Friday, December 26, 2008

Books in My Reading Queue

Here's a little run down on what I've been reading lately and the books I have sitting on my nightstand just waiting to be read. I haven't been reading nearly as much as I normally do in recent weeks, largely due to my preoccupation with all that's going on at home, but I'm hoping to write some reviews over the holiday break, and read and review a few other great selections I really want to get to.

In November, I read one and only one book the entire month and that was an ARC of Maximum Exposure by Alison Kent. Alison sent me the ARC over the summer in exchange for the promise to review it on or before release date and for the first time, I've failed my end of the author ARC bargain and for that, I apologize to Alison. I still plan on posting a review of Maximum Exposure, however, and hope to do it this coming week.

Last weekend, I finally finished reading The Windflower by Laura London for The Windflower World Tour, and will compose some final thoughts on the book very soon.

Right now I'm more than half way through reading an ARC of Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian, the fifth book in the Midnight Breed series. It is the story of Breed Warrior Nikolai and his breedmate Renata and so far, I'm really enjoying it. The story arc is consistent with the overall series arc, and the relationship between Nikolai and Renata is developing at a realistic pace, which is so important to me. I'm also really loving Renata. All of Lara's heroines are strong characters and compliment their hero really well, but I think Renata just might be my favorite breedmate so far. She's a strong, well trained fighter and a survivor of the truest sense. But she's also compassionate and a bit vulnerable, traits that round out her character really well.

Next, I'll be reading Stranger by Megan Hart. I've had Stranger in my hands for over two months already and I'm really excited that I'll be reading it next. If you haven't yet read something by Megan Hart, I highly recommend you do, specifically a Megan Hart novel from the Harlequin Spice line. Megan is a phenomenal writer in a genre class all her own. Her Spice novels are a unique combination of romance, erotica and women's fiction all rolled up into one unforgettable package. Her characters and their stories will linger in your mind and in your heart for months after finishing one of her books. You can read my review of Tempted that I wrote back in February 2008 HERE. Also, Carolyn Jean of The Thrillionth Page recently read Dirty by Megan Hart and composed a really thoughtful and well written review that you can read HERE.

I'll then be reading and reviewing the recently released novel, What A Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty that I won from author Ann Aguirre in one of her amazing contests.

Jaci Burton has also had a novella released this week that I'd like to read (but haven't bought yet...). The story is titled Unraveled and is a follow up to her Unwrapped novella that I read a few months ago. I love Jaci's writing style and her novellas are the perfect way to spend a few hours reading a simply lovely romance.

I was also gifted copies of the first two books in The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop from my dear friend Amy C from the Romance Book Wyrm blog and hope to get to them soon as well. Amy and I have very similar tastes in fiction, including a love of straight fantasy that may or may not include any romance (gasp!), so I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this Anne Bishop series.

And last, but certainly not least in my reading queue is Desired Unchained, the second book in the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. I was incredibly lucky and won an ARC of Desire Unchained back in October during the online reader appreciation party given by all the lovely authors at the Writeminded blog. Although I did not review the first book Pleasure Unbound when I read it back in June, many of you know that I absolutely loved it and am waiting on bated breath for more in this fascinating world. Desire Unchained is Shade's story and is to be released on February 24, 2009, but hopefully I'll be reading it in another week or two. Score!

So those are the books on my current hot list and hopefully I'll be sharing my thoughts on them in the near future.


  1. You've got alot of ACR's! I'll be heading to the bookstore this week for a copy of Veil of Midnight!

  2. Okay, HOW did you get that Lara Adrian? I can't wait to read it. And thanks for the shout on Megan Hart. You know, I think that is reallly an accurate thing to say, that she is in a genre all her own--erotica, romance and women's fiction.

  3. Wow! I've got the same books in my queue, Christine!

    Can't wait to hear your impressions on all of these books. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  4. Christine!

    I'm reading Veil of Midnight right now and absolutely loving it. I started it yesterday and couldn't put it down!

    And, how lucky are you to win the ARC of "Desire Unchained", I cannot WAIT for that one.

    Hopy all is going well with respect to your home renovation and that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas.


  5. Wow sounds like you have a lot planned. I need to seriously carve out some reading time. I am really missing it!
    Hope your holidays rocked and HOW DID YOU GET AN ARC OF LARA ADRIAN? IS Harvard in it??????

  6. Isn't Renata just great?!?!? I love her character - and how she manages to get the drop on Nico time and time again *g*

  7. WOW! What a great TBR list Christine. Hmmm, maybe I should try the Lara Adrian books...

  8. I'm so waiting for those books! Not for Ione's "Desire Unchained" - the first one still isn't here although I ordered it early in December - but the others - YES.

    Happy reading! :)

  9. Let us know how you like Carrie Lofty's What a Scoundrel Wants, Christine!

  10. Oh I can hardly wait for the Lara Adrian book!

    I keep saying I'm going to read Megan Hart's work and I haven't yet - I know, it's terrible.

    So good to hear that you're getting some reading done within the chaos of your house being done.


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