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February 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 88 - The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds.

A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.
September 18, 2012 by Greenwillow Books

I loved the first book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, so I can't wait to read this one! :)

February 28, 2012

Book Review: Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr

Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #18
Release Date: February 28th 2012
Publisher: Mira
Katie Malone and her twin boys' trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.
Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the sight of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.
In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.
I know Robyn Carr is a very popular contemporary romance writer, so when I had the opportunity to read one of her books from the Virgin River series, I was very excited.

I think it's always difficult to write a romance about a widow...specially if she has kids and her husband was practically perfect. I always want the characters to connect and have a beautiful romance, but also I want the guy to have a good relationship with the kids. In this case, I wanted to read more about the twins and Dylan together...they liked and accepted each other, but there was something missing.

But I still enjoyed it. Dylan was a great guy, even when he had troubles with commitment and Katie was very sweet and caring, but she was so hard to get! The romance was very sweet and had a couple of hot moments, and they were many obstacles to overcome. Dylan was the character I was most interested, he was a teenager actor and now he has his own business. I'm not sure what Katie does for living, except taking care of her kids.... Also, Katie's brother was sort of funny to read.

Overall, Redwood Bend is a light and sweet story about making decisions, commitment, second chances. It's easy to read, and if you want to read a story with a HEA ending, this one is for you.

More about this book at www.robyncarr.comGoodreadsAmazon, The Book Depository.

February 25, 2012

Book Review: How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling

Book Cover How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling
Title: How to Marry a Duke
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Series: How To Series #1
Release Date: January 1st 2011
Publisher: Forever
Age: Adult
Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...
Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
How to Marry a Duke is about Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, who needs a wife, and fast. He doesn't know where to start, so he hires Tessa Mansfield, a wallflower who works as a matchmaker.

Tristan has a list with all the required attributes his wife must have, but the most important is that she has to be desirable for him. He doesn't believe in love, which Tessa truly believes. It's difficult to find him a wife with so little time, so Tessa must do something scandalous but effective: a contest.

I find difficult to believe that a Duke would agree to participate on a contest (like The Bachelor) to find a wife. But ignoring that, it was fun. Tristan was looking for the 'perfect wife'. But all the available are girls, barely women, too young for him. And none of them ignited his desire, expect Tessa, the matchmaker.

I don't know why Tristan continued with the 'contest', because after sharing a few kisses with Tessa, it's obvious they should be together. Tristan is good looking, strong and very short tempered, while Tessa is very sweet and independent. They are the perfect couple, but Tessa has a big secret and Tristan is just too hardheaded to choose.

Overall, How to Marry a Duke is the second book I read from this author (I actually read the sequel first, How to Seduce a Scoundrel), and altought I enjoyed it, I still think it needs more passion. Tessa and Tristan were a likable couple, and even when the wife's contest was unrealistic, it was fun.

BTW, the next book, How to Ravish a Rake, is going to be released April 1st. Do you think I should read it?

February 23, 2012

Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop (International)

Hi guys! Thank you for stopping by my blog, Oh My Books! #12 at the Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and vvb23.

Giveaway: 1 winner is going to get Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber (ARC), Promise by Kristie Cook (Paperback and Signed) & Wings by Aprilynne Pike (Hardcover and Signed)

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News: New Book by J.K. Rowling!

I'm pretty sure you're reading about this on twitter, etc....but still:

J.K Rowling is publishing a new book, I'm excited! I loved Harry Potter, and although this book has nothing to do with my favorite wizard, I really enjoy Rowling's writing.

I wonder...what kind of book will be? It says adult....but I need more clues! What do you think?

February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 87 - The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick: The Darkest Seduction (LOTU #9) by Gena Showalter

At long last, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter unveils the story of Paris, the darkest and most tormented Lord of the Underworld….
Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.

Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.
Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart?
February 28th 2012 by HQN Books

I LOVE this series, so when I get this one I'm stopping everything else just to read it :)

February 21, 2012

Book Review: Homicide In Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

Homicide In Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
Author: Kate Carlisle
Series: A Bibliophile Mystery #1
Release Date: January 1st 2009
Publisher: Signet
The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn’t be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.
With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless—and supposedly cursed—copy of Goethe’s Faust for safekeeping.
Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless—but attractive—British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice…
It has been a while since I read a cozy mystery, and I missed them so much. Homicide In Hardcover has raving it was the perfect candidate to get my cozy vibes again.

Brooklyn Wainwright loves books, that's why her job is to restore old books. She's one of the best in the field, thanks to her old mentor. It has been a while since they talked, but the night they finally did (and left all hard feelings behind), he was murdered and died in her arms. Of course she's the main suspect and wants to clean her name, but she also wants to find the murderer.

I don't know why, but I couldn't stop thinking that Brooklyn looked as Sheldon's girlfriend from The Big Bang Theory tv show. I just couldn't help it! But anyway, Brooklyn is a great character. She's independent, very funny, loves to eat, and she's good at what she does. She has a curiosity for books that I can relate to... although mine haven't got to the point of stealing.

While trying to figure out who is the murderer, she becomes involved with hot and drop-dead gorgeous..oh, and British! Derek Stone. He's in charge of the security of the Goethe's Faust (the book her mentor was restoring when he was murdered), and he's going to follow Brooklyn because she's the main suspect, and maybe exchange some kisses :P

I had a good time reading Homicide In Hardcover. I thought it was very funny, with lots of LOL moments, many crazy/great characters and an acceptable mystery (but still easy to have ideas of who was the killer), I definitely recommend it!

BTW, have you read this book? Can you remind me how Brooklyn really looks like?

February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox # 63

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren


A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows {thanks to Cecilia @ the(EPIC)rat}
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons {thanks to Cecilia @ the(EPIC)rat}


Finally my books arrived, I'm so excited! What did you get this week?

February 18, 2012

Book Review: Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis, Maureen Child

Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis, Maureen Child
Author: Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis, Maureen Child
Release Date: March 1st, 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Age: Adult
The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire
For one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off—but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily…. 
Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis
Dr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off—and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good. 
Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child
Connor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers—and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!
If you like Irish men, this is your book. What's not to like about them? Hot, tall, dark hair, light eyes....

Kiss Me, I'm Irish is a collection of three different stories, where the protagonists are in love with an Irish man. In The Sins of His Past, Deuce is a famous baseball player who is back home to take the family business. Except Kendra, the best friend youngest sister is part of the business now, and she isn't ready to let Deuce take everything from her, again. Deuce was very selfish sometimes, but Kendra had some secrets she should have told a long time ago.

Tangling with Ty was a very fun story, about Nicole, a young doctor, and Ty, the architect renovating her apartment. Ty was hot and sweet, and Nicole was working too much. But Ty had some secrets and trust issues, while Nicole just didn't have time for life. They were very sweet and I really liked Nicole and her friends.

Whatever Reilly Wants is the story of Connor and Emma. Connor and his brothers have a ninety days without sex bet with his brothers. He's sure he's going to win, since he's staying very far from women. Expect from Emma, but she's a friend...not sexy at all. Of course, Emma doesn't think the same, and she's going to teach Connor a lesson, without falling in love with him!

I liked all the stories and really enjoyed them, but perhaps my favorite was Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child. Emma and Connor were fun, and I'd love to read the stories of Connor's brothers!

Overall, Kiss Me, I'm Irish was a fun and light book. Perfect for a day when you need a healthy dose of hot Irish men ;)

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 86 - Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

Waiting on Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I just love this cover and I really like a protagonist who can take care of herself. But, I'm not sure about the romance...I guess I will have to read it and see :)

February 14, 2012

Book Review: A Midsummer Night's Sin by Kasey Michaels

A Midsummer Night's Sin by Kasey Michaels
Author: Kasey Michaels
Series: Blackthorn Brothers #2
Release Dates: November 22nd, 2011
Publisher: HQN Books
Age: Adult
Meet the Blackthorn Brothers—three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.

Handsome as the devil and twice as tempting, Robin “Puck” Blackthorn lives for the pleasures of the moment. His only rule—never dally with an innocent woman. But when an encounter at a masquerade ball leaves him coveting the one woman who refuses to succumb to his charms, Puck realizes that some rules were made to be broken…

Scandalized to discover that the masked man with whom she’d shared a dance—and a forbidden embrace—is in fact the ton’s most celebrated rake, Regina Hackett vows to keep her distance. Yet when her dear friend vanishes, it is to Puck that Regina must turn. And as they embark on a dangerous journey through London’s darkest alleys, Regina will discover that beneath Puck’s roguish facade lies a man who will stop at
nothing to protect her—or to convince her to take a chance on an unrepentant sinner.
I read the first book from the Blackthorn Brothers series, The Taming of the Rake, and loved it! So I had to continue reading this series, and I'm not disappointed :P

Robin Puck Blackthorn is the sexy brother. Gorgeous, fun and just relaxed, he wants to be accepted in the London society as he was accepted in France. Of course, he's going to need a little help. But what he doesn't need is to fall in love with beautiful and young Regina.

Regina is young and doesn't feel very beautiful. Her own cousin tell her she looks like she's ready. She knows her father is going to sell her to someone with a title, but she wish to enjoy at least one night without anyone knowing it's her. So when her cousin invites her to a masked dance, she's in. But she wasn't her cousin to be abducting and Puck, a gorgeous man, to help her find her.

I really liked this romance. Puck and Regina where made for each other, and they knew it without any doubt. Regina was very mature and Puck, much older than her, was a little bit childish but fun. The only obstacle was Regina's father, who was a very bad man. I was kind of scared of him, I don't know how Regina and her mother could live with him.

I think it was a little bit obvious who was guilty from Regina's cousin abduction. But still, I wasn't sure the author was going to involve family in this mess. Still, it was interesting and I loved the new characters.

Overall, I loved A Midsummer Night's Sin, and I can't wait to read the next book, Much Ado About Rogues. Puck's older brother, Jack, seems to be so dark!

February 12, 2012

In My Mailbox # 62

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery #1) by Heather Blake (I really liked her other series, written under the name of Heather Webber)
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones (After reading so many great reviews about this book, I finally decided to read it)

From NetGalley:

A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray Weber [March 2012] (Pirates!)
Gentlemen Prefer Nerds by Joan Kilby [March 2012] (A nerd and a hottie?)

Free for Kindle:

The Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake
The Last Page by Lacy Camey
To Seduce A Rogue by Tracy Sumner
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom

I'm very excited about my books this week :) What did you get this week?