Emerging from the Stone Age

I had so many problems with my Kobo ereader that I took a deep breath and decided to make a change. Bye, ereader. Hello, tablet! Now I can buy from any retailer. If there’s a sale at Amazon? Great. I buy through Amazon. If I want to use a coupon code, I can use Kobo. And either will work on my tablet. Hurray!

I know–I’m way behind the times here. But that’s OK. It still feels good to emerge from the Stone Age.

The Party Girl

Party Girl

I picked up Tamara Morgan’s The Party Girl after reading a little about it on Rosario’s blog.

Kendra Khuso isn’t looking for long-term. Her traditional Indian family believes it’s time she settled down with a parent-approved husband. Instead, she’s focused on building her business by day and then enjoying all the nightlife has to offer . . . until she meets Noah.

Noah Walker is happy with a solitary, sustainable life on a plot of land outside of town. He left a high-maintenance relationship behind him and he just wants to keep his head down and his hands busy, living off the grid and making no plans . . . until he falls for Kendra.

The attraction is mutual and their chemistry is electric. There’s just one problem: Noah’s best friend, Lincoln, is head-over-heels in love with Kendra even though she’s keeping him firmly in the friend zone. Noah refuses to break the bro code by pursuing a woman his best friend professes to love—but Kendra is determined to get her man, even if it means giving up the social scene for the simple life.

The main strength of the book is this: Morgan writes good chemistry. Kendra and Noah have a tangible attraction that practically leaps off the page. I loved reading them discuss their attraction and what to do about it in light of Lincoln’s feelings. The way this played out was ultimately very satisfying.

I was super intrigued by the idea of a hero that lived off grid. I was a little disappointed because of his reason why. I won’t go into details to avoid spoilers, but it’s basically in response to a previous relationship. *Sigh.* I realized I was judging the book based on the expectations I had going into it. Once I let those go and enjoyed the book for what it was, I liked it very much. The ending in particular was moving. The Party Girl: 4 out of 5.

Still, if anyone knows about any books where a character goes off grid (and not for some romantic suspensey reason), let me know.

E-Reader Scare

I had a bit of a scare with my e-reader last week. The latest books I bought were not syncing to my reader, and I’ve come to depend on my regular syncing. After doing some research on one of my favorite forums, I ended up uninstalling Kobo Desktop and reinstalling it. Everything transferred over fine, so all is well. It was a rough 24 hours or so, though, until I figured everything out. LOL.

In other news, yes, I’ve got yet another blog design. I was really missing the purple of the original design. I thought about having a new one made with my old image, but I decided that it is a little dated. So, a bit regretfully, I decided to set aside the old image and go with a new design altogether. I’m really liking it so far. Designer Blogs has some great templates for both Blogger and WordPress, so I definitely encourage anyone to check them out.

All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke

All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke

I collect Christmas stories throughout the year and save them to read at the end of the year. All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke looked promising, but I couldn’t finish it. And I won’t be picking it back up.

“Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson” is Delilah Marvelle’s contribution to the anthology, and it had a lot of things going for it. Older woman, younger man–I love this trope. Woman falls in love with letters written by another man is another idea I like. So I jumped into this story with great expectations. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. I think Marvelle’s writing simply isn’t for me. It’s quite melodramatic, and I couldn’t suspend my disbelief. The story opens at a party where Jane Robinson discovers that her husband didn’t write the letters she fell in love with. She confronts him; they argue; he dies. Afterward, she sells all her belongings and moves to a rooming house where Martin’s aunt lives. Martin, of course, is the man who really wrote the letters.

I liked Martin well enough, but Jane was another matter. I don’t get how she flitted through any social circle she wanted. She’s also quite prickly with Martin, a man she knew in their adolescence. I guess she was supposed to be spirited, but I didn’t understand why she couldn’t be a little courteous. And how realistic is it that she would turn down money from her dead husband’s brother because she wants to make her own way? I kept reading for a little while, but I soon realized I didn’t care what happened to Jane, so I stopped reading.

Enter Maire Claremont’s “The Twelve Days of Seduction.” It begins with Adriana on the verge of losing her position as governess to a duke. The duke, it seems, has learned that she “is nothing like a governess should be.” She is *gasp* a novelist. So she can’t be governess to his ward. But he will consent to having her as his mistress. And he kindly states that she can still see his ward, because they care too much for each other to be separated. For some reason it’s not appropriate for her to tutor the child any longer, but she can spend time with her after she becomes his mistress.

Ick.

I gave both stories a try, but this is a DNF all around.

Disturbed

Disturbed

I ordered a new Kobo. It was probably inevitable. I just couldn’t bring myself to switch to another device, and I can’t afford a tablet at the moment. So it’s on the way, along with a two-year warranty. I’ll reevaluate then.

I downloaded a book by an author I typically enjoy. I read it this week and did not enjoy it. It’s set in an unconventional time period. It’s also a setting I know a bit about, so I kept ticking off inaccuracies and things that seemed unlikely. That wasn’t the worst of it, though.

The heroine is raped about 2/3 of the way through the book. Frankly, if I’d known this, I wouldn’t have bought the book. I was of course disturbed by the scene but I was also disturbed by the ease with which the heroine overcomes this. Sure, she pulls away from her lover at first, but after one tentative, yet passionate interlude, she’s back to normal, more or less.

It didn’t work for me.

I have read a number of books where a heroine (and sometimes a hero) struggles with rape or sexual abuse from the past. I very much appreciate it when this process is shown as a process, and not a simple one. It seems inappropriate to introduce it more than halfway through a novella and then expect readers to feel it is wrapped up nicely by the end.

So, yeah, the book disturbed me.

Oh well. I’m moving on to the next one. Just haven’t decided what that will be yet. Any non-disturbing suggestions?

Decisions

The Kobo screen went kaput.

Kaput Kobo

I’ve been without an e-book reader for a while, and I’m finally starting to feel it. For months I just didn’t read much; I had no interest in anything but magazines. Then I started reading again but have mostly been rereading books or checking them out of the library. But now I want some e-books. And I just bought one, too. :(

So now I need to figure out what to do. Buying another Kobo is the path of least resistance, but I have doubts that it will hold up any better. I’ve debated the Kindle and Nook but am resistant to being locked into a specific device. I have irrational prejudices against the Kindle and I’m not sure I can get past them.

I could buy a tablet, but I don’t want to spend that much. Advice?

A Purchase

Made my first e-book purchase from Borders today. I decided to download Elizabeth Hoyt’s The Ice Princess. I looked around at other books as well. I wish e-books were cheaper in general. I’d love to get some more, but I’m going to look for sales. :)

Kobo

After five years of reading e-books and four years of having an e-book published, I finally got an e-reader.

Kobo

I’ve had it for a few days, and I really like it. It’s light, easy to use, and I’ve been getting a lot of use out of it. I’m finally reading many of the e-books I’ve had but just never got around to reading because I didn’t want to read them on the computer.

It’s not going to replace print books for me, but it’s a nice supplement. I’m using it a lot right now because it’s new, so I’ll be curious to know how much I use it six months from now.

TBR Challenge: Your Desire

Your Desire

After noting the number of books I have waiting to be read, I decided to revisit the TBR challenge. This month, the goal was to read a book with a copyright of 2006 or earlier. I selected Your Desire by Dee S. Knight and Francis Drake.

Two enchanting tales! In “The Artist and the Director,” wild passion competes with the structure and demands of a high-powered career. Which will win out? “Awards Night” tells of two people who give trust and share passion for a brief moment. Will one night change the rest of their days?

Magical? Yes! But then, it’s Your Desire.

This has been on my TBR pile for a while–since reading Knight’s Passionate Destiny, in fact–and it was past time I got to it. (To give you some sense of my TBR, though, there are at least a few hundred books I’ve had longer than this one.) I found it to be an quick and compelling read: 4 out of 5.

The first story set off my implausibility meter. Derica goes to a shop, picks up a dress, and goes to a work party. Along the way, though, she is mistaken for a model (because of the one-of-a-kind dress she wore) and ends up doing a photo shoot. Then she goes to the work party with Kailen, the other model at the shoot.

After the party, they return to Derica’s house for a night of passion. The next morning, Kailen is gone. Derica tracks him down, and they pursue a relationship. I didn’t quite understand why Kailen felt like he knew her well enough after one night to decide things wouldn’t work out between them. Things pick up when they get back together, and the story is plenty hot. There’s a sweet moment near the end of the story when Derica realizes what he’s willing to give up for her.

“Awards Night” is the stronger of the two stories. When Frank drives through Allison’s fence, he’s injured in the process and cannot see. She’s a nurse, and she takes him to the hospital. She plans to leave him there, but he has other ideas. She’s the only thing he has to hold on to, and that’s what he does. When he’s released from the hospital, he goes to her house.

I was a little taken aback by Allison’s initial attitude toward Frank. Yes, I get that she’s not happy about her fence, but once it’s clear he’s injured, she’s still a little prickly. My thought was: get him to the hospital, then worry about the fence. But this was really the only misstep.

“Awards Night” was a lovely story about two people who turn to and find what they need in each other. It’s a sexy novella that I found myself rereading after I’d finished it.

Both stories are framed by scenes that take place in a magical dress shop–and each of the women buy a dress in the shop. It’s a nice premise that doesn’t take over either story. Your Desire offers readers a light, enjoyable read.

Love This Cover

I have no idea what this book is about, but I love the cover.

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I like the pose and the misty quality of it.

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