So here are some random thoughts about...stuff.
1- Reading: I just finished reading Jill Shalvis's Instant Temptation. I'm kind of torn about the book. It's the final book in the Wilder Brothers series, and is TJ, the oldest Wilder boy's book. The book started off really strong, with one of my favorite premises: "We had sex one night, but the hero was so drunk he doesn't remember it" storyline. So of course, the heroine, Harley, has been pissed with TJ for years. Because even though he doesn't remember it, she's still crazy attracted to him. I love storylines like this. Well, any storyline where the hero and heroine have a good history. Anyway, the story proceeds, but TJ very quickly learns what Harley's issue with him is. Of course, he feels terrible. And sets about making things right. Except that circumstances are such that the two of them probably shouldn't start a serious relationship because Harley is up for a job in Colorado, and TJ often hosts long wildlife adventures for clients, and he has two three-week stints coming up in Alaska. Anyway, the we had sex and you don't remember storyline gets dispensed with very quickly. Then there's the we shouldn't get serious storyline, the someone is shooting coyotes storyline (Harley is studying to be a wildlife biologist), the I have a boyfriend, but not really storyline. The unfortunate thing is, Shalvis never really capitalized on any of them. They all offered what I would call minor speedbumps in the relationship. But never a real impediment to the couple being together. Therefore, I really didn't buy into their conflict. The story itself featured Shalvis's deft hand, lots of sweet interactions between the two, smoking chemistry and explosive sex. But the reasoning behind why the couple was having such a hard time connecting just never really gelled to me. Final grade: C+
Now I'm reading In for a Penny by Rose Lerner. This is an Ana recommended book, so of course, I love it. It features a fascinating hero, one who is neither alpha nor beta. I can't really put my finger on why he works so well for me. But I'm on chapter 8 and am definitely loving the book thus far.
I'm going home tonight to buy the new Kristan Higgins and next week for sure I'll be buying Hot Finish, the new Erin McCarthy. Love her NASCAR series! I still have three books left over from the cruise that I haven't read: The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne, by Sherry Thomas and His at Night, and The Conqueror by Kris Kennedy. I also bought Love's Fortress by Samantha Kane, which I still need to actually load onto my eReader.
2- Watching: Last night I watched the first episode of a show on BBC America called The Choir. It's a fascinating show set in Surrey, England about a classically trained choral director who has decided to attempt to train a high school choir with literally no musical culture to compete in the World Choir Olympics. It's a reality show, and it's really interesting to watch these kids, many of whom are living at or close to poverty level try to grasp onto the idea of competitive singing. I quite enjoyed the first episode and will watch episode number 2 tonight when I get home.
3-Technology update: Well, Verizon showed up on Sunday and replaced a couple of things and my new DVR is now working. That being said, I definitely did lose all 10 of my unwatched episodes of Friday Night Lights. The good thing is that the DVDs will be out in September some time, so I'll just gobble them up then. This is what I get for delaying my gratification. LOL!
4- Movies: Scott and I have both been fastidiously avoiding all Inception spoilers. We're headed to see it on Saturday afternoon. I was *really* excited to see it, until someone told me it was very Matrix-esque. I thought The Matrix was just OK, so now I'm less excited about Inception. We'll see. We never did go to the movies last weekend. It was so damn hot in DC pretty much we plunked the kids in the pool at about 2:00, pulled them out at 7:00 on Saturday, and they were back in the pool by about 10am on Sunday. Both Scott and I spent most of the day alternating between being in the pool and reading. The kids had a blast though, and they wore my little puppy dog OUT! She was absolutely knackered Saturday night and Sunday.
5- RWA: I'm not going this year, and am now suffering pea-green envy towards everyone who *is* going. Especially Lisabea and Rosie, whom I desperately want to hang out with. I'm counting on Kristie J, Jane from Dear Author, Sarah from Smart Bitches, Wendy the Super Librarian, the Dishes and AnimeJune to give lots and lots of recaps. And I'm desperately sad to be missing the Blogger Bar Bash, which is being organized by Wendy. Have fun, girls! And write lots of recaps so we can all live vicariously.
That's it for me. What's going on with you guys?