Friday, August 20, 2010

Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts

Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
3 stars

Here the back cover:
Determined to re-evaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish folklore--and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past...

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes--and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her--while they create a passionate history of their own...

This is the first book in the trilogy. I read these in order though the posts are out of order. I liked the story overall. It did time me some time to get through this though. Jude, main female character, and Aidan, the main male character, resisted falling in love every freaking step of the way. I know that there has to be some conflict with coming to terms with falling in love with someone you weren't even looking for but it became a situation where I was like "Oh my god...get on with it already!" In the end the story was a good one but this was not my favorite of the series Tears of the Moon took that spot. It had the conflict but not so much resistance that it made it a chore to read.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts

Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts
3 stars read 08/18/2010

This is the last book in the trilogy. It is now Darcy Gallagher time to get matched up. Now anyone who read the second book knew that Trevor Magee, the guy who wanted to build the theater attached to the family pub, was going to be Darcy match. And what a match they are. She is so materalistic and consumed with beauty and attention. He has all the money that she could ever want but likes to have order and logic prevail. As we have learned throughout this series both parties will try to resist the spark but that old Irish magic is too strong to resist. Lady Gwen and Prince Carrick are almost reunited if just these last two stubborn souls would just get out of their heads and into their hearts.

From the back:

Darcy Gallagher possesses the voice of an angel, the looks of a temptress, and the temper of a hellcat. She has always believed she was fated to find fame and fortune and assumed it would come in the form of a rich man who would someday appear and sweep her off her feet. And when handsome developer Trevor Magee comes to Ardmore to build a theater that will tie in with the Gallaghers' pub, Darcy thinks she may have finally found her man.

Trevor can't deny his attraction to Darcy, but he is determined to keep things on an emotionally uncomplicated level. Besides, he has business with Darcy as well, as he intends to sign her to a recording contract that will bring her the wealth and lifestyle she desires. But Trevor underestimates the determination of the otherwordly Prince Carrick and Lady Gwendolyn, who are desperate to make their final love match. The more Trevor tries to keep his distance from Darcy (emotional distance, that is, since physically they can't resist one another) the closer he seems to get to her. Still, it will take a life-changing event and the near loss of all that Trevor values before he can realize just how deep his attachment to Darcy runs

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
3 stars
Here's the back:
The sequel to the beloved #1 New York Timesbestseller, The Friday Night Knitting Club. At the Manhattan knitting store founded by Georgia Walker, the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club-including Georgia's daughter Dakota, now a college freshman-continue to rely on each other for help, even as they struggle with new challenges: for Catherine, finding love after divorce; for Darwin, the hope for a family; for Lucie, being both a single mom and a caregiver for her elderly mother; and for seventy something Anita, a proposal of marriage from her sweetheart, Marty, that provokes the objections of her grown children. As the club's projects-an afghan, baby booties, a wedding coat-are pieced together, so is their understanding of the patterns underlying the stresses and joys of being a mother, wife, daughter, and friend. Because it isn't the difficulty of the garment that makes you a great knitter: it's the care and attention you bring to the craft-as well as how you adapt to surprises.
This was a good book. I listed to this as an audiobook. The story was well paced and engaging. The characters were relatable. I wanted to hear about what was going on with these ladies and their lives. Each character has her own seperate story but you don't get confused. They are all linked through the yarn shop and its owner who has died 5 years previous. The one character that did bother me was Lucie, she has a daughter but decided not to tell the child father that he has a child. How selfish is that? Her actions cheats the father but most importantly it cheats the child.

Shameless Hoodwives by Meesha Mink and De'neisha Diamond

Shameless Hoodwives
by Meesha Mink and De'neisha Diamond
finished reading July 2010
There isn't much I can say without giving away the story. If you are looking for a drama filled book than this is right up your alley. The book follows 4 women each with different issues they are facing.
Here's the back over:
Hearts break, lives shatter, and liars prevail at Bentley Manor, where everyone sins shamelessly.
In the second novel from the authors of Desperate Hoodwives, four women will try to escape Bentley Manor — a place no one has ever left unscathed...

• Keisha married the high school basketball star, but now Smokey's addicted to crack. Unable to feed her children, Keisha feels that she's not only hit bottom but has taken her children with her. When Smokey's brother offers to help, will it come at the ultimate price?

• Takiah abruptly fled her pimp husband with her baby. Desperate to start over, she finds a hiding place. Living with Grandma Cleo means returning to church — but Takiah's salvation is the last thing on the pastor's mind...

• Princess is lucky to have found a ride-or-die friend in Lucky, who helps protect her from her mom's abusive ways. With a voice to rival Mary J. and Whitney, at just seventeen Princess holds a ticket out. But when Lucky is gone, will she have the courage to follow her dreams?

• Woo Woo has escaped the projects with her suburban husband — the type of man every woman wants. But she can't resist sneaking back to Bentley Manor for steamy sexcapades with her drug dealer boyfriend. It's not only WooWoo who has a secret...

I read this book out of order so I have to go back with that said though, it was easy to follow so you won't get lost. I'm going to let you all read this story on your own. But I will say this, Woo Woo secret was a shocker. I didn't see it coming and actually said "Oh ish!" out loud when I came to it.

*This is a urban/street novel. If you do not like reading very graphic sex scenes, drugs, and violence this is not the book for you.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Harry Potter Week

Over at Reading with Tequila there will be Harry Potter week. From September 22nd to the 29th there will be posts from different bloggers writing about why they love or hate certain characters.
I think you all know that I love the Harry Potter world so I will definitely check back to read these posts. I have also submitted my request for a post about Lord Voldemort. Is it love or hate? Hopefully I will be able to write the post and y'all shall find out. So stay tune for updates.
Also for those of you who are students in my Hogwarts Challenge I am working on a special nini challenge in November since that is the month the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Haollows comes out.