Archive for January 27th, 2009


Author: Megan Hart & Lauren Dane

Series: Prequel to NO RESERVATIONS by Megan & Lauren that comes out September 3, 2009

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pub. Date: March 31, 2009 in the US, October 2008 in the UK
Page Count: 304
Why I Read It: Have had it in my e-TBR for several months and after reading RELENTLESS I was still in a Lauren Dane reading mood. *G*
Rating: B

Blurb: One conference, two friends, two men who know how to take care of business.

After leaving the wrong man, Leah Griffin’s not ready to look for the right one. All she wants is to survive the conference she’s planning and spend some time with her best friend Kate Edwards. She’s not expecting the conference services manager to be so tall, dark and handsome…or so eager to please. It’s Brandon Long’s job to make Leah happy, but after a scorching interlude in her hotel room, neither can deny business has become pleasure.

Smart, driven and successful attorney, Katherine Edwards has spent her life making the right choices. Directly counter to those right choices, she’s involved in a long distance, secret love affair with a co-worker. Charles Dixon is a bad choice she can’t help but make – over and over. A conference and a promotion bring Kate back to Pennsylvania and suddenly, Dix wants far more than a few nights in random hotel rooms. He wants something permanent and Katherine has to figure out if sometimes a wrong choice isn’t exactly what a woman needs.

First Sentence: “I expect you to be gone by the time I get home. You have until Friday.”

Favorite Quote: “Aw, beauty, you wreck me. I’m bare-boned and crazy for you.”

She held in a sob at the lyrical reference. Crash. Yeah, he’d crashed into her all right. She was the one wrecked, filled up with him until there was nowhere to hide. No way not to love him.

Brief Comments: Wasn’t sure how I’d like this story. Usually when it’s two stories going on in the same book, I always come away feeling that one of the couples was cheated of getting the reader to see their full story. That wasn’t the case with TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS. It completely flowed for me with no lagging and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next for the couples in the sequel.

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Circle of Friends – Book 1

Love…or friendship? Does she really have to choose?

Katelyn Rosewood is facing a moral dilemma, one that’s six-foot-two, sexy as sin—and her fiancé’s best friend. Katie spent a lot of time getting over Tyler Bonnard, but now that he’s back in Sydney, he’s turning her carefully reconstructed world upside down.

Her relationship with Steve Sommers may be short on heat and desire, but after Tyler left her two years before, she’ll take security and solid friendship over wild passion any day. Except Tyler seems to have a good—if outrageous—explanation for why he’s returned.

After a tragic family secret tore him out of Katie’s life, Tyler is glad to be back with his two best friends. But one thing is out of place: Katie’s in the wrong man’s arms. And if her reaction to his return is any indication, she’s not quite over him. Which could mean hope for Tyler, heartbreak for Steve…

And another devastating loss for Katie, who must choose between the man to whom she’s committed her future, and the man who still holds her heart.

Warning: Keep a tissue or two handy while reading this book. While it does contain a few steamy love scenes, the rest of the story might just make you cry.

Good morning Fatin, and once again, let me say thank you for inviting me to blog over at your place. J

I’m staring bleakly at the skeletal remains of what was once a remote controlled helicopter. This is not the first toy to have met such an awful fate. Nope, not by a long shot. The explanation of this terrible tragedy: Luigi!

Anyone else have a dog?

Luigi is little. About the size of a beagle. Well okay, he is half beagle so that would explain it. He’s also half pug. And he is about the most handsome dog you’ve ever seen — if you’re one of those who likes the squashed boxer dog look. We bought Luigi after we’d seen him in a pet shop window. For the kids and I it was love at first sight. It took hubby a little longer to come round. But when he wavered, just for a second, we got in there and begged and pleaded until DH finally said yes. Hours later, we had a dog.

Thing is, no one warned us the dog came with a dash of devil in him. Perhaps more than a dash. Perhaps more like half.

The first few days were fine. Luigi did sweet puppy things that we all thought were adorable. Then shoes began to go missing. And caps. Lots of them. Washing mysteriously disappeared from the laundry and letters vanished from the pile of post. Suspicious, but still sweet. We knew he was the culprit—how could we not? His basket was littered with the destroyed remains of the missing items. But how could we get angry?

Plastic plates and cups went next, along with any food anywhere near the plates. And food nowhere near the plates. In fact any food not stored in the fridge or pantry vanished. Pot plants began to die at an alarming rate. From there, the trouble mounted.

Luigi ate two of his plush, beautiful baskets. He tucked into the two armchairs in the playroom where he sleeps. Destroyed them both. In their entirety. The beautiful Persian and Turkish rugs scattered throughout the house? Well, everyday we find bits more of them scattered around the house. The coffee table in the playroom? Splintered! It was when Luigi started in on the newly built staircase banister, that DH put his foot down. Luigi had to be trained.

I tried. Honestly I did. Alas, he failed two training schools. The first one, a private dog trainer came to the house. She cost a fortune, and Luigi did learn one fantastic trick. He will not touch food you’re offering him if you tell him to leave it. But that’s all he learned. Try telling him to leave the couch he’s in the process of devouring. Ha! The second training school was more formal. Big classes of dogs and owners. I knew I was doomed when the trainer kept giving me pitying glances and saying sweetly, “Yes dear, I can see you have your hands full.”

It’s been a year now, and we still have Luigi. It’s the damn devil we’re trying to get rid of. He still tucks into toys and hats and pieces of furniture when we’re not being vigilant. But the episodes are becoming fewer and fewer. One a week as opposed to ten a day. He now responds beautifully when I tell him, “sit” or “down”, but he still hasn’t mastered the command of: “Leave the *&^%ing furniture alone.”

Still, I now have to explain to my little one that, once again, one of his toys has fallen victim to his beloved dog. Sigh. Off to face the wrath of the child and the guilt of the dog.

Wish me luck…


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