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Sweet Filthy Boy (by Christina Lauren) is out today...

And someone's Heroes & Heartbreakers quote, from when she did a First Look for Beautiful Player, was put on the cover page...


Can't WAIT to read this one!


Once Upon a Wager (by Julie LeMense)

Once Upon a Wager (by Julie LeMense - local D.C. romance author - w00t w00t!) was released yesterday.

From the very start, Julie LeMense’s debut romance novel, Once Upon a Wager, pulls no punches. This wager involves a botched carriage race, compound fractures, and instant death. Fools get what they deserve in this fast-paced Regency romance... Check out my First Look review at Heroes & Heartbreakers.


Monumental Monday!

I'm busy with reading, writing, working, etc.

The Washington Monument in D.C. is back open after the renovations from the August 2011 earthquake!

I've noticed architecture on romance covers before (esp. D.C., SF, Italy, Paris, or Sydney) and the Washington Monument always reminds me of this Harlequin Desire that I have waiting in my TBR list!

"What happens in the elevator, stays in the elevator, right?"  (Not if you're Jay-Z...  Too soon?)

Trapped between floors with his spitfire employee, media mogul Liam Crowe can't control the chemistry. First, Francesca Orr is calling her new boss names in the boardroom; next, she's kissing him! Now Liam has some choice names for Francesca: fiancée, maybe even wife. Because the only way to keep control of the scandal-plagued news network he's just acquired is if he settles down, and Francesca is perfect fake-fiancée material. But when she goes along with the plan, things get real—really fast—because there's nothing fake about Francesca….

Check out the excerpt from Amazon:
Figlio di un allevatore di maiali.
Liam Crowe didn't speak Italian. The new owner of the American News Service network could barely order Italian food, and he was pretty sure his Executive Vice President of Community Outreach knew it.
Francesca Orr had muttered the words under her breath during today's emergency board meeting. He'd written down what she'd said—or at least a close enough approximation-in his notebook so he could look it up later. The words had fallen from her dark red lips in such a seductive way. Italian was a powerful language. You could order cheese and it would sound like a sincere declaration of love. Especially when spoken by the dark, exotic beauty who'd sat across the table from him.
And yet, he had the distinct impression that he wasn't going to like what she'd said to him.
HINT: The opening line in Italian literally translates to "Son of a pig farmer"... 

But "Maiala" itself is sooo offensive - so of course, after reading the first line in Target, I threw the book in my cart right away, with the legit hope that Harlequin Desire got the swearing-in-Italian translations right!  
And that was a year ago. This will be the first book off my TBR list.


[Longest Romance Title of All Time! - or TSAOTSOTB] - by Victoria Alexander

Just out this past Tuesday (4/29/2014) - The Scandalous Adventures of The Sister of The Bride, 
by Victoria Alexander.

(Check out that scrunched title!)

Check out my First Look Review at Heroes and Heartbreakers


Remember that one time...

... I was all, "Oh man, 2013 was crazy - May through August totally flew by me! LOL."

But in my defense - honestly, for serious this time - the start to 2014 was no fucking joke...

We're talking ice-storms and four months of snow in D.C., major work BS (some bad, but mostly ended-up really well or "okay"), wedding planning (trying to carve out time for said planning - ugh), and a tricky new smart-phone, and Game of Thrones Season 4 just started, and I need to start boxing again, and blah blah blah... 

I can still shoot for the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge (at a super wimpy 25 books - and I have to remind myself to update said Goodreads).  And maybe I can post once a week...

*sigh* It does feel good to be writing something again.


Auld Lang Syne

Good lord, my reading challenges just flew out the window.
2013 started off great for reading romances... really it did!

The TBR Challenge 2013 at the Super Librarian's (but I'm signing up for the 2014 challenge),
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge (maybe I can do 50 books in 2014?),
Trying to post twice a week (ok, that will be trickier...)

Everything seemed great and then...

I blame all of May through August. Some of the best months for summer reading, and I just blew it.

On top of my other Herculean 2014 goals, I'll really need to do better about carving out more reading time.  And I need to be more stringent with my DNF intuitions; if the book isn't going well - just stop.  No more wasting time by avoiding a crummy book.  If it's not meant to be, just let the book go.

Ciao ciao 2013!  

Here's to an HEA romance-filled 2014!


A Holiday (not) to Remember (by Helen R. Myers) -- FAIL

I truly wanted to love this one...


I saved this Harlequin Special Edition romance from LAST YEAR.  It's from November 2012, and it was advertised to me as part of the "holiday" line of romances.

Since I didn't get to it last year, I saved this one - totally anticipating the day when I could read about her saying "I do," and then pulling the ring box off the pizza - like the most delicious topping of all time, cheese dripping all over the place - but she doesn't give a shit because she's so damn happy! - but NOooOo. This one was bland as all hell.

I will probably never remember the story. I don't even remember their names anymore. I know they were in Texas and there was real estate drama 'bout his ranch he inherited or whatever - and it was just awful.

I will only remember the cover. With the pizza solitaire engagement.

Also, not that it matters to every reader ever, but there are constant/consistent errors about the Marines and the USMC, so everything automatically feels fake to readers who will know.  There is also most ZERO chemistry / romantic development between the characters - suddenly we're in love and we can't stop thinking about each other, right?  I got three-quarters of the way through this book, and I realized too late, "Wait, this isn't getting good at all..."  I skimmed as much as I possibly could on each page - still nothing.

And lastly: This doesn't take place during the Christmas season at all.  It ends right before Thanksgiving.  WTF.

I had to give it one star on Goodreads.

Massive disappointment.

I want my four bucks and four hours back.