Monthly Archives: December 2012

Favorite Books of 2012 and a look back at Sexy Man Tuesday

It is that time again when I look back at all that I’ve read since last January.  I have been blown away by so many delightful books and authors.  I discovered Vicki Drelling, I am a stalking fan of D. B. Reynolds, I love what Courtney Milan does with a plot (and sex scenes, WOW!), Julie Anne Long never disappoints, and wonder of wonders my head has been in a basket for several years because I just found Susanna Kearsley.  If you want to see  all of my favorites for the year then just look up at the header-bar and click for my favorite reads.

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I’ve hi-lighted the ones published in 2012 with red, the others I’ve read this year but were published in the past.

**e-mail subscribers- click on the title of this post to go to the blog site.  Then you can click on my “favorite reads”.

And since we have certainly been without SEXY Man Tuesday for way too long, how about my favorite Sexy Men pic-posts of all time….sigh…. the mac a cheese picture is only sexy to 11 year old boys and the Connie Brockway novel is a sexy read if I remember…okay, so I clicked on the wrong pics there… I’m always slightly flustered when it comes to Sexy men. If you click on a pic you will get a slideshow. (again, e-mail subcribers, you may have to go to the blog to do the slideshow)

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2012 in review a “Thank You” shout out to all my followers and readers

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 72,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Holiday Romance- Tidings of Great Joy by Sandra Brown

Title: Tidings of Great Joy

Tidings of Great Joy

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance

Author: Sandra Brown

Publisher: Bantam, 1988,1998

Source: purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from amazon.com:

Ria Lavender is the last woman in the world to be swept away by a smooth line and a seductive smile. A talented architect, she’s just beginning to savor the fruits of her success when she meets a man who will change everything.

Mayor-Elect Taylor MacKensie is handsome, charming, and charismatic. Still, Ria never imagines that she’ll leave a Christmas party with him, or that, caught up in the magic of a snowfall and a bottle of champagne, she’ll give in to desire. Eight weeks later, Ria knows she’s carrying Taylor’s child.

To give their baby a name, Ria persuades Taylor to marry her—at least temporarily. But while Ria soon feels a surprising tenderness—and passion—for Taylor, she fears his prime concern is protecting his career. Ria vows to keep her distance from the man who holds the key to her heart…until life teaches them both a lesson in miracles—and love.

 

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Taylor is the perfect man.  Ria is a needy, anxious woman.  At least it all starts out that way. This is vintage Sandra Brown.  I felt compelled to turn the pages until it was finished.  However, the ending was disappointing and a bit unbelievable.  There was only a bit of Christmas mentioned in the beginning and the end.  Most of the story takes place at other times of the year. I don’t recommend this book as a Christmasy story but it is an interesting story.

 

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Holiday romance- Deck The Halls With Love by Lorraine Heath

Title: Deck The Halls With Love (A Lost Lords of Pembrooke novella)

Deck The Halls With Love

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Lorraine Heath

Publisher: Avon, Dec 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling:3

Description from amazon.com:

Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love.

In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he’s free to pursue her? It matters little, because she’s on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.

Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she’s always belonged.

First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith’s heart, once and for all.

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This was a quick read and perfect for this busy time of the year.  Heath makes us care for her characters with her well written prose.  It was clever of Meredith to ascertain if either of the interested lords were after her only for her dowry.  But perhaps she should have made sure before she loses her virginity to one.  Now that Christmas is over this will help you to hang onto some of that warm Christmas spirit while you relax after all the hectic fun.

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Holiday Romance- Deck the Halls With Love by Lorraine Heath

Title: Deck The Halls With Love (A Lost Lords of Pembrooke novella)

Deck The Halls With Love

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Lorraine Heath

Publisher: Avon, Dec 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling:3

Description from amazon.com:

Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love.

In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he’s free to pursue her? It matters little, because she’s on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.

Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she’s always belonged.

First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith’s heart, once and for all.

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This was a quick read and perfect for this busy time of the year.  Heath makes us care for her characters with her well written prose.  It was clever of Meredith to ascertain if either of the interested lords were after her only for her dowry.  But perhaps she should have made sure before she loses her virginity to one.  Now that Christmas is over this will help you to hang onto some of that warm Christmas spirit while you relax after all the hectic fun.

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Holiday Romance- A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Title: A Kiss for Midwinter(The Brothers Sinister Series)

A Kiss for Midwinter

Genre: Victorian Historical Romance/novella

Author: Courtney Milan, Amazon Digital

Publisher: C. Milan, Dec. 2012

Source: Free for Review from the author

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from amazon.com:

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can’t forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him…or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He’s been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he’s determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss…

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It follows The Duchess War. Each book stands on its own, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.

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It is just too soon to stop reading wonderful Holiday Romances. You are gonna love this one.

Since I read about Lydia in The Duchess Wars  I was anxious to see if her sadness could be overcome by a romance.  Of course, Courtney Milan gave me just what I was looking for.  I already knew Lydia from the fore-mentioned book but even if I had not, there is enough background given in order to thoroughly enjoy this novella.  I felt a deep sympathy for Lydia and Jonas.  They each had difficult circumstances to deal with and to overcome.  Milan’s writing is excellent.  She frames the story arc in a very clever way through Jonas’ dialog with Lydia. The setting is Christmas and a Christmas tree plays a role in the story.  I only wish this had been a full length novel. This is a terrific addition to The Brothers Sinister Series.

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Merry Christmas from Deet

Today I will be stuffing a turkey, making mashed potatoes to go with it and getting ready for friends to come for dinner.  It will be a fun day with good eats.  I hope your day is filled with good times and good people.

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Merry Christmas Eve from Deet

The night before christmas

The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there.

Clement Moore

Picture by Gyo Fujikawa

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Holiday romance- His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander

Title: His Mistress By Christmas

His Mistress at Christmas

Genre: Holiday Historical Romance

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Kensington, 2012

Source: Library

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 3.5

Description from amazon.com:

For three years, Lady Veronica Smithson has been perfectly happy as a widow — and thoroughly independent. Still, the right gentleman could provide the benefits of marriage without the tedious restrictions. And in Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, renowned explorer and rogue, Veronica is sure she has found him. Sebastian will come into his inheritance in a matter of weeks — if his family deems him responsible enough. There’s no better way to prove his maturity than with a home and a wife. But though the lovely Veronica will share his bed, she steadfastly refuses to marry. However, Sebastian has a plan. An intimate sojourn at his new country house will surely change Veronica’s mind. For Sebastian never takes no for an answer. And even in the midst of mischief-making relatives and unexpected complications, he intends to persuade his Christmas mistress that they belong together — in this, and every season to come…

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This was so well written with banter that evoked laugh out loud responses that I did tend to overlook the fact that it was a bit slow in parts.  It was still an enjoyable read and I do recommend it to all of you who want a romance with a holiday setting.  Yes, it was also a bit predictable but again it is so well done that I could easily forgive that small flaw.  Christmas is only the setting here so there is nothing else to bring forth the holiday in the plot.  If you are tired of wrapping gifts and need to relax with a cuppa hot chocolate by the fire then you will enjoy the tale of Veronica and Sebastian.

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Holiday romance- A Creed Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

Title:  A Creed Country Christmas

A Creed Country christmas

Genre:  Histori cal Romance/ Western

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Publisher: HQN, 2009

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Celebrate the holidays with the Creed forefathers—Montana men who built the family homestead and established a legacy of love…

In the unforgiving Montana wilderness of 1910, widowed rancher Lincoln Creed is up against more than rustlers, wolves and the coming winter storms. His young daughter has needs beyond the beans and bacon he can barely cook. Lincoln must find little Gracie a governess, a lady who can teach and cook—yet won’t set her sights on him.

Disowned for her refusal to marry, twenty-five-year-old Juliana Mitchell shares the love in her heart with her young students at the underfunded Indian school. When she meets Lincoln and Gracie, her response to the handsome rancher makes her realize she’s not against marriage after all.

She longs to help, yet the two orphaned brothers in her care need her. But in the season for miracles, Providence just might find a way to bring Juliana, the boys and the Creed family together for Christmas Eve….

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There are six books in this series, this one was written fourth but is actually a prequel to the remainder of the series.  It is a warm hearted story of tolerance, acceptance and love.  It glows with the kindness of Christmas spirit that we all wish for at the holidays and hope will extend through the New Year and beyond.  Ms Miller has written many romantic novels set in the western states of the USA,  this one is a lovely Chrismas gift to all of her many fans.  Well written, characters personalities well drawn and time and place brought to life; a recommendation from me if you are looking for a delightful book to put you in the Christmas mood.

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