Week in Review – 11/15/13

Week In Review Books

Welcome to the Week in Review. Each week, we’ll let you know what we’ve been reading lately, whether it’s super steamy Romance, our latest Young Adult obsession, or anything in between. We’ll tell you what we love and what falls short for us, too. We’ve missed ya’ll the past couple of weeks! Without further adieu, here’s what we’ve been reading lately:

Betsy: It’s been a bit of slow week reading-wise. I am still in Outlander world, reading the last published book An Echo in the Bone. The battle of Ticonderoga just happened and shizz got real. These books are big and chock full of history, romance, villains and heroes/heroines. Re-reading them is a great experience. I find new things every time. It’s like a giant tapestry with many colored threads appearing and disappearing, only to pop up later.

I did read a couple of other things, lest you think I only read Outlander. LOL. I’m still following and really loving Ruthie Knox’s WIP Truly on Wattpad. It’s an interesting concept (serializing) that she plans to continue. This one finishes on Monday and will be kept up through the end of the year and then will be published. I strongly, like if I could twist your arms I would, encourage you to read this. I love May and Ben. Also, I can’t wait to read the Roman Holiday series by Ruthie which will be published in chunks starting next month. I am going to be a ‘power reader’ and can’t wait to start it.

I also read a book our Ms. Kathy reviewed recently. Unbound by Cara McKenna. So amazing. A truly different romance that reflects both character growth and how beauty, inside and out, is in the eye of the beholder. It’s set in Scotland where the heroine is hiking the Great Glen. Circumstances bring her into contact with a guy that you could legitimately call a curmudgeonly hermit. Trust me on this, it works… so well. Oh, and it does have a very steamy and lovable man within its covers. Go forth and read.

Sandi: A slow week for me, too, Betsy! I did get a chance to read Taming a Wild Scot, by Rowan Keats. But! I’ll be doing a complete review for that later today, so I won’t say any more at this time except this: Niall MacCurran can sure kiss! Yes, yes he can.

I also read the American Colonial romance-with-a-dusting-of-paranormal Somewhere to Dream by Genevieve Graham. Of course, when I read it, I didn’t know it was the third book in a continuing series! It would have been far less confusing for me at the outset if I had known. I’ll have a review up for y’all soon!

Another historical I recently read takes place in the late 16th Century. It’s called Breaking Ties and it’s by Jo Grafford. You can read my review on Goodreads. I want more Manteo! Still! There are more to come in this series and I look forward to reading them.

I also started reading the classic The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I’ve never read this before, though I’ve seen movie adaptations. Dumas knew how to involve a reader through dialogue, for sure. I do enjoy reading his stuff!

Meg: I guess it was a slow week all around! (Except Kass, I know you were swamped!) I read AND LOVED, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner! I’m starting The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine today! I’ll let you all know how that goes next week! Hope everyone has a great week. I know I’ve got a lot of reading to do! 😉

Kassiah: As ya’ll know, I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks and I barely even know which end is up *grin*

Betsy: Aww Kass, we know you’ve had a rough ride recently. Glad things are beginning to settle down a bit. *hugs*

I was gonna update/change what I wrote above and decided…nah, I’ll just let you see where I’m at this week instead. Finished An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, then got the bad news that the next book’s publication date was being pushed back. *wails* Wonder how many times I can re-read it before it comes out? LOL. *sick puppy is sick*

I have started Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox, the first part of which, Chained, was released on Monday. I can already tell this will be more epic Ruthie. Looking forward to more.

I read Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards. Interesting YA mystery, thriller with a romantic twist. The premise of the story is that the heroine falls asleep in study hall and wakes up six months later and her life is totally changed. Lovely swoony boy named Adam. It was an enjoyable read. I also read another book, Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon. It was an easy read. Not spectacular. Curiously the characters were late 20’s or thereabouts but sounded and acted much younger. Or maybe that’s just me. LOL.

I did read an absolutely wonderful new historical romance by an author that I didn’t know, Meredith Duran. I am very glad I found her. I finished A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal and liked it so much I started another one called At Your Pleasure this evening. OMG the steam In a Lady’s Lesson was amazing. Wonderful strong characters and a really interesting setup. If you enjoy history with your steam, go read this one.

Kassiah: OMG Betsy! I loved loved loved Six Months Later! Here’s the review that we posted on Swoony Boys. It’s definitely one of my favorites and uhmahgerdAdam *fans self* Also, I ♥ everything by Ruthie Knox and can’t wait to read more in the Roman Holiday series.

MsKathy: I’m so glad you read (and enjoyed) Unbound, Betsy! WOOHOO! 🙂 I’ve been stuck at work a lot this week, but I’ve managed to start two books and finish three short pieces, all of which will be reviewed in upcoming posts here at Steamy Guys. I’m so excited to be able to read these and give everyone my thoughts, because opinions are my specialty.

I haven’t read much else lately, unless you count insurance paperwork (sound familiar, Kass? hehe! ILY), but I’m hoping to get several more short pieces and the two novel-length books finished and reviewed very soon. It always feels like so many great books are just on the horizon (and there are!!!), but I’ve learned this is simply a (wonderful) consequence of being a book lover. So glad to be here with my girls!

Kassiah: We’re glad, too! ♥

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xo-The Steam Team

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