Thursday, September 14, 2006

Some not so recent reads...

Hello everyone,

I'm a bit behind in my blogging... not that I've been reading a lot lately. it's more like books that I've finished a while ago and forgot to blog ^^; So I'll catch up on those. Lately, I've been so busy... started the new job. it's quite interesting, but I'm still figuring out what time I should work. The schedule is flexible, as long as you work 8 hours + 30 min. if you take lunch... The thing is the traffic... it would probably take 40 min. from my house to there if there wasn't any traffic... but instead, it takes me 1h15. To come home, it's even worse... can take me 2 hours ^^; One of my co-worker lives near me and she works 6:30 am to 2:30pm... It sounds strange, but at least, she misses all the traffic... but can I wake up that early? no idea... and then, I still didn't get the pass to get access to the building.

So yeah, I've spent most of my time in my car lately, not fun. Esp. since I can't read. Then, once I get home, I do this, watch that... and end up having no time for reading. sigh... if this is the work life, I'd rather remain a student.

Okay, enough about me...

The Comeback Kiss by Lani Diane Rich: 3/5

This book was a decent read, but I was a bit dissappointed by it. I've read some reviews of it in blog land and everyone seemed to enjoy the book a lot. Maybe I was expecting too much or maybe it was the mood in which I read it. So many stuff seemed unreal as I read the book. I know, it's fiction and it's romance... not realistic often happens, but in this book. I think it's because the author tried to tell a story and she wanted it to be realistic, but what she came up with... It really didn't grab my interest and makes me want to read it again. Howeever, the characters are quite attaching and likable and the book made me laugh at some point.

One Forbidden Evening by Jo Goodman: 3.5/5

So I bought this book after reading Kristie's good word for the author and review of the book. I've been reading a lot of historicals lately, much more than I normally do. So what to say about this book? I liked it because it was quite original... For once, the main character (female) wasn't a virgin! Yes! She even seduced Ferrin :P Anyway, the setting was quite a surprise for me and I have to say, it worked. What didn't work tho was the part where Cybelline went to the countries and Ferrin followed her, but under his best friend's name... The whole country part was a bit unnecessary in my opinion... Also, I don't agree with Tara Marie's opinion that the intrigue was superfluous. I thought it was a nice and interesting twist. I also liked the Cybelline's brother, Viscount Sheridan and so I'll probably look for that novel.

So basically, the story was quite good, altho perhaps a bit dragging in the middle. I enjoyed it and liked how different this book was from the zillions other historicals.

You Made me Love you by C.J. Carmicheal: 2.5/5

This book wasn't bad, but I think it wasn't enough. It seems she had so many characters that the author tried to develop that she neglected the plot a bit. I liked the characters because they all seem quite realistic. The setting of the books wasn't bad either, but quite frankly, I didn't like Simone, the dead wife. I didn't like the ending, because it was quite predictable. The murderer turned out to be the only one in the group of friends who didn't get any attention.... no much suspense.

Anyway, not a bad book, but could have been better. Also, quite a forgettable book. It doesn't impact the readers much.

So, last but not least...

Match me if you can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: 3/5

This is the book I managed to read this week and quite frankly, I didn't read it all. Why? Well, I read the ending, which I quite enjoyed. Then start the book over and didn't really like the beginning. So basically, I've read from the middle to the end :P
I liked Annabelle, but poor girl... to be stucked with that kind of family? Argh... I understand the parents, but even the big bros... all her family makes her sound like she's mentally retarded instead of , not independant, but rebellious. As for Heath Champion, he was an okay guy.... but what a work-alcoholic. Lucky they had that prenup contract :P So yeah, the story wasn't so bad, but the beginning wasn't so interesting either. You have the usual: guy's looking for a wife and he has an image in mind, but he ends up falling in love, altho he can't admit it, with the complete opposite of what he was looking for.

By the way, I know ppl like to read series and I guess it's easier for the author to write them, but please... when is it too much. I mean, how many couples did we have to re-visit in this book? 4-5? man... and she keeps introducing football players! argh! Oh, and Pippi (altho, very ugly nickname) and her cell phone fetish was hilarious. So was the Smurf part too.


  1. I love SEP, but that one wasn't my favorite of her books. It was cute, and didn't you think that sex scene with the bodyguard and the other matchmaker was very un-SEP? (Not complaining; just commenting.)

    My other two friends who read it said the same thing! We all noticed it.

  2. i'm not a huge fan of SEP... I've read some of her works, but nothing more. I liked the cover, so I thought I'd buy it... also, since Champion wasn't a football player, I thought maybe it would be only loosely connected. So I can't really comment on the sex scene :P

  3. I haven't read any of those books. LOL

    And I hate getting caught in traffic. Especially bumper to bumper. You can't really read in that. But I'm a huge fan of the red light read. LOL

  4. Ames!! You too!?!? Red light reading? My friends think I'm crazy for doing it! Actually, when I drove to Boston, I saw a lady driving and reading at the same time on the highway... hmmm... wondering if I can achieve that skill.

  5. Ack! I hate traffic jams. Oddly enough I used to love them when I was a teen because it meant I got to spend more time in the car. LOL.

    Sucks about the hours. I try to leave early so I don't get stuck in traffic. Of course, I live like 5 minutes away from work. LOL.

  6. See now I loved SEP's older ones ... I still read her new ones when they come out, but none make me laugh out loud like some of her earlier ones did!

  7. Driving and reading at the same time would be wonderful. Or, one could just listen to audiobooks. LOL

    Hey! Lightbulb just went off in my head.

  8. I'm glad you liked the Goodman book. I know she isn't for everyone.

    I have kind of a rough 4 books to a series rule. Once I've read 4 I get tired of reading anymore. That's happened to so many authors Kenyon, Quinn, Beverly, Balogh.

  9. Zeek - Yeah, it happens with a lot of authors... you know, as they write, they evolve into something different... just too bad.

    Ames - yeah, reading while driving is really a cool skill. I don't listen to audio-books because I have difficulty to focus on what I'm listening :P

    Kristie - hehe... except for the In Death series right? I guess I have more tolerance than you... I start to get tired of a series at around book 10 :P

  10. In Death series *head smack* Yup - there are exceptions to every rule *g*

  11. OMG Nath, someone from JR Ward's BB was berrating Dylan over at the Dishing Diva site (stay away, stay FAR away) and they were posting as NATH! I thought you went off the the deep end for a mo!