Tag Archives: Susan Mallery

The View From Monday

On Mondays, I join J. Kaye’s Book Blog in looking back at what I’ve read over the last week and forward at what I plan to read in the next one.

Looking back

I had some good reading time this week!  Click on the book titles for links to my review (if I’ve published it) or to further information on the book.

Pushing Up Bluebonnets (Yellow Rose Mystery #5) by Leann SweeneyIn audiobooks, I finished Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery. I enjoyed it, but  I developed an issue with the book, which I discussed in my review.  I then straightened out my license issues with Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney, and made my way through it, with some pauses for confusion on my part.

One Scream Away (Mass Market Paperback) by Kate BradyOn paper, I dove straight into One Scream Away by Kate Brady for tomorrow’s blog tour.  I really enjoyed this once I started reading it as a thriller, rather than as romantic suspense.  Check out my review tomorrow for details and a giveaway!  I’ll have 5 copies available to lucky readers.

Last Night in Montreal (Hardcover) by Emily St. John MandelI then picked up the Twitter Book Club Book, Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. My review will be coming out this week, probably Wednesday or Thursday.  I’m looking forward to the discussion on Twitter– I liked this book, and think it will lead to good conversation.

Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land o... by Moira A. GunnI also started my next book for Book Club L.  We are reading Welcome to Biotech Nation by Moira Gunn.  I’m slating this for reading one chapter per day, finishing before our July 30 discussion date.  I’m not into the real meat of it yet, but I think it will be quite readable and educational.  I think it will even be discussable.

On Sunday, I started the audiobook of Laurie R. King’s The Language of Bees.  I enjoyed the physical book, but I didn’t find it to be one of the best of my favorite series. I’ll see if listening changes this opinion or reinforces it.

Looking Forward

So what am I reading next?  I don’t have any commitments this week, so I have some choices!  I think I’m going to read Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand. But I might change my mind.  And that’s just fine.


Posted by on July 12, 2009 in Book Club, books, L, summary


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Review: Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery

Sweet Talk (Bakery Sisters #1) rating: 4 of 5 stars


Is there anything sweeter than a first love?

Don’t ask Claire Keyes. The twenty-eight-year-old piano prodigy has never had a regular boyfriend, much less a real romance. Her music career has left little room for friends or family—which is just part of the reason she hasn’t seen the family bakery or her two sisters in years.

But now Nicole is sick, and Jesse is AWOL. Despite the fact that Claire can’t boil water, she’s determined to play caretaker. Connecting with her sisters tops her to-do list…along with falling in love, or at least in lust, for the first time.

Ruggedly sexy Wyatt just might fit the bill. Although he keeps saying that he and Claire come from entirely different worlds, he lights up hotter than a bakery oven whenever Claire is near. If this keeps up, she just might sweet—talk him into her bed…and her life.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The two lead characters were charming but human. Claire was just kooky enough to be fun. The plot had just enough bumps and twists to be interesting.

About halfway through the book, I ran into a problem: Claire’s two sisters.

At the beginning, they provided necessary conflict. In a straight romance, all of the conflicts are supposed to be nicely wrapped up at the end.

But these two aren’t directly involved with the romance.

And they are incredibly annoying.

And they are being set up for future books. So they need to remain flawed, so they can overcome their issues in their own books.

In the end, I really enjoyed the primary characters and their storylines. I also liked Wyatt’s daughter and her story as well. I decided to ignore Claire’s sisters, and kept the 4 star rating.

But unless someone gives me a good reason to, I’m not reading the rest of the series!

I downloaded this from last month as a free offer through Lion Yarn. Thank you to Audible and Lion Yarn!


Posted by on July 8, 2009 in books, reviews


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