Saturday, October 24, 2009

CL Wilson about a Day Away!

So EXCITED!! I promise to be a better blogger after this huge paper is written as well, but I am so excited for C.L. Wilson's release!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

CL Wilson Wait....

Well, the Tairen Soul series has my heart, but it just seems like the wait is so long. My boyfriend always says I am too impatient and I am. Right now I am trying not to stalk C.L. Wilson's web page for news. Rather unsucessfully I might add. Can't wait for Queen of Song and Souls!

E. Lynn Harris died?!! Wow. Another gifted author and childhood memory gone from this world. I remember my best friend and me sitting on her grandmother's couch reading her Aunt Marsha's E. Lynn Harris books. We spent so much time together that Tina's family was my family so I use the "her" very loosely. We sat on her grandmother's couch and with one of us being the lookout,because we were way too young, and read his books. Another childhood memory gone. RIP, my condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends. For more on Harris' tragic death check out one of my favorite sites: Concreteloop

e lynn harris Pictures, Images and Photos

Laughing at this image

Why does Youtube give such awful stills. I mean I look like I'm going to take a bite of that book. Not to take up a post on vanity but...whew. That's a image that could make a thousand ships run the other way. Lol

Monday, July 20, 2009

L.A. Banks aka Leslie Esdaile's Take Me There

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I have always liked Susan Elizabeth Phillips novels. There is always so much humor and heat. Lady Be Good is about an actual true blood British Lady, Lady Emma Wells Finch. Here is the synopsis from

Lady Emma Wells-Finch is determined to cause a scandal. Nothing big, you understand, just enough to convince her pompous British suitor that she's not an eligible candidate for marriage. She's thinking along the lines of, oh, maybe a discreet tattoo. But when suspended Texas golf pro Kenny Traveler meets her plane at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, Emma decides that he's the perfect candidate to destroy her reputation.
Kenny, on the other hand--who desperately wants to be reinstated on the golf tour--is just as determined to keep a low profile and remain squeaky-clean. If Lady Emma weren't a close personal friend of the golf commissioner's wife, he'd never have agreed to squire her around town. Unfortunately for Kenny, his weakness for the British beauty is growing daily, and it seems as though Emma may have feelings for him as well. In a bizarre turn of events, wild man Kenny finds himself trying to keep the prim and proper British lady from causing a scandal the size of which even the lone-star state has never seen, and the results will leave you laughing with delight.
--Lois Faye Dyer

Now onto my review: The thing about Susan Elizabeth Phillips is that her best novels are farces that (minus the sex) could have been filmed by Carole Lombard. I really liked this novel and even though I feel like the last conflict was a little contrived and unneeded I still enjoyed this book. Kenny is hot, funny, and full of a heart he takes pains to hide. Since this is my favorite kind of hero all I can say about Kenny is yum! Lady Emma is prim and bossy, but she also takes up for Kenny when no one else would, even Kenny. This endeared her to me and helped keep her primness from being annoying until the end.

This brings me to the most annoying romance plot device ever. Unfortunately it is also the the most used. The "you don't love me so I must leave (hand on forehead in full swoon mode) device. I hate this plot device so much. Especially in historical romances, but that is another post for another day. The plot is brought down by the overused and irritating plot point. But overall this was a page turner and time well spent.

Pros: Screwball comedic plot with a lot of heart. Also three dimensional characters that you would not mind having a spot of tea with.

Cons: Only an overused plot device at the end.

So do I buy this love? Absolutely!! This book is better than tea with the Queen ever could be. If you have never read SEP before this is a fine introduction to a charming author.

Thoughts and Condolences on Today

Wow it has been a long time since I posted, but I was so busy trying to get all my things ready for school that I never had any time. Finally, I have time again. And I have a lot to say.
First, I would like to send my condolences to the families of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. I honestly cannot believe it. I remember when I was a little girl and saw Charlie's Angels for the first time. I loved the idea of women solving crime and being able to protect themselves and the other people around them. This might have had some influence in my love of Eve Dallas and I remember how Farrah Fawcett looked in the opening credit and her beautiful luminous grin. She will truly be missed.
Talking about Michael Jackson's influence in my life would honestly take several posts. I am a person who is dance challenged. I defy all stereotypes that say I should be able to dance. This did not stop me from trying to moon dance when I was in middle school. Disastrous. Absolutely disastrous. Does anybody remember that episode of Seinfeld when Elaine was dancing. Ok, now switch Elaine's image with an overweight Black preteen and you get the picture.
Even though I can't dance his music (which I am listening to right now) called me. I don't think I ever met a MJ song that I didn't like and I sang mama say mama sa mama mama coo sa without ever knowing the meaning at the top of my voice. And I still do. He was an icon, a legend.

Whatever demons that infected his personal life were never allowed to spill into his music. And at the risk of being a computer chair pyscologist, it was probably in his music that he was really free. RIP MJ.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Midnight's Bride by Sophia Johnson

Woo it has been awhile since I reviewed, but I just finished a new book,so here goes. This was my first book by Ms. Johnson and honestly it will probably be my last. Lets break down the problems first.

Here is the synopsis from Amazon: Mereck of Blackthorn has vowed never to love - for he is cursed with baresark blood and it runs hot. But he must take a wife. When he meets Netta of Caer Caldwell, he is willing to spirit her away from her father's violence, even if he refuses to give her his heart...With her father determined to be rid of her, spirited Netta cannot escape marriage to the heathen Mereck. But she soon learns that he is not the barbarian he believes himself to be - and his kisses fire her blood with a passion she longs to claim...

Sounds interesting right? Well it should have been.

Characters: The main problem is that the "baresark" curse does not really seem like such a curse at all. Mereck does not really suffer at all because of it. At the most it seems he just has a bad temper when Netta is endangered or when someone insults his birth. In other words he is like a million heroes before him, in fact he reminded me of an early Garwood hero, not a bad thing at all. Except just being a hero with a temper does not match the synopsis nor does it really make the story unique.
Lynette or Netta was the other problem. At times she was so stupid that I stopped feeling sorry for her. TSTL should have been her middle name. In the beginning of the story, when we see how her father behaves with her, it is easy to feel sorry for Netta. As the story wears on and her reactions to Mereck begin to grate that sympathy dissipates. Her reaction to Mereck after he saves her from an assault is not only incredibly annoying and naive but it does not seem true of the braver Netta we met in the first chapter. It is well and good that Mereck's "curse" was not really a curse, because Netta would not have been able to handle it.

The secondary characters were uninteresting except for Bleddyn and Meghan, who I really wished to see more of. I normally am not that big of a fan of the androgynous heroine, but Meghan was honestly the most interesting of the women we meet in the book. Elise made me want to give her a shake! She was forever hiding behind Netta. Elise's dependence was supposed to make Netta seem stronger I suppose, but in reality it made Elise look woefully lacking. Conner could have been interesting with a better heroine. Eric, a cousin we see every few pages, seemed to be in the story only to give Conner a reason to be jealous. The other characters were all right at best. The villain was another cartoonish deceptive fop. He was only so successful at times because Netta was TSTL.

Plot: Most of the plot was already gone over, but the story would have benefited from a hero more tortured.

Pros: Some of the scenes of the women discussing sex were kind of funny, though they got a little repetitive at times.

Cons: A weak, TSTL heroine, an un-tortured hero, and secondary characters not worth a second look.

So is this love worth the sale? If you got some extra money from income tax returns and you've read everything else available on a really, really slow day.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

Let me preface my review by saying that the first paranormal romance I ever read was Dark Desire by Christine Feehan. Before that book I was not too interested in vampires as sexual creatures. It goes almost without saying that my feelings quickly changed. Although there have been some repetitiousness in Feehan's recent work she is still an auto buy for me. Burning Wild did not change that.

Characters: The main characters were well fleshed out and their motives were believable. Emma was sweet but not so much that you felt a toothache coming. Jake was just as ruthless as a thousand Feehan heroes before (though is it me or are Feehan's men getting more and more ruthless) so no surprises in the main character department. There were some secondary characters that I wished had been given more space, although Burning Wild is a hefty tome already at 443 pages. The villians or "the enemies" as Jake calls them are completely cartoonish. There is no simmering menace, no carefully hidden agandas. The villians offer no surprises or twists.

Plot: The lack of a good villian made the plot stagnate in areas. While watching Jake battle his demons and Emma battle her feelings for Jake was pleasant, there did need to be given the boost of good suspense.

Pros: Oooh did I forget to mention the sex? Feehan's sex scenes are getting hotter all the time. Since Dark Possession, Feehan has been turning up the meter in the bedroom, or on the desk (read Burning Wild for the allusion hehe). The description of Emma's first change was also a plus, Feehan almost made me feel the wild taking over.

Cons: This is another is it me. But is it me or are romance authors starting to curse alot. By alot I mean far more than normal people actually curse. Jake cursed almost every sentence. I almost wanted Emma to wash his mouth out it got so bad. I'm all for a few dirty words in a hot moment, but Feehan took it to a very unsexy point. Also Jake's initial reaction to a traumatic situation concerning Emma had this book in arm slung back wall banger position, but I trudged through and I'm glad I did.

Is this love worth the sale? Certainly if you're a fan of Feehan and like a ruthless, dominating hero. If not, give this love a pass.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thanks for coming!

As already mentioned I'm Krys and this is my new blog! Here I will be giving my schpele on what's new (or old) in books (romance in particular) , music, movies, and anything else that comes to my mind. Lets get ready for fun ;)

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