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2014 Book Purchases: November

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

13-Nov-2014: O.M.G! There was some kind of insane Random House Australia sale at Kobo this month! I got tons of books for less than $1.00!!! I hope I like them!

 
 

Broken OpenBook: Broken Open (The Hurley Boys #2)
Author: Lauren Dane
Cost: $6.79
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 25-Nov-2014 (release date) 15-Oct-2014 (Preorder date)
Notes: I read & loved book one: The Best Kind of Trouble
 
 
Night ShiftBook: Night Shift
Author: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane
Cost: $5.51
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 25-Nov-2014 (release date) 31-Jul-2014 (Preorder date)
Notes: I have I mentioned that I’m a hard core, unrepentant Ilona Andrews fan?
 
 
The Other Half Of The SkyBook: The Other Half Of The Sky
Author: Various
Cost: $4.89
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: I bought this to support at least one of the authors who were harmed by WinterFox/RequiresHate/Benjanun Sriduangkaew – The link to the report is having some technical issues – a .PDF of the report can be seen here: http://laurajmixon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/A-Report-on-Damage-Done-by-One-Individual-Under-Several-Names.pdf
 
 
Operation ValentineBook: Operation Valentine
Author: Loretta Hill
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Dr No CommitmentBook: Dr No commitment
Author: Virginia Taylor
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Anybody But HimBook: Anybody But Him
Author: Claire Baxter
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Just BreatheBook: Just Breathe
Author: Janette Paul
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
One Little White LieBook: One Little White Lie
Author: Loretta Hill
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Love on LocationBook: Love on Location
Author: Claire Baxter
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Losing PatientsBook: Losing Patients
Author: Virginia Taylor
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
a bush christmasBook: A Bush Christmas
Author: Margareta Osborn
Cost: $0.04
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Continental AffairBook: Continental Affair (Continental Affair #1-3)
Author: Ella Dominguez
Cost: $3.49
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 20-Nov-2014
Notes: I read book 1 (free) and decided I wanted to read the rest.
 
 

 
 
November 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 12
Total Amount Spent: $21.35
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $21.35
Potential Sales Abandoned: 1
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $4.99
November Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -$1.35

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2014 Book Purchases: October

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

I’m surprised I busted my budget this month – especially since I’ve been more than a little infuriated regarding the situation with Kathleen Hale stalking and terrifying a reviewer over her butthurt feelings.

I have two pre-orders scheduled to be delivered in November 2014 – those I am not going to cancel. But I’m still pissed about stalker Hale and it’s put me off my books. I have a few reviews to post and a slew more that I haven’t finished. And I’m thinking of not finishing them – too many self-indulgent writers are bitching that bloggers had not right to “punish them” when the Blogger Blackout happened. Pfffft. I do what I want, this is not a job.

 
 
Twice TemptedBook: Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Cost: $7.19
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 01-Oct-2014
Notes: Currently reading book 1, now own 2/3
 
 
The Banished KingBook: The Banished King
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $3.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 19-Oct-2014
Notes: Because apparently I’ll buy anything Carolyn Faulkner writes even though I often end up disappointed. I’m such a sucker.
 
 
Fifty Shames of Earl GreyBook: Fifty Shades of Earl Grey
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Cost: $11.07
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 27-Oct-2014
Notes: Previously read sample and enjoyed – got an email for a signing that reminded me to grab a copy
 
 
Grace's DemonBook: Grace’s Demon (also published as Talus)
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $3.22
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 30-Oct-2017
Notes: I’m such a sucker.
 
 
All Hallow's EveBook: All Hallow’s Eve
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $1.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 30-Oct-2014
Notes: I’m such a sucker.
 
 

 
 
 
October 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 5
Total Amount Spent: $27.46
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $27.46
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
October Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -$7.46

Review: The Heat is On (Out of Uniform #6) by Elle Kennedy

The Heat is On

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As a Navy SEAL, Matt O’Connor specializes in Bad Boy. At least, that’s what he thinks…until he finds himself face down on the floor during a bank robbery, arguing with a sexy, bad-girl blonde who wields her sharp tongue with surgical precision.

Just like that, Matt begins to wonder if maybe the idea of settling down with one woman isn’t as crazy as he thought.

Savannah Harte is addicted to first kisses and whirlwind romances. Once the thrill is gone, though, she’s outta there. She’s eager to follow the adrenaline rush she feels with Matt into the nearest bed, but when tangled sheets begin to feel like tangled heartstrings, her first instinct is to cut him loose. There’s only one problem: Matt’s not going anywhere. And not even a steamy threesome seems to dull her growing feelings.

Which leaves Savannah having to decide what she wants more. The casual thrill of now…or the scary thrill of forever.

Product Warnings: This title features a hot threesome with explicit sex, a bad-girl heroine, and two Navy SEALs guaranteed to make you sweat.

Meh.

There was a lot to like about The Heat is On…but there was also a lot I didn’t like. And frankly, I’m going to chalk part of it up as a learning experience.

The Heat is On is one of those rare romance books where gender roles are slightly reversed. Savannah, the heroine, doesn’t like relationships – her drug of choice are relationship firsts: first kisses, first dates, first fucks, etc. As soon as a guy Savannah is dating starts getting serious, she starts packing her bags. This works for her until she meets the hero, Matt.
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Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned

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She’s a mortal with dark powers…
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I think I know how the heroine of Once Burned, Leila, feels: I don’t really know how I feel about Vlad. He’s scary, he’s handsome, he impales people, he’s sexy. He’s a freaking scary ass, incredibly sexy, horribly arrogant and domineering man…and I decided to re-read Once Burned in honor of the soon to be released movie Dracula Untold. The handsome man on the cover even has a passing resemblance to the actor playing Dracula in the upcoming movie.
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Review: Gotcha! (Tall, Hot & Texan #1) by Christie Craig

Gotcha!

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Macy Tucker was five years old when her beloved grandfather dropped dead in his spaghetti. At twelve, her father left his family in the dust. At twenty-five, her husband gave his secretary a pre-Christmas bonus in bed, and Macy gave him the boot. To put things lightly, men have been undependable.

That’s why dating’s off the menu. Macy is focused on law school, and putting herself through—which means being the delivery girl for Papa’s Pizza. But cheesier than her job is her pie-eyed brother, who just recently escaped from prison to protect his new girlfriend. And hotter than Texas toast is the investigating detective. Proud, sexy…inflexible—he’s a man who would kiss her just to shut her up. But Jake Baldwin’s a protector as much as a dish. And when he gets his man—or his woman—Macy knows it’s for life.

Gotcha! is the second Christie Craig book that I’ve read, the first being Divorced, Desperate and Delicious. I enjoyed both Divorced, Desperate and Delicious and Gotcha! – but they are both rather similar books. Both books have a police officer hero and a divorced 30-40 something heroine. Both books have the hero being forced to stay with the heroine (almost 24/7) due to some type of police/murder case and both books have the heroine do something so incredibly stupid (in the name of plot humor?) that it made me want to rage.

I really liked the hero, Jake, in Gotcha! but I wasn’t that big a fan of the heroine Macy. Macy was…a little TSTL and a little too stubborn about her police protection. She almost gets killed several times but refuses to take the necessary precautions to keep herself safe. I’m never a fan of that.
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Review: Parlor Games Anthology – Palor Games by Leda Swann

Parlor Games

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Do you dare open the door and enter a place like no other?

In these three historical tales of sensual awakening, nothing that stimulates and titillates is taboo, ecstasy comes in many sizes, and pleasure is its own reward . . . a world of seduction and sensation, where inhibitions are unlaced and desires long corseted are gloriously freed. . . .

Parlor Games – Leda Swann

An innocent virgin enters a brothel to escape starvation and receives expert tutelage in the steamy Victorian parlor games that rakish gentlemen indulge in. . . .

 

 
Accck! This one, I really disliked.

Parlor Games was the third book I read using my Scribd trial. Scribd introduced me to Jess Michaels via the book Everything Forbidden – and suggested this title since I read Everything Forbidden. As of today this book is on sale at Kobo for $9.99. Since this story is part of an anthology I that already priced – I’m still counting this as book 3.

***Trigger Warning*** This story has an attempted rape including the restraint of the heroine by another character.
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Review: The Best Kind of Trouble (Hurley Brothers, #1) by Lauren Dane

The Best Kind of Trouble

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She has complete control…and he’s determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly–especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved–and the only compromise is between the sheets!

I loved this book. LOVED.

I can’t put my finger on exactly what touched me so much about The Best Kind of Trouble. Like Mary Poppins, it was practically perfect in every way. The Best Kind of Trouble is a reunited lovers story – the best kind, at that. Natalie and Paddy didn’t break up on a sour note and they shared great times together. The Best Kind of Trouble is a rockstar story – which I normally avoid – but the story takes place in a small town that shelters the group from the constant attention of the paparazzi. The Best Kind of Trouble (and the entire Hurley Boys series) follow a rock group…but the series seems to be more about family than about stardom. OMFG. LOVE.
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