Vacation reads lightening reviews

4/05/2009 05:09:00 PM / Posted by Kris /

I had a great vacation and got to read lots of great stuff.

Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis (A) review to come soon
Kaydana and the Staff of Ishlun by Nyki Blatchely (review here at Book Binge)

Product DetailsFragile by Shiloh Walker
Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield. The abused children being brought in by the pretty redheaded social worker tug at his soul like nothing he’s ever known. For Devon Manning, being a social worker is a rewarding job, but also a constant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon takes everything one day at a time—unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues. When Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he’s been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants, Luke has to break through Devon’s emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs…

I was very not sure of this book, because Shiloh has very rarely worked for me, but I really enjoyed this book. They only really see each other when she is bringing in another child that needs a physical examination or needs to be patched up after a parent beat the crap out of them, so not happy-go-lucky circumstances and definitely not very conducive to romance. Finally he gets up the nerve to ask her out.
Good solid storyline. There is nice romance and some suspense in there too. No paranormal elements if you were wondering. If you have not been able to get into her books before, give this one a try. I give this one an A-.

Product DetailsTemptation Ridge (Virgin River Book 6) by Robyn Carr
At twenty-five, after five years as her mother's caregiver, it's time for Shelby to experience freedom and adventure. Time for travel, college and romance. But when she visits Virgin River, she runs into Luke Riordan, decidedly not whom she has in mind. A handsome Blackhawk pilot, Luke exited the army after twenty years, four wars and having been shot out of the sky three times. At thirty-eight he's tough and jaded. His major was in one-night stands, with a minor in commitment avoidance. Technically, these two are all wrong for one another. But sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things…two very good things.

Loved the storyline, great addition to the series. The only thing that bugged me was Luke's difficulty in making decisions, he is a Blackhawk pilot, they have to make life or death decisions immediately all the time, but he floundered a lot during this story. It made for a good story, but in my mind i am wondering how he did so many years as a pilot being this unsure of himself.
I give it an A- because of the hero.

Product DetailsKisses Like a Devil (Devil Books book 5) by Diane Whiteside
Strikingly handsome, wealthy, and accomplished, Brian Donovan has succeeded in everything he puts his mind to - except marriage. Now, as a favour to his former military commander Teddy Roosevelt, Brian is investigating a powerful new weapon invented in the small European country of Eisengau. The task carries prestige, danger, and an enticing complication in the lithe form of Meredith Duncan. With her deliciously candid approach to all things sensual, Meredith is unlike any woman Brian has known. In fact, she wants him to ruin her reputation - and Brian eagerly obliges, initiating a passionate, playful, and wildly erotic affair...A feminist who believes in free love, Meredith has always battled convention. When her parents urge her toward an odious marriage, Meredith turns to the dashing, thoroughly masculine American who could be her only hope of escape. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and as competition to acquire the new weapon turns deadly, two lovers are drawn into a treacherous game where the stakes run as high as their raw, mutual desire, and the greatest risk of all may lie within an untested and all-consuming love...

This is about William and Viola Donovan's son (one of them anyway). Interesting setting, middle of Europe in 1893. Not your typical historical setting, nice change. Very strong heroine who is trying to change things politically in how the workers/laborers are treated where she is at. It is very hot, like all her books are, but the blurb made me think of her as this very open woman (kind of like a Susan Johnson heroine), but she just is not against sex before marriage, she has had a total of two partners before him.
The other books in this series are nice to read before hand but not necessary, this one stands alone fine. This gets a C+ from me. This was good, but I liked some of the other books by her more.

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Comment by Stacy~ on 4/06/2009 7:15 AM

Glad you had fun on vacation. Hope it was relaxing. I have "Instant Gratification" and can't wait to read it, though I'm waiting until a little closer to release day.

I'm glad you enjoyed "Fragile". Shiloh's books do work for me, so it's always nice to hear someone else enjoys them.

I'm behind in reading Robyn Carr. I've only read "Virgin River", and I liked it a lot.

Comment by nath on 4/06/2009 8:06 PM

So glad you enjoyed TR!!! :)

So, how was your spring break? Totally deserve it :) and how is the return to school? Painful I'm guessing LOL.

Comment by Kris on 4/06/2009 8:34 PM

My vacation was very relaxing, thanks :)

Stacy - I enjoyed IG, i hope you like it too. I was very happy that Fragile worked for me.

Nath - The return was not too bad. the worst part was getting up at 5:30 again.

Comment by Seneca on 4/07/2009 12:59 PM

LOL. I thought the title said 'Vatican reads lightening reviews'.
I was wondering what the Pope thought of some of these books, LMAO

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