Well, I must say, completing the challenge multiple times isn’t as fun as multiple completions in other activities, but it does come with a certain amount of satisfaction. I’ve read quite a bit this past week–more than I read in all of January, I think. And not only are all of the books by new-to-me authors, but most of them were also on wishlists at Paperback Swap so I was able to send them on their way immediately! I’m going to do a quick review for each book, based on my TBR questions. The reviews are after the jump.

Title:Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Author: Carrie Vaughn

Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book? I liked the description when I first read about it, and I’d seen several bloggers discuss it.

Do you like the cover? I hate this question. Yes. I like the cover, it’s nothing spectacular, but it suits the book.

Did you enjoy the book? I did enjoy the book. I’m looking forward to the sequal. I’ll say more about it with the last question.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? She was new to me and I will get her next book. But like this one, if it’s $7 freaking dollars for a book no longer than a Silhouette Bombshell, I will refuse to buy it new and will get it from PBS. The price on this one for the length was outrageous.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Passing it on, I’m not keeping a huge number of books these days.

Anything else? I remember reading Jay’s review of this book and she was put off by the submissive quality of the heroine. I actually viewed the heroine much differently. Small spoiler warning here, if you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to jump to the next review.
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While the heroine was most definitly submissive to start, I found that the author did a credible job of portraying not only a need for that submission, but she also wrote believable character growth for the heroine. In other words, I felt that she allowed to see the heroine grow as a person, becoming more assertive, less submissive. No, she didn’t start out as a kick-ass, no-hold-barred heroine, but at the end, she was a believable heroine the reader could root for and look forward to seeing more growth and potential from. I like that in a series that’s going to be about the same character. Sometimes, such as in the case of say–Anita Blake– if the author starts out the heroine kick-ass, they write themselves into difficulty showing growth and improvement. Anyone out there get me on this?

*****

Title:Bitten and Smitten

Author: Michelle Rowan

Year published: 2006

Why did you get this book? I’m a vampire slut, of course I got this book.

Do you like the cover? Eh. Not particularly.

Did you enjoy the book? Again eh. I thought it was only so-so

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? She was new to me and I’m not sure if I would or not. I don’t think I’d buy a book from her, but I’d probably get it from PBS.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Already passed it on.

Anything else? I was really irritated with this book. First, because it was advertised as romance and while it did have a HEA, it shouldn’t have. Fans of this book are probably wondering wtf I’m talking about and I’ll explain it. Again, Spoiler Alert for those who haven’t read it, and rather major spoilers too. Skip ahead to the next asterisks if you don’t want to read.
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This book is mostly about the heroine and how she deals with being unwillingly converted to a vampire. In the story, there is some allusion to a possible romance between her and a “master” vamp as well as between her and another newly turned vamp. Throughout the whole book, little emphasis or attention is given to either relationship as the plot is driven by finding out who is giving out information on vamp’s hidind spots as well as with the heroine coming to terms with being a vamp. The plot is wrapped up and suddenly, the last chapter, the heroine goes to find her chosen male and basically declares her undying love (excuse the pun) for him and he for her, and ta-da! They have a HEA, the book gets the label of romance slapped on it and readers are supposed to be satisfied. Nope, not this reader. If you expect me to buy it as a romance, you’d better build the relationship for me and make me believe it. This book didn’t do that and the author loses points for trying to make a quick fix ending instead of leading into book two featuring the same characters.

*****

Title:Silent Reckoning

Author: Debra Webb

Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book? I’ve been glomming Silhouette Bombshells

Do you like the cover? Not particularly

Did you enjoy the book? Yes, I enjoyed it for a quick read. It was good, not great, but readable.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? She was new to me and I don’t think I’d seek her out, but I wouldn’t avoid other books by her.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Already passed it on.

Anything else? The premise was interesting–about a female homicide detective who’s deaf–but I had a hard time buying into the idea that this would work. But it was neat to read about the adaptations the heroine made, regardless.

*****

Title:Tempting Danger

Author: Eileen Wilks

Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book? I belong to a yahoo list (AAR) that Eileen Wilks is on and she mentioned something about this book at one point, I believe.

Do you like the cover? Yeah, the cover is fine. Again, it’s not fabulous, but it’s a nice cover.

Did you enjoy the book? I enjoyed this book very much. Of all the books read this week, this was my favorite (Kitty and the Midnight Hour would be second).

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? She was new to me and I already ordered the second book in this series from Amazon. And I visited her website to see if more books were forthcoming. Sadly, the one drawback to this author appears to be that she doesn’t update her site often.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping it for now.

Anything else? I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed world building Wilks did with this book. And I appreciated the fact that she did a very credible and believable job of building a relationship between the hero and heroine, but didn’t attempt to make the reader believe it was love at first site or that the relationship would be perfect and easy. I liked that.

Plus, the plot was interesting and I was driven to read to find out what happened next. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

*****

Title:Taboo: A Novel of Forbidden Sensual Delights

Author: Kathleen Lawless

Year published:

Why did you get this book? Oddly, I was trying to put another book called Taboo on my wishlist at PBS and I accidentally added this one first.

Do you like the cover? Not particularly.

Did you enjoy the book? No.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? She was new to me and no, I probably wouldn’t.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Already passed it on.

Anything else? This book was supposed to be erotic romance. It was lacking any element to make it a good erotic romance. The characters were flat, the plot boring and the erotic element even more insipid.

*****

Title:Hunter’s Moon

Author: C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp

Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book? I got it because I had enjoyed another book in the Tor Paranormal Romance line.

Do you like the cover? It’s okay, sure (did I mention how much I hate the cover question?)

Did you enjoy the book? Oddly, I enjoyed it enough that I started reading the second as soon as I finished this one. But I didn’t enjoy it enough to recommend it and if I hadn’t already had the second book, I doubt I would have picked it up.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? The authors were new to me and since I read the second book, I guess the answer is yes.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Already passed it on.

Anything else? This book is strange to pin down. It’s told in first person from the male POV, which I thought was unique. I enjoyed the devices the authors used to get information to the reader that the first person hero wouldn’t normally know or be able to impart. I liked it for the fact that it’s different. But I didn’t feel a sense of connection with the hero. Or the heroine who, of course, we see only through the hero’s eyes. And I felt somewhat detached from their relationship. And there is a lot of information dumped at the end. All of the mythology and “world-building” happens in the last twenty pages and sets up the next book and that irritated me a little. But still, I read the second book.

*****

Title:Moon’s Web

Author: C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp

Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book? Second book after Hunter’s Moon

Do you like the cover? It’s okay,nothing great

Did you enjoy the book? I think I actually liked this book better than the first. The characters were stronger, the mythology is more developed as the book goes on, rather than being dumped on the reader all at once.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Well, new to me this week, and yes, I probably would.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Already passed it on.

Anything else? Haven’t I said enough? lol

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