Well, another boring weekend. It's nearly 4:00 and I haven't tackled the laundry yet. Ugh. Did get groceries and cat food/litter and have a pot of minestrone on the stove so I guess not that bad. I also signed us up for Carbonite, the on-line file back-up site. Jordan Castillo Price said it was good when her computer crashed this past week so I'm giving it a try. It constantly checks your files to see which are new or changed and backs them up. No need to go in and trigger it, it just runs all the time and she said it's easy to get stuff back. I also saw that say you are on vacation and on a different computer an suddenly need a file, you can go in and retrieve it to any computer, so that's handy. Our desk top has it's moments and my daughter has hundreds of photos she'd be devastated if they were lost and my netbook is 18 months old and is the only place all my e-books are, so I bought a service for it too. For basically a buck a week it can't be too bad.
Skyman by Kiernan Kelly (23 pages)
Robert works in insurance and just got promoted to a window office on the 23rd floor of the Chrysler building. He sees a guy with long hair walking the steel girders without a harness and is amazed but pissed off because it ups the insurance premiums. He really has no use for blue collar workers and is a job snob. On impulse he goes to the bar across the street and runs into Joseph, the guy on the girder. They get off to a rough start when Robert makes all kinds of snobby assumptions about Joseph and the men in the bar. The next day he can't stop thinking about Joseph and on a whim goes back to the bar where he finds him again. He apologises and they end up going for dinner and start dating. However Joseph still refuses to wear a harness and after several months together Robert can't deal with knowing any minute he could get a call saying Joseph is a grease spot. It was quite interesting to read about how Joseph felt on the girders and his philosophy. He is a Mohawk and I understand many of the construction workers in NYC on the skyscrapers are Mohawk. So that was an interesting twist. Robert was a bit of a prat and hard to like but Joseph softened him a bit I guess you could say. A good little read.
What Hides Inside by Ally Blue (219 pages)
This is book 2 in the BCPI series. Bo has asked his wife for a divorce and she's turned into a raving bitch so Bo insists he keep his relationship with Sam a secret which is making Sam crazy. They hire Dean (who gets his own book later) who flirts with everyone and makes no bones he would hook up with Sam. Bo "breaks up" with Sam who does hook up with Dean, but he realizes it was a bad mistake and Dean gives him some advice. Meanwhile some kids at the local high school have disappeared and the principal wants them to check it out and prove there's nothing hinky in the tunnels like the student rumours say. They start investigating and find out it's yet another portal like Oleander House. It bursts open and two creatures come through. Bo is injured and nearly dies from the poison but pulls through. They are still trying to figure out where or why the portals are opening and Bo and Sam are now out to their friends and moving cautiously ahead with their relationship. I'm equally caught up in the paranormal aspect and the romance part. I want to know how both end and and I detest women like Bo's ex who use their kids to hit back. So I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Bonded by Jay Lygon (60 pages)
This is a really hard book to describe. It's very complex for so few pages but it makes sense when you are reading it. I'll try. Brandr is a Viking who is now a vampire and author. He has taken in three young vampires to show them the ropes. They are like roommates with benefits but he is probably closest to Kyle who is a prostitute. He considers that he now lives in a vampire frat house and he tries to be stern but they just ignore him. Here's an example of Kyle's response when he starts one of his lectures:
"Really. I can recite the whole thing from memory by now." Kyle's expression turned stern and he lowered his voice. "Back a million years ago, before the invention of fire, when I was looting and pillaging on my dinosaur--"
Brandr is out walking when he falls and Tyler accidentally ingests some of his blood. Much to Brandr's surprise it makes him bonded to Tyler, they can feel each other's emotions AND physical sensations which freaks Tyler out. Brandr tracks him down to "make him happy" because he hates feeling negative emotions. Kyle is pissed because he feels Tyler is competing for Brandr's affections. It ends up with them all in bed and it's hardly even a HFN, it's a multiple fuck-buddies make me happy for now ending but they are all so damn likable you're good with that. As I said I could write pages trying to describe it all, for 60 pages it had lots of stuff in there that made me smile and feel for Kyle and Tyler. I quite enjoyed this one. It was a pleasant surprise and not as serious as I thought based on the blurb.