Actually, this month should be What Zee is STILL trying to read.  It has been an abysmal month for me reading and writing wise. I had hoped by appeasing the Muse, I would be allowed to pick up pieces and move on. The reader tugs for more Gary are almost painful. Adventuring has taken up a lot of my time and I’m looking at the new list of possible open doors – it gets bigger and bigger but the turn around is getting shorter and shorter. I have 15 that must be responded to complete with ‘t’s crossed and ‘i’s dotted by today and tomorrow.  And my internet has been disgustingly unstable.

And I’m here doing this?

Add to the fact there are things I”d rather be reading… but I’ve already filled that particular space on the list. I’d RATHER read more Terri Reid, more cozy mysteries. There are things I know are on my sick external that I can’t seem to replace or gain access to.

I’d like to finish I bring the Fire. It’s on my PCKindle, which I rarely read on. But it’s one of those rare books I”ll have to go to Amazon to manage my kindle and transfer to my handheld. IT’s a pain in the ass. Same with the latest Lexi Blake. Needs to be hand moved. And I can’t find my kindle version of it. Only my nook version and my nook is – you got it – a PC Nook.

I’ve decide life is too short to read shitty books. Sadly, the shitty book I’m forcing myself through a few pages at a time will fill two unused slots – A book with bad reviews and a book you started but never finished. 50 guesses what that book is. I think next year, I’ll just read 50 books.

My too be read stack is getting bigger and bigger. This is depressing. Adventuring is depressing. But enough.

This month Zee Reads:

you only love twice

My favorite author – hopefully, you’ve figured that out by now. NOT one of my favorite in the series, although the Dom/hero is one of my favorite side characters – Jesse – and the heroine is one I’ve always suspected of being more than she seemed – mousy Phoebe. By 80% of the book done (meaning before the big shoot-em-up-kill-em-all scene)- I was just ready for Jesse and Phoebe to go have their Spankily ever after.

I’m noticing (have now for a month or two) that the more recent books have less and less smut and the introduction of the smut comes later and later. That’s fine with me – more plot. But I STILL rank the earliest books – The Dom who Loved me and A Dom is forever (Along with Dungeon Games) as my favorite. Lots of plot but waaaaaaaaaaaay more haawt sex.


Ah yes. Summer. It’s been so hot here in Georgia. Don’t let the weather man lie to you, our thermometer reads 3 digits in the shade. Went to the coast and it was wretched hot. Makes you move really slow. Dragging. Just like this book. Don’t get me wrong, book was well written and there’s lots going on, it just went on like a slow moving river. you know where you go out on raft and the raft floats but doesn’t move.

Courting jealousy

Remember when I was jumping up and down because All Romance books had 108 (now 111) pages of FREE books (and over 30 pages of Erotica)??? Guess what??? The VAST majority of them are one shots! I don’t think the two on this month’s list are long enough to count as novellas. PWP – plot? What plot? Woman goes to a gala, knowing her ex and his new squeeze are going to be there. She hires a hot escort to pose as the ex’s replacement. Heat ensues. NEXT!

Shadows in the Night

Absolutely the nicest surprise I’ve read in a long time!!!! Cozy Mystery, by an author I’ve not heard of. There are 4 books so far, but it might be awhile before I get back to them. I’ve got them in the Challenge read folder anyway.

Mystery. Roman-occupied Great Britain. They speak today’s vernacular, so no Shakesperean over load of thees and thines and thous. easys to read and moves at a nice pace. The only thing that trips me up are the understandable use of Roman names. Quintus, Sarntellus, Septimarcus… why can’t they be named Marcus, John, Billy Bob????

One Night

This took PWP to a whole new level. Again, one of those lovely freebies at ARE. Normally, I’d download and keep moving, but the summary caught my eye.

I’d HOPED it would be full-length or at least a fleshed out novella. It wasn’t. 15 minutes. And it was well written smut – that’s what it was. Smut. I’ll look for her full length stuff. But the summary caught my eye and I really really really would have liked it to be more.

12th or 13th century. Don’t know where in Western Europe it takes place. COULD be England. Might be France. The knight/hero’s name is Guy. He’s a dark broody knight and he’s notoriously not a happy person. And he just married someone he thinks hates him.

But she doesn’t. She thinks he hates her…

You see why this ‘book’ appealed to me, for the entire 15 minutes.

  1. A book you own but haven’t read
      1. The Husband’s Secret
      2. Urban and the Shed Crew
      3. Loose Ends
      4. Maids of Misfortune
      5. Ted Saves the World
      6. The winter witch
      7. Uneasy Spirits
      8. Animal Farm
      9. Warrior’s Game

I think it’s safe to say, I own ALL the books listed – except the one I get from the library!!!

  1. A book was made into a movie
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. Red Dragon
  1. A book you picked solely because of the cover
    1. Warrior’s Game
  1. A book your friend loves
    1. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
  1. A book published this year
    1. You only love twice
    2. Sweet Child o’mine
    3. Luscious
  1. A book by an author you’ve never read before
    1. Bernard Hare – Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. Loose Ends Terri Reid
    3. Maids of Misfortune – Louisa Locke
    4. Ted Saves the World – Bryan Cohen
    5. Warrior’s Game – Denise Domning
    6. Shadows of the Night – Jane Finnis
    7. One Knight – Samantha Holt
  1. A book by an author you love
    1. All of the Lexi Blakes!
  1. A book with a color in the title
    1. 50 Shades of Silver Hair
    2. 50 Shades of Red Riding Hood
    3. Red Dragon
  1. A book at the bottom of you’re to be read pile
    1. Warrior’s Game
  1. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
    1. Dungeon Games. It’s based in London, although a lot of it takes place in Europe as well
    2. Warrior’s Game – England
    3. Spirit of the knight
  1. A book you started but never finished
  1. A book with a lion, a witch or a wardrobe

    1. The Winter Witch

  1. A book with a female heroine
    1. Good Tidings
    2. Loose Ends
    3. Maids of Misfortune
    4. Uneasy Spirits
    5. The Winter Witch
    6. Warrior’s Game
    7. Shadows in the night
    8. Summer
  2. A book set in the summer
    1. Maids of Misfortune
    2. Shadows in the night
    3. Summer
  1. A book of poems
    1. Letter to a girl from her own self
  1. A book you learned about because of this challenge
    1. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
  1. A book that will make you smarter
    1. We are absolutely not okay
    2. urban and the shed crew
  1. A book with a Blue cover
  1. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
    1. Animal Farm
  1. A book everyone but you has read
  1. A book with a great first line

    1. The Winter Witch (Does the spider consider herself beautiful?)

  1. A book with pictures or a graphic novel
      1. Wandering Koala challenges the Scientific Method
      2. Wandering Koala rides the Phantom Coach part 1
  1. a book from the library
  1. A book you loved… read it again!
    1. The Dom Who Loved Me
    2. A Dom is Forever – and the rest of the Lexi Blake books
    3. God on A Harley
    4. Dungeon Royale
  1. A book that is more than 10 years old
    1. God On a Harley
    2. Animal Farm
    3. Urban and the Shed Crew
    4. Red Dragon
  1. A book based on a true story
    1. Urban and the Shed crew
    2. No, we are NOT okay!
  1. A book you’ve been meaning to read
  1. A book in a genre you don’t typically read
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. The Koala graphic novels
  1. A book from your childhood
  1. A book your mom loves
  1. A book that was originally written in a different language
  1. A book recommended by someone with great taste
    1. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
  1. A book that’s currently on the bestseller list
  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  1. A classic romance
  1. A book with a number in the title
  1. A book written by someone under 30
  1. A book with non human characters
    1. Animal farm
  1. a funny book
  1. a book by a female author
    1. Lexi Blake – Masters and Mercenary Series
    2. Louisa Locke – Uneasy Spirits, Maids of Misfortune
    3. Teri Reid – The Mary O’Reilly Series
    4. Paula Brackston – The Winter Witch
    5. Denise Domning – The Warrior’s Game
    6. Kimberly Dean – Courting Jealousy
    7. Jane Finnis – Shadows in the Night
  1. a mystery or thriller
    1. Uneasy Spirits
    2. Maids of Misfortune
    3. Loose Ends
    4. Final Call
    5. Good Tidings
    6. Shadows in the night
  2. a book with a one-word title
      1. Sanctum
      2. UnConditional
      3. Cherished
      4. Luscious
  1. a book of short stories
    1. We are absolutely not okay
  1. A book set in a different country
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. Animal Farm
    3. Dungeon Games
    4. Warrior’s Game
    5. The Winter Witch
    6. The Warrior’s game
    7. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
    8. Shadows in the night
  1. a nonfiction book
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. We are absolutely not okay
  1. a popular author’s first book
  1. a book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
      1. You only love twice
  1. a pulitzer prize-winning book
  1. a book based on a true story
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
  1. a book that scares you
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. The Red Dragon
  1. a book more than 100 years old
  2. A memoir
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
  1. a book you can finish in a day
    1. 50 Shades of Silver Hair
    2. 50 Shades of Red Riding Hood
    3. Animal Farm
    4. Sanctum
    5. Unconditional
    6. Ted Saves the World
    7. Sleeping chez Sade
    8. Cherished
    9. Sweet Child O Mine
    10. One knight
    11. Courting Jealousy
  1. a book with antonyms in the title
  2. A book that came out the year you were born
  3. a book with bad reviews
  4. a trilogy
  5. A book with a love triangle
    1. The Men with the Golden Cuffs
    2. Etta and Otto and Russell and James
  6. A book set in high school
    1. Ted saves the world
    2. We are absolutely NOT okay
  7. A book that made you cry
    1. Sleeping chez Shade – Cleo Peitsche
    2. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
    3. The Red Dragon
  1. A book with magic
      1. The Winter Witch
  1. A book that takes place in your hometown
  2. A book written by an author with your same initials
  3. A book set during Christmas
  4. A play
  5. A banned book
    1. Animal Farm
  6. A book based on or turned into a TV Show
    1. The Red Dragon (Hannibal)