Saturday, January 10, 2015

"I Own But Have Never Read" 2015 Challenge; LOVE ME FOREVER by Johanna Lindsey

I know, I know.  I put on this big deal about breaking out of my comfort zone and reading different genres of literature.  Then the first book I read for my 2015 reading challenge is a romance.  I can already see the eyes rolling.  I promise though, I will.  I’m not going to lie so I’ll tell you that a lot of the books will be of the romantic nature, but there will be others.  Take the one I’m reading now.  It’s for the category, “a book I was supposed to read in school but didn’t.”  The one I chose, I was supposed to read in high school.  Do you think they would have assigned erotic romance in high school?  I think not.  Fear not, they are coming. 
In the meantime…  The book “I own but have never read” is one I got years ago, from a friend's mom no less.  I am a big fan of Johanna Lindsey’s older book, but hadn’t gotten around to reading this one.  Now I have.  Check! Without further ado…
LOVE ME FOREVER by Johanna Lindsey

Still mourning her mother's death, Kimberly Richards is incensed by the determination of her father, the Earl of Amburough, to marry her off as quickly as possible—just to please the jealous lover he plans to wed. And since Kimberly harbors a deep-seated dislike of gold-diggers and the whole distasteful state of affairs, the feisty young heiress already despises the "worthy suitor" she encounters at Sherring Cross Estate: Lachlan MacGregor, the dashing, newly impoverished Laird of Clan MacGregor.

A tryst with the handsome, haughty Lachlan seems dubious at best—especially since the rogue has designs on the married Duchess of Wrothston. But strange turns and outrageous circumstances promise to lead a woefully mismatched pair to a wildly unexpected destination—where a hard, resisting heart can open to the true glories of love.

3.5 out of 5 *Stars*

I’m always a sucker for a good Scotsman romance.  There’s just something about their brogue that I can hear through the words and it turns me to mush.  Maybe it’s my obsession with the alpha male, because every time I think of a Highlander, I thing of a big, strong, veritable man.  This book portrayed that well.  The main hero, Lachlan, knew what he wanted and took it no matter the cost.  It got him a few black eyes and split lips along the way, but that’s just a small price to pay at times.  The heroine is independent and not afraid to voice her opinion.  It was great to read the two’s verbal sparring, and even better to feel the chemistry right along with the two.  That is something I have never had a problem with when reading Johanna Lindsey.  She has always been able to suck me in emotionally to the story.
Overall, I thought this was a great first book to my reading challenge.  It made me read a book I probably would have put off even longer.  There is also one more positive about reading old romance books.  A lot of them have an inside cover picture.  These are great for a good laugh. 
Check out the inside to this one…
Anyways... 1 book down, 51 more to go!

Monday, January 5, 2015


As I mentioned on Facebook, my friend “threw down the gauntlet”, so to speak.  She presented me with a reading challenge for 2015.  Going through the list, my competitive nature kicked in.  Not to compete with her, but to compete with the side of myself that has doubts I can get it done.  The fact that I’m doing it with my best friend is an added bonus that I know will make it so I don’t give up on the list. 

I mostly read the same genre.  I love romances, not the “holding hands, whispered kisses” romance, but the “stop your breath, sometimes even dirty” romance.  Even when I read thrillers, if there is a background love story, all the better.  This list, for that reason, and size in general, it is a little terrifying.  Amongst the trepidation though, is an underline excitement.  I’m excited for the challenge, the unlimited options, and being force to break out of my comfort zone. 

I’m a very opinionated person and I love to voice my opinion to whoever will listen.  Therefore, there is no way I could do this without getting you all involved.  You are going to help me keep track of the books I read for the list.  This is going to last all year, so strap in and get comfortable.  Every book I read, I’ll tell you what I’m checking off the list, and tell you what I thought about it.  Maybe we can even get a discussion started on some of them.  That being said… Let’s get started!