Friday, June 29

Vacation Reads...

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I'm not sure what it is, but when I'm on vacation inevitably I enjoy whatever it is I'm reading. Actually I finished the Quinn and Barton after we got back, but my brain is still in vacation mode. I probably wont write full reviews for each, but here are a few thoughts...

  • Never Lie to a Lady by Liz Carlyle -- There are a handful of authors that always work for me, Liz Carlyle is one. I am a huge fan of Liz Carlyle's writing style and voice. Once again she delivers a winner, with smart and interesting lead characters and visits from some old favorites. And honestly, is Kemble not one of the best secondary characters in romances today?
  • Son of the Morning by Linda Howard -- I reread this one after my husband finished it. He's promised to come up with a review. I think he liked it--he gave his brother a detailed synopsis and made it sound very interesting, so much so it was screaming for a reread. His last comment to me "The ending was predictable." I pointed out it's a romance it's supposed to be predictable.
  • The Secret Diaries of Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn -- I didn't know what to expect when I read this one. I didn't particularly like the last two books in the Bridgerton series. I'm starting to think I was in Bridgerton burn-out, because even though I didn't like the stories themselves, I still thoroughly enjoy her voice and style. This one worked for me.
  • Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton -- This was my first Beverly Barton. I haven't decided whether or not it will be my last. Which may seem odd as I liked the book, but didn't particularly like the hero--a little too alpha for me. Which in and of itself is rather for me as I've not yet met an alpha I didn't like on some level. For those who didn't like Dante in Raintree Inferno you probably wont like Judah either. I'll leave it at that as I'm probably going to write a review/commentary on the entire series.

That's it for now, hoping the hubby will have something to post in the next day or so.

Have a good one and happy reading.


Rosie said...

TM, I haven't read the Barton after unexpectedly reading book two of the Raintree series which I liked. I do have it though, but I'm too busy reading some other stuff right now to get to it.

I've never read Liz Carlyle. Guess I'll have to get her on my TBB list to try.

I just got the Quinn and can't wait to read it. Maybe after I finish the UNFORTUNATE MISS FORTUNES.

Giselle said...

Oh yay. I have both the Carlyle and the Quinn TBR. Will ahve to move them up.

Rosario said...

I'm planning to read the Carlyle and the Quinn. Carlyle's an autobuy (I've seen some meh buzz about this one, so I'm very happy to see you liked it), and though I've become a bit bored by Quinn, and didn't even read the last book, I want to see if doing a non-Bridgerton revitalizes her.

erika said...

Hey Tara Marie! I wasn't going to buy the second Raintree book but since I've been reading what posters have been posting about it at AAR and your post, I'm wanting to read it now. Love those alpha heroes:)

Jenster said...

I'm looking forward to the Julia Quinn.

So how many times have you read Son of the Morning?

Devonna said...

I just got The Secret Diaries of Miranda Cheever and am excited to read it ~ hopefully when I'm on the road next week :-)

erika said...

Ooops! Barton is the 3rd Raintree book. I hope to find it in the bookstores before the 4th.

Tara Marie said...

Rosie, I really did like the Raintree series, liked the overall story arc. Next up on my TBR is The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes :)

Giselle, Carlyle and Quinn are not only autobuys, they move to the top of the TBR pile.

Rosario, I avoid reviews for authors that are autobuys, because when it comest o autobuys I'm often reading for voice and style and that's something that either works for you or doesn't.

Erika, I agree--love those alphas :)

Jen, I can't tell you how many times I've read it, 2/3/4/5 times a year since it came out, that's sad isn't it--LOL.

Devonna--you're back, we've missed you. Enjoy the Quinn.

Erika, I knew what you meant :P

Jenster said...

I think you were the one who suggested it to me in the first place a few years ago. I'll always remember the stairway scene. :o) It was my first Linda Howard.