Rachel's books

I'm a registered nurse whose specialization is end of life care (hospice).  Reading gives me that escape I need.  I read primarily romance in all genres.



Out of this World

Out Of This World - Jill Shalvis

I shouldn't be surprised, there are a handful of JS's earlier books that just aren't that great. This is one of them. Rachel inherits a B&B in Alaska. She lives in LA and decided to fly out. I also put this down in the first chapter. Rachel was annoying and an idiot. I thought it would get better. Hint, it doesn't!
It's told in first person (which I don't have an issue with), alternating between Kellan and Rachel (which wasn't needed). It starts out contemporary switching to paranormal after Rachel gets hit by lightening and develops abilities. Make up your mind what you want to be! I wanted to throw book across the room (and I probably should have, it's a discarded library book I bought for 50 cents at the library sale). It would have been cathartic.
I should have DNF'd this. Skip it and don't waste your time. Her newer stuff is so much better. (Lucky Harbor I'm looking at you!).


Read this for the Railroad #3 square (travel across the US).  It would work for Railroad #14 too (suitcases on cover).  But using it for #3.  

Beautiful Danger

Beautiful Danger (In the Company of Vampires #1) - Michele Hauf

Domingos, a vampire, is kidnapped and tortured by a werewolf pack. He vows revenge and is in the process of exacting it when he meets Lark. Lark is a vampire hunter, hired by the werewolf pack to track and kill Domingos.
Both have not-so-great backstories. I liked that both were vulnerable. Domingos hears music and difficulty seeing when exposed to UV light. I really didn't understand how the Order of the Stake (nice name, huh?) didn't have a problem killing vampires, but let the werewolf pack get away so much before doing anything about it.
Decent and different.

Booklikes-opoly bonus rolls

Still need to pick and finish a book from previous roll, but hey, more rolls?!  Let's do it!

Roll 1:  11- #34 Tomorrowland 

Roll 2:  6-   #3 Railroad (this is now a theme....)

Roll 3:  12- #14 Railroad (and doubles so....)

Roll 4:  9-  #22 Railroad


Now off to pick books.......


Tamed - Emma Chase

Having read the first 2 (Tangled and Twisted), I was interested in reading Matthew's and Dee's (Delores) story. I knew they were a couple and got married, but I was interested enough to want to read their story (and Matthew is not Drew).
Like every couple, they have their Issues. Dee, I think, more than Matthew. Everything (of course) works out in the end. I did like the writing, it's snappy and interesting. I will say this, for the book it is, it kinda sucks when one of the best characters is a 4 year old girl.
The next and last (Tied) is back to Drew and Kate. No plans on reading (I've had enough of Drew). I do like the writing, so will check out author's other books.


Published in 2014 for #18 Carsland



1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Boise, Idaho!  We are on Mountain time, so 2 hours behind the East coast.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Mood reader, so I don't have one.  At now right now at least.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Anything chocolate.  I love ginger too.  And pizza.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love to read (well, duh!).  

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I want to read more.  I was disappointed in myself last time.  I didn't read as much as I wanted.  I'm also planning on donating something to one of the organizations listed on Dewey's page (I just haven't decided which one....)

Booklikes-opoly next roll:

On #16 Carsland.  Rolled a 1+1 (damn doubles)= #18 Carsland (read a book published in 2006, 2011, 2013, or 2014).


2nd roll (since doubles), luckily not doubles again- 3+4= # 24 Adentureland (set in Africa or Asia or animal on cover).

 #18 will be easy, will have to see what I have for #24.....


Bank at $29

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires - Molly Harper

This book focuses on Iris. She runs a vampire concierge service that happens to be the only one of it's kind in Half Moon Hollow. She does the things vampires don't want to (or can't) do. She was dropping off the contract for a new client when she found him on his kitchen floor. After offering her a nice sum of money, she took him home, putting him in the basement.
What follows is a dislike of each other that blossoms into more. I really liked Iris. She is sarcastic, fun, intelligent. She gave up a lot to be able to raise her younger sister when their parents were killed. I enjoyed the interactions between her and Gigi (17 years old). The interactions between Cal and Gigi was also hilarious. I liked how well he integrated into their family.
Cal was harder to like at first, but he got much better. Jane, Andrea, and Jolene also make appearances here. (Not necessary to read Jane's books first, but I think I enjoyed this more because I read them first). Liked the elements of botany in the mystery. The who-done-it was easily guessed, but I found I didn't care!
Looking forward at other books in the series, I see Gigi gets her own book! Unfortunately it doesn't look like she majored in nursing at the U of K like mentioned in this book. (Bummer, since I am one).


Booklikes-opoly:  #16 Carsland book has 356 pages

Booklikes-opoly Roll

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires - Molly Harper

Yeah for the rule change!

Rolled a 5 and 3= 8 to move me to #16 Carsland- read a book that page count ends in a 1,2,6, or 9.  


This book ends in a 6 (356 pages).

Enchanting the Earl

Enchanting the Earl (The Townsends) - Lily Maxton
A distant relative of Annabel's allows her and her Aunt to live in Llynmore Castle. Unbeknownst to them, he dies. A new Lord Arden comes to the castle to live. Having no where else to live, Annabel sets out to make Theo leave.
I really liked this. Both have Baggage. Theo's is both external (he is an amputee) and internal. He comes to the castle to hide and isolate himself. Other then that, the big difference between them, is Annabel LIVES. Growing up, her life was less than perfect, but she made the best it. I thought her outlook, allowed Theo to out up and find acceptance. I loved the virgin hero!
There is a second story-line with Fiona and Mary and a murder, but this doesn't overshadow the main story with Annabel and Theo. I also enjoyed that Annabel saved herself. Theo's siblings (Eleanor, Georgina, and Robert) are also a highlight in the book.

eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley.
For square #2 Frontierland; 240 pages= $3
Bank $26

Mind Games

Mind Games - Carolyn Crane

A hypochondriac as a heroine?!  Interesting, yes!  Not to mention different.  Justine was recruited to help "disillusion" people who are not-so-good.  When one is "disillusioned," their old self is broken down and when they rebuild, they are good.  

This was interesting and I'm glad I read it, but Justine got on my nerves. She was just annoying.  I liked the secondary characters.  Could have gone with less love interests; Cubby, Packard, and Otto (yes, there are 3- not all at once, try for 2 and you'd be correct). 

More on the world they inhabit would have been interesting.


Read for #9 Fantasyland, 371 pages

(one down, one to go before I can roll again!) 

Song of Scarabaeus

Song of Scarabaeus - Sara Creasy
Half Talasi, Edie was separated and lived apart from the rest. Edie was "rescued" when she was 10. Trained in biotechnology since childhood, she is responsible for seeding worlds that are inhabitable to humans, to make them livable. The organization whose goal is the colonize everywhere they can, is the Crib. The Crib also controls the resources to keep most of those terraformed worlds habitable and charge massive fees to do so. Edie realizes she is not happy working for them.
This started out well with Edie's kidnapping. But then, it lost steam for me. This was so easy to put down and pick up. I wasn't engaged. I'm glad I read it, but it was an uneven read for me. Certain parts were heavy with tension, then it resolved and got slow again. This is also billed as a sci-fi romance. It's heavy on the sci-fi and tech part. IMO, pretty much no romance. I really couldn't see Finn and Edie together.



From random.org:

Rolled a 2 (doubles)

2nd roll a 7 (and thankfully not a 3rd double).


So these spaces: 

Frontierland 2:  Check out the Shooting Galley

Enchanting the Earl (The Townsends, #1)

"Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man."  I'm assuming that means he knows how to shoot a gun.  This is an eARC I really need to read.


Fantasyland 9:  King Arthur's Carousel

It is between this one:Mind Games (The Disillusionists, #1)

or this one: Black Wings (Black Wings, #1)

I think.


I really need to finish the current one right now.  I know I won't be done with both of these (based on how much reading I haven't done this week) by the 17th, but hopefully by the 19th so I can roll again.  







Into the Fire

Into the Fire - Jeaniene Frost

Do not read if you haven't read the previous books in this series (there are 3 that feature Vlad and Leila).
I was looking forward to getting a conclusion. I don't think this was much of a conclusion. This opens up with Leila getting tortured. Again. The goal is to break the curse/link to Mircea. This leads to more revelations about Leila's heritage. I thought this should have been introduced and explored earlier, not in book 4. All it did, at this later stage, is make Leila more *special*. (Eye roll). Both Vlad and Leila continue to keep things from each other, to protect/because they think it's best. But at this point, fuck it, that is immature, ridiculous, and no growth- at all- in their relationship. I didn't appreciate Leila's treatment of Gretchen. Gretchen's story-line was abrupt.
Then after all that, there still is the curse. This didn't feel like an end. I'm so over it.
The bright spot was Ian. I am looking forward to his book(s). I missed Cat and Bones. If I had read this series first, before Night Huntress, I probably wouldn't have bothered. Lowest rating ever for a JF book.

Alpha One

Alpha One - Cynthia Eden
Juliana is a senator's daughter. Her dear old dad isn't a good person and has done things. Things of a criminal nature. Logan went into the military. His dad was a drunk driver who killed someone (and himself).
This had good suspense, with some TSTL moments, but nothing bad. I liked finding out what Julie and Logan's history was. Logan does get overbearing at times, but Julie holds her own.


Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean

Bah humbug!
New author for me, thought I'd like, but man, I wasn't crazy about this book!
Callie just wants to live, so she is going to break some rules! My main issue is, I didn't connect to either character. I wasn't cheering for their story. I really didn't care. I don't know if it's the writing, my mood, or what.
One takeaway- I really want to know what, exactly, Callie used to bind her chest. I would never be able to bind mine enough to pass as a man (and as the books said, she is well-endowed)!

Releasing the Hunter

Releasing the Hunter - Vivi Anna
Pleasantly surprised with this. Ivy is a demon hunter whose brother disappeared 3 years ago. While at a job, she runs into Ronan. Ronan is a half-demon, turned against his will. Ronan wants to find Quinn for his own reasons. I liked the directions this want. Ivy realized that not everything is black and white. Nice wrap-up. Looking forward to next book about Quinn (who needs to learn his own lessson) and Daeva.


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