Saturday, December 29, 2012

Governess Series

My Favorite Bride #6
My Fair Temptress #7
In Bed With a Duke #8
Taken by the Prince #9

All finished!

This is #7 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-books 6-9

Monday, December 10, 2012

Finish the Series Reading Challenge 2013

So I did this one last year and should finish at level 2. Although I didn't even tackle the ones that I really need to catch up on.

So once again-

1. Stuart Woods Stone Barrington Series:
Son of Stone
D.C. Dead
Unnatural Acts
Severe Clear
Collateral Damage
Unintended Consequences

2. Linda Fairstein Alex Cooper Series:
Hell Gate
Silent Mercy
Night Watch

3. Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan Series:
206 Bones
Spider Bones
Flash and Bones
Bones Are Forever

4. James Patterson Alex Cross Series:
Double Cross
Cross Country
Alex Cross' Trial
I, Alex Cross
Cross Fire
Kill Alex Cross
Merry Christmas,  Alex Cross
Alex Cross, Run

And only after these will I add anymore.  So I have to finish at level 3.
Crusin' Thru the Cozies 2013 Challenge

This is my first Mystery Cozie Challenge and also my first attempt at reading cozies.  I can't wait to get started.

I think I'll try to be level 3-I'm ambitious!
Since I am so great at keeping up on the blog-hahaha and about this time it's always a "I need to do better".  I do have some books to add to the list of the book series challenge.

Robyn Carr-
Wild Man Creek #14
Harvest Moon #15
Bring Me Home for Christmas #16
Hidden Summit #17
Redwood Bend #18
Sunrise Point #19
My Kind of Christmas #20-finished tonight!

This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 14
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 15
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 16
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 17
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 18
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 19
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 20

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Robyn Carr-audios

Thank goodness for the 30min ride to work every day.
Forbidden Falls #9
Angel's Peak #10
Moonlight Road #11
Promise Canyon #13

This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 9.
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 10.
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 11.
This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 13

Book 12 is a novella and do not have on audiobook.

Rules of Attraction and In My Wildest Dreams

Governess Books #3 and #4

Finished one in Feb and the other the first of March.

Loved both of them and wasn't sure about book #4 being able to carry the series since the original governesses' stories were told. But I was surprised by Ms. Dodd on her collection.

This is #7 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 3
This is #7 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 4

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd

When Queen Victoria threatens to reveal a youthful indiscretion if her friend, Devon Mathewes, earl of Kerrich, doesn't strive for respectability, the rakish earl approaches the Academy of Governesses to hire a governess and orphan to sponsor, thus lending him an appearance of kindness and decency.
Confident that she's safe from temptation since she despises rakes, Miss Pamela Lockhart disguises her youthful beauty and accepts Devon's outrageous offer of employment. But Pamela isn't prepared for the impact the handsome, blunt-spoken earl has on her heart. And Devon is fairly stunned to find himself attracted to the frumpy governess with her thick glasses and sharp moral lectures.
While the two struggle with their intense attraction, serious skulduggery is afoot that involves Devon's family bank. The perpetrators may be closely tied to the Mathewes family and scandal looms large on the horizon. And while he should be concentrating on solving the threat to the bank, Pamela and her endearing orphan prove to be monumentally distracting. In the end, however, Devon may have to choose between the two, and either way, the loss will be tremendous.

Second book of the series and I loved Beth and Pamela's story. They both were funny and bright and gave Lord Kerrich a run for his money.

This is #7 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 2

Monday, February 6, 2012

Rules of Surrender by Christina Dodd

Book 1 of the Governess Series:

In 1839 England, the newly formed Distinguished Academy of Governesses is a daring venture. Three young ladies--wellborn, beautiful, and poor--have decided to take destiny into their own hands and carve a societal niche as governesses. The Academy's first client employs Lady Charlotte Dalrumple to teach her untrained grandchildren the rules of proper English society. It isn't until Charlotte meets the children that she realizes she's also been hired to re-train their father, who left England at 15 for a life of adventure among the Bedouins of the Far East. Once she meets the handsome Viscount Wynter Ruskin, it becomes instantly apparent to Charlotte why his mother feels he needs instruction in manners--the viscount seems determined to shock her at every turn.

Wynter accepts his mother's edict that he pay heed to Charlotte's lessons in decorum, but only because he has plans for the lovely young woman. He needs a wife and Charlotte fills his requirements perfectly. But while Wynter is tutoring her in the art of seduction, Charlotte just might teach the stubborn viscount more about women and his heart than he'd planned to learn.

I loved it! My first book by Christina Dodd and what a great series to pick up.

The Governess Academy has just started business with 3 lovely ladies. First up is Lady Charlotte Dalrumple who is prim and proper but not only must take on two unruly children but the father too! Returned from the Far East not only do the children not understand English society the father Wynter seems to have forgotten it entirely.

The book is funny and clearly romantic. Sometimes you just want to punch them both out, but in the end all comes together.

This is #7 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 1

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bel-Air Dead by Stuart Woods

AWESOME- this book was filled with more action like you are used to in a Stone book. I didn't want to put the book down to find out what happened next, but you have to go to sleep sometime!

This is #3 of 2012 Book Series Challenge Book #20

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Strategic Moves by Stuart Woods

More action, less sex.....yeah I enjoyed it. Stone is just becoming more evolved and a deeper character. I like these books b/c they are so fast to read and just easy to get lost in the world of Stone and Dino!

This is #3 of 2012 Book Series Challenge Book #19

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lucid Intervals by Stuart Woods

Yeah again.....what can I say. A lot of people have a hard time with Mr. Woods giving Stone such an interesting sex life. They can't stand to read it, but if it didn't have the sex in it I would think what's happened to Stone?? That's the character! Stone could give Hugh Hefner a run for his money. And the idea that any woman would be able to say "no" to him....baffles me.Seriously I always enjoy the books because the antics of Stone and Dino just make me laugh. If these two were real, New York would just have to watch out for itself. It's insane.

This is #3 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge #18

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I have to start off by saying I've never read anything by Ms. Woolf. And from this book I'm tempted to read her biography. How hard of a life it must have been feeling and or needing to accomplish something as hard as writing a novel. To some authors I'm sure it's just an every day thing to crank the pages out, but to have to deal with your alter ego.....shew that's a mess.I also must say that I think you must be of sound mind and a non-depressed person to read this book, because in some places it just got me down. Way down too. The hours are just passing us by. Seriously, I'm freaking 38 and can't tell you where the time has gone. Why is it as adults the time flies by but when we're children the phrase: It will take till Christmas to get here and that means a long time? When we as adults know it's around the corner? I'm glad I joined up for this ring and totally forgot about being on it.Now off to the next person!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Kisser by Stuart Woods

Book 17 of the Stone Barrington Series. I swear if there was an "Elaine's" I'd be eating there everyday.
I think Stuart Woods is the funniest guy I've read. Although his books are mystery, his ideas about women, well they may be like that in the upper East, but down here in the south. Or maybe I'm just too sheltered. Anyhoo, Stone is great. His situations are always insane. I still enjoy reading them though and look forward to being caught up!

This is #3 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge #17.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Paradise Valley-Robyn Carr

I started this series last year and I really enjoy listening to it. Although the books give a synopsis of what it's about, since I'm sure they have to tell you a little about the book anyway. It's not like one story after the other, it feels more like one long continuing story that so far is lasting 19 books! It's a huge family of characters and it's like you never leave Virgin River. You never miss out on any of the characters developments or stories. I love it! On of the best series that I've "read" in a long time.

This is #6 of the 2012 Book Series Challenge-book 7.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Book Challenge-Finishing the Series

So mine will be at level 3

1. Alex Cross series by James Patterson.
4 books

2. Kay Scarpetta series by Patrica Cornwell
4 books

3. Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods
7 books (last one 4/24/12).

4. Alex Cooper series by Linda Fairstein
14 books in all-need to reread b/c I can't remember where I left off.

5. Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
3 books

6. Virgin River series by Robyn Carr-audiobooks
Need to listen to 12 books (last one out May 2012).

And I'll add any others that I start-I've got some in mind.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Series-I think I've found

Title: Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Debrorah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies and motives.

So I looked up Elizabeth George on and found that she has 17 books in this series including this one coming out. So I have found a new series for TBR of 2012. Yep that's what I'm going to do for 2012, as well as catch up on all the other series that I read and or introduced to. HA!