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Review: Spell of the Highlander (Highlander, #7) by Karen Marie Moning

Spell of the Highlander

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It’s taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He’s not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering INSATIABLE alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass eleven centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it. For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he’s offering his protection—from exactly what, Jessi doesn’t know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed…

I read this book in early 2012 and really enjoyed it!

I flirted with a horrible reading slump during 2012…I’d pick up a book and put it down again. I was tossing books here and there…being very much a slut about my reading but receiving no satisfaction. Meh.

But I was rather interested in this book from the very beginning! Yaaaay!

There’s no need to rehash the blurb. What I can tell you about the book is that there was not a lot of eye-rolling moments. The hero – Cian – was very much an alpha male and the heroine was the typical big-boobed 30 y/o virgin. That part was rather meh for me. Also meh was the constant “insta-lust” that Moning has going on…but I think this will be par for the course with this series.

Other than the things mentioned above, this was a good read for me! The characters were engaging and the story line was interesting. The pages almost seemed to turn themselves…and in this particular reading mood that was hard to do.

4 stars but be aware of the tropes mentioned above. I certainly have plans to read the entire series so…RECOMMENDED! 😉

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Review: Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga #1) By Nora Roberts

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A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight…

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together–or tear them apart…

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. REALLY, really wanted to like it more. And I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it – even most of it – but the reality is that while I enjoyed aspects of the book the romance fell flat for me. Flatter than Flat Stanley. I just did not believe the romance…at all.
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Gatekeeper (Phantom Lovers #1) by Debra Glass *spoilers*

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Evil shadow ghosts known as soul collectors haunted her childhood nightmares, so Nashville PD criminal profiler Jillian Drew did everything possible to turn her back on her psychic abilities. But now her eccentric sister has been abducted and nothing in her criminology background has prepared Jillian for that tragedy-or for Benton Smith, the powerful and devastatingly attractive ghost of a Civil War officer and the only witness to Amy’s abduction. Fearful of the brazen specter, Jillian nevertheless needs him. Benton is her Gatekeeper, a spirit sworn to protect her from the soul collectors, who attack each time she unleashes her long-dormant psychic senses in an attempt to find her sister. Yet she must somehow keep the devilishly seductive spirit at arm’s length, for Benton’s soul is at stake-and succumbing to his desires could have dangerous consequences for them both.

OMFG. This. This shit right here. I can’t even…WTF.

So, let me get this straight. Psychic woman falls in love and has sex with earth bound ghost.

WTF. I can’t even figure it out cause it’s just stupid.

There are SO MANY spoilers ahead. Just don’t read this, lol.
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Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything.

What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an annoyed medium, her Tarot-card reading mother, an avenging ex-mother-in-law, and, of course, her jealous fiancé. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get more complicated, North shows up on the doorstep making her wonder if maybe this time things could be different between them.

If Andie can just get rid of all the guests and ghosts, she’s pretty sure she can save the kids, and herself, from the past. But fate might just have another thing in mind….

It’s an ok book. It sorta reminded me again that Jenny Crusie doesn’t really write typical romance novels. She writes novels that have romance. And she likes to experiment…which really isn’t that bad.

This particular book is a ghost story. It’s an interesting ghost story and I enjoyed it…but I think I would have enjoyed a little more interaction between the hero/heroine. I think that the story between Andie and North would have been much hotter without the rest of the story. But the story was decent and I enjoyed it.
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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files, #3)

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In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.

I have to admit that I never finished reading book 2: Fool Moon (stopping at about 38%) so I missed a few things.

Something is stirring up trouble in the Nevernever. Ghosts are being tortured – which is making them angry (and thus more powerful). This ghost torture is allowing more angry ghosts than ever to get loose to attack and kill innocents. Harry is in a race to find out what is stirring up the ghosts before it’s too late.
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