The Most of 2012

Hello Romenceland-ers!!

For the end of year 2012 I will share all things the most.

Let’s the fun begin!

The Most Favorite Book :

Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4)

This book definitely my favorite and also the second most frequently read (4 times!!!). There’s few competitor for the title, but this amazing story win the vote because there was not a single thing I didn’t like, none whatsoever that made me thought that this book was not perfect. Yes this book wasn’t flawless but it made the whole aspect of this book much more satisfying for me. Click here for my review.

The Most Frequently Read :

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)

This one almost made itself for become my favorite read, but I choose this one as my frequently read (4.5 times – why I used half measurement, coz there’s a time when I re-read it just for refreshing my favorite moments, basically just scan it). I love the couple, but the hero, Tack, win me over completely. Click here for my review.

The Most Favorite Author :

Without no further ado, this amazing author absolutely and utterly are my favorite author for this year.

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Kristen Ashley

The Most Favorite Hero :

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acheron

(The Picture is image of Acheron taken from Sherrilyn Kenyon official website  http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/character/acheron/)

Yes. For you who claimed as paranormal romance genre lovers, the infamous Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and her focal character Acheron surely wasn’t a novel thought.  Ash. Akri. T-Rex. Achimou. My everlasting favorite hero. Sure, his position as my fave hero always had and always will be shaken by another contender, another alpha male hero, another gorgeous guy. But, he will always held the top five of my favorite hero.  Click here for my review.

The Most Favorite Heroine :

elena

The heroine from Guild Hunter series (Angels’ Blood, Archangel Kiss, Archangel Consort) by Nalini Singh crawl up as my favorite heroine in few days time. Yes, I just recently started the series week ago and finished it today and Elena – the new immortal angel – somehow caught my attention so strongly. I love how she was trying compromised between her relationship with the hero, Raphael, without losing herself as independent warrior woman.

The Most Surprising Books :

The Siren (The Original Sin...The Angel (The Original Sin...The Prince (The Original Si...Seven Day Loan (The Origina...

togs

This series categorized as erotica genre with BDSM theme surprisingly didn’t revolt me. In fact the series amazingly got me hooked up, crave for more of the characters and for the happily ever after which was quite impossibly  happen.  I wasn’t a fan of erotica, but enjoyed  erotic romance (note the different  please) and I was absolutely didn’t loved BDSM theme but ended like it like A LOT. Weird. But, this books surprisingly well written, so that was enough  explanation. Click my review of the series in here, here, and here.

My Life According to the Books I Read in 2012

I stumble upon fun meme by Christine  at her blog.

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!
Let’s the fun begin!!!!

My Life According to the Books I Read in 2012:

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Describe yourself:
Rock Chick – Kristen Ashley

How do you feel:
Just Like Heaven – Julia Quinn

Describe where you currently live:
Diamond Bay – Linda Howard

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Down To You – M Leighton

Your favorite form of transportation:
Hard and Fast – Erin McCarthy

Your best friend is:
A Lady of His Own – Stephanie Laurens

You and your friends are:
Perfection – R.L Mathewson

What’s the weather like:
Fatal Heat – Lisa Marie Rice

What is life to you:
 Riding The Storm  – Sydney Croft

Favorite time of day:
After The Night – Linda Howard

Your fear:
Extreme Exposure – Pamela Clare

What is the best advice you have to give:
Savor The Moment – Nora Roberts

Thought for the day:
Don’t Look Back – Amanda Quick

How I would like to die:
Sealed With A Kiss – Carly Phillips

My soul’s present condition:
The Darkest Prison – Gena Showalter

Reading Challenge 2013 : Read-a-Long Nora Roberts & J.D. Robb

Happy Friday Mes Amies!!

This Reading Challenge held by Ren’s Little Corner.  Started January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. There’s 4 level category for the participants :

Clueless  : 5-10 books by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb
– Familiar10-15 books by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb
Fans : 15-20 books by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb
Hardcore Fans : >20 books byNora Roberts/J.D.Robb!! Or you read all her books!!

Facing 2013 I will trying real hard to finished my JD Robb and Nora Roberts collection. Yup for months I was looking for JD Robb’s books  In Death series.  So, here I pledge myself as Hardcore Fans Level.

Why I choose them? Well, I’ve read NR since junior high school. The McGreggor series were my loyal and fave companion in my teen. And frankly though as an hardcore fans of NR but until late this year I never read her pseudonym works as JD Robb. I’ve known her In Death series for years but the series never catch my attention. I already read the first 4 books of the series but for this challenge I’ll re-read from the start.

Happy Reading Romanceland-ers 🙂

Update : 

1. Naked In Death (In Death #1) by JD Robb – finished 15 January 2013 (Review)

2. Glory In Death (In Death #2) by JD Robb – finished 16 January 2013 (Review)

3. Immortal In Death (In Death #3) by JD Robb – finished 17 January 2013 (Review)

4. Rapture In Death (In Death #4) by JD Robb – finished 18 January 2013

5. Ceremony In Death (In Death #5) by JD Robb – finished 19 January 2013

6. Vengeance In Death (In Death #6) by JD Robb – finished 19 January 2013

7.  Holiday In Death (In Death #7) by JD Robb – finished 20 January 2013

8. Holding The Dream (Dream trilogy #2) – finished 02 September 2013 (Review )

Thursday I’m In Love #2

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Thursday I’m In Love is about sharing book character your in love with. It’s not supposed limited only for the hero or heroine but you could choose the secondary character, even animal character. Also explain why you pick her/him. Don’t forget to mention the title and the author.

So, who’s I’m in love with?

*drum roll please……

faye

For those who claimed yourself as Kristen Ashley addict I bet you love her as well. Yeah, Faye was the heroine from Breathe, the 4th book of Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley. Click here for check my review.

Why I loved her? She was 29 years librarian, romance novel addict, and also a geek. Described as medium height with auburn hair and blue eyes. Being a shy and dreamer she hold out herself for her perfect hero, her knight with shining armor, who will sweep her of her feet. Yes, she really holding out herself for the one, for 13 years since she was 16 and looking at Chace Keaton – the hero in the story – for the first time. She came from wonderful family thus kindness and loyalty were part of her. She also a loving, caring and strong woman. Not really sassy if you compared her with other Kristen Ashley heroines.  Because the geek part she could be hilarious, notably when she was annoyed and angry – babbling and made reference from her favorite TV show Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars. One word for Faye : sweet.

Here’s how I imagining Faye : beautiful-redhead-girl-blue-eyes-pink-lips-photo-wallpaper-1920x1200

 

 

Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4)

In order to protect a father he does not respect, in Lady Luck, we learned that good cop Chace Keaton went bad, sacrificing his career and his future. But when the local police department’s secrets are revealed and the wife he’s forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal’s hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he’ll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife’s murderer. But he isn’t the only one looking.

While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town’s quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town’s last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.

Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she’s had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn’t know what to do with her.

Waiting on Wednesday #6

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s the book I eagerly waiting :

When She Said I Do (Worthington, #1)

When She Said I Do (Worthington #1)

By : Celeste Bradley

Publication Date : January 29th 2013

Caught in a rainstorm, Miss Calliope Worthington takes shelter in a seemingly abandoned mansion. But when she finds a string of pearls in a dusty chest, she is caught red-handed by the house’s reclusive owner—Mr. Ren Porter—a fiery demon of a man who demands that Callie pay for the necklace…with her innocence.

When he first lays eyes on the beautiful trespasser, Ren mistakes her for an angel. But when he realizes Callie is a thief, he strikes a bargain she cannot refuse. She must take his hand in marriage and pay him back in full: one night of passion for each stolen pearl. But when Callie surrenders to his desires—night after wicked night—he awakens something deep inside of her. Something powerful and passionate. Like a fairy tale come true, the monster she married has become the man she loves…when she said I do.

I always enjoyed Celeste Bradley’s historical romance . And finally she published the new series after long hiatus. Looking forward to read this new installment…can not wait until January 29th – and guess what, the same date as my birthday,,yay 😉

Lisa Kleypas : Janji Di Tengah Malam / Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1)

Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)Janji di Tengah Malam (The Hathaways, #1)
THEIR LIVES DEFY CONVENTION
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
THEIR DESIRE CONSUMES THEM BOTH.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship – but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter.
Mine Till Midnight (Janji Di Tengah Malam) merupakan buku pertama dari seri Hathaways. Seri Hathaways milik Lisa Kleyas ini salah satu seri yang digemari oleh para pembaca historical romance. Bercerita tentang Amelia Hathaway, seorang wanita muda yang merupakan anak perempuan tertua dari keluarga Hathaways. Hathaways bersaudara kehilangan kedua orang tuanya dan secara tiba-tiba kakak laki-laki Amelia, Leo, mewarisi gelar Lord. Sikap Leo yang acuh tak acuh membuat Amelia menjadi “pelindung” bagi tiga saudari perempuannya. Kehadiran seorang lelaki gypsi yang penuh dengan pesona, Cam Rohan, membuat Amelia goyah akan pendiriannya untuk tidak akan pernah menikah.
Layaknya novel karangan Lisa Kleypas lainnya, buku ini menghadirkan karakter utama wanita yang kuat, mandiri, dan tidak terikat stereotype sikap seorang Lady. Karakter utama lelakinya pun tidak terlepas dari pakem novel roman, tipe pria alpha yang posesif dan keras kepala. Sikap keluarga Hathaways yang eksentrik membuat Amelia, wanita dengan sifat penuh rasa tanggung jawab menjadi tokoh yang menarik. Ketika dia harus menghadapi “keliaran” Cam Rohan dan letupan-letupan gairah di antara mereka. Hubungan Amelia dan Cam menjadi rumit karena tanggung jawab Amelia terhadap keluarganya, posisi baru keluarga Hathways dalam lingkaran bangsawan, dan juga kenyataan bahwa Cam seorang gypsi.
Kekuatan penceritaan Lisa Kleypas tidak perlu diragukan lagi, pembaca akan merasakan keterikatan emosional dengan para tokoh-tokohnya. Cerita ini bukan hanya tentang Amelia dan Cam, tetapi tentang keluarga Hathaways. Membaca buku ini akan membuat kita penasaran dengan cerita anggota keluarga Hathaways lainnya. Sayangnya kehadiran banyaknya karakter sekunder, membuat pembaca akan merasa kurang puas dengan cerita Amelia dan Cam. Konflik yang muncul pun serasa tak berkesudahan. Memang wajar karena ini adalah buku pertama tentunya pengarang berharap untuk menjelaskan segala lika-liku kehidupan tokoh-tokohnya, akan tetapi untuk kali ini Lisa Kleypas tidak semulus yang diharapkan dalam menghantarkan ide-idenya.
Secara garis besar buku ini layak untuk dikoleksi. Kekuatan para karakter-karakter dan jalan cerita serta deskripsi penceritaan yang indah merupakan daya tarik untuk menikmati roman satu ini.

(Review ini bagian dari kontes “2012 End of Year Book Contest“)

Teaser Tuesday #6

Hi fellas, welcome to another Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is  very simple and fun.

Here are the rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share  “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the TITLE and AUTHOR too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser

The Prince (The Original Sinners, #3)

The Prince (The Original Sinners #3)

By :Tiffany Reisz

Published : November 20th 2012

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…preferably in bed. That’s always been Kingsley Edge’s strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it’s Kingsley’s chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he’s ever wanted — Søren, Nora’s on-again, off-again lover — until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.

Wes Railey is still the object of Nora’s tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can’t forget. He’s young. He’s wonderful. He’s also thoroughbred royalty and she’s in “his” world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren’s relentlessly seductive pull.

Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make… unless someone makes it for her..

My teaser :

“You’re learning Portuguese, too?” Kingsley asked. ” How many languages do you speak?”

“Eight”

“I’m bilingual. What do they call someone like you?”

Stearns arched an eyebrow at him “Intelligent”

I already  put this book in my Wishlist Wednesday post, click here. I thought net-galley didn’t approved my request, though I asked it months before. But yesterday I got notification in my email that they approved it : YAY.  This book is the third installment, you could find my review of the previous books in here and here.  I loved this series though BDSM theme wasn’t my favorite theme in a book. This series was an exception for me. I must put warning that this book was for adult only, not for the faint of heart, and  not for those who didn’t like erotica romance, but maybe if you enjoyed 50 shades by E.L James you could peek at this one (though  I’m not sure you gonna like it).

PS : It should have only 2 sentences but I loved this particular conversation so pardon me if I made it against the rule