Fancy that. I actually read two books in the last week. I think the world has stopped spinning on it's axis. I'm finally starting to freak slightly that I leave on my vacation Tuesday morning. Hmm. Should get on some prep stuff like laundry. I did buy a new bathing suit today. Ugh. Angelina Jolie I ain't. More like Cathy Bates. Oh well, we have a pool at the house I'm staying at and if nothing else, I know not all of the attendees are skinny minis so I'm going to suck it up and expose my ghostly white skin to the elements. Oh and I bought beer to take. See, I have the important stuff done, I have money, a passport, a swim suit and beer. It's good. Laundry tomorrow, or soon.
Double Shot Cappuccino by Stephani Hecht (76 pages)
For the last year Nash has been dealing with the death of his brother in Iraq and running the coffee shop they co-owned. Out of the blue his brother's best friend Tyler shows up, now out of the military himself. They start a no strings attached affair that within days becomes all strings for Nash as he's been in love with Tyler since they were kids, however Tyler treats him as just a good time. When he finally confronts Tyler about wanting more it doesn't go well. This was a sweet story and while it moved quickly the fact they knew each other for years helped make that more plausible. Tyler was a jerk though and I wanted him to suffer longer. I'm mean that way. I think Nash should have made him wait at least a week before he forgave him. Maybe two. :-P Nash's young clerk Colby seems to be set for a story which I'd love to read too. A good entertaining read.
The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon (157 pages)
Yes, I read an historical. *gasp* Sir Alan is home from the war and suffering from depression, he figures his last hurrah before he offs himself will be some hot smexin' with a whore. Jem completely throws Alan off his game. He's got a smart ass comment for everything, tells outrageous stories and calls Alan on his morose behaviour. Strangely Alan is attracted and manages to keep Jem hanging around and offers him a position as valet although he's not comfortable with his own sexuality which Jem finds frustrating. When the daughter of one of Alan's men is endangered by her psycho guardian (the military Dr. from the war), Alan and Jem head off to see if she's okay and rescue her if necessary, putting Jem in danger. Okay, Jem was the most adorable thing ever and I was in love with him from the first page. He was funny, smart, sexy, loyal and stood up for the underdog despite being raised on the streets. I think I remember Erastes (the expert on all things historical) saying this was very accurate historically and it may be, no clue, but it was damned entertaining. While it was historical and they had to be careful about being found out, it wasn't all consuming. By having Jem as his valet they were able to be together in ways that no one questioned, so it wasn't all mega-paranoia. So if you're not a fan of traditional historicals but love a spunky little fighter of a hero, I highly recommend it.