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August 2018 Meeting

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This month Sugarbook read Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan and Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews which is the 1st in a new arc (The Iron Covenant series) that delves into the world previously visited in the Kate Daniels series.

We first discussed Kendall Ryan’s book Mister Tonight, and right off I’ll state that it received 3 of 5 💋, or we medium liked it.  This is the story of Kate and Hunter who meet in a bar on the evening of Kate’s 30th birthday.  Kate, a serial hook-up girl, is looking for her Mister Tonight to help her celebrate her birthday.  She has an instant connection with Hunter and ends up going to back to his place for her much anticipated hook-up.  Midway into a phenomenal one-night-stand they are interrupted by Hunter’s four year old daughter.  She quickly grabs her belongings and gets out of dodge.  The twist in the story comes the next day when she goes to check out her new abode and realizes Hunter is going to be her new landlord.

As mentioned earlier, we medium liked this book.  Some of the highlights of the book that stuck with us was the drunken toast given by her friends at the end of the story where they busted her out about looking for Mister Tonight.  The term “Adult Cuddle Time” has become a favorite with us since reading this book.  And you can’t think of adult cuddle time without remembering how Hunter’s daughter did not like Kate at all; at least not until Kate cooked dinner after Hunter ruined dinner one evening.  Or when she came to the rescue for a bake sale catastrophe that left Hunter with slightly damaged finger tips.

Now you can’t mention Hunter’s daughter without us stating that most of us thought the daughter was a bit much.  And we think it was because he felt some guilt about her not having her mother around.

 

Our next book was Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews.  This book resulted with one member having a DNC (did not complete) and the rest of us giving it 4 out of 5💋 .

This book was about Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs and Warlord of the Builder Tower, and Elara Harper, the White Lady and leader of the Departed.  They come together to form a union that will provide an army and protection for the Departed and food and lodging for the Iron Dogs.  They come together to fight two enemies and often times each other.

So what did we like about the book?  Elara is a bad bi$&h and Hugh is a fierce killing machine that has some power of his own.  When Elara battles in the tunnels and Hugh sent some of his fighters, including a berserker; and they come back to Hugh shell shocked from seeing Elara fight, you know she is the truth.  At the same time we were annoyed with Elara because she was too busy trying to proves she was the boss.  She kept withholding valuable information from Hugh that was unnecessary.

So here are some of the things that we felt a little angst about.  The DNC reader said that it was because she spent too much time trying to figure out what time period this book was supposed to be set in.  The majority of us have not read the Kate Daniels series (although we are now thinking about reading it).  Secondly, it took too long for Hugh and Elara to get and she was trying to run things even then.  We wanted them to have another intimate encounter again so that they could solidify their relationship.  I mean, usually we are complaining about too many intimate scenes, but this time we didn’t get enough.  And finally we all agreed that we are highly anticipating the next book, and that it will be a huge disappointment if it is not a continuation of the progression of the relationship between Hugh and Elara.

So that’s what we thought of our reads this month.  A recap is that we gave Mister Tonight 3 out of 5 💋 and Iron and Magic 4 out of 5 💋.  Have you read these novels?  What are your thoughts about them?

Next month we will be reading 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer and an oldy but greaty Devils Bride by Stephanie Laurens.  We chose Devils Bride because we have a member that is not a fan of the Historical Romance genre.  We think it’s because she hasn’t read the right book and we feel that Devil’s Bride is it.  The majority of us have read this book in the past and we are super excited to be doing this reread.  If you read the books, please send us your thoughts, we would love to hear them.

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Lori Foster’s RAGT 2018

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It’s that time of year again, for Sugarbook to return to West Chester Ohio for the annual Lori Foster RAGT (Readers Authors Get Together).  This year we decided that we wanted to take our monthly book discussion and open it up to other attendees.  Because our meeting happens on the 2nd Saturday of each month, and Lori Foster (as we like to call it) happens on the 2nd Saturday in June, we normally end up talking about the book of the month (we tend to choose a Lori Foster book), sometime during our trip.

 

After discussing it and really agreeing to do it this year, we reached out to Lori to confirm that it is something that we could do.  Lori enthusiastically agreed to let us move forward and generously provided us with autographed copies of “Worth the Wait” as well as an ARC of “Cooper’s Charm” which will be released on July 31. 

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Our book discussions are tend to be pretty informal; we all state whether we liked or disliked the book, talk about memorial events in the book, who was our favorite characters, then we most often begin to talk about something else we’re currently reading that others might enjoy.  We figured if we were going to have a “for real” discussion, we should look up some common questions that come up in book club discussions.  It was great to see that of the questions out there on the web, we tend to hit all of them at some time (not every time, but sometimes) especially if we REALLY like the book.

 

Because we were giving a boardroom for a day (Thursday), we decided to also make up a few games to play in addition to the book discussion.  We decided on Jeopardy and another game, Questions From he Hat (a hat filled with questions that we pass around and the players grab a question and answer it others can answer as well).  We took an extra day to work on getting door prizes, game prizes, Jeopardy questions, and creation of the Jeopardy board. 

 

We arrived on Thursday and had our book discussion during the first part of the day.  With mixed reviews of the book.  And in true Sugarbook Fashion had a discussion of authors and other books that we love.  We also go some recommendations for books we should be reading. 

 

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Lori stopped by and took a few pictures with us. 

 

Book discussionTeri and Ramona with Lori

 

After a short break where we went to move into our room and get registered for the conference and stopped to get a late lunch; we headed back to the boardroom to play Jeopardy. 

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We had left the questions to play Questions From the Hat, so we were left with Jeopardy.  This was a HUGE success!  We had a winning team – Summer and Serenity – who have become Sugarbook friends. 

 

Winners Summer and Serenity

 

After we finished up we were able to enjoy the conference as the fans that we are.  RAGT has awesome raffles that donates that proceeds to a worthy cause.  Of our group we had a winner, Ramona of course, who usually wins something major and crazy big.  This year she won an Amazon Echo.  I guess she’ll be talking to Alexa even more. 

 

Ramonas win

 

LaTisha won a basket at one of the author raffles at breakfast.  It was a great weekend full of comradery among book lovers that truly is something you must experience. Can’t wait to attend next year.

 

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The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward

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The Bourbon Kings

This book reads like an over-the-top primetime soap opera from the 80’s. Think Dynasty, Dallas or Falcon Crest. There are several storylines going on simultaneously, like the different scenes on any soap. And just like on my beloved soaps, the characters in this book piss me off to no end! I think part of my enjoyment of the soaps is the fun I have complaining about them with fellow fans, and that’s exactly what The Bourbon Kings make me want to do. Just like I yell at the TV, I want to yell at the book. Make no mistake, these characters are FLAWED! There are those you root for and those you despise.

I think the problem I had with the book is the hero, Lane. We are so used to uber-alpha males from J. R. Ward, that Lane comes across as a weak, spoiled brat. We’re used to our J. R. Ward heroes overcoming their pasts and becoming dominant, not running away from their lives and problems. But I do have to admit that Lane ends up stepping up to the challenges his family is facing, even though he really wants leave all the madness behind. Plus, we had a LOT of backstory to learn about this family, so much of the book is just that, a catch up on the backstory. I just want all the secrets of the past to be revealed so that we can just focus on the present events. But that is one of the drawbacks of the reunion romance trope. The readers are essentially just dropped right into the middle of these characters lives, so it felt like we had a lot of catching up to do.

All in all, I really liked The Bourbon Kings, once I let go of my preconceived expectations of what I’ve come to expect from J. R. Ward, and just got into my soap opera watching mind-set. Once I did that the book was very enjoyable. I can’t wait until the next episode! 🙂

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Lori Foster RAGT 2015

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Well it’s been a long time since Sugarbook has said hello to everyone, but this weekend was something that needed to talk about.

IT’S LORI FOSTER READER AUTHOR GET TOGETHER TIME!!!!

We made our trek to West Chester, OH to stay in the Marriott hotel to hang out with fellow readers and authors.

Here are some of the highlights from our weekend….

Friday we all went down to the Samhain Publishing boardroom and participated in a feisty game of Family Feud.  Of course Sugarbook was victorious.  Look at our sweet prize.

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One of our members was just asking for some of these.

We also found some new authors we want to read: Donna McDonald and Eve Langlais.  They’re authors of Cyborg and Futuristic romance.  Can’t wait to get into those series.

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We next took the time to create a book cover.  We were given a blurp about a book and had to create a cover based upon what we heard.  We were tasked with creating a cover for author, Donna McDonald’s book Marcus 582: Book 3 of the Cyborg’s Mankind Redefined.

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It was also great to get  a chance to meet Robyn Peterman who is the author of the Hot Damned Series, a hilarious series that Sugarbook gives 5 thumbs up.  Yep, you read right 5 thumbs.

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We also ran into a few other authors…

Janice Maynard

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Karen Rose

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Cheryl Brooks

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Darynda Jones

The raffles have begun, we had a few winners.

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One members win of the Dr. Who basket turned into trade for a new Kindle Fire HD6.  Thanks Drea Becraft for your love of Dr. Who that lead to Ramona’s new Kindle.

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We took out a few minutes to have a group shot.

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It was so much fun.  Thank you Lori Foster for hosting such a fabulous event.  We can’t wait to see you again next year.

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Review: Quarterback Draw (Play by Play, #9)

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Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton

This is my favorite sports series. This installment in the series did not disappoint. Previously, we met the Riley sports family, well now we’ve moved on to another. The Cassidys. Three brothers who play professional football and one who plays major league baseball. They obviously inherited the athleticism from Dad, Easton, who has TWO Super Bowl rings.

First up is quarterback Grant. He meets and is captivated by super model Katrina Korsova while on a photo shoot in Barbados. Grant pushes his way into Katrina’s life, even though she’s pretty closed off romance of any kind. Katrina is fiercely independent, having raised her younger sister and brother since her mother died of cancer when Katrina was just seventeen years old. Her father, having cheated on her mom, left the family when she got sick. As a result, Katrina does not trust a man to stay for the long haul. But just can’t help falling in with Grant and the rest of the Cassidy family.

I just knew that Katrina would panic and run when feelings became deep and real. I was hoping that she wouldn’t be stupid, but no such luck. She let fear keep her from happiness. Good thing Grant didn’t give up so easily.

All in all, this was another good book in the Play-by-Play series and a good start to the new Cassidy arc.


Reviewed by:  LaTisha Walker

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We meet somewhere new…

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This month we met at a new location, Indy Reads Books, On Mass Avenue. 

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As a group, we had been looking for a location to have our meetings that would also connect our love of books to our meeting location.  In the past we would meet at public library but scheduling conflicts caused us to have to look for a new “home”. 

We had tried meeting BAM  (we met there twice and there was never really a good spot to meet and not disturb the patrons) and Barnes and Noble felt that our group of six was not big enough for a spot in their calendar.  So for the past year we have been meeting at Panera Bread Co. on 86th street (either the Traders Point location or the Woodfield Crossing location).

Needless to say we have been happy at Panera; but when we learned there was another bookstore that we could possible use as a meeting location.  Enter Indy Reads Books.  We made sure to call and confirm and put our names on the calendar and here we are. 

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We really like the setting and the location, but we must be honest we miss our Panera treats.  So….we think we will share meeting locations. 

Keep an eye out followers for location updates.

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Oh yeah, we forgot to tell you about the books we read this month.  We read Kinked by Thea Harrison and The Big-Not-So Small Curvy Girls Dating Agency by Ava Catori.   We felt undecided about Kinked and unanimously agreed we did not like the Curvy Girl.

Have you read either of these books, what did you think?

Next month we are reading, If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyles and Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon.