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September Book Review

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I wanted to start this post by stating that for the next couple of post will feature reviews that were done in the month of September, October and November.  Why so many at once you may ask?  Well….the person that usually translates our monthly reviews had written the reviews out, BUT just couldn’t coordinate her life to allow her to post the reviews.  They were sitting on a jump drive waiting to be transferred to the web.  Please forgive us and continue to follow us.  We really would appreciate your comments and questions.  It will give us an idea of what additional content we can provide on our page.  Thanks. 

This month we started a trend of reading 3 books instead of 2. Why do would we subject ourselves to this type of pressure? Honestly, one of the books was a short one….only around 100 pages. If you dedicate a day to it, you can finish it in that day. We also had an extra week to read, because some of our members were going to be away the weekend of our regular meeting so we rescheduled for the following week. But enough about book club business; let’s talk about these books.

The shortest book of the bunch was by Mariah Stone called Fortress of Time.

There was a even shorter book that was a prelude to this book (One Night With A Viking) that the majority of us read. Why do you ask? Because 1) we were afraid we might be lost if we didn’t read it first; and 2) it was short and it would be a way to add another quick book to our Goodreads reading challenge number. In both books the synopsis is that modern, independent women are thrust back in time to the Viking era by one of the Fates. The first woman is out with friends at her bachelorette party that she did not want. Her friends are making comments that she needs to loosen up before she signs her life away to a unromantic, unpassionate marriage she needs to have a good time. Due to the way she grew up, she craves stability and a firm sense of security; this marriage is going to give her that, she doesn’t need to loosen up – she just needs to marry this guy. Something happens that makes her leave the club early and on her own when she “meets” the Fate that sends her back in time. This book was around 60 pages. The “Love” story that ensues is not super believable, but we read it. The second book which was the one that we were truly supposed to read involved an attorney that fought for the rights of women. She is sent back in time to be with a Viking that is distrustful of women. They fall in love, but she goes back home only to feel so sad and despondent because she misses the “love of her life”. She decides to find a way to go back in time. Not without packing a suitcase of must have toiletries. Collectively, our group was not a fan of these books. One member described it perfectly saying, “I felt the book was too short and that made the story not as good as it could be. Too rushed to believe that any modern woman would give up toilets and other modern conveniences for a love that I didn’t believe was realized enough between the hero and heroine.” Both of these books got 1 smooch. clip_image004

The second book we will discuss is Temptation’s Darling by Johanna Lynsay.

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This was a Historical Romance written by one of our favorite authors. This is the story of the eldest daughter of a man who is forced into exile after he kills a man that was caught in a compromising scenario with his wife. The eldest daughter stows away when her father leaves her mother so that she can go with her father. She ends up living the remaining years of her teenage years with her father. She is allowed to be free – allowed to dress like a young man, riding astride, being able to shot a gun with significant skill. When she goes back to her mother to finally have her season with her younger twin sisters; she makes the acquaintance of 3 gentlemen that are trying to hide their identity while she is in “disguise” as a young man so that she can travel without the pomp and circumstance that is required for women. A mutual attraction between one of the gentlemen and the eldest daughter; but they can’t be together because she agrees to marry the son of the man who sent her father into exile with the promise that once it’s done, her father could come back to the ton. One of our members is NOT a fan of historical romance; hence she did not finish the book. The rest of us who read it felt it was okay, but felt that Johanna Lynsay has done better. We gave this one 3 smooches. clip_image007 clip_image008clip_image008[1]

The final book we read was the first in a new series by G.A. Aiken (aka Shelley Laurenston) The Blacksmith Queen of The Scarred Earth Saga.

Just a side note: when the synopsis of this book is given, very light spoilers will be given. If you plan on reading this book and don’t want spoilers, we suggest you skip to the end of this section and backtrack. This book is about a family of blacksmith (and farmers), specifically Keeley the eldest daughter a happy, fulfilled blacksmith who is also amazing at her legacy profession as well as an amazing fighter especially when she is using her hammer. Things go haywire when she is prophesied to be the next queen along with her sibling. Said sibling betrays her and the family. She is eventually heals and gets over her guilt and despair that her sibling would do this to them. The family moves on very quickly – well before Keeley – the heroine) and they all set about ways to defeat the bad seed and place Keeley on the throne. Did we mention there are Centaur’s in this story that is helping Keeley and her family; and Keeley becomes attached to one of them? That’s how the hero of this story is introduced. This was by far the favorite of all of the books we read this month. AND WE LOVED EVERY PART OF IT! Except that the story was over until the next book comes out. It was funny, it was serious, it was exciting, it was all of the things. G.A. Aiken has yet to write a book that we haven’t liked, even when she writes as Shelley Laurenston. It wasn’t full of romance, but it was full of everything else. We all had opinions about this book and they were ALL good. This got 5 smoochies. clip_image012

If you’ve had a chance to sit down and read these books, let us know what you thought of them.  We welcome all opinions and commentary.  Until next time.

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July Book Review

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For the month of July, we only read one book, Amanda Bouchet’s Nightchaser – which is the first of the Endeavor series. This book is set in the future with a more of a space theme. Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted, is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan (arrogant, charming…and that special something that makes you want to kick him), who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear. What ensues is hair-raising moments that will leave you really wanting more.

A little back story about Sugarbook and Amanda Bouchet. We discovered her earlier this year when one of our members came across her Kingmaker Chronicles series. Lucky for us, all the books in the series had been written so we were able to read them back to back. It was a great series and had us all hungry for more of her writing. When we learned that she had another series coming out not to mention that it was something in space; we quickly added it to our list of books for the year.

It seemed as though she stuck to the same theme that the heroine of both series has a greater purpose for her life that she is unaware of. In the previous series, the heroine had her life manipulated by the gods. We are excited to see who (if anyone) is manipulating the outcome of Tess’s purpose in the world.

Having said all of that about Amanda Bouchet; we only gave Nightchaser 3.5 smooches.smoochies[1]smoochies[1]smoochies[1] It had nothing to do with how well the book was, but more about how we really don’t want to wait for the next book. In this case, anticipation is not a motivator. We absolutely intend to continue with the series and our review of the upcoming books will probably get higher the more of it we read. One of our members even confessed that she had not completed Nora Roberts second book in the Of Blood and Bone series, because she is waiting on the next book to come out so that she doesn’t have to be anticipating the next book for a year.

If you have read any books by Amanda Bouchet, comment below and let us know what you thought of them.  If not, pick up a copy and then comment to let us know what you think.

Next month, we are going to be pretty ambitious and will be reading 3 books: Hidden Current by Nora Roberts and the 1st two books of the Best Laid Plans series – Sure Thing and Plan B by Jana Aston.  If you have the time and the inclination, check out the books and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Smooches,

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RAGT 2019

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Greetings Sugar book lovers,

Happy July!  It will officially be a month since RAGT on the 6th, but with the holidays coming up, we thought we should get this post out.  Plus it would look good if we got this out before it has been a month since the event.

OK…we know that we mentioned a few times that we were going to be attending Lori Foster’s hosted Author Reader Get Together.  We have attended the event for over 11 years and recently (this is our second year) starting having a book club event on the 1st day of the event.

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We like to try to read one of Lori’s books for our book club event and have a game to test the readers skills/knowledge.  Our go to game is Jeopardy and since it was a hit the first year, we decided to continue with it.  This year we decided to read two books this year and therefore had two games – our second game is the classic – Bingo.  We decided to leave the Bingo game with the Lori Foster book, Slow Ride.  For the Jeopardy game we decided to use Toxic Game by Christine Feehan (because Christine Feehan was one of the authors coming to the event and we love just about anything she writes.  Unfortunately, we forgot to mention early that we were reading the Christine Feehan book, so we weren’t able to play the Jeopardy – after we spent so much time thinking of questions and answers too.  But that was on us, and we accept it; we will save it and use it next year.  So if you are going to attend, make sure that you read that awesome book.  We still had a great time and our guest enjoyed themselves. 

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We don’t know what was going on this year, but we all really got into the things more than ever and had so much fun hanging out in different boardrooms hanging with different authors.  One of our favorites was the Paint and Sip room that was hosted by Tina DeSalvo and Tonya Kappas.  They had the fun meters, fun money, fermented grapes for sipping, awesome personalities, and fun crafts. 

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This year we decided to go the planner route for our raffle basket submission (we stuck with that theme for the prizes we had for our games in the boardroom) and we think it was a good decision based on the number of tickets that was placed in our bag.  (We really aren’t bragging, just happy that we could inspire prize desire considering the number of raffle baskets that were available.  In the excitement of the win, we forgot to get the name of our winner.  If someone recognizes her (or she looks at this blog and doesn’t mind telling us) we would love to give her some love.  Leave us a comment below. 

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We attended most of the parties = but didn’t get many pictures because we were having a good time.  But something that was quit memorable was the “mystery dinner theater” hosted by Christine Feehan that had a story that was very loosely based on the Torpedo Ink series.  The cast was great and very entertaining. 

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Members of Sugarbook got part of the correct who-done-it correct.  It was great fun, and because we were in a table right next to the stage at times we were included in commentary thanks to some of the cast because we were participating and reading as well (what can we say, we’re book lovers and multitaskers).

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Another highlight was when a few of us were sitting around in the lobby reading during the book signing portion of the event.  It just so happened that we were sitting right next to Christine Feehan’s table.   We ended up shooting the breeze with one of Mrs. Feehan’s daughters who was pretty chill.  It helps that our group is really chill and try’s very hard not to be too fangirlish.  This makes it easy for the authors to feel at ease around us and not be on guard.  We realize they are regular people like us – they just happen to have a God-given talent to write amazing tales that transport us into other worlds to allow us to relax, smile, sometimes laugh out loud, maybe cry, occasionally want to scream in frustration, but always come back for more. 

Thanks to Lori Foster for putting on another amazing event and allowing us to be a part of it by hosting the book club meeting.  We plan on having our event again next year, God willing.  If you are planning to attend, we would love to see you; just look for the ladies that have the smooches lips. 

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Next weekend is our monthly meeting where we will be discussing the 1st book in the new series by Amanda Bouchet, Nightchaser.  If you have read it, leave a comment below and tell us what you think.  We are going to attempt to have our review of the book out there as soon as possible.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday guys.

Smooches,

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Book Clubs

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I really enjoy being in a book club. Our book club has really envole by going to book convenience and author signing. We also have author visits.

What I really enjoy is that we make sure to talk about books we have read or authors we recommend.