WELCOME to the Small Book Blog! I am a voracious reader. I love losing myself in books and cannot wait to read myself into my next adventure. It is because of this love for books that I created this blog. I want to share my passion of books with you! I hope you enjoy my recommendations and reviews. My goal is that they will lead you to a new book, series or author, that you can fall in love with and recommend to others as well.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Author Becky Banks Visits!

A legendary Tour with author Becky banks &
Book Giveaway!
Enter for your chance to win:

Leave your name  for a chance to win a personalized autographed copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch by Becky Banks. The drawing will happen on the last day of the Legendary Book Tour . check back on friday when the winners are announced!
Check out the Author Corner for The Small Book Blog’s interview with author Becky Banks!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Don’t forget:
A Legendary tour with
Author Becky banks
& Book Giveaway Happens Monday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lora Leigh's Midnight Sins

This is a very dirty and naughty book. I was actually a little floored by how explicit it is. For a person who has read multiple Lora Leigh books, I was taken by surprise and not necessarily in the “turned on” intended way. About halfway through, after A LOT of explicit “bedroom” scenes (when they made it there) the book starts focusing on the actually plot and not just how creamy Rafer makes Cami or how much Rafer needed Cami to milk him. (Yes, from the book, not me…Don’t even ask my thoughts on the number of times Rafer warns Cami he is going to “paddle that ass”) Once the plot starts getting some focus it was interesting, not great, but I think the seeds are set for readers to want to get the next book to find out who is behind all the evil the Callahan’s have endured and the current terror running amok.

Beyond that I found two other things that were off-putting to my enjoyment of the novel. One is that there seemed to be a redundancy in statements and information that, for me, turned out to be an obnoxious habit in the writing. It has nothing to do with the characters; it's actually how the author wrote it. It read as though the author had written the different scenes separately and pieced them together. They were disjointed enough I wonder about the editing. My other issue was the editing. There were quite a few typos and punctuation missed throughout the novel. It was all I could do to not get a pen and correct them as I found them.
Those being said do not let this novel stop you from reading Lora Leigh if you want something more erotic and thrilling to read.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Kiss An Angel

This was a delightful book. At the very beginning it feels like you are plunged into the middle of the story and feeling a little bit lost, however, as the story progresses you realize it is because that’s how the characters are feeling too…out of sorts and going into unknown territory. Daisy Devreaux is a pretty, flighty and highly underestimated woman with nothing but love and kindness to share with people. She is also terrified of all animals. The story begins with Daisy in the position of either going to jail or marrying a man her father has chosen for her, a man she has barely met once before the wedding. Alex Markov is a handsome, dark, humorless man who has no soul. Alex has no intention of playing the loving groom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He devises a plan, for the six months Daisy and he must be wed, to drag her to the broken down traveling circus he performs in and manages. His plan is to tame Daisy and bend her to his way of thinking. He also wants to make sure Daisy knows nothing about him so they cannot get close. He is a man who does not believe in love.  Little does he know Daisy is tougher, smarter, and more hard-headed than anyone knows, even herself.

Before long, passion sends them flying sky high without a safety net... risking it all in search of a love that could last forever. I loved this book because I could picture all the crazy scenes and characters. Phillips is a fabulous author with a great sense of humor. She also can pull at the heart strings. I was laughing, sighing, getting angry, playing cheerleader and bodyguard to the characters, and almost crying throughout the book. I love the animals, Sinjun the tiger and Tater the baby elephant. They definitely helped Daisy find herself and then as all good animals do, protected their makeshift momma.  
I devoured this book in one day, without any plans to. This is one of my favorite books by this author, which, as her fans know, says quite a bit.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Author Corner

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Reflections: Themed Reading

Do you find your reading patterns changing when the holidays approach, seasons change or loved ones are away? Generally my reading pattern is to rotate between different genres so no one gets burned out. This summer my hubby has been working out of town and I have found that I am only picking books to read that do not have the usual suspense, paranormal, and thrills that I so commonly seek out. I have been submersing myself in contemporary romance, general fiction, and historical fiction. It has been fun. I have been enjoying authors like Lisa Kleypas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Christie Ridgeway, Loretta Chase, and who knows who else. I have been reading about 1-2 books a week while the hubby is away.  
With October coming around the bend I have been trying to come up with a good list for Halloween. Last year I read The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (and loved it) as well as Dacre Stoker’s Dracula: Undead. Anyone have good recommendations for Halloween and/or fall reading?

Christie Ridgway’s Then He Kissed Me (Three Kisses #2)

I usually do not like the middle books of a series as much as the first and last book; however, I did like this one more than the first in this Three Kisses trilogy. I think it was the sarcasm in this one. The first book was a cute romance, and mushier (in a good way), this one was spunky, snarky, and just had more flare. I have a feeling the third in this series is going to have fireworks. There are snippets in this second book that show you preview to the third book.
This is a fun series for those of you looking for something light to read that you know has a good old fashioned Jane Austen ending. The trilogy has one book dedicated to each of the Baci sisters. They are on a mission to save their family winery by transforming it into a wedding destination in the famous Napa Valley. While struggling to save their heritage they each find or discover romance and all the ups and downs relating to their stories.
 I also would also recommend this for fans of the Nora Roberts wedding quartet.