Ok, so I am the worst and have fallen tremendously behind on my book reviews. My professional life has altered greatly in the last few months, and it has changed my usual pattern of both reading and reviewing. However – I’m happy to say I’m still well on track to make the cannon by year’s end. I’m actually more than halfway through book 41 right now (books 39-41 are all from the same series, so I wanted to do them together). The list of books included on my blog is below. I’m numbering them for your ease, but only providing this one hyperlink: Kat’s Cannon
27 – 30: The MacKade Brothers series by Nora Roberts
31: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
32: Just for Now by Rosalind James
33 – 34: Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
35: The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
36: Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making by Michael Caine
Along with Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts is one of my go-to authors when I want something light and fluffy. She’s got four types of books: J.D. Robb, trilogies/series, fat beach reads, and quick romance novels. A Will & A Way is the latter, but it works for a good summer book.
Pandora’s favorite uncle, a slightly nutty recluse, dies, and names her and a distant relative Michael as the two major heirs to his estate, including his crazy home named Jolley’s Folley. Michael isn’t really related – he belongs to the family through an intimate family friend. Not surprisingly, Jolley’s other relatives are a little miffed that weird cousin Pandora and interloper Michael get the bulk of the inheritance. Also not surprisingly, Jolley’s will stipulates that Michael and Pandora have to live together at the estate for six months in order to inherit.
Whenever I read a Nora Roberts book, I always wish that I lived in a small coastal town where everyone knows everyone else, where I could be the local independent bookstore owner, or the girl who runs the coffee shop, or the centered yoga instructor with a devoted following of old folks. Sometimes I wish that I could be the florist or antique shop owner. Then I remember that independent bookstores are closing every day, I hate the smell of coffee, and I fall over when I try to do yoga. Also, plants commit suicide when they see me, and I would never be able to part with my treasures.
But that’s the point of a book sometimes: to escape reality, and Nora always lets me do that. Read more here…
I was in dire need of a light read after finishing Mo Hayder’s The Treatment, which stuck with me much longer than I would have liked. I grabbed this novel off the library returns trolley, and it was actually surprisingly okay.
Tyler and Sophia are both heir apparent at neighbouring vineyards in the Napa Valley when a merger is announced. His focus has always been on the growing and making of wine; hers has been the marketing and distribution side. Though tempers flare as they realise they are now in direct competition with one another, surprise surprise, it isn’t too long before they cave to their inevitably intense physical attraction. Oh, there are also a couple of murders and a variety of dastardly goings on, but this is really a romance set against the actually quite interesting backdrop of winemaking.
Maybe I wasn’t quite the target audience, as I found myself skimming over the sex bits to get back to the wine factoids, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The Villa is a big fat beach read, starring Sophia Giambelli, a beautiful twenty-something heiress to one of the country’s biggest wine companies, and Tyler MacMillian, the gruff, rough-around-the-edges grandson of Sophia’s grandmother’s husband, who also happens to own one of the country’s other biggest wine companies. La Signora and Eli want to merge the companies and step down, but not without some soap-opera worthy games first: Sohpia and Tyler must learn each other’s jobs, and at the end, they’ll each wind up with an equal share of the wineries. Read more here…
I think I’ve learned my lesson with Nora Roberts’ trilogies. Wait until they are all published and read them in one go, not spread out over the course of a year. I read and reviewed The Next Alwaysin Juneand The Last Boyfriend in October of last year for Cannonball Read Four. They were enjoyable and looking back The Next Always was certainly my favorite of the three. The Perfect Hope was a standard wrap up but lacked a certain something to hook me in.
I think that in the waiting for books two and three to arrive at my library and be available I had conjured up the story as I wanted it to unfold and was left disappointed with the story as it actually turned out.Continue reading…
While making what has become my weekly trip to the library I picked up Gabriel’s Angel, a new to me Nora Roberts for a much needed palate cleanser. I’m happy to report that this is not as painful as my previousforays into early Roberts fare this year. While this story is simplistic and lacking in the details that mark Roberts later work it is a serviceable story with well drawn leads and an interesting meet cute. Want to know more?