Archive for December 27th, 2012

I found this meme over at Book Binge and it looked like fun!

Here are the rules:
To play along, use only titles of books that you read this year (2012) and complete the prompts below.

Try not to repeat any book titles. Think creatively and have fun!


My Life According to the Books I Read in 2012:

Describe yourself:
Tart by Lauren Dane

How do you feel:
Down For The Count by Christine Bell

Describe where you currently live:
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Your favorite form of transportation:
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Your best friend is:
A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

You and your friends are:
Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

What’s the weather like:
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

What is life to you:
Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

Favorite time of day:
Night Whispers by Alisha Rai

Your fear:
Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston

What is the best advice you have to give:
Believe in Magic by Cait Miller

Thought for the day:
Breathe by Kristen Ashley

How I would like to die:
Pure Bliss by Sophie Oak

My soul’s present condition:
Shades of Gray by Maya Banks


There’s my life according to the books I read in 2012! I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty happy with it 😀



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Alpha One

Juliana is in hell. Her father, the senator, has double crossed criminal mastermind Guerrero, who has kidnapped Juliana in order to get the evidence her father is holding. Her only companion in this hell is John, another captive who she shares the details of her life with in the darkness. When rescue arrives in the form of her ex-lover, Logan, Juliana is shocked. She hasn’t seen him since  she was twenty. She loved him and believed him when he said they would run away and have a beautiful life together. Until he left her standing in a bus station with no explanation.

Now Logan is all that is standing between her and Guerrero. Her father couldn’t live with what he’d done and committed suicide after saying he left the evidence on Guerrero with Juliana. And her friend “John” is really Guerrero himself, making her the only person that has seen and can identify him. With law enforcement personnel and members of her father’s staff being on Guerrero’s payroll, Juliana has no choice but to trust the man that broke her heart all those years ago.

I struggled a bit with this one. It’s a solid story but there was nothing special to make this stand out from any other Harlequin Intrigue I’ve read. It’s missing that magic touch I’ve come to expect from Cynthia Eden’s books. The bad guys and two secondary characters were fleshed out and so interesting to read. Their pasts were detailed, the emotions rich, and I was fully invested in their scenes. Unfortunately, Logan and Juliana felt flat to me. The book turned around in the last 20% and I adored the ending but it was a long and sometimes boring journey to get there.

I’ll be looking for the next book in this series because I think the two secondary characters I enjoyed are up next but ALPHA ONE will not be making it to my keeper shelf.


Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Format: Print and digital

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