Secrets, Vol. 8

Registered by NeedSun of Perth Road, Ontario Canada on 12/9/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Friday, December 09, 2005
From the Publisher
Jeanie Cesarini-Taming Kate When Kathryn Roman inherits a legal brothel, she refuses to trade her high-powered career in Manhattan for a life in the wild, wild west. Little does this city girl know that the town of Love, Nevada wants her to be their new madam so they?ve charged Trey Holliday, one very dominant cowboy, with Taming Kate. MaryJanice Davidson- Jared's Wolf Jared Rocke will do anything avenge his sister's death, even believe in werewolves. What he doesn?t believe is that he's attracted to Moira Wolfbauer, the she-wolf sworn to protect her pack. In Jared's Wolf, two enemies must join forces to stop a killer while learning that love defies all boundaries--even those between species. Alice Gaines-My Champion, My Love My Champion, My Love tells the tale of Celeste Broder, a woman committed for a sexy appetite that is tolerated in the men, but not the women of her time. She desperately needs a champion, and finds one in mayor Robert Albright. Liz Maverick- Kiss or Kill In this post apocalyptic world, Camille Kazinsky's military career rides on her ability to make a choice--whether the robo called Meat should live or die. Meat's future depends on proving he's human enough to live, man enough . . . Should Camille Kiss or Kill this man/machine that makes her feel like a woman?





Journal Entry 2 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Monday, April 24, 2006
This book and Vol 6 was purchased for the MaryJanice Davidson story about the werewolves. These are prequels to the Derik's Bane book.

Handing off to CheriePie.

Journal Entry 3 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Since the MJD stories in these books are prequels to Derik's Bane, I'm going to insert them up near the top of my TBR. Thanks Jo! I'll return these to you after I've read 'em.

Journal Entry 4 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Saturday, March 24, 2007
Taming Kate by Jeanie Cesarini:
When Kathryn Roman inherits a legal brothel, she refuses to trade her high-powered career in Manhattan for a life in the wild, wild west. Little does this city girl know that the town of Love, Nevada wants her to be their new madam so they've charged Trey Holliday, one very dominant cowboy, with Taming Kate.

A so-so story. The whole cowboy/pretty lady thing got old pretty fast. I can't say I disliked it totally though, only that there was a bit too much romance for my liking.
Rating: 4 stars


Jared's Wolf by MaryJanice Davidson:
Jared Rocke will do anything to avenge his sister's death, even believe in werewolves. What he doesn't believe is that he's attracted to Moira Wolfbauer, the she-wolf sworn to protect her pack. In Jared's Wolf, two enemies must join forces to stop a killer while learning that love defies all boundaries—even those between species.

Much better than the first story, which to me read much more like a pure romance novel, a genre I don't particularly care for.

These are the first 2 Wyndham Werewolves stories written by MJD's. And I specifically put off reading Derik's Bane, Dead and Loving It, and even Undead and Unpopular until I read these two short stories, "Love's Prisoner" from Secrets 6, and this one from Secrets 8. I'm now more looking forward to reading Derik's Bane since I should feel like I'm coming back to familiar friends.
Rating: 8 stars


My Champion, My Love by Alice Gaines:
My Champion, My Love tells the tale of Celeste Broder, a woman committed for a sexy appetite that is tolerated in the men, but not the women of her time. She desperately needs a champion, and finds one in mayor Robert Albright. If she can convince him her freedom will mean a chance to indulge their appetites together.

Bah, this story was so boring I don't even know how or why I finished it! I guess I can only blame it on my OCD, my need to complete things I start, and particularly since I liked the stories in Secrets 6 so much better.

One of my main problems with this story is due to the fact that this story takes place back in 1888, when things were extremely uptight and Puritan sexually. And that alone is a huge pet peeve of mine! I hate the sexual repression we live with even today, and since the basis of this story was the fact that Celeste was put into an insane asylum because of her strong sexual nature and the books she read had me screaming with indignation on her behalf. And I guess because I don't really like romances just for the sake of romance, without any danger or other stuff in the story. And this story just did not have enough "other stuff" for me, and not nearly enough erotica. *sigh*
Rating: 3 stars


Kiss or Kill by Liz Maverick:
In this post apocalyptic world, Camille Kazinsky's military career rides on her ability to make a choice—whether the robo called Meat should live or die. Meat's future depends on proving he's human enough to live, man enough... Should Camille Kiss or Kill this man/machine that makes her feel like a woman?

I really liked this story a lot and was surprised to read that the short story appearing here in Secrets 8 was her first published work. I have a couple of her books from the Crimson City series, including the first one aptly named Crimson City, waiting on Mt. TBR so now I'm more looking forward to reading that.

Unlike the Cesarini and Gaines stories in this anthology, this was a lot more erotic and thus was more to my liking. And for the romance portion, I didn't have to deal with a swooning female and a bunch of "mushy gushy". LOL The sex scenes weren't really long, but were explicit enough to get me hot! ;-)
Rating: 7 stars


Overall, I'm rating this book a 6 when I average out the 4 individual ratings (which actually come to 5.5). The stories from Davidson and Maverick definitely made this anthology worth reading. The other two I wouldn't recommend for anyone who's not a die-hard romance fan.


Rather than going home to Joanne, this book is now reserved for Amberkatze, who wanted to read it because of the MJD Wyndham Werewolf story.

Journal Entry 5 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I know I am posting out of sequence so it looks like the book is with me, so Cherie, can you please do a new journal entry when you mail this instead of edited an existing post....Thanks.

Very small bookring:

Amberkatze
CandyDarling

Home to me to read

Journal Entry 6 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, April 02, 2007
Now on it's way to Amberkatze. Sent via Surface Mail on 02-Apr-2007.

Journal Entry 7 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Thank you CheriePie! I can't wait to read this other Wyndham Werewolve story!

I will try and get to this during the week and post it off to CandyDarling with the other Secrets book!

Thanks again!

Journal Entry 8 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Sunday, April 29, 2007
So I finally got around to reading this one! I somehow kept putting it to the bottom of the pile...this usually happens when I have read something by the same author in the last week or so. I need variety ;)

Anyway I have to say that I wasn't too impressed with this Maryjanice Davidson story. I got the impression that her heart just wasn't in it. She has definitely written better things than this and I preferred the story in Secrets 6 to this one.

Anyway I am happy that I have had the chance to read it! Thank you!!! I will now send this and the other book off to CandyDarling, hopefully tomorrow!

Journal Entry 9 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, May 04, 2007
Got this in the mail today, thank you!

Kiss or Kill by Liz Maverick (July 31, 2007)
I have Liz Maverick's Crimson City on my TBR, so I decided to start with this story. It was very erotic, didn't have too much annoying romance, and I liked Maverick's style. I'm looking forward to reading more from her.

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