Mia, who had two children with two different dads, and she was very high class.
She had a nice house, nice care, nice career, and made a lot of money.
Then Tyrone was released for jail and he wanted to rebuild their relationship that died before his 9 year old son, Mia's son, was even born.
At first Mia had no intentions of hooking up, shacking up, or even meeting up with the thug, ex-convict.
But Tyrone was willing to do anything to be with Mia, even lie, until she found out about him still selling drugs, and he almosted ruined everything.
Mia gave him two options: Stop selling and do something productive with your life or get out of my life.
Let's just say that by the end, Tyrone was a very very good certified machanic, with an AA in Business, and 3 auto-shops in the city.
What ever secret Mia had on changing a thug to a 6 figure entrepreneur, her hair salon girl friends wanted to know.
Overall I'd rather the book ☆☆☆ out of 5.
It didn't have very much action.
I'm just glad no one was killed like in all the other thug and drug books I read back when I shouldn't have been reading them.
Maybe that's why I love stories with HEA!
P.S このブックカバーは本当に好きじゃない。
P.S.S: I got another book in the mail.
Michele Cameron's Never say Never
Another Romance novel.
I swear...I'll move to a different genre someday.
Next month.
I am getting sick of HEA.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Vol 31

It's 4 o clock in the morning and I just finished reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel, What I did for Love.
That's 2 out of 52 books.
I bought this book and *searches the floor for my barnes and noble bag*......Fixing Tyrone by Keith Walker.
Hopefully that was also be a good book.
How I do hate that name Tyrone.
No personal reason.
I have friends name Tyrone, but I just hate the name.
I liked What I Did for Love.
The story was about this actress and actor who stared as the leads of a classic sitcom 16 years ago.
They seriously HATED each other, but after a night in vegas where both ended up with spiked drinks, the awaken to find they were naked in bed, and a marriage certifcate was in the guys jean.
To save their images, especially since Bram had the worst image around, and Georgie, while is an all-american girl everyone adores, she was recently dumbed when her ex-husband cheated, they went along with the fake marriage, despite their utter, intense, and complete dislike.
It was a very funny and interesting story.
I have to wake up for work in less than 5 hours.
I guess this blog will soon turn into a "Books I'm Reading to Complete My Resolution."
Isn't that just sad.....

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Vol 30

It's the first time in years that I've made a New Years Resolution.
My resolution was my read 52 books.
That's a lot for me.
I have to try all genres/styles of books.

After work today, I went to Barnes and Noble and purchased Debbie Macomber's new novel The Man You'll Marry.
I'm not going to write a review on it.
But I loved the whole magical wedding dress bit.
Very...comical and scary if you're the one to recieve it.

So right now I have 1 book down. 51 more to go.
This is going to be hard.
My mother could read 52 books in a week.
I can barely read 52 pages in 2 hours.

There was a snow storm two weeks ago, and I was trapped in the house.
I read Nalini Singh's "Guild Hunter" series, depsite my utter dislike for Vampires.
I will admit that Dmitri was very charming, more so than Rapheal.
I actually liked the novella (Sara's story) more.

I also read book 8 of the Merry Gentry series, last month.
Only a few weeks passed, so Merry hasn't given birth to her 6-dad-having twins, yet.
Galen, that canon fodder, is becoming smart and strong.
That was good to see.
Rhys was displaying a bit more leadership.
That was also good to see.
Barely any Mistral.
THAT was NOT good at all.
Shloto, Doyle, and my main man Frost, they were also good to see.
And Kitto.
Not really sure what the hell the overall point/plot of this book was, but it was fun to read.

Then there was Choices and Blindsided, by Tammy Williams.
Adored all the characters in these two books.
Andrew and Justin were very endearing.
Norris on the other hand had a tendency to refer to himself in the third person.

I have two books coming in the mail this week.
4 books coming in the mail in Feb.
One book that is released in Feb.
One book released in March.
After that...I have no clue what to read until July, and I might be in Japan in July.
52 seems like a very hard goal for ME to reach.

I'm on break from school.
I take 5 classes next semester.
It's called a shit outside.
And I received a Holiday card from my host family in Japan, today.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year. 2010

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