Romancing the Weekends: Patti’s in a ‘Book Funk’

I have not been able to finish a book for the last two weeks.  Well, that’s not true, I did finish (and enjoy) Rachel Caine’s ‘Fall of Night‘ (Morganville #13).  BUT, aside from that…nothing.  I have started and stopped no less than 10 books and haven’t been able to get past 25%, if that.

I think part of my problem is that things have been crazy at work and I’ve been working overtime, coming home and not being in the right frame of mind to enjoy a book.  Well, today starts my vacation, so I’ve decided to bring a few books with me, hoping vacay will ‘bust the funk’, so to speak 🙂  I’m trying to mix it up – the only constant is that it has to be romance.

Here’s what I’m bringing:


[frame align=”left”]An English Bride in Scotland[/frame]


Title: An English Bride in Scotland
Author: Lyndsay Sands
Type: Historical Romance
Published: June 25, 2013 by Avon
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The Blurb:
The first in a new historical series set in the Highlands of Scotland, from Lynsay Sands, the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau vampire series and countless historical romances.

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun when her mother suddenly arrives at the Abbey to take her home… so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed!

But from the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy sweet bride… and the fact that she’s blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he’ll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel’s not the bride he planned for, she’s the only woman he desires…

I’m not really a fan of historical romance, but if there are highlanders, clan wars, and ‘forced marriage’ tropes.  I think this one’s going to be good.

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[frame align=”left”]Tangled[/frame]


Title: Tangled (Tangled #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Type: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 19, 2013 by Omnific
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The Blurb:
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

Sometimes I just like to read about an asshole hero who’s changed by the love of a good woman.  Not sure what that says about me, but there it is.

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[frame align=”left”]The Fine Art of Truth or Dare[/frame]


Title: The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
Author: Melissa Jensen
Type: Young Adult
Published: February 16, 2012 by Speak
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The Blurb:
Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

I bought this a few months ago and it’s been sitting on my shelf.  The blurb kind of makes me think of ‘Anna and the French Kiss‘  by Stephanie Perkins, which I absolutely adored, so hopefully I’ll be swooning over this one too!

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[frame align=”left”]Royal Street[/frame]


Title: Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1)
Author: Suzanne Johnson
Type: Paranormal
Published: April 10, 2012 by Tor
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The Blurb:
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ’s boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

This is another book I’ve had for a while.  Parajunkee gives it great raves, and since it’s set in New Orleans I’m definitely interested.  I don’t think there’s much romance though, which is the reason I’ve hesitated to read it.  I met the author while she was vising NOLA, so I’ll be bringing my signed copy on vacation.

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Well, I think I’ve got a pretty good variety there. Anything you can recommend?  Something I shouldn’t leave home without?