Winter has finally arrived, heralded by flooding down south and my wooly tights making an appearance – I’m such a sex beast, srsly. Below are a couple of books I’ve read, one or two of which I’ve had mixed feelings about. Sometimes that’s not such a bad thing though. Provoking thought and all that kind of palaver!

I finally read Mary Calmes series A Matter of Time, after some badgering gentle nudging from Kris. When I got the 1st book I had read a few chapters and found that the editing and the crazy, self obsessed character of Joey kind of did my head in. So, I didn’t even finish it. But, by the power of Greyskull Kris I went back and finished reading the book (then got the next 3 parts) and I’ve decided I quite like the series DESPITE the godawful editing, repetitive nature of some of the scenes, annoying bad guys and occasional shark jumping plots. I like it much because of Joey. He kind of grew on me and so did Sam. So, thanks Kris. You’re a champ. I have turned into a total fangirl for Mary’s work. She’s cool beans. Get the books here at ARe or via Fictionwise.

Hidden Treasure is the second book I’ve read by V.B. Kildaire. The first was a gorgeous historical called The Desire for Dearborne. Hidden Treasure is a fantasy novel set in the fictional country of Jarvoct. Nobleman and soldier Jaxom and Lord Dorian Pelias set off on a journey through the wilds to recover a treasure for their respective countries. Adventure and manlove ensue. The world building was good, but at times it felt a little barren. The romance between the two leads was also slow to unfold, however it made their relationship seem a little more well developed and the tension was nicely done. If you’re into long horse journeys with cute ponies, swords and smoochy stuff, check it out here.

More Than Make-Believe by Tymber Dalton has been one book that has left me with very mixed feelings. Travis is a straight college student who needs to make a quick buck after being cut off by his parents. Replying to a modeling ad, he gets offered a contract to do a gay for pay porn flick. Let the gay for you begin. Merow. While I could suspend my disbelief quite happily and get into this rather lovely and grubby tale, I found I had a real problem with the thought of someone leaping into a porn movie ass bared, ready to bareback. I know. It’s a book. It’s fiction, but this really got my goat I’m afraid and kinds spoiled the rest of the story for me. Check it out here.

Son of a Gun by AM Riley was pretty cool. Stefan returns to his home town to attend the funeral of his best friend, only to find that his death is beginning to look more like murder. It was written in that very epic, old home town with prominent local family kind of feel, very gradual unfolding of the story and plenty of time to get to know that main characters. Lots of the story is dealing with Stefan’s feelings for his boyhood love and finding clues. Just like Scooby. I felt it was also left open ended and I really hope that author has more in store for these characters. I love the writing, AM Riley is definitely an auto buy for me.

Best historicals from 2009

Many historical romances caught my eye in 2009 and some have been brilliant reads. I think it’s a difficult genre to do well, with some struggling to find that all to important believability factor which I find essential in making a book memorable and entertaining!

Below are my favorites from 2009, click on the covers for more information.

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