Friday, March 6, 2009

Reading Summary: February 2009

I read a grand total of 4 books this month. Which is pretty much in line with my normal reading speed – leisurely.

Here they are, in alphabetical order:

1. Bound To Please by Hope Tarr

(3.5 out of 5)

read book info and excerpt at author’s site

The premise of this story is interesting. A female laird in 15th century Scotland. Newly widowed and childless, Brianna MacLeod kidnaps the younger brother of a rival laird, Ewan Fraser, for the sole purpose impregnating her. However, the sexy man she has abducted isn’t a stranger. They had met when they were teenagers and made a pact to marry each other 7 years later, only, Brianna married someone else while Ewan waited for her.

This is a quick and undemanding read. While certain aspects of the story seem a little far-fetched, I nevertheless finished the book. The heroine tries very hard to be a good and fair leader while the hero has a hidden depth – all good things that contribute to the general readability of the story. I like the author’s writing-style and I’m glad I have two more of her books in TBR.

2. Open Season by Linda Howard

(4.5 out of 5)

reviewed here

3. Savor Me Slowly by Gena Showalter

(4 out of 5)

read book info at author’s site

This is the 5th book of the Alien Huntress series, and my 1st book by this author. Not reading the preceding books did not hamper my understanding and enjoyment of this story. This is a quick, fast-paced read helmed by a human hero and a half-human half-machine heroine. Their love story is touching amid all the action-adventure that goes on.

4. The Warlord’s Daughter by Susan Grant

(4.5 out of 5)

commentary coming soon

And that’s it for February.


Brandy said...

Hmm, I haven't read much of Gena Showalters books. I liked the one she did a few years ago about the woman who drank the coffee spiked with a serum that gave her the elemental control of fire. I kept waiting for a sequel for that one! *g* I may have to pick up Savor Me Slowly, though.

Jace said...

Hey Brandy, this Showalter book is quite enjoyable ... a fine way to start a book by a new-to-me author. :) I have another 2 of hers in TBR - TO CATCH A MATE and DARKEST KISS. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree about Tarr's writing style. It's what made me read a couple of her novels some time ago (that, and because I really liked VANQUISHED). So, which other novels do you have by Tarr? *g*

I'm also looking forward to your commentary about Grant's novel. 4,5 out of 5 - very promising.

Jace said...

Hey Taja,

Turned out I have only 1 Tarr book in the TBR - ENSLAVED. *sheepish grin*

Oh, I've enjoyed the Grant book a lot. :) I'm in the midst of preparing the commentary.

Have you read any of Grant's books?

Anonymous said... had a sizzling month :)

I want to read something by Susan Grant. I have heard she is good...

Kristie (J) said...

Hmmm - I started reading Bound to Please but didn't finish it. No reason not to - I was enjoying it - except I put it down somewhere and I can't remember where and haven't been able to find it since *sigh*

Open Season - well you know what I thought of that one *chuckle*

Savor Me Slowly - Loved it!!

The Warlord's Daughter - I've started it and it's not that I didn't like it - and I probably will finish it - but it has three different storylines and I really don't like those in a book.

Jace said...

Violet: Try Susan's MOONSTRUCK. :) It has a great love story and thrilling sci-fi action/adventure.

Kristie: I hope you'll find your copy of BOUND TO PLEASE soon. :)

Yes, I agree ... WARLORD'S DAUGHTER is more complicated than MOONSTRUCK in term of storyline, plot elements and cast of characters. Susan expanded the Borderlands world to include a whole load of new stuff. I hope you'll finish it and like it in the end. :)

Anonymous said...

*g* Jace, I think ENSLAVED is a "sequel" to VANQUISHED. I always wanted to get to it because of VANQUISHED but so far, I only managed to read a few of her categories.

As for Grant, I really liked CONTACT, and I thought THE STAR KING an okay and fun read. I honestly don't know why I haven't read more books by Grant already. I like her writing style and I like scifi.

Jace said...

Taja, I don't know why I've got ENSLAVED and not VANQUISHED?! Do they need to be read in order? I definitely want to read these books.

As for Susan Grant's books, do try MOONSTRUCK. :) (Seems like I'm asking everybody who likes SFR to read it. LOL)

Anonymous said...

Jace, I put sequel in inverted commas because I was sure ENSLAVED was connected to VANQUISHED but I wasn't sure about the how. I'm sorry if that made you think "I need to read them in order."

On Hope Tarr's website, the books are listed as part of a trilogy ("The Men of Roxbury House Trilogy") and - they can be read as a stand-alone! :)

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts about ENSLAVED when you read it.

Jace said...

Thanks, Taja. :) I'll read ENSLAVED sometime soon, I'm sure. I'm in a historical mood right now. :D

nath said...

Ugh, I have Savor Me Slowly... Need to read it ^_^;

It's nice to read leisurely, Jace... sometimes, I wonder if I have a life, and sometimes, I tell myself it'd be much better to read slower and enjoy...

Jace said...

Nath, yes, sometimes it's just nice to slow down and savour every word. :) I just finished a re-read (hey, that's my entry for *your* challenge this month :D) and I really took time to read every word, and it was a beautiful experience. :)