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blogger-under-constructionYou know how sometimes something goes wrong and instead of sitting down and dealing with it you just keep putting it off?! Then you blink it has been a week, you blink again and it has been three.  That is what happened to Novel Reaction, I keep exceeding my bandwith with my provider, which is not surprising given I have been blogging for five years and I LOVE large beautiful images. Because of my love of the images I now have to go back into my past posts and fix the images sizes. Not a truly horrible task but very time consuming. But my goal is to get things up and running smoothly on Novel Reaction soon. I have started to schedule blog tours and hopefully will be getting some authors on to share with us as well as reviving the books-to-movie challenge (goodness knows Hollywood seems to be only doing sequels and books lately, not much original from them directly). Sorry things have been so boring here, but read your novels a little longer and know that soon we will be discussing books and leading men and all things fabulously written.

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Do you ever find yourself lost in a series of books? It doesn’t even have to be the same series of books, you just find yourself caught up in the story, the flow of words, the adventure. Well, that is where I have been for the last couple of weeks. I would think “One more page and then I will go write that review I need to write or prepare a blog posting” and then I blinked and it has been a shocking three weeks since I last logged into Novel Reaction. I blame the public library. Seriously, any place that will someone to check out a total of 30 items at a time (print and ebook) is just bound to get a person in trouble. :-) And of course, because my son loves it (wink, wink), we have to go back at least once a week and I find myself behaving like Golem from The Lord of the Rings, grabbing the books off the shelves and petting them while whispering “My precious”. Honestly, this last visit I decided I was going to only get one print book, just one mind you! I am a strong woman. I have successfully completed Grad school, have passed the AZ Bar to become an attorney, both very difficult things that required disciple and yet, I am almost ashamed to admit it, I came home with eight print books and received an email letting me know the two ebooks I put on hold were available for download. *hangs head in shame* Apparently, I have no self control when it comes to books. Now for the more important question that I am sure you are asking yourself, what I have a read lately? Well, I am going to share with you some (just some mind you) of the books that I enjoyed, some of which will get reviewed some of which will not. I don’t review everything I read for two reasons, 1) I read ALOT and I mean ALOT (since getting my library card three weeks ago I have read 4 ebooks and 15 print novels not counting my reread of 4 books and 2 review copies) and 2) I want book reviewing to remain something I enjoy and so not forcing myself to analytically focus on everything I read but to simply enjoy the pleasure of a good book keeps it fun and interesting for me. Of course, anything amazing I come across I share with all of you. :-)

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (Second book in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy)

Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist—and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish… 
  
Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation—and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent. 
  
As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected—and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last… 

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter (First book in the Lords of the Underworld series)

They dared to open Pandora’s Box, and now must carry an eternal curse. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s incredible Lords of the Underworld series begins in a remote fortress in Budapest, where six immortal warriors, each more dangerously seductive than the last, are bound by an ancient curse none has been able to break. Journey through this dark and sensual world, where the line between good and evil blurs and true love is put to the ultimate test. Bundle includes: The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss and The Darkest Pleasure.

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love….

I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick (Second Book in the Vanza series)

It isn’t easy making a living as a lady’s companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That’s why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears—until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant.

Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions. He suspects his quarry is among the party’s guests—and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir. A woman just like Emma…

For Emma, the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger. But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth. Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the man of her dreams—and even her very life….

So what have you been reading this lovely summer? Anything fabulous I need to add to my TBR pile?

Recently, in an attempt to save some money by not purchasing every child’s book I see for my son, he and I made a visit to the Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library. I don’t know if it is because I spent way too much of the last twelve years of my life in University Libraries or if it is because I grew up in a fairly rural area of Utah (St. George to be exact) and my memories of the library are of a small library but let me say that I LOVED it!! Their children’s section is in a wing by itself with a large foam castle with “reading towers” inside (wanted to climb inside with a copy of a Nancy Drew novel and just read in a way that I always wanted to as a child), an incredibly large number of children’s books and, my absolute favorite, board books that you can check out for small children. (Which is fabulous since my son is not to be trusted with real books at only 8 months of age, granted you do have to watch out for the ones that stick but still, board books!)  I was delighted to discover that they offer a children’s story time for children under the age of 2, James and I plan on attending it a couple of hours after this post goes live.

While I could wax poetically about the children’s section and what they have to offer for even longer, it was really the romance section (and the covered parking, I live in Phoenix and the fact that I can park in shade means I will continue to drive to this library) that really sold me on this library becoming my library. Growing up in a smaller community, when I started reading more mainstream romance novels, I was devastated when I went to the library only to discover they had only about 40 books in their “romance” section and they valued them so little that you didn’t even have to check them out, you were just asked to only take four at a time and bring them back whenever. (This attitude towards romance novels and romance readers I have ranted about at length so I won’t bore you with that here but think about how that made this teenage avid reader feel about her reading choices but I digress!) From the rural public library I then moved to spending time at University and then eventually a law school library where I don’t think they even knew what contemporary fiction was, let alone romance novels. But the Scottsdale Library had 13, that’s right 13 bookshelves, front and back, of just romance novels. I felt like I had found some long lost friends! I gleefully started to wander up and down the aisles, desperately trying to decide what I could and couldn’t take home with me to read (and what I owned and didn’t own) but only made it through three before my chunky monkey decided he was done of the day. But don’t worry, I was able to find three books for me to take home before he became too distractive to other library patrons.

I am so excited to have rediscovered the public library and look forward to spending many an enjoyable hour there. Do you have library you love?

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Novel Reaction will celebrate its fifth birthday/anniversary (what would you call the starting of a blog?! Anyways I digress) this June. I started Novel Reaction as a place to just post the occasional review and author spotlight, since then it has grown into so much more than I ever could have imagined when I started it five years ago. I remember when I started posting a review once a week and I was worried about having enough to say that I could continue to regularly post once a week (Haha! I should know my ability to ramble on and on better than that!).  For awhile there were five reviewers besides myself providing reviews, as a result of that I had the freedom to be really picky about what was posted review wise (I was trying to provide more clean romance novels even though I read a lot of the mainstream romance novels) but about a year ago I lost all of my reviewers except one (Jillian) to life events happening (jobs, kids, etc.) at about the same time and I even took a break for about year while I took the Arizona Bar (twice) and was ill with pregnancy. At first I was really disappointed that Novel Reaction was changing so much but then I realized that it is just like everything else in life, there are seasons when certain things make sense and then things change and that is okay. Novel Reaction is going to be changing again (but in a good way) in that I have decided to review a children’s book once a week.

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I love books! Obviously or I wouldn’t be here weekly writing reviews. I find myself in the fabulous position of sharing that love of books with my son (he is currently eight months old) and it has amazed me how at even such a young age I can tell when he really likes a book or just is okay with the book. With me reading so many children’s books (and some of them over and over and over again) I realize, more than I did as a child, that like all other genres there are some fabulous books out there and some not so fabulous books. I decided that I wanted to share the gems that I have found with you, my readers. In addition to providing my thoughts on the book I will provide my son’s reaction (as much as possible) to the book. If there are any books I need to read to him please share, this is a new genre that I haven’t spent any time with since my youngest sister (Jillian who reviews here) out grew them.

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Why Ratings?
It is true you can't judge a book by its cover, you also can't judge a book's graphic content by its cover. NovelReaction's goal is to provide readers with a graphic content so they can make an informed decision regarding the books they want to read. (Also, to have a great place for people to discuss books.) So sit back, pull up a beverage, and read on!
Graphic Ratings*

1 = kissing
2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
5 = full descriptive sex scene

*I am rating a specific book by an author, not the author's style. If I am aware an author writes a specific way, I will let you know.

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