Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Recent Reads - Part 2

As I said, I've been reading quite a bit lately. This is the second batch though- which is really the first batch since I read them first.

The Power of Two by Patti O’Shea
Even though I’ve read this one before, I’m going to cheat a little and consider it part of the Keishon’s paranormal challenge for October. This is the third book in the 2176 series started by Susan Grant with The Legend of Banzai McGuire. Cai and Jake, both members of a special forces team, have a special relationship. Something to do with her being a receptor and having nanodes in both their brains and advising him on missions. I didn’t really understand it but I just went with it anyway. Jake thinks all along he has been mind talking to a computer but when Cai gets information on her parents mysterious disappearance, she goes to Jake to ask him for his help. He is stunned to realize all along that rather than a computer, his closest friend is a young woman. He manages to get over it and together along with the rest of the team, they travel to the raft cities to locate Banzai McGuire and her lover, UCE Commander, and Navy SEAL, Tyler Armstrong. She is also hoping to find her parents as she has reason to suspect they are being held against their will be a megalomaniac billionaire.
Obviously, since this is a reread, I quite enjoyed the book. I love both the characters of Jake and Cai. Even though Jake feels betrayed when he first realizes who Cai is, he get’s over it and becomes very protective of her. The sexual tension is great as they are both attracted to the other, but both fighting it. I really enjoyed this whole series and this was a great entry.
Grade: 4 out of 5

Mac’s Law by Sarah McCarty
This one was my first foray into romantica and while I had some issues with parts of it, this won’t be my last. Now – to discuss those issues without getting spammed is a challenge and just for the heck of it, I decided to give it a whirl. As I expected, there is sex and a lot of it in this book. However, one aspect was new to me and that was the amount of alternate entry – um – usage. I’d never read this before and decided very quickly that nope, no sir, never tried it, never will. And that’s probably even TMI. I had a bit of a head scratching while I was reading this book as to whether I was reading something cutting edge or I was just a dirty old lady. If I was 10 to 15 years younger there wouldn't have been any question. Anyway, on to the story. Mac Hollister is local law as well as a rancher. He has advertised for a cook and Jessie or J.C. Sterns is the one who has accepted the job. Mac has been thinking J.C. to be a guy and now way, now how, is he going to take on a woman for the job. Well, she finally talks him into letting her stay on a trial basis and before long they give in to their mutual attraction – again and again and again. In addition to… alternate entry scenes, there was also some laying on of the hand to the lower portion of the heroine which is located behind her, which is also something I’d never read before. And a third party viewing scene which was also new to me. It looks like they are smaller that printed books too which doesn’t leave as much time for character development – but then the same can be said for Harlequins and anthologies. I think I would have liked this one better without some of the alternate scenes, but overall I liked it – I think
Grade: 31/2 out of 5

Master of the Moon by Angela Knight
This was another paranormal for Keishon’s challenge. Unfortunately this was a DNF. I loved Jane’s Warlord and if she ever goes back and revisits that universe, I’m there. But this one creeped me out with its evil elves and satanic theme. I don’t mind violence – as I liked Jane’s Warlord – but this really wasn’t for me.

Dark Lover by JR Ward
I decided to read this one based on Sybil’s DIK review and the fact that this is one the books that everyone else is reading and I didn’t want to miss the reading party. Normally, as I’ve said before, I don’t do vampire books, but decided to make an exception. And I must confess I’m quite glad I did. I like this one. A lot. As most everyone has either read or is planning on reading this one, reviews are all over the place so I don’t need to really add my 2 cents – other than to say everyone is right. This is a good book and I will again break my vampire ban when the next one comes out.
Grade 41/2 out of 5


Jay said...

there was also some laying on of the hand to the lower portion of the heroine which is located behind her

I know you were trying to be google friendly but what? Is that fingers on (in) the bum? Am I reading that right?

I think I must have a sixth sense about these things, because, while I have A LOT of ebooks, I've yet to actually read one that features that particular sexual preference. Unless of course, I was skimming and didnt realize. Always a possibility with me.

Kristie J said...

LOL! Well, yes that too - a lot of it. But that particular passage I meant spanking. He liked doing it and she liked getting it. And in another scene he invited his best buddy to watch - ick

Nicole said...

Well, you can't say lack of word space was an issue since this book in question is actually longer than many regular print books. It's over 100,000 words. :-) So it's a hefty book, it just doesnt seem that way in ebook form.

I didn't like this one as much, but it's not too bad. Another "anal is the new virginity" book and that gets a bit old after awhile.

Tara Marie said...

The Power of Two by Patti O’Shea--I read this earlier this year and liked it very much. I still have her book for the Crimson City series on my TBR pile, I should pull it out and read it.

Mac’s Law by Sarah McCarty--I haven't read this one, but I would describe some of the EC's I've read as Harlequins with much more sex and in some cases interesting sex. You're probably right there isn't really enough time for character developement.

Master of the Moon by Angela Knight--I have to agree with your assessment. I finished it but it wasn't great.

Dark Lover by JR Ward--I loved this book and if I would be thrilled to get my hands on a ARC of the next one, I've entered to contests on JR Ward's website in the hopes of winning one.

Did you watch Lost last night? I loved seeing Jin and Sun's backstory. Were the heck is this thing going? I thought the people that found Sawyer, Michael and Jin were the "Others". Are they making us wait 3 weeks for a new episode??

Jay said...

Oh, spanking! I've read spanking. And now that I've thought about it, I've read at least one book with anal as well, it just wasnt an ebook. It was a Black Lace called Going Deep by Kimberly Dean. I just remember the woman used to be a cheerleader and she was "with" a former boyfriend - who hated her now - and he used the end of a pom-pom on her. I remember being more squicked out than turned on.

Angela James said...

Actually, Nicole is right, this book is around 125k which is actually longer than many mass market paperbacks.

And would you believe that the...uh...alternate entry sex is now considered "vanilla" in erotic romance? I wrote an RTB column about this, the more graphic sex in erotic romance, that publishes on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what comes (excuse the pun) of that.

Kristie (J) said...

Re Lost: No we knew right from the beginning that they weren't "the others". In a back scene from last year Jack and the leader chick met in a bar at the airport and we knew she was on the back of the plane. We've yet to see "the others" - well - other than their feet now.

And Jay - we are also talking plugs. I didn't even know there was such a thing. I've led a sheltered life I guess. I still don't know exactly what they are and can say quite forcefully I don't want to know.

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