Monday, September 25

Drive By Blogging...

Yikes, I can not believe it's been 5 days since my last post. Junior is in school full-time and somehow I seem to have less time. How is that possible?

So, I've finished 2 books in the last week, lost one and never wrote a review for another.

2 books finished (drive by reviews):

You Had Me At Goodbye -- Jane Blackwood. I was not impressed by this book, found the whole thing rather boring. Is this the book that the RT reviewer said was "nice"? Nice book, nice characters, boring story. Sorry, that's kind of rude.

The Gladiator's Honor -- Michelle Styles. I liked this book a lot. Love that it's set in 65 BC, love the gladiator theme and the gladiator, liked the heroine. Question some of the dialogue, but how the heck would I know what they would have sounded like--LOL. Am looking forward to more books by Ms. Styles.

Lost book = Everything's Coming Up Rosie by Kasey Michaels, I was actually enjoying this one and have no idea where I left it, last time I saw it was last Monday. It'll show up eventually.

The promised review was for Susan Wiggs' Summer at Willow Lake. I liked this book, but didn't love it. Nice separation story, camp sweethearts find one another again, this book probably leans a little towards woman's fiction. The setting was good, a camp in the Catskills, there was a few things that weren't "right" but not enough to complain about and certainly the author should be allowed a little leeway. There were a lot of class issues going on in the book and I didn't like or agree with much of them--do you have to be poor or hard working to be nice? Are all rich people snobs--or I should ask are all rich women snobs? Because it seems rich men can be attracted to poor women, but women born rich are all bitchy--at least the older ones were in this book, the young ones look to be future heroines in this series, so I'm assuming they'll all be nice rich woman.

Currently reading Just for Kicks--is that the title of the new Susan Andersen, it's not in front of me. I've only read about 20 pages, but so far so good. A while back Turn Another Page had a great quote from the book listed on their sidebar under "Hero Quote"--loved it so much I bought the book even though I'm not a SA fan.

Have a good one, and happy reading. I'm hoping to be more diligent this week and post something everyday.


Devonna said...

Tara ~ Great review on Summer at Willow Lake. For some reason I didn't really catch the class distinctions when I read it, but thinking back your are absolutely correct. I probably didn't catch it because I was too busy wondering "Now who is that character? Why is he/she in the book? Why do I have to read a chapter on these people? I want Connor back!"

I have Everything's Coming Up Rosie on my wishlist. Hope you find it soon!

Kristie (J) said...

Aha! A chance to prove my theory. If you don't look for the book, then it will show up just when you want to read it :)
I have the Michales & Styles books too but haven't read them yet.

Bookwormom said...

I'll have to look for the gladiator book.

As to being busier when the kid(s) in school? Yup. Totally agree.

Toni Lea Andrews said...

Ooooh goody, a gladiator novel. Why aren't there more of these? Totally fits on my fantasy buffet.

Jenster said...

Oooo. A gladiator book. I think I've only ever read one gladiator-type romance. Not an era you see every day. I'll have to check it out.


sybil said...

YAY you are back!

Marg said...

I want to get hold of the gladiator book as well.

Rosie said...

Life just goes like that sometimes. I quit work in June and thought I'd have lots more time. While I do blog more often, I don't seem to get more of anything else done. How can that be? *g*

Tara Marie said...

Devonna, Thanks, it was a long book, a lot of series building for the rest of the series.

Kristie, I'm afraid I left it at the salon when I had my hair colored--if that's the case, it may be gone forever.

Amanda, I was hoping to find time for extras when he went to school full time, how stupid was that?

Toni, Jenster, Marg--great time period, and a good story, can't beat that.

Sybil, I'm glad to be back.

Rosie, when you figure it out let me know--LOL>

CindyS said...

At least you are reading the 'meh' books. I've put two down after about 20 pages. Just bored, bored, bored!!

They say that retirement is the same way. 'How did I work with all the stuff I have to get done!?'

Hope Jr. is settling in better but I know you took a 'child-free' oath until things got better ;)