March 2007: Book Reviews

This is an archive of my shorter book reviews and notes, which historically have been posted over at the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal, but which I’m starting to move over here. I’m posting them with altered date-stamps, but they might show up in my LiveJournal cross-post anyway. Bear with me, please.

Note: Many of these books also have full reviews available in the book review podcast (RSS).

#12: A Scandalous Mistress by Juliet Landon. A widow takes a lover (Regency romance).

#13: The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James. Another widow takes a lover (Recency romance).
#14: A Hard Man to Love by Kathleen Lawless. A widow takes a lover (modern romance/porn). Frankly, this was more porn than romance. *shrug*
#15: Florence of Arabia by Christopher Buckley. Unabridged audiobook. A socio-political romp on the wild side of a fictional repressive Middle Eastern culture.
#16: Just One of Those Flings by Candice Hern. Those Regency widows sure do get around.
#17: Once More, With Feeling by Victoria Coren, Charlie Skelton. REALLY porn. Sort of. This is a docu-book about making a porn movie. Sadly, the movie in question sounds hilarious, and was never released.
#18: The Charmer by Celeste Bradley. I’m a fan of Bradley’s romance novels, but I think I like the Royal Four series a bit better. This one: a young female spy encounters with a rival.
#19: The Testament by John Grisham. Unabridged audiobook, read by my favorite audiobook reader. A novel about the legal wrangling of an uber-wealthy family.
#20: In the Thrill of the Night by Candice Hern. Widows. Regency. Can you guess what happens?
#21: The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen. I guess I felt guilty about reading so much smut. 😉
#22: In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce. Unabridged audiobook. A nice, wholesome YA book about a young woman trying to become a knight. It’s good. Silence by Sarah Roche-Mahdi is better.
#23: Where There’s a Will by Day Leclaire. An aunt tries to play match-maker from beyond the grave. This was… meh. Not so great a book, to be honest.
#24: After Dinner Games: 40 Of the Greatest After Dinner Games by Lagoon Books. A set of games and naughty tricks to play. Kind of like party games for grown ups. Or not-so-grownups. Probably more fun when intoxicated. I found one in here that I’ll use with my Toastmasters club, though, so it’s a win.

My computer’s hard drive while I was writing up this list last weekend, so all my nice notes about the books got hosed. I’ve tried to recreate them here, and I did remember at least one that I had originally forgotten, so that’s good. 🙂